No. 14 UWF Back on the Road to Face Lee

first_imgThe single game on Saturday is scheduled for 4 pm ET, and the Sunday doubleheader is slated for a 1 pm ET first pitch. Against the Lady Flames* Lee enters the weekend at 18-22 overall and 7-14 in the GSC this year. UWF is familiar with Lee, having beaten the Lady Flames in Pensacola in the South Super Regional last season. West Florida took those games 2-0 and 7-6 to advance to the NCAA Championship.* Taylor Moran and Leigh Beatenbough have been the stars for the Lady Flames through the first two months of the season. Moran ranks in the top 10 in the conference in batting (.442), slugging (.792), OBP (.568), runs scored (33), hits (53), RBIs (48), doubles (10), home runs (10) and walks (24). Beatenbough leads the league in innings pitched (115.2), strikeouts (95) and strikeouts looking (39).* UWF holds an 8-6 record in the all-time series, with wins in the last six matchups. All three games in the series can be followed with live stats and video, and links to those can be found at or by clicking the links above. PENSACOLA, Fla. – After a pair of home series, the 14th-ranked University of West Florida softball team will visit Lee in Cleveland, Tennessee, for a three-game swing on Saturday and Sunday. West Florida enters the weekend series with a 12-7 record in the Gulf South Conference, good for third place in the league, while Lee is 7-14 in the conference. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Smiley at the Dish* It would be tough to find a hitter with a better last 15 games than Kathleen Smiley. After finishing the UNA series with a .125 batting average, the junior from Pensacola has hit .467, slugged .700, posted a team-high .564 on-base percentage, recorded five extra-base hits and struck out just one time.* She lifted a sacrifice fly to last Saturday to give UWF a walkoff win over West Georgia, and she had an RBI in each game of the three-game series. Smiley is also on a five-game hitting streak, batting .500 (7-14) with three RBIs and two doubles in that time.center_img Gilbert Doing It All* True freshman Grace Gilbert has impressed in the batter’s box as well as the circle in her rookie campaign at UWF. The Chipley, Florida, native ranks sixth in the GSC in batting (.442) and eighth in ERA (2.32), making her the only GSC student-athlete in the top 10 of each category.* West Florida has earned the win in each of Gilbert’s last four appearances in the circle, in which time she has thrown 12.2 innings, gone 3-0, and posted a 1.66 ERA.* She has also riding a five-game hitting streak, with seven RBIs and eight hits, both of which rank second on the team over the last five games. The Month of March* The West Florida offense came alive in March, hitting .352 and averaging 7.1 runs per game on the way to a 12-4 record.* Four Argos hit .400 or better in March, with Kathleen Smiley leading the team in batting (.484) and on-base percentage (.590). She tallied four doubles and a home run, while Grace Gilbert hit .480 with three doubles, nine RBIs and didn’t strike out. Callan Taylor hit .432 with four doubles, three home runs, and a team-high 20 RBIs, and Meghan Toney hit .400 while leading the team in walks (11) for the month.* The team’s 7.1 runs per game, .438 on-base percentage, and .536 slugging percentage in March are the program’s best since at least 2010. NOTESSTATS | VIDEO Road Warriors* UWF has played tremendously on the road this year, with an 11-4 record in pure road contests.* Meghan Toney, Rachel Wright and Tori Perkins have been the team’s offensive leaders away from home. Toney leads the team in on-base percentage (.458) and steals (6), Wright leads UWF with 17 hits, 7 doubles, 27 total bases, and a .574 slugging percentage, and Perkins has a team-best 10 RBIs away from the friendly confines of the UWF Softball Complex, along with a .325 batting average.* To no surprise, the UWF pitching staff has been outstanding on the road. West Florida has a 2.03 team ERA on the road, and Sarah Maloney has been nearly unhittable, with a 4-0 record, a 1.16 ERA, 33 strikeouts in 36.1 innings and a .197 opponent batting average. Olivia Printiss has posted a 2.00 ERA on the road over 21 innings, with a 3-1 record and a .211 opponent batting average.last_img read more

Boys HS Hoops: Eller’s 22 Helps Lake Catholic Top Solon 66-61 at the Play-by-Play Classic

first_img NEO HS Staff By Don DiFrancesco Solon 12 8 20 21 = 61Lake Catholic 20 7 20 19 = 66Play-by-Play Classic at Elyria CatholicELYRIA, OHIO – Lake Catholic took an early lead behind the strong inside play of Luka Eller and held on to beat Solon 66-61 on Sunday afternoon. Eller led all scorers in the game with 22, making 10 shots in 13 attempts, and collared 12 rebounds.Solon trailed 27-20 at halftime but came out pressing in the second half, forcing Lake Catholic into 7 third quarter turnovers. David Marbury made three 3-pointers in the quarter enabling the Comets to tie the score at 38 apiece. But Lake Catholic countered with treys from Ryan Boruszkowski and Luke Frazier and stretched the lead back out to 47-40 after three.Solon started the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run to draw within 2 (52-50) on a 3-point play by Marcus Steele with 4:46 remaining in the game. And a minute later, Marbury connected on another 3-point bomb to give Solon the lead at 55-54. But Lake Catholic’s Frazier knocked down a 3-pointer of his own to get the lead right back. The Cougars outscored the Comets 12-6 over the last 3:21 to close out the victory.Solon had three double digit scorers in Marbury (20), Steele (10), and Mike Bekelja (13), and won the battle of the boards by a 34-28 count.Lake Catholic shot the ball at a 55% clip (27 for 49) and had double digit scoring from Frazier (19) and Sean Fitzgerald (10) in addition to Eller.SolonMarbury 7-1-20Bekelja 6-1-13Steele 4-2-10Close 3-0-9Jones 2-0-4Marks 1-0-3Miller 1-0-2Lake CatholicEller 10-2-22Frazier 7-2-19Fitzgerald 3-2-10Boruszkowski 4-0-9DeMitro 3-0-6 Related TopicsLake Catholic CougarsSolon Cometslast_img read more

Handball: Nigeria Lose Second Warm-Up Match Ahead of Nations Cup

first_imgThe Nigeria national handball team suffered another set back in their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations as they lost to Tunisian clubside Olympique Souliman on Wednesday in their second preparatory match ahead of the tournament.The latest defeat comes on the heels of an earlier loss to Morocco in the first game of their build-up to the tournament which begins in Tunisia on 16 January.The Tunisian topflight club edged the Nigerians 23-21 in the game played in the Tunisian city of Sulayman.Notwithstanding two defeats on the bounce for the handball national team, technical director of the HFN Mr Ferdinand Emeana said the team are enjoying the best possible preparations for the championship and said the players have acclimatised quite well to the local weather conditions. Emeana also revealed that two more friendly matches have been lined up for the team against Cameroon on Friday and DR Congo on Saturday.Also Read: Ocheho Targets Maiden World Cup Berth At 2020 African Handball Nations C/ship – (AUDIO)Nigeria have been drawn with Angola, Gabon and Libya in Group B at the championship which will hold from 16 to 26 January and also doubles as a qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Cup.RelatedCoach Salami Upbeat About Nigeria’s Chances As Handball Nations Cup CommencesJanuary 16, 2020In “Handball”Handball: Nigeria Bows Before Morocco Ahead of Africa Nations CupJanuary 5, 2020In “Handball”Handball: Nigeria See Of DR Congo In Final Warm-Up Match Ahead of Nations CupJanuary 13, 2020In “Handball”last_img read more

LSU QB race only just beginning

first_imgLSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) warm up before a game last season.LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) warm up before a game last season.BATON ROUGE – Some two dozen practices remain, including three scrimmages, before No. 13 LSU opens the season against McNeese State in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 5.So, while sophomore Brandon Harris has the early lead at quarterback, the battle is just beginning as junior Anthony Jennings appears to have not missed a beat while on suspension in June and most of July.“Quarterback race is just what it is,” LSU coach Les Miles said Monday after his team’s first complete team and contact practice in full pads following four days in only shorts and helmets. “Will take some time. I’m saying it’s an ongoing process. Both guys are playing better.”Jennings held off Harris last season and started 12 of 13 games. Both struggled. They exited spring about even. Neither looked great.“They’re night and day in how they approach it,” Miles said in comparison to a year ago at this time. “They continue to evolve. We’ll have better quarterback play.”Miles, who settled on Jennings once and for all as of game seven last year, was asked if he had a timetable to name or settle on a starter. “I’m not that guy that’s going to make an early decision certainly,” he said. “And again, I think, including today, both guys made progress this day. So, it’s the way it is.”Asked if he had it in his head now which is his starting quarterback, Miles said, “No, and I’m not put in that spot. I can tell you who took the first snaps. Brandon Harris took the first snaps, but Anthony has taken a good portion of them.”Brandon Harris off to a flying start as LSU’s QB so farMiles was asked how Jennings has reacted to no longer taking the first snaps after taking them in the spring of 2014, in August of 2014, most of last season and last spring.“I think he’s competing,” Miles said. “I think he made a couple nice plays today, so he’s competing very well.”Asked how important it is for the backup quarterback to continue to work to improve once that role is established, Miles said, “It’s imperative that they continue to improve. What the intent is as a room is to make sure that the level of quarterback play continues to rise. I think as a group, it appears to me that they have that intent.”OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH CHART: Entering contact drills on Monday, LSU’s first team offensive line had junior Jerald Hawkins at left tackle, junior Ethan Pocic at left guard, redshirt freshman William Clapp at center, junior Josh Boutte at right guard and senior Vadal Alexander at right tackle. Hawkins started at right tackle last season, Pocic at right guard and Alexander at left guard.The top backup linemen are likely redshirt freshman Garrett Brumfield, sophomore K.J. Malone of Ruston and freshman signee Maea Teuhema at the guards, sophomore Andy Dodd at center and freshman signees Toby Weathersby and George Brown Jr. at the tackles.“The offensive linemen can spend five days in non-pads, and no one knows,” Miles said. “And then it will all be based on padded practices. We’ve only had one. I think they’re all in the mix. Boutte’s probably a little bit more capable (among the underclassmen), but all of them are young and all have things to learn.”Guilbeau: LSU to go 11-2Teuhema is the No. 1 prep guard prospect in the nation and No. 3 prospect in Texas out of Keller, according to, while Weathersby is the No. 7 offensive tackle nationally and No. 12 prospect in Texas out of Houston.“He (Teuhema) is playing on the right side right now, and he can really end up in a number of spots because he’s really a bright, very capable offensive lineman for a young player,” Miles said.DEFENSIVE LINE DEPTH CHART: Entering contact drills on Monday, junior Lewis Neal and junior Tashawn Bower were at the first team defensive ends on the depth chart with sophomore returning starter Davon Godchaux and junior returning starter Christian LaCouture at the first team tackles.Bower, though, has missed the last two practices with a minor ailment and was replaced by freshman signee Arden Key on Sunday and Monday. Key is the No. 13 defensive end in the nation out of Atlanta.“I know it’s not deemed to be long term in any way,” Miles said of Bower’s injury.Sophomore Deondre Clark and sophomore Sione Teuhema, Maea’s brother, are backup ends along with freshman signee Isaiah Washington, the No. 15 defensive end in the nation and No. 8 prospect in Louisiana out of New Orleans. LSU has no ends with significant experience.“There would be less hesitancy than you might think (to play Key and/or Washington),” Miles said. “Both guys are very talented, very athletic. The difference is that you like some other guys like Tashawn Bower, and you like Lewis Neal. But there are some guys there that are biting at their heels.”Senior Quentin Thomas of Breaux Bridge and sophomores Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore are behind Godchaux and LaCouture at the tackles.RUSTON FULLBACK: Sophomore walk-on John David Moore of Ruston High School has been practicing with the first team at fullback after playing mainly tight end last season for the Tigers. He switched to fullback full time in the spring after playing in eight games in 2014 at tight end, fullback and special teams.The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Moore, who caught 24 passes for 354 yards at tight end for Ruston in 2012, was red-shirted at LSU in 2013 after walking on. He earned the Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award for his work in the weight room and the Eric Andolsek Leadership Award following spring drills last April. After wearing No. 47 last season and No. 46 through the first week of practice this year, Moore switched to No. 44 on Monday.An architecture major who appears in a recent promotional video for LSU’s School of Architecture, Moore made the SEC Academic Honor Roll last year.PRACTICE SCHEDULE: LSU will have a light, walk-through practice Tuedsay afternoon before dinner and a movie that night. The Tigers will open full squad, two-a-day practices Wednesday with workouts at 8:35 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Single practices will follow Thursday and Friday before the first scrimmage of the pre-season at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium.SOLD OUT: Season tickets for the Tigers have sold out for the 12th straight year as 74,350 were announced as sold by LSU on Monday.QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Nice to be outside with the entire team. I promise you the guys enjoyed being out there with an entire team. The half team practices (split squad workouts Thursday through Sunday) were twice the reps.”— LSU coach Les Miles.Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at read more

Quan Bray not letting fumbles get to him

first_imgAUBURN — Quan Bray’s breakaway speed and great agility is what makes him a great punt returner.The Auburn wide receiver ranks second nationally with 18.1 yards per return, behind only Tyler Lockett’s 20.5, and has two return touchdowns.But Bray has struggled with ball security with three fumbles over the last two weeks, two coming on punt returns.“He needs to protect the football and he needs to make plays,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “He needs to make a play in (the Iron Bowl) but he needs to protect the football better than he has the last few games. He’s still one of the better punt returners in all of college football. The bottom line is you have to protect the football better.”Bray, who became the first Auburn player with a rushing, receiving and put return touchdown in the same season, wasn’t letting the recent issues, which also plagued his sophomore season, get to him.“I’m good,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason. That’s all in the game.”Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray had three carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 56 yards.Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray had three carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 56 yards.last_img read more

Jamaican soca legend Byron Lee honoured in New York

first_imgHe was previously awarded in Toronto in 2008 by another Chapter of the organization. Lee was selected, as he is the first Chinese with West Indian roots to have made headway into the US and the music industry.Starting a Mento and Calypso group in high school, Lee grew this group into a big dance band, the Dragonaires, which held sway over four decades in Jamaica and the Caribbean, as well as in the diaspora cities of London, Miami, New York, Toronto. From Ska to Rock-steady to Reggae and Soca, Mambo and Cha-cha-cha, Lee reproduced the international signature music of the Caribbean.The late Hon. Byron Lee O.J., C.D., died in November of 2008 but his music still resonates with the world and his legacy still lives on. On October 16th, Jamaican soca legend Byron Lee was honoured at the first New York Hakka Conference held at the Museum of Chinese in Association (MoCA). Lee is the first recipient of an award from this Chapter and Lee’s daughter, Julianne Lee accepted the award on his behalf.Byron Lee’s work and contribution has been immense and has been celebrated on numerous occasions. As such, he has received many accolades acknowledging his work and impact.last_img read more

‘I can’t breathe’ shirts sported by NBA, NFL stars in support of George Floyd protests

first_img Sujay Chakraborty LIVE TV Hundreds of thousands take the streets in France in support of Black Lives Matter. They demand an end to racism, impunity, human rights abuses, and U.S. street executions of civilians. #ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 2, 2020 FOLLOW US NBA players wearing “I can’t breathe” T-shirts after the killing of Eric Garner. SIX. YEARS. AGO. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd— . (@___Q__) May 29, 2020 The NBA preseason ahead of the 2014-15 season saw the likes of Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and several players don the ‘I can’t breathe shirt’ as a protest against the ruthless murder of Garner. Kobe Bryant wore that t-shirt ahead of the Lakers’ game against Sacramento Kings in 2014. Several players in the NFL like running back Reggie Bush and former guard Davin Joseph also donned shirts and boots with the message ‘I can’t breathe’. Respect to Reggie Bush for standing in solidarity with the people. #EricGarner #ICantBreathe(photo: @MearsDaniel)— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 7, 2014 Also Read | Stephen Jackson Carries George Floyd’s Daughter Gianna, Who Says “Daddy Changed The World”Fast forward to 2020 and as per reports, George Floyd’s death had a similar pattern while repeatedly pleading ‘I can’t breathe’ to the police officer Derek Chauvin. The video recorded by a bystander saw Chauvin pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes. Just like Garner, Floyd passed away while panting ‘I can’t breathe.’Why did Kobe wear I can’t breathe shirt? NBA, NFL stars protest against racial injustice The tragic murder of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American, by a police officer in Minneapolis brought back the memories of the 2014 death of Eric Garner – another unarmed African-American who fell victim to police brutality. Despite an almost six-year gap between the two incidents, the death of the two men feels more relevant than ever. The George Floyd protests in the United States are a result of frustration and anger among the masses reaching the boiling point after multiple incidents of racial injustice in the US. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor in 2020, all have two things in common – the trio was African-American and was killed by a current or former member of the police force.Also Read | WWE Statement On George Floyd’s Murder Supports Protestors, Condemns Racial InjusticeAmid the nation-wide protests in the US, NBA and NFL players have also shown their support for the cause. Many have reposted their photos wearing the ‘I can’t breathe shirt’ as a sign of protest against the unjust killing of George Floyd. The likes of NBA stars like the late-Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Derrick Rose wore the ‘I can’t breathe shirt’ in 2014 as a protest against the death of Eric Garner. Now in 2020, the posts are once again headlining social media in the aftermath of the death of Floyd.The ‘I can’t breathe shirt’ made its way from 2014 to 2020: Thousands of protestors chanting “move bitch, get out the way” to NYPD cops blocking them after curfew. #ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 3, 2020 R.I.P Eric Garner— Davin Joseph (@DavinJoseph75) December 7, 2014 WATCH US LIVE First Published: 3rd June, 2020 14:52 IST So much respect. @ReggieBush and #JohnsonBademosi #NFL #ICantBreathe— Darnell L. Moore (@Moore_Darnell) December 7, 2014 Also Read | Vanessa Bryant Posts Kobe’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Photo In Wake Of George Floyd Protests Also Read | Stephen Jackson Promises To Walk ‘twin’ George Floyd’s Daughter Down The AisleFloyd’s death has once again spurred the return of ‘I can’t breathe shirts’ as a sign of protest. Last week, Lakers star LeBron James began the movement when he shared his 2014 photo wearing that t-shirt to Instagram. Subsequently, Vanessa Bryant, wife of Kobe Bryant, shared the picture of Kobe wearing the t-shirt. Thousands of protestors across the major cities in the United States have conducted peaceful marches signs of ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’. Blackout Tuesday was the social movement conducted earlier this week, which was supported by athletes and celebrities across the globe.  Written By Last Updated: 3rd June, 2020 14:52 IST ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts Sported By NBA, NFL Stars In Support Of George Floyd Protests NBA stars have brought back the ‘I can’t breathe shirt’ from 2014 as a sign of protest against George Floyd’s murder. Analysing the significance of the t-shirt. COMMENT George Floyd I can’t breathe shirt: Drawing parallels to the death of Eric GarnerOn July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in New York, after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold while arresting him. The incident was recorded by Ramsey Orta, a friend of Garner, on his cell phone. Garner, who was allegedly accused of selling loose cigarettes without tax stamps, got involved in a tussle with Pantaleo after the latter attempted to handcuff him. The tussle resulted in Garner being put in a chokehold for several minutes. Eric Garner repeatedly pleaded to be released by the officer. The video captured showed Garner saying, “I can’t breathe,” 11 times. Garner later died in the hospital after having a heart attack on his way to the same. SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

US limp to finals at Hong Kong Sevens

first_imgEngland leapt ahead over the series leaders 14-0 after a clever feint in the second minute by Dan Norton, who a day earlier overtook Kenya’s Collins Injera as the Sevens’ all-time top try-scorer.One more try followed a minute later from Phil Burgess before Eagles prop Ben Pinkleman capped a hat trick 90 seconds after the half-time break. But captain Madison Hughes missed two crucial conversions and the Americans struggled to the 28-22 finish a man down when substitute Marcus Fasitupe was sent off after barely a minute onfield. Wales snatched a 21-19 victory earlier in the day after riding out the clock following a 12th minute Joe Goodchild try and conversion by captain Luke Treharne. “That Wales one was especially disappointing,” Hughes said after the England match. “We just came out flat and not really with it. We’ve just got to have a hard look at ourselves… today is not the sort of day we want.” The US will progress to tomorrow’s knockout round despite only one win in the group stage and start against South Africa, while England take on Samoa.Reigning Hong Kong champions Fiji finished at the top of their bracket after a 24-5 demolition of New Zealand. Buoyed by a vocal posse of blue-wigged supporters in the north stand, Livai Ikanikoda drove home Fiji’s third try a moment after converting for Vilimoni Botitu, bringing his side up 19-0 at the first half.Joe Ravouvou salvaged some dignity for New Zealand in the closing minutes with his fifth try of the tournament. Fiji and New Zealand have between them won two out of every three championships at Hong Kong since the tournament’s founding in 1976. Australia finished third in their pool after their sole group stage 28-12 win over 2018 runners-up Kenya, who have struggled through the weekend with an ageing squad and in the shadow of a recent salary dispute.last_img read more

Slumping Sharks bank on returning experience

first_imgIt’s debatable whether the Sharks’ talented and stable squad really need a bunch of hardened stalwarts to reverse a four-match losing streak.After all, what’s the point of having a squad system?Nonetheless, the Durbanites are grateful for the presence of lock Ruan Botha, flankers Philip van der Walt and Tyler Paul and hooker Akker van der Merwe, who are all in the touring party for the trek through Australia and New Zealand for the next three weeks.The trio had missed significant periods of the campaign to date through injury and suspension.29-year-old Van der Walt in particular has shown his worth both as a robust presence in the loose trio and as leader.“Philip’s performance (against the Reds last week) was very industrious,” coach Robert du Preez said from Sydney on Tuesday, where the Sharks take on the Waratahs on Saturday.“He completed 11 tackles and we know what he brings to our team. I’m pretty sure he’s now just going to get better with every game.”But the others’ influence also can’t be denied, especially in terms of the sheer experience they bring into the equation.A lack of composure and perhaps even leadership has been a major contributing factor in the Sharks’ slump.“It’s great to have these guys back,” said Du Preez.“It creates a fantastic dynamic. I believe when we announce the team later this week, we’ll have a very strong match-23.”Further lifting the spirits is the sheer fact that the Sharks are now overseas, where players and coaching staffs tend to pull together more intimately.“Tours are fantastic. It’s one of the perks of being involved in professional rugby. The guys have bonded already and the leadership group have organised some great initiatives already to keep the team spirit going.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more