FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Blake Elliott is the Southland Conference February Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Month are presented by MidSouth Bank.Elliott helped his Cowboys squad averaging a score of 70 throughout the month of February. Over eight rounds of play, the Liberty Hill, Texas, product recorded a round-low 66 at the Sea Best Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. (Feb. 4-5), where he finished tied for fourth. Elliott followed that performance with another fourth-place finish at The All-American Intercollegiate in Houston (Feb. 17-19). He then concluded his month by winning the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, La. (Feb. 25-26).February Golfer of the Month: Blake Elliott – Sr. – Liberty Hill, Texas Elliott boosted his national ranking to No. 30 after capturing the individual title at the Louisiana Classics and helping the Cowboys to the tournament’s team title. Throughout the month of February, the senior tallied a 1st place in addition to a pair of 4th place finishes. Over the course of his three tournament appearances, Elliott shot par or better in six of eight rounds and recorded rounds within the 60s on five occasions.Honorable Mention: John Hill, Incarnate Word; Jake Hendrix, Stephen F. Austin.Southland monthly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s 4×400-meter relay team of Drake Murphy, Antonio Ruiz, Isaiah Pittman and AJ Bennett and fellow Lumberjack Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.The Lumberjack 4x400m relay squad sealed a fourth-place finish at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster in College Station, Texas, over the weekend. The team combined for a 3:08.62 performance, logging the Southland’s third-fastest time of the season. The SFA squad is the first relay team to capture the weekly honor this season.Ellis cleared a mark of 18-4.75 feet in the pole vault also at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster. His performance placed him second overall in the event and stands as the Southland’s top mark in the pole vault this season.Southland teams will now set their focus on the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday in Natchitoches, La., hosted by Northwestern State. Events will be held at Walter P. Ledet Track Complex.Men’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week – 4x400m Relay (Drake Murphy, Antonio Ruiz, Isaiah Pittman and AJ Bennett), Stephen F. AustinThe mile relay team of Murphy, Ruiz, Pittman and Bennett closed out the Lumberjacks’ regular season with a new personal-best time of 3:08.62 in the 4×400. The performance beat out their previous time of 3:09.98 and placed the team in fourth overall in the event. Their outing stands as the 29th fastest time in the NCAA this season.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Tyler, TexasEllis leapt to a new career-best mark of 5.61m (18-4.75) at the Alumni Muster Meet, retaking the Southland’s top mark in the event and placing fifth in the NCAA this season.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO’S week went from bad to worse as Spurs were humbled at Brighton – while Hugo Lloris suffered a sickening injury.Poch was already feeling roughed-up after being hammered 7-2 in Tottenham’s back yard by Bayern Munich on Tuesday.7 Aaron Connolly hit a brace on his first Prem startCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Harry Kane and Co have endured a nightmare weekCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Serious questions of Pochettino are only growingCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd his side made the worse possibly start as Neal Maupay netted after three minutes, profiting from Lloris’ drop before the Spurs skipper suffered a suspected broken arm.Teenager Aaron Connolly doubled the lead on 32 minutes before grabbing a delightful second midway through the second half to end Poch’s hopes.Spurs were rocked when inside three minutes Lloris dropped a routine long ball from Pascal Gross, allowing Maupay to nod home from a few yards.It was a horror gaffe but attention quickly shifted to the horror injury Lloris sustained as he fell back into his goal.The Frenchman cried out in pain as his left arm bent the wrong way as he smashed it on the turf.Physios gave the Spurs skipper oxygen as they attended to him for five minutes before carrying him slowly away on a stretcher.7 Lloris was hurt in the incident that gifted Brighton the leadCredit: PA:Press Association7 The striker wheeled away having netted his third of the seasonCredit: Reuters7 But Lloris had to receive oxygen as he was stretchered offCredit: AFP or licensorsMost Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himLosing Lloris shellshocked his team-mates and for the rest of the half their unforgiving hosts threatened to pile on the misery.Just after the half hour they had their second goal as Connolly saw his initial shot from Dan Burn’s cross saved by sub keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, before tucking in the rebound.The strike saw Graham Potter’s men double their tally for home goals this season and the question was then how many more they would score.They hit the bar through Pascal Gross’ free-kick after the break before 19-year-old Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld to slot in to the far corner.This was Spurs’ 17th defeat of 2019 in all competitions – now the worst record of any Premier League side. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in agony as he suffers horror elbow injury at Brighton7Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite questions over Spurs future
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City’s spine of goalkeeper Joe Hart, centre back Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya TourÈ and striker Sergio Aguero has anchored the team since 2011 in the most decorated period in its history. One by one, it is being dismantled by Pep Guardiola. Hart has been sent out on loan to Italy. The injury-hampered Kompany no longer appears first choice. Toure has been ostracised. And the seemingly unthinkable is happening: Aguero is coming under pressure for his place. Aguero started on the bench for the English Premier League game against Everton last Saturday after playing two matches for Argentina during the international break. More surprisingly, he stayed among the substitutes for the Champions League match at Barcelona on Wednesday, when Guardiola preferred to play midfielder Kevin De Bruyne up front. Aguero has been untouchable, a guaranteed starter since joining from Atletico Madrid in July 2011. Suddenly, possibly the most popular player among City fans – and a scorer of 102 league goals in his first five seasons at the club – is vulnerable and seemingly dispensable, even if he is likely to regain his place for the Premier League match against Southampton tomorrow. When asked if Aguero was being phased out, Guardiola said yesterday that the player’s future was at City. “When Sergio decides to leave Manchester City, it will be his decision,” Guardiola said. Then, echoing comments he made about Hart in August before allowing him to leave, Guardiola added: “I appreciate him (as) a football player. I appreciate (as) a man what he did here.” It’s not just the recent selection decisions that hint at a sense of unease between Guardiola and Aguero. Guardiola has said publicly on at least two occasions this season that he wants more from Aguero than just goals, just like he wanted more from Hart than simply making saves. After Aguero’s hat-trick in the Champions League win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, Guardiola said: “I cannot teach him (about his talent in the penalty box), but he has to know that behind, the rest of the team wants to help him, and that is what I want to convince him.” While on international duty with Argentina this month, Aguero was quoted as telling Argentine media that Guardiola “is very picky about everything, (and) it’s good. “The good thing is that I’m getting used to him and automatically going straight into pressing the centre backs.” Aguero, who is contracted to City until 2020, has 11 goals in 10 appearances this season, and 19 in his last 20 dating to last season. There are few better, attainable strikers around and it will be intriguing to see how the situation pans out, especially with Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus due to arrive in December to provide competition up front. Guardiola said on Friday that he had no regrets about his decision to drop Aguero for the Barcelona game, which City lost 4-0 after having goalkeeper Claudio Bravo red-carded. That made it four games without a win for Guardiola, and a failure to beat Southampton would equal the longest streak without a victory in his coaching career. In an answer that lasted more than 61/2 minutes yesterday, he defended his tactics at Camp Nou and praised the personality of his young players like John Stones and De Bruyne. Guardiola repeated he will not change his style. “I think about that, yes,” he said. “But after that, the solution is not better than what I believe, so I cannot. Do you know why as well? Because in seven years (at Barcelona and Bayern Munich), I won 21 titles. Ö So it’s three titles per year playing in that way. “No, no, I’m not going to change. First, it’s going to happen that (if) it’s not going well in the future, next season isn’t going well in that way, I will go home.”
Four zones The competition will see four zoned teams, Eastern Flames, Western Heats, Northern Lights and Southern Sparks, competing over a four-week period. All matches will be played on Saturdays, beginning June 17. At the end of the series, the best players will be selected for an intense two week academy to be held at Sabina Park. President of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven said the importance of the competition to Jamaican cricket could not be overstated. “This tournament will create a critical path for youngsters to play for Jamaica and hopefully the West Indies. Under-19 cricket is the next step to playing Senior Cup cricket and then Jamaica and the West Indies,” Heaven said. The beginning of the West Indies Test series against Pakistan on Friday, was also the start of another important milestone in the development of cricket in Jamaica. The Jamaica Cricket Association announced at a press conference at Sabina Park, that Sandals Resorts International has committed to a three-year sponsorship of an Under-19 cricket competition and academy. Rainforest Seafoods and Wisynco have also committed their support to the initiative. Guest speaker at the launch Sports Minister Olivia Grange, said there is a need for programmes such as this one. “We have seen a steady decline in performances especially at the youth level, but as a national team, we always want to be the winners. We won’t accept anything else but being number one”, she said. Sandals Resorts International’s director, corporate services, Jeremy Jones reiterated the need for corporate support of the sport in Jamaica. “Sandals Resorts believes in youth development through sports and has graduated close to 1,000 young cricketers through our academy in the eastern Caribbean. It is with tremendous pride that we bring this programme to our home in Jamaica.”
Paul Julien, who leads us through parts of Liberia in the early 1930s, was born into a Roman Catholic family and devoted to that religion his whole life. During his travels he regularly stayed with missionaries. He speaks of them with great respect and admiration. On August 30th 1932 Julien writes to his parents: “When the rain stopped for a moment I went to the Catholic mission, that operates a simple, small church at the edge of the village [referring not to Monrovia but to Kru Town]. I was received warmly by the three Irish religious men, who immediately offered me their guestroom.”The next day Julien would shift from Madam Richards’ guest-house, where we found him last week, to the fathers. In the book, written 8 years and several trips to other countries later, Julien says that “There are few periods of my African life that have caused such intense memories as my stay at the mission in Monrovia. I knew that the brave missionaries lived a sober life – oh, why shouldn’t I just say they lived in poverty, and that the pastor, Father O’Leary, had trouble keeping the household going, but that the optimistic spirit and the vitality and warmth radiating from Mgr. Collins made one forget every lack of luxury.”By the time he wrote this, the missionary he met as Mgr. John Collins had been promoted to the post of Bishop of Liberia. The mission also was a consulate. Collins was representing the Vatican with the Liberian government.”A search for a Legation that is as modest as this Mission on the West-African coast and completely devoid of pretences, would be without success worldwide.”On August 4th 1932 Julien informs his parents that “My route will be: Monrovia, 10 days forest; Gbarnga, 6 days forest; Sanequellie [sic], 4 days forest; Gwecké, 1 day Beyla; 3 days road Niger-Kankan; 3 days train Conakry. With delays it will take about 5 or 6 weeks.”September 6th he sends them a message that he arrived in Kankan, which means that all worked out as planned. It is remarkable how the experience of time changes in Julien’s writings. Looking back, still in appreciation of the missionaries, it sounds as though the hike did not take a month but almost half a year: “I am sure that my trip to the distant Niger, a route that had to be covered fully on foot during the height of the rainy season, would not have been without accidents if I wouldn’t have had the huge privilige of using the extensive knowledge and experience of Mgr. Collins. The Vicaris had, albeit along a different route, made the first part of the journey, up to Sanequelleh [sic], himself, which was invaluable to me because up to now there are only sketchy maps available of Liberia’s interior that are highly unreliable and that fail to mention even places of importance. It was then July 1932, and before that same year ended I would have reached the Niger to the astonishment of the authorities of French Guinea, who had never had a European traveler coming from the south.”There is a moment in which Julien’s exchange with the missionaries touches another important story in Liberia’s history of the late 1920s and early 1930s: the influence of the League of Nations in Liberia following their inquisition into forced labour and slavery, and the threatening bankruptcy of the country. Father Collins tells him that the authorities consider him to be a League of Nations spy and see his research as a scapegoat because he was the first European in years to travel through the interior.A letter written by Pro-Vicar J. Kennedy, who replaced Bishop Collins while he was on leave due to ill health, testifies to Julien’s intentions to return to Liberia. The letter is dated November 29, 1946, a year and a half after the end of the Second World War. It tells Julien that, “The Centenary Celebrations of Liberian Independence occurs on July 26, 1947. A great celebration was planned, and Foreign Nations were expected to participate. Owing to World conditions, the celebrations will be now purely domestic, and instead an Exposition has been fixed for 1949.” Kennedy advises against Julien’s travel-plans: “I could not advise you to come to Liberia next year. Accomodation is almost impossible to obtain at present, and costs are very high. The construction of a new harbour at Monrovia has brought many people to the town and increased the population. This harbour may be completed by August of next year. One of the reasons why the Centenary Celebrations have been changed is because of the lack of accommodation for visitors and the impossibility of obtaining building materials.’Julien never set foot on Liberian soil again. But thanks to what he left behind we will be able to see the Krutown community of the 1930s next week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Copa Airlines has announced that it will be adding another flight to its Guyana-Panama route with onward connections effective December 9 of this year.With approval from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Copa will operate the additional flight on Fridays, adding to existing flights on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.According to the carrier, this decision to add an additional flight day is based on increasing demand that has been generated as well as plans to expand its services in Guyana.Copa’s Regional Sales Manager Bernardo Ordas commented on this move, saying, “The airline is very proud to be serving Guyana. The additional flight will cater to the growing demand and will also provide a way by which Guyana’s tourism product could be further enhanced. We are also cognisant of the increase in traffic associated with Guyana’s emerging oil and gas industry and would like to continue playing a role in national development.”Copa Airlines Sales Manager in Guyana, Nadine Oudkerk added, “The addition of a fifth flight to Guyana is part of our ongoing expansion efforts in the country and demonstrates that Copa is here to stay. We have been able to build strong partnerships with a number of groups, companies, and individuals, and remain committed to further developing these valuable relationships.”In 2015, the airline doubled its capacity to four flights in response to increased requests from passengers to expand the service. The airline company currently offers flights to over 78 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.With advancements in Guyana’s tourism sector, air transport has played a critical role and many carriers have sought to improve connections between Guyana and other nations.Just a few weeks ago, American Airlines commenced operations in Guyana, one of its 19 destinations across South America.At that time, GCAA Director General Zulifar Mohamed mentioned that the carrier would advance Guyana’s tourism industry and increase the flight count to the North American continent. For him, bridging those gaps is essential for the country and its economy.“We welcome them because the kind of connection they bring to Guyana would surely enhance not only tourism, but also trade in Guyana …The connectivity is needed in Guyana. We certainly know that the ridership will increase and the uplift out of Guyana will certainly welcome the increased flights out of North America,” Field was quoted as saying.Adding to that, Guyana hosted the Air Transport Meeting at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, which was organised by the GCAA in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo highlighted during his remarks that Guyana made a 20 per cent improvement in the aviation sector and currently had 64 per cent compliance. He said this was evidence that the aviation sector was moving in the right direction.The Air Transport Meeting addressed issues such as harmonising the regional air transport regulatory framework as well as the liberalisation of air cargo through regional and global approaches.
For brilliant football statistics and insight, check out WhoScored.comWolfsburg’s 4-1 thumping of Bayern Munich on Friday evening was certainly the biggest shock of the weekend.The first game in Germany’s top tier following the winter break pitted the Bundesliga’s top two teams against one another at the Volkswagen Arena in a meeting that should have been a more closely fought affair, though Bayern remained favourites.The four goals Bayern shipped was the same amount as they had conceded in the opening 17 league games this term and it was the performance of Kevin de Bruyne that ensured Wolfsburg secured a startling win.The young Belgian was WhoScored.com’s man of the match in the victory, gaining a rating of 9.68 having provided for Bas Dost to net the opener before bagging a second half double of his own.De Bruyne’s assist in the third minute was his 11th of the campaign; only Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas (15) has more of all players in Europe’s top five leagues this season.After his permanent move to Wolfsburg 12 months ago, the 23-year-old has begun to realise his potential after a mixed spell at Chelsea.His performances have rightly attracted reported interest of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Manchester United supposedly keeping tabs on the Belgium international.While the defence should be the priority for the former champions, they have shown a lack of cutting edge in the final third at times this season and a player of De Bruyne’s quality would significantly improve their attack.Only Dimitri Payet (3.7) is averaging more key passes per game than De Bruyne (3.4) in Europe’s top five leagues this season and with Juan Mata thus far having failed to live up to the £37.1m fee paid to secure his services last January, United boss Louis van Gaal may be beginning to lose patience in the Spaniard.Mata has a tendency to let games pass him by and unless he is at the heart of offensive moves, he offers very little else.When presented with the chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot under Van Gaal, the former Chelsea star has underwhelmed, reinforced by his poor WhoScored.com rating (6.86) in the Premier League this term.An average of 1.4 key passes per game is disappointing by his standards and a more influential presence in the final third is crucial if United are to reestablish themselves as England’s top team.Only Arjen Robben (8.38) has a better WhoScored.com rating than De Bruyne in the Bundesliga this season (7.97), reinforcing how excellent a season he is enjoying.An average of 3.1 successful dribbles per league match is better than every United player this term, with summer arrival Angel Di María (1.9) closest to matching that.The Belgian’s directness in attacking positions will help him break through defences, a much-needed quality against teams who may sit deeper.Meanwhile, an average of 3.1 shots per league game suggests De Bruyne is capable of either going for goal himself or, as a statistically calculated strength of ‘key passes’ suggests, creating for others.Depending on whether Van Gaal looks to keep with a 3-1-4-2 formation or a 4-3-1-2, the Belgian is the ideal player to perform behind the front pairing and his creative ability will benefit strike duo Robin van Persie and Falcao.With the clock ticking closer to the transfer window slamming shut, any potential deal for De Bruyne would have to be completed as soon as possible. However, a player of his calibre would be worth going all the way to the deadline for, provided United firm up their reported interest in the Wolfsburg star.You can follow all the scores, statistics and live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app Kevin de Bruyne Premier League transfer target 1
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman – said to be worth £850bn – appears to want use football to assist in the makeover after seeing Qatar and the United Arab Emirates improve their appearance thanks to their investment in the beautiful game.And experts who insist, behind the official agenda, the Saudis want to talk about buying into United, have noted Glazer’s attendance, following other visits to the oil-rich country. silverware Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It is yet to be seen whether the Glazer family would actually move anything beyond just talks given their ownership so far.They have taken more than £1billion out of the club since a 2005 takeover and boosted their income to a world-record £590million last season.Meanwhile, back in August the club’s share price reached a record high of $24 [£18.25] per share, valuing the club at around £3.1billion.Sources close to The Sun suggest it’s likely the Glazer’s are more likely to sell off some of their private share at the current time, rather than the whole club, similar to the way a state-backed Chinese consortium bought 13 per cent of the City Football Group owners of Manchester City and others clubs around the world, in 2015. Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED 2 BEST OF ADVICE REVEALED Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer is due to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia next week – sparking talk of investment or even a takeover at Old Trafford, according to The Sun.The Red Devils’ owners have always said they have no interest in selling the Premier League club but sources believe Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman wishes to buy in as he looks to take on the Abu Dhabi-based owners of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Man United do already have a partnership with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority as it helps to develop football in the country, but the nation is also one of the few countries or institutions able to fund a full takeover, which would cost more than £3billion.The Future Investment Initiatve conference is being held in Riyadh for the second time as Saudi Arabia bids to transform its image into an outward-looking financial and political force. huge blow REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 Co-chairman Avram Glazer is the man heading to Saudi Arabia. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move
An Grianán Theatre in association with Workhouse Theatre Company are rolling out an intensive six-week acting course called ‘WorkLab’ which will get underway next week. Ever wondered how good you could really be? Well now you can find out!For the next six weeks Workhouse Theatre Company will be running WorkLab, an exciting yet intensive programme in Actor training. You will experience the rigours, demands and fruits of a actors training and a professional theatre production.The course will appeal to theatre and film enthusiasts. Places on the course will be strictly limited and all applicants must be over 16.WorkLab will be led by Iarla McGowan, whose recent theatre credits include working with Field Day Theatre Company and at the Royal National Theatre.Classes will be held in Letterkenny every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. The cost of the course is €120. Classes will begin with a free introduction workshop on Tuesday 17th Feb in rehearsal room 1 at the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) in Letterkenny at 6.30pm, for all those interested.To book a place on the free introduction class please call the AnGrianán box office on 074 9120777. Booking now will guarantee you avoid that feeling of ‘why did I not?’ in three weeks time! #WorkLabINTENSIVE SIX-WEEK ACTOR TRAINING PROGRAMME TO BE ROLLED-OUT AT AN GRIANÁN THEATRE was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:.EntertainmentFeaturesnewsWorkhouse Theatre