Basketball Ireland Season Gets Underway This Weekend

first_imgBoth sides boast new look squads, with Tralee boosted by the additions of Daniel Jokubaitis and Ivan Bogdanovic from Killorglin, and have also welcomed American Keith Jumper back into the squad for another year. UCD Marian meanwhile are also a changed squad as they head into the new season without the services of Spaniard JJ Vall Ilobera and star player Conor Meany, who has retired from Super League basketball. They have added talent in the form of Shane Davidson, American Brian Andrews and Igor Markiewicz, the latter moving over from Dublin Lions. The Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League returns with a bang this weekend with some big battles across the country.One of the major clashes will be in Kerry on Saturday evening when reigning league champions, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, open their season with a hugely-anticipated clash against 2018 league champions, UCD Marian. These two sides met in a thrilling end of season showdown back in March, which saw Tralee take two massive wins against the Dubliners to be crowned league champions for the first time. Kieran Donaghy of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in action against Matt Kelly of UCD Marian during the Basketball Ireland Men’s Superleague match between Garvey’s Warriors Tralee and UCD Marian in the Tralee Sports Complex in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfilecenter_img Looking ahead to the clash, Tralee boss, Pat Price stated: “We’re looking forward to Saturday’s game. We’re still finding our way and trying to get in sync with each other. There are lots of new faces and it will take us some time to realize our identity. We know Saturday will be a big task, particularly for an opening game, so we’re hoping to get off to a strong start and take advantage of the home support.”UCD Marian head coach Ioannis Liapakis added: “Our squad for theseason remains almost the same, but we lost two really important playersin Conor Meany and JJ. We’ve added some new players and for the nexttwo to three years we’re going to be in a transition phase as we’regoing to start losing more of our experienced players to retirement andwe will need to bring in our younger players. The first game of theseason is always the most difficult one and especially when you have toplay the league winners in their gym. We know what we’re going to faceover there and we’re looking forward to this huge challenge.”One of the other big games of the weekend sees Griffith CollegeTempleogue on the road up to Belfast Star in what is set to be anotherhotly-contested battle.“I think we have a chance to be good this year but we will haveto blend youth and experience,” mused Star head coach, Adrian Fulton.“We have lots of new faces and a few injuries, but we’re looking forwardto it.”Templeogue’s Mark Keenan also looked ahead to the game, adding: “It’s important to get off to a good start and Star in Belfast is a tough place to start. We will be calling on all of our experience to help us get through this weekend. We had some great battles with Star last season and I believe they will improve again this year.”Other big games around the weekend include the much-anticipatedDublin derby between DCU Saints and Pyrobel Killester on Saturdayevening, with the latter boasting the return of Isaac Westbrooks.Coughlan C&S Neptune host Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in Cork onSaturday evening in a game that will undoubtedly be one to watch, withKyle Hosford added into the Neptune set-up, while Colin O’Reilly hasmoved to Killorglin as player/coach.  Two derbies wrap up the remaining games of the weekend withMoycullen hosting Maree in a big Galway showdown at NUIG while the finalmatch-up is another Dublin derby as the two newly promoted sides, AbbeySeals Dublin Lions and DBS Éanna, go head-to-head in Clondalkin.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Abilene Christian tops Angelo State

first_imgAbilene Christian Angelo State ABILENE, Texas – ACU sophomore center Sydney Shelstead recorded a career-high 21 points Monday night as she and Suzzy Dimba each recorded double-doubles to lead the Wildcats to a 70-55 non-conference win over Angelo State in non-conference women’s basketball action at Moody Coliseum.The win pushes ACU to 10-8 overall, while the Rambelles fall to 5-13 on the season. ACU now leads the all-time series 53-35 and has won four straight over their former Lone Star Conference rival. ACU will be back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. when it takes on Houston Baptist in a Southland Conference game in Houston.Monday night’s game was actually a close contest throughout the first half and into the early part of the second half before ACU broke away from the Rambelles. ACU led 39-35 at halftime, but saw the Rambelles tie the game at 44-44 with 16:03 to play on a 3-pointer by Keanna Kelly.But that was the last time the Rambelles would actually be in the game as ACU ripped off an 18-4 run over the ensuing 7:09 to turn a tie game into a 62-48 lead. Shelstead and Dimba each had six points in the run and Alexis Mason and Whitney West each had three points in the burst that gave the Wildcats the separation they needed.Dimba got the run started with a jumper with 15:11 to play to make it 46-44, and she capped the burst with a layup at the 8:54 mark to make it 62-48.For Shelstead, her 21-point, 11-rebound effort is the seventh double-double of the season and ninth of her career, while Dimba recorded her fifth double-double of the season and 16th of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Shelstead’s 21 points tops her previous career high of 20 points set on Nov. 19, 2013, in ACU’s win over Northwood. – Return to top –last_img read more

Heartbreak for Leclerc as Hamilton wins in Bahrain

first_imgFive-time world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lucky Bahrain Grand Prix win for Mercedes on Sunday after engine trouble in the dying stages denied Charles Leclerc a first Formula One victory.The 21-year-old Monegasque, who had started from pole position and finished third, had been set to become Ferrari’s youngest winner in just his second race for the Italian team when his car started losing power.Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas, both as much as four seconds a lap faster than the stricken Ferrari, reeled him in and breezed past to secure the team’s second one-two finish in as many races.“That was extremely unfortunate for Charles,” said Hamilton as he crossed the line, with the race finishing behind the safety car which was deployed to clear away Daniel Ricciardo’s stranded Renault.“He drove such a great race. We’ve got work to do to keep these guys off our tails,” added the Briton, who hugged Leclerc after they stepped out of their cars.Leclerc’s problems capped an already difficult day for Ferrari, who had swept the front row in qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel’s race having already unravelled.The German, who finished fifth, spun while defending second place from Hamilton and then lost his front wing in a spectacular shower of sparks.The only consolation for Leclerc, on the podium for the first time in his F1 career, was an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race.“It’s a very hard one to take,” said the youngster. “It’s a shame to only finish third, but it’s part of racing and we’ll come back stronger.”Hamilton’s win in Bahrain was the 74th of his career but first this season.The Briton stayed second in the championship but is now just one point shy of overall leader Bottas, who won and scored the extra point for fastest lap in Australia.Max Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull ahead of Vettel.British rookie Lando Norris put in a fine drive for McLaren to finish sixth ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, Leclerc’s predecessor at Ferrari.Frenchman Pierre Gasly brought his Red Bull home in eighth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Thai driver Alexander Albon and Mexican Sergio Perez, who rounded out the top 10 for Racing Point.Hamilton is now 17 wins short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.last_img read more

Ja’s World University Games team cut to four

first_img INSUFFICIENT FUNDS FOUR Jamaicans are currently at the 29th World University Games in Chinese Taipei representing the country in two different sports. Three will do so in track and field and one in swimming. The GC Foster College’s Sashalee Forbes is one of two females there. Forbes, who anchored the Jamaica Women’s 4x100m relay team to the bronze medal at the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in London, England, will compete in the 100 and 200m. The other female, Dawnalee Loney of the Mico University College, will compete in the 400m sprint, while the sole male in the sport, Tyquendo Tracey of the University of Technology, will compete in the 100m. Tracey ran in the first round of Jamaica’s Mens 4x100m relay team, which failed to finish in the finals in London. Michael Gunning, out of the University of East London, will compete in swimming for the country. Originally, 16 athletes were selected, but due to a lack of funds, the number was drastically reduced to four. The swimming competition started on Sunday, while track and field will begin tomorrow. Loney will be the first Jamaican in action as she will compete in Heat 1 of the Women’s 400m, the first track event of the Games. Two years ago, Jamaica finished 12th at the Gwangju, South Korea, staging of the Games in Track and Field, and the country’s athletes picked up five medals. Danielle Williams led the way then with gold in the Women’s 100m hurdles, while there were three silver, by Shimarya Williams in the Women’s 100m, Simoya Campbell in the Women’s 800m, and Kimarley Brown in the Men’s 100m. Kedeisha Dallas took bronze in the Women’s 200m. Laurence Garriques, general secretary of the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association is the head of delegation, while David Riley is the team’s head coach.last_img read more

Guyana to celebrate CPL final in grand style

first_imgAs the curtains are drawn on this year’s “Biggest Party in Sport” come Saturday, Guyana is set to celebrate the ultimate match of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Tournament being played in Trinidad in grand style, with a series of events.The 704 Sports Bar and Club will open its doors to cricket enthusiasts for the Official CPL Finals Party this year. The event, titled Howszzdat! will set the pace for the action while ensuring that fans do not miss a ball.On this special occasion, 704 will be offering eye-catching deals to their customers, with the “Buy one, get one half price” deal being among the lead attractions. This, therefore, means that fans can not only enjoy the final in the most fitting environment but will be treated to drinks at a reduced cost as well.Tower Suites promises a similar experience as they go live on big screens for the 2017 Finals.The Poolside Bar is set to come alive with a CPL rave, as two powerhouses battle to be crowned the Caribbean Cricket Champions of 2017.Once again, fans can take full advantage of the amazing bargains on beverages as Tower boasts special deals on all brands of beers.Why stay at home when you can join in the excitement as Guyana wrap up the “Biggest Party in Sports”, the right way?!last_img read more

Thailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Apart from dealing with accommodation issues, the Thais also encountered problems with their food and drinks so much so that their top sports official had to intervene.According to a Facebook post from FA Thailand, president Somyot Poompanmoung had been informed of the problem his players encountered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Thai national team was given the same food items for every meal at Century Park Hotel and that the players are given only four bottles of drinking water a day.“The problem is there’s not enough Thai food in the menu for the athletes, coaches, and staff every meal,” the post wrote. “There should also be extra food daily until the end of the SEA Games.” View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationscenter_img Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Photo from FA Thailand Facebook account(Editor’s Note: We erroneously reported that the practice field that was in the photos was at the Biñan Football Stadium when in fact it was the UP Diliman Football Field, which was still under construction. We apologize for the mistake.)MANILA, Philippines—Thailand’s football contingent has been having some trouble the moment it arrived in the country on Saturday for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Poompanmoung, who’s the former Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, has ordered the competition management to provide enough sustenance for his country’s national athletes.The UP Diliman Football Stadium in Quezon City, whose grandstand is still undergoing renovation, also caught the attention of the Thais who just held their first practice a day before plunging into action.“Honestly, it’s bad,” the Facebook post on SMM Thaileague online wrote.Thailand opens its campaign against Indonesia at the start of the football competition on Tuesday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra enters semis, pulls plug on San Miguel’s Grand Slam bid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

Rock bears presidential profile

first_imgWHITTIER – Tony Cardenas was strolling on a beach in Baja when, lying among the thousands of other seashore rocks, he spotted one that looked special. “I looked over and thought, `This rock looks like George Washington,”‘ Cardenas, 61, of Whittier said. Cardenas picked up the rock and brushed it off. To him, it looked very much like the outline of the first president as portrayed on the $1 bill. Cardenas brought the rock home, where it sat in his sock drawer for the next three years. Last week, though, after his brother started seeing potential dollar signs, Cardenas pulled it out for another look. Now he, too, is convinced his rock might be worth something. After all, he figures, a grilled-cheese sandwich bearing the image of Virgin Mary recently fetched $28,000 on eBay, and a french fry shaped like a profile of Abraham Lincoln went for more than $75,000 last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m beginning to think it’s a big deal,” he said. But if someone offered him $1 million for the rock today, he might ask them to wait, Cardenas said. He wants to learn more about his rock, like what kind of rock it is and where it came from, he added. He thinks it might have chipped off the side of a mountain, then rolled down to the beach, where the rock laid for years. “This is just a fluke thing, but everything happens for a reason,” said Cardenas. “He probably got tired of tumbling around for years.” last_img

Man United interested in Chelsea star, Arsenal looking at Napoli ace?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Chelsea are ready to offer Cesc Fàbregas a new contract amid renewed interest in their midfielder from Manchester United. The Spain player has 18 months left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and the club want him to sign an extension. (The Times)Arsenal are interested in signing Napoli star Jorginho next summer. The Italy international has played a starring role in his side’s stunning start to the season. (Daily Star)Crystal Palace would be due a payment in the region of £2m if Sam Allardyce were to take over at Everton. The former England manager stunned the Selhurst Park club by resigning from his post in May, but part of his severance agreement saw Palace insert a clause stating they would be due compensation were he to step into any club job before a certain date – believed to be next July – and that sum is understood to reduce after January 1st. (Independent)Shanghai Shenhua are leading the chase among Chinese Super League clubs for Tomer Hemed. The Brighton striker’s market valuation has sparked interest in the Far East for the next CSL campaign starting in March. Hemed, who is out of contract at the end of the season, could go for just under £5million. (The Sun)Jermain Defoe fears for his World Cup chances because of his lack of regular football at Bournemouth. (Daily Mirror)Amanda Staveley is believed to be leading the way in the race to takeover at Newcastle United. Owner Mike Ashley has made it clear he would like a sale concluded by Christmas, and while that will require some rapid work behind the scenes at St James’ Park there have been no hitches so far since Staveley’s PCP Partners group signed a non-disclosure agreement. (Newcastle Chronicle)And here are the latest headlines…?Joey Barton slams ‘glorified PE teacher’ David Unsworth and warns Everton could be relegatedEverton players will be thinking, ‘what are you on about, you fat so-and-so?’ Damning Unsworth verdictJoey Barton has dismissed Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs as contenders for the Everton manager’s jobFormer Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed his lament at missing out on the signing of Alexis Sanchez during his time on MerseysideAC Milan have joined Manchester United in the race for RB Leipzig’s young defender Dayot Upamecano, according to reports in ItalyRB Leipzig president Oliver Mintzlaff has denied Bayern Munich’s interest in Liverpool target Timo WernerSerie A giants Inter Milan will make a January approach for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangalalast_img read more

Parker: Don’t take Lennon’s ‘quit’ comments seriously

first_img“You know what he’s like,” he said. “He’s a winner and after the game if things don’t go his way he just lets it all out.“Of course he would have [retracted those comments]. As I say, he doesn’t like getting beat at anything, cards or whatever. He loses it and he said a few things. He’ll be in tomorrow and you’ll see he’s okay.”Asked if he expected Lennon to be Hibs boss next season, Parker said: “I would think so, yes. Why not?“I’ve seen him like that before. I know what he’s like. It’s nothing massive, it’s just how he is.”He then said attention should turn to Sunday’s match against Rangers and that focusing on finishing the season with victory would be the perfect response to derby defeat.“How do we get over it? Win the game on Sunday,” he said. “We’ve had a great season. The disappointing thing is that we’ve had a chance to finish second, we lose to our biggest rivals, we didn’t play, we didn’t perform. “It’s disappointing and the players are disappointed because they have been fantastic all season.“We’ve got one more game to go. Let’s go out on a high.” Hibs assistant coach Garry Parker has said he doesn’t believe Neil Lennon will quit at Easter Road and his comments about leaving the club were said in the heat of the moment.Lennon showed his frustration with his side’s defeat to Hearts in the Edinburgh derby on Wednesday, saying he would consider his position in the summer and that a fourth place finish in the Premiership wasn’t good enough for the newly-promoted side.The head coach insisted he would review his situation in the close season, saying he wouldn’t go on if there were was no progress.Questions about his future intensified when Lennon didn’t show up for his pre-match media conference on Friday but Parker stood in and explained that Lennon was ill, urging people not to read too much into the situation. “He’s okay,” Parker said. “He’s had the flu for the last couple of weeks and he’s at home in Glasgow. “He’s overslept, his wife woke him up and he went back to sleep, which is in fact the true story. So he’ll be coming in at some point today. When, I don’t know.“It’s nothing at all [to do with post-match comments]. That was the heat of the moment.”Lennon’s long-time assistant said he wasn’t surprised by the coach’s post-match comments, saying he was familiar with the outbursts and that they could be put down to the immediate frustration after defeat.last_img read more

SHRM Certification: Look How Far Our Profession Has Come!

first_imgThe best part of my travels is always the opportunity to meet HR professionals from around the globe.  With the advent of SHRM Certification, my travels have been even more interesting as I gather feedback from examinees and learn more about our exams every day.  Over the last few months, I’ve had the good fortune to meet numerous examinees many of whom shared one principal piece of feedback—the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams were hard but fair.  Whether from Yonkers or Kalamazoo or San Diego examinees shared this sentiment and provided useful feedback.  SHRM Certification is a critical step forward for the HR profession where core competencies sit at the heart of professional development.  Since its inception, the SHRM Competency Model was based on extensive research serving as the focal point for HR professionals As a SHRM researcher, I knew every painstaking detail that went into developing the model including gathering insights of more than 35,000 business professionals across the globe. As a certified professional, I recognized how these professionals looked at SHRM exams. But as I explained the shift to competency-based certification, I discussed the research (I know, YAWN!), the importance of assessing both knowledge and the ability to do, and the criticality of using a common universal framework of business competencies.  Little by little, people understood the reason for a shift even likening it to other testing programs like your written and road tests for a driver’s license.  The SHRM Competency Model became seemingly ubiquitous across the business community with large organizations adopting the new certifications.  The competency-based credentials (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP) gained traction as people realized the shift made sense and was almost necessary given external criticisms of the profession.  As one colleague noted, “It all makes sense!  I get it now that I’ve been through the online pathway.”  As she described it, understanding how competencies play a role in success is the first step to continuous improvement.  The shift was in full effect and the HR world was accepting it.Between May 1 and July 15, 2015 we received feedback across a variety of areas.  Some good like the feedback on the situational judgment items and some not so good like commentary on the length of the exams.  In all cases though, it was information we could use to make our program better and that made your feedback invaluable. As our first testing window closed, we immediately turned to scoring.  As a data nerd, this was what I thought would be my favorite part of the process.  As we analyzed data, I knew you, our examinees, waited patiently in most cases for your results.  Yes, there were a few folks here and there who picked up the phone hoping to circumvent the system and get their results immediately.  I even had one call where an examinee offered me a nice bottle of wine if I tipped them off.  Luckily, my drink of choice is single malt Scotch whisky.  Nonetheless, this reaffirmed what would actually be my favorite part of the entire process—the welcoming of new members to the most prestigious community of HR professionals in the world.  My favorite part was recognizing that we would soon have thousands more SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs with roughly 69 and 53 percent passing each exam respectively. For some, the journey still entails sitting for the exam again.  We thank you for your continued commitment to the HR profession and encourage you to seek certification via the exams once again.For most, the journey entails two key activities—1) CELEBRATING!!!! and 2) starting your work toward continual recertification.  I am happy to join you for the first of these because everyone knows I LOVE CAKE.  I am even more ecstatic to join you for recertification because this is where the real magic happens.  Recertification is the commitment to continuous learning and growth.  It represents your willingness to engage in professional development with the goal of maintaining proficiency in those competencies.  It is simply a sign of your desire to be the best HR professional you can be for a long time to come. Congratulations to our new SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs and thank you all for your renewed commitment to this profession!  The journey is only a year old but look at how far we’ve come.last_img read more