Southland Football Produces 13 All-Americans

first_imgPJ Burkhalter, Nicholls – Jr. – Offensive Lineman (HERO-2nd, AP-1st, STATS-1st, WC-1st)The Southland Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, Burkhalter was the starting center and left guard for Nicholls, who led the Southland in rushing offense (197.1) and tackles for loss allowed (5.21) per game. Chris Livings, McNeese – Sr. – Defensive Lineman (STATS-3rd)The Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Livings tallied 9.5 sacks, which ranked third in the conference. He had a team-high 12 tackles for loss and posted at least half a sack in each of the final five games. FRISCO, Texas – Thirteen Southland Conference football student-athletes received all-America recognition, announced by various outlets throughout the week. Pat Allen, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Offensive Lineman (AFCA-2nd)The highest-graded offensive lineman for the Lions, Allen started all 13 games at left tackle. SLU ranked second nationally in passing offense (354.4) and total offense (484.8) and allowed the fewest sacks in the conference (1.77). Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Placekicker (STATS-3rd)A two-time Southland Special Teams Player of the Week, Ruiz made 21 field goals, which tied for the fourth most in a season in conference history. He connected on six field goals of 40+ yards and two over 50 yards. Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Linebacker (HERO-3rd, STATS-2nd)Chambers racked up 102 total tackles, including 63 solo stops, in his senior season. He ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.7) and ninth in solo tackles per game (5.8). The FCS all-America teams are chosen by HERO Sports, Associate Press (AP), the FCS Athletic Directors Association, STATS, the American Football Coaches Assocation (AFCA) and Walter Camp (WC). Sully Laiche, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Lineman (HERO-1st, AP-1st, STATS-1st, AFCA-1st, WC-1st)The first defensive player to be named Southland Conference Player of the Year since 2007, Laiche compiled 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in each of his 11 starts and at least one sack in nine contests. Laiche finished the regular season as the FCS leader in tackles for loss per game (2.1) and ranked fifth in sacks per game (1.1). With 37.5 career sacks, Laiche concluded his career half a sack shy of tying the Southland Conference record and tied for fifth in FCS history. Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State – Jr. – Punter (AP-2nd, STATS-2nd)McRobert led the Southland and ranked sixth among FCS punters with 44.3 yards per punt. He had 20 punts of 50+ yards, which paced the league, and booted five punts for 60+ yards. He placed 29 punts inside the 20-yard line.center_img Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – Defensive Back (HERO-3rd, AP-3rd, STATS-3rd)The league leader in interceptions (5), Jordan recorded three pick-sixes and shared the team lead with eight pass breakups. He ranked 14th among FCS defenders in passes defended per game (1.3). Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Defensive Back (STATS-3rd, AFCA-1st)The Southland leader in interceptions (5), Rochell also ranked third in the conference with 13 pass breakups and ranked ninth nationally with 1.4 passes defended per game. Allen Pittman, Nicholls – Sr. – Linebacker (HERO-3rd)Pittman ranked 10th in the Southland with eight tackles per game, totaling 80 in 10 contests. He recorded a season-high 11 tackles twice against Kansas State and Sam Houston State. Quan Shorts, Northwestern State – Sr. – Wide Receiver (STATS—3rd)Shorts is one of three wideouts in league history to reach 100 receptions in a season, finishing right at the century mark despite battling turf toe over the final three weeks. He ranked fourth in FCS in receptions per game (8.3). Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Kick Returner (HERO-3rd, STATS-2nd)Girdy Brito ranked second in FCS with a 28.2 kickoff return average and was one of only five players to return two for touchdowns. He was the National Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 35.6 yards against South Dakota. The league’s Player of the Year and Nicholls defensive lineman Sully Laiche is a consensus first-team All-American after earning top honors from five organizations. The Colonels led the way with three honorees, followed by Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist each with two. Andre Walker, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Defensive Lineman (HERO-2nd, AFCA-1st)The FCS leader in sacks per game (1.25), Walker tied for the fourth-most sacks in a season in Southland history with 15. He finished the year with 55 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles and three pass breakups.last_img read more

Williams appeals suspension for his red card

first_imgPhoto: Photosport Sonny Bill Williams Williams was suspended for four weeks for a shoulder charge on Lions wing Anthony Watson – it was hoped he would be able to serve the ban before the Rugby Championship.Yesterday World Rugby confirmed the suspension would run until August 19th, the day of the first Test against Australia in Sydney.In a statement New Zealand Rugby said Sonny Bill Williams has appealed the World Rugby Judicial Committee’s decision not to include the All Blacks match on 11 August in the four-week suspension.On the 11th the All Blacks are set to play a game of three-halves against Counties Manukau and Taranaki as a part of their buildup to the Rugby Championship.World Rugby said in their statement yesterday “The player had admitted that he committed an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4 (g) which deals with dangerous charging, and he received the suspension of four weeks, equating to four meaningful matches as considered by the judicial committee,” the committee said in a statement.Following due consideration, the disciplinary committee has ruled that Williams’ suspension will extend up to and including 19 August, which is the day of the first game against Australia.At this stage Williams is available for the second game against Australia in Dunedin on August 26th.last_img read more

Hurricanes break down Brumbies to reach semis

first_imgIt was far from a perfect performance from the defending champions as they struggled up front early and had to break down a rugged Brumbies defensive line to keep their hopes of back to back titles alive.The match echoed the regular season meeting in Napier when the Hurricanes trailed at half-time before storming away with the match in the second spell. While it took longer for them to seal the result this time, the outcome almost felt inevitable as the Hurricanes repeatedly pummeled the hosts’ defence, until returning hooker Dane Coles made the decisive break to put TJ Perenara in for the try that put the game beyond doubt.The Brumbies were left unable to fire a shot in the second half, held scoreless, with their defensive effort clearly taking a toll.The Hurricanes now have to wait until Sunday morning’s clash between the Lions and the Sharks to determine their semi-final opponent.A Lions win, will mean an unenviable trip to Johannesburg, while a Sharks upset would see them back in Wellington next week.Action packed startThe scoring was opened by James Dargaville in the fourth minute, who cantered in to score on an overlap after a breakdown penalty.However the Hurricanes struck back shortly after when Wes Goosen sliced through the Brumbies’ defence to score a superb solo try.A Hawera penalty put the hosts ahead again and they extended their lead after driving over the line from a line-out.The Hurricanes closed the gap on an unconventional try after Perenara’s short ball found the head of prop Ben May, with an alert Jordie Barrett pouncing on the loose ball to score.An unlucky yellow card to Jeffery Toomaga-Allen for a high shot on Hawera just before half-time put the Hurricanes under immense pressure, but they held strong to trail by only one at the break.After half-time the Hurricanes applied some pressure of their own, but some stout defence from the home side meant they were only rewarded to the tune of two Barrett penalties.That was until Coles, in his first match back from long-term concussion issues, made a stunning break, finding Perenara on his inside for a try that essentially iced the game.Unsung hero Goosen put the icing on the cake, when Beauden Barrett put him clear for his second try of the evening.Hurricanes: 35 (Goosen 2, J Barrett, Perenara tries; J Barrett 3 cons, 3 pens)Brumbies: 16 (Dargaville, Mann-Rea tries; Hawera 2 pens)last_img read more

Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000-point club

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The NBA Finals MVP returned from a three-game absence with a strained right calf and scored 25 points in the first half against the Clippers — KD’s biggest half of the season. He came in needing exactly 25 points for 20,000.Durant, who had a four-point play during the second quarter on the way to 14 points in the period, is at 29 the second-youngest player behind LeBron James and the first to reach the 20,000 mark as a member of the Warriors.                 /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img In this February 11, 2017 photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for an unopposed dunk in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Durant becomes the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points. Durant has reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of a second quarter game against the Clippers.   (AP FILE PHOTO)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points on Wednesday night.Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard, and Durant received a standing ovation, shaking his head in acknowledgment while still very much in game mode.ADVERTISEMENT Isaiah Thomas fined for Wiggins chop Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

The value of the “intangibles” of CPL cricket

first_imgEvery year since the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) was launched in 2013, the money raked in by the WestJamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew HolnessIndian economies continue to climb. According to an independent economic impact study on the tournament, Guyana had an almost US$15 million infusion into its economy. But several commentators pointed out that the “intangible value” provided by the CPL dwarfed by far that tangible sale of the Caribbean’s greatest cultural product, cricket.The study, conducted by SMG-Insight/YouGov, demonstrated that Guyana’s economy cashed in on some US$14.92 million during the 2015 tournament – a significant increase of 35 per cent over the 2014 edition. And for 2016, the organisers predict even greater growth, with an increase in local jobs created, a greater influx of fans coming to see the games as well as higher media value from the games being shown in more countries around the world.“Beyond the boundaries of the cricket stadiums of the Caribbean, if there were to be a dollar figure placed on the intangible benefits accruing to the WI people from the Hero CPL, “according to Dr Ranjasinghi Ramroop, Chairman of the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise, “it would be staggering.”Digesting the remarkable victory of the Guyana Amazon Warriors over the Jamaican Tallawas last Thursday night at the Providence National Stadium in Guyana, one fan Haniff Mohamed said, “Man, cricket was dying in the West Indies before CPL came in 2013. Today, every West Indian fan – living in so many countries – are watching our special brand of cricket! This brings us together as a people! One love brother!”His countryman Henry Talbot, who had come all the way from Berbice with his family, shook his head vigorously in agreement. “Man, you see what happen last year? You see who won those World Cup games? We won all three finals – men, women and under-19 – because of the influence of T-20 cricket… especially CPL T20! It has become the launching pad of WI cricketing stars today!”One cricket-besotted social scientist, who flew in from New York for the games in Guyana was more expansive, even as he asked to remain anonymous. “Whatever problems of “social cohesion” there might be in Guyana which caused the new Government to place that item at the top of its agenda when it acceded to office were certainly not in sight in Providence Stadium. I saw Guyanese from every walk of life, from every region and every political persuasion – or whatever categorisation that might have contributed to a lack of “social cohesion” – turn up to fill the venue to capacity. To cheer their team on to victory and to console each other when it seemed to them that “their boys” in the middle might have lost the plot for a while.”“Abee gat fuh get wan hit,” muttered Gobin Persaud to Shaundelle Cummings sitting next to him. “The boys have a build a partnership,” she replied knowingly without taking her eyes off the battle between bat and ball going on in the middle.“How do you put a value to getting over 60,000 Guyanese to physically be as one over the course of four nights and days?” the Sociologist wanted to know. “This togetherness is not from the rhetoric and exhortation of politicians but from their sharing their love of cricket in supporting their national team – the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Social cohesion and nationalism in action at the same time.”He pointed out that in his opinion, evidently shaken up by Brexit, even the usually staid Prime Ministers and Presidents meeting at the 37th (Caribbean Community) Caricom Heads of State meeting in Guyana had to concede that cricket was the greatest binding force holding the Region together. “Jamaica might be squabbling with Trinbago, but on cricket, CPL had wiped out even the insularity of the annual West Indies selection woes,” he said.He pointed to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness who was at Providence and saw his Tallawahs go down in defeat, but he cheered the victory of the Warriors.“CPL also solidified regional cohesion. The value of CPL cricket produces so much of value, it is priceless,” the enthusiastic social scientist concluded.last_img read more

Investigations into beatings, death of Lusignan prisoner Ali still ongoing – Prison Service Director

first_imgAlmost three months have elapsed since Shaheed Ali, who was on remand on a murder charge at the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, was beaten to death and the police have not charged anyone.The Lusignan prisoner who was badly beaten in the lockups and diedDirector of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels in a telephone interview on Sunday explained that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has not completed its investigation into the alleged murder of the prisoner.He stated that the GPF is yet to provide word to the Prison Service on the results of its findings which would most likely be provided when the probe concludes.However, Samuels noted that the investigation into Ali’s beatings and death is “active”.On April 2 last, Ali of Albouystown, Georgetown, was in Bay One at the Lusignan Prison around 22:58h when several other prisoners began to beat him following a dispute.The injured inmate was taken to the GPHC where he was admitted as a patient. However, three days later, at about 20:50h, he succumbed to his injuries at the GPHC. A report was subsequently made to the police.Guyana Times had been told that Ali had undergone surgery for several injuries including a fractured skull on the day of his death.Just a few days ago, one week after 23-year-old Samuel Little of Lot 1 Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, was remanded for breaking and entering and larceny, he was killed in the Lusignan Holding Bay by another inmate.Reports are that Little was involved in an argument with another male prisoner when he was struck with a piece of wood.Initially, he was treated at the prison infirmary but rushed to GPHC due to the severity of his injuries.Police have since confirmed that they have launched an investigation while the suspect was said to be assisting.last_img read more

NP Oscars Senior Boys 3A Zone Basketball tournament set for Thursday

first_img**SubmittedThe Senior Boys 3A Zone basketball tournament gets underway Thursday at noon with the defending champion Kelly Road Roadrunners tipping off against the fourth seeded South Peace Penguins.  The Prince George Polars take on the North Peace Oscars in the second game.The third seeded Polars, who play host to this year’s Zones, will have the bleachers filled with vocal supporters eager to see their team score an upset over the #2 Oscars.  The rookie laden Oscars will learn a good deal about themselves if they can withstand the partisan volume. “It’s bound to be loud,” was the comment from PGSS late Tuesday. Oscars head coach Derrick Laychuk feels he has the athletes but worries about nerves. “If we can finish our open looks and keep the turnovers under 20 per game we’ll have a chance to win the Zone this year, but we’ve had games where we haven’t taken care of the ball very well.” The Oscars will lean heavily on athletic Femi Ogun, their 6′ 5″ senior center who has shown an ability to score in traffic and defend against any big man he has faced this year.  Shane Wiebe at 6′ 3″ plays the second post position and benefits from the defensive attention Ogun draws in most games.  Wiebe is polished but undersized for the battles in the paint, nevertheless he has scored well in his first season at North Peace. Eleventh grade forwards Matt Stewart 6′ 1″ and Kyle Stevens 5′ 11″ bring speed and energy to the line up with Stevens the more proficient scorer. Both are quick and able defenders.  Blair Campbell and Nick Hazelwood share the point guard position while Josiah Gonzales and Kory Bell take turns starting at the two guard spot.  Gavin Yeoman and Turner Churchill round out the ten man roster. All ten will be needed if the Oscars are to succeed this weekend.  A win in their first match will move them into an evening contest with Kelly Road to see which team can advance directly to the Saturday Championship game.  Tip off for the final game is noon.  While Kelly Road is a prohibitive favorite to manhandle South Peace, the Oscars are no better than even odds to take the PG Polars.  A win is the more desirable outcome but a loss would mean a 7:00 PM start versus South Peace on Thursday evening and then a Friday noon start against one of the Prince George schools with the winner of that one then advancing to the final. The Roadrunners are early favorites but past history has seen the Polars pull off any number of upsets on their way to claiming more Zone titles than any other North Central school.   Shrinking school populations and / or the construction of new schools in Quesnel and Williams Lake has led to past powerhouse programs at Correlieu and Columneetza Secondary Schools leaving the 3A ranks to compete at the Double A level thereby reducing the number of participating teams to the current four. The Oscars leave for Prince George on Wednesday afternoon as they pull out the stops in an attempt to become just the third Oscars team to reach the March Provincials in Vancouver.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of May 30th

first_imgHere is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John and the North Peace.Saturday, May 30th, 200909:00 AM – 04:00 PMFort St. John Farmers Market09:30 AMMoto-X Races09:30 AMSpecial Olympics Golf Tournament Fundraiser10:00 AMBluey Day10:00 AMWalk in Step Fundraiser10:00 AMWonowon Elementary School Fundraiser01:00 PMEcole Central Presents: The Jungle Book01:00 PMWelcome Wagon Baby Shower & Grandparents Showcase03:00 PMStock Car Races06:30 PMWelcome Wagon Bridal Showcase07:00 PM – 10:00 PM3rd Annual Talent Gala and Art Auction07:00 PMComedy Detour: Dylan Mandlsohn07:00 PMEcole Central Presents: The Jungle BookAll Day EventAnnual Outdoor 3D Archery TournamentSunday, May 31st, 200909:30 AMMoto-X Races01:00 PMMove Dance Centre Spring Recital01:00 PMStock Car Races06:30 PMMove Dance Centre Spring RecitalAll Day Event- Advertisement -Annual Outdoor 3D Archery Tournamentlast_img read more

Little Star leads Colaaco to another win

first_imgThe Pee Wee Under-11 tournament continued yesterday afternoon with some exciting action on display by the youngest players of the game.In the competition, which is being coordinated by the Petra Organization, the first game on Saturday’s 16-match schedule featured F.E. Pollard and Colaaco Primary.Their match up saw both teams fighting hard to connect with the back of the net, and coming up short every time, as the strikers failed to complete their well put together plays. Nevertheless, this factor did not waver their confidence, as the youngsters continued to hunt the goal. With just a few minutes to go before the last whistle was blown, Colaaco Primary was presented with a scoring opportunity after a foul inside the box. Stepping up to the challenge and the scoring line was little Jeremiah Parks. As confident as ever, Parks sent the ball flying past F. E. Pollard’s goalkeeper into the back of the net, and was afterwards seen as the golden boy for Colaaco with the late but timely goal.Reflecting on his match winning performance, the youngster noted that he is very pleased with not only himself but his team’s overall performance.“I feel good because my team worked hard, my coach told me just work and try to score,” he stated.Looking to the future, Parks is also confident that his team will be able to bring home the champion’s trophy.“Because our team is playing good, and hopefully we meet in the finals and we will bring it home,” he declared.In other results, it was a battle for the top spot in Group ‘D’, as Mocha Arcadia met with an equally skilled Tucville Primary. The Mocha team shocked the usually successful Tucville Primary team with a 2-1 victory.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Champions League heroes were fantastic, beams Mourinho

first_img1 Jose Mourinho was thrilled by his Chelsea side’s sensational showing in their 5-0 Champions League victory over Schalke.The Blues were brilliant at the Veltins Arena as their Bundesliga opponents were brushed aside with ease to qualify for the next round of the completion as group winners.And Mourinho, who isn’t usually quick to heap praise on his charges, was glad to offer his players plenty of compliments after a great night in Gelsenkirchen.“They played a fantastic match,” the Portguese boss purred.“At this moment the team is very mature, it’s very confident and obviously to win 5-0 away in the Champions League is not normal.“Five-nil in Germany is even less normal but the performance was very impressive.“We are defending well because we are defending with 11 players and we were attacking well because we are very confident in ourselves and we use lots of players in the attacking process.“At this moment we are a good team. Obviously we can lose and a bad result is waiting for us but the team is playing really well and we have big self-belief.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more