Mason Knopp (8-2) earned the win after allowing three runs on eight hits through six innings, and Jared Biddy picked up his 11th save with 2.1 innings of no-hit relief and a pair of punchouts. In the top of the fifth, the Lions exploded for four runs, beginning with back-to-back RBI base-knocks by Nathan Pilutti and Brennan Breaud to put SLU back on top. After a Nick Ray lineout went down as the second out, Trey Harrington roped a two-run double over the head of right-fielder Lenni Kunert to make it 6-2. The Lions drew first blood in the top of the third, which began with a leadoff double to the left-field corner from Bryce Steckler. A Cody Grosse sac bunt moved Steckler 90 feet from home plate, and Preston Faulkner collected his team-high 47th RBI with a bloop single to right to knock Steckler in. One inning later, Northwestern State cut the Lions’ lead to two with a J.P. Lagreco RBI single, forcing SLU skipper Matt Riser to make the call to his all-conference closer, Biddy. Southeastern Louisiana advances to face the loser of game seven between No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 6 Stephen F. Austin, and Northwestern State is eliminated. Box Score | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – After four games produced just 13 total runs on day one, attendees of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament saw an offensive explosion in Thursday’s first game with No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana staying alive with a 6-4 win over No. 7 Northwestern State. The Demons chipped away at their deficit in the home-half of the sixth by way of a sac fly for Austin Stegall, who’s long fly ball got caught in the gusts blowing in to home plate and fell in to the glove of Ray, giving Tyler Smith plenty of time to tag up and advance to home. Northwestern State answered with two runs in the home-half of the third on a RBI double by Sam Taylor and a run-scoring base hit off the bat of Caleb Ricca. Sophomore Cheney Dodge, a .133 hitter to begin the contest, sparked the offense with a one-out single through the left side and scoring on Taylor’s two-bagger. The back-and-forth continued in the ensuing half inning as Southeastern Louisiana loaded the bases on a fielding error by Caleb Ricca and plated the tying run on a textbook squeeze play from Conner Manola.
FOOTBALL: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier vs Costa Rica Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be aiming to make the National Stadium their fortress tonight as they seek to beat Costa Rica and lift their chances of advancing to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. The Group Two CONCACAF fourth round battle will kick off at 7 o’clock at the venue which was called ‘The Office’ during the journey to France 98 campaign because the Boyz couldn’t lose there during the qualification campaign. In recent matches the venue has not been as impregnable as in the past. The Boyz lost 0-2 against Panama on November 13 and 2-3 on September 4 last year against Nicaragua in their last outings there. The Panama game was the opening match in this four-team semi-final round qualification. Both countries are now locked on three points after two matches. Jamaica rebounded and won their second game, on the road — 1-0 in Port-Au-Prince. Costa Rica have a perfect record in the group. They had a 1-0 home win over the Haitians and a 2-1 away success at Panama City, victories that have given them group leadership with maximum six points. Head coach, Winfried Schäfer, views the qualification as a step by step process. “Only focus is Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Costa Rica,” he said. As they’ve branded their campaign the ‘Road to Russia’, Schäfer said along the route “we’ve many stones”. Continuing, he theorised: “We can stop or build from the stone the bridge to Russia. Many, many stones are very, very heavy and for this we need the support. “… When we win then the next step (to the final round) is we’ve to work in Costa Rica too,” he said of next Tuesday’s return fixture. “It’s the same,” he said. “Before we talk about Russia we’ve to win on Friday. We’ve to win against Costa Rica and against Panama, it’s step by step, we’ve to build.” “It’s gonna be vital in terms of progressing through this group,” key midfielder Jobi McAnuff said about the Boyz transforming their play on home territory. “The home games are very, very important. “We’re still disappointed with the last two we’ve had and we need to make sure we transfer the away performances back here at The Office and make sure we win the game.” This is the third of six matches this round and only two will qualify to the final six, the CONCACAF Hexagonal, that ultimately decides the three or four World Cup qualifiers. “Every game is crucial, especially when it’s in a tight little group like this,” McAnuff pointed out. “There’s only four teams and it’s important not to lose, because then you lose too much ground. So if we win at home that would give us a good platform to go to the away leg and try and get another result over there.” McAnuff represents one of Schäfer’s key materials, given his leadership role on the pitch and the type of skill that saw him weave through the heart of the Costa Rica team with a dribble from half-line before scoring from inside the penalty box, when the teams last met. That was a 2-2 result at the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer, when Jamaica were on a high and made a first-time appearance in the final. Before that, the teams also drew 1-1 at the National Stadium in World Cup qualification when Schäfer had just arrived and sprang crowd favourite Jermain “Tuffy” Anderson on to the pitch for a late equaliser. “Tuffy” is not part of this group, but practically everybody from the Gold Cup final appearance remains, with the exception of captain Rodolph Austin and striker Giles Barnes. Austin, just recovering from injury, may play the return match. In his absence Adrian Mariappa will captain the team, playing in defence alongside Wes Morgan, the captain of much-storied English Premiership leaders Leicester City, who has promised to “give his all” for the Boyz. Their presence, along with Je-Vaughn Watson, Garath McCleary, Michael Hector, Simon Dawkins and others has strengthened Schäfer’s belief that they can get a good result at home. “The last time we lost at home – the first match the players were not ready for Nicaragua and the last match the team was not ready for the situation, one day before,” he said of pay disputes ahead of the game. “But now I think the team is ready. “They (Costa Rica) are a very good team, they’ve very good players,” he pointed out. “We played two times — 1-1, 2-2 and we’ve to watch what we’re doing at home. All players want to be in Russia.” “Very positive,” is how McAnuff labelled their attitude. “We put up a very good performance the last time we played them in the Gold Cup and to be honest they were lucky to come away with a draw. We finished very strongly and they will be wary of what we’ve got to offer.”
Nets say LeVert could return from foot injury this season MOST READ View comments “In order to stay in this league and be effective, you’ve got to be able to go down there and be able to stop somebody on the other end,” Covington said, adding: “I think I watched more film the first few years than I’ve ever watched my entire life, as far as just different guys and watching how they read certain things and build the habits of watching players and everything. So I’d say the past couple seasons is when everything started to click.”The 24-year-old Saric was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 2016-17. The native of Croatia has career averages of 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range last season.Covington will likely fill Butler’s starting spot. Thibodeau could move Taj Gibson to the second unit and keep Saric as a starter. The 6-foot-10 Saric, who was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft, is the classic “stretch four” with a power forward’s size and a small forward’s shot. He meshed well with Sixers center Joel Embiid, so Towns has the potential to similarly complement his game.“KAT is shooting so much better from the 3-point line than Joel, and it seems like we can play with each other,” Saric said, adding: “If I find a way how to play with Joel, I think I can find a way how to play with KAT.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES From left, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless posed for photos with their Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball jerseys after their introductory news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Minneapolis. Covington, Saric, Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick were acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)MINNEAPOLIS — When Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless walked into their hotel rooms in Minnesota, they found appropriate gifts from Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns: winter coats.After the overnight temperature dropped to 7 degrees, the newest members of the team by way of the Jimmy Butler trade with Philadelphia appreciated the welcome from Minnesota’s best player. Butler’s awkward and drawn-out departure created an icy atmosphere around the organization, but now that the deal is finally done, the Wolves have begun trying to warm the atmosphere back up.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As for whether the Timberwolves could be better without Butler, the four-time All-Star with exceptional ability on both ends on the court, Thibodeau demurred.“We have to focus on who’s here. We think we have a good, young nucleus, and we have to build off of that,” Thibodeau said.Covington is the centerpiece of the package.The 27-year-old, who went undrafted out of Tennessee State and began in the NBA with Houston in the 2013-14 season, has career averages of 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with a 35.9 shooting percentage from 3-point range. The 6-foot-9 Covington was an All-Defensive First Team pick last season with a career-most 315 deflections and a defensive rating of 99.0 that led all forwards in the league with at least 30 minutes per game. He was ninth in the NBA in steals with an average of 1.7 per game.That’s the area where he’ll help the Timberwolves the most, the area that Butler was also acquired to help improve.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “We can’t wait to get on the court, put on that jersey and put it on for this city,” Covington said at a news conference inside Target Center on Tuesday afternoon that carried just a bit less buzz than Butler’s open-to-the-public introduction at the Mall of America less than 17 months ago.As Butler formally joined the 76ers , the Wolves pivoted forward after a pressure-relieving win over Brooklyn on Monday night following an 0-5 road trip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNeither Covington nor Saric played against the Nets, but they’re on track to take the floor on Wednesday night against New Orleans. Bayless is injured, rehabilitating a hyperextended right knee, and with a glut of point guards on the roster he’s not expected to see playing time even once he’s healthy. Both Covington and Saric were starters for the Sixers, who finished third in the Eastern Conference last season at 52-30.“They’re both young, and they’re going to get better. Both are very good defensively. They both shoot the 3. We think they fit well with the guys that we do have,” said president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau. “Once we got to that point where we felt we were getting multiple rotational players, then we felt it would be time to execute the deal. When we initially started off, that wasn’t the case.”
─ Guyana-Brazil well drilling mission officially beginsThe Guyana-Brazil well drilling mission, which will see the construction work of eight wells in eight South Rupununi communities, was officially launched today at the Lethem Amerindian Hostel.The gathering at the opening ceremony for the Guyana-Brazil well drilling missionDeclaring the mission open, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon noted that this agreement between the governments of Guyana and Brazil is a clear signal of the strong 50-year friendship and diplomatic relations between the two South American neighbours and has the potential to bring unprecedented relief to the citizens of Region Nine.Meanwhile, Colonel, Emerson Deni, Military Attache, BEC noted that in this project the Brazilian Army is deploying the sixth Construction Engineering Battalion from Boa Vista, which will be sending 48 military personnel the mission.“The teams will begin the drilling wells in South Rupununi from October 4th with two drilling teams working ten days in two simultaneous locations… We will have other teams to set up the wells in the eight villages.” Colonel Deni said, “It is paramount that the communities have a regular supply of potable water all year round.”Minister of State, Joseph HarmonTwo of the wells will be drilled by the Guyana Defence Force.Mayor of Lethem, Kerry Jarvis and Regional Chairman, Bryan Allicock both welcomed the project noting its necessity to aid farmers and ranchers with their produce and animals.In 2017, a Complementary Agreement to the Basic Agreement on Technical Cooperation was signed between the Presidents of Guyana and Brazil, for the Brazilian Army Engineering and Construction Battalion (BEC) to drill eight wells.The wells will be drilled at Aishalton, Chukrikednau, Karaudarnau, Achiwuib, Awaruwaunau, Maruranau, Shea and Baisahidrum and will have a depth of 250m or 800ft deep.They are expected to be handed over to the Government of Guyana on November 28.
… as CH&PA hauls Baishanlin boss to courtSunset Lakes Inc, a company owned by controversial Chinese businessman, Chu Hongbo, has been hauled before the court by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) in order to repossess the 100 acres of land it had secured, as well as to rescind the Agreement of Sale.Former Housing Minister, Irfaan AliNews of the court action comes just days after a court appointed Receiver/Manager was appointed to sell off the lands in order to secure monies owed by Chu to a local bank.Chu Hongbo, the General Manager of Baishanlin logging company, had purchased the shares in Sunset Lakes Inc from local business tycoon Brian Tiwarie who had originally secured the 100 acre plot of land aback the Providence National Stadium for the development of a housing scheme.Chu was subsequently taken to court by Tiwarie over his failure to pay some US$4 million owed on the US$8 million transaction.The Baishanlin boss subsequently had the property placed in receivership over his failure to make good on bank loans even as CH&PA has now commenced separate court action in order to repossess the property.CH&PA, in a public missive on Wednesday, following recent reports over the advertised sale of the 100 acre plot of land by the Receiver/Manager, Nigel Hinds, said it has commenced court proceedings in an effort to repossess the plot of land, which was recently advertised for sale by Sunset Lakes.The Housing Authority which falls under the Communities Ministry, in drawing reference to the advertisements inviting bidders to submit proposals for the purchase of the property, pointed out that “on July 20, 2017, CH&PA through an external attorney Robert Ramcharran, attached to the law firm Luckhoo and Luckhoo, initiated legal action in the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature against Sunset Lakes Inc.”Among the demands from the CH&PA is a declaration by the High Court that it is entitled to rescind the Agreement of Sale and Purchase made and entered into, between the CH&PA and Sunset Lakes Inc on February 7, 2014, with respect to the property situated at Plantation Providence.CH&PA is also petitioning the court for an order rescinding the said Agreement of Sale and Purchase made and entered into at Georgetown Guyana between the two entities and that the monies paid, some $458,180,000 be refunded.The refund, according to the CH&PA demand, will be less the sum equivalent to 10 per cent as a penalty for breach of the terms and conditions of the said Agreement of Sale and Purchase.CH&PA has also demanded an order directing the Registrar of Lands to recall and cancel Certificate of Title registered to Sunset Lakes Inc.The transaction has in recent weeks attracted significant media scrutiny leading the then subject Minister, now Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee and Opposition Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali, to lend his voice to the debate.According to the former Minister with responsibility for the housing sector, “In relation to the Providence land, I continue to read with shock the continuous misrepresentation of facts by the Kaieteur News [KN]… These facts have been in the public domain on many occasions for years now.”Lashing out at the KN newspaper, the former Minister questioned, “Why is it that you continue to ignore the fact that the names of all private developers were made public on many occasions… This is not a new discovery.”According to Ali, the list was requested in the National Assembly and submitted even as he reminded that “all these proposals by developers and investors were responses from ‘expressions of interest’.”He said too, the terms and conditions of all the contracts are the same and that all the developers are bounded by the same conditions.“It is a total misrepresentation to suggest otherwise and at some point basic decency and honesty must be adhered to.”According to the former Minister, the only motive of the then Housing Ministry was to facilitate private investment and capital in expediting and expanding the housing and construction sector to the benefit of the economy.“In relation to how companies are owned and operated, the Ministry did not involve itself in the operations of the developers… The conditions of sale is listed in the agreement with the developers and any Government can act based on the agreement,” he contended.
The Flyers came out in game one with a purpose, jumping to a quick 3-0 lead, thanks to the game’s opening goal from Eric Melnyck, followed by a pair of goals off the stick of Devan Minard.Entering the second period, the three goal deficit seemed to inspire Sexsmith, who fought back to tie the game at 3-3 during the middle frame. However, rather than be discouraged, the Flyers kept their foot on the offensive gas pedal, as Josh Goesen scored late in the second, putting the Flyers up 4-3.The third period produced fireworks for both teams. The period began with Sexsmith once again tying the game, until Eric Melnyck scored his second of the game, giving the Flyers a 5-4 lead.- Advertisement -The Flyers extended their lead to two goals once again, as Nathan Browlee scored for the Flyers, putting them up 6-4. Brownlee’s would eventually be the game winner, as Sexsmith scored again before the conclusion of the game, for a 6-5 final.After a close victory for the Flyers, the team will now hit the road for game two in Sexsmith.
Floyd took over a team at rock bottom. The Trojans were returning four players from a last-place team in the Pacific-10 Conference. After two years under Floyd’s influence, the Trojans enter the Pac-10 Tournament today at Staples Center as the third seed, their highest placement in the tournament’s 10-year history. USC’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in five years is likely. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt – talented players who seemed lost under the previous coaching staff of Henry Bibby and, for a few months, Jim Saia – quickly rallied around new leadership. Like Carroll, Floyd appears to be a better fit in college than in the pros – and not simply because of his win-loss record (93-235) in three and a half seasons with Chicago and one in New Orleans. “Guys here are aspiring to be something, either in the NBA or in the real world,” Floyd said. “As a result, it’s easier to capture their listening at this level. I realized the impact I could have here is far greater, and the whole notion of putting together a team that fit your style of play attracted me.” That’s the treatment Pete Carroll receives at Galen Center, and Floyd is drawing comparisons to the celebrity coach in the way he has turned around the USC basketball program in two seasons. “The best thing to happen for me and this team was coach Floyd, him coming here,” senior Lodrick Stewart said. “He’s brought new life to us.” Tim Floyd attended most USC football home games last season, slipping in anonymously and watching the action like any other school employee. In a few more years, maybe he’ll trot into the Coliseum like a movie star, an entourage of the nation’s top recruits at his side, and receive the largest ovation of the day from 90,000 fans when shown on the big screen. In some ways, Floyd isn’t much different than Bibby, currently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. Both are hard-line coaches who want everything done their way and run a demanding practice. Floyd punishes players for missing so much as a tutoring session and forces players to run laps across the court for the mistake of one teammate while the offender watches. But while Bibby’s tactics alienated many players, Floyd’s are embraced. With his good-old-boy Southern charm, Floyd knows how to mix a stern hand with a velvet touch. Floyd’s office door is always open to meet with players about any of life’s issues, not just basketball. Though the players immediately took to Floyd, improving from 12-17 to a respectable 17-13 and sixth-place finish in the conference last year, it was in the offseason that the players became a family with Floyd assuming the role of father figure. The shooting death of point guard Ryan Francis in May was a shock to all the players, especially his former roommate Young. “A dad doesn’t normally cry,” Young said. “He tries to be the brave one, the one who keeps his head up and looks out for the kids. So he looked out for us, he was there for us, he told us to keep our heads up. He didn’t show much emotion but you could tell he was hurt.” On the court, Floyd instilled a defensive mindset into a team that used to think defense was an occasional gamble for a steal. The Trojans allowed 78.3 points per game the season before Floyd’s arrival, 67.1 points last season and are currently holding teams to 64.1. He took a USC team in disarray and turned it into an NCAA Tournament team in two years. The future looks even brighter. With a new arena to sell on recruits, Floyd locked up the top prospect in the country for next season in O.J. Mayo and has another top-10 player, point guard Brandon Jennings, scheduled to come in the following year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The snowfall warning remains in place for the Fort Nelson region. A long period of snowfall, with total amounts of 20 to 30 cm is expected.A low pressure system is spreading moisture into northeastern British Columbia. Snow is will continue today in Muncho Lake and Stone Mountain Provincial Parks as well as southern sections of Fort Nelson region including Sikanni Chief and portions of the Alaska Highway. Additional accumulations of up to 15 cm of snow is expected by early this evening.Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, Fort St. John could get up to 5cm of snow before it turns back into rain. The forecast calls for rainfall amounts near 15 mm. Snowfall amount 5 cm near the foothills. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 20 this morning. High plus 3. The snow could return tonight as the temperature is expected to drop to near zero.If you spot anything on the roads, please let us know, email@example.com
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