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first_imgHonorable Mention:  Xavier Bethany, Lamar; Artez Williams, Central Arkansas; Collin Garrett, Stephen F. Austin. Special Teams Player of the Week: Ramon Coto, Jr., UIWCoto, a freshman from Houston, Texas (Westfield H.S.), had one of the best place-kicking games in school history in his collegiate debut after connecting on field goals of 47 and 49 yards. His 49-yard field goal was the longest field goal in Benson Stadium history and is the second-longest field goal in school history. Coto also averaged 37.2 yards in five punts and put two of his four kickoffs deep into the end zone for touchbacks. Honorable Mention: Matt Spencer, Central Arkansas; Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State; Ryan Adams, Southeastern Louisiana. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian redshirt-sophomore quarterback Parker McKenzie was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Southeastern Louisiana senior linebacker Isiah Corbett was named the defensive player of the week while UIW freshman placekicker/punter Ramon Coto, Jr. was named the special teams player of the week. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.center_img Honorable Mention: Caleb Berry, Lamar; Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana; Jared Johnson, Sam Houston State. Offensive Player of the Week:  Parker McKenzie, Abilene ChristianMcKenzie recorded the greatest passing game for a first-time starting in ACU history, throwing for 403 yards (30-for-40) and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ narrow loss to Georgia State from the Sun Belt. The redshirt sophomore from Spring Branch, Texas (Smithson Valley H.S.), connected on touchdown passes of 60, 24, 23 and seven yards. His 403 yards in the air tied for the 17th-best single-game total in ACU history. Defensive Player of the Week:  Isiah Corbett, Southeastern LouisianaCorbett led Southeastern Louisiana with seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, in the Lions’ season-opening 44-3 win against Jacksonville. The senior from Belle Glade, Fla. (Glade Central H.S.), led the Lion defense that limited the Dolphins’ offense, which ranked in the top 10 nationally in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense last season, to just 222 total yards, including 68 rushing yards, and three points.last_img read more

first_imgBy Steve KeatingPersistence finally paid off for Kevin Anderson as the towering South African prevailed in a slugfest with Andy Murray to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday while another tennis giant John Isner was slain by Roger Federer.Two David v Goliath matchups, however, ended all too predictably as 97th ranked British qualifier Johanna Konta saw her Flushing Meadows joy ride ended 7-5 6-3 by fifth seeded Czech Petra Kvitova and 68th ranked American Donald Young ran out of comeback magic in a 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 loss to fifth seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.Tomas Berdych’s time in Flushing Meadows also came to an end with the sixth seeded Czech falling 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-1 to 12th seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Seven times before the six-foot, eight-inch (2.03m) Anderson had progressed to the fourth round of a grand slam but never beyond until his 7-6(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 7-6(0) victory over third seeded Scot Murray.Murray had battled his way back from two sets down in the second round against France’s Adrian Mannarino, but could not work another miracle against the 14th-ranked, 29-year-old, who swept the final tiebreak 7-0.“That’s obviously something that is disappointing to lose,” said Murray after watching his run of reaching 18 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals come to an end. “That’s many years’ work that’s gone into building that sort of consistency.“Also to lose a match like that, that was over four hours, tough obviously after a couple of tough matches earlier in the tournament, as well. It’s a hard one to lose, for sure.”Second seed Federer also came face-to-face with one of the ATP Tour’s biggest hitters and coolly defused six-foot, 10-inch (2.08m) Isner’s booming serve to claim a 7-6(0) 7-6(6) 7-5 victory.Roger FedererFederer held his own from the service line to thwart Isner, never losing his serve, and used his returning skills to derail a pair of long streaks enjoyed by the American.The 34-year-old Federer closed out the two hour, 39 minute fourth-round match by breaking Isner’s serve, ending the American’s string of 108 consecutive service holds at the U.S. Open.His perfect scoreline in the opening set tiebreak snapped an even longer Isner streak.In 429 tiebreakers played by Isner, he had never dropped one 7-0.“Seven-love obviously is a pretty good score against John,” said Federer.Second seed Simona Halep overcame a thigh injury, baking heat and finally big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki to also reach the U.S. Open quarters for the first time.It was Labor Day in the United States but it was certainly no holiday for Halep who had to work for her spot in the last eight, needing two hours and 38 minutes under a broiling sun to dispatch Lisicki 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 and reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the first time.Waiting for the Romanian in the last eight is two-time U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, who advanced with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over American Varvara Lepchenko.After a couple of days of relief, the heat returned to Flushing Meadows turning the fourth round clash between Halep and Lisicki into a test of survival.After dropping the opening set Halep called out the trainer to have treatment on her left thigh and at the end of the second the players left the court when the heat rule came into effect, but through it all the exhausted Romanian was able to gut out a victory.Her left leg heavily strapped, a wounded Halep sensed her opportunity when Lisicki began to cramp in the third set and stretch between every point.Halep, who converted 10 of 11 break chances, claimed the most crucial one to go ahead 4-2 and then held serve to break her 24th seeded opponent again and clinch a spot in the last eight.Italy’s Flavia Pennetta returned to the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive year easing past 2011 U.S. Open winner Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4 6-4.last_img read more

first_imgOnly the most preposterous turnaround can spare Swansea City from relegation on the final Sunday of the Premier League season but if any team can help fashion this mission improbable, it is Pep Guardiola’s dazzling Manchester City.While Liverpool and Chelsea contend for the one remaining Champions League spot, Swansea fans are steeling themselves for the most deflating of afternoons at the other end of the table.For only if the Welsh outfit can beat already-relegated Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium and champions City thrash Southampton at St Mary’s to effect a 10-goal swing will the Saints tumble out of the top flight instead of the Swans.It remains highly unlikely but because rampant City are seeking to underline their record-shredding campaign with a landmark century of points, few Southampton or Swansea fans can quite convince themselves it is over yet.“We have to be careful. If there is one team in this league who have the capability of scoring a lot of goals, it’s Man City,” warned Southampton manager Mark Hughes.Hughes should know. Managing Stoke earlier this season, he saw City rain in seven goals – one of 14 times Guardiola’s side have scored four or more in all competitions this term.Getting the three points on Sunday to finish with exactly 100 clearly means a good deal to the Spaniard, who noted after City’s 3-1 steamrollering of Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday that it would “finish this almost perfect season”.Guardiola talked again of “trying to write a new page” in English football to emulate the Liverpool side of the late 1970s and 1980s and Manchester United in the 1990s.“To be the best, to be alongside those teams, we have to win more,” he added. “But this season we’ve done better than the others, we cannot deny.”TRULY EXCEPTIONALIndeed, a win at Southampton would make City’s league season, statistically at least, the finest-ever in the English top-flight.Bob Paisley’s 1978-79 Liverpool side would have ended up with 98 if three points, rather than two, for a win had been employed then. Yet that season was over 42 games not 38 so, by any yardstick, City have been truly exceptional.Swansea’s manager Carlos Carvalhal can only hope the champions have one more exceptional 90 minutes in them.“Well, at this moment we’re not relegated,” he shrugged.“We can’t depend on ourselves and we don’t like that. We must win the game and hope for a miracle to happen.”The “miracle” would not be Man City running riot, it would be Swansea, without a league goal in over six and a quarter hours, actually rousing themselves to hammer Stoke.The good news for Carvalhal is that the Potters certainly look the most accommodating opposition after a week in which their owners Peter and John Coates admitted the club needed a major overhaul after losing some of its “core values”.In the battle to seal the final top-four spot alongside City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it’s advantage Liverpool, who need just a point at home to Brighton to foil Chelsea.The only way the Londoners can nick the fourth spot is by winning at Newcastle United and hope Liverpool, perhaps distracted by the upcoming Champions League final, lose their first league game at Anfield all season.For the best final day party look no further than Huddersfield Town, where fans will be celebrating their great escape after back-to-back draws at Manchester City and Chelsea salvaged their top-flight place.Now safe, Dave Wagner’s men will be looking to send Arsene Wenger off into the Premier League sunset without the farewell win his 22 years at Arsenal surely demand.last_img read more

first_img1 Borja Baston scored 18 goals on loan at Eibar last season Swansea have confirmed the signing of Spanish striker Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid in a club record £15.5million deal.The 23-year-old frontman has penned a four-year deal with the Jacks and will wear the number ten shirt, having completed his medical with the Welsh club on Thursday.Borja’s fee, agreed on Tuesday, eclipses the £12million Swansea spent signing Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013.The former Spain Under-19 international arrives at the Liberty Stadium just five days after compatriot Fernando Llorente joined the Swans from Sevilla.Borja played only once for Atletico after his progress was slowed by a serious knee injury, but he had successful loan spells at Murcia, Huesca, Deportivo La Coruna, Real Zaragoza and Eibar, scoring 18 goals in 36 LaLiga appearances for the latter last season.“There is pressure, but it is good pressure,” said Borja, who could be available for Swansea’s opening Premier League game at Burnley on Saturday.“I want to repay the transfer fee paid for me with good performances and results.“It’s difficult to set a target of goals, but my mantra is take it goal by goal. Hopefully I can score a lot of goals.“It is the most important decision of my career.“I want to settle and spend several years here. I am very happy to be here. I am eager to contribute to the success of the team.”Borja becomes the 16th Spaniard to have represented Swansea, joining current players Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat and Llorente in south Wales.“There has been a lot of success with Spanish players here. I hope to do the same for Swansea,” said Borja.“It is great for me to have Spanish players in the team, but I want to learn English as quickly as possible to integrate into the team and get to know my team-mates.“I would love to play this Saturday, but I will have to speak to the manager (Francesco Guidolin) to see if he wants me to be involved.”The 6ft 1in Borja become Swansea’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Llorente, goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, defender Mike van der Hoorn and midfielder Leroy Fer.Swansea sold Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams to West Ham and Everton respectively this week for transfer fees totalling over £32million.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThursday’s giant storm dumped .44 inches of rain on a Los Angeles County rain gauge near Division and Avenue K in central Lancaster. Wind knocked down trees, damaged mobile homes and snapped power poles. At one point Thursday, more than 15,000 homes and businesses in the Antelope Valley were without power, and Southern California Edison crews and private crews hired by the utility were still working Friday repairing damage. Steve Keller, whose home south of Avenue L and west of 20th Street West had its power knocked out Thursday night, said he was concerned that it took so long for electricity to be restored, and fears what would follow an Southern California earthquake or other major disaster. “For 51/2 hours we sweltered. Fortunately, we had candles and such,” Keller said. At the most Thursday, about half the 130 traffic signals in Lancaster were either flashing red or dark. By Friday morning, about 30 still were flashing and two were still dark. This came about even though Lancaster had installed backup batteries intended to keep signals functioning when power goes out. The backup batteries have worked properly in past electrical outages, but Thursday’s storm caused power surges that destroyed signal controllers’ computer cards or sent water into the controller cabinets, Public Works Director Randy Williams said. In some cases power was out so long the batteries ran down so low they would not recharge automatically, he said. City workers were called in on overtime to try to get the rest of the signals working, Williams said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – More lightning, rain and wind are expected in parts of the Antelope Valley today. Heavy rain and lightning dropped on Pearblossom and the San Gabriel Mountains on Friday, but the storm mostly spared Lancaster, where residents and work crews were still cleaning up from the previous day’s powerful storm. “Things have started to die down up there for the time being. It died off before it tracked over where yesterday’s (storm) went,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Meier said. The weather service said thunderstorms remain possible today, as well as temperatures up to 113 in parts of the Antelope Valley, with slightly cooler temperatures and more thunderstorms into next week. last_img read more

first_imgSurely 60 marijuana storefronts will be more than plenty to meet the city’s legitimate needs until it gets this problem controlled – cancer epidemic or not. WHO knew that a cancer epidemic had struck Los Angeles? Not the doctors or hospitals, which report nothing unusual. But the happy folks who run the “medical” marijuana dispensaries sure do. In just a year, the number of pot dens in L.A. has jumped from five to 60 – suggesting that this must be the world’s biggest cancer cluster. Or, as is more likely, the state medical-marijuana law that voters approved in 1996 is being badly abused. City Councilman Dennis Zine, an ex-cop, has called for a moratorium on any new dispensaries – a sensible action to take while proper regulations are developed to comply with the law. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img boost Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea New job targets Mauricio Pochettino needs extra cover for Harry Kane, particularly because of his injury problems over the last 18 months.According to the Daily Mail, Spurs have offered Llorente a new one-year deal, but on reduced terms compared to his previous contract.The Spaniard was reportedly paid £100,000-a-week, but it is not known how much of a pay cut the north Londoners would want him to take.The 34-year-old is said to be considering his options with Tottenham currently on their pre-season tour of Asia. Fernando Llorente scored important goals in Tottenham’s Champions League run last season Fernando Llorente could re-sign for Tottenham as the club have reportedly made him a contract offer.The striker is currently a free agent following the expiration of his Spurs deal at the end of last month. Getty LATEST JIBE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:17Loaded: 7.21%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen A number of clubs are thought to be monitoring his situation with Fiorentina believed to be one of those interested.Llorente scored just 13 goals in 66 appearances for the Tottenham in the two seasons he was there. REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TROPHY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Darren Gough discusses if Tanguy Ndombele will be a game changer for Tottenham He did, however, score crucial goals against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in the Champions League last season.The striker was the man Pochettino was forced to turn to when Kane was out injured and Heung-min Son was unavailable.last_img read more

first_imgOn March 11, the United States Postal Service and the Orleans Bicentennial Committee will honor the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Orleans with a commemorative pictorial cancellation.A pictorial cancellation is a unique postmark offered by the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate special events. Items that are cancelled using a commemorative design usually in very limited quantity are often sought after by stamp collectors and other interested in U.S. postal history. The postmark features the official Orleans 200 logo designed by Brandon Deckard.According to Bicentennial Committee member Robert Henderson there are a several ways to participate in this historic event. One option is pick up a free special Orleans 200 Postcards now available through both the Orleans Town offices and Orleans Library or be present for the kick-off event downtown on Wednesday,March 11 to get your postcard.Orleans Postmaster Lora Daugherty has announced that on that one day only, from the hours of 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Noon to 4:15 p.m. any one may bring their card into the post office purchase a 34 cent postcard stamp and receive the special postmark.The Postmaster will also make available this unique pictorial cancellation on any material that bears un-cancelled postage at the U.S. First Class rate of 49 cents. These items do not require an address, as once cancelled, the item is immediately returned to the individual.Anyone who can not attend the event can participate through the mail back service offered by the Orleans Postmaster. For more details please contact the Orleans Postmaster, (812) 865-2488.last_img read more

first_imgROVERS: Patton, Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan-McFadden (Cretaro 83), Donelon (Boylan 56), Roddan, Russell, Kearns (Stevens 87), Kenny, Sadlier, Martin.ST PAT’S: Murphy, Barker, Peers, Desmond, Bermingham, Cregg, C Byrne (K Byrne 83), Lunney, Kelly (A O’Hanlon 66), B Dennehy, J O’Hanlon (Fagan 74).REF: J McKell. Sligo Rovers 1(Sadlier 34)St Patrick’s Athletic 1(Barker 75)Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic both earned their first point of the season after an entertaining duel at the Showgrounds on Friday.Kieran Sadlier’s first-half free-kick opened the scoring, before defender Michael Barker fired home a second half equaliser for the visitors.After the match, Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox spoke with Sligo Rovers boss Dave Robertson and St Pat’s manager Liam Buckley…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sadlier smashed the ball low into the bottom corner on 34 minutes after Patrick Cregg had been booked for a bad challenge on John Russell.It was a deserved lead for the home side, but they would have been behind at that stage only for Michael Leahy’s goal-line clearance.The centre-back got back to hook Graham Kelly’s effort away from an empty goal, after goalkeeper Shaun Patton was unable to deal with an initial cross into the area on 19 minutes.Prior to that, the only real chance of note was a dipping shot from Sadlier that Pat’s keeper Barry Murphy gathered safely in his arms.Pat’s started the second half with a little more directness, and were almost level just two minutes in, as Jonathan Lunney’s shot from the edge of the box crashed off the crossbar.The home side lost Regan Donelon to injury soon after, and St Pat’s put the pressure on, with Tobi Adebayo-Rowling and Patton making last-ditch blocks to deny firstly Billy Dennehy, and then Ian Bermingham.But the leveller came on 75 minutes, shortly after Liam Buckley sent on striker Christy Fagan to try and find a breakthrough.Full-back Barker proved the unlikely provider though Rovers substitute Raffaele Cretaro nearly won it just after his introduction only for good save from Murphy.last_img read more

first_imgFormer presidents Nelson Mandela andFW de Klerk jointly received the NobelPeace Prize in 1993 in recognition oftheir efforts to bring about democracyin South Africa. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  Information communications manager,  Nelson Mandela Foundation  +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • SA looks back 100 years • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • New Mandela book released • ANC celebrates 100 reporterSouth Africa today marks the 22nd anniversary of the unbanning of liberation movements, including the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and other liberation organisations.Then-president FW de Klerk stunned the world on 2 February 1990 when he announced in Parliament that his government had decided to release Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners unconditionally, and unban political parties.Struggle stalwarts Mandela, Walter Sisulu and six others had been convicted of treason and sabotage in June 1964 and sentenced to life imprisonment.Mandela spent the first 18 years of his sentence on Robben Island, doing hard labour. He later served time at the maximum-security Pollsmoor and low-security Victor Verster – now known as the Drakenstein Correctional Centre – prisons.Nine days after De Klerk’s announcement, Mandela walked out of prison a free man. The day, 11 February, was marked by jubilation amongst citizens, and intense media coverage at home and abroad.Following his release, Mandela negotiated the end to minority rule and became South Africa’s first democratically elected president after the country held its first inclusive elections in 1994.De Klerk and Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their efforts in ending apartheid.NegotiationsSince the early 1980s, unknown to the majority of South Africans, Mandela and other imprisoned anti-apartheid fighters had been negotiating with the South African government, then under the leadership of the late PW Botha.Botha wanted Mandela to renounce his anti-apartheid principles and give up the armed struggle, and in 1985 offered him freedom on this basis. Mandela turned the offer down, saying that only a free man could negotiate.Between 1985 and 1990, and under intense local and international pressure, Mandela and the government – mainly then justice minister Kobie Coetsee – held a number of meetings, which laid the foundation for what was to come.In a television interview, Coetsee, who died in 2000, said that before he met Mandela, the image in his mind was one of a man who wanted to seize power at all costs.At their first meeting, which took place in a hospital where Mandela was recovering from prostate surgery, Coetsee took an immediate liking to the prisoner.“We met as though it was not the first meeting, it was one of many other meetings,” he said. “It did not bear the stamp or even appearance of a meeting between … warder and prisoner. Perhaps, it was a meeting between friends that had known each other for a very long time.”But it was only in 1989, when FW de Klerk took over as president from Botha, who had suffered a stroke, that tangible progress was made.De Klerk dropped the bombshell on 2 February 1990 when he announced Mandela’s release, and added that a negotiated settlement would end apartheid, all liberation movements would be unbanned and all political prisoners released.Nine days later Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison, his then wife Winnie holding his hand tightly, with his fist raised in the liberation movement salute.“Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today,” said Mandela in his first speech in 27 years as a free man.“I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands. On this day of my release, I extend my sincere and warmest gratitude to the millions of my compatriots and those in every corner of the globe who have campaigned tirelessly for my release.”last_img read more