McNeese Eliminated with Losses to A&M, Baylor

first_imgSophomore Alexsandra Flores took the loss to end the season 19-10 overall after giving up six runs on nine hits and six walks. “It was a tough day. (Gia) Rodoni was good today, obviously she no-hits us and she plays well. For me right now its about these two players next to me (Erika Piancastelli and Morgan Catron) and their four other seniors what they have done for our program, the class they played with, dignity, and more importantly they are the most humbled group of individuals I’ve ever been around, said McNeese head coach James Landreneau. Baylor (38-17) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Kyla Walker led the game off with a single to left them moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Walker later scored on a single to left by Jessie Scroggins for the first run of the game. McNeese (41-21) missed a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the inning when Brenique Wright was hit by a pitch then went to second on a wild pitch. Shelbi Strickland and Carleigh Chaumont both drew walks to load the bases with one out. Edwards went down swinging for the second out and McClain popped out to short to end the threat. Erika Piancastelli broke up Rodoni’s perfect game by drawing a one out walk in the bottom of the inning but was later thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice by Morgan Catron. Baylor extended its lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth with one run crossing the plate on the fourth Cowgirl error of the game and the other scoring on a sacrifice fly. “For me this is still a dream come true,” said Piancastelli as she holds back tears. “Playing for McNeese for four years was hands down the best experience I’ve ever had. To play for these girls and coach James, I’ve made a 360 flip- I’m a different person, I’m a different player. I could never have imagined myself even being here at this moment and being able to experience this with my team and to be able to get this far through the ups and downs we’ve been through just made us closer. I don’t regret a thing and I wouldn’t want it to go any other way. I’m very honored to have McNeese across my chest.” Rodoni ended the day with her fourth career no-hitter to improve to 23-11 on the year. She also picked up nine strikeouts and walked only three. Four McNeese players reached base with Piancastelli, Chaumont and Shelbi Strickland drawing walks while the other Cowgirl base runner was Brenique Wright who was hit by a pitch.center_img The Lady Bears added another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Hannah Thompson on a long fly ball to left field caught by Edwards saved a potential home run. It wasn’t the way the Cowgirls wanted it to end but they have something to be proud of when they get to looking back on their careers at McNeese. Scroggins gave Baylor a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a RBI double to left field that scored Nicky Dawson. Dawson led the inning off with a walk. Baylor extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning on a close play at home when Shelby Friudenberg flew out to left fielder Taylor Edwards and on the relay, Taylor Ellis slid under the tag of catcher Aubree Turbeville at home. COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The 2018 season came to an end for McNeese softball and the careers of seniors Erika Piancastelli, Shanice Hagler, Shelbi Strickland, Hailey Drew, Morgan Catron, and Carleigh Chaumont Saturday with a 6-0 loss to Baylor in the College Station Regional Tournament. McNeese ends its season with an overall 41-31 record.Earlier, McNeese’s seven-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-1, six inning loss to Texas A&M. “At the end of the day, you always look at the wins and losses and the records but that’s not what we focus on at McNeese,” said Catron. “We focus on memories and relationships that we have made with each other because that is what we will remember down the road. Like Erika said, I wouldn’t trade this experience and this time with anybody. I’m very grateful to have McNeese across my chest.”last_img read more


Humble heroine: Cobb just did it for the team

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It was at that moment, when UP failed to return her final serve that Cobb knew she did her job and give La Salle a 2-0 record to tie National University atop the standings.“My teammates and I all wanted to finish the game in three sets and coach was always telling me that we should work hard for each point,” said Cobb who finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets.And even though Cobb finally had her own moment in the limelight, the comparisons to the iconic Kim Fajardo still won’t go away.Cobb, however, made it a point that she won’t compare herself to Fajardo, a three-time UAAP Best Setter, and that she would make a name for herself through her own style and achievements.“I’m not thinking of those comparisons, I have my own thing,” said Cobb who became Fajardo’s teammate in her first year. “I want to prove that I am my own player, I have my own style, I have my own skills on the way I play.”Cobb’s late-game heroism may have been the beginning of her notoriety in the UAAP but she knows the UP game was over and a new match is just another beginning for her.“I won’t settle for these past two games,” said Cobb. “After this I will go back to the very start and prepare for the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Actually I can’t breath during that time, but all I thought about was coach Ramil telling me to just get the ball over and just trust myself,” said Cobb in Filipino. “He told me that my heart and my mind should dominate the situation.”The charming setter breathed a low sigh, then let go of her first serve with the ball landing square in UP’s porous defense.Cobb’s fifth service ace of the match tied the set at 24-24, now La Salle just has to score two more points to secure the victory.“I just composed myself and I told myself to go for it one at a time,” said Cobb who was well aware of the noise that enveloped the arena. “I just held on to the trust coach Ramil and my teammates gave me and I don’t want to waste it.”And as the bipartisan crowd exchanged cheers and jeers, Cobb once again composed herself and would score her sixth and seventh service aces giving La Salle the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It was just De La Salle’s second game in the young UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and yet the atmosphere inside Filoil Flying V Centre felt like the Lady Spikers were one slip away from losing their crown.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ University of the Philippines needed just one point to extend the match to a fourth set and take a crack at sending it to a fifth, but the Lady Maroons didn’t have their fate in their hands.It was La Salle’s possession and young Michelle Cobb made her way to the service line with one simple instruction in mind—just get it over.FEATURED 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 folkThe Lady Spikers were up 2-0 in sets, but trailed UP 24-23 in the third set, and it was up to Cobb to send the Lady Maroons back to Diliman.Pressure mounted on the 18-year-old Cobb because she knew that one slip would allow UP a chance for the victory, but with Ramil De Jesus putting his trust on her the setter knew she would deliver. View commentslast_img read more


Linden Mayor denies financial extravagance

first_img− reiterates Town Clerk must goBY Utamu BelleLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland has denied reports highlighted in some sections of the media that he and Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell expended over $500,000 in travel/fuel expens from the time of taking up office on April 1.Holland, reportedly overseas at the time of the allegations, sought to set the record straight during a press conference in Georgetown on Monday. He said the impression presented to some sections of the media and the public that he “treats the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council’s (LM&TC) funds like his personal piggy bank” are not only untrue, but signals a clear attempt to incriminate and bring the Mayor’s office into disrepute with malicious slandering.He pointed out that it is the Linden Town Clerk (TC) Jenella Bowen, who administers and more so has access to the Council’s funds, also stating that not even the Deputy Mayor has such access to the funds.Councillor and acting head of the council’s Finance Committee Derron John who was also present, reported that from the period April 1 to now a total of $255,464 was expended in vehicular travelling by the mayor and deputy mayor, instead of over the $500,000 that was reported. “Let me begin by first asserting that these allegations are completely untrue and are a gross exaggeration of the actual expenditures…the actual sum expended on fuel by the mayor and deputy Office is almost half of what was wickedly presented to the media…It is the responsibility of the municipality to provide a fixed sum for travel to the capital city Georgetown on Council business. On many occasions I have travelled to Georgetown and not requested funds to travel,” Holland noted.According to Councillor Wainwright Bethune, who was part of the press conference, the reports of over $500,000 in spending was an error which had been recorded but that the amount was corrected at a Finance Committee meeting. He explained that the municipal treasurer had also relayed the correction to the TC.He noted that while he is not making allegations against the TC, there was circumstantial evidence which proved that a document, which only TC had access to, was out in the public domain prior to the Finance Committee meeting. Bethune noted that some members of the municipality have also indicated their belief that the incorrect figures could have been leaked to the public by the TC.Bethune posited that because of the incorrect information being peddled, it was decided that the recent no-confidence motion be passed against the TC. He said that while the decision was made in the absence of the Mayor, Holland supports the decision of the Council and reiterated that the TC must go.Meanwhile, the mayor went on to state that he is aware of the Council’s financial situation, with it being over $200 million in the red but denied the exorbitant spending.“I am not now, nor have I been an exorbitant spender, nor one to be fancied over frivolous things. Instead, I know myself to be charitable especially to my town and have been fighting ever since we took office for stricter financial accountability and prudent spending,” Holland remarked.Further, Holland reiterated that he does not have any direct access to Council funds and that no spending of the Council is done without the passage and signature of the Town Clerk.Holland said he was forced to send a letter of complaint to the Communities Minister regarding what he described as the malpractices of the TC while he was on vacation. He believes there was a deliberate attempt to besmirch his image and that of the Deputy Mayor by inflating expenditures. He is contemplating legal proceedings; and will only recant when he gets a public apology. He added that the no-confidence motion was not a deliberate plan, but came from a recommendation from a Finance meeting of the Council where the accusations of the improprieties came up, which pushed the Council to make a recommendation for the no-confidence motion to be discussed at the level of the statutory meeting.He also denied allegations that the TC was locked out of office and noted that tardiness on the part of the TC was the main reason for the motion.last_img read more


Karate Federation Reopens Schools

first_imgThe Liberia Karate Federation LKF, under the leadership of President John Horace has announced the reopening of karate schools.Karate schools were shut down following announcement made by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to close all sporting activities in the wake of the Ebola fight.Technical Director Virgile Segbeya named the schools as Yang-Lee, Ogu Temple, Go-You –Lee, Keing-Go-Tan, and Yang-Lee located on Michelin Street.He said regular training is in progress and it is scheduled only on Sundays until the Ebola virus disease is out of the country.Segbeya explained that karate is contact sport and as a result the sport will be in full swing when Ebola is declared not in Liberia.Meanwhile President Horace has called on all karate athletes in the country, including their masters to keep courage and train harder to keep fit.He also called on all Ruling Counsels of the federation to come together and make it next to none in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Nutritional seminar offered to pregnant women

first_imgCreating healthy eating habits will be one of the topics of coversation, at a seminar for pregnant women in the Peace. On January 9th, The Women’s Resource Society is offering a free workshop called “Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy.” Women’s Resource Society spokesperson Emily Goodman says it will allow participants to ask their own questions and share personal experiences. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=2331|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a597dd87c25447f96530732c90230cd6-Goodman 1_3_Pub.mp3] The workshop is being offered to anyone who is pregnant or thinking about having a baby.It’s the third event in a series of classes encouraging women to discuss their physical and emotional health needs. Advertisement Goodman says Population Health Dietician Nita Abbi will be leading Saturday’s meeting, and will be encouraging discussion. [asset|aid=2332|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a597dd87c25447f96530732c90230cd6-Goodman 2_3_Pub.mp3] Anyone interested in the event can drop-in on Saturday, January 9th to the Centre, located at 10051-100th Avenue.It starts at 2 p.m. and will last for around an hour and a half. The next workshop is scheduled for February, and will focus on breast cancer and cervical cancer.Advertisementlast_img read more


U.S. gets win vs. Mexico

first_imgJimmy Conrad scored his first international goal and Landon Donovan converted a late breakaway, leading the United States to a 2-0 exhibition victory over Mexico on Wednesday night in Glendale, Ariz., that kept up the Americans’ dominance of their regional rival. Conrad headed home a corner kick by Donovan in the 52nd minute, beating goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez inside the left post. It was the first international goal for Conrad, playing in his 19th game for the Americans, and the 24th career assist for Donovan, the U.S. career leader. “I think we showed what we’re made of,” Conrad said. Other friendlies, and a qualifier: Spain beat England 1-0 in an exhibition game at Manchester on behind Andres Iniesta’s goal in the 63rd minute. Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands also won exhibition games, and Ireland won 2-1 at San Marino 2-1 in the night’s only 2008 European Championship qualifier. Empty stadiums in Italy? Reacting to the fatal attack on a policeman last week, the Italian Cabinet approved measures that could force many of the soccer teams in the nation’s top leagues to play in empty stadiums. The decree approved by the cabinet also bans clubs from selling blocks of tickets to visiting fans and allows authorities to bar suspected hooligans from entering stadiums, even if they haven’t been convicted of crimes. “The measures are severe and without precedent,” Deputy Interior Minister Marco Minniti said. “Our objective isn’t to play the games behind closed doors. Our objective is to play the games in safe stadiums with open doors.” Donovan added the clincher in the 90th minute off a pass by Ricardo Clark. It was the 27th goal in 86 international appearances for Donovan, who scored in his second straight game after going scoreless in 18 consecutive national team appearances over 1 years. Playing in front of a heavily pro-Mexican sellout crowd of 64,462, the Americans improved to 8-2-1 against Mexico since 2000. The United States is 7-0-1 against Mexico on home soil in that stretch, outscoring its southern neighbor 13-0. center_img Chivas USA to play at Granada Hills: Chivas USA will play a preseason game against Real Salt Lake at 7:30p.m. March 17 at Granada Hills High School’s John Elway Stadium. The game comes under the terms of a partnership Chivas USA will enter into with U.S. youth soccer club Real So Cal. The agreement, between the Major League Soccer team and the Coast Soccer League club, includes exhibition games, cross-promotion, and joint scouting and recruiting. Tickets, which start at $10, will be sold to the public beginning Feb. 15 on the Web site www.quakessoccer.com. Also, the Chivas USA Reserves will play against the San Fernando Valley Quakes, Real So Cal’s Premier Development League affiliate, at a date to be announced. 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


Red Flag fire warning in effect today

first_imgThe most severe winds were expected this morning, blowing at strengths of between 15 and 30 miles per hour, with gusts of 40 mph. In Los Angeles County, the areas subject to the warning included mountain regions, even the Santa Monica Recreational Area near the coast, plus the Angeles National Forest and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys. In Ventura County, areas under warning were the county’s mountains, interior and coastal valleys and the Los Padres National Forest. Also under a Red Flag Warning were the Palomar and Descanso Ranger Districts of the Cleveland National Forest in the San Diego County portion of the Santa Ana Mountains, plus San Diego County’s inland valleys; the Mountain Top and Front Country ranger districts of the San Bernardino National Forest in San Bernardino County; and, in Riverside County, the San Jacinto ranger district of the San Bernardino National Forest and the Trabuco Ranger district of the Cleveland National Forest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Red Flag Warning indicating a high risk of wildfire was in effect today in the mountains, forests and valleys of five Southern California counties. The warning, initially issued by the National Weather Service on Saturday and scheduled to expire last night, was extended until 8 tonight because of gusty Santa Ana Winds combined with exceedingly low humidity levels. The warning was in effect in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential,” according to an NWS advisory, which forecast humidity levels of between 10 and 20 percent. last_img read more


DONEGAL MAN NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 50 EARNERS IN US

first_imgA Donegal-born businessman has been named as one of the 50 best-paid executives on Wall Street.Liam McGee turned down the chance to run the bailed-out Allied Irish Banks (AIB), where salaries are capped at €500,000 a year.Mr McGee is CEO of Hartford Financial Services, one of the biggest insurance and wealth-management firms in the US. Before he joined the US firm in 2009 he was tipped as the front-runner to manage AIB, following the nationalisation of the bank in the Republic.However, it would have meant signing up for a maximum €500,000-a-year salary and Mr McGee took the job at Hartford instead.In contrast, his starting salary at Hartford in the US was $1.1m (£700,000) in 2009, and has since risen to $1.4m (£900,000).Last year, his take-home pay hit $7.9m (£5.1m), after he landed bonuses of $6.5m (£4.2m). It was enough to see him ranked as the 39th best paid US financial services executive, according to research by Bloomberg.Mr McGee moved to the US at a young age and is little known outside the banking world.Before he moved to Hartford, and before being tipped for the top job at AIB, he headed Bank of America’s consumer and small business unit — serving 50m customers. DONEGAL MAN NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 50 EARNERS IN US was last modified: June 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Hartford Financial ServicesLiam McGeelast_img read more


West Ham priced out of move for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgInter Milan and West Ham United are being priced out of a move for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini.The Italian struck nine goals in 30 games last season but he is ready to leave in search of regular first-team football.Stoke City were tracking the 24-year-old, but they have pulled out of the race to leave Inter and West Ham fighting it out.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, both clubs are currently being priced out of a move for Gabbiadini.Napoli are holding out for a fee of £21m for their striker, but West Ham are only willing to hand over £17m.Inter are also reluctant to spend over £20m and a stalemate is on-going until someone budges on their demands. Manolo Gabbiadini struck nine goals in 30 games last season 1last_img read more


Southampton legend Le Tissier takes swipe at Liverpool over Van Dijk pursuit

first_imgSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier has taken a swipe at Liverpool for their alleged under-hand tactics in their pursuit of defender Virgil van Dijk.Widespread reports earlier this week claimed the Reds were set to win the race for the in-demand centre-back, after the player himself apparently indicated he was keen on a move to Anfield this summer.However, any hope of a deal now seems to be over.On Wednesday, the Merseyside club issued an apology to Southampton for “any misunderstanding” over their interest and vowed to end their hunt, after the Saints appealed for the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach.READ MORE: Liverpool abandon Virgil van Dijk interest and apologise to SouthamptonLe Tissier joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to give his reaction to the fiasco, and he told talkSPORT: “I remember the days when Liverpool used to be quite classy in transfer negotiations.“There have been no bids for Virgil this summer, and until a bid has been accepted you shouldn’t be talking to the player.”According to Le Tissier, Southampton have ‘no interest’ in selling the in-demand Van Dijk this summer.With Manchester City and Chelsea still in the hunt, though, he concedes the Dutchman could seal an exit after all if the club’s asking price is met – as has become the norm at St Mary’s in recent seasons.Liverpool have signed five Saints players – for a combined total of £91.5m – since 2014.However, Le Tissier believes Liverpool have now all-but burned their bridges with the south coast club, and that it’s unlikely Anfield will be Van Dijk’s next destination if he leaves this summer.He added: “There are probably only a handful of clubs in world football who are not a selling club if the price is right, and Southampton, unfortunately, are not one of them. You just have to live with that and get on with it.“I’m not sure Southampton will put their foot down in regards to him not going anywhere – if the right bid comes in then it will happen. If a club came in with a world record bid, it would be foolish for Southampton to turn that down.“However, with what’s gone on I think it would be certainly be highly unlikely, even if Virgil puts a transfer request in, that he’d go to Liverpool this summer.“The club have no interest in selling Virgil this summer. He’s got five years left on his contract and he’s the captain of the club, and the club’s intention is to keep him.“But if a world record bid comes in, then of course every player has their price.”last_img read more