Fifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. SHELL SHIELD TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.”
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sparring partner expects to see ‘vintage’ Pacquiao vs Matthysse 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during his men’s singles match against France’s Adrian Mannarino, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point.And then it all came apart for the eight-time champion against an opponent who’d never beaten him before nor made it this far at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In a stunning turnaround in an unfamiliar setting — Court No. 1 instead of Centre Court — the No. 1-seeded Federer blew a match point and, eventually, all of a big lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss to No. 8 Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.How hard was it to see this coming?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Federer was 4-0 against Anderson entering the day, winning every set they’d ever played against each other. But there was more. So much more. Federer was attempting to reach his 13th semifinal at Wimbledon and move closer to title No. 9, both of which would have broken his own records.He came into the match having won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, a run he stretched to 34 before faltering. And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Not that Anderson is anything other than an elite tennis player. He was, after all, the runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open.But he had never made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve. He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies.As the fifth set became as much a test of mental strength as anything, from 4-all to 6-all to 8-all to 10-all, Anderson was as steady as he needed to be. And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break.Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 mph service winner, and raised both arms overhead.Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to a semifinal against No. 9 John Isner of the U.S. or No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well. His loss to Anderson was the first match he’d played at No. 1 since 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Celtics’ Aron Baynes out 4-6 weeks after surgery on finger The 2020 organizers hit back saying that auditors were counting outlay that is not related to the Olympics, unfairly inflating what the Games will cost Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Muto has previously said that measures to tackle the expected hot weather during the Tokyo summer — such as water sprinklers and special heat-absorbing paint on roads — could push up the bill.Friday’s latest estimate came after a dispute over what exactly counts as Olympic spending.A report from government auditors made headlines in October when it revealed that a budget-busting 800 billion yen had been allocated by government ministries and agencies.According to the report, the central government has allocated funds for 286 projects — ranging from the operation of weather satellites to subsidies for hydrogen stations for fuel-cell vehicles.The government has pledged to stick to its goal of hosting a “compact” Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Organizers have pledged the bill will not increase amid concerns that ballooning costs are putting off potential Olympic host cities.“As many aspects of the Games have become more detailed, Tokyo 2020 has seen increases in some areas but has successfully reduced expenditures in other areas,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said in a statement.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 Chriss“There is still a lot of work to be done to control expenditures, but with the cooperation of the IOC, Tokyo 2020 will continue to make best efforts to maximize revenues, contain costs and keep its budget within 600 billion yen” for the organizers, he said.The city government will provide a further 600 billion yen and the national government 150 billion yen, both unchanged from the previous version. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori, right, speaks as IOC inspection team head John Coates listens during a press conference in Tokyo. Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, they picked up another $1 million in domestic sponsorships and that the operating budget for the games remains at $5.6 billion. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)Tokyo 2020 organizers unveiled the latest version of the Games budget on Friday, keeping their estimate unchanged as they face intense pressure to keep costs down.The latest budget for the Games stands at 1.35 trillion yen ($12.1 billion), unchanged in yen terms from the version announced this time last year.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
Guyana-Venezuela border controversyOnce a decision is made by the United Nations to send the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the credibility of the Nicolás Maduro Government of Venezuela will be tested, former Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Jeffrey has said.9Dr Jeffrey’s statement comes on the heels of delays by the UN in announcing its decision on whether to send the matter before the ICJ. The former Minister is of the opinion that the present Venezuelan Government is too weak to carry that argument to its people to have the border controversy resolved.“So you really need a strong regime in Venezuela to be able to make a credible showing at the ICJ to sell that to the Venezuelan people. That does not exist at the moment. Venezuela wouldn’t want to go in the first place, but if they had a strong Government at least they could have said that they are going. Right now, they have a weak Government and that is something to think about,” he explained.The former Minister claimed that while many Venezuelans believe that the Essequibo belongs to their country, especially since they have been repeatedly told this since the 1960s, going to the ICJ might be the best decision, but there could be several implications for the Government.At present, Venezuela is facing several international sanctions over rights and corruption allegations. Support for Maduro’s Administration has fallen off sharply as Venezuela’s economy has plunged deeper into crisis marked by widespread shortages and a rise in inflation.However, Maduro plans to stand for re-election in a presidential vote due by the end of April. It has already been made known; however, that should the presidential vote be perceived as fraudulent, further foreign sanctions would be initiated, including from United States President Donald Trump.Jeffrey believes that the issues facing Venezuela will be endless. “That is not going to finish in Venezuela anytime soon, especially for a government of some standing to come into being that can negotiate this. The Government now has no capacity to do that,” he added.As such, the former Minister said more attention should be paid at managing the relationship with Venezuela, to get a positive outcome for Guyana. He said the delay by the UN was no reason for Guyana to put its hand up. “I don’t believe that these border issues are settled that easily and overnight.”He continued, “Going to the ICJ in my view would be a moral victory and it might well give us some sort of leverage in terms of future investment in the region with Venezuela, but it would not end the border… [controversy]. The Venezuelans in my view would not accept it in the first place.”Arguing that border issues are not solved effortlessly, even when the matter is taken to the ICJ, Dr Jeffrey declared that both sides of the political divide in Venezuela were united on the issue.“So I believe what we are struggling here for is some kind of leverage and moral authority. I doubt it would solve the problem in any sensible way, or in a way we would like to see it solved,” he reiterated.Current Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said recently that following the end of the Good Offices Process on December 31, 2017, UN Secretary General António Guterres could take two years to decide on the next move regarding the border controversy.Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had given an undertaking that 2017 would have been the last year of mediation to end the border controversy. If that process failed, the controversy would be referred to the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN.Guyana maintains that the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award that settled the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela was full and final. But Venezuela has, for several decades, registered its diplomatic and military objection to Guyana’s development of its natural resources onshore and offshore.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, purported to claim in 1968 the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits have been found by ExxonMobil.In fact, Venezuela’s National Assembly had approved an agreement to reject the oil exploration activities in March 2017.
“So I think you see potentially the Iraqi people wanting to take advantage of this opportunity and the enemy wanting to keep it going,” Pace told a Pentagon news conference. Still, police reported finding 10 bullet-ridden bodies throughout Baghdad on Wednesday, most showing signs of torture. Another two were found floating in the Tigris river south of the capital. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cited early indications that the Iraqi government is meeting the commitments it made to bolster security, although he cautioned that it was too early to reach any firm conclusions about the outcome. “We’re right at the very beginning,” he said at the Pentagon. “But I would say that based in terms of whether the Iraqis are meeting the commitments that they’ve made to us in the security arena, I think that our view would be so far, so good.” He was referring to the movement of additional Iraqi troops into the capital. Wednesday’s suicide attack took place near sunset at a popular cafe in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad, where Sunni extremists have been forcing Shiites to flee through a campaign of assassination and intimidation. A senior police officer said dozens of people were gathered around the cafe enjoying mild, sunny weather when the attacker struck, killing 30 people and wounding 25. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for his personal safety. Iraqi security forces have been bracing for more trouble this weekend at the climax of Shiite religious rites marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Hussein’s death in a 7th-century battle near Karbala cemented the schism between Sunnis and Shiites. Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims were streaming by bus, car and foot into Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, many of them marching behind banners affirming their reverence for Imam Hussein. On Tuesday, two suicide bombers exploded themselves among pilgrims lining up at a checkpoint in the southern city of Hillah, killing at least 120 people and wounding about 190. More than 30 other pilgrims have been killed in dozens of bombings and shootings. In Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces set up a six-ring cordon around the two main Shiite shrines as the city swelled with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Local Gov. Aqeel al-Khazalie said 10,000 policeman were deployed in the city, with pilgrims undergoing multiple searches at checkpoints before they reach the two major shrines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just north of the capital, a powerful bomb killed three American soldiers trying to clear explosives from a major highway, the U.S. military said. One American soldier was wounded in the attack. American troops have stepped up efforts to clear and secure major highways around the capital as part of the Baghdad security crackdown, which began last month. But the operation, which will eventually see an additional 17,000 U.S. combat troops in the capital, has so far failed to intimidate Sunni insurgents, who have retaliated with attacks outside the city – including those against Shiite pilgrims. At least 13 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq since Sunday, all of them in Sunni areas north and east of Baghdad. Nine Americans died Monday, the deadliest day for the U.S. military here in nearly a month. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that in recent days the number of sectarian murders was down slightly and the number of car bombings was up. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide attacker blew himself up in a cafe northeast of the capital Wednesday, killing 30 people as a wave of violence left 90 Iraqis dead throughout the country. The bloodshed persisted as Iraqi security forces struggled to protect more than 1 million Shiite pilgrims streaming toward the holy city of Karbala for annual religious rituals that begin Friday. The pilgrims are facing a string of attacks along the way that have claimed at least 174 lives in two days – among 284 killed across Iraq since Tuesday. They included 22 people – 12 police commandos and 10 civilians – who died Wednesday in a car bombing at a checkpoint in southern Baghdad set up to protect pilgrims, the U.S. military said. An Iraqi TV cameraman working for a Shiite-owned station was among the civilian dead, his station said.
There is quite a strong feeling of contentment amongst cannabis activists as they successfully hosted their second camping event ‘Weedstock’.This year the event was hosted by the Irish Church of Cannabis in Wexford.Seven cannabis clubs attended “Weedstock II”, including; DonegalCSC, LegenderryCC, KerryCSC, MonaghanCSC, CarrickfergusCC, WexfordCSC and the Dublin Compassion Club.The Donegal branch was set up by Candice Faulkner with the aim of ending the stigma around the use of cannabis. The group advocate the right to access legal whole plant cannabis for medical and wellness purposes in DonegalCandice Faulkner said; “It really was lovely to see people come from all over Ireland to show their support for cannabis. We received some great sponsorship from ‘Seedsman’ for this second event. It’s not easy finding support from local businesses. So we really appreciated their help and support.”Candice FaulknerNot only was ‘Weedstock’ a festival for the cannabis legalisation community to come together, but also a place for people to enjoy a festival without the heavy influence of alcohol; which is often associated with Ireland’s larger festivals. “The friendly vibe is amazing. It definitely beats a drunken night out. There was no drama, no fights; nothing but good vibes.”“I have interacted with other Irish club members for the past year and it was great to finally meet up with them and share our ideas. I have met some amazing and kind people through what I am doing.” Donegal Cannabis Social Club is already collaborating with another club in Ireland for their next event. “It’s all very exciting to have our Irish cannabis scene started. We will be travelling around the country creating awareness. And we need all the support we can get.”“We refuse to be treated like criminals. We are all normal people that share an interest in a harmless plant. It’s great to see more and more people are finding out the truth about cannabis.”“I recently met up with a Canadian activist Kayleigh Herald. She runs a dispensary where they supply a range between oils and edible products, and offer as many different strains as they can. This benefits so many people in Canada. The medical uses for cannabis are endless.”Candice and KayleighCandice asserts that Ireland needs a regulated market and believes it will greatly benefit society and the economy when it happens. With the amount of evidence stacking up in support of the use of cannabis, Candice finds it difficult to see why the plant remains illegal.“I am speaking up for all the people that have contacted our clubs desperate for relief and all the people that are too scared to speak out. It’s 2016 and people are being punished for using a plant to improve their quality of life. The law is wrong.” To keep up to date with Donegal Cannabis Social Club you can find them on Facebook.Donegal Cannabis Social Club take part in successful ‘Weedstock’ festival was last modified: September 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:candice faulknercannabisdonegal cannabis social clubIrelandlegalisationweedstock
A man has been held on bail by Gardai on suspicion of a number of robberies and trespassing charges in Co Donegal.Ryan Harkin was arrested by Gardai in Buncrana and appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday. The court was told how Harkin was apprehended after allegedly being caught “rummaging” around a man’s car.The man managed to hold on to Harkin before Gardai arrived and arrested him.Harkin, aged 24, of Rockmills Apartments, Strand Road, Derry sought bail after spending a number of days in custody.However Garda Inspector David Murphy said he was objecting to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence and that he feared Harkin would flee the jurisdiction.After a number of legal submissions by barrister Ciaran Elders, instructed by solicitor David Henry, Judge Alan Mitchell refused bail.Harkin is to appear at Harristown District Court today.Judge Mitchell was told that the Direction of Public Prosecutions had not given any direction for the case yet.Suspect In Donegal Break-ins Refused Bail was last modified: August 5th, 2016 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:bailDerrydonegalRyan Harkinsuspect
ST EUNAN’S GAA club is celebrating after getting brand new signage at the entrance to O’Donnell Park – and it’s all thanks to the Tidy Towns efforts in Letterkenny.Cllr Ciaran Brogan – pictured with club members and shaking hands with Charlie McAteer – secured funding for the signage after a report two years ago.“Feedback came back from the Tidy Towns judges that the area around O’Donnell Park looked great but that it would be complimented with signage, especially for visitors,” said Cllr Brogan. “I managed to secure funding through the council and it’s great to see the sign going up.”St Eunan’s GAA Club thanked Cllr Brogan for his work on the project. NEW SIGN PUTS O’DONNELL PARK ON THE MAP was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:O’Donnell ParksignSt Eunan’s GAA club
That must be some hairdryer that Jim McGuinness has in his locker!Jim McGuinness’ hairdryer must have been on full-blast at half-time.A flat-footed Donegal went in at half-time neck and neck with Antrim in this Ulster Championship semi-final at Clones.But a staggering 2-3 in the space of just 13 minutes of the second half saw Paddy Bradley’s side put to the sword on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-12. It looked like a different side who took to the pitch in the second half for Donegal.Jim McGuinness’ team has started well and led 05-02 midway through the opening half.But the loss of Neil Gallagher through injury and the double-marking on Michael Murphy saw Donegal struggle in the second quarter of the game to take scores.Their seven wides compared to just three for Antrim in the opening period told a tale. But not for the first time under Jim McGuinness, Tir Chonail put in a tremendous third quarter, playing like men whose lives depended upon it.Goals from Leo McLoone and Darrach O’Connor finished the game as a contest as you never saw Antrim pulling back such a gap.A third goal by Brick Molloy put the icing on the cake but by that stage the Donegal management team were already throwing on substitutes to give them a game.Colm McFadden worked his socks off and his brother-in-law chose to give him yet another full 70 minutes of football to keep the veteran on his toes.He could have scored at least two goals on another day but should be happy with his shift. It was a strange game for fans as Antrim never tested the Donegal side in the second period.Frank McGlynn also put in a workman-like display while Christy Toye rolled back the years to prove he still has plenty to offer.Donegal will be delighted by the continued emergence of such young players as O’Connor and also McNeilas.So Donegal qualify for their fourth consecutive Ulster final. Monaghan or Armagh will be an altogether different kettle of fish.McGUINNESS’ HALF-TIME HAIRDRYER SPURS DONEGAL TO FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ULSTER FINAL was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 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)
Next Game: Drake (25-7) advanced behind 22 points from Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) while MVC Player of the Year Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) added 15 points in the Bulldogs’ 20th-consecutive win. Dean and Hittner combined to hit seven of the Bulldogs’ 11 three-pointers to give the team a school record and Missouri Valley record 308 three-pointers this season. Drake handed out 19 assists on 23 field goals as it added to its school record for a single season at 732. Preview However, SIU opened the second half much the same as the first, outscoring Drake 12-4 to open the third quarter. SIU’s defense only allowed Drake to shoot 1-of-5 to open the period and forced four turnovers in the first six minutes of the period to take a five-point, 38-33, lead with 4:17 left on a Kylie Giebelhausen jumper. However, SIU held that lead for less than a minute as seven-straight points from the Bulldogs erased their deficit and back-to-back three-pointers from Hittner and Dean would later give Drake a six-point, 46-40, lead with 78 seconds left in the quarter. The Bulldogs made four-straight shots to end the period shooting 7-of-12 despite the slow start to the quarter. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live vs. UNI 3/11/2018 – 2 PM HTML Box Score Drake’s appearance in the MVC Tournament championship game will be the 13th championship game appearance for the Bulldogs who have won six MVC Tournament titles. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster PDF Box Score MOLINE, Ill. – The No. 1 seeded Drake University women’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a 68-59 win over No. 4 seed SIU in the semifinals Saturday, March 10, at the TaxSlayer Center. Drake will face the winner of the Missouri State/UNI game in the title tilt at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN3. Photo Gallery Story Links The Bulldogs shot 50 percent in the second half to overcome a slow start and create enough separation to hold off a resilient Saluki squad that challenged every lead the Bulldogs created. SIU (17-14) was led by two freshmen with 17 points from Makenzie Silvey and 12 points from Abby Brockmeyer. The Bulldogs did not let that momentum slip away, scoring twice in the first minute of the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 52-42 and force SIU into a quick timeout. SIU pulled within five points after the timeout, but another set of three-pointers from Dean and Hittner stretched the lead back out to 15 points with less than four minutes remaining and the Salukis. But again, the Salukis responded once more with 10-straight points, six of them from Nicole Martin, to draw back within five points, 64-59, with less than a minute remaining. SIU send Drake to the free-throw line four times in the final minute in an attempt to extend the game and the Bulldogs converted all four attempts to put the Salukis away for good. After falling behind by 12 points in the opening seconds of the second quarter, the Bulldogs quickly reasserted themselves as the top seed by outscoring the Salukis 15-3 over the next five minutes to tie the contest at 23-23 with 4:03 left in the period. That run was extended to a 24-4 spurt as Drake’s defense held the Salukis to just one field goal in the final six minutes of the period to take a 29-26 lead into halftime. Dean scored 10 of the Bulldogs’ first-half points with a pair of three-pointers. The Bulldogs started off uncharacteristically slow, making just three of their first 14 shots and finished the quarter with eight points, the team’s lowest quarter output of the season to trail 18-8. Silvey and Brockmeyer combined to score 14 of the Salukis’ first-half points.