GSA boys’ basketball team falls to Orono in Class C quarterfinal

first_imgGeorge Stevens Academy senior Kelsey Allen drives in for a layup in the Eastern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal against Orono on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENBANGOR — The George Stevens Academy Eagles dug themselves into a hole in the early going of Wednesday’s Eastern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal against the Orono Red Riots. That hole proved to be so deep the second-seeded Eagles never could quite climb out as they were upset 68-57 by the seventh-seeded Red Riots, ending their season with a 15-4 record.GSA led just once in the game — when senior guard Kelsey Allen put his own rebound back up and in to score the first two points of the game at the Cross Insurance Center.Orono quickly went on a 11-2 run, five of those points coming from sophomore forward Jake Koffman as the Red Riots forged a lead they never relinquished.The Eagles, who struggled with their shooting throughout the first period, put together their only sustained run of the game in the second period, after the Red Riots had opened up a 23-8 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSenior center Finn Davis-Batt got things started for GSA with a foul line jumper and junior center Nick Szwez hit two foul shots. Guard Taylor Schildroth followed with back-to-back baskets, sophomore guard Jarrod Chase and Davis-Batt then each knocked down a pair of free throws and Davis-Batt connected on another foul line jumper, leaving the Eagles trailing by a single point, 23-22.But that was a close as they would get.The Red Riots pushed the lead back up to six points on a pull-up jumper by Nick Desisto and a three-pointer by Tom Lucy before Schildroth hit a pair of free throws with no time on the clock to leave the Eagles trailing 28-24 at halftime.In the third period, GSA closed the gap to three points on a drive to the basket by Allen, but the quarter ended with the Red Riots in front 46-37.And in basketball, when a team is trailing with time running down, there’s little choice but to foul the opponent to stop the clock and hope that the ensuing free throws are off the mark.That wasn’t the case for Orono, and the Eagles could only watch as the Red Riots connected on 20 of 26 foul shots over the last eight minutes to seal the victory and advance to the semifinal round.Orono got balanced scoring with eight players contributing. Desisto and Jackson Coutts led the way with 15 points each, Damian Heeger followed with 11 and Kamron Hines chipped in with 10 as the Red Riots improved their record to 13-7.For the Eagles, Allen led the way with 21 points and Szwez and Schildroth finished with 10 points each.Click here for more photos of this game. Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Postscenter_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)last_img read more

Sharapova to return from doping ban in April

first_imgMARIA Sharapova will make her professional comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on April 26 after her 15-month doping suspension.The 29-year-old former world number one was given a two-year ban in March after testing positive for meldonium.Her suspension was then reduced in October following an appeal.The tournament in Germany starts two days before the Russian’s suspension runs out and she will not be allowed to attend until the day of her match.Sharapova, whose main sponsor is Porsche, will return to tennis without a ranking and needs a wild card to enter the tournament.“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” she said.“I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”The five-time Grand Slam champion won the Stuttgart title for three years in a row from 2012 to 2014.She last played a professional tournament at the Australian Open 12 months ago, where she failed the doping test.Sharapova was a long-time user of meldonium and says she was unaware it had been added to the banned list at the start of 2016.She has already taken part in two exhibition events since her ban was reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Students react to new safety plan

first_imgSeveral students said they believe new safety measures announced Tuesday by USC President C. L. Max Nikias are improvements to on-campus safety.The new policies come after four victims sustained gunshot wounds on Oct. 31 in an on-campus shooting. The incident occurred after a suspect, not affiliated with the university, got in an argument with Geno Hall, a former Crenshaw High football star, at a Halloween party promoted by LA Hype in association with the Black Student Assembly.The new security policies include banning outside event promoters and requiring university identification to enter campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The university also plans to increase surveillance and the number of security guards on the perimeter of campus.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said student groups were consulted and briefed before the changes were announced.Several student leaders said the new changes are likely to enhance on-campus security. Mikey Geragos, Undergraduate Student Government President, said banning promoters should give student groups more oversight of their events.“I think we are all in agreement of having party promoters on campus was probably not a good idea,” Geragos said. “When you get party promoters involved … there is always the risk they could advertise to people who they shouldn’t advertise to and you don’t have control of what’s being put out there.”Molly Russell, a senior majoring in public relations, said she supports the policy for checking IDs to enter campus at night, but is not convinced that banning promoters will solve any safety issues on campus.“The ID thing is huge. I think it’s a logical step that should have been taken years ago. This area is not very safe, and that’s always going to be a challenge,” Russell said. “But I don’t think the promoter thing will really help. USC is supposed to be integrated with the community, so I think it’s weird to go back on that by not allowing them to hold events.”According to Geragos, events will still be open to individuals in the community, but USC will be checking IDs at the door.“We wanted to make sure there was a good way to monitor [events] without excluding those guests,” Geragos said.The university expects all new policies to be fully implemented by Jan. 14, 2013 — the first day of the spring semester.Arya Roshanian, a sophomore majoring in vocal arts, doubts that the Dept. of Public Safety will be able to enforce the new safety measures during times when there is a high volume of students on campus.“I’m not sure how it’s going to work with crowds,” Roshanian said. “During finals week, so many people go to campus at night to study and everything. How will they handle it when a big hoard of people is trying to get on campus?”Nikias also said that the university will increase the amount of DPS officers stationed on campus and at campus and residence hall entrances. The banning of outside event promoters will extend to the Row.Student Affairs consulted the Inter-Fraternity Council before announcing the changes. IFC President Michael Madden noted that the ban on promoters does not apply to party planners.Madden said some fraternities have already started checking student IDs at the door -— a policy IFC hopes to make mandatory for all fraternities.“That’s an idea that has been discussed and will probably be implemented next spring,” Madden said. “We are still in the process of working out the logistics of it.”Some students, such as Sheun Alli, a junior majoring in business administration, said that staying safe is mainly up to the individual.“People just need to be careful,” Sheun said. “The school can do whatever they want, but we’re still in South Central.”last_img read more

ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 per cent in 2019

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile, CMC –The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is predicting Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 percent in 2019  even as it acknowledged an international scenario marked by what it describes as “greater uncertainty”.ECLAC also projected that the region will end 2018 with average growth of 1.2 per cent.Global uncertainties could intensify“The year 2019 looks to be a period in which global economic uncertainties, far from waning, will intensify and will arise from different fronts,” said ECLAC in unveiling its last economic report of the year, titled “The Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2018.”ECLAC said this will have an impact on the growth of the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, which, on average, are seen expanding 1.7 per cent.It forecasts that Central America (excluding Mexico) will grow 3.3 per cent in 2019, South America 1.4 per cent, and the Caribbean 2.1 per cent.Dominica is leading regional growthOn a country level, the report says Dominica is leading regional growth, with a nine per cent expansion, followed by the Dominican Republic (5.7 per cent), Panama (5.6 per cent), Antigua and Barbuda (4.7 per cent) and Guyana (4.6 per cent).The report warns that Venezuela will “suffer a minus 10 per cent contraction in its economy,” Nicaragua, a minus two per cent and Argentina minus 1.8 per cent.The region’s biggest economies, Brazil and Mexico, are seen growing at two per cent, and 2.1 per cent respectively.According to the report, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will “confront a complex global economic scenario in the coming years, in which less dynamic growth is expected, both for developed countries as well as emerging economies, along with increased volatility of international financial markets.”“On top of this, there is a structural weakening of international trade, aggravated by trade tensions between the United States and China,” it added.The overall 1.7 per cent economic growth projection for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 is slightly below what ECLAC released last October (1.8 per cent), while the estimate for the current year (2018) was also trimmed to 1.2 per cent (from the 1.3 percent forecast in October).Greatest threatThe report notes “the greatest risk to the region’s economic performance in the run-up to 2019 continues to be an abrupt deterioration in the financial conditions for emerging economies”.During 2018, ECLAC said emerging markets showed a significant reduction in external financing flows, while, at the same time, sovereign risk levels increased and their currencies depreciated against the dollar.As in previous years, in its “Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean,” ECLAC projects a growth dynamic with varying intensities between countries and sub-regions.“This reflects not only the differentiated impacts of the international context on each economy but also the dynamics of spending components – mainly consumption and investment – which have been following different patterns in economies of the north and of the south,” the report states.Growth led by domestic demandIn its stocktaking of the current year, 2018, ECLAC’s report indicates that economic growth was led by domestic demand.“Fixed investment showed a dynamic of recovery, while private consumption remained the main source of growth, even though its growth rates moderated since the second quarter of 2018,” the report noted.In terms of fiscal policy, it says consolidation deepened in 2018, adding that the process of fiscal adjustment led to a reduction in the primary deficit – from 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 to 0.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 – “although this was accompanied by a small increase in public debt.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers end eight-game losing streak in Philadelphia

first_imgPHILADELPHIA >> – The frustration built through nearly two weeks of losing evaporated at least for one night.Shortly after the Lakers secured a 100-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at Wells Fargo Center, Nick Young jokingly told D’Angelo Russell he owed him money for every time he complimented his performance. Lakers forward Luol Deng jokingly credited his presence for Larry Nance Jr’s hustle plays and claimed none of his estimated 100 hometown friends would attend Saturday’s game in Cleveland. Nance then teased Deng for leaving the Cavaliers in 2014 via free agency.Yup, the Lakers (11-18) showed relief over snapping an eight-game losing streak, even if it only meant a victory over the Sixers (6-20).“We desperately needed a win,” Young said, “and do whatever it takes.” Yet, that does not exactly reflect how Lakers coach Luke Walton wants his team to approach the 2016-17 season. He drew up a checklist of various unspecified goals he considered valuable to instill the Lakers with a winning culture.“It’s our job as coaches to put them in best position we can to get them to try to succeed,” Walton said beforehand. “I think that’s starting with the coaches, we kind of got away from what the main message was going into the season. That’s the process.”The Lakers initially validated the Sixers infamous slogan in “trusting the process.” After laboring through sluggish starts all season, the Lakers stormed out to a 13-0 lead. They led by as many as 22 points. After having quiet performances all week, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle already logged double figures by halftime.Then, the Sixers went on a to 16-6 run to reduce the Lakers’ lead to 74-64 entering the fourth quarter. The Lakers allowed Philadelphia to score 25 points off 20 turnovers. Though the Sixers shot only 36.4 percent from the field, they had Joel Embiid (15 points), Jahlil Okafor (14), Robert Covington (14), Ersan Illyasova (13) and Nic Stauskas (12) log double digits.“Our guys, as much as they agree those are things we need to focus on,” Walton said, “they’re competitors and are sick of losing.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img So, the Lakers still squeaked by. After having two quiet performances this week, Randle had a near double-double with 25 points and nine rebounds while nailing jumpers and finishing on dunks.“It’s going to be easier on us if we get out and play instead of walking the ball down and setting up the offense,” Randle said. “In order to do that, we have to get stops.”After shedding their layers of rust all week, Russell and Young finally found their rhythm. Russell had 15 points, albeit on 4-of-12 shooting, while Young had 15 points on a 5-of-9 clip. Though Russell became limited with a blister on one of his feet, the Lakers credited him for his defensive intensity that sparked the team’s strong start.“A lot of guys followed his lead,” Lakers guard Lou Williams said.That included Williams, who maintained his season-long consistency with 18 points, four steals and three assists. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. provided endless hustle plays for four points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Afterward, Walton told Nance that he had “one of the best four-point performances I’ve seen in a long time.”“I don’t and never worry about if the box score looks good or not,” Nance said. “If our coaches are happy and teammates are happy with the way I played, I’m happy.”Will the Lakers stay that way as they play in what Walton called an “extremely tough game” against the defending NBA champions? Russell simply wanted to enjoy the win before worrying about that.For now, the Lakers will take ending the losing culture while trying to build a winning one.last_img read more

LeSean McCoy agrees deal with Tom Brady’s Buccaneers

first_img“He’s very excited to play with established vets like Brady and Gronk in trying to win another championship,” McCoy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN.Day— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) July 31, 2020McCoy averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2019 — his best production in three seasons — but amassed just 465 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and his days as a feature back appear behind him.The 32-year-old has six 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including four in six years with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round in 2009. LeSean McCoy will team up with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski after agreeing to join the Buccaneers, the veteran running back’s agent said.McCoy has been a free agent following his release from the Chiefs, for whom the 11-year veteran was a healthy scratch for their Super Bowl 54 victory over the 49ers. The six-time Pro Bowler, who had previously talked about returning to his original team, the Eagles, is now headed to the Buccaneers on a one-year deal.last_img read more

New partnership is On Course to grow the game

first_img England Golf and On Course Foundation have announced a partnership to involve more injured, wounded and sick Service personnel and veterans in golf.The Foundation aims to transform lives through golf, by teaching skills which restore confidence and promote recovery, and by creating work experience and employment opportunities. Currently the Foundation has over 450 beneficiaries, proudly referred to as their members, and hopes to reach many more.Now, with the support of England Golf, the Foundation aims to:• Introduce a further 200 injured, wounded and sick Service personnel and veterans to golf by April 2017• Create 45 work experience placements in the golf industry• Find employment in the golf industry for 20 Members of the Foundation.• Introduce 40 women to the gameThe partnership supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, Raising Our Game, which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs.Jamie Blair, England Golf’s Disability Manager, said: “England Golf is working intensively to encourage more disabled people to get into golf and to become club members and we welcome this opportunity to work in partnership with On Course Foundation.“Golf can play a very important role in the recovery of Service personnel and veterans and we are delighted to help to spread this message and to involve them in the sport and all it has to offer.”Steve Holt, Managing Director of On Course Foundation, echoed Jamie’s remarks: “With many of our members lacking self-belief, it’s our aim to help them realise their potential both on and off the golf course.“The golf industry provides the perfect environment for many members to transfer the skills that they have developed at our events, and ultimately allows them to find a fulfilling career.“England Golf are a fantastic partner for us, a perfect natural fit to help us spread awareness of our cause and jointly grow the game. We’re absolutely delighted to partner alongside them and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”Click here for more information about On Course Foundation.Caption: On Course members (image courtesy On Course Foundation) 5 Jul 2015 New partnership is On Course to grow the game last_img read more

Owen ties second in Portugal

first_img Hertfordshire’s Laurie Owen shot 10-under par to finish joint runner-up in the Portuguese International Amateur Championship at Montado.The 26-year-old from Letchworth Golf Club (pictured) led an impressive English performance, with national teams scoring a one-two in the Nations Cup.Owen was in the mix throughout with rounds of 68 70 69 71, and commented afterwards on Twitter: “What a week! Very proud of what I achieved this week competing in Portuguese amateur.“Great start to the season and has motivated me even more to keep getting better.”He was one of six English players in the top ten. Bailey Gill (Lindrick) tied 5th on eight-under while another Yorkshireman, Ben Schmidt (Rotherham), shared seventh place, on seven-under, with Matty Lamb (Hexham).A further shot back was yet another Yorkshire player, Charlie Thornton (Fulford), who held the first round lead after his opening 66. He shared 10th place with Dan Brown (Littlestone).The championship was won by 16-year-old Portuguese player, Daniel da Costa Rodrigues, who was 13-under par.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: elite golf, England squads, England teams 18 Feb 2019 Owen ties second in Portugal   last_img read more

Cardinals Claim Conference Crown

first_imgM.J. Eckart, one of seven LU seniors honored in pregame Senior Night ceremonies, scored on a penalty kick just 6:11 into the game after LU forward Lucy Ashworth was pulled down in the penalty area. It was the third penalty-kick goal in as many attempts for Eckart this season, and her fifth goal overall. “What an amazing night,” LU coach Steve Holeman said. “We came out and played an amazing game. These girls worked hard all season, and it really paid off tonight.” “I’ve dreamed of this even before I played my first college game,” Lovejoy said. “To win a championship is incredible. I can’t think of a better group of people to do it with. We went through so much these past few years, but it’s all worth it.” Lovejoy finished with four saves, while Roccaforte, who had allowed just six goals in conference play all season before Friday, made three saves. LU’s four goals were the most the Cardinals scored in a conference game this season. The Cardinals (15-3-1 overall, 10-1-0 Southland) got on the board quickly, taking a 1-0 lead while many of the 695 in attendance were attempting to find a place to sit. Juliana Ocampo scored just 65 seconds into the second half, tallying an unassisted goal after beating Roccaforte from a scramble in front of the cage for her fourth goal of the season. Kelso Peskin made it 3-0 with her team-leading eighth goal just 3:24 after Ocampo’s goal. Laura Parra started the play with a nice pass to Madison Ledet, who fed it to Peskin, who blasted one past Roccaforte. “We’ll take Saturday off, but we’ll get right back to work on Sunday,” Holeman said. “This will be an incredible experience. None of these girls have ever been to the conference tournament, but now they are going as the top seed. It means everyone will be out for us, but we have risen to challenges all season.”Courtesy of Lamar Athletics Both teams had some glittering scoring opportunities for the remainder of the first half, but LU goalkeeper Lauren Lovejoy and McNeese netminder Emma Roccaforte each made three saves in the opening frame as LU carried a 1-0 lead into intermission. That goal did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the LU faithful, who counted down the final seconds before joining the Cardinals on the field for an impromptu championship celebration as the Cardinals became the first soccer team in Southland history to go from worst to first in one season.center_img The Cardinals will make their first appearance in the conference tournament since 2012 when they meet the host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, the No. 8 seed, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jack Dugan Stadium in Corpus Christi. BEAUMONT, Texas – Playing in front of their biggest home crowd ever, the Lamar University Cardinals came up with their biggest win ever, a 4-1 drubbing of the archrival McNeese Cowgirls to claim the Southland Conference regular-season championship for the first time in the 11-year history of the LU women’s soccer program. The Cardinals started the second half even hotter than they started the initial period, netting two goals in the first 4:29 to take a 3-0 lead. The Cowgirls (12-5-1, 8-3-0), who needed a win to become co-champs with the Cardinals, broke Lovejoy’s shutout bid with 11:26 remaining as McNeese forward Savannah LaRicci scored just inside the far post for her conference-leading 12th goal of the season. “It feels unbelievable to score a goal on Senior Night,” Eckart said. “It feels even better to know that we are champions.” “To score four goals in any game is tremendous,” Holeman said. “To do it against the stingiest defensive team in the league is special.” The Cardinals made it 4-0 with 18:54 remaining in regulation as another senior got onto the scoring chart on Senior Day.  Defender Tori Alaniz took a pass from Lucy Ashworth and slid one past Roccaforte for her first goal of the season.last_img read more

Fight between Boateng and Goretzka

first_imgBayern again got into the fight for the salad bowl by beating Schalke last Saturday 5-0, a result that does not seem to have helped to relax the mood in the locker room. As the newspaper reports Bild In their online version, Jerome Boateng and Leon Goretzka got to the hands in Wednesday’s training session. An ugly entry by the former Schalke player made the 2014 world champion mad, who did not hesitate to give his teammate a good glove in the face. This is demonstrated by the photos that Bild attached to his article. The situation was no more because several players of the German champion reacted quickly and managed to separate the two enraged soccer players. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and even Bavarian coach Hansi Flick approached to calm the situation, yes, not without reproaching Goretzka for the excessive hardness of his entrance. “Always the same shit with you”, were Müller’s words to Goretzka, always according to Bild. Both Boateng and Goretzka did not speak again throughout the session, but apparently they will not be fined by the club.last_img read more