UPDATED: Saints sweep defending champs right out of the playoffs

first_img Selkirk finally extended their lead with 9:08 remaining in the third when Logan Proulx banged home the rebound from a Kam Crawford point shot on a Saints power-play.Minutes later, Fidgett iced the game with his team’s third goal, taking a pass from defenceman Dylan Smith and deking around Gill for his second point of the night. Alex Sirard picked up the shut out in his BCIHL playoff debut with 13 saves, while Sunny Gill took the loss after allowing three goals on 37 shots. The Saints held a 27-12 edge in shots on goals through two periods and limited the Vikes to just one shot on goal in the third. Selkirk College continued to add to their list of ‘firsts’ accomplished during the 2012-13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season, as the Saints advanced to the league finals for the first time by beating the University of Victoria by a 4-1 score on Saturday night.The win capped a two-game series sweep of the defending BCIHL champion Vikes at the Castlegar Recreation Complex, as Selkirk had taken Game one by a 3-0 score Friday. With the win, Selkirk will now host Simon Fraser University in a best-of-three series for the BCIHL championship beginning March 15 in either Castlegar or Nelson.The site location depends on the succes of the Castlegar Rebels in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League series against Beaver Valley.Should the Rebels prevail in the best-o-seven Murdoch Division Final, Selkirk’s playoff series would be move to the NDCC Arena in Nelson.If Beaver Valley wins, the games would be played in Castlegar. The Saints came bursting out of the gates in the first period and built a four-goal lead before intermission.The rally started when Jackson Garrett beat UVic starter Sunny Gill with a wrist shot from the low slot to give Selkirk a 1-0 lead.Team captain Jordan Wood added a pair of power-play goals to triple the lead and Cody Fidgett struck for his second goal of the series with 51 seconds remaining in the frame. That was all the offence the Saints would need as Victoria got on the board on a second period man-advantage but otherwise couldn’t beat Selkirk netminder Alex Sirard. The 21-year old continued his strong play on the heels of a shutout on Friday by turning aside 26 shots and helping his team kill 10 power-play opportunities, including a pair of lengthy two-man advantages. “We had an excellent first period tonight and fought through some penalty troubles the rest of the way to grind out a win,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”UVic is a hard-working team that never gave up tonight and made us earn the victory. Alex (Sirard) came up with some big saves when he had to and our top offensive guys got the job done.” Wood, Logan Proulx and Kam Crawford combined for six points on the night, though Proulx’s evening was cut short when he was ejected from the game for a hit from behind late in the first period. Friday’s series-opener is set for a 7:30 p.m start time.Saints win! Saints win! Game two Saturday in CastlegarSelkirk College opened their 2013 postseason with a win on Friday night, topping the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champions from the University of Victoria by a 3-0 score at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.With the victory the Saints take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three first round series and will look to eliminate the Vikes and move on the league championships with another win on Saturday night.”We had some trouble finishing plays tonight but overall it was a good start to our playoffs against a very hard-working team,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”UVic has nine players back from the team that won a league championship last season, so there’s a lot of playoff experience on that bench.””We did a great job limiting their shots and scoring opportunities, and when you play tight defensively it allows some time to get the offence clicking,” Dubois added. Mason Spear opened the scoring for the hosts just under five minutes in to the first period when a centering pass from linemate Cody Fidgett deflected off his skate and past UVic starter Sunny Gill.And that 1-0 margin stayed intact for most of the night, as Gill turned aside numerous Saints scoring opportunities and Selkirk held their visitors to only a handful of shots on goal through two periods. Saturday’s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.Should the Vikes win, a third and deciding game would take place on Sunday at 6 p.m.  SAINTS NOTES: In the BCIHL’s other first round series, second-ranked SFU took a 1-0 lead over third-seeded Thompson Rivers University with a 6-1 home ice win. Game 2 in the series is set for Saturday night in Kamloops.last_img read more

Zidane: “Hazard’s thing is a blow in the area of ​​his injury; it doesn’t look good …”

first_imgZinedine Zidane appeared before the media after falling in the Ciutat de Levante and leaving the lead. It was not the only bad news for the Real Madrid coach, who saw Hazard leave again injured in his ankle. Zidane was not optimistic …Sensations. “We have come a lot in the first and it is the only thing we missed. We started very well. The goal is the most important thing in football. They in the second half came once. Football is screwed because in two games we lose five points We have had good times in the season, but now we have lost five points. Next week we play everything. We have to get the good we have had so far and win again. We have to raise our heads. “Two pricks: “We lost 5 points in two games, that’s what it is. It has been difficult for us to score the goal. The first part was very good. We did good things and we missed the goal that would have come in handy. They came once and scored a goal. “Fucked, because I think we didn’t deserve this today, especially today. You have to lift your head, know what happened and think about the next two games that we played all. I’m a little upset because my players have given everything. It’s a bad time for us. We have a game on Wednesday and on the weekend also the League. “ Hazard. “Bad feelings. It is a blow in the area of ​​his injury and does not look good. We will see what will happen to him.”Classic. “We after these games know that we have to win. We will do everything possible to return to the League. But first we have a game on Wednesday. We know the importance of these two games.”What worries you most? “Nothing to me. This is football. We had very good moments this season and we must not lower our arms for these two games. We have to think that this can be done with courage and energy. This is football.”Madrid from more to less. “It is clear that today we went from more to less. It cost us a little in the second part. They came once and scored a goal. It is reality. Now we know that we can move forward with this. We need everyone’s energy to move this forward. “Now we’re all screwed up, annoyed. It’s a defeat we don’t like, but football as always in three days you have a game.”Time of the season: “We know that next week we play everything. You have to be prepared. Good times we have had now is bad you have to have your head up and get things moving forward.”last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgAkram escapesshooting attackKARACHI, Pakistan (AP):A gunman opened fire on Pakistan’s legendary former cricket captain, Wasim Akram, in an apparent incident of road rage in the southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said.Senior police officer Munir Sheikh said the incident took place when the left-arm fast bowler was on his way to coaching a training camp at the city’s National Stadium. “It is apparently an incident of road rage,” he told reporters, adding that police were searching for the shooter.Akram told a Pakistani news channel that the man rammed his vehicle into his car from behind and then opened fire before fleeing. He said he did not know who was behind the attack.Akram, 49, made his international debut in a one-day international against New Zealand in 1984 and was rated as one of the all-time great left-arm fast bowlers. He took 414 wickets in 104 Test matches and another 502 wickets in 356 one-day internationals before retiring soon after the 2003 World Cup.Court issues arrest warrant for ModiNEW DELHI (AP):An Indian court issued an arrest warrant against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on Wednesday over allegations of money laundering in a television deal.Though charges have not been framed against Modi, the Mumbai court heeded a request from economic investigative body Enforcement Directorate, which said Modi was not cooperating in an investigation into whether money from the deal in 2008 benefited unauthorised persons.Modi, based in England since 2010, has been served summons previously. His passport was even revoked in 2011 before the Delhi High Court asked for the passport to be restored last year.last_img read more

Kipketer hails ‘amazing’ Champs

first_imgFormer 800 metres world record holder Wilson Kipketer, here in Jamaica for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships as a guest of his and the event’s sponsor Puma, was left amazed by the experience, as he welcomes the chance to work with Jamaican youngsters. The three-time World Champion, who is also visiting Jamaica for the first time since a stop in 2010 at the Gibson Relays, said while the times registered at Champs in his pet event could have been better by international standards, he understands the nature of the championships has a great effect. “It’s really impressive, the performances and atmosphere here is really amazing,” said the Kenyan-born former Danish athlete in reference to his impressions of his first Champs experience. “This is not something you see anywhere else in the world and in my opinion, there should be a World Juniors or something here every year here in Jamaica. “I was here for the 800m and 400m and I think there is a lot of potential. It’s all about the right training and technique and with that I think the youngsters here can develop and run very well,” Kipketer said. “They can run faster times here at but of course a big focus here at these championships is to win points. “It’s going to be difficult because a lot of the athletes are doing three events and so  they are tired and are going for points but the potential and really raw talent is there that can be developed,” he added.last_img read more

James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past Heat

first_img“It’s just playing with greatness,” Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said. “Tonight he took the game over.”James shot 19 for 31 from the field, 6 for 8 from 3-point range, became the seventh player to score at least 51 in a game against Miami, and started his two-game reunion tour in sensational fashion. The Lakers’ next game is Wednesday night in Cleveland, the only other place besides Miami and L.A. that James has called home as a professional.“It’s always great to be here,” said James, who hugged a slew of familiar faces in the arena he used to call home. “We had some not-so-good times, we had more great times, so it’s always a respect factor and a love for the people in Miami and especially the people who work here.”And finally, he left Miami a winner again. Since leaving the Heat after the 2014 NBA Finals James was 0-4 against Miami; his teams were 0-7, when including the three Cleveland-Miami games that he sat out for various reasons.James put on a show.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat.Sunday was not one of those times.ADVERTISEMENT FEU hopes to seize last chance to make Final 4 in KO tiff vs DLSU View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown From there, the only drama was whether James would get 50. And he did.“Just give him the ball,” Lakers guard Kyle Kuzma said, “and get out of the way.”TIP-INSLakers: The Lakers arrived Saturday night after playing in Orlando and aren’t scheduled to fly to Cleveland until Tuesday. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points, Kuzma scored 15 and Ingram finished with 13.Heat: The last time Miami lost four straight at home was early in the 2014-15 season…. Miami had a five-shot possession in the third quarter, four offensive rebounds coming before Ellington made a 3-pointer.CONSISTENT LEBRONWhenever James changes teams — Cleveland to Miami in 2010, Miami to Cleveland in 2014, Cleveland to the Lakers this past summer — his new team starts 9-7.HEAT HELPJames Johnson played for the first time this season after finally being declared good to go following offseason sports hernia surgery. He had four fouls in the first half and finished with eight points.UP NEXT The Heat threw a shoe.It was their fourth straight home loss and frustrations boiled over. Josh Richardson got ejected in the fourth quarter after throwing one of his sneakers into the stands, upset about a call that he felt he didn’t get moments earlier.“I just can’t let that happen,” Richardson said.Wayne Ellington scored 19 points for Miami (6-10), which is off to its second-worst start in the last 12 years. The Heat were 5-11 at this point of the 2016-17 season, the only other time they’ve been worse after 16 games in that span.Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 17 points for the Heat, while Rodney McGruder added 14.“We’re going to get to work,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra vowed.They need some health, too. Goran Dragic missed the game for Miami because of a right knee problem, one that will be further evaluated Monday. Dwyane Wade remained on leave after the birth of his daughter, and may return to the Heat this week.Miami hasn’t forgotten James, obviously — he still gets loud cheers when introduced in his former home arena — but just in case anyone in attendance needed a reminder of his game, he delivered. He made eight of his first nine shots and had the whole arsenal working; dunks in transition, stepback 3-pointers, turnarounds from the baseline.“When he’s hitting shots like that, what do you want us to do?” Heat center Hassan Whiteside mused.Even with James’ greatness, the biggest shot for the Lakers might have come from Brandon Ingram with 3:46 left. Miami had clawed within eight and the shot clock was about to expire on the Lakers, but Ingram connected on a long jumper from the left wing to make it 104-94. Lakers: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday night.Heat: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson — James’ former rival, now his teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers — challenged him to finish the game off with a 3-pointer.“I bet you won’t go for the 3,” Stephenson said.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 ChrissThe Heat probably wish that conversation never took place. James’ capped his 51-point night with a 32-foot 3-pointer in the final seconds, pointed at Stephenson to let him know he was wrong, and the Lakers rolled past the Heat 113-97 for their seventh win in their last nine games.James reached 50 for the 13th time in his career, including Game 1 of last season’s NBA Finals.last_img read more

Govt should honour Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,Over the past 24 hours, I have seen a lot of comments on social media after the decision was handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the NCM and the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman. Whilst the decision of the CCJ did not specify a date for elections, President of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saunders, urged all political parties to honour the Constitution of Guyana.If we are to look carefully on this statement “honouring the Constitution” one can safely anticipate election on or before September 18 due to the directives of the Constitution saying that after the passage of a No-Confidence Motion (NCM), the President and the Cabinet shall resign and call elections within 90 days.It is with great hope that if the Government should honour the Constitution, it, therefore, means that we can have an election within the stipulated time of the Constitution, ie, within 90 days counting from June 18, 2019.In conclusion, whilst the CCJ could not have given a specific date for elections, the Constitution of Guyana clearly gives a timeframe should we honour same.Sincerely,Ranjeev Singhlast_img read more

Maimane’s Challenge: Pulling Black Votes from ANC

first_imgThey say he is too young for the post—only 34.  And people smelled tokenism when this Soweto young man, married to a white South African, was overwhelmingly chosen to lead that country’s predominantly white but leading opposition political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), next to the African National Congress (ANC).He succeeds the DA’s outgoing chairperson, Madam Helen Zille, who may be the last Caucasian to head the party.  She has long been wishing to transfer the leadership of this mostly white party to black leadership, probably in the hope that it can garner more blacks to their side and make a greater impact on South African politics.She has made it known that the party would never be able to threaten the ANC’s grip on power unless it could stop appearing as a “white” party representing the interests of the white minority that had benefitted from decades of apartheid.But though young, Mmusi Maimane is thankfully highly educated, with two Master’s degrees in Theology and Psychology.  In addition, he is a fiery preacher who spends his weekends preaching in a Johannesburg church.Mr. Maimane’s first test will be to withstand a fierce challenge from the ruling and hugely popular ANC.  Helen Zille managed to gather an impressive number of parliamentary seats in the last elections.  The new party leader faces the challenge of getting some of his partisans elected locally, to pave the way for the greater feat of increasing more DA numbers in Parliament.He must take advantage of his youth by reaching out to the country’ young people, both black and white, and enlisting them in their tens or hundreds of thousands into the DA.  This will help make South Africa truly a rainbow nation, in which its people, despite their race, can unite under one political umbrella and march together to meet the many challenges—cultural, political, social and economic—which this relatively new united nation faces.The most serious challenge, clearly, lies in the economic realm, in which the real power is still wielded (brandished, exercised) by whites, who therefore control the economy.   By bringing the two races into one political movement, just as he himself has done in his marriage, Mr. Maimane could help forge closer interracial relationships that could transcend politics and create business and economic alliances toward sharing the country’s enormous wealth and power.This alone could attract more people to the party, for the new adherents (followers, devotees) would see the DA truly as a party of hope—hope in a more united, more just, more inclusive society in which whites and blacks are able to work together toward sharing the other race’s century-old position of power, privilege and wealth with the country’s broad, impoverished and underprivileged masses.This is a challenge that the ruling African National Congress is yet to tackle, despite its 24 years in power.  True, some ANC leaders have amassed wealth, but they are few.  The vast majority of South Africans, which is black, still lives in slums and lack equitable access to sound nursery, primary and secondary education, well-paying jobs and other socioeconomic amenities. By encouraging the economic and business alliances mentioned above, the DA could help change the country’s economic landscape by giving the ordinary South African a once unimaginable measure of hope in the future of 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

ID4PAPD: Greasing Liberia’s Development Wheels

first_imgPart 1: Welcome On-board the ID Train By Wellington Geevon Smith On behalf of the management of the National Identification Registry (NIR), it is my distinguished honor to welcome you to our special column on Liberia’s identification ecosystem, which we have titled, “Identification for the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (ID-4-PAPD): Greasing Liberia’s Development Wheels.” The column intends to show, through many articles, how biometric identification works and how it can help Liberia achieve speedy economic development to improve the living conditions of our citizens. We will run the ID column by publishing an article in this paper once every week, on Thursdays.The host for this column is Honorable J. Tiah Nagbe, Executive Director of the NIR. We will also welcome contributions from anyone who has interest in identity matters. Mr. Nagbe is the first Executive Director of the NIR and will bring to this column his vast experience in the public and private sectors.  Liberia is faced with enormous challenges in catching up with the rest of the world in many spheres of modern life. As the country went through years of civil conflict and subsequently worked to put its scattered pieces together for post-conflict democratic governance and development, the rest of the world marched forward with technology and left us farther behind. As part of efforts to reduce this gap, the Liberian Government decided eight years ago, in 2011, to establish a national biometric identification system through the National Identification Registry.It is incumbent on Liberia to jump-start its identity revolution as simply put by Alan Gelb and Julia Clark of the Center for Global Development:  “Formal identification is a prerequisite for development in the modern world. The inability to authenticate oneself when interacting with the state — or with private entities such as banks inhibits access to basic rights and services, including education, formal employment, financial services, voting, social transfers, and more. Unfortunately, under-documentation is pervasive in the developing world. Civil registration systems are often absent or cover only a fraction of the population. In contrast, people in rich countries are almost all well-identified from birth. This identity gap is increasingly recognized as not only a symptom of underdevelopment but as a factor that makes development more difficult and less inclusive.”We will cover a wide range of issues over the next six months, as we use this medium to deepen the understanding of Liberians and our key partners on identity matters. We promise to do our best in presenting these issues in simple terms, though these are quite challenging topics. Again, we encourage you to follow Mr. J. Tiah Nagbe, Executive Director of the National Identification Registry (NIR), every Thursday as he addresses your concerns on the role of biometric identification in Liberia’s development agenda. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EnCana seeks natural gas investors

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staff The EnCana corporation is sniffing out financial support, as it looks to expand its natural gas business.- Advertisement -The Reuters news agency reports that the energy giant is looking for up to $2 billion in investment from a wide variety of investors.The story says EnCana is already hoping to double its natural gas production, largely based in Northeastern BC, over the next five years. But, the Calgary-based company is soliciting investors to speed up that process, or do it at a lower cost.EnCana has already raised $900 million this year, including a major investment from the Korea Gas Corp, for a stake in the Horn River and Montney plays.Click here to read the original story on Reuters.Advertisementlast_img


first_imgA DERRY man who illegally opened his Letterkenny-based bookmakers shop on Easter Sunday has been ordered to pay cash to the Donegal Ladies U-14 football team.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that gardai observed customers entering and leaving McBride Racing in the town on April 20 last year.Owner Thomas McBride, Kingsfort Park, Culmore, Derry, admitted a charge of breaching betting laws. His solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said the 74-year-old had no previous convictions and new legislation introduced in January past now allows betting on Easter Sundays at bookies.“Unfortunately my client jumped the flag on this one,” said Mr McLaughlin (a Buncrana man and Donegal fan).He pointed out that the maximum fine under 1931 legislation was 50 punts (or €60) and his client would be glad to make a charitable donation to avoid a conviction.“I’m told there is a horse running later today at Cheltenham called Girly Girl and perhaps a wager on that could help a charity. It’s 5/1,” said Mr McLaughlin.Judge Paul Kelly shook head, remarking that he wasn’t a gambling man.The judge asked if Mr McBride would be willing to make a €100 donation to the Donegal U14 football team instead of recording a conviction.The bookmaker replied: “I’d be delighted to.”(Girly Girl finished 3rd in the 5.30pm race at Cheltenham. Those in court who took a note of the horse’s name may well be out of pocket).DERRY BOOKMAKER ORDERED TO GIVE CASH TO DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL TEAM was last modified: April 16th, 2015 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:Donegal U14sgirls footballMcBride Racinglast_img read more