Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, Wash. – The Saint Martin’s University softball team will travel to Billings, Mont., this week for the Great Northwest Atlantic Conference Tournament after claiming its first-ever GNAC regular-season championship outright with the Saints’ win in a doubleheader Sunday against Central Washington University (7-5 and 12-4 in five innings).This marks the Saints’ first such victory since the team’s inception in 1992, and the team will take the No. 1 seed into the GNAC Tournament on Thursday, May 2, playing against No. 4 seed Central Washington Wildcats, in the opening round at 1:30 p.m. The Saints are ranked 25th nationally in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Poll.Sam Munger put the Saints on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single that scored Lacey McGladrey. Joslyn Eugenio added to SMU’s total with a two-run blast to extend the lead to 3-0.Despite the quick strike by Saint Martin’s, the Wildcats managed to hang around, scoring a single run in the fourth and the fifth inning to make it 3-2. The Saints answered with a four-run sixth inning as an error on CWU’s shortstop scored the first run. Munger drove in her second and third runs of the game with a double while Eugenio added one more on a single up the middle for her third RBI.CWU did not go away quietly however as Dallas Maupin hit a two-run pinch hit home run with one out in the seventh to pull the Wildcats to 7-4. Jill McDaniels singled up the middle to make it 7-5 with two outs but the final batter of the inning flied out to center field to end any threat of a comeback.Munger picked up her 20th win of the season, becoming the first SMU pitcher in program history to reach this milestone. She finished the game going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and a double.McGladrey was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. Eugenio went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and her fifth home run of the season.Central Washington strung together consecutive singles to start game two and McDaniels’ one-out single put the Wildcats ahead early. Elena Carter lined a shot up the middle but Munger made a diving stop in the hole, shoveling the ball to McGladrey at second, who turned the double play to get the Saints out of an early jam.A sacrifice fly by Munger in the bottom half of the inning tied the game and in the third, Megan Miller‘s sacrifice fly put the Saints ahead 2-1. SMU would increase its lead in the fourth on an RBI groundout off the bat of Madi Davis but, once again, the Wildcats fought back.CWU scored three runs in the top of the fifth as McDaniels’ RBI double scored one and Carter’s single scored two more, giving Central Washington the 4-3 lead.That lead was short lived as SMU exploded, scoring nine runs on eight hits in the bottom of the fifth. Taviah Jenkins drilled a two-run home run to left center for her fifth of the season. Then three-straight singles by McGladrey, Miller and Munger scored four more runs. Eugenio finished it off with a three-run homer, giving the Saints the 12-4 win.Taylor Bakos improved to 14-7 on the year in the circle. McGladrey finished the game going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases. Munger was 1-for-3 with three RBI, extending her hitting streak to 18 games. Eugenio went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and her sixth home run of the season. Miller was 1-for-1 with a run scored, two RBI, two walks and a stolen base.The winner of the three-day, double elimination tournament will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. For more information about the 2013 GNAC tournament, CLICK HERE.Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
By John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – First it was Red Bank. Then Rumson followed suit. Now Sea Bright officials have decided to cancel the town’s annual fireworks display.Borough Councilman Marc Leckstein announced plans earlier this week to forego the 2012 edition of the Fourth of July fireworks display.Leckstein, speaking at Tuesday’s council meeting, said the decision to cancel was based on recommendations from borough Police Chief John Sorrentino.“It’s not the funding issue,” Leckstein said. “It’s a manpower issue.”Last month council members and Sorrentino said they would have to do some last-minute brainstorming about this July’s fireworks.Borough officials were concerned with the decision in February by officials in Red Bank and neighboring Rumson to cancel their respective fireworks.Red Bank’s annual July 3 Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink had become the largest fireworks show in the state, drawing more than 100,000 people to town, causing local police and emergency services to have to reach out to Monmouth County and neighboring communities for additional support and security resources.The organizers of the Red Bank show decided to abandon their plans this year as each year the cost rose and logistics got more complicated to support the event.Red Bank’s show generally cost about $300,000 with no taxpayer dollars allocated for support.Rumson’s fireworks, while smaller, had been done in coordination with Red Bank’s, by the same company. But when Red Bank officials nixed the display, Rumson officials followed suit, saying they feared larger than usual crowds with a further drain on costs and resources.With those two municipalities out of consideration, Sorrentino had asked for the council’s support for additional manpower as the small shorefront community could become the next go-to spot in the area for those intent on seeing Independence Day fireworks.“To be honest with you, we don’t know how big it’s going to be,” Sorrentino said last month.Sorrentino had been reaching out to neighboring communities and to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, seeking assistance.Sorrentino was on vacation this week and unavailable for comment, but Leckstein said the chief was not having luck finding departments that could commit officers that night to help Sea Bright.The sheriff’s, too, had to decline any additional manpower. It is already assigned to assisting Long Branch for its display that night.Sea Bright has been having a fireworks display since the early 1990s, Sorrentino recalled.Last year, the borough was operating at “full capacity” with the crowds and traffic the event generated, Sorrentino said last month.Traditionally, the borough had 12 to 15 officers on duty the night of the fireworks. Emergency services and volunteer firefighters also were available. The council in the past had spent about $12,000 to cover police overtime, public works department employee salaries, portable restrooms and public entertainment.This year the governing body agreed to increase that amount to about $20,000.The cost of the actual fireworks, however, was covered by the area beach clubs.The council also agreed to solicit private donations to help defray costs and to ensure the event’s continued success. The borough already received donations from a beach club and a local marina.“It wasn’t going to cost the taxpayers a cent,” Leckstein said of this year’s event. But, “obviously, it’s a public safety issue.“We’re committed to have it happen next year,” he said.Having additional officers for what could be an exceedingly large event is “critical,” observed Red Bank Police Chief Stephen McCarthy. “Without those additional out-of-town officers we would not be able to fulfill our mission to try and keep everyone safe,” he said.In Red Bank’s case, it literally tripled its entire force (with 41 officers) for the night of the fireworks, drawing from as many as 12 towns and county law enforcement, NJ Transit and sometimes New Jersey State Police resources, according to McCarthy and Captain Darren McConnell.“It’s literally months in the planning,” McConnell said.“I understand their concerns,” McConnell said of Sea Bright. “Without a number of outside agencies helping them – if they draw anywhere near the crowd we draw – they would have significant policing issues.”
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – It’s become a fall tradition: 49ers lose, 49ers fans vent in our weekly mailbag. Let’s get on with it then, via our Twitter suggestion box:Do the niners stay with CJ or go in another direction? No, I don’t want Kap back he’s trash. (@winwith49ers)It’s C.J. Beathard or bust, and bust is picking up steam. Beathard’s mixed results aren’t jeopardizing his job, yet. More turnovers and more losses will. But …
We think that Apple could have a potential problem on their hands with some angry users if they go through with this switch. According to the data, out of nearly three million impressions, just 2,387 were directed at Bing. That’s compared to 1,464,173 for Google. Either that, or the move will force a whole lot of people to suddenly become Bing converts. A week ago, the cat was let out of the bag: Apple and Microsoft were in talks over replacing Google with Bing, and have been for weeks, as the default search engine on the iPhone. Immediately, there were questions over the implications of this move, both for the companies involved and the users.Today, online advertising network Chitika has released some numbers that show just how big of a move this could be for all parties involved. As things stand right now, Google accounts for just over 50% of iPhone traffic and it would like to keep it that way. As Chitika’s blog points out, this is likely a direct result of Google being the default search engine when text is entered in the the iPhone browser’s address bar. Tags:#Apple#web Bing barely registers on the search engine map, as do most others. Is this a case of the chicken or the egg? Do people use Google because that’s become the standard? Or is it because they’ve become used to it as the default choice? Another graph shows that, while less dominant, Google still remains the leader when we move away from iPhones to all traffic. Here, users have not only a choice of platform, but of browser and default search engine as well. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
One of the big surprises in Monday’s wet evening programme in track and field came when Russian Yelena Isinbayeva failed to win a historic third successive gold medal at the Olympics.Russians have dominated the specialised sport of pole vault for decades. In the past, it was the incomparable Sergei Bubka, and now it’s Isinbayeva, who left people in awe as they soared to new heights.As a result, it was unusual to see Isinbayeva clinching ‘just’ a bronze as American Jennifer Suhr won gold and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva claimed silver.But the 30-year-old was not devastated and said she was not contemplating retirement. She said the inability to run or jump for two months made her miss many competitions this year and made all the difference.”I did Sotteville and Monte Carlo but, of course, it was not enough and I was taking a risk if my injury got worse. So this bronze is like gold for me,” said the Russian.On her future plans, Isinbayeva was pretty clear she was not retiring. “Actually my plans change every day. I am like a pair of twins. Today I wake up and say, ‘I will stop’. Then the next day I say, ‘I will continue’,” she said, even discussing her plans for 2016.Explaining her feelings further, Isinbayeva said: “Over the past three years, between Beijing and London, life has not been easy for me, both physically and psychologically. I was asking myself ‘Why am I continuing? What for’,” she said.advertisementBut with coach Yevgeni Trofimov inspiring her, she decided to give the Olympics another go. “My coach said ‘let’s try again’. In Istanbul (at the 2012 world indoor championships), I won a gold medal and in Stockholm I set a world record jumping 5.01 metres. Then, unfortunately, I got injured in May and I could not train properly before London,” Isinbayeva said.Without making any excuse, the cherubic Russian told the media: “Today, my leg was not working. I had to work with my hands. Of course, today it is not a fairy tale, today competing was not easy, this is why this bronze is like gold to me.”At a time when most of the athletes are scared about the weather, Isinbayeva added how difficult it was in the middle of the Olympic Stadium. “It was terrible for me. I know the weather was so-so in England, but today it was the worst possible for women’s pole vaulting,” she said.Explaining her love affair for setting world records, the bronze medallist recalled an incident. “In Monaco, after the (Diamond League) meeting, I was sitting next to Prince Albert (of Monaco) and a man came up to me and said that I had already surpassed Sergey Bubka. He showed me a piece of paper on which he had a lost of Bubka’s records and mine. Bubka broke the world record 27 times, and I had already done it 28 times by then.”So for all those who feared that the world has seen the last of the pole vault champion, there is still hope.
Derby boss Lampard tells Bielsa: That’s bad sportsmanshipby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby boss Frank Lampard says Leeds United have TWICE had spies watch their training this season.Before last night’s win, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa accepted responsibility for his club spying on Derby’s training session on Thursday, saying that it was his idea.Lampard said: “I don’t think we need to [make a complaint] because he has admitted it. It’s up to the league to see how they deal with it. Obviously it’s not just Derby County. We had someone the day before we lost 4-1 against them. “Now, Leeds can beat you 4-1 they are a fantastic team but we had someone in the bushes that day so twice this season now. The man was asked to leave but it wasn’t followed up like it was this time.”Asked about Bielsa taking responsibility, Lampard said: “Well that’s good, I spoke to him yesterday afternoon myself and he did the same to me so I’m pleased he’s done it again and said that. I think it makes it easier to deal with because at least, on a sportsmans’ level, it’s bad in my opinion. “If we are going to talk about culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine then that doesn’t work for me because I don’t believe that it is fine on that level. It has disrupted our build-up for this game. “The fortunate thing is that it has disrupted us without really doing anything. People will stand here and say I’m trying to make excuses before the game, I will speak like this after the game as well, win, lose or draw because of what’s happened.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola: I’m not going to talk about the Ajax playerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is tightlipped on their interest in Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.Guardiola says the competition in the transfer market is big and players normally choose Real Madrid and Barcelona faster than City. City must therefore be “fast and efficient”.Asked about competing for De Jong, Guardiola continued: “The club knows that it has become more expensive for all clubs. It is what it is. “But I’m not going to talk about the Ajax player, because he is an Ajax player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A delegate from Geoscience BC will be the next guest speaker at the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.Geoscience BC is an independent non-profit organization that studies earth science in B.C., collaborating with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. The organization has conducted a number of studies in Northern B.C. over the last few years, including aerial surveys of mineral deposits, groundwater, as well a natural gas atlas.The next Chamber luncheon will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel on March 20th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the lunch are $35 for Chamber members and $40 for potential members. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-20-chamber-luncheon-with-geoscience-bc-tickets-43553431486