Ruiz Takes 12th in Pole Vault at NCAA Indoor Championships

first_imgPole Vault ResultsCOLLEGE STATION, Texas — Antonio Ruiz capped off his strong indoor season with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday inside Gilliam Indoor Station. Originally seeded to finish 16th in the pole vault, Ruiz moved up to the 12th spot by clearing a mark of 5.40m (17′-8.5″). “I was pleased with Antonio and was proud of how he performed,” said SFA head coach Phil Olson. “After he cleared the second bar, he looked more confident and had a really nice jump at 18 1/2 on his second attempt, but pulled the bar off with his chest. He and (vaults coach) Jeff Erickson both agree that he needs to be more consistent in on his jumps early in the competition, so that will be a part of his training in the spring season.I am excited that he improved at his second championship and has many more opportunities left at the national level.” After an indoor season in which he set a new indoor personal best with a mark of 5.50m (18-00.50), Ruiz is primed to lead SFA to success in the outdoor season as well. The ‘Jacks begin competition on March 16-17 at the TCU Invitational.  Hussain Alhizam of Kansas won the even with a mark of 5.70m (18-8.25).Courtesy of Stephen F. Austin Athleticslast_img read more


first_imgREVITALIZED PARADISE WOODS LOOMS COMPLETE STANDOUT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2019)–Trainer John Shirreffs’ Paradise Woods, fresh off a dominating 10 ½ length win, looms a complete standout in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita. For fillies and mares three and up, the Santa Maria has attracted a field of five at a mile and one sixteenth.Second, beaten 10 ½ lengths by Paradise Woods in the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27, German-bred La Force will hope to make some impact from off the pace for trainer Paddy Gallagher, while the Richard Baltas-trained Tapped, who will be making her second start of the year, will hope to improve upon a second place finish in a one mile turf allowance here on April 14.PARADISE WOODSOwner:  Pam & Martin Wygod and Steven SarkowskyTrainer:  John ShirreffsAlthough mired in a seven game losing streak that spanned 19 months, 5-year-old Paradise Woods served notice that she’s ready for a return to the national prominence she enjoyed at age three, as she was nothing short of sensational in taking the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes by 10 ½ lengths while in-hand here on April 27. An 11 ¾ length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and subsequent post time favorite in the 2017 Kentucky Oaks, this Herman Sarkowsky-bred daughter of Union Rags was scheduled for the breeding shed this year, but ownership made the decision to campaign her instead, beginning with a disappointing fifth place finish in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes three starts back on Feb. 16. Subsequently an improved third in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 30, she was well within herself throughout in the Santa Margarita, earning a lofty 100 Beyer Speed figure in the process.  In what will be her fourth start for Shirreffs, Paradise Woods, who is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Forest, will be bidding for her fourth graded victory. With an overall mark of 14-4-2-3, she’ll also be seeking millionaire status as her earnings now stand at $945,890.THE GRADE II SANTA MARIA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9  Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTJust a Smidge–Martin Garcia–121Paradise Woods–Mike Smith–125Exuberance–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Tapped–Flavien Prat–121La Force–Drayden Van Dyke–121First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Hodges set to bolster struggling Waterhouse

first_imgFormer Reggae Boyz forward Devon Hodges, is set to join struggling Waterhouse FC as the Red Stripe Premier League’s (RSPL) cellar dwellers look to turn around their season. Humble Lion have received a transfer request for the player, who has been training at Waterhouse for the past week. With Waterhouse at the bottom of the 12-team league with 15 points from 19 games, the club is hopeful of acquiring the service of the prolific striker in order to stave off relegation. “Well, I have seen in the media that Hodges is linked with a move to Waterhouse,” Vassell Reynolds, technical director of Humble Lion, told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, yesterday. “I had not seen him (Hodges) for a couple of days … after that I heard rumours that he is at Waterhouse. Then I learnt that a transfer request was made for the player yesterday (Wednesday),” Reynolds disclosed. Newly appointed Waterhouse assistant coach Shavar Thomas confirmed that Hodges has been training at Waterhouse. “He (Hodges) is in training with us. However, he is not in the plans to play in the next game,” Thomas added. However, when contacted yesterday Waterhouse president Fitzroy Vidal told The Gleaner that he could not confirm whether Hodges will be heading to the Drewsland-based club. “We are in discussions and negotiations with clubs. We are talking to clubs associated with several players but (we) are not yet ready to make anything public,” Vidal said. The 31-year-old striker has won the Leading Goalscorer award and Player of the Season at Rivoli United. He also represented Wadadah FC and Tivoli Gardens in the local national league. He also played overseas for Song Lam Nghe An and TDCS Dong Thap in Vietnam. Hodges represented Jamaica six times and scored in two international friendly games. TRAINING CONFIRMATIONlast_img read more

Surgery rules Mattocks out of Copa Centenario

first_imgReggae Boyz striker Darren Mattocks is set to miss out on Jamaica’s participation in the Copa Centenario football tournament in the United States next month.Twenty-five year-old Mattocks, who was acquired by Portand Timbers from Vancouver Whitecaps in March this year, underwent surgery on Friday last to repair a torn meniscus and will be out for three to six weeks, according to information coming out of the club.The injury occurred in Portland’s 1-2 loss to FC Dallas, in which Mattocks was replaced at the 59th minute by Jack Barmby.Mattocks, who has scored 12 goals from 36 appearances for Jamaica, was expected to be a key member of the Reggae Boyz squad in the Copa Centenario. Drawn in a tough group with Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, an in-form Mattocks would have been an asset to the Boyz’s chance of advancement.Last year, he failed to score in all three of Jamaica’s Copa America matches in Chile, but had important goals in the semi-final win over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and a loss in the final against Mexico in that same competition to give Jamaica their best finish in the competition yet.The former Bridgeport High School standout was – after an impressive college career at Akron – the second overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and enjoyed a stellar rookie season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring seven goals and adding an assist as he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting.He enjoyed another strong season in 2014, scoring six goals and dishing out three assists, while earning a career-high 1,802 minutes.Afterwards, he saw his playing time drop to a career-low 848 minutes in 2015.In total, Mattocks has made 96 appearances for Vancouver in both regular season and post season play, netting 20 goals and adding six assists.At the national level, Mattocks’ best year was 2014. He opened his account for Jamaica in 2014 by scoring six goals in eight games, including three finishes during the 2014 Caribbean Cup, which the Reggae Boyz won for a sixth time.With Mattocks out, Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Sch‰fer could rely more on Giles Barnes and Dever Orgill to support Clayton Donaldson.last_img read more

Cape Mount ‘Unhappy’ about Sherman Saga

first_imgSeveral citizens of Grand Cape Mount County in Monrovia are angry at two search warrants drawn up to search the offices of the Sherman & Sherman Law Firm and the home of Senator Varney G. Sherman, Chairman of the ruling Unity Party in connection with a recent Global Witness Report, linking him and several current and ex-officials of government to a bribery scandal with Sable Mining of the United Kingdom.A sampling of those interviewed insisted that Senator Sherman deserves better treatment than what happened on Monday.Cape Mount Superintendent Tenneh Kpadabeh told the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile phone from Robertsport, Cape Mount County that people in the county received the incident with mixed reactions and noted that she was not satisfied at the manner the situation was handled.“Senator Sherman is sitting senator of the county and therefore he must be treated as befits his position and people should not go about disgracing him because of report of bribery allegations,” she said.Other Cape Mountaineers told the Daily Observer in interviews conducted yesterday that as far as they are concerned, the Liberian government is carrying out a witch hunt against the man who represents their interests in the government.The Global Witness report alleges that the Sable Mining Company offered a bribe of US$950,000 to several Liberian officials to amend the country’s concession laws in its favor to exploit Mount Wologisi in Lofa County.President Sirleaf constituted an investigative taskforce headed by the Minister of State without Portfolio, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa immediately following publication of the damning report last week, to probe the allegation.But Cllr. Sherman, who is also Senior Senator for Grand Cape Mount County, has questioned the taskforce’s credibility and vehemently vowed that he will not present himself for an interrogation except in court.The citizens said corruption is rampant in Liberia and therefore, Cllr. Sherman should not submit himself to Koffa’s taskforce until the process is done properly, because he is not the only one linked to the report.“How can a lawmaker and a sitting senator of a county, and party chairman of the ruling government be searched in the manner it has been done and we, the people of Cape Mount say no to the Global Witness Report and we condemn the means to humiliate Cllr. Sherman,” said another who asked not to be named.Student Michael L. Smith from Robertsport, capital of the county, said in an interview at the Number One Entertainment Center on Broad and Johnson Streets in Monrovia that the saga of Senator Sherman on Monday showed complete disrespect to him and the county and it is a mockery of justice.He said there are other corruption cases in the country and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission is doing nothing about them and the government should use the judicial system that Cllr. Sherman has indicated to effect due process.“Let’s look at the corruption case at NOCAL when people including President Sirleaf’s son, Robert, was reported to have been involved in wasting away millions of dollars of tax payers’ money and also the Japanese fund that some officials abused at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Smith said.Smith called on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to stop the unnecessary harassment against Cllr. Sherman and use the proper and the most acceptable means to get to the bottom of the allegations.“If President Sirleaf has anything against Cllr. Sherman, it must be resolved at the party level and not use allegations that are yet to indict anyone to disgrace Cllr. Sherman,” said Smith.“What happened to Madam Matilda Parker’s corruption case, which also involved Christiana Paelay who, are supposed to face justice for misusing US$800,000 of tax payers’ money?” Smith asked.He said what President Sirleaf allowed the Koffa taskforce to do on Monday means that she can get at any political leader and disgrace anyone at any time.Musu Fahnbulleh, a business woman from Jene-wonde, expressed dissatisfaction over what happened at the offices and home of Cllr. Sherman.“Nobody is above the law and Senator Sherman is an honorable man and therefore he must be treated as such and not be subjected to unnecessary searches,” she said.Ms. Fahnbulleh is calling on the Ellen led Government to immediately extend an apology to Cape Mount Senator Sherman.“If this government is ready to fight corruption then I think Robert Sirleaf should account for NOCAL’s millions that was misused and Madam Matilda Parker and others must also suffer as much,” she said Last Monday morning police and LACC investigators, armed with search warrants searched the offices of Sherman & Sherman Law Firm but they were prevented by some UP partisans from searching his Congo Town residence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Afflalo undecided on future at UCLA

first_img The Bruins finished 16-0 at home, their first perfect season at Pauley since the 1974-75 team went 15-0, but the nonconference schedules are quite different. UCLA’s nonconference home schedule this season included Long Beach State, UC-Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Oakland, Sam Houston State and Michigan. In 1974-75, the nonconference home schedule included Wichita State, DePaul, Loyola-Chicago, Oklahoma State, Memphis State, Davidson, Oklahoma and UC-Santa Barbara. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – By now, Arron Afflalo is an old pro. Not to be confused with going pro. Questions abound about whether UCLA’s junior guard, and leading scorer, will return for his senior season. But after the fourth-ranked Bruins beat Stanford 75-61 on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, he coolly pushed aside the issue. Sources close to Afflalo said there is a chance he could return for a senior season – and UCLA is not actively recruiting anyone to fill his scholarship – but he and his father (Benjamin) both said a decision will not be made until UCLA’s participation in the NCAA tournament is complete. Complicating Afflalo’s decision-making process is what transpired last spring. He declared for the NBA draft, worked out for some teams, but then pulled his name out to return this season. Therefore, he cannot put his name in the draft and pull it out again this year. It also will cut down on the evaluation process. However, Afflalo said going through the process once allows him to handle the uncertainty of it with more maturity now. “You take care of the now and let those things fall into place later,” he said. center_img Afflalo, who scored 20 points in the Bruins’ final home game, said he barely gave consideration to whether this was his last game at Pauley. “You know that the possibility is there,” Afflalo said. “But I’m so focused on the now and what I had to do to beat Stanford, I never thought, `This is my last game, let me go what I have to do.’ It’s not what I play for, and all those decisions come with time.” last_img

Search for Denny Poole this Thursday

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jessica Horne shares she would rather have a search party than a Birthday party this Thursday, July 25, 2019.Horne shares further the search party will meet at the brake check on the Dawson side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge at noon and will proceed to search until 5 pm.- Advertisement -Whistles, bear bells, bug spray, reflective vests, water and snacks will be supplied by Horne.Horne is hoping someone can help with Walkie-talkies and an elder that could help smudge the group and say a prayer before the search.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

‘Don’t celebrate too early!’ – Klopp learns lesson after Saints draw

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp watches Liverpool draw 1-1 with Southampton Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he celebrated Christian Benteke’s goal too early and said he cannot understand why his side are feeling the pressure at home after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Anfield.Christian Benteke’s third goal of the season had given the hosts a 77th-minute lead, only for Sadio Mane to equalise at a set-piece four minutes from the end before getting sent off for a second yellow card in added time.“They work so hard and are full of concentration and passion. Everything is there but we concede one goal and it felt like the end of the world. But it is not the end of the world, you can always come back,” said the German.“I really don’t understand this pressure in this moment but the guys feel it and you can see it.“The free-kick; everyone knows you should not concede things like this against a team like Southampton with their strength in the air and there were three one-on-ones in the air and it is a draw.“We did not give up physically but we didn’t believe any more that we could turn this game and that is a problem.“I wouldn’t say it is a negative mentality. First of all you have to recognise it is like it is, it is not a sickness and you can change everything.”Klopp is still looking for his first win since taking over, but even after a third successive draw he believes they are making progress.“There were many good moments in the game,” he said.“We can talk about why we didn’t make the next step but we all know it takes time and I see development.“But the other teams don’t wait for us. They want to beat us and I am sure you don’t think it was an easy game for us.“We have to understand that it is football, all of us. We don’t get help from outside because we have to deliver results all the time.“We haven’t lost until now against not the worst teams in the league and that is okay, but it is not enough.“We have to accept this and work. I saw many things tonight I can work with.“I saw things that were better, some that were not so good; some of these things were because we played on Thursday but it is like it is.”Klopp celebrated Benteke’s goal like it was the winner and admits he may finds it difficult to keep his emotions in check, even when experience tells him he should.“It was an absolutely fantastic goal,” he said.“I learned in my life you should celebrate a party when you have one as you don’t know when the next one is.“It was a moment. Now I know – don’t celebrate too early. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long (for the next one).”last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA NotesOur Senior and Reserves had mixed results at the weekend away to Naomh Ultan.The Senior lads played out a draw with the game finishing 1-11 a-piece while the Reserves were beat on a score line of 2-09 to 0-11. This weekend sees the start of the Junior A & B Championships with the Senior lads in action against Noamh Padraig Uisce Chaoin at Pairc na nGael on Saturday evening and the Junior B lads travelling to Pettigo on Sunday.See Facebook for throw in times. Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. New players always welcome.The U-14 team travelled to Owen Beg in Dungiven last weekend to play in the Ulster Feile and while they toped their group in the early stages they eventually lost out in the quarter final.The lads play Robert Emmetts this Friday evening in Mc Cool Park in the Northern Board Championship Division 2 Final. The U-18 team were well beaten in their first match in the Division 1 Championship by a strong St. Eunans team on Monday evening at Pairc na nGael.They now play Burt in their next match. Date & time T.B.C.This coming week sees the start of our Summer Camps and Academys at Pairc na nGael with Hurling being the first.It runs from the 7th-11th of July from 10am-2.30pm each day. For more information contact, 085 1743228.Well done to Aaron Bradley, former Letterkenny Gaels player, who played for London last week in the All Ireland Qualifier against Limerick. Aaron is the first club member to play Senior Inter-County Championship football.U-6 & U10 Football continues every Sunday morning at 11am at Pairc na nGael while the U-8’s is on both Sunday morning & Wednesday evening from 7-8pm.We are currently looking for girls aged 9-12 to join our U-12 Gaelic football squad.Training on Wednesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm Contact Jim Farrell on 086 0566893 for more details. Camogie training continues every Tuesday evening at Pairc na nGael from 6-7pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th class. 5th, 6th class & Secondary school on Monday evening 6-7.30pm at Pairc na nGael. Contact 086 8163605 for information.New players welcome.Our U-16 lads were beaten by a strong Mc Cools team.This Friday they play Glenfin.U-16 training continues at Pairc na nGael every Wednesday & Friday at 5.30pm.Our U-8 & U-10 Hurlers travelled to Convoy last weekend for a Blitz.Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues at the pitch every Thursday evening from 6.30-7.30pm.Hurleys and helmets provided for training.The lotto numbers for weekending 30th June were 5,11,18 & 26. No Jackpot winner. Match 3 winner will be announced next week.Next weeks jackpot will be €2900.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS HELD BY NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: July 1st, 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)Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsNaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgGAA manager Jim McGuinness is to give students an inspirational talk on the reasons for going back to school.The Donegal All-Ireland-winning manager is to give the keynote address at the Donegal Vocational Education Committee Adult Learner Fair this week (FRI).The Glenties man, who left school early and went back at 23 to complete his Leaving Cert, is to draw on his own experiences After doing his Leaving Cert, McGuinness went on to do a diploma in sports studies from Tralee IT.He then went on to do a degree in Jordanstown in Belfast before completing a Masters in Sports Psychology at John Moores University in Liverpool.McGuinness is expected to speak about his own education story, how he created success in his own career and for the Donegal team and the steps people need to take to plan their own future.Thousands of people looking for a fresh start in their lives are expected to attend the fair where McGuinness will be the star speaker. More than 60 organisations offering education and training will be at the event.Sean Deeney, of Donegal VEC, said they are delighted to have GAA boss and Celtic FC coach McGuinness as their guest speaker.“We are really pleased to have Jim McGuinness speaking at the fair, not just because of his fantastic success with the Donegal GAA team but also because he started his own adult education journey with Donegal VEC.“He’s someone who has been adult education and has been incredibly successful, so there will be a lot of inspiration to take from his story,” said Sean. JIM McGUINNESS SET TO INSPIRE STUDENTS AT ADULT LEARNER FAIR was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:JIM McGUINNESS SET TO INSPIRE STUDENTS AT ADULT LEARNER FAIRlast_img read more