McNeese Names Gilbert Head Football Coach

first_img“Through this process it became very clear that McNeese is very highly rated throughout the country and positions in our athletics department are extremely attractive,” Hemphill said. “We are looking forward to the culture that Coach Gilbert will build and to the competitive team that he will lead on the field.” 2006-07 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Cooper (Texas) High School 2011 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Temple (Texas) High School 2014 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Bowling Green The Sterlin Gilbert FileCoaching Experience 2005 Graduate Assistant University of Houston In addition to Garoppolo, five other players were named 2013 first-team All-OVC, representing each position group with running back, wide receiver, tight end and offensive line. Three more players were named to the second team. 2012-13 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Eastern Illinois University Personal Information:Age: 40Born: Aug. 11, 1978Family: Not married A former standout Texas high school quarterback and coach, Gilbert enjoyed a successful career as a high school coach. He was head coach at his alma mater, San Angelo Lake View (TX) High School, from 2008-10 and earned West Texas High School Coach of the Year honors in 2008. He was also a highly successful offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple (TX) High School (2011) and Abilene Cooper High School (2006-07). 2017-18 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks University of South Florida The Bulls went 10-2, defeated Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl and finished ranked No. 21 in the AP poll. Quarterback Quinton Flowers ranked in the top 30 in six NCAA statistics, including ninth in total offense (332.4 ypg) and 27th in passing touchdowns with a USF record 27. Flowers, a second team all-conference pick and one of four USF offensive players to earn all-conference honors, tied the USF season passing record (2,911) while rushing for 1,078 yards and accounting for 36 total touchdowns. Flowers’ 605 total yards and 503 passing yards at UCF (11/24/17) set USF records and were tabbed as the College Football Performance of the Year by Athlon Sports. Meanwhile, receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling set a USF record with 879 receiving yards as the Bulls set program records for yards per game (513.0 ypg), plays (1,001), first downs (309) and fewest turnovers (14) while  totaling 6,156 yards, the second-most in program history. Under the guidance of Gilbert, QB Jimmy Garoppolo was named the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner, the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation’s best player. Garoppolo led the nation and ranked second in FCS single-season history with 5,050 passing yards, while ranking second in the nation and fourth in FCS history with 53 passing TDs. He was also third in the country in passing efficiency (168.3) and was chosen as OVC Offensive Player of the Year.During his two seasons with Gilbert, Garoppolo passed for 8,873 yards and 84 TDs. He finished his career seventh in FCS history with 13,156 passing yards, and sixth with 118 passing TDs. He went on to become a second-round draft choice by the New England Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft. 2015 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks University of Tulsa Year Position Institution In 2015, Gilbert led a Tulsa offense that ranked 11th in the nation in passing (333.2 ypg), 13th in total offense (507.4 ypg) and 21st in scoring (37.2 ppg). First-team all-conference wide receiver Keyarris Garrett ranked second in the country in receiving yards (1,451) and receiving yards per game (120.9 ypg) and tied for ninth in receptions (88). Quarterback Dane Evans ranked seventh in the country in passing (329.8 ypg) and 25th in efficiency (151.3). 2016 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks University of Texas Two-time consensus first-team All-American WR Erik Lora led the nation in receptions with 123, which tied for second in FCS history, only behind his own record of 136 in the previous season. He was also second in TD receptions with 19 (tied for sixth all-time in FCS), and third in receiving yards with 1,544 (16th all-time in FCS). He finished his career second in FCS history with 332 receptions, and 12th with 4,006 yards. Gilbert’s Texas offense ranked 17th in the nation and second in the Big 12 in rushing (293.3 ypg) and was 16th nationally and fifth in the Big 12 in total offense (491.3 ypg). Running back D’Onta Foreman became the 28th player in FBS history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season, running for over 100 yards in all 11 games he played and ranking first in the nation in rushing yards per game (184.4 ypg), second in total rushing yards (2,028 yards) and third in all-purpose yards (191.18 ypg). Foreman earned first team All-America honors and was named the 2016 Doak Walker Award winner and the 2016 Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Freshman quarteback Shane Buechele earned honorable mention as the conference’s Offensive Freshman of the Year. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Springtown (TX) High School (2003-04) before moving for one season to serve as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston.center_img Gilbert was a three-year starter and two-year captain at quarterback at Angelo State University, where he led the Rams to back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division championships and concluded his career fourth all-time in total offense at the school. He was also a two-time All-State quarterback and 1996 District MVP at San Angelo Lake View High School, where he also earned Big XII Region All-America and All-West Texas 4A MVP honors. Born on Aug. 11, 1978, the 40-year old earned his degree in kinesiology with a minor in history from Angelo State in 2002. Playing Experience1999-2002: Three-year starter and two-year captain at quarterback at Angelo State University. Led the Rams to back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division championships and concluded his career fourth all-time in total offense at the school. In 2014, Gilbert served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green. The Falcons gained 432.9 total yards per game (41st NCAA), while averaging 173.0 yards on the ground and 259.9 yards passing. The production came without starting QB Matt Johnson, who was injured and would a year later earn 2015 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. Gilbert mentored backup QB James Knapke to 3,173 passing yards, the seventh-best mark in program history, despite his only having 10 previous collegiate passing attempts. Wide receiver Roger Lewis recorded 1,093 receiving yards and earned first-team All-MAC honors. BGSU running backs combined for 2,192 yards and 26 TDs as the Falcons finished the season with a victory over South Alabama in the 2014 Camellia Bowl.During the 2012-13 seasons, Gilbert served as the offensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois, where in his second year he was named 2013 FootballScoop FCS Coordinator of the Year. The Panthers led the nation in total offense (589.5 ypg) and scoring (48.2 ppg), while ranking second with 372.4 passing yards, and 20th with 217.1 rushing yards per game, leading to a 12-2 record and an Ohio Valley Conference Championship. Fellow WR Adam Drake was just behind Lora with 85 receptions for 1,305 yards (fifth in the nation) and 13 TDs (eighth in the nation) and earned second-team All-OVC honors. Both went on to sign free agent contracts with NFL teams. Hemphill will introduce Gilbert at a press conference on Friday at 11 a.m. in the EndZone Room in the Jack V. Doland Fieldhouse. The public is invited to attend.Gilbert becomes the 16th Head @McNeeseFootball Coach in program history! #WelcomeToCowboyCountry #GeauxPokes— McNeese Athletics (@McNeeseSports) December 6, 2018 2008-10 Head Coach Lake View (Texas) High School “There is no question that Sterlin Gilbert is one of the premiere coaches in the country,” said Dr. Daryl Burckel,” McNeese president, “but most importantly, his character and commitment to bringing out the best qualities in his players was a constant theme during the vetting process. I am excited that we are beginning a new era for McNeese football.” 2004 Quarterbacks Springtown (Texas) High School Having spent the last two seasons at USF under head coach Charlie Strong, Gilbert guided the Bulls’ offense to a top 25 ranking in eight NCAA statistical categories in his first season, including sixth in total offense (513.0 ypg), eighth in rushing (264.1 ypg) and 10th in scoring (38.3 ppg). “I look forward to meeting and creating new relationships with high school coaches and recruiting their great student athletes to McNeese. Geaux Pokes!” This past season, the Bulls averaged 444.2 ypg of total offense, 31.5 points per game, 202.5 rushing yards per game and 241.7 passing per game en route to a 7-5 record an a spot in the Dec. 20 Gasparilla Bowl against Marshall. USF won its first seven games and was ranked in the top 20 in the national polls while possessing one of the nation’s top offenses through the first half of the season. The running backs came up 12 yards short of a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, including first-teamer Shepard Little with 1,551 yards (seventh in the nation) and 15 TDs, and second-teamer Taylor Duncan with 988 yards and 10 TDs. Tight end Jeff LePak (51-723-8), OT Dominic Pagliara and OG Collin Seibert accounted for the other members of the OVC first team and were selected third-team All-America, while offensive linemen Nick Borre made the second team, and Jimmy Lowery was on the All-Newcomer Team. In his first season at EIU, Gilbert directed a Panthers offense that ranked sixth in the nation in passing (334.9 ypg), seventh in total offense (470.9 ypg) and eighth in scoring (36.5 ppg). The offense set several school records at the time, including touchdown passes with 34. That year, Garoppolo was seventh in the nation in total offense (318.5 ypg), while Lora set the FCS record for receptions (136) and led the nation in receiving yards with (1,664/sixth all-time in FCS) en route to being named OVC Offensive Player of the Year. Seibert joined him on the all-conference first team, while RB Jake Walker rushed for 1,133 yards and 12 TDs and made the second team, along with TE Sam Hendricks and C Kevin Kapellas. LAKE CHARLES, La. – Sterlin Gilbert, the offensive coordinator at the University of South Florida, has been named the 16th head football coach for the McNeese Cowboys, Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill announced on Wednesday. “I am extremely honored to be the head football coach at McNeese,” said Gilbert. “I’m excited to meet with our players, laying out the vision, culture, and how we will directly invest in their success. Education:2002: Degree in kinesiology, minor in history from Angelo State. 2003 Running Backs Springtown (Texas) High Schoollast_img read more

The tactic at Anfield was Oblak

first_imgAtlético came out to weather the storm at Anfield with Simeone’s classic 1-4-4-2 (Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Koke, Saúl; João Félix and Diego Costa), who had a Offensive variant (1-4-3-2-1) creating a line for Joao and Correa behind Costa, although the line that had the most work was the first of Jan Oblak who avoided three clear goals before Liverpool went ahead. Cholo’s plan A in the defensive phase was to make a pressure in three quarters of field and an intensive withdrawal when they exceeded the pressure. It remained to endure the downpour and try to get the Liverpool wings to make their centers to the area from the corner of the area and not reaching the baseline because those centers defend themselves better. Liverpool attacked but did not feel overwhelmed. And Atlético tried to go out on the counterattack, but the red they cut with tactical fouls on João Félix the fast attack starts of the mattress toppers.Direct play. Atlético’s start of play was as usual: direct game with Oblak pitch to Saul looking to win the duel and get the second play. In the 28th minute, Simeone decided to exchange the position of Saúl and Koke. With Saúl on the left wing and being late to close the center from the baseline, Wijnaldum’s 1-0 came. Subdued. Liverpool is a team that is very difficult to face because it knows how to attack a team in intensive retreat, which knows how to transition a team that defends it in a medium or high block. Klopp’s team is an example of what alternation means in the game because they can play direct, combinatorial, on the counterattack and handle transitions with skill, precision and speed. The approach was not easy, but Atlético needed to score a goal to avoid overtime and failed in a second half in which it was more subdued than in the first. Defend everything possible and a goalkeeper, that was the plan. What stopped the Atlético goalkeeper in the second half was outrageous, like everyone’s ability to sacrifice and suffer. Lodi drained water without much help before the attacks of Alexander Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah, whom he controlled. Felipe was a titan, but above all the figure of Oblak was erected.Comeback. Simeone decided to remove Costa from the field (often Diego’s anger!) And enter Marcos Llorente, on the right wing, Correa passing the attack partner of João Félix, who again showed that he plays wonderfully every time the ball came to him. This is how the game went to overtime, in which Simeone exhausted the changes (Vrsaljko by Trippier, Morata by Joao Félix and Giménez by Correa) and Atleti turned 2-0 thanks to Llorente’s vigor and his ability to recover balls and overcome lines while driving and two of his shots from outside the area and the goal that Morata needed. Oblak continued to make history in overtime. In short, with an approach that did not surprise anyone except Klopp, based on Oblak’s defense and stops, Simeone’s Athletics knocked down the European champion And Klopp can’t understand it either. It is what it is, Jurgen!last_img read more

Lamar Odom opens up about drug-fueled brush with death

first_imgLamar Odom. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Former NBA star Lamar Odom opened up on the Players’ Tribune on Thursday about the roller-coaster of cocaine addiction that left him comatose and close to death after a Nevada brothel binge in 2015.Although he’s sober now, Odom writes on the website that it’s “an every day struggle”.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Hotshots get young import He recalled his shock upon waking in the hospital, having collapsed at the Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas.“At some point, the main doctor came in and told me what had happened,” Odom wrote. “He said, ‘Mr. Odom, you’ve been in a coma for the last four days. Do you understand?’ I couldn’t talk. So I just nodded. He said, ‘It’s a miracle that you’re here. We didn’t think you were going to make it.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’BACKSTORY: Lamar Odom’s spiral leaves ex-NBA star fighting for his lifeOdom, a two-time NBA champion who gained wider fame as the star of a reality television series with wife Khloe Kardashian, said that at the time he was “doing coke every day … I couldn’t control it.” Odom and Kardashian were separated at the time of his overdose. They reunited after the incident, but split again last year.Odom said he didn’t touch cocaine until he was 24 years old, when he was on vacation in Miami.“If I knew that it was going to affect my life the way it did,” he wrote, “I would’ve never even thought about it.”But the drug became an escape from the feelings of loss he felt after the death of his mother from cancer, the death of his beloved grandmother and the death of his six-month-old son, Jayden, to sudden infant death syndrome.He said he knew his increasingly reckless behavior was destroying both his personal and professional life.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Now he credits rehab and the support of his family with keeping him going.“Even though my funeral would probably be a good funeral, and there’d probably be a lot of people who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. But it ain’t time for that yet. … I still got my kids. I’m still here. And damn, I’m still pretty handsome.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

Sacramento youngsters lead World past US in NBA Rising Stars game

first_imgBoston’s Jaylen Brown led the U.S. with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma, the hometown Lakers’ promising rookie, added 20.Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons also was sharp in his rookie debut in the game, with the Aussie No. 1 pick contributing 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals while catalyzing the World’s offense. His 76ers teammate, Croatia’s Dario Saric, also hit four 3-pointers.Hield, who is from the Bahamas, will be sorry to see the end of his eligibility for this game, in which he scored 28 points last season in New Orleans as a rookie with the Pelicans. The sweet-shooting Kings guard hit five 3-pointers.Bogdanovic, from Serbia, was even better from long range, going 7 for 13 on 3-pointers and even adding six assists to earn MVP honors.“I approach every single game the same way,” Bogdanovic said. “Try to compete to be the best version of myself that day, and it just happened tonight. You never know when it’s going to happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Both Kings guards excelled against their Sacramento teammate, De’Aaron Fox, who scored four points for the U.S.“I told him I would score on him,” Bogdanovic said. “I should (have) bet as well, but we didn’t bet, so I didn’t get some extra money.”The biggest cheers at Staples Center went to Lakers youngsters Kuzma and Brandon Ingram on the U.S. team. The fans also roared for Lonzo Ball, who was selected for the U.S. roster but unable to play due to his lingering knee injury.Ingram, who scored eight points, and Kuzma were both playing in their third game in three nights, including a loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. But they are the struggling marquee franchise’s only representatives at the latest All-Star weekend in its hometown.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers (23-34), who also had Larry Nance Jr. in the dunk contest before trading him to Cleveland, are likely to miss the playoffs for a team-record fifth consecutive season.“It was a good pickup game,” Ingram said. “Guys got to go out there and hit a few shots and have fun. Got a couple dunks at the end. It was just good for the fans.”Embiid provided the third quarter’s best highlight with a nimble spin move into a ferocious dunk while the World padded its lead out to 32 points in the third and 39 in the fourth. Embiid only played nine minutes, but also hit a 3-pointer.The final seconds devolved into an uncontested dunk contest, and the Americans finally had a few highlights. Brown and Atlanta’s John Collins both threw down ferocious , acrobatic slams .Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. also warmed up for their participation in Saturday’s dunk contest with a couple of nasty slams in the first half. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Team’s Buddy Hield, of the Sacramento Kings, shoots as U.S. Team’s Taurean Prince, of the Atlanta Hawks, defends during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool via AP)LOS ANGELES — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans.Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 awardcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The annual showcase of the NBA’s top rookies and second-year players again served as the opening to the three-day All-Star festivities, which are being held in Los Angeles for the record sixth time.But this show was headlined by two shooting stars from the upstate rivals of the hometown Lakers and Clippers, with Hield and Bogdanovic combining to hit 12 of the World’s 23 3-pointers. The World has won this All-Star showcase four consecutive times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“You know, it was (an) All-Star Game, so it wasn’t like a really competitive game,” Hield said. “But the World has been getting better. I’m proud to see a lot of guys around the world from France, Australia, you have (Joel) Embiid from Cameroon. Everybody is showing progress, and the world is showing progress catching up to American basketball. This shows how hard we’ve been working and how dedicated we are to this game.”Indeed, the 10-man American team struggled to keep up with the 10-man team representing everywhere else, from Canada to Croatia to Cameroon. Eight of the World’s 10 players hit double figures, including 21 from Denver’s Jamal Murray, the Canadian MVP of this game last season with 36 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Center of attention: Bucks’ Brook Lopez lights out from 3

first_img“You talk to old coaches, old teammates, front-office people that have been around Brook, you almost have to ask him to get off the court” in practice, Budenholzer said.Appropriately, Lopez took some extra time after practice, shooting 3s with guards Tony Snell and Pat Connaughton before finally wrapping up.“So the way that he’s grown his game and become just a really effective 3-point shooter, a really effective player, that takes work,” Budenholzer said. “And I think we’re all reaping the benefit of that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Entering the Bucks’ game on Wednesday night against Memphis, Lopez was tied for seventh in the league in made 3s (39) and was 14th in attempts (93), shooting 41.9 percent from behind the arc.A career 34 3-pooint shooter, Lopez said he had hoped coming into his first season in Milwaukee was to eclipse 40 percent.“Not necessarily that I’m going in worrying about makes or misses, but that’s a personal goal,” Lopez said. “You have to go in with a mindset, just if you’re open you’re going to shoot your shot.”It’s a remarkable goal when considering just how far Lopez has come along as a 3-point shooter in such a short period of time.The 11-year veteran spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Nets after being drafted 10th overall in the first round out of Stanford in the 2008 draft. But he didn’t hit his first 3 until Jan. 10, 2015 , when he was 1 for 2 in a 98-93 loss to the Detroit Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT It was the only 3 he would hit that season. He made just two the following season.The transformation happened before the 2016-17 season, when Kenny Atkinson became head coach after serving as assistant under then-Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.“At the time, it was kind of the system that we ran in Brooklyn,” Lopez recounted in explaining why he took up the 3. “It was something he wanted to implement, and he had great confidence that I could do it.”Lopez said he was already comfortable hitting mid-range and long jumpers in game situations. Spotting up from behind the arc was something he did in pickup games with friends growing up, but he didn’t have the confidence to shoot 3s in games.So he put in a lot of work on his shot before the 2016-17 season, working out in team drills where they would practice five-out looks. Personal workouts were devoted to shooting 3s.“It was a step just from shooting them, and my practice and workouts, and shooting them in games,” Lopez said. “You just have to confidence to shoot them in games.”Lopez was 3 of 31 combined from 3-point territory over his first eight seasons. He was 134 for 387 (34.6 percent) in 2016-17.Lopez moved on to the Lakers last season, when he was 112 of 325 from 3 (34.5 percent). He’s well on pace to shatter that his career bests in just 13 games with the Bucks .Milwaukee is undergoing its own transformation with Budenholzer now coaching of the team. He has instituted a similar system Taking Milwaukee that stresses proper spacing and taking good shots. If a 3 isn’t there, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo can be unstoppable driving to the lane.If defenses collapse on Antetokounmpo, he can find open shooters on the perimeter like Lopez. 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(AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — A new nickname for Brook Lopez started floating around Twitter after the Milwaukee Bucks 7-footer had a career night from the 3-point line.“Splash Mountain .” How appropriate for a self-described Disney aficionado who is quickly developing a reputation as one of the best-shooting big men in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img “I’m pretty partial to that honestly,” Lopez said with a laugh about the moniker this week. “I’m a pretty big Disney geek … I wear it with pride on my sleeve.”Keep shooting the way he did on Sunday against the Nuggets and he might challenge the “Splash Brothers” in Golden State for 3-point supremacy.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 ChrissLopez hit a career-best eight 3s and scored 28 points to help the Bucks beat Denver to split a four-game Western Conference road trip.This wasn’t just a one-night-only performance, either. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Local bar parking lot fight injures one man

first_imgIt occurred in the parking lot of the Loonie Toons Bar, but to date there’s no condition report on the hospitalized man, who received treatment for a head injury.- Advertisement -There were witnesses to the incident but a police report indicates they’ve provided very little investigative support information.Thus, the person or persons believed to have fled the scene on foot have not been located, and police are seeking more public information input and taking calls at 787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477. The Fort St. John RCMP is looking for one or more suspects following a fight early this morning that sent one of two alleged victims to hospital.last_img

Drunk-driver convicts allowed to drive if sober

first_imgPIERRE, S.D. – In some South Dakota counties, people repeatedly arrested for drunk driving can continue to drive, but they must report to their local sheriff for breath testing twice a day – every morning and every night. If they don’t show, they’re tracked down and thrown in jail. And if they fail the test – if they have been drinking anything at all – they go to jail on the spot. It’s a two-year pilot program that has worked so well that South Dakota is about to become the first state to put the approach into law. South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long, who started the experiment, noted that many people arrested for DUI are alcoholics who do it again and again, even after their licenses have been taken away. So the way to attack the problem, he said, is not to prevent them from getting behind the wheel but to stop them from drinking. “If they quit drinking, I don’t care if they drive,” he said. Authorities have no figures that could show whether the pilot program in 14 of South Dakota’s 66 counties has saved lives or reduced drunk driving arrests or crashes. But it appears to be keeping people sober. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Barcelona move 11 points clear of Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish league football match against Deportivo de la Coruna December 17, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 18 – Barcelona opened up an 11-point La Liga lead over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend’s Clasico between the Spanish giants as Luis Suarez and Paulinho each scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.Lionel Messi also saw a penalty saved and hit the woodwork three times as Barca regained their six-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second place. Real remain down in fourth, but do have a game in hand on their rivals as they missed out on domestic action this weekend to win the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.“I know people fixate on the difference between us and Real Madrid, but Atletico are just six points behind,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde.“No matter what happens on Saturday, there is still a world of a way to go in La Liga.”The only drawback for Barca as they extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 24 games since they were beaten by Real on their last visit to the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish Super Cup back in August, was a muscle injury to Paco Alcacer that will keep the forward out for three weeks.Messi paraded his fourth golden boot award — after being the leading scorer in Europe last season — before kick-off and could barely believe his luck as he failed to add to his 18 goals already this term.The Argentine has now hit the woodwork 14 times this season, but still had a huge role to play in three of Barca’s four goals.Only a series of saves from Ruben Martinez to deny Messi and Aleix Vidal delayed Barca until the 29th minute from going in front when Messi presented Suarez with an early Christmas present to tap in from close range.– More goal-line controversy –Messi then smashed against the bar, but the woodwork wasn’t so forgiving for Deportivo when Messi’s next attempt came off the post and into Paulinho’s path to make it 2-0 before half-time.Suarez thought he had his second of the night moments later when the ball looked to have crossed the line.However, for the second time in less than a month Barca were foiled by La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology as the goal wasn’t awarded.“I could see clearly from my position after shooting because I was right by the goal line,” Suarez told BeIN Sports Spain.The Uruguayan, though, had to wait just two minutes into the second half to net his fourth goal in three games by sweeping home Sergi Roberto’s cross.Messi hit the woodwork for a third time and then saw Martinez brilliantly save his effort from the spot after Suarez was upended inside the area.But Martinez was helpless as Paulinho profited from a repeat of his first goal when he rolled into an empty net on the rebound after Jordi Alba also hit the frame of the goal.Earlier, Villarreal bounced back from three straight defeats as Pablo Fornals grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.Victory allowed Villarreal to leapfrog back above Girona into sixth after the Catalans had edged the battle of the high-flying newly-promoted sides over Getafe 1-0 thanks to Cristhian Stuani’s early goal.Managerless Las Palmas struck twice in the last 10 minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw with Espanyol, but remain rooted to the foot of the table.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bruins back in recovery mode

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre UCLA responded with a 44-31 defeat of Washington. The 14-point Notre Dame debacle? The Bruins upset then-No. 10 California, 30-21, in their next game. So, on the heels of the 20-point Palouse fiasco last week? UCLA, the country’s most famous roller coaster this side of Coney Island’s Cyclone, gives its answer today when it visits Arizona. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA has responded well after defeats in 2007. By Brian Dohn Staff Writer TUCSON, Ariz. – The 38-point Utah embarrassment? “I told some of the guys, let’s be real with each other. We are an inconsistent football team,” UCLA senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor said. “If somebody calls us that, I’m not going to cuss them out. There’s truth in that. The first step to healing is admittance, so I’m admitting it. We’re inconsistent.” It’s the second step that can be a doozy for UCLA. UCLA’s problem isn’t admittance, it’s adhering to its much-chirped-about “1-0 every week” mantra, which is why Athletic Director Dan Guerrero turned up the heat on fifth-year coach Karl Dorrell early in the week by saying, “I will be very interested to see how we finish the season this year.” The Bruins are 5-3 overall, with losses to a couple of the not-so-good teams in the nation. Utah, Notre Dame and Washington State are a combined 7-15 against schools not located in Westwood. But the Bruins also are 4-1 and in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference. Games with No. 6 Arizona State, No. 4 Oregon and USC follow this foray in the desert, where the Bruins were beaten by 38 points two years ago. Taylor, as well as many of his teammates, say they have no idea why the inconsistency that has been a part of the last few seasons has turned into a full-blown epidemic, especially since it is a veteran team. “I’m going to try and figure out a solution, and the only thing I know we can do is what I’ve been taught, and what I’ve learned,” Taylor said. “You just got to work, and if it’s not working, you work harder. You put your head down and keeping working.” Much of UCLA’s problems are traced to an ineffective offense, which has been hit hard by injuries and victimized by erratic play, including dropped passes, missed blocks, poor passes, poor quarterback play and turnovers. UCLA’s turnover margin (minus-4) is tied for second-worst in the Pac-10. Quarterback Ben Olson, tailback Kahlil Bell, fullback Michael Pitre and receiver Marcus Everett (all starters) will not play today because of injury. Continuity on the offensive line is another issue. With Aleksey Lanis scheduled to start at left tackle, UCLA will have its sixth combination of starters on the offensive line in nine games, despite having only left guard Shannon Tevaga miss a start because of injury. “As an offense, we’ve just been looking at the film and watching all the missed opportunities we have had,” UCLA receiver Terrence Austin said. “You don’t really see all the missed opportunities we had when the game is played, but when you come back and watch (the film), it definitely is something you see.” Were the mistakes different in any of the losses? “No,” Austin said. “Same exact stuff.” UCLA right tackle Brian Abraham said he believes the solution to playing better is to execute better in practice. “You do it bad in practice, over and over again without fixing it, it’s going to be bad in the game,” Abraham said. “We have to come out (in practice) and if something’s wrong, we have to fix it (in practice) and get it done before the game.” Prior to the losses to Utah and Washington State, effort and/or focus in practice were issues. While players said the intensity of practice was high this week, Dorrell held back on what that would mean. “We’ll see Saturday,” Dorrell said. brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea cleared of wrongdoing by FIFA in Mohamed Salah case

first_imgChelsea have been cleared of wrongdoing over the loan of Mohamed Salah to Roma following a complaint to FIFA made by Fiorentina.Fiorentina, for whom Salah played on loan from January 2015 for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, complained to football’s world governing body when the Egypt winger joined Roma on loan for the 2015-16 campaign, alleging breach of contract.The decision was understood to have rested with the player, who had joined Chelsea from Swiss side Basle in January 2014, and Fiorentina’s complaint has been thrown out.A FIFA spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the dispute resolution chamber (DRC) dealt with the dispute opposing the Italian club, ACF Fiorentina, to the player, Mohamed Salah Ghaly, and the English club, Chelsea FC.“The findings of the relevant decision, without grounds, have been communicated to the parties on June 8, 2016.“The claim of the Italian club was rejected. Since the decision is not yet final and binding, we are not in a position to comment on it any further.”The loan to Roma included an option for Salah to be purchased by the Serie A club, but he remains a Chelsea player and is set to be assessed by incoming head coach Antonio Conte in July. 1 Will Mohamed Salah be playing for Chelsea next season? last_img read more