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Story Links Drake’s bench played well in Estero, Fla. The reserves tallied 17 points against the Boilermakers, 34 against the Black Bears and finally 27 against the Tigers. Three Bulldog’ reserves, Maggie Bair, Sarah Beth Gueldner and Maggie Negaard, set career-highs in points. Bair and Gueldner scored 13 and nine points, respectively, in the Maine win and Negaard scored 15 in the Auburn win. Gueldner knocked down a career-high three three-pointers against the Blackbears and a huge three in the comeback win over Auburn. Negaard scored seven points in an 11-0 Bulldogs’ run that erased an 11-point, third-quarter deficit. This year’s game is sold out and will feature several thousand local elementary and middle school students for a fun-filled school trip of Bulldogs’ basketball, educational and character development activities inside the Knapp Center. After dropping its first game of the Gulf Coast Showcase to Purdue last week, Drake (6-2)bounced back with a 94-62 blowout victory over Maine and an exciting 83-82 win over Auburn in the fifth-place championship game. The pair of victories also marked the first time the Bulldogs defeated the Black Bears and the Tigers in three meetings against each. Drake Game Notes Live Audio Following Thursday’s game, Drake will take a break for final exams and return to action Dec. 17 at Oklahoma. Print Friendly Version Live Stats Waldorf (2-4), which is located in Forest City, Iowa, is a NAIA program that is a member of the North Star Athletic Association. Thursday’s contest will count as an exhibition for the Warriors, who last played at North Central College Nov. 22. Junior Tina Lair-VanMeter averages a double-double at 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is excited to host Waldorf University Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in the seventh annual “Pack the Knapp Game” hosted by The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and on the on radio on 1350 AM ESPN Des Moines. ESPN3
Have the Raiders finally had enough of Antonio Brown’s drama after his reported confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock? If so, there’s a way they can cut ties with their mercurial but histrionic-prone receiver and save themselves nearly $30 million.The Raiders are considering suspending Brown and he could miss the season opener against the Broncos on Monday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The Next Chapter: Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it Wednesday, and the …
NEW YORK — Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson had to hear the booing at Citi Field throughout a miserable homestand.He took steps to begin fixing the problems May 26 after a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and cutting reliever Jose Valverde.“This is a very difficult decision to make. I’ve known Dave for many years, decades,” Alderson said. “Our situational hitting is not where we want it to be.”Minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson will take over for Hudgens. The 63-year-old Johnson has been in this role with the Mets for 10 of his 11 years in the organization and is responsible for helping teach the organization’s hitting philosophy throughout the minors.The Mets have tried to implement a plan of patience at the plate but the results have not shown.“Our hitting approach will not change appreciably,” Alderson said. “Any time there’s a new person, there’s a new voice, a new take, a different interpretation both from a mechanical and an approach point of view.”The 57-year-old Hudgens was in his fourth season as the Mets’ hitting coach. The Mets began the day with a .237 batting average, ranking among the worst in the majors. They have scored just 32 runs in losing nine of 12.“This is by no means Dave Hudgens’ fault. Not whatsoever,” Manager Terry Collins said. “It’s about trying to get the execution better. We’ll see if change helps.”The problems are more glaring with runners in scoring position: New York is 13 for 66 (.197) in that situation in the first seven games of a nine-game homestand after getting one hit in eight tries May 26.The Mets hit into five double plays May 25 in a 2-1 loss to Arizona in the first-game of a doubleheader. Daniel Murphy hit into one of the team’s two double plays, wiping out another hit by Jacob deGrom.“There’s frustration at the way we’re playing. There’s frustration with the way the offense is going and that Dave unfortunately bears the brunt of that,” Murphy said. “It stinks.”David Wright was unhappy that the popular coach lost his job over what he thinks is the players’ fault. “When you struggle the way we’ve struggled offensively, a finger, obviously, gets pointed. A lot of times that finger gets pointed unfairly,” Wright said.Alderson said this was not to read as a warning to Collins.“I think this is in response to a specific situation,” Alderson said. “Nothing else should be read into it by any means.”The Mets have been revamping their bullpen, and Valverde’s dismissal after allowing four runs while getting only two outs in the eighth and ninth innings is the next step.With new closer Jenrry Mejia unavailable after pitching both games of the doubleheader, Collins turned to Valverde.Valverde (1-1) was booed off the field after allowing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata’s tying single in the eighth. He returned for the ninth and was even worse, yielding four runs overall.“Don’t think for one second that there’s not a guy in there that realizes that this is part of it. We just released one of the best professionals I ever been around in Jose Valverde,” a fired-up Collins said. “You deal with it, and if you can’t you don’t belong in the game.”With one out in the ninth, Valverde gave up a single to Neil Walker and walked Andrew McCutchen.Gary Sanchez, who homered off Scott Rice to open the eighth, then singled to left, scoring Walker. Juan Centeno couldn’t handle Curtis Granderson’s throw that bounced to the right of the plate and skittered past Valverde, who was backing up but way too close to the catcher. McCutchen scored on Granderson’s error for a two-run lead.Valverde gave up four runs as the Pirates took the lead. The 36-year-old righty was 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA. Valverde joined the Mets this year after pitching for Detroit last season. He briefly was New York’s closer before losing the job.Reporters were told Valverde had left the ballpark even though his street clothes remained in his locker. Right-hander Vic Black is being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Valverde’s spot.“Our bullpen will get better when our young pitchers emerge at the major league level,” Alderson said. “Not only will we have better arms, but we’ll have more flexibility.”In the minors, top prospect Noah Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 22, because of a mild flexor-pronator strain in his right elbow. The flexor-pronator muscle is on the inside of the elbow, forearm area.The Mets said the Triple-A Las Vegas ace will be brought to New York for an exam.Syndergaard was acquired in a trade that sent 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto. He is Baseball America’s No. 6 righty pitching prospect and is expected to make his big league debut this year.“We’re very concerned about it, obviously, I don’t know too many guys — I shouldn’t say that, I know a lot of guys who go to the doctor and it’s nothing. But I know some go to the doctor and it’s an issue,” Collins said. “Anytime you go in and the word ‘elbow’ shows up, especially when you throw as hard as he does, it’s a concern.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Two former Big 12 rivals will square off in the Sweet 16 Thursday evening with an Elite Eight berth on the line. In case you missed it, the No. 3 seed Texas A&M Aggies, now of the Southeastern Conference, are in this game thanks to the largest comeback in the history of college basketball. Senior guards Alex Caruso (25 points, nine rebounds) and Danuel House (22 points, eight rebounds) spearheaded A&M’s improbable rally.Second-seeded Oklahoma, meanwhile, survived against No. 10 seed TCU, 85-81. Senior guard Buddy Hield was lights-out as usual, pouring in 36 points.The winner of this matchup will face either fourth-seeded Duke or top-seeded Oregon for the right to go to the Final Four. Date: Thursday, March 24Time: 7:37 p.m.TV Channel: TBSLocation: Anaheim, CaliforniaAnnouncers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForceOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma – 2Prediction: On paper, this game projects to be an outstanding one. Both sides have veteran stars and dynamic backcourts. The Sooners have the best player (Hield), while the Aggies probably have a slight advantage in size and bench scoring. An A&M win would put the program in the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, while an OU victory would clinch the Sooners’ first Elite Eight since 2009.We’re going to ride with Buddy Hield to keep Oklahoma’s season going with another huge performance.
ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?
Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips and a four-member team will travel to the United States (US) on July 7, to meet with financial institutions and rating agencies in New York and Washington.Members of the delegation will hold meetings in Washington with critical stakeholders and the US Treasury to update them on the progress being made under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, and to see how the entities can help support Jamaica in a tangible way.This was stated by Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at a Jamaica House press briefing on June 26.Meanwhile, the delegation will travel to New York, to meet with agents of the capital markets to update them on developments in the Government’s economic reform programmes and growth agenda.“The meetings will include representatives from investment banks, pension funds, insurance companies and rating agencies,” the Minister pointed out.Other members of the team are: Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Senior Director in the Ministry of Finance, Pamella McLaren; and Special Advisor to the Minister, Helene McIntosh.Cabinet has approved the official travel, which will cost $2.3 million, inclusive of air fare, accommodation and per diem. The delegation returns on July 17.Contact: Alphea Saunders
The event will be held from July 19-20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. A regional leader was first recognised at last year’s leadership conference. Story Highlights The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will recognise an outstanding local and regional civil servant at its annual public sector leadership conference. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will recognise an outstanding local and regional civil servant at its annual public sector leadership conference.The event will be held from July 19-20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Business Development and Communications Director at MIND, Marlene Campbell, told JIS News that the Public Life Award for Leadership Excellence will be presented to public servants, who have demonstrated excellence in achieving results; reflect the priorities of the public service; and promote professionalism and visibility of the service while demonstrating other key competencies.She informed that the MIND Public Life Award for Leadership Excellence was launched in 2013.“MIND decided that in addition to developing leaders, we want to celebrate and recognise excellence as we believe in meritocracy. You work hard, and cause transformation to happen, so we want to identify your good practices, and leadership excellence,” she pointed out.A regional leader was first recognised at last year’s leadership conference.Winners are usually nominated by a committee after thorough research on the achievements of the individuals.Ms. Campbell told JIS News this year’s leadership conference will celebrate public servants, who are considered to be adaptive leaders in keeping with the theme: ‘Adaptive Public Sector Leadership, Changing MINDsets, Challenging Assumptions, Creating Transformation’.