O’Neil Hinds: Small owner making big moves

first_imgWith the first quarter having ended, popular owner O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) has held off the chasing pack to maintain his lead in the owners’ championship, thanks to back-to-back winners at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday.His winners were 4-5 favourites FLYING MIRACLE and BRAVE PROSPECT in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both were ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Neive Graham.Once again, Hinds said he was happy to see his familiar light blue silks carried to victory by his two horses, as he duly ticked off his eighth and ninth wins of the season.”Winning races is the joy of every owner and speaking personally, I am thrilled to win not one race today, but two. This has enabled me to hold on to the lead ahead of closest rivals Elizabeth DaCosta and Carlton Watson, with over $3.1milion in stakes,” he explained.”The fact that I have neither a classic horse nor a grade one horse at my disposal will affect my numbers down the road, but the key is to win consistently with claiming horses and see where it takes us, as I would love to win the owners’ championship one day,” said the 40-year-old owner.WON 19 RACESHinds said his aim is to surpass his best ever season in 2013, when he won 19 races. His winners that year included the best horse he has owned to date, FANTABULOUS, who won races up to the open allowance level.Hinds said FANTABULOUS was successful at stud and is the dam of a filly sired by Adore The Gold at New Blue Stud Farm. Also doing stud duties is PRINCESS SHANEIL, who enjoyed a fairly successful racing career.A successful businessman, Hinds is the owner of the O & S Tack Room situated in the official car park at Caymanas Park. The Tack Room, operated by his wife Shauna-Kay Hinds, sells a wide range of horse accessories, medication and equipment to horsemen at the track.”The facility came on stream in the summer of 2013 and has gone a far way in making things available to horsemen in an effort to make their work easier. Given its success, we went that extra mile by sponsoring a race – the O & S Tack Room Trophy – run annually in August for the past two years. This is our way of giving back to the sport,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, on a day when the young claiming apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners on the holiday card, the 2-1 favourite SHINING LIGHT, with Paul Francis riding for owner/trainer Gary Griffiths, outfinished 5-2 chance DWAYNE STAR by a neck to win the Easter Sprint Cup overnight allowance feature over 1100 metres.last_img read more

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Mertens reaches semifinals on debut at Australian Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES “If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”She’s the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals in Australia, and knew she had plenty of support at home.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“Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy,” said Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy. “I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”The No. 37-ranked Mertens successfully defended her Hobart International title — she decided last year to target that title instead of entering Open qualifying — two weeks ago, and has now won five matches at Melbourne Park. Belgium’s Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — A year after opting out of qualifying for the Australian Open, Elise Mertens has reached the semifinals in her debut at the season-opening Grand Slam.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday to extend her winning streak to 10 matches and be the first woman through to the semifinals at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 win over Heat Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Svitolina framed an attempted overhead and hit it over the baseline to give Mertens match point, and the 22-year-old Belgian finished it with a backhand crosscourt winner to advance to her first major semifinal.Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other quarterfinals, top-seeded Rafael Nadal was playing No. 6 Marin Cilic and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov faced Kyle Edmund.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual during a major.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense. Other players have been fined larger amounts following a Grand Slam tournament, such as Serena Williams’ $82,500 fine in 2009 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge.Italian player Fabio Fognini was fined $96,000 last year after insulting a chair umpire at the U.S. Open, an amount that could be reduced to $48,000 if he doesn’t have any further offences over the next two years.The new rule came in response to a rash of first-round retirements at Wimbledon last year. Mertens dominated against Svitolina, who also entered her first quarterfinal in Australia on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International two week ago.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”Mertens raced out to a 5-2 in the first set before Svitolina got her only service break. The second set was no contest. Mertens won a 27-point rally while holding serve in the fourth game, then hit a backhand winner into the open corner to break Svitolina in the next game for a 5-0 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Delay hits Gilas return from Iran loss

first_imgVolleybelles off to Thailand for Asian tourney Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Needing to crank up the heat on its shooting form, the Philippine men’s basketball team will have to cool its heels in a faraway airport after the Filipinos’ flight was delayed by 12 hours due to Typhoon Ompong.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Help is on the way though.Matthew Wright sat it out against Iran after serving a one-game suspension for his role in the Philippines-Australia brawl on July 2 and should form a deadly shooting combo with Lassiter should Guiao call up both for the game against Qatar.Japeth Aguilar, also suspended for one game, could also make his comeback as the Philippines will continue to miss standouts Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, and RR Pogoy due to varying degrees of suspensions.Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon OmpongResponding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph. Only the top three teams from the group will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China.Currently, Gilas Pilipinas is at no. 3 with a 4-3 (win-loss) record with Japan and Kazakhstan trailing by a game.The team’s shooters conked out against Iran, and that became telling despite Hamed Haddadi sitting out the duel because of a groin injury.San Miguel Beer guards Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter were a combined 2-of-14 from beyond the arc, contributing to the Philippines’ frosty 5-of-28 (18 percent) clip from three-point territory.The cold shooting allowed Iran to clamp down hard late on Christian Standhardinger, who wreaked havoc with 30 points and 12 rebounds but was visibly worn down in the stretch.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments With arrivals in the country held up by the powerful storm set to hit the country on Saturday, the Nationals had to wait it out in Tehran a day after dropping an 81-73 decision to Iran late Thursday night.Originally scheduled to arrive 8:30 p.m. Friday evening, the Nationals are now expected to fly in 8 a.m. on Saturday.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 ChrissAnd it’s too bad, because Gilas Pilipinas could have used the hours working on their shooting before going into their game against Qatar on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After the loss to Iran, which the Asian Games runner-up pinned on the team late in the fourth after the two squads battled through 20 lead changes in a nail-biting contest, the Philippines will now go into that closed-door match against Qatar needing a win to solidify its hold of the third spot in their second-round group. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Region 6 executives slam NDIA’s takeover of secondary D&I system

first_imgThe drainage and irrigation (D&I) system which once fell under the purview of the Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is expected to be taken over by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), but this development is being heavily criticised by the Region 6 executives.The issue was raised at a recently held Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting, and Councillor Zamal Hussain explained that obligation to maintain the drainage systems does not, by law, belong to the National Drainage and IrrigationRegion Six Councillor Zamal HussainAuthority, but rather to the Region 6 Administration.“This was actually a mandate that was given to the Region in 2006: to overlook, allocate, and ensure that these systems are kept to the standard that they should,” Hussain noted.He pointed out that if the takeover is implemented, there would be need to monitor the equipment and the work it is doing.Hussain referred to reports which suggested that the two heavy-duty machines which have been deployed to sections of the Region have been engaged in private work. He posited that the proposed new system is a recipe for corruption.“I was made to understand that the Honourable Minister of State (has) said that it would not be business as usual since the loss of the Local Government Elections on November 12. I feel that this (development) is (intended) to victimise and to undermine the Regional Democratic System of the Local Government System, and it is a deliberate move to deprive families and contractors who were benefiting from these particular contracted works in the region,” Hussain declared.Adding that this new system would lead to unemployment, the Councillor called for Government to swiftly rethink its decision.“We have this situation where GuySuCo [Guyana Sugar Corporation] laid off so many thousands of workers, now we see the NDIA putting systems in place to deprive contractors from the Region and out of the Region from getting the necessary jobs. The local economy will suffer if this move is a reality. So I want to urge the RDC to write the Minister, or the subject person, or the CEO of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, to ensure that the proposed system is not imposed,” Hussain urged the House.Regional Chairman David Armogan had, in a report, also stated that the operators of the machines, although using Government’s fuel, were collecting from residents money for the work they were doing.last_img read more

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Full probe into flooding needed – RDC Chair

first_imgIn light of the recent flooding that occurred in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Chairman of the Region Two Democratic Council, Devanand RaChairman of the Region Two Democratic Council, Devanand Ramdattmdatt, is calling for a full probe to determine the reasons for the flooding.“It is always recommended, wherever there is weakness, that an investigation or some fact-findings be done,” he explained.According to Ramdatt, initial reports pointed to the lack of fuel for the pump station, and more so, the lateness of the pump attendant in reporting for duty. These two reasons, he stated, are unacceptable.He has declared that anything that lends to uncovering the full truth behind the situation he would fully support. Besides, he stated that the probe would ensure there is not a recurrence of the flooding.“[The probe] would create a situation or assistance to eliminate all weakness to prevent any further devastation,” the Regional Chairman noted.The APNU+AFC administration has spent millions of dollars to purchase and install pumps at strategic locations countrywide, but with all these monies being spent, residents are still affected by flooding.Due to heavy and continuous rainfall earlier this month, several villages within the two regions had suffered tremendous losses as a result of flooding.In Region Two, the highest rainfall — of more than nine inches — was recorded at Supenaam; and at Hibernia, where approximately eight inches of water had accumulated. Among the other areas affected were Charity, in the Pomeroon, where approximately four inches of rainfall was recorded; Wakapao, where more than two inches were recorded, and at Better Hope, where more than four inches were recorded.As at this date, no assessment of the flooding was done. The RDC and the people of Region Two are concerned about the continued negligence and delayed response from the Agriculture Ministry on such key matters. (Shemar Alleyne)last_img read more

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Talks between APNU/AFC fail to take off

first_imgRevision of Cummingsburg AccordAs the country draws closer to inevitable elections, the revision of the Cummingsburg Accord has been delayed after talks between A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC) failed to materialise.President David Granger and Vice President Moses Nagamootoo after the AFC and APNU formed the coalitionThe mood was a sombre one during the PNC General Council meetingIt is understood that a meeting between the two coalition partners was supposed to have been held on Monday. According to a press release from APNU however, the promised meeting was cancelled.“However, the two sides exchanged documents on the review of the Cummingsburg Accord and will meet at a date fixed after consideration of the documents by their respective leadership,” the statement added.Questions have been raised whether the People’s National Congress (PNC) would offer AFC the same terms it offered them in 2015, when the accord was first signed. These questions took on a life of their own after the AFC’s wretched performance in Local Government Elections (LGE) in 2018.Despite the AFC choosing Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as its prime ministerial candidate in waiting, the PNC has shown a dogged preference for the incumbent Moses Nagamootoo.Meanwhile, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) held their General Council Meeting on Saturday at Congress Place, where they were addressed by their leader, President David Granger.In his address, Granger claimed that the coalition Government was “observing the rules and convention which govern Interim Administrations,” adding that “so as far as the Executive branch is concerned, we are still functional, we are still the Government.”This comes even as Guyana is months overdue for elections. A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government on December 21 of last year. Article 106 of the Constitution stipulates that elections must be held within three months.However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, Government went to court, unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed. The case reached the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), where the regional court ruled against the Government but stopped short of issuing an order fixing an election date.Instead, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders had said that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.GECOM was then taken before the courts after a challenge from accountant Christopher Ram sought an injunction against the current House-to-House Registration exercise. While acting Chief Justice Roxane George did not rule the exercise illegal, she had elucidated that the old Register of Registrants could not be scrapped, thus rendering the exercise unnecessary.Inclusionary democracyAnother claim made by the President was that the People’s National Congress (PNC) believed in inclusionary democracy. This, however, comes after complaints from the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), about the way in which they have been treated by their coalition counterpart.Amidst growing concerns last year, prior to the No-Confidence Motion, that the PNC was showing disregard and even disdain for the spirit and letter of agreements it signed with key coalition partners, political scientist and WPA executive Dr David Hinds had said the PNC must recognise that it cannot win a free and fair election on its own at this juncture in Guyana’s history, as its core support group is no longer emotionally attached to the party.His comments came after concerns over the disregard and neglect shown to the concerns raised by other coalition partners about some of the decisions made by the David Granger Administration, particularly without their consultation and consent in some instances.Meanwhile, the General Council also had reports for the last quarter being presented by the Campaign Managers of the ten administrative regions. The General Council is the second-highest decision-making forum of the party and meets once every quarter.last_img read more

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“Pandit Ravi” captures maiden Foodtown Golf title

first_imgLusignan Golf Club (LGC) Secretary Rabindranath “Pandit Ravi” Persaud putted his way to the inaugural Foodtown Restaurant Golf Tournament title at last Saturday’s well-attended invitational.Winners and Foodtown representatives: from left – Diane Holder, Rudy Ramalingum, Clifford Reis, Tina Dhanasari, Avinash Persaud, ‘Ravi’ Persaud, Aleem Hussain and Shakira HussainPersaud has been in Winners’ Row several times in the last few months, and has been gaining form ahead of the Lusignan Open in July and the International Guyana Open Invitational set for November.The competition, which teed off at 12:30h, saw a tussle for the title, as a number of high profile golfers, including Clifford Reis, reigning Open Champ Avinash Persaud, Maurice Solomon, Nazeem “Papo” Haniff, LGC President Aleem Hussain, former Women’s champ Dr Joaan Deo and others took to the Greens.Persaud, who competed in the ‘B’ Flight category, took the overall Best Net score, 65/16, while A Flight was dominated by Persaud with 70/2, and C Flight by Reis with 74/25. Best Gross award for his 72, meanwhile, went to the Guyana Open champ.Other good scores were returned in the three Flights as follows: A Flight – Mark Lashley 75/9; “Papo” Haniff 77/8, and Vijay Deo 77/9. B Flight winners were Richard Haniff 66/11, Hilbert Shields 69/18, and Fazil Haniff 70/16; while C Flight was won by Solomon 83/22.“I was determined to keep my head clear and not to let any bad plays discourage me. (I was determined) to play a good game, and I was rewarded for it,” said the new champ.Meanwhile, owner and CEO of Foodtown Restaurant, Mr Rudy Ramalingum, and representatives of the restaurant, who provided food for the golfers, were recipients of the gratitude of LGC President Hussain, Secretary Rabindranath Persaud and Deo; who, standing, thanked the sponsors.In congratulating the winners, Ramalingum, whose business had been one of the sponsors of the Guyana Open 2017, indicated his delight at being able to contribute again to the Golf Club, and expressed a commitment to continue his support. He said this was his first visit to the Golf Club, and he was heartened at what he had seen.last_img read more

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A time of mourning

first_imgWhy didn’t they send out text messages warning all students of the danger? Why did they not spot the warning signs? Do we need stricter gun-control laws? Do we need tighter immigration policies? What does this say about American culture at large, or the Korean-American subculture, in particular, from which Cho Seung-Hui came? IT used to be that, following a tragedy like the one that befell Virginia Tech on Monday, we would get a quiet period of mourning – at least a few days or so – before the inevitable second-guessing, finger-pointing and politicization would take place. That, alas, is no longer the case. Before we even knew the name of Cho Seung-Hui – who killed 32 students and faculty at the college before turning his gun on himself – let alone his motives, we were already demanding to know how this massacre could have been prevented, and why it wasn’t. We were already gearing up for recriminations and the same old political fights. The questions came fast and furious: Why didn’t campus officials call off classes after the first shooting? Chalk it up the 24-7 news cycle, instant expertise of everyone with a computer or cell phone, a politically fractured culture, or the belief that ours can somehow be a danger-free world. Whatever the explanation, we seem more interested in arguing than in mourning – and that’s just unhealthy. It’s unhealthy because the 32 victims of this terrible tragedy deserve our respect, which includes not being made vehicles for partisans or agendas. It’s unhealthy because tragedy ought to be a call for unity, not an excuse for further division. And it’s unhealthy because, even though we can be better prepared for events like these, nothing we can do will ever make them disappear. Ours is a free society in which people can, and will, abuse their freedom horrifically. This is especially so on a college campus, which, by its very nature, should be open, easily accessible and hard to contain. We could turn our campuses – or, for that matter, our communities – into citadels, but would it really be worth it? We still wouldn’t be immune to the depredations of the evil, the deranged or the desperate, and we’d forfeit much of our freedom in the process. The notion of absolute security that drives much of the discussion about what happened at Virginia Tech is a myth. It’s understandable, given the sense of powerlessness and frustration that follows such tragedies, but it’s a myth nonetheless. Yes, better safeguards, better laws, and better responses can and should to be developed to minimize the dangers. But let us not delude ourselves about how safe we can really make the world. And in our haste to right what’s wrong, let’s not neglect to mourn the victims, to celebrate the heroes, to comfort the aggrieved, and to catch our collective breath at a moment of unspeakable pain. Let’s remember that if even a vibrant campus in a peaceful college town can be the site of tragedy, so can any place else. Every day can be our last, which is why no day should ever be taken for granted.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

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Volleyball Opens MVC Action At Evansville and SIU

first_img at Evansville Video at SIU Video Story Links Match Notes at Evansville Live Stats at SIU Live Stats The Drake University volleyball team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a pair of matches at Evansville and SIU. Drake enters the non-conference season with a 9-5 record and is looking for its third-straight win in a conference opener.The Bulldogs begin the MVC season on Friday at Evansivlle with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. match at SIU. Both matches will be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.The Bulldogs’ 9-5 non-conference record matches last year’s non-conference win total and ties Drake for the MVC lead in non-conference wins this season. During the last three seasons, the Bulldogs are 26-16 in non-conference action.Evansville opens the conference slate with a 4-9 record while SIU is 9-5 this season. Drake participated in four non-conference tournaments with one tournament win and two second-place finishes. The Bulldogs opened the season with a tournament win at the FAU Invitational followed by second-place finishes at Omaha and Eastern Illinois. Five Bulldogs also collected a total of seven all-tournament team honors.Drake enters conference play leading the MVC in aces by a large margin. The Bulldogs finished non-conference play with 90 aces, 21 more than the next closest team, for a 1.64 aces per set average. Three Bulldogs – Grace Schofield, Kameo Pope and Chandelle Davidson – rank in the top six in the MVC rankings for aces.Individually, Drake also has the MVC leader in digs as senior Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) is averaging 5.15 digs per set this year after recording 58 digs in three matches at last weekend’s WIU Leatherneck Classic. Offensively, Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) is fifth in the MVC in kills with 3.35 per set.Following this weekend’s matches, Drake returns to the Knapp Center to host Wichita State and Missouri State on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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‘Young’ Alastair Cook to remain England Test skipper, says Andrew Strauss

first_imgDirector of England cricket, Andrew Strauss, expects Alastair Cook to carry on as the Test captain well into the summer of 2017, saying the 31-year-old is comfortable with the responsibility.Cook triggered speculation about his captaincy when he told the Cricketer magazine that he did not know “how much longer I am going to carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year”.Talking to reporters in Visakhapatnam ahead of the second Test against India, Cook’s former opening partner Strauss ruled out a change in Test captaincy.”He’s batting well and he’s still young. It is quite scary how young he is really and I have every faith that he will carry on past this series and into the summer,” Strauss said. (Alastair Cook plays down talk about quitting England captaincy)”He is in a really good place… very comfortable leading this team for a while. So, it probably takes less out of him now than it used to.”Cook, who surpassed Michael Atherton’s England record of 54 matches as Test captain after the first Test against India in Rajkot, replaced Strauss as skipper in 2012.Strauss said Cook has many years left to continue doing well with the bat and mentor youngsters. (Proved everyone that we can play after Bangladesh fiasco, says Alastair Cook)One of them could be 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed who struck an impressive 82 during England’s second innings at Rajkot to forge a 180-run opening stand with Cook.”Hameed looked very composed and calm and in control of his game. He’s got a very effective game against spin, we’ve got some very high hopes for him,” Strauss said.advertisementlast_img read more

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