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The Scorpions’ suffocating defense forced the opposition to commit 35 turnovers, which they turned to 45 points and also held the Unicorns to just 26-percent clip. MANILA – Centro Escolar University Scorpions handed Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns a 107-46 beating in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Normel Delos Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Unicorns with 13 points and six rebounds as it fell to 0-2. In the first game, the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers got back on the winning track with a 35-point decimation of Italiano’s Homme, 133-98. The Scorpions waxed hot with 32 points in the first quarter while limiting the Unicorns to just two points – the lowest output in a quarter in the developmental league’s history. “I was worried that my players might take this game for granted dahil blowout ‘yung first game nii Nailtalk. But they came to play and did not take it for granted,” said Scorpions head coach Derrick Pumaren. Rich Guinitaran paces the Centro Escolar University Scorpions’ bombardment – with 19 points and six rebounds – of the Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. PBA PHOTO Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions’ (2-0) bombardment with 19 points and six rebounds on Thursday while Senegalese big man Malick Diouf supplied 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Senegalese big man Papa Ndiaye led the Engineers’ ruthless rout with 29 points. He accounted for 15 of his side’s 44-point second quarter explosion that turned a slim 22-21 lead to a 66-50 halftime advantage./PN
POCOLA, Okla. – Top prize for IMCA Modifieds is $1,500 at Tri-State Speedway’s 38th annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25.The 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier pays a minimum of $200 to start. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader will be among the competitors this weekend at Pocola.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and Allstar State points, but no local track points, will be given. Menasco Racing Enterprises gives a $500 bonus to the driver making the long tow. Entry fee is $100.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps both days. Adult grandstand admission is $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday; kids ages 6-12 get in for $5 each night. Pit passes are $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday.An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 23. Pit passes are $20 and grandstand admission is free.More information about the Kegger is posted on the www.tri-statespeedway.com website and on Facebook.
People’s Party of Canada candidate John Balagtas said he was drawn to the party due to its priorities of “preserving Canadian values” and “protecting free speech.”“I truly believe that in order for a nation to be in a state of peace we’ve got to share the same common values, common beliefs,” said the Chatham-Kent-Leamington candidate.Balagtas immigrated to Canada in 1991 at age 10 from the Philippines. He said his family moved around to a few places, including Scarborough, Pickering and Windsor.Eventually, he settled in Mississauga but later decided to move to Chatham-Kent in order to be closer to family in Windsor and Michigan.He said he became interested in running for office when he saw how this region didn’t have the same services and infrastructure as the last place he lived.“I was wondering how come they’re getting all of those funds there and how come people in Southwestern Ontario are pretty much getting whatever is left,” said Balagtas.This is the second time he is running for public office. He unsuccessfully placed a bid for a trustee’s position with the Lambton Kent District school board in 2018.Balagtas said high unemployment, high child poverty and the opioid crisis are the biggest issues for the riding, and he thinks they are all related.“I feel that we can address the high unemployment rate in Southwestern Ontario, everything that is connected to that will slowly follow through,” he said.The candidate works as an employment specialist in London and has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for the past 12 years, currently serving in a part-time role.He said residents have been talking to him about their dissatisfaction with the “current government’s inability to follow through with their promises.”“They have lost their interest in choosing any one particular party because they feel that what’s the difference between your promises and their promises?” he said.When asked if he trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed scientific research that climate change is real and caused by human activity, Balagtas said his party is against “climate alarmism.”“I think it’s doing the people the disservice of trying to put them in a panic where there should be no panic at all,” he said. “We need to concentrate on the issue and try to come up with a solution to the problem, not to try to put people into panic where you try to tell them there is a crisis going on when there is no crisis at all.”He said climate always changes and, when asked if it always changes at the current rate, when the Earth is regularly experiencing record-high temperatures, he said there is disagreement in the scientific community, with some saying it is changing at its natural rate.Balagtas said most of the other candidates want to promise affordability to people, but “they are unwilling to actually divulge to the people how they’re going to fund it.”“People are hoping this is going to happen when they get elected and the problem is when they get elected, slowly one by one, those promises tend to disappear because they realize it wasn’t practical to begin with because the money wasn’t there.”
Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo returned and his impressive brace earned Sassuolo victory over Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna Derby. The Friday night Serie A match saw the Neroverdi take bragging rights from their more illustrious local rivals and surpass them in the standings too. Jeremie Boga also showed his impressive pace and cool head to find the net, while Riccardo Orsolini scored with an unorthodox finish. It was Caputo’s solo effort that stole the show at the Mapei Stadium, though. Click here for the full match report. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Southampton 0 Liverpool 2: Firmino and Salah move Reds to within two points of Man Utd Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 02:21 2/12/18 Getty Images Liverpool moved to within two points of Manchester United thanks to a 2-0 win at Southampton – Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino starring. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah once again led the way for Liverpool as the Reds ran out 2-0 winners at Southampton to close within two points of second-place Manchester United.It was by no means a vintage display from Jurgen Klopp’s men, but they did ultimately cruise thanks to the individual quality of Firmino and Salah, who have now scored 34 of Liverpool’s 61 Premier League goals this term.Any hopes Mauricio Pellegrino had of his side keeping things tight early on vanished after just six minutes, as Liverpool punished a Wesley Hoedt error to open the scoring through Firmino – the alert Salah setting him up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Southampton were the better side for the remainder of the first half, but visiting goalkeeper Loris Karius ensured they failed to make the most of their superiority and a glorious exchange in which Firmino repaid the favour to Salah in the 42nd minute saw Liverpool double the lead against the run of play.29 – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 29 @premierleague goals this season (22 goals, 7 assists); the most by a @LFC player in their debut season for the club in the competition. Heroic. pic.twitter.com/4YNjRW3Xqg— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 11, 2018Liverpool – who had Virgil van Dijk making his first return to St Mary’s Stadium since his £75million move – looked rather more switched on at the back in the second half and Southampton’s chances dried up.Klopp’s side could have added further gloss to the scoreline as they missed a couple more opportunities, but Southampton never looked like fighting back and Liverpool successfully capitalised on United’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United earlier on Sunday.One mistake was all it took for Southampton to find themselves behind early on, with Hoedt culpable.The Dutch defender completely missed his kick when trying to deal with a long ball and Salah pounced in a flash, showing great awareness to square to Firmino, who confidently slotted past Alex McCarthy.Southampton responded well and exerted pressure on their visitors, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg forcing Karius into action from close range in the 18th minute.Karius, easily the busier of the two goalkeepers, was tested again just before the half-hour mark, halting Guido Carrillo’s header from a James Ward-Prowse cross.And the German did brilliantly a few moments later, tipping Ward-Prowse’s header just over.Southampton were ultimately made to rue their missed chances when Salah finished with aplomb after a brilliant one-two with Firmino, who set the Egyptian up with a delightful backheel just before the break.= Salah to Firmino= Firmino to SalahA beautiful combination. pic.twitter.com/rTVyYuvQrg— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 11, 2018Salah afforded Saints a let-off early in the second half, shooting over from just inside the area after a Sadio Mane effort ricocheted right into his path.The hosts were rather less effective going forward in the second period and their only chance fell to Hoedt in the 59th minute, but he could only find the side-netting when flicking on a Ward-Prowse corner.Liverpool should have put the game beyond Southampton 20 minutes from time when Firmino saw his effort saved by McCarthy and Salah put the rebound into the side-netting.Mane and substitute Adam Lallana had further opportunities in the final 15 minutes, though neither miss mattered a great deal as Liverpool clinched all three points with minimal fuss.Key Opta stats:- Jurgen Klopp has won 50 of his 95 Premier League games in charge (D28 L17) – the ninth fastest manager to do so in terms of games (95).- Indeed, Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers had also won exactly 50 of his first 95 Premier League games in charge of the Reds (D23 L22).- Southampton have won just once in their last 14 Premier League games (D7 L6), keeping just one clean sheet in the process.- Liverpool have scored more Premier League away goals in this campaign (34) than they managed in the entirety of 2016-17 (33). – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 29 Premier League goals this season (22 goals, 7 assists), the most by a Liverpool player in their debut season for the club in the competition.- Salah has scored 19 left-footed goals in the Premier League this term – the joint-most by a player in a single season, alongside Robbie Fowler for Liverpool in 1994-95.- Roberto Firmino has scored 20 goals in all competitions in a single season for the first time since 2013-14 with Hoffenheim (22).- Firmino has scored and assisted in 12 Premier League games, more than any other player since the start of the 2015-16 season. read more
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-17-3, 7-8-3) is preparing to face off against the Michigan State Spartans (10-21-3, 6-11-1) in its final regular-season series before the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes have momentum on their side, as they head to East Lansing, Michigan, on a five-game unbeaten run.The Buckeyes are coming off a home-and-home sweep of archrival Michigan, a series in which they scored 13 goals over the two games. They have scored at least four goals in each contest amid their five-game unbeaten streak. The Spartans have also been on a decent run of late. They’ve lost just one of their last five matches. Their last game was a 5-0 rout of first-place Minnesota.“I think the one thing we’re going to take from the series is we know they’re a good hockey team. We’ve got to be playing our best hockey to beat them. I say that every week,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “That’s what it takes here with the parity across the board.“They’ve beaten the Michigans, they’ve beaten the Minnesotas. They’ve beaten everybody in our league. So our preparation is for Friday, and we’ll take it one game at a time.”The last time these two squads met in January, they split the series at the Schottenstein Center. The Spartans were victorious in the first encounter, 4-2, on Jan. 29, while the Buckeyes won the next day, 2-1.Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey said he believes that a fresh mindset has changed his team since the last outing between the two sides.“I think we’re just a little more confident. We’ve been scoring some goals. They’re going to play tough defensively,” Schilkey said. “The goal is to do what we can to just play our game, and we’re just a little more confident, I think.”Junior forward David Gust said he hopes OSU can score more goals this time around against a stingy Spartan defense.“They kind of trap you in the neutral zone. We were talking about it today that they kind of set four guys back,” Gust said. “They just play a little trap, which is tough to get around sometimes.”More Big Ten stars on displayOne contributor to OSU’s recent success is the production of Schilkey. The Michigan native was named the Big Ten’s first star for the second week in a row. It is the third consecutive week he has been named one of the three stars, and the fourth time this season.Yet the Buckeyes’ top scorer this season deflected personal praises, instead giving credit to his linemates for his current high production.“I think we’re just feeding of each other. Definitely not a one-man thing at all,” Schilkey said. “When the points start going in, it’s all three of us. So it’s been nice.”In last Friday’s victory at Ann Arbor, Schilkey grabbed an assist. He built on that in Sunday’s match, scoring two goals, including the game winner, and notching an assist. Schilkey has collected 14 points over the last six games, leading the NCAA in points per game (2.33) over the last three weeks.Despite the accolades, Schilkey said he doesn’t think too often about the recognition and would much rather think about the team’s success as a whole.“It’s cool to be recognized and things like that, but it’s cooler to get a sweep over Michigan,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to, and that’s what makes it fun.”Michigan State also has a Big Ten star of its own to thank for its recent success: senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who collected the conference’s second star on Tuesday.“They (have) a good goalie, Hildebrand,” Gust said. “He was Big Ten Player of the Year last year, I think. So they’ve got a good guy in between the pipes.”Hildebrand leads the conference with 542 saves this season. His 13th career shutout in the 5-0 victory over the Golden Gophers gave him the third most in program history.Big Ten tournament loomsAs the rankings stand, the Buckeyes and the Spartans will meet again in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. OSU sits fourth in the conference standings, while Michigan State is right below in fifth. Regardless of how the weekend finishes, the two teams will be tabbed to meet again on March 17 at the Xcel Energy Center for the first round.“These are big games. Three straight. Obviously, it’s kind of to set the tone, and they know that too,” Schilkey said. “It’s some tough games with them, so we’re getting ready for that.”Gust reinforced that positive results in this series can key going into the tournament matchup.“These two big games are crucial to get confidence, and if we can squeak out some wins and carry that into the Big Ten tournament, that’d be awesome,” Gust said.For Rohlik, he isn’t getting too ahead of himself, as he said he just wants to emphasize the games currently at hand.“We know we play them in the Big Ten tournament. But our focus is what we just talked about is the game on Friday, to be honest with you. Just keep getting better and keep playing some good hockey,” Rohlik said. “We know we’re playing a very good hockey team that’s capable of beating anybody, so we’ve got to be prepared for Friday night.”Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
OSU was not able to get off to a good start as inconsistent third-starter pitcher Dean Wolosiansky (3-4) gave up seven earned runs in just more than three innings of work. Four two-out runs on six singles in the fourth helped the Buckeyes tie the game at 5-5. One of those runs came off the bat of steady-hitting left fielder Zach Hurley. Hurley went 3-5 Sunday and added three RBIs, bringing his totals to eight hits and four RBIs on the series. However, the teams did not remain even for long as the Spartans responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Michigan State added four runs in the fifth inning and two insurance runs in the seventh and Ohio State never threatened again. Hot hitting continued but seven runs on 14 hits weren’t enough for the Buckeyes to finish the series sweep against Michigan State Sunday in East Lansing as the Spartans won 14-7. The game marks the first time OSU has allowed double digit runs to a Big Ten foe. The 14 runs are the second-most the team has given up this season, having allowed 17 to Marshall on March 13. Despite the loss, Ohio State was able to take two of three from Michigan State in an important early season series as the teams entered the weekend in a tie for the Big Ten lead. Ohio State now boasts a 6-3 conference record and remains in first place. Friday saw Buckeye ace Alex Wimmers improve to 8-0 on the season as Ohio State took the first game of the series 10-1. The second meeting proved to be more dramatic as Ohio State needed two runs in the ninth inning to earn a come-from-behind win 4-3. The team gets a break from the conference schedule as they welcome Akron to Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRedshirt-freshmen who enter spring camp as the third-string quarterback aren’t necessarily expected to lead their team to a double-overtime victory on the road.Especially not in the midst of their worst statistical game as a collegiate player, and certainly not while playing on a sprained MCL.But that’s what J.T. Barrett did for Ohio State during its 31-24 win against Penn State on Saturday.His coach, Urban Meyer, said Barrett’s overtime heroics — which included 32 rushing yards and both OSU touchdowns — are something he’ll likely remember forever.“I’ll probably never forget that look when I saw our offense taking the field against the white out of the student section, down by seven, against the defense that really kind of shut us down the second half … and take us in for a score,” Meyer said Monday.Just moments later, Meyer reiterated that — despite putting the offense on his back in the extra periods — Barrett wasn’t at his best against the Nittany Lions.“J.T. actually had just an OK game as far as some of the reads and some of the decisions he had to make,” he said.Barrett started the game off strong running the ball, but never got on a roll through the air and slowed down on the ground after the first 15 minutes. He had five carries for 45 yards in the first quarter, but finished the half with just one more yard on the ground and just 52 through the air.At that time, the Buckeyes still held a 17-0 lead, but a pair of second-half interceptions from Barrett — including one that Penn State returned for a touchdown — helped to allow the Nittany Lions back into the game.But even after putting up numbers nowhere near what Buckeye fans have become accustomed to in recent weeks, OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said he learned everything he needed to know when he looked at Barrett before the team took the field in overtime.“There’s nothing like looking in a player’s eyes to find comfort as a football coach,” Drayton said Monday. “And I just so happened to see J.T. Barrett’s eyes in that moment. And I’ll tell you what, I got all the confidence that I needed that he was gonna at least at that moment give everything that he had to try to put us in a situation to win that ball game.”Drayton added that the look from Barrett makes him look forward to what he and the rest of the Buckeyes might be able to do down the road.“When you see that coming from some young football players right now, you can’t help but get really excited and anxious to see what the future holds for this football team,” he said.For all the confidence Drayton said he got from Barrett’s demeanor, he didn’t mention the injury the quarterback had sustained during the game’s first half.If he’d been asked before the game ended, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said he wouldn’t have mentioned the injury either, but that’s because he didn’t know it existed.“After the game, I had no idea he hurt his knee,” Elflein said Monday.He added that the injury made Barrett’s performance all the more notable.“He was fighting through it the whole game, and that says a lot about him,” Elflein said. “What type of guy he is, and that was awesome.”Because of the injury, Meyer said he expects Barrett to be limited in practice this week, but made it clear that there would be no surgery and said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native will play in OSU’s next game.But without normal practice reps heading into a game, Barrett might need to find other ways to prepare. Drayton said he has no doubt the signal caller will do that just fine.“He’s a technician, he’s serious about his business and he’ll study every single thing he needs to be prepared on Saturday,” Drayton said.That Saturday game is set to pit the Buckeyes against Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.And before that kickoff — if all goes as it has this season — Elflein said Barrett will be the one getting the team ready before taking the field. He said the quarterback gives a pregame speech before every game, and used just one word to describe what those speeches are like.“Incredible,” Elflein said. “You don’t hear anything like that from anybody else, you can tell that it’s coming form deep within and he really means it.”