Wendell Named 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Honorable Mention

first_img Asia Durr Louisville Sophomore Guard Brooke McCarty Texas Junior Guard Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut Sophomore Guard Tyra Buss Indiana Junior Guard Kalani Brown Baylor Sophomore Center Evelyn Akhator Kentucky Senior Forward Tynice Martin West Virginia Sophomore Guard Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Junior Guard Feyonda Fitzgerald Temple Senior Guard Wendell scored 2,551 career points, which is the third most in Drake and MVC history and third among active NCAA Division I players. She is just the fourth Bulldog and eighth MVC player to score 2,000 or more points. Wendell was selected to the All-MVC First Team all four years of her outstanding career, a feat that has been accomplished by just six others in MVC history. She was tabbed MVC Player of the Week a league-high five times this season and 14 times in her career, a total that is second all-time in Valley history behind Stiles. Brittney Sykes Syracuse Grad Student Guard Brooke Schulte DePaul Senior Guard Alexis Peterson Syracuse Senior Guard In her freshman season, Wendell won a program-record eight MVC Newcomer of the Week awards and was named the MVC Freshman of the Year. She nabbed 268 career steals to rank second all-time at Drake, her career scoring clip of 19.8 points per game ranks third all-time at Drake and she made 230 three-pointers to rank fourth all-time at Drake. Lizzy Wendell Drake Senior Forward Katelynn Flaherty Michigan Junior Guard Kitija Laksa South Florida Sophomore Forward Karlie Samuelson Stanford Senior Guard Nina Davis Baylor Senior Forward Here are the student-athletes who received 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention: Monique Billings UCLA Junior Forward Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Maryland Senior Guard Name Institution Year Position Sydney Wiese Oregon State Senior Guard Allazia Blockton Marquette Sophomore Guard Napheesa Collier Connecticut Sophomore Forward Lexie Brown Duke Junior Guard Sophie Brunner Arizona State Senior Forward Rebecca Greenwell Duke Junior Guard Ariel Atkins Texas Junior Guard Jordin Canada UCLA Junior Guard Gabby Williams Connecticut Junior Forward Sophie Cunningham Missouri Sophomore Guard Lindsay Allen Notre Dame Senior Guard Diamond DeShields Tennessee Senior Guard Erica McCall Stanford Senior Forward Makayla Epps Kentucky Senior Guard This is the fourth postseason award for Wendell, who earlier this week was selected to the Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team. Last week, she earned AP All-America Honorable Mention accolades and the week prior was selected as an All-Region nominee for the 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team. Tori Jankoska Michigan State Senior Guard Wendell helped Drake tie a program record for single season wins with a 28-5 record in 2016-17. The Bulldogs finished 18-0 in league play to win the regular season title and then claimed the MVC Tournament title with three wins in three days. The tournament title gave the Bulldogs an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, its first NCAA appearance since 2007. Myisha Hines-Allen Louisville Junior Forward Jessica January DePaul Senior Guard Alaina Coates South Carolina Senior Center Brionna Jones Maryland Grad Student Center Ronni Williams Florida Senior Forward Breanna Lewis Kansas State Senior Center DALLAS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team was named a 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention selection, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Saturday afternoon. Brianna Turner Notre Dame Junior Forward Wendell’s 19.8 career scoring clip ranks third all-time at Drake and sixth all-time in MVC history. She had the longest double figure scoring streak in MVC history at 102-consecutive games and scored in double figures in 124-of-129 career games. Wendell leads active MVC players in career 20-plus point scoring games with 66 and 30-plus point games with 11, including two 43-point career-high performances. 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-Americans: Teniya Page Penn State Sophomore Guard Leticia Romero Florida State Senior Guard Chantel Osahor Washington Senior Forward Kristine Anigwe California Sophomore Forward Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Sophomore Guard Mercedes Russell Tennessee Senior Center Shakayla Thomas Florida State Junior Forward Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Junior Guard In her final season, Wendell, who was named the 2017 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, averaged a league-leading 21.0 points and ranked among the top six in the MVC in assists (3.0, 5th), free throw percentage (74.3, 6th), shooting percentage (49.8, 5th) and steals (2.7, 2nd). Wendell’s scoring average ranks 13th in the nation, and she is the first MVC player to lead the league in scoring in three-straight seasons since Jackie Stiles of Missouri State led the league four straight seasons from 1998-2001. She scored 692 points this past season, a total that ranks ninth all-time in Drake and MVC single-season history. Kelsey Plum Washington Senior Guard Nia Coffey Northwestern Senior Forward A’ja Wilson South Carolina Junior Forward Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more



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Maharashtra to distribute 30 lakh cloth bags among students

first_imgThe Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is planning to distribute 30 lakh cloth bags among school children to promote the State government’s plastic ban in Maharashtra and spread awareness about not using plastic bags. “We have given ₹5 crore to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for the manufacture of cloth bags. We plan to make 30 lakh bags and distribute them for free among school children across Maharashtra,” said Environment minister Ramdas Kadam. Mr. Kadam said the bags would help the government connect easily with the parents and the children’s family. “We are promoting the government’s ban on plastic and this is part of that campaign,” he said. The State government’s decision to ban plastic has also grabbed attention of others across the country. Apart from the central team which visited the State to review the decision and implementation, teams from Tamil Nadu, and Bihar have also been here while officials from Kerala are likely to visit in the next fortnight.On Tuesday, Mr. Kadam held a meeting with representatives of milk producers, and distributors regarding the ban on plastic milk bags which has not yet been implemented. “We have asked the industry to come up with a plan to ensure that no milk bag is seen on the road. They have to submit it within two months. If not, then we will move ahead with the ban,” he said. As per the present provision, the bag can be deposited back to the vendor upon which the user will get 50 paise. He said the government’s aim is to ensure no used plastic milk bag is seen on the road and if the industry comes up with a better idea, his department would be happy to implement it. Since the ban came into effect, the government has collected ₹3.5 crore in fines and confiscated 400 tonnes of banned plastic from across the State, Mr. Kadam added.last_img read more



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Australian Masters Games

first_imgAustralia’s largest multi-sport festival is coming to Geelong in 2009. The Games will be held from 20 February to 1 March 2009 and will attract 10,000 participants from across Australia and overseas. The Games are open to anyone over the age of 30, for most sports. The Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) owns and runs the Games since their inception in 1987. The Games are held biennially in different cities across Australia. It is the first time Geelong will host the games and is expected to be the biggest event to be held in regional Victoria. The Games will offer over 60 sports and ten days of entertainment.Further details can be viewed from www.AustralianMastersGames.comThanks to Brad Stewart for providing the article content.last_img



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Good Customer Service Vital to Economic Development

first_imgGood quality customer service is vital for Jamaica’s growth and development, especially in this time of economic challenges.This view was expressed by Communication Consultant, Fabian Brown, while speaking on a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Issues and Answers programme.Discussions focused on the Public Sector Customer Service Competition and the link between good customer service and Jamaica’s economic development. “If it is that when you get into the post offices, the tax offices, you don’t feel a sense of warmth, a sense of attention and that there is a desire really to serve you, then you may not be interested in going there again,” Mr. Brown said.He pointed out that poor customer service at those entities will eventually have an impact on revenue collection.“Once you start having that negative impact in terms of revenue collection, it is going to impact our ability as a country to move on and to really grow. There is a ripple effect and one impacts the other,” he noted.Mr. Brown stated that good customer service should begin at the point of entry at business entities.He argued that if the interaction is unpleasant, uncomfortable, uninviting, or discouraging, “then of course, you start building the brick wall, and you cannot afford as a country to have brick walls, when you are talking about economic growth and development.”The Customer Service Competition was implemented in 1994, under the Public Sector Modernisation Division in the Office of the Cabinet.It is designed to recognise and reward the efforts of organisations to improve service delivery to customers and to promote and encourage commitment to, and continuous improvement in the quality of service to the public.Members of the public are invited to vote for the public sector entity and individual that is delivering the best customer service. The deadline for the receipt of all nominations is February 28.last_img read more



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Ishmael Beah Helps Give A Voice To Young People Affected By Conflict

first_imgIshmael Beah, author, former child soldier and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War, wrapped up a three-day visit to Jordan this week to help amplify the voices of vulnerable young people affected by the conflict in Syria.Ishmael Beah (centre) in ZaatariBeah, who is internationally renowned for his books, A Long Way Gone, A Memoir of a Child Solider,’ and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel, was in Jordan to develop the advocacy skills of nearly 50 young people from Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Many of them have seen their lives upended by the six year-long war in Syria.While in Jordan, Beah visited children in the Za’atari refugee camp near the Syrian border, and a UNICEF supported-Makani centre in Amman where children and young people can come to learn and get psychosocial support.After more than six years of war and heavy violence, more than 2.5 million children from Syria are now living as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.“Young people who survive war have an amazing ability to persevere and become the champions for peace that are so needed, despite the horrors they have been through,” said Beah, who attended a UNICEF-supported workshop on youth engagement.“I know from experience that all that pain, that unimaginable suffering, and that sense of loss of humanity, can all be refocussed towards something positive,” said Beah. “Especially when you have someone who believes in you, supports you and extends a helping hand.”With support from UNICEF, partners and donors including the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (MADAD), 120 young people who are refugees or vulnerable host communities have been trained as researchers as part of an innovative Participatory Action Research initiative where young people can open up to each other about their lives and aspirations.The researchers interview other marginalized young people to find their biggest challenges. Many of them have dropped out of school and started working to help their families make ends meet. The research is meant to contribute to better access to education and vocational training. The training also equips vulnerable young people with skills to address issues like early marriage, protection against violence and hazardous types of labour.“Children and young people are not the problem – they are a fundamental part of the solution,” said Veera Mendonca, UNICEF’s Regional Advisor for Adolescent Development. “If we invest in them they will become the doctors, lawyers, nurses, thinkers, entrepreneurs and the change makers for children’s rights.”For Israa, 20, a Syrian refugee in Jordan, and a young researcher, the training has made a difference. “The training taught me how to identify people’s problems and ways that can help make our voices be heard,” she said, noting that she has applied some of her learning to talk families out of getting girls married early.“These young people have been teaching me a lot in return,” said Beah, who as a child was made to fight in the civil war in Sierra Leone, before attending a UNICEF-supported rehabilitation centre. He lost his family in the war and eventually had to flee the country.“These young people don’t want to be pitied, they want to have their rights respected and be empowered so that they can grow to their full potential.”last_img read more



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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 17.Uranium Trading Corp – El Segundo, Calif., 4.5 million shares, priced $10-$12, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE American: UTC. Business: Newly-formed vehicle investing in the civil uranium market.The Associated Presslast_img



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Thundershower likely to bring some respite from sweltering heat today

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted thundershower in various parts of South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours, bringing some respite to the people from the scorching summer heat.A heavy shower accompanied with thunderstorm is predicted in the five districts of North Bengal as well. The people in the city and other districts have been experiencing hot and humid weather condition for the past couple of days. According to a senior MeT department official, a low pressure trough that has formed over Bengal and a continuous flow of vapour from Bay-of-Bengal will bring the rainfall and thunderstorm. It may bring down the mercury for a while. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe weather office also said that temperature during the day and the humidity level will continue to affect the people in the city and other South Bengal districts, throughout next week. A senior MeT department official said that several parts of South Bengal, including Kolkata, will experience intermittent rain particularly in the evening and the intensity of the rainfall will be maintained till Tuesday. The city will also witness gusty winds accompanying the rain. The weather office forecast may get some comfort from the scorching summer heat as the temperature may slide down by a few degrees following the rainfall. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe doctors in the city have issued some directives to stay fit as the temperature slides up and down due to rains. Those who go out in the sun must drink adequate amounts of water and liquid substances. They are also advised to carry umbrellas, to avoid the sunrays from falling directly on their heads. People can also use sunglasses to get relief from the sun’s glare. The doctors have also suggested city dwellers to wear cotton dresses, to get some relief from the heat during the day. People are also urged to avoid soft drinks from shops and roadside stalls, while travelling in the sun. A large number of people are often seen drinking lemon water or soda, while some others are seen drinking soft drinks to comfort themselves in the sweltering heat. Many are also found standing in queues to have Lassi from stalls in the Dharmatala area, during daytime. The people are also advised to avoid spicy food from restaurants.last_img read more



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More Saints Bounty Drama Player Admits To Lying About

Ex-Saint Anthony HargroveThe New Orleans Saints bounty program drama just will not end. It is a reality show gone bad (like most of them). In the latest episode, a report was released Tuesday that said one of the suspended players, Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, said he was told to deny knowledge of such a system when interviewed by NFL investigators in 2010.Hargrove, according to the sworn statement acquired by the Associated Press, claimed the alleged order came from assistant coaches Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended indefinitely for his role as the ring leader of the pay-for-injury program and Vitt is the interim head coach because Sean Payton was docked for the upcoming season as part of the NFL’s punishment. Meanwhile, Vitt will be benched for half half of the season.Mary Jo White, a former US Attorney hired by the NFL to review the investigation said that Hargrove’s statement “acknowledges the nature of the program and his participation in it, and, which is really the thrust of the declaration, that he was told to lie about it, and he did when he was asked about it in 2010 by the NFL investigators.”Vitt issued a vehement denial of Hargrove’s statement, saying, “At no time did I ever tell Anthony Hargrove to lie or deny the existence (of the alleged bounty program),” he told the The Times-Picayune newspaper. “He can say whatever he wants to say. It just didn’t happen.”Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was one of four members of the 2010 Saints suspended last in relation to the bounty investigation, and is slated to miss the first half of the regular season in 2012. In the NFL’s initial statement regarding the suspensions the league said “actively obstructed the league’s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators.”The statement has become a point of contention between the NFL Players Association and the NFL in the aftermath of the investigation, as the players begin their appeals process. The NFLPA maintains the position that while Hargrove states that he was told to lie, he has not admitted to lying to investigators. For the players, admitting to obstructing the NFL’s investigation would mean certain death for any chance at an appeal. read more



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Model Talk New Predictions For A Brave New NBA World

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Since the NBA never stops, we’re proud to announce that our projection model for the 2019-2020 season has formally launched! Nate Silver joins to discuss how the model is assessing the NBA, which new metrics are still in development and what our model suggests about the upcoming season.The British Open begins on Thursday, with Northern Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy heading into the tournament as the favorite. We’ll break down his chances of success in this final installment of the PGA season.Our Rabbit Hole this week dives into the dramatic tiebreakers that decided the winners of both the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon men’s final. Sticky wickets, indeed!What we’re looking at this week:Our 2019-2020 NBA model is up!Narratives to keep an eye on heading into the British Open.The unprecedented ending to the Cricket World Cup, explained. Embed Code read more



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For One Former AllStar The Hits Stopped Coming

Before the season, FanGraphs’ depth chart projections called for Davis to hit just .200 this year, largely by virtue of the awful .168 mark he posted last season — already tied for 34th-worst ever by a hitter in a season that qualified for the batting crown. After Davis’s 0-for-28 start in 2019, FanGraphs now see him with a .193 projected batting average over the rest of the season, implying that they believe his true batting-average talent to be 7 points below the Mendoza Line. (Most of the time, players with extremely low batting averages have substantially higher true talent but are also very unlucky.) Combining that with the at-bats he’s already banked, Davis projects to finish the season with a .181 average, which would once again give him one of the 75 or so worst batting-average seasons in MLB history — for the second time in as many years. (So much for reversion to the mean!)But the irony is that Davis is actually hitting the ball better this season, at least according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Davis’s average exit velocity of 91.3 miles per hour is higher than it was in 2016 (90.8), when he hit 38 home runs and was a meaningful contributor to plenty of Oriole victories. The big problem is that Davis strikes out so much that he doesn’t have a chance to make use of those powerful swings. So far this season, he has struck out in 47 percent of his plate appearances, more than double the MLB average rate. (Last year, he struck out 37 percent of the time.)Although Davis ought to have broken out of his hitless streak by now — Statcast reports an expected batting average of .119 for Davis this season, based on the quality of his batted balls — his strikeout totals have made it impossible for him to be a functional hitter. The only real question is how much longer the Orioles will continue to pencil him into the lineup and give him more chances to extend the now-record streak of ineffective hitting.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (April 9, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the hitless record tied by Craig Counsell. The record was 45 at-bats, not 45 games. You have to feel for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Yes, Davis is being paid handsomely ($23 million) this season, and he’s had a solid 12-year major league career. But he currently finds himself mired in one of the most inglorious streaks in baseball history: zero hits in his past 49 at-bats, a new MLB record for futility.Davis broke the nearly 8-year-old mark set by former Dodgers infielder Eugenio Vélez, who went 0-for-46 over a 30-game span that lasted more than a calendar year. Vélez himself “surpassed” a record (45 at-bats) that Craig Counsell had tied earlier the same summer; the original 45-at-bat mark was set by Bill Bergen in 1909 and matched by Dave Campbell in 1973. Here’s a progression of all hitless streaks (among nonpitchers) that lasted 40 or more at-bats over time since 1908, the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s game-level data:1This data set was compiled in part using Baseball-Reference’s Streak Finder but may be incomplete for streaks before 1973, when Baseball-Reference’s play-by-play data coverage begins. read more



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