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The Huskies open the 2015 season next weekend with a three-game series at home against Prairie View A&M Feb. 13-15 at Husky Field. DALLAS, Texas – Houston Baptist senior pitcher/third baseman Curtis Jones has been selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America team, the organization announced Tuesday. Jones, a product of Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas, was voted the second-team utility player. Last season, he was named the Southland Conference Utility Player of the Year as he led the Huskies in both at-bats (227) and innings pitched (89.0). Jones ranked fifth in the conference with a .361 batting average and had five doubles, 22 RBIs and a team-leading 33 runs. He also led HBU with 26 multiple-hit games, which including four three-hit games and four four-hit games, and put together a 14-game hitting streak. Jones was the only student-athlete from the Southland Conference chosen for one of the three teams. On the mound, the 5-11, 165-pound righthander made 13 starts and went 4-5 with a 3.64 ERA, two complete games, a shutout, 42 strikeouts, 21 walks and held opponents to a .259 batting average.
By Brian HomewoodSeventeen matches, nearly ten months and eight countries after setting out, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are tantalising close to reaching their first European final after a campaign which has been resourceful, even if not pretty.A goalless draw, or one-goal win, against Napoli in the second leg of their semi-final in Kiev on Thursday (10.05pm) will see the Ukrainians through to the Europa League final in Warsaw after a campaign which started against FC Copenhagen on July 31.Dnipro, who have never won the Ukrainian league but were twice winners of the old Soviet league, have overcome a limited budget and the disadvantage of staging home games in Kiev due to Dnipropetrovsk’s proximity to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.Although everyone loves an underdog, Dnipro’s pragmatic style, based on a defence built around Brazilian Douglas and ever-present goalkeeper Denys Boyko, means they are likely to have won grudging respect rather than joyful admiration.Their performance in last Thursday’s first leg was typical as they set out to frustrate Napoli, clung on grimly in the second half after falling behind and then snatched a late equaliser against the run of play.According to UEFA statistics, they have committed 226 fouls and suffered 214 in the competition, more than anyone else in both categories, and also top the yellow card charts with 45 received.They have mustered only 14 goals and have made a habit of muddling through ever since they began by losing 2-0 on aggregate to FC Copenhagen in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.That defeat allowed them to qualify for the Europa League playoff round where they beat Hajduk Split 2-1 on aggregate.After that, they snatched a second-placed finish in Group F by beating St Etienne 1-0 at home in their final game to leapfrog both the French side and Qarabag, having managed four goals and conceded five in their six matches.A sudden goal flurry saw them beat Olympiakos 4-2 on aggregate in the round of 32, before they beat Ajax on away goals and Club Bruges 1-0 on aggregate in the last eight.This under coach Myron Markevych, who briefly coached Ukraine in 2010 and has earned a reputation for attacking football during a lengthy stint at Metalist Kharkiv.On the other hand, Napoli, UEFA Cup winners in 1989, are the tournament’s top scorers and will be looking to repeat their impressive quarter-final win at VfL Wolfsburg.“It will be tough, it will be difficult but we are confident that if we create chances we will score goals,” said coach Rafael Benitez. “We won 4-1 against Wolfsburg away so I think we can do the same.”
An outbreak of equine flu has forced the cancellation of all British racing on Thursday – and the British Horseracing Authority is set to decide in the coming hours how long the shutdown must last.The BHA made the decision to cancel all Thursday’s cards on Wednesday night after the Animal Health Trust confirmed three positive tests from vaccinated horses in an active racing yard.In an initial statement, the BHA reported horses from the infected yard raced on Wednesday at Ayr and Ludlow, adding identification of the virus in vaccinated animals presented a “cause for significant concern”.Donald McCain’s yard was the only one represented at both tracks.In an update on Thursday morning, the governing body added: “We will endeavour to issue regular information, but we are still in the early stages of assessing the scale and severity of the outbreak.“We are working quickly to identify the extent of the infection and will have more information when further test results are returned today. The results from those tests will not be known until this evening.“Following these results being known, a call will be convened to discuss the implications, and a decision will then be made as to the impact on racing in the coming days.“We are aware that people want to know the situation as regards racing tomorrow and this weekend, and we will seek to provide more clarity as soon as we are able. It is likely that any definitive decisions on whether racing can take place tomorrow will be taken later this evening.”The BHA said in its previous statement: “The action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease.“The BHA has worked quickly to identify which yards could have potentially been exposed today and identify the further actions required.”Thursday’s cancellations come less than five weeks before the start of this year’s Cheltenham Festival – the annual highlight of the National Hunt calendar.Inevitably, until the situation becomes clearer, for thousands of racing followers – and of course those directly involved in the industry – there will be uncomfortable echoes of the foot-and-mouth crises of 1967 and 2001.On each occasion, the racing calendar was affected for two months – and in 2001, the Cheltenham Festival was abandoned.In the immediate future on this occasion, a packed weekend of Cheltenham trials and other big races is scheduled at Newbury, Warwick, Musselburgh and in Ireland.The governing body’s statement added: “The BHA is presently communicating with yards potentially exposed to ensure appropriate quarantine and biosecurity measures are put in place and horse movements restricted to avoid possible further spread of the disease.“The full extent of potential exposure is unknown, and we are working quickly to understand as much as we can to assist our decision-making.”The action to cancel Thursday’s races was taken with unanimous support of the BHA’s industry veterinary committee and will affect meetings at Huntingdon, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Chelmsford.Racing was, however, set to go ahead in Ireland at Thurles on Thursday.An update on the track’s official Twitter account read: “Racing goes ahead as planned here today. First race off at 1:15.”Equine influenza is a highly infectious disease of horses, mules and donkeys. Symptoms in non-immune animals include high fever, coughing and nasal discharge.
Satiricus dreaded going over to the Back Street Bar. It wasn’t that he’d found religion or anything and became scared of “demon rum”; he just knew he’d be getting some good “tantalizing” from the fellas. “And why not?” he mused ruefully. Hadn’t he been promising them all month that something big was going to happen this Valentine’s Day from the KFC?“OK…OK…fellas,” said Satiricus, who’d decided a good offence was better than a weak defence. “The Valentine Day announcement from my KFC leaders didn’t come out the way I was told.”“Really? Na worry Sato,” said Bungi, who knew his friend very well. “Jus’ tell abee wha’ happen, na?’“Well, like I told you chaps, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat told us this will be their last stand,” said Satiricus. “They had drawn a line in the sand with the Pee-an’-See: no more pushing around.”“Abee know da,” said Cappo impatiently. “So wha’ happen dat dem ben’ ova and leh de Pee-an’-See pee pan de line?”“From what I heard through the grapevine,” said Satiricus. “Nagga Man tell everybody he was satisfied with the perks. He didn’t want to make any waves.”“I always figured Nagga Man would do that. No backbone!” said Hari. “Maybe they’ll insert one in the US?”“But wha’ ‘bout Rum Jhaat?” asked Bungi. “He na guh get wan fat penshan fuh throw back like “Nagga Man.”“Budday, he’s so scared of Grain Ja, as soon as the man said there’s no reason to change the agreement, he said, ‘Yes sir!’” admitted Satiricus.“Well, me nah even aks ‘bout Trat Man,” said Cappo. “He done sell out since ‘e bin get Speakah wuk!”“Suh wha’ yuh guh do, Sato?” asked Bungi. “Yuh guh still suppo’t de KFC?”“Well fellas, I still have hope, you know!” said Satiricus.“Hope in what?” demanded Hari.“Well, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat now see how scampish the Pee-an’-See people are,” replied Satiricus. “Their eyes are clean.”“And wha’ dem guh do diff’rent?” demanded Bungi.“They’ll work from within!” said Satiricus. “To change the Pee-an’-See.”His friends all shook their heads in resignation.
A Kitty, Georgetown, man is sailing to the Camp Street penitentiary where he will be serving a 12-month sentence after being charged and admitting to stealing a pressure washer.Sheriff Azeez, called “Popeye”, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Annette Singh at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.The charge against him stated that on December 1, 2016, at Kitty, Georgetown, he stole one pressure washer valued $150,000 from Mitrau Rooplall.Prosecutor Christopher Morris noted to the Court that after his arrest, the defendant admitted to carrying out the act and took Police Officers to where the item was hidden.Magistrate Singh after hearing the facts of the matter sentenced the accused to 12 months in prison.
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter joined Hawksbee and Jacobs to discuss David De Gea’s future at Manchester United.The brilliant shot-stopper has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and Hunter claims the Red Devils No.1 would be ‘tempted’ by an offer from the La Liga side.“It’s definitely the objective of Real Madrid to buy this extremely talented young Spanish goalkeeper,” Hunter told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“I know that, having spoken to people at the Manchester United training ground, while they understand fully that De Gea respects and enjoys playing there, that there are some personal things that might be balanced out by a move back to Spain.“He was a little bit thrown by the arrival of Victor Valdes, who he regarded as a role model. I think the word from people around him is that, if he was offered Real Madrid, it would severely tempt him.“The ball is in Manchester United’s court, they can take these doubts away. They are a powerful enough club to persuade him it is the right time to stay.“For his development it is the right time to stay, but anybody who doesn’t think he’d be tempted by Real Madrid is missing the point a little bit.”