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first_imgKamber, a 6-for-7 forward, comes to Thibodaux after playing last season with Louisiana-Lafayette. The Berlin native maintains Croatian citizenship, and was a member of the Croatian U18 National team, averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals in 28 minutes a game, while shooting .500 from the field, .460 from the three-point line and .780 from the free-throw line. Becoming just the fourth head coach in team history to have tenure last at least nine seasons, Piper led the Colonels to another conference tournament berth under his watch. With a group of talented scorers and influx of youth, Piper led Nicholls to the fifth seed in the conference tournament and defeated Southeastern in its tournament opener. Simpson will play forward for the Colonels, and becomes the seventh Australian player to join the Nicholls basketball team for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-7 Mandurah, Australia native averaged 23.7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for John Tonkin College. Simpson shot 49 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line over his senior season. Injuries were a major issue for Nicholls with the loss of sophomore center Lachlan Prest before the season started, while senior Pedro Maciel, sophomore forward Sam McBeath and sophomore forward Liam Thomas dealt with injuries all year. The Colonels have a slew of newcomers including freshmen Quinton Thomas, Zach Young and Chad Simpson. Carpenter took a huge step forward for Nicholls last season, starting at guard for the Colonels against Troy University and the University of Texas at San Antonio before securing the starting role for good in week 10 against the University of New Orleans. Carpenter started the remaining 19 games while averaging 9.3 points and 1.2 assists per game. He finished the season with 17 steals and a team-high 58 3-pointers. Nicholls will look to get the rest of its scoring punch from its group of freshmen and sophomores, while relying on Rillieux and Liam Thomas for defensive leadership. Thomas finished 10th in the Southland Conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.3 per game. He was also third on the club in field goal percentage, averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in his first year.  In the postseason, Thomas came up big, registering five points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in the team’s Southland tournament win over Southeastern Louisiana. Maciel’s injuries didn’t allow him to make the trip to conference tournament, while McBeath broke his foot for a fourth time in the first-round win over Southeastern Louisiana. Liam Thomas was sidelined for much of the conference schedule.But, the injuries allowed for unexpected contributions from several underclassmen, which should make the team better going forward. Nicholls had an extremely young group last season with just four upperclassmen on its 17-man roster.center_img Sophomores Richie Lewis and Luka Kamber also join the squad, along with juniors Denzel Flemings and Adam Ward.Thomas, a 6-foot-2 combo-guard from Baton Rouge, was named first-team 2A All-State last season after averaging 22.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Tigers. Along with all-state accolades, Thomas garnered all-metro honors and was named District 6-2A MVP, leading his squad to a district championship. As a junior, Thomas earned first-team all-district. The 2014-15 Colonels squad brings a wealth of experience with nine upperclassmen, led by junior T.J. Carpenter and senior Shane Rillieux. THIBADAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team, under head coach J.P. Piper, opens the season with three of its five returning starters from a team that made it to a record sixth-straight Southland Conference Tournament in 2013-14. The schedule sets up to be another daunting task for the team as the group will square off with the likes of North Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest, Michigan and Louisiana Tech in the non-conference portion before jumping into an expanded Southland Conference lineup in January. The Colonels will have 13 home games, including hosting Loyola, Arkansas-Monticello, Troy and Spring Hill, along with nine home conference matchups. Shane Rillieux started 27 of 29 games for Nicholls last season, while playing a team-high 30 minutes per game and has only missed three contests in his entire Colonel career. Rillieux averaged six points and 2.6 assists per game, while shooting 40 percent from the field. Dantrell Thomas and Jeremy Smith were the two top scorers for the Colonels last season, both finishing in the top 20 scorers in the Southland. With the loss of Dantrell Thomas and Smith to graduation, the Colonels will be looking to a string of underclassmen and eight newcomers this year to fill the void on the offensive end of the court.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bearkats weren’t finished and threatened again in the ninth, but the Colonels turned their third-straight inning-ending double play to escape with the win. McNeese State 5, Abilene Christian 4ABILENE, Texas – The McNeese State baseball club split a pair of Southland Conference baseball games with Abilene Christian Sunday afternoon after picking up a 5-4 victory in a game resumed from the day before to even the series before the Wildcats completed a 3-0 shutout over the Cowboys to take the series at Crutcher Scott Field. Game 3: Abilene Christian 3, McNeese State 0 In the third and final game of the series, ACU used a complete game shutout effort from starting pitcher Thomas Alimont to help post the Wildcats blank McNeese for the second time on the weekend. The Colonels will head down I10 for a matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m. on Wednesday before taking on Southeastern Louisiana in a home-away-home three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. in Thibodaux. Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast live in KNSU 91.5 FM. Southeastern scored three runs in the first inning off Islander starting pitcher Devin Skapura (1-3). Jacob Williams ripped a one-out double into left-center field. Daniel Midyett singled through the left side on a check swing, moving Williams to third base. The Cowboys were unable to capitalize in the final inning and drop the series finale. Senior Curtis Jones went toe-to-toe with Bear starter Connor Gilmore in the rubber match, both taking no-decisions. Jones tossed eight solid innings, scattering three hits and recording a season-high seven strikeouts, before being relieved in the ninth by senior Chris Garza (1-0), who picked up his first win of the season. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Espinosa walked and advanced to second on a pinch-hit single to center field from freshman Zac Garcia. Then, a fielder’s choice in the next at bat put runners at the corners, setting up Nehrir’s walk off. The Lions scored the eventual game-winning run in the fifth, mirroring the first inning. Williams doubled to left, took third on a Midyett single to the left side and scored on Carr’s push-bunt single up the first-base line. – Return to top – The Cowboys will be back in action on Tuesday, March 24 when they welcome in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette to Lake Charles for a mid-week showdown. Following the contest with the Cajuns, the Pokes will travel to Natchitoches to take on Northwestern State in a three-game league series. The Colonels (11-10-1, 3-5 SLC) were only able to score two runs through 18 innings on Friday against the Bearkats (12-12, 6-2 SLC), but wasted no time on Sunday, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Gavin Wehby led off with a single to center field and advanced to third on a Kyle Reese single to right. After a Marc Frazierwalk, Christian Correa reached on a fielder’s choice that sent Wehby home for the first run of the ballgame. In the next at bat, Seth Stevenscrushed a monster three-run home run to clear the bases. Justin Smith followed with a single to right field, forcing a Sam Houston pitching change to stop the bleeding. However, ACU struck out on the last at-bat as the Cowboys evened the series at 1-1. The victory in the second game was completed just 21 hours after being halted due to rain as the Cowboys (16-8, 6-3) held off the Wildcats in the final two innings to take the win. Abilene Christian’s Thomas Alimont pitched a complete game shutout while the ACU offense delivered seven hits and three runs to help score the series win over McNeese in the finale on Sunday. Following a hit by pitch to open the seventh inning, Jones retired his next six batters faced to hold the 1-0 advantage through eight innings. The Cowboys received two hits from Crane and Bryce Packard in the contest while Lewis Guilbeau was the only other Cowboy to get a bat on the ball. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Jones walked on four pitches before senior Samm Wiggins broke up the shutout and drove in the first run of the game with a double to left-center. Abilene Christian took a one run lead in the first inning and extended its lead in the second on a pair of RBI hits to take a 3-0 lead that would hold until the end of the contest. Nicholls held onto its four-run advantage through the second inning, but the Bearkats punched back in the third. Sam Houston turned three singles and a double into three runs and brought the score to 4-3. Starting pitcher Ethan Stremmel was charged with the loss despite pitching six innings and gave up only three runs off of seven hits and no walks. He fanned four batters during the outing.Cole Prejean worked the final two innings and allowed no runs and no hits. Houston Baptist 2, Abilene Christian 1HOUSTON, Texas – Senior outfielder Zach Nehrir delivered the first Southland Conference series sweep for the HBU baseball team in a two-out walk off single up the middle for a 2-1 edge of Central Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Husky Field. It was the first time A&M-Corpus Christi has been swept at home since Stephen F. Austin accomplished the feat April 15-17, 2011. Three consecutive errors in the top of the ninth allowed UCA to tie the game one-all. After Matt Anderson reached on a fielding error by second baseman Greg Espinosa to open the frame, a throwing error by Jones on a sac bunt in the next at bat allowed him to advance to third. With runners at the corners and no outs, Garza took over on the mound for HBU. Two pitches later, the Bears again laid down a sac bunt and Garza’s throw home was off target, allowing the run to score. UCA continued to threaten, as the team still had runners at the corners, but Hayden Steele lined out to junior Andrew Alvarez on a failed bunt attempt and junior Louie Payetta made a diving stop on a ball up the middle to turn two to escape the situation. – Return to top – Below is a recap of both games: Nicholls 4, Sam Houston State 3HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Nicholls State University baseball team appeared to be outmatched against Sam Houston State in its doubleheader on Friday, but after a day off to avoid inclement weather, the team came alive on Sunday to steal a 4-3 series-finale win in Texas. Southeastern returns home to host Louisiana-Monroe Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The game is Local Heroes Night and all first responders will receive free admission. For more details, contact Lindsey Cramer in the Southeastern Athletic Marketing and Promotions Office at (985) 549-2430. With the skies clear and the field dry, both teams resumed action in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon as McNeese clung to a 5-3 lead over ACU. The Huskies (12-11, 4-2 SLC), who joined the SLC in the 2014 season, doubled-up UCA (11-7, 6-3 SLC) in runs and hits with the aid of Nehrir. The native of Orange, California, recorded the only multi-hit game between either team, posting a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Nehrir recorded two singles and reached on a walk to go along with his game-winning RBI. Colt Atwood and Zach Smith each hit 3-fo-5 to lead Sam Houston offensively. Brett Hoffman plated Midyett on a grounder to first and Carr scored when Burner had trouble handling a hot shot off the bat of Chris Eades. – Return to top – With the win, Southeastern (19-7, 7-2 Southland) is now in sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The Lions have won seven of their last nine at A&M-Corpus Christi (10-10, 2-4 Southland) and grabbed their fifth-straight series over the Islanders. After failing to score any runs in the top of the last inning, the Cowboys held off a last ditch scoring effort from Wildcats who plated a run with two outs and cut the lead to one run. The Wildcats rebooted the contest with two runners in scoring position along with two outs and a 3-2 count on the batter. McNeese reliever Collin Kober helped the Pokes out of a jam as Alex Copeland flew out to center and ended the inning. Southeastern added a single run in the sixth, two more in the eighth and one in the ninth. The Islanders scored their final run of the game in the seventh. In the fourth inning, Jones surrendered the first hit of the game, coming on a single up the middle with one out. However, Nehrir proved the equalizer, taking advantage of a ball lost in the sun for a leadoff double to right field in the bottom frame. Game 2: McNeese State 5, Abilene Christian 4 McNeese State 5, Abilene Christian 4 Houston Baptist 2, Abilene Christian 1Southeastern Louisiana 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3Nicholls 4, Sam Houston State 3UIW 2, Prairie View A&M 0UIW 11, Prairie View A&M 0 UIW 2, Prairie View A&M 0UIW 11, Prairie View A&M 0SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The University of the Incarnate Word baseball team threw 18 scoreless innings in a non-conference doubleheader against Prairie View A&M on Sunday.  UIW won 2-0 and 11-0 at Sullivan Field.The first game featured junior Geno Encina’s (San Antonio/Brandeis HS) first start of the season after battling some injuries.  The pre-season all-conference first team selection showed why he is the ace of the staff.  He hurled six scoreless innings giving up only three hits, walking two and striking out five on 71 pitches to earn the win. Head coach Danny Heap said he was on an 80-pitch limit.”It felt good to be back,” Encina said. “My arm felt strong and now I just need to keep improving and helping the team as much as I can.”John Shull (San Antonio/Churchill HS), Chris Jones (Hallettsville/Hallettsville HS) and Trevor Hardee (Alvord/Alvord HS) combined to throw the remaining three innings. They allowed only one hit and no runs to preserve the shutout. Hardee earned his second save of the season with 1.1 innings of no hit ball, walking one and striking out one.The two runs came on sacrifice flies in the second and the sixth innings.  Both Christian Divelbiss(Yuba City, CA/Yuba City HS) and Ethan McGill (Penn Valley, CA/Nevada Union HS) drove in a run on deep fly balls to center field.  The two runs proved to be enough as the Cardinals took game one.Despite taking the loss, Alberto Aveytia threw a complete game scattering six hits and giving up only one earned run. He walked one and struck out four.The Cardinals bats woke up in the second game.  After only scoring two runs on six hits in game one, they UIW offense exploded for 11 runs on 12 hits.  Matt Morris (Scottsdale, AZ/Saguaro HS) led the way with a 3-for-4 game that included two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.  Overall, Morris was 4-for-8 at the plate in the doubleheader.McGill added three RBI in the second game, scored a run and hit a double in the first inning to open the scoring.  Colton Besett (Cedar Park/Vista Ridge HS) hit his fourth home run of the season in the third inning to extend the lead to 6-0. He also scored two runs and walked twice.Garret Cooper (Round Rock/McNeil HS) collected his fourth win of the season with five solid innings of work. He allowed only three hits, no runs, walked six and struck out five.  He struggled with his command throughout the game, but found a way to work out of jams to preserve the shutout.  In the third inning he had the bases loaded and got Kevin Macias to swing at strike three.  Later in the fifth inning, he found himself in trouble with runners on second and third with one out. He retired the side with a strike out and a weak fly ball to right field.For the Panthers, Jordan Stewart was tabbed with the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits in three innings.Brandon Anderson (Cheyenne, WY/Cheyenne Central HS), Jacob Malatek (New Braunfels/New Braunfels HS), Tyler Miller (Conroe/Oak Ridge HS) and Adam Hunter (Yoakum/Yoakum HS) all got some work in and did not allow a run in four innings combined.  Among the four of them they only allowed three hits.The UIW pitching staff finished the day without allowing a run and held the Panthers to 10 hits.  The offense finished with 13 runs scored and 18 hits while the defense committed two errors.The Panthers committed four errors in both games and Connor Wrye was the only hitter to collect multiple hits in a game with a 2-for-4 performance in game two.The teams were originally scheduled to play a third game this weekend, but they ultimately decided to push the final game to May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Southeastern Louisiana 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana staked pitched Kyle Cedotal to an early lead Sunday and the left-hander made it hold up as the Lions picked up an 8-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, sweeping the three-game Southland Conference series at Chapman Field. General admission tickets to Tuesday’s game are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12). Children younger than three are admitted free with a paying adult. Southeastern students are also admitted free with their university ID card.The Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office is located in Room 107 of the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics. For more information, contact the ticket office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX. Ticket office hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Fridays.– Return to top – Five Lions turned in multi-hit performances as Southeastern pounded out 14 hits on the way to its fourth-consecutive win. Webb Bobo (3-for-5) picked up a career-high three hits and Carr (3-for-4) had three infield singles. Kennon Menard (2-for-5), Midyett (2-for-4) and Williams (2-for-3) each had a pair of hits. Trent Fontenot (3-1) picked up the win after tossing 6.0 innings and allowed only one run to score and five hits. He struck out three in the process. The Huskies will be back in action on Tuesday, March 24, playing at Prairie View A&M in a 2 p.m. first pitch. Kevin Carr pushed a bunt up the first-base line for a single, driving in Williams with the first run of the game. Midyett and Carr both moved into scoring position when A&M-Corpus Christi second baseman Brett Burner lost the ball, colliding with Carr while covering first. McNeese threatened to score during the last at-bat when Crane smacked a double off of the left center wall. A two-out walk from Lucas Quary gave the Pokes new life as the game was extended again with a wild pitch that advanced the runners into scoring position. Kober picked up his fifth save of the year after delivering the last 1.2 innings and gave up just one run on three hits. The Colonels maintained their slim lead over the next few innings, but the Bearkats provided a scare in the eighth. Sam Houston put two on and forced a pitching change before loading the bases, but Nicholls escaped the inning unscathed, completing a 6-4-3 double play to end the frame. Five of the Islanders eight hits came in the first two innings off Cedotal (3-1). After giving up a pair of runs in the second, the junior from Denham Springs, Louisiana, scattered three hits over his final six innings of work. Alimont worked nine innings and gave up only five hits and one walk while having struck out five batters. Righty Ryan Brinley (1-3) took the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits with a walk through 2/3 innings. Southpaw Hayden Nixen tossed the remaining 8 1/3 innings on the mound, holding Nicholls to just two hits with three strikeouts. Righty Justin Sinibaldi (4-1) tossed five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. In relief, right-hander Ryan Deemes held Sam Houston to just one hit and fanned three batters through two innings of work. LeftStuart Holmes closed out the victory, throwing the final two innings en route to his eighth save of the year. Stevens paced the Colonels offensively with a three-run home run. Correa registered the only other RBI for Nicholls. Wehby was 1-for-2 with a run scored in the win. Cedotal earned the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. In eight innings pitched, he walked one and fanned seven. It was just the second walk he has issued in his last 22 innings. Kade Granier tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Skapura was tagged with the loss. The series finale proved a pitcher’s duel out of the gate, as both starters had no-hitters through three innings. James Cantu and Joe Provenzano each recorded three hits in the game while Connor Crane knocked in two runs. – Return to top –last_img read more

first_imgBy Julian LindenWith 17 grand slam titles under his belt, Roger Federer has made a habit of smashing barriers and passing milestones but even he was moved by his latest achievement.On Sunday, he chalked up another watershed, registering his 1,000 ATP career match win by beating Milos Raonic6-4 6-7(2) 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International.Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl had achieved the feat before and Federer was clearly moved.“It feels very different to any other match I’ve ever won, because I never thought about anything, reaching 500 or 800,” he told a news conference.“All those numbers didn’t mean anything to me, but for some reason 1.000 means a lot because it’s such a huge number. Just counting to 1,000 is going to take a while.”The stars aligned themselves perfectly for Federer to reach the milestone. By sheer coincidence it came in a final in a country where the Swiss maestro has enjoyed some of his greatest triumphs.He received the tournament trophy from Roy Emerson, an Australian great who won 12 grand slam titles, and also a special framed photograph from Rod Laver, the only player to complete the calendar-year grand slam on two occasions.Raonic almost spoiled the party after coming back from losing the opening set and going down a service break in the second but the epic nature of the contest only added to Federer’s accomplishment.“Looking back, it’s almost nicer winning this way through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in a final,” Federer said.“It means so much more than just running away with it with the score maybe winning 6-4 6-4, which was looking very likely at one stage.”Federer said the win had boosted his confidence of adding to his tally of grand slam wins, which has been stuck on 17 since his last major win at Wimbledon 2012.At 33, he has no plans of retiring but conceded that the all-time record for ATP wins – which Connors holds at 1,253 – may be beyond him.“Never even thought about it,” he said. “It’s not been a goal of mine to reach any of those guys.“I know how well they’ve played over the years, how much they’ve played, and how successful they’ve played but it’s not a goal of mine in any way.“Clearly, at this point, I doubt that it’s going to happen, but you never know.”last_img read more

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heavyweight king Brandon Vera clashes with two-division champion Aung La N Sang for the Myanmar hero’s light heavyweight belt in the main event.Honorio Banario is also on tap in the evening as he goes up against Japanese legend Shinya Aoki while Kevin Belingon meets longtime rival Bibiano Fernandes for a fourth time with the Brazilian’s bantamweight belt on the line. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacueescenter_img Maroons rebound No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna FILE – Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Lito Adiwang announced his arrival at ONE Championship’s main roster with a bang.The rising Team Lakay fighter known as “Thunder Kid” struck like lightning in his debut, needing only one round to stop Japanese champion Senzo Ikeda in ONE: Century Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT The 25-year-old Adiwang scored his sixth straight win to improve his MMA record to 11-2.Adiwang got the Filipinos’ campaign going with a resounding victory but Danny Kingad couldn’t follow it up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Kingad dropped a unanimous decision at the hands of the legendary Demetrious Johnson in the Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.Three more Filipinos will make headlines in the second part of ONE’s biggest event yet scheduled later in the day. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’last_img read more

first_imgHowever, they had already been found innocent by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) in October and now the French Anti-doping Agency’s announcement brings the affair to a close.“We are delighted with the decision rendered by the French Anti-doping Agency,” said Racing in a statement.“This whole pseudo-affair has cast scorn on our players and our club, partly ruining the start of our season.“The innocence of Dan, Juan and Joe merits the same degree of attention as the suspicions they had been placed under.”The original dope tests, ordered by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD), found traces of corticosteroids, which can be used against pain, inflammation or allergies.The substance is illegal when taken orally or injected in either the blood or muscle, unless accompanied by a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).Racing had always denied all wrongdoing, saying the substance was administered by an “authorised method” several days before last June’s Top 14 final — in which Racing beat Toulon in Barcelona — and there was no need for a TUE.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Racing 92’s New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Apr 3 – French club Racing 92 on Monday announced that their New Zealand star Dan Carter and two of his teammates have been definitively cleared of wrongdoing in a doping probe.Carter, fellow former All Black Joe Rokococo and Argentinian winger Juan Imhoff were the target of an investigation after testing positive for corticosteroids following last season’s Top 14 final.last_img read more

first_imgAlthough police did not name Remy, it was widely reported in the British media that the 26-year-old was one of the three men that police said they had arrested and QPR said they were aware of the allegations against him.Scotland Yard said on Thursday that the three men had been bailed until September.On Wednesday, the London force said the allegations had been passed on to it by police in the neighbouring county of Kent.“The victim alleges she was raped by three men. On the morning of Wednesday, 15 May three men, aged 26, 23 and 22, were arrested at an address in Fulham on suspicion of rape,” Scotland Yard said.Remy’s arrest is the latest setback in a dismal season for QPR, who were relegated from the Premier League last month.QPR boss Harry Redknapp signed Remy from French club Marseille for £8 million ($12 million) in January in the hope his goals would lift the team out of the relegation zone.But although Remy scored on his QPR debut at West Ham, and has since netted a further five goals, the club’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed after a 0-0 draw at Reading on April 28. They sit bottom of the table with one match remaining.Remy is likely to be sold in the close-season as Redknapp looks to trim his wage bill, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool reported to be interested in signing him.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 16 – QPR’s France striker Loic Remy has been bailed after he was arrested on suspicion of rape, police said Thursday.Remy was held by Scotland Yard’s sex crime squad along with two other men after a 34-year-old woman alleged three men raped her on May 6 in west London.last_img read more

first_imgThe state has called University of Pretoria pathologist Gert Saayman to give his account of the 29-year-old’s post-mortem.Judge Thokozile Masipa was asked by both the prosecution and the defence not to allow live audio broadcast of the testimony because it is expected to be graphic.Pistorius fired four shots at Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, hitting her three times. He denies a charge of murder.The defence is expected to argue that the first shots were fatal, making it impossible for witnesses to have heard her scream as they claim.The prosecution is expected to argue the last shot was the one that killed her.In early proceedings on Monday Pistorius’s defence sought to undermine the state’s assertion that the sprinter told a security guard “everything was fine” after he shot his girlfriend.Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux attempted to show a statement made by security guard Pieter Baba proved the Paralympic sprinter phoned security and said “I’m okay.”Last week, in testimony that cast doubt on the Paralympian’s claims of a “tragic accident,” Baba told the court that after he was informed that gunshots were heard coming from the runner’s house, he phoned Pistorius, who told him “everything is fine.”Roux pointed out that in the first statement Baba made, he said Pistorius told him “I’m okay.”Roux also said that phone records showed the sprinter phoned Baba first.“I prove to you the fact was Pistorius phoned first and you returned that call very shortly,” said Roux.But Baba, wearing an orange plaid shirt, dug in his heels. “My lady, it is obvious that our times are not the same,” he said, insisting that “Mr Pistorius told me that everything is fine.”Following Baba, the state called Saayman to the witness stand.As court adjourned for a break, Pistorius’s sister Aimee sat with her older brother in the dock.Pistorius looked agitated, rubbing his hands on his head, while Aimee hugged him, occasionally talking into his ear.The sprinter’s long-time coach, Ampie Louw, and ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor are present in the courtroom.Last week Taylor testified Pistorius often carried a gun, and fired a shot out of a moving car after a confrontation with police.Though Pistorius walked past Taylor, a button-nosed blonde wearing a white jacket, during the adjournment, the former lovers didn’t acknowledge each other.At the start of the day, judge Masipa issued a new court order banning media from publishing photos of private court witnesses for the duration of the trial, saying “private witnesses are more vulnerable than public figures.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PRETORIA, March 10 – A South African court blocked all live broadcasts Monday of graphic postmortem details of Oscar Pistorius’s slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the star sprinter’s murder trial.“There shall be no live broadcast of the evidence of Professor Saayman,” Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled before the testimony of Gert Saayman, who conducted the postmortem examination on the 29-year-old model and law graduate.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A continuing slight cooling trend is predicted for today, as temperatures for the high desert are expected for the second day to be in the low 90s, while the San Fernando Valley area sees temperatures in the low to high 80s. Forecasters predict it will be 87 in Woodland Hills, 85 in Santa Clarita, 90 in Palmdale, 89 in Lancaster, 87 in San Fernando, 85 in Burbank, 83 in Glendale, and 80 in downtown Los Angeles. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

first_imgCar dealers across Donegal are rubbing their hands after a 25% jump in sales for January compared to the same time last year.A total of 500 new cars were sold in garages throughout the county in January 2011 compared to just 394 for the same month in 2010.Last year a total of 2,400 new cars left garage forecourts thanks mainly to increased offers in scrappage deals. That trend looks like continuing upwards with many similar deals on offer through the main car dealershipsDonegal’s recovery is slightly down on the national average which showed a 29% increase in sales on last year.January saw a total of 21,078 new cars sold across the country.Society of the Irish Motor Industry Director General, Alan Nolan, says that the increase in January car sales is a strong indication that the Government Scrappage Scheme is incentivising people to buy new cars. “January is the busiest month for car sales and sets a precedent for the rest of the year. At 29% up, the performance in January was even better than anticipated, driven by scrappage, strong offers from all brands and the availability of finance in the dealerships.Although we don’t yet have official figures feedback from members confirms that interest in scrappage has been very strong so far this year and we expect that demand will continue to be high until the end of June when the scheme ends.“It really is a great time for consumers to take advantage of these incredible offers while they last,” he said.EndsDONEGAL GARAGES ON RIGHT ROAD AS JANUARY CAR SALES JUMP 25% was last modified: February 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more