The match between two of the sportâ€™s biggest stars – with 28 Grand Slam titles between them, plus personalities and marketability which have helped them transcend tennis – was one of the most eye-catching permutations when the Roland Garros draw was made last week.Spiky exchanges between the pair over the years have fuelled the narrative of a rivalry which, on court, has never been much of one.Williams, a 23-time Slam champion, has won 19 of their 21 previous meetings on tour – both of Sharapovaâ€™s wins coming back in 2004. â€œAny time you play against Serena you know what youâ€™re up against,â€ Sharapova said. â€œYou know the challenge that is upon you. You know, despite the record that I have against her, I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best player.â€œI think there is a lot of things in her game that sheâ€™s done much better than I have. Numbers donâ€™t lie.â€Sharapova is competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, having been refused a wildcard entry in 2017 after serving a doping ban.Williams, who was playing just her seventh match after returning from having a baby, has so far played down her chances of winning a joint-record 24th Grand Slam singles title.But against Gorges she underlined her credentials, dominating from the start with a break in the fourth game and she took the first set with an emphatic smash. She got an early break in the second set too before the German staged a brief fightback to level at 2-2, but another Williams break in the next game put the match out of Gorgesâ€™ reach.â€œItâ€™s really special to be here again,â€ said Williams. â€œThis time last year I was pregnant and I was having a tough time and then I had a tough birth so every match at this stage of my return is a bonus.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Returning three-time champion Serena Williams set up a highly-anticipated French Open last-16 match against long-time rival Maria Sharapova by beating Germanyâ€™s Julia Gorges. Williams, playing her first Grand Slam since giving birth, won 6-3 6-4 against 11th seed Gorges.Earlier yesterday, Russian two-time winner Sharapova beat sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-1. Williams, 36, and Sharapova, 31, will meet in the fourth round tomorrow.Williams eased to victory over 29-year-old Gorges, who reached the worldâ€™s top 10 for the first time this year, in just one hour and 15 minutes.
Toward the end of their respective regular-season efforts, the indoor track and field teams from East Syracuse Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy both traveled to Utica College.Taking part in the sixth Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet of the winter, the boys Spartans finished fourth out of 23 teams with 56 points as the girls were 10th with 20 points.Nick Berg won for the ESM boys in the 1,000-meter run, his time of two minutes, 39.34 seconds beating out CBA’s Joel Gaffney, who finished second in 2:43.41. Spencer Carnival, Scofield Sol, Jordan Sanson and Dan Tovar were third in the 4×400 relay in 3:59.56. Bennett Ferrari took ninth place in the pole vault and Logan Cowell was 10th in the shot put, with Kevin Hasty 11th in the weight throw.ESM’s girls had Rhiannon Butchko prevail in the high jump, one of three girls to clear 4’10”, but doing so with fewer misses than Baldwinsville’s Karen Ekure and New Hartford’s Bianca Durso.Rachael Ladd was second in the 3,000-meter run in 11:11.35 behind Clinton’s Taylor Harvey (11:03.21). Kaleigh Maloof finished ninth in the 55 hurdles.CBA’s Michael McMahon went 10:10.78 at 3,200 meters to finish third. The Brothers’ Isabella Cannizzo was fourth in the girls 1,500-meter run in 5:12.28, four spots ahead of Ladd in eighth place. ESM also was eighth in the 4×200 relay.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Berg also got second place in the 1,600-meter run in 4:35.19, just behind Central Valley Academy’s Nolan Stone (4:34.93), with CBA’s Zach Medicis getting third place in 4:36.44.Rocky El was victorious for the Spartans in the triple jump, going 42 feet 5 ½ inches, well clear of Baldwinsville’s Owen Weaver (40’9 ¼”) in second place.Michael Parks was second in the high jump by clearing 5’8”, got second place (8.16 seconds) to Utica Proctor’s Saleh Eltayeb (7.86) in the 55-meter hurdles, with Rocky El third in 8.31 seconds. Tags: CBAESMindoor track and field
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Gary Gait blew his whistle again and again.With his players standing in three lines facing the goal – two groups of defenders surrounding the attacks – the Syracuse head coach’s high-pitched screeches echoed through the empty Carrier Dome at practice Tuesday.But Michelle Tumolo, who held the ball in her stick, did not budge. The two defenders flanking her, Janelle Stegeland and Jill Cammett, and goaltender Alyssa Costantino didn’t either.Not until a lower-pitched whistle came from assistant coach Regy Thorpe, indicating the start of the free-position attempt, did Tumolo break toward the net as a part of a drill that SU hopes will pay dividends through the second half of the season.‘I think that drill obviously is a great drill for offense,’ said Stegeland, a senior defender. ‘We want to be our highest percentage on those free-position shots. But I think it also is working the defense, obviously getting off the line and working together, as well as the goalies.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLimiting and defending free-position shots have been points of emphasis for Gait this season, particularly in the last few weeks. That extra practice time the No. 3 Orange (6-2, 1-0 Big East) has devoted to it will be put to its biggest test so far against No. 6 Notre Dame (8-1, 2-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Notre Dame, Ind.The drill, one that Gait has utilized throughout the season, teaches the players involved in the play to increase their focus by blocking out surrounding noise.The Orange has held its last three opponents – No. 19 Towson, Connecticut and Harvard – to only a combined 13 free-position attempts. And SU has only allowed three scores off of those opportunities.‘I think that we really worked on not giving the players a second chance,’ Stegeland said. ‘By giving them that ball we gave them a second chance. So we kind of worked on our core fundamentals, our footwork, getting our body first, swinging sticks.‘… And I think it’s helped that we’ve really just worked on staying disciplined, without using our sticks.’But none of the teams SU has played in recent weeks are of the caliber of the nationally contending Fighting Irish. In fact, Thursday starts a stretch in which the Orange will play three games in five days as it hosts Rutgers on Saturday and plays against No. 6 Dartmouth on Monday.The key to keeping these more potent opposing offenses off the eight-meter mark is staying in front of the attacks, Gait said.‘We always talk about ‘slide, but slide not to foul,” Gait said. ‘Don’t bail out the offensive player when you slide to foul. Don’t give them a free shot. It’s certainly been a focus point of ours. They’re getting a little more comfortable, and they’re getting better at it.’Stegeland and Cammett, as well as twin defenders Becca and Linley Block, have led SU’s stout defensive effort this season.Against No. 1 Northwestern on Feb. 29, the Orange defense held the Wildcats to just nine first-half shots, but a pair of goals on free-position attempts kept SU from pulling away.The Orange eventually fell 11-9 in overtime.‘We know we can play them, play with them, and I think we can beat them in the future,’ midfielder Katie Webster said after the Northwestern game.The SU defense proceeded to frustrate two of the most dangerous scorers in the nation: No. 4 Florida attack Kitty Cullen, who went 1-of-10 shooting on March 3, and No. 5 Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzman, who went to 2-of-10, a week later in College Park, Md.But by fouling, and allowing seven goals on 14 free-position attempts, Syracuse allowed both the Gators and Terrapins to stay in contention.‘When we saw that we were playing great defense but still getting fouls, which they were scoring off of at the beginning of the season, we kind of just adjusted as a group together,’ Stegeland said. ‘We realized, ‘OK, we’re fouling too much. We can’t have this be happening.”And in the last three games, it hasn’t.But Notre Dame and Dartmouth are in the same echelon as Florida, Maryland and Northwestern. And Gait is excited to see how his team handles the challenge.‘All of what we’ve done up until now has been important in getting ready for this run,’ Gait said. ‘Not many teams can go through a run like this with two top-10 teams in five days and three games in five days.‘I’m looking forward to it.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on April 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1
Rocky as Wisconsin’s offseason has been since its Rose Bowl loss less than a month ago, this weekend promises a solid pick-me-up for Badger fans.The annual Senior Bowl is slated to kick off Saturday afternoon, and five former Badgers will suit up for the North, most in the Big Ten.In this brief offseason, the surprise return of Montee Ball, several assistant coach departures and intriguing hires have tilted the State of the Program scale back and forth between DEFCON 1 and dreams of Ball giving Madison its third Heisman Trophy winner. Saturday, that proverbial meter should trend toward the latter, as the number of now-departed Badgers still sporting their Motion W helmets provides a gleaming snapshot of where Bret Bielema’s program heads entering one of the most significant seasons in recent UW history.Fullback Bradie Ewing, punter Brad Nortman, quarterback Russell Wilson, long snapper Kyle Wojta and offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler will all undergo their first critical examination before NFL scouts and personnel evaluators Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., in what is annually the first chance to get a look at the NFL prospects of the latest class of graduated collegiate players. Four members of that quintet seem certain to be drafted come late April – to my knowledge, projecting the long-term capabilities of long snappers hasn’t exactly become a science, so we’ll wait and see on Wojta.Among those five, Ewing and Wilson served as team captains this year and were repeatedly held in high regard as the core of veteran leaders that kept the Badgers together during that nightmarish late-October swoon.Nortman – quietly, as often is the case with punters – was one of the nation’s best, consistently giving opponents weak field position from which to start. During the Rose Bowl, Nortman’s value was never greater to the Badgers, as his two punts that afternoon averaged 44.5 yards and both landed inside Oregon’s 20-yard line. In those rare moments where Wisconsin’s offense sputtered, Nortman frequently gave the defense a greater margin for error.Though his partner on the offensive line, junior Peter Konz, figures to generate more hype as the widely regarded No. 1 center in this draft class, Zeitler has drawn his own raves for his versatility and technique.Coming out of high school, though, Zeitler was merely a 3-star recruit. So was Konz, and Ewing wasn’t even rated.The point? Time and time again, Bielema & co. have proven their ability to turn around a roster immensely more productive than the prospects’ high school careers might’ve suggested.In a season defined by last-minute stunners – those two losses at Michigan State and Ohio State, and then the Big Ten Championship Game victory in Indianapolis – that sort of glue, the acknowledgement of playing to your best and ignoring outside expectations, guided the Badgers out of the misery that concluded October.Predicting NFL futures prior to the draft is generally an inexact science, given the most important factor is the situation the prospect eventually finds himself in. Without a bona fide offensive line or coaching staff to put him in optimal position to make plays, Wilson’s lack of height very well could prevent him from following in the path of previous “short” quarterbacks, ? la Drew Brees and Doug Flutie.A fullback-needy team surely will draft Ewing, but should that squad not elect to take advantage of his receiving skills out of the backfield or his high school acumen as a tailback, he could become just the latest member of the faceless fraternity of fullbacks.Offensive linemen – especially early round selections – typically are “safe” picks, though nothing is guaranteed for Zeitler.And Wojta? Again, let’s say long snapping is just that and leave it there.Regardless of what happens throughout their professional careers, these Badgers will serve as the latest testament to the strengths of the Wisconsin football program. Fans, especially as the team continues to garner increasing amounts of national attention, will groan for higher-touted recruiting classes and the glitz that status brings.But if this season, one typified by the big-play ability Wilson brought, proved anything, it’s that the glam can be saved for elsewhere.Wisconsin will be one of the schools front and center Saturday afternoon, and for good reason. Throughout the program, from recruiting high school talent to replenishing the coaching staff after it’s poached, UW is a place built on getting it done. These five players did that in their collegiate careers, and in this early phase of the NFL Draft process, they’re in prime position to thrive.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. Have any thoughts on the class of Badgers entering this year’s NFL Draft? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta.
Ghana’s women’s relay team failed to qualify for the final of the 4x100m at IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar The team finished eighth in heat 2 of Friday’s semi-finals and thus misses out on a medal at the Championships. The quartet of Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Persis William-Mensah and Hor Halutie crossed the line in a time of 43.62 sec – a seasonal best record. They needed to finish in top three of the heat to qualify for Saturday’s final. They also miss out on qualification to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. West African rivals Nigeria finished one place better than Ghana in seventh position with a time of 43.05 seconds. Jamaica were first, followed by Great Britain and China respectively.
Rivers said his players are now buying into the notion that they have to play defense every possession.“And I think that’s made us better,” Rivers said.Chris Paul led the Clippers (16-10) with 21 points. His 3-pointer with 1:44 to play gave the Clippers a 100-85 lead, its largest of the game. J.J. Redick scored 19 points, Blake Griffin had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists; and Josh Smith had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals off the bench.DeAndre Jordan had eight points and nine rebounds for the Clippers before being ejected with 6:49 left in the third quarter when he took two technical fouls from referee Marc Davis for arguing a non-call.Jordan ran downcourt side by side with Davis, beefing all the way. The ejection happened right in front of the Clippers bench, so Rivers was asked what he heard. The L.A. Clippers entered their game Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks having won eight of their past 10 games. They went 4-1 on the just-concluded road trip.Of the eight wins, only two came against teams currently over .500. The two losses came to Indiana and Chicago, two of the top teams in the East. Still, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, when asked about how much the team grew on the road trip, said he likes what’s been happening of late.“Well, I just think we’ve been growing, so I don’t know if it was the road trip, to be honest,” Rivers said before his team won its ninth game in its past 11 with a 103-90 victory over the Bucks before 19,060 at Staples Center. “I think defensively we’re starting to get it. And it just makes us a better offensive team, right?“I don’t think our team connected the dots early on that to be a good offensive team, you have to be a good defensive team because you have to get stops, you have to get stops in a row. The only way you can run is by getting the ball. And if you’re taking the ball out every time or fouling every time, then you can’t have any pace.” “I think he told Marc that he loved him and Marc said he loved him back and, you know, that was it,” Rivers said, drawing laughter in the post-game news conference. “I don’t know, is the answer.”Michael Carter-Williams and O.J. Mayo led the Bucks (10-17) with 17 points apiece, Khris Middleton scored 15, Jabari Parker 14.Bucks leading scorer and rebounder, center Greg Monroe, did not play after spraining his right knee in a Monday-morning shootaround ahead of Milwaukee’s loss that night to the Lakers. Even though the Clippers were not able to rout a team that came in six games under .500, Rivers was cool with what he saw coming off the 10-day road trip.“I like it,” he said. “I thought we played in spurts at times, but overall, I liked our energy.”Paul also liked the play of his team, which will head right back out on the road for games Friday at San Antonio and Saturday at Houston.“When we had walk-through before the game, we were talking about how funny it felt being back home after going away for so long,” he said. “Sometimes teams have letdowns, but I think we were focused, came in, knew that we were leaving back out tomorrow and we wanted to take care of home.”The Clippers led 66-52 when Jordan was tossed. Smith replaced him. The Bucks cut their deficit to just 70-64, but the Clippers finished the quarter on an 8-2 run to lead 78-66. The final six of those points were on Smith 3-pointers. Smith then hit a 13-footer to begin the fourth for a 14-point cushion at 80-66.“It was big,” Smith said of his offensive onslaught, “because they were trying to make a run later on in that third quarter and we were able to extend the lead and be able to come together with a run of our own.” Also in this game, Clippers reserve Paul Pierce scored six points to surpass the 26,000-point mark for his career. He has 26,004.The Clippers entered play Wednesday allowing 100.9 points, but they had only allowed an average of 96.7 over the previous 10 games. The improvement coincided with Rivers inserting Luc Mbah a Moute into the starting lineup at small forward. He had started the past nine games, 10 consecutive including Wednesday’s.Rivers has made no bones about how much he loves Mbah a Moute’s defense.“He is just a great defensive player,” he said. “He’s a great role player, does a lot of little things and so you do like him with that group. But you like Luc on the floor in general.”Mbah a Moute is slowly but surely feeling comfortable in his role, which is to play defense first before anything else while starting alongside Paul, Griffin, Redick and Jordan.“I’m still working my way,” Mbah a Moute said before the game. “I think it’s been like 9, 10 games since I’ve been starting so I think those guys have played for a few years now together, so for me to catch up is not going to happen that quick.“But I think it’s going well. I’m trying to find ways and trying to make it quick to where I can learn how to play with them defensively and offensively.”Mbah a Moute was averaging only 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds before Wednesday, so he doesn’t do well in the analytics department. It hasn’t mattered.“I’m not sure I really care for them (analytics),” he said. “I just go out there and try to play hard, man, and just do whatever I can to my power, to my ability to help the team. That’s my purpose every time I step out there. Obviously, defense is my calling card and I like to pride myself in playing good defense.”Mbah a Moute had seven points and six rebounds in this one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has been on the receiving end of many Jansen cutters and a small but growing number of four-seamers from Baez. He sees the difference. Baez’s fastball, Ellis said, “has a little more traditional movement than Kenley’s” cutter.Recently, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked to compare Jansen and Baez. Baez, he said, looks like “a bull, and Kenley’s taller.”Yet the better Baez pitches, the more the similarities outweigh the differences. Jansen allowed two runs in 25 appearances as a rookie, while Baez has allowed three runs in his first 13. Friday was the first time Mattingly used The Bull to preserve a lead of fewer than five runs. It probably won’t be the last.“He’s given us a power arm out there,” Mattingly said, “a guy who can make a mistake and still miss a bat.”Baez might be more of a necessity than a luxury. The Dodgers could use some stability in the middle innings of their bullpen. J.P. Howell, the lone left-hander, has been among the most consistent set-up men in the league. But Brandon League has an ERA above 8 dating to Aug. 1 and Jamey Wright has pitched so poorly against right-handers that he’s essentially been slotted in as a left-handed specialist. Brian Wilson and Chris Perez, the other workhorses, have struggled greatly with their command.Baez said through an interpreter that he’s just happy to be getting the chance to pitch. Dan Haren (12-10), who pitched six innings for the victory, certainly appreciates it.“The way Baez is throwing is really impressive,” Haren said. “He throws hard, but a lot of guys throw hard. Donnie’s asked for a bigger role from him. It seems like he’s stepped up. I’m happy for him.”Haren allowed one run on four hits. He walked one batter and struck out six, improving to 4-1 with a 2.15 earned-run average in his last six outings. Howell and Wilson each retired one batter in the eighth inning before turning the ball over to Jansen. He joined Eric Gagne, Jeff Shaw and Todd Worrell as the only Dodgers pitchers to save 40 games in a season.The Dodgers loaded the bases against Arizona left-hander Vidal Nuno (0-5) in the first inning but couldn’t score. They came back with single runs in the second and third innings.Ellis walked with one out in the second inning, went to second base on a single by Haren and scored on a two-out single by Hanley Ramirez. Matt Kemp led off the second inning with his 18th home run of the season, a solo blast to right-center field.“September is the most fun time in baseball,” Kemp said. “Not just for us but for fans. You can feel the adrenaline out there.”It’s fun if you’re winning. The Dodgers’ win kept them two games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. But can the Dodgers keep winning with a bullpen by committee in the middle innings?“Those guys are strong,” Jansen said. “They’re mentally strong. It’s been like that the whole year. It’s going to keep up.” When the Dodgers’ bullpen gate swung open Friday night, a bull emerged.Rookie right-hander Pedro Baez proceeded to throw 12 pitches, all fastballs, and retired all four batters he faced. Kenley Jansen took over in the ninth inning and threw seven pitches, all cut fastballs, and exited the game with his 40th save. The Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium.“I should have kept the ball,” Jansen said after becoming the fourth Dodgers pitcher to reach the 40-save milestone.Maybe that’s one more lesson Jansen can pass on to Baez. The two pitchers are both 26 years old, but Jansen is 162 days older and has been here longer. As Baez takes on an increasingly important role with the Dodgers in the thick of a pennant race, the lessons are coming faster. The message is simple.“I keep reminding him (to do) what got him here in the big leagues,” Jansen said.The two pitchers got here in remarkably similar fashion.Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching in the major leagues, occasionally touching 99 mph on the radar gun. Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching in the majors, occasionally touching 99 mph on the radar gun. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “There was a little something a few days ago that didn’t sit well with him as he was going through his progression in rehab,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So he decided and we decided that it made sense for him to have surgery.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “When we signed him this winter we were all excited about it. It’s disappointing to our ballclub because I do think he could have added an element to our ‘pen. … He worked his tail off and wanted to be back and was around as much as he could be with the guys. For it to play out where he couldn’t be active, I know he’s disappointed.”Koehler will finish this season just short of the service time required to become a free agent. The Dodgers can offer him salary arbitration or non-tender him, allowing him to become a free agent.REHAB ROUNDUPOutfielder Yasiel Puig began a brief minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday night, starting in right field. Puig has been out since July 8 with a strained oblique muscle in his right side. He is scheduled to spend three days with OKC then join the Dodgers in Atlanta and be activated from the DL on Saturday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PHILADELPHIA – If the Dodgers’ bullpen is going to get a boost down the stretch, it won’t come from Tom Koehler.The veteran right-hander underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. He will miss the rest of the 2018 season.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Koehler, 32, was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract by the Dodgers last winter as a “conversion candidate” after spending most of his career as a starter. The hope was that he would emerge as a viable option pitching out of the bullpen, enough to offset the losses of veterans Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson from the 2017 bullpen.That never happened. Koehler came out of his second Cactus League appearance with shoulder pain and was diagnosed with a sprain of the anterior capsule. He spent the summer in Arizona trying to rehab the injury but was making sporadic progress recently. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Right-hander Pedro Baez made his third rehab appearance Monday night, pitching 1 1/3 innings for Double-A Tulsa. Baez gave up a run on a home run to Cardinals minor-league catcher Andrew Knizner. He made two one-inning scoreless appearances for OKC as well.Roberts said Baez will join the Dodgers in Atlanta and come off the DL on Thursday.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is ready to start a rehab assignment “pretty soon – I think within the week,” Roberts said. Ryu has been out since suffering a severe groin muscle injury on May 2 and will need an extended rehab assignment before he is ready to rejoin the Dodgers.“Almost like a spring training thing for him,” Roberts said, estimating Ryu will need to make at least four starts in the minors before he would be considered ready to rejoin the Dodgers.BUEHLER’S DAYAs expected, rookie right-hander Walker Buehler joined the Dodgers in Philadelphia on Tuesday and is scheduled to start Wednesday’s day game.Buehler spent 10 days on the roster of Triple-A Oklahoma City but never actually pitched for them. He threw five innings and approximately 75 pitches to hitters in a simulated-game setting Friday when the OKC Dodgers were in Nashville.Buehler will be the sixth different starter in the Dodgers’ first six days after the All-Star break – but Roberts was still not committing to a six-man rotation.“The plan is for Walker to stick around for a little bit,” Roberts said.UP NEXTDodgers RHP Walker Buehler (4-2, 3.45 ERA) at Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (7-6, 3.47 ERA), Wednesday, 9:35 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available); MLB Network (out of market only) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Landry continued her dominance in the circle for the Colonels with three wins on the week with a 1.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts. In the series sweep against Stephen F. Austin, Landry tossed a complete game in the opener while fanning nine toward a 2-1 victory. She then picked up another win in relief in game two of the doubleheader. In 3.1 innings of work on Saturday, Landry allowed just four hits and one run. Miller and Landry helped the Colonels (19-7, 6-0 SLC) extend their win streak to 10 games on a 5-0 week for the team. Nicholls is the only team who remains undefeated in conference action. The Colonels will put their unbeaten record to the test when they travel to Hammond this weekend for a three-game series with Southeastern Louisiana (15-11, 4-2 SLC). First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. CT. The doubleheader Saturday will begin at noon. This is Nicholls’ first hitting award of the season while Landry earns her second weekly honor after being named the Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 20. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Kelsey Miller and Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Miller hit safely in all five games for the Colonels this past week, batting .615 with five runs scored and three RBIs. The freshman outfielder recorded three hits across the doubleheader sweep over Mississippi Valley State. She also picked up a stolen base in the nightcap. In this weekend’s series with Stephen F. Austin, Miller had five hits on seven official at-bats. She started off the series by beating a throw home on a double for a walk-off win against the Lady Jacks. The product of Denham Springs, La., then tallied consecutive multi-hit games. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Softball Hitter of the Week – Kelsey Miller, Nicholls – OF – Fr. – Denham Springs, La. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Jr. – Pierre Part, La. Honorable Mention: Hope Sobolewski, UIW; Kelly Meeuwsen, Lamar; Julie Rawls, Northwestern State; Kinsey Nichols, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Rachel Hayes, Southeastern Louisiana; Laura Napoli, Lamar; Sarah Leal, UIW.
…”We’re only receiving promises” – GPSUIt has been years since nurses and other staff attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) have been suffering in relation to their gratuity, and according to Guyana Public Service Union’s Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Representative, Maurice Butters, promises are still only being made on the part of the relevant authorities. These, he noted, includes representatives from the Public Health Ministry. Butters has, for years, contended that when the female employees proceed on three months’ maternity leave, they often times lose all of their gratuity. The GPSU Representative told Guyana Times during an interview on Tuesday that he was even more concerned about the fate of the employees, since the Government may be seeking to increase maternity leave from three to six months.“What will happen to those employees? When they proceed on their three months’ leave, they sometimes lose all of their gratuity. It’s like they are paying to be pregnant. Everybody deserves a family,” he stated.Butters said he has raised the issue at various forums and has written numerous letters to the former Health Ministry as well as the current Public Health Ministry, but the issue has still not been resolved. He noted that only a few months ago, the issue was raised with Junior Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings and more recently, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence. He added that he has also written to Permanent Secretary within the Public Health Ministry, Trevor Thomas seeking an audience in relation to the issue, but he has so far not received any acknowledgement. While the GPSU Representative explained that the next option may be to consult with President David Granger on the issue, he scoffed at that option, noting that the issue was a simple one, which should easily be resolved at the ministerial level.“The employees are continuously asking when the issue would be resolved. From since 2010 to now, this has been happening. All admit that what is happening is wrong, but none is making any step to make it right. Why is it so difficult for this matter to be resolved?” Butters asked.Additionally, he stated that there had been misinterpretation in the computing of gratuity payments since they were supposed to be calculated on a three-month basis, but payments were only received every six months.“If that employee proceeds on maternity leave and that leave commences within the last months of the six-month period that they are paid for, then they lose an entire year of gratuity. Although the contract clearly states that they should be assessed within a three-month period,” he had indicated.