Weber State Men’s Basketball Hosts Montana State Thursday

first_imgJanuary 22, 2020 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Hosts Montana State Thursday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, Weber State men’s basketball (6-12, 2-5 in Big Sky Conference play) hosts Montana State (9-9, 3-4 in Big Sky play) as the conference season ensues for the Wildcats and Bobcats at the Dee Events Center.In his 14th season at the helm of Weber State’s program, Randy Rahe (272-165, .622) remains the winning-est coach in program history notwithstanding this difficult season.The Wildcats score 71.6 points per game, ranking Weber State 176th nationally in scoring offense.Preseason Big Sky Conference player of the year, senior guard Jerrick Harding (20.7 points per game) is the Wildcats’ leading scorer.Fellow senior guard Cody John (14.1 points per game) is the only other Weber State student-athlete to score in double figures on-average.Junior forward, Czech national Michal Kozak leads the Wildcats in rebounding (5.5 boards per game) and blocked shots (25).Freshman guard KJ Cunningham leads Weber State with 37 assists and fellow freshman back-court mate Judah Jordan paces the Wildcats with 22 steals.Weber State surrenders 69.3 points per game as the Wildcats rank 192nd nationally in scoring defense.The Bobcats are coached by first-year head coach Danny Sprinkle (9-9, .500) who played at Montana State from 1995-1999.The Bobcats score 67.4 points per game as Montana State ranks 277th nationally in scoring offense.Norwegian national, senior guard Harald Frey, leads the Bobcats in scoring (17.4 points per game), assists (90) and steals (31).Englishmen, sophomore forward Jubrile Belo (11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds per game, a team-best 15 blocked shots) and junior guard Amin Adamu (11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds per game) also score in double figures on-average for the Bobcats.Junior forward Devin Kirby (6 rebounds per game) leads Montana State on the glass.The Bobcats surrender 66.3 points per game, ranking Montana State 108th nationally in scoring defense.The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Bobcats 85-36, including a 52-7 mark at Ogden. Weber State has won 11 consecutive games against Montana State. Tags: Montana State Men’s Basketball/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s screens film on freedom of education

first_imgSaint Mary’s screened the documentary “To Light a Candle” on Wednesday to help launch the “Education Is Not a Crime” campaign. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), the Center for Spirituality, the Religious Studies Department and Campus Ministry sponsored the screening. The Iranian government makes it difficult for members of the Baha’i community to receive an education, although they opened some of Iran’s first modern schools, according to the campaign’s website. The Baha’i community, which is Iran’s largest religious minority, has been persecuted for decades. In the face of persecution, the Bahai’i community established the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) in 1987. The BIHE follows a tradition of Baha’i educational initiatives that date back to the 1800s and works as an informal university to give young Baha’is a chance to learn, the campaign website states.Associate director for CWIL, Mana Derakhshani, who is a practitioner of the Baha’i faith, said screenings of this film are happening around the world, and Feb. 27 has been dedicated as Education is Not a Crime Day as part of the campaign. “Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the Baha’i community … has been the target of systematic, state-sponsored repression,”Derakhshani said. “As recently as last week, security officers raided and searched the homes of Baha’is in [Iran] and arrested seventeen Baha’is. And just yesterday, actually, a man in the south of Iran was kidnapped and beaten up,” she said. “The film and campaign are aimed at exposing social injustice and religious intolerance through personal stories and rare footage often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk.”“To Light a Candle,” a film by Maziar Bahari, chronicles the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran and the creation of the BIHE. Bahari, a Muslim Iranian-Canadian journalist and human rights activist, was incarcerated by the Iranian government for five months in 2009. The film uses interviews, secret footage and letters written by Baha’i prisoners currently detained in Iran to document the non-violent resistance of the Baha’i. The film sparked the “Education is Not a Crime” campaign, aiming for universal access to higher education.Sr. Amy Cavender, associate professor of political science, spoke following the film. Cavendar read from the BIHE mission statement, which says students and graduates will “be trained to seek knowledge, to search for truth, beauty and justice, to pursue excellence in a spirit of loving fellowship, to become independent learners.”“Those words resonated with me … as someone who is a member of the Holy Cross community,” Cavendar said. “The sentiments aren’t identical, but it did call to mind Fr. [Basil] Moreau’s Circular Letter 36.”Cavendar read from that letter: “We do not want our students to be ignorant of anything they should know. To this end, we shall shrink from no sacrifice. But we shall never forget that virtue. … We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” Cavender said the founding of both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame can be attributed to the emphasis placed on the importance of education. “Just about every place in the world we end up, we end up in education,” she said. “Sometimes that’s more traditional schools — grade schools, high schools, colleges — sometimes it’s evening programs for adults whose schooling was interrupted and wanted to come back and get schooling.”Cavender said the Holy Cross community and BIHE both hold that education is vitally important. “Every time I saw one of the students or the teachers [in the film] speak, I saw eyes light up with joy in following knowledge and seeking it and in sharing that knowledge with others and trying to build others up, improve society, make life better for everyone, whether or not they shared that faith,” she said.“So education is really important for the individual to help him or her develop into all that is possible for them to be and also to equip people to make contribution to the society’s in which they live,” Cavender said.Tags: Baha’i, Center for Spirituality, center for women’s intercultural leadership, CWIL, Education is Not a Crime, saint mary’s, screening, SMClast_img read more

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TV spot puts all eyes on the Trojans

first_imgWith thousands of USC fans making the dedicated pilgrimage to San Francisco today to watch the Trojans take on the California Golden Bears, everyone’s hoping the team doesn’t put up a stinker.In fact, this one’s a must-win for USC to salvage some pride, exert dominance and satisfy hordes of fans who accompany the team upstate.Why is this one so important?Well, it’s USC’s first rivalry game as a member of the Pac-12. It’s the Weekender. And USC hasn’t lost to Cal since 2003, when it took the Bears three overtimes to down the Trojans 34-31.It’s also one of the two teams of merit that USC has handled in the Matt Barkley era — along with UCLA.Many were upset the game is on a Thursday, when it’s inconvenient for a lot of students and alumni to make the trek. But the game will get a lot more attention this way.It won’t be buried on a Saturday afternoon between Verne Lundquist slobbering over some SEC team and a blowout Big XII game. It’ll be primetime tonight on ESPN; the only other notable game scheduled is a showdown between San Diego State and Air Force.On national television, it’ll be a great opportunity for USC to put on a jaw-dropping spectacle.Cal is not a very good football team. It won its first three games against sub-.500 teams this season before dropping its first two conference games (the game against Colorado didn’t count against the conference record) to Washington and Oregon, which it tried to defend with the same strategy that nearly took down the Ducks last year.The Golden Bears played man coverage with a quarterback spy on every play for the second straight year. The issue with that this year is simple: Darron Thomas doesn’t run the ball anymore.So the Bears wasted a man in run and pass coverage focused on a quarterback who barely left the pocket.This is why USC has to win. It’s playing a not-so-good team on a big stage with the toughest tests of the season yet to come.Losing on the road at Cal would drain all momentum from this young team and spell certain doom against the likes of Stanford and Oregon — if it’s not certain already.The loss would also deal a serious blow to USC’s street cred in the Northern California-Southern California showdown. Pat Haden and others went to great lengths to make sure USC’s rivalry games were preserved in the reorganization of the conference. But the Trojans have lost their last two games to Stanford. If they drop the Weekender to Cal this year, there will be an awful lot of egg on some important peoples’ faces.Just as boxers hate to lose fights they lobbied for, you never want to lose a game you fought hard to make happen.Sure, USC will eventually lose to Stanford or Cal. But to lose in the first year of the Pac-12 Weekender in enemy territory? That would be bad.But just how easy will it be for USC?That remains to be seen. Cal’s weak point on defense seems to be its run containment after it surrendered 365 rush yards to Oregon (although Oregon torches basically everyone on the ground).USC’s run game has been mediocre. Figure Cal will expect Barkley to throw 40 to 50 passes and do its best to neutralize sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, a charge easier planned than executed.Nevertheless, someone will need to have an effect on the ground or Cal will capitalize on the one-dimensional offense. Whether it’s senior tailback Marc Tyler, junior Curtis McNeal or redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan, someone’s going to have to step up and turn carries into yards.And don’t think USC will hold Cal to 15 points this game. Quarterback Zach Maynard is no Nick Foles, but USC’s inability to cover underneath routes and its tendency to miss key tackles will give Cal a chance on offense it doesn’t really deserve.And no coach has seen USC more than California coach Jeff Tedford, who has run the Golden Bears’ football program since 2002 — that makes him the longest-tenured coach in the conference.USC should hope the special teams remain as solid as they have been up to this point to give some leeway for the offense and defense to screw up once or twice.There’s a reason USC is only favored by three points in this game, and it’s not because USC can’t execute. It’s because USC is terribly inconsistent and largely unable to put together strong offensive and defensive showings within the same game.The last time USC went into AT&T Park was to play its 2009 Emerald Bowl game against Boston College; it came away with an easy victory.USC needs to win against Cal — or else it’s going to be a long ride home and a long rest of the season. “Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at [email protected]last_img read more

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Could the FAI be about to cut ties with Gambling operators?

first_img Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Reports are suggesting that The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is going to follow the lead of the English Football Association, in cutting ties with gambling companies. The FAI’s current deal with Ladbrokes culminates this year, however a report in the Times is suggesting that Irish football’s governing body may cut the deal short in the same way the English FA severed ties with the UK operator last June. The report comes after the stalling of an Irish Gambling Act, meaning that there are currently no regulations on gambling promotions in the country. Debate over the evolution of the laws have been in debate since 2013, yet very little progress has been made with new laws. Irish President Michael D. Higgins heightened calls for increased regulations on the industry during a phone in with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Sport, in which he affirmed his stance of wanting a blanket ban on gambling promotions. The Irish President told the station: “There is no one being heavy about it. What you can do is through education obviously, through the school systems. But you can’t do everything through education. For too long in Ireland we often ignore problems that are staring us in the face.”However, Sharon Byrne, chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association, emphasised to the Irish Examiner the Irish gambling sector is looking to ensure social responsibility measures are met.She said: “I believe that gambling for the vast majority of people is an enjoyable, leisure activity but for a small percentage it can become a problem and as a responsible industry it is up to us to ensure that we have adequate services available and that people are aware of those services if gambling is becoming an issue.” Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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