Utah Valley received a total of 26 points in the coaches poll while defending conference champion Grand Canyon was picked to win the title. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Wednesday, the WAC released its 2019 preseason coaches poll with the Wolverines slated to finish ninth overall. The Wolverines commence their season Friday February 15 at Fresno State. Tags: Brock Whittlesey/Fresno State/Grand Canyon Antelopes/New Mexico State Aggies/Quin Cotton/Utah Valley Wolverines/WAC Baseball The preseason player of the year is Grand Canyon junior outfielder Quin Cotton and the preseason pitcher of the year is New Mexico State senior right-handed pitcher Brock Whittlesey. Brad James The Antelopes received 75 points in the polls while 2018 WAC tournament champion New Mexico State was slated to finish second. Written by February 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local WAC Baseball Preseason Baseball Poll Announced; UVU Picked 9th By Coaches
By AFP November 27, 2019 On November 25, Colombia’s immigration authorities reported the deportation of 59 Venezuelans for allegedly planning to disrupt “national security” during protests against the Iván Duque government, which started November 21.The foreigners accused of “threatening public order and national security,” will be turned over to Venezuelan authorities in San Fernando de Atabapo (in the southwest).“We have respected their participation in protests. We have helped those who, like the Venezuelan people, were in need. But we will not tolerate a group of misfits coming to undermine the security of our cities,” said Christian Krüger, head of Migration Colombia, in a press release.According to Krüger, the foreigners’ actions create “xenophobic outbursts” that “give a bad name to the Venezuelans who are working for a better country.”The head of police had reported that 29 Venezuelans were arrested during the curfews in Bogotá and Cali for disobeying the order.Additionally, before the protest on November 21, President Iván Duque had announced the expulsion of 24 foreigners from the same country for allegedly planning to infiltrate the protest.With the opposition’s support, trade union workers, students, indigenous people, and artists exerted pressure in the streets over Duque’s conservative government, which appears weaker 18 months after he took office.Due to the widespread turmoil in the streets, the head of government led an initial “social dialogue” on November 24, although protesters did not participate, and another protest was organized.The Duque government has joined the United States in the diplomatic efforts to force Nicolás Maduro to relinquish power.
The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association (SEIMA) announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees live from the stage at the inaugural Whiskey City Summer Fest event at Lawrenceburg Civic Park. “The concert and new Civic Park stage was the perfect setting for this year’s announcements,” said Brian DeBruler (SEIMA Board Member/Sol Records) who was an organizer of the event with the City of Lawrenceburg, and Lawrenceburg Main Street.SEIMA was largely showcased at the event with emcee/host Jim Helms, (Hall of Fame Member) official concert t-shirts and a guitar giveaway signed by all the performing artists. Performances from Robin Lacy and Dezydeco, The Renegades, and Pure Grain highlighted regional music alongside the headliner Delbert McClinton. Local musician Rick Giltner was the winner of the Alvarez acoustic/electric Whiskey City Summer Fest guitar.The 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees were announced by Jim Helms and Brian Noble (SEIMA Board/Hall of Fame Member) between performances. “It was a great opportunity to increase community awareness and support of our organization,” said Noble. The inductees for 2019 are: Educators: William Switzer – (posthumous induction) , Gary Holdsworth, Patsy Holdsworth (posthumous induction) and Musicians: Eddie Heinzelman , Doug Heller, Russell Griffith, Brian DeBruler, Michelle DeBruler, David Lacey, Goose Ingles (posthumous induction), and Nick Ullrich.The official Induction and annual awards ceremony will be taking place on Saturday November 2nd 2019 at the Gibson Theater in Batesville. The awards show will feature live performances and a night of story-telling by inductees. This year’s event will feature Nashville artist and hit songwriter Radney Foster. Foster’s career includes thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Charts and 2 Top Ten hits with “Just Call Me Lonesome” 1992, and “Nobody Wins” 1993. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Jack Ingram. Foster’s longtime sideman and guitarist Eddie Heinzelman (2019 Franklin County inductee) will be performing with him.In addition to its annual Hall of Fame inductions promoting the area’s rich musical heritage, SEIMA has launched a new scholarship fund for high school seniors looking to further a career in music that will be first awarded in 2020. Proceeds from the event go to the scholarship fund, and continued efforts to promote local music awareness, local music appreciation and music education efforts for the future of local music. For more information on the Southeastern Indiana Musician’s Association, please visit their website at www.seimusic.org.
BOSTON — Warriors coach Steve Kerr looked across the floor at the Celtics at TD Garden and saw something familiar. There were two points guard, a 6-3 star (Kyrie Irving) and his 6-1 backup (Terry Rozier). There were two big men, Al Horford and Aron Baynes, both 6-10. Then he saw six guys ranging from 6-4 to 6-9, all multi-positional offensively and defensively.What Kerr saw was a team that reflected his own, winners of three of the last four championships. Less frontline talent, for sure, but maybe more depth and every bit as much ability to create mismatches. MORE: Kerr hits major milestone with win over Celtics”They built their team in a way that matches up with us pretty well in terms of like-sized wings,” Kerr said. “You’ve got all these guys like (Jayson) Tatum and (Jaylen) Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart who can guard multiple positions, which is how we’re built. When you have that kind of defensive versatility, it’s a lot easier to gain your footing in a game.”They’ve always battled us hard. We’ve had good matchups.”The Celtics again battled the Warriors hard in a national game on Saturday night, a game with 21 lead changes, 14 ties — including in the final 46 seconds — and no lead that reached double digits. Golden State came out the victor, 115-111, led by 33 points from star forward Kevin Durant.But maybe the real winner was the rest of us. This was a playoff-level game of adjustments and countermoves, of forcing matchup problems and poking at each team’s small weaknesses. It was the teams’ best players facing defensive challenges and finding ways to respond.All this was done in the kind of high-decibel environment usually reserved for important playoff games.”It was amazing,” said center DeMarcus Cousins, playing in his fourth game of the season. “I have missed this feeling for a long time. The atmosphere was incredible. The fans were into it from start to finish. I enjoyed it, man, it was a lot of fun.”For NBA fans who have been starved for a decent matchup in the NBA Finals after the Warriors took just nine games to win the last two championships, this was promising.MORE: Tracy McGrady explains why he wants Durant to leaveIrving, a thorn in the Warriors’ side going back to his days in Cleveland, had 32 points on 27 shots, but was heaped with Golden State defenders late in the game to prevent home-court heroics. Horford, lauded by Kerr as “the perfect modern-day center,” was 10-for-15 from the field for 22 points and 13 rebounds, dragging Cousins into foul trouble as he did.From the Celtics’ perspective, the moral victory rang hollow.”I think we came in,” Stevens said, “and we expected to win. So we need to get better so that we can have a better chance of winning that game.”You get the sense from this Warriors team, which may be heading into its final hurrah as Durant and guard Klay Thompson (as well as Cousins) enter free agency this summer, that they’d like a new Finals challenge themselves.They’ve played Cleveland four times for the Larry O’Brien trophy, and though they blew a 3-1 lead to lose the 2016 title, the four series have been lopsided — Golden State won 15 of the 22 games between the teams.The Celtics, despite a mostly disappointing first three months of the season, are still a fascinating matchup for Golden State. That’s because Boston has embraced the style of play on both ends that the Warriors established as the gold standard in the NBA. Other teams have, too, but the Celtics simply have players who are better at it.”I think a lot of teams are playing small, using a lot of length, shooting a lot of 3s,” Durant said. “We play similar kind of rosters, but as far as skill level, I don’t think we have faced anybody as skilled as this team.”TRADE DEADLINE: Latest news, rumors, top targetsIn fact, the Warriors could get a good challenge from two other East teams — Milwaukee, which leads the conference, and Toronto (second). Boston is one of four teams in the NBA that ranks in the top 10 in both offensive efficiency (they’re 10th) and defensive efficiency (fifth). Denver does, too, but the other two are the Bucks (fourth offensively, first defensively) and the Raptors (sixth and ninth).Golden State has lost twice to the Raptors (once without Stephen Curry) and split its season series with Milwaukee. The Warriors did not have Cousins, returning from a torn Achilles tendon, in any of those games.”On the road against the Eastern teams — Boston, Toronto we had a great game up there, the atmosphere was unbelievable,” Kerr said. “Competitive game. Milwaukee, same thing. All the teams that you know have a chance to be there at the end, the game takes on a little more significance for us, given where we are.”The fact that we hope to be (in the Finals), we could be there, and you always want to show your best in a game like that.” Of course, it’s January, and after Saturday’s win, the Warriors headed out into Boston’s frozen and traffic-clogged streets on their way to their hotel on Boston Common. If they make their way through the West and come back to this city, the park will be lush and leafy, and summer will be nigh.That still feels an eon away, and Thompson was not taking anything for granted. Asked if he saw this as a potential Finals matchup, he said, “I don’t know, man, I am just trying to embrace tonight. Because if you start thinking about June, you overlook the process, which is the most fun thing about it.”Sure, but the Finals are supposed to be fun, too. And after back-to-back duds, it’s fun to imagine a series that could not only have some intrigue, but be competitive as well.
DETROIT (AP) — Correctly predicting the outcome of every game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is no layup. There’s now a $1 billion prize waiting for anyone able to pull off the feat this spring.Quicken Loans Inc. announced Tuesday that it will team with investor Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway on the “Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.”The Detroit-based mortgage lender says any qualified entrant who correctly predicts the winners of every game in the tournament will be paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million. A winner also can elect to receive an immediate $500 million lump-sum payment or share in that payment if there’s more than one perfect bracket submitted.Submissions are limited to one per household.