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NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season

first_imgWith leading scorer Tobias Harris held to 10 points — he averages 21.4 — the Clippers were led by a pair of reserves.Boban Marjanovic had 18 points and Tyrone Wallace added 15. Their fourth loss in six games dropped them into a tie for second with the Lakers at 17-10 in the Pacific Division.“We just gave in to their offensive pressure,” Rivers said.The Raptors extended their lead in the third quarter, using an early 10-0 run followed by five consecutive 3-pointers to go into the fourth ahead 103-74. Lowry hit three of the 3s and Delon Wright had two.“When he let go he knew it was going in,” Nurse said of Lowry.Ibaka had back-to-back monster dunks before the 3-point onslaught began, drawing cheers on Canada Night at Staples Center.Both teams played their reserves in the fourth, but the Clippers were too far behind to make a serious dent.TIP-INSRaptors: Nurse plans to coach at Golden State on Wednesday before returning to Carroll, Iowa, where his 94-year-old mother died Monday. “He said before the game she would have kicked his butt if he wasn’t here,” Lowry said. “That just shows the toughness in his family.” … They improved to 6-0 vs. the West. … After their current four-game trip, the Raptors won’t travel beyond the Central time zone for the rest of the season. … Wright got stitches above his right eye. … G Norman Powell missed his 18th straight game with a left shoulder injury.Clippers: G Lou Williams sat out with a sore left hamstring that he sustained on Monday at Phoenix. … With the team trailing by 29, longtime fan Billy Crystal had seen enough and departed before the fourth quarter began. … They lost at home for just the third time in 12 games. … They’ve lost four of six overall. … They were beaten at home by the Raptors for the first time since Nov. 22, 2015. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka (9) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Lowry was in a funk right along with his Toronto Raptors. He had a combined 15 points in his last five games while the team had lost three of four.Adding to their woes, leading scorer Kawhi Leonard was out with a bruised right hip against the surprising Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was just time for me to step up and play,” Lowry said.Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, Lowry added 21 points while making four of the Raptors’ 14 3-pointers, and Toronto cruised past Los Angeles 123-99 on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We didn’t slow it down,” Lowry said.Toronto shot 52 percent from the floor, had 34 assists and outscored the Clippers 28-4 in fast-break points. Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “This was a game everybody thought would be very difficult for us to win,” coach Nick Nurse said, “but we kind of lined up all these things and were very focused.”Fred VanVleet kept the ball moving in place of Leonard with a career-high 14 assists.“Whether Kawhi played or not, I think he was going to have a healthy game,” VanVleet said of Lowry. “When he’s playing like that, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the NBA’s best team (22-7).“From the start you could see the Raptors pushing the pace at us the entire game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “and we really never caught up to it.”ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTRaptors: At Golden State on Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back. They are 5-0 on the second night this season.Clippers: At San Antonio on Thursday. They beat the Spurs by five points last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

Pomeroon farmers fume over lack of technical support

first_imgSome of the crops that are being plagued with pests and diseasesSome of the crops that are being plagued with pests and diseasesFarmers in the Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have raised concerns over the lack of technical support and advise from Agricultural Extension Officers dispatched to the region.According to the farmers, this issue has been ongoing for the past four years, and as such, they are requesting answers from the relevant authorities as to why these trained officers are not of any assistance to them.Reports reaching Guyana Times indicate the farmers who plant banana suckers, plantain and citrus crops are losing income as a result of diseases and pests which are significantly impacting their production. They said the losses are due to the lack of much-needed advice on pest and disease control techniques; this cycle goes on with farmers incurring high figures of cultivation cost and low figures of profit.The concerned farmers related to this publication that all attention is now being given to the coconut farmers in the lower Pomeroon, while the other crop farmers in the Upper Pomeroon are completely being ignored. These affected farmers are suggesting that the authorities send officers back into the fields to do research so that they can come up with solutions to the problems affecting the farmers. This, they say, will help them get sufficient income so they too can survive.According to a farmer, more scientific reliable and cost-effective farming can provide more jobs, more quality produce, more demands, better markets, and affordable prices. The farmer added that in addition to this, they are also faced with a long dry spell which is affecting the growth and markets for produce.Another farmer said the cost of living in the Pomeroon region is very high, “we have children to send to school who have to use boats for transportation, no drinking water, we have to pay high cost to go to Charity to purchased food, water and other household items and getting nothing for our crops, we have no say those purchasing our produce are the ones calling the prices,” he stated.When Guyana Times reached out to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) on Friday, an official said the Institute has no knowledge of the issue.“We send extension workers out and the purpose of them going there is to provide assistance to the farmers, if it is that these farmers are complaining that they are not getting any help then we will have to go there and talk to the farmers themselves to find out what’s going on,” the official stated.last_img read more

PPP records massive wins countrywide with over 45,000 votes more than APNU, AFC combined

first_imgDespite some challenges at some Local Authority Areas (LAAs), People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo said on Tuesday his party still managed to prevail during the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), securing massive wins countrywide with more than 45,000 votes than the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) combined.PPP General Secretary Bharrat JagdeoSpeaking at the Party’s headquarters at Freedom House, Jagdeo said he is very happy with the results in spite of the many efforts by the APNU/AFC Administration to prevent the Party from making inroads in certain areas, as he berated the AFC for the “crushing defeat” it suffered at this year’s Local Government polls.Jagdeo pointed out that there is a huge margin between the number of votes cast in favour of the PPP/C as against the APNU and its smaller coalition partner, the AFC. He explained that based on the results thus far, the PPP/C has over 54,000 votes more than the APNU and over 113,000 more votes than the AFC.Jagdeo said too that his party’s performance is good based on all the challenges that it faced in relation to the issues he described as gerrymandering via the changes made to LAAs.“They merged big PPP areas just to change the outcome of the NDC but with this massive PR turnout that we have had, in spite of the attempt to gerrymander the boundaries, the PPP will still have the majority of votes,” he outlined.Taking 5 townsThe PPP/C General Secretary further said his Party ran a good campaign and will stick to the promises made to the residents for those areas that they won. Based upon the Party’s findings, the results showed wins in five different townships and areas that were not won before by that party.At the 2016 Local Government Elections, which was the first in 22 years, the PPP/Civic won only three out of the nine towns across the country but according the PPP/C General Secretary, the Party made significant inroads, taking five of the 10 towns. These, he noted, were Mabaruma, Anna Regina, Rose Hall, Corriverton and Lethem – the latter of which the APNU/AFC had won at the last elections.In Lethem, he said the PPP secured three out of the five seats; APNU, two, and AFC none; while in Mabaruma, the PPP got eight out of 12 seats, whereas it tied with the coalition the last time around. With a 30 per cent voter turnout in the city for this year’s elections, the Party also saw candidates winning in Georgetown constituencies.“In the 2016 elections we did not win a single constituency out of the 15. Now the PPP has won three of the constituencies in Georgetown and now we have secured 4 PR (Proportional Representation) seats so we now have seven seats in Georgetown up from two. That is a massive gain in the city,” he declared.He however conceded that the party has to do more groundwork to gain additional support in APNU strongholds such as New Amsterdam, Mahdia and Linden, but he nevertheless praised supporters for the PPP gaining a seat in the mining town for the first time. At the same time, Jagdeo feels the AFC should be ashamed of its performance, especially since the smaller coalition partner suffered a loss in the Whim/Bloomfield area, where Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo originates.“The AFC in the Whim area seems to be called the All-Family Cabal. Mavis Nagamootoo contested and got 31 votes versus our candidate 216 and Abraham Nagamootoo, the nephew, got 17 versus 213 for our candidate in that Constituency. In fact he had to get 20 backers,” Jagdeo noted.He observed that PPP’s wins occurred even though many senior operatives of the AFC were campaigning in the area on several occasions.“The whole AFC leadership meeting in Whim almost twice and this is the result of it – a crushing defeat; unbelievable crushing defeat; shameful and they were saying that we were scared in the area… I wonder what they must be saying in the AFC camp and they got less than a 1000 votes in Berbice.Jagdeo highlighted that the PPP also won the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council for the first time. The next Local Government polls are due in 2021.last_img read more

Prairie Thunder press on to semis

first_imgThe South East Prairie Thunder looked like a contender on Thursday afternoon, as they dispatched the Clarenville Caribous from the Allan Cup.- Advertisement -The afternoon quarterfinal started with a bang, as the teams combined for a whopping five goals in the first seven minutes. But, when the smoke had cleared, it was the Prairie Thunder with a 3-2 lead. Last year’s Allan Cup runners-up proved the first team to regain control of its emotion, as the Prairie Thunder stuck to the game plan, and did an effective job of neutralizing the Caribous’ speed.Midway through the second period, Mike Martens added his second goal of the game, and what would become the game-winner, as the Prairie Thunder stifled the Caribous’ powerplays, and showed their experience and poise.Nick Fuher, Travis Cornelson, Tim Plett, Tim Krymusa, and Cory Baldwin also scored for the Prairie Thunder, while Justin Harris picked up the win in goal.For the third straight game, Jason Churchill was under seige in the Clarenville goal, as he faced 60 shots in the game – Clarenville’s third game against a powerhouse roster in less than 72 hours.Advertisement By Jon Zacks Click here to listen to a post-game interview with Matt Sales and South East’s Mike Martens. [asset|aid=2808|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=18376fc4dfa9b6c3418ff48203bb35eb-Martens – post_1_Pub.mp3] The Prairie Thunder will await the result of Thursday evening’s Powell River vs. Bentley quarterfinal, to see who they play in Friday’s semi finals.last_img read more

Better alerts given on sex offenders

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Hundreds of recently paroled sex offenders are being housed for weeks at a time in hotels throughout California, a year after lawmakers complained about the practice. But local law enforcement officials said Monday that tensions are easing, primarily because state prison officials have become better about telling them where and when offenders will be released. Prison officials now give at least 60 days’ notice before sex offenders are placed in communities. “We want to make sure that the word gets out,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. Schwarzenegger was addressing a summit of about 350 state and local officials who were exploring ways to better house and treat sex offenders. The summit was an outgrowth of public outrage last year after it was reported that parole agents in Los Angeles shuffled high-risk parolees between hotels to beat a five-day residency reporting requirement. At least seven offenders were illegally housed in hotels within a half-mile of schools, according to the prison system’s inspector general. There also were complaints that offenders were housed too close to Disneyland. “The whole accusation that we were sneaking people into communities – there was some truth to that,” Corrections Secretary James Tilton told reporters after addressing the summit. Schwarzenegger told the summit that he is seeking $200 million to pay for the increased monitoring of sex offenders that is required by Jessica’s Law, approved by voters in November. The measure and other laws that took effect in January prohibit registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school and require lifetime satellite tracking of many offenders.last_img read more

‘Ice Age’ holds

first_img“The Benchwarmers,” about grown-up geeks taking on Little League baseball teams, did not screen in advance for critics, generally a sign the studio expects reviews would be bad. The handful of reviews that did make it out over opening weekend were generally poor, but “The Benchwarmers” managed a solid box office batting average among its teen and twenty-something target audience, a group unlikely to seek out reviews for a lowbrow comedy. TOP 10 MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. 1. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” $34.5 million. 2. “The Benchwarmers,” $20.5 million. 3. “Take the Lead,” $12.8 million. 4. “Inside Man,” $9.2 million. 5. “Lucky Number Slevin,” $7.1 million. 6. “Failure to Launch,” $4.1 million. 7. “ATL,” $3.75 million. 8. “V for Vendetta,” $3.4 million. 9. “Phat Girlz,” $3.1 million. 10. “Thank You for Smoking,” $2.4 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Weinstein Co. crime romp “Lucky Number Slevin,” starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley, debuted at No. 5 with $7.1 million. Fox Searchlight’s comedy “Phat Girlz,” starring Mo’Nique as a designer of plus-size clothes, premiered at No. 9 with $3.1 million. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” with Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah providing the voices of prehistoric creatures on the run from global warming, raised its 10-day domestic total to $116.4 million. It became the first movie released this year to cross the $100 million mark. While the first few months of the year are Hollywood’s slowest, the industry usually has produced a $100 million hit by February or March. “This is a late bloomer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Still, Hollywood had another big showing overall, with revenues soaring for a second straight weekend. The top 12 movies took in $105.1 million, up 33 percent from the same weekend in 2005. Score one for the prehistoric animals. The 20th Century Fox family tale “Ice Age: The Meltdown” took in $34.5 million to remain the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The animated sequel fended off Sony’s Rob Schneider-David Spade baseball comedy “The Benchwarmers,” which debuted as runner-up with $20.5 million. Premiering in third place was New Line’s “Take the Lead,” a ballroom dance tale starring Antonio Banderas that took in $12.8 million. last_img read more

SHOCK AS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING DONEGAL SENIOR LADIES MANAGER STEPS DOWN

first_imgTHE man who led Donegal Senior Ladies footballers to their first ever Ulster Senior Championship title has stepped down from the role.Moville’s Davy McLaughlin had an incredible season with the county’s ladies team, topping Division Two and just missing out on promotion in a play-off – mainly because of bizarre Ladies Gaelic rules which say all four teams in a division must go into a knock-out stage regardless of previous results.But McLaughlin’s girls brushed off that disappointment to defeat hot favourites Monaghan in the Ulster Championship final. The team was unlucky to lose out to Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final.McLaughlin was also part of the management team which led the U21s to an All-Ireland B title.However he has confirmed to Donegal Daily that he has informed the Ladies County Board that he doesn’t want his name to go forward for the job next year.McLaughlin on the sidelineHe said work commitments meant that he couldn’t give the time required again over the winter and into next year. “It’s practically a full-time job on its own and I believe if you can’t commit fully to something, you shouldn’t do it at all,” he said.The Donegal LGFA county board has now begun the process of finding a successor.However senior players have already expressed their disappointment at the news.“Davy brought a level of professionalism into our game which we all bought into,” said one senior member of the panel.“He also had a brilliant team of coaches who were absolutely dedicated. All the girls are gutted.” SHOCK AS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING DONEGAL SENIOR LADIES MANAGER STEPS DOWN was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by John2Share 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)Tags:davy mclaughlindonegal ladiesManagerquitslast_img read more

DRAGON’S DEN WILL BE CHILD’S PLAY FOR DONEGAL WOMAN

first_imgRinka’s Sarah GillespieA Donegal entrepreneur’s innovative fusion of dance, drama and children’s fitness is to feature on RTE’s hit TV show Dragon’s Den.Rinka is a new craze for kids which is inspired by the need to promote health, fitness and confidence in children.Former competitive Irish dancing champion and drama teacher Sarah Gillespie has developed the new style of non-competitive fitness activity as “an alternative to mainstream sport” which embraces kids of all abilities. The enterprising 30 years-old Donegal Town woman has firmly established the Rinka brand in the county and is now franchising her business model across Ireland.Sarah will pitch her Rinka business plan to RTE’s Dragons in an effort to gain their support for her franchise as she seeks out new instructors throughout the island.“I’m really excited about the show as it’s a great opportunity to showcase Rinka’s huge health and developmental benefits for children of all ages,” she said.“I was delighted that Rinka was selected for Dragon’s Den as it is a product with so much potential to make a big difference in the lives of so many children. I must admit to being a little daunted at how the Dragons will react but it will surely be another fantastic experience in the wonderful story of Rinka,” she added. Rinka offers three fun-filled fitness and child development programmes – Dance Fit, Drama Fit and Bounce. Dance Fit introduces children to the fundamentals of fitness through the medium of dance but without the pressure to compete; Drama Fit has all the creative elements of a drama class combined with the high-energy dynamics of a workout; and Bounce is a high energy, multi-activity class for children aged from 18 months to teens.Sarah explained: “Rinka is an opportunity for children, regardless of skill or background, to burn some energy, have some fun, learn new skills and make new friends. Most importantly it is designed to help boost children’s confidence and encourage them to believe that they can take part in whatever activity they choose.“Not every child wants to play football or become an athlete. There are many artistic children out there who need help to find their little niche in order to burn energy. With Rinka, kids gain fitness through drama and through dance – they’re working out without even knowing it and it’s always inclusive so no one ever feels left out.”New instructors are currently being sought to help bring the Rinka experience of Donegal to children all over Ireland.“We’re looking for new instructors everywhere from Belfast to Cork and Dublin to Galway. No experience is required to become a Rinka franchisee as all of the essential skills are provided in our training programmes. “All that’s required for Drama Fit and Bounce is a love of going crazy with kids every day. Rinka instructors can set up with Drama Fit and Bounce only – they don’t even need premises as we can help with venue sourcing and rental in any area.“We look after all the boring bits so the franchisee’s only job is to turn up and enjoy hours of fun with kids,” Sarah added.In developing Rinka, Sarah has drawn on all of her previous experience in drama, dance, fitness and business. She is a three-time Irish Dancing World Championship competitor who has performed in a Broadway production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, trained as sports therapist; ran her own successful children’s drama academy and achieved a first class degree in Business Management from NUI Maynooth.DRAGON’S DEN WILL BE CHILD’S PLAY FOR DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: May 12th, 2016 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)Tags:donegalDragon’s DenRINKAlast_img read more

Fans rave about England striker after electric World Cup debut

first_imgEngland’s clash against Belgium was deemed a dead-rubber long before a ball was kicked on Thursday night.And, after seeing the line-ups, fans even refused to watch the game!However, there was one man people forgot to tell to take it easy. Vardy > sterling— 🗣 (@Baileyf98x) June 28, 2018 Vardy’s pace caused the Belgian backline serious problems Jamie Vardy is RAPID. Jesus— Gontse (@JustGontse) June 28, 2018 1 Vardy is a breath of fresh air 😍— FPL_Scientist 🐳👩🏼‍🔬 (@FPLscientist) June 28, 2018 Six years after playing in the Northern Conference, Vardy was starting at the World Cup Finals against one of the best teams in the world, and he certainly wanted to take the opportunity.Leicester city star Jamie Vardy started the game against the European neighbours in tremendous fashion.His pace in behind was matched by his appetite to press from the front.And fans were loving his contribution, inundating the striker with praise.Check out the best Tweets below!center_img Vardy’s clearly downed about six cans of Red Bull I see— AK (@Aks_Khare97) June 28, 2018 Vardy’s on fire!— Vladyslav Mazur (@VladyslavMazur) June 28, 2018 Vardy is bloody electric! Boy got some serious slate feet!— Troy Hill (@troyhill91) June 28, 2018 No cause is a lost cause with Vardy!— Pistol (@CastleTheClown) June 28, 2018 Jamie Vardy Is Something Else. HOLY CRAP 😩😍— Jess Bennett (@jamy0497) June 28, 2018last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Clinches No. 2 Seed for MVC Tournament with 1-0 Victory over Missouri State in Regular Season Finale

first_imgSophomore goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) recorded her fifth career shutout behind five saves, including some key stops early and late in the second half. The Bulldogs’ back line of Fiorito, senior Elaine Gorom (O’Fallon, Ill.), redshirt junior Vanessa Kavan (Lincoln, Neb.) and senior Shannon Steurer (Ballwin, Ill.) limited the Bears to just seven shots. Next Game: It was a fitting end to a special night for Brand and her teammates. Brand was recognized before the match for being a recipient of the MVC’s Most Courageous Award Wednesday. The MVC presents the award to past or present student-athletes, coaches or university administrators who demonstrate unusual courage in the face of personal illness, adversity or tragedy and whose behavior reflects honor on the institution or the Conference. Brand was diagnosed with thyroid cancer during the 2017 season, underwent successful surgery and treatment without missing any time for the Bulldogs and this season overcame an early knee injury and returned at Loyola on Oct. 6 and helped lead the team to a 5-1-1 finish in the MVC. She has scored two goal and handed out one assist since her return in Chicago. DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team scored her second game winner in the past three matches in a 1-0 victory over Missouri State in the regular season finale Thursday at the Cownie Soccer Complex. ESPN+ Story Links Full Schedule Roster vs. Evansville 11/2/2018 – 3:30 PM Watch Live The victory locked the Bulldogs into the No. 2 seed for next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Chicago, hosted by Loyola. Loyola (9-6-1, 6-1-0 MVC) is the MVC Regular Season Champion after it blasted Evansville, 6-1, Thursday. Drake and Loyola receive byes to the semifinals on Nov. 2 as each team will play the winners of the campus play-in games on. Drake will play either No. 3 UNI or No. 6 Evansville at 3:34 p.m. while Loyola takes on either No. 4 Illinois State or No. 5 Missouri State at 6:04 p.m. at Loyola Soccer Park. The play-in games will take place Sunday in Cedar Falls and Normal, Ill. The MVC Title game will be played Nov. 4 at 1:04 p.m. Brand, who scored in the 75th minute of last week’s 2-1 comeback over rival UNI last Wednesday in Cedar Falls, netted the winner for Drake (8-8-1, 5-1-1 MVC) in the 82nd minute Thursday. Senior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) played the ball into the Missouri State (8-8-2, 2-3-2 MVC) box, passed to junior Shelley Lyjak (Bartlett, Ill.) who then found Brand unmarked in front of the net as her shot hit the near post and spun into the goal. “Missouri State is traditionally very difficult to breakdown, so we knew this wouldn’t be a high scoring game,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “We should feel good about the chances we created but we can still be more efficient in the box. We left the door open just enough to keep the game in reach for Missouri State, and twice Kelsie (Stone) came up with huge saves.” Preview Photo Gallery Live Stats PDF Box Score “Come tournament time we need to be more clinical in front of goal,” Horner said. “Shelley was so determined to make something happen in the second half, she was a big part of our attack today. Our back line led by Shannon was again quite tidy in the run of play. We are so pleased for Alyssa to find the back of the net. Her last year has been one of challenges, but she is such a fighter. We were a different team a little less than three months ago and took some lumps in our non-conference season, but the experience was invaluable to our growth. We needed to learn a lot prior to MVC play and our schedule was tough early on. Kevin (Brennan) and Hugo (Macedo) deserve a lot of credit for making sure the team was focused on the process, our growth, and striving to get better at each opportunity.  We are excited to have earned the bye, but as we wrap up the regular season and switch gears into tournament mode, we have to yet again up our game.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more