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January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img CHALLENGING PERCEIVED FINDINGS Public perception that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) is on a witch-hunt for West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and local sportsmen played a big role in the board of the commission stepping to rule that Executive Director Carey Brown withdraw the appeal against the Jamaican cricketer. Russell was banned from cricket in January, for a year, after being found guilty of three successive whereabouts rule violations. However, a couple months after the hearing, JADCO legal representative Lackston Robinson contested the result by launching an appeal, seeking further retribution for Russell, who, at the same time, submitted a cross-appeal aimed at throwing out JADCO’s appeal as well as the original verdict. Yesterday’s development laid the case to rest, but board chairman Alexander Williams admitted that public interest prompted them to step in and stop the appeal before the hearing started yesterday. SOUGHT LEGAL ADVICE “You don’t have to ask me if it painted JADCO in negative light. We observe the public sphere, and there were a lot of concerns about the appeal. I felt it necessary to seek other legal advice, so I thought it appropriate to get the opinion of the attorney general, and as a consequence of that and other considerations, we withdrew the appeal,” he stated. Vice-president of the board, Zachary Harding, also weighed in, and insisted JADCO is on no witch-hunt, but is, instead, trying to protect compliant athletes and the nation’s image. “All board members are supportive of Brand Jamaica and our image and perception on a global stage. There’s nothing we will ever do to tarnish that. Sometimes people take a view that there is a witch-hunt and JADCO is out to get an athlete; the board would never do that. Everything we do is to protect and support compliant athletes and protect Brand Jamaica,” he said. However, Williams insisted that everything is done within the World Anti-Doping Agency’s guidelines. “This case is of public importance and we want to get this correct, so it was by consultation with the attorney general,” he noted. “It (the appeal) was not necessarily to increase the sanction imposed on Mr Russell, but to challenge the panel’s perceived findings,” he said. He admitted that there were sufficient reasons to file an appeal, although the panel did not state their reason for imposing the year ban, but the board felt the panel considered Russell’s conduct when making the decision. Meanwhile, Russell’s legal representative, Patrick Foster, QC, said he was instructed to withdraw the cross-appeal after JADCO withdrew their appeal. “My client wishes this episode of his life to end. He instructed me not to proceed with the cross-appeal. He has about eight months left to serve and he can start practising with his team two months before he is cleared, so he is just gearing up to perform with the team and move forward,” he stated.last_img read more

January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netKai Sotto, the prized 7-foot-2 youngster of Ateneo, has already garnered considerable hype by virtue of his height alone.Standing a literal head above his contemporaries in the UAAP, Sotto is already pegged to be at the forefront of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “He should be exposed to better competition and not just the UAAP where he will face up against what six-footers he won’t have to jump.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View commentscenter_img DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ At 14 years old, he has already started making impact for the national team as part of the Batang Gilas U-16 team and is expected to lead the next generation’s Gilas players.Jong Uichico, one of the coaches of the Gilas program, foresees that Sotto will still improve over time as long as the reed-thin teenager gets exposed to better competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSotto currently plays in the UAAP as part of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets where he towers over his competition.“He should really improve a lot in the next year or two and get a lot of exposure. And it’s hard to find a 14-year-old seven-footer walking around,” said Uichico Thursday at Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show SportsIQ. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UElast_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBrooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) is tended to after an injury during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)NEW YORK— Caris LeVert’s injury wasn’t as bad as it looked.The Brooklyn Nets said Tuesday their leading scorer suffered only a dislocation of his right foot and no fractures, and he could return this season.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ That’s far better than what was feared when LeVert’s leg appeared to bend in a gruesome manner after he leaped to block a shot in the final seconds of the first half of Monday night’s game in Minnesota.“While the optics of this injury may have appeared to be more severe, surgery will not be required,” team orthopedist Dr. Martin O’Malley said in a statement.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 ChrissO’Malley examined LeVert on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the third-year swingman was diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of the right foot.O’Malley said there was only moderate ligament damage and that following a period of rehabilitation, LeVert was expected to return to full strength and resume all basketball activities without any limitations this season. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Real Madrid hires Santiago Solari as coach until 2021 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 LATEST STORIES LeVert’s injury initially appeared similar to the severe leg injuries suffered in recent years by Paul George and Gordon Hayward, and players prayed and some were in tears as a stretcher was brought onto the court to take LeVert to a hospital.But he was able to return to New York with the Nets later Monday as players from around the NBA were sending well wishes on social media.LeVert, who battled foot injuries in college at Michigan before emerging as a first-round pick, had been the Nets’ best player during their promising start. He is averaging 18.4 points and is the only player in the league this season to convert multiple go-ahead baskets with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation or overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter failing to account for several items belonging to Cllr. Moiffie Kanneh, SN Brussels Airlines, one of the leading commercial airlines operating in the country, has been taken to the Civil Law Court and sued to pay US$1,012,010 in damages.In his Action of Damages for Wrong filed in court, lawyers representing Kanneh are demanding that SN Brussels Airline be held liable to pay US$12,010 as special damages and US$1,000,000 as general damages for the “inconveniencies, serious embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish the defendant’s action has caused him to the extent that he cannot interact freely with his friends and other relatives.”Kanneh’s lawyers also asked the court to award their client punitive damages in any amount it would deem necessary for the airline’s wrongful handling of his luggage.Some of the missing items in the luggage, according to the plaintiff, include a Samsung HTC and Black Beret phone, several items of clothing, drugs and medical material, as well as, watches, and camera.The suit alleges that on July 18, 2015, Kanneh, who is an employee of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), decided to take his annual vacation last year in the United States, where he would spend time with his family, relatives and friends.Based on that, he went to the management of SN Brussels and purchased a round trip ticket that would afford him the opportunity to travel to the US and back to Liberia.After staying a few weeks in the US, Kanneh chose to return home to resume work at UNMIL.Unfortunately, on August 4, after Kanneh disembarked from Flight 124 at the Roberts International Airport, he alleged that he was told that one of his luggages could not be located.He was also informed by the airline that his luggage may have been placed on another flight and was therefore told by the company to give them a few days to check with other connecting flights to see if his luggage would be identified.According to the court record, Kanneh agreed because some of the items in the missing luggage were belongings of other people who went to his house to take delivery of their properties sent by their relatives residing in the US.The document further alleged that after several calls and conversations, on August 13, Cllr. Kanneh was informed by one Benedict, who was then designated representative of the airline, to fill out a Baggage Inventory Form and to make a full listing of the items that were contained in the luggage.In compliance with Benedict’s request, Kanneh alleged, he listed the items in the missing bag.Besides, the records alleged the management of SN Brussels advised Kanneh to do a formal complaint to the Customer Relations Section of the airline, which he did.While waiting for a response, Konneh claimed that he sent several letters as reminders to the company, but unfortunately he did not receive any positive result. Instead, the airline promised that they were still looking into the matter.“Some of the items contained in the missing luggage belong to other people who have written our client expressing their disgust and questioning his hard earned reputation, which he built over the years,” the lawyers stated in their suit, adding “he received several letters from owners of some of the missing items also expressing dissatisfaction over the manner in which our client was handling the issue of their items that were entrusted into the care of Kanneh.”“No matter how much explanation he gives, people are still doubting him saying that he has converted those items into his personal use and is only trying to give frivolous excuse or cover-up stories to lie on the airline,” the lawyers said in their lawsuit.Therefore, the lawyers said the action of the SN Brussels management has caused serious injury to his reputation and embarrassment to his character as a lawyer and statesman to the extent he is unable to move freely, because everywhere he goes, especially among his friends and relatives, people would ask him about their missing items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDeath at Suddie Public HospitalThe Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) teen, who succumbed at the Suddie Public Hospital while being treated for pain in his ankle, died as a result of blood poisoning, a Post-Mortem Examination (PME) revealed.Dead teen: Rabindra KhagaramThe PME conducted by Dr Nehaul Singh revealed that 14-year-old Rabindra Khagaram of Henrietta, Essequibo, blood became septic. The teen, a former student of the Anna Regina Multilateral School, died on Monday after he was taken to the hospital crying out for pain in his ankle. Reports are Khagaram began complaining of pain in his ankle on Sunday while he was celebrating his 14th birthday. Reports are the teen started crying out for pain his left ankle and as such, he was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital.According to relatives, the teen was given an injection and antibiotics. He was sent away and upon arrival at home, he went to bed since he told relatives that he was feeling drowsy. His mother told Guyana Times that soon after her son woke up, he started to cry out for chest pains and without hesitation, he was rushed back to the hospital. The grieving mother said that her son was seen by another doctor, who administered another injection and prescribed some tablets. At about 02:00h on Monday morning, the mother went to her son’s room to check on his condition but found that his body was extremely cold and he was perspiring heavily.Again, she took him back to the hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but took his last breath a few hours later. The grieving mother said that the teen was their eldest son.The young man leaves to mourn his parents and a brother.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFifteen months after it was elected on a pro-youth platform with promises to thousands of jobs for youths, getting them more involved in the decision-making process at the national level, and channel more resources for their development, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government is coming in for some harsh criticisms for its about-turn on these promises, particularly with regards to creating employment.The APNU/AFC in its 2015 Election Manifesto stated that it was willing and ready to create jFormer Commerce Minister and current Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Aliobs for all the youths in Guyana.But now, 15 months later, former Commerce Minister and current opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali, a youth advocate himself, is lambasting the government for what he described as “broken promises and idle chatter.”Ali said the government has swiftly changed its tune of creating youth employment to now telling young people to “find your own jobs”, recalling that no less a person than President David Granger declaring that creating employment is not government’s business, a line echoed by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan.“Job seekers should go to the small business place and start a business instead of looking for a job,” Jordan was quoted as saying.This was coupled with a recent charge by Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder to graduates to start their own businesses if they have difficulties securing jobs.“Based on these utterances, it is clear that the government has absolutely no intention of fulfilling its promise to the youth by providing them with better paying jobs that would offer the kind of satisfaction our ministers enjoy from the 50 per cent increase in salary. Instead the coalition government seems to be more interested in deluding the youths again by parroting ‘entrepreneurship’ as the panacea for youth unemployment,” Ali said in a statement.He said while one cannot dispute that entrepreneurship may help in reducing unemployment in Guyana, it should be noted that the government is simply loud on the rhetoric but silent with on offering fiscal and other measures to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses.“Where are the fiscal measures to promote entrepreneurship or small businesses in Guyana? Or to put the question differently, what is the government doing to help small businesses?” Ali said, is the big question.He said given its inability to deliver jobs for the youths, the coalition government is now attempting to dupe young people into starting their own business.“However, the coalition stopped short of informing the youths that it has done little to support businesses since assuming office last year. As a matter of fact, the coalition has punished businesses with more taxes, destroyed the enabling environment created by the PPP to support businesses, unleashed political creatures like SARU/SOCU to criminalise legitimate businesses, and is focused on making it hard for entrepreneurs and small businesses to operate in Georgetown,” Ali declared.As a matter of fact, Ali, who shares the honour of being one of the youngest cabinet ministers in Guyana, said the measures presented in the last two budgets were more harmful to businesses, pointing to the increase in more than 150 licence fees, ranging from hucksters to rice millers.“Businesses are dying. This is evident from the negative growth reported for all the key sectors. The exponential growth in non-performing loans also confirms that businesses are in distress. At the end of March 2016 non-performing loans accounted for 11.7 per cent of the total loans offered by all the commercial banks. Even more worrying is the fact that some banks reported ratios of non-performing loans to total loans as high as 25.57 per cent, 10.51 per cent and 11.12 per cent and reserves for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans at the lowest level over the last 5 years. For the first time in over one decade the country is faced with economic stagnation and a quiet financial crisis,” Ali declared.He supported his contention with data provided by Minister Jordan during his 2016 Half Year review, which he said could only lead one to conclude that small businesses are partly responsible for the $6.4 billion reported as non-tax revenue for the first six months of 2016.The amount collected as non-tax revenue from the private sector during 2016 was twice the level reported for the corresponding periods in 2015 and three times the level during the first half of 2014, he pointed out.The opposition MP said the private sector was dealt further blows when government moved to amend the Value-Added Tax Act to impose 16 per cent VAT on large capital equipment thereby crippling rice farmers, small gold miners, and manufacturing businesses.“Where are the fiscal measures to help small businesses?” or as the Americans would put the question “where is the beef?” he asked, adding that government did not end here, as it is now working to impose higher land rental on leased lands that would further cripple small farmers across the country, despite the abysmal performance of the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors, which contracted by 10 per cent during the first half of 2016.He said the rice sector, which recorded unprecedented output levels under the PPP/C, took the hardest hit during the first half of 2016 by recording a 26.2 per cent decline in output due to the mishandling of the PetroCaribe agreement and unwillingness of the government to help the farmers with markets.Tax write-offTurning his attention to government’s decision to give tax waivers to selected large businesses, Ali said while the government is squeezing small businesses on one hand, on the other hand it is simultaneously offering selected businesses, such as Demerara Distillers Limited tax write-offs that will cost the country billions in revenue.“As we speak another manufacturing business is likely to benefit similarly since it is preparing to take the government to court for the payment of excise taxes. Since our Attorney General is generous, we can look out for more out of court settlements that will favour the big businesses,” Ali claimed.He said besides imposing high taxes, the coalition government cannot escape blame for the economic morass that is strangulating local businesses, as almost a year-and-a-half after it came to office there is no comprehensive macroeconomic plan for Guyana.Ali also accused government of crippling retail and wholesale businesses in the city, pointing to decisions by the APNU/AFC-controlled City Council to remove pavement vendors, imposed an unconscionable $5000 container fee and attempts to install parking meters.last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCheck out this stunning strike from Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala at the weekend. Take a bow, son!last_img

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTHE young black man hesitated as he stood outside the small furniture manufacturing shop in South Los Angeles. He was dressed neatly, and he was well-groomed. He eyed the building warily. The sign on the narrow glass door in English and Spanish, read “help wanted” and “trabajo aqui.” The opening was for a shop helper, mostly to sweep up and do routine cleanup and maintenance. It did not require any education or special skills. It paid minimum wage, as did the thousands of shops that dotted the area. There was no employee health-care plan or other benefits. After a moment, he went in and politely asked for an application. The petite receptionist, a young Latina, handed him an application form, with an airy nonchalance. She curtly suggested that he fill it out and bring it back. When he asked if there would be an interview, she haltingly said, only if there was a position open. The young man looked perplexed, glanced at the help-wanted sign, politely thanked her and left. A couple of hours later, two other young Latinos came in to apply. One was immediately hired. The other was told that another helper job might open up within the next few days. The workers in the shop as in nearly all the other shops in the area were Latinos, a large percentage of whom were illegal immigrants. There were no other blacks, whites, or even English-speaking native-born Latino workers in the plant or few other shops in the area. This is not a fictional story. I personally witnessed the scene at the company involving the black job seeker. Anti-illegal immigration activists say the experience of the young black job-seeker has played out thousands of times at restaurants, in hotels, on farms and at manufacturing plants nationally, and this is a major reason so many young black males are unemployed, join gangs, deal drugs and pack America’s jails. When Congress hammers out a comprehensive immigration reform law, it still won’t answer the question if the estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the country take jobs from American citizens, especially the bottom- rung American workers, the young, the poor, and more often than not, African-American workers. What if, though, the young black job-seeker or any other American looking for work in a low-end manufacturing plant or a restaurant in Los Angeles were offered that job, which probably pays minimum wage and doesn’t offer any benefits or job security. Would he take it? Maybe yes, maybe no. The reams of studies on the impact of illegal immigration on American jobs give conflicting, confusing and flat-out contradictory answers. They are eagerly seized on by anti- and pro-illegal immigration advocates to make a case for their side. But it’s certainly hard to imagine that a young black from South Los Angeles not to mention a native-born young white or Latino from Van Nuys or Woodland Hills going out to the fields to pick strawberries for 10 to 12 hours a day in the hot sun, at minimum or even sub-minimum wages. Or that they’d take a job at a carwash or bus dishes in a restaurant. But what if the farm contractors, carwash owners and manufacturers paid a living wage and provided benefits? It might be a different story, at least for some young people in Los Angeles. Then there’s the regional factor. There is some evidence that young American workers will work jobs in the South and the Midwest jobs that have long been designated as jobs that only illegal immigrants will work that is, if those jobs were offered to them. But when employers give the quick brushoff to young blacks and other young American workers that are willing to take lower-end jobs, they send the not-so-subtle message that these workers are not wanted or welcome. This is a powerful disincentive to pursue work in these taboo areas of the job market. The end result is that an entire category of jobs at the bottom rung of American industry is clearly marked as “Latino only.” The debate over whether illegal immigrants hurt young poor, unskilled American workers is not confined to low-end jobs. A decade ago, the only Latino on the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors ignited a mild spark of protest when he charged that blacks were over-represented in the post office. He cited a Government Accounting Office report on the numbers of blacks in the L.A. post office and aggressively called for more Latinos to be hired to correct the imbalance. His call for more Latinos, and presumably fewer blacks, was tantamount to a call for the service to tilt its hiring practices toward Latinos. That touched a raw nerve with many blacks. It came on the heels of a GAO study that found fewer and fewer blacks were getting jobs as janitors in L.A. The jobs are now being taken by foreign-born workers, many of them illegal immigrants. This reinforced black fears that they were losing even more economic ground, this time not to whites but to Latinos, many of whom were illegal immigrants. The fear in this case was justified. Still, the young black in Los Angeles and other cities who illegal-immigration opponents cite as proof that illegal immigration is ruinous for the economy and the urban poor may or may not have lost out in his job hunt to an illegal immigrant. He might also have lost out because of discrimination, poor education, government budget slashes and the flight of manufacturers to other countries. Nonetheless, government still must ensure that American workers have the right and opportunity to work in any and all industries. That would do much to calm the fury of many Americans who worry that illegal immigration sledgehammers at least some American workers. Congress and the Bush administration must not ignore that worry. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst, social issues commentator and frequent contributor to the Daily News. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDiego Simeone has expressed his desire to continue as head coach at Atletico Madrid in a move that should disappoint a number of his high-profile suitors.The Argentinian has guided Atletico to the LaLiga title and into two Champions League finals during his six seasons in charge, and with every passing year his reputation on the continent has grown.Serie A underachievers Inter Milan are reportedly keen to hire Simeone as Stefano Pioli’s long-term successor while the former Lazio player has also been linked with Premier League club Arsenal.Simeone, 47, said on Saturday he would hold talks with the Atletico board about his future in Madrid and, following the 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao that saw his side finish third, he had made a decision.Quoted in Marca, he said: “Journalists continually ask me if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay. Do you know why I’m going to stay? Because this club has a future and that future is all of us.”Sunday’s match was the last at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico prepare to move into their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium for the start of the 2017-18 season.“I am grateful to all those who have passed through this place,” Simeone added from the middle of the Calderon pitch. “The players, the coaches and the directors. All those who have built this club.“For us the feelings run really deep. Other clubs might have more money, more trophies, but they will never be able to match the feelings that we all have for Atletico.” 1 The Argentinian has guided Atleti to the LaLiga title and into two Champions League finals last_img read more

December 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgStory Links 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Preseason Notes Live Stats Live Audio center_img Buy Tickets DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team hosts Concordia-St. Paul in its lone exhibition contest on the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. following the women’s exhibition against Mid America Nazarene at 2 p.m.  The exhibition will be fans’ first opportunity to get a look at the 2016-17 Bulldogs prior to next Friday’s season opener against South Dakota.Fans in attendance at Saturday’s exhibition will also receive a limited number of 2016-17 schedule posters.The Bulldogs take to the Knapp Center court led by preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selection Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who is the MVC’s top returning scorer after averaging 16.8 points per game as a sophomore in 2015-16. In addition to Timmer, the team returns five other players that saw time in the starting five last season and eight players who averaged 10 or more minutes per game.Added to that mix are a pair of junior college transfers that will be making their Knapp Center debut in De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.). McMurray averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 assists per game as a point guard at Southwestern Illinois College while Thomas averaged 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in one season at Tyler Junior College. The Bulldogs also welcome a pair redshirts back to the fold in center Kory Kuenstling (Dunkerton, Iowa) and Johannes Dolven (Oslo, Norway).Concordia-St. Paul already has one exhibition win under its belt this year, a 73-65 win over Northland on Wednesday evening. The Golden Bears shot 43.4 percent from the field and enjoyed a 24-rebound advantage in the win. Bryndan Matthews led the team with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The sophomore is the team’s top returning scorer having averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 46.8 percent of his shots from the floor.Following Saturday’s exhibition, the Bulldogs return to the practice court prior to opening the season in earnest on Friday, Nov. 11, against South Dakota. Tipoff for the opener is set for 8:35 p.m. at the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more