The Latest: Health official recommends no fans at NBA games March 11, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus. That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.”
Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is reminding team personnel on the sidelines about the rules for wearing face coverings. There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players were not using them. Troy Vincent oversees the league’s football operations. He sent a memo to the 32 clubs on Monday saying teams “must remain vigilant” about following protocols set not only by the league, union and clubs, but by state and local governments. Otherwise, he says, the season could be “at risk.”Elsewhere in the NFL:— The Tennessee Titans have placed starting cornerback Adoree Jackson on injured reserve and replaced him by signing cornerback Tye Smith to the active roster from the practice squad. The Titans made the moves Monday hours before their season opener at Denver. Jackson was added to the injury report Friday after being limited by a knee issue. — Indianapolis Colts starting running back Marlon Mack will miss the rest of this season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon. Mack suffered the injury on a 3-yard catch midway through the second quarter Sunday. He immediately fell to the ground and started reaching for his right foot. Mack was in the final year of his contract after posting his first career 1,000-yard season in 2019. The injury means rookie Jonathan Taylor will become the new starter. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEWindy week for the TwinsUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins begin a weeklong stay in Chicago, taking on a pair of first-place teams. José Berríos (4-3, 4.40 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field, trailing the White Sox by one game in the AL Central. He’s won three straight decisions and will go against Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.33 ERA). The White Sox have won four in a row. After finishing on the South Side, the Twins will move to Wrigley Field next weekend to play the NL Central-leading Cubs. Tired of waiting: Ohio State stars opt out, move on to draftCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State stars Shaun Wade and Wyatt Davis got tired of waiting for a decision on the football season and chose to opt out and begin preparing for the NFL draft. Wade, a preseason All-American cornerback, and Davis, an offensive guard, are both likely to be first-round picks in the 2021 draft. Wade announced his decision via Twitter on Monday, following Davis’ announcement on Friday. All eyes will now be on quarterback Justin Fields, who could be one of the top picks in the 2021 draft regardless of whether he plays another down of football for the Buckeyes. The Stars are up three-games-to-one. They won Game 4 despite being outshot 33-20. And they trail Vegas in their series, 130 shots to 92.NHL-FLAMES-WARD Ward named coach of FlamesCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have removed the “interim” tag from Geoff Ward’s job and made him the NHL club’s head coach. Ward was promoted from associate coach Nov. 29. Calgary was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in six games by the Dallas Stars.NFL-NEWSNFL reminds team about mask requirements — The Browns switched kickers after one game. Cleveland waived kicker Austin Seibert after he missed an extra point and field goal in Sunday’s 38-6 loss at Baltimore. Seibert’s being replaced by Cody Parkey, who is best known for missing a 43-yard kick for the Chicago Bears in the 2018 playoffs. — New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell could miss a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in the team’s season-opening loss at Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase says Monday he doesn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but says it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury. Bell was injured on an incomplete pass late in the second quarter when Bills linebacker A.J. Klein was penalized for holding. Inside linebacker Blake Cashman has a groin injury that could also sideline him a few weeks.— The Jacksonville Jaguars placed starting safety Jarrod Wilson on injured reserve with a left hamstring injury. He’s expected to miss at least a month. They promoted cornerback Sidney Jones from the practice squad to take Wilson’s place on the 53-man roster. GOLF-US OPEN-HORSFIELDHorsfield out of Open after positive test In other Major League action:— The Padres and Dodgers open their final series this season, perhaps San Diego’s best chance to close in on the eight-time reigning NL West champions. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.98) faces emerging Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.24) in the first of three games at Petco Park. Lamet’s only loss this season came against the Dodgers on Aug. 4.MLB-ATHLETICS-LAMBAthletics sign Jake LambSEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have signed former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb after he was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Murray gets wild card for ParisPARIS (AP) — Andy Murray has received a wild card into the French Open. The former No. 1 was the only non-Frenchman to be given a free pass into the men’s main draw of the grand slam which starts in 13 days. Murray was also awarded a wild card into the U.S. Open after pelvic and shin injuries, and went two rounds. Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada were the only non-Frenchwomen to receive wild cards. Pironkova made the U.S. Open her first comeback tournament since 2017 and achieved an impressive first-time run to the quarterfinals. Bouchard reached her first final in more than four years in Istanbul on Sunday and lost in a third-set tiebreaker.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE DEPARTURES September 14, 2020 MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Horsfield of England is the second player in as many days to withdraw from the U.S. Open because of a positive result from a coronavirus test. Horsfield had a negative result Thursday from a pre-travel test. Upon landing in New York, he tested positive without having symptoms.Scottie Scheffler withdrew Sunday after a positive coronavirus test. He also was asymptomatic. Horsfield spent two years playing college golf for the Florida Gators. He won two European Tour events in a span of three weeks to earn an exemption to Winged Foot. Horsfield was replaced by Rory Sabbatini.TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN Associated Press The move with Lamb made sense after Oakland lost Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman. Chapman suffered a strained right hip and is expected to undergo surgery. The 29-year-old Lamb looked like a future star at third base just a few years ago. He hit 29 homers in 2016 and then made the NL All-Star team in 2017 while setting career highs with 30 homers and 105 RBIs. Since then, he’s battled injuries and inconsistency and hit just 12 homers over the past three seasons.NHL-PLAYOFFSStars could advance to Stanley Cup finalEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars could move on to the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight over the Vegas Golden Knights in Edmonton. It would be the franchise’s first trip to the final since 2000.
Present at the brief ceremony at the Dangote Corporate Head Office to receive the cheque on behalf of his teammates was Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu. He had in company to the event Team Administrator, Dayo Achor Enebi and Equipment Manager, Chidi Ngoka.President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick had revealed during the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations that Africa’s richest businessman, Aliko Dangote, promised $50,000 for every goal scored by Super Eagles during their semi-final match against Algeria while Femi Otedola also promised to pay $25,000 per goal in the same match.Nigeria however lost the game 2-1 to the North Africans who eventually smiled away from Egypt with the winners’ trophy after defeating Senegal in the final.Eagles were consoled with their third place finish after defeating Tunisia 1-0 to win their eighth bronze medals of the competition in Egypt.Odion Ighalo scored the lone goal in the third minute of the third place match to emerge the highest scorer of the AFCON 2019 with five goals.Ighalo was awarded the golden boot of the tournament in Egypt.Earlier on Tuesday, business mogul, Femi Otedola, had fulfilled his pledge of $25,000 per goal to the Super Eagles in the final game against Tunisia.Otedola made good his promise on Tuesday, as revealed by the Nigeria Football Federation via its verified Twitter handle @thenff.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aliko Dangote Femi SolajaPresident of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote wednesday redeemed his financial pledge of $50,000 to the Super Eagles in his Ikoyi office in Lagos.Represented by the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Mr. Olakunle Alake, Dangote promised to continue his support to the development of sport in Nigeria.
Dan Marino, Ted Williams, Karl Malone, Mark Martin … Simon Bairu and the seniors of the UW men’s cross country team? Hopefully not.Most sports fans should understand that list, but in case you woke up from a 20-year long nap, I’ll fill you in.Marino has the most pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns in NFL history, but no Super Bowl Ring.Ted Williams, five-time Major League Baseball Player of the Year, two-time AL MVP and winner of the 1942 Triple Crown, finished without a World Series championship.Karl Malone was a 13-time All-Star and two-time MVP in the NBA. He finished with an average of 25 points and 10 rebounds per game, but in 19 seasons — all but one with the Utah Jazz — never won an NBA title.Mark Martin has 35 wins and has made more than $50 million making a career out of left turns, but is set to retire at the end of this season without a Winston Cup, Nextel Cup or any other form of NASCAR season championship.Wisconsin senior Simon Bairu won the NCAA individual title last year and his list of honors alone reads like the honors of some entire cross country teams.He is a two-time All-American in cross country and a three-time All-American in track. He has won the Big Ten individual title twice, resulting in two Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year awards. The list goes on and on, but there is one major thing that he is missing: an NCAA team championship.Despite participating in 34 consecutive NCAA meets, the national title has eluded the team in both Bairu’s and men’s cross country head coach Jerry Schumacher’s tenures at Wisconsin.The Badgers have never finished worse than sixth in Schumacher’s eight years as head of the program, and have taken second place in each of the three meets that Bairu has participated in.It’s hard to get much closer than UW did last year. As the probable favorite heading into the meet, the Badgers finished as the runner-up to Colorado by just four points.This year, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon that UW women’s cross country coach Jim Stintzi started up at Monday’s press conference.”Not to put too much pressure on Jerry, but really, you don’t ever want to say they’re a lock, but I can say it. I’m not coaching the team,” Stinzi said, following up with what was some sort of quasi-joke. “He’s not in the room yet, is he? Yeah. Jerry says they’re a guarantee to win. You can quote me on that.”Stintzi, a former UW runner himself, obviously had his red-tinted glasses on when he basically guaranteed a win for Schumacher’s team. But at the same time, anything short of a victory at the NCAA meet — Bairu and his fellow seniors’ last chance — would be a major disappointment.I won’t lie, I’m not a cross country connoisseur, but Stintzi knows what he is talking about — in another, much less one-sided comment, he gave this year’s men’s team a huge compliment.”I obviously watched the [Big Ten] race and … watched with some people who knew cross country, and we pretty much agreed that it was the best team that we’d seen,” Stintzi said. “It was quite a few people with lots of years of experience … obviously their record says it’s the best team ever in the Big Ten, but it is the best team ever that I’ve seen in the Big Ten.” The Badgers dominated the Big Ten meet, with individuals taking the top four spots and eight of the top nine overall.But that was nothing new — winning the NCAA team title would be. It won’t be their first ever, but it would be a refreshing change from the past few years.As you could expect, when it came time for Shumacher to take the podium, he was a little more humble in his outlook.”Jim was obviously being an alumni of the program and has a lot of pride in the University of Wisconsin, and I think he’d love to see us win as much as anybody else,” Schumacher said. “We put ourselves in the best position we can heading into the meet. And a lot of things can happen that day, and we’re just going to go in there, do [our] best, you know, hopefully we’re on top.”For one, I hope that Schumacher was just putting that show on for the camera.Obviously it’s important not to be overconfident heading into the big meet, and it would be inappropriate for a coach to come out and say flat-out that his or her team is going to win.But at the same time, it would be pretty sad to have to add Bairu — who has done so much during his time here — and his classmates to the list of great athletes who failed to win the big one.
The Premier County failed in their bid to upset Kerry who were looking for their second title in a row at Croke Park yesterday….the final score was Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 6 points. Despite a valiant effort, Tipperary couldn’t get ahead of the Kingdom who took the lead from early on.Manager Charlie McGeever had no arguments with the result but said the experience would stand to the team going forward.
ï»¿The Paradise, Coca-Cola, Partner International Pairsâ€‹As preparations for the 2018 edition of the annual International Pairs golf competition gather momentum, The Paradise, Abuja, has thrown its weight behind the event as one of the main sponsors. Also backing the competition is Coca-Cola.Revealing this in a chat with newsmen during the week, the Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Golf Development Company, (FGDC) Remi Olukoya said, “The Paradiseâ€™s decision to partner FGDC in this yearâ€™s event was as a result of the new initiatives that the organisers have initiated to make the competition a national affair.He said unlike the previous editions where winners were chosen from a one-leg tournament, this yearâ€™s event would be taken around the country to reflect its true national status, offering sponsors better mileage.He added that the coming of The Paradise, Abuja and Coca-Cola, therefore was a big boost for the event and would make it more competitive.Olukoya also confirmed that FGDC was working very hard to get other corporate outfits involved in the championship, adding that before the zonal qualifiers start, other sponsors would have come on board.Already, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos have been scheduled to host the regional qualifiers before the final billed for Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.The winning team in Uyo would be given an all-expense-paid trip to the world final in Portugal where they would compete with teams from Caribbean, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States and Wales.Since its inception 20-years ago, more than half a million amateur golfers from over 30 countries have competed in the exciting, friendly and hugely prestigious event.Former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Esosa Ojomo are the defending champions.ï»¿Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
PLANTATION, Florida – You know that flossing is good for your teeth and gums, but are you sure you’re flossing as often as you should? And are you doing it correctly? Flossing can feel like an annoying chore, yet this essential task can make all the difference to your dental health. Here’s everything you need to know to establish a solid flossing routine.How Often Should You Floss?Brushing your teeth twice per day is an effective way to clean the visible surfaces of your teeth, but what about the hard-to-reach places in between your teeth and the spot where your teeth meet the gums? Flossing cleans between your teeth and along your gumline. If plaque isn’t removed from these areas, the sticky deposit builds up and eventually hardens. The resulting substance is called tartar or calculus, and it can lead to gum disease. It is recommended that you floss at least once per day to remove plaque, bacteria and food debris and help prevent cavities and gum disease.Ideal Flossing TechniqueLearning to floss your teeth takes a bit of practice, but it’s usually easy once you know how. It is suggested that you break off a piece of floss about 18 inches long and winding most of the piece around the middle finger of one hand. Then, wind the remaining floss around the middle finger of your other hand, leaving a strand between your hands.Grip the floss between your index fingers and thumbs of both hands, and then slide the strand between two of your teeth. Move the floss down or up until it reaches the gumline, and then curve it and gently slip it under the gum next to one tooth. Clean under the gum of the adjoining tooth in the same way. To clean the surfaces between the teeth, move the floss upward and downward tightly against your tooth.Slide the floss out and unwind a fresh section from the middle finger that holds the most floss, taking up the slack by winding it around the middle finger of your other hand. Floss between all your teeth, top and bottom, unwinding a clean piece of floss for each new space between teeth.When Is the Best Time to Floss?The most convenient time to floss is when you brush your teeth, either in the morning or the evening. But is it better to floss before brushing or afterward? According to a done, flossing first and then brushing is more effective at removing plaque between the teeth and at maintaining the concentration of fluoride on the tooth enamel.Ultimately, though, the best time to floss is the time that your schedule allows for it. So be sure to clear out a small block of time in your daily routine for this essential practice.Alternatives to Dental FlossSometimes, getting the hang of using dental floss is a struggle. If you find it difficult to use traditional floss, try waxed floss, which slips between your teeth more easily, or try alternative interdental cleaners. These alternatives include pre-threaded flossers, dental picks, tiny brushes you can slide between your teeth and wooden plaque removers. You may also have seen powered water flossers at the drugstore. These devices work by firing a jet of water between the teeth. Water picks are effective at removing food debris and reducing mouth bacteria below the gumline, but they might not be as effective at removing plaque.If you have any problems, your dentist or dental hygienist can give you tips or suggest an alternative flossing device that will work for you.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.com
Crawford, 34, might be right about not being at Ellis’ level, though. Ellis, who retired in 2000, had a career 3-point shooting percentage of 40.3. Crawford, in his 15th season, has a career percentage of 35.1.Crawford intimated he didn’t want to get too caught up in the accomplishment.“I don’t know, I would honestly have to think about it,” he said. “I’m trying to stay in the moment and then one day when it’s over, I can sit back and look at it.”Chris Paul passes Jerry WestPoint guard Chris Paul had a season-high 15 assists Monday, passing former Lakers star Jerry West for 25th on the all-time assists list with 6,241; West had 6,238. By going 5-for-8 from 3-point range in Monday’s 113-92 victory at Charlotte, Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford moved into 10th-place all-time in made 3-point baskets with 1,723, surpassing Dale Ellis, who had 1,719.Afterward, the humble Crawford — a Seattle native — recalled watching one particular performance by Ellis, who spent six-plus of his 17 seasons in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics.“I was at a game in Seattle when he (Ellis) hit nine 3s,” said Crawford, whose team plays at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Detroit (on Prime Ticket). “To me, I’m not in that level of shooting. So to hear those names, it’s unbelievable. Last year I passed Steve Nash.”The Lakers’ Nash is 12th with 1,685. The Clippers made 51 percent (45 of 88) percent of their shots Monday, and a terrific 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range.But Paul didn’t want to take any credit for the way the team shot.“We just made shots; I think the bigs did a great job of rolling,” Paul said. “When you see J.J. and the rest of the guys get open 3s, it’s not because I did anything special, it’s because our bigs rolled.”Rivers expects Detroit’s bestClippers coach Doc Rivers hinted to reporters that just because this next game at Detroit will come against a team that was just 3-10 ahead of its game Tuesday at Milwaukee and sitting next-to-last in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons won’t be a tough nut to crack.“Everyone is gunning for every team in the West since we’re all supposedly really good,” Rivers said. “When you’re on the road, it’s always hard to win. I don’t think people appreciate how hard one win is.“We are just taking this one game at a time and we know Detroit will be ready. We have to be ready.”This and thatPoint guard Brandon Jennings led the Pistons in scoring, assists and steals with respective averages of 16.0, 5.8 and 1.5 before Tuesday. Center Andre Drummond was pulling down 11.6 rebounds and blocking 1.5 shots per game with an 8.7 scoring average. … Blake Griffin’s 16 rebounds Monday were a season-high. … After Detroit, the Clippers (8-5) will finish their seven-game road trip — they are 3-1 so far — with games Friday at Houston and Saturday at Utah. … Charlotte (4-11) now has a six-game losing streak. … Clippers small forward Matt Barnes missed Monday’s game with a calf injury and Reggie Bullock started in his place. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How’s that for a first impression?“I was a little bit, I think, overamped early,” Correia said. “I haven’t had that feeling in a while. I came out of my delivery on a few pitches, but I was able to harness it right away.”The 33-year-old right-hander has a well-earned reputation for being a fly-ball pitcher, but the Braves didn’t hit anything out of the infield until Emilio Bonifacio led off the fourth inning with a single. That was Atlanta’s first baserunner of the game.Bonifacio came around to score, but the Dodgers pulled ahead 3-1 in the sixth inning, then tacked on three more runs in the eighth. Correia said that he shook off catcher A.J. Ellis twice out of 82 pitches, “and he was pretty much right on the ones that I shook.” ATLANTA — First impressions in baseball are easy to forget. Orel Hershiser was called up to the Dodgers as a reliever in 1983; he gave up three runs in his first big-league appearance. In 1980, Fernando Valenzuela also debuted in relief and gave up two runs. Sandy Koufax walked eight batters in his first career start back in 1955. Fortunately for the Dodgers, each of them was given a second chance.Kevin Correia came to the Dodgers without hype. He isn’t a young phenom; he’s a 12-year veteran with a sub-.500 career record. Correia was 5-13 and leading the American League in losses when the Dodgers obtained him from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash on Saturday.Given a chance to start over with a new team Monday, Correia (1-0) took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. He completed six innings, allowed one run and won his first National League game in two years as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-2. Correia’s next start isn’t guaranteed. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated that Correia will go to the bullpen and stay there unless one of the Dodgers’ top five starters struggles or is injured. The purpose of his start Monday was to give the top five an extra day of rest in August. “I think that’s going to be important for us moving forward,” Mattingly said. “We have to survive the next few days because we’re a hair short in the bullpen because of this. It’s been a shot in the arm for us for sure, those two guys came in and gave us good outings.”Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti had to scrape for help when Maholm and Josh Beckett went down with injuries earlier this month, and came up with Correia and Roberto Hernandez, who debuted Friday.Hernandez, obtained last week from the Philadelphia Phillies for two lower-level prospects, has a career record of 65-90. Like Correia, Hernandez wasn’t the Dodgers’ first choice but he pitched six solid innings in his debut. If a good impression for one day can translate for another month or two, starting pitching depth is no longer among the Dodgers’ concerns.After a slow start, they collected 11 hits off Julio Teheran (10-9) and three relievers. Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 5, his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. Carl Crawford (3 for 4), Yasiel Puig (2 for 4) and Correia (2 for 2) — a career .121 hitter — did most of the damage at the plate.Gonzalez singled with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, driving in Correia to tie the game 1-1. With one out and the bases still full, Crawford beat out an infield single to score Dee Gordon with the go-ahead run. The Dodgers led 3-1 when they staged a two-out rally in the eighth inning to break the game open against the Atlanta bullpen. Puig walked, Matt Kemp doubled and Crawford singled to drive in Puig. A throwing error by Bonifacio on a potential double-play ground ball allowed both Kemp and Crawford to score, and gave Ellis his most unexpected RBI of the season.Brian Wilson and Jamey Wright each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Evan Gattis tagged Carlos Frias for an RBI double in the ninth inning.The Dodgers took advantage of the San Francisco Giants’ off-day to take a season-high five-game lead in the National League West.The Braves are moving in the opposite direction, having lost 10 of their last 12 games, including four against the Dodgers. Monday, they might not have seen the same Kevin Correia that most remembered.Gonzalez, who spent two seasons in San Diego with Correia, wasn’t surprised.“I think he’s going to do real well here because Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) and A.J. do a great job scouting the hitters and knowing how to pitch guys. With a guy like him that can execute and take control of both sides of the plate, I think this is a good spot for him.”
Honorable Mention: Kierra Jordan, Central Arkansas; Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian; Taylin Underwood, Southeastern Louisiana; Kayla Mundy, New Orleans. 2017 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 10 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios earned her second Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Colonels (7-8, 2-2 SLC) travel to take on McNeese (6-9, 2-2 SLC) at 6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday before hosting defending league champion Central Arkansas (11-4, 4-0 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Barrios averaged 18.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Colonels last week, highlighted by a 24-point, 20-rebound effort in a 77-64 win at Houston Baptist. Barrios was instrumental in the Colonels’ rally against the Huskies, leading Nicholls to a 45-22 advantage in the second half to overcome an 11-point deficit. In Wednesday’s matchup with Stephen F. Austin, she nearly recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists with no turnovers. The 20-rebound outing against HBU is the Southland’s single-game high this season and led to her fourth double-double in as many league games (eighth overall). For the week, she shot 12 of 13 from the line and added four steals and two blocks. This marks Barrios’ second weekly award in 2017-18, having garnered the distinction previously on Nov. 13. Nicholls now has three weekly honors as a team, including Tykeria Williamson on Dec. 4. 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.