Hansom: The bestiary

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US blocks ex-Gambian president, family from entering

first_imgGambian president fires central bank chief Colley BANJUL, THE GAMBIA – JANUARY 21: Ex-President Yahyah Jammeh waves to a crowd of supporters before leaving the country on January 21, 2017 at Banjul International Airport in Banjul, The Gambia. Jammeh was defeated by the current president, Adama Barrow, ending his 22 year rule. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) BANJUL, THE GAMBIA – JANUARY 21: Ex-President Yahyah Jammeh waves to a crowd of supporters before leaving the country on January 21, 2017 at Banjul International Airport in Banjul, The Gambia. Jammeh was defeated by the current president, Adama Barrow, ending his 22 year rule. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)The US State Department says former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and members of his immediate family are now ineligible for entry into the United States.The decision comes almost two years after Jammeh was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea after he refused to concede defeat in a presidential election. Jammeh ruled the tiny West African country for two decades.The State Department says he’s now being banned from entry under a category that applies to foreign government officials who are believed to have committed “significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights.”In addition to Jammeh, his wife Zineb, and their daughter Mariam and son Muhammad are also being blocked.Related Ex-Chadian president forcefully arraigned in Senegalese courtcenter_img Gambian President to meet American President in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

No. 10 UWF Heading to Salem for NCAA Championship

first_img The UWF lineup has been particularly deep this year and has had the luxury of not needing to rely on just one player to contribute offensively. To this point, nine Argonauts have at least 20 RBI, seven qualified hitters are batting .296 or better, and seven players have an on-base percentage of .380 or better. Among Gulf South Conference teams, Valdosta State and Alabama Huntsville each have six batters with 20-plus RBI, and only UAH has more qualified hitters with a .390 on-base percentage. Our Half of the Bracket The Rest of the Tournament Field PENSACOLA, Fla. – South Region champions West Florida will visit Salem, Virginia, this week for the NCAA Division II Softball Championships. The Argonauts are making their third trip to the championship in program history and their first since 2003. The NCAA Tournament West Florida gave head coach Melissa Paul her 100th career win in style on Senior Day (April 30), taking an 11-0 victory over Lee at the UWF Softball Complex. After a tough first half of her first season with West Florida in 2015, Paul’s Argonauts went 18-17 to wrap up the year, before going 42-17 in 2016. That 18-game turnaround from 2015 to 2016 is the 13th-biggest in Division II history. Paul’s current career winning percentage at UWF (.639) would put her in the top 40 among active DII coaches, and in the top 60 all time in DII. If one were to take away the first 14 games of the 2015 season, Paul’s record at UWF would be an even more impressive 105-47 (.691). Paul joined the UWF coaching staff in 2014 as an assistant under Tami Cyr, after spending seven years as an assistant at Missouri and five years as the head coach at her alma mater, Marist. During her seven years at Missouri, Paul helped lead the team to a record of 288-89 (.764) and three straight appearances in the Women’s College World Series. She primarily worked with the team’s outfielders, and she mentored three All-America selections. The Tigers reached the WCWS for the first time in 15 years in 2009. In 2011 the team won a school record 53 games and advanced to the WCWS second round before falling to Baylor, 1-0 in 13 innings. During her time at Marist, Paul turned a Red Fox team that went 11-43 in 2004 to conference champions in 2006, when the team earned its first NCAA tournament appearance. For her efforts in the 2006 season, she was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In her five seasons at Marist, Paul mentored 11 All-MAAC players and 33 academic all-conference players. About Armstrong State West Florida leads off the NCAA Championship with 3-seed Armstrong State, which took a 5-2 win over North Georgia in the South Central Super Regional on Friday. Like UWF, the Pirates are making their third trip to the national tournament in program history, having reached in 2013 and 2014. ASU boasts one of the most powerful offenses in DII. The Pirates rank third nationally in home runs (80), sixth in slugging (.550) and 21st in scoring (6.2 runs per game). Five Pirates have double-digit home runs this year, including catcher Logan Harrell, who hit a three-run bomb against UNG in the regional final. But UWF has handled powerful offenses already this year. Against teams with at least 45 home runs this year, Becca Taylor and Sarah Maloney have pitched to a combined 7-3 record and a 2.87 ERA over 63.1 innings, and that includes a sweep over Alabama Huntsville, NCAA Tournament wins against Valdosta State and Claflin and Maloney’s no-hitter against Missouri-St. Louis. Armstrong State also has a few good arms, including staff ace Jane Trzaska, who has thrown 157 innings with a 1.29 ERA. As a team, ASU has a 2.17 ERA, with senior Tori Bates’ 1.51 earned run average ranking second. While ASU presents a tough staff, the Argonauts have fared extremely well against top pitching this year. Against opponents with a lower team ERA than UWF, the Argos have hit .346, slugged .488 and scored well over five runs per game. Armstrong State will have a little extra motivation in the tournament, as the university will be consolidated with Georgia State and its athletics programs will end after the softball season has completed. Our Last 10 Games #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Our NCAA Tournament History Each game of the NCAA Championship will be live streamed on NCAA.com and will feature live stats, and links to each can be found on GoArgos.com before first pitch on Thursday evening. Rachel Wright: Postseason Legend UWF hit a bit of a rough patch once its 23-game winning streak ended in April, but the Argonauts have gone 9-1 since the beginning of the Lee series on April 29 and are a perfect 5-0 in NCAA Tournament play. West Florida has hit .302 as a team while drawing more walks (24) than strikeouts (20), outscoring opponents 52-30 and posting a .959 fielding percentage to a .924 mark from the opposition. Baleigh Boltz leads the team in hitting (.394), total hits (13), and total bases (17) in that stretch, while ranking second in slugging (.515). Tiona Hill’s 13 RBI, 5 doubles, and .552 slugging percentage are all team highs, and she has added walkoff hits against Shorter (GSC Tournament) and Valdosta State (South 1 Regional). Becca Taylor and Sarah Maloney have thrown three combined shutouts with a 2.57 ERA over the last 68 innings of play. Opposing batters have hit just .250 against the duo, and Taylor is 6-1 with two saves and five complete games. It’s A Team Effort NOTESTOURNAMENT HOMEPAGECHAMPIONSHIP BRACKETCHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM*VIDEO/STATS ON NCAA.COM* 2017 marks the 12th trip to the NCAA Tournament for UWF, and the Argonauts hold a 26-23 all-time record in the tournament. Championship play this year starts with Armstrong State on Thursday at 6:30 pm ET. More notably, this is the third time in program history that the Argonauts have made it to the NCAA Championship. UWF went in 2000 and finished 1-2 with a win over Mesa State and also went in 2003, after the team’s fourth 50-win season in the previous five years. West Florida is 1-4 all-time at the NCAA Championship. West Florida has gone a perfect 5-0 in the Tournament to this point, sweeping Lee in the South Super Regional and going 3-0 in Regional play, taking wins against Claflin on Thursday and Valdosta State on Friday and Saturday. Last week marked the sixth time UWF had reached the regional final, and the first time that the Argonauts have played in a Super Regional, which began at the DII level in 2009. Last year, UWF made the drive to Valdosta, Georgia, for the NCAA South 2 Regional, going 2-2 and taking wins against Gulf South Conference rivals Shorter and VSU. That ended a five-year NCAA Tournament drought. This year marked the first time since 2005 that UWF has earned the 1-seed in the region, and the first time since 1998 that UWF hosted a regional tournament. Timely offense has been key for UWF to this point in the postseason. Tiona Hill and Jacey Castro have each hit .348, while the pair and Baleigh Boltz have eight hits apiece. Meghan Toney leads UWF with eight runs scored, while Hill leads with four doubles and eight RBI. West Florida has a 1-4 record in its previous two trips to the NCAA Championship. In West Florida’s last trip in 2003, shortstop Meghan Stastook led UWF with three hits over two games, and she and Natalie Manis each a pair of RBI. Tanya Teague was earned a tough-luck loss against Shippensburg in the opening game of that tournament, striking out six and allowing just four hits in six innings in the 3-2 loss. UWF had a better showing in 2000, going 1-2, scoring 26 runs and hitting .291 as a team. Nikki Johnson led the Argos offensively with a .429 batting average, while Jenna Schmidt had a tournament-best 7 RBI. The Argonauts blew up for 12 runs against Mesa State to stay alive on the second day of the tournament. Our Fearless Leader Minnesota State and Southern Indiana join UWF and Armstrong State in the bottom half of the NCAA Championship bracket. Minnesota State enters the tournament as the 2-seed, having just beaten No. 2 Harding at home in the Central Super Regional. Pitching and defense are specialties for the Mavericks, who rank second in DII in ERA (1.30), fielding percentage (.979) and shutouts (27). Pitcher Coley Ries has been one of the best in the nation in her four years at MSU, and she is the active career leader in DII in wins (113) and strikeouts per seven (10.4). This year, she leads DII in wins (35) and shutouts (16), but she was roughed up in the Super Regional final on Sunday, allowing nine hits and six runs in seven innings. 7-seed Southern Indiana comes out of the Midwest Region. Freshman pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt has posted a 1.46 ERA over 216.1 innings in her rookie campaign, and the Screaming Eagles are led offensively by Haley Hodges (.414, 14 doubles, 11 HR) and Marleah Fossett (.405, 14 doubles, .527 OBP). UWF comes into the tournament with a 45-13 record and will face Armstrong State, the South Central champions, on Thursday at 6:30 pm ET at the James I. Moyer Complex in Salem. Fans interested in attending the tournament can visit the tournament homepage, which can be found at the link above, for more information on tickets. The legend of Rachel Wright continued to grow on Saturday, following a three-hit contest and a game-saving catch against 5-seed Valdosta State in the South 1 Regional Semifinal. The sophomore is now batting .354 (17-48) and slugging .604 in 16 career postseason games, with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 7 RBI. The legend began last year, when Wright had a four-hit game against Shorter in the opening round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament and followed that with a two-homer contest against the Hawks just two days later. The highlight of Wright’s postseason career came in the regional, when the native of nearby Cantonment, Florida, made a run for a high fly ball from Valdosta State’s Chelsea Canara and climbed the left-center field fence, making a grab with two outs and the bases loaded in a one-run game. In her first year at UWF, third baseman Tiona Hill has established herself as a major offensive threat in the UWF lineup, slugging .556 with a team-high 16 doubles, and 3 triples and 3 home runs. She hit .403 in UWF’s 23-game winning streak. As strong as Hill has been during the entire year, her biggest impact has come in the postseason. The junior started her heroics in the GSC Tournament against Shorter, when she lifted a two-run single into left field to bring in Meghan Toney and Rhiannon Sassman and give UWF a walkoff win in the tournament’s first round. She followed that act with another walkoff hit in the South 1 Regional, driving a single up the middle and putting UWF on top of Valdosta State with a 7-6 victory. That was just one of Hill’s 8 hits in postseason play this year, and she also has Hill’s clutch hitting has not just started in the postseason, however. She is hitting .448 (13-29) with 15 RBI when UWF has runners on and two outs, .397 (23-58) when she has runners in scoring position, and .545 (6-11) with the bases loaded. Since April 1, she has hit .462 with 6 RBI in late and close situations — after the fifth inning, with the score within two runs. Following a game at Montevallo and before the start of the Union series, UWF made a pit stop to play mini-golf and laser tag in Tennessee. While playing, Hill scored a hole-in-one on the 12th hole, and she leads the team with 8 doubles, 19 RBI and a .451 OBP since then. The junior has been a model of consistency this season, with her average staying above .350 since March 18. She has also been outstanding in the batter’s box with two outs this year, hitting a ridiculous .477 (21-44). No. 1 Angelo State is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Championship and its first since 2010, following a sweep over Texas Woman’s in the South Central Super Regional. The Rambelles have a two-headed monster in the circle with Brandy Marlett (28-4, 1.25 ERA, 295 Ks in 212.2 IP) and freshman Kenedy Urbany (1.17 ERA, 21-1), and they rank third in DII with a .426 team on-base percentage. 4-seed West Virginia Wesleyan’s Hannah Vet has been as good as anyone in the circle this year, ranking second in DII in ERA (0.81), fifth in walks per seven (0.56) and 14th in hits per seven (4.5). Tori Pogue leads the Bobcats offensively, with a .426 batting average and 28 steals in 31 tries. Molloy will be the fifth seed and face West Virginia Wesleyan in the opening round, having won its last five games. Pitcher Chelsea Hawks has been critical to Molloy’s success, with a 1.70 ERA and seven shutouts over 222.2 innings pitched. 8-seed Humboldt State was last year’s national runner-up, and the Lumberjacks won their second consecutive West Region title over Dixie State on Friday. Maddie Williams is ninth in DII with 260 strikeouts this year, holding a 24-9 record in 206.1 innings of work. Captain Clutch – Tiona Hilllast_img read more