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Area Girls Basketball ScoresTuesday (11-19)Jac-Cen-Del 64 Milan 38South Ripley 51 South Decatur 21SW-Hanover 33 North Decatur 32Lawrenceburg 53 Oldenburg 25Greensburg 72 Shelbyville 26Madison 57 South Dearborn 33University 54 Waldron 32Northeastern 53 Union County 44
Coming into Tuesday’s road game at UC Irvine, the glass half-empty takeaway from the USC baseball team’s last few games was that the lineup was struggling. USC ranks near the bottom of the strong Pac-12 in nearly every hitting statistic, from batting average to runs to RBIs. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanStrong pitching and fielding performances carried the Trojans to a series win against Utah the previous weekend, but the Trojans needed their hitters to step it up. They did so against Irvine; it just wasn’t enough, as USC lost 8-9 to drop to 11-6 on the season. The Anteaters jumped on the Trojans early. Senior starting pitcher Mason Perryman never got control of the strike zone, hitting the first four batters he faced, gift-wrapping UC Irvine a run. Irvine catcher Jacob Castro followed up with a single to center, which turned into 3 runs on a fielding error by the Trojans’ junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar. By the time freshman reliever John Beller got USC’s third out of the frame, Irvine held a 4-0 advantage.The Trojans would respond with a run in each of the next two innings. In the top of the second, redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb scored on a single to center from redshirt sophomore catcher Kaleb Murphy. A two-out strikeout from sophomore right fielder Matthew Acosta, however, left redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta stranded on third.In the top of the third, junior first baseman Dillon Paulson hit a solo home run down the right field line to cut the deficit to 2 runs. Another strikeout, this time swinging by Dubb, left another runner in scoring position.The Trojans had their chances to tie the game early, but didn’t take full advantage. The Anteaters did. In the bottom of the third, Irvine second baseman Cole Kreuter singled to left field, bringing Castro in to score. Both pitching staffs tightened up, and the margin stayed at 5-2 for the next three innings.At the top of the seventh, the Trojans rallied. Nootbaar singled, then scored on a double to left center from junior second baseman Brandon Perez. After advancing to third on a ground out, Perez scored on a double down the right field line by sophomore left fielder Blake Sabol, who would score two batters later when Armenta doubled to center. The game was tied at 5.USC didn’t maintain momentum for long. In the bottom of the inning, Irvine first baseman Ryan Fitzpatrick bombed a 2-run homer off of junior reliever Solomon Bates, a no-doubter over the left field wall. Nootbaar, who broke out of his struggles in this game, tied it up with a 2-run shot of his own in the top of the eighth. The Trojans had worked their way back into the game, but a bad mistake ruined it all. Two singles off of sophomore reliever Austin Manning and an error loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, handing freshman Brian Gursky quite a mess when he came on in relief. Gursky did well, striking out the first two batters, but the second at-bat ended with a wild pitch, scoring the go-ahead run for Irvine. Despite the fact that Gursky retired each batter he faced, one unfortunate misstep made the difference in this back-and-forth game, as USC failed to score in the ninth.The Trojans will start a three-game series at Stanford on Friday. If the unforced mistakes continue, the third-ranked team in the country will show them just how important every play is in baseball.
Marija Marjanovic, young B&H national team member in karate won a new medal for B&H.Two days ago, this 17-year-old won a silver medal at the Balkan Championships in karate, in the category of junior fighting (up to 59 kg).According to the previous points, she has a good chance to perform at the European Championship in Cyprus, in February next year.Her dream is to represent our country at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.Marija won silver after a serious knee injury and a 10-month long break, after which, in the three election tournaments, she won her first appearance for our national team.Marjanovic is engaged in karate for 10 years, and she spent the last 4 years in fights.She is training as a member of the Karate Club Ilidza, under the eye of famous national team member in karate Denis Muhovic. Marija is the first day master of karate, black belt.She is also vice champion this year in our country, and a champion of the Canton Sarajevo last year.Congratulations to Marija! We wish her a lot of success and her dreams to come true!(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)
State judgementsThere have been several criticisms of the State’s performance in Court as regards several legal matters that were recently lost, causing the Government to have to pay out millions of dollars.In this regard, Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, in defending himself and team, has asserted that he has won more cases than he has lost.Williams noted that many of the cases that he is likely to win have not yet come up for hearing in Court.He said on Monday that while his predecessor, Anil Nandall, has been critical of his work as Attorney General, Nandlall had himself done a poor job when he had held the Attorney General position for several years.Making reference to some issues inherited by the now Government, Williams said: “So there is nothing to show that Nandlall accomplished. What did he accomplish? Nothing! Let’s deal with the successes. If he is talking about the successes, that is one narrow aspect of the Ministry of Legal Affairs. I haven’t done any cases as Minister which Mr Nandlall won,” he explained.The AG was referring to the Constitutional case challenge wherein a citizen has sought the court’s interpretation of the provisions in the Guyana Constitution regarding the two-term limit for Guyana’s presidency, among several other top cases which are still pending.“For example, the Local Government Elections that were held… instead of filing an elections petition, he filed some other procedure; so there is no way he could win it, but it’s not coming up,” the AG added.Further, the AG reminded that the heads are not necessarily physically present for every case, but are represented by lawyers within the Chambers. “We have a number of lawyers. We have a Solicitor General and we have provisions for a Deputy, and you have a Principal Legal Advisor…the whole gamut. And these persons are those that represent the State and the AG Chambers,” he explained.The AG boasted that his Chambers had won several cases, but he was not able to provide substantiating evidence to support this claim.The AG also made known to the media that, as a private lawyer, he would have won several top cases. He said, “I’ve won so many cases in the assizes, there’s no other person sitting in this country in this current generation (who) could say that. But the DPP never came to the assizes and dealt with a case I was in…”Late last year, President David Granger came out in support of Williams, contending that the court cases he had lost were due mainly to inadequate representation by his legal team.He added that there are other cases which are pending, and the AG, like some other Ministers, has to make internal changes in the Ministry in order to get the best quality legal representation.“I do not feel that in the past we had the best representation. Some of the cases which we inherited were lost before we started because the representation was inadequate,” President Granger had said.However, in 2017, it was reported that $100 million had been included in the Legal Affairs Ministry’s budget for the retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high-profile cases.Government has, since its assumption to office, lost several cases at the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and in the local courts, to Opposition members, large companies, and even private citizens.President Granger had, in 2016, given the occupants of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) 48 hours to vacate the premises of Red House. This directive was described as “unconscionable and vindictive”.The Opposition later secured two conservatory High Court Orders blocking the State from ejecting the CJRC from the property, once the official residence of the late former President Dr Cheddi Jagan.Another case involved a number of farmers who were granted 50-year leases for State land located in the rear of Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice. In March of 2016, those farmers received letters from the Mahaica/Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) informing them that President David Granger had cancelled their leases, and they must cease occupancy and return the land to the MMA/ADA.A group of the farmers filed a lawsuit, and on the same day as the Red House judgment, the acting Chief Justice, Madam Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire, ruled against the President’s revocation of rice farmers’ land leases, deeming it unconstitutional. She also ruled that the farmers were entitled to compensation from the State amounting to the sum of $300,000.Other cases included a $1.5 billion settlement with Demerara Distillers Limited over taxes, and the Chief Justice’s ruling in the Guyana Elections Commission matter, where a private citizen moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of the President’s reasoning in regard to the chairman’s appointment.While the Court acknowledged that the President can determine who fits the bill of “fit and proper”, the Chief Justice overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution by finding that there was no particular preference for the appointment of persons who had served within the Judiciary.