Google hit with €1.49B fine over AdSense

first_img Tags Clubhouse launches on Android Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot Saleha Riaz AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 MAR 2019 Related Previous ArticleTelia closes book on Uzbek bribery scandalNext ArticleInvestment group tables $3.3B Inmarsat offer AndroidGooglecenter_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Australia watchdog moves to open up app market Apps Author HomeAppsNews Google hit with €1.49B fine over AdSense The European Commission (EC) once again fined Google, this time €1.49 billion for forcing customers of its AdSense business to turn down advertising from rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft.The EU’s statement explained that since it is not possible for competitors in online search advertising to sell ad space in Google’s own search engine results pages, third-party websites are “an important entry point for these other suppliers of online search advertising intermediation services to grow their business and try to compete with Google.”However, it found that the search giant was imposing restrictive clauses in contracts with websites, preventing rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a statement: “Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”“The misconduct lasted over 10 years and denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate – and consumers the benefits of competition,” she added.Google making amends The news comes a day after Google announced it will ask Android users in Europe which browser and search apps they prefer, as part of steps it is taking to placate the European Commission following a €4.3 billion fine for abusing the dominant position of its operating software.The fine was issued in July 2018 after a three-year investigation into Google’s requirement for device makers to include its apps on devices, including its browser Chrome, and position them prominently.Android users have always had the option of downloading any app they want but in a blog post Kent Walker, SVP of global affairs, explained it is taking steps “to ensure Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available.”As first steps taken after the fine, Google laid out plans to stop bundling preinstalled apps with its Android platform and instead charge manufacturers a fee to licence its apps, as part of a bid to avoid additional fines.The new changes will take place over the next few months and reflect “our continued commitment to operating in an open and principled way,” the company said. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

American workers aren’t taking vacation

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Kate RogersWho doesn’t love a nice vacation? American workers, apparently.A new report shows the average worker only uses half of their time off and paid vacation each year.  What’s more, three in five workers (61 %) admit to doing some work while on vacation, and 75% of workers aren’t using up all of their time off, the survey from  online career resource Glassdoor finds.Fifteen percent of workers say they have not taken any vacation in the past year, and 40% say they’re take off only a quarter of their allotted time, or less.Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, says workers are still suffering from a post-recession hangover. “When we first started asking this question in 2009, we got a startling number of responses of people saying ‘If I leave I will get laid off,’” Rueff says. “No one would take a vacation back then. Today, there’s a reticence that is part of it.”He adds that workers have more vacation time than they did 50 years ago. “They think, ‘if I can bank a bit of it for insurance that is a good way to go’” he says of workers’ mentality of taking less time off to protect their job. continue reading »last_img read more

Asian Container Shipments Lift Jacksonville Port’s Volumes

first_imgThe US Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has seen a growth of 16 percent in Asian container shipments during the first six months of the fiscal year 2016 as it moved 157,689 TEUs compared to 135,429 TEUs handled in the same period a year earlier.According to the port authority, the Asian container trade is the fastest growing segment of its container cargo business, accounting for 33 percent of the business in the first six months of of the fiscal year, up from 31 percent a in the previous year and from just 7 percent in fiscal year 2014.“The port has recorded an average of 28.5 percent annual growth in Asian container volumes during the past five years,” the authority said.Furthermore, the port said that it experienced growth in other business areas as well.The container volumes to and from Puerto Rico increased by 10 percent and the shipment of breakbulk cargoes, such as fertilizer, metals, forest products, perishables and project cargo jumped by 34 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal year over the same period last year.Jacksonville Port Authority said that, with the two harbor improvement projects which are currently underway, including the project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet, it expects to host the largest container ships calling on the U.S. East Coast.“JAXPORT continues to invest in major growth projects including a new on-dock rail facility opening summer 2016, new 100-gauge container cranes to be operational at Blount Island in the fall and ongoing upgrades to terminal berths, docks and rail,” the authority added.last_img read more

Armen Gilliam Hoops camp a success! (August 9, 2017)

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—A drive-by “Overtime” for ya ‘cause “A Brother is tired!” Just wrapped up the 44th consecutive Champions/Achieving Greatness/Armen Gilliam/Leroy Freeman Hard Work Basketball Camp. Eighty-one boys and girls blew it out. Special thanks to staff, volunteers, camp director Warren Wilson, Chris Seneca, Coach Karen Hall, Al Smith, Kevin Solomon, Chris “Nightmare” Stallworth and special guest Darrell “Dap” Porter. More details next week.:09—Your Pirates took two out of three from the Padres (Aug 4-6). Yeaaaaa!!!:08—There’s a new sheriff in town and “she’s” a man-killing machine and “her” name is the Atomic Blonde, aka Charlize Theron. Man, 4 out of 5 basketballs. She is bad, bad, bad. (Stay away from the dark tower . . . You – Will – Die – Of – Dark – Boredom!):07—Your Pittsburgh Steelers open the preseason at the New York Giants this Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Let’s get ready to rumble!:06—High school football is right around the corner. Let’s get ready to support our high school students and football programs on all levels. And remember, you’re not playing anything but the radio on the way home from the game.:05—It’s back and almost here. The Fourth Annual Pittsburgh City League High School All-Sports Hall of Fame Awards. And we’re getting ready for a fourth consecutive sellout crowd. And I know it’s about to be true because this year’s class will feature the induction of both the 1966 and 1971 Schenley High School city and state basketball teams. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the historic August Wilson Center, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. awards. Tickets are $50. Next week in this column we will announce the top 50 names being considered for induction!:04—If you’re home reading this right now and it’s after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9…It means you are missing the elements. Earth, Wind and Fire is about to tear the roof off the sucker in Pittsburgh! (Second-greatest R&B group of all-time, behind the Temptations, Ed Gainey!):03—For the record, Terrell “T.O.” Owens not going in the NFL Hall of Fame again is a bigger crime than Donald Trump being elected President.:02—“Free O.J.!!!” Oh, my bad. They did that. (O.J. didn’t do it!):01—The Great White Par-Tay…The last White Party of the summer is coming. The fabulous Savoy Restaurant will present…The Fast and Furious White Par-Tay and Car Show Saturday, Sept. 2…Labor Day weekend…Saturday, 4-7 p.m. is the car show in the lot with DJ, vendors and 50/50 raffle. All great cars welcome. First, second and third place trophies for best car on site. The party moves indoors 7-10 p.m. Food, drinks and fun, fun, fun!:00—GAME OVER. Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick’s protest

first_imgWhat started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams’ Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf.On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn’t have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argue the quarterback’s lack of a job is more about his talent.The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. At least three NFL clubs have openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback has yet to sign a contract with training camps well underway.Just weeks away from the regular season, he has become a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people —including players, fans, politicians, team owners and pundits — invoke his name to debate thorny issues of patriotism and race. Other prominent NFL players have sat out or demonstrated during anthems this preseason, one saying his decision was bolstered by a recent white supremacists’ rally in Virginia that turned deadly.“There’s a lot going on inside people’s hearts right now,” said Dan Rascher, a sports business professor at the University of San Francisco. “This may have been a catalyst for that even though it’s not about Colin Kaepernick, but about our country and who we are.”FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, activist Najee Ali gestures as he protests for former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a small protest outside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the Los Angeles Rams play the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason NFL football game in Los Angeles. What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)Other players who joined Kaepernick in protest are still employed. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins pledged to continue his protests this season, tight end Martellus Bennett signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Brandon Marshall stayed with the Denver Broncos even as he lost two endorsements for kneeling during the anthem.Still, some fans say they believe Kaepernick has been passed up as punishment for his actions, which initially went unnoticed until the third preseason game last year.The chorus gets louder every time a quarterback vacancy is filled on an NFL team, such as when the Miami Dolphins brought 34-year-old quarterback Jay Cutler out of a short-lived retirement to lead its franchise. Cutler was out of work — like Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and others — and planned to work as a television analyst before the Dolphins reunited him with coach Adam Gase.“Either some owners and/or the NFL are punishing him for speaking out, or they’ve decided that it’s best for business to sweep these valid issues under the rug in order not to upset fans who, in our opinion, don’t have a valid reason to be upset about Colin Kaepernick being on their team,” said Tim Clark, who is organizing boycotts of all 32 teams for the NFL’s regular season opener.Color of Change, an online civil rights organization, flooded Baltimore Ravens headquarters with telephone calls when the team didn’t quickly sign him as it openly considered options to react to an injury. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network, which demonstrated over the weekend, says it will boycott the Rams and Chargers games at Memorial Coliseum. A petition calling for a season-long boycott of the NFL has collected more than 170,000 signatures.“We understand the NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch,” the petition said.Elie Mystal, an editor at the “Above the Law” legal commentary website, agreed with the proposed boycotts.“Kaepernick doesn’t have a job because he spoke out about race,” Mystal said. “That’s the thing you’re not allowed to do in our sporting culture and most of our popular culture, unless you’re so over-the-top talented that they need you for winning.”Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem while Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during Saturday’s game between the two teams.Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Martellus Bennett’s brother, sat during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the second straight week on Friday. He was joined by two teammates standing by him. Bennett said the death of a young woman protesting White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, underscored his decision.“First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American, but I don’t love segregation,” he said. “I don’t love riots. I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander.”Some fans say Kaepernick has not been signed because he’s had an inconsistent career. He played in the 2013 Super Bowl but faded in the seasons leading up to the protests, winning just three games in his last 19 starts.He had two seasons where he was the starting quarterback for all 16 of his team’s games, including the 2014 season that ended with San Francisco missing the playoffs. He suffered from a shoulder injury for half of 2015 and began the 2016 season as a backup, then started 11 games. The 49ers finished in last place for the second season in a row.“Do these people (complaining) about Kaepernick going unsigned not understand that he sucks, and he’s a liability/distraction?” tweeted Joe Patterson, a business management major at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.Henry Schafer, executive vice president of Q Scores Marketing Evaluations, said Kaepernick’s popularity has plummeted.“He’s very polarizing and much more in the consciences of the general population as well as sports fans and, creating, I would think, a pretty big dilemma for the NFL teams as to where he’s going to go,” Schafer said.The fallout wasn’t all negative: Kaepernick inspired a movement as high school athletes across the country kneeled during the anthem. Kaepernick had the 17th highest jersey sale in May and came in 39th in all merchandise from May through July 31. He’s the only player in the top 50 in sales without a job.Kaepernick, who is White and African-American, took a stand that was unpopular among many Whites, which is what boxing great Muhammad Ali did when he refused to be drafted into military during the Vietnam war.Ali was convicted of draft evasion, which was later overturned, banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title.It’s uncertain how history will treat Kaepernick. But just as Ali was linked to the “Black power” movement, Kaepernick has become linked with the Black Lives Matter movement, says Soyica Diggs Colbert, a Georgetown University professor who is writing a book on Black movements.“When we think about how Black Lives Matter as a political movement gets woven into sports,” Kaepernick’s certainly the key figure in that conversation, she said.___Follow Janie Har on Twitter at and contact her at [email protected] Follow Jesse J. Holland on Twitter at , on Facebook at and contact him at [email protected] In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)last_img read more

Serbian footballer in China passes away after training session on Friday

first_img Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET EFE The hospital did not disclose the reasons for the death, but the club divulged that Gogic suffered “a sudden heart attack,” according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. Serbian footballer Goran Gagic, who played for Qingdao Hainiu in the Chinese second division, passed away on Friday after a training session. Gogic, a 29-year-old central defensive midfielder, passed out late on Friday afternoon, while on the team’s bus. He was transferred with urgency to Qingdao’s city hospital, where he died several hours later. 04/07/2015 Gogic signed for the Chinese club this year from Red Star Belgrade, which he joined in 2013 after playing for various Serbian teams.last_img read more

Parking breakthrough

first_imgBy NICOLE WILLIAMS THE Boys from Berwick have joined forces to improve parking for customers along the High Street service…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Leinster Senior Hurling Semi-Final fixed for Portlaoise

first_imgDetails of the Leinster Senior Hurling Semi-Final between Offaly and Galway have been announced this morning. The game will be held in O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Sunday the 19th of June with the game throwing in at 3.30. Kilkenny and Dublin meet in the other Leinster Semi-Final this Saturday evening in Portlaoise.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

West Ham vs Tottenham: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news

first_imgWill Real Madrid double Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s wages to lure him to the Bernabeu? #THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Winks, Eriksen (C), Son, Dele, Llorente.Odds from @WilliamHill –— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 31, 2018 TOTTENHAM’s attempts to end their trophy drought under Mauricio Pochettino continue as they travel to West Ham in the Carabao Cup fourth round tonight.Spurs were in action as recently as Monday when they lost 1-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley.1 Pochettino’s side are in cup action against fellow Premier League side West HamCredit: ReutersBut less than 48 hours on they travel to the London Stadium to face a Hammers side who drew with Leicester City at the weekend.Both sides met in the Premier League just 11 days ago,with Erik Lamela heading home the only goal as Spurs prevailed.What time is kick-off?The Hammers host Spurs in East London TONIGHT, October 31.Kick-off at the London Stadium is at 7.45pm.Both sides met at the same stage of the competition last season, with the East Londoners producing a fine comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Wembley.Michail Antonio puts on a Michael Myers mask and scares team mates at West Ham training groundMOST READ IN FOOTBALLPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsWhich TV channel can I watch it on?Unfortunately the game is not available to watch on TV in the UK.Broadcasters have opted to instead show Frank Lampard’s managerial return to Chelsea with Derby County as their feature game on Wednesday.However, SunSport will be running our LIVE BLOG, which will provide minute-by-minute updates from the game.What is the team news?The Boss puts out a strong team to take on Spurs tonight! 💪— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 31, 2018last_img read more

Cross Country: Weekend Recap

first_img“This is a great start to the season,” said Chapoton. “I hope that we can see this as a flashpoint of things to come.” Up next for SFA is a trip to Houston, competing in the Rice Invitational on Friday, September 12th.- Return to top – For the Sam Houston men, Grant Buley was the top finisher with a seventh place 10:07.Other Bearkat marks included Ryan Saam (10:10) eighth, Evan Arambule (10:14) ninth, Logan Terry (10:16) 11th and J. T. Bounds (10:41) 20th.- Return to top – Sam Houston State at HBU/Sam Houston/Houston Double Duals at MacGregor ParkHOUSTON, Texas – Both the Sam Houston men’s and women’s cross country teams competed with the University of Houston and Houston Baptist in the Husky Invitational double dual meet at MacGregor Park in the Bayou city Friday afternoon. “This event was good for us,” said head coach Sean Brady. “It’s always good to see conference opponents early on and let them know that we mean business.” Justine Franklin and Rachael Davee completed the event in 41:30.0 to place 14th. Houston Baptist hosts HBU/Sam Houston/Houston Double Duals at MacGregor ParkHOUSTON, Texas – Juan Fraga finished third overall and helped the HBU men to a dual meet victory over Sam Houston State Friday in the HBU/Houston/Sam Houston Double Duals cross country season-opener at MacGregor Park. Running in a weather-shortened two-mile race, the sophomore from Aldine MacArthur clocked 10:01 to take third behind a pair of UH runners as the Huskies beat Sam Houston 22-35 and were edged by UH, 26-29.Jeremy Lewis was fifth at 10:04, and freshman Enrique Perez ran a strong debut effort to finish two seconds behind Lewis in sixth. The other scorers for HBU’s men were Oscar Garcia, who was 10th overall at 10:15, and freshman Daniel Shelton, who took 12th at 10:17.HBU’s women dropped both duals, 15-40 to Sam Houston and 16-40 to UH. Carolyn McClanahan was the top finisher for the Huskies in 10th, finishing with a time of 12:31. Gabriela Busquet, the team’s top finisher at the 2013 Southland Conference championship meet, was 12th at 12:43, and freshman Arielle Price (13th/12:54) and Stephanie Aguilar (14th/13:11) were the next across the line. Katie Haring rounded out the scoring in 16th at 13:28.Next on the schedule for the Huskies is the Rice Invitational on Sept. 12.- Return to top – Southeastern cross country will return to New Orleans on September 6th to compete in the Louisiana Army/National Guard/ROTC Wolfpack Invitational, hosted by Loyola.- Return to top – The men finished their night with score of 23-32, taking three of the top-five spots. Sophomore Edgar Martinez placed first in the 8k with a time of 15:25. Cesar Gonzalez (15:39) and newcomer Logan Pittdman (15:39) rounded out the top-five. Freshmen Jordan Wright (15:45) and Stephen Galli (15:48) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in their first collegiate race. “Pan -American did a remarkable job with everything that went on. It was a miracle we even raced,” said head coach Shawn Flanagan. “When we drove up to the golf course water was at the door of the bus.” McNeese State hosts McNeese 6k RelaysLAKE CHARLES, La. – Newcomers came up big for McNeese at the annual running of the McNeese Cross Country Relay on Friday evening as Enok Bor posted the fastest time of all the men runners in his run and Cowgirl newcomer Rhian Dawes posted the best McNeese time. Bor, a native of Kenya, ran a time of 12:42 in the 4k race on the McNeese A team to lead all runners while teammate Ryan Holroyd, running with the McNeese B squad, closely followed with a split of 12:44.  Holroyd teamed with Nathan Jones to clock a total time of 25:10.71 to take first in the 17-team, 8k race. Southeastern Louisiana at UNO RelaysNew Orleans, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s and women’s cross country teams returned to Hammond with a pair of first place finishes after competing in the UNO Relays on Friday. Both McNeese teams will be back in action on September 12 when they take part in the Rice Invitational.- Return to top – “The relay lets us position runners to help them get accustomed to either running from ahead of the pack or running from behind,” said head coach Brendon Gilroy.  “It really prepares them better for full races. “I thought our guys did a really good job today. Obviously we had a good showing from Ryan (Holroyd) and Enok (Bor), but I thought Fisher (Hamilton) and Enrique (Soto) ran really well on the men’s side.  On the women’s side, both Gemma and Rhian had a nice showing.” Cori Storms clocked the Cowgirls’ third-fastest time at 11:01 followed by transfer and Lake Charles native Sara Booth who ran an 11:03 as did Alison Smegal. Bridge and Dawes, both transfers, teamed to give the Cowgirls an eighth place finish, the team’s highest mark of the day. Bridge ran a 10:54 on the first leg only to be beaten out by Dawes, who ran a 10:42 for the fastest time of the event for the Cowgirls. On the women’s side, the freshmen duo of Clarissa Smith and Celia Zaeringer finished with the event’s fastest combined time (25:38.50). Katie Neill and Jennifer Ernst teamed up for a fifth place finish (30:11.75), while newcomers Ivy Ainsworth and Haley Gregoire came in tenth (33:06.41). The LSU B team made up of Morgan Schuetz and Andria Augilar won the women’s event with a combined time of 19:52.58. For the men, junior Harry Wiggins and sophomore Andrew Brouilliette took first with a combined time of twenty-six minutes, 42.47 seconds. Finishing close behind in second were freshmen Isaiah Gilbert and Michael Perez (26:47.88). Freshman Trey Capello and junior Joseph Edwards placed fourth (27:39.38), while sophomore Stephen Cassingham and senior Tyler Waggenspack came in sixth (27:55.84) Ana Moreno, Olivia Olguin and Nicole Aponte were the Bearkat women’s top three performers, placing second, third and fourth in the individual standings. Moreno ran the two-mile course in 11:48, Olguin in 11:52 and Aponte in 11:54. Under the leadership of volunteer assistant coach Brandon Chapoton, Southeastern recorded impressive times from upperclassmen and newcomers alike. Southeastern cross country will return to New Orleans on September 6th to compete in the Louisiana Army/National Guard/ROTC Wolfpack Invitational, hosted by Loyola.- Return to top – On the women’s side, LSU took the first two places followed by Louisiana-Lafayette in the next two spots, Northwestern State in fifth, LSU sixth, ULL seventh and McNeese eighth.  The Cowgirls also finished 10th, 12th, 14th and 17th.  New Orleans hosts UNO RelaysNicholls at UNO RelaysNew Orleans, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s and women’s cross country teams returned to Hammond with a pair of first place finishes after competing in the UNO Relays on Friday. The Lions and Lady Lions were slated against Nicholls, UNO, and Southern in the event at Lake Oaks Park. Each team had three pairs of runners comprise a relay tandem and their respective finishes combined for the team score with first place earning one point, second place receiving two points, etc. UIW hosts Alamo City Opener Cassidy Allen (12:08) was sixth and Nina Gonzales (12:29) placed ninth to round out Bearkat finishes in the top 10. On the women’s side, the freshmen duo of Clarissa Smith and Celia Zaeringer finished with the event’s fastest combined time (25:38.50). Katie Neill and Jennifer Ernst teamed up for a fifth place finish (30:11.75), while newcomers Ivy Ainsworth and Haley Gregoire came in tenth (33:06.41). The race, which was structured so that each athlete would run 6,300 meters overall in 2,100-meter relay legs, also featured duos from Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin. Becker and Riker combined to finish the 12,600-meter course in 37:05.3, which trailed the winning pair from Texas A&M by 26.3 seconds. On the men’s side, competing in the 12.6 kilometer relay, SFA was led by the duo of Connor McClain and Topper Markham as the two posted a time of 40:13.1. Kaleb Vasquez and Colby McCune finished second among the Lumberjack runners with a combined time of 40:40.1 with Sam Wallace and John Shirk running a 41:01.9, finishing eighth overall. Northwestern’s  first team-scored meet will take place Sept. 12 at Houston. Lamar at Aggie OpenerCOLLEGE STATION , Texas – Friday night’s cross country relay gave coach Darren Gauson a chance to see a number of his newcomers in action, and the German contingent of Jan Lukas Becker and Tobias Riker probably stood out among the pack as they placed second in men’s race at the Texas A&M Aggie Opener. “This is a great start to the season,” said Chapoton. “I hope that we can see this as a flashpoint of things to come.” Texas A&M swept both the men and women titles, recording a perfect six points on the women’s side while tallying nine points on the men. Lamar placed second in both events, finishing with 15 points for the men and 18 for the women. NSU has six more competitions this fall, including hosting the NSU Pre-Conference Meet on Oct. 6 and the Southland Conference Championships on Nov. 3 at the Demon Hills Golf Course.- Return to top –   The rain did not stop the Islanders from dominating the event once again. The women’s team swept the event finishing in first five spots and a score of 15-45. Vanessa Galindo grabbed the top spot in the 5k race finishing with a time of 10:50. Liz Romo finished just behind at 10:54 and Shelby Polasek took third at 11:05. Samantha Hardin (11:20) and Alexandria Rossi (11:32) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. “I thought everyone ran pretty well,” Gauson said. “It was a great debut for Tobias and Jan Lukas. Tobias had a really good kick at the end, but Sean was actually the quickest on that final leg. That was really pleasing for me to see, and it shows the kind of improvement he’s made since last year.” The Cowboys C team made up of Oliver James and Brock Moreaux, clocked a combined time of 25:42.07 to finish third while MSU D (Nicholas Kiprono and Hamilton) ran a 25:58.68 to finish fifth overall in the 17-team field. For the men, junior Harry Wiggins and sophomore Andrew Brouilliette took first with a combined time of twenty-six minutes, 42.47 seconds. Finishing close behind in second were freshmen Isaiah Gilbert and Michael Perez (26:47.88). Freshman Trey Capello and junior Joseph Edwards placed fourth (27:39.38), while sophomore Stephen Cassingham and senior Tyler Waggenspack came in sixth (27:55.84) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Rio Grande Valley RelaysEDINBURG, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men’s and women’s cross country battled heavy rain and bad conditions as they opened their season at the Rio Grande Valley Relays. The race was moved to the UT – Pan American campus after the original site was washed out due to flooding. “This event was good for us,” said head coach Sean Brady. “It’s always good to see conference opponents early on and let them know that we mean business.” For the SFA women, which ran an 8.4 kilometer race, the tandem of Taylor Anderson and Macy Davis was the first Ladyjack finisher, posting a combined time of 30:49.5 to place sixth. Taylor Bohr and Taylor Glasz placed seventh overall with a time of 31:02.2 while Taylor Kunkel and Mary Luster ran a 32:05.7, placing eighth. LSU A placed second with a mark of 25:19.28.  McNeese teams followed by placing third, fourth and fifth in the event.  Enok and Enrique Soto teamed to clock a 25:42.07 for a third place finish. Stephen F. Austin at Aggie OpenerCOLLEGE STATION, Texas – Stephen F. Austin opened up the 2014 cross country season with both the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks placing third at the Aggie Opener. Both squads recorded 21 points, finishing behind host Texas A&M and Southland Conference rival Lamar. Houston Baptist hosts HBU/Sam Houston/Houston Double Duals at MacGregor Park    UIW hosts Alamo City OpenerLamar at Aggie OpenerMcNeese State hosts McNeese 6k RelaysNew Orleans hosts UNO RelaysNicholls at UNO RelaysNorthwestern State at McNeese 6K RelaysSam Houston State at HBU/Sam Houston/Houston Double Duals at MacGregor ParkSoutheastern Louisiana at UNO RelaysStephen F. Austin at Aggie OpenerTexas A&M-Corpus Christi at Rio Grande Valley RelaysCentral Arkansas at Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic As a team, LU finished second to the Aggies in both the men’s and the women’s races.Federico Gasbarri and Sean Chalmers placed fourth with a time 37:13.0, and the final LU pairing of Andres Espinosa and Tye Norman was 12th at 42:04.3. “Our guys overall competed well. Our female newcomers ran especially well,” he said. “It was a good landmark after a week and a half of training, and we learned a lot as athletes and competitors in this meet. The experience of running against other schools is something that helped us, and now that we’ve got our feet wet, especially considering the weather today, we’re able to go forward with a better idea of what lies ahead. This was a good milestone for our training.”The  meet was a tandem race, with two runners combining to cover the distance. “Both the men and the women ran steady races and that’s what we wanted to do. There were some rookie mistakes, but we will learn from them,” noted Flanagan. “I’m happy with how we finished and I think this will help us down the line in conference.” The women’s race saw each individual run 4,200 meters, and the team of Belinda Aguilar and Kaitlynn Warren were the top non-Aggie duo, placing fifth with a time of 30:22.6. Megan Flanagan and Chaynee Atwood were seventh at 30:32.7, while Cara Ortiz and Aleksandra Sokolova came in 13th at 34:34.5.  Central Arkansas at Brooks Memphis Twilight ClassicMEMPHIS , Tenn. – The University of Central Arkansas men’s cross country team placed three runners in the Top 20 and finished third overall at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Cross Country Classic.The men finished third out of 12 teams, while the UCA women were seventh out of 14 squads.Freshman Julian Jeandree finished 14th in a time of 20:43.82 for the four-mile run. Junior Ryan Davidson was 15th (20:47.99), while sophomore Grant Williams finished 18th (20:56.58). Junior Al Maeder was 21st (21:03.72), while junior Josh Quiroga was 22nd (21:04.41). Freshman Preston Borg came in 25th (21:08.45), freshman Alonzo Pollum was 28th (21:14.38) and freshman Brant Cook was 29th (21:16.98). For the UCA women, sophomre Brigette Caruthers led the way with a 27th place finish in a time of 19:17.50 over the 5K course. Freshman Diana Moreno was 32nd (19:23.94), followed by freshman Abigal Topham in 46th (20:05.58). Sophomore Madison Sewell was 55th (20:18.30), while junior Sophie Clauss was 64th (20:37.73) and freshman Helen Senesse was 67th (20:40.30).- Return to top – LU will return to action at the Rice Invitational on September 12.- Return to top – Northwestern State at McNeese 6K RelaysLAKE CHARLES, La. – Northwestern State’s cross country season began Friday in rainy, humid weather with a good relay effort at the McNeese Relay, with head coach Mike Heimerman satisfied with his competitors’ efforts in the season-opening competition. In the men’s 8,000 meter run at the Enos Derbonne Complex, Guy Butts and Joshua Wilkins finished in 26:57.84 to lead the Demons, followed by Louis Moncla and Jeremy Elliott in 28:43.81. Hunter Warmack and Skylor Reese came across in 29:35.57 and Tyler Corwin and Miles Brown finished in 34:41.63.The Lady Demons’ top tandem over a 6,000 meter course was Erin Wrozek and Jacqueline Rushford in 21:25.12 for fifth place. Emily Sitarz and Ashley Adams finished in 23:13.24, followed by Erin Sitarz and Annie Fillers in 23:44.08. Competitors from McNeese, LSU, UL-Lafayette and NSU ran in the meet, which was essentially a training event designed to allow runners to get a dose of competition against other schools. Under the leadership of volunteer assistant coach Brandon Chapoton, Southeastern recorded impressive times from upperclassmen and newcomers alike. The Lions and Lady Lions were slated against Nicholls, UNO, and Southern in the event at Lake Oaks Park. The cross country teams will return to action in three weeks, as they will compete in the Texas A&M Invitational Sep. 20 in College Station, Texas.- Return to top –last_img read more