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Live Stats Rhine and Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) at 19.0 points per game and 18.3 are No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the conference leaders. Buy Tickets Loyola ESPN+ Loyola Notes DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center Friday night when it hosts Loyola in the team’s Missouri Valley Conference home opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and doors will open at 5 p.m. Fans can take advantage of the Starting $5 Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. with four concession items specially priced during that time with $1 hotdogs, small popcorns and 16 oz. soft drinks along with $2 slices of Papa John’s pizza. Drake Game Notes In its first MVC games, Drake (10-4, 2-0 MVC) never trailed in each road win over Bradley and Illinois State last weekend. The Bulldogs, who lead the nation in total assists with 312, handed out 47 assists in the two victories. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) posted double-doubles in each contest and was awarded her fourth MVC Player of the Week award of the season on Monday in recognition for performances. Story Links Loyola (7-5, 1-0 MVC) has already matched its win total from last season after it defeated Valparaiso (4-9, 0-1 MVC) in its league opener. The Ramblers are led by sophomore Abby O’Conner who averages a team-high 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Drake has won nine consecutive in the series and holds a 13-3 advantage. Valpo is led by first-year head coach Mary Evans who previously was an assistant for four seasons at Ohio. Senior guard Meredith Hamlet leads the team in scoring at 14.2. The Bulldogs won all three meetings last year in Valpo’s first year in the MVC after the teams hadn’t played since 1995. Print Friendly Version Valparaiso ESPN3 Following Friday’s game, Drake welcomes Valparaiso Sunday afternoon. Tipoff with the Crusaders is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed on ESPN3.
OTTAWA — Several of Canada’s leading environment groups say the list of election demands from Canada’s oil industry earlier this week are a direct attack on the future health and prosperity of Canadians.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers issued a list of things it would like to see from federal parties in the fall campaign to help increase production of Canadian fossil fuels.Dale Marshall, national program manager at Environmental Defence, says if the world is going to stop global warming it has to retire fossil fuels, not produce more of them.Environmental Defence, the David Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace Canada are among more than half a dozen organizations that issued a joint statement Wednesday urging political parties to reject the petroleum industry’s vision.Marshall says expanding fossil-fuel production as envisioned by the oil industry would lead to “climate chaos.”He says investing in clean and renewable energy that can be exported will result in the same economic benefits without the accompanying climate disasters.
Noida: Noida Special Task Force (STF) police team has arrested a wanted criminal, carrying bounty of Rs 25,000 on his head, who allegedly duped various banks to the tune of Rs eight crore as he financed over 60 cars against fake documents.Police said that the accused produced fake documents on the name of a Greater Noida based firm, said STF officials. According to police, the accused had been identified as Rajat Kulshreshtha (34), a resident of Antriksh Golf view society of Noida. Cops said that over half a dozen cases of fraud were registered against the accused in Agra district. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticRaj Kumar Mishra, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Noida STF said that the accused had floated a fake automobile company with its address in Greater Noida while he had financed several car loans with banks but the cars were never bought. “Kulsheshtra, along with his friend, had duped banks to the tune of Rs 8 crores as he financed around 61 cars within a span of past three years on the basis of forged documents. The accused had formed fake company while they hired few staffers who responded to calls where they tried to pose it as authentic,” said Mishra. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officer further said that the gang had submitted forged documents including quotations for vehicles costs, payslips of staff, and other documents to obtain loans. “The accused has been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (fraud), 467 (forgery) and related offences while nearly seven cases have been registered against in at various police stations in Agra district.” “The accused has been arrested and produced before the Agra police for further proceedings,” added Mishra.
New Delhi: ED opposed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, alleged defence agent arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam, saying there was a likelihood of him fleeing the country like 36 businessmen who had criminal cases against them.The Enforcement Directorate told special judge Arvind Kumar that 36 businessmen, including Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, have fled from the country in the recent past. The probe agency’s special public prosecutors D P Singh and N K Matta countered Sushen’s claim that he had deep roots in the society, saying, “Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Sandesara brothers (Sterling Biotech Ltd promoters) had deeper routes in the society yet they left the country. There are such 36 businessmen who fled from the country in the last few years.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the argument, ED’s advocate Samvedna Verma told the court that the probe was at a crucial stage and the agency was trying to find out who was “RG” referred in the diaries of Sushen. Verma also accused Gupta of influencing the witnesses in the case and told the court that he even tried to destroy the evidence in the case. The court reserved order on Gupta’s bail application for April 20. Gupta has sought relief on the ground that the agency has already completed the investigation and filed a charge sheet in the case. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn his bail application, the accused told the court that the ED’s contention of the flight risk could be rejected considering his past activities, where he joined the investigation as and when summoned. The agency arrested Gupta under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED officials said Gupta’s role in the case came to light based on disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency here. It is suspected that Gupta has in his possession some payment details in the Rs 3,600 crore purchase deal of AgustaWestland VVIP choppers and the link is to be unravelled, they said.
MAllahabad: Lamenting that Allahabad University hostels have become a “haven for criminals” who have converted its campus into a “play ground” for their misdeeds, the Allahabad High Court has asked the varsity and the police to apprise it of steps taken by them to address the issue.A bench comprising chief justice Govind Mathur and justice S S Shamshery made the observation on Tuesday while taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on the murder of a youth at PCB hostel of Allahabad University on Monday night. The court issued notices to Uttar Pradesh chief secretary, state director general of police and district commissioner and senior superintendent of police of Prayagraj as well as the registrar of Allahabad University on the issue. The court directed the University registrar to file an affidavit about the steps taken to make the university campus free from criminals. The court also directed the SSP of Prayagraj to file a status report regarding steps taken in the matter. “In a democratic society, rule of law is to prevail and any harm to that cannot be accepted in any manner. No one can be allowed to cause even a minor injury to the peace and tranquillity of the area and inhabitants thereof,” the court said in its order. “It is brought to our notice that a huge number of criminals are staying in the different hostels under the control of university though they are not regular students,” it said. The bench, in its oral observations, said that “campus and hostels of Allahabad university have become a haven for criminals”. “The entire campus has been converted by them into play ground for their criminal deeds,” it said. The court directed the district magistrate and SSP of Prayagraj and the registrar of the university to be present in court on April 22.
New Delhi: A 31-year-old MBA graduate was arrested from Nand Nagri area. Police said that the accused was involved in theft cases and 72 stolen mobiles were recovered from him.Police identified the accused as Mohammad Sajid. After not getting a decent job, he started night burglary in mobile shops with his associate Lucky. “He also used to give English tuition to the students in his area. When he was apprehended, he tried to influence the police team speaking in the English language,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dr G Ramgopal Naik said that one head constable Gurcharan had received a youtube video of a burglar March 26 being circulated on social media in which two burglars stole mobiles from two shops located in Karawal Nagar and Loni area. HC Gurcharan identified one burglar Sajid. “Sajid disclosed that his associate is Pankaj used the specially modified iron road to break the lock and shutter of closed shops during the nights and within minutes, they used to steal the mobile phones from there as mobile phones can be sold easily in the markets,” said DCP Crime. Then, they use to sell mobiles in markets or to innocent persons after small discounts. His associate is still absconding.
New Delhi: Around six persons were injured after a DTC bus collided with the transformer in Kanjhawala area in Rohini district. Police said they are questioning the bus driver in the case. According to police, the incident was reported in the morning around 11 am when a bus reached Ladupur village and hit the transformer. The people who were at the spot inform the police about the incident. “The victims were pulled out from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesA senior police officer said that they were minor injuries. “We are questioning the bus driver who claimed that the brake did not apply at the right time resulting in the incident,” police said. The investigating agency is probing whether the bus was being driven at high speed. A case has been registered in this regard. In February, a truck driver died and 13 passengers were injured after a dumper hit DTC bus in Central Delhi’s ITO area. The bus carrying 15 to 16 passengers was coming from Vikas Marg when it was hit by the truck.
Kolkata: Just hours before the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Saturday requesting him to ensure “peaceful and impartial” elections in the state without “undue” interference from the BJP.Banerjee’s letter assumes significance as nine Parliamentary constituencies in the state are going for polls in Bengal on Sunday, the last phase of the elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”In the final phase of election tomorrow (Sunday), I would request your good office to kindly ensure that election is completed peacefully, impartially and without any undue interference of the Central government and without any intervention of the ruling party at the Centre. I would request you to kindly protect democratic institutions and federal structure of the country and extend due respect to the Opposition parties,” her letter read. She had alleged that there has been “a number of illegal, unconstitutional and biased decisions” during the election process because of “undue advantage of the Central government and the ruling party at the Centre”. She had pointed out that this has harassed not only the state administration and its officers but also the common people of the state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”All evidences show that the roadshow of the BJP national president (Amit Shah) in Kolkata on May 14 was allowed by withdrawing Section 144 in the area by the new Commissioner of Police appointed by the Election Commission. The roadshow was a deliberate, intentional and criminal conspiracy to vandalise the culture and heritage of the city and to defame the state government and its people,” she wrote. She further questioned the legality of appointment of two retired officers as Special Observers and alleged that these officers had shown “partisan attitude and has always complied with the instructions of the Central government”. She has reiterated that all these issues were brought to the Commission’s notice but no justice has been done. Meanwhile, in another major development before the last phase of polls, the Commission restricted the entry of BJP leader Mukul Roy in all the nine constituencies which go to polls on Sunday. 1,49,63,143 voters are expected to exercise their franchise on Sunday in the Lok Sabha polls at Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur (SC) and Joynagar (SC). The total number of candidates for this phase of polls is 111, with the highest number of candidates — 21 — being from Kolkata North constituency. The total number of polling stations are 17,042 that are located in 9,230 polling premises. “There will be deployment of Central Forces in all the booths and all other necessary security measures to ensure free and fair elections,” said Sanjay Basu, Additional CEO, Bengal. Assembly by-elections will also be held in four Assembly constituencies – Darjeeling, Islampur, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara in which 828123 electors are expected to cast their voting rights for as many as 34 candidates. Interestingly, in Darjeeling, the number of female voters is 1,19,241 which is more than the number of male voters at 1,15,756. The Election Commission has also undertaken a slew of measures so that the voters face little difficulty in casting their votes in the scorching heat with the Alipore weather office predicting temperature on the higher side accompanied by nearly 95 percent relative humidity.
Former Ohio State shooting guard Katie Smith is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and set the record for points scored by either a man or woman in the Big Ten during her four-season collegiate career from 1992 to 1996. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOne of the greatest players in Ohio State women’s basketball history, Katie Smith was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The three-time Olympic gold medalist set the record for points scored by either a man or woman in the Big Ten during her four-season collegiate career from 1992 to 1996. Smith was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year her senior year. In her freshman season, she powered her team to a conference title and NCAA championship appearance.Smith played 15 season in the WNBA and two professionally for the Columbus Quest from 1996 to 1997. When she retired in 2013, she was the all-time women’s professional basketball leading scorer with 7,885 points. Smith was voted one of the 20 best and most-influential players in WNBA history in 2016. After her playing career ended, she was hired as an assistant coach by the New York Liberty. She became the team’s head coach Oct. 16.“She’s totally deserving of that honor and she should be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff said. “She’s an unbelievable player. She was an unbelievable player here. She’s a great coach now. I can’t wait to see all her success with the New York Liberty.”Smith was inducted into Ohio State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. McGuff said she frequently makes trips to Columbus continues to stay in touch with the program.“I love the fact she comes around a lot, she stays connected to the program, which I love,” McGuff said. “She’s a great role model to the current players.”The 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists were announced were Jan. 11. Inductees will be announced the night of Feb. 12 during the Louisville-Connecticut game. The class of 2018 will be introduced during the Final Four in Columbus, meaning Smith might have a homecoming if inducted.