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Northwestern State’s Ishmael Lane Extends Double-Double Streak En Route To Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State forward/center Ishmael Lane is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.With a pair of double-doubles last week, he extended his streak of consecutive double-doubles to seven games, the longest active streak in the nation. Lane averaged 18 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game as the Demons split their contests with an 81-73 overtime loss to New Orleans and a 74-72 victory over McNeese.Lane and the Demons travel to Beaumont for a Wednesday night clash with Lamar at 7 p.m. CT before hosting Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Ishmael Lane, Northwestern State – Senior – Forward/Center – Port Allen, La.Along with 19 points and 15 rebounds against New Orleans on Wednesday, Lane neared a triple-double with a career-high eight blocks. His heroics included draining a long-range heave to beat the shot clock late in regulation and sinking a buzzer-beating 16-foot shot that forced overtime.His lone assist against McNeese came on a cross-court feed to Malik Metoyer, who put up the decisive shot, giving the Demons a 74-72 lead with 16.8 seconds remaining. The conference leader in blocks per game (2.2), Lane stopped a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds, his third of the day. He posted 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and snagged 12 rebounds against the Cowboys.Honorable Mention: Nick Garth, Lamar; Moses Greenwood, Southeastern Louisiana; Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State.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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Colombia arrests FARC rebel accused of helping kidnap 3 US contractors

first_imgRelated posts:Colombia suspends peace talks with FARC after general kidnapped Victims’ issues come to the fore in Colombia peace talks Q&A: Behind the Colombia-FARC talks Brother of Colombia’s former President Álvaro Uribe arrested for homicide BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian police captured a suspected FARC rebel accused of participating in the kidnapping of three U.S. citizens held hostage from 2003 to 2008, authorities said Saturday.Duverney Ospina, also known as “Giovanny,” allegedly joined the FARC a decade ago and was the confidante of Hernán Velásquez, or “El Paisa,” a leader within the leftist rebel group, a police statement said.Ospina was detained in the southern Colombian city of Florencia.Police said there were 19 warrants and six standing convictions against Ospina for aggravated murder, kidnapping, torture, terrorism, rebellion, drug trafficking, making military weapons for private use and a jailbreak.Authorities accuse him of helping kidnap three U.S. contractors — Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Tom Howes — on February 13, 2003, after their plane was shot down.The FARC said the contractors were U.S. spies and sought to exchange them for captured rebels.However, Stansell, Gonsalves and Howes were rescued on July 2, 2008 in an operation that also saw the liberation of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 11 other hostages.Ospina also stands accused of orchestrating the killings of five council members in a town in Caqueta state in 2005 and of eight more in a town in Huila state in 2006.Colombia has been in talks with the communist rebels in Havana since November 2012, in a push to end the longest-running armed conflict in Latin America, now in its 50th year.Founded in 1964, the FARC today has about 8,000 fighters and is the largest of the guerrilla groups waging Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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