Mavs Eliminate McNeese in NISC Regional Final

first_imgNOTES T5- UTA gets on the board and avoids the shutout with a run B6- The Mavericks tied the game with two a two RBI double to left field. McN 3, UTA 3 NOTES B5- UTA cut into the lead with a run in the fifth behind two hits B6- McNeese got the run back when Toni Perrin led the inning off with a triple then scored on a single by Boudreaux. McN 6, UTA 1 After a tournament opening 7-3 win over Middle Tennessee on Thursday, the Cowgirls fell 5-3 to the UTA Friday afternoon for their first loss in the double elimination tournament. The Cowgirls defeated Stephen F. Austin 3-1 on Saturday to advance to the championship game. Story by Pam LaFosse / McNeese Sports InformationNACOGDOCHES, Texas — McNeese softball made its first NISC Regional Tournament a memorable one despite losing 4-3 in 10 innings to Texas-Arlington here Saturday afternoon in the championship game.  Senior Justyce McClain, junior Cori McCrary, and sophomore Toni Perrin were named to the all-tournament team. McNeese ends its season with a 33-32 record.center_img McNEESE 6, UT-Arlington 1B3- McNeese scored five runs on five hits and took advantage of two UTA errors. Justyce McClain singled through the left side to score Alexandria Saldivar for the first run. Sara Geier then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cori McCrary then Haylee Brinlee scored on a sac bunt by Kaylee Lopez. McClain came home to score on an RBI single down the right field line by Aubree Turbeville and Turbeville scored the fifth run on a single through the left side by Demi Boudreaux. McN 5, UTA 0 UT-Arlington 4, McNEESE 3 (10 inn.)T3- McNeese took the early lead once again with three runs off three hits. RBI’s by Kaylee Lopez, Aubree Turbeville, and Toni Perrin helped the Cowgirls jump out to the early lead. McN 3, UTA 0 McNeese collected seven hits Toni Perrin and Demi Boudreaux had two hits apiece Boudreaux had the only extra base hit with a triple in the sixth Five Cowgirls had at least one RBI Alexsandra Flores ended her junior season with the win and a 15-12 record Flores gave up one run on six hits with one strikeout in the complete game B10- UTA scored the winning run on a walk off single. UTA 4, McN 3 McNeese collected 13 hits McNeese left runners in scoring position in 7th, 8th, and 9th innings Cori McCrary, Kaylee Lopez, Toni Perrin, Sara Geier, and Haylee Brinlee all had two hits apiece Toni Perrin had the only extra base hit (double) for McNeese Ashley Koncir gave up three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings. Caroline Settle (9-10) took the loss in relief of Koncir. Settle gave up one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. McNeese began Saturday’s action with a 6-1 win over Texas-Arlington to force the “If Necessary”.last_img read more

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World Cup couch potatoes hurting retail sales

first_imgRelated posts:Most Brazilians don’t want to host the World Cup Costa Ricans racked up credit card debt on TVs, travel during World Cup Costa Rica fans drive to Brazil in … The Chunche Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – For most Brazilians, winning a World Cup on home soil would be priceless. For companies ranging from retailers to airlines, the event is bad for business.More than two-thirds of malls expect a “significant” drop in traffic during the World Cup next month as soccer fans stay glued to their TVs and shopping centers restrict hours because of public holidays, an Ibope poll released May 13 shows. Retail sales in March fell the most since May 2012 on a monthly basis. Banco Santander says a drop in business travelers will cut sales for airlines like Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes. Hotels and restaurants are also bracing for a slowdown.With less than a month to go before the games kick off, the international soccer championship isn’t giving Brazil’s sluggish economy the lift supporters like former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Finance Minister Guido Mantega had hoped for. Latin America’s largest economy missed a chance to use the World Cup to fuel long-term growth by not following through with all planned projects to modernize infrastructure, while economic activity in the short term isn’t likely to get a boost, said William Nobrega, managing partner at The Conrad Group, an investment advisory firm for private equity.“It would have had a positive impact not only on short- term but also long-term economic growth — that didn’t happen,” Nobrega said by telephone from São Paulo. The World Cup will “at best” have a neutral impact on gross domestic product.The tournament comes at a time Brazil is heading toward its fourth straight year of GDP growth below 2 percent. The prospect of host cities granting more days off may hurt the economy further, Santander said in a report dated May 9.Brazil’s retail sales in March unexpectedly fell 0.5 percent from February, the national statistics agency said Thursday in Rio de Janeiro. That’s below forecasts from 30 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, whose median estimate was for flat sales.“With a substantial number of additional holidays during the 32 days of the tournament, our economics team expects a slowdown in economic activity that could impact all companies,” Santander analysts including Pedro Balcao-Reis said.Retail businesses like clothing, pharmacy and gasoline stations are also expected to see a decline in sales during the period, according to Moody’s Investors Service analyst Barbara Mattos.“Possible holidays during the games damage the companies’ productivity as they won’t have the same number of working hours,” she said in an email.UM Investimentos, a brokerage in Rio, is one of those companies.“Volume is lower on the days of the games,” Chief Executive Officer Marcos Maluf said, adding that the day after a game trades will be back to normal.Brazil’s national air regulator, known as Anac, expects carriers to change routes ahead of the games to adjust for lower-than-expected demand. As of May 1, airlines had sold 21 percent of the seats on flights in June to and from the 12 host cities, Anac said Wednesday in an emailed response to questions.Santander estimates that Gol’s revenue during the month- long event will be cut by about 13 percent, as an increase in tourists won’t be enough to offset a 70 percent drop in business travelers. The negative impact on bigger rival Latam Airlines Group SA will be about half of Gol’s as Brazil represents 50 percent of the company’s carrying capacity, the bank’s analysts wrote.“As corporate clients pay much higher prices, even with the expected increase in leisure prices, the overall impact on prices should also be negative,” the analysts said. “We expect a negative impact on both volume and prices.”Santander declined to make the analysts available to comment further. Gol declined to comment in an emailed statement, while Latam’s Brazilian unit didn’t respond to a phone call seeking comment. With less than a month to go before the World Cup kicks off, the international soccer championship isn’t giving Brazil’s sluggish economy the lift supporters like former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Finance Minister Guido Mantega had hoped for. Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for Michael Kors/AFPHotels in São Paulo, South America’s business hub, are also hurting.While World Cup hotel occupancy rates in Rio are above 90 percent, only about 30 percent of the rooms are booked in São Paulo, where the opening game takes place on June 12, said Joel Renno Jr., director for strategic development at Hotel Urbano, a Rio-based online travel agency. Agencies blocked a large number of rooms in São Paulo, hoping to boost rates for a surge in demand that never followed, he said.“There was overshooting, everybody is much more bullish than what’s really the situation,” Renno Jr. said on May 6. “What we have heard from the market is that it’s about to start a process of super-aggressive promotions from hotels, with rates dropping drastically.”To be sure, the World Cup is turning out to be a financial boon for some Brazilians. Real estate broker Norbert Hartmer said he is renting luxury apartments to Asian billionaires in Rio’s best neighborhoods for as much as $180,000 for the month.“For them, this is nothing,” he said in an interview.A three-bedroom residence in Leblon, Rio’s most exclusive neighborhood, goes for an average of 3,500 reais ($1,590) a day during the World Cup, according to Rio’s regional real estate brokerage council, called Creci.The Brazilian government expects the event to mobilize 3.7 million local and foreign tourists, generating 6.7 billion reais in spending linked to the tournament, according to a May 13 statement from the country’s communication secretariat.Some host cities including Rio, where the tournament’s final will be played on July 13, have declared public holidays on game days to try to ease traffic jams.“Productivity levels for Brazil during the entire month of the games are just going to go through the basement because you are going to have rolling holidays,” The Conrad Group’s Nobrega said. “Even without official holidays, there are a lot of people who are just not going to go to work.”With assistance from Peter Millard and Tariq Panja in Rio de Janeiro.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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