Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo

first_imgMOST READ Part adventurer, part environmentalist, Lecomte hopes to raise awareness of plastic contamination and ocean pollution and his support team will conduct a raft of experiments on the trip, expected to take between six to eight months.Part of his daunting swim takes him through the Texas-sized vortex of garbage that floats between Hawaii and California, where tangled plastic will pose extra dangers.His team will collect water samples to learn more about the build-up of micro-plastics littering the area.He will be accompanied throughout by the 20-metre (67-foot) support boat Discoverer, where he will eat, rest and sleep before being dropped every morning where he stopped the previous evening.‘Plastic everywhere’ADVERTISEMENT He will face giant waves, sharks and jellyfish, and will also swim through part of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in his attempt to be the first to accomplish the feat of swimming across the world’s biggest ocean.“I’m very anxious to start right now,” said the swimmer as he prepared to take to the waves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHis son and daughter swam with him for the first hundred metres or so, then rejoined a crowd of around 70 well-wishers, with family and friends hugging each other on the shore.“It’s very emotional for a lot of people here,” said Lecomte. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Capitals on verge of Cup after blowing out Golden Knights Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lecomte aims to swim around eight hours a day and will burn off more than 8,000 calories daily in the process.In an interview with AFP just before he began his Odyssey, Lecomte revealed the mind tricks that keep him going through the physical torture of eight hours of ocean swimming per day.“The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to make sure you always think about something positive or you always have something to think about. “When you don’t have anything to occupy your mind, it goes into kind of a spiral, and that’s when trouble starts,” he said.He said the hardest part was getting back into the chilly water every morning and admitted that he would hit a “wall” after around four to six hours every day.“I try to disassociate my mind from my body and everything that happens to my body — pain or cold, I try to put aside.”“I have a schedule of what I’m going to think about for those eight hours… it’s always about keeping my mind occupied.”Lecomte swam across the Atlantic in 1998, vowing “never again” after finishing, but he was inspired to get back into the water after starting a family.“When I was little and I was with my father walking on the beach, I didn’t see any plastic, or hardly any.“Now every time I go with my kids, we see plastic everywhere,” added Lecomte, who will also wear a device to test levels of radioactive material from the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant.center_img French marathon swimmer Benoit “Ben” Lecomte, takes the start of his attempt of swimming across the Pacific Ocean in Choshi, Chiba prefecture on June 5, 2018. Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean on June 5, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste. AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAUBen Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste.Under sunny skies, the 51-year-old Frenchman slipped into cool and placid waters shortly after 09:00am (0000 GMT), in warm and pleasant conditions with a slight breeze.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Issues and Answers – Interview with Mayor Jim Eglinski

first_imgMayor Jim Eglinksi joined Andrew Tylosky on Monday Morning’s Issues and Answers to discuss a wide range of recent issues in Fort St. John, including the Enerplex, Visitor Information Centre and more.Download the show as an .MP3 Here. If you have a question, comment or show idea, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.- Advertisement –last_img

Fashionably tardy

first_img SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco 49ers said they will have a comprehensive stadium plan for Santa Clara officials by early April. Larry MacNeil, the 49ers chief financial officer, and Jed York, son of team owners John York and Debbie DeBartolo York, told city leaders the proposal should be ready in the next few weeks. It will include a plan to jointly finance the structure, estimated at $600 to $800 million. LONDON – The NFL’s first regular-season game outside North America already looks like a big hit. More than 500,000 tickets were requested by about 160,000 fans in the three days following Friday’s official announcement, the NFL said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Manning and the rest of the Colts’ All-Pro selections took the practice field with the AFC squad on Wednesday, they received the customary greetings for new champs: backslaps, best wishes and plenty of rib-crunching hugs. In his previous six trips to the Pro Bowl, Manning tried to be among the first to hand out those greetings, to everybody from Colts nemesis Tom Brady to Pittsburgh’s Alan Faneca last season. This time, Manning was on the receiving end – and the Colts’ championship suddenly seemed real to the Super Bowl MVP. “I’d always noticed at the Tuesday practices that the champions aren’t here yet,” Manning recalled. “I thought it would be nice to come over here late. … I truly appreciate the support, (but) you get a little bit embarrassed, especially when people are loud. I just don’t like a lot of noise, especially when somebody comes up and picks you up, grabs you.” Manning joined receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, and offensive linemen Tarik Glenn and Jeff Saturday for a lengthy chartered flight to Hawaii on Tuesday, courtesy of the Colts owners. SAN DIEGO – Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas, part of a plea bargain that could allow him to avoid jail time. Kiel, one of several Chargers to have run-ins with the law since April, was ordered to undergo counseling for gambling and do 100 hours of volunteer work, including talking to young people about the dangers of drugs. center_img KAPOLEI, Hawaii – Peyton Manning always wanted to be late to the Pro Bowl. He finally got the chance to make the dramatic entrance reserved for champions, thanks to the four teammates with him in Hawaii and the other 48 who delivered a title to Indianapolis. last_img read more

PSG considering move for Man United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

first_img Is Germany captain Schweinsteiger set to leave United after just one season? Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a move for Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.The Germany international only joined United last summer from Bayern Munich but his first campaign was hampered by a few niggling injuries.And Schweinsteiger’s future at Old Trafford is now in doubt following the arrival of new manager Jose Mourinho, who is planning on revamping his midfield.Mourinho has already signed playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and it is understood the club are in talks with Juventus in a bid to land Paul Pogba.Schweinsteiger, 31, is set to hold talks with Mourinho when he returns for pre-season at the start of August to see whether he will feature in the Portuguese manager’s plans.According to Bild, PSG are waiting in the wings if Schweinsteiger decides to move on this summer, with new manager Unai Emery looking to add further high-profile names to his squad having already signed Hatem Ben Arfa and Grzegorz Krychowiak. 1last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: INISHOWEN CRASH DRIVER GETS ADDITIONAL FOUR YEARS

first_imgShaun Kelly arriving at Letterkenny Circuit court earlier this year. (c) North West NewspixShaun Kelly, the driver who killed eight people in a car crash in Inishowen in 2010, has been jailed for a further four years.The Court of Appeal today further sentenced him to an additional eight years but suspended the final four years of that sentence. Kelly, of Buncrana, had originally been jailed for four years with the final two years suspended when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court last year.However the DPP appealed the sentence.One of the families affect by the crash appealed on behalf of Mr Kelly saying he has already served five and half years since the crash.The latest sentence was handed down by a panel judges.The crash is the single worst case in the history of the State.Seven of Kelly’s friends and another man returning from a night playing bingo were killed in the crash.BREAKING NEWS: INISHOWEN CRASH DRIVER GETS ADDITIONAL FOUR YEARS was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Derby County news: Championship fixtures 2017-18 – Every Rams game revealed

first_img1 Scroll down for Derby County 2017-18 Championship fixtures Derby County’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures04/08/2017 19:45 Sunderland v Derby County12/08/2017 15:00 Derby County v Wolverhampton15/08/2017 19:45 Derby County v Preston North End19/08/2017 15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Derby County26/08/2017 15:00 Sheffield United v Derby County09/09/2017 15:00 Derby County v Hull City12/09/2017 19:45 Derby County v Ipswich Town16/09/2017 15:00 Bristol City v Derby County23/09/2017 15:00 Derby County v Birmingham City26/09/2017 19:45 Brentford v Derby County30/09/2017 15:00 Cardiff City v Derby County14/10/2017 15:00 Derby County v Nottingham Forest21/10/2017 15:00 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday28/10/2017 15:00 Norwich City v Derby County31/10/2017 19:45 Leeds United v Derby County04/11/2017 15:00 Derby County v Reading18/11/2017 15:00 Fulham v Derby County21/11/2017 19:45 Derby County v Queens Park Rangers25/11/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Derby County02/12/2017 15:00 Derby County v Burton Albion09/12/2017 15:00 Barnsley v Derby County16/12/2017 15:00 Derby County v Aston Villa23/12/2017 15:00 Derby County v Millwall26/12/2017 15:00 Hull City v Derby County30/12/2017 15:00 Ipswich Town v Derby County01/01/2018 15:00 Derby County v Sheffield United13/01/2018 15:00 Birmingham City v Derby County20/01/2018 15:00 Derby County v Bristol City27/01/2018 15:00 Millwall v Derby County03/02/2018 15:00 Derby County v Brentford10/02/2018 15:00 Derby County v Norwich City17/02/2018 15:00 Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County20/02/2018 19:45 Derby County v Leeds United24/02/2018 15:00 Reading v Derby County03/03/2018 15:00 Derby County v Fulham06/03/2018 19:45 Queens Park Rangers v Derby County10/03/2018 15:00 Nottingham Forest v Derby County17/03/2018 15:00 Derby County v Cardiff City31/03/2018 15:00 Derby County v Sunderland02/04/2018 15:00 Preston North End v Derby County07/04/2018 15:00 Derby County v Bolton Wanderers10/04/2018 19:45 Wolverhampton v Derby County14/04/2018 15:00 Burton Albion v Derby County21/04/2018 15:00 Derby County v Middlesbrough28/04/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Derby County06/05/2018 12:30 Derby County v BarnsleytalkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have exclusive radio rights to the Sky Bet EFL Championship, League One and League Two for the next three seasons.The talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS SENIORS HAVE A GOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

first_imgThe Senior team had a good win by one point at home to Termon in the Championship last Saturday. The Reserve team drew against Termon. Both teams play Dungloe in the final group game.The Under 16 team are away to Aodh Ruadh on Friday evening in the League.Our Under 14 team are playing Carndonagh in the Division 2 County Semi Championship on Wednesday the 3rd at 7.15pm in Castlefin. The Under 12 team had good wins in the last week against Aodh Ruadh and Bundoran and are due to play Ardara away next Monday. Well done to Charlie Breslin after been picked to represent the club in Croke Park on the 9th of July for Under 12 activity day. The Club are hosting an Under 10 Blitz on Saturday the 6th of July in Fintra beginning at 11.30am. Teams taking part are Killybegs, Ardara, Glennullin, Magherafelt, Ballinascreen, Dromore, Enniskillen and Ballina. Under 8 training continoues at 6.00 on Wednesdays.  Under 8 coaching continues Thursday at 6.00pm and Saturday at 10.30am. The Club held a very successful 5k Run / Walk on Saturday the 29th June with 118 people taking part. The first three home were (1) Mark McGuinness, Tir Chonaill AC on a time of 17.11, (2) Martin McGuinness, Na Cealla Beaga, time 18.08, (3) Brian McCabe, Individual, time 18.21. A big thank you to everyone that helped out. The Club Cul Camp is on from the 8th to the 12th of July in Fintra, To book ring or text Dermot Slua Boyle on 087-9429014.The Killotto had no winner this week. Numbers were 1, 8 10, 11. Match three shared €15 each were Bernard Conaghan, Martina Doyle, Conal Gallagher, Fiona Farrell. Next week’s jackpot is €1,000. This week’s sellers are Jimmy White, Gillen Mc Guinness, John Mc Guinness. If anyone wishes to set up a direct debit please contact Sarah Tully on 086-3311733. There was no winner of the Bingo and next week’s Jackpot is €1,200.GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS SENIORS HAVE A GOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegs GAA Club noteslast_img read more

NEW GAELCHOLÁISTE PROPOSED FOR SOUTH DONEGAL SCHOOL CHILDREN

first_imgA committee has been set up to assess demand for the establishment of a Gaelcholáiste, a new Irish language secondary school serving the south of the county.While there are three Irish language primary schools in the region, Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré in Sligo, Gaelscoil Chluainín in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim and Gaelscoil Eirne in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, to date there is no second-level Irish medium school.Now there is a proposal for a secondary school in Sligo. Carol Ní Chormaic, Chairperson of the Gaelcholáiste 2015 Committee, told us: “Immersion education is regarded by many as the best way to learn Irish and most immersion students can be expected to reach a greater level of second language proficiency than students in other school-based language programmes.“The new Irish language secondary school, Gaelcholáiste, which we hope will commence in September 2015, will not only serve the pupils of the existing Irish-medium primary schools but will also be open to pupils who attend English-medium schools in the region.“Indeed pupils from all lingustic and cultural backgrounds will be most welcome in the school.”Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré were recently sanctioned an additional Junior Infant class to cater for increased demand for Irish medium education in the primary sector. According to principal Mícheál Ó Broin, the importance of continuity in the all-Irish education sector, with children progressing from Naíonra to Gaelscoil to Gaelcholáiste, cannot be overstated.“The decision of the Department of Education and Skills to sanction an extra class in our school satisfies increasing demand in the region and contributes to the viability of an all-Irish second-level facility,” he said.The benefits of immersion education, and in this case education in an all-Irish school where all subjects except English are taught through Irish, has been well documented globally over the past three decades.A recent study shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools achieved greater than the national average levels in reading and writing in both English and Irish. Further studies also indicate that immersion students perform as well as, or better than, non-immersion peers in mathematics. Furthermore, research by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools attained a higher academic standard than other pupils in the same age group.There is also evidence to suggest that an all-Irish education actually enhances English language development and that students who obtain an all-Irish education learn further languages with greater ease. Data from European countries suggests that bi-lingual children often find it easier to acquire other languages and a study in the Basque Country found that bi-lingual students show a greater ability in learing a third language. Research also shows that students from all-Irish schools have a greater tolerance of other cultures and are more open to cultural diversity due to the cultural enrichment they experience.Members of the Gaelcholáiste 2015 committee will contact primary schools in the region in the coming weeks to arrange the circulation of questionnaires to parents with view to assessing demand for an Irish-medium secondary school. For information, email gaelcholasite2015@gmail.com.Ends.Further Information: Anna Ní Bhroin,Gaelcholáiste 2015 Committeeannanibhroin@yahoo.ie(087) 0667600NEW GAELCHOLÁISTE PROPOSED FOR SOUTH DONEGAL SCHOOL CHILDREN was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannonGaelscoil Eirnelast_img read more

Prep Girls Volleyball Preview

first_img The Bulldogs return two junior starters — Brittany Williams, who coach Bernie Wendling calls one of the top middle blockers in the area, and Alex Hauser. Three seniors — Denise Inman, Noel McClain and Lauren Marino — give the Bulldogs experience. Junior Michelle Garrett and three sophomores — Courtney Boyd, Alyssa Swatek and Alyssa Rainey — provide the Bulldogs with a lot of depth. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Bonita will be trying for its fifth consecutive league title, but Los Altos is building a strong program and could give the Bearcats a battle. League MVP Kellyanne Kirby returns for her senior season and will lead the Bearcats. Defensive specialist Kristi Dow is Bonita’s other senior. Junior Kari Oliver seems to have solved the setter problem and junior middle blocker Cara Simonsen and sophomore opposite hitter Katy McCreery will add height and athleticism to the front line. “We got a lot better this summer,” Bearcats coach Morgan Coberly said. “We are a lot bigger and more athletic. We should be way better this year.” Los Altos returns a trio of three-year starters, with the key being the two senior setters — Kari Wong and Katie Bolkov — in the Conquerors’ 6-2 offense. They will be joined by junior Leah Haproff, first team all-league last season. The Conquerors have been developing their own club program and have several tall, athletic sophomores that could help them dethrone the Bearcats. MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone has won 11 consecutive league titles but could face a rebuilding year with only three returning starters. The Gladiators were 25-1, the best record in school history, in 2004 but could struggle in the early going until coach Jeff Devine can settle on a lineup. Senior Bianca Gomez was first team all-league last year and led the team in kills. Seniors Stephanie Ureta and Vikki Flores are the other returning starters. Devine will go with a two-set offense this year. Junior Kara Lacuesta and sophomore Kelly Fenton will perform this chore for the Gladiators. Fenton was a member of the undefeated freshman team last year. “We will be rebuilding,” Devine said. “But we have the potential to be as good as last year’s team.” The Gladiators could face a challenge from Duarte. The Falcons will have to play all their games on the road because of gym renovation but return five starters from a team that just missed the playoffs last season. “I feel we have a chance to win our first championship ever,” Falcons coach Joe Montano said. “These girls really came together in the second half of the season and we feel we can give Gladstone a run for their money.” Seniors Carla White, Alex Alcarez and Sunshine Leyba will provide veteran leadership, and juniors Justine Goldsmith and the Cucuiat twins — Ashley and Allison — will provide offensive power. SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE South Hills and Walnut were co-champions in 2004 and look like they will be the teams to beat again. West Covina and Rowland, with a new coach and a top transfer, are much improved and could provide some upsets. South Hills will spend September playing its home games at Club West in La Verne. The Huskies hope to be in their gym by the start of league. Coach Charm Doyle will go with a 6-2 offense to take advantage of her two senior setters —Sam Doyle and Janelle Martinez. Doyle played on the Junior Olympic Invitational Championship team in Kentucky this summer. They will be setting for two all-league outside hitters — senior Natalia Gonzalez and junior Madison Compise. Senior Allison Wilder is a returning second-team all-league middle blocker. Walnut will have the best returning setter in the league in senior Elaine Chen. Also returning are juniors Mercedes Winchester and Karri Courier, along with senior Angelina Quiocho. All three can play on the front line, and Quiocho is athletic enough to make recruiting trips for her softball talents. West Covina is much improved this year with returning senior Michelle Shirley and sophomore Sheila Onyiah on the front line and junior Serena Diaz moving to setter. “We’ll be a lot more competitive,” Bulldogs coach Mercury Simonian said. “Sheila will give us a lot of energy.” VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Pomona is the odds-on favorite to repeat as league champion, but the final two playoff spots appear wide open. Covina returns four starters and has a bevy of young players who could move the Colts into contention. Seniors Erica Castrellon, Kaylee Konrad and Sarah Warthen, along with junior Becky Hernandez, will give the Colts leadership and offensive power until the younger players can be woven into the lineup. OTHERS Bishop Amat again will find itself in a three-way battle for a league championship with St. Paul and Mary Star of the Sea. The Lancers return a solid core of veterans. Three seniors — outside hitters Vanessa Alvarez and Juanice Cornell and defensive specialist Jennifer Salas — will lead the team. “We have a good group of sophomores coming in,” Lancers coach Kristin Tollhardt said. “We will find a setter because we have some girls with great hands.” Western Christian advanced to the State Regional semifinals in 2004 and finished with a 31-2 record. The Lancers lost nine players and all six starters from that team, but coach Dawn Bartholomew thinks her team has a real chance to repeat as Christian League champion. Loma Linda and Arrowhead Christian should be the main competition. “I really like this team,” Bartholomew said. “They have been working hard and everybody has to carry their weight, but our goal is to win league.” Senior Lauren Bjorkland is the only returnee with significant playing time, but she will be joined by senior Alex Arguelles on the front line to give the Lancers strength at the net. Junior setter Becca Dean has been very good this summer and a pair of sophomores —Laura Jorgenson and Brianne Ray — will give the Lancers some solid all-around play. @Tagline:– John Honell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Diamond Bar was a young team last year but made a late-season run that provided some upsets and put the rest of the league on notice that the Brahmas are a team to be reckoned with in 2005. Senior Alex Lyons-Smith is the senior veteran on the squad and was second team all-league in 2004. Junior setter Katie Dempsey was a backup last season but figures to be a key to the Brahmas’ always-strong passing game. Junior Jen Conway also was second team all-league last year and will give the Brahmas a strong presence on the front line. Ayala had its streak of six consecutive league titles snapped but figures to be back in the mix in 2005. St. Lucy’s leads competitive Sierra League The Sierra League is the most competitive girls volleyball league, from top to bottom, in the Valley. St. Lucy’s is the consensus favorite of the coaches, but it won’t be easy and the team that can win on the road should come out on top. center_img Glendora returns three seniors and a junior who started on last year’s league co-championship squad. Junior Allison Sharp, also a star on the Tartans’ track team, will play middle blocker. Setter Jenna Mittskus, outside hitter Taylor Jacobs, and right-side hitter Leeann Lagace will provide offensive power. last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule

first_imgStory Links 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team will play six home games as part of its 12-game non-conference schedule announced Friday, July 1.The Bulldogs will potentially face a total of six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season and three others that qualified for postseason play. The slate of non-conference opponents boasted a combined record of 297-233 (.560) in 2015-16.”I’m excited about this year’s schedule and the opportunity to play more home games,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “It’s a competitive and challenging schedule that will test us in many ways and prepare us for the Valley season.”The Bulldogs open the season at the Knapp Center on Nov. 11 against South Dakota, marking the third-straight year the team has opened a season at home. The Bulldogs take to the road on Nov. 15  to face UMKC in Kansas City, Mo., before returning home to host nearby Simpson College on Nov. 19.Three games at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout follow on Nov. 24-26 in Anchorage, Ak. The Bulldogs open play in the tournament against NCAA Tournament participant Iona on Nov. 24. The potential second round opponent on Nov. 25 will be either Weber State or UC Davis. Weber State won 26 games last season en route to the Big Sky Conference title and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Drake’s opponent in the final game will be either Buffalo, Oakland, Nevada or Alaska Anchorage. Buffalo, Oakland and Nevada all advanced to postseason play last year. Upon their return from the 49th state, the Bulldogs head to Chicago to face DePaul on Nov. 30 for the third meeting in as many seasons against the Blue Demons. This year’s meeting will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena on the DePaul campus.The Bulldogs will remain in Des Moines for the entire month of December, starting with a Dec. 3 game against Mountain West Conference Tournament champion Fresno State as part of the MVC/MWC Challenge. A week later, Drake hosts Jackson State on Dec. 10. The Tigers won 20 games in 2015-16 and advanced to the second round of the CIT.On Dec. 17, Drake and Iowa State meet in the annual Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena and two days later, South Dakota State visits the Knapp Center on Dec. 19. The Jackrabbits won 26 games last season to claim the Summit League title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs close the non-conference schedule at home on Dec. 22 against Mississippi Valley State. Conference play commences following the holiday break with the Bulldogs slated to face the usual slew of MVC opponents as part of the 18-game, round-robin conference schedule.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more