Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed the following bills:House Bill 318, which makes amendments to the Telemarketer Registration act to allow business telephone subscribers to sign up, remove a five-year time limit for enrollment in the do-not-call-list, prohibit telephone solicitation on legal holidays and create a legal procedure for the use of robocalls. Under the new law, robocalls must include a method for the recipient to opt out of telephone solicitation calls that is clearly stated at the beginning of the call. Additionally, a robocall leaving a voicemail must provide a toll-free telephone number that the recipient can call to opt-out of further calls.House Bill 1557, which removes the current one-year cessation limit and requires temporary cessation of coal refuse disposal areas to conform to federal regulations under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 197; requires new coal refuse disposal areas to have a water contamination prevention system and allow for revegetation and prevention of erosion; and allows for the Department of Environmental Protection to promulgate regulations to provide for the connection of coal refuse or related material to the coal refuse disposal area.The governor will allow House Bill 1170 to become law without his signature. October 04, 2019 Governor Wolf Signs Multiple Bills SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF), one of the largest schemes in the UK Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), has acquired a 12.5% equity stake in Madrileña Red de Gas (MRG), a gas distribution company in Spain’s Madrid region.MRG, one of Spain’s three biggest gas distribution companies, is owned by a consortium formed by EDF Invest, Gingko Tree Investment and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM.Mike Jensen, CIO at LCPF, told IPE: “We are building a diverse direct infra portfolio, and, up until this transaction, we had a renewable bias, a factor of the attractive deals we had seen.“We had bid – unsuccessfully, unfortunately – for transport assets (London City Airport and Eurostar), and we will continue to look at a wide range of infra assets across a variety of sectors and geographies.” Jensen said the post-financial crisis recovery story in Iberia was part of the appeal of this latest acquisition.But he added: “Specifically, we see MRG as a particularly well-run company with good growth potential and a great regulatory relationship. In addition, we will be in partnership with leading investors.”The cost of the acquisition has not been disclosed.LCPF was advised by Santander Corporate & Investment Banking (France) as exclusive financial adviser and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira (Madrid) as legal adviser.The stake in MRG is LCPF’s fourth acquisition of overseas infrastructure assets, following its purchase of a share in EDF Énergies Nouvelles’ Portuguese wind farms last year, and ownership of two renewable energy businesses – landfill gas in the US, and cane waste power plants in Australia.Jensen said the MRG stake illustrated the LCPF’s willingness to continue investing directly in infrastructure assets with attractive dividend yields that provide long-term returns, as well as a significant source of diversification.Total Infrastructure makes up 9.6% of the LCPF’s total portfolio, worth £5.8bn at 31 December 2015.The fund’s infrastructure target range is 10-15%, and it is working on further transactions at present.Jensen said: “Over time, I would expect to increase the allocation to this asset class, given that its characteristics are so well suited to an open defined benefit pension scheme.”The fund’s strategy for infrastructure investing is to split the allocation two-thirds/one-third between direct and funds, within a global infrastructure mandate.The next step is to create a balanced portfolio by sector and geography, but, given the transactional nature of the market, said Jensen, this will take a prolonged period to achieve.“From an investment thesis point of view,” he said, “we follow the usual mantra – stable companies generating stable, and where possible, inflation-linked cash flows.”As for return, the LCPF has set a hard hurdle of 8% for the asset class and so far has substantially beaten that target across the portfolio.Jensen told IPE: “The portfolio has performed excellently, and the landscape of opportunities for a global mandate is good. Partnerships remain important, given the size of some transactions and the strong competition for assets.“Prices are strong, but, in what we believe will be a lower-return world going forward, they still represent value for pension funds of our type.”The LCPF returned 14.9% on its entire investment portfolio over the 12 months to 31 March 2015.As regards future direct infrastructure acquisitions, Jensen said the fund was ambivalent on location, as long as a specific opportunity passed its stringent investment and governance tests.However, sterling equivalent returns are one of those tests.“Energy remains a focus, as does transport, utilities and some social infra,” he told IPE. “Renewables will also continue to be of interest.”And he said one of the LCPF’s advantages was its flexibility of approach.“We are not precious on name tags of assets or on hybrid deals,” he said. Meanwhile, Jensen said the asset-pooling partnership with the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) had made progress that was “on target”.The strategic partnership was announced last July and creates a single investment vehicle exceeding £10bn.Jensen said: “Pooling is a very logical step, and both the LCPF and the LPFA recognised the logic very early, before the government made its views clear.“In the infra space, scale is important, so we expect pooling to make sensible investment easier and more relevant to the LGPS in aggregate.“That said, partnerships remain key, given the need to create diversified portfolios. I expect to continue in partnership with a number of major international investors but perhaps on a more equal footing in the near future.”
Loading… Former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, was close to beating up Fenerbahçe’s Emre Belözoğlu after he racially abused him during a 2-1 loss Super League match. Mikel Mikel , said in a statement Emre hurled curses at him. “Emre cursed me and my family. I can not possibly accept that, “ he said. 39-year-old football player said however claimed he did not abuse Mikel, rather he went to settle a dispute. “We played one of the matches we were successful in finding a position but we were incomplete. If we play like this, we will surely overcome the bad luck and we will continue to win. “After the match, the experienced player who also spoke about the tension, including himself, said, “Some of my teammates stayed on the field when the match ended.Advertisement “When I saw that there were some football players from Trabzonspor running towards them, I went to them. As a captain, as a big brother, I did what I had to do there. “I prevented tension between them and I separated them and made them go to the dressing room. I have never had any negative dialogue with any rival football,” he said. It’s not the first time that Emre has been accused of saying such to black players as he once did same to former Ivory Coast international Didier Zokora and without an apology attempted to shake the hands of Zokora in the reverse tie which the Ivorian declined. The former captain of the Super Eagles has already filed a complaint with the Turkish Football Federation for necessary action to be taken against Emre with his club strongly behind him. Read Also:Eagles Round-Up: Osimhen Fires Lille to victory, Mikel plays Since joining the Turkish side, Mikel has emerged as one of most important player and over the weekend he once again distinguished himself with a performance which clearly shows that the former Chelsea midfielder still has the class that made him a hit at Chelsea years ago. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Leon Balogun Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes the defender will “add strength and depth” after the long-term loss of Nikola Katic with a knee injury.“His experience in the Premier League, as well as his international pedigree, strengthens our squad and will assist in the development of our young defenders,” Gerrard said.“Leon has just finished a round of competitive fixtures with Wigan so will hit the ground running. He’s a positive and bright character and we are looking forward to his influence around the group.”Balogun, who joined Brighton from Mainz 05 in summer 2018, played 13 times after switching to Wigan in February but left after they finished second bottom of the English Championship.He began his career in Germany with Turkiyemspor Berlin before moves to Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Darmstadt 98.Since joining Wigan, he has played 11 times since January and been a crucial part of the Latics fight against relegation. Paul Cook’s men were eventually relegated following a 12-point deduction due to administration.Many Rangers fans believe he will be a good signing for Steven Gerrard’s men.Rangers still want to bolster their attacking options before the Premiership gets under way on August 1According to former Wigan recruitment analyst Dougie Wright, there is no better centre-back in ChampionshipI don’t think there was a better centre-back in the Championship than Leon last season.He was so comfortable and absolutely strolled it. He made those around him better by how good he was.Defensively, he’s not the most aggressive, but he’s very intelligent in terms of his positioning. He was very composed in possession, could play left or right side at centre-half and brings the ball out well”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Glasgow Rangers have signed Nigeria centre-back Leon Balogun after the 32-year-old ended the season with Wigan Athletic.The Germany-born defender, who has 32 caps, has signed a one-year contract.Balogun had completed the season on a short-term contract with Wigan having spent time on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Global Poverty Project will screen a movie at USC about extreme poverty and the role of activism in preventing such conditions on Friday in Taper Hall.Actress Olivia Wilde will join Hugh Evans, the CEO of the Global Poverty Project and Bobby Bailey, the founder of Invisible Children, the creators of the movie 1.4 Billion Reasons — an interactive presentation about poverty worldwide.“[The movie] is about 1.4 billions reasons to create awareness that there are 1.4 billion people living on $1.25 or less a day and that we can creatively use our gifts and talents to solve this problem,” said Devon Feldmeth, president of USC’s chapter of Invisible Children.The presentation was developed by Evans and Bailey, a USC alumnus.“What makes Bailey so unique is that he is a Trojan and he went to Africa to find a story,” Feldmeth said. “Now he is inspiring people to tell their story and leave a legacy.”Wilde will attend the event to represent and promote her charity ,Young Artists for Peace and Justice.The presentation emphasizes the importance of activism and the necessity of every person in order to eliminate worldwide poverty, Bailey said.“The idea is to say that this is the first generation in human history that is treating poverty to be solved, rather than be navigated,” Bailey said. “Large bills won’t solve poverty; it’s going to require activism and the voice of the youth.”Bailey defined activism as “the use of our own tools to solve the problems of society.”Feldmeth stressed that the event provides a chance for USC students to become involved in an emerging movement in its early stages of development.“This is an opportunity to be tied to this company that is going to be a hard-hitting dedicated force in the near future,” Feldmeth said.The presentation highlights the progress that needs to be made, but at the same time underlines the progress that has already occurred, Bailey said.“Between 1982 and 2005, extreme poverty was cut in half from 52 percent to 27 percent,” Bailey said. “Countries like South Korea were able to pull out of poverty through manufacturing and infrastructure, but poverty is still an intense fight.”The goal of the presentation, Feldmeth said, is to reveal the severity of poverty to the audience members and instill in them confidence that they can help obliterate this global problem — or any other adversity facing society.“We want the presentation to elicit a positive response that it is possible to change the world,” she said. “We can use our education to really shape how we fight injustices and poverty by finding creative ways to really tackle these issues so that they are not these impossible things to solve.”Audrey Tyau, a sophomore majoring in accounting who plans on attending the presentation, said she wants to learn about poverty and share that knowledge with other students.“I hope to gain deeper insight into how poverty is affecting the world and do my part to spread the word and tell other people how they can help,” Tyau said.The presentation will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in Taper Hall, room 101.
UPDATED: May 7, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.At the end of every sports season, there’s an award ceremony. With the Syracuse academic year coming to a close, The Daily Orange sports staff wanted to hand out its own awards, decided on by the readers.There will be five categories to vote on: Best Transfer, Best Team, Best Moment, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. One poll will be sent out every day on Twitter (@DOsports) and will be open for 24 hours, giving readers a full day to vote and pick the winner. The Daily Orange sports staff considered multiple options for each category before settling on the four in each poll.Here were the nominees, listed in alphabetical order by last name, for Rookie of the YearJessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyus Battle: Men’s BasketballBattle entered his freshman year as the 35th best recruit, per ESPN, and wowed the crowd with his athleticism at Orange Madness. He didn’t disappoint during the season, either. Battle averaged 11.3 points per game on 43 percent shooting, tacking on 1.3 steals too. He scored 20 points in three of his final five games.Courtesy of the ACCEmily Hawryschuk: Women’s LacrosseHawryschuk was the eighth best freshman in the incoming class, per Inside Lacrosse. She’s come to SU and has been a scoring machine for the Orange. Her 38 goals are second on the team, nine more than the third most (Natalie Wallon with 29) and just three off of Riley Donahue’s — who is a Tewaaraton Award nominee — team-leading 41.Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerMiranda Ramirez: TennisAs a freshman Ramirez was one of, if not the overall best player on Syracuse this year. She had a 10-1 record combined as the second and third singles player, quickly catapulting her up to the first singles spot. She finished the year a team-best 15-6 in singles play, and along with teammate Gabriella Knutson, formed the Orange’s No. 1 doubles pairing, which finished the year 9-7. Her performance earned her a spot on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team.Jordan Phelps | Staff Photographer*Winner* Alexa Romero: SoftballRomero already had a unique advantage coming into the year as one of the few lefty pitchers in the ACC. She’s developed into the Orange’s ace, pitching a team-high 141.2 innings while maintaining a 2.72 era and 154 strikeouts. She’s thrown seven complete games in the process and held opponents to a .213 batting average against. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm
“It’s way too small of a sample to say whether it’s working or not,” Scioscia said. “When Simba came back (from the DL), he wasn’t quite what he was before, but he’s getting into that game. Kole hopefully will be able to help him, as well as David in front.”Scioscia added that “we’ll check back and you can ask that question in another three weeks.”GOOD IMPRESSIONTaylor Cole, who was optioned to Triple-A when Jim Johnson (back) was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, allowed three runs in 12 innings with the Angels.“I think there’s no doubt he showed plus stuff and I think we’re excited about that,” Scioscia said. “As he refines it, he’s got the potential to be part of a championship caliber bullpen in a multi-inning role much like (Yusmeiro) Petit did.”The Angels signed Cole, 28, to a minor league deal early in spring training. He posted a 4.53 ERA this season at Triple-A.SURGERY FOR BRIDWELLParker Bridwell underwent arthroscopic surgery to have loose bodies removed from his elbow last week, the Angels announced. It is not expected to be season-ending surgery.Bridwell had spent most of the season at Triple-A, but he pitched in just six games around the elbow issues. Last year Bridwell was a revelation, going 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in the majors after the Angels got him in a cash transaction from the Baltimore Orioles.ALSOScioscia said he approved of Shohei Ohtani’s attempt to bunt for a hit against Justin Verlander on Saturday. Verlander fielded the ball and got a force at second. Scioscia said Ohtani is comfortable doing it, and they’d discussed it earlier in the season. “The premise of it is very sound,” Scioscia said. “There will be times when it’s there and you need to take advantage of it, especially against some pitchers you aren’t going to get 13 hits against.”…The Angels will need to make two roster moves on Monday. They will need to clear spots for Jaime Barría, who is coming back from the minors to rejoin the rotation, and Albert Pujols, who is expected to be activated from the DL.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 5-6, 3.55) vs. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 6-8, 6.18), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM). ANAHEIM — The Angels are still trying figure out how to best leverage Mike Trout’s talents.Back on July 4, the Angels moved Trout from the No. 2 to the No. 3 spot in order to get him more opportunities to hit with runners on base.Coming into Sunday afternoon’s game, Trout had come up with at least one runner on base in 23 of his 56 plate appearances (41.1 percent) since the lineup move. Prior to that, as the No. 2 hitter, he batted with someone on base in 37.3 percent of his plate appearances.As a result, Trout has just one RBI since the move, and it was on a solo homer. He also had driven in just one run — also on a solo homer — in his last 12 games hitting second, which was one of the reasons for the move. The other problem is that, even when Trout does come up with men on base, he’s often being walked. In the 23 times he’s come up with runners on base since moving to No. 3, he’s walked eight times, five intentionally.Manager Mike Scioscia said the sample size is still too small to judge the move.“There is no doubt we need to do a better job of that,” Scioscia said. “That’s one of the things hopefully him hitting third will accomplish. It has not to this point, but it’s too early to tell.”Since the move, the Angels 1-2 hitters have combined for a .281 on-base percentage, which is well below average. Major league leadoff hitters have combined for a .330 on-base percentage and No. 2 hitters have a .338 mark.Kole Calhoun and David Fletcher have mostly been hitting first, with Andrelton Simmons hitting second. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
But does Darvish deserve to be made the villain of the 2017 World Series loss?“No, I don’t think so,” Cody Bellinger said. “Everyone is a competitor. Obviously, it’s probably not how he wanted it to turn out. But, I mean, everyone fails, you know? So I don’t think so.“Not one person lost the World Series. So, no, I don’t think he deserves that.”Clayton Kershaw followed Darvish with four scoreless innings on two days’ rest in that Game 7 (setting up a revisionist debate over whether he should have started instead of Darvish). He remains friends with Darvish. The two were “throw partners” during workouts that winter (during which Darvish was a free agent, eventually signing with the Cubs) and still stay in touch via text, Kershaw said.It’s easy for fans to make Darvish (who didn’t make it through two innings in a Game 3 loss either) the scapegoat for the disappointment, Kershaw acknowledged. “To be looked at in that light by a fan base and a very big fan base in a city I know he enjoyed, it’s tough. It’s gotta be tough,” Roberts said.“I thought he had some really good moments with us. People want to reference Game 7 a lot – which is unfortunate, which was unfortunate obviously for all of us. … I think for him it’s more a personal thing. I know he loved his time in L.A., loved the Dodgers and the fans. I think it’s more Game 7 didn’t go well for any of us and I think that’s kind of his cross to bear maybe a little bit.”DRAFT PICKSThe Dodgers reached contract agreements with three more draft picks on Friday including UC Irvine third baseman Brandon Lewis (their fourth-round pick) as well as pitchers Aaron Ochsenbein (sixth round) and Mark Mixon (26th round).Twenty-one of the Dodgers’ 41 picks in this year’s draft have signed contracts.UP NEXTCubs (RHP Yu Darvish, 2-3, 4.98 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 7-1, 3.35 ERA), Saturday, 6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, 570 AMStaff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this notebook. “It’s just easier to do that, right? It’s just easier,” Kershaw said. “But it doesn’t make it right.”Both Kershaw and Justin Turner pointed to Darvish’s starts in the NL Division Series against the Diamondbacks (five innings, two hits, one run) and the NLCS against the Cubs (6-1/3 innings, one run) as essential to helping the Dodgers reach the World Series.“People forget fast that we’re not in that position without him,” Kershaw said.But a rough reception likely awaits Darvish on Saturday.“Fans have the right to boo players who don’t perform, there’s no doubt about it,” Kershaw said. “I just think when you’re in here in the clubhouse with the team and you know everything we go through on a day-in, day-out basis and you know Yu performed really well up to that point, pitched two really big games to get into the World Series – against the Diamondbacks and the Cubs. We wouldn’t even have been in that position without him.“People forget that fast and I understand that. But to us, to me – he was a big contributor to us being there in the first place. That’s kind of how I think about it.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts answered diplomatically that he thinks Darvish will get a “mixed” reaction from fans Saturday before agreeing with Darvish’s boos-y prediction.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — In the eyes of many, Yu Darvish will be returning to the scene of the crime Saturday night.The Japanese right-hander will start for the Chicago Cubs against the Dodgers, his first start at Dodger Stadium since he robbed the Dodgers of any chance to win the 2017 World Series – or so the most bitterly disappointed have vented – by giving up five runs in the first 10 batters of Game 7.“I don’t think Yu Darvish lost the World Series,” Kiké Hernandez said. “I think the Dodgers did.”That might be accurate. But Darvish admitted to reporters Thursday that he expects to be booed by Dodger fans when he takes the mound Saturday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
HULL — Republican Congressman Steve King will face a primary challenge if he seeks a 10th term in the U.S. House next year.Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull announced Wednesday morning he will run for congress in the fourth congressional district.“I just think it’s time to have an effective, conservative leader in the fourth congressional district,” Feenstra told KIWA Radio. “We need to have a person that can create policy for Main Street and agriculture and who has our shared conservative values.”Feenstra, who called King “caustic” in a written statement, said the fourth district “doesn’t have a voice” in Washington right now because of “sideshows and distractions” from King.“Over the last 12 years I’ve been in the Iowa Senate and I have a track record for cutting taxes, creating jobs, protecting life, defending the Second Amendment,” Feenstra said, “so I think it’s time to send a conservative to Washington that has a seat at the table for the fourth district.”The district has a significant Republican voter registration edge, but Democrat J.D. Scholten came within about 11,000 votes of defeating King in November. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who won the district by 18 points, said after the election that King has to decide whether he wants to be in congress or do something else.Last week, King announced he’d hold town hall meetings in each of the district’s 39 counties — a practice King had suspended after complaining “paid protesters” were disrupting his events. King has drawn rebukes from fellow Republicans over the years. A key House Republican publicly condemned King’s behavior in late October, saying it’s important to “stand up against white supremacy and hate.”Feenstra has been the Sioux County Treasurer and the city administrator in Hull. His congressional campaign website invites supporters to “help fulfill our promise to Make America Great Again!”“The fourth district voters need somebody that can create change, who can go to Washington and make things happen,” Feenstra said during the radio interview. “I just think Congressman King has been there 16 years and it’s time for a change.”Feenstra is currently teaching at Dordt College in Sioux Center. === Republican Congressman Steve King is denouncing the Republican state senator who plans to challenge King’s bid for reelection in 2020.State Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, has announced that in 2020, he will run for the U.S. House seat King currently holds. In a written statement, King said “establishment puppeteers” in the Republican Party had convinced Feenstra to challenge him. King also said Feenstra would offer voters nothing more than “warmed over” liberal talking points.Feenstra, in his own campaign announcement, accused King of being ineffective and prone to political “sideshows” rather than service to Iowans. Both men say they’d be President Trump’s best ally. King said Trump has referred to him as the “world’s most conservative human being.”King claims Feenstra had a conversation with Jeff King, the congressman’s son and campaign manager, on December 28 and that Feenstra — according to King — indicated he would never run against King.The Iowa Republican Party’s chairman has referred to Feenstra as a “legitimate” challenger, but declared that the party will remain neutral in this primary contest.The Iowa Democratic Party’s chairman has issued a statement calling King the “least effect” member of congress and criticizing Feenstra’s support — as a state senator — “of excessive spending on ineffective tax giveaways.” J.D. Scholten, the Democrat who came with about 11-thousand votes of defeating King last November, has not ruled out another run in the fourth district in 2020.
Pitcher of the Week – Brad Verel, Central Arkansas – Junior – Pitcher – Broken Arrow, Okla.Verel pitched the final 4.2 innings of the Bears’ 8-4 upset of No. 24 Oklahoma State, taking the torch from Mark Moyer and keeping the Cowboys at bay. Verel struck out five and didn’t allow a walk in his third-longest relief appearance on the year. Rogers turned in a big week for the Bearkats, helping Sam Houston State secure its hold on first place in the Southland with a sweep of Lamar. The sophomore slugger hit safely and reached base twice in each of the Bearkats’ four games on the week, scoring four times with seven RBI and five extra-base hits. In Saturday’s twinbill, Rogers hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth of game one to cap the Bearkats’ comeback win, and the Spring, Texas, native went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Kats closed out the sweep in the series finale. He currently ranks third in the conference in slugging percentage (.613) and is tied for the lead with 12 doubles. 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. In Saturday’s rubber match against McNeese, Verel got the ball to start the game, striking out five over five scoreless innings as Central Arkansas took the series with a 5-1 triumph. He scattered just a pair of singles and a walk through the first four innings and, with two runners in scoring position after a two-out double, sat down Julian Gonzalez on strikes to get out of the jam. Hitter of the Week – Jack Rogers, Sam Houston State – Sophomore – Outfielder – Spring, TexasAfter recording a walk and an RBI double in a midweek clash with Rice on Tuesday, Rogers hit safely in his first three at-bats in the series opener against Lamar, highlighting the game with an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning on his way to a 3-for-4 day that saw him drive in four and reach base four times. Central Arkansas (15-17, 8-7 Southland) begins a five-game stretch away from home against Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before a three-game road slate at Tennessee Tech, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Honorable Mention: Logan Berlof, Lamar; Itchy Burts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Sam Taylor, Northwestern State; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian. Verel picked up the win in both his outings, allowing just two earned runs over 9.2 innings for a 1.86 ERA on the week. The junior struck out 10 batters and issued just one walk, and the Bears went 3-1 with a win over. No. 24 Oklahoma State and a series victory over McNeese. Sam Houston State (20-9, 12-3 Southland) hosts Houston at 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday before visiting rival Stephen F. Austin for a three-game weekend series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. Honorable Mention: Zach Carter, Houston Baptist; Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana; Nathan Jones, Northwestern State; Bernie Martinez, UIW; Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Jack Rogers is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Central Arkansas hurler Brad Verel earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.