Cyclones beat Omaha Mavericks 69-43. Here’s what we learned

AMES, Ia. — The Iowa State women’s basketball team opened the 2020-21 season with a lineup full of fresh faces with three freshmen making their way into the starting five; while that group struggled to find its rhythm during a shaky start to the game, a familiar face stepped up.



a person in a red dress: Ashley Joens of Iowa State stands for a photo at Women's basketball media day in Ames Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.


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Ashley Joens of Iowa State stands for a photo at Women’s basketball media day in Ames Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

Junior Ashley Joens scored a game-high 25 points as No. 18 Iowa State kicked off the season with a 69-43 win over Omaha at Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday. Joens, now in her third season of starting, jumpstarted Iowa State, which struggled through first game jitters and first quarter rust.

“You just have to step up and make a few plays, allow the rest of the team to get comfortable and then I felt like after that, they were more comfortable and just able to relax and play like they normally do,” Joens said.

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Joens, Iowa State’s leading scorer from a season ago, stepped up when Iowa State needed her most. That was early on in Wednesday’s contest when Iowa State’s new and very young starting lineup, turned it over eight times and shot just 42.9 percent (6 for 14) from the field in an ugly first quarter. 

Joens, who had four points in the first quarter, carried her team in the second. She scored 13 of Iowa State’s 19 second-quarter points and was all of the Cyclones’ offensive production during a 6-0 run that pushed their lead to 29-16. Iowa State took a 33-22 lead into halftime.

“She really got everything going for us and we were able to feed off her energy,” said Iowa State freshman Lexi Donarski.

Not having Bill Fennelly in Hilton was….odd

Wednesday’s season opener was already going to be odd without many fans in the stands. But, we’ll get to that later. The oddest part may have been the fact that Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly wasn’t on the bench. Fennelly was at home and in self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19.

Jodi Steyer, Iowa State’s associate head coach and a long-time member of Fennelly’s staff, filled in for him. It marked the first time Steyer replaced Fennelly since the 1990s when the two worked together at Toledo and Fennelly was ejected after picking up two technical fouls.

“It was a little different,” Joens said of not having Fennelly. “We’re always used to hearing his voice on the sidelines and everything. But, I think coach Steyer did a great job of stepping in and she took on that role and the coaches helped out. It was different but it all worked out.”

When Fennelly may return hasn’t been announced yet. But the Cyclones coach has been able to watch practices on

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Kohl’s (KSS) reports Q3 2020 earnings beat

Kohl’s shares rose more than 5% Tuesday, after Chief Executive Michelle Gass laid out the retailer’s plans to expand in activewear and personal care in 2021, two hot pockets of growth that have accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kohl’s reported a 13.3% decline in quarterly net sales during its third quarter, as the pandemic limited the number of people visiting its stores to buy work clothes and dress shoes. But the department store chain sparked hope about its chances for a stronger turnaround in the New Year.

“Some would call this the homebody economy, with people spending more time at home,” Gass said during a call with reporters. “It’s growing in importance. … And we’ve established ourselves as an active destination for the last five years, that we’re going to take to a whole new level.”

Kohl’s also said it is entering the holidays “well-positioned” to rival its peers and take advantage of the market share up for grabs in the wake of numerous retail bankruptcies and store closures this year. The retailer significantly cut its inventories during the latest quarter, putting it in a position where it will be less reliant on discounts during the holiday season.

Here’s how the retailer did during the third quarter ended Oct. 31 compared with what analysts were expecting, based on Refinitiv data:

  • Earnings per share: 1 cent, adjusted, vs. a loss of 43 cents expected
  • Net sales: $3.78 billion vs. $3.86 billion expected

For the quarter ended Oct. 31, the company reported a net loss of $12 million, or 8 cents per share, compared with net income of $123 million, or 78 cents per share, a year ago. Excluding one-time charges, Kohl’s earned a penny a share, better than the 43-cent loss expected by analysts.

Kohl’s net sales fell to $3.78 billion from $4.36 billion a year ago. Analysts were calling for $3.86 billion, according to Refinitiv estimates.

Total revenue dropped 14% to $3.98 billion from $4.63 billion a year earlier.

Same-store sales at Kohl’s, which track sales online and at Kohl’s stores open for at least 12 months, also fell 13.3%. Analysts, on average, were calling for an 11.39% decline.

But the company said it did report positive sales growth in three categories — athleisure, lounge and sleepwear — which it has been investing in heavily.

Kohl’s strategy heading into 2021 is to trim the amount of dressier merchandise it has in stores and focus more on adding active and comfortable clothing. It plans to launch a new athleisure brand, called FLX, next year, while expanding the amount of space devoted to activewear in its stores by almost 20%.

“Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer of choice for the active and casual lifestyle,” Gass said during a post-earnings conference call.

Kohl’s has also been bringing more casual wear brands into its stores, such as Lands’ End, which is known for its outwear and swimwear. The company currently offers the complete Lands’ End catalog online, and plans to double

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EuroBasket Women: GB beat Poland in qualifier in Istanbul

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Temi Fagbenle and Great Britain came close to Olympic qualification in Belgrade in February

Great Britain’s women recovered from a slow start to beat Poland 77-49 in their EuroBasket qualifier in Istanbul.

Chantelle Handy hit five threes in her 15 points, Kristine Anigwe had 15 points and Eilidh Simpson added 12 points and five assists.

The result means GB are likely to finish second in their three-team group, but would probably still need to beat group leaders Belarus to qualify.

The game was moved to Istanbul in response to coronavirus restrictions.

GB had won convincingly in Poland exactly a year ago, but with three starters missing from the line-up that had played in the Olympic qualifiers in Belgrade in February, they found it difficult to find a rhythm early in the game.

Simpson, missing in Belgrade in February, returned to again prove the on-court leader, taking on the responsibility of running the offense and scoring most of her points in the first half.

Although they struggled to generate good scoring chances early on, GB’s strong defence ensured Poland had their own scoring problems.

GB found their range in the second quarter. Handy hit three threes and Simpson, top scorer in the reverse fixture a year ago, added another in a 17-3 run and GB were suddenly leading by 10 points.

Simpson pushed the tempo for GB at the start of the second half and Temi Fagbenle and Cheridene Green combined for a burst of points as GB began to take a stranglehold on the game. The pair finished with eight and 10 points respectively.

Twelve points up at the start of the final quarter, GB slammed the door by holding Poland scoreless for six and a half minutes midway through the quarter to record an easy second victory in the group.

“Going into the game today, the first goal was to win, and the second was to win by as many as we can, knowing that points might add up in the end,” Handy told BBC Sport. “We knew it was going to be tough but I think we did well under the circumstances.”

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Belarus 1 1 0 90 59 2
Poland 2 0 2 112 152 2

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Well, what a brilliant game of rugby league for a Friday night. NSW were flying out of the first half and started the second half strongly, but a try to QLD against the run of play swung the momentum in the other direction and once that happened, NSW weren’t able to recover.

Brigginshaw was key for QLD, the ability for them to have essentially a third half in their line just opened up so many options and took the pressure off Aiken and Temara. Upton was sensational on debut, she has speed to burn and will no doubt become a fixture of this State of Origin clash for many years to come.

Thank you so much for joining me for this fast and exciting match. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Looking forward to the day when we get a full three match series for the women’s game, but this was a fantastic contest to witness and will set the stage for an expanded series in the years to come.





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How Georgia’s women of color beat voter suppression and saved democracy

For Democrats, the most heartbreaking moment in an otherwise upbeat 2018 election took place in the state of Georgia, where an often-inspiring bid by lawmaker Stacey Abrams to become the first Black woman governor of a state synonymous with voter suppression, from Reconstruction through its voter purges of the 2010s, fell just short.

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So in 2020, the Black and brown women of the Peach State went to work. That included an Election Day “war room” where they dispatched some of the weapons that put their crusade over the top — thousands of hot pizzas and bottles of ice cold water, and video-gaming trucks, as well as spoken-word artists, stilt walkers, drag queens, anything that would keep Georgians amused and refreshed to stay on line as they waited to vote.

And the entertainment was just part of what will surely be remembered as one of the most successful get-out-the-vote campaigns in American history. “We anticipated the [BS],” Nse Ufot, the Abrams ally who took over her New Georgia Project which has registered tens of thousands of new voters across Georgia since 2014, told me. That means when they learned at 5 a.m. on Election Day that more than 100 polling places had been abruptly moved in the prior 48 hours, Ufot’s team immediately sent an army of volunteers wearing sandwich boards to the old locations, to convey the new information to any confused voters.

And every little bit helped in what was arguably the most stunning upset of 2020′s fraught presidential election, with Joe Biden riding that increased voter turnout to the brink of a narrow victory that would make him the first Democratic White House hopeful to carry the (former?) red state of Georgia since 1992. The efforts of activists such as Abrams, Ufot and dozens like them are also a reason the state’s two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates performed well enough to force a January runoff, which will give the party a chance — albeit an uphill one — to capture control of Congress to enact Biden’s agenda.

But in reality, what happened this fall in the home state of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , John Lewis and other icons of America’s never-ending battle for civil rights should be seen as less about Biden, and more about the cherished ideal that every vote counts. In 2016, some 22% of eligible Georgians weren’t even registered to vote, but non-stop organizing has reduced that to the once-unthinkably low 2%. The result was that 67% of those voters cast ballots this fall, beating the prior record from 2008 — when Barack Obama electrified Black voters.

In one sense, Georgia was the frothy top of a national wave, in which voter enthusiasm swamped the seawall of Republican-enacted repressive laws and practices meant to keep unfettered democracy at bay. More than 150 million Americans voted in 2020 — millions of ballots are still being counted, in fact — which is an all-time record.

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Business Beat: Huntington Mall extends hours for holiday shopping | Business

BARBOURSVILLE — COVID-19 has brought many challenges, but Huntington Mall officials say its holiday shopping hours schedule will follow health guidelines and still foster the traditions, festivity and joy of the season.

“The management team has created a holiday season schedule with hours that are logical,” said Joe Bell, a communications spokesman for the mall.

Bell says the schedule was carefully formulated based upon historical data, consultation with tenants and a desire to meet the changing needs and desires of consumers.

“Santa Claus will be available to hear the Christmas wishes of children,” he said. “The phenomenon known as ‘Super Saturday,’ the last Saturday before Christmas, has garnered a great deal of attention. Statistically, it has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year. For that reason, Super Saturday at the mall will be a community event, where guests will enjoy an expanded offering of live entertainment and promotions that offer them great value.”

Bell added that throughout the holiday season, Huntington Mall will continue to operate in a safe and responsible manner when it comes to public health protocols.

“All government mandates will be observed so that the environment remains healthy for everyone who works in or visits the mall,” he said.

The mall will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but will have extended hours on Black Friday and several other days leading up to the holidays.

For information on mall tenants, hours and events, call 304-733-0492 or visit www.huntingtonmall.com to view the full holiday schedule.

PUMPING IRON: Ironheadz Sports Nutrition at the Ashland Town Center will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, for its new location near Belk Women & Kids.

The event features 5% Nutrition sponsored athletes in the store from noon to 4 p.m. with special guest Luke Cage.

Ironheadz Sports Nutrition is a fitness retailer that carries nutrition supplements, specialty coffees, CBD products, sports gear, athletic clothing and headwear.

In the past four years, 14 new stores have opened at the Ashland Town Center, mall officials said.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to [email protected] You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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Women’s T20 Challenge: Trailblazers beat Supernovas to win first title

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England spinner Sophie Ecclestone took 1-26 in the final, and 5-55 in her three games in the tournament
Women’s T20 Challenge final, Sharjah
Trailblazers 118-8 (20 overs): Mandhana 68, Radha 5-16
Supernovas 102-7 (20 overs): Kaur 30, Khatun 3-18
Trailblazers won by 16 runs
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England spinner Sophie Ecclestone and her Trailblazers side beat defending champions Supernovas by 16 runs to win the Women’s T20 Challenge in Sharjah.

Openers Smriti Mandhana and Deandra Dottin shared 71, but the Trailblazers lost 7-17 to finish on 118-8, with spinner Radha Yadav taking 5-16.

The Supernovas managed 102-7 in reply thanks to a disciplined bowling display led by Salma Khatun and Deepti Sharma.

It is the first time the Trailblazers have won the three-team tournament.

Mandhana exploited the six-over powerplay after the Trailblazers were asked to bat, hitting five fours and three beautiful straight sixes.

After the departure of Dottin, who struggled for timing in her 32-ball 20, the Trailblazers lost momentum on a pitch that started to slow.

Spinners Radha, Poonam Yadav and Shashikala Siriwardena took a combined 7-61 from 12 overs to put the Supernovas in the ascendency at the halfway point.

However, they never recovered from losing Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu to slow left-armer Ecclestone in the second over of their chase.

The run-rate crept up and India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, struggling with injury, was unable to guide the Supernovas to victory despite making 30.

The competition, which started in 2018, is the women’s equivalent of the Indian Premier League. The Supernovas had won the two previous editions.

The only other England player involved was Danni Wyatt. Her Velocity team failed to reach the final, with the opener scoring only three runs in two innings.

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Indian jawans get clothing from US to beat extreme cold at LAC

In a major boost to India’s preparedness to take on the Chinese on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army has received the initial consignment of extreme cold weather clothing from the USA for its troops deployed on the China border.

“An initial lot of extreme cold weather clothing from the American defence forces have been received and are being used by our troops there,” government sources told ANI here.

The sources said that the Indian Army maintains a stock of 60,000 of these extreme cold weather clothing sets for troops deployed in entire Ladakh including both western fronts in Siachen and Eastern Ladakh sector.

This year, there was an additional requirement of around 30,000 of these sets as close to 90,000 troops are deployed in the region in view of the aggression by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the LAC.

The emergency acquisition of the extreme cold weather clothing will help the Indian Army troops to get through the harsh winters in the Ladakh sector.

The Indian side has deployed two additional divisions on the LAC that have been brought to the sector from plains and a mountain division which has been training for high-altitude operations for many years now.

India is getting a lot of equipment from America including a number of assault rifles for the special forces as well as the SiGSauer assault rifles for the infantry troops.

               

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Couple rearrange their 200-person wedding in just 24 hours to beat lockdown restrictions

A couple rearranged their wedding in 24 hours to tie the knot before new lockdown restrictions come into force in England on Thursday.

Jo Loosemore, 33, and her fiance Matt Goffin, 37, had been due to get married near the bride’s parents’ home in Devon on November 14.

After learning of the impending restrictions on Saturday morning, they arranged to get hitched the following day in Witcham, Cambridgeshire where they live with their eight-month-old son Rupert.

The now Mr and Mrs Goffin married at the Church of St Martin in Witcham on Sunday morning.

By law, no more than 15 people can attend any marriage or civil partnership ceremony in England.

Jo Loosemore outside the Church of St Martin in Witcham, Cambridgeshire

But under new lockdown rules from Thursday, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted at all except in “exceptional circumstances”.

Biomedical scientist Mr Goffin said their wedding had always been planned for November 14 but was originally designed with 200 guests in mind.

“We’ve had to chop it down so many times now,” he said.

Veterinary nurse Mrs Goffin said: “I was having a shower on Saturday morning and I heard about the new news coming out so I just thought, ‘well I’ll see if we can get it done this weekend’.”

“I thought I can either let this get us down and we can get stressed having to rearrange it for the 100th time or I can be proactive and try and be positive about it and do something about it.”

Eight-month-old son Rupert was in attendance

Jo was given away by her father Mark

She said it was a “hectic” weekend but they managed to arrange the wedding in less than 24 hours with the help of their local reverend, Mary Hancock, who was “absolutely brilliant”.

The planned morning church service was replaced by the wedding ceremony and scores of people chipped in to help.

An appeal was put on the village’s Facebook page, leading to offers from musicians, with friends and family also helping out.

As Rev Hancock had been helping with the paperwork for their original wedding date, there were no legal hold-ups.

“So many people in the village offered their services so we actually had a trumpeter and an organist at our wedding which was amazing,” said Mrs Goffin.

The ceremony was arranged within 24 hours

“They haven’t charged us anything, which is great.

“We had people from our running club Ely Runners outside wishing us well before we went in and afterwards which was really lovely.

“Matt’s parents got flowers and stuff sorted.

“Matt was able to get his suit sorted in Cambridge.

“Luckily I had my final dress fitting that day so everything fell into place. It was brilliant.

“Instead of having the morning service we just had the wedding one instead, which meant a couple of the locals couldn’t go which now

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Couple rearrange wedding in just 24 hours to beat new lockdown restrictions

A COUPLE re­arranged their wedding in 24 hours before lockdown restrictions begin.

Jo Loosemore, 33, and Matt Goffin, 37, had been due to marry in Devon on November 14.

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Jo Loosemore and Matt Goffin rearranged their wedding in just 24 hours

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Jo Loosemore and Matt Goffin rearranged their wedding in just 24 hoursCredit: PA:Press Association
The couple managed to wed before the ban on weddings started

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The couple managed to wed before the ban on weddings startedCredit: PA:Press Association

After learning of the impending restrictions on Saturday morning, they arranged to get hitched the following day in Witcham, Cambs, where they live with their eight-month-old son Rupert.

Jo said it was a hectic weekend but added: “So many people in the village offered their services so we actually had a trumpeter and an organist at our wedding which was amazing.”

“They haven’t charged us anything, which is great.

“We had people from our running club Ely Runners outside wishing us well before we went in and afterwards which was really lovely.

“Matt’s parents got flowers and stuff sorted.

Jo and Matt Goffin had been due to marry in Devon on November 14

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Jo and Matt Goffin had been due to marry in Devon on November 14Credit: PA:Press Association

“Matt was able to get his suit sorted in Cambridge.

“Luckily I had my final dress fitting that day so everything fell into place. It was brilliant.

“We had a really nice day, it’s really special to us.”

After learning of the impending restrictions on Saturday morning, they arranged to get hitched the following day

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After learning of the impending restrictions on Saturday morning, they arranged to get hitched the following dayCredit: Splash News
The couple were joined by their eight-month-old son Rupert

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The couple were joined by their eight-month-old son RupertCredit: PA:Press Association
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