The Christian and Poverty vs. Wealth (Part I)

first_imgThe questions of poverty and wealth have been with and will most likely stay with mankind forever. Jesus himself says that we will always have the poor with us (John 12:8). Poverty and wealth are found in every part of the world. Millions wallow in abject poverty in most parts of the globe and a small minority lives in luxury. While the vast majority of the people in the Western World (Western Europe, America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) have their basic needs met, the vast majority in Africa, parts of Asia and Latin America live in appalling conditions without adequate food, shelter, safe drinking water and basic medical care. The Christian Church is part and parcel of both worlds with both the extreme poor and the extreme rich among its ranks. What then is the Christian perspective and attitude towards both? What should be the Christian view and attitude to both?We propose a series to explore both of these issues of poverty and wealth. This introductory article will zero in on some definitions of poverty and wealth and a survey of prevailing Christian attitudes to both. Articles two and three will focus on issues of poverty and the last two articles (four and five) on issues of wealth. In article two the thrust will be on why the widespread realities of poverty in the world, and article three will consider what can and should be done to drastically reduce it. The fifth article will delve into the Christian perspectives on wealth, and the concluding (fifth) will gauge the Christian views on wealth (its creation and distribution).It is very hard to give a definition of poverty that fits all kinds and degrees of poverty. Who are the poor? What is considered poor in one part of the world may be seen as wealthy in another. For example, having a television and access to electricity may be signs of relative wealth in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world while in developed nations those who possess these two may be among the poor. It might help to begin our definitions of poverty with the kinds of poverty. According to research done by John Stott, there are three major categories of poverty. These categories are the indignant or economically poor, the oppressed or powerless poor, and the humble or spiritual poor.Economically speaking the indignant poor are those who lack the basic necessities of life, namely, food, shelter, clothing and basic health needs. They are sometime referred to as the destitute. We may refer to people who have more than the basic necessities of life such a television, a vehicle, a smartphone, washing machine, two or three decent meals a day and the like that make life a bit more comfortable but in comparison with the rich poor relatively. They do not have luxury goods and items in abundance as the rich have. The word poor is also employed in reference to the one deserving pity and sympathy. Like we would say, “Poor Flomo, he recently lost both his job and his wife”.The oppressed poor, sociologically and politically speaking, are those whose rights are denied because of their race, tribe, religion, political affiliation or place of residence. They may have some material comforts but have no say in the decision making of the society they belong to. The spiritually poor are those who recognize and acknowledge their need and dependence on God. They do not confide solely in their own strength or any other human strength. Jesus calls them, “blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:8). Our main concern in this series is with the materially poor.The rich on the other hand are those who have material abundance. This again is relative in relation to a particular society and depending on whom one is comparing the rich to. It is the complete opposite of the poor. They have lot of money and property and can afford the comforts of life. Poor can be used in terms of interesting and variety. “The country has a rich history and culture”.A study of Church history reveals that there has been and still is a variety of Christian views on poverty and wealth ranging from seeing material poverty as the way of the true Christian life to regarding wealth as the reward of genuine faith, from seeing poverty as a mark of true spirituality to regarding wealth as an offense or obstacle to faith. We shall explore these a bit more in subsequent articles. Suffice it to say at this stage that poverty and wealth do affect real lives and how we regard them matters very much.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Water: First Line of Defense Against Ebola

first_imgAllow us to paraphrase one national leader who so aptly put it, “Ebola is destruction that equates to warfare”. Everyone would agree that we have been attacked by Ebola. And Ebola is a biological phenomenon. So it is a different kind of attack we’re experiencing.Our health officials have emphasized one very good defense against this Ebola attack. It is Water. “Wash your hands”, they tell us. Wash with Water and clorox and have others around you wash their hands. Wash and peel uncooked foods before eating them. Water is a prime element of prevention and healing. Drinking enough clean, “pure” Water helps us avoid many kinds of sicknesses. And more than that, Water can heal your body of existing health problems. This makes the body strong enough to fight an attack of Ebola.It is still rainy season in many parts of our country. These days, most functional wells and rain harvesting containers should be supplying enough Water. To insure these wells, containers, and storage vessels are kept clean and sanitary, we will need, again, Water to wash them. At this time of Ebola in the rainy season, we must store lots of the Ebola preventive – Water.There is yet another defense that works hand in hand with all the guidelines our health officials are giving. It is Discipline. Discipline is like the catalyst that makes the other preventive measures work. Its symbol is the Double War Horn, the same cow or elephant horn made by the men who were instructed to blow it to put the village on alert when there was trouble coming. Except in this case, the Double War Horn is needed because the danger is so sinister. The particular rhythm and tones the horns blew when there was danger put everyone on guard. Discipline was the law in those days: “No one make a sound! Everyone – weapons in position, all listening for the next signal”.Many hospitals are closed at this time or poorly equipped. This is not the time to get sick or injured! Discipline yourself to avoid putting anything in your body or doing anything that puts you or your health at risk and in need of hospital care.We have received the Double War Horn’s signal. Our Discipline must take over: No shaking hands even though it’s our unique custom to shake and snap and even embrace. Don’t do it! Survival first! No eating bush meat. Survival first!This new kind of attack requires new weapons/defenses. Water and Discipline are a good start.(Please share this information with those who don’t read.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soccer: Top-seeded Wilson will take on Loyola at LBCC

first_imgThe CIF Southern Section boys and girls soccer finals are only days away, scheduled for Saturday at Downey High and Warren High. But there is one more step for five area teams before they can prepare to play for a title. Today, the boys teams from Wilson and Millikan and the girls teams from Mayfair, La Mirada and Valley Christian play semifinal games with berths in Saturday’s finals at stake. “It’s just another game,” Waddington said. “We’re looking forward to it.” Millikan (28-1-3), seeded No. 2 in Division I, travels to face defending Division I champion Santa Margarita (18-4-5). The Rams and Eagles have never played one another in boys soccer. “They’re playing at home and they’re a very fine team,” said Millikan coach Rod Petkovic. “It’s going to be a very, very tough game. “They’re bigger than us, they’re more physical than us,” Petkovic added. “We’re going to have to try to adjust the game to our abilities, not theirs.” In girls Division III, Suburban League champion Mayfair (24-4-2) plays La Habra (18-5-3) at Bellflower High. The Monsoons are seeded No. 2 and are the defending Division III co-champions. “We’re healthy, we’re excited,” said first-year Wilson coach D’Angelo Waddington, whose top-seeded Bruins (25-1-4) play Loyola at 3 p.m. at Long Beach City College in Division I. Wilson defeated Loyola 3-2 in December at the South Torrance Tournament. While it knows exactly what is at stake today, Waddington’s team is taking a low-key approach. center_img La Mirada (18-9-2), runner-up to Mayfair in the Suburban League, travels to top-seed Sunny Hills (23-1-5). The Lancers are led by high-scoring Tania Taylor. The Matadores will try to isolate Taylor and force the rest of the team to win the game. “If they are going to beat us,” said La Mirada coach Dennis Guerra, “it’s going to have to be the whole team.” In Division V, Valley Christian (17-8-3) hosts North Torrance (17-8-3). The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Saxons coach Dave Christensen, who coached the Valley Christian boys last season. David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Starlets hold Uganda, sail to second round

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Captain Wendy Achieng vies for the ball with her Ugandan counterpart. PHOTO/FUFANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8- National women’s football team Harambee Starlets are through to the second round of the African Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifier after holding Uganda to a barren draw in the return leg hosted in Kampala to progress with a 1-0 aggregate win.Starlets picked a 1-0 win in Nairobi on Wednesday and only needed to ensure they avoid defeat at the Lugogo Stadium to book a date against Equatorial Guinea in the second round of qualification in June. Starlets missed striker Esse Akida who was ruled out of the tie with school commitment while head coach David Ouma made changes with Mercy Achieng replacing her while Corazon Aquino and Sheryl Angachi all started.Starlets had chances with Aquino’s shot from distance in the 39th minute hitting the crossbar while three minutes later Mwanahalima Adam had a goal disallowed for offside.In the second half, Caroline Anyango also had a chance but she headed wide from close range.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

JUDGE PRAISES NIGHTCLUB STAFF AFTER THREE BROTHERS INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON DJ

first_imgA DJ at a popular nightclub says he has no doubt he would have been seriously hurt but for the swift actions of security staff after he was attacked by three brothers.The Doherty brothers appeared at Letterkenny Court.DJ Kevin Lennon was working at Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny when he opened a door to assist staff in ejecting a man from the club. However, a short time later he was attacked in a vicious manner which left him with a cut to the lip and other bruising.Three brothers, Liam, James and Peter Doherty of Drumnaskea, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday in connection with the incident which took place on January 14th last.CCTV footage was viewed of the incident in court which showed Mr Lennon being punched by Peter Doherty before he fell to the ground and being surrounded by all three brothers.Peter Doherty, 21, was charged with assault while his two brothers Liam, 22 and James, 24, were charged with public order offences.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said there was too much drink taken and it was Peter Doherty who admitted assaulting Mr Lennon.He said it was a case that they did not realise he was a member of staff and had thought that he had been another man who had earlier attacked Peter who was home for Australia for Christmas.Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Lennon of Drumardagh, if he was recovered from his ordeal and if he would like to address the court.Mr Lennon said he would simply like to thank the security staff at Voodoo.“Who knows what might have happened if they had not acted so quickly. This could have been a hospitalization case,” he said.Judge Kelly said “As Mr Lennon said – if it was not for the reaction of the staff it could have been a lot worse. This was a very nasty incident for Mr Lennon when suddenly he finds himself on the ground with people with that level of intent around him.”He asked defense solicitor Mr Gallagher if the Doherty brothers had anything concrete to offer Mr Lennon by way of an apology.Mr Gallagher came back and said they could offer him a total of €500.Judge Kelly said refused the offer but said that if the men came up with a total of €1,500, he would adjourn the case until January 19th.“They’re all in this together as far as I can see,” added Judge Kelly.JUDGE PRAISES NIGHTCLUB STAFF AFTER THREE BROTHERS INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON DJ was last modified: October 21st, 2014 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:DJ Kevin LennondonegalJudge Paul KellyletterkennyVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more

Iraq’s unity government takes office amid violence

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – After five months of often bitter wrangling over Cabinet posts, Iraq’s unity government took office Saturday and vowed to fight the insurgency, restore stability and set the stage for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops. The new permanent government resulting from December’s elections in which 12 million Iraqis participated has been portrayed by Western officials as the best hope for changing the dynamics of violence in Iraq. But it must expand control and persuade insurgents, assassins and militias to stand down, with no guarantee of success. As the Cabinet was sworn in, at least 33 people were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq, and police found the bodies of 22 Iraqis who apparently had been kidnapped and tortured by death squads that plague the capital and other areas. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the others on the 40-member Cabinet took the oath of office inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, where American and Iraqi troops provide security from the turmoil sweeping the country. In a sign of the divisions that held up forming the government, al-Maliki could not work out an agreement on the Cabinet’s three posts responsible for security and had to appoint himself and two deputy prime ministers to temporarily hold those positions. Al-Maliki, who has a reputation as a hard-liner, was chosen by the dominant Shiite bloc after Sunni and Kurdish parties refused to accept Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari for a second term as head of government. U.S. officials also opposed al-Jaafari, viewing him as ineffectual. Nevertheless, Al-Maliki, 55, is politically close to al-Jaafari and is largely untested as an administrator. President Bush, who is facing rising criticism at home over Iraq, welcomed the new Cabinet and promised continued U.S. help. “Iraq’s new leaders know the period ahead will be filled with great challenge,” Bush said in a statement. “But they also know that they – and their great country – will not face them alone. The United States and freedom-loving nations around the world will stand with Iraq as it takes its place among the world’s democracies and as an ally in the war on terror.” U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad repeated U.S. cautions against expectations of a quick pullout of the 132,000-strong American military contingent. But, he added, “strategically, we’re going to be moving in the direction of downsizing our forces.” One of Saturday’s attacks, a suicide car bombing at a police station that killed at least five people and wounded 10, took place in Anbar city of Qaim. In the day’s deadliest assault, 19 people died when a bomb hidden in a paper bag exploded in Baghdad’s Sadr City district next to a line of day laborers waiting for work.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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter a two-hour delay, reportedly because of last-minute wrangling over some Cabinet posts, legislators dressed in suits or traditional Arab robes slowly filed into the parliament chamber. Outgoing members of the interim legislature greeted each other with kisses to the cheeks. The vote of approval went quickly, with parliament members elected in Dec. 15 elections waving raised hands to ratify al-Maliki’s nominees one by one. Al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim who spent years in exile in Syria during Saddam Hussein’s regime, promised that restoring security would be his top priority. “The first challenge we face is security and how to deal with the terrorist killers who are destroying the country and shedding the blood of the Iraqi people,” he said. “Those people should know that this government is designed in a way to effectively face this challenge.” He outlined a 34-point plan to bring security, implement the rule of law and restore basic services like electricity – now available for only four hours a day in the capital. last_img read more

Carabao Cup: Forest shock Newcastle, Everton hold off Rotherham, plus more

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more MONEY The visitors were perhaps unfortunate to not get a penalty when Ayoze Perez was floored in the box by Forest keeper Luke Steele and a matter of seconds later the tie was complete when Gil Dias’ chipped the ball brilliantly into the net.Everton 3-1 Rotherham UnitedTwo goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first of the season ensured an under-strength Everton side avoided a Carabao Cup upset with a 3-1 victory over Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham.Iceland international Sigurdsson, who scored six times last season following his £45millon club record move from Swansea, scored from close range after 28 minutes, followed in the second half by Calvert-Lewin heading his first since February.Substitute Will Vaulks nodded in an 86th minute corner but Calvert-Lewin’s second moments later snuffed out any hopes of a late comeback. The Newcastle players surround referee Jeremy Simpson on a night they may feel agrieved possible standings 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest Football News Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade gameday Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 Javi Gracia’s men have won all four games this season 20-year-old Davies captained Everton while Calvert-Lewin bagged a brace impact highlights Here is the best of the action from Wednesday night’s action in the Carabao Cup second round:Nottingham Forest 3-1 Newcastle UnitedA dramatic finale saw Nottingham Forest knock Newcastle out of the Carabao Cup for the second season running after securing a 3-1 win over Rafa Benitez’s side at the City Ground.The Championship side had the lead inside two minutes when Daryl Murphy nodded in Sam Byram’s fierce cross before Salomon Rondon equalised in the second minute of stoppage-time with a powerful shot.However, Forest regained the lead almost instantly when Matty Cash fired a loose ball home. Reading 0-2 WatfordA much-changed Watford maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-0 win at Championship Reading in the Carabao Cup second round.In a low-key tie, the Hornets went in front just before half-time when striker Isaac Success tucked in from close range.Portuguese midfielder Domingos Quina secured victory against a poor Reading side just past the hour mark with an unstoppable strike from long distance. Millwall 3-2 Plymouth ArgyleAiden O’Brien capped off a dramatic turnaround as Millwall came from behind to beat Plymouth 3-2 in the second round of the Carabao Cup.Jamie Ness’ header was cancelled out by a Shaun Williams penalty before Freddie Ladapo’s fine goal restored Argyle’s advantage.Lee Gregory equalised seven minutes from time before fellow substitute O’Brien nudged home to send Millwall through. silverware RANKED smart causal last_img read more

‘Pogba is trying to create unrest at Man United to get his own way’ – Allardyce

first_img Pogba was in action as France and Germany drew 0-0 in their first UEFA Nations League game 3 3 Speaking to Sky Germany, Pogba said: “My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 percent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United – I cannot say more.”He also added that he and Mourinho ‘have a pure coach-player relationship’.MORE: Ex-world champion and huge Man United fan Anthony Crolla slams Paul Pogba’s ‘dickhead behaviour’Allardyce believes the player is purposefully trying to kick up a storm to apparently get his wish of a move away from the club, and believes it’s up to the United hierarchy to ensure the player and his agent’s antics stop.“Agents and players are becoming far too powerful,” Big Sam told Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s been a particular problem for many, many years but it’s getting stronger and stronger – dictating too much regarding where the player goes or where he wants to go. Pogba spoke to the German media following France and Germany’s UEFA Nations League opener Sam Allardyce believes Paul Pogba is ‘trying to create unrest to get his own way’ and is deliberately testing Jose Mourinho by commenting on his future at Manchester United.The France midfielder has caused a media storm by speaking to the German press about the reports surrounding his future at Old Trafford – and his relationship with manager Mourinho.Rumours throughout the summer, and beyond, have suggested Pogba is keen to leave United after falling out with his boss and wants to join Barcelona – where striker Luis Suarez has said he is ‘welcome’.The last thing Man United or Mourinho would have wanted was for the World Cup winner to openly chat about the continued uncertainty during the international break – but that’s just what he did. 3 Pogba and Mourinho have seemed to clash on occasions Allardyce also said the international break always causes trouble, and suggested Manchester United should take a leaf out of his book and fine Pogba when he returns from France duty.“You always hear it on an international break, and then you will always hear they’ve been misinterpreted when they get back,” added the former Premier League and England manager.“But they haven’t been misinterpreted, they haven’t. “And then, when the player doesn’t get what he wants, he starts to create unrest at the football club to try to get his own way.“It’s a strong manager and a strong owner that will only withstand that pressure, otherwise they will crack and allow him to go.“The club need to say, ‘The manager is going to be here, you’re going to be there, you’ve got a contract – shut up and get on with it’.“You need a strong ownership, not a strong manager, to put things right.” 📞 Caller: “Pogba is the most DELUDED footballer I have ever come across… He could be the new Vieira but he can’t see past dying his hair.”😡 Simon the #MUFC fan says he’s had enough of Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.🤔 Can Paul Pogba be as good as @OfficialVieira? pic.twitter.com/OoxasrRhSu— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 7, 2018“I always said to my players before they went: ‘While you’re on international duty do not comment about the football club, just concentrate on your country and don’t contribute anything that may end up being controversial’.“We have a code of conduct and if they break that code of conduct while they are away, for me, they get a fine.”Listen back to Sam Allardyce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL abovelast_img read more

Jose Mourinho denies Paul Pogba has asked to leave Man United

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Premier League News REVEALED huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal silverware Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Paul Pogba has hinted at tensions between him and Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho insists Paul Pogba has never told him he wants out of Manchester United.A cloud hangs over the club-record signing a month into the new season, with reports of a tense relationship with the manager compounded by an apparent desire to move on. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Paul Pogba has still yet to fully hit top form for Manchester UnitedPogba even reportedly told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his wish to leave Old Trafford as Barcelona circled, while the midfielder has so far avoided publicly committing to a side he returned to in 2016.Former captain Gary Neville says that, as a fan, he would be happy to see the 25-year-old leave if his focus was not on United, but Mourinho says the World Cup winner has not told him that he wants to go.The Portuguese explained: “Paul came back after the World Cup in the week before we started the Premier League, so we are together for about two months or so.“He never told me he wants to leave. Never. So, I can only comment on what is real for me, not in what I read, not in what I listen.“I have no direct relation with the people that write or the people that listen.“I have a direct relation with the players – not (just) Paul, the players – and he never told me he wants to leave.”Asked if he thought Pogba wanted to stay, Mourinho retorted: “If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion, no?” 2center_img tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 Pogba’s future was the subject of rife speculation over the summer, as was compatriot Anthony Martial’s.The forward has not always seen eye-to-eye with Mourinho and was fined for the way he went about returning from United’s American pre-season tour for the birth of his second child.Martial’s deal runs out next summer, although the club have an option for the following year, while the contracts of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are also running down.“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho said when asked about that quartet.“We had a similar conversation last season about Marouane (Fellaini) and I was always saying ‘I hope he stays, I believe he stays’.“I say the same and I hope that they stay. Of course, I am happy with the players.“David is David (De Gea), no need of more words.“Luke’s evolution makes us believe he goes in the right direction and of course I want to keep him.“Juan and Ander, even if they are not playing or not playing a lot, not starting matches, by the personality point-of-view and character point-of-view, by what they represent in the modern society in football, they are almost unique pieces that I also don’t want to lose.”You can listen to exclusive radio commentary of Manchester United’s clash with Watford on Saturday, kick-off 17:30 no dice Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED shining possible standings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker The United manager will also take what he reads about Pogba’s agent with a pinch of salt until implication becomes explicit.Earlier this year Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed Raiola offered the France international to him, with chatter continuing to bubble along into other opportunities in terms of moving.“If I watch Mr Raiola on the screen saying the player wants to leave, and that he is organising a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe,” Mourinho said.“But in this moment, I am completely in the dark.“The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never – in all these days we are together – told me he wants to leave.”Pogba has, though, previously said that he would be fined if he opened up about his happiness, while over the international break he said “who knows what will happen in the next few months?”“You have to ask him,” Mourinho said when asked about such comments. “As a manager, I tell you the truth.“That’s his problem, that’s his relation(ship) with the media – not with me. I am not going to comment on that.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more

No. 36 Men’s Tennis Escapes Past No. 65 Cornell, 4-2

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 36th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team held on for a 4-2 victory over No. 65 Cornell on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Center.The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Scotland natives Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch cruised to a 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles and Bayo Philips and Ben Stride clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win of their own at No. 3.MacGeoch extended is singles winning streak to seven matches with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 performance over Benardo Casares at the No. 4 spot and put Drake up 2-0.Cornell evened the match up at two with wins on courts two and six.The Big Red had the Bulldogs on the ropes with a set lead and a game away from wins on courts one and three.Senior Ben Lott managed to overcome a 5-1 second set deficit, forcing a third set with a 7-4 tiebreaker win and took some pressure from underclassmen Gillespie and Stride.After taking the first set 6-2, Stride dropped the second set 6-2, but regained his composure and rolled past Stefan Vinti in the third set, winning 6-2 at No. 5, putting Drake up 3-2.While Lott was making his comeback, Gillespie was also trying to keep the Bulldogs hopes alive as he overcame a 5-3 second set deficit, forcing a third set with a 8-6 tiebreaker victory of his own. Gillespie used his momentum from the second set and never gave Chris Vrabel a chance in the third, winning the decisive set 6-3 and securing the match for the Bulldogs.With the win over Cornell, Drake improves to 8-0 at home and earned its seventh win over a ranked opponent this season.The Bulldogs hosts Brown and No. 55 Wisconsin on March 11 and March 13, respectively.#36 Drake 4, #65 Cornell 2Mar 06, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) vs. Volfson, David (CORNELL) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 0-1, unfinished2. Sinclair, Colin (CORNELL) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-23. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Vrabel, Chris (CORNELL) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-34. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Casares, Benardo (CORNELL) 6-2, 6-25. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan (CORNELL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-26. Lozic, Karlo (CORNELL) def. Hands, Tom (DU) 6-2, 6-4 Doubles competition1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Casares, Benardo/Vrabel, Chris (CORNELL) 3-4, unfinished2. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Sinclair, Colin/Volfson, David (CORNELL) 6-13. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan/Brown, Dylan (CORNELL) 6-1 Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more