NASHVILLE — Simi Shittu scored 15 points and Matthew Moyer added a season-high 14 and Vanderbilt beat Middle Tennessee 79-51 on Wednesday night.The Commodores (6-2), who lost point guard Dais Garland to a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 23, rebounded from Saturday’s loss to North Carolina State.Vanderbilt ended a three-game losing streak to Middle Tennessee (3-6), increasing its lead to 30-7 in the all-time series.Middle Tennessee’s Antonio Green, who scored a career-high 30 points in Saturday’s loss to Lipscomb, led the Blue Raiders with 18 points as the Blue Raiders lost their fifth straight game after starting the season 3-1. Reggie Scurry added 14 on 6 of 9 shooting.Middle was 2 for 14 from 3-point range and Vanderbilt went 18 of 19 from the foul line (95 per cent). The Commodores made nine 3-pointers.Vanderbilt took charge early, grabbing a 42-21 halftime lead as Middle Tennessee missed 18 of its first 26 shots.The Blue Raiders’ Darnell Butler, a Seminole State (Okla.) transfer, was ruled eligible Wednesday. Butler, who averaged 19.2 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, didn’t score against Vanderbilt.A moment of silence was held before the game to honour Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell, who died Thursday after a one-year battle with melanoma. He was 21.BIG PICTUREMiddle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders’ slump continued as they struggled offensively.Vanderbilt: The Commodores are still adjusting to the loss of Garland.UP NEXTMiddle Tennessee State: Hosts Murray State (4-1) on Saturday. The Racers were picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll.Vanderbilt: Hosts No. 20 Arizona State (7-0) on Dec. 17 after a 12-day break for final exams.More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Chip Cirillo, The Associated Press
Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, is a ‘shameless coward’ who was ‘too scared’ to go to war himself, Whitehall sources said last night in a move to humiliate him on the eve of his release. Whitehall sources said they hoped young impressionable… Choudary, 51, will walk free from jail on Friday, having served half his prison sentence. He will be moved to a probation hostel in north London under 25 strict conditions that include a ban on him talking to children and using the internet. Senior sources ridiculed Choudary, undermining his reputation as a jihadists’ leader by pointing out he had encouraged vulnerable young men to fight in Syria but always refused to do so himself.