Update on the latest sports

first_imgSerge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) scored 30 points, including a huge three-pointer in the dying seconds of the Raptors’ 12th straight win, 119-118 over the Pacers. Kyle Lowry poured in 32 points for Toronto, which trailed by 19 in the third quarter before getting within four by the end of the period.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 25 points to help the Raptors keep their 1 ½-game lead in the NBA’s Atlantic Division.Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:— The Celtics earned their fifth straight win as Jayson Tatum contributed 16 of his 33 points in the second half of a 116-110 victory against the Magic. Gordon Hayward added 23 points and Jaylen Brown finished with 18 for Boston.— Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had 31 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in powering the Nuggets to a 98-95 win at Utah. Jamal Murray scored 31 points and Denver held the Jazz to just one field goal over the final 7:08. UNDATED (AP) — It began with a leaky roof and was decided by a rainbow 3-pointer.Kamar Baldwin capped his 17-point performance by nailing buzzer-beating trey that gave 19th-ranked Butler a 79-76 victory over No. 10 Villanova. The basket bailed out the Bulldogs after they squandered a 10-point lead in the final six minutes.Sean McDermott scored 21 points and Bryce Golden added a career high 18 points to help the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats for the first time in their last six meetings.The game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes in the first half when the roof of 92-year-old Hinkle Fieldhouse sprung a leak. Maintenance workers got the water stopped and the floor dried before the Bulldogs improved to 18-5.The Wildcats are 17-5. Associated Press Left-hander James Paxton has had back surgery for a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined until May or June. The Yankees estimated Paxton’s approximate timeline to pitch in a major league game as three-to-four months.The injury weakens a Yankees rotation already missing right-hander Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Germán is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.In other baseball news:— The Braves have defeated Shane Greene in the first salary arbitration case this year. The reliever will be paid $6.25 million instead of his request for $6.75 million. The 31-year-old right-hander was a first-time All-Star last year before finishing the season with a 2.30 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 17 walks over 62 2/3 innings for the Tigers and Atlanta.— The Reds and right-hander Pedro Strop (strohp) have finalized a one-year package worth $1,825,000, their first offseason move to upgrade the bullpen. A hamstring injury limited him to 50 appearances last season, when he went 2-5 with a 4.97 ERA, 10 saves and six blown saves. The Rockets got Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota, plus Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks. Atlanta received centers Capela and Nenê (neh-NAY’) from Houston. Denver picked up Gerald Green from Houston along with the Rockets’ 2020 first-round pick. The Nuggets also landed Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier and Noah Vonleh (VAHn’-lkay) from Minnesota. The Wolves came away with Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick and Evan Turner from Atlanta, plus Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Juancho Hernangomez (WAHN’-choh hur-nahn-GOH’-mehz) from Denver.In other NBA movements:— A person familiar with the negotiations says Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) is headed to Miami after the Heat and Grizzlies agreed on his long-awaited trade. The person says Iguodala agreed to a two-year extension as part of the deal with the second of those years being a team option. The person also said Miami and Memphis were still working out complete terms of what the Heat are giving up in the deal, and that Oklahoma City may be involved.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLButler tops Villanova on buzzer beater COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SIGNING DAYSEC enjoys recruiting bonanzaUNDATED (AP) — The SEC has dominated the recruiting landscape even more than usual this year.The conference had six of the nation’s top eight classes as the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans Wednesday. That’s according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.The rankings included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Florida. Only Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5 broke things up. Browns introduce new GMUNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have introduced Andrew Berry as their new general manager.The 32-year-old Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history, and he’s the second current African-American GM in the NFL. He joked he didn’t receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown.Berry spent last season in the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office.Meanwhile, the rival Steelers have given their general manager a contract extension. Kevin Colbert is now signed through the 2021 draft after considering retirement. In other top-25 men’s basketball finals:— Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 21 points and provided the go-ahead basket during an 18-5 second-half run that rallied No. 5 Louisville past Wake Forest, 86-76. Dwayne Sutton added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals, who trailed by 12 at halftime before getting their ninth straight win.— Myles Powell poured in 34 points and No. 12 Seton Hall opened on a 16-0 run before holding off Georgetown, 78-71. Romaro Gill tied a career-high with eight blocks for the Pirates, while Quincy McKnight chipped in eight points and a game-high 10 assists in 22 minutes despite a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s loss to Xavier.— Oscar Tshiebwe (SHEEB’-way) had 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 13 West Virginia breezed to a 76-61 victory over Iowa State. Chase Harler added 14 points, while Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Derek Culver scored 12 apiece for the 18-4 Mountaineers.— Evan Boudreaux scored a season-high 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting and had a team-high eight rebounds as Purdue blasted No. 17 Iowa, 104-68. Jahaad (jah-HAHD’) Proctor, Matt Haarms (hahrmz) and Sasha Stefanovic each scored 15 points for the Boilermakers, who shot a season-high 63% and reached the century mark in scoring for the first time this season. Update on the latest sports — Trae Young and John Collins each had double-doubles as the Hawks handed the Timberwolves their 13th consecutive loss, 127-120. Young finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds, while Collins furnished 27 points and 12 boards.NBA-FOUR-TEAM TRADEAP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team tradeUNDATED (AP) — Twelve players and at least three draft picks are part of a four-team trade that was hammered out on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the complicated trade that was approved by the league on Wednesday. February 6, 2020 NHL-SCHEDULEBruins beat Blackhawks, pass CapsUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins now own the NHL’s highest point-total after earning their fifth straight win.Charlie McAvoy scored 79 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory at Chicago. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 21 shots and blanked the Blackhawks after Alex DeBrincat (deh-BRIHN’-kat) notched a power-play goal 6:50 into the second period.Sean Kuraly tied it about six minutes after DeBrincat’s goal before Boston moved one point ahead of Washington in the league’s overall race. The Capitals have a game in hand. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors get 12th straight winUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have broken their team record for consecutive victories. — Saben Lee scored a career-high 33 points and Vanderbilt pulled out a 99-90 upset of No. 18 LSU 99-90 to end the SEC’s longest regular season skid at 26 straight. Maxwell Evans had a career-high 31 points to help the Commodores halt the Tigers’ 13-game winning streak in regular season conference play.— Providence beat a ranked team for the second straight game as A.J. Reeves set season highs with 22 points and six 3-pointers in the Friars’ 73-56 thumping of No. 21 Creighton. Providence outscored the Bluejays, 41-20 on 49% shooting, including 12 of 20 from beyond the arc.MLB-NEWSYanks’ Paxton out until at least MayUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have announced some bad news concerning their starting rotation. — Ubaldo Jiménez (oo-BAHL’-doh hih-MEH’-nehz) is reuniting with the Rockies, who have given him a non-roster invitation to spring training. He tossed Colorado’s only no-hitter on April 7, 2010, in Atlanta before finishing the season with a team-record 19 victories and a 2.88 ERA. The 36-year-old Jiménez hasn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 22, 2017, with Baltimore.— The Cubs have invited former closer Brandon Morrow to spring training after buying out his contract last November. Morrow hasn’t pitched since July 2018 because of a bone bruise that required surgery. He had 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 35 games when he was shut down in the summer of 2018.— The Phillies have signed infielder Logan Forsythe and right-handers Anthony Swarzak, Blake Parker and Trevor Kelley to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.— Major League Baseball is returning to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 20 years. The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will play a spring training game in Santo Domingo on March 7. MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic.NFL-CHIEFS-SUPER BOWL PARADE Chiefs get warm reception in chilly paradeKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Kansas City Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills Wednesday to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.Fans lined the 2-mile parade route to thank their football heroes for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City and ending a Super Bowl drought that began after the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970.Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) struggled with a strained voice but said the championship fulfilled two goals he set when he became the team’s starter. Óne was to bring the Lamar Hunt Trophy back to Kansas City as AFC champs, and the second was to win a Super Bowl for head coach Andy Reid. The Hunt Trophy is named after the original owner of the Chiefs.NFL-NEWS — Landry Shamet (SHAM’-eht) scored 14 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including 10 straight for the Clippers in a 128-111 victory over the Heat. Paul George also produced 23 points as one of eight Los Angeles players to score in double-figures.— Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) contributed 30 points to lead the Thunder to their eighth win in nine games, 109-103 versus the Cavaliers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari added 15 for Oklahoma City.— Ja (jah) Morant scored 21 points and the Grizzlies moved over .500 for the first time this season by downing the Mavericks, 121-107. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Tyus Jones added 19 apiece for Memphis, which played without forwards Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill after packaging them in a deal that will send Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) to the Grizzlies.— Caris LeVert (leh-VURT’) provided 23 points and the Nets gave D’Angelo Russell a bruising welcome back to Brooklyn with a 129-88 rout of the Warriors. Golden State fell behind 20-4, missing 20 of their 22 3-point attempts in the first half and trailing by as many as 44.— Andre Drummond had 31 points and 19 rebounds to help the Pistons deal the Suns their fourth consecutive loss, 116-108. Reggie Jackson added 25 points and Christian Wood had 21 for Detroit. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COLORADO-UNRETIRED JERSEYSBuffaloes unretire 3 jerseysUNDATED (AP) — The University of Colorado will bring three hallowed football numbers out of retirement at the growing requests from recruits.Byron “Whizzer” White’s No. 24, Joe Romig’s No. 67 and Bobby Anderson’s No. 11 will all be worn again. Romig and Anderson approved the decision, as did the family of White. The former Supreme Court justice tied in 2002.Those three players will still be honored through a patch that will appear on the jersey. Robin Lehner made 38 saves for the Hawks, who have dropped three of four since a five-game winning streak.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) scored second seconds apart late in the first period to ignite the Rangers in a 5-3 victory over the Maple Leafs. Kreider and Zibanejad each had a goal and an assist, while teammate Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NEH’-vihch) had a goal and two assists. Rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) made 27 saves in winning for the fourth time in five starts this season.last_img read more

Badgers receive break before continuing road trip

first_imgAfter a strenuous and well-played first half of the season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team (15-2-1, 12-1-1) will enjoy a stretch of more than three weeks rest. Last weekend’s series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth was the Badgers’ last series of 2005. Wisconsin will next play against Wayne State on Jan. 6.The Badgers go into the winter break with much to be happy about. The team played a great series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, who were ranked No. 1 in the country prior to the series against the Badgers. Wisconsin and Duluth now share the top spot in the conference with 25 points.Wisconsin now holds the best record in the WCHA — due in large part to how dominant its offense has been for most of the season. The Badgers have scored the most goals in the WCHA with 77 and also have the most potent powerplay.Individually, junior forward Sara Bauer leads the conference in scoring with 34 points, and also recorded her fourth career hat trick earlier this season against Bemidji State.The defense and goaltending have also been spectacular. Junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar leads the conference in defensive scoring with 23 points, while goaltenders Meghan Horras and Christine Dufour have been lights out this season. They have the top two records in the conference and are among the best in save percentage and goals against average.Now the Badgers get an opportunity to get some rest, relax and concentrate on things other than hockey.”This is a chance for the players to rest up a little bit,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “They get to concentrate on their schoolwork and finals before they go home to enjoy the holidays with their families and not have to worry about hockey.”However, Johnson recognized there would be some difficulty in getting back into the swing of things when the second half of the season starts.”It will be transition,” Johnson said. “But it always is a transition when the second half [of the season] starts. It will be a little difficult to get back into rhythm.”After their three-week break, the Badgers will travel to Detroit, Mich., to take on the Wayne State Warriors in a non-conference series. The Warriors hold a record of 6-9-3 and are averaging just over two goals per game.Wayne State is led on offense by the freshman trio of Melissa Boal, Sam Poyton and Lindsay DiPietro. The three have combined for 62 points and have scored 30 of the team’s 38 goals.However, the Warriors have allowed 47 goals on the season, resulting in many close games. Fourteen of their 18 games played have been decided by two goals or less. The Warriors are anchored on defense by goaltender Valery Turcotte, who has a mediocre save percentage of .890.The Badgers will then travel to Grand Forks, N.D., to take on the Fighting Sioux. The Sioux sit at the very bottom of the conference with a record of 3-13-2. They average less than two goals per game and give up more than 3.5 scores per game.The Badgers swept the Fighting Sioux already this season when the two teams played in October. The Badgers destroyed the Sioux 8-0 on Oct. 28 while limiting the Sioux to just eight shots on goal. Wisconsin ended up out-shooting North Dakota 53-8.The series against North Dakota will be the last away series the Badgers have in their current road trip that started in early November.last_img read more

MLAX : Miller snaps out of mini-slide in win

first_img Published on March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm VILLANOVA, Pa. — Being held scoreless didn’t sit well with Jovan Miller. After he tallied six goals for Syracuse through the team’s first four games, not getting on the board for two of them wasn’t acceptable.He failed to register a goal against Albany or Johns Hopkins, even though the Orange combined for 23 total scores in those two games. And since then, he’s been trying everything to get back on track.‘The last few games, I’ve just been playing head games with myself,’ Miller said. ‘I’ve been getting prayer from my parents, going to church and just trying to get over it in all types of ways — change sticks.’Following Saturday’s 5-4 win over Villanova, it’s safe to say Miller is over it. On a night when the Orange offense looked frustrated and stymied by a feisty Wildcats defense, Miller came up big for his team. He played a hand in both of SU’s fourth-quarter goals, scoring one and assisting on JoJo Marasco’s game-winner.Though his goalless slump lasted only 11 days, Miller insisted he felt an overwhelming sense of relief after contributing to the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It felt great,’ he said. ‘It was pretty relieving, to be honest with you. … It was pretty relieving to finally get out there and produce and be in an impactful situation.’Miller’s unassisted goal with 10:24 left in regulation was a bit of a statement for his offensive unit. The Orange had been battered and bullied all game long by Villanova, but Miller outmuscled midfielder Andrew Henrich to give SU a 4-3 lead.Miller held the ball out on top of the Syracuse attack when he began his dodge. He went right, then juked back to his left, lifting his stick over Henrich’s head in the process. Henrich slashed at Miller from behind as he streaked toward the goal, but SU’s senior midfielder fought off the pressure and buried the shot.A few minutes later, Miller created space between himself and his defender with the game on the line and whipped a perfect pass to Marasco on the left side of the goal. The sophomore seemed to catch and shoot in one motion, beating the clock and the Wildcats.And afterward, he credited Miller for the setup.‘Jovan put an unbelievable pass in my stick, and I was able to throw it on net,’ Marasco said.Galloway ties all-time wins recordOn the night John Galloway engrained his name into the college lacrosse record book, the Syracuse goaltender played a game worthy of his honor.The senior came up with much-needed saves to keep his team in the game, finishing with 11 saves on Villanova’s 15 shots on goal.In the Orange’s win, Galloway tied the record for most career wins with 51. He sits at the top of the list with former Princeton goaltender Scott Bacigalupo, but it won’t be long before he holds sole possession of the record. That could come as soon as Syracuse’s next game Sunday against Duke.On this particular night, though, Galloway frustrated the Villanova scorers all night long. They struggled to find the back of the net, despite some members of the Wildcats’ offense getting as close to the net as they could.‘I thought their goalie played pretty good,’ Villanova attack Jack Rice said. ‘We had a lot of opportunities around the crease, and he was just coming up with some big saves.’Syracuse committed five penalties against the Wildcats, giving Villanova’s offense five chances to take the lead and keep it for good. But in four of those five situations, Galloway shut Villanova’s man-up unit down.With SU up 4-3, Villanova called a timeout with 2:30 left. The Wildcats fans were on their feet in anticipation of a final possession. But as he did all night, Galloway came up with another big save.Villanova’s Matt Bell and C.J. Small worked the ball back and forth, before the ball ended up in the hands of Nick Doherty. Doherty went toward the goal, beating SU defender Joe Moore and firing a shot high toward Galloway.Galloway popped the ball up into the air, Joel White scooped it, and SU went the other way.Galloway sits with a career record of 51-6 after Saturday’s win. Although Galloway’s 51st career win put his name into the record books, there wasn’t much debate about his career anyway. He won the 2010 Ensign C. Markland Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding goaltender, and could be in line to win it again this year.‘John’s been a great goalie ever since I’ve been at Syracuse,’ SU defender John Lade said. ‘He does it game in and game out.’mjcohe02@syr.educjiseman@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sisterly bond carries Nandin, Watson through Syracuse careers

first_imgMorgan Nandin and Jasmine Watson stood side by side after a 16-15 loss to Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon.Although Syracuse’s gallant comeback effort had fallen just short in its final at-bat, recounting their past together gave the women a reason to smile.Watson, a junior first baseman from Irvine, Calif., made a life-changing move when she traded the California sun for the cold confines of Central New York. Nandin, a senior shortstop from North Syracuse, N.Y., made an easier decision to stay in the environment in which she grew up.Regardless of their different paths, a common love of softball has united the players as two of Syracuse’s (17-24, 5-9 Big East) steady leaders. While the Orange has struggled at times since the start of conference play, Nandin and Watson are relishing in their final opportunity to play together. The shortstop and first baseman have become inseparable, which has paid noticeable dividends for SU this season.“Jasmine and Morgan keep things light and fun,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “We work so hard out here and it’s easy to start thinking this is work, but those two keep it just light enough. They are silly together, but are also passionate and love the game. It’s the perfect balance.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe physical attributes Nandin and Watson bring to the team are easy to see. Nandin is the team’s defensive anchor with a suction-cup glove, cannon-like arm and an unprecedented will to make every play. Watson provides versatility in the field, as well as the ability to change the game at a moment’s notice with her signature power stroke.But Ross speaks of a collective effect rooted in something much bigger than softball.It all started in Watson’s sophomore season when she would sleep at at Nandin’s apartment before games. That’s when they developed a morning ritual. Watson slept in while Nandin made eggs, Nandin straightened her hair after cooking, then Watson braided it while they talked about the game ahead.“I have always called Jaz my big little sister,” Nandin said. “Obviously, I’m so tiny, but she’s my baby and I have always been there for her. It has become nice to know that someone is always there to calm the nerves of playing.”Now they’re roommates, and their dependency on each other persists. Nandin said Watson is one of the few people to ever see her “weird” side, and Watson said Nandin is the responsible one that keeps her on track.Not much has changed since their friendship took off two years ago, except Nandin now prefers to make breakfast for one.“Morgan likes these gourmet breakfasts and I always wake up late and try and get her to make me some,” Watson said. “Usually, she stays strong and I just end up eating cereal. Nothing’s changed though, we still prepare for games together.”Stepping between the white lines doesn’t diminish their chemistry — it makes it even stronger. As two-thirds of the team’s captaining trio, they are often tasked with encouraging the team when energy is at a premium, and use each other to get that job done.Ross refers to Watson as the team’s glue and Nandin as its humble leader. By constantly communicating on the field, they combine to help the Orange to victory and lead it through emotional turmoil, as well.“We can communicate just by looking at each other,” Watson said. “When we are across the field, we can’t really talk, but I can give her one of our secret cues that say, ‘We really need to pick it up.’”The Orange will wrap up conference play in the next two weeks, and has aspirations to play in the Big East conference tournament. Regardless of how SU finishes this season, time isn’t slowing down and Nandin’s collegiate career will soon come to a close.When asked about Nandin’s impending departure from the program, Watson turned to Nandin and said, “We’ll have to get lunch, Morgan.”Nandin, who will leave leadership duties to her “big little sister,” is confident Watson can continue to carry the torch in her absence.“She has a big heart, and any problem I’ve ever had, I’ve gone straight to her,” Nandin said. “She has been a rock in my life and she will continue to help the program in the future. I’m sure of that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Star swimmer

first_imgSix-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Soni signs autographs Saturday morning at the men’s water polo and swim and dive team meet at McDonald’s Swim Stadium. The world record holder in both the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke shared stories about her career with aspiring swimmers.Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img

Trojans embark on four-game road trip

first_imgIt’s safe to say the USC men’s volleyball team has underwhelmed at the start of the 2013 season, as the group’s inexperience, combined with the loss of two key players, has dropped the Trojans to 3-8 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition.Running out of time · The Trojans started 6-5 last season but ended up making a run to the national championship game. This season, USC will have to dig itself out of an even bigger hole to make the playoffs. — Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan As such, the team’s upcoming four-game road trip will be crucial toward determining how much the team must do to match the success of the 2012 squad.After a grueling homestand that saw them drop three straight matches following an opening win against Cal Baptist, the Trojans leave the Galen Center for Northern California, where they will take on Pacific and Stanford this weekend in an attempt to salvage their season.“We had four matches in seven days, which we’ve never done since I’ve been on any staff here,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “It was taxing physically and mentally, as guys were returning to the lineup, and it was a tough time in the season to have that stretch.”The win against Cal Baptist put the Trojans at 3-5 and offered some hope heading into matches against some of the tougher opponents in the conference. The momentum failed to generate wins, however, as USC dropped consecutive decisions to BYU, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara by margins of 3-1, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.“We’re starting to improve and get comfortable with the guys on the court,” Ferguson said. “Against Cal Baptist, our team did a nice job weathering the storm and controlling their serve. The next few matches, you saw us get off to slow starts in the first set. We’ve been playing very well in the third and fourth sets but, for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to work.”Ferguson also noted that the final three matches of the homestand were all quite similar in that the final score did not exactly represent how well the team played. Though the Trojans were outplayed both offensively and defensively throughout the majority of those matches, it was often the product of small stretches of poor play that negated longer periods of consistently strong production. Ferguson noted that the extended period of rest was critically beneficial to the team.“The time off was huge,” Ferguson said. “The guys need it and, hopefully, it’s enough time. For the most part, we’re in a fairly good cycle for practicing and days off and playing. We saw this coming long before the season started, so we think we have a pretty good plan in place.”Though Pacific and Stanford represent tough challenges for the Trojans, the team has the added benefit of having seen both of these opponents this season, including in a 3-0 sweep of the Cardinal at home on Jan. 18.“We’re mired near the bottom of the league right now and Pacific’s right near us,” Ferguson said. “A win against them would be huge because we need to start climbing and beating teams near and ahead of us. We need to have a solid showing against them to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.”Following the two tilts in the Bay Area, the Trojans will trek to Honolulu, where they will face Hawai’i twice the following weekend to conclude their last four-game road trip of the season.last_img read more

Soccer hosts Stanford in battle of elite teams

first_img“There is always an excitement when you start conference season, and there’s definitely an excitement when we play Stanford, knowing that historically they’ve been at the top of the conference,” McAlpine said. Don’t overlook sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, whose 7 goals tie junior forward Tara McKeown for the team lead so far this season. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) “I like our discipline and defending, and I think that’s going to give us a chance to score goals,” McAlpine said. “It’s about limiting goals and limiting opportunities.” McAlpine said the team needs to limit Macario’s opportunities for shots on goal. “If you can keep [Macario] playmaking instead of being the one on the [receiving] end of the ball … then you’ve got a chance to be really successful on the day,” McAlpine said. This matchup will be critical later on in determining who will win the Pac-12 title this season. Both USC and Stanford have yet to get into the brunt of their schedule, but both have already been tested. So far, Stanford has come away with hard-fought wins over two solid teams in Penn State — who had the No. 1 recruiting class — and West Virginia, while USC defeated former No. 1 Florida State.   “I think the people who have been here for a few years have really thought about the games in the previous years, and last year was really tough because we lost in overtime,” sophomore forward Penelope Hocking said. “I think we will all have that in the back of our heads … [We will] use that as motivation.” No. 3 USC women’s soccer faces rival No. 2 Stanford Saturday in one of the most anticipated Pac-12 matchups of the season. Stanford’s offense has been carried by the outstanding play of junior forward Catarina Macario, who already has 10 goals and six assists this year, including four multi-goal games. Along with USC junior forward Tara McKeown, Macario has been one of the frontrunners for the Pac-12 Player of the Year. For the past several years, Stanford has dominated the Pac-12 and the NCAA as a whole, winning the last four Pac-12 titles. In that time, USC has only beaten Stanford once; it came in 2016, the same season the Trojans won the national championship.   McAlpine emphasized USC’s need to turn defense into offense. Although the win against the Seminoles was certainly an important one for the Trojans, head coach Keidane McAlpine emphasized the significance of the team’s first Pac-12 match. USC is coming off a 2-2 overtime tie at Baylor. While Stanford has one loss and the Trojans are still undefeated, Stanford came away from last week with two solid wins over UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara, pushing the Cardinal ahead of USC in the rankings. McAlpine also noted that Stanford and USC match up well player-to-player position-wise. Stanford has consistently dominated opponents by overwhelming them with its offense, while USC has notched four shutouts this year. USC’s backline has allowed few goals this season, but it can’t lapse like it did against Baylor, when USC allowed two goals in a five-minute period. Stanford is too good for the Trojans to make mistakes. The team must play a clean, consistent game to snap its two-year losing streak against the Cardinal. With 7 goals and three assists already this season, Hocking will look to rival Macario’s offensive output on Saturday. She is currently on pace to top her 14-goal total from last season. “I just have to stay true to what I know and stay confident in my own play,” Hocking said. “I have to work off my teammates and work with [McKeown] to get goals.”last_img read more

Irish Boxers in action in Bulgaria

first_imgMichael Conlan and Dean Walsh are in action in the next hour or so while Joe Ward faces a Croatian fighter in the light-heavyweight division this evening.All 3 are already guaranteed Bronze medals ahead of today’s semi finals.last_img

Nigeria Shines as India, Sri Lanka Dominate Lagos Badminton Classics Â

first_imgTeam Nigeria put up impressive show at the third edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics which ended on Saturday at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere. Although the traditional stronghold of badminton, Sri Lanka and India stole the show emerging as champions in most of the five categories, the emerging Nigerian players proved their mettle. The pair of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu fought gallantly to the final of the Women’s Doubles but lost to the Sri Lankan duo of Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Ishadika Kavidi in the final match.  It was two straight win of 21-8, 21-5 for the Sri Lankans. But the score lines speak little about the efforts of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu who had faced very stiff oppositions on their way to the final. They beat the Ugandan duo of Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba. The Nigerian pair had to come from behind to eventually win 14-21, 21-18 and 21-15. Before then, they had beaten another Nigerian team of Asisat Ogunkambi and Felicia Omotola in the quarter-finals. Nigeria’s Badminton Federation President, Francis Orbih, is undeterred that the Nigerians did not emerge winners.He remarked that the Nigerian team is still work in progress as his administration will embark on talent hunting, talent development and popularising badminton to lift it from the realm of lesser-known sport. He said that with assistance of the corporate organizations in Nigeria as well as those of governments and individuals, Nigeria will soon become a force to reckon with in international badminton circuits.He particularly praised the efforts of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who has lifted the Lagos International Classics since its inception. He hopes to establish other competitions across the country even though the Lagos tournament will still remain the only international classics and the highest in Africa. The dynamic way the tournament has become has seen that no individual has absolute dominance.Top seed and winner of the first edition, Misha Zilberman  of Israel could not make it to the final match of the men’s singles as he was eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner and fourth seed,  Rahul Yadav Chittaboina of India who went ahead to beat compatriot, Karan Rajan Rajarajan  21-15, 21-13 in an entertaining final match.  The elimination of top seed and inaugural winner, Misha Zilberman was not the only upset of the Lagos International classics. Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa of Sri Lanka who was unseeded in the tournament emerged champion in the women’s category after a close victory over India’s Mugdha Agrey who was seeded fourth heading into the international challenge. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington City Council work session to be held Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., at Wellington City Hall, 317 S. Washington, in Wellington. The purpose of the Council Work Session is for discussion of various City projects/issues. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more