Women of Troy sweep through weekend series

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team earned a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships after upending both of their competitors this weekend.Doubled up · Junior Maria Sanchez captured solid victories in both singles and doubles events during the National Team Indoor qualifier. – Amaresh Sunduran Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan No. 9 USC demolished the No. 35 Auburn Tigers 4-0 in a second-round matchup of the ITA Kick-off qualifiers at Marks Stadium on Saturday night. This triumph came after another 4-0 blowout by the Women of Troy on Friday against the No. 60 San Diego Toreros.The Women of Troy improved to 4-0 on the year with the two wins.It was relatively smooth sailing for USC as it polished off its opponents this weekend. First on Friday against San Diego, USC snagged its doubles point with two fairly quick wins and thereafter clobbered the Toreros in singles play.The Women of Troy pocketed easy singles wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots to claim the match. USC’s top-three seeded singles players were also in the lead when the match was clinched.The next day, USC took on Auburn (which beat No. 28 LSU 4-0 on Friday) in the title match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend.The Women of Troy were able to secure the early edge by taking the doubles point. At the No. 2 spot, freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos of USC teamed up to tally in the first doubles win at 8-4.Meanwhile at the No. 3 doubles, Auburn’s Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers defeated USC’s junior Cristala Andrews and freshman Valeria Pulido 8-4. But it was only tied up for a moment, as USC’s No. 1 duo, juniors Lyndsay Kinstler and Maria Sanchez, pulled out an 8-3 win.In singles, the Women of Troy displayed multiple occasions of stellar performances as they put the match away. Four Women of Troy opened up their singles matches with shutouts in the first set.“It’s rare to jump out to such big leads in all of the [singles] matches,” USC coach Richard Gallien said.To start the Women of Troy with their first singles win was nationally ranked No. 39 Ramos, who powered through her match 6-0, 6-1. USC junior Leyla Entekhabi beat her opponent in a similar fashion, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 5 slot.Up 3-0, the Women of Troy only needed one more singles victory to seal the deal.In both singles matches, USC’s No. 8 Sanchez and No. 37 Pulido were neck and neck in closing out their respective opponents, as No. 18 Lao and Andrews were also nearing victory.But it was Pulido who claimed the clincher point first, disposing of her opponent 6-0, 6-4, after coming back from trailing 1-4 in the second set to Auburn’s Daniela Vukadinovic. This left the remaining matches suspended with the remaining Trojans near victory.This was the only scheduled match for the Women of Troy that was against an East Coast team.“We played extremely well against such a tough Southeastern conference opponent, especially in singles,” Gallien added.The Auburn matchup also began over an hour late because the LSU vs. San Diego consolation match ran long. The Women of Troy, used to playing in the daytime, had to play in unusual circumstances, 40-degree weather from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.“We’re not used to playing so late in the evening so I liked the way the girls handled the adversity,” Gallien said.But in the end, whether it be nighttime or daytime, the Women of Troy proved they can handle any kind of condition.These two weekend wins secured a place for USC in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships set for Feb. 12-15 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. Before making that trip, however, USC will stay at Marks Stadium to host Pepperdine on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse’s tightened defense leads to 4-1 victory over Vermont

first_imgEven as SU tightened up defensively, van der Velde was tested again. Twenty four minutes into the second half, she took two quick steps to her near post, kicking the ball wide of her cage to prevent UVM from cutting into the Orange lead. She then made another block just 20 seconds later, mopping up the area in front of goal. After those two saves, van der Velde didn’t face another shot on goal in the last 10 minutes. Those shots were the only two UVM placed on the cage in the second half. Even as the Catamounts pressed higher and higher up the field, they attempted wayward shots that ended well wide of the cage. Lagerweij may be gone, but SU has had multiple players play lots of minutes in her absence. Freshman Laura Graziosi, sophomore Steph Harris, and junior Claire Webb all helped defensively to maintain SU’s lead in the second half. “With her spot open, other people have stepped up,” Weers said. “Obviously we miss her, we miss everyone who leaves.” In the opening 20 minutes of the game, Vermont drew three penalty corners, a penalty shot, and posted three shots on goal. As Weers and Syracuse’s young lineup settled into its first game of the season, the Orange began to suffocate the Catamount attack in the middle third of the game. Syracuse scored two late goals in the first half, then stifled the Vermont attack by holding the Catamounts without a shot on goal for almost 30 minutes. Vermont’s lone goal came on a penalty shot after a foul was committed on the SU goal line. “We had a little bit more control in the second half,” Weers said. “Obviously we were a little nervous in the first game of the season, you work so hard in the preseason.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 12 minutes left in the first half, Vermont tested sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, who made a critical kick save with her feet. At that point, both teams had posted four shots on goal, and Vermont appeared the more likely to net a second. Three open field giveaways in Syracuse’s defensive half nearly cost the Orange on the scoreboard, as SU needed van der Velde to make three first-half saves.Early in the second half, SU head coach Ange Bradley began snapping her fingers in a circling motion, urging her team forward, to press higher up the field, and win the ball back, she said.“We’re slow right now, we’ve got to get faster, we’ve got to get more pressure on the ball, and we’ve got to make reads quicker,” Bradley said. “From the sidelines, you can help tempo that a bit, and get them to identify that we need more aggression.”Weers and van der Velde worked together to help communicate with the underclassmen without Lies Lagerweij’s presence anymore. Both voices could be heard all the way from the bleachers at J.S. Coyne Stadium, calling out commands to push further up the field to press, or drop deeper to prevent a counterattack. Weers is forced to be more of a communicator this year on the field, Bradley said. Throughout spring practices and scrimmages and summer pre-season, Bradley has been impressed. “She’s doing great,” Bradley said. “Roos had a really good preseason and stepped up and (has) taken on additional responsibilities, and we don’t want to overstretch her that she loses who she is.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on August 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Moments after Vermont’s third penalty corner of the first half, Roos Weers made a crucial block right in front of goal with her stick. Then, while ripping off her facemask and throwing it into the grass behind the goal, she raced to her right, stealing the ball from the attacking Catamount, and playing a long pass up the field.That transition and ensuing attack led to a penalty corner. Syracuse converted that corner into a 2-1 lead as Laura Graziosi netted a backhand top shelf. The Orange scored a quick third, a penalty corner goal from Weers, and a fourth early in the second half, as Syracuse defeated Vermont 4-1 to open its 2018 season Friday.last_img read more

Angels use team-wide effort to beat Rangers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister throws to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols follows through on a foul ball to left in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gestures to the dugout after hitting a single off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor reaches to field a ground ball by Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Cozart was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols attempts to tag out Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor who got back to first safely after Elvis Andrus lined out to right in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Odor suffered and unknown injury on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols helps Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor who suffered a left hamstring injury getting back to first in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Rangers first base coach Anthony Iapoce, and Elvis Andrus, right, watch. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers head athletic trainer Kevin Harmon assist second baseman Rougned Odor off the field after Odor suffered an unknown injury on a play at first in the first inning of baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is greeted in the dugout at the start of the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun connects for a run-scoring single off a pitch from Texas Rangers’ Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. The Angels’ Zack Cozart scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, and Albert Pujols, right, celebrates Pujol’s solo home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches play from the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, left, reaches out to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena (18) who was caught advancing home on a fielder’s choice by Zack Cozart in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards adjust his cap as he works against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) slides into home as Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) attempts to make the tag in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos, left, attempts to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, front right, who touches the bag with his hand as he dives into home in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez, back right, watches the play. Hernandez ruled Maldonado out but after a video replay the call was reversed to say Maldonado was safe at the plate. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) yells to the dugout that he was safe as Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alex Claudio, rear, watches following a close call at the plate in which Maldonado was ruled out in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. The call was reversed after a video review. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Martin Maldonado yells to the dugout that he was safe as Rangers relief pitcher Alex Claudio, rear, watches following a close call at the plate in which Maldonado was ruled out during the sixth inning of Monday’s game in Arlington, Texas. The call was reversed after a video review. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Jim Johnson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 25Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels won a game without a hero.The Angels’ 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday was cobbled together by 10 position players and six pitchers, with just about all of them providing something for the winning recipe.And Shohei Ohtani wasn’t even among them, with the day off after pitching seven innings on Sunday.Ohtani’s absence provided the opportunity for someone else to shine, but instead the Angels simply collaborated on a rather routine victory, one that pushed their record to 8-3. It equals the best 11-game start in franchise history, last accomplished in 1987. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I didn’t know whether to slide head first or feet first,” he said. “I didn’t know which one I was going to do, but it worked out.”Relievers Noé Ramírez, Jim Johnson, Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian finished the game. Parker, who had been struggling, tossed a perfect inning.About the only negative on the night was Richards, who in three starts has not yet finished six innings. He’s walked 12 in 15 innings.“It’s still early in the season, so this stuff I’m going to figure out before my next start,” he said. “I’ll get with (pitching coach Charlie) Nagy and watch some film and do some drills in my next bullpen. Hopefully I’ll get my timing and tempo and everything down to where I can fill up the zone.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Albert Pujols hit the only homer among the Angels’ 13 hits. Martín Maldonado had two hits, each driving in runs, and one acrobatic slide to score a run. Andrelton Simmons, Zack Cozart, Kole Calhoun and Pujols had two hits apiece. Nine of the 10 players who came to bat reached base at least once or drove in a run, with only Justin Upton coming up empty.The Angels have now scored 68 runs, the most in the American League, even though projected leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler has played only one game.“I think (the lineup) is deeper and we’re getting contributions from a lot of spots in our lineup,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Some guys aren’t locked in like we hope they will be, but we are doing a good job of pressuring teams with some really clutch hitting.”The hitters and the relievers – one in particular – bailed out Garrett Richards on a night that he walked five, including three to load the bases before he was pulled with one out in the fifth.José Álvarez then came in to face two of the Rangers’ most powerful hitters: lefties Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maldonado acknowledged afterward that the play was more accident than design.Related Articles Álvarez said his mindset was to “just make pitches and stay out of the cookie spot.”Álvarez succeeding in avoiding the middle of the plate, and he got both hitters on routine popups, preserving the 3-1 lead.“That’s a key spot in the game,” Scioscia said. “For him to come in and get two really good left-handed hitters – either one of them can hit the ball out of the ballpark – is huge.”They padded the lead to 5-1 in the sixth, mostly thanks to Maldonado’s bat and – believe it or not – his base running.Maldonado’s two-out single drove in Simmons. He then came all the way around from first on Chris Young’s double down the left field line. Maldonado appeared to be out easily at the plate, but he contorted his body to avoid Robinson Chirinos’ tag, slapping his  hand on the plate. He was initially called out, but ruled safe upon review.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA CHROME TO WORK SIX FURLONGS AT 11:45 A.M., PST, SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; 2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR READIES FOR GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES ON JAN. 9

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2016)–California Chrome, 2014’s Horse of the Year, will come onto Santa Anita’s main track to work six furlongs prior to Saturday’s first race at 11:45 a.m., track officials announced Friday. A winner of four Grade I stakes in 2014; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Derby, the 5-year-old California-bred colt by Lucky Pulpit will enter the track via the quarter mile chute with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.Idle since picking up a $2 million check for running second in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 28, “Chrome” will make his 19th career start for trainer Art Sherman in the San Pasqual. With nine overall wins to his credit, he has career earnings of $6,322,650.last_img

Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto Awarded Women’s Golf Player of the Year

first_imgNameSchoolClassHometown Jenna PhillipsSam Houston StateJr.Austin, Texas Kaity Cummings3*Houston BaptistJr.Waco, Texas Emma Svensson3Central ArkansasJr.Halmstad, Sweden FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday with the all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Alberto, a two-time selection to the first team, was voted for the top player honor after a season in which she won three tournaments in her sophomore campaign. The native of Kingwood, Texas, led the conference in average score at 72.73. Her 1.21 score vs. par was the best in the league. At the Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship, Alberto placed second and two strokes off the lead, carding a 71 in her last round. Her low round of the season was 67.Central Arkansas’ Geraldine Wong was voted to the second team and garnered the Freshman of the Year distinction. She ended the season ranked sixth for scoring average at 75.07. Lamar’s Eva Martinez, a sophomore from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, is the Newcomer of the Year. She carded a 76.08 average for the year.Leading his Houston Baptist squad to its second consecutive Southland title, David Shuster is the Coach of the Year. He picks up the accolade for the second consecutive season. The Huskies are set to compete at the NCAA Austin Regional from May 7-9.UCA leads the first team with junior Emma Svensson and senior Fernanda Lira each claiming their third all-conference selection. The two earned individual selections to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, the first time in program history the Bears have accomplished that feat. They will tee off Monday, May 7.The 2018 Southland Championship top finisher, HBU’s Kaity Cummings, also earns her third selection to an all-conference team. The junior from Waco, Texas, shot one-under in the championship round to win the title after heading into the day eight-over par. This is Cummings’ first nod to the conference’s first team.Lamar’s Elodie Chapelet secured her second consecutive selection to the first team, finishing the year ranked fourth in the conference for scoring average at 74.08.Lexi Brooks of HBU was voted to the second team to receive her third selection in as many years. Sam Houston’s Jenna Phillips and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Autumn Bynum round out the all-conference picks.All-Conference teams and individual superlatives are voted on by each league school’s head coach and sports information director. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted.2017-18 Southland Women’s Golf All-Conference TeamsPlayer of the Year: Hanna Alberto, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Geraldine Wong, Central ArkansasNewcomer of the Year: Eva Martinez, LamarCoach of the Year: David Shuster, Houston BaptistFirst Team Honorable Mention: Sara Zrnikova, Houston Baptist; Madison Frerking, UIW.2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection* 2018 Southland Championship top finisher Elodie Chapelet2LamarSo.Souraide, France Second Team Autumn BynumTexas A&M-Corpus ChristiSo.Montgomery, Texas Fernanda Lira3Central ArkansasSr.Mexico City, Mexico NameSchoolClassHometown Geraldine WongCentral ArkansasFr.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hanna Alberto2Sam Houston StateSo.Kingwood, Texas Eva MartinezLamarSo.Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Lexi Brooks3Houston BaptistJr.Kingwood, Texaslast_img read more

Norths impressed with PNG crowd

first_imgOver 10,000 people attended the match on Saturday night at the National Football Stadium, which saw the SP PNG Hunters defeat Devils 38-22.Devils coach Mark Gliddon said the crowd was outstanding and very passionate about the game.“Before coming to PNG, we watched the video of the match last week to see how the crowd supports.“I purposely showed the boys the crowd and how passionate they’re about rugby league,” Gliddon said.He said it was great to witness the crowd cheer for both teams.Gliddon added that the stadium is also outstanding and a lot of his players haven’t played in anything like this before.Devils captain Billy Brittian said it was a good experience for them to play in front of a big crowd.“I don’t think there’ve been too many crowd over in Australia that get behind their team like what they do over here.“The facility is amazing and you wouldn’t see this at the Intrust Cup level, you’d only see this type of facility at NRL level so the Hunters are very lucky.“It just shows how well it has taken the Hunters to this stage. Their professionalism off the field is transitioning onto the field as well, mainly due to their awesome facilities,” Brittian said.last_img read more

Early theme to NBA season: You score, I score, we all score

first_imgMOST READ Curry on mouthpiece-tossing incident: ‘I’ve got to be better than that’ D’Antoni ran the NBA’s most potent offense when he was in Phoenix a decade ago, and in 2006-07 the Suns were the only team to average 110 for the season, finishing at 110.2.That would have barely cracked the top 10 entering Tuesday’s play. The Nets — yes, the Nets — are leading the way, averaging 123.5 a night. The system of playing small and firing 3-pointers may have been sneered at then, but it’s practically becoming the norm now.“It’s hard to keep your bigs in the game now, so there’s nobody tall at the rim anymore,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “I think that’s made offense a lot easier. It’s really just kind of a style of play and stylistically teams are playing with more shooting and more guards and more speed and less rim protection around the basket, so it’s definitely benefited the offense.”He had Roy Hibbert in that role when he was in Indiana, and the Pacers rode their rugged defense toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, Vogel’s Magic have yielded 126 and 121 while splitting a pair of games against the Nets.Brooklyn is the first team since the Lakers, Pacers and Pistons in 1985-86 to open with four straight 115-point games.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A third of the league is averaging 110 or more, and the Brooklyn Nets became the first team to score 115 in their first four games in 32 years — and they only won half of them, because they were giving up more than 120 a night.The floor is open and offenses are flowing — with ease.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The game has changed. Offense has changed in the last 10 years radically just because the players are getting better, they shoot the ball better, offense has opened up, 3-point line, everybody shoots now,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “So the offense has changed radically. Defense traditionally has not changed that much.”It’s advantage offense in a big, entertaining fashion. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) gets between Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) and Bismack Biyombo (11) for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Maybe it’s the 3-ball. Perhaps it’s all about small ball.Whatever the reasons, NBA teams had few problems putting the ball in the basket and piling up points through the first week of the regular season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set D’Antoni believes defenses will have to evolve because “they can’t keep up with the offense.”That, NBA fans, is an understatement.WEEK 1 MVPNobody has ever started an NBA season quite like Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.He put up 147 points, 43 rebounds and 21 assists during the Bucks’ 3-1 start, stats that the NBA said had never been reached in a player’s first four games. He scored at least 30 points in every game, including a career-high 44 against Portland.Antetokounmpo is also off to the best scoring start in Bucks history. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 146 in 1970-71, when he won his first of two straight MVP awards.Antetokounmpo might be on his way to one. The online sportsbook Bovada lowered his odds from 10 to 1 in the preseason to 5 to 2 Monday, listing the Greek player as its current MVP favorite.Other things to watch around the league:HOMECOMING WEEK: DeMarcus Cousins returns to Sacramento for the first time since his midseason trade to New Orleans last season when the Pelicans visit the Kings on Thursday. The next night, Paul Millsap is back in Atlanta for the first time since moving West to the Denver Nuggets over the summer.MOVING ON UP: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich needs four wins to pass Phil Jackson and move into sixth place of the NBA’s career list. Jackson had 1,155 victories in the regular season. Popovich has 1,152 entering the Spurs’ game in Miami on Wednesday.GEORGE’S GUESTS: Paul George will see his old Indiana mates Wednesday when the Pacers visit Oklahoma City for the first time since surprisingly trading their All-Star forward in the summer. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ BACKCOURT BATTLE: Two of the league’s best backcourts go head-to-head Friday when John Wall and Bradley Beal lead Washington into Oracle Arena to face Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia: 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists Monday in a 97-86 victory over Detroit. The rookie needed just four games for his first career triple-double.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

New forecast calls for less rain than originally predicted over long weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Original Estimates have been significantly reduced but both Environment Canada and the Weather Network are still calling for 10 to 15 millilitres of local area rain Thursday.In addition, the latter is now predicting five to ten more on Friday and then another five on Monday.The current estimates should still provide wildfire fighters in the region with some relief, and Kelly Kassian of Richardson Pioneer confirms local area farmers, who got an early start on spring seeding, could also be among the beneficiaries.- Advertisement -He indicated there was considerable excitement in the farm community when the Weather Network storm estimates being put forward earlier this week, sounded like two inches.Now even the top end estimates through Monday are only about half of that, and   Environment Canada is indicating they will vary throughout the region.This is Meteorologist Lisa CaldwellAdvertisement What does still seem to be in play is a May 19th precipitation record at the local airport weather station, since it stands at only 13.1 millimetres posted in 2007.In addition, the Weather Network’s top end estimates through Monday still add up to 30 millimetres, and that would be enough to push the May total this year to 39.1, surpassing the May average of 37.9, and making this month, only one of three in the past year, to exceed the monthly average.last_img read more

Premier League clubs in record Sh187bn transfer window

first_imgThe late splashing of cash took the league’s overall transfer spending figure since the very first transfer window in January 2003 past £10 billion.The total amount spent by Premier League clubs in this transfer window was up 23 percent on last year’s record figure. Premier League clubs have also broken the record for spending in a single season (£1.430 million) and calendar year (£1.645 million).But with several potential deals collapsing late on Thursday, the league’s net spend — the difference between the cost of players bought and sold — was £20 million below last summer’s record of £685 million.Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City spent the most of any Premier League club this window — £215 million — despite their bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez falling through, with £52 million going on signing full-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, a world record for a defender.They were followed by Chelsea (£180 million), Manchester United (£145 million) and Everton (£145 million).Only four clubs — Swansea City, Arsenal, Burnley and Stoke City — recorded net transfer receipts.Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku’s £75 million move from Everton to United was the biggest single amount paid by any Premier League club for one player this window and represented more than half of the Red Devils’ spending.– ‘No surprise’ –But Deloitte’s Dan Jones insisted Premier League clubs’ spending was sustainable given a background of hugely increased revenues, particularly from broadcast rights.“Premier League clubs have broken their own record for transfer expenditure for the sixth summer in a row,” said Jones.“With the continued growth in clubs’ revenues, principally from broadcast rights, it is no surprise that Premier League clubs have continued to maintain their leading position in the world’s player transfer market,” he added.“Importantly, and when analysed in the context of generating record broadcast, commercial and matchday revenues, Premier League clubs are spending well within their means.“For the last 15 years, annual transfer spending has remained within the range of between a fifth and a third, and averaged at around a quarter, of total revenues.“With Premier League clubs’ revenue showing no sign of decreasing in the foreseeable future, we would expect to see spending continue to rise.”Despite Paris Saint-Germain spending a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona, the Premier League remained the biggest overall transfer window purchaser among the big five European leagues, shelling out almost twice as much as the 800 million euros spent by Italy’s Serie A on new players.The Spanish transfer window, however, does not close until late Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Players involved in the top 10 deals in the Premier League transfer window; (top, L-R) Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette, Kyle Walker, Romelu Lukaku, Benjamin Mendy; (bottom, L-R) Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ederson, Naby Keita, Nemanja Matic © AFP/File / STFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 1 – English Premier League clubs spent a record Sh187bn (£1.4 bn) on players in a summer transfer window but were still living “well within their means” according to figures published by football analysts Deloitte on Friday.The window, which closed in England on Thursday, also saw teams from English football’s top tier set a new deadline day spending record of £210 million.last_img read more

Atletico boss Simeone banned for Europa League final

first_imgThe Argentine watched Thursday’s 1-0 home win in the return leg, which secured a 2-1 aggregate victory and a place in the final, from the directors’ box at the Wanda Metropolitano.Simeone will now also miss the May 16 final in Lyon and his side’s first two European matches of next season, while he was hit with a fine of 10,000 euros ($12,000).UEFA’s disciplinary committee also charged Marseille after away supporters set off fireworks and threw objects during the second leg of their semi-final at Salzburg.Austria’s Salzburg risk punishment themselves following a pitch invasion by fans and the throwing of objects, as well as a charge of improper conduct levied against club official Harald Lurzer.Marseille won the tie 3-2 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 2-1 after extra time.A decision on the cases will be made on May 31.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Exiled: Diego Simeone’s first-leg antics against Arsenal mean he will be again consigned to a place in the stands for the Europa League final © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSLAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 4 – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone will be forced to watch the Europa League final against Marseille from the stands after receiving a four-match European ban for insulting a referee, UEFA said on Friday.Simeone was ordered from the touchline during last week’s 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final with Arsenal after a heated exchange with French referee Clement Turpin.last_img read more