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USC prepares for NCAA championships

first_imgFinishing 29 strokes behind a conference rival doesn’t normally make for a successful tournament in college golf.But in a week that was all about surviving and advancing, the No. 10 USC men’s golf team was happy to do just that.The Trojans played solid but not spectacular golf on their way to a second place finish at the NCAA West Regional at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash., and earned a spot in next week’s NCAA championships.Young gun · Freshman T.J. Vogel tied with freshman Martin Trainer atop USC’s leaderboard after regionals with a three-round score of 219. – Courtesy USC Sports Information “This was a good week but not that fun,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “It was kind of stressful because the whole season basically comes down to that week. To play well under that kind of pressure shows a lot about these guys.”Pac-10 champions No. 3 Washington won the regional going away, with three of its players finishing in the top three overall. San Diego, No. 24 Oregon State and No. 12 Illinois also qualified for the next round out of the 13-team regional.The Trojans got off to a rough start, sitting three strokes out of the fifth and final qualifying spot after a nine over par first round.“We were a little frustrated that we played poorly,” freshman Sam Smith said. “But we knew there were 36 holes left so there was plenty of time to get back into position.”Smith, who just secured the fifth spot in the Trojans’ lineup with a strong performance at the Pac-10 championships, paced USC with strong opening rounds of 73-72.“We felt like Sam carried us the first two days,” Zambri said. “He’s playing the best golf of the year and I think he can even play better.”USC shot 1 over par as a team in the second round to jump up into a tie for third place. The Trojans saved their best for last, posting a 1 under par final round to clinch their fourth straight trip to the NCAA championships.“We realized that we had to come in the top five teams and didn’t necessarily have to go out and beat the field by 29 shots like Washington did,” junior Matt Giles said.The Trojans advanced without any of their players finishing in the top 20 of the towurnament individually. Instead, USC relied on consistent play by all five golfers, posting no rounds lower than 70 and only one higher than 75.Freshmen T.J. Vogel (74-75-70) and Martin Trainer (75-72-72) led the way for the Trojans, finishing in a tie for 21st at 3 over par.Smith posted a final round 75 to place in a tie for 24th at 4 over par.Freshmen grabbed the top three spots for a young USC team that doesn’t have a senior.“Arguably we have the best freshmen class in the country right now,” Smith said. “We’re showing why with three guys in the lineup each week and we’re steadily improving.”Giles (77-72-72) and sophomore Steve Lim (75-73-73) tied for 29th at 5 over par.“I putted really poorly the first day and then actually played okay after that,” Giles said.USC will be joined at the NCAA championships, which begin Tuesday at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., by seven other Pac-10 squads.Zambri said the Trojans were helped by playing against some of the nation’s best teams throughout the season.“We just had our best finish of the year and it didn’t feel like we played great,” Zambri said. “Then it dawned on me that we played against really great teams all year. Better competition in the Pac-10 makes all these kids better.”last_img read more


No I.O.C. announcement on Russia forthcoming

first_imgBecky Scott is the Chair of the World anti doping agency athletes committee and she says calling for a complete ban on Russia is not out of order. An investigation published yesterday found evidence of state-run doping.The I.O.C are holding a meeting today but it’s understood a ban won’t be announced today.The issue is complicated as Russia’s track and field athletes are awaiting the Court of Arbitration of Sport to announce the results of an appeal against their suspension from competition.last_img


Pets of the week: 8-25-20

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Today’s “Pets of the Week” features Berri, Sherbet, and Amelia.This is Berri. He’s a four–year–old pit bull who loves going on walks. He’s still quite young for a dog, and has a playful and curious personality. When he’s outside, he loves nothing more than running around. When he’s indoors, Berri loves a squeaky soft toy.Next, meet Sherbet. When she came to the shelter, she was a bit of a shy girl, but now she’ll latch onto you and cuddle all day long. She loves playing with other cats, and her favorite toys are the kind she can chase around.Finally, meet Amelia. She’s about two and a half months old and something of a tomboy. She loves to rassle with other kittens and climb around wherever she can.To learn more about adoption, visit huronhumanesocietyinc.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer encourages all Michiganders to get a flu vaccineNext Bond set for Alpena man who threatened another with a baseball batlast_img read more


Warriors’ Andre Iguodala offered Lakers’ rookie Brandon Ingram perspective on bench role

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After all, Iguodala accepted a bench role for the sake of winning an NBA championship after already cementing his resumé as an All-Star and U.S. Olympic gold medalist. Iguodala maintained “it wasn’t that hard” to accept a bench role with the Warriors under those circumstances. Yet, he revealed to Walton the complexity of his internal feelings.“‘Luke, I dreaded that,’” Iguodala said. “‘But I’ll give the guy some words of wisdom so he’ll play hard for you.’”Iguodala also sounded open toward providing Ingram advice for another reason.“I’m a fan of the kid. It’s easy, especially when you got a guy that’s willing to take some advice. You want the best for him,” Iguodala said. “Anybody else, I’m like ‘No man.’ I’m not giving (feedback) to these young kids these days. They don’t listen.”Ingram did, though. “It’s him buying into a role,” Ingram said of Iguodala. “He embraces it and all he cares about is winning.” Ingram called the offseason call with Iguodala “really brief.” Ingram added that he did not ask Iguodala specifically about coming off the bench. Yet, their talk still centered on how to thrive on a loaded depth chart.“‘You’re good,’” Iguodala told Ingram. “‘You’re so far ahead of where you think. But keep having that mindset.’”Iguodala later praised Ingram’s humble demeanor and contended that “offensively, he’s light years ahead of me.” Iguodala then predicted the “sky is the limit” for Ingram before calling on him to become more assertive without playing selfishly. Meanwhile, Ingram has admired Iguodala’s on-ball defense and ability to create deflections, qualities that earned him the 2015 Finals MVP. “I’m still learning how I can affect the game in different ways,” Ingram said. “Offensively, I think it will become easier for me with coming into the lanes and picking my spots. But defensively, I’m doing really well.” Ingram posted a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, three rebounds and three turnovers in his first NBA start on Wednesday against Golden State. Before that, the Lakers liked how Ingram handled his bench role without complaint. His workload also gradually increased in ball handling, posting up, defending and finishing games.That growth can be partly traced back to Ingram’s phone call with Iguodala. “The NBA is a crazy world, especially when you’re as young as some of these young guys are,” Walton said. “It’s important to have relationships with some older vets that have been around.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> As Lakers forward Brandon Ingram ran up and down the court during Summer League play, plenty of focus centered on his physical readiness. Behind the scenes, Lakers coach Luke Walton worked on something else to ensure Ingram’s foundation became sturdy. When Walton talked with Golden State forward Andre Iguodala in Las Vegas, their conversation went beyond reminiscing about playing together at the University of Arizona, or Walton serving as an assistant at Golden State the previous two years. Mindful that he planned to bring Ingram off the bench to start his rookie season, Walton talked with Iguodala about offering perspective to the Lakers’ No. 2 pick. “Andre is a one of the smarter players I’ve been around,” Walton said before the Lakers hosted the Warriors on Friday at Staples Center. “He cares about the game of basketball and he does things the right way. I felt that Brandon could learn a lot from him.”last_img read more


Risen playing in Wellington Regent this weekend…

first_img 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 comments This week at the Regent Theater: Risen  (see trailer below)Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13 (for Biblical violence including some disturbing images). Time: 1 hour 47 minutesMovie Synopsis:  The first forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is told through the eyes of an agnostic Roman Centurion charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and locate the missing deceased body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. During Centurion’s mission, his doubts of such a supernatural occurrence peel away as he encounters the Apostles and other historic biblical characters and bears witness to the legendary storied events that followed the Resurrection. A great mystery unfolds during Centurion’s quest to find the body and he is deeply affected by his first-person investigation, as his previous beliefs on the matter are forever altered based on what he’s now witnessed.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 58%. Audience review: 78% liked it. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more


Leon Draisaitl’s insane season continues with four-goal game against Nashville

first_imgFOUR. GOAL. NIGHT. Leon Draisaitl is on another level 😱 pic.twitter.com/AYNvJnEUur— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) March 3, 2020It continues what has been an incredible season for Draisaitl, who leads the NHL in points with 107 after Monday night. His next closest challenger is teammate Connor McDavid, who had five points of his own on Monday (four assists and a goal) to jump up to 94. Draisaitl has now surpassed the 105 point mark he set last season, and he’s well on his way to his first Art Ross Trophy. The German has also managed to force his way into the Rocket Richard Trophy race, with his 43 goals on the season now just four behind Boston’s David Pastrnak in first place. It’s a race that looks like it’ll go down to the wire, with Draisaitl, Pastrnak, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Toronto’s Auston Matthews all in contention.  MORE: Matthews keeps pace in Rocket Richard Trophy raceThe performances of Draisaitl and McDavid have helped the Oilers keep pace with the Vegas Golden Knights in first place in the Pacific Division, with Edmonton now just two points behind. According to The Athletic, they have an 88 percent chance to make the playoffs.With their two superstars capable of winning any game, the Oilers have turned into a team that no one is going to want to face in the postseason. Nashville fans are probably pretty sick of Leon Draisaitl by now.The Oilers star had another night to remember against the Predators on Monday with a ridiculous stat line of four goals and an assist in an 8-3 win. It was Draisaitl’s fifth consecutive game against Nashville with at least two goals. That is not a typo.last_img read more


Inside Conditions…Skin Game

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEI have come to respect mostly every sport, even the ones that I don’t like and have little or no interest in.As I viewed the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi, Russia I felt a sense of pride seeing the smiles and competitive spirit of the “little ones” (many are still adolescents) displayed right before me.  The young athletes hailing from “these” United States of America, just like all of their colleagues from across the globe sacrifice time, money, blood, sweat and tears just for a chance to stand on the podium listening to their national anthems being played while watching with tear stained eyes as their flags are raised in triumph. However there is a monumental difference as to the social and economic treatment of most of the athletes once the competition has concluded and they have returned to their native lands.Once they return home, the athletes from Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Finland, Russia, or any other European nation more than likely don’t have to fear losing their lives, if they play their music a bit loud, or if they reach into their pocket or fret about being followed and murdered if they put on a “hoodie” before they embark on a journey to the store to buy a bag of Skittles and a soda.No the European “soldiers of sport” will return home worshipped as heroes with their exploits forever etched in the collective, history and memory of the country.Now folks get this.  There was once a rock group that was popular, very popular.  The name of the group was Twisted Sister. A few days ago I was going over a few “web based” sports news reports and stories in the wake of the thrashing that the Seattle Seahawks put on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.  I ran across an article that featured the rant of a real life twisted sister.The article featured a photo of Seattle cornerback Richard “Sherman tank” Sherman proudly posing with the Lombardi Trophy.  I instantly thought, “oh no Rich, no more boasting and telling the truth;  haven’t you learned anything yet?” However, as I read the article that accompanied the picture I realized that the photo was Sherman’s response to a nasty and insidious tweet that he had received.In this day and age tweets might as well be sheets because anonymous tweets are nothing more than electronic smoke screens and cross burnings for the cowardly carriers of racist communiqués.The tweet that I am referring to is a quote taken from an article written by Connor Hutyler from a supposedly yardbarker.com “humor” based article. Mr. Hutyler writes, “Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the most polarizing figures in professional sports. People either love him or hate him, and the people who fall into the latter category are probably pretty upset now that Sherman can add ‘World Champion’ to his résumé.”I’m sure many people are constantly tweeting awful things at Richard Sherman, but one hate tweet in particular caught Sherman’s eye.  Rather than stooping to the level of a user known as @SnBEternall on Twitter who tweeted, “Seattle beat Denver, but you contributed nothing and got carted off with an injury and even worst that I can’t print. Sherman simply replied with a nice picture of him holding the Lombardi Trophy. The ultimate “Scoreboard!” move from the Stanford grad. You’ve got to love it.People love him or hate him, wonder who the haters are? If someone had authored such a caustic and personal attack against Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Tom Brady or any other of the NFL’s marquee players it probably would have never been published. There was nothing even remotely funny about the tweet.Why do insecure, non talented, apple pie loving, Ford truck driving, tea party card carrying, red blooded American males think because of their genealogy that they have a right to use every available breath and platform to attack and devour Black men in life in general but particularly in sports.How many times has the “work ethic” of Black Athletes been questioned?Don’t get me wrong, boys and girls. I will almost certainly despise anyone who dispenses information wherever, regardless of color, gender or age that they may be based on the “race card” just to endear a particular segment of the population to them, their poisonous rhetoric and limited thinking.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more


AFL PNG plans clinics for 90 schools in Moresby

first_imgThe clinic program is done annually nationwide and includes elementary right through to secondary schools and private schools as well.Part of the clinics is to have a very unique pathway that identifies talent and seek to provide opportunities to enhance and nurture this talent.The clinic teaches and introduce children age 5-17 years old the skills, drills, and fun games relating to the concept of AFL.Development officer Ian Karme said part of the clinic program is to focus on delivering lifestyle messages and advocating on healthy and responsible behaviour.“We believe in the ability we have to influence and educate our participants about the value of community and social responsibility and making informed decision in their lives,” he said. The program commenced at Ela Murray International School this week and will run for two weeks there with 47 kids participating so far.The development officers will also visit Bavaroko Primary School this Friday to run a one-day clinic.last_img read more


Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Croatia’s Luka Modric holds his Golden Ball award at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player despite being on the losing side to France in a thrilling final in Moscow on Sunday.Modric was named man-of-the-match three times in Croatia’s seven games in Russia, but even the Real Madrid midfielder was powerless to stop France’s firepower and the rise of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.ADVERTISEMENT England’s Harry Kane wins World Cup Golden Boot 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 LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ The Paris Saint-Germain forward won the young player of the tournament award after scoring his fourth goal of the competition in the final, which France won 4-2.Belgium captain Eden Hazard finished second in the running for the Golden Ball, with France’s Antoine Griezmann, who also scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the final, coming third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper. Despite Griezmann and Mbappe getting on the scoresheet, England’s Harry Kane claimed the Golden Boot for his six goals. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more


LRA Underscores Stronger Border Management

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is calling for a stronger security and customs border regime at the country’s various borders and ports of entry to enhance national security and revenue generation.The Commissioner of Customs at the LRA Saa Saamoi says an effective coordination in border management is cardinal to the security, economy and development of the Liberian state.He called on the border management team to work in harmony against contrabands, arms, drug smuggling, and other illegal activities that endanger the lives of citizens and undermine the security of the state.Speaking recently at the Liberian-Ivorian border in Loguatuo, Nimba County, Commissioner Saamoi said, “You are the eyes of the Liberian people to control what enters and gets out of our country, and in raising revenue to support national development.”Addressing a meeting of customs officers and the joint security at the Loguatuo Border, Commissioner Saamoi said in the absence of coordination and cooperation, those assigned at the borders of the country would disappoint the Liberian people when they respectively fail to scrutinize what or who enters or leaves the country.He said though the two lead agencies in border management are Customs for taxes and Immigration for passengers, all other security agencies including the police, national security agency and the drug Enforcement Agency have also important roles to play in protecting the state.He said when they work as a professional team of people, they will detect and abort illegal border trade such as arms and drug smuggling as well as other illicit activities.The Customs Commissioner urged the border team to cooperate with the customs officers assigned at the borders in the execution of their duties to collect the legitimate revenue due the government, noting that customs alone accounts for 40% of the over US$622 million fiscal budget for 2015/16. “He emphasized that this revenue must be generated at Free Port, Loguatuo, Jorwah, Mendicorma, Ganta, Bo-Waterside, Robertsfield and other borders of our country”.Commissioner Saamoi said, if revenue is not raised, government will not be able to meet its target of improving the schools, roads, hospitals or even paying civil servants.For his part, Domestic Tax Commissioner Darlingston Talery, called for patriotism in building Liberia. “This country belongs to us, and we, not Ghanaians and Malians, must build it, and we can do so by paying our personal income, real estate and business income taxes.”He added that when people pay their real estate taxes they empower the government to undertake more development. Commissioner Talery commended businesses and Liberians across the counties for paying their taxes even during the heat of the Ebola crisis and called on them to continue in good faith.Commissioners Saamoi and Talery were jointly leading an LRA delegation to Margibi, Bong and Nimba Counties to sensitize citizens and the business community on paying their taxes and customs duties.The Assistant Commissioner of Customs Ports Operations, Edwin F. Kendema, and the Acting Manager for Collectorate Tax Section, Bob N. Johnson, accompanied the commissioners on the tour, an LRA press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more