Trojans in need of some home cooking

first_imgThe No. 17 USC women’s volleyball team looks to rebound from a tough road trip last weekend as it hosts cross-town rival No. 7 UCLA at 7 p.m. tonight at the Galen Center.While USC (15-8, 4-7) has struggled on the road, it has proved to be very strong at home, only dropping one match in conference play to Stanford on Oct. 3. USC coach Mick Haley expects the team to play well on its home court against a very talented Bruins squad.It all connects · The Women of Troy will be counting on libero Alli Hillgren to control the passing game to set up USC’s blocking scheme. – Ian Elston | Daily Trojan“Everybody’s focused,“ Haley said. “We’ve really been practicing well. I expect us to give our best effort.”The Women of Troy traveled across town to Pauley Pavilion earlier this season, and UCLA (18-6, 8-3) swept USC in three straight sets to post a Bruin victory.Since then, UCLA has been on an impressive run in an extremely tough conference, only dropping one match and currently riding a five-match winning streak. Last weekend, UCLA traveled to No. 14 Cal and No. 4 Stanford and beat them both.The Bruins have compiled a 13.82 kills per set average, hitting .228 on the season. They lead the Pac-10 in digs (16.33 dps) and are second in blocks (2.80 bps).Providing the biggest challenge for USC is UCLA’s woman in the middle: sophomore blocker Amanda Gil. She leads the nation in blocks (132 blocks for a 1.61 bps average) and serves as an intimidating presence on the other side of the net.“They’re pretty big and they play good defense,” Haley said. “They’re pretty formidable at the net, and they scrap.”Although UCLA has been successful recently, Haley believes his team has a solid chance to defeat its rival.“We didn’t play well at UCLA,” he said. “It gives me hope that when we step out on the floor here [at the Galen Center], we can step it up.”In order for the Women of Troy to post a win, they will need a solid team effort. Haley said he needs key plays from his outside hitters if his team will come out on top.He said he needs senior Jessica Gysin to have a great game from the start and sophomore Alex Jupiter and junior Kimmee Roleder to be clicking on all cylinders.Haley also wants to see how well junior blocker Audrey Eichler will play against the Bruins. In the first matchup between the rivals, Eichler was on the bench behind junior blocker Zoe Garrett but has since jumped Garrett for the starting spot.“She’s been playing pretty well and scoring points for us,” Haley said. “If she keeps doing that, that will make a difference.”Haley is also relying on senior libero Alli Hillgren to have a big match. If the Women of Troy execute a solid passing game, it will allow the team to put together a good blocking scheme against UCLA’s attack.Although Haley would like to get revenge against UCLA by sweeping the Bruins at the Galen Center, he said he’ll take any win he can get in a tough conference, whether it’s in three, four or five sets.“We keep battling, training hard and focusing,” he said. “We enjoy playing hard, so I’m thinking that this has got to be pretty close to the time for us to get a spurt here and get back in the win column.”USC leads the all-time series against UCLA by a 49-44 margin but has lost five of the last seven meetings.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s cross country wins Harry Lang Invitational for 4th consecutive year

first_img Published on September 7, 2019 at 4:50 pm Contact Eli: Facebook Twitter Google+ At the Harry Lang Invitational hosted by Colgate, the Syracuse men’s cross country team placed first out of seven teams as four Syracuse runners finished in the top-five. The Orange ended the day with 31 points and the victory marked their fourth-straight win at the event.The race served as an opportunity for many underclassmen to gain some collegiate experience, as the Orange did not race the bulk of their top upperclassmen. Sophomore Noah Beveridge (19:53.1) led the team in second and redshirt sophomore Stephen Schulz (19:54.3) finished third. Sophomore Nathan Lawler (19:55.5) was fourth followed by sophomore Matthew Scrape (20:00.8) who finished fifth. Elsewhere, Matthew Dragon, the younger brother of redshirt junior Joe Dragon, came in 45th in his Syracuse debut.Earlier in the day, the Syracuse women finished second in the pool with 53 points.The women had four runners finish in the top-10. Freshman Justus Holden-Betts (17:28.1) was the best on the day for the Orange, finishing fourth. Redshirt junior Kelsey Potts (17:44.1) placed eighth, followed by redshirt freshman Olivia Elston (17:50.9) and redshirt junior Emma Wilson (17:51.0).Next up for Syracuse is the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown hosted by Boston College on Sept. 20.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Xavi claims Copa del Rey was lowest on his list of priorities

first_imgBarcelona’s Xavi Hernandez congratulated Real Madrid on their 1-0 win in the Copa del Rey but warned Los Blancos that the Blaugrana have bigger fish to fry this season.Despite missing out on Spain’s domestic cup trophy, he is adamant Barca can wrap up the league and reclaim the Champions League, seeing off Real Madrid in the process.“This is sport,” he reflected philosophically after the game to Spanish publication AS.”We were true to ourselves but they caught us on the counterattack and took the Cup. We congratulate them and we’ll try to compete in what remains. In the dressing room we have told everyone that we must continue and that we have competed very well.”However the Euro 2008 winner threatened Real Madrid not to celebrate too early as trophies are still up for grabs.”The two remaining tournaments are the most important,” he suggested. He also believes that Barca were the better team over the first 90 minutes and his team now know what to expect from Jose Mourinho’s men.”The first-half was even and in the second-half we had them from there. We just didn’t score. What we expect [tactically from Real Madrid] is more of the same. Madrid press us, slow us down and mark us individually.”Despite their cup defeat, Xavi’s side still maintain a strong advantage over Madrid in the La Liga title race. They are also hoping to progress past the capital club into the Champions League final.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Big vacant buildings downtown are hard sales in Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The former Kmart building may soon mirror Alpena’s north industrial park. New owners have requested a zoning change to Alpena Township before renovations take shape. The vacant building will welcome new tenants, but similarly large–scale structures won’t be occupied anytime soon.Alpena’s downtown is bustling with small businesses. The main corridor is Chisholm and Second Avenue. Make a few head turns and you’ll see zero foot traffic on one side of the street.A major movie theatre company, AMC, bought Royal Knight Theatre, consolidated with State Theatre (which is walking distance from Royal Knight,) and put the Royal Knight building up for sale in 2018. It’s expensive and no one wants it….for now at least.“The renovation cost is probably well over a million dollars,” said Downtown Development Authority executive director Anne Gentry.Royal Knight is about 7,000 square feet and has been on the market for over a year now. There’s another black hole downtown. The Antique Mall shut down earlier this year. Gentry said it’s more than double the size of Royal Knight. It is 35,000 to be exact.She said, “If you came to me and wanted to open a small business and only wanted 500 square feet, we really don’t have any spaces to put a business right now on Chisholm and Second.”Regalo Luxury Gift celebrated its grand opening with the city on July 19. Regalo sits on Chisholm Street, directly across from Royal Knight. The gift shop is the newest small downtown business. However, demand for larger businesses is well below the current trend for mom and pops.“You kind of have to balance do you put those resources into the building or do you put those resources into your business?” said Gentry. The latter seems to be the case. There’s no offer for either vacant building.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Boys and Girls Club goes on shipwreck discovery with underwater botsNext Alpena County Airport receives funding for new runway sweeperlast_img read more

OFFICIAL:AS Roma Complete Signing of Arsenal Target Kostas Manolas

first_imgArsenal transfer target Kostas Manolas has completed his move from Olympiakos to Roma. He will replace Mehdi Benatia in the Italian capital, with the Moroccan international having joined Bayern Munich.The Gunners, who are still short a centre back following the departure of former club captain Thomas Vermaelen for Barcelona, believed Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas could be the ideal candidate for Arsene Wenger, with the powerful 23-year-old Greek international available for an affordable fee.Italian giants Juventus withdrew their interest in the player earlier this summer, after turning their attention to Benfica star Luisao, seemingly leaving the path clear for the North London club, only for them to be eclipsed by Roma.Manolas, who made his name playing for AEK Athens ahead of his move to the domestic champions, played every minute of Greece’s World Cup campaign this summer, helping them reach the tournament’s Last 16, and was ranked among the 50 best players at the competition.last_img read more

Touchline: Isreal Laryea reveals EPL colours on new E-Chat segment

first_imgSeason two of Touchline has started on an exciting note with three all-new segments.Joy News’ Israel Laryea is first to feature on E-Chat segment and he takes on a number of issues and revealing his passion for a club in the EPL.Also watch pundits Willie Graham and Kow Sackey preview big games to expect this weekend.Questions bothering your mind about whether Swansea can repeat last season’s opening day performance against Chelsea? How Manchester United fare against Tottenham Hotspurs?  Guessing how Black Stars quartet Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew, Dede Ayew and Jeffery Schlupp will perform?Stop guessing and click link to find out on the E-Chat segment! –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Razija Mujanovic, BH Basketball Player, entered the Hall of Fame

first_imgShe is the best basketball player of the former Yugoslavia, who was voted three times for the best European player, five times winner of the title of Old Continent’s club champion, a proud member of the Hall of Fame, Razija Mujanovic.The nomination itself is a praise. How much it means to you to be a member of the Hall of Fame?“I am very proud. This is the top of my career after all my success. This year I am the only woman who entered the Hall of Fame,” said Razija Mujanovic.Besides Mujanovic, in the generation 2017 of the Hall of Fame were included Toni Kukoc (Croatia) and Shaquille O’Neal (USA). The official ceremony will be held in Geneva on September 30.Mujanovic firewalled with the active playing of basketball in 2008, when she left the national team, the team Sloboda from Tuzla, and a number of world clubs. Was leaving the parquet one of your hardest decisions?“When I get back to the parquet and take the ball, I would immediately return to active playing. Therefore, I am recreationally dealing with some other activities, and I just cannot overcome the love I have for basketball. There are emotions, regardless of the years,” stated Mujanovic.She also noted that it was a hard decision.“In recent years, I was thinking of ending active playing, but coaches were constantly inviting me to play. I went to Dubrovnik in 2008, I was there for a month, and then I saw that it was not it. I realized that I cannot be what I am and I simply retreated. You need to understand that on your own. Wherever I played I was always the best, and I could not be satisfied to play in a team where I will not be the main backbone of the team. I did not want to degrade myself and everything I achieved through my career,” stated Mujanovic.Mujanovic played all around the world, but she noted that she prefers European basketball.“Basketball matches are a spectacle in America or Brazil, people come to have fun. In Europe, we play for the result,” she stated.The book about Razija Mujanovic could become a reality very soon.“There were always some ideas about the book, and journalist Ekrem Avdic told me that now that I’ve joined the Hall of Fame it is time to start working on the book.”Razija Mujanovic said that she is following Euroleague, NBA and some home matches, and she sometimes goes to some of the matches and the matches of the national team of BiH.(Source: N1)last_img read more

Luka Doncic injury update: Mavericks star (ankle sprain) expected to miss Bucks clash

first_imgThe Mavericks trailed, 73-50, at halftime but produced a stirring second-half comeback to force the extra five-minute period.WHAT A FINISH between the @MiamiHEAT and @dallasmavs!▪️ Bam posts a triple-double▪️ Tim Hardaway Jr. drops 28 PTS▪️ DAL comes back from down 24▪️ MIA moves to 5-0 in OT this season!— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2019Asked what he said to his team in the interval with Doncic sidelined, Carlisle replied: “Don’t have to say much, guys knew we were getting outplayed and outworked and we turned it around in the second half. We needed to make one more play or have one more ball bounce our way or get one more call.”[Doncic’s injury is] disappointing, but next man up. Obviously we lose a guy that’s a great player. We don’t know for how long, and I don’t expect him to play against Milwaukee. That’s just an opinion, that’s not a media release or anything like that, but we’ve got to circle the wagons with the guys that we have and play like we did in the second half, pretty simple.” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle does not expect Luka Doncic to play against the Bucks on Monday after suffering a right ankle sprain in their overtime loss to the Heat on Saturday.Doncic played fewer than two minutes of the Mavericks’ 122-118 loss to the Heat, which dropped them to a record of 17-8. The Slovenian is enjoying a breakout second season that has him in the MVP discussion. Doncic is averaging 29.3 points per game to go with 8.9 assists and 9.6 rebounds.  However, he is now unlikely to square off against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Mavericks visit the Bucks, who lead the Eastern Conference after compiling 18 straight wins.Speaking in a media conference, Carlisle said: “Luka has a right ankle sprain. We hope it’s not serious. X-rays were negative.”last_img read more

Louisville Slugger stops giving police custom nightsticks amid internal backlash

first_imgEmployees of Hillerich & Bradsby Co. — the maker of the Louisville Slugger bat — became unhappy their company had been supplying souveneir nightsticks to local police for decades and initiated discussion to end the practice this week, according to the Courier Journal.The decision to discontinue the sales to the Louisville Metro Police Foundation comes as Louisville sits in a central position in the fight to end police brutality toward black people; Breonna Taylor was killed in her home by a Louisville police department officer on March 13 in an incident that has not led to criminal charges. Protests in the city (and around the country) have reflected anger at continued disconnect between officers and the people they serve. Nightsticks, of course, are commonly associated with violence from law enforcement.“We condemn police brutality in any form,” wrote Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in a statement. “We recognize the symbolism of nightsticks.”MORE: Colorado State player held at gunpoint over mistaken identity The company still wants to work with Louisville police in some capacity, writing it was “open to discussing other ways we may be able to support their organization’s efforts that benefit all of our community.”The optics of selling law enforcement nightsticks right now, though, has changed the nature of their relationship.Twitter provided a particularly harsh rebuke of the practice following the Courier Journal’s initial report.last_img read more

Panthers crush Savannah State 88-55 in opener

first_imgSavannah State’s Alante Fenner (1) shoots behind Pittsburgh’s Derrick Randall (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Derrick Randall spent two seasons killing time on the bench at Rutgers.Finally on the court at Pittsburgh, the junior center didn’t waste a chance to make an impression. Thrust into the starting lineup when senior Talib Zanna was suspended one game for a violation of team rules, Randall posted career highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers eased by Savannah State 88-55 in the season opener Friday night.“I just wanted to prove to everybody I could play,” Randall said. “I was just doing hustle plays, doing defense, doing everything.”Using his 6-foot-9, 240-pound frame to have his way in the lane against the overmatched Tigers, Randall grabbed nine offensive rebounds and while making 5 of 7 shots, most of them within a foot or two of the basket.“He’s a good rebounder,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said of Randall. “He’s got pretty good hands and he finishes better than anybody anticipated.”Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson (21) plays in the NCAA college basketball game between Savannah State and Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)James Robinson led Pitt with 13 points while adding five rebounds and two assists. Lamar Patterson set a career-high with seven assists to go with 11 points and seven rebounds as the Panthers made quick work of Savannah State.Randall, Robinson and Cameron Wright keyed an early 19-2 burst that showcased the more free-flowing offense Dixon promised would come as the Panthers make the move from the Big East to the ACC.Pitt hit 8 of its first 11 shots, many of them in the lane or in transition.“Early on, we were very good offensively,” Dixon said. “We were getting layups, getting open looks and playing the way we want to play.”Alante Fenner led the Tigers with 11 points but Savannah State was never in it. The Tigers shot 31 percent (20 of 64) and were outrebounded 47-28.The Panthers are still two months away from making their ACC debut, giving Dixon plenty of time to figure out which pieces go where as he tries to mix in seven newcomers with holdovers Patterson, Robinson, Wright and Durand Johnson.“We’ve got experienced guys and we’ve got young guys,” Dixon said. “I could sit here and give you the speech … (but) these guys have got to be ready to play.”If Pitt is going to make a smooth transition from the Big East to its new digs, however, Robinson needs to be a bigger offensive threat after spending much of his freshman season deferring to senior Tray Woodall. Robinson spent a portion of the offseason working on improving a sometimes clunky jumper and becoming more aggressive with the ball in his hands.The early returns were promising.last_img read more