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Women of Troy win tournament, remain undefeated

first_imgThe skill of the USC women’s water polo team was on full display this past weekend as the Women of Troy swept through the competition to win first place at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, California.The No. 3-ranked Women of Troy (6-0) made quick work of their matches over the weekend, using their depth to steamroll their first three opponents while putting up a big 10-5 defensive win over No. 6-ranked UC Irvine in the championship game. With the victory over the Anteaters, USC claimed its third straight Triton Invitational title.USC poured on the offense throughout the tournament as the Women of Troy continued to scorch the back of the net racking up a total of 66 goals scored compared to just 13 goals allowed. Furthermore, USC’s scoring distribution was spread among 15 different players on the weekend, with six freshmen and five sophomores all notching goals in at least one game.Ultimately, the Women of Troy’s scoring attack and strong defensive presence in the cage helped secure USC’s first tournament win of the season.“You know, we played pretty well,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “In every game we scored over ten goals. We played good defense throughout the tournament. Overall, it was a very good tournament for us.”Depth was something that the 12-time National Coach of the Year harped on at the beginning of the season. Despite the youth on the roster with 13 freshmen and two transfers, Vavic believed that the talent throughout the roster was showcased over the weekend.“We have a really good balance,” Vavic said. “We have pretty good centers, good outside shooters. Monica Vavic and Stephanie Haralabidis both scored 14 goals in the tournament, Melissa Bergesen scored nine, and loanna Haralabidis and Jenny Stiefel scored seven, so those are our leading scorers. We also have girls contributing in many other ways, stealing the ball and assists. It was a big team effort.”To kick off the two-day tournament hosted by UC San Diego, the Women of Troy started off with an early morning match against Cal State East Bay. The last time the two squads met, USC handed the Pioneers a 26-4 loss at this same tournament two years ago. It would be more of the same story in 2015, as the No. 3 seeded Women of Troy used their balanced scoring attack to rack up an easy 22-4 victory against the Pioneers   (1-4).USC came out of the gates hot, blanking East Bay by a score of 6-0 at the end of the first frame and creating a 9-2 lead by the end of the second. The Women of Troy would eventually pull away in the second half, scoring eight goals in the third period and adding five more in the fourth. In addition to senior driver Monica Vavic’s game-high seven goals, seven different players would score in the match, with junior newcomer Melissa Bergesen adding a career-high six goals in just her third game as a Trojan.Later in the day, the team played its second match against Big West foe and No. 15-ranked Long Beach State. The 49ers, winners of an earlier match against No. 14-ranked Michigan, were ultimately no match for the high-powered USC offense. The Women of Troy rolled out to a 10-0 advantage by halftime with six different scorers in the books, and at one point led by 13 goals. Sophomore driver Ioanna Haralabidis shared game-high honors with Vavic, scoring three goals apiece. In the end, the Women of Troy allowed just one goal in the afternoon, handing Long Beach State (1-5) its fifth loss in six games by a score of 15-1. After all was said and done, USC wrapped up the day with 11 different players notching goals, while freshman goalie Victória Chamorro tallied seven saves in just six periods in the cage.With their two wins on Saturday, USC advanced to the semifinals of the Triton Invitational where they played against another Big West team, the No. 11-ranked Cal State Northridge Matadors. In what would be yet another offensive onslaught and defensive lockdown in the pool, the Women of Troy showed no signs of any let down and blasted the Matadors from the start. USC scored five goals in the first period and four more in the second to head into halftime with a 9-0 lead. Northridge would get their first score with seven minutes left in the third frame, but it was all USC the rest of the way as the Women of Troy ran away with a 19-3 win at Triton Pool.Nine different players scored against CSUN                                                                              (3-3), led by sophomore driver Haralabidis’ five goals.Monica Vavic and freshman Courtney Batcheller contributed three goals each, while Stephania’s twin sister Ioanna and freshman Sydney Blubaugh pitched in two goals apiece. Jennifer Stiefel, Brianna Daboub, Hayley McKelvey and Jayde Appel all added one each. After scoring the first nine goals of the game, USC never looked back, building up its 19-3 large margin win. With the final whistle blown, the Women of Troy had punched their ticket to the championship game against No. 6 UC Irvine later in the day.It was a perfect setting for an afternoon showdown in La Jolla, as the game for first place at the Triton Invitational featured two of the top three seeds in the tournament.        No. 3 USC battled UC Irvine, who had defeated No. 5-ranked Arizona State earlier in the day. The Anteaters ultimately ran into a staunch USC defense, as the Women of Troy took control from the opening whistle and never looked back. Senior                      All-American Eike Daube scored on the first drive just 30 seconds into the match, while Stephania Haralabidis chipped in three more goals by the end of the first quarter. The Women of Troy built a 9-3 lead at the end of the third period, and UCI would never recover. USC went on to win first place in the tournament by a score of 10-5 over the Anteaters (5-3). Stephania Haralabidis led the team with five total goals, while Daube, Brigitta Games, Vavic, Stiefel and Melissa Bergesen added one each. While it was its lowest scoring game of the tournament, USC had no problem relying on its defense to secure a win.The corps of USC goalies allowed a total of just 13 goals in four matches, with freshman Chamorro, junior Alegra Hueso and sophomore Melanie Slater all seeing meaningful playing time, while multiple Trojan defenders wreaked havoc on the opposing teams.“That was some very good production that we had, especially from Victória as a freshman,” Vavic said. “I thought as the tournament went on, we played better defense. Some games we were excellent on defense. Against Long Beach, they scored only one goal and then today against Irvine, we were doing a good job helping each other out and helping out two-meter defenders.”In addition to winning a            third-straight Triton Invitational title, it was a weekend to remember for senior captain and First Team All-American Vavic, who continued to climb up the ranks in USC’s record book for career goals scored. Her 10 goals on Saturday propelled her to a tie with former Olympian and Peter J. Cutino Award Winner Moriah Van Norman    (2003-2006) at No. 3 all-time with 215 career goals, and her four goals on Sunday allowed her to take sole control of the title with 219 career goals. Vavic only needs five more to surpass No. 2 all-time Sofia Konoukh’s (2001-2003) 224 career goals.With their four wins over the weekend, the No. 3 Women of Troy remain undefeated and improved their record to 6-0 on the season. USC will now look ahead to next weekend when they travel to Riverside for the Lancer Invitational on Feb. 13 and 14. The Women of Troy will kick off the tournament by facing the host Cal Baptist Lancers on Saturday          (Feb. 13) at 4 p.m.last_img read more

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Women’s hockey dominates on offense, forces key turnovers

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin women’s hockey had dominating offensive performances this weekend against Boston University.Wisconsin controlled the puck for the majority of both games against the Terriers and had many more scoring opportunities as well. The Badgers had 80 shots on goal in the series, while Boston had nearly half the number of shots with 43.In the Badgers’ series finale a week ago against the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin was outshot by 18, but they were still able to win 6-3. There was no question UW flipped the switch this weekend after not being content with that performance a week ago.Saturday afternoon the Badgers played well early in the game, but weren’t able to capitalize on many of their scoring opportunities. By staying persistent and keeping the Terriers on their heels, they were able to break the game open in the third period.“If you’re getting good quality opportunities, you can’t get frustrated,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “When we had the five on three [power play] and I called a timeout, it gave us a chance to really take charge of the game. Unfortunately we didn’t score on that sequence with the five on three and then five on four that followed, but it gave us a little bit of energy because we had a bunch of quality opportunities.”Brianna Decker was a huge part of the Badgers success, as she recorded a hat trick in Saturday’s game. She had a crucial goal early in the third period that gave Wisconsin a 3-1 lead and was the first of four goals for UW in the third period.“When you score it creates energy, and when you get scored on it takes it away. So we were able to capitalize a couple times in the third period,” Johnson said.The Badgers’ tough defense and conditioning were also factors in Wisconsin’s offensive dominance. They forced Boston into many quick turnovers in its own defensive zone that lead to great scoring opportunities for UW and forced the Terriers into committing penalties as well.“I think our speed has a lot to do with it and also our conditioning,” Brianna Decker said. “I think they kind of got tired, so they got lazy, which caused them to take the penalties.”Boston committed six penalties on Saturday, mostly from attempts to stop Wisconsin on breakaways from turnovers.Offense and defense are typically closely related in how the play of one can have a great effect on how well a team performs on the other. Johnson touched on how the two are related, since tough defense was key in the Badgers’ offensive success.“The philosophy is if you play well on your end, you’ll probably spend most of your time at the other team’s end,” Johnson said. “The fun part about a game is in the offensive zone, and if you work hard in the defensive zone, you’ll probably play more time in the offensive zone.”Forwards Hilary Knight and Decker consistently perform well for Wisconsin, but younger and lesser known players like freshmen Blayre Turnbull also had great performances in the series. Turnbull had two goals Saturday, and sophomore Brittany Ammerman tallied two goals of her own in Friday’s contest.“A little bit of icing on the cake for Blayre tonight in regards that she was able to score a couple goals, and certainly that’s going to help her confidence and certainly going to make her feel good,” Johnson said.Johnson has to be pleased with how his team dominated offensively against a top five-ranked school in BU, but he understands there are many challenges that lie ahead for Wisconsin.“You’ve built yourself into a group that is playing at a high level because of the competition,” Johnson said. “Now you can’t just relax or you take a step back and think that, well, we’re just playing this team that’s not ranked and we’re going to win – it doesn’t work that way.”last_img read more

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Yu Darvish responds to MLB punishment of Astros: When’s the parade?

first_imgFormer Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who absorbed much of the blame for the team’s failure to win the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros, had some lighthearted fun on Twitter Monday after the Astros were hit with severe punishment from Major League baseball for devising and engaging in a sophisticated scheme to steal their opponents’ signs.Darvish, who lasted just five outs and 47 pitches and left the Dodgers with a five-run deficit in his dreadful Game 7 start against Houston, tweeted that he would “love to join” if the Dodgers were planning a parade to celebrate a World Series win some would suggest they were cheated out of by the Astros.Whicker: MLB’s punishment of Astros was the least it could doIn what’s been called the sport’s largest scandal since the Biogenesis drug suspensions in 2013, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season. Hinch and Luhnow were both fired by the Astros within hours of Manfred’s announcement, and the Astros were fined $5 million and will forfeit their next two first- and second-round draft picks. Darvish’s wife Seiko, a four-time World Champion wrestler for Japan while known as Seiko Yamamoto, also chimed in: The Dodgers issued a statement Monday night essentially saying they would have nothing to say on the matter, indicating that MLB has asked the club “not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series and will have no further comment at this time.”There are no parade plans, of course, but if there were … So let me get this right. You steal signs and get fired, but you do steroids and get millions of dollars in contracts and inducted into the Hall of Fame? #makesnosense— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) January 13, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Manfred indicated that Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora— the Astros bench coach in 2017 and a former Dodgers player — will face equal or more severe punishment. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros. The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when the Red Sox beat the Dodgers to win the World Series.Reaction to the news was swift, and the prevailing sentiment is that the Astros are getting what they deserve. A sampling:center_img I’d like my career numbers against Altuve, Springer, and Correa erased from the record books. Seriously though, it’s bad. Can they do that?— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) January 13, 2020The Associated Press contributed to this report.  I’m all for stealing signs… I use to love watching coaches trying to pick up patterns from opposing coaches…zooming in on catchers fingers w a camera 👎🏻 get a guy on second and do it the old fashion way!— Jered Weaver (@Weave1036) January 13, 2020 I’ve been told Astros 2017 title was worth about an extra $60M. Not just extra gear sold, but ticket price increase, larger crowds next season, higher prices to sponsors for being associated with the champs, price of commercials for radio and TV broadcasts spike, etc.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) January 14, 2020 Didn’t really expect the punishments to be this harsh. Good for MLB stepping up. Still don’t know what’s more frustrating tho, an ex teammate of the WS title team talking publicly about his team cheating or so many guys being down to use a damn trash can lol. Should take the ring— David Freese (@david23freese) January 13, 2020last_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Phillies have ‘investigated the possibility’ of dealing for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke

first_imgThe Phillies continue to search for a pitcher.Philadelphia has “investigated the possibility of trading for” Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia. MLB trade rumors: Phillies have been ‘in contact with every team that has pitching available’ MLB trade rumors: Rangers ‘likely’ to move Mike Minor; Phillies, Brewers interested in starter The 35-year-old right-hander holds a 10-4 record with a 2.95 ERA in 20 starts so far this season. He has struck out 114 and walked just 16 in 128 innings pitched.Greinke, a six-time All-Star, signed a massive six-year, $206.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks in December 2015. He has also pitched for the Royals, Brewers, Angels and Dodgers over his 16-year career. Related News The 37th pitcher to reach 2,500 career strikeouts.#TipOfTheCap , Zack Greinke. pic.twitter.com/6bE9e07PzC— MLB (@MLB) May 22, 2019The Diamondbacks entered play Thursday with a 49-47 record. They trail the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games in the National League West and are just a 1/2-game out of the second wild-card spot.The Phillies, meanwhile, came into the season with high expectations, however, they’ve been inconsistent so far.Philadelphia has reportedly been “in contact with every team that has pitching available,” but president Andy MacPhail said the team might not be willing to trade top prospects for frontline players. “Hard for us to make the judgment now that we’re one trade away from the World Series,” MacPhail told reporters last week, via MLB.com. “We don’t believe that. I don’t believe that. So, as a result, you’re going to have to be more judicious with your playing talent. It doesn’t mean you can’t make a different type of deal, doesn’t mean you can’t make a deal where a component is taking on somebody’s salary.”The Phillies have been linked to the Rangers’ Mike Minor, Tigers ace Matthew Boyd and Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, as well. Giants’ Madison Bumgarner discusses trade rumors: ‘I feel like I’ve done a good job of blocking it out’last_img read more

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Iowa lawmakers push ahead on abortion bills despite rulings

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican lawmakers are moving forward with bills to limit or even eliminate abortions despite recent court rulings that struck down previous abortion restrictions.A Senate subcommittee last week approved a bill that would ban virtually all abortions by declaring a human being’s life begins at conception, and that such a person is due all rights and protections of the state and federal constitutions. Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen calls it an extreme and dangerous bill.Other abortion bills approved last week would elevate the prison sentences for anyone convicted of terminating a human pregnancy and deny federal funds administered by the state for sex education programs conducted by any organization that performs abortions.A constitutional amendment that declares no right to an abortion in the Iowa Constitution also remains on the legislative agenda.Some Republicans, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, vowed last week to seek an abortion ban despite court defeats.last_img read more

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Palace sign United defender Fosu-Mensah on loan

first_img“The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad, which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away.” he told the club’s website.“I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club.“I am only 19 years old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development.”Palace open their Premier League campaign at home to Huddersfield Town on SaturdayShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace signed Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a season-long loan on Thursday.Fosu-Mensah will link up with new Eagles boss and fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer ahead of the new Premier League season.The 19-year-old has made 21 appearances for United and still has a future at Old Trafford after being given a new contract in October.Fosu-Mensah, who can also operate in midfield, is hoping to learn plenty from his time with Palace.last_img read more

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Dragon Boats Glide On Budd Inlet

first_imgBy Kathryn MillhornNot many sports require dotting I’s before you can begin.  Or ‘eyes’, in the case of Dragon Boat races.  Legend has it that a dragon was carved in ancient China which was so realistic the artist refused to dot its eyes, for fear it would fly away.  When he did, at the urging of the people, away it soared, as do the magically carved and painted boats in each race hosted at the annual Saint Martin’s University’s Dragon Boat Festival.This year’s festival, to be held at Port Plaza on Budd Inlet Saturday, April 27, will be no different.  32 teams will compete:  12 competitive, 8 intermediate, and 12 community teams (with little or no experience).  Each team contains up to 20 rowers, with a drummer and steerperson, using boats provided by the Washington Dragon Boat Association.  Teams come from Seattle and Portland, as well as around Puget Sound and Olympia, and are comprised of high school teams, cancer survivors, retirees, businesses, a school district, and Tumwater city employees.  No formal training is required but community teams are required to attend 1-2 practices sessions (1 ½ hour each) while intermediate and competitive teams practice independently.  Participants in this free festival receive t-shirts and medals as well as a day filled with spectators, booths, and community.Josephine Yung, Saint Martin’s Vice President of the Office of International Programs and Development, facilitated the first such festival in 2005.  She has become a fan of the sport, acknowledging that “The more I learned about dragon boat racing, the more fascinated I was of the sport that traces back to two thousand years ago in China.  The event promotes cultural diversity, team-spirit and community togetherness.  I felt offering a fun, free, family-oriented cultural festival was a good way for Saint Martin’s University to give back to the community – a community that we have been a part of since 1895.”Anyone interested in dragon boating can try out practices for free courtesy of the Washington Dragon Boat Association.  In Olympia, volunteers meet at the Swantown Marina (1102 Marine Drive NE, Dock A) on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons.  Questions can be directed to Shiela Marsh at 253-302-0316.  Life jackets and paddles are provided, dress to get splashed and bring a love of the water!But beware, paddling in the great Northwest has its crazy moments.  According to one practice log for the Sea Otters Dragon Boat Team:  “great practice today…. sun, when we left the dock, wind when we were out in the open, drenching rain as we were coasting into the dock and piercing hail as we were tying up… all on a Sunday afternoon!!…but it feels so good to be on the water!”Photos courtesy of Steven Herppich Photography Facebook101Tweet0Pin7last_img read more

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Men’s hockey showdown today

first_imgBladez men, who are dominating with seven wins and one lose, are looking to extend their lead this weekend against the second-placed United Men.As was the case, Uniteds are trailing behind by 3 points with six wins, one lose and one draw.With only three points separating the sides from first and second placings, it will give both teams an incentive to win.With Bladez’s formidable defense and forward pack attacks, a good finish is what is expected with a consolation of extending their points on the ladder.Uniteds will be controlling their game flow from centre half to forwards, allowing them to dominate most defenses with skills as they maintain a regular starting team and make constant changes to hold off the Bladez attacks.It will be a highly-energised game for the weekend as both sides go head to head for the top of the table clash.last_img read more

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Tobacco legislation Final draft for Cabinet approval at next meeting – Norton

first_imgWith the Tobacco Legislation already having two sessions of consultation at Cabinet level, the Minister of Health is hoping that the final draft will be approved at the next meeting and will make its way to Parliament for final debating.As the government is embarking on a number of initiatives to promote a healthier Guyana, the legislation has been on top of the agenda of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) since it is believed this will increase the productivity of the country’s population.Guyana Times speaking with Health Minister Dr George Norton on Sunday, learned that the legislation has been going through Cabinet and amendments are being made to produce the final draft.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonAccording to Dr Norton, after the proposal was made the draft was taken to Cabinet at one of its meetings and there had been discussions on how this can be modified.Subsequent to this, the draft had passed through the legal draftsman who did the necessary alterations.Dr Norton related to Guyana Times that at the next meeting of Cabinet he is hoping this will be the final draft that will be sent to Parliament for further analysis and consultations: “I am hoping that before this session is completed, the bill is taken before Parliament and made (into) law because this is something that I am genuinely anxious about.”However, the minister is optimistic that, when presented to Parliament it will get approval to become law since its benefits and importance are clearly outlined with a direct link on the positive impact it will have on the population.Norton further added that this is an initiative that is of utmost value since the country’s human resources should be given preference when it comes to ensuring their healthy lifestyles.Noting how crucial it is to raise a healthy generation, he related that not only because of his personal take on the issue was the legislation drafted but also the obvious benefits of having such a bill passed.Norton’s remarks come on the heels of comments made by People’s Progressive Party parliamentary spokesperson on Health Dr Frank Anthony about the slow pace at which the government was taking to lay the Tobacco legislation in the National Assembly.Anthony had said in observation of World Tobacco Day last month, that government should stop giving lip service to the need to introduce stricter legislations on tobacco usage.In April, Junior Minister of Health Dr Karen Cummings had made the announcement that the ministry is mulling legislation that will modify how readily available tobacco is for purchase.She had affirmed that the ministry is not bent on banning its use but is rather keen on ensuring that the consumption of tobacco is significantly decreased.Cummings went on to add that this would not only be for the betterment of the country’s population but also for the government as it relates to finances having to be exhausted on medical supplies and drugs to treat persons who come down with an illness because of their consumption of the substance.There had been a stir of conflicts subsequent to the announcement many questioning the fall of the tobacco industry if the legislation becomes law.Nonetheless, the ministry had affirmed that it will continue to work alongside government to implement initiatives that will target the healthy growth and productivity of the human resources.last_img read more

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Jessyca Holland eager to return to the octagon after first fight

first_imgHolland is hoping to step back into the octagon as soon as possible, and is open to anything including jiu-jitsu competitions, kick boxing or anything else that comes her way. Holland says that even though it was great stepping into the octagon for the first time, she feels it was a fight that got away from her.“It was awesome, but it should have been my fight. I have to give her props though. I had a reach on her, I just didn’t finish. I’m planning on having a rematch; I want one,” she emphasized. “I can’t wait to do it again.”Despite losing, Holland knows what she would have done differently during the match.- Advertisement -“I watched the video, I should have just finished. In the first round I had her, and if I would have kept my distance and kept moving so that she couldn’t clinch me, it would have changed everything. That was my fault though, and I’ve learned from it.The butterflies were present for Holland as she was entering her first fight.“It was something else; I’ve never felt that way before. When I was warming up I couldn’t stay still. I was excited and maybe lost some energy from that.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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