USC thrives in mid-season scrimmage

first_imgOne of the many corny sports idioms of the world is short, sweet and rhymed: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”Cliched, to be sure, but the saying rings true in the athletic realm. In an individual sport, such as tennis, however, these words may not be as applicable as they are in a team-oriented sport.So close · Freshman Max de Vroome (above) teamed with sophomore Eric Johnson to take second in the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFor USC’s men’s tennis team, though, different players seem to step up and make big plays each match. This weekend was no different. The No. 2 Trojans competed at the Pacific Coast Doubles championships in La Jolla, Calif., and this time it was the tandem of freshman Max de Vroome and sophomore Eric Johnson who led the way by placing second overall in a tournament with over 100 doubles teams competing.The exhibition tournament was the first time de Vroome and Johnson have paired up this season. After losing the doubles point in the past three matches, USC head coach Peter Smith recognized the need for a change in the lineup, so he switched up the partnerships at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots. De Vroome’s regular partner, sophomore Roberto Quiroz, paired up with his cousin, junior Emilio Gomez, who usually plays with Johnson.“Partnerships grow stale,” Smith said. “We want to see motivated guys.  When they’re energized and their feet are moving, everything’s better.”De Vroome and Johnson endured two close matches in the opening rounds of the tournament but found their rhythm and defeated teams from Cal, Rice and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College to reach the semifinals, in which they faced Stanford’s Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman, who usually play at the No. 3 spot for the Cardinal. De Vroome and Johnson rattled off an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win to put themselves in the finals.The Trojans faced UCLA’s No. 1 doubles pair of Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov in the finals. Until the finals, Giron and Novikov had dominated, not dropping a set throughout the whole tournament. De Vroome and Johnson became the first team to take a set over the Bruin pair but could not maintain momentum and ultimately fell in the championship match, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 4-6.The other new doubles team, composed of Quiroz and Gomez, defeated teams from Rice and Toledo before falling to USC assistant coach Kris Kwinta and his former doubles partner from UCLA. On a light-hearted note, Smith nicknamed the new tandem of Quiroz and Gomez “The Ecuadorians,” as both hail from Guayaquil, Ecuador.Junior Ray Sarmiento, who typically plays at the No. 1 doubles spot for USC with sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, played with volunteer assistant coach Peter Lucassen in the tournament. Hanfmann’s knee has been bothering him since the UCLA match on Feb. 22, and he did not travel with the team to San Diego. Sarmiento and Lucassen played well in their first two matches before falling to Stanford’s Romanowicz and Stineman. Sophomore Jonny Wang and junior Michael Grant also played two matches before being defeated by Adam Levie and Toki Sherbakov from UC Davis.This tournament also allowed some of the less experienced Trojans to get some time on the court. Senior Michael Tang and sophomore Nick Hoyle partnered up but lost in the first round. Additionally, junior Corey Smith played with his younger brother, Keegan, but the duo lost in the first match.The teams that were eliminated early spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the San Diego sunshine. The temperature hovered around 70 degrees each day and the waves crashed on the shore just a few steps away from the tennis courts. The players swam and kayaked in their spare time when they weren’t cheering their teammates on.Smith is confident that the trip to San Diego strengthened the team dynamic and that the Trojans will be stronger in doubles going forward.“This is the classic kind of half-way-through-the-season break where we do something a little different,” Smith said. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and arguably the most beautiful spot in the world. They definitely should come back to campus more relaxed.”USC’s next match is scheduled for March 8 against Pepperdine at Marks Stadium.last_img read more

RFRSH Entertainment raise €7.2m in new funding

first_imgRFRSH Entertainment, have announced they have raised €7.2m (£6.38m) in new funding from various sources. RFRSH are known in esports for backing Scandinavian CS:GO teams like Astralis, Heroic and GODSENT.The group is set to use the new capital to further their position as a ‘leading esports media house and live entertainment producer’. RFRSH have moved fast since forming in December 2016, seeing their leading brand Astralis win the ELEAGUE Major trophy in January. The new financial backing is set to allow the company to work on their other brands and “a unique series of media content and live events”, which are to be announced later on in the year. The investment comes from a range of sources, including previous Astralis investor Tommy Ahlers. The round also includes capital from the founder of Unity Technologies David Helgason, the founders of Supercell and VC firm Creandum. The Swedish based company is known for investing in many successful technology firms including Spotify and iZettle.Nikolaj Nyholm, Founder and CEO of RFRSH said: “Since the launch RFRSH has been through a tremendous development. We have built an extremely competent and experienced organization with deep roots in esports, live entertainment and the pro sports industry, and we’re underway with a number of new concepts to be introduced over the last half of 2017. This will include the launch of a range of new unique content and media packages, game changing live events and a further strengthening of the organization around the CS:GO teams benefiting the teams, fans and the partners.”Simon Schmincke, Partner of Creandum, stated: “We have no doubt that the RFRSH organization  is in the perfect position to take esports live entertainment a step up, and we are confident that the platforms being developed by the team will become a major channel for endemic as well as non-endemic brands to reach a new and younger audience, who is no longer active via traditional media channels. We believe this is the chance to elevate esports content on the next level.”Full press releases are available at RFRSH and Creandum.Esports Insider says: Big news for the entertainment company as they move to become a larger power in the space. With this new extra funding the opportunities from RFRSH are set to grow in number very quickly, and we will keep a close eye on what they’re set to offer!last_img read more

Frontier Services Fully Restored

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA final update has been released- and it’s a pretty good one for Frontier customers. Frontier Internet and phone services in the city of Alpena have finally been restored.The service interruption happened after a contractor for the city of Alpena accidentally cut fiber optic cables during the reconstruction of Third Avenue.This knocked out services for more than 4,000 Frontier customers.The problems started on tuesday April 11th. After working 24/7, and even in the rain, crews were able to fully restore services on April 16th.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Frontier, Restored, Services, UpdateContinue ReadingPrevious Upcoming Fisheries WorkshopNext MSP Educates Drivers On Distracted Drivinglast_img read more

EPL’s Ghanaians: How Jordan, Andre, Schlupp fared on Saturday

first_imgBenin international Rudy Gestede got the nod to lead Aston Villa’s lines in their English Premier League game at Crystal Palace on Saturday, while rising Ghana star Jordan Ayew watched from the bench.Villa lost the game 2-1 with Gestede playing all 90 minutes alongside Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, while Villa’s new Malian signing Adama Traore joined fray in the 69th minute without being able to save his team.Villa’s goal came courtesy of an own goal scored by another Senegal star Pape Souare.Jordan, who joined Villa from French club FC Lorient this summer, started the first two games of the season ahead of a not fully fit Gestede.Meanwhile Jordan’s older brother Andre Ayew put in a full shift for Swansea City as they drew 1-1 at Sunderland. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who scored in the opening two games of the season, was looking to make it three goals in three games, but he was denied his chance by the woodwork in the second half after his bullet header had beaten the goalkeeper.Another Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp played all 90 minutes for Leicester City who held visiting Tottenham 1-1. Fellow Black Stars teammates Christian Atsu and Kwesi Appiah of Bournemouth and Palace respectively did not make their sides’ squads because of injuries.CLICK TO READ: Algeria’s Mahrez is EPL top scorer, Mali’s Sako impresses on debut–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Russell Martin goes to injured list with flareup of lower back issue

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Martin is on anti-inflammatory medication and Roberts said the team will be better to assess how much time he will miss after a few days’ rest.“Hopefully in the next coming days, it will dissipate,” Roberts said.To replace Martin on the active roster, the Dodgers promoted Rocky Gale from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gale was 2 for 6 in three games with OKC to start the season. He was the choice over top catching prospects Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith because of the limited playing time available. Austin Barnes started eight of the first 13 games and will assume even more of the workload with Martin sidelined.“(Gale) is a great receiver and can execute a gameplan,” Roberts said. “I see him (Barnes) taking down the night games and Rocky with the day games. But we can change.“We’re going to lean on Austin but obviously still need to be mindful because we still have a long way to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think we know the type of player he is,” Roberts said. “Obviously to go out there and do it is a different thing. But our intent all along … you have him up here as a young player to get at-bats, to get starts.”Before the four-game series in St. Louis, Roberts said he planned to give off days to Justin Turner, Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger. Bellinger is the only one left and will likely not be in the starting lineup for the day game Thursday – meaning another start for Verdugo.“We’ve had a lot of conversations about giving himself the best chance to have success as a young player in the major leagues, a bench player and that’s to prepare and have a routine every day, to be ready for whatever is asked of him,” Roberts said. “So when things of – he should be starting more and this and that – gets cloudy in someone’s head, it gets foggy and that’s where it starts to go down. So for a young player to have clarity to go along with his enthusiasm, that leads to success.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 1-0, 6.75 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP Michael Wacha, 0-0, 1.54 ERA), Thursday, 10:15 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img ST. LOUIS — A lower back problem that has bothered him at times flared up again and landed Russell Martin on the injured list Wednesday.The 36-year-old Martin was sidelined briefly during spring training with the same issue and blamed it on overdoing a hitting drill. This time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it flared up while Martin was taking ground balls during the team’s pre-game workout.“Talking to Russ, he’s had it happen before, most recently in spring training,” Roberts said. “It’s something where there wasn’t one specific incident. He was taking ground balls like he does all the time. Ball right at him, just bent over and it just sort of spasmed on him.“From what he says, it typically takes him a week to get back. So for us, it was a no-brainer with the IL.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Gale has played in 17 big-league games with the San Diego Padres (2015 and 2017) and Dodgers last year (three games).INJURED LEFTIESClayton Kershaw was scheduled to travel back to St. Louis on Wednesday and rejoin the Dodgers after pitching six innings for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Roberts said the Dodgers have not decided yet whether Kershaw will start for them Sunday or Monday.“We’ll see which day makes the most sense,” Roberts said. “But the next step is to pitch for us.”Rich Hill is scheduled to throw a three- or four-inning sim game when the team returns to Los Angeles on Friday. The next step will likely be a rehab start in the minors next week and possibly activation from the injured list after that.“That’s what I expect to happen,” Roberts said. “Because his arm strength is good. I saw his bullpen yesterday, he’s throwing the heck out of it. To have one sim game, up and down a few times, see how he responds – I don’t see why he wouldn’t be ready to go out on a rehab and come back to us.”Hyun-Jin Ryu threw on flat ground Wednesday, testing his injured groin muscle. He will do the same on Friday in Los Angeles, likely with more intensity simulating his delivery.“He said he feels good,” Roberts said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and we’ll put him in a bullpen to get down the slope. Then hopefully he’ll be ready to go.”DOOGIE DAYSAlex Verdugo made his fourth start in six games Wednesday. The rookie outfielder started the season with seven hits in his first 16 at-bats, five for extra bases. But Roberts said that didn’t necessarily earn him more playing time.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Enes Kanter says Zion Williamson is ‘overhyped,’ calls him ‘Julius Randle with hops’

first_imgWhoa. Pause.”I feel like he’s Julius Randle with hops.”@EnesKanter on Zion Williamson— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 26, 2019Julius Randle is a solid player in his own right. He had an excellent year for the Pelicans in 2018-19, putting up career-highs in points per game (21.4) and three-point percentage (34) to go along with 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.  NBA free agency rumors: Lakers rooting for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets Enes Kanter is making headlines for saying something controversial once again.The center has never been shy about expressing his views and unleashed his latest hot take during a recent stop Wednesday on the “Herd with Colin Cowherd.” And, let’s not forget, Randle had a monster game when Kanter and the Trail Blazers came to town with a stat-line of: 45 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and three blocks. Julius Randle!45 PTS20-34 FG11 REB6 AST3 BLK2 STL2— (@Ballislife) June 26, 2019Randle was not having any of it, taking to Twitter to remind Kanter of his dominant performance and telling him to ‘relax bro.’Yo @EnesKanter last time you guarded me I had 45 relax bro lol— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 26, 2019The NBA offseason has officially arrived. Buckle up.center_img NBA free agency rumors: Pelicans may be willing to give Al Horford a ‘lucrative deal’ “I like Zion Williamson,” Cowherd told Kanter. “He can pass, he’s big, he’s strong. I think he’s got a magnetism — you think he’s overrated.””I kind of feel like he’s overhyped,” Kanter responded. “I feel like he’s Julius Randle with hops.” Related Newslast_img read more

One of the greatest Legends of BH Football Asim Ferhatovic Hase was born on January 24

first_imgAsim Ferhatovic Hase is one of the greatest legends of FC Sarajevo. He played a total of 600 football matches and scored 400 goals for FC Sarajevo.He made his debut in the jersey of FC Sarajevo in the match against Zagreb back in 1952. Despite the fact that he was the best player of FC Sarajevo and one of the best players in Yugoslavia, he played only one match for the representation of the former country.He was chosen as one of the best athletes of BiH several times. In the season 1963/64, he was the best scorer of former First league of Yugoslavia with 19 goals, and he was the member of generation of FC Sarajevo that won championship of Yugoslavia in 1967.There are numerous legends about him. People used to say that he had dribbled past five players and goalkeeper, came to goal line, turned towards his selector, who did not like him, shoot the ball into the field and said to selector: “Now you score it!”His moves were topic of all conversations for days. One anecdote related to him was a comment of radio reporter Mirko Kamenjasevic: Dear listeners, until they take ball from our Hase, feel free to listen to the music from our studio!Asim Ferhatovic passed away on January 24, 1987 in Sarajevo. His influence has not been forgotten, and today, the Olympic Stadium Kosevo is named after him, as well as the street near that stadium.(Source: read more

Tri-State Coaches Meet at West Mifflin

first_imgWPIAL STANDOUT—Gateway’s Montae Nicholson won the 110 meter hurdles and the Long Jump events at the Tri-State Coaches Meet at West Mifflin.  (Photos by William McBride)In an earlier meet this month leading up to the WPIAL finals Gateway’s Montae Nicholson won the 110 meter hurdles and the Long Jump events at the Tri-State Coaches Meet at West Mifflin. Nicholson is a Michigan State football recruit and plans on running track for the Spartans also.CLOSE RACE—Ally Bartoszewicz, Center, of Vincentian Academy edged out Jasmine Jones, left, of Hempfield and Taylor McCorkle of Oakland Catholic in the 100 meter dash at the Tri State Coaches Meetlast_img

PNG’s top three snooker players to leave for Australia

first_imgPNG champion, Geua John, Helen Samuel and Madeleine Kaina will go up against Australia’s best in the Championships that is sanctioned by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF).The trio will be managed by Women in Snooker President, Bobbie McCarthy.PNG Billiards and Snooker Association (PNGBSA) vice president, John Chan said the Championships will provide the opportunity for the three to gauge where they are on the international level.He added that there will not a men’s team sent to the Championships.The Championships will run from the 8th- 11th of October. The trio will return the next day to Port Moresby.last_img

MPs, former GRDB members

first_img… released on 0,000 bail each… lawyers argue politically inspired charges, lack of evidenceSix former members of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were on Friday charged with fraudulent omission. The charge came one day after they had been summoned by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for questioning in relation to the operations of the GRDB between the years 2011 and 2015.People’s Progressive Party Members of Parliament Dharamkumar Seeraj and Nigel Dharamlall; former Deputy General Manager of GRDB, Ricky Ramraj; former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh; former GRDB Board member Badrie Persaud; and former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine, appeared on Friday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer a string of charges to which they were not required to plead.The first charge they face allege that, in 2011, the defendants omitted to enter some $52 million in the GRDB ledger; while the second charge stated that the then board members omitted to enter a sum of $77.3 million into the said ledger.Other charges read that between the years 2014 and 2015, the sums of $130 million, $9.7 million and $145 million were respectively omitted from the GRDB register.The former members of the GRDB were flanked by executive members of the PPP/C, who flooded the courtroom in support of their comrades. They were represented by a team of attorneys comprising Priya Manickchand, Anil Nandlall, Sase Gunraj and Glenn Hanoman.The defendants were each placed on $500,000 bail by the Chief Magistrate, who cast a deaf ear to the pleas of the lawyers to have their clients released on their own recognizance.PoliticsSpeaking to media operatives following the proceedings, Nandlall contended that the charges should not have been instituted because there allegedly is no evidence to support them.He questioned why only five persons were selected from a 16-member board and charged.And Opposition Parliamentarian and Attorney-at-law, Priya Manickchand, deemed the charges “politically inspired” by the APNU/AFC government in efforts to shut down the Opposition and distract the country from Government’s failed policies and mismanagement.last_img read more