Women of Troy suffer rare home loss to Washington

first_imgIn the midst of what USC head coach Mick Haley is calling the toughest stretch of the season, the USC women’s volleyball team fell 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 22-24) to the University of Washington on Sunday, losing for the second time in three matches after an 11-match winning streak. USC suffered its first home loss of the season and snapped a 16-match win streak at the Galen Center, with the team’s previous defeat coming in a 3-0 loss to Oregon on Sept. 21, 2012.Not enough · USC senior outside hitter Sara Shaw posted 14 kills, 14 digs and one ace in the Women of Troy’s 3-1 loss to Washington. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanHaley, who noted the particular importance of serving and passing in games against the Huskies (17-1, 9-1 Pac-12), didn’t hesitate in identifying Washington as the better team.“They won the serving and passing war,” Haley said. “They served better and tougher. Our offense was okay. We still had enough kills to win. It was our inability to keep them off the net to help our defense.”Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio led USC (18-3, 8-2) with 16 kills, but hit just .222 and committed eight errors. Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw recorded a season-high 14 kills, and senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard also hit double digits with 12. The USC defense, however, failed to contain the Washington attack, as outside hitter Krista Vansant notched a backbreaking 22 kills.“We didn’t have enough fight, and I think we would have been able to outlast Washington if we pushed them to a fifth set,” senior libero Natalie Hagglund said. “Like I said last week, we need to do the little things right, like passing and proper setting. We need to focus on playing good volleyball and dominating the basic skills.”Both teams played a hotly contested first set, and USC appeared to be pulling away after going up 20-16 on an Olgard kill. But the Huskies stormed back and tied the game 23-all before a kill and USC error sealed the first set for the visitors 25-23.After dropping the opening set for just the third time all season, the Women of Troy recovered in the second. USC turned a 19-17 deficit into a 20-19 lead with a three-point run punctuated by Bricio’s sole ace of the match. Shaw brought up set point with a kill, after which Olgard knocked down a kill to conclude the frame 25-23.The Women of Troy failed to sustain any momentum coming out of the break, however, as Washington posted leads of 11-6 and then 16-9 in the third set. USC never came within less than five points of the lead after that, and Washington ended it on a Vansant kill to go up 2-1.USC looked determined to send the match to a tiebreaker as they stormed ahead 10-4 on a Shaw ace and Olgard kill. The Huskies, however, stunned everyone in the building with 10 consecutive points and went up 14-10. A Bricio kill later put USC behind 20-21, but Washington ended any hopes of a comeback and clinched the match on another kill from Vansant to give USC its third loss of the season.“It was a strange match because we should have won the first set and they should have won the second set. Neither happened,” Haley said. “We made seven errors between points 17 and 25, and that’s how we lost [the first set]. We didn’t come out with any intensity for the third set, and that’s a big problem for us.”The Women of Troy will have little time to dwell on the loss, as they head north to take on Stanford on Wednesday and California on Friday. As Haley noted, this stretch is especially tough for the players who are as focused on academics as the game itself.“If we don’t learn from this, we could lose three in a row here,” Haley said. “We won’t have any chance to practice for Stanford or Cal because we need to recover. I have to give them time to study and recover as well. As much as they hate losing and as much as I hate losing, it’s an opportunity to look at our errors. We gave Washington so many unforced errors in that match.”Wednesday’s match against Stanford is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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Real Madrid unveil Hazard at Santiago Bernabéu after move from Chelsea [Photos]

first_imgReal Madrid have unveiled star signing Eden Hazard at the Santiago Bernabéu following his big-money move from Chelsea.The player told reporters that he had ‘fulfilled his dream’ as he appeared before a packed stadium in Madrid’s famous white jersey.Hazard completed the obligatory keepy-up session with very little fuss after which he did a lap of the huge stadium, kicking ceremonial footballs into the crowd as he went.He then stopped for a couple of selfies, initially with him pointing at the Real Madrid badge before obliging the fans’ request of kissing the badge.“My aim is to enjoy myself out there an win matches of course because at Real Madrid we have to win as many titles as possible. Hopefully I can write a new page at Real Madrid,” Hazard said.“To be honest, I was focused with Chelsea last season but I know Real Madrid’s last season was full of highs and lows but that’s normal everywhere. The hunger to win titles now is greater, I hope I can help.”“A player can always improve, there’s no peak, there’s always room for improvement. I am sure, thanks to training and playing well, we will all improve. I can improve and being here can make me be a better player.”This season could be a defining one for Real after a disappointing campaign last time out, with many people sensing another era of the ‘Galacticos’.However, Hazard is staying grounded, stating that although he hopes to be considered one someday, he doesn’t see himself as a Galactico just yet.“Galactico? No, I’m not. maybe one day I’d like to be considered a Galactico but now I am Eden Hazard. It’s a new chapter and I need to start freshly but I think I am a very good player but not yet a galactic.”The player signed a five-year deal with Real in a deal that is reported to be in excess of £88m.The deal could reach or exceed £130m with the agreement of “significant” add ons.Belgium captain, Hazard had one year left on his current deal with the Stamford Bridge club and had consistently expressed his desire to move to the Spanish capital.Real Madrid had also been a long-time admirer of the forward, with manager Zinedine Zidane, expressing his appreciation for the player on numerous occasions. Hazard scored 21 goals and created 17 more as Chelsea finished third in the league and reached the finals of the Carabao Cup and the Europa League, winning the latter.Following the Europa League final in which he scored twice and created one more as Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final, the player said it was his wish to leave Stamford Bridge.“I think it is goodbye, but in football you never know,” the 28-year-old said after the final whistle in Baku. Madrid approached Chelsea over the possibility of a transfer last summer but the Blues were unwilling to lose their star player.They managed to however sign Hazard’s then-teammate at both club and international level, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.last_img read more

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With Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins hopes to chase a title while returning to All-Star form

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions It was the second playoff game of his nine-year NBA career, and for the first time in nearly 15 months, DeMarcus Cousins felt like himself again – the way he was before he had ruptured his Achilles tendon, sending him down a tedious recovery path that upended his career.Cousins joined the Warriors to face the Clippers in Game 2 of their best-of-seven first-round series last spring, telling people before tip-off that he felt a confidence that he had been missing for a long time. But he tore his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter that night, forcing the four-time All-Star to limp off the court in frustration and causing him to miss much of the postseason.The 28-year-old forward later said his second injury almost made him want to “throw the towel in,” and it’s understandable given how injuries have dogged him the last two seasons. But now after signing with the Lakers, a team he envisions competing for a championship, Cousins reflects on that brief moment of grace he felt before the game as a blessing.“It’s kind of a good thing because I know it’s possible to get back to that place,” he said Wednesday night in his first public interview since joining the Lakers. “That’s the positive I took out of that.” It will be yet another contract year for Cousins, which might add a certain strain for him to prove himself. But he said he’s not worried about his role or his production as much as he’s worried about his health. He said his quad injury, which he played through in the NBA Finals, is now “100 percent healed,” and that his top objective is to play all 82 games of the regular season.The Lakers are betting that Cousins can return to his All-Star form, and he wants to prove them right.“I’ve kind of been doubted my whole life,” he said. “I use that as fuel to continue to push every single day.”BERTKA GIVEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDBill Bertka, who is revered as both an architect and guide for some of the greatest Lakers teams of the last 50 years, received the Tex Winter Lifetime Achievement Award (named for another former Lakers assistant) from the National Basketball Coaches Association.Bertka was one of the first official scouts in the NBA, and as a Lakers assistant was known for coaching dominant big men: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal among them. At 91, Bertka still works for the Lakers as a scout and played a pivotal role in their decision to draft Kyle Kuzma in 2017.“Bill Bertka is an NBA coaching legend and a true basketball lifer,” Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said in a NBCA statement. “He is extremely passionate about his craft and has coached and mentored so many of our great NBA players from Wilt Chamberlain to Kobe Bryant.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Two years ago, it seemed that a much more lucrative contract was coming Cousin’s way: He was among the most consistently productive double-double men in the league, averaging 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds through his career in Sacramento and New Orleans. His injuries, particularly his Achilles rupture, have, to this point, seriously damaged his earning power.At one point during free agency, ESPN reported there was “not a market” for Cousins, despite the fact that he averaged 16 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors last season. It was challenging enough that Cousins decided to change representation in the middle of free agency, which he called “a difficult situation” because he remains close with his former agent.“Everything I’ve gone through in the past three years, it just helped me realize how fast this thing can be taken away from you,” he said. “I love it that much more. I’m grateful for every opportunity. I learned the hard way.”Cousins said he and Davis helped accentuate each others’ strengths in New Orleans, and to some degree, the statistics back that up. They had a plus-5.3 net rating when they shared the court, and Cousins averaged a career-best 5.4 assists during his second season with the Pelicans. Cousins said he’s excited to see how adding James to that mix – “one of the greatest players ever to play this game” – will help that gel even more.Of the rest of the roster, Cousins sees a true threat to win the title, provided the team builds the right way.“On paper, we look legit,” he said. “We look like we have a great chance of competing for a title. But it’s obvious that the game isn’t played on paper. It’s our job to come together, mesh, get on the same page, build the chemistry and go out and win games.”Related Articlescenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCousins, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound Alabama native who staked his reputation on bullying his way around the basket, has learned to look for the sunny side more over the past two years. For the second straight summer, he didn’t lock down the big-money contract he wanted. On the other hand, for the second straight summer, he’s joining a title contender.Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo, his former teammates from New Orleans, played a major role in luring him to Southern California. Davis, in particular, was persuasive, telling Cousins that he could win a title with the Lakers after falling short last year while suiting up for the Warriors.Cousins ruptured his Achilles tendon in January of 2018, in the middle of his first full season with Davis when they both were All-Star starters. He was not re-signed by the Pelicans that summer – and it left him feeling as though there was unfinished business in that pairing.“Me and A (Davis) have talked about it numerous times, about being teammates again,” Cousins said. “We never wanted it to end but everything happens for a reason. The opportunity presented itself and I chose to make it happen.”Cousins said he also had conversations with LeBron James and Lakers staff and management before agreeing to a reported one-year, $3.5 million deal. He told reporters he has no particular expectation to start (he started all 30 games he played for the Warriors last season), but will defer to Frank Vogel and the Lakers’ coaching staff. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Hue Jackson hopes to be an NFL head coach again

first_img Texans plan on GM-by-committee for 2019 season, report says “Oh, yeah, I mean I think I can,” Jackson said. “I mean, just because the situation in Cleveland [didn’t work out] doesn’t mean that you can’t coach. There’s a lot of great coaches who came before me that coached there and went on and did great things. Sometimes, the situation is different. I think if people dig in and really take the time to look at the overall situation there, maybe they would understand it more.”At the same time, I understand what narrative gets put out there, that’s what people know. Hopefully, people will think back to the times when I’ve put myself in that position. I had to be doing something right. To go back and be a coordinator again or be a head coach, I do believe it’s in my future. I’ve just got to go work through the process and see where it goes.” Related News Jackson coached the Browns to a 2-5-1 record last season before he was fired by Cleveland. Over the course of his career, he’s put together one of the worst head coaching records in NFL history. Although his teams have gone 11-41-1 collectively, the Bengals hired him as a special assistant on their staff shortly after the Browns released him. But he didn’t last long in Cincinnati, as the Bengals also fired head coach Marvin Lewis shortly after he failed to win a playoff game for the 16th consecutive season.“Here’s a guy who knows how to overcome,” Jackson said when asked his narrative. “There’s a lot of people who would run from it all. I’m not going to run from it. At the end of the day, our staff and the people who led Cleveland, that doesn’t mean those coaches can’t coach or they don’t understand what they’re doing. Maybe that just wasn’t the right fit, the right situation for that group, and they just need to have the right opportunity to have success.”Despite interviewing for the Bengals coaching job and the role of offensive coordinator with the Cardinals, Jackson remains on the job hunt.center_img Robbie Gould’s future with 49ers unclear as deadline approaches Hue Jackson is hopeful he’ll get to serve as head coach again one day.While speaking Wednesday on WFNZ Charlotte, Jackson opened up about being unemployed for the first time in over 30 years and expressed his desire to get back on the football field.last_img read more

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Special Alcohol and Drug Advisory board to meet March 19 to discuss allocating liquor tax funds

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 Public Service Announcement from the city of Wellington — The Special Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the City Administration Center, 317 South Washington, Wellington, to consider recommendations for the allocation of funds received from the Local Alcoholic Liquor Tax for the current year.Groups with alcohol and drug related programs that qualify for funding may submit a written request to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on March 18, 2013.  The Advisory Board will review requests at the meeting on March 19th.  Recommendations for allocations will then be given to the City Council for consideration and approval.As per Kansas State Statute, “moneys in the Special Alcohol and Drug Programs Fund shall be expended only for the purchase, establishment, maintenance or expansion of services or programs whose principal purpose is alcoholism and drug abuse prevention and education; alcohol and drug detoxification; intervention in alcohol and drug abuse; or treatment of persons who are alcoholics or drug abusers or are in danger of becoming alcoholics or drug abusers.”The meeting is open to the public.  For additional information or questions contact the City Clerk’s Office at 326-2811.last_img read more

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Ngbaba, a sport lost in time, returns to battered C. Africa

first_imgA sport known as ngbaba that is unique to the Central African Republic has been hauled back from near-deathBangui, Central African Republic | AFP | Two teams confronted each other on the dusty sports field, wielding roughly cut sticks to whack a homemade puck at high speed.For the middle-aged and beyond, the sight of this rugged game triggered distant memories, of happier times.The sport, known as ngbaba, is unique to the Central African Republic — and, almost like the embattled country itself, has been hauled back from near-death.Once played widely in streets and villages, ngbaba — pronounced “g’baba” — has simple rules and requires speed, dexterity and a dose of fearlessness.Players hew a thin stick, roughly about as long as their arm and slightly curved at the end, and use it to hit a puck carved out of an old pair of rubber sandals.If the puck lands in the opposing side of the pitch, the other team has to make sure that they get to it quickly to keep it moving and hit it back over to the other side.The aim is to avoid the puck stopping face down in your half of the pitch.At this match, played on a sports field at the University of Bangui, the challenges and skills of ngbaba were on clear display.To reach the puck in time requires lightning sharp reflexes, and it takes quick thinking and team coordination to mount a counterattack.“It’s years since we’ve seen this,” exclaimed Terrence, 31, as he prepared to take to the field. “It brings back good memories for everyone.”Jean, a student kicking his heels in the shade of the mango trees as he awaited his turn to play, said ngbaba belonged to the time before social networking and mobile phones.“In the old days, young people only had ngbaba for leisure,” he said.Sonek Langate, head of the Baila association that has launched ngbaba’s rebirth, said: “Every time we organise a match, everyone wants to take part.”“We have to revive this game, especially among the young generation. We have a culture and we should value it.”– Misty origins –Ngbaba is played only in the CAR, one of the poorest, most war-ravaged countries in Africa.But how it began is unclear.Neither players nor spectators at the match had any idea, nor did a local history professor.Michel, a gnarled old man who is the university archives watchman, recalled that “it was already being played in the 1970s.”His theory: the sport developed from children who watched western sports on TV after the CAR began to get television.The idea is tempting, given the clear similarity with mega-sports like ice hockey and baseball.Yet games using sticks and a ball or other object have a history that long predates these modern sports — and some speculate that ngbaba’s roots may be much older. “It was part of the initiation rites among certain tribes,” Langate suggested. “You can find variations of it in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.”If so, ngbaba clearly meets some of the needs of typical rites to celebrate the passage into manhood, such as endurance and bonding.The whizzing puck can cause painful injuries and confrontation also brings rivals together.“It’s not a sport for softies,” said Terrence, dripping with sweat as he came off the field.Ngbaba is also a “driver of peace and social cohesion,” Langate argued.“In the old days, young people would challenge kids in other neighbourhoods to a match — it helped them to get to know each other and make friends.”– Conflict –But at the start of the century, ngbaba’s fortunes began a downward spiral.Like so many other aspects of life in the CAR, it became a victim of the unrest that broke out among the country’s mosaic of ethnic and religious groups.“People became afraid of going into other neighbourhoods,” Langate said, adding that parents took to banning their children from playing it, fearing violence and eye injuries.In 2003, former president Francois Bozize seized power in a coup, and in 2013 was himself overthrown, and since then, much of the country has been at the mercy of armed groups trying to control gold, diamond and oil deposits.In February, Bozize’s elected successor, Faustin-Archange Touadera, signed a peace deal with 14 militias who still control more than three-quarters of the territory.– Peace hopes –The agreement is the 13th in a decade and violations have been many.But in the past few months, the country’s roads and the streets of the capital have been relatively calm, enabling Baila to set up matches between neighbourhoods.Many hurdles lie ahead before ngbaba recovers its former glory.“These days, young people prefer to play football or basketball, because they have a better chance of making a living from those sports,” said Jean, the student.“What we need is a professional federation.”Joel Nacka, a CAR businessman who lives in France, the former colonial power, has his eyes on that very goal.He is hunting for sponsors and, more distantly, believes that the sport can be exported.“A sport that we give to the world– what better way to give a different image of our country,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Vanderbilt Bowling Upends McKendree for 2018 NCAA Championship

first_imgSamantha Gainor opened the decisive game with an awkward 1-2-7-8-10 split. With the risk of falling in an early hole, the freshman delivered, closing the frame with an expertly-placed ball. Quah struck in the second frame while McKendree spared to give the Commodores an early advantage, and a precarious Brooklyn strike from Emily Rigney kept Vandy in the driver’s seat. Helped along by four consecutive strikes and a 2-4-7-10 split pickup from Rigney in the eighth, the Commodores slammed the door in the 10th after McKendree failed to strike on their first ball. A 220-191 win sealed the 4-3 victory and Vanderbilt’s second national championship. Kristin Quah Lynne Fishler It is Vanderbilt’s second national title in program history, the last one coming in 2007. Morning Session 203 No. 2 McKendree vs. No. 4 VanderbiltThe best-of-seven baker series to decide the national championship did not disappoint. In game one, the teams got off to slow starts, with McKendree and Vanderbilt both leaving the third frames open. As Bulanova struck the fifth frame, the Bearcats left it open, setting up a strong Commodore second half and a 224-204 win. Vanderbilt went into game two with a 1-0 lead. W 224-204 215 Maria Bulanova Tournament Homepage | Live Stream Replays | Press ConferencesST. LOUIS, Mo. – The clash of perennial powerhouses in Saturday’s 2018 National Collegiate Bowling Championship final did not disappoint, as McKendree and Vanderbilt needed all seven games to decide the title. W 220-191 Traditional Scores 133 It was a slugfest down the stretch as Vandy took a 392-289 lead after five frames, with the Bearkats taking it back 574-559 after seven. While the Commodores held the lead for the rest of the traditional match, it was only a five-pin contest as the final two bowlers stepped up. 202 Samantha Gainor Both teams combined for six opens in the first two frames while the Commodores did not put a strike on the board until the end of the second. Sam Houston started to find its footing first, holding a narrow 126-119 lead with two frames gone, building it to 226-196 after three. VANDERBILT – Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-3 (WLLWLWW) No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateIn the morning rematch of Southland foes for a spot in the title game, Vanderbilt shook off an ugly start to sweep the Bearkats 2-0. W 208-205 202 184 165 161 Game five swung heavily in favor of McKendree. After another open frame from Bulanova in fifth, the Bearcats went off for four straight strikes. Too big of a hole for the Commodores, McKendree took a comfortable 255-203 for a 3-2 match lead. Emily Rigney 190 225 Staring down a 3-2 match deficit and facing elimination after a 52-point loss in game five, Vanderbilt recovered and edged the Bearcats by three points to force a decisive game seven. On the heels of four straight strikes between the second and fifth frames, the Commodores built a lead that they would not relinquish, outlasting the defending national champions for a 4-3 victory. Katie Stark Syasya Ismail 154 158 Team Baker Scorescenter_img L 174-233 Game three saw the sides exchange blows down to the final frame, but Bulanova left a 4-8-10 split on her first 10th-frame roll. Faced with no choice but to go for the conversion, her aggression did not pay off and she managed only one, leaving the game open for a 193-182 Bearcat win and a 2-1 deficit. Madysen Keller 165 Maria Bulanova Amber MacLeod Jordan Newham Vanderbilt opened game four with a spare then three straight strikes and were up 19 after five but were working off just a spare while McKendree had a strike on the board in the fifth. The Bearcats struck in the sixth while Vandy again only spared. It would appear the game swung in McKendree’s favor when both sides left nasty splits in the seventh frame but only the Bearcats converted. However, Vanderbilt responded with five straight strikes to close the game for a 233-204 win to knot the series 2-2. 179 L 203-255 185 Facing elimination, it seemed early on in game six that Vanderbilt would succumb to a problem which plagued the in their earlier series losses – inability to match McKendree’s strike runs. After opening with four straight spares, this time Bulanova responded in the fifth with a strike while the Bearcats spared. Vanderbilt struck the seventh and eighth frames while McKendree spared both. Katie Stark spared the ninth while the Bearcats struck again – Vandy would go into the 10th up one but again working off a spare while McKendree had an X on the board. With back-to-back Bulanova strikes and the Bearcats leaving four on the floor after the first throw, the Commodores forced game seven with a narrow 208-205 win (series tied 3-3). 179 Team Baker Scores Lineup Team Baker Scores 164 Traditional Scores Championship VANDERBILT – Traditional: W 871-862 | Baker: W 1,032-853 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: L 862-871 | Baker: L 853-1,032 Emily Rigney The Commodores came out on top, in emphatic fashion. 225 Maria Bulanova held her composure for Vanderbilt, striking on her opening throw while Stephanie Zavala came in below the pocket for an ugly 4-7-8-10 split. This shut the door for the Commodores, who came out on top 871-826 for a 1-0 lead. 178 After both sides opened with nine-spares and two strikes, Vanderbilt’s Katie Stark lost her footing on the approach, slipping on the foul line and recovering with only nine on her next shot. The Commodores would still manage to hold a narrow lead after an open fifth frame from McKendree. However, the Bearcats rattled off three strikes from six to eight, and Vanderbilt could not respond in kind. The defending champs tied the series 1-1 with a 233-174 victory. L 193-182 Katie Stark W 233-203 Vanderbilt kept its foot on the gas in the baker total pinfall segment, winning four straight to build an insurmountable 216 pin lead heading into the final game and ultimately winning 1,032-853 for the sweep and a spot in the championship match. 154 Stephanie Zavala Kristin Quahlast_img read more

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Brown sets playoff career-best as Celtics roll to a 2-0 edge over Bucks

first_imgView comments Milwaukee got as close as 107-97 with 4:13 to play. But the Celtics responded with an 11-2 run, capped by a banked in 3-pointer by Brown to push their lead back up to 118-99.Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Khris Middleton added 25 points.“I think as a team we didn’t show up tonight,” Antetokounmpo said.Turnovers were an issue for the second straight game for Milwaukee. The Bucks finished with 15, leading to 21 Boston points. They also shot just 41 percent from the free-throw line (7 of 17).“They were just the more desperate team tonight again,” Middleton said. “We started off poorly again. … We’ve just got to more into it, got to be the more desperate, hungry team.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) smiles as the crowd cheers in the final minutes of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Boston, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Brown scored 30 points as the Celtics defeated the Bucks 120-106. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — The Celtics knew they’d need their younger players to step up this postseason with Kyrie Irving sidelined for the postseason.They have, and it’s added up to 2-0 lead in Boston’s first-round matchup with Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT “I had a chip on my shoulder since I got drafted. I had a chip on my shoulder since forever. It’s all carry over. This year I got the opportunity to start in the playoffs. That chip on my should is gonna remain, no matter how deep we go.” — RozierFREAK’S STREAKTuesday marked the ninth straight game that Antetokounmpo has scored at least 20 points against the Celtics.HEAVY HEARTCeltics guard Marcus Smart has a heavy heart as he continues to work his way back from right thumb surgery.Smart revealed prior to Tuesday’s game that his mother, Camellia Smart, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. He was able to visit her briefly in Texas last week. But he said she wants him to be with the team because seeing him play would “put a smile on her face.”“She told me she’d rather me be here than back there,” Smart said. “Doing what I love to do.”HAYWARD UPDATEGordon Hayward has hit a new milestone in his left ankle rehab. He is currently at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Indiana, working with a running mechanics specialist.“We’re just trying to get him ready for Friday’s game. And we’re hopeful he can play,” Stevens joked before the game. He then quickly made it clear it’s simply the “logical next step” in what remains a long rehab process.“He’s not gonna join us in Milwaukee,” Stevens said. “He’s still a long, long, long way away.”SPECIAL GUESTBoston Marathon winner Desiree Linden was honored during a timeout in the first quarter. On Monday Linden became the first American woman to win the race since 1985.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ayo on Subido’s Marinerong Pilipino pullout: ‘My hands are tied’ 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night.Terry Rozier added 23 points. Game 3 is Friday in Milwaukee.The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter as their ball movement overwhelmed the Bucks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBrown, who is in his second year, said right now the Celtics are feeling “confident as ever.”“People have been writing us off all year. And we just keep proving people wrong. So that’s what we’re gonna do,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Boston had just three turnovers through three quarters and only seven on the night. Rozier finished no turnovers for the second straight game“I’ve just got that confidence,” Rozier said. “My teammates, my coach, they trust in me to get everybody in their spots to run the plays. … I’m gonna do what I can to protect the ball and get my guys open.”The Celtics’ bench also came up big, outscoring their Milwaukee counterparts 41-25. Marcus Morris led Boston’s reserves with 18 points. Shane Larkin chipped in 11 points, scoring in double-digits for the first time in a playoff game.He also had a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter that gave Boston a 15-point cushion entering the final period.Brown said he is expecting to see a much different Bucks team as the series shifts to Milwaukee.“We not taking anybody lightly,” he said. “I know they’re going to come out and make adjustments.”TIP-INSBucks: Have been outscored 42-13 in second-chance points through two games. … Shot 62 percent in the first half (23 of 37).Celtics: At age 21, Brown is the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game. … Boston went 13 of 31 from the 3-point line.QUOTABLElast_img read more

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MSME Highlights Liberian Youth Participation in Agriculture

first_imgThis year’s 2nd Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference highlights the importance of the youth’s participation in agriculture for employment opportunities.The conference was held at the Monrovia City Hall from Tuesday, April 29-30, bringing together over 500 participants in the business sector of Liberia. It spotlights agriculture and agri-business experiences in Liberia.Agriculture is essential to the development of Liberia as it is a very big industry with the potential to provide jobs for the vast majority of the youthful Liberian population. In spite of this, unemployment remains a major challenge facing young people in Liberia. This situation exists because of the belief among young people in the country that farming is not a worthy venture.Matthew Ndote of the USAID Advancing Youth Project, Nelson Kanneh of USAID Food and Enterprise Development Project and Junior Toe of the Community Youth Network Program Inc made presentations at the conference. They discussed strategies that would develop the Liberian youth’s interest in the agriculture sector.In separate presentations during the just ended two-day USAID-assisted Ministry of Commerce and Industry Micro/Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference 2014, the speakers said with a population of 3.8 million people in Liberia, 60% of that number constituted the youth. Out of said 60%, only 3% are involved in agriculture, whereas 70% of Liberia’s GDP is in the agriculture sector and there is still high unemployment among the youth.According to Mr. Kanneh, “agriculture has a poor image in many parts of Africa. Liberia is no exception.’” In his opinion, young people can be the catalyst to change that image and add skills and needed innovation. “Employing the nation’s youth would help reduce crime and social instability” he added.During his presentation, Mr. Junior Toe said “the sector has not provided enough information on opportunities with less labor. Information on quick income returns such as aggregators, sales agents, and managing farming records, machine operators and mechanics, extension technicians, short term labor services to farmers, and market intelligence / broker services must be shared with the youth.The session was moderated by USAID Advancing Youth Livelihood Coordinator, Matthew Ndote, who called on Liberian youth to develop and sustain their interest in agriculture and agronomic practices. He said these are things that will improve their economic situation and that of the country. Mr. Ndote said there are a lot of opportunities in Liberia that youth who wants to go into agriculture can take advantage off. He said they should not allow those opportunities to pass them by.The conference was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and some top government officials of Liberia, with the support of USAID FED, IBEX, Building Markets, IFC, and BSC Monrovia amongst other partners, stakeholders and civil society organizations. The objective of the event was to allow the government to take stock of the MSME sector in Liberia and help deliver key training workshops to assist MSMEs in all stages of development, and examine practical steps that other key players including banks, micro finance institutions, and concessionaires can take to promote sustainable growth leading to employment creation and jobs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea readied for Barca test as Willian leads rout of Hull

first_imgBut they still had too much quality for the Championship strugglers as two great strikes from Willian added to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud’s first for Chelsea put the hosts 4-0 up by half-time.Conte made seven changes in all from the side that beat West Brom 3-0 on Monday to ease the mounting pressure on his job after damaging defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.Once again the Chelsea support showed their backing for the former Juventus boss, but more challenging tests lie ahead in their bid for Champions League glory, and a place back in the competition next year via the top four of the Premier League should they fall short.Barca’s visit to the Bridge on Tuesday is followed by consecutive trips to Manchester United and Manchester City on league duty before the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.“We lost two games at the end of a busy period. Now we have the right confidence again,” said Conte.“But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong – Barcelona, United and City. We are ready.”Willian did no harm to his case to start against the Catalans with a stunning all-round display capped by his two goals.“For sure, his performance was impressive,” added Conte.“I hope to see always this type of performance because, when Willy plays in this way, it is a great joy for me, the team, the club and our fans.”The Brazilian opened the scoring after just two minutes as he jinked inside onto his weaker left foot but still produced a fine curling shot into the far corner.– Relieved Giroud –A former Barca duo combined for the second as Cesc Fabregas’s lofted pass freed Pedro in behind the Hull defence to slot past David Marshall.Willian showed he is capable of scoring from range off either foot as his low drive cushioned the post on its way past Marhsall moments later for his 10th goal of the season.Giroud then cut a relieved figure when he tucked home debutant Emerson Palmieri’s low cross to round off a first 45 minutes to forget for the visitors.“I was waiting for it,” said Giroud. “It was important for me to score my first goal. It’s relieved me a little bit.”Hull had the chance to salvage some pride early in the second-half when Fabregas tripped Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson inside the area.But a dire night for Nigel Adkins’ men was complete when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler’s penalty.And Willian was inches away from the hat-trick his display deserved when another long-range effort came back off the post two minutes from time.Leicester joined Chelsea in the last eight as Riyad Mahrez provided the spark for the Foxes on his return to the starting line-up.The Algerian’s only appearance in Leicester’s previous three outings came as a late substitute in a 5-1 drubbing at Manchester City last weekend following his self-imposed exile from training after Leicester rejected City’s advances for the winger last month.However, he showed why the runaway Premier League leaders were interested with the teasing cross for Jamie Vardy to head home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two of the best: Willian celebrates scoring his second goal as Chelsea beat Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 17 – Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are ready for a season-defining few weeks after Willian starred with two goals to blow away Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Conte named a much-changed side with Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard not even included in the Italian’s squad.last_img read more

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