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Twisters Boys Soccer Results

first_imgOA traveled to Versailles on a hot and muggy night for a soccer game. Less than 2 minutes into the game it was halted for Thunder.  Then again late in the first half. OA came away with a 3-0 win scoring 1 time in the first half. Even through the shots were clearly in our favor the score was not adding up.   S.R. only had 4 shots but 1 was off the post and another was saved by a nice diving play by Chris to preserve the shutout.   We had some problems in the first half as S. R. was playing the long ball by passing their Mid Field in doing so we didn’t use our Mids as much as we want to.  We also played one way too much, to predictable.  We talked at half time and we seemed to adjust and play better in the second half. On offense it was the Ben Kraus night as he netted all 3 goals all assisted by his running mates.  Defensively we were lead by Adam Huberagain as our defense came away with its third shutout of the season.Ben Kraus scored in period 1 at 8:58 assisted by a Gariott Scott pass into the 18.  Ben Kraus scored in period 2 at 19:21 assisted by a beautiful thru ball pass from Sam Mahoney.  Ben Kraus scored his hat trick goal in period 2 at 7:46 assisted by a great cross by Lucas McFee into the 18 and a 1 touch shot.  The Twisters had 28 shots with 12 on goal, 2 off sides, 3 fouls, 4 corners, 2 hand balls and Chris Hautman had 2 saves.South Ripley had 4 shots with 2 on goal, 5 fouls, 2 corners, 1 hand ball, 1 yellow card.  Their keeper had 9 saves.The game was delayed about 45 minutes for 2 different thunder delays. The sun was shining bright, but for the safety of all the game was delayed due to the thunder and there was a nice rainbow several miles from the field.Courtesy of Twisters Coach ken Getz.last_img read more

Man City ‘deserve’ Champions League return, says Guardiola

first_imgRead Also: Video: The moment Mourinho walks out of virtual press conference“We were well beaten by the better team,” admitted Potter.“They beat Liverpool 4-0 at the Etihad so better teams than us will find it dificult.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Waiting game: Manchester City will find out on Monday if they will compete in the Champions League next seasonGabriel Jesus could have the responsibility of leading the line when City’s bid to win the Champions League for the first time gets back underway with Sergio Aguero facing a race against time to be fit after knee surgery.The Brazilian has not always been the most prolific finisher, but showed striker’s instincts to tap Rodrigo’s flick-on for a corner to make it 2-0 just before half-time with his 20th goal of the season.Sterling notched his second of the night in unusual fashion by crashing home a header from Mahrez’s teasing cross.Brighton did themselves no favours for the fourth as Mat Ryan spiled a Bernardo Silva shot he should have held and Jesus teed up the Portuguese midfielder to roll into an unguarded net at the second attempt..Sterling was left on as Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus made way to give him the chance of securing a hat-trick and he did so with a hint of fortune as the ball ricocheted off his head after he had fallen to the floor inside the area and Dan Burn failed to clear the ball off the line.Brighton are still not mathematically safe as they remain eight points above the relegation zone, but Graham Potter’s men should already have enough points on the board as third-bottom Bournemouth face the daunting task of being City’s next opponents on Wednesday. “I have the feeling all the team is ready to play good for what we have ahead of us,” added Guardiola. “The levels we’ve had since the restart, even the games we lost, have been really good.” Too often City have been found wanting for failing to take their chances and punished for defensive lapses at the other end. However, there was never any chance of Brighton adding to their nine league defeats this season once Sterling curled home his 25th goal of the season with unerring accuracy into the far corner. “I think the problem we’ve had this season is we’ve created a lot of chances and not taken them whereas last season and the season before we’d finish them and bury games early on,” said Sterling. “This season we haven’t had that slight bit of luck.” Loading…center_img “Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,” said Guardiola. “We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to.” For the fourth time in their last six league games, City scored four or more goals in another performance that belied the 21-point gap between them and champions Liverpool. However, they could still end the season with a treble of trophies as they face Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next weekend before recommencing their Champions League campaign in August. Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City deserve their place in the Champions League next season as the club wait to find out whether their two-season ban against playing in European competitions will be overturned. City were handed the two-season saction by UEFA in February over alleged breaches of financial fair play rules, but appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will deliver its verdict on Monday. On the field, City ensured they will finish in the Premier League’s top four with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.last_img read more

Goalscorer and new father Russell Martin reflects on ‘sensational’ day

first_img “It has been a long but sensational 24 hours,” said the defender, after covering 750 miles with another 250 still to do to get back to the newborn. “I flew up with the squad yesterday. My wife had had no twinges at that point and then she rang me at seven o’clock to say she had started to feel some contractions but wasn’t sure whether they were Braxton Hicks false ones or not. “I said ‘Give it a couple of hours’ and then she rang me at 10.30 to say ‘This is it, this is happening’. “One of the sports scientists had brought my car, fortunately, in case I had to get back. “Me and the player liaison took two hours each in the car driving back and I took her (his wife) to hospital and we got there about four in the morning and she gave birth at 9.25am. “I had to leave at half-10 as I spoke to the management and they were keen for me to play. I love this place, the atmosphere, and I had family coming so I didn’t want to let them down. “I flew up with the directors, Delia Smith and (husband) Michael Jones – the owners – and they were great. “I got here a bit late, missed the captains’ meeting, ran in, got dressed, was ready with the lads, scored a goal – brilliant. Press Association Norwich captain Russell Martin reflected on a “sensational” 24 hours after a mad dash home from Merseyside for the birth of his third child before returning to score the equaliser at Anfield. “It will be a great story to tell the wee man. “I hadn’t slept a wink. I was running on empty towards the end – I was absolutely gone – but it was a great day and it makes it all worth it.” Martin admits it has been such a rush he and his wife have still not had time to pick a name. “I don’t know what he’s called yet,” he said. “We’ve only had nine months to decide! “We are still in fierce debate. I was only there 45 minutes. “I can’t wait to get home and have a cuddle.” The 29-year-old had travelled up with the team and was preparing for the game against Liverpool when he got the call to go home. He made it in time for the arrival of his yet-to-be-named son, weighing in at 8lbs, and then had a swift turnaround to get back for the 4pm kick-off after no sleep and promptly scored. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgDeGrom still plans to pitchNEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom still plans to pitch on opening day, although New York Mets manager Luis Rojas didn’t sound so sure that will happen. The two-time Cy Young Award winner says he feels good two days after leaving an intrasquad game early because of back tightness. A precautionary MRI came back clean, and deGrom thinks he simply might have slept “wrong” the night before. Rojas says the team is taking a day-to-day approach as deGrom receives treatment.MLB-CUBS-HENDRICKS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAAC releases testing requirementsUNDATED (AP) — The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition. July 16, 2020 Hendricks to get opening day startCHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks will start on opening day for the Chicago Cubs, getting the nod over Yu Darvish. Chicago begins the season on July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hendricks has been one of Chicago’s most consistent pitchers since his major league debut in 2014. The right-hander, who was acquired in the July 2012 trade that sent Ryan Dempster to Texas, is 63-43 with a 3.14 ERA in 163 games over six seasons. Darvish will start the second game. The Japanese right-hander finished strong last year, compiling a 2.76 ERA and striking out 118 in 81 2/3 innings over his final 13 starts.MLB-MARINERS-RODRIGUEZ SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA Tour starts in two weeks with consecutive tournaments in Ohio that will not have spectators. The Marathon Classic is the second event back. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said there was a chance the tournament would cap attendance at 2,000 spectators. But after talking with county and state officials, the Marathon Classic decided to go without fans on Aug. 6-9. The tournament still will have two pro-ams in which the amateurs must be tested for the coronavirus. The LPGA Tour resumes July 30 at Inverness with the Drive On LPGA Championship.MISSED TESTS-STEVENSAmerican sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed tests The announcement by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA. The Power Five conferences have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MEACAnother conference cancels fall sportsUNDATED (AP) — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season. Former Phillies star dead at 84PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia Phillies infielder and coach Tony Taylor has died. He was 84. The Phillies said in a statement that Taylor died Thursday from complications of a stroke suffered in 2019. Taylor batted .261 with 2,007 hits, 1,005 runs and 234 stolen bases in 2,195 career games. Taylor was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002. He was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2004.NBA-PELICANS-WILLIAMSON Williamson leaves team for family matterLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season. But the club has not said whether the former Duke star would be able to return or whether he’ll miss any games because of his departure on Thursday. Williamson will have to quarantine again when he returns to Central Florida. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 games this season after missing the New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from preseason arthroscopic knee surgery.center_img GENEVA (AP) — Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens has been banned for 18 months for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games. The Athletics Integrity Unit says Stevens was unavailable for giving samples three times in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. Three whereabouts violations within one year can lead to a ban. The 25-year-old American runner’s ban was backdated to start on Feb. 17, 2020. It expires days after the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. At her disciplinary hearing, Stevens cited issues with her telephone to explain why samples collection officials were unable to contact her for two of the missed visits. Stevens placed 7th in the 200-meter final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and 5th at the 2017 world championships in London. Update on the latest sports Associated Press GOLF-MEMORIALSteele takes early lead on different Muirfield Village trackDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Gary Woodland was a stroke better than the field on the back nine in the first round of the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village. Brendan Steele shot a 4-under 68 and was the early leader. Also on Woodland’s heels are Jimmy Walker and Lucas Glover.It’s the second straight week the PGA Tour is at Muirfield Village, but it sure didn’t play like the same course. The greens are 2 feet faster on the Stimpmeter, and that made all the difference. The wind is also howling.LPGA TOURBoth Ohio events on LPGA schedule to be played without fans Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021.Elsewhere in college sports:— The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all. The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.MLB-METS-DEGROM Top Seattle prospect hurtSEATTLE (AP) — Top Seattle Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez has suffered a hairline fracture of his left wrist during a practice. The 19-year-old dived for a ball during a defensive drill and jammed his wrist. He left the field with a trainer and manager Scott Servais said X-rays revealed the fracture. Rodriguez will have additional tests on the injury. Rodriguez was going to be on Seattle’s taxi squad for the upcoming season but is considered one of the top prospects in the organization. He has been rated among the top 20 prospects in all of baseball heading into the season. MLB-OBIT-TONY TAYLORlast_img read more

McIlroy, Dustin, Spieth among Favourites to Win 2017 Golf’s First Major

first_imgAugusta National. The Green Jacket. Amen Corner. The manicured fairways. The blooming azaleas. Unmistakably, the Masters.Golf’s first major of the year is upon us, with the world’s finest players making their annual pilgrimage to one of sport’s most iconic venues, Augusta National Golf Club.The first tee shot will be hit at 13:00 BST this afternoon with a field of 94 men aiming to sink the winning putt come Sunday. World number one Dustin Johnson and Northern Ireland’s four-time major winner Rory McIlroy head the field in the year’s first major.Plenty of people are backing Dustin Johnson to win his first Green Jacket – and it is clear why he is the favourite.He is the current world number one, seems to be at his peak physically and mentally, and cannot stop winning.The American, 32, has been head and shoulders above his rivals over the past nine months, winning his third successive tournament when he beat exciting Spanish prospect Jon Rahm in the World Match Play final in late March.That means he has won seven of the 17 tournaments he has played since claiming his first major at the US Open at Oakmont in June, racking up another seven top-10 finishes in the process.However, Johnson remains cautious – perhaps wise when the man considered the favourite has not won the Green Jacket since Tiger Woods in 2005.“Golf is a funny game, it doesn’t matter how good you are playing you can still not win,” he said.“If I want to win here then everything is going to have to go well for me.“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game now with how I’ve been playing over the past few weeks.”Jordan Spieth is expected to be among Johnson’s main rivals as he looks to banish memories of last year’s spectacular final-day collapse by winning his second Masters.The American, 23, led by five shots as he approached the 10th at Augusta on the Sunday, only to dramatically drop six shots in three holes and allow England’s Danny Willett to take advantage.“No matter what happens at this year’s Masters, whether I can grab the jacket back or I miss the cut or I finish 30th, it will be nice having this Masters go by,” he said earlier this month.“The Masters lives on for a year. It brings a non-golf audience into golf. And it will be nice once this year has finished to be brutally honest.”Spieth has dropped to sixth in the world rankings since his Masters meltdown, but did claim his first PGA Tour title since May when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last month.World number three Jason Day will play at Augusta after pulling out of a recent tournament to spend time with his mother, who has been treated for lung cancer.The Australian, 29, broke down in tears after withdrawing from the WGC Match Play a fortnight ago.“There’s been a lot of things go on this year that have been somewhat distracting to my golf,” he said.“Golf was the last thing that I was ever thinking about when this first came about. I’m in a much better place now.“I feel happier to be on the golf course and enjoying myself out here a lot more than I was the last month or two.”Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is bidding to become the first Asian player to win the Masters, having risen to fourth in the world after a stellar finish to the 2016 season.The 25-year-old ended last year with four victories in five tournaments – finishing second in the other – but has not been able to recapture the form in recent weeks.“I’m really not hitting it as well as I would like, so whether or not my confidence level is where it should be, I’m not sure,” said Matsuyama, who finished fifth in the 2015 Masters and shared seventh place last year.Will McIlroy complete the ‘Rory Slam’?That is the question golf aficionados have been asking since McIlroy won the 2014 Open Championship at Hoylake.The Northern Irishman steps on to Augusta’s first tee today at 18:41 BST aiming to become only the sixth man to win all four majors.He is seeking a first Masters title following victories at the US Open, the Open Championship and the US PGA Championship.Winning the Green Jacket would propel the 27-year-old into exalted company alongside Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and Ben Hogan.And, after three consecutive top-10 finishes at Augusta, the world number two has made no secret that finally sealing victory is his main priority.“I don’t feel like I can fly under the radar anymore, but at the same time it has been nice to just go about my business and try to get ready for this tournament,” McIlroy said.“I’ve realised that the more I can get comfortable with this golf course and the club as a whole, the better.“The more I can just play the golf course and almost make it seem like second nature to me, the better.”When the fourth home nations golfer followed in the footsteps of Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam to win the Masters, most expected it would be Rory McIlroy slipping into the iconic wool jacket. Instead it was Danny Willett.The Englishman, playing in only his second Masters, was three shots adrift of Spieth going into Sunday’s final round last year, but was catapulted to victory thanks to a superb five-under-par 67 and the Texan’s meltdown.What made his triumph even more remarkable was his participation at Augusta had been in doubt.His wife Nicole was due to give birth on the final day, with only the early arrival of baby Zachariah allowing him to play.“It’s going to be awesome to go back as defending champion,” he said in BBC documentary When Danny Won the Masters.“I can’t wait to take part in all the things you get to take part in, the par three competition, the champion’s dinner and see all the other people who’ve won that golf tournament who are still there to be able to enjoy it with you.“It is something that you can’t buy in life. You can only earn and the fact that I’ve earned is going to be something pretty special.”However, Willett has since struggled to match his form over those four days at Augusta.He rose to a career-high ranking of ninth in the world following his maiden major, but has dropped to 17th after managing just four top-10 finishes in the past 12 months.“The game is not far away,” said the 29-year-old Yorkshireman.“Our run of form obviously has been nowhere near what it was last year and nowhere near what some of the other guys are playing.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Class helps draft foster care bill

first_imgMost class projects never leave the classroom, but one class’s effort has traveled 2,600 miles away — to Washington, DC.School of Social Work Professor Ralph Fertig’s social welfare policy class developed a draft of a resolution for the House of Representatives that addresses the issue of homelessness and the foster care system. The draft made it to Congress, where Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) presented it to the House.“Our bill concentrates solely on children and describes the plight of homelessness of children,” Waters said.The resolution was initially developed as part of a class project, to teach Fertig’s students about the legislative process and the importance of social work.The class split into different groups that looked at statistical information, advocated for support from the community and legislatures, interviewed homeless people and developed a documentary of the whole process.“Fertig has been working on this draft, and he thought it would be a great learning experience for us to take a draft and then submit it to [Rep.] Maxine Waters,” said Stanley Wipfli, a graduate student studying mental health.The resolution states that children have a right to have a home and recognizes the effect the recession has had on the number of homeless families and homeless youth. It encourages the government to reprioritize the system so homeless children can be housed with their families instead of being immediately entered into the foster care system.“You certainly can’t blame children for being homeless,” Fertig said. “There’s nothing more perilous or dangerous [for children] than living on the streets.”Fertig explained that the current system has a flaw when it comes to housing homeless children.“Parents have to make a choice: either keep the child with them on the streets or surrender them to foster care,” he said. “But they can’t get the child back unless they get housing, and they can’t get the housing without the children. It’s a catch-22.”After Fertig and his students drafted the resolution, it was presented in a town hall meeting at LA Southwest College where Waters heard the presentation.“Maxine Waters, that day when she heard the resolution, she accepted it and said, ‘OK, I’m taking this to Washington,’” Wipfli said. “She finessed it again to make it more sellable as a resolution, and she then presented it to Congress.”Waters said she does not often see students initiating legislation.“It seems that USC is helping to direct and train [students] in a combination of community organization and the kind of social work that takes you out from behind the desk,” she said.Though Fertig said he thought there could be some resistance to the bill, Waters said the resolution likely won’t face obstacles.“Most members [of Congress] are acutely aware of homelessness and the plight of children,” said Waters. “Whenever there’s a story about homelessness … it captures the heart.”Fertig said that the resolution could be passed in the fall of 2010.This is the first time a class in the School of Social Work has presented a resolution to Congress, but Fertig said he intends to continue with this type of project.Fertig said he and State Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada have agreed to submit a bill addressing other issues of homelessness and the foster care system.“We will be introducing another bill in January, and the class will be totally involved,” Fertig said.last_img read more

Final defendant convicted in 2014 death of USC student

first_imgThe last of four defendants was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2014 death of graduate student Xinran Ji.Alberto Ochoa, 21, will be sentenced in March after being convicted of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. “We certainly feel very rewarded and consoled [with] the fact that the last [defendant] is also being convicted by the jury,” said Rose Tsai, the attorney for Ji’s family. “Xinran’s parents … feel very grateful to the verdict they had learned yesterday.”Ji was attacked with an aluminum bat and wrench during an attempted robbery in July 2014 while walking to his apartment from a study group around 1 a.m., the Daily Trojan previously reported. According to the news release, Ochoa struck Ji with a bat. Ji tried to run, but one of Ochoa’s co-assailants caught up and struck him repeatedly. Ji was found dead in his apartment by his roommate hours later.Christopher Chaney, the attorney representing Ochoa, said he disagrees with the conviction and will file for appeal after sentencing. “I’ve been with Mr. Ochoa since he was 17 years old, and he’s been very sorry about what happened to Mr. Ji,” Chaney said. “It’s been our position that he did not contribute to the actual death of Mr. Ji, but he has recognized that he was a participant.”Ochoa’s co-defendants Alejandra Guerrera and Andrew Garcia were convicted and sentenced for first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in October 2016 and August 2017, respectively. They are facing life in prison without parole. Jonathan Del Carmen, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Tsai said Ji’s parents traveled to California in 2017 to attend Garcia’s conviction and thank the community for their support over the years. Since Ji’s death, Tsai said international students have expressed that they think public safety practices and awareness have improved.“The other consolation that Xinran’s parents had felt when they were here last year that was the pay back they received from the community that Xinran’s case has brought more awareness and has brought changes in a positive way to public safety and security for society,” Tsai said. “The last thing they want is for their son to die in vain.”last_img read more

Syracuse basketball season preview podcasts

first_img Comments This is the 14th episode of the “On The Beat” podcast, but the first of basketball season. The Daily Orange beat writers will discuss relevant topics in Syracuse men’s basketball on the podcast all season.During the season, we’ll have one podcast during the week to preview the game and discuss other trends and story lines. A second podcast will come after each game as a postgame look at the Orange’s most recent result.This episode is a preview of the 2015 season and Syracuse’s season and home opener against Lehigh at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Friday night. It features beat writers Sam Blum, Matt Schneidman and Jesse Dougherty, and you can follow the @DOSports Twitter handle for continued coverage leading up to the game.If you have thoughts on the Lehigh game or the upcoming season, leave us a comment beneath the podcast. Thanks for listening.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on November 12, 2015 at 8:21 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s volleyball refocuses after upset victory

first_imgAfter a big upset over No. 3 Long Beach State on Wednesday, the men’s volleyball team is on a high note. The Trojans don’t get a break, however, as they take on 5-1 Cal State Northridge at the Galen Center on Saturday. Katie Chin | Daily Trojan Set up for success · Sophomore Matt Douglas sets the ball for a teammate. The Trojans are 2-2 after upsetting No. 3 Long Beach State.“Northridge is a very, very physical team,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “They bomb the ball from the service line, they take big swings from the outside and they run a challenging offensive scheme.”Nygaard wants to see his team  set the tone early in order to pull out to a quick lead. However, he doesn’t want the team merely focusing on trying to outmuscle their opponents and forgetting their tactics.“If we get caught up in a war of attrition of just trying to out-physical each other, that plays into their strengths,” Nygaard said. “If we’re able to break them down and we’re able to stay in the system, not just offensively but also defensively, I think we’ll give ourselves a great opportunity to have success.”The Trojans were able to upset Long Beach State on Wednesday with contributions from multiple players. Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder had six digs, senior middle blocker Andy Benesh had 12 kills and sophomore middle blocker Connor Inlow added a career high nine kills. Freshman outside hitter Aaron Strange also contributed with five kills and and nine digs.“Lucas [Yoder] is playing great,” Nygaard said. “Gert [Lisha] is setting a good system. Andy’s [Benesh] taking care of the defense and taking care of his offense.”The balanced attack kept Long Beach State on its heels, unable to win by shutting down just one part of the Trojans’ game. It also highlighted the depth of Nygaard’s team, highlighting a range of players from seasoned upperclassmen to rookies. Nygaard was especially impressed with Inlow’s career match. “He came up big for us, which is what I think he should be doing consistently,” Nygaard said. “When it mattered the most, he was all in.”A key factor for the Trojans is the consistency of Yoder, who has come into his final year as a Trojan with style. Yoder is already leading the team in kills, preceding his performance against Long Beach State with a career best 33-kill night against Penn State.However, a single player has yet to be able to cement a game for the Trojans on his own. The Trojans fell to Penn State despite Yoder’s career night, and their performances are at their peak when statistics are spread across the roster.If the Trojans want to remain in the win column against the Matadors, they will have to continue this balanced attack and protect their home court against a physical team. An upset win over a highly ranked opponent is one thing, but providing consistency at home and on the road will be the next challenge for USC to tackle.The match will take place at 7 p.m. at home in the Galen Center on Saturday.last_img read more

Madrid Sign Chelsea’s Hazard for Fee That Could Exceed £150m

first_imgReal Madrid have agreed a deal to sign forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a fee that could exceed £150m. Hazard has agreed a five-year contract and will be presented as a Real player on June 13, subject to a medical.The Belgian scored 110 goals in 352 games for Chelsea after joining from Lille in 2012, and scored twice as they won the Europa League final last week.“Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date,” said Hazard. Writing on Facebook, he added: “I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams.“Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other club.”Real Madrid are paying an initial 100m euros (£89m) for the attacking midfielder, though bonus payments could see Chelsea receive at least another £60m from the sale of the player.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “The memories he leaves us with will not fade.“He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.“He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.”In seven seasons at Chelsea, Hazard, whose Blues contract was due to expire in a year, won the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and League Cup. He was also named Chelsea’s Player of the Year on four occasions.“Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay, we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid,” Granovskaia added.Chelsea have been placed under a transfer ban by Fifa, meaning they will not be able to sign a replacement for Hazard.The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two transfer windows until the end of January 2020. They failed with their first appeal to football’s world governing body, and have taken their second to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more