Volleyball splits road trip against CU, Utah

first_imgJunior outside hitter Khalia Lanier picked up a total of 47 kills over the weekend and now has the sixth most kills all-time at USC.  (Tal Volk / Daily Trojan) The USC women’s volleyball team dominated Colorado Friday before falling to No. 18 Utah Sunday to cap off its weekend road trip. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro had a big day against Utah with 55 assists and her 10th double-double of the season. Still, her performance wasn’t enough, and USC could not manage the win. After the relatively smooth win, the Trojans learned a different fate and took a heartbreaking loss against the Utes. USC won the first two sets, but Utah stormed back and won the last three for the win.  Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had another impressive night with a total of 24 points and 21 kills. The versatile Lanier didn’t stop there, holding up solid defense with three blocks, three digs and one service ace.  “I think the start is something we struggle with a little, even in the sets that we won,” Lanier said. “I think every set, you have to enter into it with the mentality that it’s 0-0. Even if you win and you came out with a hot start, you can’t expect that to flow into the next game.” However, after the two sets, the Trojans allowed Utah to run away with leads for the rest of the match. The Utes limited the Trojans offensively, and USC struggled to get its rhythm back.  “At the end of the day, during most games, it’s usually us not meeting the expectations we set for ourselves or losing focus sometimes,” Lanier said. “If we could learn how to coagulate our focus … that would be great for us.” The team appeared rattled in the last few sets, and its defense could not slow Utah down as USC allowed multiple players to tally double-digit kills. Every time the Trojans seemed to be starting a run, they would get shut down by the Utah defense.  USC had complete control early on against Colorado. In the opening set, USC posted a .286 hitting percentage and collected 16 kills. Though the score went back and forth in the opening set, the Trojans were able to get the win and followed it up with a 25-20 victory in the second set.  Although USC won, Lanier said the team needs to work on avoiding deficits early in sets.  The Trojans’ blocking in the first two sets was phenomenal, and they limited the Utes on defense when they needed a big run.  The Trojans were able to limit Boulder’s top offensive players en route to the win. The team played with exceptional rhythm, tempo and communication — attributes they had been missing in previous games.  As if Lanier’s game wasn’t impressive enough, she moved into sixth place for all-time career kills at USC with 1,643.   CU took a quick lead in the third set and eventually finished it off to extend the match. The fourth set looked the same early on with the Trojans going down by four early, but they were able to bounce back for a 25-23 win.  “I think we’re our biggest enemy a lot of the time,” she said. “If we can focus on ourselves and tweak the things we need to, we’ll have some success on the road against Oregon.” Lanier said the Trojans will be more focused on their own play than the rankings after the loss.  Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin and senior middle back Jasmine Gross both had more than 10 kills and a combined 11 blocks in the win against the Buffaloes.  The Trojans will look to bounce back from the tough loss when they visit Oregon State at 7 p.m. Friday and Oregon at noon Sunday.last_img read more

Super 2 Clash: Hearts supporters chairman believes club is primed for victory

first_imgNational Chapters Committee Chairman of Hearts of Oak, Barimah Atuahene, has stated the club is focused on clinching all three points when they face Hearts of Oak in the Super 2 clash.The supporters chairman is hopeful of a victory for his side as a win could see the Phobians stretch the lead over their rivals to 10 points.For Atuahene, the club is leaving no stone unturned in that regard.“In football anything is possible but Hearts of Oak are fully focused and are well prepared for this super clash,” he told Asempa Sports.“It is the third time we are having our camp at Akosombo and it was decided by the technical team because we want to have a sound mind and prepare very well for the upcoming match even though we know it the same league match we will be playing but both clubs will be playing for the maximum three points.” “Both clubs will be hoping to make another history because that has been the trend anytime both teams meet,” he added. Atuahene also revealed that there is no more misunderstanding between the coach and the management and also called on the supporters of the club to comport themselves as they prepare for the match. “We have settled any misunderstanding between the coach and the management and we have paid both assistant coaches not because we are playing Kotoko but we saw that it will be necessary to pay them and the coach confirmed to me on training grounds yesterday that everything is under control.”“We have printed thirty-eight thousand tickets for the match and the supporters are advised to purchase the tickets on time to avoid any clash at the gate and they should please comport themselves at the stadium because we don’t want to experience any violence at the stadium.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Penguins, Mike Sullivan agree to four-year extension

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Penguins continue to hold faith in head coach Mike Sullivan by signing him to a four-year contract extension, general manager Jim Rutherford announced Friday.Sullivan originally took over as the Penguins coach back in December 2015, when Pittsburgh was out of playoff position and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. He helped them finish the year with a 33-16-5 record to push them into the second-place spot in the east. They went on to win the Stanley Cup. “Mike has done a great job delivering four, 100-plus point seasons with our team,” Rutherford said in a press release. “To win back-to-back Stanley Cups in this era speaks volumes of him as a coach. His instincts in managing the inter-workings of our team both on and off the ice has been impressive.”Under Sullivan, the Penguins have won 38 postseason games (most in the NHL), and they’ve also scored 994 goals (tied for first with Tampa Bay). The 51-year-old, who played 11 seasons in the NHL, has the second-best points percentage in franchise history (.637) and third-most wins in team history (174).This past season, Sullivan coached the Penguins to a 44-26-12 record (100 points) before Pittsburgh suffered an early playoff exit after being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round. NHL free agency 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ free agentsJust one year later, Pittsburgh finished second in the NHL during the regular season and won yet another Stanley Cup title. Sullivan became the first American head coach in NHL history to win more than one championship and the first since Scotty Bowman to win back-to-back titles (Detroit in 1996 and 1997).last_img read more

Cheptegei goes for the double

first_img1962 Perth114611  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight 2006 Melbourne201315 2010 Delhi200218  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg)  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg)  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres Total1315214918  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles Uganda medals Commonwealth games  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight 1970 Edinburgh33179 RELATED STORY 1954 Vancouver010114  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase MedalNameGamesSportEvent FILE PHOTO: Cheptegei wins the 5000m on Sunday. He could make it a double gold today.center_img  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight 2014 Glasgow104518 1994 Victoria002224 1958 Cardiff010117  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight 1974 Christchurch243910  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweight Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Joshua Cheptegei is set to emulate Moses Kipsiro’s Commonwealth Games double winning feat when he competes in the 10,000m final on Friday.Cheptegei is a firm favourite to add the 10,000m title to the 5000m gold he won last week that will see him equal Moses Kipsiro’s double achievement at the 2010 Commonwealth games in India.Kipsiro, the most successful Ugandan track and field athlete with three gold medals, won both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Delhi, before adding the 10,000m final at the 2014 Games.Cheptegei (26:49.94), one of only two athletes at this final who have ever run sub-27 minute times, will be the man to beat following his dominance of last Sunday’s 5000m final.It is however the first time he is going for the double, and lying in wait for any mistake will be Kenyans Josphat Bett Kipkoech (26:48.99),  Glasgow 2014 steeplechase gold medallist Jonathan Ndiku (Kenya) and World Under 20 champion Rodgers Kwemoi (Kenya).Also in the race is Mohammed Ahmed (Canada) who came second in the 5000m final but has experience of running in two finals at the last Olympics.Team tactics will be key, with the Kenyans traditionally running such races with a planned role for each of their athletes.  In the 5000m final, Cheptegei kept behind the leaders and only charged in the final four laps, but with three Kenyans in this, staying in the lead pack will be key.Cheptegei, 21, has been in formidable form since winning 10,000m silver at the World Championships last year.  In the past 6 months, he has run the  world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November and dominated all the cross-country races he participated in this year.Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games 1982 Brisbane030318  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight 1990 Auckland202411  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight Share on: WhatsApp   10,000m final 2pm: Cheptegei | Toroitich | Kiplimo ??  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles 1966 Kingston001119 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132 2002 Manchester020230last_img read more

Cori “Coco” Gauff Of Delray Beach Makes a Historic Run at Wimbledon

first_imgIt’s easy to forget that Cori “Coco” Gauff of Delray Beach is only 15 years old. In her Grand Slam debut, Gauff beat Venus Williams, a five-time champion, in the first round at Wimbledon. Gauff is the tournament’s youngest player and has said in previous interviews that she is inspired by the Williams sisters.Friday was a rough match for Gauff who was up against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog. Gauff was down a set at and lost her mixed doubles match but then bounced back and won. In a press conference, Gauff stated that she was confident she could win even though she was behind in the second set.“I was like, ‘I can fight back—I just need to hold serve and then break,’ ” Gauff said in an interview after her big win.Gauff’s father, Cory, is the owner of Paradise Sports Lounge in Delray Beach. Many Delray Beach tennis fans would go to the lounge in support of Gauff. The lounge has hosted watch parties for each of Coco’s Wimbledon matches.last_img read more

First Walk-up Testing Sites Set to Open in Broward This Weekend

first_imgAfter a month of operating only drive-thru testing sites for the novel coronavirus, Florida will open its first two walk-up COVID-19 testing locations on Saturday in Broward County.Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that tests will be conducted at Mitchell Moore Park, 901 N.W. 10th St., Pompano Beach, and at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.“Not everyone has access to a car,” DeSantis said. “We need to be able to reach … particularly into underserved communities.”The walk-up sites, which will be operated with the assistance of the National Guard and Broward Sheriff’s Office, will each serve 200 residents per day.The governor added that anyone with symptoms can either walk to the testing sites or call for an appointment, (954) 412-7300.“We hope the response is good,” DeSantis said.As of Thursday morning, the state reported that 220,892 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus.In addition, there have been 28,726 tests in Broward, and 3,459 people or 12.1 percent have been diagnosed with infections, records show.Worldwide, there are over 2.1 million cases and 142,148 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.last_img read more