UW unleashes blizzard on PSU

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoApparently eight is not enough.The last time the UW women’s basketball team played against Penn State, head coach Lisa Stone only had eight available players, and her quote before the game was, “Eight is enough.”However, the Badgers were not able to rally around Stone’s saying and suffered a 69-54 defeat.This time around, however, it was the Lady Lions who only had eight available players as junior starter Charity Renfro did not travel with the team due to a concussion.Just like Wisconsin, Penn State was not able to achieve victory with a shorthanded roster, as the Badgers cruised to a 66-56 win behind a strong second half.The game was neck-and-neck through much of the first half, but a Rashida Mark put-back bucket at the buzzer gave Penn State a two-point lead at intermission. Following the play, Stone was clearly upset with her team’s mediocre play.”When we play the way we did in the first half — you know, spotty and just not finishing and kind of playing like there’s a snowstorm outside — you need to get upset a little bit,” Stone said. “And they answered and played very well in the second half.”Wisconsin began to break away in the second half behind the hot shooting of senior Ashley Josephson, as she was a perfect three-for-three from beyond the arc after half-time.”I tried to forget about what happened in the first half, and then it’s a new 20 minutes,” Josephson said. “So I had to go out there with a fresh mind and just stroke the ball.”While Josephson’s shooting in the second half helped propel Wisconsin to its first Big Ten home victory since New Year’s, Penn State head coach Rene Portland felt that it was Danielle Ward’s presence inside that made the difference.”The effectiveness of Ward (was the key),” Portland said. “They got the ball inside. She was able to stand and get position for a long time in there, and our kids didn’t handle that.”Ward’s improved play has been evident as of late, as she has gained more and more experience in just her sophomore year.The secret to her recent big games — most notably the Michigan State loss this past weekend, when she posted a 10-point, nine-rebound and six-block performance — is actually quite simple.”I just play,” Ward said. “There’s nothing about confidence or anything specific. Sometimes I just go into a zone and I’m just playing where I’m not worrying about anything — not worried about a turnover, not worried about a foul, not worried about the other team scoring or anything.”In Thursday night’s victory, Ward was all over the place with her physical style of play, scoring a game-high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks.She was simply too much for the Lady Lions.”I don’t think our kids handled the physical play, to be honest,” Portland said. “I obviously took a technical foul. … The frustration from that carried into how bad they played.”But it wasn’t just Ward or Josephson that made the difference; Wisconsin led a balanced scoring attack all around, with each starter scoring in double figures.With the win, Wisconsin started its three-game home stand to finish the season on a high note, and, with only two games and the Big Ten tournament remaining on the schedule, the question of what the team is capable of remains.”Anybody’s capable of anything,” Josephson said. “You see upsets all the time, so if we come out and play the basketball, anything can happen for us, so we just got to stay confident and keep playing the way we are and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Syracuse settles for tie with Albany despite dominating possession battle

first_img Published on August 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ At the 36-minute mark of the second half, Syracuse midfielder Alyscha Mottershead sent a pass into the box toward forward Erin Simon, who waited near the far post. Simon headed the ball into the hands of the diving Albany goalkeeper Jackie Ubert.SU players believed the ball crossed the goal line. The linesman called no goal.A frustrating evening for the Orange, who outshot visiting Albany 22-6, concluded in a 1-1 draw in front of 453 at SU soccer Stadium Friday. Sophomore Hanna Strong scored her first career goal in the first half, but the Orange (1-0-1) couldn’t extend its lead and had to settle for the tie.“It was a dominant performance,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “To have 20 shots and 13 corner kicks and they had six shots and zero corner kicks, it just shows you the attacking power we put out there today.“Having said that, it does us no good if we don’t put the ball in the back of the net.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse dominated ball possession and created plenty of scoring opportunities. Mottershead and fellow midfieldersRosina Callisto, Jackie Firenze made it difficult for the Great Danes to bring the ball across midfield, and the Orange controlled the game.SU attacked along the right side much of the night offensively.Freshman right back Taylor Haenlin sent lead passes to Alexis Koval, and although many were cleared by Albany defenders, they set up time in the offensive zone. Koval’s quick footwork set up several scoring opportunities.One shot was saved by Ubert, another was called back for offsides.Still, Syracuse stayed aggressive in the offensive zone and it paid off with just over 15 minutes left in the first half.Strong and senior forward Jenna Rickan entered the game with 17 minutes left in the half. The duo made an immediate impact.SU worked a designed play from the sideline. Haenlin threw a pass into the box that skimmed the top of Strong’s head, which Rickan headed down and Strong chest volleyed it into the net to put the Orange up 1-0.“I came on and I knew I had to bring energy,” Strong said. “We’ve practiced those plays with Taylor’s long throw and I knew where I had to be and I was able to rebound it in.”Syracuse held the one-goal lead at halftime after keeping the Great Danes from taking a single shot in the first 45 minutes.The play slowed down in the second half, and Albany gained more and more chances. SU goalkeeper Brittany Anghel wasn’t truly tested, but she turned away the shots that came her way early in the half.SU controlled the tempo as it kept the advantage. Then came the controversial non-goal call early in the second half.“Unfortunately through the whole scramble the linesman didn’t see it. But we all tried to scream and make sure he was aware of it,” Mottershead said. “Going forward I guess we can’t rely on those close calls and put a few more opportunities away next time.”The call changed the momentum of the game.Albany’s Aubrey VanGorder had a shot sail wide and another saved with 19 minutes to play in the match. Minutes later, Great Danes forward Regina Nowicki finally broke through with a goal to tie the score at 1-1.The match went to overtime and neither team managed the decisive score in the 20 minutes of extra time.“Unfortunately it didn’t happen for us today. But maybe we can get it done earlier in the game so we don’t have to leave it until overtime,” Mottershead said. Commentslast_img read more

Trojans ready to take on Loyola Marymount Lions

first_imgUSC’s baseball team fell to 8-6 on the season this weekend after a less-than-stellar home stand that included three losses at home to Houston, Pepperdine and UCLA. It was a weekend full of missed opportunities in terms of advancing runners on base as well as key fielding mistakes, allowing the Trojans’ opponents to score more and more runs.Field general · Junior catcher Garrett Stubbs is one of six Trojans to have started every game this season. He is batting .275 in his 14 starts. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe weekend started out with a 6-1 loss to Houston on Friday, then a 10-4 loss to Pepperdine on Saturday and finally a close 6-5 loss to crosstown rival UCLA on Sunday.USC head coach Dan Hubbs believes that each of these losses can be attributed to slightly different factors.“I think Friday we just got beat in every facet by Houston, whose pitcher pitched fantastic, but that’s just kind of baseball,” Hubbs said. “Saturday we jumped out to a lead early on then couldn’t extend that lead and proceeded to give up a bunch of hits later in the game. Sunday we were in key positions but made huge errors. We just gave them too much.”Despite this disappointing showing, Hubbs feels confident that the new week will present a fresh start for the Trojans and allow them to rekindle their winning streak.“We’re in a little bit of a rut, but we just have to play clean baseball,” Hubbs said. “If we do that, we know we’ll win. There’s no doubt we should’ve beat UCLA Sunday. We just made too many mistakes on easy plays, but I know these guys won’t makes those same mistakes moving forward.”The Trojans will kick off this week at home in a match against the 9-7 Loyola Marymount Lions tonight at 6 p.m. The Lions are on something of a hot streak at the moment, coming to USC’s Dedeaux Field fresh off seven straight wins.Hubbs believes that if the Trojans can eliminate stolen bases from the speedy Lions, they stand a good chance at winning tonight.“Loyola Marymount can really run, but one thing we’ve done really well so far this season is preventing a lot of stolen bases,” Hubbs said. “Since stealing bases is such a huge part of their game, I think we’ll be able to match up really well in that respect.”Even though Loyola Marymount has played well recently, the Lions appear evenly matched with the Trojans. In terms of overall batting average, the Lions currently hold a .283 team average in comparison to the Trojans’ .288. USC’s pitching staff also currently boasts a slightly better ERA than Loyola Marymount, given the Trojans’ 3.00 ERA in comparison to the Lions’ 3.64.Numbers aside, Hubbs predicts that the outcome of tonight’s game will depend heavily on the mindset and confidence of the players on both teams.All smiles · Despite the Trojans’ four-game skid, senior 3B Kevin Swick, who is batting .410 on the season and was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 4 for the first time in his career, has plenty to be happy about. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“It’s more about how you come out as opposed to how you match up,” Hubbs said. “Loyola Marymount has a good balance of right and left-handed pitchers and batters. They’re a talented team who can beat us and we’re more than capable of beating them. Whoever plays best will win the game.”For tonight’s lineup, junior Garrett Stubbs will catch and freshman Jeremy Martinez will come in as the designated hitter.Hubbs says that above all, the Trojans must deliver in the clutch if they want to break their four-game losing streak tonight.“There just comes a point in time when a player needs to come through in a big spot, whether that be in terms of hitting, pitching or fielding,” Hubbs said. “We just have to do what we did during the first couple of games of the season, which is pitch well and play good defense.”First pitch is set for 6 p.m. tonight. Next up for the Trojans is a trip north for a weekend series against Oregon.last_img read more

US-based Jamaican athlete Xavier Boland charged with sex-related felony

first_imgJamaican track and field athlete Xavier Boland faces a possible 12-year prison term after he was charged with three counts of felony invasion of privacy. Authorities alleged he secretly recorded three people having sex without their knowledge or consent, a felony.According to reports, 24-year-old Boland, an honor-roll student at Lindenwood University, committed the felony on February 18 in St. Charles, Missouri, where he lives.Recordings found on phoneThe reports said court documents indicated that the recordings were found on the Lindenwood University senior’s phone after a woman alleged that he not only showed her a video and a photo of her having sex with Boland’s roommate but sexually assaulted her and threatened to post recordings he’d made of her on social media when she resisted.The court documents also say that Boland’s roommate was unaware that he was in the recordings, as was another woman who was also recorded having sex.In woman’s bedroomThe police report said a woman who brought the matter to light was asleep in the house where Boland lives and awoke to find him in the bedroom. She raised an alarm, got dressed and told the honor student to leave the bedroom.The woman claimed Boland told her he had seen her naked many times and played a video on his phone which showed her engaged in sexual encounters. Boland told her he had more recordings of her having sex in the bedroom.Threatens to publish videoThe woman then tried to leave the house, but Boland allegedly threatened to ruin her life by publishing the videos on a public forum. The police report further stated that Boland then took the woman to his bedroom where he then undressed her and began fondling her before she fought him off and fled. The victim then filed a report with authorities.Boland allowed police to search his phone and the videos by the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force. The victim identified herself on one of the videos. The male acquaintance, who also spoke with police, identified himself in two videos. A third victim, who had a similar account as the others, was also identified and contacted.Boland is said to have admitted to recording the victims without their approval. He also claimed the woman fabricated the sexual assault claim to get authorities to make him erase the videos.Boland was arrested and charged with three counts of invasion of privacy, though no charges were filed in relation to the alleged sexual assault. He was also ordered to surrender his passport.If convicted, Boland faces up to four years in prison per count on the current charges.Was named Intercollegiate Athlete of the WeekJust last week Boland was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s (MIAA) Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. At the Missouri Collegiate Open he set an NCAA provisional mark of 5.20m, which is the second-best in NCAA Division II this season and the top mark in the MIAA.The university has not said whether he remains a student or on the track team, citing student privacy law, but said in a statement that the school “is committed to the safety of its students and the campus’.last_img read more

See how Lyon shocked Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in UCL [VIDEO]

first_imgLyon produced a spirited display to take a surprise lead after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Juventus.Lucas Tousart scored the only goal in the first half as the hosts claimed their first victory over the Italian giants.Juve started confidently but failed to create any clear chances before Tousart converted Houssem Aouar’s cross from close range to hand the Ligue 1 side the lead.The visitors continued to have more possession but they struggled to penetrate the resolute Lyon defence, failing to register a single shot on target.With the clock ticking down, Juve ramped up the pressure, but Paulo Dybala’s late strike was ruled out for offside.The second leg will take place at Allianz Stadium on 17 March Source: BBC Sport Tags: Cristiano RonaldoJuventusLyonlast_img read more

Essien is not committed to Black Stars- Ex Ghana FA chief Nyaho-Tamakloe

first_imgFormer Ghana FA chief Dr Nyaho Tamakloe doubts Michael Essien’s Ghana commitment as the Chelsea ace continues to delay his return to the Black Stars.Essien, who enjoyed a successful season-long loan deal at Real Madrid, has been diplomatic about when he will rejoin his international teammates.There were high expectations he was going to confirm his return after last Saturday’s charity match organized by his foundation in Accra but he disappointed.His last appearance for the senior national team dates back to 2011 when he played in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in Kumasi.Tamakloe, renowned for his abrasive administrative style as chairman of Hearts of Oak in the late 1980s, believes is not loyal to the Black Stars.“There are players who are not committed to the national team and Essien is one classic example of such players,” Dr. Tamakloe told the state-owned Graphic Sports. “I see Essien’s problem as a psychological complex that makes him feel comfortable when he plays among whites, but operates with suspicion when he is among blacks, and that explains why he performs very well in Europe than in Africa, even though there were times that he had played well for the Blacks Stars, but generally he has never shown the will to die for the country.”“Essien decided to quit the Black Stars and has sat back to see the team make progress and wants to join when it appears some progress has been made in terms of qualification for the World Cup.”last_img read more

Yasiel Puig shaken up and Dodgers lose to Marlins

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mattingly said Fife a favorable review.“I thought Stephen was really good for us,” Mattingly said. “He kept us in the game and was able to stay with those guys.”The Marlins improved the big leagues’ best home record to 13-5, while their 2-10 road record is the worst in the majors.The Dodgers came from behind three times, and a blown save cost Fernandez the victory. With Marlins closer Steve Cishek unavailable after pitching in three consecutive games, A.J. Ramos (2-0) tried to protect a one-run lead in the ninth for his first career save. But Chone Figgins walked and scored on a double by Andre Ethier with no outs.A diving stop by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and an overturned call on a force play at second base helped the Marlins escape the inning with the score tied.Hechavarria started the bottom of the ninth with a single off Jamey Wright (2-2) and advanced to third on a sacrifice and a groundout.Baker followed with a drive to right, and a retreating Puig slammed his head and lower left leg against the fence. The ball deflected off the wall and hit Puig in the face, and he collapsed to his stomach.Puig was slow to walk off the field but passed a concussion test. The Dodgers said his status is day to day.“He hit the wall good,” Mattingly said. “He seemed to be OK when he was walking in, but I’m sure they are going to keep looking at him. He almost made an unbelievable play.”Fernandez avoided a serious injury in the fifth when he was hit on the back of the left leg by a sharp grounder hit by Dee Gordon. Asked if he expected to make his next start, Fernandez said, “Probably I will be fine.”Fernandez went on to pitch seven innings, left with a 4-3 lead and remained unbeaten at home in 20 career starts. But he lacked his customary command, allowing four walks, and they led to both earned runs against him.“It wasn’t an easy game,” Fernandez said. “Like everybody knows, the Dodgers are one of the best teams in the league. That’s why they get paid the way they get paid.”NOTES >> Outfielder Nick Buss, designated for assignment by the Dodgers on April 30, was claimed by Oakland. … Zack Greinke (5-0, 2.04 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound when the Dodgers open a series today at Washington. MIAMI — Just up from Triple-A and matched against one of baseball’s best pitchers, Stephen Fife kept the game close.The Dodgers’ right-hander pitched six-plus innings in his 2014 big league debut, but Jeff Baker hit a winning RBI double off the wall with two outs in the ninth that gave the Miami Marlins a 5-4 win Sunday.Fife (0-1) stayed in the game longer than Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh with Miami leading 4-3.“Trying to stick with Fernandez, I think that was pretty dang good,” Fife said. “That’s a good pitcher over there, so I tried to keep my team in the game as long as possible.”center_img Los Angeles was in it until Baker’s drive. Right fielder Yasiel Puig slammed into the wall trying for an acrobatic catch and was shaken up but not seriously hurt.Teammates ran out to check on him while the Marlins celebrated their wild victory.“We still had a chance to win right to the very end,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Fife was recalled before the game from Albuquerque to start for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, sidelined by a sore shoulder. The right-hander gave up four runs, all on homers — two by Giancarlo Stanton and one by Christian Yelich.“I was throwing righties a lot of curve balls, and lefties a lot of changeups,” Fife said. “Unfortunately, I hang two that leave the yard.”last_img read more

PowaKaddy and England Golf gift trolleys to support disabled golfers

first_img18 Nov 2014 PowaKaddy and England Golf gift trolleys to support disabled golfers England Golf and PowaKaddy have given electric trolleys to several of the country’s golf-related disability groups to help improve access to the game. England Golf presented PowaKaddy electric trolleys, which had been used by its top amateur golfers playing in some of the world’s most prestigious events, to England Deaf Golf, England and Wales Blind Golf and the Disabled Golf Association. Each group was given the freedom to determine who would be awarded each individual trolley and all used the opportunity to increase engagement with their members and promote their involvement in golf. For instance, England Deaf Golf chose to award its trolleys as prizes to the winners of the 2014 England Deaf Golf Open, while England and Wales Blind Golf Association put its allocation to use during this year’s Auld Enemies match against Scotland, from which it emerged victorious (pictured). England Golf Disability Manager Jamie Blair was delighted that the trolleys have been used to encourage participation in the sport amongst disabled golfers. He said: “I would like to thank PowaKaddy for their generous donation. England Golf is proud to recognise that it is not just non-disabled players who represent England throughout the golfing year. A number of disability golf organisations compete on national, European and world stages throughout the year.   “Disabled golfers and those with a long-term limiting condition account for 10% of those playing once a week in England and I know that the trolleys will go to good use and Powakaddy’s recognition of those playing the game, not just elite golfers, is great to see. “The disability golf organisations run tournaments and are always looking for support for events and for their players. It is the long-term ambition for England Golf to provide support for talented disabled players competing at these levels.” As official trolley supplier to England Golf, PowaKaddy presents a fleet of its state-of-the-art electric trolleys to both men’s and women’s squads ahead of the golf season each year. This year, the nation’s elite amateurs received the outstanding FW7 model, which has been met with widespread acclaim from media, retailers and the public, alike. PowaKaddy chairman John deGraft-Johnson spoke of his pride in seeing trolleys once used by the country’s rising stars help to promote and support disability golf. He said: “Everyone at PowaKaddy takes great pleasure in knowing that we are supporting amateur golf at the highest level as Official Trolley Supplier to England Golf. “We are just as delighted to know that the equipment no longer required by the national squads is being put to great use by various disability golf associations, providing a tremendous opportunity for their members to enjoy our great game.”last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where nothing matters but the truth 9/7

first_imgHey Sport…wake up, shake off the cobwebs and stand up. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Ready or not, it’s here!What I truly don’t understand is why Pirate Manager Clint Hurdle allows his starting pitchers to get knocked around when it’s clear they don’t have their stuff on a given night, especially since his bullpen is loaded.  Hey, who am I to question the future Manager of the Year.Enough about Redskins second year quarterback Robert Griffin III. Just let him play for goodness sake. If he gets hurt . . . he gets hurt. I know that sounds hard, but guess what?  The game is hard!Talk about reaching . . . I don’t know about you, but at no time did I link the Pirates potential 21 year losing season with Roberto Clemente number 21. No, not once. Not at all. Never . . . ever crossed my mind.The Pittsburgh – Steelers kick it off Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at home, 1:00 p.m. Should win. Need to win home opener and better win the ones this year they’re supposed to win. Nuff said!!Harlem Nights, the hottest and most exciting oldies par-tay returns for its final showcase of the season on Friday, September 27th  at 3 Lakes Golf Course. This year’s finale will, as always, feature the United Rays Corvette Club, MAD Dad’s Inc., the Dance Masters Roland and Bill Ford and their dance companies and a special salute to honor the legend Sly Jock. Doors open for line dancers early, set at 8:00 p.m., with Roland Ford spinning the jams and the par-tay goes on till 1:00.  $10 donation will benefit The Champions Toys for Tots Christmas Party and Toy Giveaway. Free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen – 50/50 – in house photographer and dancin . . . dancin . . . dancin!!! (Special note:  Please bring an unwrapped toy or new clothing item for children 5-15 years old – – – no you don’t get a discount at the door, but you’ll feel better for doing it.)~ You’ve Now Crossed the Finish Line ~last_img read more

Zark’s rises; eze, perpetual wallop jru

first_imgMOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Ricci Rivero participates in Gilas practice Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum, which rose to4-1, with 27 points and 11 rebounds while reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez added 18 points.“Wangs wanted to win as badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. “I wanted to give others a chance to play and it almost turned into a loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLater, Prince Eze recorded a rare triple-double to power Perpetual Help to an 88-72 rout of Jose Rizal University.Eze dominated with 24 points, 20 rebounds and a record-setting 11 blocks to become just the fifth player in D-League history to achieve the feat. 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 LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Altas halted the Bombers’ two-game run to tie their victims at 2-1. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Zark’s Burger-Lyceum overcame a late challenge by Wangs Basketball-Letran to escape with a 95-93 win and its fourth straight victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket with 1:03, nailing a floater off an assist from MJ Ayaay.The Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the return play, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which was a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more