Top-ranked Trojans remain undefeated

first_imgNo. 1 USC, which took its place at the top of the rankings after last weekend’s Triton Invitational, continued to dominate in the pool, winning 15-3 over CSU Northridge in Saturday’s game at the Utengysu Aquatic Center.After toppling UCLA 8-6 in the final round of last week’s Triton Invitational, USC became the last MPSF team to remain undefeated with a perfect 6-0 heading into Saturday’s game, where the Trojans took their record to 7-0.The Trojans took a commanding lead against CSUN in the first quarter with 2 hat trick goals for junior attacker Stephania Haralibidis and 2 more from sophomores Hayley Mckelvey and Brianna Daboub, taking advantage of open water to convert goals. While the offense was tallying up the scoreboard, the Trojan defense kept the Matadors to just one goal for the entire first half with four saves from freshman goalkeeper Amanda Longan in the first quarter alone.In the second quarter, the Trojan offense began teeing off on the Matadors putting away 4 more goals from McKelvey, Jensen, Brigitta Games, Ioanna Haralibidis and Brianna Daboub. In the cage, Longan had a quarter shutout with three more saves to bring her total to seven by the end of the first half.The action continued in the second half with a pair of hat trick goals from the Haralibidis duo — Stephania and Ioanna — accompanied by goals from senior Melissa Bergesen and juniors Avery Peterson and Brigitta Games. By the end of the third quarter, Longan brought her total to 13 saves, a career high for her debut season thus far.Senior Alegra Hueso took over the cage in the fourth quarter to keep the Matadors at just 3 goals for the duration of the game. On offense, Stephania Haralibidis converted her 4th goal of the day bringing the final score to 15-3.“Being named MPSF newcomer shows that people are paying attention to all the hard work we put in. It’s very encouraging going forward into the season,” said Longan, who was awarded the MPSF Newcomer Award last week averaging 6.4 saves per game in 10 periods of play.“In preparation for the UCI tournament next weekend, we will be working hard in practice,” said top scorer of the game Stephania Haralibidis, who won the MPSF Player of the Week for her work in the UC San Diego Tournament. “It’s important that we have good communication and trust because we love each other as a team and can do great things if we keep working together.”On Feb. 27-28, the Trojans will travel to Irvine to play in the UCI Invitational where they expect to rematch against top-ranked MPSF teams.last_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 14: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSFLEX: Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. Bengals ($17). Hunt has seen at least six carries in each of the past three games, which could yield 40 yards against a Bengals defense allowing 4.7 yars per carry to RBs. But where he really earns his salary is in the receiving game, where he’s had at least five catches in three of four games. Hunt’s ceiling isn’t particularly high, but with at least 8.8 Yahoo points in all four games this season (average of 11.6), he’s a fine cash play at an affordable price. D/ST: Falcons vs. Panthers ($11). We picked on Kyle Allen last week with the Redskins defense, and we’re picking on him again with a defense that recorded five sacks and four INTs against him in Week 11. We originally wanted the Texans (vs. Broncos) here, but they were $1 too expensive, and it didn’t seem worth it to start picking at our lineup just to fit them in. We’ve managed to find some nice values, particularly at WR, as well as an obvious matchup-play at TE. Our QB and RBs will have to carry us, as we’re once again paying top dollar at two of those three spots, so let’s hope things go better than last week with those players, as the rest of our lineup surely won’t hit at the same rate. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 14 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Russell Wilson, Seahawks @ Rams ($35). Wilson dominated against the Rams earlier this year (268 passing yards, four TDs, 32 rushing yards), and he posted six touchdowns in two games against them last year. In a week where a lot of the top QBs have tough matchups and unreliable QBs have the best matchups, we’re happy to split the difference and pay up for Wilson despite some recent down games. WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! GPPRB: Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Lions ($37). We briefly flipped this spot to Derrick Henry after Cook’s injury scare on Monday, but he’ll be good to go against a Lions defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to RBs. To get someone almost as automatic as Christian McCaffrey in a better matchup for $7 cheaper is a steal.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: Devonta Freeman, Falcons vs. Panthers ($20). The Panthers allow the most fantasy points to RBs, and they were just gashed for over 200 yards on the ground by Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice despite the duo receiving just 23 carries. Freeman hasn’t been great this year, but he dominates carries and is averaging over four receptions per game. He should be chalky at RB15 pricing, but that’s fine. He’s perfect for a cash game, as he allows you to afford studs like Wilson and Henry. WR: Davante Adams, Packers vs. Redskins ($27). Adams’ price is only this low because of the games he missed due to a toe injury. In the four games since returning, he’s caught 27-of-43 targets (at least 10 in every game) for 266 yards and three scores. The yards have been disappointing, but with tough matchups against the Chargers and 49ers in that span — plus a snow game last week — he’s still performing like a WR1. He’s only priced as the No. 10 WR, and given the matchup against a porous Redskins secondary, we’ll gladly join the masses and add him to our lineup. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWR: Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Texans ($21). Sutton’s price seems like a typo. He eased all concerns about jelling with new QB Drew Lock last week, catching four-of-five targets for 74 yards and two scores. This almost feels like a trap, as Houston’s secondary has been playing better and we don’t have a ton of confidence in Lock in his first road start, but Sutton has been solid in virtually every game this year (save for a matchup against Tre’Davious White a few weeks ago). Even if it’s in garbage time, Sutton should be able to pay off his WR23 price.WR: Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Saints ($16). Samuel’s salary has barely risen despite the fact he’s had double-digit points in five of his past six games. That includes a pair of 100-yard games and a pair of touchdowns over the past four. We’re hoping we’re not cashing in too late, but New Orleans has struggled against WRs all year, allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the position. Samuel can score in a variety of ways, so even if he sees a lot of Marshon Lattimore in coverage, the 49ers will find creative ways to get him involved. At $16, he doesn’t need to do a ton to at least meet value. TE: Vance McDonald, Steelers @ Cardinals ($16). McDonald has done very little this year outside of a few random TDs, so it’s a bit disappointing his salary isn’t closer to $13 than $16, but everyone knows how bad the Cardinals defense is against TEs. The only worry here is that Nick Vannett catches the inevitable touchdown instead of McDonald, so in GPPs you can make an argument for paying the minimum for Vannett, but McDonald plays more and should have more opportunities. Originally, we were planning on paying $4 more for Jack Doyle against the second-worst team vs. TEs (Tampa), but the extra $4 helped us fit in Wilson, Henry, Adams, and Sutton.  Last week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup hit on almost every player, though we had a big whiff on Terry McLaurin (if only we had stuck with D.J. Moore) and also paid top dollar for disappointing performances from Patrick Mahomes and  Christian McCaffrey. Neither were total flops, but they definitely were not worth their prices. Still, Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, Julian Edelman, DeVante Parker, Tyler Higbee, and the Redskins D/ST more than worked out, so we were ultimately in the money. We’ll look to keep it going with our Week 14 NFL DFS lineup picks.Matchups and injuries will have a bigger-than-usual effect on cash-game lineups this week. Several top offensive teams, including the Ravens (@ Bills), Saints (vs. 49ers), Chiefs (@ Patriots), and Texans (vs. Broncos) face tough opponents, making their players at least slightly less appealing in cash games. Throw in big-time injuries to the likes of Julio Jones (shoulder), T.Y. Hilton (calf), James Conner (shoulder), and many more, and you’re left with some tough choices.last_img read more

Sony confirms Call of Duty for PS Vita this year

first_imgThe news that won’t surprise any gamer out there has been confirmed: Call of Duty is heading to the PS Vita. What may surprise you is the fact it will enjoy a simultaneous launch with the next installment of the game on consoles and PC later this year, suggesting it could offer up a mobile version of what we play on those other formats.In the past, Call of Duty has taken different forms in order to get it running on mobile hardware. As these formats have limited processing capabilities, porting the console version has never really been possible. But the PS Vita is a very powerful machine, and a true port of the console version of the next game is viable, albeit with some graphical effects turned off or level sizes trimmed.Surprisingly, the confirmation of the game for PS Vita didn’t come from Activision. Instead, Sony’s senior vice president of PlayStation Brand Marketing, Guy Longworth, mentioned the game during a chat with GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley about the launch of the handheld. For Sony to be making a big deal about a game several months away, and before the publisher, shows how important the title is. But it also suggests Sony may be a little concerned about how much interest there is in the Vita. Usually platform holders want to talk about the titles available at launch, not those arriving at the end of the year.It was inevitable that Activision would choose to support the PS Vita. Not only will that mean even more sales for the franchise, they can also advertise how well the Call of Duty Elite service works on the go, therefore enticing more gamers to subscribe. More at GameTrailers, via Gamasutralast_img read more