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

Volleyball to open Pac-12 play against rival Bruins

first_imgTo prepare for UCLA’s attack, the Trojans are practicing defending against a mix of roll-shots and hard swings. USC struggled to defend this mix of shots against Yale, and UCLA excels at mixing up its hits.  Crouch hopes to have a more consistent rotation once everyone is healthy. Just two players for the Trojans have played in all 39 sets this year: last year’s Pac-12 Freshman of the Year setter Raquel Lázaro and senior middle blocker Jasmine Gross. This past weekend, Crouch began that process by subbing just four times all match.  Though as the team is fighting through injuries, it is coming closer to full health. Senior opposite hitter Emily Baptista is expected to make her full return this week. Baptista, still recovering from a knee injury, has only played in 10 sets so far this season — all in the Trojan Invitational two weekends ago. The tilt between USC and UCLA will begin conference play for both teams. UCLA enters the match with a record of 5-4 but is coming off two straight 3-0 defeats.  The Trojans can now count on consistent contributions from All-American senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier, who recovered from a concussion suffered earlier in the season. Despite missing two weeks of play, Lanier is third on the team in kills with 92 and has posted a .316 kill rate this season. The Trojans’ current starting rotation still lacks experience and faces various injuries — but head coach Brent Crouch sees a silver lining. “So while we haven’t started clicking yet with the starting group, overall I think because people are getting out there and playing a lot … the team-building part is way more advanced than it was last year,” Crouch said.  The team’s leader in kills, freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes, sat out in the matchup with Long Beach State.   “We were really clicking against Long Beach [State], and I didn’t want to disrupt that flow,” Crouch said.  Though the Bruins run a tricky offense, they have only two hitters with over 50 kills this season compared to five for USC. The Bruins’ leading hitter is junior outside hitter Mac May, an All-American honorable mention last year. center_img The return of injured senior opposite Emily Baptista (left) will give an inconsistent USC squad a much-needed boost as it begins conference play. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan) The Trojans have seen their ranking steadily drop from No. 14 all the way to No. 25 after a shaky 6-4 start. Battered with injuries, the talented roster has yet to reach its full potential.   Facing UCLA on the road is always a difficult matchup for any USC team, but the atmosphere at UCLA’s home opener will prove even tougher than usual.  “There’s the challenge of the venue, of the energy that will be for UCLA in that match,” Crouch said. “The emotions that are connected with playing your rival and learning how to play our game despite those distractions will be important, and I think we are getting good at that.”  “They are going to be fired up to play us,” Crouch said. “We won the last few, but they are always going to be motivated to give us their best.” UCLA mostly runs an offense that includes two setters, meaning there are always three hitters available — making the offense difficult to defend. The Trojans enter the matchup after an up-and-down weekend in San Diego. USC lost in a hard-fought five-set match to USD then bounced back with a dominant sweep of Long Beach State.  USC went 2-0 against the Bruins in 2018, sweeping them in the first matchup and winning a five-set battle in the second.  USC and UCLA’s storied crosstown rivalry will be renewed Wednesday when the No. 25 Trojans women’s volleyball team travels to Pauley Pavilion. last_img read more

Dodgers’ offense left out in the cold against Brewers lefty Wade Miley

first_img“Great play. He’s an athlete,” Bellinger said. “I knew I hit it well. He timed it perfectly. I saw him jump and I saw him react and I said, ‘Damn.’ That’s all you can say.”The night’s only run was hard to come by for the Brewers.Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers starter Walker Buehler held them to five hits and no walks while striking out seven in seven innings – his best start since returning from a rib injury.With two outs, second baseman Kike’ Hernandez made a sprawling stop of Christian Yelich’s ground ball but Yelich was just a little too fast for him, beating the throw to first.Yelich scored on the next play when Cain split the gap in right-center field with a double. Hernandez saved a second run when he made another sprawling stop, this time on Mike Moustakas’ ground ball up the middle. Hernandez popped to his knees and threw Cain out at home.Buehler retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced. Buehler said he “wasn’t pleased” with his first two starts since returning from the DL and went to work with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. They discovered a change in the way he was separating his hands at the start of his delivery and Buehler credited the adjustment with his outstanding start Tuesday.“It might be the first time in my career I’ve had to work on that,” Buehler said. “I’ve gone on a feel basis. Even coming back from (Tommy John) surgery, I didn’t worry about my mechanics. This is the first time I did that and I think it paid off.” “Miley was typical Miley,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He did the same thing to us at their place – ran the cutter in on righties, had us expand more in and threw the change off of that. When he needed a strike, he went to the breaking ball.“It’s a pretty simple formula he executed all night long and didn’t miss to the big part of the plate. We might have squared a couple balls tonight. But to try and put something together, it just didn’t happen.”The most successful formula against the Dodgers’ offense is even simpler – be left-handed.The Dodgers went into Tuesday’s game with a team OPS against right-handed pitchers that ranked second in the majors – and an OPS against lefties that ranked 19th, a weakness cited by GM Farhan Zaidi as the prime motivation behind the trade for Dozier.The past six left-handed starters against the Dodgers – Sean Newcomb and Max Fried of the Braves, Brent Suter and Miley (twice) of the Brewers and Andrew Heaney of the Angels – have held the Dodgers to six earned runs on 22 hits and nine walks over 36 innings, numbers that add up to a 1.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.The Dodgers got a runner past first base against Miley just once – when Cody Bellinger walked and Yasiel Puig singled with two outs in the second inning. After that, Miley retired 16 of the next 17 Dodgers batters – with a big assist from center fielder Lorenzo Cain.With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Bellinger tagged a 2-and-2 curveball from Miley and sent it over the wall in straight-away center field. Cain brought it back. Timing his jump perfectly, Cain reached over the fence to make the catch and preserve the 1-0 lead. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day But he didn’t.“No. Actually I was catching up on text messages,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this many in my life all at once. I was responding to a lot of friends and family I hadn’t talked to in a while.“When you say Dodgers to people in Mississippi, it’s a pretty big deal.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.By the time, he got to the stadium, threw on his new jersey (No. 6), stretched out and greeted his new manager and coaching staff in the dugout, it was too late for him to do anything about the problem he has been acquired to address.Miley is the latest southpaw to tame the Dodgers offense. He held them to two hits over seven scoreless innings. PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Christian Yelich #22, Lorenzo Cain #6 and Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate in the outfield after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Brewers’ Christian Yelich passes Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado on his way to scoring the only run of the game on a double by Lorenzo Cain during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball before throwing out Erik Kratz of the Milwaukee Brewers at first base in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Erik Kratz of the Milwaukee Brewers at first base in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado throws out Milwaukee Brewers’ Erik Kratz at first during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers scores a run on a double off the bat of Lorenzo Cain of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Wade Miley #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball off the bat of Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball off the bat of Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain is tagged out at home by Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes on a throw from Kike’ Hernandez during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The Brewers won 1-0 thanks in part to Cain robbing a home run from Cody Bellinger with a seventh-inning catch in center field. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, right, reaches for the plate as he is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, right, reaches for the plate before being tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes while trying to score on a single by Mike Moustakas during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, left, reaches for the plate after being tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes while trying to score on a single by Mike Moustakas during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, left, lies at the plate after being tagged out while trying to score on a single by Mike Moustakas as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler walks off the field after the top of the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers pleads his case after he was called out at home on a play by Austin Barnes of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a throw from Enrique Hernandez in the third inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers beats the throw to Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he takes second base on a wild pitch by Walker Buehler in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right, is congratulated left fielder Christian Yelich after making a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain tips his hat toward the crowd after making a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ed Sedar after making a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Newly acquired second baseman Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers says hello to manager Dave Roberts #30 as Dozier arrived in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Newly acquired second baseman Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches the ninth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers from the dugoutat Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches from the dugout during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. Dozier was acquired in a Tuesday trade with the Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado makes a face after striking out during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Erik Kratz #15 shakes hands with relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress #32 of the Milwaukee Brewers after earning a save in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Christian Yelich #22, Lorenzo Cain #6 and Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate in the outfield after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Brewers’ Christian Yelich passes Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado on his way to scoring the only run of the game on a double by Lorenzo Cain during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 31The Brewers’ Christian Yelich passes Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado on his way to scoring the only run of the game on a double by Lorenzo Cain during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Brian Dozier said he knew “something was probably brewing up” as the non-waiver trade deadline approached Tuesday afternoon.He was getting ready to play at Target Field in Minnesota when he got word he had indeed been traded to the Dodgers – a trade “two years in the making,” he joked, referring to the Dodgers’ winter pursuit of him in 2016 – and was on a plane “probably an hour” later, a testament either to his eagerness to join his new team or an odd fondness for cross-country travel.“We talked about it and Andrew (Friedman) mentioned would that be a possibility,” Dozier said. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ No days off. I don’t like days off.”Dozier said he landed at LAX about 7:45 p.m. and was in a car on his way to Dodger Stadium “a little after 8.” If he had tuned in to the broadcast during the ride, he would have heard the Dodgers being shut out by Wade Miley and the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0. 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FIFA investigate Chelsea over youth recruitment

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Premier League champions Chelsea are the subject of a FIFA investigation, reportedly for possible breaches over the signing of foreign youth players, world football’s governing said on Wednesday.“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP. “However please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation.”According to The Times newspaper, FIFA were looking into “possible breaches of the regulations regarding the signing of young foreign players”, while Chelsea replied: “Chelsea FC complies with all FIFA statutes and regulations.”The alleged offences were reported to be “less serious” than the violations committed by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid that prompted FIFA last year to issue the Spanish clubs with transfer bans. Chelsea were initially hit with a transfer embargo in 2009 following the transfer of Gael Kakuta from French club Lens, but the ruling was overturned following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.They were also under investigation last year over the signing of Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore after images emerged of him playing for Chelsea when he was just 16 and before he received international clearance.Real and Atletico were barred from registering new players for two transfer windows in January 2016 for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.Real’s sanction was halved on appeal by CAS, allowing the European champions to recruit players this past summer, but Atletico are unable to sign anyone until January 2018.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Perils of Social Media: Hobart Hurricane’s Emily Smith handed a one-year suspension over Instagram…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Women CriczoneAdvertisement je5fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsnk3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8xkely( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 48rhWould you ever consider trying this?😱vz0Can your students do this? 🌚5j3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Hobart Hurricane’s women’s team wicket-keeper Emily Smith has been imposed a one-year suspension after revealing the team’s line-up through an Instagram post. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Women CriczoneSmith breached the Cricket Australia’s anti-corruption policy after recording a video that included the details of the Hurricane’s line-up for their clash against Sydney Thunder.The Article 2.3.2 of the Cricket Australia guidelines clearly disallow the “Disclosing Inside Information to any person (with or without Reward) where the Participant knew or might reasonably have known that such disclosure might lead to the information being used in relation to Betting in relation to any Match or Event.”Advertisement Cricket Australia’s head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll commented on the situation. He claimed that although the intention was not deliberate, the players should be well aware of the Anti-Corruption Code. He added:Whilst Cricket Australia acknowledges that at the time of posting the team line-up there was no intent to breach the Anti-Corruption Code, CA’s rigorous anti-corruption player education program means that players are well aware of their obligations under the Anti-Corruption Code and there is no excuse for breaches regardless of the reasons for information being disclosed.”Advertisement Read Also:Sourav Ganguly on why he batted for D/N tests: Test cricket needs rejuvenation!Gautam Gambhir on 97 in 2011 WC final: Those 3 runs will trouble me for the rest of my life! Advertisementlast_img read more