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

Better Collective heads EGR’s 2018 Power Affiliates list

first_img Share Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share Submit Highly regarded provider of betting tips, bookmaker information and gambling tools, Better Collective has been named as EGR’s number one in the Power Affiliates 2018 list.After impressing judges with criteria such as business and commercial success, M&A activity and regulatory and compliance procedures, Better Collective was picked out to be a leading power within the iGaming world.The list was narrowed down to 25 of the most successful affiliate businesses in the gambling industry by nine judges, including affiliate managers, consultants and digital marketing experts. Other industry leaders such as Catena Media, XLMedia, Raketech, and Oddschecker respectively rounded out this year’s top five.Jesper Sogaard – Better CollectiveJesper Søgaard, Founder and CEO of Better Collective, said: “We’re very honoured to be named number one in this prestigious list, and we will do our utmost to remain at the top of the affiliate industry.“Being recognised at the top of the EGR Power Affiliates 2018 list, is a testament to the very talented people who work at Better Collective, and I’m proud to be the CEO of this great team. We’re continuing to grow, and our aim is to maintain our strong focus on delivering on our vision to empower iGamers through transparency and technology.”Better Collective provides a range of bookmaker information and innovative gambling tools, including bettingexpert, its flagship tipping product providing pre-match and in-play tipping, and SmartBets, the customisable odds comparison website making it clearer than ever to find betting value. Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Masters postponed as golf continues to take coronavirus measures

first_imgThe 2020 Masters has been postponed due to health concerns related to the spread of coronavirus, organizers have confirmed.Golf’s first major of the year was scheduled to take place at Augusta National between April 9-12, with Tiger Woods set to defend the title he memorably won in 2019. However, all events have now been called off until further notice.”Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances,” a statement from club chairman Fred Ridley read.”Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.” On March 4, Augusta National Golf Club issued a memo stating it planned to stage the Masters and its associated Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals as planned.CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Cancellations as virus spreads in U.S., Canadalast_img read more

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

Capital Medical Center Fully Operational After Car Damages Building

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capital Medical CenterHospital services and patient care were not disrupted after a vehicle crashed into a wall of Capital Medical Center yesterday afternoon. The vehicle damaged a brick and glass wall of the hospital’s outpatient registration waiting room. No one was seated near the wall at the time of the incident.A structural engineer from the City of Olympia determined that the building was safe for continued occupancy. Contractors were brought in to construct a temporary wall overnight which closed off the damaged area so repairs could begin.Patients and visitors to Capital Medical Center should not expect any change in the services the hospital provides.last_img read more