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Track prepares for MPSF indoor championships

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first_imgThe Trojan track and field teams will be heading to Seattle, Washington, this weekend to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships. The women’s team will seek to hold onto their title for the third year in a row, while the men’s team will attempt to dethrone Oregon, who narrowly beat them last year.The MPSF ITFC is a competition created in 1992 and designed for Division I West Coast schools. This year, 14 men’s teams and 19 women’s teams will be in attendance. Though the Trojan men’s team is looking solid, as they are currently ranked ninth in the nation by the USTFCCA NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings, they will have to be wary of strong competition from Oregon’s squad, which is ranked second on that list, and Washington’s, which is ranked twelfth. Meanwhile, the No. 10 Women of Troy will have to battle Oregon’s first-ranked roster and Washington’s seventeenth-ranked team.Though the women of Troy aren’t number one in the nation, junor sprinter Destinee Brown is still convinced that she and her teammates have targets on their backs. Brown said she is willing to do whatever it takes to earn the victory.“I feel like we’re definitely the team to beat,” Brown said. “[Personal records] are great, but I would rather win than PR. But if I have to PR to win, then that’s what we’re trying to do.”Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert echoes the sentiment. Though most teams facing SC this weekend are not ranked, she acknowledges that competition will still be tough.“At the end of the day, the ranking doesn’t matter,” Gilbert said. “It’s about what you do on the day. There are a lot great teams and a lot of great competitors in the conference that want to make sure to give us a run for our money.”The men’s squad will make their second-ever appearance at the indoor event, and their good performances so far this season suggest that it will be a strong one. Most notably, two weeks ago, in the Tyson Invitational men’s triple jump event, junior Eric Sloan set a personal record (55ft, 10.50in) to win the competition and claim the farthest jump by a college athlete this season. Sophomore Randall Cunningham placed fourth in the high jump (7ft, 3.25in) at the Tyson long jump event.The women’s lineup is also looking very competitive. USC currently holds the MPSF ITFC women’s 1600m relay record (3:33.58), which was set last year. It may be beaten, as the quartet of sophomore Kendall Ellis, junior Amalie Iuel, senior Jaide Stepter and Brown set a school record (3:28.82) at the 2016 Tyson invitational in the women’s 1600m relay. Also at the 2016 Tyson invitational, Iuel set personal records in the women’s 400m (52.52) and in the women’s 60m HH (8.504). The same day, Katerina Berdousi placed second overall with a PR of 4:57:43 in the women’s 1600m, and Rebekah Ent posted a PR of 2:12:91 in the women’s 800m to place seventh overall.Following the MPSF ITFC, the Trojan track and field athletes can look forward to closing out the indoor season with the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, in early March.last_img read more

Alex Guerrero enjoys his first walk-off hit after Dodgers beat Mariners

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first_img“I feel without a doubt I can play at the major league level,” Guerrero said.Signed to a four-year contract out of Cuba in 2013, Guerrero spent almost all of his first season in Triple-A. Though he hit well, his 2014 season was marred by an incident in which teammate Miguel Olivo bit off a portion of his left ear, forcing him to miss part of the season — and a potential mid-season call-up — while he rehabbed the gruesome injury.The Dodgers did not trust Guerrero in the field, or at least have an obvious position for him, until recently. He impressed manager Don Mattingly with his play at third base in spring training and found himself starting there for the second straight day because of a hamstring injury to Juan Uribe.Guerrero has four hits in his first 11 at-bats this season. Uribe has struggled to hit in March and early April, but will start at third base today, Mattingly said.Still, the manager was clearly impressed Monday by Guerrero and Andre Ethier, who entered the game in the 10th inning in a double-switch and doubled to kick-start the Dodgers’ winning rally. “When you talk about your roster — how many guys you need pitching-wise, bench-wise — we’re going to need contributions from all over,” Mattingly said. “We want to be a team that’s more fight and scratch, each guy passing the baton. We saw that tonight.”One veteran who was a part of last year’s 94-win regular season, and the sudden playoff exit that followed, said that Monday’s game was one last year’s team would have lost.The Dodgers managed to win despite a rare outing by starter Brandon McCarthy. The right-hander completed seven innings and finished with an unusual stat line: 10 strikeouts, no walks and a career-high four home runs allowed. No pitcher since at least 1914 had ever accomplished that feat.McCarthy began his second start in a Dodgers uniform the same way he began the first, by allowing a two-run home run with two outs in the first inning. To his credit, Nelson Cruz had been driving the ball against everyone, having homered in the previous two games.Then Cruz hit another home run in the fourth inning to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead. The next batter, Kyle Seager, joined the parade with a solo home run of his own. But the Dodgers answered with three runs in the fourth inning off Seattle starter James Paxton.With reigning National League player of the week Adrian Gonzalez on first base, Howie Kendrick doubled to right-center field, sending Gonzalez to third. Van Slyke walked, loading the bases for Guerrero. Guerrero hit a fly ball to right field, deep enough for Gonzalez to tag up and score from third. Van Slyke tagged up and went to second base when nobody covered the bag, a crucial oversight by the Mariners. Kendrick and Van Slyke both scored on a single by Joc Pederson — his first career hit against a left-handed pitcher in nine plate appearances.A solo home run by Dustin Ackley in the fifth inning gave the Mariners a 5-3 lead. But the Dodgers tied the game on Puig’s second home run of the year and an RBI single by Kendrick.Pedro Baez (two-thirds of an inning), Paco Rodriguez (one-third), Joel Peralta (one) and Yimi Garcia (one) allowed only one baserunner in three innings of relief.Mariners right-hander Dominic Leone, recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, began the 10th inning by allowing a double to right-center field by Ethier. With one out, Gonzalez was walked intentionally. Kendrick followed by working a walk of his own.Olson was summoned to pitch to Carl Crawford, a left-handed hitter. Crawford struck out on five pitches. Guerrero then worked a 2-2 count before stroking a line drive to right-center field, prompting the Dodgers’ dugout to empty onto the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Two blue sports-drink buckets, filled with ice and some colored liquid, awaited Alex Guerrero on the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Yasiel Puig held the first bucket and Guerrero didn’t see it coming. He made a feeble attempt to duck, but in an instant his face and jersey were drenched in red juice.Scott Van Slyke held the second bucket. This time Guerrero could see the plot unfolding, except he was doing a live interview with a hot mic and some portion of 42,202 fans remaining in their seats. Van Slyke politely set the bucket down next to Guerrero, who kept talking for a bit, then accepted his fate. Blue juice and ice cascaded down as Guerrero stood in a crouch, the man of the hour having quickly adapted to the most American of American sports traditions.Guerrero’s welcome-to-the-big-leagues-bath was well-earned. His single in the bottom of the 10th inning off Seattle Mariners left-hander Tyler Olson gave the Dodgers a 6-5 victory. It was the first walk-off hit of his brief major league career, in his 14th game.last_img read more

Gennady Golovkin to make DAZN debut in June fight against Steve Rolls

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first_imgUnified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will make his 2019 debut June 8 against Steve Rolls from Madison Square in New York City.The fight, announced Tuesday, begins an exclusive six-fight deal that Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) signed with the global streaming service in March. Golovkin, 37, last competed in September 2018 when he dropped a narrow decision in his rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a loss that snapped his 39-fight unbeaten streak and removed his WBA and WBC titles.A trilogy fight with Alvarez looms on the horizon assuming both can take care of business this spring. Alvarez must first defeat Daniel Jacobs on May 4, while “GGG” knows he has to get past Rolls for the highly anticipated showdown to occur one more time.Join DAZN to watch GGG vs. Steve Rolls and 100+ fight nights a year”I am very excited to be returning to the ring and bringing the Big Drama Show back to Madison Square Garden,” Golovkin said in a press release. “The Garden’s fans are fantastic,” said Golovkin.  “I love boxing and I promise to bring the best of me to everyone who will be watching me in an all-action fight with Steve Rolls.”Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) enters what is by far the biggest opportunity of his career having stopped four of his last seven opponents.In his last time out, the 35-year-old defeated KeAndre Leatherwood by unanimous decision in December. Many expect Rolls just to be the guy who is standing in the way of Golovkin moving on to better and bigger things. He has other plans in mind.•  Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service•  What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?•  How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?”I want to sincerely thank DAZN and GGG himself for giving me the opportunity to challenge one of the best fighters in the world,” Rolls said. “But let me be clear: I’ve won national championships and represented my country, and Golovkin is just a man.  I’m coming to win this fight and put my name among the best middleweights in the world.”The Golovkin vs. Rolls bout caps off back-to-back fight weekends at “The Worlds Most Famous Arena” on DAZN, as unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defends his titles against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller on June 1.MORE: Gennady Golovkin opens up about signing with DAZN While many expect Golovkin to run over Rolls due to their respective resumes, the native of Toronto is going to come to fight. He’s got everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose. A win over one of the most dominant fighters in the last 15 years will change his life forever and set him up for bigger things ahead. A loss and no one bats an eye because it was supposed to happen anyway.Rolls is a good fight for Golovkin to get his feet wet after two physically and mentally taxing wars with Alvarez. Expect Golovkin to have the utmost focus on Rolls. He wants to make a splash in his debut affair on DAZN. Add in the fact the Alvarez trilogy is dangling right in front of him. Golovkin feels he was robbed in the first two fights with the Mexican star and a third time around would correct the mistakes the judges made in September 2017 and 2018. DAZN is part of DAZN Group, parent company of Sporting News.last_img read more