Playing in its last true road stand of the season, the No. 4 USC women’s volleyball team, led by senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter, swept No. 20 Oregon and Oregon State en route to a perfect 6-0 record last weekend.Coupled with No. 1 UCLA’s loss to the Ducks (18-8, 11-7), on Friday, the Women of Troy (22-4, 17-2) are now alone atop the Pac-12 standings.“Jupiter was extremely strong on all fronts this weekend with her serves, defense, and attacking,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It was a big two-person effort with her and [sophomore outside hitter] Sara Shaw against Oregon, but what you don’t see is [junior outside hitter/opposite] Katie Fuller bouncing the ball off the floor and forcing the [Oregon State] defense.”In front of an energized Oregon crowd, which waited until 8:30 p.m. to watch the match Saturday, USC came out of the gates on fire, catching the Ducks off-guard en route to 21 kills in a 25-21 first set.Shaw finished off the 3-0 sweep with the last of her career-high 17 kills to end the third set, beating her previous high of 15 in a game.Along with Shaw, Jupiter, who has been rewriting the USC record books this season and is slowly approaching the school’s all-time kills record held by Jennifer Kessy with 1,799, put in another stellar all-around performance Saturday.With 21.5 points on the match, which included a career-high five service aces and 14 kills, Jupiter was the focal point of the team and her serving turned the tide of the third set.Senior setter Kendall Batman has also played a key role in USC’s offensive surge. Bateman leads the Pac-12 with 12 sets per game, but she has recently been averaging more than 15 per match and has been the key facilitator for the Women of Troy attack.Oregon, which was led by Alaina Bergsma with 13 digs, three aces, and five digs, seemed to do anything in their power to hit away from sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund and she actually failed to register a dig in the first set.On Friday, the Pac-12-leading Women of Troy faced off against a stout Oregon State squad.The Beavers hung tight with USC in the first set as it was deadlocked at 16. But the Women of Troy staved off Oregon State after senior middle blocker Lauren Williams’ kill, and a block and kill by sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard pushed USC to close the first set out.The Beavers opened the second set strongly, taking an early 5-1 lead, but the Women of Troy responded with an 8-4 run of their own to knot it at nine apiece. But USC closed the second set on an 11-4 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.Schraer had almost as many blocks in the third set as USC had the entire match in helping the Women of Troy to victory. Defense at the net has been a point of contention for Haley this season.“We need to continue to work on our blocking and defense and they really go hand-in-hand,” he said. “If we can win games with our defense and our blocking can continue to improve, that’s when we’ll know.”
Published on September 7, 2019 at 12:23 am Contact Anthony: email@example.com Syracuse’s defense had stopped another Yale attack and as the Orange usually practice, they looked to play one or two quick passes and break on the counter for a chance to double the lead.Seconds later, the Syracuse’s lead was gone. Matt Orr misplayed a ball at left back, and Yale’s Mark Winhoffer took on both SU centerbacks. Once he beat them, he flicked a ball toward the far post where Simon Triantafillou didn’t see the run-in behind. Once SU goalkeeper Christian Miesch couldn’t stop the attack and the ball was volleyed into the net, Yale capitalized on a defensive miscue and equalized. “I’d have to go watch the goal we conceded,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I was a little bit disappointed by it.”McIntyre wants the Orange to focus on playing out from the back and passing the ball quickly, but that approach wasn’t executed well on Friday night. The Orange turned to more direct options, including the increased minutes for target forward Luther Archimede in the second half and extra time but failed to overcome the sloppy passing that led to both a goal allowed and broke down attacks before they had the chance to get started. Syracuse (1-1-1) instead settled for a draw against Yale (0-0-1), 1-1, on Friday night at SU Soccer Stadium. When the Orange did win the ball, they gave it back too quickly and too often. SU’s lone conceded goal and most of Yale’s chances didn’t come from build-up or set plays, but rather from SU turnovers in the defensive half. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t get out in transition,” McIntyre said. “It was a tricky field night, it was slick and slippery, we didn’t do a good enough job in the middle of midfield of changing the point from side to side.McIntyre had seen enough from the opening 10 minutes of the game to know that his team wasn’t effectively matching Yale’s intensity. Triantafillou agreed. McIntyre turned to Sondre Norheim on the bench and brought him into the game. The Orange were being outplayed, outmuscled in the opening portion of the match and needed Norheim’s presence in the middle to combat the physicality and size of the Bulldogs. Norheim won aerial duels and added stability to a defense that nearly conceded 12 seconds into the match.“They started off better than us. They won the second balls, they were more physical,” Triantafillou said.Twelve seconds in was the first, a costly giveaway nearly led to an early Bulldogs lead. Triantafillou and starting defender Noah Singletary appeared to miscommunicate before Triantafillou mishit a forward pass directly to a Bulldogs’ striker.A flick into the path of a Yale striker left him in on goal with Miesch, who didn’t need to make a save as the ball glided into the side netting. The Orange had avoided a disaster start, but inconsistent passing — even before the rain soaked the pitch most of the second half — broke down counter-attacking opportunities. Fans groaned and one yelled “settle down boys” in the first frame as Syracuse’s inconsistent passing and Yale’s willingness to muddy up the midfield with physical play made for a contested, yet structureless opening 25 minutes.A few times the Orange attempted to switch the play and play a cross-field pass, multiple passes sailed over the head of Orr and winger Hilli Goldhar. It wasn’t until the second half, as Yale conceded possession more and tried to preserve its lead, that the Orange began dominating the field and keeping the Bulldogs penned in. They kept the ball moving, but never strung together enough passes to stretch the Bulldogs defense.“We need to practice sorting our feet out,” Triantafillou said. “One, two touches. We train to play quick out of the back and you know the surface was slick and it caused a lot of balls to go not the way we wanted.”With the addition of Archimede for larger parts of the second half as the Orange chased the winning goal, they played more direct, even with Nyal Higgins joining into the attack.“In order to get them forward, we’re going to need to move the ball a little bit quicker,” McIntyre said.When the Orange did move it quicker, a five-pass combination left forward Ryan Raposo running into space when Yale defender Jeremy Haddock — already on a yellow — took out Raposo. As fans clamored for a second yellow card and ejection, it never came. The Orange couldn’t create out of the ensuing free kick, after they played it short and couldn’t find the right pass. Like most of the night, Syracuse’s quality — in the final third and not — was lacking. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on February 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DannyEmerman Former Syracuse volleyball star Carrie Urton McCaw died in a car crash in Missouri on Friday morning. McCaw’s 12-year-old daughter and two others were also killed. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the head-on crash occurred on Highway 40 near Lake Saint Louis, and McCaw was traveling to a weekend volleyball tournament in Kansas City. McCaw graduated from Syracuse in 1998 and made the honor roll every semester. She’s second all-time in matches played and third in assists. In her senior year, she was named team MVP and finished her career as the program’s leader in assists. In a news release, SU Athletics confirmed McCaw’s passing. Her daughter Kacey — as well as Lesley Prather, 44, and Rhyan Prather, 12 — also died in the crash. McCaw’s friends and family will remember her joyous energy and positivity.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
A quartet of decisive fixtures in the qualifying phase for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia dominated the list of top five matches on bettingexpert in October.Unsurprisingly, Croatia denying Ukraine a playoff spot from Group I drew major interest on Better Collective’s tipster community, along with Republic of Ireland’s smash and grab in Cardiff, and a Christian Eriksen inspired 1-0 victory for Denmark in Montenegro.Austria’s 3-2 victory over Serbia came in fifth on the list, as ‘Das Team’ made a strong finish to a disappointing Group D campaign, while Manchester City’s entertaining 2-1 win over Napoli was the only match to break the monopoly of European qualifiers.Just like last month, Matchbook, bet365 and Unibet enjoyed a stronghold on these matches, with only Fortuna finding a way into the top three bookmakers for the top five matches. The Central European operator attracted 11% of the bets as Pep’s high-flying City overcame the in-form Naples outfit.Meanwhile, football held its position as the community’s dominant sport on bettingexpert, albeit with a slightly reduced 66% share of the tips (74% in September). Basketball was the month’s top mover, up to 12% from 4%, as tennis slipped to third despite recording a minor increase (9-10%).Unibet played a prominent role in the basketball growth by accounting for the largest share of tips in two of the sport’s most popular markets, Asian handicap (13%) and 1×2 (25%). StumbleUpon Submit Share Share
Casey, the defending Valspar champion, used an eagle on the par-5 5th hole and four birdies to card a round of 5-under 66. Cook powered his way to first place behind five birdies.The defending champ takes the lead.@Paul_Casey notches an 🦅 to get to -7.📺: https://t.co/WywtRLOLiq pic.twitter.com/l8dw55pEcv— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 22, 2019The leaders have a number of golfers on their heels including world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Related News Tiger Woods officially commits to WGC-Match Play as final Masters tuneup After new faces held the 18-hole lead at the Valspar Championship on Thursday, a lot of fresh names were at the top of the leaderboard after the second round Friday.Paul Casey jumped 28 spots to take the lead at 6 under. He is joined by American professional Austin Cook. Johnson finished the day with one of the more colorful scorecards. He opened his day with a double-bogey and bogey on the front nine, but closed out his round with five birdies and a bogey on the back to finish his round with a 2-under 69.Look at that … look at that!👏 @DJohnsonPGA #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/F4G90Le9oi— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 22, 2019Johnson sits in a three-way tie for sixth (4 under) with Curtis Luck and Round-1 leader Joel Dahmen. Between this trio and first place sits Luke Donald, Sungjae Im and Scott Stallings in a tie for third (5 under).Donald has been battling injury and only made three tour starts this season. The last time he made the cut was at this event in 2018. He even took a share of the lead at one point with this long birdie putt.The fist pump says it all. 💪@LukeDonald joins Paul Casey and Austin Cook atop the leaderboard @ValsparChamp. pic.twitter.com/rr8tQswci5— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 22, 2019There is a sizable tie for ninth place (3 under) that has Jon Rahm in contention.Rahm started with a birdie, bogey, birdie in the first three holes before leveling out. He was mistake-free for most of the day with three more birdies until a bogey on the par-4 18th hole capped off his round. Valspar Championship: Joel Dahmen, Sepp Straka share lead after Round 1 A number of golfers were close to not making the cut. Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson are just some of the names to inch by in a tie for 49th place (1 over).Some notable names to not make the cut were Gary Woodland — who missed the weekend for the first time in his last 23 starts to snap a tour-best streak — Keegan Bradley, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Day.
If they finally decide to reinforce themselves, since the injuries of Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé have let the front run off, The regulations only allow Barcelona to sign players who are free or militate in the First or Second Division of Spain. The regulations close the doors of the international market for new signings but also to recover loans. That is to say, Coutinho and Todibo may not return from Germany but Emerson (Real Betis), Rafinha (Celta) or Cucurella (Getafe) if they could leave their respective teams in Spain.The substitute could not play the Champions LeagueIf finally, as expected, Barcelona signs a striker, he can only serve in LaLiga. The regulations contemplated that Barça could register him for the Cup but was eliminated by Athletic in the quarterfinals. In the Champions League, the second deadline to register new players for the qualifiers has ended, so if you arrive, you will not be able to play against Naples or the subsequent rounds if the Blaugrana advance. Barcelona will have the option of signing although with certain limitations once the withdrawal of Ousmane Dembélé is confirmed until next season after the operation to be submitted to Finland on Tuesday.The culé team will have to manage the federation of Ousmane Dembélé, an exception that contemplates the regulation of the RFEF in its Article 119.1 b) of the RFEF regulations when there is an injury that has a footballer down for more than five months, to be able to undertake a new signing.
NEW YORK (AP):The Carolina Panthers no longer appear apprehensive about playing the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.In fact, they’re pretty confident.”We are the better team,” Panthers safety Roman Harper says matter-of-factly.Harper and his teammates want to prove it again tomorrow when the teams meet in Charlotte in the NFL divisional play-offs. The winner advances to play the Arizona-Green Bay winner for the NFC Championship.The Panthers took a big step forward when they went to Seattle and defeated the Seahawks 27-23 in Week 6, a victory that served as a springboard to their 14-0 start.But it was more than just that.That victory was about clearing a major obstacle for the Panthers. Before that, they had lost four times in three seasons to the Seahawks, including 31-17 in the divisional play-offs last January in Seattle.Harper says the Panthers are better prepared for the Seahawks in these play-offs than they were last January, when they reached the postseason with a 7-1-8 record. That team was just happy to make the playoffs. This one wants to win it all.Their defense forced an NFL-leading 39 turnovers and placed sixth overall in both yards and points allowed. They strutted to a 15-1 record, ruffling some feelings by their opponents along the way while scoring a league-most 500 points. Cam Newton made a strong case for the league MVP award, totalling 45 touchdowns and adding some flamboyant end zone dances.The Panthers have not lost at home since November 2014, a string of 11 straight games, but the Seahawks are the least likely team to be intimidated on the road, with the swagger built by consecutive Super Bowl appearances, a wealth of Pro Bowl players discovered later in the draft, and the momentum this season they rode to an 8-2 finish.Then there’s that last-minute loss to New England in the Super Bowl last season they’ve been determined to move past.The last divisional play-off of the weekend, the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, would be a lot more intriguing if all their stars were fit.The Steelers’ injury report was getting way too crowded. Wide receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) were ruled out yesterday, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, dealing with a sprain to his right throwing shoulder, practised. Whether he plays will have a major impact on their chances.The Broncos, however, know passer Peyton Manning isn’t at 100 percent efficiency either. Manning has endured various injuries in the worst regular season of his 18-year career to make his first start in two months.Still, the Broncos are counting on his experience and the balanced attack they displayed when he returned to action in a victorious relief appearance of Brock Osweiler in Week 17. But if the Broncos are to advance, they may need to rely more on a defense that allowed the fewest yards in the league and had the most sacks (52).The winner advances to the AFC Championship game against either New England or Kansas City.
According to an impeachable source, an intense debate looms in the Senate Chamber when a Bill proposed during the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate calling for the allotment of 15% of the National Budget as County Development Fund (CDF) re-appears this week.The Bill was sponsored by River Cess Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, and signed by 15 Senators of the joint committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a prepared report.The report recommended that 15% of the fiscal national budget be appropriated annually for the development of the 15 political subdivisions of the country, and that such be passed into law.Counties are currently receiving an amount of US$200,000 annually as CDF, which all the Senators agreed was inadequate to address their (the counties’) many development needs.Although every Senator present at last year’s debate agreed to the need for an increment in the CDF, some argued the recommendation for a 15% allotment was too much.Senators Frederick Cherue and Abel Massalley welcomed the recommended increment, but suggested an annual allocation of US$1 million and US$2 million rather than 15 percent; which they argued was too much and called for an amendment. Senator Dallas Gueh contested that anything below 15% of the national budget would be far too small.The return of the 15% National Budget Bill comes in the wake of recent proposal by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and subsequent approval by the House of Representatives that an amount of 73 million United States Dollars be placed in the 2014/2015 National budget for direct district impact projects.Speaker Tyler, who was making remarks at the joint program held in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building during a joint session for the opening of the 3rd Session of the Legislature on January 13, 2014, did not say who would manage the funds (Legislature or Executive). However, some lawmakers have been saying that the money is going to be managed by district residents by expended by the Executive. He explained that the appropriation for infrastructural development should be in what he referred to as a “ballpark figure” and that implementation of each project identified would be clearly and specifically vetted on a project-by-project basis and approved by the Legislature before final appropriation and implementation is made.Speaker Tyler said the allotment would be distinct from the County Development Fund, saying; “this is one of the ways we believe that much needed development can reach and impact our people in rural Liberia.”Speaking on a radio talk show Monday, January 20, Senator Dallas Gueh said he would rather discuss the 15% Bill proposed in the Senate because according to him, it is more feasible.Meanwhile, there are indications that that first piece of legislation passed by the Lower House will soon be transmitted to the Senate for concurrence.However, with a more controversial Bill before that august body for action, many legislative commentators foresee the constitution of a conference committee to help reconcile the two Bills drafted “in the best interest of our citizens.”In related development, the Senate committee authorized to handle financial and currency matters is expected to make a written report to the Senate plenary on its findings responsible for the continuous rise in the exchange rate between the Liberian Dollar and the United States Dollar, when that body convenes in Chamber for its third day sitting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Failure of four of the 17 accused of murdering, Michel Bruno, a citizen of Belgium, to appear before Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Monday, March 31, prompted Judge Yussif D. Kaba to issue an arrest warrant against them.Judge Kaba also ordered a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar to appear before it on Monday, April 7, while another defendant, Luther Glader, was absent during the hearing. Rev. Karngar filed a US$489,000 property bond that released 12 of the 17 accused, including Glader, from prison to await trial.When the defendants appeared at the Court on Monday, defendant Glader was not anywhere to be found in the dock. Judge Kaba’s action followed immediately after prosecution prayed the court to suspend further hearing into the matter and ordered the arrest of Musa Dubai, Stephen Badaygar, Prince Tarwo and Alex Peterson, who were also not in court on Monday. However, the defense team argued that the four men were not included in the indictment that brought the defendants under the jurisdiction of the court.They further argued that the action of prosecution was merely intended to delay the trial, praying the court to deny said request.In the court ruling Judge Kaba declared that “even though the four accused names were not mentioned on the indictment, it does not mean that they were not among the other defendants.They were also served a writ of arrest which brought them under the jurisdiction of the court. The writ is clear evidence that they were part of those indicted by prosecution,” he explained.“Besides,” Judge Kaba continued, “they were not covered by the US$489,000 property bond filed on their behalf by a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar, for their day to day appearance pending the completion of the trial.Since they were not part of the other defendants covered by the bail bond,” he instructed, “the court clerk is hereby ordered to issue a writ to have them arrested and brought before court to show cause, if any, why they should not be held in contempt pending final determination of murder charges levied against them.”He continued, “the clerk of court is ordered to issue a citation address to the surety (a promise by one party to assume responsibility for the debt obligation of a borrower if that borrower defaults) of Abba Karngar on the bond filed for the matter to appear before the court next Monday, April 7, to show while another defendant is covered under his bail for failure to appear at the court in respect of the nature of the matter.”At Monday’s hearing the prosecution and defense teams concluded the examination and selection of the six member jury that would assist Judge Kaba to determine the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)