Trojans look to rebound against Long Beach State

first_imgThe men’s volleyball team hit its first roadblock last week with a tough loss at the hands of the Pepperdine Waves. Still, there’s plenty of optimism around the program going forward this season. The Trojans will get a chance to rebound against Long Beach State today in what should be another highly contested Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference matchup.Stepping up · Freshman Lucas Yoder has 66 kills to lead the Trojans. Yoder has started all four games for the team this year. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (3-1, 2-1 MPSF) came into the Galen Center last Thursday night, Jan. 16, looking to stay unbeaten in the early season after wins over Loyola-Chicago, UC San Diego and UC Irvine. The Trojans, however fell to the Waves (3-0, 3-0) in four sets by a score of 26-28, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24.“I was disappointed by the result,” starting junior setter Micah Christenson said. “But I’m still feeling good about the season moving forward.”“I’m happy that it’s still early in the season,” Christenson said after the game. “We have a lot of things to get better at but we also have a lot of positives to take from this match. Pepperdine’s a very good team, very well-coached and hats off to them. They dug the ball and blocked the ball very well tonight.”USC head coach Bill Ferguson added to Christenson’s points.“The team did not look as good as it usually does defensively,” Ferguson said. “We definitely weren’t at our best.”Ferguson also praised his opponent’s play. “Pepperdine was playing great,” the eighth-year coach said. “There were just too many defensive plays that we normally make that we didn’t make tonight. Digs, balls that are hit near us that we get all the time and we just weren’t there.”He added that the team didn’t react very well after losing big points.“We left a lot of points out on the court,” Ferguson said. “I thought we got out of sorts a little bit and we had some plays we normally make that just wasn’t happening for us and I think we were letting that get to us. I think we got too frustrated. If we would lose a big point we would get frustrated rather than move on to the next play and it’s a good learning experience for us. We have that experience and we can learn from it, and that’s the cool thing.”Christenson agreed that given the experience Pepperdine has over the Trojans, a relatively young team with several freshmen cracking the starting roster, it might some time before USC reaches its full potential.“They’ve had that core for three years, so they don’t have any time lost getting to know each other,” he said. “We are a new team and it’s very positive that we’re scaring good teams and beating good teams with the short amount of time that we’ve had to learn each other.”Christenson had 50 assists on the night as well as two service aces. Senior libero Henry Cassiday led the team with 21 digs. Freshman outside hitter Lucas Yoder led the team with 16 kills along with nine errors, junior middle blocker Robert Feathers had 10 kills and three errors and freshman middle blocker Andy Benesh had nine kills with one error.Even though redshirt senior Maddison McKibbin has gotten most of the starts at opposite this year, junior Cristian Rivera got the starting nod there and McKibbin spelled him later in the match. Yoder started along with sophomore Alex Slaught on the outside, though redshirt freshman Christopher Orenic substituted in for Slaught late in the match. McKibbin finished with three kills and an error, Rivera had seven kills and seven errors, Slaught had six kills and five errors, while Orenic had three kills with two errors.“We have a ton of depth,” Ferguson said, who at times will stick with his starting lineup for the entire game but used much more of the bench against Pepperdine. “We’re going to use that depth to our advantage.”In addition to the tough early competition, Ferguson said the team’s travel schedule has been relatively hectic early on in the season but that the team should get into more of a normal routine as the year goes on. The Trojans began their season with a road trip two weeks ago to Chicago to play Loyola-Chicago, then hosted UC Irvine last Tuesday before the Pepperdine game last Thursday. After today’s game against Long Beach State, the team travels to Cal State Northridge on Friday.“We’re back to a bit of a normal schedule for us where we’re either Wednesday/Friday or Thursday/Saturday and I think that’ll help us,” he said. “We get a couple of days off, we’ve had a funky schedule with a Tuesday game and coming back from Chicago on a Monday the previous week so now we’re back to normal.”Ferguson said that today’s game should be another competitive conference match, particularly in the middle of the court where Long Beach State likes to attack from. The Trojans sit at fourth in the nation, while Long Beach State (3-2, 2-2) is ranked fifth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Pepperdine jumped to the top spot in the poll after its win against USC.“They’re very outside hitter-oriented,” Ferguson said. “Their middles hit right next to the setter and they always have a hitter coming over the middle. It’s a back row outside hitter coming down the middle. Taylor Crabb was the National Player of the Year last year and he’s one of those outside hitters. Dalton Ammerman is their other outside and they really make things go.”The Trojans will face Long Beach State tonight at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Possible departure from Munster camp.

first_imgJJ Hanrahan could be on his way out of Munster, and to Premiership side Northampton.The Irish Times report that the Saints have made the out-half an offer of a contract worth €190,000 a year.Hanrahan is thought to be frustrated with a lack of game time, with Ian Keatley the preferred choice at number 10 under Anthony Foley.last_img

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Meyler warns teammates over Arsenal backlash

first_imgKick off is at 7. The winner will host Watford next Sunday in the quarter final.The visitors are without the suspended Francis Coquelin and the injured Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny.Meyler has warned his teammates that despite their recent defeats to Manchester United and Swansea, Arsenal are still strong.last_img

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One change in Tipp team ahead of provincial final

first_imgManager William Maher has made one change due to the injury of Jack Shelly with Toomevara’s Jason Ryan called into the starting line-up as the Premier County go in search of its first provincial title at the grade since 2010.The starting 15 tomorrow night at Walsh Park in Waterford will line out as follows: In goals will be Lorrha-Dorrha’s Brian Hogan…the full back line is made up of Paul Maher from Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Tom Ford of Éire Óg Annacarty and Kiladangan’s David Sweeney.  Jason Ryan, Captain Ronan Maher of Thurles and Sean Treacys clubman Sean Ryan are in the half back line. Thurles’ Billy McCarthy and Barry Heffernan of Nenagh Éire Óg will manage the midfield while Josh Keane from Golden-Kilfeacle, Lattin Cullen’s Mark Russel and another Nenagh man Andrew Coffey form the half forward line. Finally, the full forwards are made up of Willie Connors from Kiladangan, Moyle Rovers player Stephen Quirke and Thurles’ Conor Lanigan. Captain Ronan Maher says the players in the panel would love nothing more than to end the county’s six-year wait for silverware in this grade.Throw in tomorrow night is at 7 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage, getting underway with our build up at 6.45…in association with Kevin O’Leary Group, Clonmel.last_img read more

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Wellington’s Grace Mitchell featured in this morning’s Wichita Eagle; huge league game tonight

first_imgGrace MitchellSumner Newscow report — The undefeated Wellington girls basketball team has been getting plenty of press this season, especially Crusader senior Grace Mitchell, who was featured in this morning’s Wichita Eagle and its high school website varsitykansas.com (see story here).The story comes before Wellington’s big road test against Circle tonight. This could set the stage for an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title, something that the Lady Dukes have never achieved. Both teams are currently 3-0 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.Circle is currently 5-1 after beating Mulvane 45-29. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. The boys will follow around 7:30 p.m. Sumner Newscow will be featuring live tweets. The game can be heard on 93.5 KWME-FM.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Local · 239 weeks ago Very nice article! Great teamwork will take you far. Report Reply 0 replies · active 239 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Three new caps join senior women’s team

first_img22 Jul 2014 Three new caps join senior women’s team Three new caps will make their debut for England at the European senior ladies’ team championship at Golfclub Gut Altentann in Austria from 2-6 September. They are Julie Brown, (image © Leaderboard Photography),  the English senior women’s amateur champion from Staffordshire, Lulu Housman from Middlesex and Debbie Richards from Surrey. The team will be completed by Amanda Mayne of Somerset, Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Cath Rawthore, the English senior women’s stroke play champion, from Cheshire. The reserve is Jo Ashmore of Barnham Broom in Norfolk. The team will be captained by Pat Wrightson of  Huddersfield, Yorkshire. The players: Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) won the English senior women’s title at her first attempt. She was an England international and then a winner on the Ladies European Tour during a seven-year professional playing career. She returned to amateur ranks in 2006 and has since captained several England girls’ teams, won the Staffordshire championship twice – making four titles in total – and been Midlands North ladies’ champion. Lulu Housman (Highgate, Middlesex) reached the quarter finals of the senior amateur championship and tied sixth in the senior stroke play. She has previously been a reserve for the senior international team. Amanda Mayne (Saltford, Somerset) was the runner-up in the English senior stroke play and made her senior international debut in 2012. Chris Quinn (Hockley, Hampshire) has won six English senior titles and one British senior championship. This year she was runner-up in the senior amateur championship. Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) has just won the English senior stroke play title, playing in her second season of senior golf. She made her senior international debut last year. Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey) tied sixth in the senior stroke play and was a semi-finalist in the senior amateur. She has twice won the second flight at the senior amateur. The team has been selected using the England Golf senior order of merit. The top six players after the two English senior women’s championships have qualified for the European team. The England team for the Senior Home Internationals, which take place in October, will be the top seven players on the order of merit after the British senior championshiplast_img read more

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AP source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

first_imgIn this June 11, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical.The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s played second base, third base, shortstop and in the outfield.Harrison did not have a great 2018 at the plate, hitting .250 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. He missed time early in the season with a hand injury and ended up playing just 97 games.The Tigers could end up replicating Pittsburgh’s up-the-middle-combination of Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer, who signed with Detroit earlier in the offseason .Harrison hit a career-high 16 home runs in 2017, and he batted .315 in 2014, but he’s never played more than 143 games in a season. If he plays well for Detroit, the rebuilding Tigers may be able to trade him for a prospect or two.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports DETROIT (AP) — Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.last_img read more

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Ottawa receives Gil Marín and chooses 11-F as the ‘Athletic Day’

first_imgDavid Clanachan, president of the CPL, and Jeff Hunt, a Canadian sports figure, also participated in the act of welcoming Atlético, who in his adventure in Ottawa He will play his matches at TD Place Stadium. In addition, he released his accounts on social networks, @Atleti_Ottawa. As an anecdote, the mayor of Ottawa designated February 11 as ‘Athletic Day’. In addition, the new club officially announced that its coach will be Mista, former player of Atlético himself and Valencia among others. The team will start competing in April. Atlético Ottawa is already a reality and in the capital of Canada they celebrate it. ANDMayor Jim Watson made an official reception for the club rojiblanco, whose delegation was headed by CEO Gil Marín, accompanied by Fernando López, responsible for international expansion. Atlético has bought a license to compete in the Canadian Premier League, which will begin its second edition in April.last_img read more

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Jennifer Ellison-Brown: The best training methods

first_img STRENGTH TRAINING This is used to develop strength, power, muscular endurance, and speed. Methods used include weights and plyometrics. Weight training Using weights as a form of resistance training, ( either free weights or weights in machines). Any weight-training programme can take account of your current state of fitness – the amount of weight, the number of repetitions, and the recovery periods can all be adjusted to progressively load muscles. Training for strength involves high resistance (weights) and few repetitions. Training for muscular endurance involves low resistance and many repetitions. Plyometrics This is a series of explosive movements designed to improve muscular power (explosive strength). This involves rebound jumping (on to and off boxes), bounding, leaps, and skips, press-ups with claps, hopping, throwing, and catching a medicine ball. Exercises that involve the contraction of muscles from a stretch position are known as plyometric. Plyometric training puts great stress on the muscles and joints and should only be attempted as part of an organised training programme. CIRCUIT TRAINING This involves a number of different exercises at work stations, which affects the different components of fitness. A circuit usually involves six to10 exercises or activities that take place at the stations. Circuits should be designed to avoid working the same muscle groups at stations that follow one another. The number of work stations, repetition, and the rest periods should add up to 15-20 minutes for one complete circuit. Repeat three to six times, depending on their length. Circuits can be designed for a particular sport. For example, a skill circuit can be constructed for games players wherein exercises can be replaced by short skill practices. FARTLEK TRAINING The name Fartlek comes from Swedish meaning ‘speed play’. It involves ‘run as you please’, alternating fast and slow effort over varied terrain such as grass, sand, flat, hills, etc. Fartlek training doesn’t precisely control the work and rest periods. This is very good for game players since games have many changes in speed. The mix of fast and slow work can be changed to suit the sport and energy system. It is used to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, depending on how the training is done. There are a wide variety of training methods based on the ways in which the body adapts to regular exercise. All the methods can be adapted to suit particular training programmes.center_img CONTINUOUS TRAINING This involves the aerobic system and improves endurance. The aerobic system includes the heart, lungs, and vascular system. Activities such as brisk walking, jogging, running, dancing, cycling, swimming, and rowing are ideal examples of aerobic training. The oxygen demand must be matched by oxygen intake. Continuous means you do not stop to rest. It is submaximal, meaning you do not work flat out. This type of training should last for at least 12 minutes in order to achieve adaptations. The intensity of training can be judged from the heart (pulse) rate. Therefore, if you train within certain target heart rate training zones during aerobic exercise, the most efficient gains in aerobic fitness will be achieved without starting to work anaerobically and developing an oxygen debt. This is dependent on age, gender, and resting heart rate of the individual. The target heart training rate zone is worked out by subtracting your age from 220 and then aiming to keep your heart rate between 60% and 85% of this maximum figure. For example, for a person of 45 years who wants to exercise for 20 minutes, three times per week: Max Heart Rate = 220 – 45 = 175 60% of 175 = 105 85% of 175= 150 approximately. Therefore, the person should aim for a target heart rate of 105-150 beats per minute during exercise. INTERVAL TRAINING This involves exercising at a certain rate (work interval) for a certain time then resting for a certain period (rest interval) in order to recover and then repeating the process. Sessions of interval training can be organised into sets with longer rest intervals between sets. For example, running 200 metres in sets of six with a one-minute jog round between each one then resting for a longer period of 10 minutes before repeating the whole process another two times. Both the aerobic and anaerobic systems can be improved using this method. The length of the rest-recovery period depends on how hard you exercise (intensity) during the work interval.last_img read more

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Watts clears air on Chambers’ exclusion from World Championships team

first_imgLudlow Watts, manager of Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, defended the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) selection of Rasheed Dwyer to the team, while explaining the exclusion of quarter-miler Ricardo Chambers.Watts explained that Dwyer, who finished fifth in the 200m final at the JAAA/Supreme Venture Limited National Senior Championships and out of the automatic qualifying spots for his pet event, was added as a member of the 4x100m pool as a replacement for Andrew Fisher, who effectively gave up his spot after defecting to Bahrain.Chambers, who had battled his way back from years of injuries and setbacks, crossed the line in third place in the men’s 400m final at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, which serves as the primary selection method for the World Championships.The athlete celebrated what seemed an automatic spot in the individual 400m, with the JAAA selection policy making provision for the top-three finishers with IAAF qualifying standards as representatives in individual events.However, Chambers was later disqualified for a lane violation, promoting Peter Matthews to the third and final automatic individual spot, with Edino Steele, Jonia McDonald and Dane Hyatt also promoted to the fourth – sixth positions.All three were, as a result, named as members of the 4x400m relay pool, with Chambers – who posted the third fastest time by a Jamaican this year (44.93) at the NACAC Championships recently – and a number of observers expressing surprise at his exclusion from the squad.Vacancy filled”In the case of (Rasheed) Dwyer, there was a clear vacancy because we had six places for the (4x100m) relay pool, but ended up with only five athletes because one person who had qualified in the top six at trials, (Andrew) Fisher, is looking to represent another country, so that left us with five athletes and a clear vacancy in the 4x100m,” Watts told Gleaner Athletics. “Based on the entry, you could not have gotten anyone else on the team unless it was someone for the relay pool.”He added: “In the case of (Ricardo) Chambers, there was no scope for him to get in because they already selected six athletes for the 4x400m pool, so he could only have been named to the squad if someone withdrew,” Watts explained.The JAAA selection policy states:”Athletes placing in the first four positions in the 100m and 400m will be named to the relay pool. The remaining members of the relay pool will be selected by the JAAA Selection Committee.”As mandated by the IAAF, athletes who are selected to run individual 100m/400m are automatic members of the relay pool.”Dwyer, who is coached by technical leader Maurice Wilson, also has wildcard considerations, having won the 200m at the just-concluded Area championships, the NACAC Open Champs in San JosÈ, Costa Rica.last_img read more

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