No. 2 USC defeats Huskies in four-set thriller

first_imgMaya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanTwo undefeated teams went into the Galen Center Sunday afternoon, and the No. 2 Women of Troy (16-0, 4-0 Pac-12) came out on top with a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Washington (13-1, 3-1 Pac-12).USC came out on fire early and won the first set 25-16. The Huskies battled back and took the second set 25-22. The Women of Troy then found their momentum and came back 25-21 in the third set.The fourth set was by far the most intense and competitive set of the night, and arguably USC’s season. With a total of 27 tie scores and 15 lead changes, the Women of Troy pulled out a 33-31 victory.Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio led the team with 27 kills, three aces and 16 digs. Head coach Mick Haley gave Bricio credit for maintaining her composure throughout the match and keeping the team motivated, especially in the final set.Maya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan“When you’ve got one go-to that just doesn’t let you down,” Haley said. “That gives you hope.”Bricio was set a total of 72 times in the match, and with over 30 serves, that puts her over 100 swings in the match. Haley likened that to baseball pitchers and how they won’t last if they’re always pitching 80, 90, 100 pitches per game.The Huskies also targeted Bricio with their serves. Bricio felt the pressure from their serves, but she didn’t let it affect her at all. Haley noted that with all the weightlifting and training she’s been doing, if the Huskies knew that they probably wouldn’t have targeted her as much.Maya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan“I heard some football players say ‘holy cow, do you see what she’s lifting, and she’s in season!’” Haley said.Haley noted that the team remained in the match because they just don’t quit. He pointed out that there wasn’t just one person who was going to win the match for them, they had to do it together.Senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms was second on the team with 12 kills. She dominated defensively at the net with a total of six blocks. Haley emphasized how her overall presence at the net tonight was giving Washington fits and that they even tried to set away from her because she shut down senior middle blocker Melanie Wade.“Ogoms was putting her hands over the net like nobody’s business,” Haley said. “She is a big-time blocker.”Haley had high praise for the freshmen: setter Baylee Johnson, outside hitter Alyse Ford and walk-on defensive specialist Victoria Garrick. He credits their resilience to the team’s continued success.Another key to the team’s success is their overall mentality. Both Bricio and Ogoms emphasized that the team not only looks at each set one at a time, but also each point at a time.Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThat focus has given them the ability to have fun while still playing to the best of their ability. Haley credits the team’s overall personality and mentality to their continuing success.“You’ve got to have fun,” Haley said.In that final set, Bricio and Ogoms mentioned that the team was joking about how the game felt like their “favorite drill” they always do.“We were just trying to stay relaxed,” Ogoms said. “We do this every day in practice.”Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThis hard-fought match proved that the Women of Troy have the ability to compete, especially against one of their top opponents in the Pac-12.On Friday night, the Women of Troy defeated Washington State in three sets. Though it may seem like it was an easy match, Haley mentioned that the team worked hard and battled for the victory.Through both matches, Haley was impressed with the improvement that the team showed, especially on defense. He was happy with how his team stayed in sets by utilizing their defensive strengths.Next weekend, the Women of Troy hit the road to face No. 6 Arizona State (15-0, 4-0 Pac-12), the only other undefeated team in the conference, and No. 14 Arizona (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12). Haley emphasized the team’s resilience and competitive nature.“Every night you just have to take one at a time,” Haley said.last_img read more

Michigan leaders and activists hold press conference to express frustrations with contaminated water

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOSCODA, Mich. — PFAS is still lingering in the water of Oscoda residents. They’ve asked for solutions to the contamination for years. Now communities across Michigan are fed up and demanding a change.Representatives from Grayling, Flint, and other Michigan communities have expressed their frustrations at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon to address the contaminants in their water. They say it’s been a problem for way too long. Tony Spaniola, a member of community action group Need Our Water (NOW) is among those fed up with how long it’s taking for the problem to be fixed.“The Air Force is dragging it’s feet here in Oscoda. It’s still supposedly doing investigations and studies and we believe they’ve been doing this for nine years, they’ve had plenty of time, that there’s plenty of information and they need to get down to business.”Residents are tired of waiting for answers, and their families are already feeling the effects of the harmful chemicals. Flint activitist Arthur Woodson says he’s already seen multiple sicknesses in his family, he doesn’t doubt that chemicals in the water could be the cause.“The biggest problem is some of these things doesn’t take effect health-wise until like 70 years sometimes, 30 years, 20 years. It depends on how much contamination is there.”For many residents, there’s no way around the problem.“My family’s home here on Van Etten Lake, we’ve been told that it’s not safe to drink the water from our well.”The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will meet with Oscoda residents Friday to inform them on future plans.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Oscoda, PFAS, press conference, waterContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena 4-H Club remembers 9-11 at their last show of the yearNext Student Safety is important when traveling to and from Schoollast_img read more

Usain Bolt wins Diamond League Paris 200m in fastest time of year

first_imgUsain Bolt recorded the fastest time of the year as he won the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.The six-time Olympic gold medallist clocked 19.73 seconds to beat fellow Jamaican Warren Weir (19.92) and France’s Christophe Lemaitre (20.07).Olympic champion Greg Rutherford pulled out of the long jump, little more than a month before the World Championships, after sustaining a hamstring injury.The Briton later wrote on Twitter there was “plenty of time” to recover.Rutherford initially said: “Looks like bad news people. The old injury strikes. Hamstring pull.”But the 26-year-old added: “Just realised worlds is still five and a half weeks away. Plenty of time for this old hand.“Flash back to 2009. I tore my hamstring three weeks before worlds in Berlin. First round of the qualification I broke the British record.” Rutherford jumped 7.99m in round three before withdrawing from the event, which Jamaican Damar Forbes (8.11) won from Briton Chris Tomlinson (8.08).Bolt, meanwhile, showed there was no reason to be concerned about his slow start to the season.This was the Jamaican’s second outing over his favoured distance this year after clocking 19.79 in Oslo on June 13.“I’m happy with myself,” said the 26-year-old, the world record holder in both sprint events.But he added: “I still need to work on a few mistakes.”American Tyson Gay, Bolt’s main sprint rival, won the US World Championships trials in 19.74 last month.He was also victorious in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday in the second fastest time of the year.Britain’s European indoor 400m champion Perri Shakes-Drayton clocked 53.96 seconds to finish second in the women’s 400m hurdles behind Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova (53.23).Shakes-Drayton, 24, ran 53.82 in her victory in Birmingham last week, and was disappointed with her performance in Paris. “I have two more races to go,” the Londoner told the BBC as she continues herpreparations for the World Championships in Moscow.“I am going to the trials next weekend, I have not made the team yet so that will be important, then I have the Anniversary Games in London.”Another Briton, Marilyn Okoro, achieved the World Championship A standard in the 800m, her one minute 59.76 seconds enough for fifth place behind winner Francine Niyonsaba (1:57.26) of Burundi.“I am really happy,” Okoro said. “It has been an interesting few months, but my coach said I was ready.“A tremendous amount of pressure comes off now ahead of the trials. Now I have got the A standard, I just have to focus on finishing in the top two.”Okoro’s Great Britain team-mate Steve Lewis finished sixth in the pole vault, equalling his season’s best of 5.60m, with France’s Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie (5.92m) claiming victory. World and Olympic champion Kirani James, from Grenada, won the head-to-head with American Lashawn Merritt in the 400m, clocking the first time under 44 seconds in the world this year.James (43.96) was followed home by Merritt, who finished second in a season’s best 44.09, with American Tony McQuay (44.84) in third.Reigning 10,000m Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba, of Ethiopia, won the 5,000m in 14 minutes 23.68 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year, while Britain’s Stephanie Twell (15:18.60) ran a season’s best to finish 11th.Jamaican double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also ran her best time of the year, 10.92 seconds, to win the 100m, while Olympic champion Robert Harting, from Germany, claimed victory in the discus with a throw of 67.04 metres.last_img read more

DAZN’s inside look at Joshua-Ruiz highlights Ruiz’s confidence before ‘upset of the era’

first_imgIt has been 10 days since Andy Ruiz Jr.’s stunning upset of Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion in boxing history.Looking back, there were signs of Ruiz’s quiet confidence and Joshua feeling the pressure of making his U.S. debut entering the fight. And DAZN’s new “About: The story behind the upset of the era,” which is executive produced by award-winning recording artist Meek Mill, rolls out behind-the-scenes footage that shows just that. Four knockdowns of Joshua and a shocking seventh-round TKO later, cementing Ruiz’s win, and AJ’s words were proven correct.”About: The story behind the upset of the era” is a 27-minute length feature showing behind-the-scenes moments of fight week and the aftermath. It can be streamed exclusively on DAZN. The show is an extension of the “40 Days: Joshua-Ruiz” series, which featured the buildup to the fight, and was also executive-produced by Meek Mill.Jamie Horowitz, DAZN executive vice president of content, said of the show: “‘About: The story behind the upset of the era’ is a show that reminds us why boxing is endlessly compelling. As Benjamin Bratt says one minute in — ‘Once a ring is made, anything can happen.'” The knockout that shocked the world🥊Take a behind-the-scenes look at @Andy_destroyer1’s stunning upset of @anthonyfjoshua, including exclusive access before, during and after the historic heavyweight fight.Watch ‘About,’ exclusively on @DAZN_USA 👉 https://t.co/RSNTb98qS4 pic.twitter.com/xeoc2NKMyg— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) June 11, 2019As the show begins, Ruiz is seen holding court with reporters in a media roundtable. He mentions how being doubted isn’t foreign to him, while making sure to let everyone know that betting on the underdog in this fight is the right and only move.“In my situation, there has always been a lot of doubters, so the main thing is just to shut them up,” Ruiz said. “I came a long way — this chubby kid coming from a small little town — but all the people that are betting on me, they’re going to make a lot of, lot of money if we pull it off.”Meanwhile, the behind-the-scenes footage also shows Joshua admitting to the pressures of making his U.S. debut and defending his unified world heavyweight championship, while eyeing a clash with WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder in the near future.“Massive,” Joshua told reporters during his own media roundtable access about the pressure he feels entering the fight with Ruiz.“I just want to box, but all the other stuff that comes with it puts pressure,” he continued. “The reality of life is you win some, you lose some, you keep on going.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch “About: The story behind the upset of the era” along with the full replay of the fightAs if those words were haunting enough, especially in hindsight, Joshua spoke about transitioning from preparing for a trash-talking Jarrell Miller to a quiet, respectable Ruiz, and said something even more chilling.“The ones who smile at you are the ones who come try to take your head off,” Joshua said.last_img read more

Clear Lake council sets public hearings for financial allocations to COVID-19 initiatives

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council last night scheduled April 20th as the date for public hearings regarding financial allocations to three initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One proposal includes an initial $100,000 financial allocation to the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation’s “Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund”. The fund would help small, independently-owned businesses with less than 25 employees that are suffering during the public health emergency with grants of up to $5000. Corridor CEO Chad Schreck says many businesses haven’t been able to take advantage of state and federal grants, and they’re using a model that’s being done in other communities in the state.  “Carroll Iowa did do something very similar and had their initial applications due this last week. I’ve had an opportunity to talk through some of the things they saw with that program. It’s helping us to develop this out. By way of comparison, the city has also given $100,000 to the program, and they had over 100 applications. I think they only had it open for just over a week, so it went really quickly. They were also going up to $5000 grants.” Schreck says priority would be given to companies with longer track records in the community.   “That’s one of the questions that’ll be part of the application, ‘how long have you been in operation in the city or the county?’ We want to make sure that we are prioritizing those that have shown a long-track record here. It doesn’t mean that people on the shorter end are ineligible or anything by any means, we just want to make sure we’re honoring that long-term commitment here.” Schreck says they know local businesses have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  “We’ve also been doing outreach to businesses through phone calls and things of that nature, and that just verified that need. Our surveys that we’ve been putting out show that 65% of them responded they’d need some type of financial assistance. That was across the range, whether it was small or large businesses. Obviously we’re directing this toward small businesses.” The city’s contribution toward the Corridor grant fund would be redirected from the city’s economic development fund. The other two initiatives would approve allocating $10,000 from that same fund to the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce to support and underwrite costs associated with enhanced “shop local” marketing efforts. The third would allow the city to provide Clear Lake Chamber Bucks for city employees, including volunteer firefighters, in response to and recognition of their ongoing extraordinary efforts for the citizens. The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors and the Mason City City Council later today at their respective meetings will make their initial consideration of the Corridor’s grant program.last_img read more

City League Roundup…Perry knocks off Allderdice in final seconds

first_img“Allderdice is a big, strong team,” Perry head coach Marco Corona said. “They played into our strengths as we are a quicker and faster team. We endured and persevered throughout and that is the main thing that led us to a win.”The Dragons were led by Ishmail Swain with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Justin Dobbs and Ben Mickens each added 12 points. “Our slogan on this team is “HAWK-D,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “One thing that I can complement our team on is our aggressive intensity on defense and I just like their hard work on each transition. But my hat goes off to Perry. They played like the defending champs that they are.”Perry was down by 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before they mounted a comeback led by Harrington. Their junior point guard, Marcus Smith, was slowed down by back spasms and as a result, was held scoreless. He is among the team leaders in scoring this season, averaging more than 17 points a game.Oliver 55, Gateway 45The Bears took care of business against quad-A giant Gateway Jan. 31 at the Pittsburgh Basketball Classic on the campus of Robert Morris University. They have established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the City as they hold the second-best overall and conference records in the league.“We were down two at the half and we wanted to come out and step up things in the second half,” said Oliver head coach Carey White. “That’s what we did. We came out in that second half and started executing. Our defense started taking over and we started to force them into making bad decisions on offense.”Oliver’s senior guard Evan Schell led the way for the Bears with 26 points, including a game-high 7  from behind the arc. Delvon Murray helped the cause with 12 and Phil Ferguson added 11.They made 10 of 13 foul shots in the game, all coming in the fourth quarter.“When it came down to it, we were able to hit the big shots,” said White. “I can’t say enough about our team’s confidence going down the stretch, which makes me excited about what I saw out there.”Craig Banks and Tyler Scott each had 11 points to lead Gateway.Other results:Jan. 26Allderdice 62, Schenley 50Top scorers: (S) Brandon Johnson, 13; Walter Tyler, 12; (A) Justin Dobbs, 16; Brandon McClester, 15; Ben Mickens, 14Carrick 53, Peabody 41Top scorers: (P) Adeneyi Oshoko, 9; (C) Jordan Wilson, 17; Travis Lewis, 13; Rasheed McKamey, 12.Oliver 70, Langley 40Top scorers: (O) Evan Schell, 15; Phil Ferguson, 12; (L) Ronald Carson, 9; Jason McGinnis, 9.Perry 71, Brashear 62Top scorers: (P) Daryl Harrington, 26; Marcus Smith, 16; (B) Henri Chatman, 21; Todd Brown, 15; Elijah Peterson, 13Jan. 29Schenley 92, Westinghouse 59Top scorers: (W) Marcus Falls, 29; Isaiah Naylor, 12; (S) Brandon Johnson, 31; Alonzo Murphy, 14; Camerin Nesbit, 12; Arthur Smith, 12; Mike Robinson, 10Peabody 64, Brashear 53High scorers (B) Henri Chatman, 30; (P) Sharod Green, 17; Adeneyi Oshoko, 16; Marzell Baskins, 10; Rudy Freeman, 10Boys StandingsTeam     Conf.     OverallPerry     10-0        14-1Oliver      8-2        11-4Allderdice      7-3        10-5Peabody      5-5        5-10Westinghouse      4-6        7-9Carrick      4-6        7-9Schenley      4-6        6-9Brashear      2-8        2-13Langley      0-9        0-14Upcoming GamesFeb. 53:15 p.m., Carrick at Perry7:30 p.m., Brashear at Schenley, Allderdice at Westinghouse, Langley at PeabodyWestinghouse girls stillholding on strongAs for the girls, the Lady Bulldogs of Westinghouse are still holding their own and are looking to be a prime target for defeat in the league, going down the stretch. They are cruising right now and are currently on a seven-game winning streak. They are also tied with Allderdice and Perry with eight conference wins.Their only loss in the City was to Allderdice back on Jan. 5 at home.“We understand that everything is equal this year,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones. “One thing we are doing that is good is we’re keeping focused. We understand that there is a prize at the end of this in which we have to obtain before it’s all said and done.”Perry still holds the third place spot in the City.ResultsJan. 26Allderdice 55, Schenley 36Top scorers: (A) Janay Bottoms, 20; Lanise Saunders, 13; (S) London McCoy, 13Carrick 50, Peabody 37Top scorers: (C) Angel Gould, 19; Megan  Ziegler, 14; (P) Semaj Pamplin, 22Perry 60, Brashear 46Top scorers: (B) Nautica Buchanan, 13; Antwanette Williams, 10; (P) Dashawna Carey, 23; Marritta Gillcrease, 16; Chelsey Anderson, 10Jan. 29Brashear 69, Peabody 23Top scorers: (P)  Terrah Moore, 8; (B) Nautica Buchanan, 18; Nyasia Middleton, 17; Ashley Albright, 17Carrick 44, Oliver 13Top scorers: (O) Tay’Rah Scott, 11; (C) Angel Gould, 15Perry 53, Allderdice 46Top scorers: (P) Marritta Gillcrease, 17; Ashia Regan, 16; DaShawna Carey, 11; (A) Janay Bottoms, 16; DaJai Beasley, 14; Lanise Saunders, 10Westinghouse 46, Schenley 39Top scorers: (S) London McCoy, 15; Chaunice Lightfoot, 11Girls StandingsTeam    Conf.    OverallWestinghouse     8-1       11-3Allderdice     8-2       11-4Perry     8-2       8-8Brashear     6-4       7-8Schenley     5-5       6-9Carrick     5-5       5-8Langley     3-6       4-7Oliver     1-9        1-14Peabody     0-10       0-15Upcoming GamesFeb. 53:15 p.m., Peabody at Langley, Perry at  Carrick, Schenley at  Brashear7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at Allderdice Harrington finished with a game-high 23 points. He also hit  9 consecutive shots from the line, only missing on his very first attempt. James Bulls helped out things with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Greg McGhee also came through for Perry with 12 points. Perry continues to shock its opponents with another last-second victory, most recently at home over Allderdice Jan. 29 to stay undefeated in City League play.Two foul shots by Perry’s Daryl Harrington with five seconds left was the difference and helped the Commodores to a 59-58 victory.“I wasn’t nervous,” said Harrington. “I’d been in the same predicament in the past, but I didn’t have the same results. I was determined that this time and times in the future would turn out differently.”center_img MR. CLUTCH— Daryl Harrington hit two free throws with five seconds left to give Perry a 59-58 win over Allderdice Jan. 29. Harrington led Perry in scoring with 23 points as the Commodores remained undefeated in City League play. last_img read more

College hoops free agency? Transfer numbers are up

first_imgIn this Feb. 16, 2013, file photo, UNLV’s Bryce Dejean-Jones, left, and San Diego State’s DeShawn Stephens dive for a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Las Vegas. Division I coaches are realizing that they can win both now and later with transfers, who are suddenly viewed more like shiny new toys than damaged goods. A recent surge in player movement has turned the once-sleepy late signing period, which starts on Wednesday and runs through May 21, into a month-long free agent frenzy that’s transformed the game. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the more remarkable aspects of Connecticut’s national title run was that potential star Rodney Purvis could only watch his Huskies’ teammates because of NCAA rules forcing transfers to sit out a year.“He’s like a Ferrari sitting in the garage that I can’t drive,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said.Ollie isn’t the only coach watching their rosters fill up with players who have already made at least one stop at another college.A recent surge in transfers has turned the once-sleepy late signing period, which this year started Wednesday and runs through May 21, into a monthlong frenzy that has changed college basketball. According to STATS, the number of players who have appeared in a game for more than one Division I school has nearly tripled over the past decade, from 122 in 2004-05 to 325 — or one for nearly every school in the country — in 2013-14.“It used to be that there was a stigma of some type attached to schools that recruited outside of the high school ranks,” San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. “You were not considered able to compete with the blue bloods. Well, now the blue bloods recruit transfers, They take one-and-dones. They take guys who have graduated and have one year left.”The result is that the college hoops transfer market has exploded. For recent grads looking for one last shot at the Final Four, disgruntled players looking for more minutes and junior college stars hoping to land a high-major scholarship, the late signing period offers hope — for players and their new schools.Research by the NCAA shows that the number of transfers from two-year/junior college schools into Division I has remained steady over the last 10 years or so, hovering between roughly 15 percent and 17 percent of all Division I players.The real movement, though, is within Division I.According to STATS, the number of transfers from one Division I school to another jumped from 259 to 325 from 2012-13 to 2013-14 alone. That number could go much higher once this year’s transfers are tallied.“A lot of times kids aren’t transferring or leaving because of the environment they’re in,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “It generally comes down to one thing, and a lot of times it’s playing time. Kids now want that instantaneous success.”Negative connotations once associated with transfers have faded, and the use of the graduate transfer rule made popular by Super-Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson is growing. Wilson left North Carolina State and led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl as a “one-and-done” senior.The rule allows immediate participation to players who have graduated with a year of eligibility left, had yet to use a transfer and had their scholarship or aid run out at their original school. Those who don’t meet all the criteria can apply for a waiver.Though grad transfers still represent a small portion of the transfer market, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane highlighted the trend this season in basketball by leading the Cyclones to their first Sweet 16 in 14 years.“I just wanted to go somewhere where I can start over fresh,” said Kane, a transfer from Marshall. “I (had) one year of basketball left.  Marshall and I, we did great things there. But we didn’t win a lot. I had a lot of individual awards. But I wanted to make the tournament.”Iowa State has already lined up Kane’s replacement in former UNLV star Bryce Dejean-Jones, and big man Jameel McKay — who left Marquette without ever a game — should bolster its front court.More high-profile schools are also getting in on the transfer craze.Donovan, who went 13 years without a transfer, has had one in each of the past five seasons. Arizona transfer guard T.J. McConnell helped the Wildcats spend much of last season ranked No. 1, and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood averaged 16.1 points a game for Duke last season.Dayton’s run to the Elite Eight was sparked by Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert. The Buckeyes landed former Temple forward and graduate transfer Anthony Lee just weeks after losing to the Flyers in the NCAA tournament.The NCAA said Friday that its Division I Board of Directors next week will look at so-called hardship transfers involving players who change schools citing “difficult life circumstances.” Typically, some of those players have been allowed to play immediately but the board will review a recommendation that such transfers sit out a season to focus on their new school and life situation while getting an extra year added to their eligibility.The NCAA said the change would provide consistency and reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process — something that’s on the mind of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.“It’s sad that we’re in that position,” Izzo said. “I understand it and everyone wants one. If it’s a fifth-year guy, I swallow it. But the underclassmen who are transferring and trying to be eligible immediately, I think it’s free agency and I think it’s going to hurt our game eventually.”___AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.last_img read more

When Atleti went for Salah

first_imgIt was in 2013-14. Then Salah’s talent overflowed in Basel, a discreet football country like the Swiss was too small, and headhunters from top European clubs followed that track. Chelsea and Atlético studied and launched for their signing, with those of Stamford Bridge winners. Mohamed Salah (27 years old) will play Atlético-Liverpool on Tuesday (9:00 p.m., Movistar Champions League) with the net but I could have done it with the rojiblanca. The Egyptian had options to leave Switzerland for Spain and ended up in England, specifically in Chelsea. eleven Chelsea always walked several bodies ahead in the race for Salah. The main reason, of course, money. They looked at him very much because they had examined him (and suffered) very closely in their clashes, two years in a row (three goals in four games), in the Champions League. Abramovich and company economically tripled Atlético’s proposals to the player and Basel. Finally, Chelsea got away with a check of about 44 million euros. The player seriously valued the Atlético project for his taste and possible adaptation to the Spanish style, but seduced him even more, in addition to money, the appeal of the Premier, the European aspirations of Blues and the conquering gift of Mourinho, in the end a Chinese in her boots. Their curls, athletic rivals, could be allies …last_img read more

Red-hot Molynes tipped to oust JN Open League champions

first_imgTHE qualifiers for this Thursday’s semi-finals in the JN Open League netball competition will be known today, following today’s quarter-finals at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:45 p.m.Defending champions Mico ‘B’, who topped Group Two with 24 points from eight wins, will be aiming to move forward in a bid to retain their title as they go up against the very dangerous Molynes ‘A’, which topped Group Seven with maximum 21 points from their seven wins.This game is expected to be very close, but Molynes ‘A’, the team with the second-highest number of goals in the competition, is given the edge to topple the defending champions.It could go either way in the UWI Pelicans vs Jamalco encounter, as both teams were red hot in the preliminary stage of the competition and topped their groups quite easily. The Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans topped Group One with maximum 21 points from seven games, and with the likes of former national senior players Nadine Bryan and Thristina Harwood, along with former national Under-21 player Shameera Sterling in their line-up, they could go all the way.After being beaten in last year’s final by Mico ‘B’, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco are determined to go all the way this time around, and after topping Group Seven with maximum 21 points from seven games, they will be hoping that ace shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins continues her impressive form and steers them to the semi-final.MICO ‘A’Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Mico ‘A’, who were upstaged by sister team Mico ‘B’, have been the best attacking and defensive team so far this season, and after dominating Group Six with maximum 24 points from eight games, they will be hoping to get the better of Group Three winners Cablepro in the other quarter-final.Despite their impressive record, the Mico team will enter today’s encounter without ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played her final game on Saturday against UTech Knights.Fowler-Reid left the island on Sunday for the ANZ Championship in New Zealand, but the Annette Daley-coached team still has national senior defender Vangelee Williams in their line-up.The consolation quarter-finals will also take place today, starting at 5:54 p.m. The games are: Speg A vs Waulgrovians B, Tivoli Gardens vs Skibo, Ravens A vs UTech Knights, and Molynes United B vs Molynes United C.last_img read more

UL Commences Xmas, New Year Break

first_imgThe Administration of the University of Liberia (UL) has as of yesterday, December 22, announced with immediate  effect the commencement of the 2014 Christmas and New Year break. Accordingly, the break will end on Sunday, January 4, 2015 when normal work activities are expected to officially begin on Monday, January 5, 2015. Henceforth, a UL statement said that all the four campuses of the institution will be closed to the public during the break.  Therefore, the statement said, members of the faculty and staff as well as the entire student populace are advised to observe this period. Meanwhile, as we continue to battle the Ebola outbreak in the country, the Administration wishes further to inform the student body and the general public that they should observe all of the health practices, including regular washing of hands, avoiding crowded places and shaking hands, among other practices. The UL statement yesterday was signed by the director of UL Relations, Augustine K. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more