Divock Origi delivers a dramatic point for Liverpool

first_img The Belgium striker, only on the field because of a potentially serious injury to Dejan Lovren from Craig Gardner’s reckless knee-high tackle, fired in from distance with the aid of a deflection in the sixth of eight additional minutes after the Croatian’s lengthy treatment. Manager Jurgen Klopp had previously been critical of the fans leaving early because of lack of faith in the team’s ability to recover losing positions but not on this occasion. Striker Divock Origi’s added-time strike snatched a point for Liverpool in a controversial 2-2 draw at Anfield. The German turned around to the Main Stand and vigorously pumped the air before, at the final whistle, gathering all his players together and walking towards the Kop hand-in-hand in a gesture of thanks. Origi’s goal secured only a point but it felt like more than that considering what had gone before. Despite taking an early lead through Jordan Henderson’s first goal since April 4 they were undone by two set-pieces – a long-term Achilles heel – as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s blunder allowed Craig Dawson to equalise before Jonas Olsson nodded in a second. Klopp’s side thought they escaped on the stroke of half-time when an Olsson goal was ruled out for offside, after considerable confusion created by the officials, only for the defender to net the winner 17 minutes from time – which added to the Gardner tackle did not add up to a great day for referee Craig Pawson and his officials. At least Klopp’s decision to leave out Lucas Leiva in order for Henderson to make his first league start since August 17 paid off with a well-worked goal midway through the first half. Philippe Coutinho, who should have opened the scoring early on after returning to the starting line-up for the first time in six matches after a hamstring problem, floated over a left-to-right cross which Adam Lallana headed down for his captain to sweep home. Liverpool had utilised the diagonal ball regularly but it was usually aimed at Christian Benteke without much success; the closest the Belgium international came to scoring was when he shot wide on the turn after chesting down Alberto Moreno’s pass. The big striker had actually been more effective at the other end defending set-pieces but his usefulness was cancelled out for West Brom’s equaliser when Mignolet pushed his compatriot out of the way as he came to claim Chris Brunt’s corner, missed the ball and saw Dawson ram home the loose ball. Mignolet’s decision-making did not improve when he chased a wayward Gardner cross out to the touchline, preventing it going out for a throw-in but almost being caught in possession by James Morrison. Added time brought the most contentious moment of the game when assistant referee Roger West, who had already been on the receiving end of criticism from Klopp for failing to even make a decision when the ball went out for what the German felt was a throw for his side, did not flag despite three players appearing to be offside when Olsson scored. Several seconds of confusion followed with even Liverpool’s players unsure what to do next before there was clearly some intervention transmitted via the officials’ earpieces as Pawson walked over to his linesman, who only raised his flag after the official had blown his whistle to rule out the goal. Klopp just laughed but Baggies boss Tony Pulis was furious. Olsson finally got his goal, nodding in Brunt’s near-post corner, in the 73rd minute before Pawson missed Gardner’s reckless tackle on Lovren which left the Croatian screaming in pain with a gashed knee and potentially worse damage. Emre Can dropped into central defence to allow Origi to come on and, after Lallana had shot straight at Boaz Myhill, Origi capitalised on the lengthy injury time with a rasping, deflected drive. TWEET OF THE MATCH “1-0 not even close.If you score 2 goals against WBA at home and with their record you gotta win!Defending against set plays/corners Is awful” Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge @Realaldo474 gives his verdict on the 2-2 draw. PLAYER RATINGS LIVERPOOL Simon Mignolet: 4 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 Martin Skrtel: 6 Dejan Lovren: 5 Alberto Moreno: 6 Emre Can: 6 Jordan Henderson: 7 James Milner: 6 Adam Lallana: 5 Philippe Coutinho: 6 Christian Benteke: 5 Substitutes Jordon Ibe (on for Coutinho, 72): 6 Divock Origi (on for Lovren, 79): 6 Roberto Firmino (on for Lallana, 86): 4 WEST BROM Boaz Myhill: 6 Craig Dawson: 6 Jonas Olsson: 6 Gareth McAuley: 7 Chris Brunt: 6 Jonny Evans: 7 Craig Gardner: 5 Darren Fletcher: 6 James Morrison: 6 James McClean: 5 Salomon Rondon: 4 Substitutes Ricky Lambert (on for Rondon, 90): 4 STAR MAN Jordan Henderson – Led from the front on his first league start since August, scoring the opening goal and providing perpetual motion in midfield. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Jonas Olsson’s disallowed goal had everyone scratching their heads as the officials obviously realised they had made a mistake after the event and contrived to get the right result by circuitous means but making a fudge of it all the same. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Jurgen Klopp’s explosion of joy at Origi’s equaliser was the release of 60 minutes of pent up frustration after watching his side labour to throw away an early lead. Bold substitution in sending on a striker for an injured defender paid off. Counterpart Tony Pulis spent the whole game shouting and cajoling his side and it almost paid off. MOAN OF THE MATCH Referee Craig Pawson and his two officials, as a whole, had a poor day with a bizarre passage leading up to the eventual disallowing of Jonas Olsson’s offside goal and allowing Craig Gardner’s reckless challenge which injured Lovren to go unpunished. WHO’S UP NEXT? Watford v Liverpool (Premier League, Sunday December 20) West Brom v Bournemouth (Premier League, Saturday December 19) Press Associationlast_img read more

Gokul Sarma hits ton, match ends in a draw in Ranji Trophy

first_imgOur sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam ended their Ranji Trophy campaign with a splendid performance from the batsmen of the team. The match also produced first century of the season from a batsman of Assam.Gokul Sarma was the centre stage on the last day of the tie in Kanpur against Uttar Pradesh as the right handed batsman, who narrowly missed a couple of centuries this season, finally reached three-figure playing a gutsy knock. The batsman remained not out on exactly 100 when the match came to an end today. Sarupam Purkayastha and Pallav Das also played two responsible knocks during the day.Assam started from their overnight score 102-0 but lost both the openers- Rishav Das (37) and Rahul Hazarika (63) very early parts of the day. However two senior batsmen Gokul and Sarupam thereafter stitched the damage nicely and didn’t allow Uttar Pradesh to take control on the game. The duo on the third wicket partnership added 112 runs. Gokul took 208 balls to score unbeaten 100 and there were 11 hits to the fence. On the other hand Sarupam smashed 12 boundaries during his 125 balls 67 runs knock. Captain Amit Sinha failed to open his account today but it didn’t make any negative impact on Assam innings as thereafter Gokul and Pallab negotiated opponent bowlers without facing too much difficulties. Pallav also remained not out on 40.It was the last game for Assam in the season and they finished the competition collecting 21 points from nine outings.Brief scores: Assam 175, 317-4, Uttar Pradesh 619. Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgRahm closed with a 3-over 75 for a 9-under total, three strokes ahead of second-round co-leader Ryan Palmer at Muirfield Village. The 25-year-old Spaniard was leading by seven shots on Sunday before a double-bogey on the par-5 11th cut into his advantage. Rahm later received a two-stroke penalty after being initially credited with a five-stroke win.To become the No. 1 golfer, Rahm had to win the tournament and hope Rory McIlroy finished no better than third. McIlroy tied for 32nd.Rahm joins Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1.Tiger Woods carded a 76 for the second time in three days, leaving him at plus-6. GOLF-NICKLAUS-CORONAVIRUS Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races. Series points leader Kevin Harvick was fifth.NHL-PENGUINS-CROSBYSidney Crosby out with health issuePITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is dealing with an unspecified health issue. Crosby left a team scrimmage early on Saturday and then was held out of practice a day later. Neither head coach Mike Sullivan nor assistant coach Mark Recchi (REH’-kee) offered any detail on what might be ailing Crosby. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium. The veteran reliever added that players are willing to share a home venue with another team and make other sacrifices.Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging.The team’s minor league options are its training facility in Dunedin (duh-NEE’-dehn), Florida, or its Triple-A affiliate stadium in Buffalo.NFL-TRAINING CAMPSNFL players urge league to address health concerns Update on the latest sports The Penguins have about two weeks to get ready to face Montreal in the qualifying round of the playoffs.MLB-FREE AGENTSWalker, Volquez, Holland, Morrison make opening-day rostersUNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia second baseman Neil Walker, Texas pitcher Edinson Vólquez and Pittsburgh pitcher Derek Holland have made opening-day rosters.So have Milwaukee first baseman Logan Morrison, Cincinnati pitcher Nate Jones, Tampa Bay pitcher Aaron Loup and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Avilán. Nicklaus, wife recovered from coronavirusDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus says he’s recovered from a health scare.The golf legend revealed during Sunday’s CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus at the onset of the pandemic.He said his wife had no COVID-19 symptoms, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough. Nicklaus said they were home in North Palm Beach, Florida, from March 13 “until we were done with it” on about April 20.Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, turned 80 a month apart at the start of the year. NASCAR-TEXASChildress gets 1-2 sweep at TexasFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Childress Racing had a successful day at Texas Motor Speedway.Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag. That gave Childress a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands.Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. He stayed in front on three late restarts, the first after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the fast car of Ryan Blaney to a lap back. The seven were among the former free agents the clubs had to make decisions on by Sunday, five days ahead of opening day.New York Mets catcher René Rivera and Colorado catcher Drew Butera were given $100,000 retention bonuses this weekend, allowing those teams to keep them with minor league contracts.Among those released ahead of the deadline were Philadelphia pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Logan Forsythe, Mets first baseman Matt Adams and Washington reliever Fernando Abad.Released players remain eligible to re-sign with the teams.In other major league news: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIXHamilton wins 8th Hungarian GP to equal Schumacher F1 recordBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and take the championship lead. Hamilton’s latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly 9-second margin over Max Verstappen suggested. The British driver’s 86th GP win moved him just five behind Schumacher’s F1 record of 91. Hamilton is also demanding more support from Formula One’s governing body and urged other drivers to make more of an effort in the fight against racism. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-MEMORIALRahm in command at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm will move to the top of world golf rankings after a convincing victory at the Memorial. — Nationals outfielder Victor Robles took part in his first workout of the summer following a two-week quarantine. Robles had some at-bats, ran the bases and says he should be ready to start opening day.— The Tigers have announced that Matthew Boyd will start the season opener against Cincinnati. Boyd had been slated to start the opener in March and now will get the chance a few months later. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYSBlue Jays looking at alternate sites for home gamesTORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays want to play their home games in a major league ballpark this season. That’s according to pitcher Anthony Bass, who says the front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team. July 19, 2020 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. The league informed teams on Saturday that training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing. Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday and rookies for other teams are due on Tuesday. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28. Many prominent players expressed their thoughts in a social media blitz Sunday.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose wife is pregnant, wrote: “We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.”And Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted, “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.” He wrote, “We need Football! We need sports! We need hope!” Some drivers took a knee and others again did not in disorganized scenes before Sunday’s race. As in the previous two races this season, all drivers were supposed to gather before the national anthem to stand while wearing “End Racism” T-shirts. Hamilton and others like his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took a knee but others appeared to be hurriedly arriving late and not even in position.last_img read more

MBB : Jardine says wrist ‘fine’ heading into matchup with Marquette

first_imgOrange, Golden Eagles prepare for unexpected conference meeting early in TournamentFollowing an 18-game regular-season gantlet and a subsequent 81-56 loss to Louisville in the conference tournament, Buzz Williams was looking forward to a break. It was time to turn attention away from the rugged Big East and focus on the NCAA Tournament.So as he and his team exited Madison Square Garden on March 10, Williams turned to one of his assistant coaches and breathed a sigh of relief.‘I’m so thankful that we don’t have to talk about or prepare or play against a Big East program until next Christmas,’ the Marquette head coach told an assistant.Now, just a week later, as both Syracuse and Marquette advanced through the NCAA Tournament, the two Big East teams will collide again. And as to be expected, Williams wasn’t exactly thrilled when he saw how the bracket unfolded.But with an NCAA-record 11 Big East teams in the field of 68, it was seemingly impossible to create a field that would prevent two of the league’s teams from facing each other at some point. Two other Big East teams — Connecticut and Cincinnati — will also duke it out for a trip to advance to next weekend.‘You have to play the next team, and you know in the second game it’s going to be a difficult game,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘They know us and we know them, so it’s just a matter of going out and seeing who plays the best.’Marquette won the first matchup in Milwaukee on Jan. 29. Since then, SU has the better record, but the Golden Eagles have a known formula for beating the Orange’s 2-3 zone: exploiting the dead spots and knocking down 3-point shots.Syracuse couldn’t pull out a win against Marquette on the road, so perhaps a meeting somewhere in the middle of Syracuse and Milwaukee will help. Either way, it’s a neutral site and the two teams each have the benefit of knowing what each other does best.‘What I told our guys is we’re playing in the NCAA Tournament,’ Williams said. ‘We’ll be one of 24 teams remaining when we wake up tomorrow, and in order to get to the Sweet 16, we have to win a Big East game on a neutral court. That’s what it is.’Joseph honors Fab FiveFor the first time all season, Kris Joseph broke out the black on black. He felt he had to. For him, it was the best way of showing respect for the 20th anniversary of the Fab Five — a group of freshmen that took college basketball by storm while playing at Michigan.‘I have a lot of respect for them and what they did,’ Joseph said after Syracuse’s 77-60 win over Indiana State Friday. ‘It was inspiring, and I just wanted to do something.’Joseph normally wears a pair of white socks with a pair of predominantly white basketball shoes. He altered that routine with black shoes and black socks — a trademark of the Fab Five — during Thursday’s practice and again for the game on Friday.The inspiration came from a documentary film about the Fab Five that premiered on ESPN nationwide last Sunday, March 13. Joseph watched the film and said he and his teammates appreciated the influence the Fab Five had on college basketball.Joseph said teammates Scoop Jardine, Rick Jackson and Dion Waiters, among others, were supposed to join him in wearing the black on black Friday. But they claimed in the locker room Friday that they didn’t get the memo.‘We were supposed to break out the black together,’ Joseph said, raising his voice so his teammates could hear him. ‘We’ll see about the next game.’aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm UPDATED: March 20, 12:53 a.m.CLEVELAND — Scoop Jardine reiterated again Saturday that his left wrist is fine after landing on it Friday night against Indiana State. Jardine doesn’t expect it to limit him when Syracuse faces Marquette for a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Sunday evening.‘I’m fine,’ Jardine said. ‘I was fine yesterday.’With just minutes to play against the Sycamores, the junior point guard collapsed to the floor holding his wrist. He stayed on the floor for almost 30 seconds before rising to his feet. Moments later, with an 18-point SU lead, Jardine took a seat on the bench. There he stayed for the remainder of the contest, and from his spot on the bench he could be seen holding that wrist.It was the same wrist Jardine had been nursing for the past couple weeks after hurting it late in the regular season. In the locker room after the game, he had a big ice wrap on the wrist. Still, though, he insisted he would be fine.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I just fell on it. I keep falling on it,’ Jardine said. ‘I think I did it like three weeks ago. I fell on it again, and it just keeps numbing up on me. It’s a scary feeling when I first do it, but once I get my feeling back, I’m fine.’Jardine, who shot 3-of-5 from the field and had nine points and nine assists Friday, will be one of the most important players for the Orange Sunday against a guard-heavy Marquette squad.On Saturday, less than 24 hours after the game, Jardine reconfirmed that he’ll be fine. While he may be experiencing some pain or discomfort, Jardine didn’t appear to be concerned and said that it definitely won’t keep him off the court.‘Like I said, if we play today, I’ll be playing.’ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

On the beat: Iseman, Gery discuss team progress after Eastern Michigan victory

first_img Related Stories Eastern Michigan press conference: Boeheim discusses team weaknessesColeman, Grant combine for 25 points in win over Eastern Michigan Gallery: Syracuse beats Eastern Michigan 84-48 Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2012 at 5:41 amcenter_img Men’s Basketball beat writers Chris Iseman and Ryne Gery discuss Jim Boeheim’s press conference after the Eastern Michigan victory and what the Syracuse Orange need to improve on moving through the season. Commentslast_img read more

Set-piece issues recur for Syracuse defense throughout losses, season-ending defeat at Georgetown

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was a situation Syracuse was all too familiar with.Not losing to Georgetown in the NCAA tournament round of 16 in overtime, but conceding a game-winning goal off a set piece.It happened in all three regular-season losses for SU and it happened again Sunday when Georgetown’s Jared Rist scored on a near-post header in the first period of sudden-death overtime. Both GU goals on the day were scored off corner kicks, and the ninth-seeded Orange’s (16-4-1) 2-1 loss at Shaw Field to the eighth-seeded Hoyas (14-4-1) not only put a final touch on Syracuse’s season, but also on an area of struggle that plagued SU in each of its four losses this year.“There hasn’t been a whole lot of Achilles’ heels for Syracuse this season,” Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese said. “If you look at all three games they’ve lost, they’re all from set pieces served in.“That was the same today.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFirst it was a Brandon Aubrey header off a free kick that sent Syracuse to a 1-0 defeat against Notre Dame on Sept. 13. Then Louisville’s Jerry Ramirez and Ricardo Velazco each put one home off of free kicks to seal two separate Cardinals wins against SU later in the season.For nearly the first 80 minutes of Sunday’s game, it looked as if the set-piece struggles would subside for SU. The Orange dominated the box, as goalkeeper Alex Bono repeatedly elevated to punch away balls and no Hoya could match defender Skylar Thomas in the air.“I thought we did an outstanding job of limiting their spaces,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We worked so hard to make them as predictable as they can be.”But the Hoyas finally broke through when Tyler Rudy’s corner found the head of defender Keegan Rosenberry and then the back-right corner of the net in the 80th minute. The Georgetown students erupted in celebration as Rosenberry and the rest of the Hoyas were mauled behind the goal.When Rist’s 94th-minute header found the back of the net, Bono sunk to his knees as the entire Georgetown bench emptied onto the field around the senior midfielder.“It’s one of those things where it’s just details. Spaces don’t score, men score,” Bono said. “We’ve got to take responsibility for our guys coming in and mark them, and we didn’t do that unfortunately and that’s where they capitalized.”Wiese said the Hoyas hadn’t been that successful on set pieces all year, but that Rudy was sending in the best corner kicks he had all season.Shots from live play weren’t getting past Bono — who Wiese said is comfortably one of the best keepers in the nation — and the Hoyas head coach had a hunch that his team was going to have to win a different way.Unfortunately for Syracuse’s record-breaking season, Georgetown found that way.Said Wiese: “It doesn’t matter how good your goalkeeper is, if the serves are good it’s going to cause problems.” Comments Published on November 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

First-gen mentorship program provides support system for students

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Gina IbrahimAs the number of first generation college students grows on campus, the First Generation Mentorship Program seeks to provide assistance and resources to this expanding niche of students. For this year’s freshmen class, 16 percent are first generation — a 3 percent increase from last year — and as USC seeks to diversify and offer opportunities for students from all backgrounds, this number should increase in the coming years. Founded in 2008, the First Generation Mentorship Program aims to help students who may lack guidance or preparation for college by pairing them with alumni who were also first generation students.“We really focus on professional development, so we do our best to pair students with alumni who work in their career fields,” said Gina Ibrahim, USC’s internship and diversity programs adviser. “We find that the basis of the program is having that common ground of understanding what it was like to be at USC as a first generation student and finding out what resources are available to you.”  The program is open to all first generation students, and they are encouraged to apply after having completed a full academic semester at USC. On average, the program fluctuated between 25 to 30 mentors each year. This year, the program saw a surge of some 60 mentors applying, 40 of which were accepted after meeting the required criteria. Ibrahim notes an especially large increase in the number of Viterbi alumni applying for this year’s program. For the 2015-2016 school year, the program had four Viterbi alumni, and this year 19 will participate. Employer relations and research director Jennifer Kim said she hopes the increase in interested mentors will lead to an increase in applications.“You would think everyone would be interested, but it’s difficult to explain why more students don’t apply,” Kim said. “Otherwise, we would definitely try to grow the program.” The program is targeted towards students’ professional goals and their intended career paths, exposing them to a mentor and a role model who can guide their development.“As a first generation student, sometimes it’s a little harder to find a support system or to find the resources that are available to you on campus because you’re the first person in your family to go to college,” Ibrahim said. “Your parents or your older siblings might not have the information that you were seeking.” The goal of the program is to form an organic mentor-mentee bond between alumni and students, Kim said. The Career Center also hosts monthly events between October and April that discuss resume building, networking and interviewing. “We try to balance [the program] out by having some formal programming so everyone has sort of the same experience,” Kim said. “We’re hoping that organically they choose to meet up outside, to speak on the phone…We’re hoping that it just grows into a friendship, a mentorship.” Mentors are asked to attend the monthly group meetings as well as put in extra effort to either speak or meet with their mentee throughout the academic year. “We do ask a lot of [the mentors],” Kim said. “They’re really accommodating to the students…They’re going out of their way to physically be here [on campus] and to meet with them outside of the formal program.” Currently, 13 percent of the USC undergraduate student body is first generation, according to the University. “I think students sometimes don’t understand the value in having a mentor, and this is a good way to test the waters,” Kim said. “Then you can see the importance of a mentor-mentee relationship and what impact that can have on your academics, your personal life, your professional life.”last_img read more

USC dominates ITA Kick-Off Weekend

first_imgIn the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association action of the spring, the No. 1-ranked USC men’s tennis team defended its home territory in flawless fashion, defeating Louisiana-Lafayette and Santa Clara to top the four-team tournament this past weekend.“I was really happy with the energy,” head coach Peter Smith said. “On the court, in the stands, I felt like everybody was really involved in the match. It’s so great to have the season start and have the season under way.”The Trojans beat the Ragin’ Cajuns 4-0 on Jan. 23, the first day of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Marks Stadium, to advance to the championship round. In doubles, the sophomore pair of Nick Crystal and Connor Farren defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Will Huyton and Jake Wynan 6-2, and the No. 1-ranked doubles duo Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz defeated Louisiana’s Jarred Wynan and Coleman Wahlborg 6-3 to put the Trojans up 1-0. Trojan senior Eric Johnson and junior Max de Vroome were leading Edgar Lopez and Damian Farinola 5-4 when play was suspended.De Vroome and Crystal led the Trojans’ in singles play of the first round. De Vroome dispatched Vlad Kramarov and Crystal routed Huyton, both by tallies of 6-1, 6-1. No. 3-ranked Hanfmann topped Lopez 6-2, 6-2 and with three victories in singles, the Trojans gained three points and completed the sweep of the Ragin’ Cajuns.De Vroome turned it around and became a big part of the Trojans’ win Friday after what he believes was a slow start.“I started off a little rusty, made a few mistakes, but then [Krzysztof Kwinta], our assistant coach, came on,” De Vroome said. “He told me to play a little heavier, a little more on the ready. So I stayed back a little more, waited for my opportunities, and I took the chances when I got them.”In the final of the event on Jan. 24, the Trojans pulled off another sweep against Santa Clara. Hanfmann and Quiroz defeated the Broncos’ Ashot Khacharyan and Ilya Osintsev 6-2 as Johnson and de Vroome took down Mikheil Khmiadashvili and Sam Bertram 6-1, clinching the doubles’ point for the Trojans.Quiroz finds he and his fellow seniors are trying to make the most of every match in their final year.“It’s really special for the four seniors playing our last season,” Quiroz said. “We’re really happy to be here and enjoying all the time we’re spending on the courts. We’re just trying to get betting, we’re just starting the season. We have great expectations for the season, so I think we did great today.”In singles, Crystal continued his dominance with an immaculate match in the final, defeating Michael Standifer 6-0, 6-0. Senior Jonny Wang followed suit with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Khmiadashvili and Johnson rounded out the second sweep with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Sebastian Mathieu.De Vroome felt his team fed off each other’s energy during the match.“It’s definitely contagious to play well, seeing each other play well and pumping each other up,” De Vroome said.With their resounding victory this past weekend, the Trojans clinch a spot at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, Illinois, next month. Smith has liked what he’s seen from the defending NCAA champions in the early stages of the season.“I think we’re in a great place,” Smith said. “I think the guys are really looking to get better, they’re really open, really motivated, and they’re getting after it.”Up next, the Trojans will travel to Athens, Georgia, this weekend to face the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs. Though the season is still young, Quiroz and the Trojans’ minds are already on the long run — defending their throne.“USC always sets their goals really high,” Quiroz said. “But you know what, we look at the big picture, so we just keep getting better, keep working on our game, and we improve for May, which is our main goal.”last_img read more

BVB partners with Sportradar for innovative digital launch

first_img StumbleUpon Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit Borussia Dortmund has united with Sportradar to relaunch its own OTT platform, BVB-TV.The much adored German Bundesliga side, will work with its new partner and end-to-end solution provider to allow fans to gain a unique insight into the club, providing them a platform that hosts both free video content, as well as a subscription service for premium content, which is accessible for €1,99 per month. Commenting on the new BVB-TV, the club’s CMO Carsten Cramer stated: “At our club, we love to provide our fans with the most engaging ways to connect with our matches and our players. The best fans deserve the best. “We revisited our OTT platform and decided we wanted more from it. Sportradar really captured our imagination, and we are excited to be rolling out this new and improved BVB-TV offering for the new season.”The OTT platform will also host Borussia Dortmund’s friendly matches live and will showcase exclusive footage related to the Borussia players. It will also have a premium option which will include full match replays and game highlights, immediately after the final whistle, as well as behind the scenes programming.Following a three-month period conceptualising and rolling out the service, Sportradar will provide to Borussia Dortmund all components of their end-to-end OTT solution. This includes a front-end user experience aligned with the Borussia corporate identity, stable video management system, full content delivery into different BVB output channels, such as web, mobile, social media and content syndication to BVB’s main club TV sponsor, Deutsche Telekom. Due to Sportradar’s data expertise, all replays on BVB-TV will include user-friendly access to a range of statistics and functionalities. This will deliver all the insights of a second screen experience, right on the platform’s primary screen, including cue-point indication for the game’s most important events, as well as dynamic stats overlays, which are synchronised minute by minute.last_img read more

Tyler Skaggs puts Angels in a hole that leaves Mike Scioscia trying something new

first_imgArcia, who had pitched in Triple-A this year, retired the side on eight pitches, topping out at 73 mph. He allowed just an infield hit. He said they were all “BP fastballs.”“It was fun,” he said. “It was like Little League.”Arcia saved an inning of work for the bullpen ahead of Sunday’s game, when the Angels are going to use all relievers to fill the void left by injured Nick Tropeano.Suddenly, there’s reason to be concerned that maybe Skaggs will follow Tropeano to the DL. He’s already been on the DL twice and missed a start without going on the DL a third time. A 10-day DL stint with a sore left groin just ended for Saturday’s start.In his outing before going on the DL, on July 31, he had allowed a career-worst 10 runs. He said he started to feel his groin tighten up during a 33-pitch inning in which he got only one out.At the time the Angels placed him on the DL, Skaggs was confident that they’d caught it early enough that he’d be OK after missing one start.But when he took the mound on Saturday, he was in trouble from the start. Skaggs allowed three homers, including two to noted Angels killer Marcus Semien. Semien’s first was a three-run homer in the second that put the Angels in a 4-0 hole. His second gave him 13 homers against the Angels, his most against any opponent.After Semien’s second homer, in the fourth, Skaggs gave up two more singles and then he was pulled from the game.“I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” he said. “I didn’t feel 100 percent, but at the same time I feel like I could have went out there and contributed to the team. Today I definitely didn’t contribute. If anything I made it worse. I definitely put the bullpen in a tough situation for today and tomorrow.”Sunday’s bullpen game is part of a stretch in which the Angels have no off days until Aug. 20.With that in mind, Scioscia saved an inning from his bullpen by using Arcia to pitch the ninth. It was the latest accomplishment for Arcia, who last month made history by collecting 10 RBIs in his first two big league games, all after 12 years in the minors.“He was pumped for it,” Scioscia said. “He got three outs. He did a good job.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousOakland Athletics’ Khris Davis, right, is congratulated by Matt Chapman after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. 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Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — Although the first position player to pitch for Mike Scioscia may have put a light-hearted end to the Angels’ 7-0 loss to the Oakland A’s on Saturday night, it wasn’t enough to detract from the troubling start.Tyler Skaggs gave up seven runs in his first start off the disabled list with a sore groin, and afterward he didn’t sound thrilled with how he’d felt.“It was OK,” Skaggs said of his groin.Asked if he’d be able to make his next start, Skaggs said: “See how I come out of it tomorrow.”center_img Scioscia had earlier said: “I just don’t think he felt 100 percent. That’s obvious.”By allowing seven runs in 3-1/3 innings, Skaggs put the Angels in a hole and their hitters couldn’t do anything against journeyman Edwin Jackson to get out. They had three hits in 7-1/3 innings against Jackson.By the ninth inning, the situation was so dire — especially with the Angels facing a bullpen game on Sunday — that Scioscia resorted to using catcher Francisco Arcia on the mound.Scioscia had never used a position player to pitch in his 19 years as the Angels manager. He had always insisted he wasn’t philosophically against it, but the situation just hadn’t come up.The Angels hadn’t used a position player to pitch — other than Shohei Ohtani, of course — since Chili Davis in 1993. It was the longest such streak in the majors.last_img read more