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Orange eyeing sweep of Panthers with Big East in mind

first_imgThree times this season the Syracuse softball team has put together a four-game winning streak. But just as the momentum starts to build, losses in the next game have twice spoiled SU’s chances of making a major run in the Big East.Perhaps the third time will be the charm.If ever there was a time for the Orange (27-20, 9-7 Big East) to make a statement to the rest of the conference, this is it. After two wins each over Connecticut and Penn State, Syracuse has tied its longest winning streak of the season at four games. This weekend the team travels to Pennsylvania for three games against Pittsburgh (24-20, 8-8) in its second-to-last series of conference play. With only two weeks left in the Big East regular-season, the Orange is looking to sure up its spot in the conference tournament by way of a strong performance against the Panthers.‘We need a sweep,’ SU sophomore pitcher Jenna Caira said. ‘We can’t say that we can have two out of three (games). We need to make sure we go in there and take care of some business. Every game counts here.’The importance of this series is elevated by the log-jam that is the Big East this season. The top eight teams in the conference qualify for the Big East Championship in May, and at this point only one team has clinched a spot. Notre Dame (40-9, 15-3) has cemented itself at the top of the league, but seven other spots are up for grabs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse and Pittsburgh currently sit fourth and fifth in the standings respectively and are separated by only one game. The difference from fourth place to last place is just four games, meaning a sweep for either team would be devastating. No team in the conference has been mathematically eliminated from tournament contention either.‘I would say it’s a very important series,’ Pittsburgh head coach Holly Aprile said in a phone interview Monday. ‘I don’t want to overrate this series, but obviously, you know, because of the standings and where we are shaping up it’s important for both of us.’If the Orange sweeps this weekend, it could tie or even pass Louisville for third place depending on the results of the Cardinals’ series with South Florida.And if history is at all an indication of what will take place this weekend, SU can rejoice. Under head coach Leigh Ross, Syracuse is a perfect 6-0 against the Panthers. Pittsburgh is the only team in the Big East that doesn’t have a victory against Ross while she has coached the Orange. Her teams have outscored the Panthers by 19 runs during the current streak and out-hit Pittsburgh 63-37.‘I don’t really understand why (we play well against Pittsburgh), but I like it,’ Ross said. ‘I like that we’re comfortable going up against them.’Although Ross may not be able to offer an explanation for the current winning streak, Aprile found a reason quite easily.‘I don’t know that it’s something particular against us necessarily,’ she said. ‘I think that they’ve just been better. They’ve out-hit us, and they’ve out-pitched us.’Pitching is what got it done for the Orange against the Panthers last season, particularly Caira. She threw a complete game one-hit shutout for SU and that lone single was the only thing between Caira and her first-career perfect game.Heading into this weekend, Caira says she feels ‘really good’ despite throwing 12 innings on Tuesday. She was virtually unhittable against the Nittany Lions and is looking for a repeat performance against the Panthers.‘I went to (the trainer) yesterday, and she worked on my arm,’ Caira said. ‘She did a good job with that, and I feel loose and relaxed. I’ll be ready to go this weekend and hopefully have the same performance as when we played Penn State.’After this weekend the team has one Big East series remaining when it hosts second-place DePaul May 8-9. The Orange has never beaten the Blue Demons under Ross, which is a major reason why she wants to lock up a berth in the tournament before they come to town.‘I just think getting it done right now (is important),’ she said. ‘Take care of our business and ensure us a spot in the (Big East) tournament. That will give us a little leeway and take a little pressure off for DePaul, being able to go out there and relax and know that we have clinched a spot.’ Published on April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sarmiento earns player of the week award

first_imgJunior Ray Sarmiento became the fifth Trojan to earn Pac-12 men’s player of the week honors this season after helping the No. 4 Trojans sweep No. 43 Oregon and defeat No. 33 Washington 6-1 last weekend.Focused on the future · Junior Ray Sarmiento (above) will look to continue his strong play in USC’s final regular season match against UCLA before heading off to the Pac-12 championships, which begin April 23. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanRanked No. 14 in singles, Sarmiento defeated Oregon’s Jeff Mullen 6-2, 6-3 on Friday and Washington’s Marton Bots 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday. The wins extended his singles win streak to 11 and improved his solo record to 26-5 overall and 15-3 in dual match play.Sarmiento’s victory over Mullen also gave the Trojans a 4-0 lead and served as the clincher over the Ducks.Sarmiento also paired up with sophomore Yannick Hanfmann to register doubles wins in both matches. The No. 32-ranked pair took down Oregon’s Robin Cambier and Mullen, 8-3 and Washington’s Kyle McMorrow and Bots 8-2.This is Sarmiento’s fifth career conference player of the week award after earning the honor twice in 2011 and twice in 2012. Sarmiento now joins junior Emilio Gomez, sophomores Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, and freshman Max de Vroome as Pac-12 men’s players of the week this season.Sarmiento has peaked as high as No. 9 this year after concluding the 2012 season ranked No. 25 in singles. This season, Sarmiento has played primarily at the first and second courts in singles. Sarmiento is 7-3 when playing on court one and 8-0 when on court two.In doubles play, Sarmiento and Hanfmann have gone 13-5 overall and 11-4 in dual matches and have won four in a row.With ITA player of the year Steve Johnson graduating from USC last season, Sarmiento and Gomez emerged as the leaders of a USC squad seeking its fifth consecutive NCAA championship.The two victories over the Ducks and Huskies extended USC’s win streak to 10 games and improved the Trojans to 22-2 overall and 5-0 in conference play. USC will now travel to Westwood to face UCLA, also undefeated in Pac-12 play, in the regular-season finale on Friday at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Trojans head to Bahamas for tournament

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC men’s basketball team looks to extend its four-game winning streak in international territory as it heads to Paradise Island in the Bahamas to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament during Thanksgiving weekend.Top frosh · Freshman guard Julian Jacobs has made an immediate impact to the Trojans this season, averaging 6.8 points per contest. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC will face Villanova on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the first round, followed by a game against either No. 2 Kansas or Wake Forest on Friday.The Trojans (4-1) concluded a successful 4-0 homestand with a 73-57 win over West Alabama (1-3) shortly after finding out senior guard J.T. Terrell would be ineligible until at least Dec. 18 due to academic reasons. Junior guard Byron Wesley led the way with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists, continuing his strong start to the season. Freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic added 14 points and six rebounds, while senior center Omar Oraby finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.Wesley leads the team with 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while Oraby is averaging 13.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.USC entered halftime with a 20-point lead but encountered a slight scare when the Tigers used a bevy of 3-pointers to cut the lead to eight midway through the second half. The Trojans, however, stayed composed and pulled out their fourth straight win.“We knew the only way they could beat us is from the 3-point line,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said. “They made 11. I give them a lot of credit. They came in, they had a game plan, they had some very good players and they had very good shooters.”Villanova (4-0) also extended its winning streak to four games with an 84-80 win over Delaware on Friday. Forward JayVaughn Pinkston led the way with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Guard James Bell added 16 points and seven rebounds, while guard Darrun Hilliard added 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists.Pinkston is Villanova’s leading scorer with 20.3 points per game. Bell is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game this season, and Hilliard is averaging 14 points, five rebounds and 4.3 assists on the year.“It’s going to be a very tough one to see how far we’ve come since the start of the season,” Oraby said.No. 2 Kansas (4-0) looks to continue its momentum after an 88-58 win over Towson on Thursday and a 94-83 win over then-No. 4 Duke earlier in the season. The Jayhawks are led by forward Perry Ellis’s 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins is averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.Wake Forest (5-0) ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in rebounds per game and is coming off an 82-54 win on Wednesday over Citadel. Guard Codi Miller-McIntyre leads the team in minutes (31.4 per game), points (18.6 per game) and assists (4.8 per game), while Devin Thomas is averaging 14.4 points per game and leads the team in rebounds per game with 11.6.The Jayhawks and Demon Deacons will play each other after the conclusion of the Trojans-Wildcats contest.USC will return to the Galen Center to take on Boston College (2-4) on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m., followed by a match against Cal State Bakersfield (4-1) on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Joshua v Klitschko Rematch In Vegas

first_imgRelated There may be a ray of sunshine for the few who’ve eagerly anticipated a rematch involving heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladamir Klitschko.Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn is hopeful the bout which has been on the cards for a while will light up Las Vegas on November 11, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena.According to Hearn, “We’ve got a couple of weeks to get everything over the line. November 11 is the date that’s penciled in.”Aside from the fans demand of having the heavyweight champion of the world fight for the first time in America, a large expected increase in pay-TV sales makes the rematch realistic.The pair first encounter took place at a sold out Wembley stadium in April, where Joshua’s flame burned the highest as he knocked out Wladamir in the 11th round with a devastating uppercut.If the 41-year-old Ukrainian astonishingly opts for retirement rather than having one last bite at the cherry, Kubrat Pulev, of Bulgaria who currently is the IBF mandatory challenger would be A.J’s next opponent.The proposed venue is also scheduled to host one of the most advertised bout in boxing history, Floyd Mayweather, against Conor McGregor in August.last_img read more

Where are the giant faces on ‘Fortnite’ map? Locations for Season 8 challenge

first_imgSeason 8 of “Fortnite” released Thursday and it brought along a new batch of challenges, including finding giant faces hidden throughout the map.If you’ve already tried looking around to find these faces and haven’t had any luck, we’re here to tell you where to look. There are three faces hidden throughout the map — one in the desert, one in the jungle and one in the snow. The desert and snow faces are relatively close to one another. (Fortnite / SN) MORE: Will “Fortnite” be adding in respawn beacons?Finding all three faces will help you toward Tier 100 and the new Discovery Challenge along with its mystery skin.Fortnite Season 8 map with giant facescenter_img Fortnite faces challenge locationsEast of Sunny StepsSouth of Paradise PalmsSoutheast of Happy HamletMORE: Everything you need to know about Season 8 of FortniteIn order to complete the challenge, you don’t need to do anything special. All you need to do is just look at the faces and the challenge will be complete. This challenge is also only available to those who have paid for Battle Pass.Also, here is where you can find every Pirate Camp location.last_img read more

Members of SRK Bosna won Five Medals!

first_imgThe members of the SRC Bosna Rafael from Zenica, participated on the Eurocup in Nis on the River Nis and achieved remarkable results. The competition took place from May 12th until May 14th and 12 teams from countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Serbia participated.On the very first day of the competition, members of SRK Bosna won the second place in the discipline “Sprint” and “H2H”, while in the slalom they were second. On the second day of the competition, they continued their success and in the downhill discipline they also won second place, and in the finals they achieved great second place behind the Slovenian RT Gimpex.Prior to this Eurocup, SRK Bosna was supposed to take part in the previous two European competitions at Tacen (Slovenia) and Slunj (Croatia), but they were postponed due to low water levels in the Sava and Korana rivers.In the following period, SRK Bosna continues with active trainings and preparations for the next rafting Eurocup competition in Banja Luka, which will take place from June 9th to 11th.last_img read more

Why the Lions won’t trade Matthew Stafford despite rumors suggesting they will

first_img (Instagram) A local news station in Detroit, WDIV-TV, released a report Wednesday night citing sources claiming “that trade talks concerning quarterback Matthew Stafford have been underway for a couple of weeks.”The report lacks substance; it simply says the sources are “close to the Detroit Lions.” It also came the same day Stafford’s wife, Kelly, shared a pair of stories on her Instagram account that suggested the Lions would trade their longtime quarterback. “It takes the right personality in the existing quarterback to bring along the next young quarterback, but if you look at Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, none of them started the first year and my wish for Tua would be that he would go to a team that would give him a year to learn the system and do everything before the pressure of being a starting quarterback was upon him,” Steinberg said.So the speculation that if Detroit selects Tagovailoa third overall then it has to trade Stafford just doesn’t hold up. It would make more sense to keep Stafford in 2020 and have Tagovailoa learn for a year as his backup, or potentially play if Stafford’s back injury lingers.But trading Stafford this season just doesn’t make sense for Detroit, and it likely won’t happen.center_img MORE: 2020 NFL Mock DraftThere was nothing really to spark those stories that Kelly Stafford shared. The only report suggesting a Stafford trade is the one from WDIV.In fact, Thursday morning the Detroit Free Press asked Lions GM Bob Quinn about the rumors and he responded, via text, “100% False!!” But general managers aren’t exactly trustworthy all the time, so you can only buy into that somewhat.The real reason why the Lions won’t trade Stafford has to do with a decision the team made in December. The Lions turned a $6 million roster bonus that was originally due in March and converted it into a signing bonus. This means the Lions would suffer a $32 million hit in dead salary cap with a Stafford trade.Trading Matthew Stafford would leave behind $32M of dead cap to the #Lions, a loss of $10.7M of space. Detroit has already restructured and paid out a $6M bonus for the season. He’s staying put in 2020.— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 13, 2020MORE: Ranking the NFL’s top 50 free agents for 2020In other words, it would cost Detroit $10.7 million for the 2020 season to trade or release Stafford when it could just keep him on the roster and not waste money. It just makes no sense to move Stafford until next year.Having said that, there’s still a chance Detroit selects a quarterback in the NFL Draft. The Lions hold the No. 3 overall pick, meaning the obvious selection would likely be Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. It would be a great fit, too, as Tagovailoa’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, told the Detroit Free Press in late January his client would be best suited on a team where he could sit for a year.last_img read more

Tiger Woods to return to competition next week

first_imgIn this May 19, 2014 file photo, golfer Tiger Woods speaks at a Quicken Loans National PGA tournament media day news conference at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Feeling rusty but ready to play again, Tiger Woods said Friday he would return to competition next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National.Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he dealt with pain in his lower back and closed with a 78 for his highest final-round score on the PGA Tour. He had back surgery March 31, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time. He also missed the U.S. Open last week at Pinehurst No. 2.The announcement on his Facebook page delivered a jolt of good news to golf. Woods has been the game’s biggest draw since he turned pro in 1996, and with limited information about his recovery, speculation was starting to build that he might not make it to any majors this year.“After a lot of therapy, I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said on Facebook. “I’ve just started to hit full shots, but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty, but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead.”This is the first year for a new title sponsor at the PGA Tour event that donates its charity money to the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the tournament earlier this year secured an agreement to return to Congressional every other year through 2020.Woods on Thursday announced that he signed a new endorsement deal with MusclePharm, which will display its logo on his golf bag.“He has been the face of golf for the last 15, 20 years, and golf is a better sport and a better place with Tiger Woods in it,” two-time major champion Rory McIlroy said last week at the U.S. Open. “So hopefully, he has a speedy recovery and he gets back on the course soon, because any tournament where Tiger Woods is a factor, he creates a big buzz.”This is the second-longest break Woods has taken from golf because of injury. He missed the second half of the 2008 season when he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee just a week after winning the U.S. Open for his 14th major.Even though he spent the offseason working on his body, there were signs early that something might be wrong.He missed the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines, where he was the defending champion and an eight-time winner at one of his favorite courses. He had his worst finish ever at Dubai when he tied for 41st. Then, he withdrew in the final round of the Honda Classic because of back spasms, and despite being in the penultimate group at Doral, he struggled badly with his back on the final day after taking a swing from an awkward stance outside a bunker.Woods had microdiscectomy surgery a week before the Masters, and he has said in rare appearances that he did not know how long it would take to properly heal. His agent, Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management, said earlier this week that Woods was making enough progress to extend his swing.Even so, playing the Quicken Loans National was thought to be too soon.It couldn’t come soon enough for the tournament.“We’re thrilled, obviously,” said Mike Antolini, the tournament director and vice president of championships for the Tiger Woods Foundation. “Anytime you get that call and Tiger is in your field, it’s really the best news you can get. The fact he’s a two-time champion and the tournament hosts, we’re very excited for the fans.”He said he expected a spike in ticket sales with Friday’s announcement.The strength of Quicken Loans National field has suffered in recent years as more Europeans moved into the top 20 in the world, and they headed across the Atlantic Ocean as the European Tour headed places like Ireland, France and Scotland leading up to the British Open.Adam Scott, who has replaced Woods at No. 1 in the world while he has been out, is not planning to return to Congressional this year.“To be honest, we were prepared regardless for a good event,” Antolini said. “Our ticket sales, we think they’re going to be increased on this news now.”Three years ago, Woods withdrew after nine holes at The Players Championship because of an Achilles tendon injury and missed more than two months. He said then he had learned from past mistakes and would not try to return before he was in full health.Assuming he is at full strength now, he likely will be at the British Open at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he won majors the last time they were held on those courses. Woods been stuck on 14 majors since that ’08 U.S. Open victory.Woods is at No. 207 in the FedEx Cup — having played only three events — and could have as many as five events to reach the top 125. He also is at No. 67 in the Ryder Cup standings. U.S. captain Tom Watson has said he would use a wild-card pick on Woods, though he had eased off that position in recent weeks when the status of Woods’ recovery was unknown.last_img read more

Veterans and Active Military Healing Through Horsemanship July 21-22 with HeartStrides

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Healing Hearts RanchThe HeartStrides Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Operation THRIVE Warrior Horsemanship Program at Healing Hearts Ranch is an effective horsemanship based Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program that is designed to inspire social, emotional and psychological wellness for our returning armed forces.  Our Mission is to integrate the principles of horsemanship with research-based learning during interactive experiences with horses, which will improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Participants gain basic skills of handling, interacting, communication with horses and basic riding skills.THRIVE – Teaching Horsemanship Resiliency, Integrity, Virtue& Empowerment is the theme of the weekend that will be put on by HeartStrides 501c charity for military active duty, veterans and first responders.This three day clinic is free to all active duty military personnel, Veterans and first responders.  This year the clinic was made possible by donations from the Olympia Elks, VFW and many local businesses. We work with the JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion.This clinic helps facilitate transition to civilian life through anger management, stress and anxiety reduction techniques, emotional awareness and dealing with strong emotions. This clinic is focused on Brain Traumatic Injuries and helping service members connect with horses and others dealing with similar situations. The goal is to enable the service member to heal, to increase their self confidence, and to the improve their family life. A therapist is on site to help veterans process.last_img read more