Time is right for men’s volleyball

first_imgI’m not typically a fan of doing this, but I want to invite you all on the bandwagon to witness a chance at greatness.This team isn’t led by a well-known face like Matt Barkley or Steve Johnson, and it hasn’t won a championship in more than 20 years, so don’t expect any four-peats.On top · Though the Trojans have not won a title since 1990, senior middleblocker Steven Shandrick has fans believing 2012 could be special. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanBut I promise they’re a truly  special unit.Of course, I am talking about the No. 1-ranked men’s volleyball team in the land, the Trojans, who, over the past two months, have rattled off 15 straight match wins with ease.They’ve won in new gyms, old gyms, at home, on the road, against lesser foes and against some of the elite teams. All of this has occurred without a single bat of an eye or a collective round of applause from us, the student body.Most of you love to hoot and holler every Saturday in the fall at the Coliseum, regardless of whether the words “interception” or “face mask penalty” are a part of your vocabulary. Even this spring, as the baseball team has resurfaced from its five-plus years of hibernation, people have come to Dedeaux Field.Yet, right before our very eyes is a team that has transformed from the hunted to the hunter, from a 5-4 squad to a group that at the moment looks unbeatable, and we’ve all grown apathetic to their success. It’s as if we’ve become so spoiled by this university’s athletic success that we can afford to take a season off from some sports, even if one is on the cusp of bringing another banner back to Heritage Hall.I’m calling your bluff because frankly I don’t want you to miss out on a team that personifies the very word.I’m not expecting you to recite National Player of the Year candidate senior Tony Ciarelli’s 2012 résumé of feats, or appreciate the on-court presence of floor general and middle blocker senior Steve Shandrick or even recognize a beautiful assist by freshman setter Micah Christenson from a game-altering block by freshman Robert Feathers.My only wish is that beginning April 21, when the team returns home to host what surely will be a long run through the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference and NCAA tournaments, you’ll come along for the ride.If you’re sick of hearing a columnist rant about this team, look no further than their world-class coach, Bill Ferguson.For a man who is enjoying what is arguably his greatest year at USC, he too cannot get enough of this team.“I’ve always said this is one of the more enjoyable groups I’ve had since coming here,” Ferguson said. “They just get it and take care of the little things really well. They have the right amount of fun and there are some good personalities on this team, but what makes them great is they know how to move on to the next assignment or team so well. Sometimes as a coach you have to ingrain that into guys, but that hasn’t been the case with this bunch.”The truth of the matter is, whether facing an opponent such as UC Irvine or UCLA, or playing in front of 5,000 or five, the team really doesn’t care.Even with all the distractions that come with being a student-athlete on a campus like USC, these guys could care less about the attention. They are high-character individuals, on the court and off, who play not to get their names in a column or to get thousands of fans cheering for them. They play because of the love they have for their sport and the player standing next to them.Most of them couldn’t tell you when postseason play officially starts or name half the teams they’ve beaten during their remarkable streak to the top. But that’s what’s incredible about them.To get 20 young men to care about one thing and one thing only, at this level, is nearly impossible.But that’s what Ferguson and company have done.These last two months have been special, even awe-inspiring at points, yet none of it matters as I write these words.It’s not about the journey of days past for these Trojans; it’s about accomplishing what’s on the schedule for today.It sounds cliché, almost too simple and too naïve to work. But how do you come up with a convincing argument against a 15-game win streak by a bunch of guys who are playing less like a collection of players on a team, and more like a family?You don’t.Instead, you learn to embrace the mindset. You learn to appreciate what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. You learn that just like the other widely successful programs on campus, this one is also worth your time.If you don’t know the sport, still show up. If you know the sport and aren’t a fan, give it a second chance. And if you’ve been cheering since day one, you deserve a standing ovation from all of us.This team is yours, mine and ours. It’s about time we start acting like it and join the family before the train leaves the station for good.“For the Love of the Game” runs Wednesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, email Dave at dulberg@usc.edu or comment below.last_img read more

Syracuse adds pair of 3-star quarterbacks to class of 2020 class

first_imgMorgan recorded 2,487 yards his senior year to go along with 30 touchdowns, per his Hudl page. He declined to share his interceptions in his senior highlight video on Hudl, but MaxPreps listed seven.Both join Tommy DeVito and Rex Culpepper SU’s quarterback depth chart. Clayton Welch, DeVito’s backup last season, is set to graduate this fall.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The 6-foot-4.5, 215-pound quarterback threw for 4,187 yards his senior year with 52 total touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games, per his Hudl.com page. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarkiewicz’s McKinney North team went 10-2 last season, losing in the second round of the playoffs. In that final game, Markiewicz threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns but added three interceptions in a 58-28 loss, per MaxPreps.com. Syracuse’s other quarterback commit, Morgan, is also a 3-star pro-style quarterback per 247sports. He was the 50th ranked Mississippi prospect for the class of 2020 on 247sports’ composite rankings. Morgan had offers from Jackson State and Austin Peay and also plays wide receiver.  Published on January 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder On Tuesday, 3-star Dillon Markiewicz became the second Syracuse quarterback commit to Syracuse for the class of 2020. Jacobian Morgan was the first when he revealed his verbal commitment to the Orange two days prior. Markiewicz is listed as a 3-star pro-style quarterback on 247sports.com from McKinney, Texas, just north of Dallas. He’s the 280th ranked prospect in Texas per 247sports’ composite rankings which aggregates multiple ranking sites. Markiewicz chose the Orange over Boise State, Texas State and Stephen F. Austin, according to 247 Sports.  last_img read more

Boyle: Limerick won’t fear the Ragg

first_imgTipperary welcome Limerick to the Ragg this weekend for the Munster senior Camogie semi-final.The Premier have already seen off Waterford in the championship on the back of a strong League campaign.A win on Sunday would set up a Munster final meeting with either Cork or Clare. Tipp manager Brian Boyle says home advantage won’t make much difference come Sunday as Limerick are well used to playing at the Ragg.Throw-in is at 2 o’clock and we’ll have live updates here on Tipp FM.last_img

Coca-Cola announces global launch of eCOPA Coca-Cola

first_imgCoca-Cola has announced the eCOPA Coca-Cola, a FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier tournament as part of “The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018” in August of this year.Open to all gamers free of charge, the qualifying tournament increases accessibility into FIFA esports and the chance to compete against some of the best players in the world.The global competition is already underway in France, with players competing to become one of 24 French players to be in the national finals of the first eCOPA Coca-Cola French Championship.Similar local tournaments have already been launched in Denmark and Norway, and other markets soon to follow, with each national winner of the eCOPA Coca-Cola tournaments competing at the Champions final, with the eventual winner qualifying for the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.“We have always looked to creating meaningful connections with our consumers around their passions,” explains Alban Dechelotte, Coca-Cola’s senior entertainment marketing manager. “Football and gaming are two passions for which Coca-Cola has been uplifting fans’ experiences for many years. Football is part of the Coke’s DNA – part of how we connect with people.”This tournament model was tested first amongst United States college students, when Coke Esports partnered with EA Sports to create the first ever eCOPA Coca-Cola tournament to develop grassroots talent.Brad Ross, Coca-Cola’s director of global football, said, “Fans express their passion for football playing on field, attending in stadiums and watching on TV. This passion with the new generation has evolved into a fourth dimension –­ playing EA SPORTS FIFA.”“We are very excited to be working with Coca-Cola within the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series,” said Brent Koning, EA Sports FIFA competitive gaming commissioner. “This tournament will bring out the best of competition and will be an amazing way for fans to show their passion for FIFA and the sport of football.”Esports Insider says: Coca-Cola have been involved with esports for a while now, and the eCOPA Coca-Cola shows a higher commitment to developing grassroots esports and providing opportunities to amateur gamers, a positive move far beyond the popular sponsorships we’ve already seen from them.last_img read more

Alcona High School’s “Tiger Branch” Credit Union Receives Upgrade After 21 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlcona High School got a new upgrade; the Alpena, Alcona Area Credit Union just unveiled a new and improved banking area for students.Reporter, Star Connor was there for the ceremony.It’s been 21 years since the Alpena, Alcona Area Credit Union Tiger Branch saw upgrades. The new and improved credit union branch inside of Alcona High School has been remodeled with new computers, chairs, and colors.Painted in blue and gold, branch supervisor, Stacey Hall said the students are excited about the new changes.“Before the renovation it was kind of wood paneling, the floors were kind of old, they had been here for 21 years. We had hand me down furniture…so when I approached LeAnn about renovating it was basically ‘oh can we just paint?’ she was like ‘if we’re going to just paint, we mind as well go for the stars.’ Luckily our president and board said go for it,” Hall said.Alcona Principal, Daniel O’Connor said it’s important to have a branch inside of the school so that students, and staff members have a place to bank at and learn about financial responsibility.“As students you know the stress that we have I guess for students to be able to make sure they’re ready for career, or college or whatever route they are going to take is to be able to have that independence. That skill to monitor their own finances, or have the capacity there so that when they step out into the real world they’re prepared and ready to fin for themselves. This is just another way for them to be able to do that and build up their credit and those type of components along the way,” O’Connor said.As student bank tellers, Melayne O’Dell, and Mindy Mendyka said they enjoy helping out their fellow peers.“Being the same age as them, i know a lot of them have the struggles talking to adult about financial things. Being the same age as most of them, it’s easier for them to talk to somebody.It’s just great seeing all of their faces light up saying: ‘you know all of this information.’ it just feels good that you know that you’re actually helping them,” Mendyka said.In Lincoln for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona High School, Alpena Alcona Area Credit UnionContinue ReadingPrevious 5th Graders at Hinks Elementary Hold Fundraiser: ‘Coins for Cops, Change Drive’ to Benefit Michigan State PoliceNext Crime Stoppers Asking for Public’s Help in Multiple Breaking & Enterings in Alpena Countylast_img read more

Whicker: Clippers hope the Rockets are perfect strangers in first round

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — If the Clippers can take anything out of Wednesday night at Staples Center, it should be a flight plan to Portland.A first-round playoff matchup with the TrailBlazers would be far preferable to anything involving the Houston Rockets.Long before Chris Paul adjourned the third quarter with a 61-foot bank shot, right in front of the Staples Center front row that remembered his days with Lob City, the Clippers had turned the page, the calendar, the entire book. They lost for the second time in 10 games, 135-103, and now have three games left to determine Western Conference playoff position.Portland would be an inviting target because center Jusuf Nurkic is gone for the season. To get to fifth place and force a matchup with the Blazers, the Clippers would have to catch Utah, which leads them by a game and a half and has won eight consecutive games. Afterward, Rivers admitted the Clippers had lost the physical aspect of the game “from the very beginning on both ends, and I haven’t said that very often this season.”The Clippers’ last seven losses have been by eight, 21, six, 27, 10, 24 and 18 points. This was only their third loss since Feb. 17.This one also showed how vital Paul can be to whatever Houston does in the spring. He couldn’t play in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals last spring, and Houston lost to Golden State at home.“Chris and James are dialed in, and when they play like that it’s pretty tough to lose,” D’Antoni said. “We played unbelievably tonight. Wherever we finish in the standings, we just have to keep playing like this.”Asked what the playoff strategy would be, D’Antoni said, “Make sure Chris doesn’t get hurt.” The Clippers have a Staples Center game with the Lakers, a trip to Golden State and a season-ending date with Utah here on Wednesday. Utah has four games left: Sacramento at home, at the Lakers, Denver at home, and the finale with the Clippers.It’s also possible the Rockets will slide into fourth, since they lead Portland by only a half-game. And they trail second-place Denver by a game and a half.Obviously, it’s hard to predict the various motivations of the Warriors, Nuggets and others on the horizon. But the Clippers did themselves few favors on Wednesday, with the way Houston is playing.Before the game, Coach Doc Rivers identified two things that are often said about the Rockets but are no longer true: They play fast and they don’t play defense.The Rockets are third in what the NBA defines as defensive efficiency since the All-Star break. With Clint Capela looming large in the middle and with Chris Paul and T.J. Tucker roaming the perimeter, there isn’t much room to run offense. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers made it moot with a rash of first-quarter turnovers, and Lou Williams did not bring his usual light show off the bench, going 3 for 9. The Clippers lost the rebound battle by 10.Meanwhile, James Harden had 13 points in the first nine minutes, making all four field-goal attempts and all four free throws. He eased his way to 31 points on 15 shots from the floor, and Paul had 29 and Capela 24.“These last 18 or 20 games have been good for us,” Harden said, and indeed the Rockets are 21-7 since Paul returned from injury. What Houston coach Mike D’Antoni would like the MVP voters to realize is that the Rockets were 13-5 when Paul was out, thanks to Harden.“They talk about his defense, but you see where we’re ranked in the last few weeks and he plays 39 minutes, so he’s got to be part of that,” D’Antoni said. “He’s first (actually second) in the league in deflections and first (actually second) in steals. So if he’s bad on defense I don’t really see that.”“I watched him the other night and he scored an easy 50,” Rivers said. “You don’t say that very often. Really, the only thing you can do is make sure he’s exhausted by the end of the game, by making him work hard on both ends, but it’s tough to do that.“We’ve been sitting here game-planning for him for two days, and he goes through something like that every game. It’s amazing to watch.”Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

Gibson-McCook Relays Watch | St Jago boys gets 4x800m edge

first_imgTwo years ago, a Kingston College quartet anchored by Twayne Crooks broke a long-standing record in the 4x800m relay after recording 7:34.78. Following an average performance last year, the North Street-based institution is unbeaten so far this season in the event with their biggest win coming at the Milo Western Relays, where in a close battle they got the better of St Elizabeth Technical. Following that defeat where the Kingston College anchor runner Teresa Rhoden showboated several metres before the finish line, ‘flashing off’ St Elizabeth Technical’s Ryon Butler, the defending Gibson Relays champions will be coming with blood in their eyes as they will want to return the favour by beating Kingston College in Kingston. It will, however, not be an exclusive battle between KC and STETHS as last year’s second place finisher St Jago High, Calabar and Jamaica College also have deep teams and are expected to do very well. 1. St Jago 2. KC 3. STETHS AVENGING DEFEAT In 2016, St Jago, after a big lead on the anchor, surprisingly lost when one of their top men, Lerone Clarke was gobbled up by STETHS’ Jevaughny James and the Spanish Town-based team will want to avenge that defeat. Their ambitions will be helped by the fact that they have three members from last year’s team back in the line up. Jamaica College and Calabar who both have several quality half-milers in their team, will definitely make this a very hot event and possibly the race of the meet. The record set two years ago by Kingston College could be in danger here, this one will excite and its good that for a change, the middle distance athletes will get some attention this time around. Top 3 Predictionlast_img read more

Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome target Tour de France in 2019

first_imgTour de France winner Geraint Thomas, of Britain, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe on July 29, 2018, during the twenty-first stage of the 116-kilometer (72.1-mile) Tour de France cycling race from Houilles to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MANCHESTER, England — Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, the current and former Tour de France champions, are planning to compete in the 2019 edition of the race in what could be Team Sky’s final bid for cycling’s biggest prize.Froome will not defend his Giro d’Italia title as targets a record-tying fifth win in the Tour, while Thomas is bidding for back-to-back victories.ADVERTISEMENT ONE Championship lines up 45 events for 2019 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Both British riders have said they want to deliver success on the road in order to help Team Sky secure new sponsorship, with its future uncertain following the decision of broadcaster Sky to end its investment in the sport after 2019.The 33-year-old Froome said it was a difficult decision not to defend his Giro title after becoming the first British winner of the race last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m getting to the point in my career now where I’m starting to think about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind,” he said, “and if I am able to win the Tour de France for a fifth time and join that very elite group of bike riders — only four other people have ever done that — it would just be incredible.”Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain are the other five-time winners. View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race00:50Trending Articles02:55Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Astronaut is grieving, with no way home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTani has been on the space station since late October and had been scheduled to return to Earth as early as Monday of this week aboard space shuttle Atlantis, but fuel gauge problems delayed the Dec. 6 launch until January. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is docked at the space station but must be reserved in case the two Americans and one Russian aboard need to evacuate the outpost in an emergency. Tani’s mother was struck and killed by a train in Lombard, Ill., on Wednesday. Police said she was stopped behind a school bus at a railroad crossing and decided to drive around the vehicle and the lowered gate. “It’s a unique situation to be on orbit, without a ride home maybe, for a long time and something this tragic happens in your family,” said the Rev. Rob Hatfield, a minister at the elderly woman’s church. NASA prepares for all sorts of contingencies, and bad news from home is one of them. All astronauts are asked whether they would want to know about family emergencies right away or whether that information should be held back if they are preparing for an intense task such as a spacewalk, said Dr. Sean Roden, Tani’s flight surgeon. Tani, like nearly all his colleagues, wanted to know immediately, Roden said. Many have said they wouldn’t want their family to go through the grief alone, he added. NASA offered to let Tani take some time off, but he decided to carry on with his normal duties, including checking on science experiments, and “he’s doing remarkably well for the information he’s been given,” Roden said. Family, friends and counselors were just a call away on a private Internet phone line astronauts are allowed to use throughout their mission, NASA said. “Everyone’s dedicated to making sure that Dan has everything he needs,” NASA spokeswoman Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters said. The Tani family has not announced when the funeral will be held. Once that happens, NASA said, it will help Daniel Tani participate in any way he can, perhaps by a video or telephone linkup. Cloutier-Lemasters said NASA is not at all concerned that Tani’s grief could hinder his work or put his two crewmates in jeopardy. The space agency chooses astronauts with the emotional stability to handle tragedy, especially on long missions. While no other U.S. astronaut has lost a close relative in space, several have had to be told about accidents or major illnesses involving their families, said Dr. Smith Johnston, another NASA flight surgeon. Every astronaut is assigned a psychological support group that helps him or her prepare for the anxieties of spaceflight, including missing family events big and small, said astronaut Clayton Anderson, Tani’s predecessor aboard the space station. He said he was asked who he would want to notify him if something bad happened on Earth, and he chose his wife.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Daniel M. Tani’s 90-year-old mother died in an auto accident this week, but he has no way of getting home until late January. He must grieve from more than 200 miles away – in orbit, aboard the International Space Station. It’s a heartbreaking situation no other American astronaut has experienced. And it’s made all the more tragic by Tani’s devotion to his mother, Rose, who raised him and his siblings alone in suburban Chicago after their father died when he was 4. “He is obviously pretty sad,” the astronaut’s brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday’s Chicago Sun-Times. “He was pretty close to her. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone.” Tani’s wife and a flight surgeon on the ground broke the news in a video conference call with the 46-year-old astronaut. But phone calls and e-mails from space are as close as Tani can get to the loving embrace of his family. last_img read more