Rowing exceeds expectations at NCAA finals

first_imgUSC women’s rowing took 12th place at the NCAA Championships last weekend in Sarasota, Fla. After placing fourth in the Pac-12 Championships, they were an at-large selection for the championship competition, earning a 17th overall seed. Last year the Women of Troy placed 14th overall, and they used that momentum to exceed expectations at the 2018 NCAA Championship.The 2018 USC women’s rowing team entered the NCAA Championship seeded 17th overall. Daily Trojan file photo.After the first day of competition on Friday, the Varsity Eight (1V8) advanced to the I Eights A/B Semifinals. The Varsity Four (V4) and second Varsity Eight (2V8) made it to the C/D Semifinals. The Trojans scored a final tally of 67 points. The Varsity Eight finished second in the Petite Final, the Second Varsity Eight took third in the C final, and the Varsity Four finished fifth in their C final. The Women of Troy had a slow start to the Petite Final, but they grinded past both Michigan and Yale throughout the course. They competed closely with Virginia for the rest of the race, but Virginia edged out the Trojans by less than a second. USC ended with a time of 6:29.138 to Virginia’s 6:28.633, leaving the Trojans 1V8 eighth in the country.The Second Varsity Eight competed as a top three team in their C final. They finished behind Wisconsin and Washington State with a time of 6:36.419 to secure the third place amongst six teams. The Varsity Four placed fifth in their respective C final with a time of 7:37.410. They finished behind Princeton, Navy, Wisconsin and Syracuse. Cal took first overall with 130 points, followed by Washington with 128 points. “The Trojan Rowing Family had a challenging set of semifinals and finals today that led to a 12th place team finish,” head coach Josh Adam said. “From start horn to finish beep, the women executed one of the grittiest races I’ve seen. It was great to see them beat several crews that had bested them earlier in the regatta.” USC junior Radka Novotnikova has maintained a vital role in the 1V8 boat, mainly from the bow, for the majority of the season. She led the Trojans in their battle against the UCLA Bruins, their inaugural showing at the Clemson Invitational and their dominant performances at the Pac-12 Challenge and Championship. She was also integral to the success of the 1V8 boat at the NCAA Championships this past weekend, just days before Novotnikova was named to the Pac-12 Women’s Rowing All-Conference Team. Also sitting in the 1V8 boat, senior Ida Gortz Jacobsen was named Pac-12 Women’s Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year in early May. Overall, the USC Women’s Rowing team had a strong season with a fierce finish in the NCAA Championship.“Over the course of four 2000 meter races in two days, the Women of Troy showed great courage and tenacity,” Adam said.last_img read more

AVENGE HEADS COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 14 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES FOR FILLIES AND MARES, THREE AND UP, GOING 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgKeri Belle – Norberto Arroyo, Jr. – 121Frenzified (GB) – Santiago Gonzalez – 121Queen of The Sand (IRE) – Brice Blanc – 121Avenge – Flavien Prat – 121Real Smart – Drayden VanDyke – 121Tiz a Kiss – Joe Talamo – 121Majestic Heat – Gary Stevens – 121Fresh Feline – Chantal Sutherland – 121Generosidade (URU) – Tiago Pereira – 121Nancy From Nairobi (GB) – Mike Smith – 121Decked Out – Kent Desormeaux – 118Zipessa – Florent Geroux – 121Elecktrum (IRE) – Victor Espinoza – 121Sobradora Inc (ARG) – Rafael Bejarano – 123First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/ -30-                 AVENGE: Fresh off back to back victories at Del Mar, including a head win in the Grade II, John C. Mabee Stakes, the 4-year-old filly by War Front will be seeking her third consecutive win Saturday. Bought for $650,000 out of the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, Avenge is owned by Ramona Bass. Flavien Prat, the go-to rider for many right now, returns to the trainer who mentored his quick rise in the industry, and to a horse he has won four out of six with.SOBRADORA INC: A 4-year-old Argentine-bred filly by the Broad Brush stallion, Include, Sobradora Inc has only one loss in a six race career that came in her last outing, a fifth place finish in the John C. Mabee to Avenge. Saturday will be her third U.S. start for trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Katsumi Yoshida and will retain the services of Rafael Bejarano, aboard for all three stateside starts.MAJESTIC HEAT: The “other Mandella” in the race looms a credible threat to the rest of the field and will also be seeking her third win in a row. A 4-year-old filly by Unusual Heat, “Majestic” is owned by Madeline Auerbach, Bardy Farm and Ron McCauley. Favored in her last two outings, Majestic Heat was the winner of a one mile turf allowance at Santa Anita in June, and most recently, won the Solana Beach Stakes at Del Mar August 14. Gary Stevens, aboard for the Grade III Autumn Miss Oct. 17 of last year, will again ride.DECKED OUT: Trained by Keith Desormeaux and owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Gene Voss, this 3-year-old filly by Street Boss will run in her sixth consecutive graded stakes race Saturday. “In the money” 50 percent of her 14 lifetime starts, Decked Out comes off a solid second place finish in the Grade I, Del Mar Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Aug. 20. Released on 9/28/16 – For more information, please contact Alexis Garske at [email protected] or call 626-574-6418. THE GRADE I RODEO DRIVE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 8 (of 11)     Approximate post time 4:00 p.m. PST ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella will supply two doses of dangerous in Avenge and Majestic Heat in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on the grass for fillies and mares, three and up.A final prep for the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, the Rodeo Drive has attracted a very competitive field of 14, all vying for their chance at automatic entry, including entry fees paid into the World Championships race Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. RODEO DRIVE IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES AT SANTA ANITAlast_img read more

LI Green Aims for a Greener Long Island

first_imgLaunched in 2007, the nonprofit performs energy-efficiency audits for Suffolk County homeowners and helps initiate retrofits, all with the goal of improving Long Island’s ecology and economyWhen business savvy, a certain level of altruism, and environmental and economic needs align, it can be a beautiful thing. And sometimes a really green one.LI Green, a small nonprofit affiliated with Stony Brook University academic programs, including Stony Brook Southampton’s sustainability program, is evidence of that.Inspired by a Stony Brook School of Business and School of Engineering market study that showed grassroots energy efficiency programs could deliver services to homeowners more inexpensively and effectively than programs offered by local utilities, LI Green’s entrepreneurial co-founders, Richard Turan and Charles Schwartz, assembled a small team of technicians and began offering homeowners free energy audits. In April 2008, the group also began presenting what it calls “GreenSpeaks” community awareness seminars in Suffolk and Nassau counties that have attracted a combined total of more than 500 people.A concerted effortLI Green has partnered with not only Stony Brook University but also Suffolk County Government and Bethpage Federal Credit Union to provide the audits, help homeowners who receive them contact a contractor (certified by the Building Performance Institute), and also provide details about securing below-market financing. LI Green techs also can offer guidance to homeowners who want to do the work themselves.Each audit includes an in-depth report on the home’s energy performance based on the audit team’s energy survey of the house, a thermographic study, and a utility bill analysis. So far, LI Green says, the service has facilitated audits of more than 60 homes and helped arrange retrofits for more than half of the audit recipients. LI Green adds that its program has prompted the creation of 10 jobs in the private sector.In at least one very important way, LI Green’s approach resembles the one recently proposed by the ClimateSmart energy efficiency program serving Boulder, Colorado: the audit team not only provides performance data, it makes it easy for the homeowner to take the next crucial step toward getting the retrofits done.LI Green asks homeowners to prepare in advance for an audit by creating a profile of their home that includes its size and age; its source of heat; a list of alterations to the original structure; areas of concern (including drafty spots and high energy bills); and 12 months of heating fuel and utility bills. The first step, though, is to fill out an LI Green request-for-services form, available by clicking here.last_img read more

Muscle strain

first_imgA muscle strain is the stretching or tearing of muscle fibers. A muscle strain can be caused by sports, exercise, a sudden movement, or trying to lift something that is too heavy. Symptoms of a muscle strain include pain, tightness, swelling, tenderness, and the inability to move the muscle very well.Review Date:4/13/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

2016 4-Star CB Donte Vaughn Releases SEC-Heavy Top 8

first_imgDonte Vaughn announces his top 8 schools.@_cavtion_Donte Vaughn, a four-star cornerback in the 2016 class, has trimmed his list to eight schools. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound prospect out of Memphis, Tenn., is ranked the No. 27 CB in his class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. His top eight is very SEC-heavy. Here’s the statement he released with his top schools.  @_cavtion_@_cavtion_Vaughn is considered by most recruiting analysts to be favoring Tennessee, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.last_img

The Penguins Win Meant Redemption For The Numbers Too

2014Kings1 2015Blackhawks1 Corsi is event-, score- and venue-adjusted.Source: Puckon.net, Hockey-Reference.com When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, it lifted Sidney Crosby’s standing among the game’s all-time greats and completed the redemption-story arc for once-maligned winger Phil Kessel. But it also provided some measure of atonement for hockey’s advanced statistics, which had been suffering through one of their worst seasons since hitting the scene in the mid- to late 2000s.For instance, “Corsi” — the proportion of total shot attempts (including misses and blocks) that a team amasses in its games — is a stathead favorite because it tracks well with possession time, making it a good long-term predictor of a team’s success. But Corsi also did a relatively poor job of telling us where a team would finish in the standings this season: 2009Penguins13 Stanley Cup winners have great Corsi ranks 2011Bruins6 2016Penguins2 2008Red Wings1 2012Kings6 2007Ducks8 And despite Corsi’s track record in the playoffs, the numbers were dealt a few early blows when the Los Angeles Kings (who ranked No. 1 in regular-season Corsi by some distance), the Anaheim Ducks (No. 5) and the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 9 this year but No. 1 last season) all bowed out in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.But things got a little better for the stats as the postseason grinded along. The Eastern Conference finals pitted the Penguins (No. 2) and the Lightning (No. 3) in an elite Corsi-off, while the sixth-ranked Blues made it to within two wins of the cup final in the West. At No. 11, the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks weren’t anyone’s idea of a possession powerhouse — they would have been the lowest-ranked champ since the Penguins, of all teams, won in 2009 — but Pittsburgh’s victory ultimately contributed to a stat that still stands out as surprising (and impressive) for a sport that, at times, seems so random: 55 percent of Cup winners since the lockout have finished either first or second in Corsi. 2013Blackhawks1 2006Hurricanes15 SEASONCUP WINNERCORSI RANK 2010Blackhawks1 The fact that Pittsburgh did it in such possession-heavy style — the Penguins outshot the Sharks 353 to 267 in the final — was just an added bit of vindication for the numbers. Hockey’s advanced analytics movement still has a long way to go in its evolution, but even in a down year for the metrics, the cup winner ended up being a team with proven statistical bona fides. read more

Opinion Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan the bestkept secret in college football

OSU sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) celebrates during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes are stocked with talent. Household names such as redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott immediately come to mind whenever the Buckeyes are mentioned.Yet, there’s one player deserving of such notoriety that has flown under the radar for quite some time now.Through the first nine games of the season, sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan has quietly led the Buckeyes in total tackles with 83, good for third most in the Big Ten. McMillan has not only capably anchored the middle of OSU’s stout defense, but he’s become the heart and soul of a unit that has been the single most consistent entity on the team. His conservative temperament on the field explains the lack of buzz coming from the national media. He leaves the boisterous celebrations to the likes of other notable names on the defense, like junior defensive end Joey Bosa and his signature shrug.In spite of the shuttered spotlight, McMillan has outshined his fellow starting linebackers, senior Joshua Perry and redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Overall, though, he’s been as good and as consistent as any linebacker in the country.Averaging roughly nine tackles per game, few teams have been able to successfully move the rock against the McMillan-led front seven of the Buckeyes. His sophomore campaign is going so well, in fact, that he’s been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is given annually to the best linebacker in college football.With Curtis Grant currently pursuing a career in the NFL, McMillan has stepped up big time in what is his first season as a full-time starter. He attributes much of his success to newfound confidence, saying as much on Monday. “I wouldn’t say comfortable, but I would say confident,” McMillan said. “I’m out there making calls on the field; calling things out as I see it. Last year, I was more tentative on the field. But this year, I’m more confident in what I’m saying and I’m saying it loud.”That confidence is something that has helped the Buckeyes to a top-15 ranking in total defense. Despite that high level of play, McMillan is still yearning for more.“We’re steadily getting better every week,” he said. “That was one of our things at the beginning of the season: to progress every week and to be playing your best football at the end of the season. And I think we’re working toward playing our best football at the end of the season.”With only three more games left on the Buckeyes’ regular-season schedule, McMillan will look to continue what has been nothing short of tremendous play at the middle linebacker position. Guys like Bosa, Lee and Perry may make all of the headlines, but it’s No. 5 who quietly serves as the integral leader of the defense. All things considered, McMillan may just be the best kept secret in all of college football, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. read more

OSU mens basketball schedule highlighted by 16 nationallytelevised games

The 2011-12 Ohio State men’s basketball schedule was released Tuesday and a 31-game schedule awaits players, students and alumni alike.  OSU begins its 2011 campaign with a seven-game home stand at the Schottenstein Center. After a Nov. 6 exhibition game against Walsh, the Buckeyes will open regular season play on Nov. 11 against Wright State. Four days later, the Buckeyes will get the first of several early-season tests when they host Florida, which claimed back-to-back NCAA national titles in 2006 and 2007. The four-time national champion Duke Blue Devils, along with coach Mike Krzyzewski, will then visit the Schott on Nov. 29 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Buckeyes’ first road game will come on Dec. 10 when they visit the University of Kansas’ famed Allen Fieldhouse, named for the late, former Jayhawks’ coach, Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen. That matchup with the Jayhawks is one of 16 OSU games scheduled to be televised nationally by CBS, ESPN or ESPN2. The Buckeyes will close out the home portion of their schedule on either Feb. 25 or 26 against Wisconsin. OSU finishes the regular season with road games on Feb. 29 and March 4, 2012, at Northwestern and Michigan, respectively. The Big Ten conference tournament will take place from March 8-11. OSU finished its 2010-11 campaign with a 34-3 record, which included an undefeated, 20-0 record at the Schott. The Buckeyes were eliminated in the third round of the NCAA tournament on a last-second shot by Kentucky’s then-freshman guard Brandon Knight, who gave the Wildcats a 62-60 win.  The Buckeyes lost David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and Jon Diebler to graduation, but return freshmen forwards Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas and guard Aaron Craft, as well as guard William Buford, the team’s lone senior. read more

PSG president Al Khelaifi Neymar staying 2000

first_imgSince the shocking elimination of Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 phase of the Champions League, there have been many rumours, linking Neymar with a Real Madrid move.However, PSG president Al Khelaifi recently declared there is no way the Brazilian star could depart from the club for any possible reason as he is still in contract.“Neymar? It’s simple. Someone is spreading this gossip, but he has a contract with us. He wants to stay here, he is positive about that. He is 2000% staying here,” Al Khelaifi said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Some have even gone as far as claiming Neymar could possibly seek Barcelona comeback as he is well known for his silverware thirst and might not settle down in a club that is unsure of its capabilities of winning a European trophy.Neymar sustained a foot injury in the second leg of the Real Madrid clash in the Champions League and had to undergo a surgery. However, he has now recovered and will be able to take part in the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Lovren Ramos isnt a great defender

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren aimed a subtle dig at Real Madrid counterpart Sergio Ramos by claiming that he’s not even that greatThe Croatia international gave his views on the current best defenders in the game and made a big claim on Ramos, while praising Liverpool teammate Virgil Van Dijk.“Virgil I would say (is among the best),” Lovren told Copa90’s FIFA and Chill series.“We had a great season last season, me and him, we reached the final of the Champions League.”The 29-year-old, who grabbed headlines over the World Cup for comments on his own abilities, also rates Real’s Raphael Varane and Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva.“I like Varane, he deserves a lot of credit, he doesn’t get it as much as Ramos gets. I don’t agree with that.“Definitely Varane is better, this season and previous seasons. He won the Champions League and the World Cup. He should be the best defender in the world and they chose Ramos.“I always consider Thiago Silva. He is really a good experienced player, he isn’t that tall but can jump quite high. He is strong.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.On Ramos, Lovren said: “If you look, Ramos has many more mistakes than me.“But he plays for Real Madrid, when you do a mistake you win 5-1 or 5-2, nobody cares about the mistake.“I’m quite unlucky in that when I make a mistake it’s 1-0 and the game is finished!“But without mistakes, you cannot be where you are. Everyone is a human being, sometimes people have a bad week at home, nobody cares about that.“Every player is their biggest critic. When I make a mistake, I don’t talk to my wife for a week, for a year, I don’t know, I don’t care!“You want to punch somebody but you have to stay calm inside and be professional.”last_img read more