DELTA, Utah (April 29) – The eighth annual EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour opens this weekend at Millard County Raceway, with a pair of $1,000 to win features for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Pit gates at Delta open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Both features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and all applicable IMCA points will be awarded.Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and over, $5 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for drivers and $20 for crew members. More information is available by calling 801 414-8137 and at the www.millardcountyraceway.com website.Series winners last season at Delta were Ricky Alvarado of Delta, Colo., and Dustin Hansen of Myton.Alvarado became a three-time tour champion in 2013 and now leads all drivers with 31 WWMT career checkers.Half a dozen doubleheaders are on the series schedule this season. Sweetwater Speedway at Rock Springs, Wyo., hosts May 30 and 31 events.
With the England international likely to be sidelined by a broken toe well into next month, his Costa Rican deputy has made an instant impact in his two appearances. The 23-year-old last weekend marked only his second league start for the Toffees in 18 months with a goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Hull but then went one better in midweek with the strike which brought their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in 21 years. Press Association Speculation still persists that United manager David Moyes will return to his former club to sign Baines in January after a failed bid in the summer. And while Oviedo’s performances may have given Martinez confidence they can cope without Baines that does not mean he is willing to let his first-choice left-back leave. “Nothing changes. We are in the middle of the season, we have just gone 14 games and the only thing we are thinking about is finishing the season with the strongest squad possible,” said the Spaniard. “The last thing we want is to lose experienced players, players who mean a lot to Everton and who represent a lot in terms of what we want to achieve.” Nevertheless Oviedo is set for an extended run in the side and has found himself catapulted into the limelight. In scoring at Old Trafford, he not only became the club’s joint second-highest league scorer this season – alongside Baines, right-back Seamus Coleman and midfielder Ross Barkley – but won himself a new legion of fans. Martinez said the defender was gaining his reward for being patient and committed. “We had many phone calls from Costa Rica. The game was live there and his hero status has gone to a different level so it doesn’t surprise me how he is affecting people at the moment,” said the Toffees boss. “The assessment (of him) is exactly the same as I had in pre-season: I thought he came back ready for this campaign showing he was ready to cope with the physicality of the British league. “In pre-season he played in many games and showed he was ready but has had one of the toughest jobs you can have fighting for a position with someone like Leighton Baines, who is in the best moment of his career. “It has been probably frustrating for him at times but it is an incredible example of how you should behave as a footballer – just working hard, being ready and when you get the opportunity show you can help the team. “Everyone is delighted for Bryan because he is getting what he deserves, it is not an accident. “Now it is a great position for us to have such strong competitiveness for that position.” While the left-back area has been strengthened, Martinez is looking to strengthen other positions next month to cover long-term knee injuries to striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson. “We are going to use the window in January to try to help the team because we lost two players for the long term,” said the Spaniard. “Arouna and Darron are two very important players for us so we will try to see if we can identify one or two players that can help the group. “We have been working hard to identify who can help the group and that is what we are looking for in January.” Martinez admits his initial fears Kone would not recover from an operation to repair damaged cartilage in time to play a part in the remainder of the season have materialised. “Arouna started the first part of his recovery and it is going to be long-term, as expected,” he added. “I don’t think we are going to see Arouna this season. “If we can get him back for the final two months he will have done really well. “There was a big chunk of cartilage that had to be repaired in his knee. “We are very pleased in the way everything has been done but it will be difficult to see him this season. “In the same manner we are hoping we can see Darron Gibson before the season ends but clearly it is a long-term injury as well.” Manager Roberto Martinez is adamant new Everton hero Bryan Oviedo is competition and not a replacement for left-back Leighton Baines.
Press Association Sport understands France international Debuchy has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and undergone a medical, but that the Gunners are yet to reach agreement with Newcastle. However, the sticking point is as much Alan Pardew’s need to find a replacement for the former Lille defender as it is over the financial aspects of the deal, and it is to that end that the club has made its move for Janmaat. The 24-year-old is still on World Cup duty in Brazil, where the Dutch face the hosts in Saturday’s third-fourth place play-off, but sources close to the player have indicated his willingness to listen to what the Magpies have to say. But such are the complexities of the summer transfer market that Mike Ashley’s recruitment team has identified a series of alternatives with Manchester City’s Micah Richards and Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier among their potential targets. Managing director Lee Charnley is the man charged with getting the deal done, and he is stepping up his activity after an early flurry of signings with Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez having already arrived at St James’ Park this summer. Pardew’s main priority is attacking flair with strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong having returned to their parent clubs after loan spells last season, while Shola Ameobi’s contract has expired. Remy and former Newcastle frontman Demba Ba have been mentioned in dispatches in recent days with their respective futures still undecided. However, as well as the focus on Janmaat, the Magpies are locked in talks with Montpellier over long-term midfield target Remy Cabella, although they are yet to meet outspoken president Louis Nicollin’s valuation of the player, which amounts to around £12million. Press Association Reports from the Netherlands have suggested the Magpies have seen an initial bid for the Feyenoord full-back rejected, although it is understood talks are at an early stage. But having allowed midfielder Yohan Cabaye to join Paris St Germain in January without signing a man to fill his boots, the Tyneside club is refusing to be caught out for a second time. Newcastle are stepping up their efforts to find a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy after opening negotiations for Holland international Daryl Janmaat.
More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau, who was second in the nation with 15.5 sacks last season, has opted out of this college football season.Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said during a conference call that Rousseau would not play. He would have been a third-year sophomore and is eligible to enter the NFL draft next year.Rousseau is the fourth prominent player, joining Penn State linebacker Micah Parson earlier in the day, who has decided not to play in a season filled with uncertainty because of the pandemic. Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman, both expected to be high draft picks, have previously announced they are opting out.Rousseau played two games in 2018 as a freshman before breaking his ankle and taking a redshirt. He had a breakout season in 2019, finishing strong with 10.5 sacks in the second half.The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is projected as a possible first-round draft pick. August 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville has dismissed three men’s soccer players and suspended three others as discipline for their roles in an off-campus party last weekend that resulted in 29 positive tests for COVID-19 and four sports being paused. A release on Thursday did not mention the players disciplined but stated that the three dismissed were primarily responsible for organizing the party. All three had prior team violations, the release added. Men’s soccer coach John Michael Hayden that “They have demonstrated with their actions now and previously that they do not echo the culture of this program.” Louisville on Wednesday paused workouts for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball following the positive tests among members of those programs. Others that may have been exposed are quarantined due to contact tracing. Athletic director Vince Tyra had warned that dismissal was an option and said he supported Hayden’s decision. He added, “Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous.”___All-American receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue says he will opt out of this college football season and will prepare to enter next year’s NFL draft. In a letter to season ticket holders, Penn State provided options for this season, including refunds or making payments a donation to the school.___BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules.The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with potential disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s opener against longtime rival Notre Dame was at first scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29. The pandemic halted those plans and the game was rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5 at Annapolis, Maryland. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this season and the conference prohibited its teams from playing non-conference games outside their home state. Associated Press The Latest: Louisvile ___Middle Tennessee is making up for losing three games by scheduling a very rare for football home-and-home with Troy.Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the agreement Thursday.Under the deal, Troy will visit Middle Tennessee either Sept. 5 or Sept. 19, when the Blue Raiders would have either opened visiting Duke or hosting Virginia Tech, games that were canceled when the Atlantic Coast Conference decided to go to a league-only schedule this season. Middle Tennessee will visit Troy on Nov. 21. That’s the date the Blue Raiders would have visited UConn, which became the first FBS program to cancel its season Wednesday.Massaro says they anticipated this scenario. Contracts have not been signed yet, and Massaro says this agreement works for both of the former Sun Belt Conference rivals with no guarantees involved and bus trips for both teams. Middle Tennessee also will keep future schedules intact. Moore made the announcement with a farewell note posted on Twitter.The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior became one of the most electrifying players in the country two years ago when he caught 114 passes for 1,254 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 21 carries for 213 yards and two more scores and helped the Boilermakers pull off a stunning upset of then top-ranked Ohio State. His reward — first team All-American honors as an all-purpose player.Moore entered last season billed as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. But after being hobbled early that season with a hamstring injury, he hurt it again in the Boilermakers fourth game and missed the rest of the season. It turned out to be his final appearance in a Purdue uniform.Moore wrote that is on course to graduate in December.____ The Notre Dame-Navy game was canceled. The teams had played every season since 1927.BYU, which lost a total of six games against Power Five teams, will play Navy for just the third time and first since 1989. The game will be televised by ESPN.___NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February.Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own.___ —Penn State says it is not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision forced by the pandemic that will cost the schools millions in revenue.Athletic director Sandy Barbour said during a conference call she has taken a 15% pay cut on her salary.Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. Students typically camp out in “Nittanyville” around the stadium leading into football Saturdays.Statewide policies are limiting gatherings in Pennsylvania to fewer than 500 people. Barbour said if the policies change, plans for fans might as well.
QPR manager Mark Hughes believes having a settled back four could be the key to his side’s Premier League survival.Injuries and suspensions have hit Rangers hard and Hughes is convinced that constant changes to the defence have been a major factor in their struggle to stay up.He said: “Our back four hasn’t been settled during my time and probably before that as well.AdChoices广告“It’s not been easy. Ideally you’d want a settled back four and unfortunately we haven’t been able to have that. At times we’ve had to mix and match and just get on with what we’ve got.“Hopefully we can get a bit of continuity in our selection between now and the end of the season and that will help us.”Click here for the Man Utd v QPR quiz – can you score more than 7/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Meanwhile, Real Madrid could have been forgiven for watching on with envy as Barcelona lifted the mood with a rousing win over Tottenham on Wednesday.Spain’s established pair have endured a turbulent fortnight, registering just one win between them in six league games. While the Champions League offered Barca some respite, Madrid’s dip only deepened.A strong start saw some predicting the European champions might even improve without Cristiano Ronaldo. After three opening wins, Madrid looked more balanced and better suited to gleaning the best from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.But Benzema was chief among those that failed to deliver in the 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, the sharpness of his early-season form gone, just like his team’s. It was Madrid’s third game without a win, and without a goal either.“We have to keep pushing, keep creating the chances,” Real coach Julen Lopetegui said. “We missed chances but also missed that little bit of luck too.”Bale was absent in Russia with a minor groin strain, which he could shake off in time for today’s trip to Alaves and they will be desperate to have him back. However, Isco, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal, who all give attacking impetus to varying degrees, are unlikely to return before the international break.Ronaldo’s name is never far from any conversation about Madrid’s offensive edge and president Florentino Perez may be wondering if he should have pushed harder for a marquee replacement. Eden Hazard’s electric performances in the Premier League will not have gone unnoticed.Mariano Diaz is an alternative to Benzema, the 25-year-old who the club re-signed in the summer from Lyon and who enjoys the support of the fans, having started in Madrid’s C team. He is more direct than Benzema but may offer less to his teammates.“We have maximum confidence in Karim,” Lopetegui said.In Spain, when Madrid or Barca do well, the other seems automatically to be doing badly and Real’s defeat by CSKA was compounded by Barcelona’s victory 24 hours later at Wembley.Lionel Messi is staying true to his word of an all-out assault on Europe this season. He now has five goals from two games in this year’s competition.“It was important after the recent results,” Messi said.For his team, the task is now to carry the euphoria from London to the Mestalla on Sunday. Valencia held Manchester United to a goalless draw in the Champions League and are showing signs of life after beating Real Sociedad last weekend. That was their first win in five games.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde may decide to persist with the rotation that seemed to disrupt so much of his side’s rhythm last week. Ousmane Dembele and Arturo Vidal were both left out of the line-up that beat Spurs and could be given a chance to reintegrate.As much as the momentum appears to be back with Barca, the table shows them level on points with Real. Another slip-up and the feel-good factor could instantly be lost.“Nothing has changed,” Valverde said. “When you have not won some games it is difficult to react as the team has done. We have reacted.”Sevilla sit third after three wins on the bounce, a run they will be hoping to continue at home to Celta Vigo, who are without a win in four.Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid, fresh off the back of their own Champions League win over Club Brugge, host Real Betis, in a battle of fourth against fifth.Premiership TableTeam P GD PtsMan City 7 18 19Liverpool 7 12 19Chelsea 7 10 17Tottenham 7 7 15Arsenal 7 5 15Watford 7 3 13Bournemouth 7 0 13Leicester 7 3 12Wolves 7 2 12Man Utd 7 -2 10Everton 7 0 9Burnley 7 -2 7Crystal Palace 7 -3 7West Ham 7 -4 7Brighton 7 -5 5Southampton 7 -5 5Fulham 7 -8 5Newcastle 7 -6 2Cardiff 7 -12 2Huddersfield 7 -13 2FixtureTodayBurnley v Huddersfield 15:00Crystal Palace v Wolves 15:00Leicester v Everton 15:00Tottenham v Cardiff 15:00Watford v Bournemouth 15:00Man Utd v Newcastle 17:30SundayFulham v Arsenal 12:00Southampton v Chelsea 14:15Liverpool v Man City 1 6:30La Liga FixtureTodayGirona v Eibar 12:00Getafe v Levante 15:15Alavés v Madrid 17:30Leganés v Vallecano 19:45SundayValladolid v Huesca 11:00Atlético v Real Betis 15:15Espanyol v Villarreal 17:30Sevilla v Celta Vigo 17:30Valencia v Barcelona 19:45 Serie A FixtureTodayCagliari v Bologna 14:00Udinese v Juventus 17:00Empoli v Roma 19:30SundayGenoa v Parma 11:30Atalanta v Sampdoria 14:00Lazio v Fiorentina 14:00AC Milan v Chievo 14:00Napoli v Sassuolo 17:00SPAL v Inter 19:30Bundesliga FixtureTodayMainz v Hertha Berlin 14:30Borussia v Augsburg 14:30Fortuna v Schalke 14:30Hannover v Stuttgart 14:30Bayern v M’gladbach 17:30SundayFreiburg v Leverkusen 12:30Hoffenheim v Frankfurt 14:30Leipzig v Nuremberg 17:00Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona face a difficult test on Sunday night as they travel to Valencia in search of their first La Liga win in four games.Lionel Messi inspired Barca to a 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham at Wembley in midweek, but the Liga champions need to return to winning ways back in Spain after picking up just two points from their last three domestic outings.Sunday’s clash could be a tight affair given Valencia’s strange form. Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side have only conceded six goals, but have scored just five to leave them with five draws from seven La Liga games to sit 14th in the table.
But the Northstars countered with six runs in the fourth, and doubled that total in the three innings that followed as Brandi Feeney and Francesca LaRobardiere both smashed home runs and got two RBIs apiece.Brooke Nicolaos doubled and drove in three runs, with Gianna Wameling getting three hits as she and Ally Ciafratta both got two RBIs. Jordyn Maldonado added two hits and an RBI.Liverpool did manage 12 hits of its own, three each by Alicia Nash and Emma Terzini as Nash drove in two runs. Helen Nash added two hits and an RBI, scoring twice as Olivia Peta got an RBI. Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSliverpoolSoftball While that was going on, Baldwinsville, who beat C-NS on May 8, returned to SCAC Metro action a week later and rallied for a 4-3 victory over West Genesee.Trailing 2-0 after four innings, the Bees struck for a run in the fifth and then scored three times in the top of the sixth to move in front. Emma Johnson’s home run was the big blow as she got a pair of RBIs, with Kayla Young and Madison Ascioti also driving in runs.Young pitched, too, and though she nearly saw her 4-2 lead vanish when WG netted a run in the bottom of the seventh, she got the final outs, having given up nine hits but earning 10 strikeouts.B’ville then rallied for a 10-8 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius on Thursday, trailing 7-4 through two innings before getting a run in the third and then scoring five total runs in the sixth and seventh innings to move out in front.With a home run and three RBIs, Young paced the Bees at the plate, while Johnson went four-for-five with a double and RBI. Kaycee Hawk and Mattison Phinney also had two-hit outings as Alyssa Dybacz added a double and RBI.F-M rebounded to defeat B’ville 14-10 a day later, the Bees leading 9-6 before the Hornets scored four times in the sixth inning and then, after B’ville tied it again 10-10 in the sixth, waiting until the ninth inning for its decisive rally.Meanwhile, it was C-NS’s turn to face West Genesee on Thursday, and the Northstars handled them 10-0, getting single runs in four different innings before a six-run seventh put the game away.Corasaniti maintained the shutout despite giving up seven hits. C-NS had 17 hits, four by Alayna Harbaugh and three each by Maldonado and Nicoalos, who got three RBIs as Feeney, Harbaugh and Jenna Imbesi drove in two runs apiece.Liverpool lost, 9-1, to Marcellus on Thursday afternoon, the lone run for the Warriors scored in the fourth inning as the Mustangs, up 2-1, got two runs in the sixth and five runs in the seventh to get away, led by Evelyn Webster’s four hits and four RBIs.An 11-1 defeat to Oneida, the state’s no .4-ranked Class B team who beat C-NS earlier this season, followed as Indians pitcher Kyra Scholtzhauer blanked the Warriors after the first inning. A seven-run rally in the fourth helped Oneida break a 1-1 tie.B’ville had a great shot at upending defending Class A sectional champion Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday, but could not quite pull it off, falling 9-7 to the Red Rams.However, the Bees did win 5-1 over Rome Free Academy that same day, scoring twice in the second inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and adding two runs in the fourth, plus a run in the fifth.Combined, Young and Jordan Martin held the Black Knights to four hits. Dybacz hit a solo home run for B’ville as she and Khyra Wilbur both got two hits, with RBIs also going to Asciati and Phinney.In a rematch Saturday night between C-NS and West Genesee, the Northstars won again, 14-6, scoring in every inning except the first. LaRobardiere hit another home run, getting three RBIs as Harbaugh drove in four runs. Feeney added a triple and two RBIs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Though the gap did close quite a bit in the second softball meeting this spring between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, the Northstars remain in charge of this long-time rivalry.C-NS prevailed 12-6 over the Warriors last Wednesday at Syracuse University’s softball complex, to where the Northstars moved this home game as its fields continued to dry from early-week rains.When they first met April 29, it went 18-3 in C-NS’s favor. The rematch threatened to go in a different direction when Liverpool netted a run in the bottom of the third to take a brief 1-0 lead.
Brianna Butler’s early-season shooting woes are a thing of the past.On Saturday night, Butler scored a career-high 29 points and led the Orange (8-0) to a 78-63 upset victory over No. 12 Texas A&M (4-2), clinching the Paradise Jam Reef Division title. The victory concluded a clean sweep for SU in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the Orange won three games in three days. With the victory, Syracuse is in good position to earn a top 25 ranking when the Associated Press releases its updated poll on Monday. “It’s a huge win for our program,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said in an interview with Orange All Access. “We talked about it and knew (Texas A&M) was a team that has recently won a national championship. We had a great chance to come in and do a great job just being solid and playing team basketball, and we did that and won the game.”Butler averaged 23.3 points over the three games and was awarded tournament most valuable player honors. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the first half against the Aggies, Syracuse found 6-foot-3 center Shakeya Leary. The senior scored the team’s first eight points, but the Orange trailed 12-8. SU took its first lead of the game just over 12 minutes into the action. Sophomore guard Brittney Sykes hit a layup to give the Orange an 18-17 advantage. Although she finished with a game-high 29 points, it took Butler more than nine minutes to find the score sheet. The sophomore guard hit a jump shot at the 10:35 mark to give the Orange a 22-17 lead.Butler hit her first 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining in the first half to extend Syracuse’s lead to 33-24, its largest lead to that point. With 1:27 left in the half, Butler hit another 3 to bump the lead to 10 at 36-26. Phylesha Bullard hit two free throws before the conclusion of the half, and the Orange went into the break ahead 38-27.In the opening minutes of the second half, the Orange quickly turned its 11 point lead into 16. Butler began the stretch with a 3 to open the half. “After I hit my first three, going into the second half I felt more confident,” Butler said in an interview with Orange All Access. “I just knew every shot I took was going to go in and I just felt more confident each time.”From 11:44 to 9:16 of the second half, Butler couldn’t be stopped. The guard hit back-to-back 3s, a layup, and another 3 to extend the Syracuse lead to 66-48.“We got the ball to her early and often and she made shots,” Hillsman said. “When you get in a position when you get up and down the floor, when you get her good looks, she’s going to make those shots.”It wasn’t all Butler, though. In the final ten minutes of the second half, five players scored for the Orange. Baskets from Sykes, Bullard, and Leary and free throws from Rachel Coffey helped fend off Texas A&M.Sykes finished with 15 points and Leary added 14, and the entire SU team combined to shoot 46.7 percent from the floor.“I think today, and in the tournament, we proved that what we’re doing in practice is paying off,” Butler said. “… It’s an amazing feeling to be 8-0 and playing great teams and playing great basketball.” Comments Published on December 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm Contact Josh: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Seniors Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu and junior Haley Anderson helped spearhead USC’s efforts in the 2012 NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships, winning a combined four titles between Thursday and Saturday to lead the Trojans to a second-straight third-place finish at Auburn’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.So close · The Women of Troy finished less than 100 points behind eventual winner California. USC has finished in third place the past two seasons and have similar expectations for the 2012-2013 season. – Photo courtesy of Walt MiddletonThis marks USC’s third-ever third-place finish at the NCAAs, as well as its 10th top-five finish and 24th top-10 finish. California took home the win, followed by Georgia, USC, Stanford and Arizona.“While not a flawless meet at NCAAs, it was probably as close to perfect as you might get in any major competition,” six-year USC coach Dave Salo said. “We weren’t batting 1.000, but I would grade it at least a .750 in baseball terms — and that is pretty good.”Salo said he was proud of the effort that his team put forth at the championships.“They swam very well, had great spirit and had the experience that makes competing in college all worthwhile,” Salo said. “Great personal lessons are learned under stressful competitive situations that characterize Division-I sports.”Ishimatsu and Anderson started the event off on Thursday with wins in the 1-meter springboard and 500-yard freestyle, respectively. Ishimatsu’s win marked her first NCAA title, and USC’s first NCAA diving title since 2006, while Anderson’s win beat her school record by two seconds (4:34.48), and was USC’s first NCAA title in the event since Lindsay Benko in 1999. It also marked Anderson’s first NCAA title.Thursday was the first time since 1997 USC won two events on the same day of the NCAA championship. That year, Kristine Quance won the 200-yard breastroke, while Benko won the 200-yard backstroke.Hosszu would represent the Women of Troy in the victory circle for the next two days, winning the 400-yard individual medley. Her time of 3:56.54 shattered the previous NCAA record set by Julia Smit in 2010 (3:58.23).Hosszu ended the tournament with five NCAA titles, third-most in USC history behind Kristine Quance (eight) and Rebecca Soni (six). She also earned the maximum seven All-American honors, becoming the first person to do that since Quance in 1997, bringing her total up to 20. The last person with 20 or more All-American honors in a career was Benko, who earned 21 from 1996-1999. Her 57 individual points tied Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz for the most in the tournament.The four overall titles also marks USC’s most since winning four in 1997, and the three individual winners matches their 1980 record for most individual champions in a season.Salo has high expectations for next season as well. “Nothing less than a top five performance next year is expected,” Salo said. “And we will guide our team through that process next season.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse (1-0) faces one of its more difficult nonconference opponents of the season Tuesday night, when Iona (0-1) visits the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Orange is coming off a season-opening victory over Jimmy Boeheim and Cornell, while the Gaels lost at Albany by two points last week. Iona won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title last season and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Oregon.Here’s what you need to know about Iona before Tuesday night’s matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 4-0Last time they played: On Dec. 18, 2010 in the Carrier Dome, SU snuck out an 83-77 victory that bumped the Orange to a perfect 11-0 record. Kris Joseph scored 21 points, Brandon Triche had 14 and Scoop Jardine added 11.The Iona Report: The Gaels are an up-tempo, 3-point heavy team that finished 22-13 overall and 12-8 in conference a year ago. They earned a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Tim Cluess enters his eighth season at the helm of the New Rochelle, New York, school, which led the country in points per game in both the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. His offense thrives on the 3-point shot — Iona led the country in 3s made (344) in 2014-15.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIona has lost its top three scorers and top two rebounders from last season. Tulsa graduate transfer and 6-foot-8 forward TK Edogi led Iona with 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting and had nine rebounds last week at Albany. He could prove difficult for an inexperienced SU frontcourt. Edogi appears to be one of Iona’s potent offensive threats, along with Deyshonee Much, who scored 15 in the opener.Roland Griffin also brings experience to the frontcourt. He played at Illinois State and Midland College before arriving at Iona this season. At 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, he brings size off the bench. Meanwhile, in the backcourt, Massachussetts transfer Zach Lewis comes as an All-MAAC honoree at Canisius, his previous stop. He averaged 8.8 points per game with the Minutemen.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorHow Syracuse beats Iona: Avoiding a slow first few minutes is key, because the Gaels can run up and down the court and shoot it from deep to get a lead. Iona has historically struggled on the glass, but it can stay in games when it gets hot from 3. The Gaels’ success Tuesday likely hinges on how consistent it shoots. If it can shoot well, Iona can keep the game in single-digits.Iona will try to push the basketball and beat the 2-3 zone up the floor with transition buckets and quick 3s. As long as SU’s shot selection is consistently smart and at least two players get back on defense to stop the fast break, the Orange should have control of this game.Stat to know: 22The No. 5 seed Orange beat No. 12 Iona in the 1998 NCAA Tournament on a 22-foot buzzer-beater to win, 63-61. Syracuse ran a play for senior forward Todd Burgan. Burgan drove into the lane but had his shot blocked by Iona’s center. Burgan found the basketball, passed to Marius Janulis, who was alone at the top of the key to hit the game-winner.Player to watch: TK Edogi, forward, No. 13Edogi, a 6-foot-8 graduate transfer from Tulsa, scored 17 points in the opener last week to lead the Gaels. He averaged only 4.2 points per game last season and only played about eight minutes per game before that, but he’s experienced and brings size that SU’s bigs will have to defend. Comments