High-powered men’s water polo prepares for two games

first_imgThe No. 3 men’s water polo team will have an opportunity for revenge against the No. 2 Cal Bears (15-2) on Saturday following a nonconference matchup with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (10-12) on Thursday night.Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThursday night lights · Junior driver Matteo Morelli and the No. 3 men’s water polo team host two games this weekend, starting with Claremont on Thursday at 5 p.m. They play No. 2 Cal at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.Coming off a big 13-8 win over No. 6 Long Beach State this weekend, USC (16-1) has rattled off eight straight wins, seven of them thanks to double-digit scoring.Against the 49ers, the Trojans were outscored early 3-2, but were able to bounce back and obtain an 11-6 lead going into the final frame despite a raucous Long Beach State crowd.“It was a really tough game in the beginning,” junior driver Matteo Morelli said. “As the game went on, we scored a couple goals, and the momentum went our way. That is a tough pool to play in. It’s a good crowd.”USC got out of Long Beach with a 13-8 victory. Nine different Trojans scored goals, including four who had two goals.With the momentum gained from their latest top-10 win, the Men of Troy have a chance to make a legitimate claim for the nation’s No. 2 spot versus Claremont and Cal.At 10-12, Claremont has experienced adversity against talented teams this year, sporting a 2-12 record against teams in the top-25.With just 19 players to mix in and out of the pool, the Stag’s lack of roster depth has troubled them, especially late in games.In terms of USC’s game plan for Claremont, the Trojans are playing with the same attitude as every other contest this season.“We just need to be ready to win the game,” senior driver Nick Bell said. “We go into every game like it’s the championship game; we can’t think about anything else. Cal’s coming up, and it will be a fun game.”After their meeting with Claremont on Thursday, USC will play host to Cal, the same team that gave USC its first and only loss in September at Cal’s invitational tournament earlier this month.Ten games later, the Trojans are preparing for a similar offensive assault that downed them earlier in the season.In a close 10-8 loss, the Trojans mounted a furious five-goal comeback after being down 6-2 at halftime. By the end of four periods, the Bears and their six different scorers proved to be too much for the USC defense.“I was a little disappointed we weren’t able to pull off first place, but it’s difficult playing away games, and playing Cal at Cal is difficult with their home crowd,” junior driver Grant Stein said. “To get back up, we try and motivate each other with support to lift each other’s spirits in that huddle.”Cal’s Johnny Hooper, the former MPSF Newcomer of the Year and current leading goal scorer, has fired in 50 total goals in 2016, including three goals against USC.Along with Hopper’s 50, Safak Simsek (20) and Odysseas Masmanidis (17) can each provide scoring support should the Trojans bottle Hopper up.If the Men of Troy survive Saturday’s contest, a No. 2 spot in the national rankings is imminent. But before they take on Cal, the Trojans need to take care of business against the Stags. Thursday’s game is at 5 p.m., and Saturday’s contest begins at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Purple & Bold: How LeBron keeps track of Bronny during Lakers’ busy season

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Saturday, Dec. 14 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.MIAMI — Let’s briefly gloss over that it’s 77 degrees in Miami Beach today and look back about a week-and-a-half in a much colder climate.The scene is in the Pepsi Center in Denver, and the Lakers are celebrating a tough road win over the Nuggets. As guard Danny Green attempts to field a question, shouting from the other end of the locker room interrupts him.A herd of reporters twists their heads to spot LeBron James, sitting in front of his locker watching his phone while excitedly pumping his fist in the air. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As many NBA families know, the cruelty of the league is that it takes you away from home, often for extended stretches. Players, coaches, media, support staff and many others travel so much, it’s weaved into their rhythms of life, but it takes away time from relationships and hands-on parenting.More than ever, LeBron, a father of three, is feeling that sting.“If you ask me what’s been the only sucky thing about this season so far is that my son has played like six games into his freshman year and I haven’t seen one,” the four-time NBA MVP said Friday night. “I love what I do. I don’t take this for granted. This is a dream come true. But missing my son, you know Bron Jr., missing Bryce’s first game the other day when we left for Orlando, his first game of the season. Missing my daughter at gymnastics and things of that nature. And I understand the business, but it sucks.”James is fortunate to have the resources to track his son, and all indications are that he is a devoted follower of Bronny’s basketball exploits. An ESPN piece earlier this week detailed just how much control LeBron has over Bronny’s career, including hand-picking documentary and film crews. While the Lakers come first, tracking Sierra Canyon has arguably become his defining interest outside of his job.It’s fun to note that for this game on Saturday night, he’ll have intel from both sides: LeBron and St.­ Vincent-St. Mary athletic director Willie McGee, old high school teammates, will catch up for dinner before the game tips off at 5:30 p.m. PT.There’s a persistent rumor, sparked by a comment James once made himself rather audaciously, that he wants to keep playing in the NBA until Bronny is old enough to enter the draft. There are many bold assumptions involved in that premise, chiefly that Bronny is good enough to play in the NBA (he’s currently a role player on a star-studded team) and that LeBron is looking forward to playing pro basketball on the cusp of 40.Even LeBron, who likes to step into bold statements now and then, peeled back a little when asked about that Friday night.“My son is in the ninth grade and he’s a kid and we’re not even thinking about nothing besides how he can be a great teammate,” he said. “How he can be a great son. How he can be a great brother to his sister and little brother. His little brother and little sister. And how he can continue to be a great kid.  So we’re not even thinking about that, and he’s not thinking about that.”One wonders what LeBron might think about tonight, as he watches Bronny for the first time live on the national high school stage. Maybe there will be a stray hope or two that it might happen one day.— Kyle GoonLinking to the finishSweet Heat – Miami makes you bleed, but the Lakers became the first team to win there this season.Who is laughing now? – Maybe he never had dinner with Heath Ledger, but the Lakers GM isn’t a league laughingstock right now, Mark Heisler writes.AD for three – Frank Vogel and company want the Brow to hoist up the deep shots.Finding some peace – Dwight Howard is ready to mend fences with Orlando, as long as the Magic are interested.Dudz, the Muscle – After showing Jared Dudley’s softer side, we learned he has an edgy side as well.Winning ugly – The victory in Orlando wasn’t one to write home about.Just like his dad – Tarek Fattal talked to LeBron’s high school coach to scout up Bronny, who has some similar instincts. Not exactly like his dad – ESPN’s Brian Windhorst compared and contrasted father and son’s high school experiences.Revenge game? – Mirjam took a look at Frank Vogel’s return to Orlando leading the Western Conference’s best team.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Lil’ Bronny did something good,” Green surmises, before jumping in himself. “Hell yeah, Lil’ Bronny!”This kind of scene is playing out more frequently as the Lakers trek across the country. After their 23-3 start, the next hot conversation is all about another L.A. team: Sierra Canyon High School. The Lakers’ biggest star is also Sierra Canyon’s No. 1 fan.“He loves it,” forward Anthony Davis said. “Anytime we get a chance to watch a game, whether it’s on a plane or on a bus, he on his iPad or his phone making sure he’s watching his son play. It’s always a great time for him.”James is so excited about seeing his son play, he’s leaving the warmth of Miami early on Saturday for a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio, just to watch Sierra Canyon play St. Vincent-St. Mary which just happens to be his alma mater.It’s going to be a zoo: L.A. Daily News reporter Tarek Fattal reports from Columbus that Nationwide Arena – where the game was moved to accommodate the massive interest – is expecting at least 11,000 fans tonight and almost 300 credentialed media members. While James has expressed that he doesn’t want his son to do interviews as a high school freshman, there’s little doubt that Bronny has already started feeling the media saturation his father inspired as a high school star.last_img read more

Close Shave

first_imgLasith MalingaPakistan pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are relieved. When Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who demolished Kenya with a career best 6-38, said he had learnt his skills by watching the duo’s devastating armoury of yorkers, Akram and Younis were happy thanking their stars. Imagine if he said something like this after doing to Pakistan what he did to Kenya. Fortunately, Malinga did not play against Pakistan.last_img

Mercedes-Benz cuts down expenditure

first_imgThe German luxury car Mercedes-Benz India has decided to heavily cut down expenditure and absorb cost escalation to keep cars affordable for customers.According to reports, the company was reluctant to pass on the full extent of the price increase to customers for fear of hurting demand further. Mercedes-Benz India ‘s sales reportedly fell nearly 24 per cent to 1,633 units during April-July, compared with 2,141 units sold in the year-ago period. “The rupee has had a terrible impact on the company. We are close to catastrophic mood means we are cutting costs wherever possible, our guys are flying economy (class), we are going to cheaper hotels, we are cost cutting wherever possible,” a news report quoting Peter Honegg, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mercedes-Benz India , said.    The report said the company is forced to absorb Rs 3 of every jump of Rs 10 in prices to avoid impacting retail demand which has been under pressure. In order to counter BMW and Audis rise in volumes riding high on the back of demand for cheaper sports utility vehicles (SUVs), Mercedes is also gearing up to launch a compact SUV in 2014-15 in India.This new small SUV, which is under development presently, will be assembled in India and take on BMWs X1 and Audis Q3 (both are SUVs) priced between Rs 21-25 lakh. Besides, the German company has also opened its first showroom in Lucknow, the first such dealership by a luxury car maker in Uttar Pradesh.The luxury car maker is expanding its footprint to Tier-II cities despite facing a stiff competition from rivals BMW and Audi.The company has recently launched such dealerships in Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Karnal (Haryana), plans to sell 50 cars by December through the Lucknow dealership, ‘Smart Hoops’, and double the sales in 2013.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi launches smartphone dock that checks blood pressure, heart rate

first_imgForget reaching out for those use-at-home devices or the hospital to check your blood pressure and heart rate. Here comes a much handy gadget that can do the job for you, and it is none other than your smartphone!Xiaomi has launched a smartphone dock in partnership with iHealth Labs that will be used to monitor blood pressure and heart rate. The company reportedly invested $25 million in iHealth Labs this week.As reported by a website, the smartphone dock will go on sale exclusively via Xiaomi’s website in China at a price of CNY 199. It can measure both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure along with the heart rate.The dock sports an attached pad that is attached to the person’s arm to take readings using the app on your smartphone. It is easy to use as Xiaomi states, and is ideal for elderly users. The results of the blood pressure and heart rate can be shared with others via the companion app.iHealth Labs has launched similar blood pressure dock for the iPhone which was much expensive than Xiaomi’s dock with a price tag of $79.95. Xiaomi’s debut in health-related gadgets was in July when it launched Mi Band alongside the Mi4 smartphone.last_img read more