USC meets Pac-12 foe Washington in weekend series

first_imgThe Trojans improved their record to 12-9 after their midweek 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. Coming into that game, the Trojans were desperate for a win, having lost their previous four games in miserable fashion.Redshirt junior infielder Stephen Dubb takes a swing against Washington on Thursday. Jonathan Wong | Daily Trojan“The offense going out and putting up a three-spot in the first was big,” sophomore pitcher Austin Manning said to to USC Athletics. “It being my first start of the year, there were obviously a few nerves, but them doing that helped me just focus on going out there and doing my job.”Now, USC turns its attention to Washington for a weekend series. The Huskies are currently tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 with an 11-10 overall record on the year and a 4-2 conference record. The Trojans, meanwhile, are tied for sixth in the conference despite posting a better overall record than the Huskies. Furthermore, after their most recent victory against the NCAA’s top ranked team in the country, Oregon State, the Huskies are entering this game with a ton of momentum. After losing their first two games in their series against the Beavers, the Huskies ended the Beavers’ 15-game winning streak in the third game with an impressive 8-4 victory. “I’m just happy for our guys,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said to University of Washington Athletics. “We’re a little beat up and we were short-handed today. That is a great team, so this is a good win for us.” On paper, this should be a pretty evenly matched series. Both the Trojans and Huskies post similar batting averages — .240 and .252, respectively — and a similar on-base percentage; the Trojans’ .336 just shy of the Huskies’ .340. However, the Huskies do have a slight advantage in ERA compared to the Trojans. As freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt and company proved in their no-hitter against Utah earlier in the season, the Trojans’ pitching staff is capable of rising up to the occasion. Junior shortstop Chase Bushor is a player to watch in this series for the Trojans. After freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez sustained injuries, Bushor has stepped in and made an instant impact on this Trojan offense. He currently bats .317 on the season and has looked equally impressive in the field. Meanwhile, junior Mason Cerrillo is the player to watch for the Huskies in this series. On the year, he’s batting an impressive .393 in 56 at bats.The Trojans took Thursday’s series opener 1-0 courtesy of a go-ahead solo shot by redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta in the eighth inning. “It felt good [to hit the homerun]. I was just trying to stay inside the ball and get a good piece so it felt nice,” Armenta said after the game. “It was a good win on Tuesday, and it was just important to get back on track and keep playing good baseball.”Heading into the game, Armenta was batting .220 on the season with 4 RBI’s to his name. He batted ninth in the lineup, and Hubbs seemed satisfied with his performance and the depth of his lineup after the game.“[His homerun] was big,” said Hubbs. “He’s been scuffling a little bit, but he’s been starting to swing a little bit better. Hopefully it’s a good sign to come.”The Trojans pitched a shutout in Thursday night’s game as freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt pitched seven innings, allowing no runs on only three hits. He looked in control for most of the game, throwing eight strikeouts on the day.“As poorly as we pitched the past week and half that’s how well we pitched the first two games this week,” Hubbs said. “I’m pleased I thought Kyle was strong for seven innings. His first time on short rest.”After Thursday night’s victory, the Trojans improved their record to 13-9 on the season and 3-4 in the Pac-12. The next game will take place on Friday night at 6 p.m. and the following game will be a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 13-5 win over No. 15 Albany

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm A week after a historic loss against Colgate, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) upset No. 15 Albany (0-1), 13-5, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange were led by Bradley Voigt, who scored six goals and tripled his previous career high. Drake Porter was efficient in net in his second start, and SU regained momentum in the early portion of its season.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the contest:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Could Cuba Have The Antidote for COVID-19?

first_imgHAVANA, Cuba – Ask the authorities in China, South Korea, Germany, and Italy about the Cuban drug Interferon Alpha 2B—as their efforts at stemming the contagion of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are placed in the spotlight—and their response would reflect a more positive outcome.Out of a confirmed infection rate of 8,000 persons in South Korea, 72 succumbed to the virus. In  Germany, just three persons died out of the 3,156 infected by this deadly virus, while the numbers in China, which was the epicenter of this pandemic, had approximately 3,500 deaths from a confirmed infection of close to 100,000 individuals.Currently, a team of Cuban doctors alongside their Chinese counterparts, armed with the Interferon Alpha 2B, are in Italy to help that beleaguered nation in an attempt to stem a death toll rate, which is considerably worse than what was experienced at the height of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China.Meanwhile, here in the United States, we’re scrambling to respond to COVID-19. We’re lagging behind in providing testing to citizens, many of whom researchers are saying may have already contracted the virus. In fact, scientists are saying the true numbers in the U.S. are way above the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) count of 10,442 cases and 150 deaths, up to press time.When compared with other countries such as South Korea and Germany, the number of confirmed coronavirus-linked deaths in the U.S. is staggering. As states ramp up testing, the number of cases is expected to climb exponentially and we’re simply unprepared to handle a large-scale pandemic. The U.S. currently has no vaccines available and no established treatments. We’re in a race against the clock, and while the Federal government touts two potential treatments—the malaria drug Chloroquine and the experimental antiviral drug Remdesevir—Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B is being used successfully around the globe.So what is this Interferon Alpha 2B, which is now being thrust on the world stage as one of the leading anti-COVID-19 drugs in response to the global pandemic? It is one of 22 drugs that has been developed in Cuba since 1986 by its Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) and has been used as a treatment for HIV-AIDS, hepatitis B and C, herpes zoster or shingles, dengue and different types of cancers.Interferons are ‘signaling’ proteins, explains Dr. Helen Yaffe of Glasgow University, an expert on Cuba. These proteins are produced and released by the body in response to infections and alert nearby cells to heighten their antiviral defenses. It is not a cure or a vaccine to COVID-19 but rather an antiviral that boosts the human defense system.There are currently manufacturing relationships between the Caribbean island and China for this stellar product and it is highly recommended by medical specialists for its ability to fight the COVID-19 virus.  During the onset of the virus in Wuhan province, the Chinese authorities found it to be exceptional in destroying the virus from thousands of its citizens who had contracted this respiratory disease at the earliest stages.Since the success of this antiviral drug has become public knowledge, Cuba has been flooded with requests from all across the globe, including, Africa, Europe, Latin and South America and Caribbean nations that make up the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.last_img read more

Stats Perform backs IBIA call for new era of data collaboration

first_img Related Articles Submit Share Stats Perform has advocated the International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) call for sports data and betting stakeholders to work together and form a ‘global best practice model’.This week, IBIA Chief Executive Khalid Ali urged for deeper data-provider collaboration to protect all sports against future threats.In his statement, Ali detailed that the global pandemic had illustrated the need for sports technology incumbents to ‘uphold the reliability and credibility of sports data as of paramount importance’.He underlined that all stakeholders will benefit by developing a robust data supply chain ensuring the highest levels of accuracy and transparency.Responding to the IBIA’s demands, Stats Perform leadership stated that it had consistently advocated for best practice standards to replicated across incumbents.As leading sports data supplier for North American and European sports, Stats Perform commended the IBIA for instructing its membership to collaborate on critical areas.Jake Marsh, Head of Integrity, stated: “At Stats Perform, we have the strongest quality assurance and integrity processes in place across the whole data supply chain and have a long-standing collaborative approach with the sport and betting industry, which is reflected by our many partnerships, including our affiliate membership of the IBIA.“We look forward to working with all their members and other stakeholders on best practices in order to help protect the integrity of sport and betting.”Of note, Stats Perform highlighted the need for best practices to be established in the fields of risk management and data quality amid a rapidly changing sports scene, as further US states regulate their markets for wagering.Since its merger last year, which combined the assets of Stats US and Perform Europe, an enlarged Stats Perform has undertaken investment in data quality assurance to the extent that it products ‘carry a premium price point’.Andrew Ashenden, Stats Perform Chief Betting Officer (pictured above), commented: “Over many years we have invested in unparalleled integrity and quality control infrastructure and that investment continues to be at the heart of our operations.“Data integrity issues wherever they originate are harmful for the industry and we are looking forward to contributing our expertise via the IBIA and its members on the development of global best practice.“We have always maintained that collaboration in this space across sporting federations, governing bodies, third party integrity providers, regulators, operators and data suppliers is vital.” IBIA – MGA must adopt coherent approach on sports betting customer disputes   July 21, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020last_img read more

BMW Championship: Justin Thomas, Jason Kokrak tied for lead after first round

first_imgThomas finished his day with seven birdies and no bogeys, while Kokrak dropped just one shot but sprinkled in an eagle to finish his day in a tie for the lead.57’1″ to the hole.Nothing but net.@JustinThomas34 takes the solo lead.#LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 15, 2019Thomas missed more than a month earlier this season and was unable to compete at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black with a wrist injury. Related News BMW Championship: Tiger Woods sits near bottom of leaderboard after 1-under 71 Justin Thomas has had his struggles this year, but Thursday was not that by any stretch of the imagination.The 2017 PGA Championship winner is tied for the lead at 7 under with Jason Kokrak after the first round at the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club on Thursday. Tied for the lead.@jaykokrak joins @JustinThomas34 at 7-under.#QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 15, 2019His round Thursday will go a long way in getting him to Atlanta.One shot back of the leaders is a big group at 6 under featuring Jim Furyk, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay.🐦@BrandtSnedeker moves to one off the lead.#QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 15, 2019Tiger Woods is six shots back at 1 under just one week removed from pulling out of the Northern Trust with back issues. He’s had problems this season, missing the cut at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but he’s been good as of late as he finished 11th at the British Open and in the top 12 or better in each of his last three tournaments.“It’s weird,” he said, via the Golf Channel. “Yeah, I mean, it’s been an odd season just because I’ve missed three tournaments. But the difference with this season and any other season is I’d won.“I’m playing every bit as good as I have any other year this year, for sure.”Thomas is currently sitting pretty in getting to the Tour Championship at East Lake next week as he is in 15th in the FedExCup standings, but Kokrak needs a good performance to get in as he is currently in 32nd.last_img read more

Neptunes finish strong at Summer Swim Championships

first_img Division 8 girls fifthDue to the poor air quality from wildfires in the Thompson region, the BCSSA secured indoor space for swimmers to rest in between races at the provincial event. Division 2 girls eighth Cynthia Pfeiffer second in 100 backstroke. Division 5 boys fifth Sage Cowan, fifth-place finish 200-meter individual medley, sixth place 100-meter butterfly, eighth place finish 100-meter freestyle. Division 2 boys eighth Division 5 girls fifth Division 3 girls eighth “Along with (a lot of) highlights, we also had many swimmers place top 16 in their respected events,” said Neptune coach Sarah Broen.Some of the Neptune results included: Nelson Neptune swimmers saw an opportunity to test their skills against the best in the province at the BC Summer Swim Association Championships this past weekend at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Kamloops.Neptunes, which compete in the Kootenay Summer Swim Association against teams from Trail, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kimberley, Creston and Colville, Wash., sent a strong group of swimmers who qualified at the Kootenay Regional meet. Sarah Broen, eighth finish 100-meter butterfly, fourth 100-meter backstroke. Division 3 boys seventh Madeline Holitzki, sixth-place finish100-meter breaststroke.Regional Relay Team Results: Division 6 boys sixth Division 4 girls fifth Division 7 girls fourth Lachlan Bibby-Fox sixth-place finish 100-meter individual medley, second place 50-meter breaststroke.last_img read more


first_imgLONGTIME OAK TREE RACING ASSOCIATION STALWART SHERWOOD C. CHILLINGWORTH PASSES AT AGE 93 ‘HE LOVED TO BET AND HE LOVED OUR GAME’  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019)–Sherwood C. Chillingworth, a longtime director and executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, passed away on Tuesday at age 93.A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chillingworth, known affectionately as “Chilly” to all who knew him, was named an Oak Tree director in 1989, and later assumed the title of Executive Vice President in 1993.  A tireless advocate for the many causes that the not for profit Oak Tree Racing Association funded since its inception at Santa Anita in October, 1969, Chillingworth was a truly beloved figure in California racing.“He was a great man who was a very big part of the Oak Tree Racing Association for many years,” said Hall of Fame trainer and fellow Oak Tree Board member Richard Mandella on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita.  “He lived a full life and from what I knew, he loved every minute of it.  He had a great sense of humor, he loved to bet and he loved our game.”Although still active in funding various charitable causes, the Oak Tree Racing Association, which conducted its final fall meeting at Santa Anita in 2009, operated for one year at Hollywood Park in 2010, and then conducted summer meetings at the Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton through 2018.A former real estate developer, Chillingworth, who served as Vice Chairman and CEO, Santa Anita Realty Enterprises from 1994-1996, had a true passion for horses and horse racing as he owned and raced Thoroughbreds dating back to the early 1970s under the nom de course Paniolo Ranch.It was in Thoroughbred partnerships however, that he experienced considerable success, as he owned percentages of Grade I stakes winners Swing Till Dawn (1983 Strub and Widener Stakes), Yashgan (1985 Oak Tree Invitational and 1986 San Gabriel Handicap), Forzando (1985 Metropolitan, Ft. Marcy and Sierra Madre Handicaps), and Valley Victory (1986 Coaching Club American Oaks).“He was a first class guy,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Ron McAnally, whose legendary gelding John Henry won three straight runnings of the Grade I Oak Tree Invitational in the early 1980s.  “Doc Robbins (original Oak Tree Director and John Henry’s attending veterinarian) admired him so much, and was so appreciative of everything he meant to Oak Tree and our racing here.  Chilly was good for the horses and he was good for the business.”A consummate gentleman and tireless consensus builder, Chillingworth was also a past Steward of the Jockey Club, Secretary of the Board of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), director of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau (TRPB) and member of the Equibase Management Committee.“Chilly was one of the kindest and most gracious executives in racing,” said George Haines, former Santa Anita General Manager.  “He treated the employees with great respect and was universally loved by all.  His wit and humor will be missed but not forgotten.”Chillingworth, who resided at Santa Anita Park with his wife Sandra, is also survived by four sons and two daughters, as well as several grandchildren.Services are pending.last_img read more

Vicente Moreno: “We want options to save ourselves on the field of play”

first_imgOn how his players are working and how that work is controlled, Moreno affirms that the task “is not easy, although luckily we have specific professionals in the coaching staff in the case of physical training who have a lot of level and experience and although we are in an anomalous and different situation that we had never encountered before, it comes out ahead, and we from the first moment the first thing to say is that we have a team of players who are very professional and who are also prepared people who know perfectly well what they have what to do, and Even so, we have tried to prepare a package of utensils for them to work at home such as tires, balls, bicycle and all kinds of material to be able to work from home and we are convinced that the players are doing it, then we try to have everything under control in addition to seeing and studying new technological possibilities of heart rates so that we can also have all the training data from home and we will put it into practice in the coming days; And then with the nutritionist, with the menus, we also try not to eat more than the expense that each one has and we go to the race trying to organize all this and as we prepare things, we send them to them. “On the professionalism of each footballer, Moreno says that in the coaching staff they are “calm because we know that we have a group of players who are very professional.” Regarding the situation of the league, detained on matchday 27, with multiple proposals in sight and with his team occupying a relegation place, Vicente Moreno refers to a possible return from the competition with total ignorance of when it could happen and how a small pre-season would be enabled as a set-up: “We will see how long we are going to be standing and predictably and from the way we are, unfortunately, this I think is going to be for the long term, I understand that it is normal that we have to have a period of time that is surely shorter than usual. in preseason, but it is a time for the players to do field work at a group level, especially so as not to put them at risk, and have fewer injury options, although now it is a bit risky to talk about all this and it is all the more because you have to wait, see deadlines and the first and most important thing is what we have in our hands right now and that is extremely serious, and from there when all this is overcome we will think about the other “. However, if something is clear to the Mallorcan coach it is that he considers that the league should end when it is and in this sense he reflects: “It gives me the feeling that on the teams that are in a situation in the leaderboard like us that are currently on the decline, we could have some interest in this ending like this, and it is quite the opposite, if any specific team have any interest in the league being over anytime, and even within the following season, we would be the ones in these conditions because we want to have options to save ourselves on the field of play because we are at a point of being able to do it and because there are eleven games left so that each one gets what they have to achieve in the field of play once a third of the competition remains, I think it would be the fairest “.Moreno points out that “you have to be very careful with the opinions we give, each one can give his opinion of what he believes is, selfishly, more interesting for his team and that’s where I think, at least, I don’t I am going to do it, it is a very difficult decision for those who have to make it, be it the Federation, or the president, and I would not like to be in their shoes, and I am sure that they will do it as fair as possible, but I already say that I want the competition to be played and I want each of us to finish where we deserve, That would be the fairest thing and everything that is not that, for someone will be or believe that it is just and for others, based on their interest, they will think that it is unfair “.last_img read more

Leicester City fairytale complete!

first_imgLONDON (AP):Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements yesterday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the English Premier League for the first time.Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challengers Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champions Chelsea.With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester are champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.”Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!” the jubilant Leicester players sang as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other’s shoulders inside Vardy’s house.”Nobody believed we could do it, but here we are Premier League champions and deservedly so,” Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. “I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers.”FIRST JAMAICA TITLE-HOLDERMorgan is the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League.Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to instantly dropping out of the Premier League. They started this season as among the favourites to be relegated again. But last night, fans – who never dreamed their modest club in a city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals – descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to party into the night.”People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” Morgan said. “This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”Leicester, who will collect the trophy on Saturday when they host Everton at home, had not even finished higher than second since 1929.English soccer have not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years, the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy among them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester have achieved their success without lavish spending on their squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner during yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge, where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.”It’s the greatest achievement in the history of English football and it was led by an Italian,” Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, tweeted.Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea ensured that the party wasn’t delayed any longer.Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep their bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby, where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.”What a game,” Leicester defender Robert Huth tweeted. “Makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!”Centre half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalising goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea’s part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power.”(Ranieri said) five times ‘Thanks’, because of the emotion,” Hiddink said. “I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit.”One bookmaker, Sky Bet, said it paid out £4.6 million (US$6.8 million) to punters who backed Leicester to win the title, with 128 putting money on the team at 5,000-1.No sports team has defied such odds to triumph, and Leicester’s improbablesuccess has provided a feel-good story for a country divided as they prepare to vote on whether to remain in the European Union.”Many congratulations to Leicester,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”last_img read more