There were 4,619 volleyball fans who piled into the Galen Center to watch the USC women’s volleyball team “white out” No. 7 UCLA, but after a five-set battle, No. 17 USC fell 3-2 (25-17, 14-25, 25-16, 17-25, 15-12).It was USC’s third straight loss.USC coach Mick Haley has said that this is the best group of Pac-10 teams he has seen in all of his years as a coach, and it is never guaranteed that the Women of Troy will pull out a win. Even with the loss this weekend, the Women of Troy continued to record solid statistics throughout sets.“We only had four service errors in the whole game, which shows where we’re improving,” Haley said. “We were looking to improve with our blocking, and this game proved that we are getting better there.”Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter led the Women of Troy with 22 kills and 14 digs, followed by senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin with 13 kills and 17 digs.Eichler tied her previous season high of 10 kills, and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams had eight kills and five blocks, three of them solo.Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman had a career-high three kills and finished the night with 55 assists and 10 digs. Bateman is currently leads the nation in assists.“It was a strange match,” Haley said. “We keep improving, but the conference keeps getting better. I thought when we executed we did really, really well. We just need to focus on the next six matches now and get ready for Washington.”The Women of Troy began the match well, until UCLA’s outside hitter Kaitlin Sather managed to tie the first set 8-8, and the Bruins took advantage of three straight hitting errors by USC, taking the lead 11-8. After a exchange of solo blocks from Williams and junior middle blocker AudreyEichler, Sather added two more kills, and the Bruins won the first set.Gysin initiated the Women of Troy’s lead in the second set, and after a couple back-and-forth kills by UCLA’s middle blocker Amanda Gil and Jupiter, Eichler recorded double solo blocks to gain a 20-12 lead, and inevitably win the second set.The Bruin defense took charge of the third set after Jupiter’s backrow kill had USC trailing by two points at 8-6. UCLA’s blocking managed to give them seven quick points, a 16-7 lead, and eventually a second set win.The battle was on in the fourth set, as Eichler and Jupiter built a 5-1 lead. A Women of Troy service error allowed UCLA to catch up, but their efforts were not enough, as Gysin’s three kills lead the Women of Troy into the fifth set.Tied 7-7 in the final set, a ball-handling error called on the Women of Troy put UCLA back on top of the game. It only took a kill from Sather and blocking help from a teammate to allow them to take a 10-7 lead. The Bruins finished it off from there.USC, however, is not giving up hope.“We know that we’re not going to stop fighting,” Eichler said.
Former Great Britain head coach Jon Rudd has been confirmed as Swim Irelands new National Performance Director.Rudd has vast experience and has coached Olympic gold medallists and finalists.
Liverpool are among those looking forward to today’s Champions League group stage draw.The Reds put in an impressive attacking performance to beat Hoffenheim 4-2 in their play off at Anfield last night, and 6-3 on aggregate.It means a record 5 Premier League clubs are among the 32 that will go into the hat for the draw in Monaco at 5.00. Photo: Pixabay Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop can’t wait to get started.Chelsea are top seeds in the draw, along with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern MunichManchester United, Man City and Barcelona are among the second seeds.Liverpool and Tottenham will be in pot 3, while Celtic are one of the fourth seeds.
Marcos Aoás Corrêa, commonly known as Marquinhos has spoken out in defense of criticism faced by his team-mate, Neymar.The PSG Midfielder dismissed concerns over Neymar’s temperament insisting it’s impossible for the forward to please everyone.Neymar has been on the headline since his high-profile switch from Barcelona to the French capital.“For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he’s not [performing as expected] must be watching another game. He’s a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans,” said Marquinhos.“Just like all the other great players, [opinion] will never be unanimous. There will always be those who do not like him, and others who admire him. It’s important is to have character…Neymar has a good head on his shoulders and this is very important for Brazil and we are all trying to help with his adaptation in Paris. “I believe he has already adapted to the city and the club. He came to get titles and he is a big player. You can’t please everyone in life, which is especially true for great stars.”RelatedI Want Neymar At PSG – Dani AlvesJuly 30, 2017In “Europe”Neymar Unveiling – Watch Paris Welcome Neymar To Paris Saint-GermainAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”Neymar To PSG: Pros And ConsAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”
For whatever reason, no one got Sunday night off to rest before a 111-102 loss to the Pacers.“Everybody’s good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said pregame.Whether they are or not, it might be hard to get an honest self-evaluation from Clipper players.Paul and Crawford were both asked Friday how they’d react if they were next to sit, and neither player seemed thrilled with the idea. Still, the Clippers have invested in the biomedical department, and Crawford said he understood why the team would want to utilize the technologies. “We hired a lot of people this summer. And, you know, from a coaching point you just got to trust them,” Rivers said. “They clearly know more than me. A lot of teams are doing it, a lot of teams have raved about him. Honestly, some teams and some of the players on other teams have not liked it. But it’s done for the good of the player and obviously the team, so you just got to trust the process.”Griffin and Redick both had discussions with the Clippers’ player performance staff before ultimately accepting the decision.“You want pushback,” Rivers said.It just probably won’t matter.“No, I can’t be convinced,” he said. “I can be convinced if both sides are willing to negotiate. But I can’t be convinced if the scientists say no. Then that’s no. That’s a fact, and that won’t change.”Pierce playing for defensive purposesThe Clippers’ five-man unit of Austin Rivers, Crawford, Marreese Speights, Raymond Felton and Wesley Johnson, statistically, is the second best defensive group in the NBA. Opponents have scored only 91.1 points per 100 possessions against that lineup – second among 5-man groups that have played at least 100 minutes this season. So, it stands to reason that Rivers has decided to use veteran Paul Pierce instead of Johnson for an offensive boost, right?“And that’s where you’re wrong actually,” Rivers said. “Because actually I think Paul probably knows the positioning better than anyone. Like the Cleveland game, he had two plays where he was in the right spot defensively. “That was more of a defensive decision.”The 5-man lineup with Pierce, Rivers, Crawford, Speights and Felton is allowing 109.6 points per 100 possessions in 31 minutes prior to Sunday’s game. Johnson replaced Pierce in the rotation in the second half after another poor defensive stretch for the bench in the second quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Playing for the 22nd time in just 36 days, Sunday night against Indiana might’ve been the night to tap Chris Paul or Jamal Crawford on the shoulder and tell them it’s time.J.J. Redick had to do it on Friday in New Orleans. Blake Griffin had to do it in Brooklyn.And soon, it’ll be someone else’s turn.Maybe it’s because the Clippers get two days off before the game. Maybe it’s because the workload for Paul and DeAndre Jordan has been a little lighter.
The Pelicans reportedly parted ways with general manager Dell Demps on Friday, and have given special advisor Danny Ferry the interim role.According to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the decision came after big man Anthony Davis left the arena during Thursday’s game with an injury, leaving ownership “livid.” Owner Gayle Benson indicated “she wants an overhaul of Pelicans and a search for a GM to take command of Davis trade talks and the reshaping of team’s future.” The report clarifies ownership and senior management have been happy with the coaching staff behind Alvin Gentry, and “believe players are largely responding in what’s been a tumultuous stretch.” Demps had been the Pelicans’ GM since July 2010 when the team was still the New Orleans Hornets. The franchise made it to the playoffs just three times (twice under former coach Monty Williams in 2011 and 2015, and once under Gentry in 2018) while he was in the front office. Related News Anthony Davis situation a ‘dumpster fire’ for Pelicans, says Alvin Gentry ESPN adds the Pelicans will be “aggressive in the marketplace to hire a high-level basketball executive” as the team currently sits 26-33 and 13th in the Western Conference. Anthony Davis injury update: Pelicans star reportedly suffers bruised shoulder in win over Thunder
Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe learning on the job as he defends lead Caleb Ewan produced a stunning late surge to claim stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday as Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.Aftrer the breakaway was caught in the final mile and a half of a 110-mile route starting and finishing in Nimes, it was the Lotto-Soudal rider who had the most left in the tank when it mattered. “To be honest, I felt so bad today. The heat really hit me but I had some extra motivation with the presence of my wife and my daughter,” Ewan said. “I was not in the ideal position with one kilometer to go but I followed Quick-Step pretty well and came from behind. “It’s a dream to be here at the Tour de France. It was already such a big dream to win one stage, now I won two but I can’t believe it.”There was no change in the general classification, with Alaphilippe maintaining his lead of one minute and 35 seconds over defending champion Geraint Thomas.Thomas suffered a crash but was able to rejoin the pack, however Jakob Fuglsang, who had been five minutes and 27 seconds off the pace heading into the stage, abandoned after an incident involving several riders.The race now moves into the Alps, where the destination of the yellow jersey is set to be decided.We just love this sight #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/T5rMab7jn8— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) July 23, 2019Tour de France Stage 16 results1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) 3:57:082. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) same time3. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) “4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) “5. Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) “Tour de France 2019 classification standingsGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 64:57:302. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +1:353. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:47Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3092. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 2243. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 203King of the Mountains The Australian came from well back, after the field bunched together, to produce a sensational sprint to the line and claim his second stage victory of the Tour, having also won stage 11 in Toulouse.Elia Viviani narrowly missed out on his second stage win of the Tour, with Dylan Groenewegen in third. Related News 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 642. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 503. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 37WHAT’S NEXT?Alaphilippe’s lead will come under threat in a hilly 124-mile stage from the Pont du Gard aqueduct near Nimes to the Alpine town of Gap. The stage features a category four climb up the Cote de La Rochette-du-buis, with a category three ascent up the Col de la Sentinelle in the final six miles providing a challenging finish.
ATLANTA (AP) — Candace Parker has been hired by Turner Sports as an analyst and commentator for NBA games this season on TNT and NBA TV. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker reacts against the Minnesota Lynx in the second half of a single elimination WNBA basketball playoff game, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Sparks won 75-68. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP) Turner announced Wednesday that Parker, who is still playing for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, will provide analysis on NBA TV’s “GameTime” studio show and will be part of the “Players Only” telecasts on both networks.The two-time league MVP and 2016 WNBA champion also will be a part of Turner’s and CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. She was a studio analyst for Turner during last year’s tournament.Parker says in a statement that she is happy to resume broadcasting with Turner and that it allows her to share her love of the sport with viewers.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The calendar may have played a big part in the decision, but the brain trust of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League will want to take the credit for pushing for more “development” of hockey players after deciding to reduce the number of regular season and playoff games during June’s Annual General Meeting in Osoyoos.Despite some opposition, owners overwhelmingly voted in favour — 18-2 — of reducing the number of regular games from 52 to 47.Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella was, and always has been, a proponent for less games and more practice time, voted in favour of the reduction, which also sees rounds two and three of the playoffs now a best-of-five series instead of seven-game sets.“We voted in favour of reducing the schedule,” said DiBella as the Leafs prepare to open training camp on the 2016-17 season Friday at the NDCC Arena.“This is a development league and we have players either in high school or college travelling all over the place to play games on a Tuesday and Wednesday night when there really isn’t that many fans in the stands.”The reduction means no need for teams to jam mid-week games into the schedule to complete franchise commitments.Instead, teams have the lion’s share of games being played on weekends — like Nelson, which has 20-plus games slotted into Friday and Saturday night.At the same time, the league decided to play a conference only schedule, meaning hockey fans in Nelson will not see any teams from the Okanagan/Shuswap during the regular season.Owners opted for the unbalanced schedule to save significant dollars in terms of travel while at the same time allow for established rivalries to grow even stronger.DiBella believes this move was not necessary. “We could still could have played those teams in the other conference but teams decided against it,” he said.The Leafs, playing five of eight games away from the Heritage City in September, begin the season on the road September 9th in Fruitvale against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson opens the home season Friday, September 16 at the NDCC Arena with the Spokane Braves providing the opposition.The Leafs play mostly on the road during the first four months of the season, before getting a solid taste of home cooking in January. Fact is Nelson plays 10 straight at home, starting with the New Year’s Eve contest against Beaver Valley and stretching to February 5 against Castlegar Rebels.The final game of the season for Nelson is February 18 when the Leafs visit the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the Boundary City.Playoffs follow, with the KIJHL Champion being crowned before the April 6-9, 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup is hosted in Creston by the Thunder Cats.Leafs Training Camp Begins FridayKeeping with the quirky season, Nelson Leafs host its training camp in mid-August instead of the traditional Labour Day Weekend.Leafs coach Mario DiBella, taking to the ice this weekend, decided to make the change due to the crazy start to the KIJHL season.The change also guarantees the Leafs a full camp, as players will want to use the ice time to prepare for upcoming Junior A Camps.“The camp is full,” DiBella said. “We’re really excited with the talent we’re bringing in which should push the returning players.”Camp, under the guidance of DiBella and Coach and General Manager Sean Dooley and Assistant Coach Isaac MacLeod, runs Friday through Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson’s first exhibition game is Tuesday, August 30 at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar.Game time is 7 p.m.
Characters in the storyJason Doe – the lawyer who was excited to know much about the defendantEphraim Sackor – the angry candidate who became the defendant who did not want to be arrestedJanet Love – the beautiful secretary of Counselor Jason Doe.Judge Martina Yuo – the judge who wanted fairness in her courtroomCecelia Sackor – wife of the defendant who felt her husband was not having a nervous breakdownLt. Samson Swen – the prosecutor who wanted nothing but the defendant to hangTolbert Wolo – PUL propaganda specialist on whose testimony the prosecution hung its caseColonel Jackson Payne – the officer who led the investigationThe echoes of early morning traffic filled Benson Street as criminal lawyer Jason Doe entered his office and grinned at his private secretary Janet Love, who was busy at her personal computer.The lawyer hesitated and with a smile, said, “I’m feeling a little challenged this morning, Love.” The woman lifted her head from her assignment and with a smile said, “I can feel the challenge.”The lawyer strolled to her desk and said, “What is it, Miss Love?”She said, “There is a man waiting for you at the outer office who wants to see you very urgently.“Though he does not have an appointment he has insisted he cannot leave until he consults with you.”“What’s his name and what does he want?”She consulted an information sheet and after a couple of seconds turned to the lawyer.“Ephraim Sackor is his name and he looks about twenty-eight or thirty years. He was a candidate in the recent election at the Press Union and he claimed his rights were abused and as a result, he lost the elections but he said he would want to tell you his story his own way.“However, there is something about him that seems suspicious. He looks flamboyant, and mama’s boy is written on his face.”The lawyer strolled to the inner office and the young woman followed him.“What about his clothes?”The woman replied with a laugh, “He looks presentable and at second look there appears that he is from a rich family and has connections.”The lawyer grinned, said, “You have interested me with Mr. Sackor and I am wondering if he could come back…”“Well,” she interrupted him, “he is waiting at the client’s room right now and since your next scheduled client will not be around till eight o’clock, you can see him.”Jason Doe considered his wrist watch and said to himself, “There is some excitement about this client and I think I will give him at least twenty minutes.”“Janet, you may send him in.”The woman turned swiftly and the light echoes of her shoes hammered the cushioned floor, and within seconds returned with a smallish looking young man behind her. She allowed him to walk past her and she closed the door behind him.The man followed closely and as they advanced towards him, Jason Doe folded the morning newspaper and placed it on his desk and stared at them with a smile.The man extended his right hand and Jason Doe grabbed it with enthusiasm as he pumped it repeatedly.“Counselor I am mighty glad you can see me even though I don’t have an appointment this morning.”Jason Doe gave him a look-over and he could imagine the man’s self-importance. His appraisal of the client confirmed his secretary’s observation that ‘mama’s boy’ was written all over his face. His clothes were well ironed and his watch loosely hangs on his wrist, and his hair was well cut.Smiling at his statement, Jason Doe indicated a chair to his left.“Since I did not come by appointment, I will be snappy with my case,” he said.“Ok,” the lawyer replied, “I figured that when I was informed about the urgency of your case, Mr. Sackor.”“Thank you, sir.”“Ok, let me have it, what is your problem?”“I was an unsuccessful candidate for the recent PUL elections and for some reasons I want a payback.”“Well,” the lawyer said, “there are many who went into the elections but did not win.”“But not when my right as a candidate was abused. The point is, I am serious about all things I do, and I went into the elections with a large investment.“Nowadays elections mean spending money and I doled out money to my colleagues but in the end, a particular candidate organized and convinced many of the voters not to vote for me.”“Do you have any evidence?”The man gave that some thought and said, “I have a video recording of what happened.”“But does it worth consulting me, knowing that I am a trial lawyer? I fight before a jury when someone’s life is underline. My area is different and…”“That’s the reason I am consulting you, Counselor Doe,” the man interrupted him, “because I don’t want to be arrested.”His remark surprised the lawyer, who said, “Go ahead, Sackor, what do you have up your sleeves?”“I took someone’s money for the elections and if I had won, could have allowed me the chance to pay back.“I am trying to be sincere with myself for the money was huge.”“How much are you talking about?”“About U$30,000. I used part of the money to renovate my house and spent much on my friends before the elections.“I had an understanding with the lender, and truly the money was not for the reasons I used it. When I lost the elections and those who had promised to give back much of the money refused to, I went to the lender and explained my predicament.“Twenty minutes after I left, the lender reportedly collapsed and later died and there is the likelihood that I might be held responsible for his death.”The lawyer said with some excitement, “The story appeared in the local dailies last week and the District Attorney (DA) has a warrant out for your arrest. He is preparing to charge you with the murder of Clinton Dahn, 55, of Logan Town.”Ephraim Sackor lowered his head and clasped his hands together.In a whisper of disappointment, he said, “I don’t know how I am going to handle this. Now I am broke, unable to repay my debt and the lender is dead and the police will come get me.”The lawyer allowed some seconds to pass and said, “What was your intent when you visited the lender with the news of your loss?”“I wanted him to know that I lost the elections and therefore I could not repay the money as we had agreed upon as readily as possible.”“I see,” Jason Doe said, “but the District Attorney will claim your visit was intentional, knowing that the lender was not particularly in good health.“He would claim you made your visit on premeditation and that all you wanted was to ensure that the lender was dead.”The man lifted his hands and mopped his face, and said, “I have evidence that I acquired the money in good faith and part of it was used for my bid to lead the Press Union of Liberia.”The lawyer said, “The DA will not believe you since circumstantially you borrowed the money, and then you went to the lender, knowing very well your inability to repay the money, as well being aware of the lender’s poor state of health.“The DA will claim that you cleverly delivered the killer punch when you provided the information about your loss and that you knew the lender’s health would be affected by the news and hence you might have thought about these developments before delivering your deadly news which eventually killed him.”Sackor grimaced and deliberately looked at the lawyer: “What are my chances, Mr. Doe?”“Well,” the lawyer said, “if you want my honest opinion, I can surmise that the DA will be asking for your head.”Ephraim Sackor’s eyes dimmed as he waited in impatience, and said, “I did not mean it, as you just explained. Going to jail will ruin me.”“Exactly,” the lawyer said, “but the DA will also prove that you meant it; and what about your anger for a payback at some of the members of the Press Union of Liberia?”Sackor reclined on the chair and said, “I think they have some explaining to do.”“Why?”Sackor lifted his chin, and with his eyes directly at the lawyer said, “Counselor, look at the circumstances, is it not possible that they could be drawn into the case if I am arrested and charged with murder?”“How can you prove their involvement?”“Counselor, this was an election. And if I could borrow such an amount, imagine how much money others in the competition might have borrowed from other lenders or from the same guy. Imagine the connection and the real premeditation to get me to lose and get me locked up for good?”Counselor Doe said, “You make quite an interesting argument but it will be difficult to draw those you have in mind into the case.”Sackor said, hopelessly, “Can you get me from being arrested? Can you defend me from the evil plot, even if I am arrested?“Counselor, I have followed several of your cases and I am confident in your ability to save me from disgrace.”The lawyer said, “Will you be willing to be sincere with me and be prepared to tell me all necessary information relating to the money?”Sackor said hurriedly, “Yes, but the only problem is that I may not have the money now to pay for your services.”Counselor Doe said, “I am an officer of the law and since I am aware that there is a warrant out for your arrest I am going to call the DA that you are with me.” Every curve of Ephraim Sackor’s features seemed to express a man who was filled with extreme ambition which Counselor Doe saw as the ultimate drive to face the unfortunate circumstances of his life.Sackor folded his hands across his chest and lowered his head on the lawyer’s table as Counselor Doe dialed the number.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)