Men’s volleyball splits series with No. 5 Hawaii

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team (3-11, 3-9 MPSF) upset No. 5 Hawaii (10-5, 5-5 MPSF) in a five-set battle (25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 17-15) after losing to them in five sets on Monday. The Trojans were led by junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder. Yoder tallied up 21 kills and 11 digs while hitting .279. He also led the team Monday night with 16 kills while hitting .448. Senior outside hitter Alex Slaught recorded the second most kills on the team with 15, while sophomore opposite Jon Rivera recorded 11 kills. Sophomore setter Jack Yoder recorded 56 assists in the win and another 37 the night before.Junior middle blocker Andy Benesh led the team with five kills. Rivera and Slaught both recorded five kills. Senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard tallied up two kills. Monday night, Leonard led the team with six kills, while Jack Yoder put up four and Benesh tallied three. Towards the end of the fifth set, it was 14-11 Hawaii. USC managed to battle off that match point and score three straight points to tie it at 14-all. Hawaii recorded a kill to make it 15-14, but USC scored another three straight points to take the set 17-15. Slaught secured the win with a kill to finish out the set. This was the Trojans’ fourth consecutive five-set match, but the only one that the team has won in that span. This win against the Rainbow Warriors broke USC’s three match losing streak.There were a total of 27 tie scores throughout the match, but only eight lead changes. Twelve of the tie scores came in the fourth set, which the Trojans won 26-24.Despite being out-blocked 16.0 to 8.5, the Trojans still out hit the Rainbow Warriors .245 to .238. USC also recorded two more kills than Hawaii, 63 to 61. USC also recorded more digs than Hawaii, 49 to 39. The win against the Rainbow Warriors finished up USC’s week long 4 match homestand. The Trojans won’t play another match until they face off at No. 10 UC Santa Barbara next Wednesday, February 24th. USC’s next home match will be the following Saturday when they host No. 3 UCLA.last_img read more

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Spurs open pre-season with 4-2 friendly win over PSG

first_imgAnd although Unai Emery’s side were difficult to break down, late strikes from Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld and Kane, both on as substitutes, sealed a 4-2 triumph in front of 33,332 fans at the Camping World Stadium.It’s very early days in this pre-season yet there was certainly enough on show from the London team to suggest a strong campaign in the Premier League beckons.Both teams arrived at the Camping World stadium with tremendous uncertainty surrounding their transfer dealings this summer.The French champions are reportedly poised to land Neymar from Barcelona in a world record 222-million euro ($256.8 million) deal, and also remain confident of landing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.Emery was giving nothing away when asked about the potential transfers.“We are always looking for players who can help the team,” he said.“Now for us the most important thing is to concentrate on the matches we have coming up,” added the coach, who on the evidence of Saturday’s game could use the infusion of talent.Tottenham, meanwhile, were once again forced to contest claims that Eric Dier, their versatile England international, was the subject of a $50 million bid from Manchester United.There is certain to be movement involving both teams as their respective domestic seasons draw closer, yet this was the first time Mauricio Pochettino’s side had played this pre-season.PSG beat Roma on penalties in Detroit last Wednesday after their exhibition game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.That match saw Dani Alves, the Brazilian defender, make his Paris debut following his transfer from Juventus and he was started again here by Emery in a line-up which also included Thiago Motta and Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani.Pochettino, whose side travel to New York on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s match with Roma at Red Bull Arena, kept star men Kane and Dele Alli on the bench, although Dier began in midfield alongside Mousa Dembele.On six minutes, Cavani powered the French side ahead. Youngster Cameron Carter Vickers was caught out by Adrien Rabiot who raced clear and squared for the Uruguayan frontman.Tottenham looked culpable defensively, yet just five minutes later, Christian Eriksen pulled the Premier League side level. The Danish international unleashed an unstoppable, curling effort from 30 yards which flew past Kevin Trapp into the top corner.While Eriksen’s equaliser was world class, Dier’s 18th minute goal was pure luck. Trapp’s poor clearance was hit straight at the Spurs player who gleefully saw the ball rebound over the line.The English Premier League side should have extended their lead even further soon after, but Georges-Kevin Nkoudou wastefully fired over with just Trapp to beat before Ben Davies also went close thanks to some lovely build up play involving Vincent Janssen.Pastore , however, wasn’t about to waste any opportunities and his close range strike on 36 minutes brought the entertaining tussle level once more only for Motta to head against his own post five minutes before the interval.Trapp’s disastrous evening plummeted to new depths just 20 seconds into the second half. The German handled the ball outside of the box and was immediately shown the red card.– ‘A lot of positives’ –Kane and Alli, brought on by Pochettino during a raft of eight half-time changes, now had the chance to make the Parisians pay for their sloppiness and it was the England striker who sealed the triumph after Blaise Matuidi handled in the box six minutes after Alderweireld’s fantastic 20-yard strike left replacement keeper Alphonse Areola with no chance.“There are lot of positives to take,” Pochettino said. “Our first game, it’s good to feel the competition. It’s a friendly but playing this kind of team it’s always good to compete.“The result isn’t important. We just need to recover and arrive at the start of the Premier League season in good condition.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur gets held by Thiago Motta of Paris Saint-Germain during the International Champions Cup 2017 match at Camping World Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. PHOTO / AFPORLANDO, United States, Jul 23- Harry Kane’s late penalty helped Tottenham Hotspur start their pre-season preparations in emphatic fashion as French champions Paris St Germain imploded in Orlando.PSG were reduced to 10 men just moments into the second half when German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who had endured an awful first 45 minutes, was sent off for handballing outside of the box.last_img read more

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‘Saturday can’t come quickly enough!’ – Wes Morgan on Leicester’s title win

first_img1 Wes Morgan will collect the Premier League trophy this weekend Wes Morgan hailed Leicester’s remarkable Barclays Premier League title triumph as the best feeling of his career.The Foxes were crowned top-flight champions for the first time in the club’s history after Tottenham were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea on an evening of high drama at Stamford Bridge.Leicester captain Morgan was watching events unfold at striker Jamie Vardy’s house with a number of his team-mates as the party turned to delirium at the final whistle.Christian Fuchs was also among the guests and the Austria international posted a video on Twitter showing the group celebrating wildly as the title was confirmed.Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki and plenty of others also shared the moment while a number of supporters gathered outside the gates of Vardy’s house.Former Nottingham Forest defender Morgan, though, managed to reflect on a stunning season which has seen the 5,000-1 outsiders upset the odds.“It’s the best feeling of my career and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team,” he said.“Everyone’s worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions and deservedly so.“I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers. People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong. 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.”He added of receiving the trophy against Everton at the weekend: “Saturday can’t come quickly enough. I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy.”last_img read more

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Update Tropical Depression Hanna soaks Nicaragua Honduras coasts harsh weather avoided in

first_imgUPDATE, Tuesday, 00:10:MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Downgraded to a tropical depression, Hanna on Monday lashed northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras, unleashing heavy rains that U.S. forecasters warned could cause deadly flash-flooding.Though slightly weaker and downgraded from tropical storm status, Hanna still could drench much of Honduras and northern Nicaragua with up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.“These rainfall amounts will produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC cautioned at 0001 GMT on Tuesday.Hanna, with top winds of 55 kilometers (35 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and bring downpours to the region.While heavy rains might sound like good news for parts of Honduras that have been experiencing drought, the dry conditions actually make the terrain in mountainous Central America more prone to mudslides.And elsewhere in Honduras and in Nicaragua, the rainy season has saturated the soil, causing rivers and streams to overflow easily and triggering landslides on the slopes of volcanoes and mountainous areas across the countries.Original story continues here:MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua and Honduras are bracing for severe weather Monday after Tropical Storm Hanna formed off the Caribbean coast. Hanna, with top winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and produce heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.At 12 p.m. (1800 GMT), the storm system was located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west-southwest of Cabo Gracias a Dios on Nicaragua’s border with Honduras.The Miami-based NHC issued a tropical storm warning for the area between Punta Patuca, Honduras to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, which could expect heavy rains and high winds by 7 p.m. (0100 GMT).The forecasters said parts of both countries were already being drenched.“Hanna producing heavy rains over eastern Honduras and northeastern Nicaragua,” the NHC reported.The storm was moving west at 11 kilometers (seven miles) per hour and was expected to move further inland over northeastern Nicaragua on Tuesday. A handout picture released by El 19 Digital shows rescuers attempting to recover the bodies of residents who died in a landslide in the May 18 neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua, on Oct. 16, 2014. Five people were killed when a seven-meter containment wall collapsed over their humble homes. AFP/EL 19 DIGITAL/ORLANDO MIRANDANicaragua issued a yellow alert, allowing civil defense agencies to take preventive measures to safeguard the population.The national disaster prevention agency SINAPRED urged people to remain calm and follow official guidance on the storm.“They are taking the necessary steps to safeguard the lives of people and their property,” meteorology chief Marcio Baca told Radio Ya.Hanna could produce up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain across Honduras and northern Nicaragua, according to the NHC.Heavy rains that have lashed the country since October 9 have left 28 people dead, displacing or otherwise affecting more than 60,645 people and damaging 6,214 homes.The rainy season has saturated the soil, causing rivers and streams to overflow and triggering landslides on the slopes of volcanoes and mountainous areas across the country.Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute (IMN) on Monday afternoon ruled out that Hanna would have severe consequences in Costa Rica, according to IMN meteorologist Eladio Solano.Solano said normal rainy season conditions would continue here, with intermitent showers mostly in mountainous areas. Intermitent rains and cloudy skies also will occur in the Central Valley and the South and Central Pacific regions. An Oc. 27, 2014 NASA GOES Project satellite photo showing Tropical Storm Hanna. AFP PHOTO/NASA GOES PROJECT Related posts:Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center For Mexico, Hurricane Patricia hit just the right spot 1 dead, 4 missing as flooding hits Haiti El Niño heat expected to last through May Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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