Sugar Bears Fall to USC in NCAA Tournament

first_imgThe fourth set saw the Sugar Bears and Trojans play to a 3-3 tie, before Southern California used a 15-4 run to close out the set, and the match. Central Arkansas hit .000 in the fourth set, collecting just nine kills on 32 swings. Nash collected five of those kills, and Samantha Anderson added two.For the match, Central Arkansas hit .226, led by Allen, who hit .550 with 12 kills and two blocks. Nash, UCA’s lone senior this season, made the most of her final match for the Sugar Bears, matching Allen to tie for the team-high in kills while hitting .348 and collecting three blocks. Beaton chipped in with nine kills and Tippett had eight and a team-high 13 digs as Elizabeth Armstrong handed out a match-high 41 assists. Amanda Dimon finished the match with 11 digs and Emily Doss had 10.”We couldn’t get Savanah the ball enough,” said Chatman. “I’m so proud of her. Since she’s come back from her injury, her mentality has just gone to the next level. She hasn’t looked back. I remember talking about her after the Southland Tournament and saying the same thing. She’s arrived from a mentality standpoint; there is still some fine-tuning with her skill set, but I love that she’s finally gotten to this point mentality-wise, because it’s really exciting.”The loss brings to a close a season that saw Central Arkansas reach the 20-win mark for the seventh time in the last ten seasons and the first in three years under Chatman’s direction. The Sugar Bears won their third Southland Conference Tournament Title, led the SLC in wins on the year, and saw junior Samantha Anderson named the league’s Player of the Year, the seventh time in 12 seasons as a Southland member that the honor has gone to a Sugar Bear.”I think this year started at the end of last year, when we won seven of our last eight matches, we played Texas A&M-Corpus Christi better than anyone else in the tournament last year, and we knew this spring was going to be important for our development,” said Chatman. “Kudos to the staff to get the team to buy into what it was we were trying to do from both of those angles and to the team for buying in. We had a great spring, some good competition, and we carried that through into the non-conference portion of our schedule and then just kept going. We never had to remind the team of what we we’re supposed to be doing, they just knew and were ready to do it. I’m just so proud of this group. They knew at the end of the season last year that this was going to be a special season, they knew what it was going to take, and they did it. I’m just really proud of them. There are a lot of teams tonight that lost in singles digits or lost in three sets, and we battled with the number ten team in the country. We looked really impressive at times. I think we played really well tonight, and I’m very proud of how we represented our conference and our university.” “I thought we played some really good volleyball,” said UCA head coach Jeni Jones Chatman. “We knew we needed to play our best, we didn’t need to be perfect, but we needed to play our best. I thought we came out very strong with that tonight. Our service pressure was on point, I thought we were passing the ball very well tonight, especially in set one, and Elizabeth did a great job of running our offense; we weren’t a one-hit wonder just setting one person, I thought she ran a really diverse offense. That kept their block in a bit of a scramble, created some holes, and created some opportunities for us to do some positive things offensively.”While the first set saw seven ties and just one lead change, the second set featured 12 ties and four lead changes as neither side was able to take a lead larger than four points. The teams would play to a 4-4 draw before Central Arkansas used a 7-3 run, highlighted by a pair of kills from Beaton, to open up an 11-7 lead and force a timeout from the Trojans. USC would come out of the stoppage with a run of its own, taking eight of the next 10 points to take a 15-13 lead and cause Chatman to take her first timeout of the set. Central Arkansas would also make adjustments out of their timeout, taking the next two points to tie things up at 15-15. USC would take retake the two-point lead, and the Sugar Bears would again even things up starting a dance that saw the Trojans take the lead and the Sugar Bears tie it six times over the remainder of the set, until USC again broke a tie, this time at 23-23, to take the set and even the match at 1-1. Central Arkansas continued its hot hitting in the set, turning in a .396 clip with 14 kills on 28 swings. Allen added four kills to her tally, while Megan Nash picked up three.The third set continued the trends from the first two sets, featuring nine ties and a pair of lead changes. The teams would trade points early one, playing to an 11-11 tie before the Trojans used a 7-1 run to open up an 18-12 lead and force a Central Arkansas timeout. UCA would take another timeout after the Trojans took two more points to push the lead to 20-12, and would prove able to make the adjustment this time, using kills from Tippett, Beaton, and Allen to cut the Trojan advantage to 21-18. That would be as close as the Sugar Bears could get however, as USC used a 4-0 streak to close out the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Central Arkansas hit just. .139 in the set, getting three kills from Nash, and two each from Allen, Tippett, and Beaton.Dropped 2nd set 23-25. Tied 1-1 and ballin’.— bradley widding (@bradleywidding) December 2, 2017 LOS ANGELES – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears made their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, taking on the tenth-seeded Southern California Trojans USC’s Galen Center. The Sugar Bears, who were making their first NCAA appearance since back-to-back trips in 2012 and 2013, earned their first-ever NCAA set win, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the match by taking the first set 25-22, before the Women of Troy rallied to take the next three sets 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.Central Arkansas (27-5) found itself in an early hole, as Southern California (23-9) built a 5-2 lead, but the Sugar Bears would take three straight points to even the set at 5-5. The Women of Troy would again open up a three-point lead on kills from Khalia Lanier and Brittany Abercrombie, but UCA would respond again, reeling off five consecutive points to grab a 14-12 advantage and force USC to take the first timeout of the match. The Sugar Bears and Trojans would continue the battle, trading points until the set was tied at 21-21, before Central Arkansas went on a 4-1 run to take the set 25-22 and earn a 1-0 lead in the match. Central Arkansas hit .378 as a team in the set, with Savanah Allen hitting .625 and tallying five kills, Haley Tippett matching her with five kills while hitting .444, and Amanda Beaton added four kills on a .500 attack percentage.Yup— bradley widding (@bradleywidding) December 2, 2017last_img read more


first_imgCALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD, STRONACH GROUP AGREE TO ENHANCED SAFETY REVIEW OF HORSES AT SANTA ANITA PARKSACRAMENTO – Effective immediately, in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s direction, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), working closely with The Stronach Group (TSG), owner of Santa Anita Park, will implement enhanced safety measures and reviews to further protect horses at Santa Anita.Led by CHRB Equine Medical Director Dr. Rick Arthur, DVM, and Chief Steward Darrel McHargue, a five-member team will provide additional review of horses’ medical, training and racing history. This team consists of independent CHRB veterinarians and stewards, empowered to scratch horses that do not appear fit to run.Specifically, the horse safety review team will utilize a new, comprehensive evaluation rubric to determine if each individual horse is at elevated risk of injury before racing. These criteria will include any history on the Veterinarian’s List and Steward’s List as well as any medical history, race history, and physical observations of the horse.Importantly, under the new protocols, every member of the review team must agree that the horse is not at elevated risk of injury in order to clear a horse to race. One dissenting member of the review team can prevent a horse from racing. TSG management has agreed to then instruct the Racing Secretary, who is currently responsible for deciding if a horse is fit to race, to deny the entry of any such horse and treat the review team’s recommendation as the final word.“This is unprecedented in American horse racing,” said Alexis Podesta, Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, which oversees CHRB. “Never have we had this additional layer of review with a team of experts to connect data points and confer on the well-being and capability of individual race horses. Furthermore, recommendations coming from this team will be the final word as to whether or not a horse races. I expect the industry as a whole will embrace this effort.”“These are historic safety enhancements,” said CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker. “We are taking these additional steps to further mitigate the risk to horses at Santa Anita. The California Horse Racing Board is committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety of the horses there.”“Horse and rider safety is our top priority at Santa Anita Park, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to making California horse racing the safest and best in the world,” said TSG President and Chairwoman Belinda Stronach. “We look forward to working with Governor Newsom and the California Horse Racing Board as they implement this additional layer of review through the end of our current meet.”The review team will be in place for the final six racing days at Santa Anita.last_img read more

Spurs ace Son ends military service in Korea by winning marksman prize

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Son Heung-min added to his list of personal accolades after nailing shooting practice during military training.The South Korean has now completed his three-week training camp on the southern island of Jeju on Friday with flying colours.5 Spurs star Son graduated as a top performer5 Son hit ten out of ten targets in shooting practiceCredit: Handout – GettySon, 27, graduated from the course as the top performer from 157 fellow trainees completing the mandatory service.An intense schedule saw the forward take part in a host of different activities including shooting and bayonet skills, chemical, biological and radiological training, individual battle and first aid training.But it was the shooting where Son most excelled, hitting ten out of ten targets.According to the Korea Herald, a marines corp office said: “He received the ‘Pilsung’ prize which is one of five types of awards for best performers.”All the courses were judged in a fair and strict manner, and his military training officers have said he went through the training faithfully.”Son had been pictured were full camouflage gear while holding a gun as he took part in shooting targets.Men in South Korea are required to complete 21 months of national service before the age of 28.5 Son has completed his three-week military serviceCredit: AFP5 The Spurs star will now head back to London fighting fitCredit: Handout – Getty5 Son Heung-min graduated from the course with flying coloursmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Spurs are back in training in his absence, but he should be fighting fit upon his return – having been put through combat drills during his service.Son earned exemption after he guided his country to gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, but the former Bayer Leverkusen man is still required to serve three weeks after he returned to South Korea in March.Prior to his departure for Korea, Son had been out of action with a fractured arm.Tottenham star Son Heung-min arrives at marine boot camp to start military national service including live-fire drillslast_img read more

PNG girls register first win in hockey

first_imgTeam PNG led by Terry Kiapin put up a defence against the Vanuatu women, winning the match 9-4. Team PNG led in the first 15 minute period 3-1.In the second period, both teams scored 2 points each and ended the period with PNG keeping its lead,  5-3.The match ended well for the PNG women in the last period when they extended their lead, finding the box 4 times while Vanuatu managed to get 1 point.PNG won the match 9-4.last_img

Australia women dominate taekwondo

first_imgThe first gold went to Caroline Marton in the 53kg, Keshena Waterford got the second gold in the 49kg and the third gold went to Carmen Marton in the 62kg category.The fourth gold was won by Nicole Men in the 73kg category. Australia silver medallists were Tassy Stevens in the 73kg heavyweight category behind gold medal winner Moehau Faaite of Tahiti.Catherine Risbey got silver for Australia in the 57kg behind Mataheitini Raihauti of Tahiti who grabbed gold.So far, PNG has won one gold, two silver and five bronze, New Zealand got one gold and two silver, Tahiti grabbed two gold and one silver while Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tonga won one bronze each.The men’s competition will get underway on Friday at the BSP Arena followed by the team challenge on Saturday.last_img

Tigers in away clash to grab grand final berth

first_imgIt will be a test of supremacy as two of the season’s top teams come head to head. Dickson oval in Kundiawa town is expected to fire up as supporters and league followers cheer their teams on to victory. At the end of the season proper, Tigers finished on top of the table in the Eastern pool while Lions were leaders in the Western pool.After the cross-over, Tigers claimed the minor premier’s tag with 24 points while Lions finished just one point short of them.When they met during the cross-over in Kundiawa, Lions belted the Tigers 18-0.  Tigers won convincingly when Lions returned the match in Lae.The Lions have been in training for two weeks, with a bye last weekend. This is a side that produced a surprise pack this season with almost 100% local talents. They are fired up, and will not take it lightly after coming this far in many years.  Winning at home will be sweet for the team and its die-supporters, and will be a good finish on a high note.The Tigers arrived in Kundiawa on Friday.They know the task will be challenging but the boys are all focused. Coach Stanley Tepend has his way of guiding the boys during pressure football .Lions are favourites for this crucial match however Tigers have a proven record of second half run-away results.History will be written for Kundiawa to host a semi final.last_img read more

Messi, Suarez and Vidal will not miss the derby

first_imgFinally Valverde cleared the doubts and did not reserve any of the three South American internationals for the Spanish Super Cup which will be held next week in Saudi Arabia. Despite arriving three days later than the rest of the teammates, with the permission of the club, and having only completed two training sessions, both Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal entered the list of summoned for the derby. Another thing is if they will be holders before Espanyol or the technician prefers to reserve one to not start the year burning and all ships. Thus, the complete list of players for the match against Espanyol is as follows: Net, Semedo, Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Junior, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Rakitic, De Jong, Griezmann, Suárez, Messi, Pérez, Ansu Fati and Iñaki Peña. Who will not be the injured Ousmane Dembélé, Arthur Melo and Marc André Ter Stegen, in addition to Wagué and Todibo, these last two by technical decision.center_img In any case, Valverde already gave some clue about the eleven against Espanyol, during the press conference, by ensuring there was more than enough time between the derby and the first game of the Super Cup, which will be played on Thursday, January 9. That means that at least Leo Messi’s presence in the eleven is practically guaranteed.last_img read more

Neto and Messi, the protagonists of the day in the Catalan press

first_imgThe Spanish Super Cup that is played in Jeddah already lives in the newspapers of Barcelona on the covers of this Wednesday. Sports world I bet you Net on your first page. The goalkeeper, who will start before the Atlético de Madrid and so would it be in the final if the Barça it happens since Ter Stegen He didn’t travel, he says he wants his first title. Sport, for its part, bet on Messi on your first page. The Argentine, master of the competition with 13 goals and eight titles, was received with honors in Jeddah and all eyes are again directed at the Argentine. L’Esportiu he also composes his cover looking at Arabia. “New title, old requirement”, ensuring that the objective of Barça in Arabia it can only be the title. * Data updated as of January 8, 2020last_img

Work absenteeism calendar: know the most missed days to work in Spain

first_imgRisk of losing your job for a few hours off does not compensateThey wanted to discover what days people excuse themselves for not going to work Image: iStock To risk losing your job for a few hours of rest does not compensate, but there are people who really do not think about that situation and do not care to tell a lie so as not to have to be in their job. The people behind the Zippia website have wanted to discover to what extent this fact is true and have carried out an analysis to find out which days people need more to work. To carry it out, they have analyzed the traffic of users who have received an article called “Three tips to warn that you are sick (even if you are not really)”. They have done so by comparing the number of users of a day with the number of those of the previous day so that no Google algorithm could affect the positioning of the article and therefore the result.Days may vary if there is a holiday nearby As a result, Zippia found that 20% of users accessed the article on Mondays of each week, while Fridays were the least popular days. There were also variations if there was a holiday nearby, such as the day after Christmas day that was the one that most people called to say they were sick.This analysis also resulted in the existence of 3 Mondays of the year in which the number of users increased in an exaggerated way but without any reason. These days were June 24, August 12 and October 21.center_img Whoever says that he has just got up in the morning has not considered missing work, he lies. Although we have never done so, the fatigue we have when being freshly raised, makes our mind fantasize about some excuse for not having to fulfill our labor obligations.last_img read more

Historic hype, pure draw and two new in the Super Cup

first_imgDates of the semifinalsThere is no time for rest and next week the Copa del Rey semifinals will be played. There is no official confirmation, but, in principle, they will be played next Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13. The return will have to wait. In between, the Champions League round of 16. The departure of these is divided into two weeks, so there will be no news until the week of Wednesday, March 4, date in which the two matches will be played that will definitely decide the two teams that will play the title in La Cartuja.Super Cup matchesThe Supercopa bases also establish that the runner-up of the Copa del Rey must be measured in the semifinals with the League champion. As it happened last season, Barcelona had both characteristics, so There was a pure draw that matched Real Madrid with Valencia and the Blaugrana team with Atlético. The two Madrid won their duel and faced each other in the grand final. In her, those of Zidane won the first trophy of the new era in the penalty shootout.A first edition with the greatsValencia, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, as great powers of national football, were the participants of the first edition of the Spanish Super Cup in the Final Four format. While the competition bases make it the strongest to participate in the Saudi Arabia tournament, if a team gives the bell and plays the Copa del Rey final against all odds it will have its historic opportunity. “My counselors are already preparing turbans and everything to go to Arabia. We are prepared,” he said with a laugh Alfredo de Miguel, president of Mirandés in El Larguero. Granada, Real Sociedad, Mirandés and Athletic sigh for it.Results of the quarterfinalsAthletic 1 – Barcelona 0Real Madrid 3 – Real Sociedad 4Mirandés 4 – Villarreal 2Granada 2 – Mirandés 1 In the semifinals of the Copa del Rey there will be more at stake than the illusion of reaching the final of La Cartuja. And it is that the two winners of the crosses will automatically seal their classification for the Spain Supercup, to be held in January 2021 in Saudi Arabia. In other words, regardless of what chance has, or Granada or Mirandés or Real Sociedad or Athletic Club will be released in the new format. It is no longer possible for the Cup final to host the first two of LaLiga Santander, except for drastic and unlikely change in the classification. In this way, the new Supercopa of Spain will have two new teams, which were not present in the same edition. The new format of the KO tournament has not left anyone indifferent, with a historic hype, made up of four clubs that don’t even play European competitions. Four for a dream. However, none of the Copa semifinalists will get into the Super Cup because they are one of the four final survivors. To do so, you must win your tie and qualify for the match by the title. The same has happened this season: Barcelona was the League champion and finalist of the KO tournament, so one of the places was still to be decided. The Valencia, champion, he had it insured and Atlético, second in the First Division, too. Who was going to stop the remaining one was debated and it was decided not to stay in the semifinals but to stop for the third of LaLiga, as collected in the bases of the competition. This year, the two finalists will enter the Super Cup directly and will be accompanied by the first two of LaLiga Santander.Pure drawThe draw for the Copa del Rey (Friday, 13:00, from Las Rozas and on the official RFEF channels) will match the four survivors of the KO tournament without any conditioner. The qualifiers will be back and forth, as in the previous format. The Mirandés, which has enjoyed the privilege of the field factor because of its status as a minor team, will no longer have it, but it will depend on what chance brings. This way, you can play both at home and away.last_img read more