USC takes third in final regular season event

first_imgSophomore Jennifer Song finished second in her final regular season collegiate tournament as the No. 4 USC women’s golf team took third place at the PING/ASU Invitational.Bumpy run · After shooting a first-round 70, senior Belen Mozo struggled at times during the final two rounds of the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., finishing tied for 51st. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information The No. 2 golfer in the country led the tournament with two holes to play, but eventual winner Stephanie Kono of UCLA birdied the final two holes, while Song made two pars.Song finished at 8-under-par 208 (69-70-69).“I had some solid rounds, but I could’ve had about another 10 birdies,” Song said. “I didn’t make all the putts that were crucial.”Song’s second-place finish is her fourth top-two finish this season, including two victories from the fall season. Her two rounds in the 60s gave her 14 for her USC career, surpassing teammate Belen Mozo for the career record by one.Junior Lizette Salas continued her recent hot streak with a tie for sixth place at 5-under-par 211 (69-72-70). That finish gives Salas four top-six finishes in her last five tournaments as she prepares for postseason play. The No. 12 golfer in the country will be a crucial part of USC’s postseason run, as she is one of three players remaining from the 2008 national championship team.Also remaining are Mozo and senior Stephanie Endstrasser. Like Salas, they know what it takes to win a national championship, and like Song and Salas, they are All-Americans. Mozo, looking for her fourth All-American award to cap her senior season, tied for 51st at 9-over-par 225 (70-80-75). Endstrasser finished tied for 46th at 8-over-par 224 (73-76-75) and helped the team’s final round rally with two birdies on the final two holes.Besting her two senior All-American teammates was freshman Cyna Rodriguez at 5-over-par 221, good for a 37th place finish. Rodriguez, a highly touted amateur, has played herself into a postseason spot for the present, according to USC coach Andrea Gaston. Song, Salas and Mozo are all set to compete this weekend, while the fifth and final spot is up for grabs. Endstrasser, senior Caroline Kim and sophomore Inah Park are in contention for the final spot.The team finished at 6-under-par 858 in third place. The Women of Troy had been in second place after the first and second rounds, only to have No. 2 UCLA and No. 1 Arizona State overtake them in the final round. USC finished one stroke back of the Sun Devils and two strokes back of the Bruins.USC will get another shot at ASU and UCLA next weekend in Eugene, Ore., to compete in the Pac-10 championships from April 19 to 21. Before that, the Women of Troy have five more days to fix any potential problems with their seven golfers.“[We could] put in any five players and have a pretty solid lineup,” Gaston said. “But we stay in the present so that [we] don’t allow ourselves to get ahead and think about the outcome.”last_img read more


Star Powers NFPL Final Match in a Shinning Way

first_imgThe season’s final match supported by Star Lager, the official beer partner of NPFL ensured that thousands of fans at the league title deciding game had a memorable time participating in various activities at the stadium.Commenting on plans by Star to further consolidate the NPFL partnership, Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries, Tokunbo Adodo, explained the final match in Enugu was an opportunity to celebrate fans as well as the participating teams in this league season.“Let me begin by congratulating the winner and of course other teams in the league season which has ended today. As the official beer partner of the NPFL, Star is committed to fulfilling the mandates obligated by the agreement to make the league more exciting for fans and lovers of football in Nigeria. We’ve had an outstanding association with supporting good football experience and by virtue of all existing partnership, millions of fans can enjoy better quality in the round leather game on NPFL match days next season” Adodo said.Chairman, League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko said the partnership is beginning to resonate with the league, in particular, football fans.“The season has gone a lot better than we envisaged. We had a very competitive league, many good teams playing in ways that were appealing to Nigerian football fans. We have seen clubs administering better welfare and this will continue to improve in league seasons to come. At LMC, we are very pleased to see that our efforts to restore local footfall enthusiasm is yielding fruits, averaging several thousands of audience at each match venue. Having a partner like Star has brought a deeper engagement with football fans and their favourite league clubs” Dikko said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) ended its 2015/16 season with a resounding final match that saw Rangers International Football Club of Enugu win the league after a 4-0 trumping of El-Kanemi Warriors of Borno on Sunday 2nd October 2016 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.Rangers International’s bid to end a thirty-two year wait for the league title eventually paid off as Chisom Egbuchulam and Osas Okoro recorded their names on the score sheet to help Rangers clinch the title.last_img read more


MLB wrap: Yankees sweep doubleheader as Red Sox team meeting not enough to halt losing streak

first_imgThe Yankees won the opener 9-2, behind a strong pitching performance from Domingo German — who allowed two runs in seven innings to run his record to 14-2 — and the bat of DJ LeMahieu.Almost an afterthought as an offseason free-agent acquisition, LeMahieu is now considered an MVP candidate. New York fans don’t have a vote, but they chanted “MVP!” at Yankee Stadium.WOW! DJ LeMahieu with his second home run today, #Yankees lead 7-1! #YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/63Q2aKxOEo— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 3, 2019Meanwhile, Red Sox ace Chris Sale’s perplexing struggles continued as he yielded eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, most of the damage coming in a seven-run fourth inning.Manager Alex Cora was ejected for arguing with home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook about pitch calls, and after being pulled, Sale also spoke his mind and was ejected.After losing their sixth straight in the opener, the frustrated Sox held a players-only meeting between the first and second games.“It was to get us back on track,” Mookie Betts said afterward (via the Boston Globe). “It was a group decision.”Sale added: “When things come up, you have to address it.”The team meeting didn’t help. The Yankees, behind a pair of home runs by shortstop Gleyber Torres, won the nightcap, 6-4, running Boston’s losing streak to seven games.The Yankees sweep didn’t come without a price — the team has lost the services of Edwin Encarnacion, who suffered a broken right wrist after being hit by a pitch in the first game. He is now the 15th Yankee on the injured list, and the team has had 25 players on the IL this season. It certainly hasn’t hurt them in the standings.Studs of the NightAaron Sanchez, making his debut in an Astros uniform, no-hit the Mariners through six innings, striking out six. The former Blue Jays star walked two batters and threw 92 pitches before giving way to the bullpen for the combined no-hitter in a 9-0 victory.Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler pitched a complete-game gem in a 4-1 win over the Padres, striking out 15 batters.Dud of the NightRoyals starter Danny Duffy gave up eight earned runs and four home runs in 4 2/3 innings in an 11-3 loss to the Twins.HighlightsRonald Acuña walks it off for the Braves in the 10th inning against the Reds. Saturday’s doubleheader offered a microcosm of many things that have gone right for the Yankees and wrong for the Red Sox this season.New York (71-39) swept the doubleheader to move eight games up on the second-place Rays and 13 1/2 ahead of third-place Boston. If the Red Sox entered this series still entertaining hopes of catching the Yankees … sorry, it’s time to refocus on a wild-card spot, and the defending World Series champions are now 59-54 and trail by 5 1/2 games in that race. Good ñight, everybody!#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/HVP9psUjPf— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 4, 2019Newly acquired Mets starter Marcus Stroman makes a great play to cut down speedy Starling Marte at home plate.An amazin’ play by Marcus Stroman!08/02/2019 #LFGM #Mets pic.twitter.com/Y2AVhh1PIc— 🍎 BIG APPLE METS ⚾️ (@BigAppleNYM) August 4, 2019What’s Next? Nationals (58-51) at Diamondbacks (54-56), 4:10 p.m. ET — The Nationals currently hold one of the National League’s wild-card spots, while the Diamondbacks are very much in the mix. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.23 ERA) has plenty of incentive in this matchup — he pitched for Arizona his first six MLB seasons before moving to Washington as a free agent last offseason. He’ll face Taylor Clarke, who has pitched extremely well his last two starts (11 1/3 innings, two earned runs, 13 strikeouts against the Yankees and Orioles).last_img read more