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first_imgFollow Lauren on Twitter @LJonesSports USC won its first home game under new coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke on Wednesday night, staking out a big lead against San Diego State before withstanding a late rally to win 65-61.Step up · Junior guard Ariya Crook assumed control of USC’s offense after senior forward Cassie Harberts got into foul trouble in the first half. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe game came down to the final seconds after the Women of Troy (3-0) were up by as much as 19 points in the first half. Junior guard Ariya Crook scored a team-high 18 points while senior forward Cassie Harberts contributed 17 points for the Women of Troy. The victory avenged last season’s devastating 34-point loss to the Aztecs (0-2).The Women of Troy came out of the gates with a vengeance, attacking the Aztecs on both ends of the floor en route to a 24-5 lead. At one point, USC’s defense held the Aztecs scoreless from the floor for more than 10 minutes.“We jumped on them early,” Cooper-Dyke said.But turnovers and fouls allowed the Aztecs to gain some momentum as the final minutes of the first half wound down, and managed to cut USC’s lead to 32-19 heading into the locker room.“We never quite regained that initial intensity back in the latter part of the first half,” Cooper-Dyke said.Though the early foul trouble caused the Women of Troy to back off defensively, they showed the makings of an elite defensive team.The Aztecs made just three of 19 attempts from the floor in the opening half for a dismal field goal percentage of 15.8. San Diego State scored just six of their 19 points in the first half from the field, tallying their other points at the free-throw line. The Women of Troy forced 15 turnovers in the first half and Aztec center Cierra Warren, a Louisville transfer, was held scoreless in the first half.Once the second half was underway, the Women of Troy could not seem to find the perfect combination of players on the floor, causing their 13-point halftime lead to quickly wither away.As the Women of Troy struggled to regain control of the game, Warren was able to get into a rhythm, making her virtually unstoppable. Warren ended up with a game-high 21 points, all of which came in the second half. She scored 12 of the 13 points during a late run for the Aztecs to cut the Women of Troy lead down to just three late in the second half.Crook was fouled and sent to the line with 2.6 seconds left on the clock, and knocked down one of her free throws to extend USC’s lead to 65-61 and halt the Aztecs’ last-gasp comeback attempt.It was fitting that Crook would take the final free throws for USC — the junior guard took the offensive reins for the team while Harberts was sidelined for most of the first half due to foul trouble. Cooper-Dyke spoke highly of the budding leader.“She can score and she’s a great passer,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We expect her to perform well offensively.”But after missing an easy layup in the second half, Cooper-Dyke says Crook still needs some polishing.“She can either get too high or too low in temperature, so my coaching staff is working with her to find a happy medium,” Cooper-Dyke said.Crook says her coach’s upbeat demeanor has helped spark her play.“She really motivates me,” Crook said. “She gave us confidence and has been shifting our mentality from street ball to team ball.”Crook is not the only one who has bought into the Cooper-Dyke system.“It’s a different mentality,” said Harberts. “She preaches score, score, score but does not let us forget about defense.”The offense-first system seems to be working so far — the Women of Troy are 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season, and have defeated three opponents — the Aztecs, Fresno State and UC Davis — who beat them last season.“It’s important for me to stress that USC women’s basketball is not about the [Cheryl] Miller, [Sheryl] Swoopes and [Paula] McGee era,” Cooper-Dyke said, referring to the trio of USC hoops legends who increased the relevance of the program alongside herself. “It is these players’ time to leave their footprint and create their own legacy at this school.”If the Women of Troy continue to play at this level, they will be well on their way to doing just that.Harberts says her teammates are working on translating the great off-the-court chemistry they have developed over the past couple years to the court. As the season progresses, the Trojan faithful will see if they are able to successfully do so.The Women of Troy’s get a nine-day break before their next game on Nov. 22, when they’ll take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a 67–34 tune-up win Wednesday against UW-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team takes on North Florida Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are looking to build off a 2018-2019 season in which the team finished with a 15-18 record, an improvement from previous years under Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.For Wisconsin, it will be a challenge this season replacing senior leader Marsha Howard. Howard, a member of the All-Big Ten second team last year, provided Wisconsin with consistent scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. One player that will look to shoulder the load is sophomore star, Imani Lewis. As a freshman last year, Lewis shined and finished the season second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Lewis started on the right foot again last week against Whitewater, tallying 15 points.Women’s basketball: Wisconsin’s heroic tournament run ends in 2OT loss to MichiganThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (15-18, 4-14 Big Ten) battled the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines (21-10, 11-7) and suffered Read…Like Wisconsin, North Florida also looks to build off of an average 2018-2019 season. After a slow start, North Florida finished strong, winning four out of their last five regular-season games.The Ospreys then continued to ride their hot momentum into the Atlantic Sun Tournament, defeating North Alabama but losing to Liberty in the Atlantic Sun semifinals. The Ospreys are awaiting the return of junior guard, Tiffany Tolbert, who appeared in three games last season before a detrimental season-ending injury. In those games, Tolbert averaged 18.3 points per game, including a 21-point performance against Indiana. The return of Tolbert will give North Florida an added boost this season.Taylor looks to do damage alongside front-court partner junior transfer Jazz Bond. Bond, the forward out of Murfreesboro, TN, was a double-double machine, averaging 15.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Look for Tolbert and Bond to execute the pick and roll against the Badgers.Women’s basketball: Badgers explode in second half to slay fifth-ranked Ohio StateJust a week ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten) marched into the Kohl Center and handed the Read…With games against Power Five opponents looming, including matchups against Colorado, Arkansas and Georgia Tech, it is critical that Wisconsin gets on the right track Tuesday night. The Badgers showed a lot of potential in their 67–34 win against UW-Whitewater, and hopefully they can continue to ride the momentum tomorrow night.The Wisconsin-North Florida game will tip at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-7-1, 1-4-1-1 Big Ten) struggled immensely against the University of Minnesota (5-6-3, 2-3-3-2 Big Ten) this weekend, but they still managed to come out of the series with a shootout victory.The Badgers were defeated 4–1 Friday, and the offense was nowhere to be found. Wisconsin found themselves in a 2–0 deficit until forward Sean Dhooghe added a power-play goal in the second period to bring the Badgers within one goal of the Golden Gophers. However, Minnesota would go on to score another pair of goals in the third period to ice the game.The Badgers scored on one of their three power-play attempts and stopped Minnesota on each of their two power plays. In the crease, Wisconsin goaltender Daniel Lebedeff allowed four goals on 29 shots, all of which came from different goal scorers.While Wisconsin earned just one point this weekend, it was a hard-fought one point, as they showed resiliency and an ability to fight adversity in Saturday’s shootout victory.Men’s Hockey: Inside Caufield’s early experiences as a BadgerThe immense hard work of Wisconsin Hockey’s recruitment has finally paid off. Freshman forward Cole Caufield is climbing the ladder Read…The Badgers got off to a much better start Saturday night than they did in Friday’s contest. Defenseman Ty Emberson struck first for Wisconsin, but the Golden Gophers managed to tie the game with just 0.2 seconds left in the period. Minnesota went on to score a pair of goals in the second period — one being on a power play — which resulted in the Badgers trailing 3–1 entering the final period of play.Wisconsin played with urgency in the third period, as Tarek Baker scored just 18 seconds into the period, and K’Andre Miller added another goal less than six minutes into the period to tie the game at three apiece. After a scoreless rest of the third period and two overtime periods of five-on-five and three-on-three play, Wisconsin forward Max Zimmer was finally able to find the back of the net in the third round of the shootout.Saturday’s affair will officially go down as a 3–3 tie, but Zimmer’s goal was enough to help the Badgers finish their impressive comeback and give them the extra point in the Big Ten Standings.While Wisconsin failed to score on all four of their power-play attempts, seven different Badgers found the scoresheet.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits first series with No. 3 Notre Dame in thrilling fashionThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6, 1-3 Big Ten) split a home series this past weekend Read…Jack Berry started in goal for Wisconsin and was stellar, saving 35 of the 38 shots he faced. He outdueled Minnesota goaltender Jack Lafontaine in his performance and earned the shootout victory for the Badgers.Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato credited Berry for his tremendous performance.“He hasn’t played a full game in a long time and especially when you get to three-on-three and a shootout, he made a lot of clutch save at different points in the game. Jack was outstanding,” Granato told Regional Radio Sports Network.This type of goaltending and the ability to close the door in late-game situations is exactly what the Badgers need and is what they will strive to continue to improve throughout the season.Wisconsin will face-off against Big Ten rival Michigan at the Kohl Center next weekend. While the Badgers wish that they could have this weekend back, they will have another chance to move up in the Big Ten and national rankings against another non-ranked opponent.Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. The games can be viewed on FSW+ on Saturday and BTN on Sunday, and both games can be listened to live on WTSO.last_img read more

first_imgIt is the last round of Qualifers as 4 teams head to Croke Park for the last two Quarter Final spots. Sligo face Tyrone at 4pm.Then at 6pm Donegal take Galway.last_img

first_imgGuyana on Friday marked the 48th anniversary of Republicanism with President David Granger saying the country has lived under the shadow of threats to its territory since Independence in 1966.“Guyana moved closer towards a juridical settlement of the territorial controversy this year. The United Nations Secretary General in January indicated his choice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the means to resolve the controversy,” Granger said in a nationwide radio and television broadcast.Taking Venezuela border dispute to ICJHe said Guyana intends to pursue the border dispute with Venezuela before the ICJ in coming months “with the same determination as we rejected the unwarranted claim to our territory in past years.“We are confident that our cause is just, and our case is sound. We are committed to defending our motherland.”He told citizens that the Guyana Constitution stipulates that: the State’s defense and security policy shall be to defend national independence, preserve the country’s sovereignty and integrity and guarantee the normal functioning of institutions and the security of citizens against any armed aggression.State’s objective – citizens safety“Our citizens’ safety is the State’s paramount objective. Our people must be safe in their homes, villages and places of work. Their property, must be protected against crime,” he said.In his broadcast, Granger said that the independent state of Guyana assumed the title ‘Cooperative Republic’, 48 years ago when the country severed vestigial constitutional bonds with the United Kingdom.“Guyana became fully sovereign, no longer subject to external authority. The Republic vested sovereignty in our people. It charged Guyanese with exercising this sovereignty by assuming responsibility for defending their motherland and developing the economy.”Granger said the country is looking forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity for the Defense Force’s technical corps to improve the national infrastructure in every part of the country, to defend our territorial integrity, to protect our citizens and to respond to emergencies.International cooperation essential“International cooperation is essential to preserving this continent as a zone of peace; to preventing and interdicting transnational threats such as drug-, gun- and human-trafficking, the spread of contagious diseases, terrorism and to mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgHe left Wednesday’s 5-3 loss after he flew out in his only at-bat in the top of the second inning. Eduardo Nunez replaced him at second base.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN“He felt something weird in his knee,” manager Alex Cora told reporters afterward. “He finished the at-bat and came up to me, like, ‘Hey man, it didn’t feel right there.’ I decided to take him out.”The Red Sox begin a three-game series against the Rays on Friday in Tampa. Losing Pedroia, who only recently returned to the lineup because of the knee, is just more bad news for a Red Sox team (6-13) that already has seen plenty of bad in 2019.The negative 42 run differential for #Redsox now worst by a World Series champion through 19 games in #MLB history— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 18, 2019And they are facing considerable problems as second base.Although he replaced Pedroia on Wednesday, Nunez is batting back tightness. Brock Holt (scratched cornea), who the team had hoped would come off the injured list this weekend, reported not seeing well in a game Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket and won’t be ready. Blake Swihart, who was capable of playing second in a pinch, was designated for assignment earlier in the week.Things were so bad early this week that catcher Christian Vazquez, who played 4 2/3 innings at second base for Single-A Greenville in 2010, was forced to play the position Monday with a borrowed infielder’s glove.Cora said he would consider internal options from Pawtucket, most likely Tzu-Wei Lin, MassLive.com reported. The #RedSox will place 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation, effective today.To fill Pedroia’s spot on the active 25-man roster, the club will recall RHP Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 19, 2019The Red Sox made the move — citing “irritation” in the knee — after Pedroia saw specialists in New York on Thursday. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left Wednesday’s game against the Yankees after feeling discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee, was placed on the injured list Thursday, the team announced, though he appears to have avoided “serious injury,” according to The Boston Globe.center_img Pedroia has experienced issues with the knee since 2017 and missed all but three games in 2018 after undergoing cartilage restoration surgery.He made his 2019 debut in Boston’s home opener last week. A longtime fan favorite, he is just 2-for-20 with one RBI in the early going, starting four games at second base (counting Wednesday’s short appearance) and two others at designated hitter.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s top tax man says the computer systems that handle tax collections in 38 other states have been modernized in the past decade.Iowa Department of Revenue director Kraig Paulsen is asking lawmakers to spend tens of millions over the next five years to replace his agency’s ancient computer networks.“We operate about 24 systems and each one of them is independent,” Paulsen says. “They are basically as old as when they were implemented, so some of them may be 10 years old. Some of them may be 20 years old. Literally there are those that are 30 years or older.”It will cost the state about $18 million this year alone to keep those systems running. Plus, Paulsen warns it’s getting harder to find people to fix things because they have to know COBOL, a computer programming language created in 1959.“We’ve tried to weave this web together and make it function,” Paulsen says, “but we believe it’s time to move forward.”The digital upgrade Paulsen envisions would let Iowa taxpayers log on and see their returns on the department’s website – and check both payments and refunds.“It will absolutely be much more user-friendly,” Paulsen says. “I am confident in the security of the systems and the protection of Iowans’ information…That’s obviously something we stay very vigilant on.”Paulsen says the companies he’s investigated build systems that send reminders to taxpayers, too. The nearly $90 million project Paulsen proposes includes upgrading computer systems for the Iowa Lottery and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission at the same time. The project would take three to five years to complete.last_img read more

first_imgThe president of an American-based university-the Savannah State University (SSU), Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier, is visiting the University of Liberia (UL), a press release from UL Relations said.Dr. Dozier’s visit to the UL is part of her three-day visit to three institutions of higher learning in West Africa.According to the release, while in Liberia Dr. Dozier and her delegation will hold a meeting with UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis and the staff. The nature of the meeting has not been disclosed, however, following its closure, members of the delegation will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore possibilities of establishing academic and training programs in the country.Dr. Dennis, while visiting the US sometime ago, met with Dr. Dozier where the two academics reportedly agreed on a number of collaborations between their institutions.During her three day visit to Liberia, Dr. Dozier is expected to meet with the president and faculty of the Camp Johnson Road-based African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU); the U.S Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac; the director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine K. Ngafuan.The SSUThe SSU is an institutional member of the University Consortium of Liberia (UCL), an organization founded by the honorary counsel general for Liberia, Cynthia I. Blandford, and the Liberian Embassy in the U.S. The purpose of the UCL is to institutionalize a framework through which U.S. based colleges, universities and other academic-related organizations can network; exchange information; collaborate on global initiatives and projects; and establish research partnerships, study abroad; experience summer job opportunities, and student and faculty exchange programs.The UCL consists of 20 institutions and organizations including 15 colleges—all based in Atlanta Georgia.Recently, three students of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) government including the president, Patrick Sowah; vice president, Randolph Glee; and student representative, Alhaji V. Kromah returned home from the Savannah State University.While in the U.S., the students, according to the release, visited the campuses of eight other colleges and universities where they held interactive leadership conferences and sought scholarships for their Liberians colleagues. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA noticeable increase in betting shops across the country has resulted in efforts to clamp down on unlicensed sites, in a bid to encourage responsible gambling.This was disclosed by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Wednesday during a forum hosted at Herdmanston Lodge organised by the Gaming Authority – a regulatory body for casinos, lottery companies and betting agencies.Director General Joseph HarmonHarmon acknowledged that there has been a multiplication of these gaming outlets and admitted that the Authority will be pressured to ensure that all outlets are in compliance with the requisite licensing. Adding to that, some of these gaming establishments were established in communities which are suffering from socioeconomic constraints.“With our economy moving at the pace at which it is moving, I can only anticipate that it is going to be a tremendous pressure on the authority for licenses to open gaming establishments. What I have also seen that there is a proliferation of these betting shops all across Guyana. I trust that the Gaming Authority takes this responsibility of ensuring that these entities are properly regulated and that they operate within the confines of the laws of Guyana because they cannot escape notice that some of these operations are in some of the especially challenged communities of our country,” he stated.Chairman of the GamingAuthority, Roysdale FordeThe Director General insisted that operators and consumers of these establishments should be engaged on the negative impacts of betting and gaming sites. Adding to that, frameworks will provide additional support to ensure responsible gambling.“The Gaming Authority has a responsibility to ensure that the public and operators of gaming establishments are aware of not only the positive but also the negative impacts that gaming can have on an individual and our society in general. This is necessary so as to assist owners in appreciating the need for a systems and policies that will support responsible gaming and gambling.”Harmon insisted that the Authority is staffed with enough persons to warrant adherence to their standards. At present, there is much to be done.“In order to ensure responsible gambling in Guyana, all stakeholders within the gaming industry would have to accept their respective roles in upholding the agreed-upon principles and standards. I’m aware that much more needs to be done but I’m confident that we have the right personnel in place to do that job,” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Gaming Authority’s Board, Roysdale Forde informed that there haven’t been any new applications for this year thus far. However, they continue to process those that were delivered prior.“We received no new licenses for this year. We’re processing applications that were made previously…The Gaming Authority, as a licensing and supervisory authority for gaming in Guyana is aware of the positive and negative effects of gambling and is also aware of the responsibility to bring awareness to all the stakeholders, both the operators and the public, and to put in place measures on agreed principles that would impact and ensure that there is a safe, fair and responsible gaming experience,” Forde stated.Last December, the former State Minister had positioned Government’s decision to better regulate gaming and betting, as it was concerned over “looseness” in the sector. As a consequence, new legislation was being looked into at the level of the Legal Affairs Ministry.Harmon was at the time being questioned about increases in allocations to the Gaming Authority, under Details of Subsidies and Contributions to Local Organisations, during the first day of scrutinising the budget 2019 estimates.The budget estimates show that the Authority’s budget went from $21 million in 2018 to $40 million in 2019. Acknowledging that funding has indeed been boosted for the Authority, Harmon cited examples of persons operating without licenses.last_img read more

first_imgThe overall unemployment rate in BC is 7.3% and in Canada the number sits at 8.1%.  Manitoba and Saskatchewan have the lowest Provincial unemployment rates in the country at 4.9% and 5.2%. – Advertisement – The unemployment rate in Northeastern BC increased in the last month, but is still lower than April of 2009. The current unemployment rate sits at 5.1% which is an increase from March when the unemployment rate was 4.4%.  Even with the increase the number is still lower than in April of 2009 when the unemployment level sat at 6.5% In the latest release from BC Stats the Northeast still has the lowest unemployment rate in the province. By Adam Reaburnlast_img read more