Morelli, Maier pick up MPSF awards

first_imgComing off a blowout of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and an upset of No. 2 California last week, the No. 3 men’s water polo team had a couple of players bring home hardware for their efforts in extending the Trojans’ win streak to 10 games.Junior driver Matteo Morelli was named the MPSF Player of the Week and freshman two-meter Matt Maier took home MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors. It is Morelli’s first selection as player of the week and Maier’s second honor as the top newcomer in the league for the week. Morelli was the star in the 10-6 win over Cal at Uytengsu Aquatics Center last Saturday, recording four goals, two assists and two steals. Morelli scored the game’s first goal three minutes in to set the tone, and then netted an insurance goal in the fourth quarter to give the Trojans a three-goal lead.The junior also had a hat trick against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Thursday, a 22-2 win for USC. Morelli recorded the first three goals of the game along with two assists and a steal. His 33 goals puts him second on team in scoring behind junior Blake Edwards, who has 36. Maier scored twice last week, once in each game. He had a goal and an assist in the win over Cal, with his goal putting USC ahead 5-3. He has 15 goals on the season, scoring in 11 games.The Trojans sport an 18-1 record and are perfect at home. They wrap up the regular season at home with games against San Jose State on Sunday and UCLA on Nov. 12.last_img read more

Swinging hard lifts Champ into contention in PGA

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 07:07 IST Swinging Hard Lifts Champ Into Contention In PGA John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Cameron Champ just might do the same thing this weekend at Harding Park WATCH US LIVE Written By John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Cameron Champ just might do the same thing this weekend at Harding Park.“Usually whenever I swing a little harder it goes a little straighter,’’ Champ said after shooting a 64 Friday to move into contention in San Francisco.Swinging hard comes naturally to Champ. Before Bryson DeChambeau bulked up and began crushing drives this year, the 25-year-old was the gold standard on the PGA Tour when it came to swing speed and distance.And on Friday he swung hard enough to hit it both long and straight on his way to a round that put him 5-under midway through the championship. Champ was first in driving distance and strokes gained off the tee among the morning wave of players, and it wasn’t even close.“Today I hit the driver very well,’’ Champ said. “I think I missed one fairway on the front side, which is great. It just gave me a lot more chances to make birdies.’’Champ made seven of them in his second round, against a lone bogey on the tough par-3 eighth. It was a relatively stress-free round, the kind that players appreciate even more under the harsh test of a major championship.And while he’s not exactly a “grip it and rip it’’ kind of player like Daly, he’s got the length and temperament to be in contention to get his own name on the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.“Everyone wants to talk about distance, yeah, it’s our new modern era,’’ he said. “The long ball is what attracts everyone. You know, which it should. Nowadays guys are hitting it longer and longer and longer. But it’s definitely not something that bothers me or anything like that. To me, yes, you can hit it far, but you’ve still got to put up a score.’’Champ’s story is a familiar one to avid golf fans, though more people talk about his 330-yard drives than his two PGA Tour wins. His grandfather who died last year introduced him to the game when he was young, and he took advantage of the First Tee program to learn the fundamentals.Coming from a family of modest means — his father, Jeff, was a low minor league player in the Baltimore organization — Champ relied on scholarships and grants to travel and play in junior events outside of his hometown of Sacramento. He had success in college at Texas A&M and won in his first year on the Korn Ferry Tour before making it to golf’s big leagues.So far this year his biggest splash came when he tested positive for COVID-19 at the Traveler’s Championship. Two negative tests days after that prompted the PGA Tour to change its guidelines and he was playing in Detroit the next week.Now, after rounds of 71-64, he’s lurking just off the lead on a golf course he’s played before in an area where he’s quite comfortable.“It definitely feels kind of like home,’’ he said. “I’ve played a lot of golf down here, just all over California, honestly. It’s just nice to be back here.’’He doesn’t need the comfort to free up a swing that has been clocked at 192 mph. Hitting the ball hard comes naturally to Champ, who like any other kid always wanted to be the longest in his group growing up.That hasn’t changed as a pro, even in a major championship. Champ didn’t go for the green on the driveable par-4 16th hole because he was in between a 3-wood and a driver on the shot, but otherwise subscribed to pretty much the same theory Daly had in 1991 when he wowed everyone with his power at Crooked Stick.“I’m not worrying about trying to keep it low and trying to make sure it cuts so it stays in the fairway versus if I just go at it,’’ Champ said. “if I miss the fairway I’m going to be a lot further up there and just deal with it. Then obviously if I found my groove kind of like I did today, then I’ll hit a lot of fairways.’’It’s a winning combination, though the pressure of being in contention in a major might change things over the weekend.Even for the best players, hitting the ball hard isn’t always easy.Image credits: AP center_img COMMENT Associated Press Television News First Published: 8th August, 2020 07:07 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Serena Williams out of US Open with shock loss to Karolina Pliskova

first_imgFor the second straight year, Serena Williams saw her bid for a seventh US Open title halted in the semifinals with a 6-2 7-6(5) loss to Karolina Pliskova on Friday (NZ time) that also ended her long reign as world number one.A year ago, Williams went into the semifinals on the cusp of a rare calendar-year grand slam but was the victim of one of the biggest upsets in tennis history when Roberta Vinci, a 300-to-1 longshot, prevailed.This year it was Czech 10th seed Pliskova, who until this week had never played beyond the third round of a grand slam, delivering the upset as she swept Williams off an Arthur Ashe Stadium court she claims as her own in one hour, 26 minutes.”I don’t believe it. Actually, I do believe it,” Pliskova said in a courtside interview. “I always knew I have a chance to beat anybody if I’m playing my game.Karolina played great today. I think if she had played any less, then maybe I would have had a chance,” Williams said.  “So I think I wasn’t at 100 per cent, but I also think she played well. She deserved to win today.”The 10th-seeded Pliskova began her on-court interview by blurting out that she couldn’t believe she’d eliminated Williams to earn a spot in her first major final.Then Pliskova changed course, saying:”I mean, actually, I do believe it. I always knew I have a chance to beat anyone if I’m playing my game.”Her opponent in the final will be new world No 1 Angelique Kerber, who reached her third major final this year after dispatching Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. Kerber earned her first career No 1 ranking with Williams’ loss.Then German then went out and looked like a top-ranked player, winning the first four games en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory.Kerber had never made a Grand Slam final at the start of this year. Then she not only advanced that far but won the title at the Australian Open, beating Williams in the championship match. She followed that up with a run to the Wimbledon final, where she lost to Williams.”‹At the 2015 US Open, Williams’ bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam ended when she lost in the semifinals to unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy in one of the biggest surprises in tennis history.This one goes pretty high on the list, too. This was the 33rd major semifinal of Williams’ career, and the first for Pliskova, who beat the 34-year-old American’s older sister Venus in the fourth round. Pliskova is only the fourth woman to beat both Williams siblings during the same Grand Slam tournament.last_img read more

Vendor charged for $1.4M gold heist granted bail

first_imgLeonard Farley, a 31-year-old vendor who had been on remand for a $1 million gold heist, was on Friday placed on $150,000 bail by Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Farley, of Lot 3 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), had denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman on his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Farley has been accused of robbing Wayne Buckles of $1,469,000 worth of gold jewellery while being armed with a knife at Black and White Bridge, Tucville, East La Penitence on September 29 last.However, his defense attorney, George Thomas, had informed the court that his client was nowhere near the area when the incident occurred; and as such, Thomas had made an application for bail to be granted Farley in a reasonable sum.last_img read more