Men’s tennis stumbles in Virginia for first two losses


first_imgThe No. 6 Trojans suffered their first two losses the season as the men’s tennis team fell short to No. 2 TCU in the quarterfinals Saturday and No. 10 Wake Forest in a consolation match Sunday in the ITA Men’s Team Indoor Championships.The losses followed a win in the first round over No. 13 USF Friday to advance in the tournament.Against TCU, Max de Vroome lost a three-set battle that ended with a 7-3 defeat in the final set tie-break, giving the Horned Frogs a 4-3 win. “I’m proud of our effort tonight,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “It was one of those college tennis matches that you love being a part of. TCU did a great job down the stretch to get the win.”The Trojans started off with an early lead in the match as de Vroome and Jack Jaede defeated Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder with the final score of 6-4 on Court 2 and Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine topped Guillermo Nuñez and Alex Rybakov on Court 3 with the final score of 6-3.At singles, the Horned Frogs started off with two wins on Court 1, where No. 6 Cameron Norrie defeated the Trojans’ No. 33 Nick Crystal 6-1, 6-2, and Eduardo Nava dropped only 3 games in his 6-3, 6-0 win over USC’s No. 43 Logan Smith. The Trojans reclaimed the lead thanks to Thibault Forget, who won in straight sets on Court 5, and Jack Jaede, who came back and won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after dropping the first set at sixth singles to TCU’s Trevor Johnson. On Court 3, No. 38 Nuñez took three sets to overcome No. 104 Jake DeVine. TCU eventually notched the fourth point and punched the ticket for the semifinal when No. 122 Alex Rybakov battled back after losing the first set against de Vroome and finished the match with an epic 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win. On Friday, USC was able to pull out a 4-3 win in the first round against USF. After losing the doubles point, the Trojans went down 0-2 after Peter Bertran defeated Laurens Verboven on Court 5 with the score of 6-2, 6-1. USC tied the match at 2-2 thanks to de Vroome and Smith, as they both won in straight sets. Roberto Cid gave the lead back to the Bulls as he defeated Nick Crystal on Court 1 with the final score of 6-3, 6-2. On Court 2, de Vroome upset No. 26 Dominic Cotrone in straight sets. With the score tied at 3-3, all the attention shifted toward Court 6, where Forget was tied 1-1 in his match against Vadym Kalyuzhnyy. After the winning the tie-break in the first set, Forget dropped the second set 6-1. Feeling the pressure on him, he pulled out a 6-2 win in the second set, giving the Trojans their sixth win of season.On Sunday, in the consolation match, the Trojans lost 4-0 to Wake Forest. After losing the doubles point, the Crystal, de Vroome and Smith recorded three losses on Courts 1, 2, and 4, respectively, stopping the play on the other courts. USC is now 6-2 on the season. The next competition will take the Trojans to Palo Alto, where they will face Stanford on Friday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m.last_img read more

NFL trade news: Seahawks send Frank Clark to Chiefs


first_imgFrank Clark is Kansas City-bound.The Seahawks have agreed to send their star defensive end to the Chiefs, the team officially announced Thursday. “We’re happy to add Frank to our team,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, via the team’s website. “Competing against him and watching his film, you can see how physical and impressive he is in both the run and the pass game. He’s young and has consistently played at a high level since he entered the league. Congrats to Brett and his team, as well as Frank’s representatives on getting this deal done.”12/23/18 ➡️ 4/25/19 #ChiefsKingdom— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 25, 2019According to NFL media, Seattle will receive a first-round draft pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2020, and the teams also will swap third-round picks this year. In order to facilitate the deal, the franchise-tagged Clark has agreed to a new five-year, $105.5 million contract with $63.5 million guaranteed, ESPN said.Sports Illustrated later broke down those numbers.Detail on Frank Clark’s deal, which has a base of $104 million over 5 years.Cashflow: $10.5M over 1, $43.8M over 2, $62.3M over 3.Full guarantee: $43.8M (another $18.5M triggers early).Injury guarantee: $62.3M.Chiefs also put $1.195M in workout bonuses in Years 1-3.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 24, 2019″I feel like I’m good. I wanted to be somewhere where I’m wanted, where I’m appreciated,” Clark told ESPN. “I thank God that KC came in and showed that. … In life you just want to be shown that you are appreciated sometimes and I feel like this was one of those things.”ESPN also reported that one of Clark’s conditions was to be paid more than defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who recently inked a $105 million deal with the Cowboys. Since Clark will be getting $63.5 million guaranteed, he will earn more overall.The move comes a little over a month after the Chiefs traded defensive end Dee Ford to the 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick. ​ Clark, 25, was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 draft and was slated to earn $17 million on the franchise tag in 2019.He is coming off his most productive season in which he registered a career-high 13 sacks.last_img read more

USWNT’s gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer set for May 2020 trial


first_imgThe United States women’s national team will take their fight for equality to court.A judge set a May 2020 court date for the USWNT’s gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, the New York Times reported Monday. U.S. Soccer hires lobbyists to fight USWNT players’ claim of being underpaid, report says A trial in the USWNT players’ pay equity suit is set to start May 5, 2020, a judge ruled today according to players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson. It is an aggressive timeline as the sides’ proposed plan would’ve had the trial start in December 2020. Here is the players’ statement:— Zach Zagger (@ZachZagger) August 19, 2019The suit, filed by all 28 players on the 2015 world championship team in May, alleges the sanctioning body has for years engaged in “institutionalized gender discrimination,” affecting everything from their pay, training and travel to medical treatment.The federation responded to the suit a couple months after it was filed, claiming the men’s and women’s national teams are two separate entities with “different competitions, venues and countries at different times; have different coaches, staff and leadership; have separate collective bargaining agreements; and have separate budgets that take into account the different revenue that the teams generate.” U.S. Senator: No equal pay for USWNT, no federal money for 2026 World Cup Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles The timeline was earlier than either party expected.”We are pleased with the expeditious schedule that has been set by the court and we are eager to move forward with this case,” USWNT spokeswoman Molly Levinson said in a statement. “We very much look forward to the trial in May 2020 when the players will have their day in court. We have every confidence that these world champion athletes will get what they legally deserve — nothing less than equal pay and working conditions.” Related News Both sides met to try and find common ground on the issue last week, but those mediation talks reportedly broke down, which prompted a judge to schedule the trial.The USWNT will enter court off its fourth World Cup title.last_img read more

Real Madrid out of top four as Villarreal win


first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Girona January 20, 2018 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 20 – Villarreal moved above Real Madrid and into the top four in La Liga after a 2-1 win over Levante on Saturday that piled more pressure on the struggling champions’ coach Zinedine Zidane.Valencia had two players sent off as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Las Palmas, while Atletico Madrid gave leaders Barcelona the chance to pull 11 points clear after only drawing 1-1 with Girona. A 26th-minute penalty from Manu Trigueros and Real youth product Denis Cheryshev’s first league goal in nearly two years saw Javier Calleja’s side, who beat Real at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time ever last week, move up to 34 points, two ahead of Real.Zidane’s team are fifth, level on 32 points with Sevilla, who crushed Espanyol 3-0 in a dominant display in Catalonia that gave Vincenzo Montella his first league win since arriving in Spain in late December.The last time Real finished outside the top four was in 2000, when they placed fifth but won the Champions League — a year before coach Zidane had even signed for the club as a player.Madrid do have two games in hand on the teams around them, though, and host Deportivo on Sunday.Cheryshev’s tap-in, the first goal in La Liga for the injury-plagued attacker since March 2016, sealed the deal against Levante, who pulled one back with a stoppage-time penalty from Roger.Russian international Cheryshev clattered into the post after charging down the left flank to tap home Enes Unal’s low cross, but after some time on the ground in pain, struggled on until being substituted in the 65th minute.“We are going to fight to finish as high as up as possible. Right now we are fourth but Madrid still have to play,” said Calleja.“We are ambitious. There is a long way to go but we are dreaming of doing the very best we can.”– Atletico and Valencia slip –Antoine Griezmann’s first goal in six league games wasn’t enough for Atletico as they drew 1-1 with Girona and gave Barcelona a chance to extend their lead at the top.The draw at the Wanda Metropolitano means Atletico are second and eight points behind Barca, who can almost end discussion over the league title with a win at Real Betis on Sunday.Atletico stay second on 43 points, three points ahead of Valencia after their surprise defeat in a temperamental affair at Las Palmas, which saw defender Gabriel booked twice for dissent after giving away the host’s winning penalty and then his centre-back partner Ruben Vezo sent off with three minutes left for elbowing spot-kick scorer Jonathan Calleri.Valencia looked set for a routine win when Santi Mina headed home the opener from a corner after just five minutes, but Jonathan Viera smashed home Calleri’s knock-down 15 minutes later.Calleri slotted home the penalty that sealed the three points as Gabriel strode off to the showers.Griezmann lashed home Diego Costa’s brave knockdown for Atletico in the 34th minute but Portu snatched a shock equaliser for the away side 17 minutes from time.Costa made his mark again on Saturday, with his second assist since returning from Chelsea adding to his three goals in five games in all competitions.He lay down in a heap after being clattered by Girona goalkeeper Bono as he headed on for Griezmann, but it was the shot-stopper who came off worse and had to be substituted at half-time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more