first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanSwinging for the top · Redshirt junior Frankie Rios takes a swing at a pitch. Rios and the team take to the road to face Arizona on Friday.After capturing its first two Pac-12 series of the season against Washington State and Arizona State, USC heads to Tucson this weekend for a three-game showdown with No. 13 Arizona.“To win two in a row separates your record a bit,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “Now we’ve got to go to Arizona and find a way to hopefully continue the streak and win another one.” Like USC, Arizona is also off to a hot start to the season. The team now stands at 17-7 after beginning this year’s campaign with a 10-game winning streak. Hitting has been the Wildcats’ greatest strength so far, as they possess a conference high .332 team batting average. The Wildcats also lead the Pac-12 in runs, RBIs, hits, slugging percentage and walks. The key to the Wildcats’ early statistical prowess has been an experienced and deep batting order. Six players are currently batting over .320, with sophomore Alfonso Rivas III leading the way with an eye-popping .395 average. The Wildcats may have lost five starters from last year’s team, but the College World Series runner-ups remain a top national contender. While they may lack the same offensive efficiency, USC has also been hitting well to start the season. Sophomore Lars Nootbaar has been the team’s clutch performer so far, with a team-leading four home runs and 21 RBIs. Fellow sophomore Brandon Perez has been a pleasant surprise this year; after seeing limited at-bats last season, he is hitting .338. Senior Corey Dempster is currently on a 11-game hitting streak after solidifying the Trojans’ victory against San Diego State on Wednesday with an eighth inning RBI single. “I’m just attacking the fastball and being aggressive,” Dempster said. “I think the biggest thing is not being afraid to let ball speed go early in the count or being afraid to get behind either.”As opposed to hitting, pitching has been more of an adventure for the Trojans. The young bullpen has had its bright spots — freshman closer Austin Manning has three saves and fellow freshman Chris Clarke has provided key innings when called upon. However, inconsistency has been an issue for regular starters such as sophomore Marrick Crouse and junior Brad Wegman. Overall, USC is eighth in Pac-12 team ERA, which could be problematic against Arizona’s stacked batting order. One storyline to watch this weekend will be who Hubbs decides to start behind the plate at the catcher position. Senior transfer Cris Perez and freshmen Kaleb Murphy and Blake Sabol have all seen significant time behind the plate so far this season. As the Trojans head deeper into the heart of conference play, it will be interesting to see if the position becomes more solidified. After wrapping up the series against Arizona, USC has a quick detour against Long Beach State on Tuesday before returning to Dedeaux Field for a three-game series with Stanford starting on Thursday. “It’s a grind week in and week out, day in day out,” Hubbs said. “The guys just have to be prepared for it.”last_img read more

first_img Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Luca Desideri – BetgeniusBetgenius has appointed Luca Desideri as its new Commercial Director for the Italian market, as the organisation seeks to support its current growth strategy. Desideri joins the sports data specialists from SBTech, where he previously held the role of Country Manager. He brings with him a wealth of localised expertise, having spent over 15 years in the italian betting and gaming industry. Speaking on his appointment, Desideri commented: “I’m delighted to join Betgenius, a modern, fast growing and highly trusted international giant. Together with our great team, I look forward to achieving big things in this complex and highly competitive market.”As part of the new role, Desideri will take responsibility for driving growth across Betgenius’ product set, ranging from a turnkey platform solution to the provision of the world’s leading live data and in-play trading service.Betgenius, who were founded in 2000, entered the Italian market in 2015 and has since become a popular trading partner for more than a dozen of the country’s largest betting brands.Matt Stephenson, Global Partnerships Director at Betgenius, concluded: “In Luca, we have identified a proven Italian market expert who will be able to provide strategic direction and strong leadership as we continue to invest and grow in the country. His knowledge and experience of sportsbook technology is second-to-none.” Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_imgThe Office of National Security will now take charge of the case involving the over 50 Ghanaians who have either been, or are facing, deportation by the Australian government.This is according to a statement from the Sports Ministry.In a story that has slighted Ghana since it broke a week ago, persons said to be posing as Ghanaian journalists were identified by officials at Australia’s airports and processed for deportation. The Australian government says all the people had the right accreditation, but investigations hinted that impersonation could be at play.“The Ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by underserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia,” a statement from the Ministry said.In a related development, two officials on the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) have been suspended, although they remain with the national contingent in Australia. Hussein Addy and Christine Ashley are said to have had a certain level of involvement in the acquisition of visas by persons who have, in recent days, admitted that they were not journalists as their accreditations suggested.The first batch of deportees arrived in Ghana on April 3. Some of the deported persons have actually told the media that they paid cash amounting to several thousands of dollars to get the paperwork facilitated by officials of the GOC.Meanwhile, the Ghana Journalists Association also issued a statement earlier in the week distancing its membership from this sordid story, emphasing that authorities needed to get to the bottom of the matter to salvage the profession’s reputation. Joy News understands two Kumasi-based journalists were also affected by the deportation simply because they were on the same flight as the rest of the ‘fake journalists’.On Thursday, a statement from the Australian High Commission in Ghana shed more light on the matter: “The Australian Border Force (ABF) has cancelled the visas of several dozen travellers from a variety of countries, including Ghana, who attempted to travel to Australia posing illegitimately as journalists, athletes or officials.”The statement from the Sports Ministry reads: MALPRACTICES IN CONNECTION WITH GHANA’S PREPARATION IN THE 21ST COMMONWEALTH GAMESMINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS REFERS MATTER TO NATIONAL SECURITYThe Ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by underserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia.This follows some inappropriate actions by some individuals which have led to some Ghanaians being denied the necessary courtesies when travelling to Australia in connection with the Commonwealth Games.The Ministry believes the National Security has the capacity to unravel the truth surrounding the unpleasant situation Ghana finds herself among the comity of sporting nations. —Signed—HON. ISAAC KWAME ASIAMAHMINISTER**last_img read more

first_imgA key witness, Mr Scott Daehlin, has given a clear-cut account of how he witnessed Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash Sunday morning in California, America.Speaking to ‘Extra’s’ Samantha Harris, who was on location in Calabasas just after Kobe Bryant’s fatal accident, Mr Daehlin said the pilot might have lost control of the helicopter due to a technical fault.Harris spoke to Mr Daehlin, who was outside a nearby church just before the chopper went down.He narrated that he heard the chopper hovering directly above him before moving off and crashing.“The helicopter was flying at a very low altitude, you can tell from the sound but I looked up and couldn’t see it. It had to be about 100-150 feet up and I couldn’t see any disturbance in the cloud,” Mr Daehlin said.He added that “20 seconds later we heard an impact. It wasn’t very loud but you can hear the crash. “When it impacted, the rotors stopped. How the impact happened was very quick and there was no explosion in the sky. People were standing close-by and we all saw the smoke. The clouds were low enough and the helicopter was out of the line.”Watch the full videolast_img read more

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, Rich Hill would have gone nine. Twice upon a time, Walker Buehler would have, too.It is not even a consideration these days, certainly not in the playoffs. Hill, like Buehler the night before, had a firm thumb on the Red Sox in Game 4 on Saturday night. He was throwing a one-hitter going into the seventh but then he walked a guy, and he was gone after his next batter, even with a 4-0 lead.The game, and probably the season, then shifted into the quicksand that has always been the Dodgers’ bullpen, through 30 ringless seasons.Think about it. Joe Blanton at Wrigley Field. Jonathan Broxton getting taken deep by Matt Stairs, in back to back seasons. Scott Elbert getting the inexplicable call to face Yadier Molina in St. Louis. The home run orgy of Game 5 last year in Houston, with Brandon Morrow barely able to button his jersey. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Roberts said Hill told him, “Keep an eye on me,” when he went out for the seventh. When Roberts did lift Hill, the lefty seemed fine with it. He usually isn’t.This time he slapped Roberts on the shoulder. Triumph was imminent. A four-run lead? The Dodgers had won every game this season in which they had led by four.“You’re talking about a World Series game in which there’s no margin (for error) up to that point,” Roberts said. “He did everything to put us in a position to win a baseball game and, again, we’ve got to do a better job picking him up.”Roberts will be roasted for removing Hill, by those in all walks of life. He did not expect to become the next target of a Presidential tweet, but here it came, before game’s end:“It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!”Someone recited the President’s observations to Roberts, who responded icily.“The President said that?” Roberts said, without as much as a quarter-smile. “I’m happy he was tuning in and watching the game. I don’t know how many Dodger games he’s watched. I don’t think he is privy to the conversation. That’s one man’s opinion.”Others will have their opinions.Alexander walked Brock Holt who, like a lot of Boston’s supporting cast, is blossoming in this Series.That put men on first and second. Alexander is a ground ball pitcher. He has thrown 15 double-play grounders. But this is the new rule. When a reliever falters, take him out. The choice might have been Pedro Baez. Instead, it was Madson.This was Madson’s 11th appearance of this postseason. He has had his moments, but he was touched up in Game 2. Here he got a pop-up from Jackie Bradley Jr., but his first pitch to Moreland was driven to such heights that some people thought Ryan Gosling was riding it.The three-run homer cut the lead to 4-3.“The ball just popped out of my hand,” Madson said. “It was a bad pitch, right in the middle. I wasn’t surprised he hit it, but I was surprised it went as far as it did.“They’re a very good team. You can get them out if you make good pitches, but you can’t miss your spots. As far as fatigue goes, that’s true for everyone. We’re all dealing with it. You have to make your pitches.”Baez, meanwhile, was unavailable, as was lefty Julio Urias.Madson has worked in the Dodgers’ last five games, an eight-day span in which he has thrown 58 high-stress pitches. Baez threw 26 pitches in his two innings Friday night, but he threw only 15 in the two Boston games. He also has given up only three hits in 10⅓ postseason innings. Unavailable? It’s hard to believe Baez wouldn’t have pitched if he were really healthy.Jansen worked two innings once in the 2018 regular season, once in 2017. But in last year’s playoff run he pitched in 13 of a possible 14 games and was asked to get more than three outs in five of those. Those demands followed Jansen into this season.“You look at the three innings he’s thrown,” Roberts said, “and he’s thrown a lot of good pitches. The two mistakes he made, the cutters didn’t cut and he gave up home runs. I don’t think it’s a mental or a physical thing.”Related Articles The story always ends this way, with a parade of managers walking slowly to the mound and, with an involuntary clap, taking the ball and handing it to another grunt who is shoved to the front line. The story apparently will end that way again, with the Red Sox frolicking like freed prisoners once Hill left and the relievers arrived.A walk by Scott Alexander preceded Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson.Dave Roberts again requested a two-out save from Kenley Jansen, who has been swimming upstream ever since he was ridden so hard last fall. Jansen only pitched the eighth and gave up the game-tying bomb to Steve Pearce. After that, it was Dylan Floro and a five-run ninth that featured the go-ahead single by Rafael Devers.Boston won 9-6 and takes a 3-1 Series lead against Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, with a shot at its fourth World Series championship in 14 seasons after the Red Sox endured 86 years without one.The better bullpen almost always wins. L.A.’s relievers now have a 4.81 ERA in this World Series. To be fair. Boston’s Craig Kimbrel has put Sox fans through the wringer, too, but the rest of the bullpen is firing away.Could Nathan Eovaldi be the first player to win the Series MVP award for his work in a losing game? In Game 3, he put together what will become a legendary six innings in New England, thus making sure Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes were fresh enough to handle Game 4. The Dodgers, with 12 pitchers on their roster, seemed oddly short-handed.Eovaldi looked like Charlie Morton, the Houston starter who descended into the midst of games to bedevil the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.“We’re not out of it,” Roberts said, but here’s the other thing about a creaky bullpen in October. Once it starts falling, it usually can’t find the ripcord.Such is the gravity of this situation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more