Yokohama: Powerhouse China defeated Cameroon 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 to register a 2-0 record at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup here on Sunday.Compared with the opener, the defending champions fielded a completely different starting line-up, which featured opposite hitter Zeng Chunlei, wing spikers Li Yingying and Liu Xiaotong, middle blockers Wang Yuanyuan and Zheng Yixin, setter Yao Di and libero Lin Li.Both sides were troubled by errors in the first set, especially on the serve. The score seesawed until Liu Xiaotong’s three aces helped China establish a 19-15 lead and carried on the momentum to claim the first set 25-18.China took varied attacking approaches in the set targeting the weakness of Cameroon’s defense and earn the set point at 24-14 following a 9-2 run. Although captain Christelle Tchoudjang managed to save two of the setpoints with her spike, the gap was too large to close as Zeng Chunlei fired to put China two sets ahead. China will seek a third consecutive win against its old rival Russia on Monday while Cameroon taking on the Dominican Republic. IANS Also Read: India pip Bangladesh in thriller to win U-19 Asia CupAlso Watch:Assam NRC: Pradesh Congress Committee team led by Ripun Bora reached Tinsukia
New Delhi: With the race for semi-finals virtually over for Pakistan and Bangladesh, the two teams head for their last 2019 World Cup encounter at Lord’s in London to play for pride and end the tournament on high. For Pakistan, the journey has been full of ups and down. However, Bangladesh, on the other hand, have been able to impress with their consistent effort in the mega event.With Pakistan being the host for the game. Bangladesh team need to wear the ‘away jersey’. Interestingly, the game will also see a few players from both sides playing their last World Cup game. The likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mashrafe Mortaza are few among many in the list and all will look to give their best.With this, News Nation brings to you as what could be the best fantasy XI for the encounter between Pakistan and Bangladesh:Wicket-Keepers: Mushfiqur Rahim and Sarfaraz AhmedBatsmen: Soumya Sarkar, Haris Sohail, Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar ZamanAll-Rounders: Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad HafeezBowlers: Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team puts its shiny new ranking on the line tonight against the No. 75 Michigan State Spartans (4-6, 0-0). This is the first time the Badgers have been ranked since April 2002.The No. 65 Badgers (4-3, 1-0) debut in the polls this week as a result of their defeat of No. 62 Northwestern last weekend. The Badgers had not defeated the Wildcats since 1991 before the 4-3 upset at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.”It was huge for us to start our conference season with a win over Northwestern, because we haven’t beaten them in a real long time,” said UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “It is a great way to take that momentum into the rest of the season, not only our conference matches, but our non-conference matches as well.”The Badgers were able to pull the upset with a stunning comeback by sophomore Jeremy Sonkin.”It was kind of our first signature win,” Van Emburgh said. “To go in there and walk out of there, the way it happened as well, with Sonkin being down a set and five match points down and still getting that win, just shows a lot of heart and desire.”Sonkin gets another challenge this weekend in Michigan State’s No. 77 Nick Rinks. The sophomore Rinks was part of the Spartan squad that defeated Wisconsin by a 6-1 margin last year.Because of that, Van Emburgh stressed the importance of being ready, no matter who the opponent.”We need to make sure that we are really, really ready, just as we were against Northwestern,” Van Emburgh said. “We feel like every time we step out onto the court, we have something to prove.”The Badgers will not be the only team looking to prove something, as the Spartans have dropped their last six matches coming into the Wisconsin match.”It actually works in their favor, to some degree, if they have lost a couple of close matches, played a couple of close games … for them to be even more fired up,” Van Emburgh said, “to come in here thinking, ‘Let’s be ready. Let’s get a win. We deserve a win,’ [because] we’ve been working hard also.”Van Emburgh believes his team will have a chance to be successful if they just keep on doing what they did against Northwestern. He said preparation and focus are especially important in the Badgers’ quest to be successful, and that as long as he sees maximum effort from his players, he cannot ask for anything more.”If we lose that match [against Northwestern] 4-3, we know that we did everything in our power to get that win,” he said. “That’s really important that they are doing that every time we step out on the court.”After Michigan State, the Badgers also take on the Indiana State Sycamores on Sunday afternoon. The Sycamores are led by sophomore Anton Tsymbalov, a Kazakhstan native who has won his last eight matches of the season in dual play coming into the weekend.The Badgers’ head coach looks at the Sycamores as a solid non-conference opponent that will come in and play hard on the road to try and knock off his rising UW squad.”It is a team that we definitely have to be ready for and be prepared for,” Van Emburgh said. “They have some good players on their team. They’re going to come in here, saying, ‘Hey, listen, here is a chance for us.'”Van Emburgh believes that after a win like last weekend’s win over Northwestern, and jumping up into the rankings, that Wisconsin might become more like one of the hunted instead of always being the hunter.”It kind of puts a little bit of a bull’s-eye on yourself,” Van Emburgh said of the new ranking. “You have to be ready for every match from here on out.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Professor Fayez Hammad spoke “…about the Middle Eastern conflict in the context of today and its conception in 1948 when the state of Israel was established.” He did not discuss these topics. In the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, 43 percent of U.S. millennials side with Israel, the lowest the figure has ever been, and 27 percent sympathize with Palestine, which is the highest share of any generation. Campus movements across the nation have gathered around the Palestinian cause. At USC, there exists a branch of the national group Students for Justice in Palestine. Last Thursday, SJP hosted “Palestine 101,” an event dedicated to informing students about the history of Palestine and the pro-Palestinian movement taking place today. The event was made “for students by students,” according to its coordinators, and around 35 students attend the lecture by Professor Fayez Hammad of the School of International Relations and department of political science. Hammad stated during the lecture that the “Arab-Israeli conflict has become a Palestinian-Israeli conflict again.”“This event is an annual thing for SJP and across campuses and across universities,” said the USC SJP President, who wished to remain anonymous to protect herself from retaliation by anti-Palestinian groups online. “Its aim is to raise awareness about the conflict from a Palestinian perspective and one which really shines light on the struggle of the Palestinian people and the geopolitical complexities that have given rise to this occupation.”According to the student organization’s president, support for the pro-Palestine movement is growing on college campuses in general, which she attributes to organizations like SJP and Jewish Voices for Peace, but at USC, the movement tends to fluctuate with student activity.“At USC, the history of SJP is not a trajectory upwards, it’s more up and down, with moments where it’s super active and moments where it’s kind of been a little more quiet but I do see this as an extremely pivotal point for USC SJP,” the president said.The president added that she approaches the movement from an academic, reading-based point of view and hopes that her colleagues do the same. She hopes to create an environment where students feel free to voice their questions.“I want to bring that to SJP, where people are not afraid to ask questions, where we’re assured of our stance, which is pro-Palestine,” the president said. “But at the same time, we can engage everyone who has doubts maybe around that and I really want to make sure that it is an inviting and open environment for that.”Yet, according to the 2015-2016 Israel on Campus Coalition Campus Trends Report, there was a 12 percent decrease in anti-Israel activity on U.S. college campuses from last year. Additionally, pro-Israel activity increased by 3.5 percent from last year.However, the SJP president also said that it is difficult to engage with the topic at USC, as it can be extremely polarizing and students are often scared to approach it.“I’m not exactly hoping to bridge that gap because I’m not sure how to do that,” she said. “I just really hope people are able to move away from the myths and the biases involved and really understand that this is one of the ongoing struggles of our generation.”Morgan Mamon, a senior majoring in Middle East studies, who is also an active member of SJP, echoed a similar sentiment, adding it is also an understudied topic in the Middle East classes at USC due to its polarizing nature. After Mamon traveled through Palestine and Israel while studying abroad, she realized the scope of the conflict and saw her academic understanding lacking.“To me, it seems that a lot of students at USC are even less educated on the topic, which is why ‘Palestine 101’ is something I’ve been very adamant about taking place this semester,” Mamon said.Mamon added that she wanted the event to be a success because if more students at USC were informed on the topic, more discussion on campus could take place.“If just a broader population at USC can be informed on the topic we could have much more fruitful discussions in the end about a conflict that is so controversial and so polarizing,” Mamon said. “It’s disappointing to me to see the fact that people are so unwilling to talk about it.”Mamon said that because the political climate of the United States tends to lean more pro-Israel, she is glad that the pro-Palestinian movement is growing on college campuses because it’s a move towards balancing out the conversation. She added that she is hoping that this will lead to more engaging discussions on the issue when taking place from a variety of perspectives.“The thing that’s saddest about this conversation in the U.S. is how polarizing it is and how incapable we are of having a real discussion,” Mamon said. “There’s so much detail and history to this place and for us to just pick a side. That is the biggest problem to this conversation in the U.S.”SC Students for Israel co-President Rachel Quinn said in an email to the Daily Trojan that they agreed the pro-Palestinian movement is growing on college campuses. They also believe creating dialogue between the two groups is the key to bridging the gap.“Differing viewpoints are not so uncommon, but nothing will be solved by either side of the conflict being shut off to learning about the other side’s views and beliefs,” Quinn wrote. “Education is also very important in beginning to end the conflict — by creating a multi-cultural dialogue (one of the main things we promote through SCSI), we can become more open to opposing views and work together for a solution we both want.”SCSI’s other co-President Shayna Lewis wrote that along with engaging in meaningful dialogue, the purpose of SCSI is to bring awareness and appreciation of the Israeli culture. This week Hillel, a Jewish organization on campus, is sponsoring “Israel Week” on campus, a weeklong event promoting Birthright, which is a cost-free, 10-day trip to Israel offered to all Jewish young adults, according to their website.“We want to expose students to Israeli culture, through various speakers, workshops and educational seminars,” Lewis wrote. “We partner with other organizations on a regular basis that offer us resources and help us promote dialogue on campus.”Lewis added that she also believes the conflict can be very polarizing for this generation, writing that often it forces people to take a side even though many of them may not have had any first-hand experience with the situation in the Middle East.“However, being associated with either side of the conflict creates the necessity to present an opinion, no matter what that opinion may be,” Lewis wrote. “This association may come from an individual identification with one side or another, but it can also result from societal expectations of where a person seems to fit into the wide range of personnel associated with the conflict.”
Junyi Li | Daily TrojanThe women’s volleyball team welcomed No. 6 Washington to the Galen Center on Sunday, as USC geared up for a stiff challenge from the reigning Pac-12 champions. Though the two teams battled closely throughout the match, the Women of Troy pulled off an upset in style, sweeping the Huskies in three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 28-26.A Trojan upset didn’t seem imminent, however, when Washington found itself up 19-16 late in the first set. But USC turned the tables with a 9-1 run to shock the Huskies with an opening-set victory. Senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, senior opposite hitter Niki Withers and sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier combined for six kills in the final 7 points to swing the momentum in their favor to begin the match.The Women of Troy rode similar bursts to a win in the second set. Three unanswered points broke a 5-5 tie, and another 3-0 run gave USC the edge when Washington tied the set at eight apiece. The Trojans didn’t relinquish their advantage from that point, and they took the second set 25-21.The final set was a much tighter affair, as the Huskies tied the score seven times after USC edged in front. But the Women of Troy refused to fall behind, even as the set extended past 25 points. They came up short in 3 match points, but senior middle blocker Jordan Dunn came up with a kill to set up a fourth. Finally, an ace from Withers sealed a 28-26 third-set win and sent the Huskies home. With the victory, USC rose to No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches poll while Washington slipped to No. 9.The Women of Troy were unable to take a single set against Washington when the two teams met last season, but they returned the favor in 2017 thanks to a balanced attack. Abercrombie recorded 13 kills, Withers put down 12 kills and Lanier added 11 more. Abercrombie’s strong day, combined with her 13-kill match against Washington State on Saturday, earned her Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. Overall, the Women of Troy recorded a .214 hitting percentage while holding the Huskies to .131, spurring the team on to its first straight-sets victory over Washington since 2011.The balanced offensive effort also came with equally strong defense. Leading the back row was junior libero Victoria Garrick, who had 13 digs alongside her eight assists. Lanier and Meyer-Whalley also added 12 digs each. Though the Huskies out-blocked USC 11-5 on the day, the Women of Troy also had eight more digs as a team, recording 58 to Washington’s 50.Meyer-Whalley earned her fifth consecutive double-double this match, raising her career tally to 14, while Lanier’s 11 kills and 12 digs sealed the sophomore’s 20th double-double in Cardinal and Gold.The Trojans continue Pac-12 play on the road next weekend, facing Arizona State and Arizona. They will face the Wildcats first on Friday night before traveling to Tempe for ASU on Saturday.
Recruited out of Anchorage, Alaska, Pili was a three-time Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year before joining the Trojans. Now, the freshman leads USC in points scored (201), free throws made (42) and rebounds (120). Though an 0-5 conference record isn’t the start Trojan fans hoped for, Pili’s play has provided reason for optimism as USC closes out the second half of the season this spring. In light of the absences, sophomore utility Bayley Weber looks poised to have a breakout season. Weber was part of the 2019 MPSF All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and scored 34 goals last year. She’s also part of the U.S. Junior National Team and was the top scorer at the 2019 World University Games. Pay close attention to Weber as the Trojans, who fell one game short of an NCAA championship last spring, start the season against Cal Baptist later this month. Despite an underwhelming performance thus far for the USC women’s basketball team, freshman forward Alissa Pili has proven to be an unexpected spark for the Trojans game after game. Women’s Track and Field As USC looks ahead to the upcoming season, watch out for Miller to be a force. Women’s basketball Women’s tennis Last season, Shockey recorded 14 RBIs, scored 24 runs and had a career-high slash line of .295/.331/.403, while also tacking on four stolen bases. If USC hopes to begin its return to prominence, it’ll need Shockey to play a big role — starting when the seasons opens against Western Michigan in February. Men’s basketball Kulikov also made it to the doubles semifinals of the NCAA Tournament last season with her former partner Rianna Valdes. As the women’s team prepares to return to the court this spring, watch for Kulikov to build upon her legacy at USC. With the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on the horizon, many of USC’s top scorers from last year’s team have opted not to play with the Trojans this spring in order to prepare for the Games. Men’s track and field Men’s tennis After winning Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year as a sophomore in 2018, senior Kerrigan Miller put forth another All-American season last spring, generating a conference high 38 turnovers while garnering Pac-12 Tournament MVP honors and repeating as midfielder of the year. Okongwu is projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft and is expected to continue his indispensable role on head coach Andy Enfield’s squad as USC attempts to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. Junior Daniel Cukierman, ranked No. 1 in the Oracle ITA Division I National Fall Rankings, started 2020 with a tournament win at the Oracle Pro Series last week. Cukierman also paired up with senior Riley Smith to win doubles at the competition. Redshirt senior sprinter Angie Annelus is arguably the best 200m female runner in the NCAA. The team captain has won back-to-back 200m NCAA championships (2018 and 2019), while breaking the USC school record with a time of 22.16. Baseball Senior captain Angela Kulikov is currently No. 60 in the nation in singles and No. 29 in doubles with her partner sophomore Danielle Willson, according to the ITA. She won singles in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic last September and made it to the Round of 16 for doubles with Willson at the ITA All-American Championships. Jewett is the reigning indoor 800m school record-holder with a time of 1:46.91 and holds the Pac-12 title for the 800m as well. The All-American finished last season placing 7th at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the 800m while also serving as anchor for USC’s Pac-12 winning 4x400m relay team. Keep a close eye on Jewett when USC competes in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational later this month. Women’s lacrosse Although this is senior distance runner Isaiah Jewett’s second year with USC after transferring from UC Irvine, the San Diego native has made a major impact during his tenure at USC. After a career best season, senior outfielder Brady Shockey looks poised for another strong year as he and his team — led by first-year head coach Jason Gill — hope to make the College World Series and win the Pac-12 for the first time in almost 20 years. Women’s Water Polo Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu’s spectacular play this season is a big reason why the Trojans currently carry an impressive 13-3 record. The former 5-star recruit leads USC in a host of statistics, such as points scored (253), blocks (44) and free throws made (51). Okongwu is also second in the Pac-12 in blocks per game (2.9) and boasts the second highest shooting percentage (62%) of any player in the conference. Annelus does not only dominate in the 200m, but she is also a critical part of the 4x100m relay team, which also won the NCAA championship and broke the school-record last season with a time of 42.21. Annelus is poised for more success as she heads into her final collegiate season. Senior outfielder Brady Shockey posted a .295 batting average last season, second best on the team and the highest of all returning Trojans. (Daily Trojan file photo) In September, Cukierman took down No. 7 junior Keegan Smith from UCLA to win the Oracle ITA Masters. As Cukierman continues to dominate in both singles and doubles play, look out for him to excel as the Trojans head into the NCAA Tournament later this spring. With a new semester at USC underway, the spring slate of sports teams are set to begin their seasons within the next few weeks, and some are already in full gear. With that in mind, here’s a look at nine different Trojan athletes — each from separate teams — that are poised to make waves this spring.
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SAN DIEGO — Corey Seager has not been himself this year. That much is obvious.Since he made his big league debut in September 2015, Seager’s offensive production has been remarkably steady. Before hip and elbow surgeries last year, he had only one calendar month during which he hit less than .250 — the last month of 2017 when he was dealing with elbow and back woes (that would keep him off the Dodgers’ roster for the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs).But he finished April this year batting .236 and will take a .223 average and .656 OPS into Sunday’s game with just three hits in his past 35 plate appearances and no home runs since April 12.“I’m searching a little bit. Trying to figure it out a little bit,” Seager acknowledged. “But not far. Just missing a few little things. “There’s a few things that are off, that I’m trying to work through, just trying to figure it out.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts categorized Seager as a hitter who is “mechanics driven.” That it would take time for Seager to rediscover those mechanics after missing most of the 2018 season is not surprising.“I think that’s fair. Yeah, I do. I think that’s completely fair,” Roberts said. “You’re taking at-bats in spring training but there’s a different intensity. And with Corey, his body, the levers, the hips, the elbow — everything has changed with surgery. So now you’ve got the body composition, the timing, the mechanics all of that stuff — you look at the player and you just expect him to roll out big numbers. But it’s just not that easy.”Seager admitted early in the season that there were parts of his game-day routine that he had forgotten because he had been out for so long — “There are things in my routine where I say, “I can’t believe I forgot to do that,’” he said. But Seager is not willing to point to last season’s hip and elbow surgeries as the reason for his slow start.“I don’t want to blame it on that,” he said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “You obviously knew you were going to need some ABs. The amount, I don’t know. There was always going to be an adjustment when you haven’t played in a long time. It’s been a really long time since you played every day, been a long time since you faced this kind of pitching. Yeah, you knew it was going to take some time.”Roberts knew too and said he would have predicted 100 to 150 plate appearances would be required before Seager felt like himself again at the plate. After Saturday’s 1-for-5 night, he has 139 plate appearances post-surgery.“You don’t want to be,” Seager said when asked if he was worried by his current slump. “That’s not how you’re wired. You’re wired to expect to fix it. It’s frustrating, yeah, but not worried.”POP OUTPlaying first base Friday night, Cody Bellinger made a diving attempt on Eric Hosmer’s fourth-inning single through the right side of the infield. Bellinger landed hard on his right shoulder and was in obvious pain for a few moments.Related Articles After the game, Bellinger said his right shoulder “popped out.” After manipulating his right arm, the should popped back in. Bellinger said it has happened before including once last year. But Roberts kept him out of the lineup Saturday due to residual soreness from the injury.“He was a little disappointed he wasn’t in there tonight. But I think the best thing is to give him an extra day,” Roberts said.“It happened to him last year. As I recall, speaking with our trainers, it happened a few years ago. But this wasn’t as severe as last year and I really can’t recall if he missed time last year because of it. I do know he’s on this shoulder-strengthening program which if he hadn’t been on I’d hate to have seen what would have happened. But I like to think we have it under control.”ALSOLeft-hander Tony Cingrani has been assigned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment. Cingrani has not pitched this season due to a recurring shoulder problem that flared up during spring training. The same issue sidelined him for most of the second half last season. Cingrani was scheduled to pitch in relief for the Quakes Saturday night. …Left-hander Caleb Ferguson threw on flat ground Saturday. Roberts said Ferguson will likely throw to hitters in a simulated-game setting Tuesday before the game at Dodger Stadium. Ferguson is on the Injured List with a minor oblique strain.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 3-2, 4.41 ERA) at Padres (LHP Nick Margevicius, 2-3, 3.23 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies
Cristiano Ronaldo was yesterday crowned men’s player of the year at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, winning the honour for a sixth time.The Juventus forward, 34, scooped Best Men’s Player of the Year at a glitzy ceremony at the Madinat Jumeirah, with England’s Lucy Bronze winning the inaugural award for best woman.Meanwhile, Liverpool picked up a trio of victories, with Jurgen Klopp voted best coach, Alisson Becker best goalkeeper, and the European champions named best club.Of the night’s other winners – 17 awards in all were handed out – Klopp added to his Fifa Best award in September in recognition of Liverpool’s international, European and domestic dominance.Elsewhere, Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United midfielder and current Wales manager, and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic were each given the Player Career Award. Atletico Madrid and Portugal striker Joao Felix was named Best Revelation Player, which honours players aged 21 and under.