Beach volleyball prepares for two home matches

first_imgAfter spending spring break playing on the sands of Queen’s Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, the No. 3-ranked USC beach volleyball team (9-2) is back in action on the mainland when they host No. 6-ranked Long Beach State (2-5) and No. 19-ranked Cal (7-4) Tuesday at Merle Norman Stadium. First serve against the 49ers will begin at 12:30 p.m., while the match against the Bears will follow at approximately 2 p.m.Starting out the season ranked atop the AVCA National Poll, a pair of tight 3-2 losses to Pepperdine and Florida State in a span of six days pushed USC back to sit at third overall in the nation. However, the Women of Troy seem to have regained their stride after a successful trip to the Islands, in which they posted four straight victories over tournament host and No. 5-ranked Hawaii and No. 15-ranked Nebraska to win the Hawaii Invitational.USC defeated both schools twice over the weekend as part of the four-team tournament, recording a pair of 4-1 victories over the Rainbow Wahine and the Cornhuskers on Thursday. In Saturday’s rematches, the Women of Troy put up a clean 5-0 sweep over Nebraska in the morning and capped the evening off with a 3-2 win over the host school. With the victories, the Women of Troy extended their winning streak to five dual matches in a row.In addition to winning the team tournament, the Women of Troy also produced a trio of champions in the Hawaii Invitational Pairs Tournament. USC’s top six teams dominated the field as all three championship matches in each flight were made up of USC pairs.In the gold bracket, the No. 1-pair of juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes defeated teammates and the No. 2-pair of junior Sophie Bukovec and senior Alexa Strange, 21-15, 21-19. The silver bracket final saw No. 3-pair of juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler outlast underclassmen and the No. 4-pair of sophomore Jenna Belton and freshman Abril Bustamante in three, 21-15, 19-21, 15-9, while the bronze bracket final had the No. 5-pair of sophomore Jo Kremer and senior Zoe Nightingale win over the No. 6-pair of sophomore Terese Cannon and freshman Katrina Kernochan in two sets, 21-15, 21-18. Furthermore, the bronze flight had freshman Becca Dunn and senior Emily Young win the fifth-place consolation match as USC’s seventh pair. Overall, USC went 16-4 on the day, with three of those losses coming at the hands of other Women of Troy pairs.After spending time on the island, the Women of Troy are now back in Los Angeles ready to face two in-state rivals at Merle Norman Stadium. USC will start with some familiar faces across the net in No. 6-ranked LBSU. Having defeated the 49ers once already this season, the Women of Troy have the upper hand playing at home. However, Long Beach State is one of just two programs in the country that own a winning record against USC all-time, albeit a slim 5-4 margin. The teams’ last meeting was back on March 6 at Zuma Beach for the Pepperdine Kick-Off, where the Women of Troy had to rely on Martin and Wheeler to win in 3 sets and seal the exciting 3-2 victory.The No. 19-ranked Cal Bears also come to Troy with a four-match winning streak. Tuesday will mark just the second all-time meeting between the two Pac-12 foes, with the last meeting going in USC’s favor by way of a 5-0 sweep over the Bears. Both matches on Tuesday will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Former NBA players share thoughts on LeBron James’ latest free agency decision

first_img Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWallace was a teammate of LeBron during the 2007-08 season in Cleveland.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks player. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”In the past, it would be several days after the start of free agency that the basketball world would hear about LeBron’s decision.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned on the “The Lowe Post” podcast that LeBron’s decision could come sooner than expected.Related Articles PreviousCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms up prior to Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Boston, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.LeBron James could stay in Cleveland or leave for somewhere like Los Angeles, but do fans know how that might go? (Tony Dejak/The Associated Press)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Cleveland Cavaliers in a regular season NBA game on Sunday, 3/11/2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by John McCoyRumors of LeBron James landing in Los Angeles gained more momentum Monday after former NBA point guard Gary Payton said that James’ son, LeBron James Jr., left, has “committed” to attend Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth. (Photo by Getty Images)Cavaliers forward LeBron James wipes his face during a news conference following the Game 4 loss in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. (Carlos Osorio/The Associated Press)What’s his next move? LeBron James is believed to be contemplating a change of teams, and breathless NBA fans await his decision. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks to the bench during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes questions at a press conference after the basketball team’s practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks with LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speaks at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James salutes after his team was presented the trophy for beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to their eighth consecutive NBA Finals, which start Thursday against the favored Golden State Warriors. (Tony Dejak/The Associate Press)LeBron James de Cavaliers participa en el día de prensa del equipo en las finales de la NBA hoy, miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018, en Oakland (Estados Unidos) . Los Warriors enfrentarán a los Cavaliers en las finales de NBA. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLOCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks off the court after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)LeBron James (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is approaching the latest major free agency decision of his career, and he has the league’s and the Lakers’ full attention. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 24Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandThe NBA Awards put a bow on the 2017-18 season and the basketball world has wasted little time talking about the upcoming offseason.Free agency begins at midnight at 9:01 p.m. PT on June 30, but that didn’t stop the media from asking players for comments and predictions about the frenzy during the red carpet event.The hottest free agency topic involves LeBron James and his upcoming decision once again. Ben Wallace isn’t willing to make a bold prediction on LeBron’s next move.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year when he starred for the Detroit Pistons. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, believes the four-time MVP will switch teams once again.“My assumption is why not (leave Cleveland),” Hollins said. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believe LeBron should remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).” “Everybody will be on holiday on July 4,” Windhorst said. “It will be over by then.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

OVER AND OUT FOR MALIN HEAD RADIO CONTROLLER IAN AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS

first_imgFor almost 30 years he has been one of the reassuring voices of Malin Head Coast Guard.Ian and his well-deserved cake!And last week well-known radio officer Ian Scott turned off his microphone after 29 years of dedicated service.Ian’s voice will be known to every mariner around the coast and his actions as a search mission coordinator have saved many lives in his years of service. All his colleagues at MRSC Malin Head and the Irish Coast Guard wished Ian a very happy retirement.We would like to join them in wishing Ian the best of luck in his happy and long retirement.OVER AND OUT FOR MALIN HEAD RADIO CONTROLLER IAN AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalIan ScottMalin Head Coast Guardlast_img read more