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Water polo dominates in Triton Invite


first_imgIn its first true test of the early 2018 season, the USC women’s water polo squad took down each of its four opponents in the UCSD Triton Invitational in La Jolla over the weekend.Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanWhile the Women of Troy had already racked up three impressive wins — the team outscored opponents 59-3, including two shutout wins — on the season heading into this tournament, they knew that this performance would truly set the tone for their 2018 campaign.“What is the most impressive about this team so far is their unity,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “Leadership is the key and our captains are leading in and out of the water.”Through the first day of group play, it was business as usual for USC. Taking down Sonoma State and No. 18 San Diego State 13-1 and 14-2 respectively, the Trojans remained a dominant force just as they had been through three games. In both games, the USC defense was absolutely spectacular, holding both teams scoreless until late in the fourth period. Thanks to an impressive combined effort from goaltenders senior Victória Chamorro and junior Amanda Longan, who both notched double digit save outings, the Trojans allowed only 3 goals on the day. Offensively, freshman driver Paige Hauschild led the way for the squad, picking up 4 goals in both games including a first half hat trick against Sonoma State.“She’s one of the best young players, not only in the country, but in the entire world,” Vavic said. “For [Hauschild], the sky is the limit”.While USC found smooth sailing through its first two matches, they were tested greatly in Sunday’s elimination round matches against No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 4 UCLA.With Chamorro back in net for the Trojans, the team fought an up and down battle against the Anteaters. Fighting on with only a slight lead throughout the match, Chamorro helped close the door with 13 saves. Building off her first two games, Hauschild again led the squad with two goals while captain Brianna Daboub picked up her 100th career goal on a critical first-half strike. Senior utility player Annika Jensen notched the seventh and final goal for USC, clinching a 7-5 victory and a date with crosstown rival UCLA in the finals.In the championship match late Sunday, USC never once fell behind the Bruins. Putting the cherry on top of an incredible tournament, Hauschild again led the Trojans with two more goals while Daboub had a couple key scores of her own. The turning points of the game came on penalty tries both teams earned in the second and third periods respectively. While Longan came up huge in stopping UCLA’s attempts late in the first half, USC’s sophomore driver Denise Mammolito was successful in her attempts in the third. This 2-goal swing gave the Trojans all the momentum they needed to finish off the Bruins and take home their fifth-straight Triton Invitational Championship.last_img read more


Joc Pederson is benched in Dodgers’ most lopsided loss of the season


first_img“Yeah, it was unprofessional,” Pederson said. “I let the emotions get the best of me. I need to – I’m better than that.”The most frustrating part?“There’s no singling out anything,” Pederson said. “It’s a combination of things.”Pederson began playing first base in June to accommodate the return of center fielder A.J. Pollock from the injured list. Ironically, Pollock’s defense was not flawless either. He misjudged a ball in center field, which allowed Ian Desmond to collect a triple and score the Rockies’ first run.The Dodgers (69-39) appeared to need more than just fine-tuning on Monday – particularly on defense.While many advanced metrics flatter the Dodgers’ skill in the field, they committed two more errors to bring their National League-leading total to 79. Muncy committed the Dodgers’ other error when a ground ball up the middle caromed square off his chest.“We pride ourselves on being sure-handed,” Roberts said. “We’re just not making plays that we’ve shown to make consistently. I don’t have an explanation for that.”None of it served to benefit Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (7-8), who threw four efficient innings while allowing just one run – then became a different pitcher in the fifth inning. He faced seven Colorado hitters, and all seven reached base.Tony Wolters led off with a single. Gray squared around to bunt, only to pull back and let several sliders pass, ultimately drawing a walk. David Dahl singled cleanly, Wolters scored, and the Rockies led 2-0.Nolan Arenado then singled, scoring Gray and Dahl. Trailing 4-0, Maeda appeared to get the double-play grounder he needed from Trevor Story. But Muncy’s error allowed Story to reach base safely. Arenado scored to make it 5-0.Maeda walked Murphy and surrendered a two-run double to Ryan McMahon before Roberts had seen enough. The Dodgers trailed 6-0. The way Gray was pitching, the deficit seemed insurmountable.“He really kept the ball down, got a lot of ground balls, threw a lot of strikes,” Pederson said of Gray, who walked three batters and struck out six.For Maeda, it was only the second time in eight career starts at Coors Field that he failed to complete five innings. He had never allowed more than four runs here before, and he had lost only once. Yet past performance isn’t always predictive. Maeda was charged with six runs (five earned) in five innings, watching his ERA rise from 3.81 to 4.15.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season It was the second straight outing in which Maeda allowed one run in four innings, only to fade while facing the opposing a lineup a third time. Last Tuesday, the Angels broke open a 1-1 game by scoring three runs in the fifth inning against him.Asked to explain his fifth-inning struggles, Maeda said through his interpreter, “I don’t think there’s any particular reason.”Caleb Ferguson inherited a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the fifth inning and retired the next three batters in order without allowing a run. Yimi Garcia threw a scoreless sixth. Josh Sborz threw a scoreless seventh before unraveling in the eighth. A two-run homer by David Dahl, and an RBI double by Murphy, gave the Rockies their final runs.After the game, Pederson said he would continue to put in the work at first base. He made no excuses for his shortcomings in the field or on the basepaths. After his lowest moment this season, he owned it.“The last thing you want to do is give a team extra outs in baseball,” Pederson said, “let alone here at this stadium.” It came after a tumultuous day in the field for Pederson, another in a series of rough outings after barely a month playing first base.Pederson lost sight of a throw from third baseman Justin Turner in the bright sunlight, turning a first-inning ground ball into a free baserunner for the Rockies. In the seventh inning, he let a routine ground ball deflect off his glove. Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy was positioned to pick up his teammate, and he gloved the ball in time to record the out.By the time he batted in the eighth inning with Smith on third base, Pederson was 0 for 3. He’d been charged with one error and nearly a second. He hit a ground ball directly at Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy. As Smith scored from third, Pederson never reached full speed en route to first base. He stopped running well short of the bag.When Pederson returned to the dugout, Manager Dave Roberts removed him from the game.“You’ve got to run the ball out,” Roberts said. “There’s a certain way to play the game and I didn’t see the effort there.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousColorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray, left, hugs catcher Tony Wolters after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. The Rockies won 9-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates with first base coach Ron Gideon after his two-run single in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith reacts as he strikes out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray to end the top of the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)From front left to right, Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach George Lombard confers with just-acquired infielder Christopher Negron as Enrique Hernandez, who was just put on the injured list, looks on in the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado throws to first base to put out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Raimel Tapia follows the flight of his RBI-single with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against Colorado Rockies’ Raimel Tapia in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda to end the third inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 29: Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to throw in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda grounds put against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray to end the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado follows the flight of his single to drive in two runs off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a 2 RBI single in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 29: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies scores on a David Dahl single in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies’ Ryan McMahon, right, follows the flight of his double to drive in two runs off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a single to allow in two runs to Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda leaves the mound after being removed by Manager Dave Roberts during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Rockies in Denver. Maeda held the hosts to one run through four efficient innings, buthe pitched to seven Colorado hitters in the fifth inning and all seven reached base.(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia works against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy reacts as he flies out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl follows the flight of his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Sborz reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies left fielder David Dahl gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Sborz in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, top, scores on a double hit by Daniel Murphy as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, bottom, turns to apply a late tag in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock flies out against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray, left, hugs catcher Tony Wolters after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. The Rockies won 9-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates with first base coach Ron Gideon after his two-run single in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 27The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates with first base coach Ron Gideon after his two-run single in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)ExpandDENVER — The Dodgers invaded the Rocky Mountains with the best record in baseball, looking like a team in need of fine-tuning between now and Wednesday’s trade deadline. The Colorado Rockies own the National League’s worst record over the past month. Last among five teams in the NL West standings, the Rockies have reason to break up their roster during the three-game series.Naturally, the Rockies clobbered the Dodgers 9-1 on Monday before an announced crowd of 43,574 at Coors Field. It was the Dodgers’ most lopsided loss of the season.The final score was embarrassing, but much of it was owed to the dominance of Rockies pitcher Jon Gray. The lithe right-hander threw eight innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He kept the Dodgers in the ballpark and only lost a shutout when Will Smith doubled and scored on a groundout by Joc Pederson in the eighth inning.About that groundout. 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Kobe Bryant’s basketball retirement poem


first_imgFrom my mind & bodyTo my spirit & soul.As a six-year-old boyDeeply in love with youI never saw the end of the tunnelI only saw myselfRunning out of one.And so I ran.I ran up and down every courtAfter every loose ball for you.You asked for my hustleI gave you my heartBecause it came with so much more.I played through the sweat and hurtNot because challenge called meBut because YOU called me.I did everything for YOUBecause that’s what you doWhen someone makes you feel asAlive as you’ve made me feel.You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dreamAnd I’ll always love you for it.But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.This season is all I have left to give.My heart can take the poundingMy mind can handle the grindBut my body knows its time to say goodbye.And that’s OK.I’m ready to let you go nowSo we can both savor every moment we have left together.The good and the bad,We have given each otherAll that we have.And we both know, no matter what I do nextI’ll always be that kidWith the rolled up socksGarbage can in the corner:05 seconds on the game clockBall in my hands5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1Love you always, Kobe Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Game-winning shotsIn the Great Western ForumI knew one thing was real:I fell in love with you.A love so deep I gave you my all — center_img This is the text of the retirement statement, reportedly written by Kobe Bryant, as posted on the website theplayerstribune.com.From the momentI started rolling my dad’s tube socksAnd shooting imaginarylast_img read more