Pac-12 men’s basketball has come to a low point, facing the possibility of being the first Power 5 conference to have just one bid in the NCAA tournament. Injuries have wrecked teams like Oregon, who lost star freshman center and likely top-five pick Bol Bol to a season-ending foot injury. Arizona, a conference powerhouse this millenium, lost a number of recruits to the FBI investigation surrounding them, among other teams. The Trojans have too much experience and ability to already be lagging behind in a truly mediocre conference. Their entire starting five is made up of upperclassmen with good pedigree. Rakocevic and Mathews, along with senior forward Bennie Boatwright and redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron, saw significant minutes for last year’s squad that went 24-12, finished second in the conference and made it to the conference championship game. However, injuries are not an excuse, because other teams in the Pac-12 have dealt with similar, or worse, adversity. They should have been able to compete with the Ducks, especially with Bol out, and they lost to Oregon State, despite the Beavers’ leading scorer, redshirt junior forward Tres Tinkle, missing the game due to injury. It’s hard to see things improving now that the trademark USC sports dysfunction has fallen on the team. Sophomore forward Jordan Usher transferred to Georgia State last week after being suspended indefinitely. Now Porter, the team’s most talented player and a definite lottery pick in June’s NBA Draft, has been suspended indefinitely and was absent for the loss to Oregon. Head coach Andy Enfield said Porter was suspended for “conduct issues” and that his future with the program would be re-evaluated this week. Aidan Berg is a sophomore writing about USC sports. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs Tuesdays. Enfield has done a good job bringing the Trojans to prominence since taking over in 2013. He improved the program’s recruiting to the point that it currently has the second best 2019 class in the nation, trailing only Arizona. The Trojans won at least 21 games in each of the previous three seasons, heightening discourse about the basketball team at a definite football school. To be fair, USC has had to deal with key players missing time from the jump. Injuries took their toll from the preseason on, as freshmen guards Kevin Porter and Elijah Weaver have both missed multiple games. Boatwright also started the season hampered by a knee that was still recovering from offseason surgery. In addition, redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton was so highly regarded coming out of high school that he went to Duke, one of the highest ranked programs for decades, before transferring to USC in 2016. This team has significant talent, but it simply hasn’t been able to put it all together. But with better results come higher expectations. Perhaps the team will improve drastically next year with better injury luck and an even more talented class of freshmen than the Trojans welcomed this season. But the current iteration of the team is undeniably underperforming; for USC fans looking at a wide open Pac-12, it has to be a gut punch that their team hasn’t been able to take advantage. No team in the conference has had the talent and production to separate themselves from the pack as an elite team in college basketball, as each program has at least four losses already this season. If Porter is lost for the season, the Trojans lose all hope for finding that much-needed identity. Fans saw Porter’s dazzling offensive talent before the season and hoped that his scoring ability could carry a Trojan team somewhat lacking in shot-creators. But from injuries that kept him off the court to freshman mistakes which limited his impact between the lines, Porter was never able to become that crucial go-to guy for USC. Now, he may never get his chance. But that is what makes USC basketball’s struggles so baffling. The Trojans are 9-8 on the season and 2-2 in conference play, having been the living embodiment of average since the season tipped off. Every time they seem to have momentum, they flop. After winning four straight games, including their first two conference contests, they’ve dropped their last two, including a dismal 81-60 loss at Oregon on Sunday. The Pac-12 is there for the taking if USC could just hang around, but right now it doesn’t look capable of hanging with the better teams in the conference.
The U.S. is the No. 1 ranked team in the world, according to the FIFA Women’s World Ranking. France is No. 4. In 2015, the U.S. was also No. 1 but China was No. 14.Megan Rapinoe scored two penalties as the U.S. edged past Spain, 2-1, on Monday to set up the quarterfinal against France. The U.S. has reached the quarterfinal stage in every edition of the Women’s World Cup between 1991 and 2019, becoming the second nation to achieve this feat alongside Germany, which has made eight appearances. Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe scores twice to advance to France quarterfinal To compare, tickets for Thursday’s quarterfinal match between England and Norway span from $28 to $170.There is a reason for the price hike though. France is hosting the World Cup and Canada was the host country in 2015, so there is a much higher demand for these tickets and this particular matchup this time around. As of Tuesday morning on StubHub.com, the least expensive ticket is listed for $426, while the most expensive is listed at a whopping $17,000, with a number of tickets in the $1,000 to $3,000 range.That’s a huge leap from the 2015 tournament, as ESPN.com notes the average resale price of tickets for the USWNT’s quarterfinal match against China was $165. What’s even more shocking? The USWNT’s final match against Japan topped out at $368. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe predicts match against France will be ‘crazy’ Looking to score quarterfinal tickets at the Women’s World Cup? Be prepared to pay for the marquee meeting.Ticket prices for the United States’ quarterfinal match against France on Friday have soared since the meeting was set, with one seller on the secondary market listing a pair for more than $15,000. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match
26 Wellington girls 58 Andale 42 Wellington 18 17 Andale 43 59 Wellington Wellington: Cade Phelps 5, Connor Phelps 8, Snipes 5, Hamel 2, Long 2, King 3, Ybarra 1. Total: 11 (2) 2-4 26. 12 11 11 8 Wellington: Rusk 9, Mitchell 31, French 9, Snipes 10. Total 22 (8) 7-10, 59. 11 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington girls basketball program has accomplished many things over the past decade. But one of things the Lady Crusaders have not been able to do is win an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.Tuesday was a great start as Wellington defeated Andale 59-43 on the road. Senior Grace Mitchell scored 31 points in the victory.Wellington boys would lose to Andale 63-26.The game almost seemed ho-hum, but it was historical on so many fronts. This may have been the first time in Wellington girls basketball history that the Crusaders have started a season at 4-0. This also may have been the first time in years that Wellington has gone to Andale and beaten the Lady Indians at their place.Even during the Charlie Angels years, Wellington could not win in Andale. The Crusaders oftentimes would beat Andale at home in February, but never in Andale in December. Typically, a trip to Andale comes two days off the Kingman Tournament and a combination of fatigue and it being Andale makes it a disastrous night for the Lady Dukes.Not this time. Wellington struggled early, falling behind in the first quarter. But an Avery Rusk 3-pointer at the buzzer would give the Crusaders an 18-17 lead.â€œWe didnâ€™t play well in the first quarter at all,â€ said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. â€œWe really need to work on playing well for all four quarters.â€But in the second quarter, Wellington would explode on an 18-4 run, that was concluded with three steals and two layups by Mitchell and Lauryn Snipes in the final minute. Wellington was in front 36-21 at the half.The Crusaders would up the lead to 48-32 at the end of three quarters and would go on to win this one by 16. Whatever celebrating Wellington may have made after winning for the first time in Andale since Nam, was not displayed afterwards.It seemed like another day at the office.According to official WHS Maxprep stats, Wellington was 22 of 55 from the field for a 41 percent shooting success rate. Wellington was very effective beyond the arch, going 8 of 13. Mitchell led Wellington on rebounds with 11 while Tayland French had 8. Mitchell had three steals and four blocks. Snipes had four steals three assists.Wellington travels to Mulvane on Friday for the final game of 2015. 8 20 4 18 Andale 63 â€”â€”â€”Wellington boys Andale held Wellington scoreless in the first quarter 18-0 and led 48-8 at the half en route to an easy win. Pete Carney led all scorers with 14 and Clint Walstad had 11.Wellington was led by Connor Phelps with 8.Andale boys 63 Wellington 26 13 17 Andale stats were not available. Andale: Dagenais 2, Richter 5, Meyer 6, Carney 14, Walstad 11, Bruce 5, Jansen 3, Fairchild 2, Ast 11. Total: 23 (7) 3-5 63. 18 0 5 Follow us on Twitter.
UEFA said it opened disciplinary cases for “improper conduct of their supporters (racist behavior, racist chanting).”The European football body said its disciplinary panel will deal with the cases Thursday.Spain and Russia will likely receive financial penalties if the cases are proven.Russia has already been fined €185,000 ($230,000) after being charged by UEFA over its fans’ conduct at all three of its group-stage matches in Poland.UEFA also threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in its 2016 European Championship qualifying group after some of its fans attacked stadium stewards in Wroclaw following the Czech match on June 8. UEFA has said the deduction would be enforced if fans repeated their violent behavior. The Russian FA has appealed that sanction.In the first proven case of racist abuse at Euro 2012, UEFA fined the Croatia football association €80,000 ($100,000) for a range of charges including insults directed at Balotelli.Discrimination monitors appointed by UEFA reported that around 300 Croatia supporters made monkey noises at the Italy forward during a June 14 match in Poznan.A Spanish fans’ group previously reported that some Spain followers made monkey noises at Balotelli during a June 10 match in Gdansk. The group, affiliated to the Football Supporters Europe network, said other Spanish fans intervened urging the offenders to stop.Gebre Selassie acknowledged that he was racially abused by Russians during the opening group match but declined to file a complaint.UEFA received reports from monitors supplied by FARE, a Europe-wide fans’ network, and later asked Czech team officials to help provide evidence which could be used to prosecute the case.Russian fans displayed “illicit” imperialist flags and set off fireworks at each match, while a fan carrying a national flag aloft ran across the pitch after the match against Poland in Warsaw on June 12.UEFA pledged a zero-tolerance policy toward combatting racism and discrimination inside Euro 2012 stadiums.Russia was heavily favored to advance from Group A but was eliminated as the Czechs and Greece reached the quarterfinals.On Monday, Russia FA president Sergei Fursenko announced his resignation during a televised meeting with state President Vladimir Putin. STAR FORWARD—Italy’s Antonio Di Natale, left, replaces Mario Balotelli during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Italy and Croatia in Poznan, Poland, June 14. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) by Graham DunbarKIEV, Ukraine (AP)—UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian football associations on Tuesday for racist chants by fans at the European Championship.The charges follow reports that monkey noises were directed by Spain fans at Italy forward Mario Balotelli, and that Russian fans targeted Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. Both players are Black.
Image Courtesy: Bundesliga/Sky SportsAdvertisement d5pcNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbrqqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E93cp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) du2fWould you ever consider trying this?😱yz4Can your students do this? 🌚mflRoller skating! Powered by Firework It has been almost two months that the human life has been without any football action due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Following a complete suspension of all football activities in Europe, a number of leagues like the Ligue 1 and Eredivise cancelled their current seasons, and the rest are still on the books on making a possible comeback in the coming months. However, the lengthy wait for football fans is finally over, as Bundesliga is the first major European football league that is making a comeback on 16th May!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Bundesliga/Sky SportsBundesliga and 2. Bundesliga were suspended on March 13th by the DFL. Following almost two months of repeated extension of the suspension and speculations on a possible return date, the German top flight football has finally received the green light from the country’s government. However, since the novel Coronavirus crisis is still prevalent in the country, all matches will be behind closed doors, as fans will be glued to the screens in their homes on the resumption of German football.Resuming from matchday 26, the 2019-20 Bundesliga still has 9 matchdays left, with Bayern Munich leading the table with 55 points from 25 matches. Borussia Dortmund, who will be pitted against FC Schalke 04 in the first season re-opener match, are close in second, with 51 points. Bayern have their match on Sunday against Union Berlin.Advertisement Starting this Saturday, here are the games that are happening in the month of May to keep an eye on-Matchday 26:May 16Borussia Dortmund vs SchalkeAugsburg vs WolfsburgFortuna Dusseldorf vs PaderbornRB Leipzig vs FreiburgHoffenheim vs Hertha BerlinEintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia MonchengladbachMay 17Koln vs MainzUnion Berlin vs Bayern MunichMay 18Werder Bremen vs Bayer LeverkusenMatchday 27:May 22 – May 24Bayern Munich vs Eintracht FrankfurtBorussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer LeverkusenWolfsburg vs Borussia DortmundHertha Berlin vs Union BerlinMainz vs RB LeipzigFreiburg vs Werder BremenSchalke vs AugsburgKoln vs Fortuna DusseldorfPaderborn vs HoffenheimMatchday 28:May 26 – May 27Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern MunichRB Leipzig vs Hertha BerlinBayer Leverkusen vs WolfsburgEintracht Frankfurt vs FreiburgWerder Bremen vs Borussia MonchengladbachHoffenheim vs KolnFortuna Dusseldorf vs SchalkeAugsburg vs PaderbornUnion Berlin vs MainzMatchday 29:May 29 – June 1Bayern Munich vs Fortuna DusseldorfBorussia Monchengladbach vs Union BerlinWolfsburg vs Eintracht FrankfurtHertha Berlin vs AugsburgMainz vs HoffenheimFreiburg vs Bayer LeverkusenSchalke vs Werder BremenKoln vs RB LeipzigPaderborn vs Borussia DortmundIf you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAdvertisement Also read-The best online sports betting site 1xbet has a whole page dedicated to the Europa LeagueCostly can: IPL 2020 cancellation could cost BCCI Rs. 40 billion! Advertisement