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Men’s and women’s tennis score big road victories


first_imgThe women’s team will look to continue its hot streak, as it takes on No. 19 Cal and No. 4 Stanford at home this weekend. The Ducks were once again forced to forfeit a singles match, giving freshman Estella Jaeger the win. Junior Constance Branstine made the score 3-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 match. Junior Sydney Van Alphen got her second match-clinching win of the season with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 win. With the 4-0 lead, the teams decided to play out the rest of the matches in progress. Sophomore Ana Neffa and junior Becca Weissmann lost their matches while freshman Salma Ewing came from behind to win her match 3-6, 7-6 (2), 10-6. The win moves the No. 15 men’s team to 11-6 on the season. The Trojans will look to carry their momentum into a weekend matchup in the Bay Area, as they try to avenge losses to Stanford and Cal earlier this season. In Eugene, the surging women’s team fared well with a strong effort over the struggling Oregon Ducks. The men’s and women’s tennis teams had strong road showings this past weekend, as they both return to Los Angeles with victories in hand. The women continued their strong season with a 5-2 conference victory over Oregon, USC’s eighth straight win. The men’s team, on the other hand, earned a statement 4-2 win over No. 3 Texas, which could help turn around its mixed season. USC got off to a fast start, as sophomore Daniel Cukierman and senior Tanner Smith won their doubles match 6-4. Soon afterward, seniors Laurens Verboven and Jack Jaede clinched the doubles point for the Trojans with a 6-3 win. USC’s sterling play stands in stark contrast to an Oregon team that has struggled as of late. The Ducks are 6-11 and a dismal 0-6 in conference play. Oregon’s loss to USC was its eighth straight defeat. This win continues USC’s hot streak, improving its record to 12-2 on the season and 3-0 in Pac-12 play. This is the Trojans’ best start to a season since 2015. Junior Riley Smith was integral to the Trojans’ victory over No. 3 Texas, earning USC a win in both his singles and doubles matches. (Feitong Du/Daily Trojan) The men’s team squared off against a Texas team that had just upset the top-ranked Ohio State team in Austin the weekend before. This was a must-win match for the Trojans to show that they are still among the elite teams in college tennis. The Trojans also succeeded in singles play. Junior Riley Smith had an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 win from the No. 5 position to start play. The Longhorns, however, responded quickly with two wins to tie singles play at 2-2. Junior captain Brandon Holt took control of his match and upset the No. 6 player in the country, junior Christian Sigsgaard, 6-4, 6-4. To close things out for the Trojans, freshman Mor Bulis got his first-ever match-clinching win with a tight 6-2, 7-5 win to seal the 4-2 upset against the Longhorns. Oregon was forced to forfeit the first doubles match because the Ducks were short-handed due to injuries and could not field a full roster. The Ducks were able to get a win on Court 2, leaving the doubles point to be decided on Court 1. The 20th-ranked team of senior Rianna Valdes and junior Angela Kulikov secured a 6-2 win to clinch the doubles point.last_img read more


Dodgers hit seven home runs in extra-innings victory over Mets


first_imgThe seven home runs – two each by Hernandez and Cody Bellinger, one each by Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Turner – is the second-most the Dodgers have hit in a game and the most since another seven-homer game on August 22, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The franchise record is eight, set in Milwaukee on May 23, 2002 (Shawn Green hit half of them).The Dodgers have now hit a MLB-leading 46 home runs in the month of June. In the history of the franchise, they have hit more home runs in a month only three times, topped by 53 home runs last June when they were in the process of setting the franchise record for home runs in a season (221).“To a man, guys were taking good swings all day. … Good at-bats all throughout,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think as we’re going well right now, we’re not trying to hit homers. We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball. When you do that with our guys, the path of the bat, it’s elevated. That’s just the way our guys swing the bats.”The Mets — who have now lost their past 12 games against the Dodgers by a combined score of 91-30 – did their part.The scheduled starter, left-hander Jason Vargas, was bothered by a strained calf muscle since earlier in the week. But the Mets waited until after Saturday’s game to scratch him and put him on the DL, calling up reliever Chris Flexen instead of a fill-in starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins made his first career start and kicked it off by giving up back-to-back home runs to Hernandez and Muncy. The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Five of them gave up at least one home run.The Dodgers starter wasn’t terribly effective either.Coming off six scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs in his return from the DL, Rich Hill hit four batters with pitches – Brandon Nimmo three times. The first of those was dismissed by plate umpire Jerry Meals who ruled Nimmo had stuck his arm out to chase the HBP.The three batters who did reach first by virtue of an errant pitch from Hill (including Nimmo twice) came around to score for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run home run in the fifth inning drove in the last of them and gave the Mets a brief 4-3 lead.“It was pretty sloppy,” Hill said of his five-inning outing. “Probably half the time, the ball didn’t come out of my hand the way I wanted it to. Obviously I’m really disappointed about it, just the execution of the pitches. That’s really about it. That really is going to bother me for a couple days.”Still, by the time Bellinger hit his second home run of the game (and the Dodgers’ sixth), they took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.That wasn’t enough, though. Reliever Erik Goeddel gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Plawecki in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at 7-7.It stayed that way until Turner connected off  Flexen in the 11th.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel. It’s been awhile,” said Turner, who was 2 for 17 on the trip before the homer and didn’t start Sunday. “It’s been a road trip of getting beat inside, getting jammed. So I was just trying to get on time and put a good swing on it.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel for the first time all weekend.”Pitchers have been attacking Turner inside, knowing the left wrist injury he suffered in spring training is inhibiting his ability to turn on a ball aggressively. Turner is hitting just .241 with three home runs in 108 at-bats since returning from the fractured wrist in mid-May.“If you look, since he’s come back – moreso in the past week – just being able to release the barrel on balls out front, everything is right there but that last click,” Roberts said. “In talking to him, talking to the trainers, the wrist feels strong. But that ability to release the barrel — which he did on that last swing – just hasn’t been there.“But JT’s a guy, he’s going to figure it out and you just gotta keep running him out there.”center_img NEW YORK – What do you do when six home runs isn’t enough to win a game?Hold my beer, say the Dodgers.Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ seventh home run of the game with two outs in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, finally giving them an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.“That’s what we do – we hit home runs,” bragged Kiké Hernandez who started the game with a home run then hit another five innings later.last_img read more


Doug Pederson explains Eagles’ decision to sign quarterback Josh McCown


first_img“I’ve been in a lot of situations throughout my career — where I was helping a young guy or serving as a stopgap kind of guy or being part of a rebuilding situation — so to come to a situation where it was more established, where they’ve got the quarterback (Carson Wentz) and a veteran defense and a lot of good players on the offense, that to me was enticing.”The Eagles have two preseason games remaining before they face the Redskins in Week 1 action Sept. 8. Nate Sudfeld injury update: Eagles No. 2 QB (broken wrist) has surgery, expected back in 6 weeks, report says Eagles signing veteran QB Josh McCown to 1-year deal McCown spent the last two seasons with the Jets, appearing in 17 games and throwing 19 touchdown passes. He announced he was stepping away from football in mid-June but changed his mind when the Eagles became interested in signing him.“It was an easy sell, to be quite honest,” McCown said (via the Eagles’ official website). “More than anything, it was the comfort level I had talking with Doug (Pederson), where they’re trying to take this thing and where they’re trying to get back to and understanding the expectations that they have here.center_img Pederson discussed the team’s decision to add the 16-year veteran when he met with reporters Sunday.”It kind of falls in line with not only the injury situation, but also the fact that when we have an opportunity to add a little value, add a little depth, add a little competition to that spot, a veteran guy who has been around the league,” Pederson said. “I’ve said this all along, the quarterback position is not immune to any of this, so that’s why we did it.” Related News Doug Pederson thinks Josh McCown will be an asset for the Eagles, even if he never steps on the field.The 40-year-old quarterback came out of retirement and inked a one-year deal with Philadelphia this weekend after backups Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler suffered injuries in the preseason.last_img read more