Seventh place finish sign of future for Women of Troy

first_imgThe No. 9 USC women’s swimming and diving team spent its spring break racing against the best of the best during the 2010 NCAA championships at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., from Wednesday to Saturday.The women finished strong, posting a seventh place overall finish.“We nearly achieved our goal for this year, which was to make top five,” senior co-captain Dina Hegazy said. “We got top seven, which was still amazing.”The Women of Troy had six All-American (top-eight) finishes: juniors Presley Bard and Lyndsay DePaul, sophomores Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu, and freshmen Haley Anderson and Jessica Schmitt. All of the women besides Anderson and Schmitt were All-Americans in 2009.DePaul was the top qualifier in the 100-yard butterfly going into the final, with a time of 51.67, breaking the school record in the event for the third time in a month. In the final, DePaul fought for first place until the last inch, where she was out-touched by Stanford’s Elaine Breeden (51.43) and finished second with a time of 51.72.Hosszu became the first Trojan to earn back-to-back All-American honors in the 400-yard individual medley since Kaitlin Sandeno in 2002-2004. After taking second place in this event last year, Hozzsu touched third in the final with a time of 4:03.65. Stanford’s Julia Smit, the American record holder in the event, came first (4:00.90).In the 200-yard butterfly, the Women of Troy sported two women in the final and two in the consolation final: Hosszu and DePaul made the final, ranking second and third.Hosszu and DePaul took second and third respectively. Breeden once again claimed first in the butterfly and touched in 1:52.39, with Hosszu finishing at 1:52.52. DePaul touched shortly after for third in a personal-best 1:53.19.“The butterfly races were really fun to watch,” Bard said.Anderson just missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:59.99, breaking her personal best of 16:02.53.“I think that [the] freshmen really stepped it up, especially Haley,” Bard said. “To make top eight as a freshman is a really big deal.”Ishimatsu became USC’s first two-time All-American diver since Blythe Hartley in 2006. She took fourth on three-meter and fifth on one-meter. Freshman Ariel Rittenhouse scored her first NCAA individual points by finishing fourth in the three-meter consolation final (12th overall).After an exciting week, the Women of Troy hang up their suits after another long, but progressive, season. It will be the last time this group of women swims as a team before they welcome their new freshmen teammates in the fall. There is no doubt, however, among any of them that, with such a young team, this is only the beginning.“Throughout the whole meet, all we kept talking about was next year, neat year,” Bard said. “Watching the top-four teams, and watching them battling it out for first place — I can’t wait to be in the mix of that next year.”last_img read more

When No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy stymied St. John’s comeback attempts

first_imgNEW YORK — As Syracuse’s offense fell into its worst state of the season and SU’s early lead dissipated with every St. John’s possession in frigid temperatures, the Orange’s staple in net provided much-needed relief. Only two SU goals in the second and third quarters placed an extra reliance on Evan Molloy in goal.When St. John’s won back-to-back faceoffs, fired back-to-back shots or set a series of screens, Molloy was there. When SJU reeled off a few long possessions or recovered a rebound in front of the goal, Molloy was there to make big stops. On Saturday, in a 9-8 victory over St. John’s, Molloy rescued a fledgling SU defense that’s struggled to stop even impotent offenses.Molloy entered Saturday with a 50 percent save percentage, right in the middle of the NCAA leaderboard. But the saves he does have this season — those down the stretch against then-No. 9 Virginia last Saturday and a handful this week — have enabled the Orange to stick around and either stage a comeback or avoid a near upset. The 2016 ACC Tournament MVP spearheaded the Syracuse defense Saturday afternoon in the No. 6 Orange’s (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win over SJU (1-5) at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens.“In the fourth quarter I stepped up a little bit,” Molloy said, “and made the saves I had to.”The Red Storm entered Saturday 63rd among 69 NCAA teams in scoring offense (7.4 goals per game). Though SJU fell down 5-0 early and committed 15 turnovers, the Red Storm hung around with Syracuse from quarters two through four, outscoring SU 7-4 over that stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTemperatures hovered in the 20s, with 19 mile-per-hour winds and a real-feel of about 12 degrees. Nick Mariano, Brendan Bomberry and Brad Voigt scored two goals apiece to lead Syracuse to victory one week before its annual showdown at No. 7 Johns Hopkins, a game during which SU will likely need a third straight valiant effort from Molloy.The redshirt senior is 11-3 as starting goalie since he earned the starting job only midway through last season. On Saturday, he picked up a ground ball, caused a turnover and saved nine shots. St. John’s tallied 37 total shots, none better than its last score.With 53 seconds on the clock, SJU pulled the game within one score. A pair of players shielded Molloy’s vision and the shot came low and away on the right-handed Molloy, who had to twist his stick to his left. The ball sizzled to the low pipe. For the fourth consecutive game, SU and its opponent traded goals and stayed near-even up until the buzzer sounded.“There’s not a lot you can do with a shot like that,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.Molloy’s nine total saves is two fewer than St. John’s and three off his season high (Virginia, 12), but nearly each of his saves Saturday came on an open shot from fewer than 12 yards out. SJU’s screens in front of the goal, fast style of play and attack-centered offense did not relent.In the first half, Molloy made a save but gave up the rebound. An SJU player recovered before a swooping Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman took the ball. One ran into the other amid a scrum. As the ball popped out, Molloy already headed out of the goal to start the clear. An SJU attack picked up the loose ball and let off a quick shot. Molloy laid out to make the save.“He’s a good quarterback, barking out the defense,” Desko said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He sees the ball well. He’s been playing well all year long.”In Syracuse’s only loss of 2017, a 14-13 stunner against Army two weeks ago, Molloy allowed all 14 goals. One of which came as the game-winner from a right-hander going to his weak side. The same happened on Saturday. To get on the board and end SU’s 5-0 streak, a righty darted left and fired a ball past Molloy’s stick.In the second quarter, during which St. John’s tallied 17 shots and three goals, Molloy turned the ball over. Later, he threw a weak outlet pass that led to a turnover and score.“There are times when we have lapses,” Molloy said. “I’m definitely guilty as well.”But when No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy blocked St. John’s comeback attempts. SU avoided an upset against a team it hasn’t lost to in 11 tries since the series began in 1990, and that’s largely credit to Molloy’s play in the cage. He saved three shots in the final minutes to stymie St. John’s last-second rally.“The goalie’s the hardest position in what the weather can issue,” said senior attack Jordan Evans, who had one goal and one assist. “Standing there in the cold and trying to make quick movements and quick saves? It’s a difficult task. He made some great saves when we needed it.” Comments Published on March 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Here are the mouth shields NFL players are testing as a COVID-19 precaution

first_imgThe NFL and the NFLPA reportedly are still discussing the health and safety protocols they will implement as they attempt to start the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And if the league’s medical experts get their way, players will wear mouth shields on the field this season.ESPN on Monday shared a photo of the mouth shields players could wear in 2020 if approved after more testing. According to the report, the mouth shields that attach to facemasks on helmets are being distributed to all 32 teams this week so players can give them a try. They are being developed by Oakley, the league’s official partner for visors, and are not yet required. Said NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills: “We hope that we’re going to land on a product design that’s something that everyone would want to wear, because they’ll see the value and want that additional protection without any detriment to performance.”The NFL is hoping to have all teams report for training camps on or by July 28, but the league and the players have not yet agreed upon a complete set of health and safety protocols, delaying the confirmation of reporting dates.As of now, the 2020 NFL regular season is still scheduled to start Thursday, Sept. 10 when the Chiefs host the Texans. MORE: Aaron Rodgers voices uncertainty about seasonA first look at the Oakley Mouth Shield, which is being shipped out to NFL teams this week in hopes of protecting players from COVID-19.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 13, 2020An explanation of how the mouth shields work, via ESPN:”The Oakley Mouth Shield (is) a product designed by doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFL Players Association to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on the field of play. … The Oakley Prizm Lens Technology used by skiers, military personnel and, most recently, NFL players for enhanced color and contrast in their visors is featured in the new design.”Plastic sheets extend down and attach to the face guard. There are airways and openings on the mouth shield but none that allow the direct transmission of droplets.”NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer told ESPN that visibility and breathability are the two anticipated issues with the mouth shields once more players start testing them. But ESPN noted that “the current design is the result of an iterative process based in large part on player feedback, with comfort and functionality top of mind along with protection.”last_img read more

Houston Texans head coach Bill OBrien watches pla

first_imgHouston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien watches play against the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Do not expect a high-scoring affair when the Houston Texans host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.The Cardinals only scored 10 points last Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks. But without rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson, the Texans’ offense has scored a total of 14 points in their last two games with Tom Savage under center.Houston’s chances of winning a third-straight AFC South division title seem to hinge on how the Texans’ defense performs. But without three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, the Texans’ defense has taken a step back in 2017. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s unit has given up 26.8 points per game, the second-worst average in the NFL. • Robert Griffin III: I could help the Texans (Toro Times)The 27 year-old Griffin was released by the Cleveland Browns back in March after playing only five games last year for them due to injury. He threw for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 59.2 percent of his passes.• Cardinals starting QB Blaine Gabbert versus Texans (Houston Chronicle)“I think he’s a quick decision-maker,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think he throws an accurate ball. I think he can move. I think he’s fairly athletic. I think he’s a smart guy. We practiced against him when we scrimmaged against San Francisco last year saw some good things from Blaine. High draft pick. I know that he’s had some really good games in this league and so we need to be ready to go.”Friday, November 17• Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney: ‘I’m having an OK season’ (Houston Chronicle)Despite the season-ending injuries to J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilius and becoming a marked man from blocking schemes, Clowney has still managed to tie his career-high with six sacks. He already has a dozen tackles for losses, four less than his total from all of last season with seven games to play. “The thing about Zach is he runs around and plays hard,” Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel said. “He’s much more physical than what we saw on film coming out. He’s just got to continue to develop and improve.”• Challenges mount for Texans’ Tom Savage after injury to WR Will Fuller (ESPN NFL Nation)Fuller injured his ribs in the Texans’ Week 10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams while attempting to catch a short pass in the middle of the field from quarterback Tom Savage.• Injury to ribs expected to sideline Will Fuller this week (ESPN NFL Nation)“He took a pretty good shot,” coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday. “He’s a tough guy. … Very tough guy, especially for the way he’s built. He’s one of our better receivers when it comes to blocking. He does a lot of different things for us that people probably don’t even notice. But he’s slightly built.”• Run game in focus as Texans get set for Cards ( ran for 94 yards in the loss to the Colts, and 89 yards last week at Los Angeles. They’re now sixth in the NFL with 127.9 rushing yards per game. Getting back closer to that mark, or above it, is a priority and a bonafide possibility for the likes of Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman and Alfred Blue. • Without Deshaun Watson, Texans’ success will again rely on defense (ESPN NFL Nation)Nine wins generally gives a team a chance at a playoff berth in the NFL — as it has for the last three seasons under O’Brien — which means the Texans have little margin for error moving forward. With an offense that has struggled since Watson’s injury, that means the defense has to step up and carry the team, just as the unit has had to for most of the franchise’s history.• Texans’ Tom Savage has struggled, but no better option on roster (ESPN NFL Nation)(Head coach Bill) O’Brien said the Texans did discuss Kaepernick, but the team instead opted to sign Yates and McGloin immediately after Watson was put on injured reserve. On Saturday, Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told the Reasonable Doubt podcast that the Texans’ poor play has made the case against the NFL “even stronger.”The Texans had the fourth-easiest schedule to play in the second half, but as Houston showed in the first game on that list, it won’t be smooth sailing unless something changes. Now at 3-6 and three games back in the division, the Texans are quickly losing time to right the ship, and there’s no healthy quarterback on the roster who can help plug the Texans’ Watson-sized hole. • Tom Savage pops up on injury report (Toro Times)It turns out that starting quarterback Tom Savage suffered a shoulder injury during this past Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Wednesday, November 15• City of Houston makes Sunday ‘Andre Johnson Day’ (Houston Chronicle)“When I came here in 2003 I never thought I’d be given a day,” Johnson said. “I came here just to play football and live out my dream. I see that now I was able to touch a lot of people in this community. And now to be given my day, it just means a lot.”• Texans work out tight ends Gabe Holmes, Brandon Barnes (Houston Chronicle)The Texans have two tight ends on the active roster, C.J. Fiedodorowicz and Stephen Anderson, after placing tight end Ryan Griffin on injured reserve last week with a concussion.• Texans need consistent running game to spark struggling offense (ESPN NFL Nation)The Texans have the NFL’s sixth-best rushing offense and have averaged 127.9 yards per game this season, but the majority of that came with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson under center. Watson contributed to the success with 269 yards on 36 carries in seven games, and his mobility also opened up the Texans’ passing game, giving them a balanced and effective attack that turned into one of the league’s best offenses. • Texans injury report: Chris Thompson sidelined with knee injury (Houston Chronicle)The Texans’ return game is hurting.With rookie wide receiver Chris Thompson sidelined with a knee injury and wide receiver Will Fuller out with cracked ribs, the Texans are shorthanded on special teams.• DeAndre Hopkins learned a lot from ‘big brother’ Andre Johnson (ESPN NFL Nation)Hopkins’ breakout season was Johnson’s last in Houston, in 2014. Hopkins had 76 receptions for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns that year, during which he established himself as one of the NFL’s best. Johnson and Hopkins combined for 161 receptions in each of their two seasons together from 2013-14, and they totaled 2,209 yards in 2013 and 2,146 in 2014. The pair’s combined 322 receptions and 4,355 receiving yards from 2013-14 are the fourth most by any pair of teammates in that span.• Mercilus once star struck by Andre Johnson (“The best moment of me remembering Dre was when I pulled my hamstring,” Mercilus said. “I want to say it was my second year in 2013 in the summer and we sat down in the meal room. I sat down right across from Dre and he turned to me and said, ‘Man, was that you who went down?’” I was like, oh my gosh. Dre just talked to me. He’s a legend.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img • Texans tried to ‘mix it up’ with Braxton Miller at QB (Houston Chronicle)The most experienced quarterback on the Texans’ roster besides the actual quarterbacks who play the position for a living is wide receiver Braxton Miller. On Sunday, Miller relived his old role as a quarterback at Ohio State as he was utilized in some Wildcat-style plays. Miller handed off once and rushed one time for a single yard during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Texans coach Bill O’Brien didn’t sound thrilled with the results, though, or likely to expand Miller’s role as a quarterback.“Just trying to mix it up a little bit,” O’Brien said. “I just felt like it didn’t really help the rhythm of the offense. It wasn’t Braxton’s fault. It just didn’t really help what we were trying to do. It didn’t have the effect that I thought it was going to have.”• Texans CB Kevin Johnson regaining old form (Houston Chronicle)On Sunday during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Johnson arguably delivered his best performance of the season.Johnson covered well and was an aggressive tackle, including a tackle for a loss on a Tavon Austin run. He had four tackles overall. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact • Houston Texans: Why the team should sign Robert Griffin III now (House of Houston)The Houston Texans have become an absolute snooze fest because of Watson not being around with his ailments but one familiar name has recently said he’s open to signing with the Houston Texans.• Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt bonding in treatment room (Toro Times)It looks like Houston Texans’ stars Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt are building a strong relationship while they both recover from serious injuries.Thursday, November 16• Bill O’Brien on Texans QB Tom Savage’s play: ‘It’s time to get going’ (Houston Chronicle)Savage has lost all three of his starts this season, including the past two since replacing injured rookie star Deshaun Watson. Savage is in his fourth NFL season, but has started just five career games.• Texans assistant Mike Vrabel once caught an Adrian Peterson stiff-arm (Houston Chronicle)“Guys were asking me if I got one of those stiff-arms,” Vrabel said. “I think I was in my 15th year in a preseason game. I came off the fullback and next thing I know I caught one of those stiff-arms in Minnesota.”• Texans impressed with rookie Zach Cunningham’s development (Houston Chronicle) • Bill O’Brien noncommittal on Texans WR Will Fuller’s status (Houston Chronicle)Texans starting wide receiver Will Fuller absorbed a big hit Sunday from Los Angeles Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner, enough of one that he injured his ribs and left the game. The Cardinals have relied on Adrian Peterson since his arrival, but Houston has been stout against the run, allowing only an average of 99.7 yards per game. Regardless of who starts at quarterback, the Cardinals could have success throwing the ball against a Texans’ secondary that has been torched to the tune of 253.8 passing yards per game, the fifth-worst average in the NFL.The Texans need a win to stay within shouting distance of the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cardinals are right in the thick of the wild card picture. All week, we’ll take you to Houston to give you an inside look at the story lines and players surrounding the interconference showdown.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, November 18• Vandermeer’s View: Dre Day (’s important work to do this weekend. The Texans are in a deep hole at three games under .500. They have lost three in a row and are in desperate need of getting their offense going to stop the bleeding.• Houston Texans vs Cardinals: 2017 Week 11: Three things to watch (House of Houston)The team look like a beat-up jalopy trotting up and down the field with enough guff to get themselves in the end zone just once to avoid the embarrassment of getting blanked.  They, of course, ended up falling to the Rams 33-7. • Houston Texans: How Kevin Johnson has begun his ascent to greatness (House of Houston/Fansided)Johnson delivered four bone-crunching tackles — with one assisted — that indicates his injury that he sustained earlier in the season — that caused him to miss five games — is quickly starting to be of little concern with each day that passes.• The Houston Texans are Searching for Answers (’Brien attributes the Texans poor performances the past two weeks to not finishing drives. Combined in those games, the Texans are 0-5 in trips to the red zone after being a top five team in the red zone with Deshaun Watson. Interceptions have really set the Texans back when Savage is running the offense.• Robert Griffin III thinks he could help Texans (Houston Chronicle)Robert Griffin III is a quarterback who would like to get his foot in that revolving door again, but a team has to give him a chance.If the Texans are in the market to sign another quarterback, all they have to do is give him a call, and Griffin will answer on the first ring.Tuesday, November 14• Texans coach Bill O’Brien stresses need for consistency (Houston Chronicle)“Finish drives,” he began. “There were five games in a row when we were scoring a punch of points. I know we had a different quarterback (Deshaun Watson), but we were finishing drives pretty well. We’ve got to get back to finishing drives – in the end zone, not with field goals and obviously not with turnovers.” 1 Comments   Share   last_img read more