Trojans clinch share of Pac-10 title with 7-0 victory

first_imgThe No. 3 USC men’s tennis team continued its command of the Pac-10 and won at least a share of the conference championship Friday in Tucson, Ariz.Poise · Despite being down a break, sophomore Daniel Nguyen and freshman J.T. Sundling were able to capture a hard-fought 8-6 victory. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan The Trojans (19-2, 5-0) swept No. 35 Arizona (12-9, 1-4) 7-0 to remain the only undefeated team in conference play with one dual match left in the regular season against No. 10 UCLA (13-5, 3-1).At minimum, USC has clinched a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time during the regular season since 2004, but the Trojans are not satisfied with a shared championship.“We don’t consider it a win,” junior Jaak Poldma said of clinching on Friday. “We still feel we need to win against UCLA.”A victory against the Bruins would give the Trojans the Pac-10 crown outright, while a loss would give UCLA a share of the title and leave the opportunity for StanfordUSC coach Peter Smith explained that it is crucial to get off to a good start when playing on the road against a team like Arizona.During doubles play, the Trojans developed the momentum to help them throughout the rest of the match.The Wildcats put forth a somewhat unorthodox doubles lineup, playing a less talented team at No. 1 in hopes of obtaining an advantage at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.No. 8 senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson easily dispatched their opponents 8-2 in the top slot.At the No. 2 position, sophomore Daniel Nguyen and freshman J.T. Sundling provided the lift that helped propel USC.Early in the pro set, the Trojan duo was down one break against Geoff Embry and Jason Zafiros.Nguyen and Sundling then responded with a break of their own to tie the match at 4-4. Then, the duo was able to pull ahead and earn the doubles point with an 8-6 victory.“Nguyen and Sundling came through at No. 2 doubles,” Smith said. “They were down a break, and you have got to stay up on a team like that. After they won, the whole team started going downhill and really loosened up.”Juniors Peter Lucassen and Poldma also won with an identical 8-6 score over Andres Carrasco and Jay Goldman.USC maintained the positive energy during singles play as No. 73 Poldma — playing at No.4 for the first time this season — defeated Zafiros 6-2, 6-3.Senior Jason McNaughton continued to provide a big lift for the Trojans during conference play with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.The win improved McNaughton’s record to 5-0 in Pac-10 matches.No. 15 Farah clinched the match with his defeat of No. 90 Andres Arango 6-2, 7-5.No. 1 Johnson notched another straight-set victory to extend the Trojans’ lead to 5-0.No. 83 Nguyen  and No. 104 Lucassen both faced stiff competition but both pulled out three set wins.“I am so pleased with the team’s discipline,” Smith said. “You have to understand how hard it is to play in Arizona; it’s completely different tennis. The ball flies, and the weather is hot. We took care of business, and that’s the sign of a winner.”The Trojans may have a share of the Pac-10 title, but with a chance for an outright title and the rival Bruins coming to Marks Stadium on Friday, USC is not finished.“It’s nice to accomplish things,” Smith said. “We selfishly want more. We will continue to strive for more.”last_img read more

Campbell’s 5-foot-9 guard Chris Clemons is among the nation’s top scorers

first_img Published on February 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 UPDATED: March 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.The words follow Chris Clemons of Campbell University wherever he goes. Too small. He didn’t start on his AAU team because of it and, in high school, he didn’t talk to a single coach from a Power 5 program.“Chris is a crazy good shooter and he’s crazy athletic,” said Clemons’ high school coach, Scott McInnes. “But it’s hard because a lot of schools saw his size and they are very concerned.”The 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore’s stature isn’t an issue. He earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors last season, averaging 18.5 points per game. This season, his 23.1 points per game average ranks sixth in the nation. Campbell’s (14-16, 7-11 Big South) all-time leading underclassman scorer has posted more than 20 points in 21 of 29 games this season, and his 16 dunks are 10 more than any other player below 6 feet, according to a Feb. 23 article on Kenpom.com.Despite his gaudy numbers, Clemons hasn’t received the same recognition as other leading scorers have. In high school, he notched 36 points against North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr., the top-rated point guard in the 2016 class, per ESPN. Earlier this season, Clemons scored a career-high 37 points against Charleston Southern.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s a chip on your shoulder to do something like I’m doing right here with points,” Clemons said. “Maybe (coaches) go back and think maybe we shouldn’t have overlooked this kid down here from Buies Creek (North Carolina).”Clemons grew up 30 miles north of Buies Creek in Raleigh, where he dominated games in much the same way as he does now. In his senior year at Millbrook (North Carolina) High School, Clemons once scored 40 points, which he thought had cemented himself as the school’s top single-game scorer. But the next day, a local member of the town brought in a newspaper article stating that he had scored 40 points during the 1966-67 season.A few weeks later, Clemons put up 41 in a state tournament game to snap the record.“Chris believes he can hit any shot he takes,” his father, Carlyton, said. “He doesn’t second guess about a shot. He is that confident in his ability.”Clemons compensates for his height with freakish jumping ability that runs in the family. His older brother Carlee jumped over three players, including current Duke player Harry Giles, as a high school senior at the Triad All-Star dunk contest. Chasing Carlee soon became forefront of Clemons’ aspirations. He dunked for the first time as a junior and has since made SportsCenter’s Top 10 three times, one more than CarleeClemons had the No. 5 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Jan. 24, 2015, when he tossed the ball off the backboard, caught it back with his right hand and finished with a slam. He dunked 33 other times that year while setting the single-season points record, with 699. In one game, he clanked a jumper off the rim, followed his shot and jumped past two opponents to flush home the dunk, sending the crowd into delirium.“I was just trying stuff I’d never tried before,” Clemons said.At Millbrook, he played in the same conference as Boston College’s Jerome Robinson and Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham. He also matched up against former Duke standout Brandon Ingram.Now at Campbell, Clemons is still turning heads. Earlier this season in a game against Samford, Clemons used a pick to free himself from his defender. Charging down the lane, he elevated above a 6-foot-8 defender to slam the ball. The video ran on CBSsports.com.Clemons scores in bunches. Two weeks ago at Charleston Southern, Clemons racked up 10 points in the first five minutes of play. He went on to score 21 in the first half and finished the evening with 30.“For a small school like us,” Clemons said, “it’s great to be that person that helps us get our name out there.”For now, he remains in the Big South. But he hopes to once again play against big time opponents. Maybe, in the NBA.“I am able to play with any of these guys, you know Power 5, ACC,” Clemons said. “I’m confident I can go to the next play level.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the name of Campbell University was misstated. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

DURO’S RUSSIA NOTES

first_imgWAGs of English Players Are Also HereEngland players are still in celebration mood several hours after the Three Lions defeated Colombia 4-3 in penalty shoot out to advance to play Sweden in Saturday’s quarter final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in Russia.Like it has become the tradition of the senior England team, the players are enjoying the Last 16 victory with their wives and girlfriends (WAGs). Yesterday, the Three Lions who were given a day off to recover from the stress of the 120 minutes clash with the Colombians, were truly at home in Russia with wives, kids and family members. I don’t know if ‘Other Room’ matters were allowed please!At the Hotel Parklane Resort and Spa which is the official FIFA hotel in St Petersburg, Liverpool Captain, Jordan Henderson, who missed England’s third penalty kick was seen enjoying the day out with his beautiful wife and two daughters in the sit out area of the highbrow facility.THISDAY also noticed that he was not alone as he had in company Victor Moses’ manager in Europe and others.The Nation Group Sports Editor, Ade Ojeikere, who is an ardent fan of Liverpool joined Henderson to celebrate England’s victory over the South Americans and even spent time exchanging banters with the senior of Henderson’s beautiful daughters.Henderson’s missed penalty at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday nightalmost extended the jinx surrounding England and shoot out at the World Cup.England has been in four penalty shootouts at World Cup finals. The Three Lions were in similar situations in 1990, 1998 and 2006 before surviving another one against Colombia. Gary Lineker, Peter Beardsley and David Platt scored at Italia ‘90, but Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle failed to convert their kicks against West Germany.Eight years later at France ’98 and it was David Batty who missed the crucial kick against Argentina. And in 2006, England crashed out against Portugal as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher fluffed their kicks.It almost happened again here in Russia after Henderson missed his third kick but Jordan Pickford gave the Three Lions a lifeline, saving Carlos Bacca’ s kick and Eric Dier completed the job with the last kick to end the hoodoo surrounding England and spot kicks.Back at the Parklane, Manchester United’s player, Ashley Young, was also not left out of the day out celebration for the England stars. He was seen with a retinue of family members at the lounge of the hotel with wife Nicky Pike whom he married in 2015, brothers and mom. Although they didn’t spend much time there, Young who spotted an ash coloured short and tee-shirt was obviously in happy mood with his family members in Russia.Earlier, team captain, Harry Kane, was spotted celebrating England’s victory with family members including his brother Charlie right inside the Spartak Stadium.Posting a photo on Instagram taken by his brother, Charlie Kane posted: ‘I think this is happening!!! COME ON ENGLAND… well done H and the team,love you all #itscominghome.’Kane said up the breaking of the penalty jinx thus: “Obviously we’d spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch.“There were mixed emotions, highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out. We were behind, and wanting Pickers to save one, and he did. It showed our mentality.“It showed the togetherness and character. These are the moments you really see that. It’s a big night for England.“This will give us more belief than ever, and the fans more belief than ever back home.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GARDAI SEEK CONMEN AS FORGED €20 NOTES IN CIRCULATION

first_imgGardai are seeking two men who are passing fake €20 notes in Letterkenny.The duo have hit a number of shops on the town’s Main Street with a number of the good quality forgeries.Shop-assistants are being urged to take the usual precautions because changing notes if they are suspicious. Gardai are asking people to be vigilant and if they notice anybody acting suspiciously to contact them.GARDAI SEEK CONMEN AS FORGED €20 NOTES IN CIRCULATION was last modified: April 19th, 2016 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:donegalfakesletterkennylast_img read more