USC graduate Shea Buckner was selected as a member of Team USA’s Olympic men’s water polo team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, making him the 27th Trojan to do so.London calling · Former Trojan Shea Buckner will play for the United States water polo team for the first time in 2012. During his time at USC, he scored 110 goals and won a pair of national titles. – Photo courtesy of Dan AvilaBuckner will be an attacker for Team USA in his first Olympic Games. His previous international appearances include the 2011 FINA world championships and the 2011 and 2012 FINA World League Super Finals.Buckner served up 110 goals during his three seasons at USC.He was a member of USC’s 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship teams, the former of which went undefeated and started USC’s current historic run of four straight titles.He stands as USC’s No. 23 all-time leading scorer and a three-time All-American, including as a first-teamer in his junior and senior seasons.Buckner’s selection marks the second USC representative in this year’s Olympic men’s water polo field.Goalie Joel Dennerley, Buckner’s teammate on the 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship teams, will be competing as a member of Australia’s Olympic squad.Buckner and Dennerley will be competing in the Olympics for the first time, and their selections mark the fourth straight time that Trojans have participated in Olympic water polo.
Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Santiago, who is now on her fifth and last year at NU, has been imposing herself over just about everyone—her experience culled from playing in several club tournaments coming to fore.She recently nixed an offer to play for Asian top club Bangkok Glass, which reportedly offered P1.2 million for a six-month stint. During Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals, she unloaded 23 markers to help crush Far Eastern U, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24.“I no longer concern myself with any position because I train in playing all positions,” said Santiago in Filipino.Usually the tallest in every team she plays in, Santiago started out as a middle blocker.For the national team, she played open and even opposite, something that worked perfectly for the Lady Bulldogs, who are eyeing a sweep of the PVL title on Saturday—and the league’s first unbeaten run in history.“I have to remind myself to be flexible because I’m a professional player,” added Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT She’s more than that now.NU coach Babes Castillo said he has seen the 6-foot-5 utility spiker evolve into a strong leader for the Lady Bulldogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Her maturity is really coming out,” said Castillo of the 21-year-old Santiago who, over the past year, has been part of the national team in major international competitions.Santiago averaged 26 points during the semifinals, which saw the Lady Bulldogs sweep reigning NCAA champion Arellano University. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For years, Jaja Santiago has been National University’s mean scoring machine.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sports 5 gets huge boost with ESPN partnership LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments
Southampton goalkeeper McCarthy: Hasenhuttl all about…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has revealed manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has emphasised their work off the ball.Saints face Arsenal later today.”He’s gone through the way they press, what they do when they have got the ball, without the ball, everything. Everything’s clear and we all understand what we are doing and reading off the same page,” McCarthy said.”Everyone’s just pressing, pressing, pressing, once you lose the ball. And when we regain the ball, instead of turning round and playing it back, having that confidence to play forward and bring everyone up the pitch so we’re a lot more attacking.”The thing with the boys pressing a lot higher and with more intensity, hopefully I’ll have a little bit less work to do!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Sarri defends Hazard in striker’s role for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri defended his use of Eden Hazard as a striker for defeat to Leicester City.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, after the Blues had been on top during the opening 45 minutes.Sarri said, “I was really very happy at the end of the first half because we played very well, we were dangerous, we conceded nothing to the opponents, so I was very happy with the team and our deployment of Hazard as a striker. After the goal his position wasn’t important.”It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match. In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is moving forward with its plans to modernize fleet and has set sights on adding seven ships with options for five more.Specifically, HMM will acquire two large container vessels at a 10% lower price than the current market price as it eyes to bolster its fleet competitiveness.Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction based in the Philippines has been hired for the job of building the ships.The price tag for the boxship pair totals USD 162 million.The company said that the two vessels are scheduled for delivery in May 2018 and are expected to be deployed on East Coast South America trade.“HMM bolsters its competitiveness through the early acquisition of fuel efficient & eco-friendly large container vessels at a lower price than the current market price,” a company spokesperson commented.What is more, HMM said that the company’s board of directors has finalized the plans to build five 300,000 DWT very large crude carriers (VLCC) at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).Under the letter of intent (LOI) HMM inked with DSME in April 2017, the order for the five VLCCs contains options for five more ships.HMM further noted that it will invest KRW 470 billion (USD 418.9 million) in new facilities for the construction of the crude carriers.As informed earlier, HMM will tap into the government’s financing program dubbed the New Shipbuilding Program to secure funds for the ship construction. The South Korean government announced the financing scheme worth KRW 2.6 trillion (USD 2.28 billion) in October last year with the aim of helping the country’s shipping industry.The company said the investment in crude carriers has been prompted by low newbuilding prices which have fallen to the lowest level since 2003.“However, multi-country market research companies forecast a rebound in VLCC newbuilding price after 2019 as to the improvement of supply & demand in accordance with the deployment of fewer newbuildings, combined with increasing scrapping activity,” the company concluded.The VLCCs are set for sequential delivery in the first half of 2019.
playerTeamTOTALper 600 plate app. Aaron Hicks is climbing the WAR chartsThe top 20 MLB players by wins above replacement per 600 plate appearances, 2017-18 8Jose AltuveAstros12.56.04 19Giancarlo StantonMarlins/Yankees10.84.73 9Francisco LindorIndians13.25.51 It once seemed inevitable that the New York Yankees would sign Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper when he became a free agent at the end of this season. Though Harper has been injured and inconsistent since his 2015 MVP year, he’s still a rare talent who will hit free agency just entering his physical prime at age 26 — and the Yankees are one of the few teams able to afford him.But the Yankees may no longer need Harper’s services in the outfield. They’ve found a new star to join Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of their big names, a star who may not be as well-known but who has turned into one of the game’s best players: Aaron Hicks.The underrated 28-year-old is in his prime and under club control through the 2019 season. Hicks avoided arbitration by settling for a modest one-year, $2.85 million deal last offseason. He’ll be a relative bargain next year, too.Hicks homered Saturday and later provided the walk-off hit against Baltimore to clinch a playoff berth for the Yankees. He left Monday’s game in the fourth inning with hamstring discomfort, but he told reporters he isn’t concerned and should be able to return in a few days.Through Sunday, Hicks was tied for 17th in position player wins above replacement at 4.9 WAR, according to FanGraphs. (Harper was tied for 38th.) WAR is an accumulative stat, so when we adjust for playing time,1Hicks missed significant time in 2017 because of an oblique injury. Hicks ranked 11th in baseball in WAR per 600 plate appearances since 2017. By that measure, he placed ahead of stars like Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez and Kris Bryant in terms of overall performance per playing time. 17J.D. MartinezTigers/D-Backs/Red Sox9.14.88 15Kris BryantCubs9.25.01 WAR 1Mike TroutAngels16.38.95 14Alex BregmanAstros11.05.04 Among players with at least 800 plate appearances since the start of the 2017 season.Source: FanGraphs 5Anthony RendonNationals12.46.32 10Tommy PhamCardinals/Rays9.65.38 4Jose RamirezIndians14.56.61 12Christian YelichMarlins/Brewers11.25.11 13Andrelton SimmonsAngels10.45.07 20Lorenzo CainRoyals/Brewers9.74.72 6Justin TurnerDodgers9.56.08 3Aaron JudgeYankees13.06.79 16J.T. RealmutoMarlins8.94.88 18Nolan ArenadoRockies10.64.82 7Matt ChapmanAthletics9.36.06 2Mookie BettsRed Sox15.16.91 11Aaron HicksYankees8.25.30 Hicks projects to finish 2018 as a 5-WAR center fielder, a star-level player. He blends one of the game’s strongest outfield arms (reaching 105.5 mph with a throw in 2016) at a premium defensive position with one of the most disciplined bats in the majors and burgeoning switch-hitting power.Of course, prior to last season, he had been a major disappointment. The Twins selected Hicks — a two-way star at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California — 14th overall in the 2008 draft. He made multiple top 100 prospect lists. But in his three years in the majors with Minnesota, covering 928 plate appearances, Hicks batted just .225 with a .306 on-base percentage and .349 slugging mark. It was good for an OPS+ of 81, meaning he was 19 percent below the average major league offensive performer.On Nov. 11, 2015, the Twins ran out of patience and traded Hicks to the Yankees for John Ryan Murphy, a replacement-level catcher with a career on-base mark of .269. Murphy is now a backup in Arizona.“In Minnesota, I feel like I was just trying to hit for a high average. That’s pretty much all I was trying to do,” Hicks told me in July. “I didn’t worry about home runs or anything like that. I just tried to get on base and have a high on-base percentage and hit singles: up-the-middle, opposite field.”The approach was generally ineffective for Hicks. When he arrived at Yankee Stadium, which has one of the shortest right-field fences in baseball, his entire philosophy changed. With the Twins in 2015, Hicks pulled batted balls at a 35.8 percent rate. Hicks has increased his pull percentage to 42.9 percent last season and to 45.1 percent this season, making him the 28th most pull-oriented hitter in the game.“When I came here, they wanted me to use my athleticism to hit the ball in the air more,” Hicks said. “Hit for more power. … The [Yankees major league] staff has been amazing as far as being able to elevate my game, different approaches in how to attack the baseball, and how to become the type of player I want to be.”The Yankees as a team focus on power and pull. That philosophy may be why the Yankees (251 home runs through Sunday) could challenge the 1997 Seattle Mariners’ single-season team home run record (264) despite having only one player (Stanton) with more than 30 home runs this season.Hicks doesn’t have the raw power of some of his teammates: His average exit velocity of 87.3 mph puts him in the middle of the pack in the majors, ranking 195th out of 336 batters. But he said his focus on power and pull has a side benefit: He’s become more selective at the plate. Hicks ranks fifth in baseball in walk rate on the season at 15.8 percent, a slight increase from his 14.1 percent mark last year and a large gain from 2016 (8.3 percent) and 2015 (8.7 percent). In the second half of this season, Hicks leads baseball in walk rate at 19.6 percent.“When I try and get the ball in the air, I swing at less stuff, because if I can’t hit a pitch in the air, I don’t swing at it,” Hicks said. “Naturally, I start to walk more. … If I’m getting pitches I can’t do damage with, I’m not going to swing until I have to with two strikes.”Only two major league players have walked more frequently and hit more home runs than Hicks this season: Harper and Mike Trout.Hicks swung at 23.8 percent of pitches classified as out of the strike zone in 2015 and 24.4 percent in his first year with the Yankees in 2016. That rate dipped to 21.5 percent last year and 19.4 percent this season. Among qualified hitters, only Joey Votto, Alex Bregman, Andrew McCutchen and Mookie Betts are swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone. Those players are either MVP candidates (Bregman, Betts) or have won MVP Awards (Votto, McCutchen). Trout ranks seventh.Pitchers have thrown Hicks — an excellent fastball hitter — fewer and fewer four-seam fastballs, from 34.8 percent of offerings in 2016 to 31.2 this season. Yet Hicks is slugging .525 against curveballs and holding his own against changeups.The Yankees have unearthed a star. While the club could still pursue Harper, Hicks gives it an alternative. He allows New York to invest $400 million elsewhere this winter and beyond.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Home is not very far for a trio of Ohio State men’s lacrosse players. For senior midfielder Scott Lathrop, sophomore defenseman Mark Crawford and freshman defenseman John Hardesty, it is a short drive back to their hometown of Upper Arlington. All three Buckeyes played high school lacrosse for Upper Arlington High School. “Playing there gave me confidence. It gave me drive to continue the success here,” Lathrop said. “I know everybody always wants to win, but it’s nice coming from a program that had that kind of success.” In the case of Upper Arlington, “success” might not be the right word. “Dominance” might be more appropriate. Upper Arlington coach Ted Wolford is entering his 18th season at the helm. He has won 12 state championships as coach. Wolford said the trio of Buckeyes are some of the most loyal kids he has coached. “If you say to yourself, ‘If I were to go into battle, would I want one of those guys in your foxhole with you?’ You would say, without a doubt,” he said. “Any one of those guys would be people that would have your back, people that would be there to support you.” Lathrop, a co-captain for the No. 13/15-ranked Buckeyes, also was a captain when he wore a Golden Bears uniform. “Scott was a captain for us, you know, as well as he is now for Ohio State,” Wolford said. “He was just always a very focused individual that worked very hard.” Wolford said Crawford’s first choice was football and that he chose to play lacrosse late in his high school career. But, Wolford said, that didn’t change the type of character he had. “He definitely had the strongest work ethic in his senior class,” Wolford said. “He’s definitely one of those kids that everybody looked up to because he pushed everybody to improve. There’s not an ounce of ego in him at all.” Just a freshman for the Buckeyes, Hardesty was exposed to high-level competition early in his high school career. Like Lathrop, Hardesty also was a captain for Upper Arlington. “Right from the get-go, he kept coming to us and asking how he could get better,” Wolford said. “He always pushed us as coaches to help him improve his game.” The success of the Upper Arlington program has made it a hot spot for OSU recruiting. Wolford said he already has two players on his team this year who have committed to play for the Buckeyes in the future. Although the three Buckeyes all are in different classes, they share a bond from their time as Golden Bears. “I think the biggest part would just be having that person that you’ve known for two, three or four years in high school, and kind of having that connection already made and bringing it to college,” Crawford said. Despite the three now playing lacrosse for the Buckeyes, Wolford said he still remains in contact with them. “I always try to stick around after games and try to talk to them afterwards and see how they’re doing,” he said. “I want to let them know that I’m very proud of them; I’m very happy with the fact that they’re competing and that they’re doing well both in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors.” OSU has started off the season with three consecutive victories against Detroit Mercy, Mercer and previously No. 3-ranked North Carolina. The Buckeyes suffered their first loss against Massachusetts on Saturday, 11-9. While many of the OSU players come from all over the country, the trio has one advantage that not many other members of the team can say they have. “We share a little bit, I think, because we’re always getting stuff for being so close to home and going home and getting home-cooked meals,” Crawford said. “So we all have to stick together and stay strong.”
Los Merengues’ coach will manage his first competitive game since being sacked from the Spain national team on the eve of the 2018 World CupAfter leading Real Madrid to its third consecutive Champions League title in May, Zinedine Zidane quit the team.Los Merengues’ coach left the team with many triumphs.And new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui knows this will be very hard to overcome, but he wants to write his own story.“Zizou did an extraordinary job and got incredible titles,” Lopetegui said during a news conference as reported by Four Four Two.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“But this is the past, now we are focused to keep on getting them, keep making history and we have to try to be better and better in all aspects.”“And we’ll try to do it, and don’t look back. We have to look forward with confidence and work,” he added.Real Madrid and Lopetegui will play against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.Both teams will battle for the UEFA Super Cup in Tallin, Estonia.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum revealed how manager Jurgen Klopp helped them bounce back from back-to-back defeats.After starting their opening 21 games unbeaten in this season’s Premier League, Liverpool were handed a first defeat in their first game of 2019 at Manchester City on January 3.The Reds’ morale was handed another blow just four days later when they went crashing out in the third round of the FA Cup to Wolves.But Liverpool have since responded strongly to those setbacks with wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace to help maintain their four-point lead over City at the top of the Premier League.Now Wijnaldum has revealed exactly how Klopp got through to the squad following their disappointing results at the beginning of the new year.“You always learn from a defeat, even more than when you win games because when you win, you don’t see everything you did wrong,” said Wijnaldum on the club website.“When you lose games you analyse them more than when you win. Of course, we learned. Every team learns when they lose a game.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“What I learned the most was that we still need to keep the confidence; in Jurgen, we have a manager who can help us with that.“That’s what he said after the games against City and Wolves – that we must keep the confidence and maybe even work harder than before.“He gave us the feeling that we had to deal with it and work even harder to make it better.”Wijnaldum, who missed the last game against Palace, has made 27 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.The Netherlands international will be aiming to make his return to the team ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Leicester City at Anfield.The match between Liverpool and Leicester will begin at 21:00 (CET).