Women’s tennis gears up for crosstown rivalry match

first_imgFollowing a 7-0 sweep of San Diego State, the No. 22 USC women’s tennis team prepares for a matchup with its crosstown rival, No. 20 UCLA. The Bruins will come to Marks Stadium on Saturday for a noon tilt with the Trojans. The match, however, will not count toward Pac-12 play.But despite the fact that it doesn’t have direct conference implications, pride will be at stake, as is the case with any matchup between the Trojans and Bruins. The match has significant weight towards the annual Crosstown Cup, with the winner of Saturday’s match taking home 5 points (out of 10 allotted for the sport) for their school. USC has won the Crosstown Cup 10 out of the past 15 years, but the Trojans are currently trailing 45-35 to the Bruins. A win this weekend against their historic rival would help the Trojans’ cause significantly.The Bruins are led by freshman Ena Shibahara, currently ranked No. 3 in the ITA rankings, and No. 91 redshirt freshman Jada Hart. Both women have been selected as Pac-12 Player of the Week recently, with Hart getting the honor on Jan. 30 and Shibahara a week later on Feb. 6. The doubles team of Hart and Shibahara is currently ranked No. 12 in the country. The doubles team of Hart and junior Terry Fleming is also ranked at No. 38. Before their match with USC, UCLA will host Pepperdine on Friday in Westwood.The Trojans have time to wait and prepare for the Bruins. With a 7-0 sweep of San Diego State nearly two weeks ago, the Trojans improved their record to 3-1 on the season. Despite its win over the Aztecs, USC slipped from No. 18 to No. 22 in the ITA rankings. Junior Gabby Smith, went from unranked to the No. 25 singles player in the country. Smith, currently riding a nine-match win streak will look to keep the train rolling. Smith’s impressive run has included beating five ranked opponents. Other Trojans in the ITA top 100 include sophomore Jessica Failla (No. 61), senior Zoë Katz (No. 62) and junior Madison Westby (No. 82). In the ITA doubles rankings, the pair of Katz and Westby rose from the No. 27 to the No. 14 ranking. USC has two other ranked doubles teams including Katz and Smith (No. 47) and Failla and sophomore Rianna Valdes (No. 55).In a historically close matchup, USC has a slight lead over their rival Bruins with a 50-44 all-time record. In their last matchup with UCLA in April 2016, the Trojans defended their home court with a 4-1 win that sent USC to the Pac-12 Championship.Weather conditions on Friday led to a cancellation of USC’s matchup against No. 1 Florida, and the match will not be rescheduled. With 17 days between their win against San Diego State and their match against their rival from Westwood, the Trojans will be well rested, while the Bruins will have to recover quickly from their match on Friday.last_img read more

France star admits his delight after signing for Newcastle

first_img1 Remy Cabella believes he has taken the next step in his career by joining Newcastle.The French international, who was a second-half in substitute in France’s 1-0 win over Spain last week, joined Newcastle for £12m this summer from Ligue 1 side Montpellier.That fee made Cabella Newcastle’s most expensive signing since the £16m acquisition of Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005, and the Frenchman admitted he is eager to repay the club’s faith in him.“I am very happy to have signed for Newcastle. That’s what I wanted,” Cabella told RMC.“I wanted to take the next step and discover a new championship.“We must put the wheels in motion, win matches and then things will be even better.” Remy Cabella in action for France last_img

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILL, SWILLY AND LK ROVERS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 25.08.134 Lanterns USLCockhill Celtic 4 0 Bonagee Utd. Derry City Res. 3 5 Swilly Rovers(match reversed to Swilly Park)Letterkenny Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd.DPD First Division Swilly Rovers Res. 0 4 Kildrum Tigers Res. Reports Cockhill Celtic 4Bonagee Utd. 0Cockhill started off on the front foot and pinned Bonagee back for long periods in the1st half. Bonagee played with 3in the centre midfield with the hard working Anthony Appiah up front. Cockhill almost broke the deadlock on 19th minutes with Gerard Mc Laughlin crossing for Garvin Friel to head narrowly over. A minute later Johnny Havlin hit the bar from a Gerry Gill corner. On the 31st minute Bonagee almost broke the stalemate when Anthony Appiah brought a good save from Gavin Cullen, the ball broke and Cockhill countered with Garvin Friel crossing for Mark Moran to tap inn at the back post: 1-0 to Cockhill. Cockhill continued to dominate with numerous half chances but Bonagee almost drew level on the stroke of half time with Appiah spurning a a great chance. Cockhill got a second goal on the 48th minute when Jimmy Bradley fed Garvin Friel who held of a defender and coolly slotted via the Bonagee post. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Bonagee with Cockhill creating numerous chances in the second half. A 3rd arrived when Jimmy Bradley for Aiden O Donnell to slot home from 5 yards. Cockhill grabbed a 4th in the 89th minute a corner from Christy Mc Laughlin corner was headed home by Johnny Havlin. Final score Cockhill 4 Bonagee 0.  Letterkenny Rovers 2Fanad Utd. 1Second half goals from Letterkenny Rovers’ in-form strike force of Darren McElwaine and Oisin McMenamin ensured all three points for the home side in this tight tussle with Fanad United at Leckview Park. It was an important victory for Trevor Scanlon’s side as they looked to build on last week’s impressive showing in their 6-1 defeat of Swilly Rovers and move a step closer to securing a third place finish. However, this game remained in the balance right up until the end as the hosts conceded a penalty within sixty seconds of doubling their advantage and Brian McVeigh’s spot kick for Fanad made for an uncomfortable finish.Indeed the visitors played most of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Oisin Hassett. The opening forty-five minutes was rather low key. The main talking point was a McElwaine header which was scooped off the line ten minutes before the break. However, the Convoy man did find the target seven minutes after the re-start. Jonathan Minnock swung in a left footed corner and McElwaine’s powerful header from inside the box found the back of the net. Hassett’s red card two minutes later following an altercation with Chris Malseed had the visitors in further trouble. Rovers pressed for the second goal and while Kevin McGrath came close twice, they did eventually double their lead with seventeen minutes remaining. Jason Doherty skipped in from the right wing before he sliced open the Fanad defence with a precise pass through to Oisin McMenamin and the diminutive striker stroked the ball home past Jordan McBride for his fourth goal in two games. Fanad replied immediately when substitute Anthony Doherty upended David Edwards inside the box and McVeigh made no mistake from the penalty kick. Goalkeeper Jason Quinn got down well to deny an effort from Edwards while McElwaine and Kieran Doherty both had chances to wrap up the win in the closing minutes. Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty, Dan O’Donnell, Jonathan Minnock, Ruairi Kelly (Anthony Doherty on 46 mins) , Chris Malseed, Jason Doherty (Aaron Scanlon on 85 mins) , Glenn Gallagher, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Kevin McGrath.Fanad United – Jordan McBride, Myles McBride (Pauric Ferry on 76 mins), Daire McDaid, Ryan McGonigle, Glenn McNulty, Paddy McGrenaghan (Oisin Shiels on 90 mins) , Conor Matthewson (Kyle Burke on 85 mins) , Oisin Hassett, Brian McVeigh, David Edwards, Aiden Sweeney.Referee – Warren Harvey DPD First DivisionSwilly Rovers Res. 0Kildrum Tigers Res. 4Kildrum Tigers sealed the first division title with an impressive 4-0 win over a youthful Swilly Rovers team. Kevin Barr, the ex Derry City player with two fine goals and one a piece from Barry O Donnell and William Lynch sealed the victory. Swilly’s Bobby Hanlon an eleventh hour stand could not be faulted as swilly were short regular keepers Gareth Wade, Caelon Bolton and John Roulston. Kildrum were 1-0 up at half time but they overpowered Swilly in the second half to seal the victory. Both teams had a player each dismissed in the second half. Young Bobby Hanlon performed very well for the home side with a good team display for the visitors and newly crowned First Division champions.Match Referee : Thomas Mc Aree       Fixtures4 Lanterns USLMonday, August 26th at 7:45pmFinn Harps Res. v Drumkeen UtdRef. T. McAree Wednesday, August 28th at 7pmDerry City Res. v Fanad Utd.Ref. P. Coll Sunday, September 1st at 2pm (E.T. & Pens if required)Donegal News League Cup Semi-FinalsCockhill Celtic v Finn Harps Res.Ref. P. Duddy; Assts. T. McAree & P. Coll Drumkeen Utd. v Swilly RoversRef. S. Toner; Assts. C. McLaughlin & V. McLaughlin 4 Lanterns USLMonday, September 2nd at 8pmFanad Utd. v Bonagee Utd.Ref. J. McHugh DPD First DivisionTuesday, August 27th at 6:30pmBonagee Utd. Res. v Swilly Rovers Res.Ref. C. McLaughlinFriday, August 30th at 6:30pmDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res.Ref. V. McLaughlinUSL Squad for Inter Pros NamedJoint Managers, Donal O’Brien and Trevor Scanlon have named their 20 man panel for this years Inter Provincial tournament that will take place in Sligo the weekend of September 27th – 29th. The USL squad begin their campaign on the Friday night with a game against the Leinster Senior League with the teams playing out an entertaining 5-5 draw in last year’s tournament. They will then take on their Connacht counterparts on Saturday afternoon before finishing their weekend with a game against holders, Munster. All players are asked to attend training at the Aura Leisure Centre this Tuesday, August 27th at 7:45pm and to bring astro runners.Ryan Gildea, Benny Bonner, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, Seamus “Nanni” Friel (Drumkeen Utd.) Jonathon Minnock, Oisin McMenamin, Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) Oisin McColgan, Johnny Havlin, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, Malachy McDermott, Gerry Gill, Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic) Seamus Houghton, Josh Tracey, Georgie Kelly (Derry city Res.) Darren Cassidy, Paddy McLaughlin (Kildrum Tigers).     ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILL, SWILLY AND LK ROVERS was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:SWILLY AND LK ROVERSULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILLlast_img read more