Women’s volleyball beats San Diego, moves on to third round

first_imgPhoto by Kaan Demiroz || Daily TrojanThe 10th-seeded Women of Troy advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament after a win over San Diego on Saturday.San Diego edged out the Louisiana State Tigers in a 3-1 win at Galen Center to advance to the second round and recorded their 25th win in the process. The Toreros are 25-4 on the season including an impressive 17-1 in the West Coast Conference play and was ranked No. 9 on the AVCA coaches rankings. The Trojans were No. 14 on the latest AVCA rankings.In the first set, the Trojans jumped out and continually maintained a small lead over the Toreros for most of the game. While the Toreros kept close with the Trojans, the Toreros could never take the lead against the Trojans. The Toreros committed several mishaps that contributed to a 4-1 Trojans run to take a 18-15 lead, forcing a timeout. The Toreros would storm back to tie it at 22-22 behind Addie Picha’s scoring efforts but Niki Withers would help the Trojans close out the Toreros in the 1st set 25-22. The Toreros recorded nine errors in the first set alone which helped the Trojans tremendously in taking the 1st set.The second set began with another fiercely competitive start as both teams fought to an 8-8 tie early on. The Trojans would however, take a 5-point lead on a 10-5 run which put the Trojans ahead 18-13 and seemingly in control of the second set. However, the Trojans committed consecutive errors which helped the Toreros tie the game at 18-all. The Trojans and the Toreros would trade point for point until they were tied at 24-24. The Toreros quickly seized advantage with a Roxie Wiblin kill to lead 25-24 before Trojans net error lifted the Toreros to a 26-24 set win. The Toreros only hit .108 in the 2nd set and had eight errors while the Trojans hit .103 and recorded nine errors.In the crucial third set, the Toreros came out on fire as they took control with a 9-3 early lead which was later extended to 11-3, forcing a USC timeout. The Trojans responded with a 7-3 run of their own to cut into the deficit and force a San Diego timeout. The Trojans kept close with the Toreros throughout the rest of the set as they trailed 20-22 at one point before tying it up at 22 apiece on a Brittany Abercrombie kill. Both teams would later fight to a 24-24 tie but Jayden Kennedy of the Toreros broke the tie with a kill to help the Toreros take a 25-24 advantage. On the next possession, the Trojans commit a service error which gave the Toreros a 26-24 3rd set win and a 2-1 lead, putting the Trojans on the brink of elimination.  The Toreros opened the fourth set carrying the game momentum and surged to an early 5-2 lead but the Trojans tied it up at 8. The fourth set remained heavily contested with neither team gaining control but the Toreros would hold a small 12-10 lead. The Trojans would go on a 7-3 run to take the lead over the Toreros 17-15 behind a balanced effort but the Toreros would answer with a quick 4-1 run to retake the lead at 19-18 and force a USC timeout. However the Trojans would grind out a 6-2 run to take a convincing 24-21 lead on consecutive kills and 2 crucial Toreros errors. While the Toreros cut it to 22-24, an attacking error by the Toreros gave the Trojans a 25-22 4th set win, tying the game up at two sets apiece. In the fifth and final set, the teams opened with a 2-2 tie but the Toreros would take a brief 5-3 lead. Lanier and Withers helped the Trojans tie it at 5-5 behind a kill and a successful defensive stop. The Trojans would later tie the game again at 7 before Reni Meyer-Whalley helped guide the Trojans to a 9-7 lead with a service ace and assist. The Toreros would storm back to take a 10-9 lead on a short 3-0 run, forcing another USC timeout. Down one and close to elimination, the Trojans sprung to life as Jordan Dunn and Brittany Abercrombie both spiked it home for 2 kills and a Dunn block leads to an attack error, giving the Trojans a 12-10 lead and forcing a San Diego timeout. The Toreros would cut into the lead with a kill but with firm momentum on the Trojans side, the Toreros were unable to defend against a Lanier kill and an Abercrombie kill, giving the Trojans a 14-11 lead and putting the Toreros on the brink of elimination. In the final possession, the Toreros spiked it out of bounds, giving the Trojans a 15-11 5th set victory and a 3-2 game win to advance to the regional semifinals.“This is a great win for us because we’re continuing to grow and get better,” head coach Mick Haley said. “All the things that we’ve had happen to us during the season happened to us again during set two and three. No one knew who would win set four until right at the end and we started making the right decisions down the stretch and executed the right way. I was really impressed in set five. We had 11 kills on 18 attempts with only two errors. Even though we had some errors, we still came out on top. This is one that can really spring us for the regionals. We really need to know that we can do this and come back from deficits under pressure. It was nice doing it at home. Now, we’ll see if we can do it on the road.”In the hard-fought win, the Trojans were once again led by Khalia Lanier with 23 kills on .259 hitting percentage, Niki Withers with 14 kills on .194 hitting percentage and Brittany Abercrombie on .194 hitting percentage. Jordan Dunn lifted the team on both the offensive and the defensive side, contributing 7 kills on .583 and recorded two block solos and eight block assists. Reni Meyer-Whalley recorded another double double with 32 assists and 14 digs while Cindy Marina recorded 19 assists and nine digs. Victoria Garrick had nine assists and 14 digs and was very effective all night on defense. The Trojans as a team had 65 kills on .218, 28 errors, 62 assists, 62 digs, 22 block assists and two block solos. The Trojans were extremely impressive in the fifth set, going for 11 kills on 18 attempts while committing two errors for a .500 hitting percentage.The Toreros were led by Jayden Kennedy with 16 kills on .204 hitting percentage while Addie Picha, Lauren Fuller, Kaity Edwards each recorded 12 kills. Kristen Gengenbacher had a double double of 51 assists and 19 digs, both of which were the game-highs. As a team, the Toreros had 61 kills on .136, 60 assists, 66 digs, 24 block assists and 2 block solos. However, the team committed 37 errors, including 11 alone in the 4th set, which helped the Trojans. “[Jayden Kennedy] on the right side is a really fine player,” Haley said. “We were finally able to close her down after a very effective first and second sets. Then, they started going to their middles and the left side, and we had to figure out how to get that under control. Throughout the whole match, I felt our serving was consistently strong and aggressive. I think that’s what eventually wore down [Central Arkansas] yesterday and helped us wear down USD today. I was glad that the committee recognized us with the 10th seed, which I think we were both pretty equal coming in. You look at today’s match and you can see just how back-and-forth it was. Their setter was really good and they certainly did a lot of really nice things, but all-in-all, I think we had more firepower.”With a hard-fought win over San Diego, who are now eliminated, the 24-9 Women of Troy will now move on to the regional semifinals to play the 7th-seeded (No. 8 on AVCA rankings) Minnesota Golden Gophers (28-5, 15-5 Big Ten Conference) in Gainesville, Florida on Friday. Minnesota overwhelmed North Dakota 3-0 in the first round before taking down Northern Iowa 3-1 to advance to the regional semifinals.last_img read more

Overseas riders line up for joBerg2c

first_imgWord of mouth“This is primarily due to the great magazine coverage we’ve received there, as well as word of mouth from riders who’ve done the event.” 4 October 2012 The fourth edition of the nine-day stage race, which starts on 26 April next year, will see 300 teams from at least 16 different countries represented on the start line at Heidelberg, just south of Johannesburg. “Our aim is to attract people who love riding, rather than those who enjoy racing. However, we do make sure that the racing snakes are handsomely rewarded.” He said a longer event such as the joberg2c was ideal for visitors wanting to maximise their stay and get a real feel for the South African landscapes and people. To date, 70 foreign riders – compared to 28 in 2012 – have signed up for what used to be South Africa’s best-kept secret, with more queries being received on a daily basis. SAinfo reporter Wapnick said this represented a steady and significant growth on the inaugural event, which fielded 12 overseas participants. As an added bonus, said Wapnick, the final three days followed the same route as the world’s largest fully serviced mountain bike stage race – the sani2c. Full-service ride“It’s a great full-service ride across South Africa, on awesome trails through almost a hundred private farms, with genuine local hospitality and, of course, delicious food,” he enthused. Wapnick said those who were pressed for time could opt for the three or six-day versions of the event. “The Old Mutual joBerg2c is known for its incredible single track, which is perfect for the millions of trail-loving riders around the world.” According to one of the organisers, Craig Wapnick, there has been a surge of interest from the United States, Britain, Belgium and Australia in particular. With the number of overseas riders having more than doubled for next year’s event, the Old Mutual joBerg2c’s reputation is steadily growing in international mountain biking circles. This year’s race offered a prize purse of R330 000. African ChallengeFor riders just beyond South Africa’s borders (countries such as Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana) there is an unofficial African Challenge, with bragging rights going to the winners. Caters for allAlthough the event is sanctioned by Cycling South Africa, Wapnick said UCI points are not a current focus as the event caters for all levels of riders. He said negotiations were under way with well-known international riders who had expressed an interest in undertaking the 900km journey to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New Features and Enhancements in Premiere Pro Creative Cloud

first_imgSwitching between video and audio waveforms quickly in the Source MonitorBeing able to see your audio waveform in the Source Monitor is helpful when editing a sound bite into a video editing sequence.Previously you had to go into “Settings” (the wrench icon) to switch your view to audio waveforms. Now, clicking the “Drag Audio Only” icon will switch you to waveform view. Clicking “Drag Video Only” icon again will switch you back to the video.Out of sync indicators for unlinked clipsIn previous versions of Premiere Pro you didn’t receive any kind of  “out of sync” warning when you unlinked video and audio. Now when video/audio are unlinked (Shortcut: Command+L on Mac or Control + L on PC) and you move one of them, you see the sync indicators. See the red numbers in the example shot below.The clips have to overlap for this to work (this setting can be turned on/off in General Preferences): Increase/decrease Track Size with Middle mouse buttonYou can now modify your video track side when sliding the middle mouse button. I loved this feature in Adobe Audition, and am glad that it is now in Premiere Pro. I use this often to dynamically change my track size and find it a big time saver.Bonus: Holding down shift while using the middle mouse button lets you increase/decrease all your video or audio tracks at once.Timeline Display SettingsYou can now access Display Settings from the wrench icon in your video editing sequence. You can choose what to see/not see,  which allows a good bit of customization. You could also make shortcuts for any of these that you use often.You can save track presets, which is handy if you want different track heights on different types of editing projects (for instance, you could have one preset for music videos, another for documentary work, etc).You can also access additional timeline options, like how to view thumbnails, from the Timeline Panel Menu:Additional ShortcutsIf you like to edit using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse, there are some helpful updates in Premiere Pro CC.  The Premiere Pro shortcuts I particularly like are the nudge (move a clip up, down, left or right), and track targeting (move sources/targets up/down).I generally go to the Keyboard Shortcuts setting, type in what I want to do, and see if there is a shortcut for it.  If no shortcut exists by default, I create my own.Additional GPU SupportPremiere Pro Creative Cloud has GPU support for both AMD & NVIDIA cards. This is a big one for a lot of Mac users (the announced Mac Pro will have 2 AMD GPU’s). Premiere Pro can also take advantage of 2 GPU’s when exporting which will speed up output.Here is a link to Adobe’s list of supported cards. I guess I need to start saving up for the yet unannounced Mac Pro release!If you have any favorite new features in Premiere Pro CC, be sure to share them in the comments below! In this post, we take a look at smaller, but helpful, new features and enhancements in Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud!With the Creative Cloud update Adobe added many big new features in Premiere Pro like Link & Locate, Cloud Sync Settings, and the Audio Clip Mixer.  In a previous blog post I looked at 10 features in Premiere Pro Next (before the product was announced).Now that Premiere Pro Creative Cloud is out, let’s take a look at some additional, smaller features that improve the video editing experience even more.Audio Plugins ManagerPremiere Pro supports third-party VST3 plug-ins (and Audio Units on a Mac). These are common plugin formats, so If you are already own third-party plug-ins you can now use them in Premiere Pro.Just like video plugins, there are audio plugins that perform specific tasks like noise reduction or EQ quicker or better than the default plugins in Premiere Pro. I can now use Waves Vocal Rider in Premiere Pro to automatically ride my levels (even out my audio in a natural sounding way), which can be a big time saver.Adobe has a link for third party video and audio plugins, and hopefully will add more audio ones in the future (currently only Izotope).You access the Plug-ins Manger from Preferences > Audio, or from the Audio Track Mixer panel menu.last_img read more

SPORT BCCI OMBUDSMAN 2

first_imgVengsarkar, a former chief selector who is currently the Vengsarkar, a former chief selector who is currently the vice president of the Mumbai Cricket Association and director of the National Cricket Academy (both honorary positions), was alleged to be running a cricket academy for junior cricketers in Pune and may favour them, leading to conflict of interest. Vengsarkar had replied that as NCA director in an honorary capacity it was routine for the Board to bear the travel and accommodation expenses and his appointment should be viewed in the light of his position as a former India captain. The 116-Test veteran had also stated in his reply that he had been running academies for the last 21 years. After receving another rejoinder from the applicant, the Ombudsman decided that this was not a case for taking any action as there was no conflict of interest in accordance with the BCCIs rules. The Ombudsman also upheld the complaint of Conflict of Interest against former Ranji Trophy cricketer Bhat that while hes a managing committee member of Karnataka State Cricket Association as well as chairman/selector for under 16 and under 14 he also works in the Brijesh Patel Cricket Academy and the IDBI Academy. Bhat, in his reply, had said he did not draw any salary from both the academies and was only reumbursed his TA and DA. However, the Ombudsman has pointed out relevant Rule 2 (C) that “Cricketers appointed as coaches of Indian teams or national selectors shall not be associated with any private coaching academies during their tenure”, and has directed KSCA to ask Bhat to forthwith dissassociate with both the academies. “In the event that Mr Bhat decides to continue his association with either academy, or any other cricket academy, then he cannot continue in his position as a Chairman/Selector of the U-16 team,” said Justice Shah in his Order while disposing off the application. The Ombudsman, however, held that six others connected with KSCA – B K Ravi, L Prashanth, Mansoor Ali Khan, Somashekar Siriguppi, Rajesh Kamath and Yere Gowda – did not have any conflict of interest. (More) PTI SSR DK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

How good is this kid: Justin Langer impressed by Steve Smith’s Australia return

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer has said that Steve Smith is in the “best physical condition of his life.” Smith showed ominous form in Australia’s practice matches against New Zealand scoring an unbeaten 91 on Friday to lead Australia to victory. This was after he had scored an unbeaten 89 off 77 balls in the previous match.Langer said one of Smith’s goals when he started serving his one-year ban following the 2018 Newlands ball tampering scandal was to return to the squad in better physical shape. The 48-year-old former opener said that Smith has certainly done that in his time out.”I think his skin folds are the lowest they’ve ever been and they’re talking elite level,” Langer told SEN. “I certainly slept a lot better last night. It warmed my heart to be honest. I actually watched him on the weekend, he had a nets session on Sunday night and I was sitting with a couple of coaches and I just said How good is this kid’.”Langer said that Smith’s innings in the second practice match was a “tutorial in batting.” He also stated that David Warner, who is also returning to the squad after a one-year ban has done the same. Both players had recently undergone elbow surgery with Smith’s being a more serious case than Warner’s.”They’re in pretty good shape, they’re not throwing like Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff at the moment or Glenn Maxwell, but they’re certainly working their way up to it and that’s good for us,” said Langer.advertisementWhile Warner was his typical ballistic self while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, he was not able to translate that form into the practice matches. In the three games he scored 39, 0 and 2 with the first score coming when he went in one down.Also Read | Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XIAlso Read | Steve Smith hits 77-ball 89 but Australia XI lose to New Zealand XIlast_img read more

Local DJs Boycott Bahamas Carnival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 1, 2017 – Freeport – With the kickoff of the Junkanoo Carnival held this weekend, many locals, including Disc Jockeys have decided to boycott the 2017 Bahamas Junanoo Carnival. This decision comes as the organizers of the carnival have gone against using local DJs for the event. In a statement, the disc jockeys said “We The Disc Jockeys based on Freeport, Bahamas WILL NOT be supporting Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2017 in NO WAY, FORM OR FASHION.The organizers of this event have seen it fit to carry on this event without ONE (1) local Grand Bahama DJ as apart of the line up. Further, it is rumoured that a Sound System was shipped in from elsewhere to fulfill its purpose.We are humbly asking those of you who are Friends, Family and Fans of ours to join us in The BOYCOTT of this event for the Blatant disrespect and non-consideration towards US; (GB DISC JOCKEYS)”.Seek your favorite GB DJ’s Social media for confirmation of this release.#magneticmedianews#localdjsboycottcarnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#localdjsboycottcarnival, #locladjsboycottcarnival, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

WATCH Senate Conducts Final Day of Supreme Court Nominee Hearings

first_imgSenators began the fourth and final day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, but with the nominee finished answering questions the day they seemed unlikely to alter his path to confirmation.Senate Democrats worked into the night Thursday in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared on his way to becoming the court’s 114th justice.The 53-year-old appellate judge stuck to a well-rehearsed script throughout his testimony, providing only glimpses of his judicial stances while avoiding any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his confirmation. In what almost seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh’s two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached.On the schedule Friday are more than two dozen witnesses on both sides of the nomination fight. Democratic witnesses include John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel who cooperated with prosecutors during the Watergate investigation, and Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for a pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed last year.On the Republican side, former solicitors general Theodore Olson and Paul Clement will testify in support of the nominee, along with former students, law clerks and the mother of a basketball player Kavanaugh coached.Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, Oct. 1.Trump, campaigning in Montana on Thursday night, sought to elevate Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a political litmus test for voters, saying the judge deserves bipartisan support and criticizing the “anger and the meanness on the other side — it’s sick.”Abortion was a focus throughout Kavanaugh’s two days of testimony. The Democrats’ best shot at stopping Kavanaugh — who could swing the court further to the right for decades — would be branding him as a justice who might vote to overturn the court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Their hope is that two Republican senators who support abortion rights could break from their party and vote against him.A newly disclosed email suggested Kavanaugh once indicated the abortion case was not settled law, though Kavanaugh denied in the hearing that he had been expressing his personal views.The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday, when he stressed how difficult it is to overturn precedents like Roe. In the email, Kavanaugh was reviewing a potential op-ed article in support of two judicial nominees while he was working at the George W. Bush White House. The document had been held by the committee as confidential but was made public Thursday.“I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so,” Kavanaugh wrote, referring to justices at the time, in an email to a Republican Senate aide.The document was partially redacted.Asked about it by the committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kavanaugh reiterated his previous testimony that “Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court.”Democrats also questioned Kavanaugh’s ability to separate himself from Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly stated the importance of judicial independence.Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about Trump or commit to stepping aside from any case about the Russia investigation that might come to the Supreme Court. When Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut invited him to denounce Trump’s criticism of federal judges, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nominee demurred.“The way we stand up is by deciding cases and controversies independently without fear or favor,” Kavanaugh said.Much of the debate among senators focused more on the disclosure of documents than on Kavanaugh’s record. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey — who along with Harris is a potential presidential candidate in 2020 — said he was willing to risk fallout over releasing confidential documents about Kavanaugh’s views on race. Republican John Cornyn of Texas warned him that senators could be expelled for violating confidentially rules. Democrats and Booker responded, “Bring it on.”In fact, some of the documents the Democrats wanted disclosed had been released hours earlier, in a pre-dawn disclosure approved by GOP attorney Bill Burck, who serves as presidential records lawyer for Bush.The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh’s unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House. The panel’s process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh’s documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who released more documents Thursday, stood by his handling of the issue.“My process was fair,” Grassley declared. Sharelast_img read more