After a strong non-conference showing, the No. 20 USC women’s soccer team kicked off Pac-10 play this weekend against No. 1 Stanford and No. 21 California.On fire · Freshman midfielder Elizabeth Eddy scored a hat trick Sunday against Cal to help lift the Trojans to a 5-4 overtime victory. – Dario Griffin | Daily Trojan Despite a tough loss to Stanford Friday at the Coliseum, the Women of Troy (8-3-2) came back strong Sunday afternoon and responded with a 5-4 sudden-death overtime victory against No. 21 California (6-3-4). The Women of Troy won the game five minutes into overtime after they received a free kick. Redshirt junior midfielder Ashli Sandoval did the rest as she placed the ball in the top right corner of the goal, putting an end to a wild game that gave the Women of Troy a hard-fought victory.“We should have had them in the beginning, but it turned out to be an entertaining game,” Sandoval said. “[I] had to stay calm and focus on that one shot and just put it in.”USC almost didn’t make it to overtime, as Cal forward Alex Morgan completed her hat trick with just two minutes left in regulation to give the Golden Bears a 4-3 lead.The Women of Troy refused to quit and responded 14 seconds later, when freshman midfielder Elizabeth Eddy completed a hat trick of her own to tie the game 4-4 and send it to overtime.“Our team showed a lot of character to pull out the win,” Eddy said. “We worked hard to get back each goal and we got it done.”The Women of Troy gained an early lead, scoring two goals within the first 3:30 of the game.Senior forward Megan Ohai added to her already-impressive résumé at USC with a shot that found its way inside the top left corner of the post. A few minutes later, Eddy scored her first goal of the day, giving the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead.Despite holding a early two-goal advantage, USC allowed the Golden Bears to get back into the game — and momentarily take the lead — in the second half.In the 65th minute, Cal forward/midfielder Lauren Battung scored her fourth goal of the season to cut the lead in half, 2-1.“A 2-0 lead is the most dangerous score in the game,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We knew if they got one, we knew it would be a dogfight.”And the game turned out to be exactly that as the Women of Troy and Golden Bears engaged in a seesaw battle the rest of the way.The Women of Troy responded in the 75th minute when Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger vacated the net after a defensive breakdown and Eddy poked the ball to the far right post to give the Women of Troy a 3-1 lead.But in a game where the temperature reached more than 90 degrees, forcing two USC defenders, freshman Mia Bruno and junior Claire Schloemer, out of the game, Khosroshahin had to juggle the lineup.“When you change your backline, problems can occur because of the continuity you have,” Khosroshahin said. “We don’t really change a whole lot back there, but we had to change it a lot.”With some of the Trojans’ key defenders missing, the Golden Bears took advantage, cutting the lead to a single goal again when Morgan headed in a ball off a free kick to make it 3-2.Before the win Sunday afternoon, USC played host to the top-ranked Cardinal on Friday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. USC fell short, losing 2-1 to Stanford (10-0-2) in front of an announced crowd of 1,429.“You got to give our ladies credit,” Khosroshahin said. “They kept fighting and kept battling. I thought we had more chances than [Stanford] did, but they just capitalized on the opportunities they had.”In the first half, the Women of Troy had numerous opportunities to strike, most notably when Eddy was able to break free from her defender, creating havoc for the Stanford backline.There was a scramble in front of the Stanford net, and the Women of Troy had three shots on goal but were denied by the Cardinal’s defense and goalkeeper Emily Oliver.In the second half, it wasn’t long before the Cardinal would break the tie — in the 59th minute, forward Christen Press knocked a shot from outside the box into the top left corner of the goal post, giving her team a 1-0 advantage.“We lost a little bit of momentum after we had a couple of great chances,” Khosroshahin said. “That’s a quality team that capitalizes on the opportunities they have.”The Cardinal would add an insurance goal in the 65th minute when Stanford midfielder Teresa Noyola managed to get her shot just past USC freshman goalkeeper Shelby Church, giving the Cardinal a 2-0 lead.“We just gave them too much time on the ball,” senior defender Karter Haug said. “They’re really good players, and if we give them that much time, they’re going to find the goal.”Though the Women of Troy were trailing, they refused to give up. In the 84th minute, Bruno scored her second goal of the year, cutting the lead in half.However, it would be too late for a comeback as Stanford held on to win, 2-1.Khosroshahin said his players showed a lot of heart, refusing to give up when their backs were against the wall.“We have a [great] team,” Khosroshahin said. “They just got to believe it. The ladies just showed unbelievable character.”
After a long career performing in comedy routines with his wife Anne Meara, Stiller became known for his role on Seinfeld as Frank Costanza, and as Leah Remini’s father on The King of Queens.### Jerry Stiller, George’s dad on Seinfeld has passed away at age 92. His son, actor Ben Stiller confirmed his father’s death in the early hours of Monday morning on Twitter. Stiller says his father died of natural causes.
England international Josh White rang in 2013 by finishing runner-up in the 87th New Year Invitational in Florida. The 21 year old from the Chipstead club in Surrey carded a closing 67, equal best of the final round, to finish with a four-round aggregate of 280, four strokes behind the winner, Toni Hakula, who closed with 68. A member of the England squad for 2013, White returned rounds of 70, 73, 70 and 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Michael Miller and David Lee, who shared third spot on 282. Leading final scores: 276 T Hakula 73 65 70 68 280 J White 70 73 70 67 282 M Miller 73 69 70 70 282 D Lee 73 69 69 71 283 L McCoy 69 70 71 73 7 Jan 2013 White celebrates new Year with second spot in Florida
Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen swept away with the English U16 girls’ open championship at Lyme Regis, finishing 11-under par and 11 shots clear of the field.After she holed her winning putt her fellow Finnish players ran on to the 18th green to soak her with water in celebration.The 15-year-old had a three shot lead at the halfway stage and took charge of the championship in this morning’s third round, when she scored one-under 73 and extended her lead to five shots.The final round was something of a procession as she played her way to a closing 72 – and the most convincing of victories. “This means everything,” said Hiltunen, who has already won the Finnish international U16 title this year.English players Ellie Gower (Chateaux des Vigier) Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey) and Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) all tried to challenge during the day, but there was just no stopping Hiltunen.The trio finished in a tie for second place on level par, with Gower shooting one-under in the final round.Hiltunen has been playing in the English U14 and U16 championships for three years and dearly wanted a win. She’s come close before and this year she was determined to claim the silverware.She came into the event in great form, having just taken the U16 Hazards Salver at the English U18 girls’ championship and she was confident from the start, when she opened with six-under 68. She kept up the momentum and each of her rounds were below par.Hiltunen has been working very hard on the practice ground and she commented: “I thought I was going to win because my swing is so good and it is getting better every day,” she said.Next, she turns her attention to the British girls’ championship – and she thinks she can win there too! Watch this space. For full scores click here 9 Aug 2018 Kerttu scores an 11-shot runaway win Tags: Lyme Regis, U16 Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Dissident MLAs gathered at a state bhavan in Delhi: The mice that roaredThey descended on New Delhi with the dark monsoon clouds. Armed with wordy petitions and soulful complaints, all directed against the state Congress(I) leadership, the invaders from the Indian states were around for a whole week, scouting for,Dissident MLAs gathered at a state bhavan in Delhi: The mice that roaredThey descended on New Delhi with the dark monsoon clouds. Armed withwordy petitions and soulful complaints, all directed against the stateCongress(I) leadership, the invaders from the Indian states were aroundfor a whole week, scouting for contacts that would find them an audience with Mrs Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi, in that order. They packed themselvesinto the state government bhavans and residential quarters of friendlyMPs. Striking an utterly discordant note in the party’s moment ofvictory in the presidential election, the dissident MLAs – 250 of themat one time – were suddenly gripped by a mood of unfamiliar defiance, as though some strange biological clock ticking in their system had toldthem that the time of change had arrived.Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab,Madhya Pradesh – the states were different though the target of thecomplaints hardly varied. To satisfy the horde of in-house rebels wouldhave meant for Mrs Gandhi to drop seven of the country’s 17 Congress(I)chief ministers.Apart from the fact that such a request was quiteimpossible to carry out, the party high command was too embarrassed toeven admit of the existence of heart-burning and grievances on suchlarge scale.Said Vasantdada Patil, the tactful general secretary of the All India Congress Committee-I (AICC-I): “It’s not true that all thesevisiting MLAs from the states are milling around in the capital only to see their chief ministers out of office. Many of them, have come toshare the party’s sense of triumph at the presidential election.”advertisementDetermination: Patil’s pronouncement could hardly have been greetedwith cheers by the determined lot of MLAs, many of whom had broughtwith them reams of “evidence” against the alleged corruption of theirchief ministers, and were holding group meetings at various places tochalk out strategy. Nor could they be shooed away by the party highcommand. As an aide of T. Anjiah, the deposed Andhra Pradesh chiefminister who had been camping for a week in New Delhi, said: “If theprime minister listens to us, we don’t go to the press. If she doesn’tlisten, we go to the press.”Particularly intractable was the Gujarat contingent, 24 MLAs in all, who, aided by 13 dissident Congress(I) MPs from the state, unleashed a bitter campaign against Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki. Later on the MPs, led by Narsimh Makwana, a member of the Harijan community, wentin a deputation to the prime minister. When Mrs Gandhi refused to meetthem, they left a memorandum on the desk of her special assistant, R.K.Dhawan, which urged her to send Solanki packing immediately.(From top left) Madhavsinh Solanki, B. Venkatram, Shiv Charan Mathur, Arjun Singh, Gundu Rao and Babasaheb Bhosale: Shooting galleryA defiantMakwana told India Today: “Barring a couple of efficient and honest men, the council of ministers led by Solanki is useless. The chief ministeris sheltering corruption and inefficiency. If the high command does notthrow him out we will have to find an alternative ourselves.”Hard Bargaining: Lurking in the background to lend countenance toMakwana’s angry antics was Mahipatrai Mehta, the wily acting presidentof the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee(I) whose recent appointmentcame as a morale booster for the anti-Solanki faction. Mehta, also anMP, toured the length and breadth of Gujarat during the last couple ofmonths, spouting venom against Solanki at party meetings. His naturalallies are Yogendra Makwana and Maganbhai Barot, who were demoted andousted in the last round of reshuffles in the Union council ofministers.Nearly 20 MLA’s had come from Andhra Pradesh, mostly with Anjiah, and were openly bargaining for their support to Chief Minister B.Venkatram, beleaguered by hostility within four months of hisappointment. Anjiah had a ten-minute audience with Mrs Gandhi, but thatdid not satisfy him. Back in Hyderabad, his men pursued with renewedvigour their alliance with the Telugu Desam Party of matinee-idol N.T.Rama Rao, the single largest menace for the Congress(I), now poised forthe assembly elections due early next year.In Rajasthan, where peace was expected to return with the appointment as chief minister of Shiv Charan Mathur, non-controversial till then, a new sandstorm began brewing last fortnight. Narendra Singh Bhati, whohad earlier led the crusade against former chief minister JagannathPahadia, was back in the ring, this time against Mathur.About a dozenRajasthan MLAs, now supporting Bhatti, claim that Mathur has failed totone up the administration. They registered a token victory when theparty high command last fortnight ousted Ram Narain Chaudhari, president of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee(I) and a former friend ofPahadia who had lately switched allegiance to Mathur, and replaced himwith Nawal Kishore Sharma, a perfect fence sitter.advertisementThe party high command had allowed such minor concessions todissidents recently in other states too, namely in Madhya Pradesh. Lastyear, when the state’s heavyweight politician, Vidya Charan Shukla, wasneedling Chief Minister Arjun Singh, the high command warned him by wayof suspending his battering ram, and Madhya Pradesh CongressCommittee(I) general secretary, Lakshmi Narayan Injuria, from the party. Now, after a year, the high command suddenly withdrew the suspensionorder on Induria, thus opening up a Pandora’s box of dissidence. DuringJuly the ACC(I) office received 20-odd representations from MadhyaPradesh Congress(I) MLA’s against Singh.However, some MLA’s from Karnataka, as also a group of half-a-dozenMP’s from the state, were forcefully campaigning for the ouster ofweighty Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao, as insurance against the danger ofmass desertion from the party. They were obviously playing on the exitof S. Bangarappa, former party leader and Gundu Rao’s anathema, thoughthe mastermind behind them was K.T. Rathod, the Karnataka PradeshCongress Committee(I) chief thrown out of office two months earlier onRao’s advice. Like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka too goes to the polls early next year, with the state Congress(I) organisation racked with internal dissension.Mandate-less Leaders: In Maharashtra, the country’s most industrially advanced state, dissidence in the ruling Congress(I) has irreparablydamaged the authority of the state Government, an offshoot of which isthe costly six-month-long strike in Bombay’s textile mills which cannotbe negotiated to an end partly because the state leaders lack themandate. Last fortnight, Balasaheb Pawar, MP and vice-president of theMaharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee(I), emerged as the latestchampion of the dissidents’ cause.Pawar, who had never been overtlyinvolved with the controversial former chief minister, A.R. Antulay,exploited this fact to his advantage. He hosted a dinner at Bombay’sCricket Club of India where 128 of the 238 MLAs were present. At thedinner, he vituperated against Babasaheb Bhosale, the chief minister,seeking his removal, and was lustily cheered by the audience.Pawar later argued that the 40 MLAs who had joined the party withY.B. Chavan were “neutral” and as such would support any move todislodge Bhosale that had not originated from the Antulay camp. He toldIndia Today: “Removal of Bhosale does not imply the reinstallation ofAntulay. We want to rid the state of Bhosale’s incompetent leadershipbut we don’t want Antulay back by any means.”Mrs Gandhi left for the United States last fortnight without makingany overtures to solve these nagging internal problems of her party.When she comes back, she has to pick up the thread setting to order theorganisation in at least the two states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradeshwhere polls are due soon.advertisementBut her options are limited in both thestates; Karnataka has practically no second line of leadership afterGundu Rao, whereas in Andhra Pradesh the Congress(I) has been unable tofind a competent administrator after Chenna Reddy, who was removed fromthe chief ministership in 1980.Deep Fissures: In Maharashtra, the high command can disturb Bhosaleonly at the risk of playing into Antulay’s hands. In Madhya Pradesh, any attempt to remove Arjun Singh, who is a Thakur, will have far-reachingrepercussions. Combined with the impact of Uttar Pradesh chief ministerV.P. Singh’s resignation , it will further alienate theThakurs, who are wary of the latest developments in the Congress(I).With her eyes riveted to the 1985 general elections, these are gamblesthat Mrs Gandhi can ill afford now.Vasantdada Patil sought to paper over the fissures in the Congress(I) edifice by arguing that “dissidence is a part of the party’s democratic structure”. But he too admitted that many of his partymen had recentlybeen “emboldened” to press for the chief ministers removal, becauseafter having witnessed the “wooing back of dissidents in some states”they discovered the advantages of being rebels.Patil obviously meantHaryana, and was rightly hinting at the general mood in the party thatstridency paid where capitulation failed. In the months to come, moreand more mice in Mrs Gandhi’s party are sure to roar.GOVERNMENT: JUNKETING MANIAThe tacit campaign: “Join the Government and become an official globe-trotter,” was being hastily revised early this month as the prime minister clamped down on the popular official sport of junketing. Mrs Gandhi’s decision to cut down on junketing followed reports that the Union Government was spending over Rs 10 crore annually on foreign visits.Early last month, she called a meeting of all secretaries and ministers and conveyed her disapproval of the growing tendency on the part of senior functionaries to take off at the slightest excuse. Last month, she cancelled the trip of a 12-member team headed by a former army official which was leaving for the US and other countries to “inspect electronics research laboratories”.In another case, she directed the secretary of an important ministry to prune the delegation from 20 to only six. A proposal from the Agriculture Ministry to send a team for field study in the US and Canada at a cost of over Rs 5 lakh was also turned down by the prime minister. Her recent orders instruct minimisation of foreign tour expenses, and her prior approval if they involve officials above the rank of a joint secretary.That the bureaucracy felt rather guilty about what has become an accepted perk of office, was evident in the pained 18-month silence that followed a routine parliamentary query in late 1980 demanding a statement of expenditure on official foreign visits. Last fortnight however, in the presence of august parliamentarians, the cat reluctantly emerged from the bag.Sterile statistics informed the representatives of the people that 1,875 officials and 30 ministers had covered almost the entire world in the first 10 months of 1980. And the total expenditure incurred on these ostensibly official visits was Rs 4.18 crore – an average of Rs 22,000 per person.Astronomical Costs: Of the Rs 4.18 crore expenditure, officials spent Rs 3.63 crore, while Rs 13.96 lakh were incurred on 30 ministers. The figure does not include the prime minister’s plane charter which cost an additional Rs 40.51 lakh. Interestingly, officials belonging to the six departments looked after by the prime minister herself accounted for over half the total expenses.Seven hundred and seventy-four officials of the departments of space, defence, atomic energy, science and technology, and the cabinet secretariat who went abroad with or without the prime minister spent over Rs 2.13 crore.Even among the prime minister’s departments, over 300 senior officials from the space and energy departments squandered away over Rs 60 lakh in 10 months which means Rs 20,000 a day. According to the prime minister’s secretary, each official over the level of deputy secretary and above has gone abroad twice in one year alone.Next on the list is the Defence Ministry, 40 of whose officials on average left the country every month, followed closely by officials from the Communications Ministry including Posts and Telegraphs Department. The presence of an unusually large number of defence officials was presumably due to large-scale defence purchases during 1981.While there is hardly a ministry or department which has not sent its officials on foreign jaunts, the all too frequent coming-and-going has evinced some acerbic comment. Quipped a senior Foreign Ministry official: “Most of these visits are undertaken for the sake of it. We have experts in each field posted in our missions abroad and they are competent enough to handle any job – be it defence, communication, science, commerce and of course external relations.”To illustrate this the number of visits made by Foreign Ministry personnel were far less as compared to their counterparts in other ministries like Education, Culture, Social Welfare, Communications, and Food and Agriculture. Even the Home Ministry, having a hard enough time managing home affairs, dispatched 58 officials to countries like the US, UK, East European countries, and South-East Asia.According to the rules, each official who goes abroad is expected to submit a report about his visit which is then followed by the ministries concerned. But, according to Foreign Ministry sources, a majority of the delegations hardly submit a detailed report which can be used for improving external relations.Most of these trips continue to be justified by various ministries on ambiguous grounds like “strengthening commercial relations, participation in international symposia and conferences, to initiate talks for bilateral trade, cultural and economic relations and to promote tourism”.All this only goes to show that the current restraint is well founded. Nevertheless, the proof of the pudding distinctly remains in the eating. Since the Prime Minister’s Secretariat leads the field with an impressive track record in the field of official junketing it may provide an excuse to other to flout her directive – in ‘public interest’. – Prabhu Chawla
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Morata a great playerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has talked up the qualities of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Morata missed Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle due to “tactical reasons”.The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Nou Camp to provide support for an ageing Luis Suarez, and amid speculation over the futures of Denis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi.When asked about Morata, he said: “I can only say the same thing. That he’s a great player, that he’s at another team and that we respect that a lot.”We have to look at it, it’s clear that after Munir’s departure we have a space.”We’ll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club’s economic conditions. We will see if we can, if someone comes.”
Florida Will Muschamp HatersWill Muschamp’s tenure as head coach in Gainesville got off to a decent start, but by the end of the 2014 season, Gators fans were campaigning for him to be replaced. Florida eventually cut ties with Muschamp after he won just 10 games combined in his final two years, and he wound up taking the defensive coordinator position at Auburn shortly after. A YouTube user by the name of SCS Productions decided to make light of the situation, adding hilarious subtitles to the popular interview between Jesus Quintero and comedian El Risitas. If you’re wondering, the original interview was conducted back in 2007, but it didn’t become Internet-famous until March of 2015.If you’re a fan of Florida’s mishaps over the past few years, you’ll have a hard time not laughing out loud.[YouTube]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)It was only a matter of time before Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to extend his reach across Ohio’s bordersAfter the NCAA overturned the ban on satellite football camps – one that some would argue was sparked by his decision to hold spring practice in SEC territory earlier this year – news broke Wednesday that Harbaugh and staff will now be featured during a June 9 camp in Warren, Ohio.Warren G. Harding’s assistant football coach Doug Sangregorio shared the news to Twitter Wednesday afternoon.Jim Harbaugh and Michigan staff to be featured at Warren Harding Elite football Camp June 9 https://t.co/ZqHsv1wgUi pic.twitter.com/m0UWous40q— Doug Sangregorio (@DougSangregorio) May 4, 2016To add to the drama, Harbaugh will be in Ohio at the same time Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is scheduled to be in Detroit, according to MLive.com.