NICHOLAS Dusard struck gold in Russia last weekend when he beat Russia’s Alexander Leonov in the lightweight final of the Intercontinental Cup of Taekwondo in Siberia.The Jamaica combined martial arts team captain led Jamaica’s two-medal haul. Seventeen-year-old Calabar High schoolboy, Trevor Webb Jr, won silver on his first tour with the team, which faced hosts Russia, Greece and Germany.Dusard beat Germany’s Ibrahim Guelhan to reach the lightweight final against Leonov. His victory made him the first Jamaican martial artist to win gold in a major tournament on Russian soil, continuing his successful comeback from injury this season.Up against the bestThe victory propelled Dusard’s combined team ranking, following his bronze-medal performance at the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s World Championships in August. He had previously won gold against old rival Julio Carlos on the International Sports Karate Association’s Night of Champions at the US Open in July.”We were up against the best in Europe and knew it was always going to be hard. It has been great for me. Coming back from injury, with doubts of making the combined team, to be victorious in Russia was great,” said Dusard, who was coached by Claude Chin.Meanwhile, Calabar’s Webb Jr showed his class on his first call to the combined team. He defeated Germany’s Artem Gurdzhi in semi-final action, before going down to Russia’s Vadim Volikov in the final.”The first fight wasn’t really hard, but the second fight was a challenge. The guy wasn’t really good on his legs, but punched really hard. I lost mainly on aggression punches. I was scoring points, but the judges didn’t go my way,” said the 17-year-old coached by Jason McKay.”I am returning home to work on more fitness and flexibility to have more control over my body. I feel great. It was a victory for me. I am thankful for coach to have put out a lot of effort in preparing me for this event,” he added.McKay said Webb Jr had room for improvement.”Bearing in mind it was his first European competition and we only had him for six weeks, his inexperience showed. But it was an extremely spirited performance by the youngster,” he said.
More than 70 young players are expected to compete in this weekend’s Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis Championship at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.Competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the grand final will serve off at 2 p.m. on Sunday.Anika Smith, assistant vice-president of marketing at Mayberry Investments, speaking at a press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday, said her organisation is proud to return as sponsors for the fourth year.”We value tennis as a sport. It’s not as popular as the traditional track and field or football, but we do support those sports as well. We just tend to assist in the underserved areas such as tennis, badminton, squash and golf, as we think all sports are important in the development of young people,” Smith told The Gleaner at yesterday’s launch.While Mayberry’s sponsorship figure was not revealed, Smith said her company was focused on the developmental process.Contestants will vie for trophy prizes in boys’ and girls’ categories aged 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under.”Kids are improving every year, and I am sure this year the tournament will be very competitive. It’s a free event and we are inviting the general public to come and enjoy some good tennis with some of our top players,” tournament director Llockett McGregor said.He revealed that female players will be out in their numbers this weekend, while lauding Mayberry’s contribution.”Tournaments like these are what we need to help with the development of our sport,” he added.Entries are open to the public and participants can contact McGregor to confirm entries at 960-3021 or 382-8710.In addition to the prizes up for grabs, the respective category winners will receive points towards their national ranking.
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said his hands are clean and does not fear being prosecuted in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA and has vowed to oversee changes that will restore CONCACAF’s reputation. Since May this year, two presidents – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – of CONCACAF, the confederation representing football bodies from the Caribbean and North and Central America, have been arrested as the United States Justice Department in conjunction with Swiss authorities investigate malfeasance amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Webb, who was arrested in May, and Hawit, jailed in early December, were among an estimated 30 football officials who were arrested between May and December this year. Webb has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in US Federal Court. Arising from the arrests, Burrell, a close friend and business partner of Webb, was among several officials appointed to an executive committee at CONCACAF that will oversee the running of the confederation until elections are held in May 2016. Asked if there were fears among the committee members about further arrests, Burrell said he was not fearful of being implicated of anything sinister. “I can only speak for myself; I have absolutely no fear or concerns and I am sure my other colleagues would feel the same way, but you just can’t swear for anyone in this case, so we just have to hope,” he said. Meanwhile, he said CONCACAF executives have been aggressively pursuing solutions to the ongoing crisis that will ensure that in future the organisation will not have to endure the embarrassment of the ongoing situation. He claims proposed reforms being pursued within CONCACAF will exceed those being put in place at FIFA. “It is now said CONCACAF are the trendsetters for the reform process because we are going deeper in some of the areas than FIFA is,” he said. “So currently, we are on track to repair the image, to rebuild the image and to chart a course that will see us not getting back into this situation. “Whoever goes there eventually will not have an opportunity to slip back into what has caused us to be in this position.”
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is going nowhere, for the time being at least.In a statement addressing his future amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs, Rooney said yesterday he wanted to help United in its fight for trophies this season.”It’s an exciting time at the club,” the striker said, “and I want to remain a part of it.”Rooney, who recently took over from Bobby Charlton as United’s record scorer, is no longer a regular in the first team in his 13th year at the English Premier League club. He has scored just twice in the league.Rooney has 18 months left on his contract.”Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful,” the 31-year-old Rooney said, “I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United.”United face Southampton in the English League Cup final on Sunday, have advanced to the last 16 of the Europa League, quarterfinals of the FA Cup, and are in sixth place in the Premier League.United manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday that he was not looking to force Rooney out of the club, saying the striker was a “legend” at Old Trafford.Rooney has also been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, while Everton manager Ronald Koeman has previously said he would be interested in bringing the England captain back to Goodison Park, where Rooney started his professional career.
FANTASTIC ASSIST MILAN (AP): Gonzalo Higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for Juventus. Higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club Napoli midweek as Juventus progressed to the Italian Cup final. And the forward netted another double to fire the Bianconeri past Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A yesterday. Juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed Roma, who visit Bologna today. Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping HiguaÌn can make it three out of three when Juventus host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. “It will be a very difficult match in the Champions League. We’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” Higuain said. “As we respect them, they respect us, too.” He broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, thanks to a fantastic assist from Paulo Dybala, who skipped down the right flank before pulling back for his teammate to fire into the far bottom corner. He had other chances to score before he finally got his second, six minutes from time, after more good work from Dybala in picking out Stephan Lichtsteiner, who crossed for HiguaÌn to control and curl into the bottom right corner. It was Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon’s 616th Serie A appearance, moving him to second on the all-time list behind Paolo Maldini, who retired after 647. Other results: Atalanta 1 Sassuolo 1; Empoli 1 Pescara 1.
Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Those facts aren’t lost on Reyes, and that’s why he’s taking a deliberate approach in the Philippines’ preparation for the tournament against the taller foes.“We all know the size of Iraq because we saw it in the Jones Cup. We all know how big Qatar is and of course, that’s China. The good thing is they all play one way. We’re not gonna change up from playing a Korea to a China, so they’re all going to be big teams and hopefully, we can find a way to beat those teams,” he said.It’s a tall order for Gilas as it has to finish on top in the group stages to advance and that means toppling China in the first day of the competitions.“The key is to finish first in our group in the first round. And that means we have to beat China in the first day,” he said.“We have our own sets of problems and we’re not even complete. It’s gonna be really difficult, but we’re going to try our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas leaves for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “(Our group is) very tough. It might be the biggest group, the tallest group,” he said.Seeking to defend its gold medal from 2015, China is still the favorites in the tourney, with studs like Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi expected to lead the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Qatar, meanwhile, is parading a youthful team under coach Qusai Hatem which still packs a lot of punch.Though ranked 94th in the world, Iraq is poised to parade a towering roster bannered by naturalized player Demario Mayfield. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn coach Chot Reyes’ eyes, Gilas Pilipinas has been slotted in the so-called “Group of Death” in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Placed in Group B together with defending champion China and Middle Eastern contenders in Qatar and Iraq, the outspoken mentor knows Philippines has its work cut out for it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
BACOLOD—Fernando Rodriguez produced another hattrick as Ceres-Negros delivered a ruthless attacking display to overwhelm FC Meralco Manila, 6-0, last Sunday night and move within three points off the Philippines Football League lead at Panaad Stadium here.Coinciding with the 119th Negros Day, the Busmen came up with a performance to remember, putting the current PFL leaders to the sword with a blistering performance in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ceres got a fourth goal in the space of 15 minutes as Rodriguez smashed the ball home.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Bienvenido Marañon also struck twice while Carlie De Murga was similarly on target as Ceres went into the international break on a positive note.With the victory, Ceres climbed to 51 points from 23 matches, three points behind leader the Sparks, who have played three more matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think we played well, especially the first half,” said coach Risto Vidakovic, whose side also avenged a 1-2 defeat to the Sparks early in the season. “We played with high intensity and if we play with high intensity, the result is usually very good.”Marañon broke the deadlock with a long range effort past Sparks keeper Ace Villanueva, before De Murga redirected OJ Porteria’s effort from close range. Rodriguez opened his account with a strike from inside the box after Meralco failed to deal with Iain Ramsay’s cross from the left in the 31st minute. Lions, Stags dispute 2nd finals seat Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill said his team’s exit after a spirited second-half Sunday was “a devastating moment.”“It was decided by a really poor decision and a penalty that should never have been,” O’Neill said, 25 minutes after the final whistle. “We should still be playing extra time now.”“It was a privilege to be their coach and manager tonight,” said O’Neill, who shared tearful embraces with players at the final whistle.Northern Ireland came to Basel with aggression in its play that had been strangely lacking in the home leg.Still, Switzerland dominated much of the first half and should have sealed its place at a fourth straight World Cup much earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Switzerland’s players Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez, from right, celebrate winning the World Cup play-offs second leg soccer match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Switzerland is going to the World Cup after left-back Ricardo Rodriguez denied Northern Ireland hope in both games of their playoff at either end of the field.In each leg of Switzerland’s 1-0 aggregate win, the key incident involved one of Northern Ireland’s Evans brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene All three now have at least 50 international appearances. None had been born the last time Northern Ireland played at a World Cup, in 1986.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jimmie Johnson’s title reign ends with wreck in Phoenix Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Center forward Haris Seferovic was most at fault, failing to hit the target with two first-half headed chances and a late shot lofted high over the goal.Though Petkovic declined to criticize the Benfica forward, who was booed by some fans when substituted, the coach acknowledged a regular weakness of his 11th-ranked team.“We have to be more clinical in front of goal,” Petkovic said through a translator. “We had to suffer to the end, especially with this chance Northern Ireland had.”In the first of four stoppage-time minutes, Evans rose at the far post to meet a cross that goalkeeper Yann Sommer misjudged to leave himself stranded.Rodriguez moved across the goalmouth toward the post and hooked the ball clear as he fell backward into the goal.With their spot in Russia secured, the Swiss enter the pot of second-seeded teams for the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 in Moscow.Now the challenge for arguably its most talented team in decades is to go beyond the last 16 at a major tournament.In the past five years, the Swiss impressed in qualifying but failed to beat the best teams they faced — France twice, Argentina and Poland — at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.“We don’t really set limits for us. It could be even to the final,” said Petkovic, who should have his best players at their peak in Russia.At 26, Xherdan Shaqiri is heading to his third World Cup, while Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Rodriguez are both 25 and have matured as standouts from the 2009 Under-17 World Cup-winning team. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Switzerland needed only a draw Sunday to advance to Russia, and a tense 0-0 result in rain-soaked Basel was preserved by Rodriguez’s goal-line clearance in stoppage time from Jonny Evans’ header.“In the right moment he was in the right place,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said of the AC Milan defender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt meant Switzerland’s disputed penalty for handball in the first-leg victory in Belfast made all the difference.Rodriguez scored that spot kick on Thursday, when Corey Evans was whistled harshly for an incident that few agreed with. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The post also included mentions of the Instagram usernames of former Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey and said suicide and revenge were the only options for a victim of bullying.The Harvard-Westlake prep school was evacuated earlier Friday after officials were made aware of the post. It was not immediately clear whether Martin posted the photo himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMartin left the Miami Dolphins midseason in 2013 after accusing teammates of bullying. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin.Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Buffalo Bills. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The NFL’s investigation also found that teammates threatened to rape Martin’s sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being “black enough.” Martin is black and Incognito is white.Martin, who underwent counseling for emotional issues after the bullying scandal, posted on Facebook in 2015 that difficulties in football led him to attempt suicide multiple times.Martin, the son of two Harvard graduates, attended Stanford University. After he left the Dolphins, Martin played for the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers. He left the NFL in 2015.Representatives for the Miami Dolphins and the NFL declined to comment and referred questions to Los Angeles police.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – This Aug. 28, 2014, file photo shows San Francisco 49ers’ Jonathan Martin on the bench during an NFL football preseason game against the Houston Texans in Houston. A law enforcement official says ex-football player Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post that spoke of bullying. The official says Martin was being questioned and was not under arrest. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)LOS ANGELES — Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was questioned by Los Angeles police after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned two former teammates who had harassed him.Martin was detained by investigators after the post showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended but was not under arrest Friday evening, police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano China stumbling on path to Olympic glory at 2022 home games GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s the 11th consecutive Final Four appearance for the Huskies, breaking a tie with John Wooden and the UCLA men’s team for the Division I record. UConn is into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall, snapping a tie with Tennessee for the most in women’s basketball history.The Huskies will face former Big East rival Notre Dame on Friday night. The Cardinals will play the Bulldogs in the other game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUConn’s 111-game winning streak was stopped at this point last season when Mississippi State won their semifinal on a last-second shot by Morgan William in overtime. The Huskies are undefeated again after knocking out defending national champion South Carolina in the Albany Region final.“Every team starts the season saying that’s our goal to go to the Final Four. For us, it’s an opportunity to go back to where we felt like we didn’t really give our best effort,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “We lost to a really good team. Happened in a way that was really, really disappointing. I know that we were anxious to go back and put ourselves in that same situation and see how much we’ve changed since last year.” Connecticut’s Gabby Williams (15), center, celebrates with teammates after a regional final against South Carolina at the a women’s NCAA college basketball tournament Monday, March 26, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. Connecticut won 94-65. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)ALBANY, N.Y. — The women’s Final Four is set, and it’s one exclusive party.UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio, marking the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Irish and Huskies have a storied history on the game’s biggest stage. The teams met early in December and UConn had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stay unbeaten.This might be one of the best coaching jobs by Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries, but the Irish find themselves back in the Final Four after rallying from a six-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon 84-74 on Monday night.It’s Notre Dame’s first trip to the national semifinals since 2015.“This one’s just so rewarding because I think even though we’re a No. 1 seed, it’s a little unexpected,” McGraw said.The Bulldogs have lost only one game this season, falling to the Gamecocks in the final of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. They are back in the Final Four for the second straight season led virtually by the same group that got them to their first national semifinal last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES “They’ve lived all year with a bull’s eye on their backs. That’s hard to do, y’all,” Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. “These kids are special.”Louisville has had its own special season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history. They entered the NCAAs as a No. 1 seed for the first time and are back in the Final Four for a third time under coach Jeff Walz.The Cardinals are led by Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen. Louisville also made the Final Four in 2009 and 2013. The team advanced to the title game both times before losing to UConn.They understand the task in front of them facing Mississippi State.“They’re a really good team and we’ll have to be well-prepared against them,” Walz said.Other tidbits from the Final Four:ALL-AMERICAN TALENTThree of the five members of The Associated Press women’s All-America team are in the Final Four. Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians, Durr and UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson all reached Columbus.SEEING CHALKThe last time four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four was 2015. It also happened in 2012 and 1989. View comments