Latics have moved to bolster their wide options with Scotland international Shaun Maloney facing an extend spell out as he remains troubled by a hip injury. “Marc has shown what an outstanding player he is time and again in the Premier League, and he is someone I have tried to sign in the past, so I’m delighted to bring him on board to strengthen our squad,” boss Owen Coyle told Wigan’s official website. “He’s at a young age with the potential and scope to get even better; he’s quick, dangerous and pleasing on the eye and I feel he’s going to really enhance the attacking options we have at Wigan Athletic, particularly in light of Shaun Maloney’s absence.” The 23-year-old has featured just once for the Barclays Premier League club this season and has found his first-team opportunities limited ever since Paul Lambert was appointed manager last summer. Albrighton shot to prominence during Gerard Houllier’s sole season in charge at Villa Park, scoring six times in 33 appearances and was called up to the England Under-21 squad in September 2010. Wigan have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton on a 28-day loan. Press Association
By Ossian ShinePARIS, France (Reuters) – Ashleigh Barty, the Australian who ditched tennis to play professional cricket for a year, smashed Marketa Vondrousova for six yesterday to lift the French Open crown at Roland Garros.Boasting a bewildering array of shots and spins, the eighth seed crushed her Czech teenage opponent 6-1, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, and Australia’s first French women’s singles crown in more than four decades.“It’s unbelievable … I played the perfect match today. I am so proud of myself and my whole team … it has been a crazy two weeks,” said Barty, the ninth different female champion in the last 10 grand slams.“This is a special place for Australian players … it has been a magical two weeks.” Not since Margaret Court’s triumph in Paris in 1973 has an Australian won the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen but this victory was in very little doubt from the moment the final began.In a match-up where guile and artistry always trumped power, Barty was simply smarter throughout.Producing angles so sharp they might have come with a health warning, the 23-year-old carved apart Vondrousova in the opening set, clinching it in half an hour.While the match was no classic, those fans who had taken a break after the conclusion of the Dominic Thiem-Novak Djokovic men’s semi-final, which had caused the women’s final to run more than an hour late, missed some of the more thoughtful tennis played on the Roland Garros clay this past fortnight. Vondrousova, who herself has bamboozled a succession of opponents here, repeatedly found herself outfoxed by Barty, whose doubles excellence was always on display with her net-play and cleverly angled serving.Barty, who returned to tennis in 2016 after a successful stint with the Brisbane Heat in Australian cricket’s Women’s Big Bash League, took nary a backward step, breaking instantly in the second set to deprive her 19-year-old opponent any foothold.Cracking a stiff-armed, two-handed backhand, in the manner of Jim Courier, Barty was able to counter Vondrousova’s attempts to pull her wide with her loopy left-handed backhand, and the Czech rapidly ran out of ideas. Vondrousova turned to ever riskier strategies – her drop shots became finer, her drives more firmly struck – and she earned a little breathing space, holding serve three times after that early break.But the irrevocable damage had been done and when Barty slammed a short smash high into the stands it was all over and she raised her arms in triumph.The victory lacked drama but lifts Barty to number two in the world – a feat last accomplished by an Australian woman in 1976 by Evonne Goolagong.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Badgers have their title. Now they want to keep it all to themselves.A full game up on second-place Purdue entering the final weekend of Big Ten play, all Wisconsin needs to do to clinch an outright league championship and the top seed in next week?s conference tournament is to beat last place Northwestern.?We want this to ourselves,? forward Brian Butch said. ?We don?t want to share it. We have some work still to do.?On paper, it looks to be a total mismatch. First place against last place. Fifteen conference wins versus just one. Tenth-ranked nationally opposed to 11th-ranked in the Big Ten.But the wild card in the matchup is the game?s venue.Despite the fact that Northwestern?s Welsh-Ryan Arena seats just over 8,000 and a strong contingent of Wisconsin fans will likely make the short drive to the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill., the Badgers always seem to have a tough go of it playing in the place that reminds some players of a high school gym.Since 2001, when Bo Ryan took over as head coach, Wisconsin is 2-3 against Northwestern in Evanston. Even in UW?s most recent visit, a mid-January 56-50 victory for the Badgers last season, Northwestern played Wisconsin tough.?I don?t know why it is,? guard Jason Bohannon said. ?We got the win there last year, but it was a tough win.?It?s a small arena, but a lot of us have played in small arenas in high school. ? I don?t know what it is ? Northwestern just has that much more momentum at home, I guess.?As much of a factor in UW?s troubles with Northwestern over the years in Welsh-Ryan is the Wildcats? 1-3-1 zone defense and Princeton-style offense that emphasizes ball control and back cuts for easy baskets.More complicated for the Badgers is the fact that they only have two days to prepare for the Wildcats and all the quirks they present.?You?d like to have more time to prepare for a team like Northwestern, but that?s the way it is,? Ryan said after the team?s Thursday practice. ?I thought with as quick a turnaround (between games) ? the scout team gave us a pretty good look here today.?Northwestern extends the zone out and makes the opposing offenses do things they aren?t used to and otherwise normally don?t do. Unlike the more traditional zone defenses ? the 2-3 and 3-2 varieties ? the Northwestern defense isn?t as easy to make cross-court skip passes to open shooters against.?They force passes you?re not used to making,? Bohannon said. ?It?s always diagonal passes that are the dangerous ones, and they force those a little more than passes from guard to guard.?In the teams? first meeting of the season ? a 62-50 Wisconsin win Jan. 19 ? the Badgers had trouble staying patient and dissecting the Northwestern defense. Wisconsin turned the ball over 15 times against the zone and only had 13 assists for the game. The UW guards were particularly poor at keeping the ball safe, as Bohannon, Michael Flowers and Trevon Hughes each committed three turnovers.If Wisconsin doesn?t beat itself with turnovers, its defense should be stingy enough to keep Northwestern at arms? length.Over the last two weeks, the Badgers have played their best defense of the season, holding Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State to 53, 42 and 41 points, respectively.Against Penn State, Wisconsin limited the Nittany Lions to 0.72 points per possession, a number Ryan said was one of the best ever for any of his teams.?As the season goes on, I think [the defense] has a chance to improve even more, which is scary,? UW assistant coach Howard Moore said. ?We?re doing a good job holding teams out of what they like to do ? keeping people out of their comfort zone. It?s been a collective thing.?
Published on September 5, 2014 at 9:55 am Facebook Twitter Google+ The school can change, the value of the trips doesn’t.When it comes to volleyball at most any level or school, away tournaments are what many teams refer to as “business trips.” They are also great opportunities to provide bonding experiences. That’s exactly what Syracuse is looking for in its first away tournament this weekend.“It’s always a big deal getting out of school and the comfort of Syracuse,” graduate right side Stacey Smith saidThe Orange (2-1) is headed to Illinois on Thursday for the Windy City Invite where it will face DePaul (1-2) on Friday at 6 p.m., Illinois-Chicago (0-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday and Chicago State (1-3) later that day at 8. Syracuse defeated Chicago State and Illinois-Chicago in their last meetings and took the match to four sets before falling to DePaul in 2012.“The first tournament is (like) everyone is going on a blind date,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the Big Orange tournament behind SU, the second tournament gives him a chance to get to know his team a little better.While on campus, the upperclassmen do not get to see the freshmen outside of practice due to class schedules. That leaves a small amount of time off the court and the road swing will give the players a chance to build chemistry.Yelin is often finding ways for the team to bond. The Orange will go out to dinner, see a movie or go or shopping as a team.Though Smith joined the team in July, the team’s other six additions arrived only a month ago. Regardless, Yelin expects all the players to assimilate on and off the court.“If you’re a freshman, I’m not going to take this into consideration and give you an excuse,” he said. “If you are, and deserve to be a starter, we are going to treat you like everyone else. It’s no excuse.”Aside from improving cohesion, the returning players know there’s also on-court kinks to work out. After struggling with miscommunication on the court at last weekend’s tournament, Yelin emphasized the team’s first touch — either serve or serve receive — among other issues to correct, junior middle blocker Monika Salkute said.Junior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk agreed with Yelin’s criticism, saying that if the team focuses on upgrading in those areas, its overall play will improve.With a handful of tests ahead, the coaches are hoping that off-court chemistry will transfer on-court and the season beyond.The players collectively agree that further cohesion is needed in order to clean it up on the court and focus on being more disciplined in their play.“In volleyball, since there is no contact, you can use your ability,” said Yelin. “But you have to be so disciplined to know how to use it. Playing scrappy – that’s not our game.” Comments
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics kicked off its first Students Talk Back event for the spring semester in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon.The discussion, “Raising the Bar for California Schools: Teacher Evaluations and Student Testing,” focused on policy discourse that could potentially improve the future of the California educational system.The panel featured Beth Shuster, education editor for the Los Angeles Times; Mike Stryer, vice president of district and union policy for Teach Plus, one of the nation’s largest teacher voice organizations; Jacob Ellenhorn, director of public relations of USC College Republicans; and Kevin Sanchez; former K-12 executive aide of Harlem Children’s Zone.Co-moderators included Dan Schnur, executive director of the Unruh Institute, and Danni Wang, editorial director of the Daily Trojan.Schnur fostered discourse among panelists and audience members when he discussed the results for the 2012 Vergara decision. Vergara v. California, is a closed case that included nine public school students who filed a suit against inconsistencies found among California statutes with regard to the educational system. The decision was reached in August 2014 when Judge Rolf M. Treu of the California Superior Court found the evidence to be unconstitutional. Shortly after, the ruling was appealed by California Gov. Jerry Brown.Stryer discussed how the case produced two opposing groups.“To me it is a very misunderstood ruling. You saw both sides saying either, ‘This is great because it is ending tenure, use of seniority and due process.’ [And others] saying, ‘Isn’t this terrible? It ends these hard fought protections that are absolutely vital,’” Stryer said.Wang asked Stryer to explain the recently released Teach Plus poll results, which covered issues such as teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal.“At Teach Plus, we are a teacher voice organization really looking to amplify the voice of teachers and policy issues,” he said. “What we set out to do was to really look at what are the views of California teachers around these critical issues.”Recently, Teach Plus took part in an independent polling study which gathered results from 506 teachers in California to understand issues that directly affect them.According to Stryer, the poll found that teachers highly valued tenure, but felt it should be an earned professional benchmark. Teachers also believed that classroom performance should be part of layoff decisions when layoffs are necessary, that their struggling colleagues should be better supported. Teachers identified themselves as passionate about having a strong voice in policy development and implementation.Shuster expressed her concern toward teachers who are unable to express their voice to the community.“I think what happens sometimes is that the teachers’ union people who have a very strong point of view get their message out and a group like Mike’s teachers that are representing classroom teachers don’t often get their voices out,” Shuster said.Schnur opened the discussion for school choice and privatization.“Whether you are talking private schools or school vouchers, there is no shortage of proposals in the mix about how to decide where a person ought to go to school and who ought to make that decision,” Schnur said.Ellenhorn commented on California’s current educational system.“What we are looking at right now is a government-run system that basically sets up a monopoly on where you have to send your children — you don’t have a choice,” Ellenhorn said. “If you live in a bad neighborhood, and you can’t afford to go anywhere else, you are stuck at that school.”Sanchez discussed why increased high school graduation rates cannot account for a more able generation of students moving to the workforce.“In late April 2014 the state’s superintendent office released a news report stating that California‘s graduation rate was the highest it’s ever been at 80.2 percent and LAUSD had a graduate rate of 67.9 percent but given that California’s graduation rate is so high, I think it’s interesting to think about what that means … I’m not sure if anyone in this room can say we are doing a fantastic job as a state,” Sanchez said.Shuster ended the discussion by posing a question to Stryer.“Should teachers get paid more to work in these schools?” Shuster asked.“I think that there is a myth out there that our strongest teachers don’t want to teach in the lowest performing schools because it is difficult. That is simply not true,” Stryer said. “When strong teachers are given the support and the opportunities to succeed they absolutely will go into those schools.”Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Mike Stryer is the executive director of Teach Plus, one of the nation’s largest teacher’s unions. He is actually the vice president of district and union policy for Teach Plus, one of the nation’s largest teacher voice organizations. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.
For the first time in a season and a half, the Wisconsin football team intercepted the opposing team more than once.The Badgers’ safety combination of Leo Musso and Tanner McEvoy picked Miami (Ohio) quarterbacks Billy Bahl and Drew Kummer three times Saturday.The last time the Badgers did that was Nov. 2, 2013 at Iowa.Musso had two interceptions, and was the first Badger to record multiple picks in a game since Chris Maragos did it against Michigan State on Sept. 26, 2009.Forcing turnovers is an identity third-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has tried to create at Wisconsin, and Saturday’s defensive performance showed his players are buying into the mentality.“As a defense, we kind of gotta find our identity,” Musso said. “I think that’s what we want our identity to be: a defense that flies around and makes a lot of plays.”Musso’s first chance at an interception came with 3:58 remaining in the first quarter, and Kummer’s errant pass hit Musso in the chest but the redshirt junior later said he couldn’t get a clear sight of the path of the ball, and missed it.He’d redeem himself the very next play.Fifth-year senior safety Michael Caputo tipped a Kummer pass high in the air, and there was Musso, who hauled it in cleanly this time.“It was kinda crappy,” Musso said of missing his first chance. “But I’m happy we got the second opportunity. Caputo made a great play.”McEvoy’s interception came on a corner blitz, and McEvoy became responsible for the receiver outside. He jumped the route and had a clear path to the end zone, but was tackled at the four-yard line.McEvoy said he’d like to score on the return, but that the defense did what they expect every game.“The defense had a great day,” McEvoy said. “We held them to zero, which is our goal.”The interceptions were Musso’s second and third of his career and McEvoy’s second at Wisconsin. Both of their previous interceptions came in 2013.Junior cornerback Sojourn Shelton forced a fumble on a punt in the first quarter. Long-snapper Connor Udelhoven recovered and set the Badgers up in prime field position at Miami’s 14-yard line.Head coach Paul Chryst said forcing turnovers will continue to be a point of emphasis for the defense.“I actually thought we missed on a couple more,” Chryst said. “When they have a chance to give you something, you’ve gotta be able to seize that opportunity. I thought we did.”
Sophomore Estella Jaeger also competed in a three-set match in the first round, taking down freshman Elise Frigout of the University of Pacific 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Trojans are slated to play Thursday at the ITA Oracle Masters in Malibu, Calif. “We had great results from everyone representing USC at the tournament, and it’s exciting to begin the year by taking home a title in our first event,” Swain said. The USC women’s tennis team competed in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic this weekend to open their 2019 season, in addition to the Battle in the Bay tournament in San Francisco. The Trojans left Milwaukee with a singles title win from senior captain Angela Kulikov. The Trojans look to continue their success after a 20-8 2018 season that ended in a Round of 16 loss to South Carolina. After graduating only one senior, the program will continue to build and strengthen its roster with a blend of youth and experience. Kulikov’s teammates also enjoyed a successful weekend in Milwaukee. Sophomore Danielle Wilson reached the semifinals of the MTC, defeating three top 16 seeds before her 6-2, 6-2 loss to Achong. The program also features the promotion of Rachel Manasse to assistant coach, who served as a volunteer coach on the staff this past season. With the No. 7-ranked recruiting class in the nation according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, the new class comprised of players including Carson Branstine, Eryn Cateyano and four-star Payton Saca figures to be a strength for the Trojans in 2019 and beyond. “Angela came into the tournament prepared to compete and executed her game plan throughout the event,” Swain told USC Athletics. “It was tough to transition from indoors to outdoors throughout the weekend, but Angela handled it well and competed at an exceptionally high level.” Kulikov was seeded No. 13 in the singles draw for tournament, and her path to the championship was not easy. She defeated both the No. 3 and No. 7 seeds on the road to the final against No. 5-seeded sophomore Daevenia Achong of the University of Miami. “I’m very excited to be back this season as an assistant coach,” Manasse told USC Athletics. “It’s such an amazing opportunity. This team has so much potential, and I can’t wait to be a part of their continued success.” Milwaukee wasn’t the only destination for the women’s team this week, as several Trojans participated in the Battle of the Bay Classic in San Francisco. Senior Sydney Van Alphen defeated top-seeded sophomore Solymar Colling of the University of San Diego in three sets 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Both Van Alphen and Jaeger advanced to the tournament’s quarterfinal, while freshman Payton Saca gained her first collegiate experience by winning an extra match 6-2, 6-3 against freshman Alicia Yue from the University of San Francisco. Jaeger and Van Alphen were also paired in the doubles bracket and lost 8-2 to Arizona graduate student Abby Amos and junior Talya Zandberg. Kulikov’s title earned her a wild card spot in the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Newport Beach this November. Wilson and Kulikov teamed up in the doubles bracket and reached the semifinals along with the duo of senior Constance Branstine and junior Ana Neffa, but both pairs fell short of the championship match. Kulikov narrowly defeated Achong 7-6, (5) in a close first set tiebreak. She went on to take the second set 6-4, securing the MTC title. Head coach Alison Swain believed Kulikov was well prepared heading into her matches and that she maintained an elite degree of focus. Editor’s note: This article published Wednesday misidentified a photo of Rianna Valdes as Angela Kulikov. The article has been updated online. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
They defeated Thurles CBS All-Stars 0-14 to 1-7 in the Bicentennial Exhibition match played at The Ragg.County Secretary Tim Floyd says it was a useful outing for the players building up to the National League campaign.
TRACK RECORD! 😮@Blaney just made @BMSUpdates history with a 14.528 lap in #BuschPole Qualifying! pic.twitter.com/vaNRY4h4No— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 5, 2019Blaney has been very good as of late finishing with three top-fives in his last four races and will once again be in good position to come away with a great placing.William Byron will start second.MORE: Bristol odds, prediction, sleeperThe second round of qualifying was a bad one for some of the favorites this week as Kevin Harvick (13th), Kyle Larson (16), Kyle Busch (17) and Martin Truex Jr. (22) all failed to make it to the third round.Kurt Busch, who is the defending champion at Bristol, had a tough day as a wiggle resulted in him failing to qualify for the second round. He will start 27th.A wiggle from the No.1 machine of @KurtBusch keeps him from advancing 😩#BuschPole Qualifying live leaderboard: https://t.co/JB5PLDbJW2 pic.twitter.com/5nE4ELDuiX— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 5, 2019The Food City 500 can be seen at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday on FS1.Food City 500 starting lineupHere is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race:StartingDriverCar No. No. 1Chase Elliott9No. 2William Byron24No. 3Ryan Blaney12No. 4Erik Jones20No. 5Denny Hamlin11No. 6Aric Almirola10No. 7Joey Logano22No. 8Clint Bowyer14No. 9Paul Menard21No. 10Jimmie Johnson48No. 11Ryan Newman6No. 12Brad Keselowski2No. 13Kevin Harvick4No. 14Alex Bowman88No. 15Austin Dillon3No. 16Kyle Larson42No. 17Kyle Busch17No. 18Michael McDowell34No. 19Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 20Daniel Suarez41No. 21Matt DiBenedetto95No. 22David Ragan38No. 23Martin Truex Jr.19No. 24Ty Dillon13No. 25Chris Buescher37No. 26Daniel Hemric8No. 27Kurt Busch1No. 28Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 29Matt Tifft36No. 30Ryan Preece47No. 31Landon Cassill00No. 32Corey Lajoie32No. 33Gray Gaulding51No. 34Bayley Currey52No. 35Timmy Hill66No. 36Quin Houff77No. 37Ross Chastain15What time does the Food City 500 start?The Food City 500 will take place Sunday, April 7. Live coverage begins on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET.What channel is the Food City 500 on?The Food City 500 will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. Chase Elliott will start up front at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday after the 23-year-old won his first pole of the season.As good as Elliott was, it was Ryan Blaney who had the fastest car for much of the day Friday as he set the track record in Round 2 with a 14.528-second run. Food City 500 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Truck Series can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1.Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Food City 500.(All times Eastern)Saturday, April 6TimeEventChannel8:30 a.m.Cup Series second practiceFS19:40 a.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingFS111:05 a.m.Xfinity Series final practiceFS11 p.m.Xfinity Series Alsco 300FS1/PRNSunday, April 7TimeEventChannel2 p.m.Food City 500FS1/PRN
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNo doubt the Nelson Leafs are happy to see the close of 2011.Because after playing perhaps one of their worst games of the season New Year’s Eve things can’t get any worse for the Green and White heading into 2012.Brandon Amatto stopped 24 of 26 shots to backstop the Spokane Braves to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The loss erases a perfect opportunity for Nelson to climb up the Murdoch standings after division-leading Beaver Valley was beaten twice this weekend by the Castlegar Rebels and comes on the heels of a 7-1 trouncing the Leafs dealt Spokane Friday in the Lilac City.”I think (Friday) we came into the game prepared but today we had a bit of complacency,” said Leaf captain Tyler Parfeniuk.””We came in pretty confident . . . after the first it was all right,” Parfeniuk added. “But the second period kind of killed us.”Critics may disagree with the Leaf captain.Needing a late goal by Nick Newman in the first period to finish the frame tied against a team Nelson dominated the night before is not the way Leaf coach Frank Maida explained the game plan to the team before the game started.And it definitely wasn’t the way the game was to play out in the second when Spokane scored twice in the period, the second goal coming on a breakaway by Alex Marmon after the Leafs defence whiffed on a puck at the opposition blue line.Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Nelson got some life in the second when Dallon Stoddart crashed the net to beat Amatto from close range.But the 20-year-old Spokane native slammed the door on the Leaf shooters the rest of the game shedding some light on what has been a less than great season.”I think the past month hasn’t been the greatest of hockey for us so I will be nice to go into the next month fresh,” Parfeniuk said, looking to take some positive out of the conclusion to 2011.”It will be nice to get a week off and get right back at it next week.”Dylan Tappe, on the power play in the first period, and Uriah Machuga in the second completed the scoring for the 15-18-1 Braves.Nelson, 20-14-0-2, out shot Spokane 26-20 in the game, but only after a third-period push that saw the hosts with a 13-6 advantage.Friday, the Leafs held a 39-31 advantage including an 11-5 total in the second period.The Leafs finish the month of December 3-5 with four losses coming against Murdoch Division opponents.Nelson begins a three-game home stand Friday when the team hosts Princeton Posse at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, the Leafs welcome the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.LEAF NOTES: Friday, Brett Norman led the charge with two goals and three assists. Jonathon Petrash also scored twice while adding a helper. Carsen Willans, Matti Jmaeff and Nick Newman had singles. Newman and Linden Horswill each had three points while Jmaeff and Colten Schell had two points. Kurtis Redding scored the lone goal for the Braves. Andrew Walton earned the win in goal for Nelson. . . .Friday’s game was delayed 45 minutes when glass at the Spokane end of the ice was shattered during warm-up. The result saw the Leafs get back into Nelson at 3:30 a.m. . . . Forward Colton Malmsten and defenceman Julian Davis were scratches for Saturday. . . .The Leafs currently have 22 players on the roster, which means coach Frank Maida has one more card available before the upcoming B.C. Hockey roster deadline. . . . The Braves played Saturday’s game without head coach Mike Bay behind the email@example.com