USC cruises to sixth consecutive victory

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The top-ranked USC women’s golf team took home yet another piece of hardware on Sunday, soundly winning the Stanford Intercollegiate for the second straight year. The event marked the team’s sixth consecutive victory and third straight victory to start the season, both of which extend school records.Setting the pace · Senior Sophia Popov’s final score of 207 equalled her career best and tied for the seventh-lowest score in school history. – Courtesy of USC AthleticsIt was a historic performance for the Women of Troy, who finished at a remarkable 21-under par over the course of three rounds. This was a record-low performance for the team, as was their second-round score of 272. No. 5 UCLA also put in a strong performance, finishing second at 16-under for the tournament. The Bruins’ second-round total of 268 was remarkable as well, four strokes better than USC. No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Washington and Pepperdine rounded out the top five in an impressive field, each finishing well behind the Los Angeles schools.Making the win all the more impressive was the fact that USC head coach Andrea Gaston used her third different starting five of the season. Senior Sophia Popov led the way for the Women of Troy, finishing in sole possession of second place with a score of 6-under. Popov seemed destined for her sixth individual victory, starting the tournament off with a 5-under 66 and a 4-under 67. Unfortunately, a final-round mark of 3-over allowed UCLA’s Alison Lee to rally for the individual win. Still, Popov extended her school record for rounds in the 60s to 19 and tied her career-best overall score.Finishing just behind Popov in a third place tie were sophomore Annie Park and freshman Karen Chung, who both totaled a 5-under. Park combined for a score of 2-over in her first two rounds before a monster round of 7-under 64 on Sunday, a score nearly good enough to set a school record. That mark still belongs to her teammate, sophomore Kyung Kim, who shot a 63 last season. Park managed an eagle on the par-4 9th hole at Stanford Golf Course before carding three birdies on the back nine.Chung was more consistent, shooting scores of 2-under, 4-under and 1-over on her way to a top-five finish. Chung now has two top-10 results in her first two matches for USC.Junior Doris Chen fired an impressive 3-under 68 during the Women of Troy’s record-setting second round, ultimately tying for 13th with an even par score. The junior has now finished in the top 15 in all of this season’s events. Kim rounded out the scoring at 3-over, a comparative struggle considering she had yet to fall outside the top two in any event this fall. Kim’s performance in the tournament was still impressive, with her worst daily score being a 2-over on Sunday.The Women of Troy conclude their fall season in Kailua Kona, Hawaii with the Pac-12 preview, which begins Nov. 4. The team will look to complete an undefeated fall season before its long winter hiatus, a feat that will be difficult to accomplish considering the other schools in the tournament. Including USC, six teams from the Pac-12 are currently ranked in the top 25. The preview will be an exciting test for some of the country’s best players and teams.last_img read more

USC and United Airlines reach agreement to name Coliseum field

first_imgUSC and United Airlines have agreed to a new naming rights deal for the Coliseum, after facing some backlash regarding the original name change. USC and United had initially struck an agreement in May 2017 to rename the stadium United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. The 16-year deal provided USC over $69 million to use toward the Coliseum’s renovation, part of a $315 million undertaking.  Although United officials initially said that the company would be willing to step away from the agreement if USC did not agree to the original name change, the company said it has much to gain from taking on such a prominent role in the Los Angeles community. “USC is honored to be the caretaker of this Los Angeles treasure and, together with United, we are ensuring the Coliseum’s future as a world-class venue,” Austin said in a statement. “The naming of the field is a significant step in USC’s efforts to usher in a modern era for this historic landmark and preserve its legacy.”  Shortly after the original naming rights deal was agreed upon, veterans groups protested that changing the name of the stadium would dilute its identity as a memorial to World War I veterans. Neither USC nor United have released the financial details of the new agreement, which was shortened to 10 years instead of the original 16. Under the revised deal, USC and United said they will support the stadium’s commitment to honor local veterans by supporting veterans who attend USC and erecting a new memorial at the Coliseum to honor veterans. Hahn also pointed out the numerous historical events that the Coliseum has hosted — including the 1932 and 1984 summer Olympics and a visit from Nelson Mandela — to emphasize the idea that the Coliseum serves just as much as a war memorial as it does a sports stadium. The two parties came to a 10-year deal that will result in a new name for just the field, instead of the entire stadium. The field will now be called the United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum starting August.center_img “I think there are certain things that we shouldn’t sell,” said Janice Hahn, president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, who sided with the veterans back in March. “The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in an effort to honor those men who were from Los Angeles that marched off in World War I and never came back.” Interim president Wanda M. Austin agreed with Hahn’s perspective that the benefits of the deal extend far beyond the Coliseum’s renovation. Photo from USC News “With so many employees, many of whom are proud veterans themselves, and customers that travel to or call [Los Angeles] home, this sponsorship is a meaningful way to underscore our commitment to California,” said Janet Lamkin, president of California for United Airlines, in a statement. “We always want to do what is best for the communities in which we operate — and in this case, reaching an agreement which upholds the name of such a respected venue while modernizing it for the benefit of future generations was the right thing to do.” “I am pleased that USC and United have come together in a way that will honor the memories of veterans who served in World War I and our broader community of veterans,” Hahn said in a statement. “This agreement ensures that United Airlines remains an important corporate sponsor of the Coliseum renovation project and that the legacy of the Coliseum remains. I am proud that we are moving forward with a shared commitment to veterans.” The introduction of the field’s new name will coincide with USC’s first football game on Aug. 31 against Fresno State at the Coliseum.last_img read more

Premier League: Sadio Mane, De Bruyne shortlisted for Player of the Season award

first_img Source: Sky Sports Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among the seven nominees for the 2019/20 Premier League Player of the Season award.Henderson captained Liverpool to their first Premier League title and has already won the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year prize.Mane once again proved himself to be a hugely reliable provider of both goals and assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side, recording 18 and seven respectively.Alexander-Arnold – who is the only nominee to also be on the Young Player of the Year shortlist – was instrumental in Liverpool’s campaign and recorded 13 assists, second only to Kevin De Bruyne.De Bruyne is the only Manchester City player to be nominated for the Player of the Season award after they relinquished their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as championsGolden Boot winner Jamie Vardy also makes the shortlist after his 23 goals helped Leicester to fifth place – their second-highest Premier League finish.Southampton striker Danny Ings missed out on sharing the Golden Boot with Vardy by just one goal, but could beat his fellow English striker to the Player of the Season award after also receiving a nomination.The final nominee is Nick Pope, who played in every minute of Burnley’s Premier League season and earned 15 clean sheets – second only to Golden Glove winner Ederson.The nominations for the Premier League Manager of the Season shortlist will be released at midday. The winners of the awards will be announced on Thursday, August 13.last_img read more

Alpena, Alcona Area Credit Union Host Lunch & Registration for Upcoming Hospice of MI ‘Walk & Remember’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Alcona Area Credit Union hosted a lunch and registration day for the upcoming Hospice of Michigan, ‘Walk and Remember’ event that will be held in June 2017.Friday’s event was held to help raise funds for the 4th annual fundraiser. This year’s goal is $28,000. Over 50 people were registered by 1 pm. Nowickis Sausage provided lunch with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the non-profit organization. If you missed out on registration there’s still time. Just contact Hospice of Michigan at 888-247-57001.OR CLICK BELOW:‘Walk and Remember’ will be held Saturday, June 17 at 8 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, hospice of michigan, Walk and RememberContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Senior Citizens Center Host Luxury Event After Raising Over $18,000 for ‘Meals on Wheels’ ProgramNext More Resurfacing Work Headed to Alpenalast_img read more