After splitting the first two games in their four-game homestand, the USC women’s basketball team had an opportunity to move up in the Pac-12 standings with matchups against the Utah Utes and No. 22 Colorado Buffaloes. But once again, the Trojan’s play in the second half was the story of the weekend, as they were defeated in both matchups after leading at halftime.Shooting struggles · Sophomore guard Ariya Crook finished 4-15 from the field against the No. 22 Colorado Buffaloes on Sunday. The Women of Troy were just 14-51 (27.5 percent) for the game overall. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Utes stumbled into the Galen Center, having lost eight of their last nine contests. They did not, however, show it against the Trojans; right off the bat, some clutch 3-point shooting had the Utes keeping pace. USC was still able to maintain a solid lead in the first half, leading 30-27. But the Women of Troy were unable to hold off Utah in the second half. The Utes shot 57 percent from the field and tacked on 13 points from the foul line to sink USC. Despite 19 points from forward Cassie Harberts, USC fell 63-60.Colorado, too, was suffering from recent struggles before facing USC, with only a 4-5 conference record despite a top-25 ranking. Off the bat, Colorado made the Women of Troy work by dominating the boards and shooting well from the field. However, the Women of Troy were able to keep pace, taking advantage of some clutch 3-point shooting from junior forward Desiree Bradley. As a result, the Trojans entered the locker room at the half with a 31-26 lead.For the second time this weekend, though, USC came out flat for the second half and Colorado was able to capitalize. Though USC’s defense held off the Buffalo attack at first, the ineffectiveness of the offense at the other end of the court spelled doom. Colorado opened the half on a 15-2 run and did not look back from there.Buffalo guards Chucky Jeffery and Arielle Roberson led the attack with their sound shooting. They combined for 31 points in the game as well as 16 rebounds. Even with Harberts’ 14 points and six rebounds, USC could not overcome the deficit and lost by a decisive score of 65-49.“They got into the paint a lot more than we did,” Harberts said. “We knew coming into this game that Chucky Jeffery and Brittany Wilson are big rebounders for guards and we didn’t execute well.”In addition to rebounding, the large number of turnovers hurt the Trojans. Colorado jumped all over the poor passing of the Trojans, scoring 19 points off turnovers.“It’s very frustrating,” Bradley said. “We want to win at home and we want to show our fans that we’re playing for them as well as for ourselves. It’s just something that we have to do better.”The Women of Troy head north for their next two games, with important matchups against Washington State and Washington.
Feeles…wants mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance A father’s support group is advocating for family Courts to order mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance orders are granted for children in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider region.President of the Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Rhondall Jesse Feeles believes that this should be an integral part of the application process as men are often faced with imprisonment if they fail to make child support payments in a timely manner – and in some instances, they may not even be the father.Feeles made the suggestion as he highlighted a case where the man had already been paying child support but later discovered he was not the biological father, according to a report on stlucianewsonline.com.“He did a paternity test 13 years after and it was proven that the child was not his child and there was an order out for his arrest for maintenance before that. Of course, the upkeep of the child is instrumental but are there any checks and balances, even on the mother’s side that she is contributing to the child as well?” he asked.Feeles said the man spent several years going back and forth in the court to address the situation and eventually the order to pay was quashed. The man nonetheless maintained a relationship with and supported the child.He said many times men own up to being the fathers based only on information from the woman. Meanwhile, he said constantly taking time off to make the child maintenance payments can also affect the man’s livelihood.“In Trinidad & Tobago, we have a slow methodology of paying. Men have lost their jobs because they have days off to go to have this maintenance paid and it has been a horrific experience,” he said.Feeles meanwhile expressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules.pressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules.
CT. Murphy (R)[email protected] 10:10D. Duffy (L)$4100$2800$14See above OFY. Alvarez (L)[email protected] 7:10L. Castillo (R)$4500$4000$22UPGRADE OFJ. Upton (R)[email protected] 7:07D. Law (R)$3900$3700$20UPGRADE SPW. Miley (L)[email protected] 7:10L. Castillo (R)$8400$8400$36UPGRADE OFJ. Bradley Jr. (L)[email protected] 8:10J. Berríos (R)$3600$3000$18UPGRADE OFJ. Soto (L)[email protected] 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$4500$4000$20See above SPM. Fiers (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$7700$7600$40UPGRADE 3BE. Suárez (R)[email protected] 7:10W. Miley (L)$4100$3400$13UPGRADE SPK. Maeda (R)[email protected] 10:10T. Beede (R)$9000$8600$49See above OFS. Ohtani (L)[email protected] 7:07D. Law (R)$5100$3800$21UPGRADE 3BT. La Stella (L)[email protected] 7:07D. Law (R)$4700$3000$21See above 2BB. Lowe (L)[email protected] 7:05M. Tanaka (R)$4900$3400$19UPGRADE OFC. Bellinger (L)[email protected] 10:10T. Beede (R)$5700$4700$27UPGRADE SPL. Lynn (R)[email protected] 8:05M. Clevinger (R)$9500$9300$41UPGRADE 1BM. Muncy (L)[email protected] 10:10T. Beede (R)$5000$3700$27See above 1BP. Goldschmidt (R)[email protected] 8:15E. Hernandez (R)$3900$3500$11UPGRADE SSF. Lindor (B)[email protected] 8:05L. Lynn (R)$5200$4100$23UPGRADE 2BO. Albies (B)[email protected] 7:20Z. Wheeler (R)$4400$3600$17UPGRADE SPM. Clevinger (R)[email protected] 8:05L. Lynn (R)$8700$9800$52UPGRADE OFA. Meadows (L)[email protected] 7:05M. Tanaka (R)$5200$4100$17UPGRADE SPL. Castillo (R)[email protected] 7:10W. Miley (L)$10000$10000$46UPGRADE 3BR. Devers (L)[email protected] 8:10J. Berríos (R)$4400$3900$17UPGRADE Today’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Monday, June 17SP: Kenta Maeda, Dodgers vs. Giants. I mean, we target the Giants offense every slate. Maeda hasn’t been great, but he will likely be one of the highest owned pitchers of the slate given price and matchup.C: Tom Murphy, Mariners vs. Royals. Murphy is hitting .298 with an OPS of .845 against LHPs this season. I like the price and the matchup here against Danny Duffy.MORE MONDAY MLB: SP rankings1B: Max Muncy, Dodgers vs. Giants. Muncy is having a solid month of June, hitting .298 with four home runs and nine RBIs. Against RHP this season he is hitting .300 with an OPS of .966. Giants starter Tyler Beede is allowing a .382 average and an OPS of 1.171 against LHHs.2B: Brock Holt, Red Sox @ Twins. I have been in on Holt for a while now, and the price continues to rise. He has a much tougher matchup against Jose Berrios than he has faced when he was torching the O’s and Rangers, but he is not a bad little hitter and the Sox lineup can put up runs, which adds to his value.SS: Didi Gregorius, Yankees vs. Rays. Gregorius loves hitting in Yankee Stadium. Last season he hit .299 with 19 of his 27 home runs at his home park. In his lone game this season in Yankee Stadium he went 2-for-5 with a double. This won’t be an easy matchup for the Yankees, but Didi won’t be this cheap for much longer.3B: Tommy La Stella, Angels @ Blue Jays. Angels will be the chalk tonight, and though expensive that means La Stella will have higher ownership despite his recent 2-for-16 skid at the dish. Overall La Stella is hitting .301 with 15 home runs and an OPS of .881. CC. Sisco (L)[email protected] 10:07M. Fiers (R)$3500$2700$9UPGRADE 2BB. Holt (L)[email protected] 8:10J. Berríos (R)$3800$2800$15See above CJ. Castro (L)[email protected] 8:10R. Porcello (R)$4200$2900$14UPGRADE SST. Turner (R)[email protected] 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$5400$4300$21UPGRADE 3BM. Chapman (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$4300$3800$17UPGRADE 2BK. Wong (L)[email protected] 8:15E. Hernandez (R)$4100$2900$11UPGRADE OF: Juan Soto, Nationals vs. Phillies. I love playing the Nationals, and Soto is always reasonably priced. He is hitting .348 over the last week and is 3-for-6 with two home runs in his career vs Jake Arrieta.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today! Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballAnalysisSPM. Soroka (R)[email protected] 7:20Z. Wheeler (R)$10500$10200$48UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Monday’s Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO tools 3BA. Rendon (R)[email protected] 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$5000$4400$25UPGRADE 1BR. Hoskins (R)[email protected] 7:05P. Corbin (L)$4500$4300$17UPGRADE SSD. Gregorius (L)[email protected] 7:05Y. Chirinos (R)$4100$3200$16See above 1BM. Olson (L)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$4800$3400$21UPGRADE OFK. Davis (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$4000$3600$19UPGRADE 1BF. Freeman (L)[email protected] 7:20Z. Wheeler (R)$5200$4400$27UPGRADE SSF. Tatis Jr. (R)[email protected] 10:10J. Chacín (R)$5300$3800$27UPGRADE
:10 As the NBA playoffs tip off, and yes, as my Lakers take one on the chin right out of the gate, let’s have a flashback moment and remember the top ten killer list. These guys may not have been considered the greatest of all time, but would give you work nonetheless. Here it is in no particular order: Connie Hawkins, Pistol Pete Maravich, David Thompson, Darryl Dawkins, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Bill Walton, Moses Malone, Andrew Tony, Dave DeBusschere, and Patrick Ewing. Send me your Top 10 “Overtime.” 416 Springdale Dr., Pgh., Pa. 15235.:9 Speaking of memory lane, close your eyes and remember the sweet sound of The Twyne when Braddock’s own Alex “A.J.” Johnson lit up the Connie Hawkins League with that sudden death jump shot. You remember who the ladies came to see…it was “A.J.”…not Big John Marshall!:8 Speaking of Big John Marshall, and I was, his 7’ tall son, Zeke, is about to get paid coming out of Akron University and heading to the NBA, with great credentials I might add.:7 There you are, my man “T” Gearson out of West Mifflin. Thanks for the reminder. You’re now in the Locker Room, which is a better place to be than West Mifflin…What!?! Oh my bad. I should have kept that to myself!:6 My Pittsburgh Pirates, not yours, just swept the Atlanta Braves, the hottest team in baseball. That’s huge! But be careful now before you order your World Series tickets. There’s 145 more games to play. I’m just saying!:5 Think I don’t know what I’m talking about huh? But three weeks ago I gave you the special story on “D.J.” Boyce, the senior superstar guard at Gateway High School and told you he was destined for greatness and the next week he wins the MVP at the W. Pa. Champions High School All-Star Basketball Classic at Penn Hills High School against the best senior players in Western Pa.…say what…hello…I can’t hear ya…that’s what I thought…now shut up!:4 Five Starr Corporation and Champion Enterprises, along with Rayco “War” Promotions, want to remind you once again to not miss “Harlem Nights,” the No. 1 spot to be for an old school classic good time. Every last Friday and coming at ya again this Friday, April 26th at 3 Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills, 6700 Saltsburg Road, 412-628-4856 or 404-721-2174, for more information—free parking— $10 Admission across the board—cash bar—cash kitchen till 11 p.m. – 50/50 – cash prize for the best dressed man and woman—yes, this is dress to impress…..you must go to the closet and break out your “Spring thing” gear—half off admission—doors open at 8 p.m.—quality vendors—“Par-Tay” goes until 1:00 a.m.—police security—celebrity guests—and this month’s special…a Mother’s Day thank you half off admission to the first 25 ladies to the door—“The Legend” Sly Jock is your D.J.—NOW LET’S DO THIS!!!:3 Champion Enterprises is looking for Concerned Citizens to Help Make a Difference. Volunteers, executive staff, models, vendors and board members. BE-A-PART-OF-THE-SOLUTION-NOT-THE-PROBLEM…Call 412-628-4856…C’mon man!!:2 If you want to really make a difference in the future of this city, I need you to do two important things for me. No. 1 Please grab your children tonight while you still can. Hug them…tell them you love them…and “make” them understand that violence is not the way. Please!No.2 You better get in the Mayor’s Race and help pick the best man for the job…or stop complaining!:1 Hey ya’ll…only 17 weeks till Steelers season…yea, I know, me too!:00 DOUBLE OVERTIMEI know you’ve heard it before, but be reminded that the best and safest time to be had in Pittsburgh is at The Savoy. From the moment security valets your car to the great food and tremendous atmosphere, especially Monday, Jazz night and Friday and Saturday, show time nights. If there are three better cats in town, then Chuck, “J.B” and Gary, I don’t know where they’re at. And that my friend you can take to the bank. (Hey, do me a favor and don’t tell Stephan Broadus I said all this. He’s told me 1,000 times about that free Savoy promo!)~ GAME OVER ~
Okay.The regular season is done, over with, complete.Fifty-two taxing, troublesome and labourious games are now in the books for the Nelson Leafs.Thankfully, the Green and White can now forget about what has been a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season to forget and concentrate on the first-round matchup against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, beginning Friday in Fruitvale.Nelson concluded the regular campaign on a sour note, dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena to the visiting Castlegar Rebels.Two second-period goals by Konnor Madsen and Yannis Soukas proved to be the difference as the markers snapped a 1-1 tie to power the Rebels past the Leafs.“We’ve had a bunch of injuries this season, and because of that our bench has been always short,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap when asked about the recent 52-game campaign.“When we were losing in games guys were getting tired and frustrated and once we started to get down on ourselves it was hard to win.”“But we’re starting to get players back and win games and keep our heads up more,” Dunlap added.Unfortunately, Sunday the Leafs were still missing a couple of key cogs in the wheel in forwards Dylan Williamson, Aaron Brewer, Branden Chow and Timothy Nichols.Of the four, Williamson and Brewer may be ready for Friday’s first game against Beaver Valley. The result saw the offence struggle against the Rebels.After Soukas opened the scoring in the first period, Matt MacDonald tied the game up for Nelson with a power play marker midway through the frame.Madsen restored the lead for Castlegar early in the second. Nelson looked to have tied the game late in the period when Dunlap was set up in the slot for a one-timer.However, Castlegar goalie Austin Wells somehow shot across the goal crease to thwart Dunlap, who could only look upwards in disbelief.Castlegar proceeded to go down the ice with Soukas scoring his second of the game to give the visitors some insurance heading into the period intermission.“It’s been a good season for us, except what happen a few weeks ago with the ineligible player and losing (head coach) Dave (McLellan) to suspension,” said Dunlap.“But I believe overall we’ve done pretty good considering.”Carson Wornig scored in the third to complete the scoring for Castlegar.Nelson, outshooting the Rebels 33-32 in the game, now prepare to somehow change direction this season has taken beginning Friday in Fruitvale in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs against the Nitehawks.Game two is Saturday before the series shifts to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, February 23 & 24.Dunlap is optimistic the start of the post season is just the change the Leafs need.A few of the injured players are expected back.So too is Leaf head coach Dave McLellan, who has spent the past few weeks on the suspended list for the clerical error that cost the team points in the standings, dropping Nelson like a tire-iron from second to fourth in the division.“We’ve won some pretty big games of late,” Dunlap said.“We’ve beat BV (Beaver Valley) . . . we beat Kamloops (last weekend) and we’re starting to come together as a team,” the Alaskan native added.“For a while we had some negativity creep into the team but we’re starting to now play better and come together as a team.“Which recently it’s been a huge up for us.”Leaf fans can only hope the turn of the KIJHL page from regular season to playoffs is a change for the better for the Green and White.
SMOOVE IT: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this 6-year-old Square Eddie mare was an even fifth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, by Velvet Mesquite two starts back in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and was subsequently eighth in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes here on Feb. 20. Second, beaten a nose, in the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes five starts back in April, 2015, Smoove It has ample back class and has two wins from seven tries down the hillside turf. Trained by Doug O’Neill and for the first time she’ll be handled by Flavien Prat. QIAONA: Owned by Curt and Lila Lanning, this 6-year-old mare rallied from off the pace to finish a sharp second to Velvet Mesquite in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 30 and thus, rates second billing in the Irish O’Brien. Trained by Ed Moger, Qiaona rallied to be a close second in this race a year ago and is 6-1-2-1 lifetime down the hillside turf. With seven wins from 32 overall starts, Qiaona has lifetime earnings of $615,643. DEMONICA: In what will be her third start since running a close fifth in last year’s Irish O’Brien, Demonica comes off a much improved fifth in a first condition allowance versus open company at one mile on the main track here on Feb. 12. A 5-year-old mare by First Defence, she was bred by Lee and Susan Searing and is owned by their CRK Stable. Trained by Peter Eurton, the connections are hoping for a dose of déjà vu, as they were victorious in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes with Kobe’s Back.THE IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES IN POST POSTION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRACE 2 (of 11) Approximate post time, 1 p.m. PDTDemonica – Santiago Gonzalez – 118Nite Delite – Edwin Maldonado – 118Smoove It – Flavien Prat – 118Qiaona – Victor Espinoza – 118Velvet Mesquite – Kent Desormeaux – 123First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. VELVET MESQUITE: Trained by Blake Heap, this 6-year-old mare comes off of one of the most impressive efforts of her career, a better than looked 1 ¾ length win versus state-breds in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 30–her sixth win from 12 tries down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout. Ridden confidently by Kent Desormeaux, Velvet Mesquite appears primed for another top performance in what will be her 20th career start. With all six of her wins coming down the hill, she has career earnings of $433,446. NITE DELITE: Off at 9-2 in a first condition allowance down the hill on Feb. 11, trainer Art Sherman’s Nite Delite was an impressive gate to wire winner under Edwin Maldonado, as she earned a career-best 91 Beyer Speed figure in the process. Owned by F. Jack Liebau, this 4-year-old War Chant filly pressed the pace and tired to finish sixth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, by Velvet Mesquite two starts back in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 30. A winner of three of 10 starts, the Irish O’Brien will be her third hillside try. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2016)–With green beers and an abundance of Jameson Irish Whiskey at the ready, Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite heads a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares set to compete in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.In keeping with traditional St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Santa Anita will offer three dollar green beers and five dollar Jameson shots from St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, through this Saturday.