No. 14 USC men’s volleyball looks to continue upset streak

first_imgEven though the men’s volleyball team had their winning streak snapped after losing to Long Beach State last week, the team upset three top-ranked teams in the last four games. Those upsets have gone far in establishing the Trojans’ national standing, earning the team their first ranking at No. 14 this season.The Trojans look to add another upset to their list as they take on No. 4 Hawaii in back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday in a road matchup.“[Hawaii is] doing everything well,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “They are playing good volleyball. Categorically, if you look at the stats, they are near the top in every category: blocking, serving, side out, opponent side out. They are just doing a lot at a high level, which means we have to perform at a high level in order to contend with that.”While taking on a top team that looks to continue its 11-match winning streak is already a challenge, the Trojans will have to deal with overcoming injuries as well.Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder, who is currently leading the nation in kills and points, did not play in the last game due to an abdominal strain. Sophomore outside hitter Gianluca Grasso has missed four games with an ankle sprain but showed signs of recovery as he played in the final set last week.However, it is uncertain whether either will be able to contribute on the court in these two games.“It is a TBD kind of thing,” Nygaard said. “I mean Lucas was taken off the court for a shorter period of time, but I am hoping he is ready to go. We will see what Gianluca’s ankle looks like.”With or without the two starters, the Trojans not only will be playing two nights in a row, but will also be facing the same team at their opponent’s home court.However, only the first game will count as an MPSF match. The second game will serve as a friendly, but could turn into a redemption match should the Trojans lose the first bout with Hawaii.“The positive is the second night out, there are no surprises,” Nygaard said. “You’ve already seen the game plan and it is already fresh in their head, so it is more of a few tweaks here, watch some video and reaffirm the things we want to do and go back out. It becomes a little more about heart at that point because you are going to be a little bit tired two nights in a row. ”last_img read more

I’ll continue to support COVID-19 fight in Ghana till it’s gone – Agyemang Badu

first_imgGhanaian midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu says he intends to keep supporting the efforts to fight COVID-19 in Ghana until the disease is eradicated.Badu, who plays for Serie A club Hellas Verona, is in the midst of a strict lockdown in Italy which has been hit harder than most countries by the disease.Italy currently has 178,972 confirmed cases of the disease with 23,660  deaths so far a rise by about 10,000 cases and 1,500 deaths since Friday.Drawing from his experience in Italy, Badu says he knows how desperate the situation globally is and says he intends to do everything he can to support the efforts in his home country.“I’m in the middle of this pandemic here in Italy, so I know how people are struggling and suffering. This is the time for me to help.”He stated that he has donated some PPE to hospitals in Kumasi and  Berekum and has also made some items available to the police as well.“I bought some masks, gloves and sanitizers for a hospital in Kumasi – the women and children’s ward. And I played in Berekum for a long time, so I bought some for the hospitals there, and for the police and Muslim community.”“And in the village I was born, I donated a lot of stuff to the police and the hospitals. They’re saying prevention is better than cure, so I wanted them to have these things to be safe and be very careful of this dangerous virus.”Ghana currently has 1,042 confirmed cases with nine deaths but a three-week lockdown which was imposed to curb the spread has since been lifted.Badu insists that he will continue to send more items to the country in order to help contain the spread.“The numbers are increasing, so next week I need to send some more stuff to hospitals. We will keep doing it until we see this virus is gone. I am in the middle of it here and I know how much I’m struggling here so we all need to help and take care of people in Africa.”A number of other Ghanaian players have donated to the efforts as well including Inter Milan player Kwadwo Asamoah.The Ghana Football Association has also offered the Ghanaman facility for use as an isolation centre.last_img read more

LA Clippers’ Austin Rivers set to return Wednesday

first_img“Geez, he’s been killing it,” Rivers said. “And he’s been telling me every day, ‘When you coming back, man, when you coming back?’ “Rivers averages 8.1 points and 1.3 assists in 21.6 minutes for the Clippers. His father, head coach Doc Rivers, will welcome him back on the court with open arms.“Yeah, it’ll help, obviously,” the elder Rivers said. “I’ll probably take some time to get him in a rhythm, but it’s earlier than we thought. He had a great workout yesterday with the coaches and so, yeah, that’s a good surprise.”No timetableDoc Rivers confirmed that injured power forward Blake Griffin (quad tendon, fractured right hand), who has not played since Christmas night, has been shooting for about a week. But he also said that doesn’t mean Griffin is nearly back.“He’s not close or anything,” Doc Rivers said. “So, I mean, he’s just shooting the basketball.”Asked what’s next, Rivers said, “What’s next is his hand healing. It’s just going to take time. Again, there’s no way around that.”Griffin fractured his hand Jan. 23 when he punched team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi. Griffin also must serve a four-game suspension once he’s healthy; he was fined a fifth game’s pay for injuries he sustained punching Testi.A partially torn left quad tendon is what initially put Griffin on the shelf.This and thatWith buyouts in the fold right now, Doc Rivers was queried as to whether he’d like to add a player. “We’re always interested, if it’s the right guy,” he said. However, Rivers said, “If we went into the playoffs with what we have, I’m very happy.” … Rivers said he didn’t know whether he’ll sign forward Alex Stepheson to a second 10-day contract. He signed his first Feb. 20. PLAYA VISTA >> Austin Rivers walked toward a group of reporters assembled at the L.A. Clippers’ training facility ahead of Sunday morning’s practice. Although the team’s reserve guard was still wearing protection on his left hand, fractured Feb. 3 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was also wearing a sly smile.“First practice back,” he said. “Full practice. No limitations.”No wonder Rivers was happy. He has missed nine consecutive games and Monday night’s against Brooklyn (17-42) at Staples Center will make 10. He expects to return Wednesday when the Clippers (38-20) host Oklahoma City.“For sure,” he said, when asked if he’s chomping at the bit to get back out there. “I’m excited to get back and be with my teammates again and compete with them again. Just to get back playing.” Rivers is right-handed, so this is not his shooting hand. He said if it were, it might be a bit longer before his return. But he said he’s a quick healer and though his hand is still a bit sore, he’s ready to roll. From a conditioning standpoint, he indicated he has no concerns because he has been staying in terrific shape.“That’s all I’ve been doing is running,” he said. “I have good wind. I feel pretty good.”Rivers said he’s been shooting for about a week and his hand has undergone “a ton of therapy every day.”Starting point guard Chris Paul figures to be one of the happiest teammates upon Rivers’ return because Paul’s minutes have gone up since Rivers went down. Paul is averaging 33.1 on the season. Counting the game in which Rivers was hurt because the injury happened early, Paul has averaged 36.4 minutes the past 10 games.Paul has weathered that storm in tremendous fashion and is coming off a Friday victory at Sacramento where all the 6-foot star did was score 40 points, dole out 13 assists, grab eight rebounds and make two steals; for good measure, Paul made all 10 of his free throws.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Fans of HSV told the Leaders of the Club: Bring Duljevic

first_imgThe Transfermarkt announced that HSV is interested in Andrea Schurrle, while fans of this famous club are not satisfied with that transfer since it would be just another typical transfer for this club, and they told the leaders of their club to bring BH football player, Haris Duljevic.He played 16 matches for Dresden in the 2nd Bundesliga and the German Cup since the beginning of the season, and he recorded three assists and managed to score one goal. He played a total of 1,106 minutes for his new club. Before Dresden, he played for Celik, Olimpik and Sarajevo.HSV is again in trouble and missing several team members. In case of Duljevic’s transfer, the competition for his place in the team would be Sejad Salihovic.(Source: read more