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No. 1 Trojans finish up late-season road trip

first_imgAmidst its 41-match win streak, the USC men’s tennis team will continue Pac-12 play this weekend with its final two road matches of the regular season.Winners · Freshman Yannick Hoffman and the Trojans have won 41 straight matches. They finish up the season with three home matches. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanThe No. 1 Trojans (21-0, 2-0) will first take on Utah (11-7, 0-2) Friday at 1:30 p.m. before paying a visit to Arizona (5-12, 0-2) Saturday at noon in USC’s third and fourth consecutive road matches, respectively.After kicking off conference play with two sweeps at Washington and Oregon last weekend, the undefeated Trojans continued their longstanding streak dating back to last February.USC senior Steve Johnson, ranked No. 2 in the nation, has amassed 53 consecutive single wins since last January, while the more recent streaks of No. 13 senior Daniel Nguyen and freshman Roberto Quiroz stand at 12 and 10, respectively.No. 23 sophomore Ray Sarmiento, who was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season, is 29-8 overall in singles.The Trojans have two more ranked players in No. 38 freshman Yannick Hanfmann and No. 53 Emilio Gomez, who have a combined 31-5 record in dual match singles.USC also features two ranked doubles pairs. No. 15 Johnson and Quiroz have seven straight doubles victories together, while No. 18 Nguyen and Sarmiento have five consecutive wins together.Neither the Utes nor the Wildcats have any players nationally ranked in singles or doubles, and both squads have yet to win a conference match.USC coach Peter Smith, who collected his 200th win in the 7-0 victory over Oregon on Saturday, says that a couple of seventh men, like freshmen Eric Johnson and Jordi Vives, could see some court action in the next two matches.“I’m always looking to get the whole team involved,” Smith said. “It’s all about keeping this fresh for everyone and keeping everyone feeling a part of it and challenged.”The Trojans have not relinquished more than two points in a match since Feb. 20, when they defeated No. 3 Ohio State 4-3 in the finals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships.Against the unranked Utes and Wildcats, the Trojans look to continue their sweeping victories before concluding Pac-12 play against No. 12 California, No. 11 Stanford and No. 5 UCLA.“You always want to win top to bottom and win in a big fashion and win quick,” Johnson said. “It’s definitely going to be motivation for the guys, and we’ll all hopefully improve on what we did [last] weekend.”With only five regular season matches left before postseason play begins, the Trojans have a simple agenda.“Just get better every day,” Johnson said. “That’s what the guys have done so far and that’s what we plan on doing now. Just get better every single day and work harder, and get ready for Athens.”Athens, Ga., will be the site of the NCAA championships, where USC hopes to capture its fourth consecutive NCAA title in May.Before embarking on the postseason, the Trojans look to conclude conference play on a strong note as they continue to build their momentum for a historic championship run.last_img read more

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AAF players ‘authorized’ to sign with NFL teams, suspended league announces

first_imgWith the AAF players allowed to sign with NFL teams, it appears as if it is only  a matter of time before the suspended league folds.Tuesday’s decision to suspend operations shocked AAF players and coaches alike, especially since there were just two weeks left in the season. Some of the teams decided to throw in the towel altogether and send coaches and players home (albeit reportedly without paying their way after opting not to keep housing them in hotels during the “indefinite” suspension).Now that AAF players and NFL personnel can be in contact, there might be some NFL teams willing to take a flyer on the best out of the AAF, at least in the form of meetings or workouts.Despite players being allowed to explore NFL options, some players are reporting that with the suspension of league operations, players are on the hook for paying for their current lodgings, amongst other charges that the league normally would take on. Adrien Robinson, a former Giants tight end who played for the Memphis Express, detailed how he now has a $2,500 charge for [email protected] I woke up to over a $2500 charge pending on my account from the Sonesta hotel our team stayed in. I called the bank and Memphis team president. My only option is to dispute the charges on Monday. The same thing happened to other players on our team @ohrnberger— Adrien Robinson (@ItsARob8One) April 4, 2019Memphis fullback Anthony Manzo-Lewis also posted to Twitter that the team had their personal items waiting in the lobby of their hotel after the league suspended operations and that he had no place to stay.The AAF was created with the hope of being a farm system to the NFL. AAF officials were trying to clear the way with the NFL Players Association to be able to borrow third- and fourth-string players from NFL rosters to give them playing time and experience, but there reportedly was pushback from the NFLPA about allowing that to happen. FanDuel names Orlando Apollos AAF champions, will pay futures bets AAF co-founder Bill Polian blasts Tom Dundon for shutting down operationscenter_img With the writing on the wall, the Alliance of American Football is allowing its players to sign with NFL teams, the upstart league announced Thursday.This counters previous reports that the AAF wasn’t allowing its players to talk to NFL teams at all by sending a memo to the NFL telling the organization not to contact AAF members. Some argue that the AAF players already were free to sign with NFL teams because when the AAF suspended operations it did so in breach of its contracts with the players, rendering them free agents immediately. Legal arguments aside, NFL teams now will be allowed to sift through names on the eight AAF rosters and determine if they want to contact players for potential meetings and workouts.While the AAF has suspended operations, it hasn’t officially folded or canceled its season, which is why the memo reportedly was sent out. Related Newslast_img read more

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov scores second lacrosse goal of the season

first_imgWith the game tied 2-2 midway through the second period, Svechnikov gathered the puck along the boards and headed behind the Winnipeg net. Once situated directly behind Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck, the 19-year-old Svechnikov scooped the puck onto his stick and deftly placed it over Hellebuyck’s right shoulder.It was a near carbon copy of the goal Svechnikov scored against the Calgary Flames earlier in the season, and on Tuesday it served as a rallying point for his team as the Hurricanes scored four straight goals to eventually win 6-3 — with the teenager’s jaw-dropping marker the catalyst. The previous instance of such a goal being scored? Oct. 29, by Svechnikov.The 2010s: Crosby named athlete of the decade | NHL all-decade teamWith Carolina visiting the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, a back-and-forth contest needed a bit of a spark to give one of the teams enough of an advantage to take control of the game.Enter Svechnikov. It happened again.On Tuesday night, Andrei Svechnikov did what had been done only one other time in the history of the NHL when he scored a “lacrosse-style” goal from behind the net for the Carolina Hurricanes. last_img read more

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