At least 13 killed in Canada rampage, suspect dead

first_img“I can report that there were 13 victims so far, plus the suspect, that are deceased,” the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Brenda Lucki, told Canadian broadcaster CBC.The victims included a female RCMP officer, Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Force, while a second officer was injured.In Nova Scotia several victims were discovered both outside and inside a house in the town, sparking a 12-hour manhunt through multiple communities.”The search for the suspect ended this morning. When the suspect was located. And I can confirm that he is deceased,” Chief Superintendent Chris Leather told a press conference earlier. Topics : A gunman killed at least 13 people in an overnight shooting rampage across rural Nova Scotia, before being found dead Sunday after one of Canada’s worst killing sprees in decades, federal police said.Identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when police were alerted to shots fired in the town of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province.Gun violence in Canada is far less than in the neighboring United States, and weapons more strictly controlled, and the killings were the country’s  worst since 1989 when a gunman murdered 14 female students at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Leather said that at one point the suspect appeared to be wearing part of a police uniform and was driving a vehicle made to look like an RCMP cruiser. One officer dead, one injured RCMP tweeted several times that he was not an officer and warned he was considered “armed and dangerous.””The initial search for the suspect led to multiple sites in the area, including structures that were on fire,” Leather told the news conference.Leather said there was no final count on the number of victims, and that the investigation was in its early stages. Another police spokesperson said, without further details, that the gunman was killed after an officer intervened.Police said they had no indication of a motive at this stage. Lucki told CBC said there was no indication “at this point” of a terrorist motive.”What I would say is that it appears to be at least in part, very random in nature,” said Leather.”We are in the early stages of an incredibly detailed and complex investigation that has forever changed countless lives.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that he “was saddened to learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia.”He said he hopes for a full recovery of the wounded, “including one RCMP member who is in hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.”last_img read more

PFA sees contributions balloon after Bankpension merger

first_imgDenmark’s biggest commercial pension fund, PFA Pension, saw its overall contributions surge last year as a result of the merger with Bankpension, according to its 2016 annual report released today.Without the Bankpension inflows, pension contributions at PFA grew 10.7% to DKK31.8bn (€4.3bn) last year, from DKK28.7bn.Including the DKK22.9bn added as a result of the merger with the labour-market pension fund for the banking sector, 2016 total contributions were DKK54.7bn. In absolute terms, PFA almost doubled its investment return compared with 2015: assets generated DKK26.5bn in 2016, up from DKK13.6bn in 2015. In terms of what was paid out to customers, though, the return was broadly flat from last year for people with market-rate pensions, and down year-on-year for those with the traditional average-rate pension product, according to the figures.The return for market-rate pensions was 6.5% in 2016 compared to 6.7% in 2015, while the average-rate pension return, after value adjustment, was 2.2% – down from 4.1% the year before, PFA reported.Anders Damgaard, CFO at PFA Pension, said: “Depending on the investment profile and years to retirement, the customers with market-rate pension plans have received a return between 6.5% cent and 8.2% when including CustomerCapital. This is a good return, particularly in the light of inflation in Denmark, which is down to 0.3% per year.”Damgaard added that PFA was living up to its target of being at the top of the list of returns over a five-year period.CustomerCapital is the profit-sharing mechanism PFA uses as a mutual company.Total assets increased to DKK607bn at the end of December, up from DKK545bn 12 months before.The pension fund said its investment return was mainly attributable to a solid return on bonds as a result of falling interest rates and a narrowing of credit spreads. Corporate bonds and Danish government and mortgage bonds in particular lifted the overall return.“Traditional listed equities produced a positive return overall, but there were big differences across the market,” PFA said.Unlisted investments had also contributed positively, it said, adding that this was partly because of the high return on alternative investments, with real estate also contributing.Interest-rate hedging generated a very high return in 2016, but currency hedging ended the year with a loss, the pension provider reported.last_img read more

DOF Subsea Scores Africa Job

first_imgDOF Subsea has entered into a 2-month long contract with an international energy client in Africa. The project will utilise Skandi Seven and start operations in direct continuation with the ongoing commitment for the vessel.DOF Subsea will during this project deliver integrated FSV services, project management and engineering on multiple project packages, mainly within deep-water construction and maintenance activities.last_img

The hypocrisy of businesses like PayPal

first_imgFranklin Graham: ‘PayPal Gets Hypocrite of the Year Award’ for Boycotting North Carolina over Transgender Bathroom BillThe Rev. Franklin Graham has said that PayPal deserves “the hypocrite of the year award” for its refusal to expand its business to Charlotte, North Carolina after the state passed a controversial transgender bathroom bill.The Blaze reports that Graham criticized the company in a Facebook post, stating that although PayPal refused to do business in Charlotte, North Carolina because of the new law preventing transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice, the company conducts business in many countries where homosexuality and transgenderism is severely persecuted.“Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: ‘PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position,’” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.Graham went on to say that PayPal does business in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and soon will be expanding to Cuba. All of these countries have persecuted homosexuals and transgenders, said Graham, including arresting them and subjecting them to torture and execution.http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/franklin-graham-paypal-gets-hypocrite-of-the-year-award-for-boycotting-north-carolina-over-transgender-bathroom-bill.htmllast_img read more

Tokyo Olympics organisers blast virus rumours, say Games will go ahead

first_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie WilliamsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In Hollywood The WHO has declared the outbreak a global health emergency. Japan has warned citizens against non-essential travel to China and fast-tracked new rules including limits on entering the country as it tries to contain the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pledged that preparations for the Olympics would proceed as normal. “The coronavirus is beginning to have an impact on tourism,” he said. “But the government will continue to steadily prepare for the Games in close cooperation with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the local organising committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.” The Japanese government has chartered three flights to repatriate 565 Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the central Chinese city hardest hit by the virus. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike promised at the weekend to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the virus. The health scare has led to the cancellation of Olympic qualifying events in China such as boxing and badminton. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run until August 9 with the Paralympics starting on August 25. Meanwhile, Spence confirmed that progress was being made to keep wheelchair basketball’s place in this summer’s Paralympics after the sport was removed from the 2024 Games programme following a row over its classification code. Read Also: Nike unveils new footwear for sprints, distance races International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) has until the end of May to bring itself in alignment with the IPC rules, or face exclusion. “For now, wheelchair basketball is in,” said Spence. “The IWBF have been cooperative and the signs are encouraging for Tokyo 2020. It’s a fantastic sport and the Paralympics are richer with it (involved), but they have to comply with the rules.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said Thursday the Games would “go ahead as planned”, slamming misinformation over the new coronavirus for triggering panic. Chief executive officer Toshiro Muto revealed that organisers have set up a task force to combat the fast-spreading disease that has killed over 560 people and infected at least 28,000 – the vast majority in mainland China – but promised that the Games would be not derailed from their July 24 start date. The coronavirus outbreak in China has sparked fear worldwide “The Olympics will go ahead as planned,” he told reporters after a project review of the Paralympics, which are scheduled to take place after the Olympics. “It is important to remain objective and cool-headed. We don’t want to alarm the public. The infection is still limited and there is no problem staging the Olympics based on the current situation.” International Paralympic Committee (IPC) spokesman Craig Spence complained that scare-mongering had created an “info-demic” that could skew public perception in the run-up to the Olympics and Paralympics. “Fear is spreading quicker than the virus,” he said. “It’s important we quell that fear. Only 191 of the total cases are outside mainland China, so let’s put things into perspective. “If you compare those rates with the common flu, they are still relatively small numbers,” added Spence. “The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared this a pandemic. We dealt with the Zika virus in Rio and in these matters we need to rely on the experts. “We will follow the advice of the World Health Organization. Every organising committee looks into countermeasures, and we have measures in place from previous Olympics and Paralympics here in Tokyo. It is standard practice, it’s business as usual.” More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the flu-like coronavirus. Japan has had no reported deaths so far, but 45 cases have been detected, including at least 20 people on a cruise ship carrying more than 3,700 passengers and crew quarantined off Yokohama. – Global health emergency –last_img read more

World ‘losing battle against deforestation’

first_imgTropical forest loss accounts for more than 90 percent of globaldeforestation, with the hotspot being located in Amazon Basin nations ofBolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. However, researchers highlighted why the overall picture was sogloomy and why halting deforestation was so vital in the battle against climatechange. A HISTORIC global agreement aimedat halting deforestation has failed, according to a report. “Halting deforestation and restoring tropical forests, forexample, could provide up to 30 percent of the mitigation required to help meetthe Paris Agreement,” explained Eszter Wainwright-Deri, forestry technicaladvisor at the Zoological Society of London. Emerging hotspot An assessment of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) saysit has failed to deliver on key pledges. “In other places, we are finding that there are new trees that areenriching rural landscapes, but we are still seeing a net reduction in the numberof forests the world has.” Craig Hanson, vice-president of food, forest, water and the oceanat the World Resources Institute, described the findings as a “mixed reportcard.” The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a voluntary and alegally non-binding agreement to take action to halt global deforestation. Deforestation “accelerating” Despite the bleak outlook on a global scale, the report didhighlight the positive steps being made in Indonesia, which has long beenassociated with devastating deforestation. On average, an area of tree cover the size of the United Kingdomwas lost every year between 2014 and 2018. “There are some places in the world where we are sufferingdramatic loss of primary forest, so we are losing the battle on stoppingdeforestation,” he told reporters. “Since the NYDF was launched five years ago, deforestation has notonly continued – it has actually accelerated,” observed Charlotte Streck,co-founder and director of Climate Focus, which co-ordinated the publication ofthe report. “This cannot be achieved while zero-deforestation commitmentscontinue to be dishonored.” Worryingly, say the authors, a new deforestation hotspot in WestAfrica is emerging. The rate of tree-felling in the Democratic republic ofCongo has doubled in the past five years. Photo from FOODNAVIGATOR.COM It was first endorsed at the United Nations Climate Summit inSeptember 2014, and by October 2017 40 governments, 57 multi-national companiesand 58 non-government organizations had endorsed the declaration. The authors said political action was a contributing factor. Thecountry’s president has banned the development of peatlands and primaryforests. Yet deforestation continues at an alarming rate and threatens toprevent the world from preventing dangerous climate change, experts have said. The report says the amount of annual carbon emissions resultingfrom deforestation around the globe are equivalent to the greenhouse gasesproduced by the European Union. The critique, compiled by the NYDF Assessment Partners (acoalition of 25 organizations), painted a bleak picture of how the world’sforests continue to be felled. Launched at the 2014 UN climate summit, it aimed to halfdeforestation by 2020, and halt it by 2030. Political action The WRI’s Hanson concluded: “We are losing the battle but weshould not give up hope. This report, among other things, gives a clarion callthat we need to re-energize commitment, action and financing towards the NYDF.”(BBC)last_img read more

One arrested following Franklin County pursuit

first_imgMetamora, Ind. — A Tuesday traffic stop in Franklin County resulted in a short pursuit and the arrest of a Brookville man.Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a car driven by Brandon Reese, 23, on U.S. 52 in the Metamora area for an expired license plate. Reese refused to stop and began to flee. Roberts made an abrupt turn onto Duck Creek Road, nearly striking three pedestrians. The pursuit continued for about two miles when Reese drove into a farm field. When attempted to drive through a wire fence to get back on the roadway he overcorrected and struck a tree. Reese fled on foot while the passenger, John Roberts, 23, stayed in the vehicle.Reese was arrested for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The passenger was not arrested.last_img read more

The Latest: AVP shifts beach volleyball season to tournament

first_imgThe UEFA executive committee says eight teams will play from the quarterfinals in knockout games at two venues.The final will be held at the home stadium of Portuguese club Benfica on Sunday, Aug. 23.The Europa League will also get an eight-team knockout tournament. It will be played in four stadiums in western Germany starting Aug. 10.___Formula E will resume with six races in Berlin to finish its season. Starting Thursday, no more than 20 visitors at a time will be allowed to enter the museum in Newport, Rhode Island. They must wear a mask. Among the changes since the site closed on March 16: It now will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Previously, it was accessible every day from 10 a.m to 5 p.m — except Tuesdays from January to March.The hall’s grass-court tennis tournament, usually held after Wimbledon in July, was called off this year because of the pandemic.The tennis tours have been suspended since March and are now scheduled to resume in August.___ The Latest: AVP shifts beach volleyball season to tournament More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports There also will be three ball people instead of six at courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.Those are among the changes announced by the U.S. Tennis Association as it outlined plans for running its 2020 Grand Slam tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic.There will be no mixed doubles, juniors or wheelchair competition during the Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 U.S. Open. There also will not be any qualifying rounds. Men’s and women’s doubles will be reduced from 64 teams each to 32 and only players not in singles may enter.In each of the 128-player fields for men’s and women’s singles there will be 120 players who get in via their ranking and eight who receive wild-card invitations.Players will be allowed up to three guests and up to two rooms at a pair of designated hotels. One will be paid for by the USTA and one by the player. There also will be the option for players to rent a house outside of Manhattan. The Russian league plans to restart its soccer season on Friday but the test results mean Rostov will miss at least two games.Rostov is in fourth place and fighting for a spot in next season’s Champions League. It was scheduled to play Sochi on Friday.The club says the six players gave results which “deviated from the norm” in coronavirus testing. The entire team and another 42 club employees were considered to have been in close contact with them.___Electronic line-calling will be used instead of line judges for U.S. Open matches at all courts except the two largest arenas. The 28-year-old Romanian is currently ranked No. 2 and is the reigning champion at Wimbledon. She also won the French Open in 2018.Her best showing at Flushing Meadows was a semifinal appearance in 2015.“Given the conditions outlined in the U.S. Open announcement this morning, as of today I do not currently plan to play in NYC,” Halep said. “However, as we know, this situation is fluid and that the conditions may change and improve before the entry deadline in mid July. I would like to underline that my decision is not set in stone. I have expressed my thoughts to both (U.S. Open tournament director) Stacey Allaster and (WTA CEO) Steve Simon (WTA CEO) and have explained the personal circumstances around them.”___UCLA will allow student-athletes who participate in fall sports and live locally, along with football players, to return to campus starting Monday. Athletes will work in groups of 10 or fewer people and facial coverings are required.All workouts initially will be held outside at Memorial Stadium and Maxwell Family Field.___Two-time major champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep says she does not “currently plan to play” at the 2020 U.S. Open.Halep adds in a statement emailed by her representative to the AP on Wednesday that her stance “is not set in stone.” Formula E says the races will take place from Aug. 5-13 at the disused Tempelhof Airport in a series of two-day double-headers. No other races are scheduled.Each pair of races in Berlin will use a different track configuration to provide some variety. There will be no spectators, mandatory coronavirus testing and a maximum number of 1,000 people on site.Formula E got through five races before the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and most recently raced on Feb. 29 in Morocco. Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa leads the championship with 28 points.Formula E was scheduled to have a 14-race season. Races in London, New York and Paris are among those which will not be held this year.___ Associated Press The French Open originally was moved from a May start to Sept. 20. Now its qualifying will begin Sept. 21 and finish on Sept. 25.The federation says it is working with the French government to “set out suitable measures that will ensure the health and safety of all people present.”The federation adds that “all options will be considered and are susceptible to change.”___The Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament in Canada won’t be played in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours have issued what they are calling “provisional” calendars that would resume sanctioned competition in August after being suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The WTA said its first event would be the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy the week of Aug. 3.The ATP said its players would return to action at the Citi Open in Washington beginning Aug. 14. Women also usually compete there but the WTA is still in discussions about its plans for that event.The next week will have the ATP-WTA tournament that is usually in Cincinnati but the U.S. Tennis Association is shifting to New York as a tuneup at the same site as the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 31. The tours will then shift to European red clay in September for tournaments in Madrid and Rome before the French Open’s main draw starts Sept. 27.The WTA said it anticipates all of its upcoming tournaments will be held without spectators.___The Minnesota Wild have decided to reduce hours for some employees and temporarily furlough others due to the revenue drop from the COVID-19 shutdown of the NHL.The cuts will take effect on Saturday. The club did not specify how many employees would be affected.center_img Sheffield United kicked off against Aston Villa inside a virtually empty Villa Park stadium after a minute’s silence to honor those who have died in the pandemic.The game began with every player and the referee taking a knee in a tribute to George Floyd, a black man who was killed in the United States last month after a white police officer pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving.Players maintained social distancing as they lined up after entering the field.Manchester City will host Arsenal in the other match being played Wednesday.England is the latest leading European soccer nation to resume play after Germany, Spain and Italy. This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2018 game was called due to poor weather.Classic officials are offering refunds.The Liberty Bowl is home to the Memphis Tigers. The university expects to have only season-ticket holders at the Liberty Bowl for home games this season, with no single-game ticket sales planned.___Brazilian soccer will make its return on Thursday after a three-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA has not decided exactly how many entourage members will be allowed on-site at Flushing Meadows during the U.S. Open or the tournament that is being moved from Cincinnati and also staged at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from Aug. 21-28.___The French Open already was postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic and now is being pushed back an additional week.The French Tennis Federation says its Grand Slam tournament’s main draw will be played at Roland Garros from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11.That doubles the gap from the Sept. 13 end of the U.S. Open. The governing body of soccer in Rio de Janeiro says Flamengo and Bangu will play in an empty Maracanã Stadium in the local league.Vasco da Gama will host Macaé at São Januário Stadium on Sunday.More than 45,000 people have died with the virus in the South American country and health specialists say the peak of the crisis is yet to come.___Russian soccer club FC Rostov says its entire team and staff will go into isolation for two weeks after six players gave anomalous results in testing for the coronavirus. The AVP Champions Cup Series will take place on successive weekends from July 18 to Aug. 2 with a total prize pool of $700,000. No fans will be in attendance.All matches will be streamed on Amazon Prime, and some will be broadcast by NBC.“The AVP Champions Cup Series allows us to keep our footprint small, regulate safety protocols and still provide top-flight beach volleyball competition for fans to watch,” tour owner Donald Sun said.___The International Tennis Hall of Fame is reopening to the public three months after shutting because of the coronavirus outbreak. Student-athletes at California can begin returning to campus to prepare for voluntary outdoor conditioning workouts.Cal said Wednesday it has worked with city officials in Berkeley and doctors to develop a plan for supervised small group workouts after a long shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Football players will be the first athletes to return to campus followed by other sports throughout the summer.All athletes and staff must complete mandatory educational training before they are allowed to return to campus. That includes information on COVID-19 signs, symptoms, evaluation, testing, as well as infection prevention and control.Athletes will be required to quarantine in their residence for seven days after returning and will undergo an antibody test, a COVID-19 test and a physical exam before being allowed to work out.Anyone entering an athletic facility will be required to take a temperature check and symptom screening. Many other teams around the league have taken similar cost-cutting measures. NHL play was halted on March 12 due to the virus outbreak. The 24 teams that qualified for the revamped postseason are scheduled to start training camp on July 10.The Wild were the first major Minnesota pro sports team to announce cutbacks.___The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 college football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State because of the coronavirus pandemic.Founder Fred Jones said Wednesday he knows this is a great disappointment to those who see the classic as a major highlight of the year but that health and safety is a top priority. Jones encouraged people to keep practicing safety and social distancing so the game can return as soon as possible. It’s the start of what the school calls phase one of its four-part return to training plan.Athletes in football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo and cross-country can choose to return to campus to start the process of resuming voluntary and allowed activities.The first phase includes COVID-19 and antibody testing, as well as physical and mental health screenings.___Play has resumed in the Premier League after a 100-day suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The AVP tour will have a three-week beach volleyball tournament in Long Beach, California, to replace the 2020 season that has been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced Wednesday that the event’s start date will be pushed back until Aug. 7, 2021. The annual ATP Tour event, which rotates between Toronto and Montreal, was scheduled to be played Aug. 8-16 in Toronto.With the Rogers Cup 2020 women’s tournament in Montreal shelved earlier this month and rescheduled for next year in the same city, the men’s event also will remain in Toronto in 2021. Founded in 1881 as the Canadian championships, the men’s tournament has been held every year except for 1905, 1915-18 (World War I) and 1941-45 (World War II).___The Champions League will finish with a 12-day mini-tournament in Lisbon.The tournament will restart in August after a five-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. June 17, 2020last_img read more

Women of Troy dominate in San Diego

first_imgMembers of the No. 6-ranked women’s rowing team arrived in San Diego for the 40th annual San Diego Crew Classic expecting nothing short of a victory in an event that USC has dominated in recent years.A stroke above the rest · The USC women’s rowing team has thrived at the San Diego Crew Classic in recent years, and this year was no different, with the team taking home an unprecedented three trophies. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationThey accomplished just that, taking home the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup for an unprecedented third consecutive year.The team also claimed grand final victories to win both the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup in what was truly a memorable day.“Awesome. That was really awesome,” USC head coach Zenon Babraj told USCTrojans.com. “I think they all rose to the occasion. It was a great day, but we’ve got to still keep in mind that it’s San Diego and just the beginning of the season.”Sunday’s victory marked just the second time in school history that USC has taken home three trophies from the prestigious West Coast regatta and the first time that the school has won in three varsity collegiate divisions.The Women of Troy began the day in peak form when they claimed the Jessop-Whittier cup for the fifth time in school history. The team was able to fend off some of the top crews in the nation to win the top prize, including No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 California. Also in the field were No. 7 Washington, No. 9 UCLA and unranked Duke.Virginia bolted out front as the race began and gained a considerable early lead. Both Cal and UCLA also held leads during the first half of the 2,000-meter race, with USC and Washington jockeying for fourth.But the Cavaliers faded around the midway point, and USC was able to surpass them. With about 750 meters left, the Women of Troy made their move to catch Cal and UCLA, who were still ahead.The team’s great surge came with only 250 meters left and, under the call of senior coxswain Jennah Blau, USC coasted to victory three seconds ahead of Cal with a top time of 6:25.30. Virginia took third place, followed by UCLA, Washington and Duke.“We always talk about how we want to run our own race,” Blau told USCTrojans.com. “We knew that Virginia was going to come out fast. They took a lot of 10s and made a lot of moves directly after their start and we knew that that wasn’t something we wanted to match, so we focused on running our own race.”In the second division, USC earned its second trophy of the day: the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy. USC finished with a time of 6:32.41, more than five seconds faster than Cal’s second place time. It was the first time the school had won the trophy since 2007.To finish off the already-successful day, the varsity four boat claimed the second Karen Plumleigh Corney Cup in USC history, with a winning time of 7:23.87, nearly three seconds faster than second place UCLA.USC’s novice division team finished fourth in a petite final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy with a time of 7:05.62. Texas’ A team claimed the top spot, followed by Washington State and Texas’ B team.With the majority of the schedule still ahead of the team, there is much work to be done. But this is certainly the kind of start to the season Babraj had hoped for, and the team can only hope to match this high level of production moving forward.USC’s next race will take place at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif., on April 20.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball NCAA tournament opponent preview: What to know about South Dakota State

first_imgAfter defeating Fordham on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, No. 12 Syracuse (25-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) will take on South Dakota State (27-6, 15-1 Summit) at the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. Monday. SU, the No. 3 seed in the Portland region, pulled away from the Rams in the fourth quarter and was paced by Tiana Mangakahia, who tallied 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. The sixth-seeded Jackrabbits took down Quinnipiac, 76-65, in their first-round contest.Here’s what to know before Monday’s matchup.All-time series: Syracuse and SDSU have never faced each other.The South Dakota State report: The Jackrabbits currently own one of the longest winning streaks in the country, having won 17 games in a row. Their last loss came against in-state rival South Dakota on Jan. 6, when SDSU fell in double overtime. That served as the Jackrabbits’ only conference loss all season, as they dominated the Summit League and won all three of their conference tournament games by double-digits. Even though it lost five times during its early-season nonconference slate, South Dakota State turned in impressive performances against two of the best teams in the country. Versus No. 1 overall seed Baylor on Nov. 23, the Jackrabbits lost by just 6 in a game that was tied during the fourth quarter. In December against Oregon, the No. 2 seed in the Portland region, SDSU tied the game late but ultimately lost by 8. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSouth Dakota State’s calling card is its offense. It ranks 12th in the country in points per game and top-10 in a handful of other categories, including field goal percentage, assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. While Syracuse also boasts one of the best offenses in the country, the Jackrabbits are more balanced. They take fewer 3-pointers than the Orange but are more efficient, ranking 16th in the nation in 3-point percentage. This is the 13th 20-win season in the past 15 years and ninth tournament appearance in 11 years for SDSU, which entered the tournament ranked 27th in RPI. It’s No. 6 seed ranking is its highest ever.  How Syracuse beats South Dakota State: Slowing down the Jackrabbits’ offense won’t be easy for the Orange, whose defense performed well against Fordham on Saturday. South Dakota State doesn’t make many mistakes and has the capability to play run-and-gun or slow it down, as it did against Quinnipiac. SDSU scored its fewest points in over a month versus the Bobcats but stayed efficient, shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range and the field overall. Syracuse must fluster the Jackrabbits with its unique zone defense and full-court press, two things at a level that they haven’t faced much this season. South Dakota State is good enough to punish SU if it doesn’t play with his foot on the pedal. Offensively, Syracuse needs its hot shooting (9-for-14 from 3) to carry over from its game against the Rams on Saturday and maintain its momentum. Being at home will play a factor as well. In a matchup of two high-quality teams that play somewhat similar styles of basketball, every little advantage will make a difference. Stat to know: 48.4 – The percent South Dakota State has shot from the field as a team this year. That’s seventh-best in the country, behind only the four No. 1 seeds in the tournament and two No. 2 seeds. The Jackrabbits’ offense will be the third-most efficient SU has faced all season after Oregon (2nd) and Notre Dame (3rd), who the Orange are 0-3 combined against. Three of its starters shoot over 50 percent and its best player, Macy Miller, shoots 54 percent from the field, 46 percent from 3, and 85 percent from the free-throw line. SDSU has as much offensive potential as any team in the country. Player to watch: Macy Miller, guard, No. 12Aside from being one of the most efficient scorers in the country, Miller also leads the Jackrabbits in steals and assists and is second on the team in rebounding. Miller, the first cousin of former NBA player Mike Miller, became the all-time leading scorer at South Dakota State earlier this season. She dominated Quinnipiac in South Dakota State’s first-round matchup by tallying 28 points and 11 rebounds and has upped her play since SDSU began its postseason, averaging 25 points and eight rebounds over her past four games. Comments Published on March 24, 2019 at 8:14 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more