Tennis sweeps weekend

first_imgThe No. 9 men’s tennis team stayed undefeated at home after two back-to-back wins against No. 16 California and No. 36 Stanford over the weekend.“It was great to open the facility with the energy we had today,” head coach Peter Smith said after the team’s win over the Bears on Friday. “The energy from our crowd transferred to our team. It was just a gritty performance from the boys.”The clinching point against Stanford on Saturday came from sophomore Thibault Forget on Court 5, propelling USC to a 6-1 win. With the win, the Trojans improved their conference record to 3-1.The Trojans found themselves down after losing the doubles point early in the match. On Court 3, Forget and freshman Jake DeVine got up an early break before losing the match 6-3 to freshman Sameer Kumar and junior Yale Goldberg of Stanford. On Court 1, No. 38 pair of junior Nick Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven fell short to sophomore Tom Fawcett and senior Maciek Romanowicz after losing the deciding point at 4-5, giving Stanford the first point of the day.The singles action saw the Trojans getting the first set on four courts, with the other two close in score. DeVine, No. 109 in the singles ranking, put USC on the scoreboard after beating Kumar 6-1, 6-2 on Court 4. On Court 1, No. 25 senior Max de Vroome was able to upset No. 6 Fawcett in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.On Court 6, freshman Jack Jaede was broken when serving for the match and forced to a tiebreaker. Down 0-4, he came back and saved a set point before finishing the match 6-4 7-6(7), beating No. 110 Romanowicz.Forget finished the match, beating senior Nolan Paige with the score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, clinching the dual.Action went on and the Trojans were able to win the remaining two courts. No. 58 freshman Logan Smith defeated freshman Michael Genender 6-3, 0-6, 6-4. No. 55 Crystal defeated No. 56 sophomore David Wilczynski 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in a close match that saw the Cardinal serving to close it out in the second set.On Friday, the Trojans were able to beat the Golden Bears 4-2, after coming from behind once again. The doubles action saw the home team going down as Cal’s No. 44 junior Filip Bergevi and junior Florian Lakat took down USC’s top team of No. 38 Crystal/Verboven 6-0.The Trojans responded with a win on Court 2 where de Vroome and Jaede tied the score after beating the Bear’s junior Andre Goransson and sophomore Billy Griffith 6-2.On Court 3, Forget and sophomore Tanner Smith suffered a 6-3 loss to sophomore J.T. Nishimura and freshman Ryan Shen that awarded the Bears the first point of the day.During singles play, however, the Men of Troy turned it around.On Court 5, Forget tied the score at 1-1 with a win in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 against No. 62 senior Oskar Wikberg. It was followed by another win on Court 2 where No. 55 Crystal beat No. 40 Griffith 6-2, 6-4. No. 58 Smith pulled out an upset of the same score against No. 17 Goransson, bringing USC one point away from the match.No. 109 DeVine had to surrender to Bergevi after a close match that ended with the score of 7-6(5) 6-4 for California, recording the only single loss of the weekend for the Trojans. The clinching point came from Court 1, as No. 25 de Vroome fought back after losing the first set to No. 28 Lakat, recording a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win.The Trojans are now 13-4 overall and will play two conference matches on the road, as they face Utah on April 8 and Arizona April 10.last_img read more

ARDARA NOMINATE ANTHONY HARKIN FOR DONEGAL MANAGER’S JOB

first_imgSo who will fill this man’s shoes?THERE’S MORE horses in the field in the race to succeed Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager after Ardara nominated Anthony Harkin for the job before the deadline last night.Harkin is highly rated; as are the other three who are known to have bid for the job.Anyone who thought that going for this position was a poisoned chalice can think again – there’s a determination in this county to keep the Donegal success rolling now that Jim has gone. And with Michael Murphy saying the players are ready to get behind whoever the next manager is, it may not be the unforgiving job some in the Dublin (and some local) media would have you believe.More twists and turns ahead….. ARDARA NOMINATE ANTHONY HARKIN FOR DONEGAL MANAGER’S JOB was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anthony HarkinArdaradonegalGlentiesManagerlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton Faces Social Media Backlash Over Now-Deleted Pro-Vegan Post

first_img formula onelewis hamiltonvegan First Published: October 17, 2019, 1:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Even though he deleted the pro-vegan post that started the trouble, Lewis Hamilton continued to be the centre of social media debate on Wednesday. It isn’t the first time.The Formula One world champion declared on Instagram on Wednesday that he worried about the “extinction of our race” if humans keep eating animals. “I’m sad right now with the thought of where this world is going,” wrote the 32-year-old who is on course for a sixth world title, leading Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 64 points with four races left.If a long list of previous controversies are any indication, the social-media furore around his post — with many strongly supportive and many violently opposed — is unlikely to deflect the Mercedes driver.Others in Formula One were, perhaps understandably, reluctant to wade into a debate on the environment, though one former world champion posted a response that saw both sides.”Lewis will get no end of flack for this, being a jet setting F1 star. We are all hypocritical to greater or lesser degrees,” wrote Damon Hill, now a pundit. “But if people like him don’t speak out then we all carry on in the same vein and don’t even try to change. It’s not that bad, eating carrots #f1 #carrots”Hamilton is used to flak.In November 2015, he drew the ire of animals rights groups for posts on Twitter and Facebook that he felt expressed his love of cute, furry animals.The Facebook photos showed him cuddling a jaguar cub and a new-born lion at the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in Mexico, with hashtags including #cutestthingever and #animallover. A Twitter video showed him creeping up on a larger tiger and scaring it.The posts drew ferocious criticism on social media.The director of People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), Elisa Allen, released a long statement that started: “Seeing big cats used for photo ops promotes the idea that wild animals are here for human amusement.”In 2011, complaining on the BBC that he was being victimised by stewards, Hamilton jokingly borrowed a line from British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen: “Maybe it’s because I’m black, I don’t know. That’s what Ali G says…”BACKS GRID GIRLSHamilton had to write a letter of apology to Jean Todt, the president of the governing body of motor sports.In 2018, Hamilton backed the return of grid girls at that year’s Monaco Grand Prix by posting a grab from another Instagram user showing five buxom grid girls, and adding “Thank you Jesus”.That drew the ire not only of feminists but also of Christians. Hamilton, whose Instagram self-description contains the line “Spread LOVE and God above all”, deleted the post.Before the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix, he switched apps and got in trouble for using Snapchat during an official press conference. He posted bunny-ear photos, with the caption: “This is s—- killing me.”British tabloids let rip, labelling Hamilton “Snap-Prat” and the “Berk in the Merc” — slang terms for “fool”.Hamilton responded by saying journalists had been “disrespectful” and walking out on a media event.He also provoked contrasting reactions with two posts about princesses in 2017.At Christmas, Hamilton posted a video showing his young nephew sporting a blue and pink dress as they visited Disneyland.”I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” the British driver wrote. The video contains an exchange which ends with Hamilton shouting: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses” which led to the youngster covering his ears.Hamilton took the post down, describing his outburst as a “lapse of judgement”. He also designed a kilt in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger and wore it in a fashion shoot for GQ, telling the magazine “I want to make amends”. GQ used that line in a promotional Instagram post.Earlier that year, he paid tribute to Princess Diana, who had died 20 years earlier, by posting a poem he had written, “England’s Rose”, on Instagram.The poem may have lacked literary merit and resembled Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”, but this time many on social media gushed over it.In a separate tribute on Twitter, Hamilton acknowledged the anniversary with a quote often attributed to the Princess. “I don’t go by the rule book,” he wrote. “I lead from the heart, not the head.” last_img read more