May 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar says it will open its delayed season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press IndyCar says it will open its delayed season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway
The USC women’s tennis team started its season off with a bang, taking all six singles matches and winning doubles play in convincing fashion against UC Irvine at home on Wednesday.Serving aces · USC sophomore Zoe Scandalis is ranked No. 19 and No. 13 in the country in singles and doubles play, respectively. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Head coach Richard Gallien was very pleased with how the team played and was excited to start the season.“I’m almost 52 and I’ve spent almost half of my life playing or coaching tennis,” Gallien said. “And yet it’s not old hat to me. It’s exciting. We get to tussle and fight again.”During doubles play, USC’s combination of junior Kaitlyn Christian and sophomore Sabrina Santamaria fell behind early before eventually rallying to defeat the Anteaters’ top doubles team 8-5. The Women of Troy will rely heavily on the Christian/Santamaria duo, as the two come into the season as the top ranked doubles team in the nation.Sophomores Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Scandalis followed their lead and overcame an early deficit to notch an 8-4 win. Newcomers Giuliana Olmos and Ellie Yates rounded out doubles play, registering an 8-5 win in their first match together.“I thought we were sluggish for some reason starting off in the doubles, but you’ve got to start somewhere,” Gallien said. “We did just fine. We have some tougher tests right around the corner quickly.”The Women of Troy continued their stellar play during the singles portion of the match. Olmos and Yates were impressive in their USC debuts. Olmos tallied a 6-2, 6-0 win in her first singles match, while Yates triumphed with a score of 6-0, 6-1. Gallien was excited for both girls, but noted that Olmos’ victory was especially satisfying after she was forced to sit out last year due to an NCAA ruling.“No one is hungrier to compete than Guiliana Olmos,” Galien said.After the victories by Olmos and Yates set up the Women of Troy with a 3-0 lead, the stage was set for DeSimone to seal the victory. DeSimone, who enters the season ranked No. 56 in the nation, did just that with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of her opponent.Following DeSimone’s clinching victory, Christian handily won her match to give the Trojans a 5-0 advantage. That was followed by senior Valiera Pulido winning a tough match 6-3, 6-3 to move the Trojans closer to a perfect sweep.Rounding out singles play was star senior Danielle Lao, who entered the match as the team’s highest ranked player at No. 14. Lao faced tough competition in UCI’s All Big-West performer Kristina Smith and struggled early on. After trailing Smith 0-3 in the second set, Lao utilized strong serves and sound execution to recover and wrap up the day for the Women of Troy with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.“When you have two girls who are equally matched as Danielle and Smith were, you have to be able to outlast [the opponent],” Gallien said. “This group was definitely up to the challenge. You’ve got to be ready for a bar fight in these tough matches.”Gallien added that the squad will split up for the Freeman Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Women of Troy will look to repeat their success from last year in both tournaments, as Scandalis won the Freeman Memorial while Lao was victorious at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic.Also notable was the absence during singles play of standouts Santamaria and Scandalis. Gallien assured that the two would play singles this weekend and added he was simply giving some other girls a chance to compete and grow.The Women of Troy (1-0) will next play at home against Akron on Jan. 26 as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend before heading to Malibu to play Pepperdine on Jan. 31.
AdvertisementMarcos Alonso has signed a new Chelsea F.C. contract this afternoon that runs till 2023. The Spanish international arrived from Fiorentina in 2016 and has not had to look back so far , thus putting the pen on the paper.Since his arrival he has positively impacted a vast majority of the games he has played. Apart from plying his trade at the left-back position , the Spaniard has also proven to be a considerable asset going forward for Chelsea, with 14 goals and seven assists in his 64 Premier League appearances for the club.Speaking in September, Sarri said: “Alonso I think at the moment in this position, left-back, he is maybe the best in Europe.“Physical qualities at top level, I think. He’s doing very well in the offensive phase. I also think he can improve in the defensive phase. He could be the best left-back in the world.”Club director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.“In the past two seasons he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”Marcos Alonso has also been called up for Spain National team on 3 occasions.Advertisement
BELGRADE, Serbia – Olympic pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece was another dominant champion at the European Indoor Championship in Belgrade at the women’s pole-vault final on Saturday, while triple-jump champion Voula Papachristou landed bronze.Stefanidi passed at 4.70 and 4.75, and her first-time clearance of 4.80 swept her past her nearest challenger, Lisa Ryzih of Germany. Stefanidi won with 4.85.The 27-year-old was 10 centimeters above her closest rival, to add the European Indoor gold to the Outdoor gold of last year and the Olympic gold in August.Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi makes an attempt in the women’s pole vault final during the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi celebrates after winning the gold medal. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)Earlier in the evening Papachristou could do no better than third in the triple-jump final, with her best effort measuring 14.24 meters. That was her best jump for this season.Izmir Smajlaj produced Albania’s first European indoors medal when he won the long jump in an upset.Michel Torneus of Sweden was set to repeat as champion with a leap of 8.08 meters, but Smajlaj, with his last jump, matched Torneus and broke his national record by 10 centimeters, and received the gold medal on a countback of fouls. Torneus had three, and Smajlaj two.Airine Palsyte beat Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia to earn Lithuania’s first ever gold medal at the European indoor championships on Saturday.Beitia couldn’t pass 1.94 meters. Meanwhile, Palsyte cleared 1.96 and a final 2.01, improving her national record by a centimeter.Beitia was left with her sixth silver medal since 2005 at the European indoors.Czech sprinter Pavel Maslak became the first man to win the 400 meters three times. Maslak, also the two-time world indoor champion, led after the first lap and held off Rafal Omelko of Poland to win by 0.31 seconds, followed by Liemarvin Bonevacia of the Netherlands.Laura Muir of Britain won the women’s 1,500 in style. She broke the 32-year-old championship record by 0.15 of a second, and 15 meters clear of the runner-up. She also showed a nifty sidestep around a track official, who tried to prevent her doing a lap of honor for her first senior title.Muir races in the 3,000 on Sunday.Teammate Richard Kilty retained the men’s 60 title with ease. Meanwhile, British No. 1 Andrew Robertson was disqualified for a false start.TweetPinShare77 Shares