Accounts to June 30, 2013, published by Companies House, show that the Italian, who resigned on January 15, banked £1,965,511 (around £38,000 per week) for Southampton’s first season back in the Premier League. It was a payrise of more than £500,000 from his renumeration package the previous year, when Saints earned promotion from the Championship. Press Association Nicola Cortese was paid almost £2million pounds in his final full season as Southampton executive chairman, accounts have revealed. The figures are revealed in accounts published by Southampton’s parent company DMWSL 613 Ltd, which is now known as St Mary’s Football Group Ltd. The accounts show the highest paid director’s salary, with Cortese the only director for the period in question. Owner Katharina Liebherr was appointed a director on Cortese’s departure. So too was Josef Lenhart, whose occupation of the role lasted three days. Figures for his renumeration could be revealed in the 2013/2014 accounts.
The well-travelled former West Ham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham manager, Redknapp feels “fit as a fiddle” again following knee surgery and would relish another crack at a full-time job, but only under certain circumstances. “It is difficult to know whether you want to go back in again, but if the right offer came along for the right job then I would consider it, because I do love the game and certainly do miss it,” Redknapp told Press Association Sport. “But unless it was the right job I would not bother. It has got to be something which I really wanted to do. “It would not be a case of the money. I had an offer earlier this week to go and work abroad where the money was incredible, a mind-blowing offer, but at the moment it did not interest me. “I have my wife here, my grandkids and everything else, so it has got to be something I wanted to do. “I don’t have to work any more if I don’t want to at my age, but I feel fit as a fiddle and if I could go into a club somewhere, maybe try to get them up from the Championship or somewhere in the Premier League, then I might be interested. “I could even work with a younger coach to help them and they could then take over as manager in a year or two, to help build the club up; that is something which would interest me but we will have to wait and see what comes along.” While it remains to be seen what chapter will be next in Redknapp’s colourful management career, he hopes to see one of his former clubs Bournemouth go on to secure promotion to the top flight for the first time, with the Cherries currently top of the Sky Bet Championship heading into the final three matches. Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp feels he still has plenty to offer football but only at the right club, having turned down a “mind-blowing” offer to coach abroad. Press Association He said: “The job which Eddie (Howe) has done is second to none. He has been amazing, taking things on to another level. “I can’t see them not going up because they are the best team in the league, playing the best football in the division and are a pleasure to watch. They never change their philosophy home or away and are brilliant to watch. “The owner has come in, Max (Demin) the Russian, and has put his money in, helped take the club on. So you don’t know (what they could do after promotion) but I would just like to see them get there.” Redknapp lost close friend and former West Ham team-mate John Bond to Prostate Cancer and is backing the Men United campaign to help raise awareness of the disease, which is the most common cancer in men with more than 10,000 deaths each year. He said: “Prostate Cancer is something which can affect any family at any time so it is important that people come out to support this cause. “We are all scared that if the doctor tells you that you have something wrong, but if you get there early enough it can be cured – you can’t let it just go.” :: People are being urged to search Men United and do something great with their mates via prostatecanceruk.org/menunited. Tickets for the Men United XI match are priced at £10 adults and £5 concessions, and are available from www.lofcdirect.co.uk. The 68-year-old handed in his resignation at Loftus Road in February, citing knee problems behind the decision to leave the Barclays Premier League strugglers, although he later claimed “people with their own agendas” had a hand in his departure and described the situation at the west London club as “a bit of a soap opera”. Redknapp will return to the dugout on Sunday, May 31 when he leads a star-studded Men United XI against Leyton Orient Legends, as O’s youth coach and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Errol McKellar hosts a charity football match at The Matchroom Stadium.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal at Goodison Park for eight years as Manchester United coasted to a 3-0 victory on an emotional afternoon for Everton. The news of Howard Kendall’s death prior to kick-off led to a subdued atmosphere inside Goodison Park and the current crop of Everton players were unable to replicate the kind of performances seen under the club’s greatest manager. Non-existent marking from the hosts allowed Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera to put United 2-0 up inside 22 minutes and Rooney wrapped up the win in the second half. They seemed intent to play keep ball, but a clever run behind from Rooney gave them a chance to bag a third just before the break. The skipper squared to Martial, but he scuffed his shot. Other than a fierce shot from Ross Barkley, which De Gea tipped over, Everton rarely threatened. Roberto Martinez brought Arouna Kone on for Naismith at half-time and Van Gaal replaced Mata with Jesse Lingard. The England Under-21 international made a telling impact, putting Barkley off his shot after he drifted into the box. Everton looked more threatening with Kone and Lukaku up front. Rojo entered the book for taking down the Belgian and Bastian Schweinsteiger also saw yellow for pulling Barkley back. De Gea then denied Lukaku a certain goal by saving with his left foot. Van Gaal was unhappy with his team and the referee. He argued with fourth official Robert Madley after a decision did not go United’s way. The Dutchman was sat happily clapping in his seat moments later, however thanks to Rooney’s goal. Schneiderlin received Phil Jagielka’s wayward pass and nudged the ball to Herrera, who slipped Rooney in and he beat Howard to end a run of three successive defeats for United at Goodison Park. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Really cannot stress enough how bad Everton have been here. So bad Goodison seems to be more baffled than angry.” – Rory Smith @RorySmithTimes https://twitter.com/RorySmithTimes/status/655407880020041728 PLAYER RATINGS Everton TIM HOWARD: 6 SEAMUS COLEMAN: 5 JOHN STONES: 4 PHIL JAGIELKA: 4 BRENDAN GALLOWAY: 6 GARETH BARRY: 6 JAMES McCARTHY: 6 AARON LENNON: 5 ROSS BARKLEY: 5 STEVEN NAISMITH: 4 ROMELU LUKAKU: 6 Substitutes AROUNA KONE: 6 GERARD DEULOFEU: 5 Manchester United DAVID DE GEA: 8 MATTEO DARMIAN: 6 CHRIS SMALLING: 6 PHIL JONES: 6 MARCOS ROJO: 6 BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: 8 MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN: 7 ANDER HERRERA: 8 WAYNE ROONEY: 6 JUAN MATA: 5 ANTHONY MARTIAL: 6 Substitutes: JESSE LINGARD: 6 MICHAEL CARRICK: 6 MAROUANE FELLAINI: 5 STAR PLAYER Ander Herrera: Entrusted with the number 10 shirt and did not disappoint. The Spaniard scored his third goal of the season and played a part in the other two. Looked confident on the ball and his vision helped carve open the Everton defence. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Minute’s applause for Howard Kendall: There is not usually much affection between Manchester United fans and their Merseyside counterparts, but the minute’s applause for Everton’s former boss was observed impeccably by the home and away fans. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Louis van Gaal showed his faith in Wayne Rooney by playing his captain up front and he did not disappoint. Van Gaal’s decision to play Anthony Martial on the left against Seamus Coleman on his return from injury also caused Everton problems. Roberto Martinez made a mistake by starting Steven Naismith alongisde Romelu Lukaku. The hosts looked far more potent up front when Arouna Kone came on at the break. MOAN OF THE MATCH Phil Jagielka’s performance. The 33-year-old, captained England on Monday, but looked remarkably average against Rooney. His sloppy pass allowed United to record their third. NEXT UP: Arsenal v Everton (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 24) CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (Champions League, Wednesday October 21) The United captain has received criticism for his performances recently, but he looked like the Rooney of old, beating the offside trap and rolling the ball past Tim Howard to score at the home of his boyhood club for just the third time. It was also his first league goal on the road since November last year. All four corners of the ground took part in a minute’s applause for Kendall, who oversaw Everton’s most successful period in the mid-1980s, before kick-off. A hushed atmosphere then descended upon Goodison Park. United looked nervous early on. Phil Jones, making his first start of the season, and Chris Smalling, were struggling to handle Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian almost closed down David de Gea when he was sold short by two backpasses in the first six minutes. The nervousness subsided in the 17th minute, when United took the lead. The hosts made it easy for the visitors. Herrera knocked the ball back to Juan Mata from a short corner Everton were not expecting. Steven Naismith’s clearance fell to Marcos Rojo, who worked the ball to Schneiderlin via Chris Smalling’s chest and he placed the ball into the far corner for his first United goal. United were 2-0 up four minutes later, and again Everton’s shoddy marking was to blame. Jon Moss played advantage after Seamus Coleman clattered into Anthony Martial and the ball fell to Rojo, who swung in a deep cross to find Herrera unmarked and he nodded in. United played sensibly, keeping the ball rather than going for the jugular. Press Association
Michael O’Neill praised his Northern Ireland side for signing off a superb 2015 in winning fashion. “This is the last time we will see each other as a group until March. The main thing was to win the game and get a level of performance,” he said. “We have had a great year with some great results, and a great campaign. “We should celebrate the achievements of the team. That’s eight games unbeaten now and a clean sheet was good as well. So it was all positive. “We are looking forward to the tournament now. The players have to recognise what has got them here to this point, and the work rate and energy they have put in, and the belief and confidence they have as a team. “It was important we maintained that and didn’t let our performance dip. The players took that on board.” O’Neill was also armed with a tongue-in-cheek response for those who have been quick to remind him of the country’s barren run in friendlies since he took the job. “I keep reading these really positive stats from people that go back to 1966…that we haven’t won a friendly since then or something,” he said. “Trust me, I wasn’t manager back then. I think we should celebrate that we are going to the Euros, rather than dredge these things up.” It has been an unforgettable year for O’Neill and his side, who last month ended a 30-year absence from tournament football by sealing a place at Euro 2016. And a 1-0 win over Latvia at Windsor Park ensured they ended the year on a high, captain Steven Davis grabbing the only goal of the game to record Northern Ireland’s first friendly win since March 2008. Davis was a fitting match-winner on a night designed to celebrate the side’s qualification. He took last month’s crunch match against Greece by the horns, scoring twice in a 3-1 win. And his happy knack in front of goal continued when he tapped home in the 55th minute having seen his initial header saved. “It was nice for Steven,” said O’Neill. “His daughter was here, it was maybe the first game she has been to, so a goal and man-of-the-match performance was superb. Once again, he led by example. “His attitude to the game is the key, in terms of his work rate off the ball and his quality on the ball. “It was a great ball from Craig Cathcart and Steven is making a habit of popping up in the box. He’s in a rich vein of form for his club too, so long may it continue for us.” Press Association
The Latest: Pieters returns to shoot opening 66 September 17, 2020 No amateur has won the tournament since Johnny Goodman in 1933.10:20 a.m.For a U.S. Open course that’s one of the toughest, and with no spectators allowed, there’s been plenty of cheering in the opening round Thursday.The cheers have come from the smattering of volunteers. And they had reason.Paul Waring holed out for a birdie from the fifth fairway after driving into the rough. Moments later, Patrick Reed made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole. Associated Press The final groups of the morning round have all made the turn, with the second half of the field preparing to tee off just after noon at Winged Foot in Westchester County in New York.___11:20 a.m.Justin Thomas has moved into the lead of the U.S. Open with three straight birdies while making the turn to drop to 4 under par. Thomas sank a 9-foot putt on No. 11 to pull ahead of amateur Davis Thompson, who had been out to the early lead. The University of Georgia All-American bogeyed No. 13 to fall to minus-3. No amateur has won the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman in 1933. Jordan Spieth already is facing an uphill battle after only two holes at the U.S. Open.He first made bogey from the fairway when his shot rolled down to the bottom of the green and he three putted. And then it got worse.Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa were waiting on the second tee when Spieth in the group ahead arrived in a golf cart. His tee shot got caught in a tree and he had to return to the tee to play his third. He wound up with a double bogey and was 3 over after two holes.Spieth has not won in three years. He was eliminated after the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. And then he missed the cut last week in the Safeway Open.___ Leading the way is an amateur, Davis Thompson of Georgia. He was at 3 under. Rory McIlroy wanted to get off to a good start for a change, and he was at 2 under.Tiger Woods was 1 over through seven holes.The course is forgiving enough that Jordan Spieth managed to recover from his tough start. With three birdies, he was back to even par.___9 a.m. Justin Thomas is leading the U.S. Open at 5 under par through 18 holes. Thomas arrived at No. 18 tied with Patrick Reed, who had already finished a round that included a double bogey and a hole in one. But Thomas made a 25-foot putt for birdie on the last hole to move into the lead by himself. Thomas had one bogey and six birdies, including three in a row over Nos. 9, 10 and 11. He was playing with Tiger Woods, who also birdied three straight holes while making the turn but then finished up with three bogeys and a double in the last six holes.Reed salvaged his round after taking a double-bogey on the fifth hole. He rallied with a birdie on No. 6 and then one-hopped his tee shot into the cup for a hole in one on the seventh. Three more birdies on the back nine left him at minus-4.Rory McIlroy was in third at minus-3. 7:30 a.m.Brandon Wu kicked off the 120th U.S. Open with a drive into the right side of the fairway at Winged Foot.That’s considered a great start.Hitting fairways is paramount at Winged Foot. For starters, it’s tough to advance the ball very far. But the greens are severe, and the bunkers are as much as 8 feet deep. That explains why only two players out of 750 who have started the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot finished under par.Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will get an early start Thursday, though they begin on opposite ends of the West Course. The opening round began with cloud cover. The rest of the week is expected to feature plenty of sunshine and mild weather, unusual for a U.S. Open. ___11:40 a.m.Tiger Woods is at even par after a bogey on No. 13 stalled his his move up the leaderboard. Woods made the turn with three straight birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and was at 1 under par after lipping out on a 17-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole. But he dropped a stroke on the par-3 13th hole after putting his tee shot in the bunker and then two-putting from 19 feet. Woods was playing with leader Justin Thomas, who also birdied Nos. 9, 10 and 11. Thomas was the leader at minus-4 through 13 holes. Patrick Reed had the first on the 165-yard hole early in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Zalaoris followed him into the cup on a 9-iron shot that landed in the middle of the green and trickled into the hole.Zalatoris, who led the 2020 Korn Ferry points list, moved back to even par with the ace after two early bogeys.The 24-year-old is competing in his second U.S. Open after a stellar junior career and playing at Wake Forest. Zalatoris won the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and played on the 2017 Walker Cup team. 2:35 p.m.Phil Mickelson opened his return to Winged Foot with two birdies but gave both shots back over the next two holes. It hasn’t seemed to hurt his game at the U.S. Open.Taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Winged Foot, Pieters had five birdies to offset a bogey at the par-5 12th to shoot a 4-under 66. That puts him in a tie for second with Patrick Reed, one behind Justin Thomas.Pieters delayed his return to competitive golf after the coronavirus shutdown due to the birth of his first daughter, Florence. The Belgian returned to finished third at the Celtic Classic in Wales last month.4 p.m.Will Zalatoris has the second ace at Winged Foot’s par-3 seventh hole. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest from the U.S. Open (all times EDT):5:57 p.m.Thomas Pieters stayed home for more than five months during the pandemic, skipped the PGA Championship and recently became a father. Mickelson blew a one-shot lead on the 18th hole in 2006 for the most painful of his six U.S. Open runner-up finishes.Through the first four holes, he hasn’t found a fairway. He hacked out of the rough on the first two to get within birdie range but couldn’t salvage par after finding trouble on 3 and 4.The 50-year-old wouldn’t have qualified for the field under normal circumstances, and had said he wouldn’t ask for a special exemption. But when the USGA reset the qualifying standards because of the pandemic, it took the top 70 players instead of the top 60. Mickelson made it based on being ranked 61st.___1:20 p.m. Thomas’ best finish in the U.S. Open was a tie for ninth in 2017. He won the PGA Championship that year for his only major victory.___Amateur Davis Thompson is leading the U.S. Open through 13 holes. Thompson birdied Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 11 to drop to 4-under at Winged Foot. That’s a one-stroke lead over Justin Thomas. Rory McIlroy is among a trio that are two strokes back at minus-2.Thompson was an All-American at Georgia and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award given to the top player in college golf. He qualified as the No. 3 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is making his U.S. Open debut. Then again, it’s been 113 years since the U.S. Open was played in September. It was moved from its traditional June spot in the calendar when golf shut down for three months in America because of the COVID-19 pandemic.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
LONDON (Reuters) – Run-machine Steve Smith described himself as being “pretty cooked” after his prolific bat ensured Australia will return home having retained the coveted urn after their 2-2 drawn Ashes series against England.Smith’s tally of 774 runs from seven innings with a Bradmanesque 110-plus average in a bowler-dominated series illustrates how he single-handedly carried Australia’s run-scoring burden.Marnus Labuschagne was the next Australian with 353, while Matthew Wade, with 337, was the only other Australian to have aggregated 200 or more.“I have given it my all while I have been here for the last four-and-a-half months but I didn’t have much more to give today,” Smith told reporters on Sunday after England salvaged a win at The Oval to ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972. “I was pretty cooked mentally and physically and I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off and heading back for the Australian summer.”England’s two victories in the series came in a match Smith missed after a blow to his neck and one in which he scored his only sub-50 score of the series.Smith’s prolific run not only restored him at the top of Test batting rankings but also won over the hostile English fans, who booed him throughout the preceding World Cup and much of the Ashes series. “It was a nice reception when I walked off, would have been nice to have a few more runs under my belt,” Smith said after his dismissal for 23 in the second innings at The Oval.Few expected the 30-year-old to rediscover the form he had shown before being banished to the sidelines for 12 months for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. But he put to rest such fears by smashing a magnificent 144 on day one of the Edgbaston test, scoring more than half of the team total of 284 in the series opener.“First Test is always important in an Ashes series and to pull the team out of trouble gave me the confidence to know I could slot straight back in and perform,” Smith said.
Published on March 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com WASHINGTON — The display of raw emotion marked the end of the game.Georgetown guards D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks fittingly converged at the Big East Conference logo in the paint during a media timeout with 7:08 remaining. Smith-Rivera – whose jumper from the right wing 17 seconds earlier pushed the Hoyas’ lead over Syracuse to 21 – finally let loose with an emphatic fist pump and scream. And Starks, who drilled five 3-pointers to that point, soaked it all in before flashing a wide smile and sharing a chest bump and laugh with his backcourt mate.The farewell party for the Hoyas’ longtime Big East rival could start early.Chants of “ACC” rained down on the court, taunting the Orange’s defection to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Legendary Georgetown center Patrick Ewing waved to the Verizon Center crowd as he was honored for his distinguished career, only eliciting louder roars. There may have been seven minutes to play, but it was clear the Hoyas’ thrashing was complete.No. 5 Georgetown blasted No. 17 Syracuse 61-39 in the final regular-season matchup between the two as Big East rivals on Saturday. The Orange (23-8, 11-7 Big East) turned in its worst performance of the season and one of its worst in the heated rivalry, scoring its lowest total of points in a game since 1962 thanks to Georgetown’s suffocating defense. Smith-Rivera and Starks combined to score 34 points to lead the charge for the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4), much to the dismay of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who said his only focus defensively was to take away any open looks for their guards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We did not get that message through,” Boeheim said. “It wasn’t that we were someplace and we didn’t know where they were. We were there. We just let them get set and shoot the ball.”They made Syracuse pay, too. Starks finished with 19 points on five 3-pointers, while Smith-Rivera netted 15 points on three 3s. The tandem benefited from plenty of open looks as Michael Carter-Williams and the Orange keyed on Georgetown superstar Otto Porter Jr., who torched them for 33 points at the Carrier Dome two weeks ago.Porter didn’t attempt a shot until the 7:46 mark of the first half, and he didn’t score until sinking a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left in the half. But Starks and Smith-Rivera provided the answer in the scoring column with 19 points at the break.Porter transformed from scorer to facilitator, finding his teammates for open shots and finishing with a game-high seven assists. It’s why John Thompson III was hardly concerned with Porter’s touches early on.“What was the final score?” Thompson III said with a laugh. “They know we wanted to get it to him in the middle and they did a very good job of not letting us do that.”But as Thompson III pointed out, it didn’t matter. Georgetown outclassed Syracuse in every facet of the game.Its physical and relentless defense, spearheaded by Starks on the perimeter, frustrated the Orange all day. Carter-Williams was the lone player who had any success getting to the rim. The point guard accounted for eight of SU’s 15 field goals and finished with 17 points.It all resulted in Syracuse’s lowest halftime scoring output all season. And in the historically bad output by game’s end.As the Orange scuffled and struggled to find the basket, Starks and Smith-Rivera offered dagger after dagger from the perimeter within Georgetown’s efficient half-court offense.“They was driving the baseline, they was getting us rotated, making our defense move,” SU guard Brandon Triche said. “So a lot of the shots they was getting pretty open and their feet were set. They did a good job moving the ball.”Every time the Hoyas moved the ball with precision, Syracuse lost track of the shooters despite Boeheim’s pregame focus.It’s what happened on Smith-Rivera’s jumper from the right wing, which came off a kickout from Porter at the free-throw line. The Hoyas guard then ran down the court, both arms out gliding in celebration. James Southerland’s attempt from 3 went long and Smith-Rivera gave his fist pump heading into the timeout.The party began. The fans chants didn’t stop for the final seven minutes, switching from chants of “ACC” to “Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye” and finally to “Big East” to salute the Hoyas, who locked up the conference regular-season title with the win.The “Big East” chants continued until the buzzer when the fans rushed the court. Syracuse’s players walked dejectedly to the locker room. And the public address announcer urged fans to stick around for the presentation of the Big East championship trophy – there was more celebrating to do.The game, which had been long over, was simple. Syracuse failed to execute its game plan while Georgetown was flawless.“We were prepared for this game,” Thompson III said. “Our guys knew what it meant and I knew they would come to play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution to begin renovations and update menu items at Moreton Fig.Last semester, USG introduced some potential campus improvements, including renovating Moreton Fig and installing of water-refill stations around campus.A meeting with Associate Director of special events, sales and marketing Erika Chesley led to the formation of a team of 40 to 50 delegates, which mainly consisted of freshmen. The team was created to specifically address campus improvement. Beginning fall 2014, the team and USG collaborated to create a proposal that outlined potential improvements.Jordan Fowler, current USG director of university affairs and vice-president elect for the 2015-2016 school year, has been leading projects related to campus improvements.“One of our ideas was to talk to hospitality about Moreton Fig and how we can increase its visibility,” Fowler said. “Most importantly, we want to make it as successful as we think it can be.”Fowler said a student proposed an idea to initiate changes to the menu to guarantee faster service.“One student proposed a happy hour menu and other students said that there needed to be a way to guarantee in and out between classes,” Fowler said.Fowler said Chesley was very understanding and excited to pursue the proposed ideas. Moreton Fig is currently working on the renovations, which includes a more student-friendly menu in terms of affordability.“You can have a nice sit-down lunch and you’ll be able to make it to you next class,” said Hassaan Ebrahim, USG chief of staff. “They’ll be changing and rearranging some of the furniture on the patio and releasing the new menu around spring break, which is great, because that’ll give students a new option which is more affordable than it was before.”In the proposal to Director of hospitality Eric Johnson, USG created an ideal sample menu with finger foods that are catered toward faster dining. The changes to the patio layout and menu at Moreton Fig are scheduled for completion after spring break.Additionally, USG is currently working on another campus renovation to install new water bottle refilling stations around campus.Fowler explained that students are more encouraged to bring their own sustainable water bottles if they have a simpler way of filling them up.“One of our senators came up with the idea of water bottle refilling stations,” Fowler said. “Since there are amazing refilling stations in the residential dorms on campus we thought it made sense to have more of those around campus. It works with the motto of being a more sustainable and being more eco-friendly campus.”USC facilities are planning on installing nine automatic water-refill stations around campus in the next several weeks.Fowler said this project also inspired potential changes with USG university affairs itself. She explained that USG university affairs specializes in the categories of hospitality, housing, and transportation.After speaking with the director of operations within Facilities Management Services at USC, Fowler sent about 20 students to every location on campus where they would like to see a water bottle refilling station.“I remember it was one of the hottest days of last fall and they all ran around campus, took pictures of where they would want the station and wrote a little description about why it would benefit students to place it there,” Fowler said.Fowler said that she is still in the process of drafting new proposals for the remainder of this semester and next year.“One of the projects that I want to do is to have a competition between all of the dorms and the different floors within residential halls,” Fowler said. “I know a dorm has already done it and they said it was super fun and successful.”
The No. 18 USC women’s tennis team kicks off its postseason push Thursday with a trip to Ojai, Calif., to compete for the 2010 Pac-10 championships.The Women of Troy (13-9, 5-3) finished Pac-10 action Wednesday morning with a 3-4 loss to No. 12 Stanford (20-1, 8-0). The Women of Troy and the Cardinal were tied at 3-3 in their match-up last month, with doubles play suspended because of rain.Since the result of the match become a deciding factor in the conference’s determination of the 2010 Pac-10 champion, the teams wrapped up their match before beginning their individual and doubles competitions for the weekend.But Stanford had the last word and dominated every match. The Cardinal swept all three of USC’s doubles pairs, 8-2, 8-3, 8-2.Despite being taken down by Stanford, USC has a weekend full of opportunities to defeat some of its Pac-10 foes. Conference individual crowns are on the line in Ojai, with action beginning today and running through the title matches Sunday.USC has three Women of Troy lined up for the Pac-10 singles championship bracket and another three playing on the invitational side.In the mix for the morning’s first-round singles championship play are sophomore Alison Ramos, freshman Valeria Pulido and senior Sarah Fansler. Juniors Cristala Andrews, Lyndsay Kinstler and Leyla Entkehabi will partake in invitational play. Ramos is seeded No. 5 in her draw, while Andrews is seeded No. 4 in her bracket.In the doubles realm, which kicks off Friday morning, freshman Danielle Lao and teammate Ramos will compete in the Pac-10 doubles championship along with Kinstler and Fansler, and Pulido and Andrews are tabbed for invitational doubles play.Singles competition at the Pac-10’s is made up of 32 contestants, and doubles action starts with 16.Singles and doubles rankings were also released earlier this week, with junior Maria Sanchez leading the way at No. 2 in singles and three other Women of Troy well settled in the nation’s top 125: No. 26 Ramos, No. 30 Lao and No. 103 Pulido.In doubles, Sanchez is also ranked on three different doubles teams with Lao at No. 46, Kinstler at No. 61 and Pulido at No. 73.Sanchez, however, will not compete in the individual or doubles tournaments this weekend because of a stress fracture in her ankle that needs rest, but she will be cheering for her teammates on the sideline.“It’s a great opportunity for them to get a ton of matches in,” Sanchez said.Despite the excitment, USC still knows there are tests ahead.“We are very excited to play this weekend,” Pulido said. “Right now we still have plenty to look forward to — we just have to stay motivated.”
Though the USC women’s volleyball team has won 10 matches in a row and is now 6-0 to start Pac-12 play, they know as well as anyone that the hard work is just beginning.Veteran · Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw has averaged 2.14 kills per set this season, her third as a full-time starter for the Women of Troy. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan After sweeping both Oregon State and Oregon on the road last weekend, the Women of Troy will hit the road again this weekend to take on the No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils and the unranked Arizona Wildcats.The Women of Troy, currently ranked No. 1 overall by the Coaches Association, are off to their best start in seven years in conference play — their six consecutive wins matches USC’s start of Pac-10 play in 2006.That year, the Women of Troy reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals, otherwise known as the Sweet 16. This team might have even more potential than the 2006 squad.With a core of veteran leadership made up of seniors Natalie Hagglund, Alexis Olgard and Sara Shaw, among others, the team has quickly meshed to become one of the top squads in the nation. After one hiccup in nonconference play — a loss to USD on Sept. 13 —the Women of Troy have gone on a scorching run.“In preseason, we were still trying to find our connections and our rhythm,” Shaw said of her team’s progression. “We have new players playing, and it’s a time to get connected. I think conference is more about execution and making those plays and finding everyone’s strengths and weaknesses.”In order to sustain their undefeated conference mark, the Women of Troy will have to go into Tempe and Tucson this weekend and play in two tough road matches. USC head coach Mick Haley — who won his 1,200th career match as a collegiate head coach on Sunday — acknowledged the difficulty of playing on the road in Arizona.“This [road trip against Arizona and Arizona State] is even harder,” Haley said, comparing the challenge this weekend to last weekend’s trip up to Oregon.Haley also recognizes the difficulty of going up against Arizona State, a team that took USC to the wire at the Galen Center last year before handily defeating the Women of Troy in Tempe later in the season.“They just matched up well against us,” Haley said of Arizona State’s 2012 lineup. “We couldn’t seem to handle the situation; we didn’t play well but they played very well. In this conference, that happens.”Of course, last season the Sun Devils didn’t have to match up against USC freshmen sensations Ebony Nwanebu and Elise Ruddins, both outside hitters who have taken home Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors this season.The Sun Devils opened the season with seven straight sweeps against non-conference opponents but have since slipped, falling to a 13-5 overall record with a 2-4 record in conference play. They do, however, hold home-court advantage quite well, losing only one match out of six in Tempe this season. The Women of Troy will hope to hand them home loss number two to avenge last season’s defeat.“Last year I remember [Arizona State] was out to get us,” Shaw said. “I think we can expect that for this year too.”Sunday’s opponent, the Arizona Wildcats, are unranked, yet have the exact same overall record as their in-state rivals. The Wildcats, however, have a better conference record at 3-3 and have only lost one match out of 11 at home. USC will look to their efficient offense to make quick work of Arizona.The Women of Troy feature an offense that aims to go on the attack. By bringing in an extra setter, the offense has more options when it gets the ball. Not surprisingly, freshman phenom Nwanebu — who led the team with 11 kills against the Ducks last week — is supportive of the offensive style.“We have so many weapons,” Nwanebu said of her team’s offensive prowess. “It’s not the setter just giving the ball to one person or two, they can give it to three different people or even the back row. The opponent never knows where the ball’s going to go.”Another factor that might affect the Women of Troy this weekend is their national ranking. Currently, USC is ranked No. 1 in the nation and, though it’s a great honor for the team, it can also be a burden at times.“For the past few weeks whoever has been ranked number one has lost,” Shaw noted. “So I’m kind of excited we won last weekend and didn’t get jinxed like everybody else. But we try not to think about the rankings and try just to think about our play.”Haley said he doesn’t put too much stock into the rankings at this point in the season, either.“There are a lot of different things happening in the rankings,” Haley said. “But the reason we shy away from them a little bit is that it just puts a bulls-eye on you. That’s why they have the rankings, to create more interest in the matches during the season. So when you get that bulls-eye on your back, everyone wants to be the team to knock you off. That’s why nobody stays number one for very long.”Regarding the rankings, Nwanebu summed up her team’s sentiments in one simple idea: play with the end in mind.“You could lose and go from No. 1 to No. 21,” Nwanebu said. “It all depends on what you’re ranked at the end of the season.”The Women of Troy open this weekend’s action on Friday at 8 p.m. in Tempe and will travel to Tucson for a 2:30 p.m. game on Sunday. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. Follow Kurt on Twitter @legen_daryKurt