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Water polo falls to UCLA

first_imgSenior 2-meter Lachlan Edwards was a key contributor in the Trojans’ 12-11 triple-overtime loss to UCLA on Saturday. Photo by Tucker Judkins | Daily TrojanThe second-ranked men’s water polo team battled it out with No. 4 UCLA through three overtime periods on Saturday. The match in Westwood came down to a penalty shot awarded to UCLA, as the Bruins had the chance to earn the victory in a one-on-one showdown against senior goalie McQuin Baron. Alex Roelse’s skip-shot just sneaked past Baron’s right shoulder, and UCLA clinched a 12-11 victory. A match that ended in heartbreak started out much differently for the Trojans. USC asserted its dominance early, as freshman driver Marko Vavic sent a shot soaring into the back of the goal in the opening minutes of play. Senior utility James Walters followed up with another goal, staking the Trojans an early 2-0 lead.But the Bruins responded quickly. Following the first 2 USC goals, they quickly tied it up before the Trojans could extend their lead. The rest of the second period was a back-and-forth affair, but USC never trailed and eventually managed to take a 5-4 lead into halftime thanks to additional scores from senior driver Lazar Pasuljevic, junior driver Zach D’Sa and senior 2-meter Lachlan Edwards.Coming out of the locker room, senior driver Matteo Morelli sent one sailing past UCLA goalie Alex Wolf on USC’s first possession, padding USC’s advantage to 6-4. However, the Bruins scored 3 unanswered goals — 2 on the power play — to seize a 7-6 lead. The Trojans responded with 2 goals in the final minute of the third quarter before the Bruins converted another man-up opportunity to knot things at 8 goals apiece heading into the final quarter.The scoring slowed down in the fourth: Senior driver Blake Edwards capitalized on a power play to give USC the edge, but UCLA did the same to reestablish the deadlock. In the final three minutes of play, neither team could pull ahead, forcing overtime with the two sides tied at 9-9.After a long scoreless stretch from both teams, Blake Edwards sent a shot flying past Wolf’s outstretched left arm to give the Trojans a late lead in the first overtime period. But USC’s hopes lasted just nine seconds, as the Bruins responded with their own goal. It was 10-10.The Bruins’ reply forced the match into a second overtime, and this time, it was UCLA that scored first. Lachlan Edwards saved the Trojans with a backhanded shot that sailed past Wolf’s fingertips to tie things back up at 11-11 with only 38 seconds left.The match moved into sudden death in the third overtime period. After only a few minutes of play, the Bruins were awarded the decisive penalty shot that sent the Trojans home with a tough 12-11 loss.Despite a disappointing end to the regular season, the Trojans now look forward to the postseason. USC begins play in the MPSF Tournament as the No. 4 seed, and the team will kick off against Penn State Behrend at 10 a.m. on Friday before facing No. 3 Stanford at 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Live from Owings Mills: Ngata missing from practice again

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Despite the notion that Haloti Ngata’s thigh injury is not considered serious, the Pro Bowl defensive tackle was missing from practice for the second straight day on Thursday.Ngata was nicked up during the Ravens’ 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals despite the team reporting no new injuries following the game. While concern has grown with the hulking defensive lineman missing from practice again, Ngata is still expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Left guard Ben Grubbs practiced for the second straight day after he was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday. The fifth-year lineman appeared to be more active than he was the day before as he fired out from a three-point stance with the rest of the starting offensive line during positional drills.Return specialist David Reed (knee) returned to practice after not participating on Sunday, but wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh) were not present during the portion of practice. Evans is expected to miss his sixth straight game as he deals with “stress” in his left ankle.last_img read more

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Alpena Residents Gather Against Gerrymandering

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEarlier today Alpena residents gathered together to learn about political gamesmanship in the state of Michigan.I was there, and spoke with today’s speaker. Here’s a look at that story.A group of Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee hosted a town hall meeting in Alpena Sunday in conjunction with Count Michigan Vote in hopes to stop what’s called gerrymandering.The town hall meeting was set up to get Michigan citizens on board with amending the constitution so that they could decide the boundary lines for both congressional and state legislative districts.“What’s happened especially with computer science and all of the data is the maps are being manipulated in a way that the results of the election is predetermined. In most districts they already know whose going to win before they even reveal who the candidates are. As a result the voters really don’t have a choice anymore. There are too many cases where they are being manipulated. The politicians are choosing their voters; the voters should be choosing their politicians,” Sunday’s speaker, Walter Sorg said.Sorg says right now things are designed to be unfair.“For the state legislative we have 110 state representatives. Only about 20 of them of those 110 districts are really in play between the two parties. Most of the time the same party is going to win time after time after time, and it’s designed that way. More importantly the party that gets the most votes doesn’t always win the most elections, and they end up in the minority even though they got the most votes, and that’s kind of a violation of the fundamentals of having a representative of democracy, ” he added.In order to make change, so that Michigan citizens will be able to decide boundary lines, the ballot committee must have over 400,000 valid signatures before November 2018.“We have to gather 320,000 valid signatures in a 180 day period. Which means we have to mobilize thousands of volunteers across the state to circulate petitions in several months. We only have 180 days to do it under state law. So that means about 12,000 signatures a week, for 26 consecutive weeks to get on the ballot. That’s a huge undertaking. Either one you spend a lot of special interest money to hire people to collect signatures, or you mobilize people the grassroots organization who is really impacted by this fundamental issue,” Sorg said.Saturday’s event is one of more than a dozen that is being held throughout the state of Michigan trying to educate citizens to fight fair when it comes to politics.“This is about basic fundamental fairness in our election system. Right now we’ve got a system that serves the interest of the political insiders. We need a system that fairly represents the interest of the voters,” Sorg finished.In Alpena for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Count MI Vote, Gerrymandering, MICHIGAN, Politics, Voters Not PoliticiansContinue ReadingPrevious United Way of Northeast Michigan Currently Accepting Applications for Mini Grants.Next Good Morning Alpena Showcases ‘Cool Things We Make Part Two’last_img read more

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