Oftentimes when describing a team accomplishment, the cliché “the sum is greater than its parts” comes to mind.In many ways tennis is a very individual sport, but this past spring the USC men’s tennis team won the NCAA championship by validating that cliché and utilizing a collection of talent that performed at its best when acting as a whole.Two in two – Using a strong singles performance, the Trojans came from behind to beat No. 2 Tennessee in the NCAA Championship. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information The Trojans really needed a special performance in the championship match against No. 2 Tennessee, especially with many vocal Volunteer supporters in attendance.“The most intense moment for us this year was after we lost the doubles point to Tennessee,” said junior Steve Johnson. “We hadn’t won a match all year after losing the doubles point — which was added pressure, but we came together and came out very strong in the singles.”A collective spirit was the main factor the players attributed to the ability to come back and win four of six singles matches to win the championship — following the loss of the doubles point.“Everyone on court in singles and everyone around the team and around the courts showed big mentality to fight back,” said senior Peter Lucassen.The Trojan singles lineup started off with some strong performances from the top two slots, with Johnson winning at the second slot and then-senior Robert Farah defeating the No. 1 ranked J.P. Smith in the top slot to tie the match score up at 2-2.“We’ve got some really good players that believed in themselves,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “We had some really powerful performances with No. 1 and No. 2 singles winning in straight sets. That’s special.”Lucassen followed his teammates with another straight-set victory, giving USC its first lead of the match.After dropping the first set in a tiebreak, junior Daniel Nguyen dominated the rest of the match — only losing one game in the final two sets to capture the trophy.The Tennessee match marked the second in a row that Nguyen clinched — he won the deciding match against top-ranked Virginia the day before in the semifinal round.“I grew tremendously throughout the tournament, each match I prepared myself to exceed expectation,” Nguyen said. “I’m known to get really nervous throughout my matches and having one year of college tennis has helped me develop into a more mature player. The UVA and [Tennessee] matches were probably the biggest matches I’ve played, having my teammates and a great coaching staff have helped me win these huge matches.”This championship was the second in a row for Smith’s squad, raising the Trojans’ all-time team championship total to 18 — the most among NCAA men’s tennis programs.In comparing the two championships, the most recent proved more satisfying to those involved.“The second championship was even better than the first one,” Johnson said. “To be able to come back and repeat as national champions really shows everyone how special of a team we had.”Nguyen was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for winning five matches during the course of the tournament.“Its an honor to be named [Most Outstanding Player] because there are so many great tennis players competing in the NCAA team championships,” Nguyen said.Along with Nguyen’s honor, five Trojans were also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team: Farah and Johnson were awarded the No. 1 doubles spot, with Nguyen and sophomore J.T. Sundling at No. 2 doubles. The No. 1 singles award went to Farah as well, with the second spot given to Johnson, the fourth to Nguyen and the sixth to Lucassen.Later in the summer, the awards kept coming in for USC as Farah was awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National College Player of the Year and Smith was named the ITA National Coach of the Year.The stockpile of awards, along with the team’s second national championship in as many years, stands as a testament to USC‘s depth of talent, as well as the ability of all those involved with the team to succeed at the highest levels of collegiate tennis.“The NCAA Championship was my best experience so far in my tennis career,“ Lucassen said. “To win this championship you need good players on the team. But I think we won the championship because we showed how good we are as a team not only with players, but with coaches and trainers as well.”
Karé Lyles ★ ★ ★Lyles led his high school team to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior years of high school, and embodies a pro-style quarterback that is well-suited for Chryst’s offense. He threw for 3,561 yards and 47 touchdowns in his final season.Running backs (1)Sam Brodner ★ ★ ★ ★ Brodner was named Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year in his final high school seasons and first-team all-state as both a junior and senior. Brodner was a late addition to the 2016 class, and given the depth UW currently has at the running back position, he will more than likely redshirt his freshman season.Wide receivers (3)Quintez Cephus ★ ★ ★Cephus was named first-team all-state as a senior after recording 42 receptions for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also served as a defensive back in high school — logging six interceptions last season — but is expected to just play on offense at Wisconsin. Kendrick Pryor ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers WR/CB Kendric Pryor #NSD2016 https://t.co/vGkxcxj6Bm — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016 The Wisconsin football team struggled mightily at times on offense due to numerous injuries and lack of depth. Despite those concerns, however, the Badgers will bring in just eight offensive players on scholarship for the 2016 season.Meet the newest offensive weapons at head coach Paul Chryst’s disposal:Quarterbacks (1) Hescock poses great size for a tight end and was ranked as the No. 2 tight end in Connecticut and 44th in the nation, according to Scout.com. He recorded 23 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.Offensive line (2)Cole Van Lanen ★ ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers OL Cole Van Lanen #NSD2016 https://t.co/sDQKdQvYAg— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016Van Lanen is arguably the Badgers’ most prized recruit of the class. He is the No. 1 offensive tackle in Wisconsin and fifth in the nation, according to Scout.com. Van Lanen also received an invite to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Patrick Kasl ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers OL Patrick Kasl #NSD2016 https://t.co/tvnNR7d4sU — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016 Pryor is another player who played on both sides of the ball in high school, but was dominantly a standout wide receiver. He had 43 receptions for 1,152 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season. Given his versatility, Pryor is listed as the top-ranked athlete in Illinois, according to Scout.comA.J. Taylor ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers WR AJ Taylor #NSD2016 https://t.co/5F6WKBH6Vn— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016Taylor has great speed, having recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds, according to Scout.com. Serving as a running back in high school, he finished his senior season with 2,560 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns, with 338 yards and five touchdowns coming as a receiver. Tight ends (1)Jake Hescock ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers TE Jake Hescock #NSD2016 https://t.co/lEojGRGuBf — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016 Kasl is listed as the No. 1 offensive tackle in Minnesota, according to Scout.com, and was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press his senior year. He also was credited with more than 50 pancake blocks in his final high school season.
The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC –Months after Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas causing damage estimated at US$3.4 billion, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says the time has come for the country to acknowledge that more than 200 people lost their lives as a result of the Category 5 storm.At the end of November last year, the official death toll was put at 70 with 282 people missing.But, Sands told The Tribune newspaper that the relevant authorities will have to make a decision to confirm that more than 200 people died as a result of the storm that lashed the archipelago on September 1, 2019.“At some point, the government of The Bahamas will have to declare that over 200 people have died in Hurricane Dorian but I cannot officially say that as that is a multi-ministerial decision.“We have to do our due diligence and meet to decide. We want to move all of the outstanding matters to an agreed consensus or conclusion. We want to bring some closure. Again, we have not walked this road before,” Sands told the newspaper.The storm caused widespread damage mainly in Abaco and Grand Bahama, with officials indicating that the death tolls in those two areas were 60 and 10 respectively.A multi-agency meeting with the Ministries of Health, Legal Affairs, National Security, the Office of the Attorney General and other agencies was scheduled for Thursday but has since been moved to next week.“You would have heard me say that we would invite the International Red Cross to provide a safe space for persons who may not be willing to come forward to identify loved ones. And so that invitation and that request has already been made, the logistics of how that happens is very important.“Then it’s the whole issue of how long we are going to keep remains in refrigerated coolers particularly in Abaco. We need to identify a place for interment. We need to agree on a type of grid that would be set up and how we would reference remains,” Sands said.Under the law, it takes at least seven years to declare a missing person dead and the health minister said that it may be necessary to amend the legislation.“The Attorney General would have said, I would have said, that we are going to consider an abridged or shortened time different than the seven years and there are examples of countries that have shortened the timeline when people are presumed to be dead from a natural disaster, were declared dead.“You’ve got to ensure that whatever decision is made, that you have consulted adequately, that you did not ignore important considerations and so it is very important. There are legal requirements that have to be met. So, at the multi-ministerial meeting we want to bring this thing to some kind of closure on many different levels,” he told the newspaper.Sands said that more than 50 people remain unidentified in Abaco and all the remains in Grand Bahama have been identified and turned over to the families.
Following the victory of Real Madrid against FC Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday (2-1), Cristiano Ronaldo, who was absent through injury, came down on the ground to greet his teammates but not that … He also had a gesture to Lionel Messi. Rivals on land, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two players who respect and this is seen on the lawn Mestalla on Wednesday evening. While Real Madrid has won the 19th King’s Cup against his eternal rival Catalan, FC Barcelona (2-1) in Valencia, absentee evening, Cristiano Ronaldo came down on the lawn to greet all naturally teammates after this new trophy.But this is not everything that is Portuguese. Indeed, he also praised the players of FC Barcelona, ”‹”‹who have seen what looks like their last chance to win a trophy this season in this long-awaited final of the Copa del Rey 2014. When Cristiano Ronaldo, absent due to a wound in the thigh, came to greet Lionel Messi, Portuguese and Argentine have given a hug and consoled Cristiano Ronaldo Barcelona striker in a sporting spirit surprising, knowing the rivalry between the two players and outside the field.This is a rare image that shows sportsmanship may still exist in modern football. This image is the buzz in Spain on Thursday both in the media and on social networks.
In November, R.R. Donnelley reported $168.2 million in third quarter net earnings, down roughly 4 percent from $175 million during the same period last year. Through the first nine months, however, net earnings were up more than 100 percent to $497 million.In an effort to expand its Latin American operations, R.R. Donnelley also announced it has acquired the assets of Chilean Web printing company Prosa for $23.5 million. Prosa produces magazines, catalogs, retail inserts and soft-cover textbooks. Chicago-based printer R.R. Donnelley is planning to create an integrated printing and finishing facility.The facility, to be located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will feature commercial printing, direct mail, specialty catalog, electronic media, select fulfillment and prepress services, the company said. The new facility will effectively combine its existing operation in Chanhassen and a commercial printing operation in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.According to COO John Paloian, consolidating these operations and “re-engineering” their workflows will reduce cycle times and minimize “hand-offs” between facilities. The new facility is expected to open and be fully operational early this year, the company said.
MaharshiTwitterThe HD print of Maharshi starring Mahesh Babu is finally out on the internet. It is not a pirated copy, but the makers have officially released the full movie, which can be watched online on Amazon.Maharshi was released in the cinema halls on May 9 and took the box office by storm. With its superb collections, the Vamshi Paidipally-directed movie has become the highest grossing Telugu film of 2019. It has also emerged as the first film to complete a successful run of 50 days in 200 theatres around the world.On its 50th day, Amazon Prime has released the HD print of Maharshi on its online platform for its subscribers. Actress Pooja Hegde, who has played the female lead in the film, tweeted the link to the movie and wrote, “Rishi, Ravi, and Pooja are back with #Maharshi, this time on @PrimeVideoIN. Don’t miss the fun guys. Stream Now Amazon #AmazonPrimeDay #DiscoverTheJoyOfMore.” MaharshiTwitterDil Raju, who is thrilled over its success, had announced to hold a grand function to celebrate 50-day run. He tweeted, “#Maharshi running towards 50 Days in 200 centres. . Thank you one & all for giving us this EPIC BLOCKBUSTER . Join us in #CelebratingMaharshi 50 Days event on June 28th from 6PM in Shilpa Kala Vedika. @urstrulymahesh @directorvamshi @hegdepooja @allarinaresh @ThisisDSP.”But a day before this event, superstar Mahesh Babu’s stepmother Vijaya Nirmala passed away following heart attack. The makers postponed this event as a mark of the respect to the senior actor. Producer Dil Raju, the owner of Sri Venkateswara Creations, tweeted, “#Maharshi 50 days event which was scheduled for 28th June 2019 stands postponed.”All the fans of Mahesh Babu, who is currently mourning the death of Vijaya Nirmala, are eagerly waiting to hear the new date of the 50-day event of Maharshi. The rituals of Vijaya’s death are reportedly held on July 5 and the makers are expected to announce the fresh date after this ritual.