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Women of Troy dominate UCLA to halt losing skid

first_imgUSC (15-9, 8-4 Pac-12) never trailed in what was a crucial game as the team heads into the final stretch of its Pac-12 schedule.With the win, the Women of Troy sweep the season series against the Bruins (11-13, 5-7), who continue to struggle in conference play. It also keeps USC in third place in the Pac-12 standings.“We played a complete basketball game,” said USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “And the results speak for themselves.”Saturday’s matchup was not as close as the last time the two teams met in December when USC narrowly edged out the Bruins, 56-54, at Pauley Pavilion just before the new year.Senior forward Cassie Harberts led the way for the Women of Troy with 17 points and nine rebounds.She was once again the catalyst for USC’s success on the block as they outscored the Bruins 38-22 in the paint. Saturday might have very well been the last time Harberts would face the rival Bruins.The team’s constant activity on defense, something that Cooper-Dyke has continued to preach, allowed the team to create turnovers and get in the open court. The Women of Troy converted 15 turnovers into 14 fast-break points.“Our defense allowed us to get out on some fast breaks,” Cooper-Dyke said. “Coming into the game, we knew that we wanted to run.”The UCLA bench, which was weakened by injuries, also had a tough time keeping up with the Women of Troy — USC’s reserves outscored UCLA’s 21-0.Junior guard Ariya Crook started the game off on the right note for the Women of Troy with a step-back three-point jumper that set the tone for the rest of the game. Crook finished the game with 10 points.The Bruins tried to catch USC off guard by coming out in a couple different zones and presses to begin the game, but the Women of Troy would not be rattled.An 8-0 run to start the game sparked by senior forward Desireé Bradley’s four-point spark off the bench allowed the Women of Troy to jump out to a 13-4 lead. Bradley netted seven points in her last home game against the Bruins.“I’ve always tried to be a spark off the bench for my teammates,” Bradley said. “I think I was able to get back to doing that and I hope it gave my team a boost.”There was really no looking back from there, as the Women of Troy took a 33-20 lead into halftime.The second half would begin a lot like the first, with USC coming out of the gates on a 13-5 run in the opening minutes to jump out to a commanding 46-25 lead. The team was able to rally behind behind a fairly loud Galen Center crowd, most of who stuck around for the men’s contest that would follow.“[It was] one of our best starts to a game and starts to a second half,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We started the game with the correct level of intensity, we played great defense and we executed on the offensive end.”USC would go on to shoot a little more than 40 percent for the game and nearly matched that from long range, going five-for-13 from the three-point line.Two of those three-point field goals came from freshman guard Courtney Jaco, who was a perfect two-for-two from long range and finished with eight points.“Coach Cooper just told me to stay ready, be ready to shoot, and my teammates found me the ball and I knocked it down,” Jaco said.If there was an area where the Women of Troy showed weakness, it was at the free-throw line. USC shot a dismal 7-for-15 at the charity stripe, which was good for just more than 46 percent — well below the team’s season average of 66 percent.The Bruins would not concede the game easily, scoring nine straight points to cut the lead to 52-42 with a little more than six minutes remaining.Another Crook three-pointer would halt that UCLA momentum, though, making it a 13-point game. USC would never allow the Bruins to get back into the game, adding on to their double-digit lead to pick up another important conference win.The USC women’s basketball team will go back on the road this weekend to take on the Oregon schools, whom USC swept at the Galen Center in their previous matchups. The Women of Troy will take on Oregon in Eugene, Ore. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, before meeting up with Oregon State for a 12 p.m. Sunday matinee in Corvallis, Ore. On Saturday afternoon, the Women of Troy ended a three-game losing skid in dominant fashion, downing crosstown rival UCLA 68-54 in a blowout at the Galen Center.Primetime performance · Cassie Harberts powered the Women of Troy with 17 points and nine rebounds during the team’s win over UCLA. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Alexander: What does Billie Jean King’s ownership stake in Dodgers mean?

first_img“We have a lot of listening to do first, a lot of learning, and then hopefully we’ll figure out how we can make the biggest impact to help them,” King said.“This happened pretty quickly. And you know Mark (Walter, chairman and managing partner) wants to do all kinds of stuff. So we’re going to sit down and learn about the organization, and what community outreach they have … We have a lot to learn, too, and hopefully, we can help make a really positive impact over time.”A fresh perspective never hurts. King, 74, has followed her Hall of Fame tennis career with a fairly extensive second act. She and Kloss, 62, run the Billie Jean King leadership initiative, are founding board members of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and serve on the executive committee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. And Kloss is the commissioner of World Team Tennis, of which King was one of the founders in 1973.“When you talk to people who are a little removed from your inner circle, sometimes you get the best ideas,” Kloss said. “So maybe by observing and being a little bit on the outside, we can have an idea or two that can make a difference.”But their biggest contribution might be just being who they are. Their presence reinforces a message to women, to the LGBTQ community, and to others who might wonder how they fit into society. The message: You are welcome here, and you belong.“We hope it will inspire future generations,” King said. “And I think it sends a strong message that we’re women, and we don’t mean just white women. We mean women and other people and other cultures that dream big.”King pointed to a study that showed that companies who practice inclusion and diversity do better on the bottom line, up to a 16 percent increase in profitability.“It makes a big difference,” she said. “Even one percent with the Dodgers would make a difference because they’re worth so much.”Related Articles PreviousBillie Jean King, left, and her partner Ilana Kloss take a selfie during Friday’s Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. King and Kloss have joined the team’s ownership group. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, Contributing Photographer)Tennis champions Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss pose for photographers on the field after a news conference that added the two to the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Billie Jean King who is the newest member of the team’s ownership group waves as she leave the room after an introductory press conference before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTennis champion Billie Jean King, center, gestures with her partner Ilana Kloss, right, at a news conference to introduce them as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group by owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tennis champion Billie Jean King displays a poster of singer Elton John, from a 1975 Dodger Stadium concert, after a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. King and her partner, Ilana Kloss, have taken an undisclosed stake in the Dodgers at the invitation of owner Mark Walter. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Longtime partners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss who have joined the Dodgers ownership group, speak to the media during a press conference Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, introduces to the baseball team ownership group tennis champion Billie Jean King at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tennis champion Billie Jean King speaks during a news conference where the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that she and her partner Ilana Kloss are joining the team ownership group in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, and Dodgers president & CEO Stan Kasten, right, introduce to the baseball team ownership group, tennis champion Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner Ilana Kloss at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Dodgers infielder Chase Utley talks with tennis icon Billie Jean King, who is the newest member of the team’s ownership group on the field before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Both graduated from Long Beach Poly High. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Dodgers infielder Chase Utley talks with tennis icon Billie Jean King who is the newest member of the team’s ownership group on the field before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Both are graduates of Long Beach Poly High. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Billie Jean King who is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group shows off her custom blue Adidas sneakers before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, and Dodgers president & CEO Stan Kasten, right, introduce to the baseball team ownership group, tennis champion Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner Ilana Kloss at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tennis champion Billie Jean King, center, gestures with her partner, Ilana Kloss, during a news conference to introduce them as part of the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers by team owner Mark Walter, left, in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Los Angeles Dodgers Owner & Chairman Mark Walter the newest member of the ownership group, Billie Jean King with her own jersey during a press conference at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, and Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, right, pose with tennis champions Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner Ilana Kloss, during the press conference announcing the addition of the duo to the team’s ownership group on Friday at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, right, and owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, introduce to the baseball team ownership group, tennis champions Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner, Ilana Kloss, at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Pending approval by the WNBA, the two are also expected to have an ownership interest in the Los Angeles Sparks. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Billie Jean King, left, and her partner Ilana Kloss take a selfie during Friday’s Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. King and Kloss have joined the team’s ownership group. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, Contributing Photographer)Tennis champions Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss pose for photographers on the field after a news conference that added the two to the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 17Tennis champions Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss pose for photographers on the field after a news conference that added the two to the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — This is truly a feel-good story. Billie Jean King, maybe sports’ foremost symbol of inclusion, diversity and equality as well as tennis excellence, now owns an ownership stake in the Dodgers. And it didn’t come totally out of, er, left field.“I grew up with the Dodgers,” King said Friday afternoon, wearing a No. 17 jersey on the field at Dodger Stadium. “They came here in 1958 when I was 14 years old, and my younger brother (former Giants, Astros and Blue Jays reliever Randy Moffitt) went on to play 12 years of major league baseball, so it’s in our blood. My dad was a scout for the Brewers for a while.“So it’s a dream come true.”How many kids growing up in Southern California have similar dreams of being involved somehow with their favorite team, only to go on to other things? Hundreds of thousands. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start And if it means, for example, that more women become involved in the sport in front offices or broadcast booths or maybe coaching or scouting staffs, how is that possibly a bad thing?But all of those possibilities are down the road. For the moment, the newest members of the Dodger ownership group seemed positively giddy Friday.“Driving in here, not as a fan but as an owner, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God!’” Kloss said.“Yeah,” King responded. “To see Vin Scully’s name (on the Ring of Honor)? That was great. And Jaime (Jarrín). I want to meet Jaime. … I think it’s so exciting, six (decades) of Spanish broadcasting. And he’s a young 82 years old.”“Wait a minute,” Kloss quipped. “Billie Jean’s not the oldest in the building anymore.”This could be [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter And how many are able to circle back and ultimately fulfill that dream? You can guess the answer.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Asked if the 14-year-old Billie Jean Moffitt, while growing up in Long Beach, playing softball and rooting for the Dodgers, would have believed this was possible, she answered: “No way!”(She probably wouldn’t have predicted 39 career Grand Slam titles, either, not to mention what is still the most famous exhibition victory in tennis history, over Bobby Riggs in 1973. Life can indeed pull you in unexpected directions.)That said, now that King and her life partner, fellow former WTA player Ilana Kloss, are part of the Dodgers ownership group, what does it all mean?In practical, tangible terms, it’s hard to tell. Both women talked about bringing their past experiences to the table, but King said it is still too early to determine exactly how.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

MLB trade news: Blue Jays trade Aaron Sanchez to Astros

first_imgAfter news of his trade, Sanchez gave thanks for his time in Toronto, dating back to his selection by the Blue Jays in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2010.“First off, this journey started 10 years ago,” Sanchez said (via Sportsnet). “I was a 17-year-old kid who had aspirations of pitching in the big leagues and this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for guys like Alex and Tony and Bob Fontaine and Blake Crosby and everybody who did their due diligence on the amateur side to get me in this position. Aaron Sanchez, whose Blue Jays career began with such promise, ended with little fanfare Wednesday when Toronto traded him to the Astros.The Blue Jays sent Sanchez, 29-year-old right-hander Joe Biagini (3.86 ERA in 49 appearances this season) and 22-year-old minor-league outfielder Cal Stevenson to Houston in exchange for outfielder Derek Fisher. The 25-year-old Fisher has slashed .201/.282/.367 in 278 at-bats the past three seasons with the Astros. OFFICIAL: We’ve traded RHP Aaron Sanchez, RHP Joe Biagini, and OF Cal Stevenson to the @Astros for OF Derek Fisher. pic.twitter.com/plZmPFRke9— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 31, 2019No one could have imagined the Blue Jays one day parting with Sanchez on such terms back in 2016, when at age 24 he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, earning All-Star honors in the process. But injury issues with his fingers and a loss of control derailed his once-promising career. This season, he’s 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 23 starts.While there have been some encouraging signs from the right hander (10 strikeouts versus the Rays in his last start July 28), there have been plenty of ugly performances — he had a 12.00 ERA in six starts in June. Related News MLB trade deadline: Brodie Van Wagenen explains Mets’ decision to keep Zack Wheeler, acquire Marcus Stroman MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Marcus Stroman addresses trade from Blue Jays to Mets: ‘Crazy excited for this part of my journey’ “It’s been a crazy nine years for sure, and the last four, a true dream to be able to play for a nation, to be able to put this uniform on. A little bittersweet.”The Astros, who also acquired six-time All-Star Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks at the deadline, have had great success turning around struggling pitchers in recent years (see Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton). Sanchez welcomes the opportunity in Houston.”Obviously, I’m thrilled for the opportunity that I got to go pitch in Houston and learn from the guys that they have,” Sanchez said.last_img read more