The Trojans were not able to execute as a team. Two starters — senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes — had a combined 23 errors and potential kills fell out of bounds throughout the match. It was an uncharacteristically sloppy performance for head coach Brent Crouch’s group. Both matches this weekend went to five sets, the latter being the 10th time USC has gone the distance this season. This sets the record for the most five-set matches in one season in Trojan history. However, in a back-and-forth fifth set, the Trojans came out on top 15-13 to avoid a disastrous loss. It was USC’s ninth straight win against OSU, increasing its all time head-to-head record to a lopsided 57-9. “It’s just tiring and it’s exhausting,” Crouch said. “I don’t think it affects anything with confidence. The biggest thing is just that you play more volleyball, so it adds up.” “You know, we’ve had a lot of injuries this year, so we keep putting on new lineups, so we’re looking for some consistency,” Crouch said. “We haven’t had a lot of it.” The matchup with the Ducks was a different story. The Trojans overcame 10 errors to win the first set, but the rest of the night saw similar sloppy play from USC and little of the same luck. The Trojans were never able to pull away with a lead and ultimately dropped two close sets 27-25 and 18-16 in the second and fifth sets, respectively. The score was tied 47 times during the match. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had 37 kills over USC’s weekend matches against Oregon State and Oregon. She also earned her eighth double-double on the season Sunday against Oregon. (Jo Danielle Esteban / Daily Trojan) The Trojans let the Beavers right back into the match in the third and fourth sets. USC led six different times in the fourth but wasn’t able to close it out. “Every week, I think the team has grown and made progress — we just didn’t execute very well today,” Crouch said. “We had a few players just have some really tough nights, and two or three of them had a really rough night and that’s too many. You can’t have that many people not playing well.” With players returning from injury and others continuing to fall, Crouch has had to significantly change his lineups recently. This has been a theme all year, contributing to the group’s struggles. Lanier picked up her eighth double-double of the season in the loss to the Ducks, and Weske tallied 11 kills without an error in one of her best performances of the season. The Trojans came out dominant against OSU and took the first two sets, picking up three straight runs of at least 5 points in the first. Freshman outside hitter Emilia Weske had 10 kills through the first two frames of the match. The USC women’s volleyball team split its weekend matchups against conference opponents, defeating Oregon State and losing to Oregon at Galen Center this weekend. The Trojans have only two more games left in the regular season — Wednesday at Arizona State and Friday’s senior night clash at home against UCLA. Wednesday’s bout starts at 4 p.m., and Friday’s begins at 7 p.m.
The three-year ban on former Nigeria CAF and FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu, by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) expired at the weekend, thus making the high profile sports administrator free again to participate in football activities within and outside the country.The FIFA ban on Adamu, a retired director general of the National Sports Commission, expired at 12mid night on October 19, making him a free man again from yesterday to be part of the football family once more.But contrary to expectations, Dr. Adamu has declared that he is not in hurry to return to football administration in CAF, FIFA and WAFU.“My interest is not to rush back to the international federations, but I am delighted that my ban has expired and I am free to contribute to the development of football and sports generally in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.”The former WAFU president noted that, he learned lots of lessons during his period of incarceration, and on return now, he would be delving into sports business and not sports administration as it was the case before his ban.“My focus is different now and those expecting me to rush back to football administration would be disappointed. I want to do serious business in sports. I am now a different person. This is the new Amos Adamu.“I went through some transformations which have been worthwhile. I am now a different person, wiser than before.”Adamu expressed delight in the supports given to him during the period of his travails by the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Sports Ministry and the National Sports Commission (NSC) under the leadership of Professor Taoreed Adedoja who stood firmly by him.“I am also grateful to the leadership of the National Assembly who made frantic efforts to ensure that I was not unjustly incarcerated after presenting them with documented evidences both in print and video.” The former director general of the NSC stressed that his consolation, despite the three-year ban was the FIFA action which cleared him of all corruption charges and limited his offence to that of ethics violation.Adamu was banned for what FIFA termed ethics violation after the Times of England implicated him in vote for cash sting operation in respect of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. read more
Throughout a tumultuous 2020, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has struggled to word his perspectives in a manner that doesn’t incense players and fans.His most notable flub came when he called the World Series trophy “a piece of metal” as part of his explanation for not stripping the Astros of the 2017 title, and it’s generally been a rough year for his reputation. Manfred’s latest comment on whether MLB would suspend its season because of clubhouse COVID-19 cases did him no favors. He seemed to put full blame on players and indicated his decision would in part come from his own toughness, which of course is not being strained on nearly the same level as the players who are being exposed to the coronavirus.Comissioner Rob Manfred tells me “We are playing. The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) August 1, 2020MORE: Lorenzo Cain’s opt-out could set trendMLB on Friday sought to place blame on the Marlins for a rise in positive COVID-19 test results, revealing an outbreak within the club stemmed from irresponsible behavior that included going out in Atlanta.Miami, though, is not the only team dealing with coronavirus cases. The Cardinals, who haven’t played against the Marlins or faced anyone the Marlins have played, found out Saturday that a player and three staffers had tested positive. Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer, who also bashed MLB for its handling of postponements, took issue with Manfred’s statement.Playbook:1) take no risk yourself2) blame everything on the players3) protect tv revenue at all costs4) repeatIf anyone thought the season would be cancelled when MLB has their dream scenario in place (games👇🏻, player cost👇🏻, post season games👆🏻, tv revenue👆🏻), you crazy. https://t.co/pJfexp9KQI— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 1, 2020MLB is reportedly at risk of canceling its season soon if its COVID-19 case outlook doesn’t improve, but Manfred seems intent (at least for now) on pushing through with games.There has been at least one coronavirus-related postponement every day since Monday. read more