Women’s basketball looks to build on momentum

first_imgWSU will look to senior forward Borislava Hristova to produce in the paint. Hristova currently leads the team with an average of 19.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The USC women’s basketball team will begin its season series against Washington State Friday at Galen Center.  “[We focused on] keeping it at that standard [and] not letting it slide back down to how it was previously,” Overbeck said. “We had a really good week leading up to UCLA, and so keeping that foot-on-the-pedal type of mentality and mindset in every single week no matter who we play [is important].” Senior forward Kayla Overbeck is expected to play a big role as well in Friday night’s game. At practice Wednesday, Overbeck was adamant about not underestimating the Cougars. USC is averaging 39.9 rebounds per game and had a dominant 52-rebound showing last week, and if the team wants to continue the trend, it’ll need Pili and Overbeck to box out the Cougars aggressively.  WSU’s veteran squad will match up against a young USC team. Hristova will play against Pac-12 Freshman of the Week forward Alissa Pili, whose career-high 17-rebound performance against UCLA Friday proved pivotal in a tight win for the Trojans. The Trojans have made improvements in their defensive effort — a focus of head coach Mark Trakh since repeated losses that resulted from scoring streaks by opponents early on in games. After a double-overtime 70-68 win against rival No. 10 UCLA that broke the Bruins’ five-game losing streak, the Trojans are looking to carry their momentum into the rest of conference play.  “Offensively or defensively, they got to be on their game,” Trakh said. “We were on our game, but now are we going to continue it? Have we learned how to play hard? We’ll see this weekend.” Senior guard Chanelle Molina figures to lead WSU’s 3-point shooting effort as she is shootng 42.2% from beyond the arc this season. She has made 43 3-pointers this year, a team high. The game against WSU also marks the end of a January home stretch for USC. After Friday night’s game, USC will face off against Washington before a three-and-a-half-week hiatus from Galen Center.  As the Trojans approach the halfway mark in conference play, these matchups will be crucial in digging the Trojans out of 11th place in the conference. USC will tip off at Galen Center against the Cougars Friday at 7 p.m. USC leads WSU 50-18 in the all-time series and has won its last four games against the Cougars. However, WSU currently has a one-game edge over the Trojans in the Pac-12 with wins over California and Washington.  Freshman forward Alissa Pili recorded a double-double in USC’s victory over UCLA at home. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “I just play for my team and to win,” Pili said. “Honestly, my individual goal is not as big as what I want to achieve with my whole team and just our success winning this season.”last_img read more

UKGC mulls credit betting restrictions

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Tracey CrouchUK gambling policy stakeholders are considering banning or severely restricting betting transactions undertaken through credit verticals, in a move to protect national gambling consumers.The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reported to be considering drastic actions on limiting credit cards with a view to reducing ‘the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford’.“We will consider prohibiting or restricting the use of credit cards and the offering of credit but will explore the consequences of doing so”The review of credit betting was outlined in yesterday’s UKGC industry update on ‘How to make online gambling safer’.The Commission is currently assessing player safety with regards to; provisions available for consumers to protect themselves, gambling product characteristics, protection of consumer funds and industry consumer terms and conditions.So far, 2018 has been a year of realignment for all UK licensed betting operators, who have been forced to readjust their operations to adhere to new policies on sign-up bonuses, promotions and marketing terminology.In yesterday’s industry update, Tracey Crouch UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society stated that the government was committed to developing a sustainable industry in which consumer controls were available to protect minors and vulnerable players.In its update the commission acknowledges that for licensed operators credit cards fund between 10 to 20% of the total that their customer wagers.last_img read more

Genesis Open: J.B. Holmes edges out Justin Thomas to win 5th PGA Tour event

first_img Genesis Open: Justin Thomas in sole possession of lead on Day 3 The early start to the event was capped off with a dramatic finish as J.B. Holmes and Justin Thomas went toe to toe for the top spot. Ultimately, Holmes secured his fifth PGA Tour win after shooting 14 under for the tournament to beat Thomas by one stroke.Holmes had a par save on the 13th hole to move into the lead. He shot even par the rest of the way for a final round of 1-under 70. Thomas, however, struggled as he carded two bogeys and one double bogey on the back nine. He posted a 4-over 75 on the day. Related News Matt Kuchar addresses criticism, apologizes for paying fill-in caddie $5K A big par save for @JBHolmesGolf, and he knows it. 💪#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/t0yi5zHOnL— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 17, 2019Rory McIlroy was also in contention but struggled with the conditions through holes 12-16. He carded three bogeys after the turn with just two birdies. A birdie and an eagle on the front nine helped McIlroy to a 2-under 69. He finished the weekend in a two-way tie for fourth place (11 under) with Marc Leishman.”It was really tough,” McIlroy said after his round. “It’s gusty. You know you’re hitting the right club and then the wind will gust on you and it’s a tough shot.”Si Woo Kim finished his final round well before the final pairings and was able to find solace from the wind. He finished in third place (12 under) after firing off his best round of the weekend, 5-under 66.Tiger Woods didn’t have the finish he was hoping for after completed a 6-under 65 third round earlier in the day. He had three birdies and two eagles to move into the top 10, but when he started his fourth and final round, he struggled to match those efforts. Woods started his round with three bogeys in his first seven holes and finished with a 1-over 72 — his worst round of the weekend.center_img The rain-affected Genesis Open didn’t see any more showers Sunday but wind was a factor as golfers finished their third and fourth rounds at the Riviera Golf Course on the California coast.The delay that started Thursday led to three full days of golf with players starting as early as 9 a.m. EST and finishing late. However, after the cut Saturday afternoon, play sped up with a shortened field. The third round was completed early Sunday morning and the final round went almost to nightfall. “I got tired, I don’t know if I’m the only one but I definitely felt it today,” Woods said.He finished in tied for 15th place (6 under).What a call on this @TigerWoods bunker shot. 🤯#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/Nx9jHQU3Ku— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Walton still not ready to return

first_img Two-man game Jackson was asked about Kobe Bryant’s balancing act between taking over games and trusting his teammates. He did both in the fourth quarter Monday, scoring 11 points but also giving up the ball to Smush Parker for a key 3-pointer. “We really think that if we distribute the ball at the right time in the game when the focus comes on him, there’s some easy shots that people have,” Jackson said. “If he trusts his teammates in those situations, we’re really a difficult team to stop.” Page turner Jackson put off giving a book to each player on this trip, one of his annual traditions as a coach. He was unable to find a book that was out of print and went off on his players recently that they weren’t going to appreciate them anyway. “All you guys can do is play video games and watch porn movies,” Jackson said. Jackson added that he probably will hand out books on the Lakers’ four-game trip in March. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Never would the Lakers have guessed when they left on this eight-game trip more than a week ago that they might arrive home with forward Luke Walton still struggling to return from a sprained right ankle. Walton suffered the injury Jan. 26 and has missed six games as a result. He hoped to return Monday against the Hawks, then talked about using a two-day break between games to get ready to play Thursday at Detroit. But Walton was unable to practice Tuesday and his availability is in question with the Lakers playing back-to-back games against the Pistons and Toronto Raptors. They will finish this trip Sunday at Cleveland. “He’s getting frustrated with the situation,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “It’s longer than he ever thought it would be. It’s just difficult for him to sustain it when you’re on the road like this and you’re trying to find a way to get out there and nothing seems to work right.” center_img Walton said Monday he woke up with the ankle feeling great. When he got on the floor at shootaround, however, Walton couldn’t shake the pain. The Lakers have had to scale him back from rehab work to treatment sessions. “I’m able to do more and more stuff,” said Walton, who originally was supposed to miss about a week. “I just can’t do the full-out running or the cutting yet. Until I can do that, I can’t play.” The Lakers have spent plenty of time this month worrying about sprained ankles. Kwame Brown was to fly to Indianapolis after practice to get a second opinion on his injured left ankle, which he rolled in a Dec. 31 game. Center Chris Mihm also is on this trip and was working out on an elliptical machine Tuesday. Mihm was supposed to be out for the season after undergoing a second ankle surgery but could return if his rehab continues ahead of schedule. “We’re certainly not trying to put any pressure on him to make a return this year,” Jackson said. “Just whatever happens. We hope that he has the opportunity but we’re certainly not counting on it.” last_img read more