USC’s fall sports teams have had their highs and lows

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USC’s fall sports teams have had their highs and lows

first_imgWomen’s volleyball — Michelle Mankoff, beat writer After it was discovered in March that longtime head coach Jovan Vavic was involved in the college admissions scandal, former assistant coaches Marko Pintaric and Casey Moon have stepped up to lead a talented roster to its 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. USC was swept in the final match of the regular season, dropping to a 17-13 overall record. The Trojans were never able to string together a significant series of wins, with their longest win streak spanning just three matches. The team lost seven five-set matches during the year and won just four. The only top-tier team USC beat this season was Washington, whom they defeated twice. Ultimately, many of USC’s victories came against weaker opponents. All that said, USC has a chance to improve its mark with a deep tournament run, but the road will be tough. Still, USC lost to a poor BYU team, almost blew a 27-point lead against Arizona State and its backup quarterback, nearly lost to Colorado and got demolished by 32 points against Oregon at home.  After going 14-5 against regular season and playoff opponents, USC men’s water polo’s stellar 2019 campaign is nearly complete. The players and coaches had to overcome a great deal of adversity this year but now find themselves ranked No. 2 in the nation with an opportunity to win their second consecutive NCAA Championship this weekend. With just three wins standing between them and the 2019 National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Championship, the Trojans still have a chance to turn that A- into an A+. This season hasn’t exactly been the pinnacle of USC football, but it hasn’t been quite the trainwreck many think. USC picked up a few solid wins this year, knocking off now-No. 6 Utah and dominating then-ranked Stanford by 25. It competed with then-No. 9 Notre Dame until the fourth quarter and only lost by 3 on the road, and it picked up convincing wins against Cal, Arizona and UCLA. Grade: C Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was a standout during the regular season for USC, finishing sixth in the nation in completion percentage. (Ling Luo / Daily Trojan) A season in which USC, given all its talent, doesn’t at least win the Pac-12 South cannot earn a particularly high mark. This season has been littered with inconsistency, and USC never really seemed to find its groove against good competition. The Trojans’ 8-4 record isn’t anything worthy of excitement —  it’s above average but, for this program, underwhelming. The No. 9 USC women’s soccer team’s season came to a close with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to No. 2-ranked UNC in the NCAA quarterfinals this past Friday. The Trojans ended the season at a solid 17-5-1 and made it further into the postseason then they had the past two years. For the third season in a row, head coach Keidane McAlpine put forth an elite unit, but the team could not pull off enough big wins to separate itself from the rest of the pack. Because of this, the team gets an A- instead of an A.  Grade: A- Football — Nathan Ackerman, sports editor Grade: A- Underrecruited freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis emerged as one of the nation’s best signal-callers, senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is a Biletnikoff Award finalist, the team overcame injuries to several running backs and the defense took considerable strides forward despite subpar coaching.  Grade: B- Men’s water polo — Joe Skinner, assistant sports editor The team suffered just four defeats over the course of the regular season. These losses came against highly skilled competition in UC Santa Barbara, Pacific and Pepperdine — each of these programs rank in the top six nationally. The Trojans’ lone postseason defeat thus far came in the opening round of the MPSF tournament against Cal in Berkeley, though USC defeated the Golden Bears up north the weekend prior. The huge losses to Cal, Washington and UCLA during Pac-12 play demonstrated that USC was not quite at the same level as teams like Stanford and Virginia. Although USC could have played better in the Pac-12, McAlpine still did an impressive job leading USC to its third Elite Eight. Next year, the Trojans will return players such as sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, junior forward Tara McKeown and redshirt junior goalie Kaylie Collins in an attempt to improve upon this season’s effort.  Whenever a program puts itself in a position to win a national title, it deserves an A grade of one kind or another. This season’s water polo team earns an A- because USC had its share of ups and downs. That said, the downs were few and far between. The women’s volleyball team never quite reached its potential all year. Injuries plagued a group that started as the No. 14 squad in the nation. Early in the season, All-American senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier was out for a couple of weeks with a concussion. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin suffered an Achilles injury in November, which put extra pressure on Lanier to produce.  Despite her early injury, Lanier was a rare bright spot this season for the Trojans. She tallied 40 kills against Utah, the second-highest mark ever by a USC player. Lanier rose to second in the all-time kill category for USC behind only former Trojan great Sam Bricio. Women’s soccer — Harrison Cho, assistant sports editorlast_img read more

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GAMURS drop EsportsWikis staff in preparation for new integration

first_imgAfter a seemingly short stint under the GAMURS umbrella, the fate of the EsportsWikis staff is up in the air as the company has decided not to renew the contracts for its contributors.Just found out @GAMURScom isn’t renewing my contract or any of my paid staff……pretty sad to be here again. anyone want a wiki staff?— River (@RheingoldRiver) June 13, 2017While there are many similar community-run databases such as these, EsportsWikis are particularly popular in League of Legends and SMITE, along with providing data for smaller communities like Vainglory and Rocket League. Many supporters have shared their distaste with the decision, noting that wikis like these provide information not found anywhere else.League Esportswikis is by far the best League of Legends wiki out there for competitive. Without it, my job would be much more difficult. https://t.co/WbxnvSOVTG— The Esports Writer (@FionnOnFire) June 13, 2017This isn’t the first time the EsportsWikis team has endured troubles. Under the name Esportspedia, the website was previously owned by Azubu but dropped nearly a year ago. As Azubu retained the Esportspedia website, which is now run independently, the EsportsWikis team was forced to find a new home and was almost immediately picked up by Dot Esports owners, GAMURS.While there was some outrage about the situation, GAMURS CEO Riad Chikhani attempted to shed light on the decision.To give transparency before our announcement tomorrow, GAMURS invested $270k into the wikis in 12mo. Revenue was just over $5k.— Riad Chikhani (@riad_chikhani) June 13, 2017Chikhani followed this tweet up with a lengthy statement detailing the GAMURS decision in dropping EsportsWikis. It states that although the re-launch was successful, the traffic was not enough for a return on their large investment namely due to visitors using AdBlock. It goes on to explain that GAMURS was interested in taking EsportsWikis in a different direction and after proposing it to the staff over a three month period, the notion was “met with continuous resistance and rejection”. After no solution was found, GAMURS was forced to make the decision not to renew any EsportsWikis staff contracts, but have added two members to take charge of the wiki for their new transition.Despite the lack of contract renewals, GAMURS still intends to launch its new platform – Esports Database.Mock up of Esports Database integrationWhile it was not announced at the most opportune moment, Esports Database will have a much larger structure integrated directly into DotEsports.com with player data, live match data, power rankings, tournament statistics, and many other features.This bears the question: if EsportsWikis provided less content and was not sustainable, how will Esports Database succeed with all the announced features? Chikhani insists it will become profitable: “The power to provide data in any form we wish to the entire esports ecosystem creates an unlimited opportunities.” If you also consider the fact that it will be piggy backing off of the Dot Esports traffic with their integration, that will surely help when it comes to ad-revenue.In a comment on the League of Legends subreddit a wiki staff member states the accusation that they were aware of the impending merge was false: “In one of the messages that she (EsportsWikis lead, Megan “River” Cutrofello) sent to us soon after she heard that she was being fired, she told us that she had ‘no notice that this was going to be the case’.”They also state they’ve been locked out of the EsportsWiki servers: “We cannot back up the data we have to import it to a new site. It appears that GAMURS will take the data from the site and then delete it.”Esports Insider says: While community-run databases such as EsportsWikis are essential to the scene, hearing that $270,000 was invested into a wiki site sounds outrageous, especially with expectations of return on investment. GAMURS have made what looks to be a sound decision in integrating their database into the already successful Dot Esports brand, however leaving the staff in the dust is certainly questionable.last_img read more

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Watch Mike Scioscia’s emotional announcement to step down as Angels manager

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousThe Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia in the dugout during their game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks with the media after a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia gets emotional as he talks about his last game as a manager of the Angels after a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia gets emotional as he talks about his last game as a manager of the Angels after a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, welcomes Mike Trout after he exits the game in the second inning during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks with the media after a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, welcomes Mike Trout after he exits the game in the second inning during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, chats with third base coach Dino Ebel before Sunday’s season finale against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels manager Mike Scioscia sits on a bench during Sunday’s season finale game against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels manager Mike Scioscia enters the dugout before Sunday’s season finale against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium. Scioscia announced following the game that he was stepping down after 19 seasons managing the team. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, shakes hand of a young fan before a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia shares laugher before a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia stands for the National Anthem before a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Mike Trout on his hopes for the future: “I want to come to the ballpark playing for something. That’s everybody’s goal here as a player.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia waits on the mound during a pitching change in the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches from the dugout in front to designated hitter Shohei Ohtani during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, watches from the dugout next to Shohei Ohtani, center, and Mike Trout, right, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Cam Bedrosian #32 of the Los Angeles Angels is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: Manager Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks out to batting practice before playing the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on September 14, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches from the dugout in front to designated hitter Shohei Ohtani during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, left, laughs with manager Mike Scioscia before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, sits with manager Mike Scioscia before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the dugout during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on September 13, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia in the dugout during their game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks with the media after a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 24Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks with the media after a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)ExpandAfter 19 years as the Los Angeles Angels manager, Mike Scioscia announced he will not return to the team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun were among the players in attendance for Scioscia’s announcement to step down. 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