Women of Troy look to continue success in Oregon

first_imgAfter defending its home court against both Arizona schools last weekend, the women’s basketball team looks to take that momentum and energy on the road this weekend. The team will first face No. 9 Oregon on Friday, who will be coming back from a road sweep in Washington, before taking on No. 15 Oregon State on Sunday. Last season, the Trojans surprised everyone, especially Oregon State, by breaking their seven-game losing streak with a 70-50 win against the Beavers. The team is looking to do the same and more this time around. Forward Kristen Simon is one of three seniors on the Trojans’ squad. Tucker Judkins | Daily Trojan“They know better than me because they did it last year,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “So, I’m going to ask them, ‘How did you beat Oregon State in front of 6,000 people?’ and they’re going to tell me and I’m going to say, ‘You’re going to do the exact same thing, OK?’ So, they know. [They did] it last year, so that’s what we are going to rely on: their experience from last year.”All the starters, except graduate student guard Jordan Adams, who was out with a knee injury her senior year, played against the Oregon schools’ last season. In addition to experience, the starters have been averaging close to the full 40 minutes per game. With that, not only are the players’ stamina improving, but they have also been using every minute to keep practicing for the tough games to come.“I feel like I’m in great shape,” senior guard Sadie Edwards said. “I look at it as a blessing. When I’m not in the game, I am itching to go back in … Being out there as much as I am, it makes me prepared. We’ve been in close games, we’ve got a tough weekend coming up, but there isn’t much that we haven’t seen and [the coaches] do a really good job with calling timeouts and getting us rest when we can, so I feel good about it.”The players will have to bring that spirit to Oregon with them as they are taking on two tough teams back to back. Oregon’s sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu is averaging 19.4 points per game in comparison to USC senior forward Kristen Simon’s 17.5. However, the Trojans have recently shown a balanced effort from all their starters — each are contributing points, rebounds and assists. Along with that, bench players, like forwards sophomore Ja’Tavia Tapley and junior Marguerite Effa, have slowly seen an increase in playing time and are making plays for their teams when they come in. “We are getting a really balanced effort and we’re playing together,” Edwards said. “Sharing the basketball is fun. When you play together, you play as a team, you defend. I think it’s a lot easier to go out there and play.”The chemistry of the team is tangible. The bench is cheering in response to every point made and the team’s constant communication on the court is audible. Their season hasn’t been perfect, but Trakh is excited for where the team is headed and is only hopeful for what the future brings; he has seen positive progress from the beginning of the season until now. “I think it took a while to evolve there, to think rebounding, defense, assists, the team chemistry, how you relate to your team,” Trakh said. “And it’s ongoing. We’re going to keep working every day. Everything is not perfect right now, but we can work with them and they can work with each other, but I think it’s good right now and I think we are in a good place headed into our last four games.”last_img read more

Tyreek Hill’s meeting with NFL was ‘positive’; Chiefs left hopeful, report says

first_imgThe Chiefs wide receiver is currently banned from the team’s training facility as the Kansas Department of Children and Families investigates possible child abuse, battery or neglect stemming from an incident in March in which Hill’s 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm. The NFL previously said it would wait for the agency to conclude its investigation before the league would investigate. A source told Yahoo Sports the agency is still looking into the matter.There is currently no criminal investigation into the incident and Hill has not been fined by the Chiefs or the NFL. Related News Bills’ Shaq Lawson to pay for 11-year-old shooting victim’s funeral Peyton Manning reveals his favorite NFL players Now, the question is what all this means in terms of Hill’s availability this season. The NFL has shown in the past it will punish players even without criminal charges being filed. One factor that won’t play out in Hill’s favor is his past history. While at Oklahoma State in 2015, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and received three years of probation.Chiefs training camp begins July 26 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Tyreek Hill’s meeting Wednesday with NFL officials in Kansas City lasted eight hours, and according to Yahoo Sports , the proceedings left the Chiefs hopeful of having a ruling on Hills’ 2019 eligibility by the start of training camp.According to the report, league officials met with Hill and his legal team from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and unnamed sources felt it was a “positive” day for Hill, who was able to elaborate on a four-page letter he wrote to the league denying allegations of child abuse.last_img read more

Parliament welcomes health benefits of golf

first_img Members of Parliament have hailed the health benefits of golf, following a recently published scientific review by researchers at the University of Edinburgh. A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons welcoming the review, which highlights the considerable physical and mental health benefits of the sport. The review, supported by the World Golf Foundation, found that golfers live longer than non-golfers, playing golf improves cholesterol levels and body composition, and also appears to improve wellness and self-confidence. Golf is also expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases (See below for more information). The motion welcomes “the collaborative approach highlighted thus far by the World Golf Foundation, the Royal and Ancient, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews” and “looks forward to members and the public alike benefiting from the health benefits of this great sport.” The motion was tabled by Co-Chairman of the Parliamentary Golf Group, Stephen Gethins MP. He said: “This report is welcome and shows the huge range of health benefits that golf brings to people of all ages. This review will be of major interest to policymakers in the UK, as it reveals the benefits of the sport for longevity, but also for quality of life. “Golf clearly plays an important role in maintaining a healthy, active population, and I look forward to seeing further research into the impact of the sport on health, particularly for older people. I hope that people in my constituency of North East Fife and across the UK will continue to pick up their clubs and enjoy the considerable health and social benefits that golf delivers.” Also signing the motion was Group Co-Chairman and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, Karl McCartney MP. He said: “Since the Parliamentary Golf Group was established last year, we have been keen to promote the health benefits of the sport. I welcome this review, and in particular its finding that golfers of all ages and abilities can gain the same health benefits as those at the elite level, including better physical and mental health outcomes and likely longer life. “Golf is the fifth largest sport in the UK in terms of participation, and I hope that we can continue to encourage people of all ages to take part, and enjoy the health benefits that a round can provide.” Lead researcher, Dr Andrew Murray, commented “Our review is clear that golf has overall health benefits. Golf provides moderate intensity physical activity, which is recommended by the World Health Organisation for its key role in improving life expectancy, helping prevent over 40 major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, and improving mental health. “Golf can provide health benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. The interest and leadership of Stephen Gethins, Karl McCartney and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf in promoting the health benefits of the sport, and policies that promote growing the game is so important in helping people and populations gain the physical, mental, and social benefits golf can provide.” Steve Mona, World Golf Foundation CEO, added: “This scientific review is clear that golf can improve the health and well-being of the 55 million people in over 200 countries that play the game worldwide.  The World Golf Foundation is committed to growing the game, and to do this we warmly welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf at the UK parliament, with a clear focus on increasing interest and participation in our sport.” The full text of the motion is as follows: Early day motion 409 – Golf and Health That this House welcomes the recent scientific review by the University of Edinburgh relating to golf and health published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine; notes that this study highlights that golf can provide moderate intensity physical activity as advocated by the World Health Organisation and our four home nations’ Chief Medical Officers’; further notes that this study outlines that, whilst the 55 million golfers worldwide, ranging from four to 104 years old may not win the Ryder Cup, or indeed the Open Championship, they can gain the same benefits such players obtain through golf including better physical and mental health outcomes and likely longer life; is pleased that the report is being widely shared by player ambassadors such as Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player, Padraig Harrington as well as members of our European and United States Ryder Cup teams; encourages others to consider the report’s implications, and look out for future research from this group; further welcomes the collaborative approach highlighted thus far by the World Golf Foundation, the Royal and Ancient, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews; and looks forward to hon. Members and the public alike benefiting from the health benefits of this great sport.   6 October 2016 Golf is good for you – it’s official Golf can help you live longer, cut the risk of many chronic diseases and improve your self-esteem, according to a research project. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh reviewed 5000 papers to assess the health and well-being benefits of the game. These include a five-year increase in life expectancy and improved quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits. Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer.  Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity. The project highlights that in a round of golf a player will take up to 17,000 steps, walk up to eight miles and burn up to 1200 calories. Regular golf can also help reduce anxiety, improve confidence and boost self-esteem, all of which contribute to improved mental wellbeing. England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “This is great news. Through our Get into golf campaign we’ve been spreading the message that golf is good for your health and we’ve shared stories of people whose lives have improved by playing the game. “This research makes it clear that our enjoyable and sociable sport has a very important part to play in the government’s strategy to tackle inactivity and we look forward to encouraging even more people to take up the game.” Get into golf is England Golf’s campaign to inspire people to take up the sport with great value coaching from PGA professionals. To find an activity near you and to read more about the benefits of playing golf visit www.getintogolf.org Get into golf is supported by National Lottery funding. The Golf & Health project is supported by all of golf’s major organisations and an initial eight ambassadors with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them. They are Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O’Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), and Zach Johnson (USA). The project has been launched by the World Golf Foundation and the scoping review has been published in the world’s leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine. Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, said:  “This project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more – all to the sport’s benefit.” Find out more at www.golfandhealth.org Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 6 Oct 2016 Parliament welcomes health benefits of golf last_img read more