Murakami shoots for national berth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals It’s likely Murakami won’t try to build a lead, or even stay in the lead pack, early in today’s race, a strategy she used early in the season. Instead, she’ll probably save her energy for the end and try to pick off runners in the race’s closing stretch, Saugus coach Christian Standley said. Murakami didn’t take the lead at the state meet until the final mile, then blew by the leaders for a seven-second victory (17:43). She ran a fast, 5:20 opening mile at the early-season Woodbridge of Irvine Invitational and faded to fourth, 21 seconds behind Serrano of Phelan’s Kauren Tarver, the fourth seed in today’s race after winning last week’s California Div. II title in 17:36. Today’s race will be five kilometers (3.1 miles), the same distance as the state meet. The Mt. SAC course was 2.91 miles at the Mt. SAC Invitational in October. The extra approximately quarter-mile is nearly imperceptible to the runners, Standley said. His team’s sixth-place finish at the state meet was recognized in the community. Saugus principal Bill Bolde took the team to lunch earlier this week, and Murakami said she has received several congratulatory calls. “It’s been a hectic week,” she said. “It started to sink in in the car (after the race), but I’m still amazed (I won).” A change in strategy helped Saugus cross country runner Shannon Murakami win her first state title last week. She’ll use a similar approach in today’s Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College, her first step toward competing at the national level. The top eight finishers advance to next week’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego. Murakami is seeded fifth – seventh overall in the West – according to dyestat.com. Several of the region’s top runners, including Corona del Mar of Newport Beach’s Annie St. Geme, the California Div. III champion, will be in Portland, Ore., today competing at the Nike Team Nationals. The top two Western runners in that race also advance to the Foot Locker national meet. Murakami is ranked behind some of the country’s best runners,including Marie Lawrence of Reno, Nev., and Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo’s Jordan Hasay. Lawrence, the defending West Regional champion, has finished second in the past two Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Hasay, a freshman, posted the state meet’s best time (17 minutes, 11 seconds over 3.1 miles) in winning the Div. V title. The state title was the most prestigious of her career. She can add to her resume by qualifying for her first national championship. Murakami finished 22nd at last year’s Foot Locker West Regional while suffering from a cold; she won the event’s freshman race two years ago. “There’s a first time for everything,” she said. Also: Former Canyon runner Adam McDonald, last year’s Foothill League champ, will run today at Nike Team Nationals with Mountain View of Orem, Utah. He is expected to challenge for one of the two available Foot Locker berths. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LA Galaxy sign Jonathan Dos Santos on transfer from Villarreal

first_imgLA Galaxy have signed Mexico midfielder Jonathan dos Santos from Spain’s Villarreal in a bid to turn around their season, the Major League Soccer club said on Thursday.Dos Santos, who represented Mexico at the Confederations Cup, will begin training with the Galaxy on Friday before being unveiled at a media conference.”His signing will significantly improve our team as we continue to push for the playoffs and, ultimately, a sixth MLS Cup,” LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said in a statement.”We believe Jonathan will be a leader during the second half of this season and for years to come. We look forward to him joining our squad.”The move reunites Dos Santos, 27, with his older brother Giovani dos Santos, who joined the Galaxy in July, 2015, also from Villarreal.Jonathan dos Santos will not be available when the Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday since he will only be officially added to the roster pending the receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.He was named in the Confederations Cup’s ‘Best XI’ after starting in four games and helping his country reach the semi-finals.The midfielder began his career with Barcelona in 2009 before joining Villarreal, where he has made nearly 90 league appearances and scored four goals since 2014.Internationally, Dos Santos has made 29 appearances across all competitions for Mexico.He joins his brother and Frenchman Romain Alessandrini as Galaxy’s third designated player.MLS clubs are allowed three designated players whose total compensation and acquisition costs exceed the usual budget limits.advertisementLos Angeles are sitting in ninth place in the 11-team Western Conference, five points removed from the sixth and final playoff spot, with 14 games remaining.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch now tipped for August 7

first_imgThe Galaxy Note 10 is widely expected to launch in August but multiple reports in the past have been suggesting different dates. While it was previously reported that the launch would take place on August 10, a new report now suggests that the Galaxy Note 10 will be unveiled on August 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which is the same venue where Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9 last year as well.Cnet reported on the new Galaxy Note 10 launch date based on people familiar with the company’s plans. The August 7 launch date is yet to be confirmed by Samsung and things could still change in the weeks to come. At the upcoming Unpacked event, Samsung is expected to announce not just a Galaxy Note 10 but also a Galaxy Note 10 Pro model.The biggest changes expected from the Note 10 series is the display, which will see a punch-hole cutout on the top center of the screen and a vertical camera setup on the back. Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro should come with ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors. The Galaxy Note 10 phones may also drop the headphone jack as per recent reports.The regular Galaxy Note 10 is said to offer a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, while the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will sport a bigger 6.7-inch screen. The Pro model may also house a 4,170mAh battery and will come with up to 12GB of RAM. There are rumours that the Galaxy Note 10 series will feature an updated Exynos 9825 chipset that could be based on a 7nm process and should offer a slight bump in performance and improved power efficiency.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro case images suggest vertical triple cameras, no headphone jacklast_img read more