Facing the No. 5 team in the country in Oregon State, the USC baseball team figured to have its hands full this past weekend in Corvallis, Ore.They might have underestimated just how full, however.The Beavers (34-8, 14-4 Pac-12) swept away the Trojans (16-26, 8-13) in their three-game set, and only one game could be considered a close one. Oregon State is in a battle with the rival Oregon Ducks to host a regional this year, and the Trojans expected the talented Beavers to come out with a vengeance after losing two of three to Washington the weekend before.“We did nothing [offensively],” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said. “This is the first weekend where I felt like we just got beat up all weekend. We got out-manned, out-played, out-pitched, out-everything.”The Beavers boast one of the nation’s best ERAs at an incredible 2.02. USC, however, has shown its ability to get hits off some of the nation’s best pitchers, knocking 13 against Oklahoma’s likely first-round draft pick Dillon Overton and seven against Stanford’s Marc Appel, who could be picked first overall in this June’s MLB draft.But in Corvallis this weekend, the Trojans managed just 17 hits over the three games. For comparison’s sake, the Beavers had 20 on Friday alone.“Really, all we did offensively is we hit three solo home runs,” Hubbs said. “Otherwise, they handed us our other runs.”The only game that USC had a chance in, according to Hubbs, was Saturday’s. Sophomore starter Wyatt Strahan tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowing just three runs on five hits. But, as was the case all weekend, the Trojans’ bats could generate nothing against the Beavers’ arms.Even on Friday, with junior ace Bob Wheatley keeping USC in the game for six innings, Hubbs said he felt the Trojans never had a chance.The Trojans were again unable to salvage a win on Sunday with freshman Kyle Twomey on the mound. Twomey experienced the youthful control issues that have so plagued the Trojans this year, giving up four walks and a hit-by-pitch over four innings.“Saturday was the only game I felt like we were in,” Hubbs said. “Even Friday, though we were only down 3-1” — the Beavers eventually blew the game open with three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth — “it just didn’t feel like we were going to be able to do anything. We were getting mauled at the plate. It felt like it might as well have been 12-1 when it was 3-1. They beat us up.”It won’t get that much easier for USC today as it faces Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. The Waves had the weekend off, meaning the Trojans can expect to see Sunday starter Aaron Brown.Brown has a 1.52 ERA in his last three starts, including a complete game against Gonzaga in his last time out.“We’re going to get pot-shotted by one of their weekend guys,” Hubbs said, referencing to the fact that midweek games usually see lesser pitchers start on the mound.That won’t exactly be the case for USC, either. Junior Sean Silva, who has established himself as one of the team’s more reliable pitchers, will start on the mound for the Trojans.Though Silva has worked his last few starts under a pitch count, he will go as long as he can tomorrow to spare the team’s bullpen a much-needed day off.“He’s earned a little more leash,” Hubbs said of Silva.The junior hasn’t allowed a run in his last three appearances and has seen his ERA drop from 11.57 to 4.05 in that span.First pitch for today’s game is set for 3 p.m. The game will mark USC’s eighth consecutive road game, and during that stretch the Trojans are currently 3-4. The team has not played at Dedeaux Field since April 14.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten) will battle the No. 9 ranked team in the country this weekend as the Arizona State University Sun Devils (22-9-3) march into the Kohl Center.An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…The Sun Devils are currently playing some of their best hockey of the season, riding a seven game win-streak in which they are averaging just under four goals per game. The team also ranks top 10 in all of Division 1 hockey with goalie winning percentage at 69% and scoring offense at 3.32 goals per game, giving the team a clear advantage over the Badgers.The story has been very different for the Badgers this season. The team has averaged 3.03 goals per game, putting them tied for 20th in the country in this category. While that may seem close behind the Sun Devils, the Badgers do not have a record to show for their offensive efficiency. The Badgers have allowed 3.7 goals per game, the fourth worst in all of Division 1 hockey.Men’s Hockey: Yet another split series for Badgers vs No. 11 Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten) took on the No. 11 Nittany Lions of Pennsylvania Read…Goalkeeping has been an issue for the Badgers, allowing a total of 111 goals so far this season. Sophomore goalie Daniel Lebedeff has appeared in 23 games this season, with a win rate of just 39% and a save rate of 89%. In order to compete with the Sun Devils this weekend, the Badgers are going to need to step it up defensively.The team had been offensively productive all season and hopes to continue that this weekend, especially from key offensive weapon Cole Caufield. Caufield’s productive freshmen year puts him at 11th in the nation with 0.6 goals per game. Caufield also leads the team with 32 points this season, followed by 23 from junior Wyatt Kalynuk. Kalynuk shares the team lead in assists with junior Linus Weissbach — both at 17 this season.The Badgers will be playing their final home series of the season this weekend — a season that many Badger hockey fans are not happy about. The Badgers ended last season with 18 losses, a number that they have already reached this season with four games remaining. Men’s Hockey: Experience gained this season cannot be overlookedGoing into the 2019-2020 season, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-17-1, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten) faced high expectations from Read…These two teams have not played each other in over four years, their last match dating back to the halloween weekend of 2015. In that series, the Badgers won the first game 5–1 and the second game by a score of 2–1, giving the Badgers the series sweep. The Badgers hope to continue this two game win streak against the Sun Devils this weekend.Both games this weekend are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be listened to on 1310 WIBA. These games can also be followed on the Men’s Hockey Twitter page, @BadgerMHockey.
All stakeholders in rugby would be consulted prior to the finalization of a blueprint for Ghana Rugby, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah has announced.According to Mr. Mensah the new Board that was elected on 5th June 2014 has been undertaking an assessment of the state of rugby in Ghana and, as part of this assessment, has found that many stakeholders have in the past been excluded from charting a development roadmap for rugby in Ghana.“The Rugby Family in Ghana include stakeholders on various levels including players, coaching or technical staff, referees, administrators, regional associations, clubs, the educational system, sports bodies such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), National Sports Authority (NSA), Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) as well as current and potential sponsors and in general everybody who regards him or herself as a ‘Friend’ of Ghana Rugby”, Mr. Mensah said.He further stated, “For Ghana to excel and perform at international level it is essential that all stakeholders are involved in and buy into the strategies and plans of the GRFU. Rugby is not about the GRFU, but about the Rugby Family that even includes the parents of the young kids who want to embrace Rugby as means of entertainment and development.”He assured that detail on the Rugby Stakeholder Forum will be announced soon on the GRFU website www.ghanarugby.org where stakeholders can register for the Forum.The forum is coming on the heels of a two week Rugby coaching exercise conducted by the International Rugby Board (IRB) qualified coach Mr. David Dobela that was completed successfully in Accra, Ghana on Friday 25 July 2014. The programme was organised by the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) in association with the IRB and the Olympic Solidarity Fund (OSF) to improve the quality of rugby coaching in the country.Mr. David Dobela is currently the Caretaker Head Coach of Border Academy in South Africa and has qualified as Level 2 Coaching Trainer in 2010. He has also been involved in coaching for the South African National Team, the Springboks.During the first week 23 coaches were trained on Level 1 coaching. The trainees included coaches from the 11 clubs that will take part in the 2014 /15 national league tournament, as well as Sportsmasters of 12 schools from the Greater Accra, Western and Central Regions.The Level 1 Rugby Coaching Training included modules on Understanding the Game and the principles of play, Applying the principles of play to the development of skills, Planning and demonstrating a practice and Management and will cover both 15s as 7s coaching skills.The course is designed to enable coaches to acquire basic skills so that players new to the game learn to play in safe, enjoyable competition. During the second week a Level 2 Coaching course was held that included modules on Coaching styles and coaching process, Values of the Game and principles of attack and defence, Planning and delivery, Key factor analysis and player welfare and Functional role analysis, selection and Laws.The Level 2 Coaching course is designed to provide coaches with the skills needed to coach teenage and adult players in the club or school environment (in major Unions) and to higher levels in less developed Unions such as the GRFU.