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Baseball drops series to California

first_imgAfter topping host No. 22 California (33-17, 17-10 Pac-12) 11-3 Saturday afternoon, the No. 15 Trojans (35-18, 16-11 Pac-12) lost 7-5 and 7-2 on Sunday and Monday, respectively.The Trojans’ win was sparked by three RBIs and a two-run home run from junior center fielder Timmy Robinson. In the top of the second, Robinson kicked off the scoring drive with an RBI double.Sophomore first baseman Jeremy Martinez and senior second baseman Dante Flores also had great offensive showings. Martinez went three-for-five with three RBIs and Flores knocked in two RBIs.Senior pitcher Kyle Davis —in his second-straight Friday night start — kept the Bears to three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked only one. Davis improved his record to 3-1 on the year.Sophomore pitcher Andrew Wright tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout to close out the game for USC.Game 2 of the series didn’t fair as well for the Trojans. It was a back-and-forth battle, but the Bears maintained the lead and got the win to tie the series at one game apiece.USC jumped ahead early with senior catcher Garrett Stubbs knocking in Martinez with a double in the first. Redshirt junior left fielder Bobby Stahel had a sac fly to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second.It was back-and-forth scoring until the Bears broke it open 5-3 in the fifth inning. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Trojans tied it up.Flores had a sac fly and junior third baseman Blake Lacey knocked in his second RBI of the game.With two on and two outs, junior right fielder AJ Ramirez was up, but he struck out to end the offensive-fueled inning.The Bears scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning and knocked in an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win and tie the series at one each.In the final game of the series, the Trojans saw their only two scores in the first inning —despite outhitting the Bears 8-7.In the 7-2 loss, the Trojans’ rough patch was the nine walks from the pitchers.When the game kicked off, it looked like it was going to be a great day for the Trojans after they scored two runs on a two-out rally. Martinez, Robinson and Flores all contributed to the early 2-0 lead.Flores went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Martinez went 2-for-3 with one run on the day.The Bears sparked off their offense with three runs in the bottom of the third and sustained that momentum throughout the game to score a total of seven unanswered runs.Three of the Bears’ seven runs were scored by baserunners who were on because of the atypical number of walks from the Trojans pitchers. Another run came as a result of an error and another as a result of a hit by pitch.Freshman starter Mitch Hart took the loss (7-3 on the year) in three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts.The Trojans brought in three relievers — juniors Brent Wheatley, Marc Huberman and Brooks Kriske — to try and salvage the game, but fell short.Wheatley threw for 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Huberman threw two innings, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks. Kriske closed out the game in 1.2 innings, allowing only just on run with two strikeouts.The Trojans’ lack of scoring can be attributed to the fact that they left nine runners on base.Before dropping this series, the Trojans won three of their last four.USC will look to shake off this past weekend and win its final series of the regular season at home this weekend.The Trojans will close out the regular season with a home series against No. 12 Arizona State (32-19, 17-10 Pac-12). The first game will be at 7 p.m. on May 22.last_img read more

PM mum on new Haitian army

first_imgPM mum on new Haitian armyPrime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has shied away from confirming whether or not Haiti’s new army will be officially commissioned on November 18, but promising it will not be one aimed at tormenting the population.“It will be an army at the service of the population and not a tormenting army,” he told reporters, adding that the army in Haiti L had never been disbanded.Never a dissolution of the Haitian ArmyLafontant said the 1987 Constitution stipulates that “the country has two security forces: the Armed Forces of Haiti and the National Police,” adding “there has never been a dissolution of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAD’H) but only an administrative measure of demobilization of this military force.” He did not provide other details, claiming national security concerns.There is mounting speculation here that the former armed forces of Haiti could be officially re-mobilized on November 18, coinciding with the 214th anniversary of the battle of Vertières.Prime Minister Lafontant, who did not want to confirm this date, told reporters only that the time is coming and the remobilization of the FAD’H “is an act of justice for our ancestors and our heroes of independence and will allow us to repatriate our national sovereignty.”Hundreds of youth have joined armyHe said that after the launch of the recruitment process initiated by Defence Minister Hervé Denis, last July, 2,350 young people including 350 girls, had been registered in the army. The final steps in remobilizing the army will be undertaken in a transparent manner.He reiterated that the new army will have another mission and another direction than that of the past.Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995 by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide following a military coup. However, in recent months, there have been calls for the establishment of an army following the decision of the United Nations to end its operations here this month.The UN mission in Haiti has been in place following a second coup against Aristide that took place in 2004.For more recent news on Haiti, click the link: UN envoy announced: Haiti’s stability greaterlast_img read more

NBA Mock Draft 2019: Knicks land Zion Williamson; Duke dominates lottery

first_img16. Nets — PJ Washington, Forward, KentuckyAge: 20.6 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 236Washington has an outsized 7-3 wingspan that should make him an intriguing defender at the NBA level. He’s also connecting from 3-point range at a high clip this season. The key is whether that will continue, as his free throw percentage suggests he’ll shoot a lower percentage from outside without improving something about his jumper.In Brooklyn, he can slot in as a versatile power forward next to budding big man Jarrett Allen.17. Pistons — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Wing, Virginia TechAge: 20.6 | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 210Detroit is really missing positional size on the wing, and Alexander-Walker can help fill that void while providing another ball-handling presence. He’s also been an effective outside shooter over two seasons in Blacksburg.On the other end, Alexander-Walker has built out his defensive projections by bumping his steal rate from 1.9 percent as a freshman to 3.4 percent this season.18. Celtics (via Clippers) — Jontay Porter, Big, MissouriAge: 19.4 | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 236Porter is nowhere near Al Horford on the defensive end, but he has the potential to replicate some of Horford’s value offensively as a floor spacer and passer from the center spot.Although the 6-11 center is recovering from a knee injury that caused him to miss his sophomore season, his freshman performance offers enough for NBA teams to be comfortable with his projection.NBA DRAFT HISTORY: Every team’s ugliest, most painful regret19. Jazz — KZ Okpala, Forward, StanfordAge: 19.9 | Height: 6-9 | Weight: 215Okpala checks all the boxes when it comes to his measurables, and his defensive versatility will be a prized possession to NBA franchises. He’ll need to develop more consistency in his jump shot, especially from NBA 3-point range.In Utah, he could fit in at either forward spot and add to a lengthy history of quality defensive play.20. Spurs — Grant Williams, Forward, TennesseeAge: 20.3 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 241This is probably a touch high for Williams, but the Tennessee junior fits the bill in terms of the character and basketball IQ San Antonio has traditionally valued.The 6-7 forward is a versatile threat offensively who should shoot a bit more often from deep. He can help facilitate in dribble handoff and post actions. Defensively, his feel for the game is an big asset. 25. Cavaliers (via Rockets) — Bol Bol, Big, OregonAge: 19.3 | Height: 7-2 | Weight: 222Bol is the draft’s biggest upside play with significant downside. There are a slew of questions about his off-the-court habits as well as his ability to stay on the floor defensively. He’s no doubt a unique offensive talent, but it’s not clear he’s destined for NBA success.Some will consider him a viable lottery pick. Others won’t. If the draft doesn’t break right, he could be in for a bit of a slide.26. 76ers — Tyler Herro, Wing, KentuckyAge: 19.2 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 195Philadelphia needs depth and wing shooting. Herro can provide a bit of both. He’s shooting 35.5 percent from deep as a freshman and has knocked down 93.5 percent of his free throws. He’s comfortable off movement, which makes him a much more versatile and valuable off-ball threat.The defensive issues are likely always going to be there, but if he’s willing to engage on that end, the 76ers have more than enough pieces to help make up for his deficiencies.27. Nets (via Nuggets) — Luguentz Dort, Wing, Arizona StateAge: 19.9 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215Dort is a tough-nosed defender who can guard multiple positions on the perimeter while providing the ability to get downhill on the offensive end.He won’t have much starter equity without an improved jump shot, but he could fit into a rotation as a bench player who brings defensive energy.NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: No. 1 picks that changed the league28. Warriors — Daniel Gafford, Big, ArkansasAge: 20.5 | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 217Gafford was viewed as a lottery pick last season, projecting largely as a pick-and-roll offensive threat and rim protector on the defensive end.This season, he’s been thrust into a more difficult role featuring a steady diet of post-ups. In Golden State, he’d be allowed to get back to the former, allowing his athleticism to shine as a vertical spacer.29. Spurs (via Raptors) — Bruno Fernando, Big, MarylandAge: 20.6 | Height: 6-10 | Weight: 245Fernando could go higher on draft night, but NBA teams have the ability to find replacement-level bigs all over the place. Still, the 20-year-old can score efficiently around the basket, has improved as a passer and is comfortable cleaning up on the defensive glass.30. Bucks — Eric Paschall, Big, Villanova (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d0/37/zionwilliamson031419gettyftr_m5n3nh09wmyp13koaqsn0pdm6.jpg?t=2143407425&w=500&quality=80 The NCAA Tournament sparked a month-long evaluation of many of the 2019 NBA Draft’s top prospects.Historically, March has been a valuable month for the draft stock of many, as it provides NBA teams with an opportunity to see prospects against high-level competition in a unique environment. Last season, for example, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo saw his star rise en route to a national title. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/9d/deandre-hunter-getty-032019-ftrjpg_16x7jx8t468xu18fja3c5whtzl.jpg?t=-1680874447&w=500&quality=80 NBA DRAFT 2019: Latest odds for top pickThis time of year is always a good opportunity to get a baseline idea of how June’s draft might shake out before the madness shakes everything up. Here’s a look at the latest version of our NBA Mock Draft. 1. Knicks — Zion Williamson, Forward, DukeAge: 18.7 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 284Williamson is far and away the best prospect in the class. He’ll enter the draft battling with Anthony Davis for the title of best prospect in the last decade. Barring some cataclysmic, future-altering event, he should be the No. 1 pick, regardless of whose envelope is opened on lottery night.For now, though, it just so happens the Knicks are in the market for a potential superstar who could alter the franchise’s fortunes. Williamson has the ability to fit in alongside other stars as he’s shown this season at Duke, so no worries if New York actually succeeds in free agency this summer. And if the Knicks whiff, Williamson’s athleticism and high basketball IQ make for an easy pair of skills to build around.2. Suns — Ja Morant, Point, Murray StateAge: 19.6 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 175The addition of Tyler Johnson won’t exactly settle Phoenix’s long-term point guard concerns, but the addition of Morant might. The 6-3 sophomore excels at getting to the basket and setting up teammates thanks to his ability to break down defenders with a smooth handle.Morant will be challenged on the defensive end given his slight frame, and he faces questions regarding his turnover count and 3-point percentage. But there’s a steep drop-off in talent after the top pick in this draft, and Morant’s the best thing going for what Phoenix needs.3. Cavaliers — RJ Barrett, Wing, DukeAge: 18.8 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 208Barrett will go high in June because he’s perceived as an elite wing prospect with size and a willingness to improve. As a freshman, he’s also delivered in the most hyped statistical categories, putting up 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.Cleveland, meanwhile, is searching for youthful star power. Barrett seems like a fit, even if there will likely be some tension playing him alongside Collin Sexton, a point guard who’s at his best with the ball in his hands.STOCK WATCH: Barrett, Reddish become more polarizing4. Bulls — Cam Reddish, Forward, DukeAge: 19.6 | Height: 6-9 | Weight: 205Reddish still projecting as a top-five pick is perhaps as big of an indictment on this draft class as any. The 6-9 freshman is shooting worse than 40 percent on 2-pointers and has more turnovers than assists this season. He’s lauded as a knockdown outside shooter, but he has only converted 33.3 percent of his 3-point attempts and is an average free throw shooter.While there’s still some optimism to be had based on his steal rate — a statistic that can be suggestive of future growth — and his high school pedigree, he’s not your traditional top-five pick. Reddish fits here thanks to his youth and Chicago’s needs on the wing.5. Hawks — Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas TechAge: 20.1 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 190There’s some speculation Culver’s added a few inches to his height thanks to a growth spurt this season, and if true, he’d fit in well on the wing in Atlanta. He’s got the ability to create his own shot as a secondary option offensively and is a willing defender on the other end.The jumper is still a work in progress. That is probably the skill that will shape his NBA outcome the most. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/83/d6/pj-washington-021219-getty-ftr_1th5896q8i8yz1ae0gudvg0a5z.jpg?t=-495110072&w=500&quality=80 6. Grizzlies — De’Andre Hunter, Forward, VirginiaAge: 21.3 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 222Hunter is one of the better on-ball defenders in college basketball. He offers plenty of lineup flexibility given his size and defensive ability, something that should be of interest to a Memphis team that could play Hunter as a power forward alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. in some configurations.Hunter’s not an elite offensive weapon, but he can shoot it from outside and create a bucket in a pinch. He’d be a nice addition for a Grizzlies roster in need of help on the wing.7. Hawks (via Mavericks) — Romeo Langford, Wing, IndianaAge: 19.4 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 202Stockpiling wings is not a bad move in the modern NBA given teams consistently need depth at the position, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see Atlanta make a play for a pair of them should the franchise end up with two top-10 selections.Langford has outplayed expectations on the defensive end and has a nose for scoring around the basket. He needs to improve as an outside shooter, though, if he wants to make a long-term impact on the league.8. Pelicans — Darius Garland, Point, VanderbiltAge: 19.2 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 173Garland suffered a knee injury back in November that caused him to miss the bulk of the college basketball season. He’s already declared for the draft and not playing seems to have helped his stock, as he’s moved up boards while others have slid down thanks to lackluster play.Garland’s most attractive attribute is his ability to knock down jumpers off the bounce. Given the outsized value that skill can have in modern offenses, there’s reason to select him in the top 10, even if he’s going to struggle immensely to be a non-negative contributor defensively.FINAL FOUR: Ranking teams’ chances to win it all9. Wizards — Nassir Little, Forward, North CarolinaAge: 19.1 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 215Little entered the season with high expectations following impressive performances on the all-star circuit last spring. He’s struggled to adapt to the college game, though. His jumper hasn’t found its footing, and he’s been a mess on the defensive end trying to keep up with the pace of the game.There’s still enough talent here to justify a top-10 selection, as his per 40 minute numbers show (21.5 points and 10.1 rebounds). Washington needs some help on the wing after shipping out both Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre. Little might be a place to start.10. Lakers — Jaxson Hayes, Big, TexasAge: 18.8 | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 220The Lakers traded Ivica Zubac at the February deadline, leaving a hole open in the middle long-term.While others may be inclined to suggest the Lakers should chase shooting at this spot — an understandable thought given the history of successful rosters built around LeBron James — Hayes would provide another useful threat as a vertical floor spacer and rim protector. The youngster is averaging 3.8 blocks per 40 minutes while shooting 72.8 percent on 2s. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/65/c5/rui-hachimura-110418-getty-ftr_csoo0jfmbc0y1lw0r6ze36akm.jpg?t=-503489418&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ef/36/matisse-thybulle-022819-getty-ftr_x39f68pqbr3x1gymwvqhocs5y.jpg?t=893533865&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b3/56/bol-bol-getty-032019-ftrjpg_1gonz0l0sqfiq1mrmf0azsd2i7.jpg?t=-1680906983&w=500&quality=80 11. Hornets — Rui Hachimura, Forward, GonzagaAge: 21.1 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 225There are obvious jokes to be made about a Michael Jordan-led franchise selecting an older college star. Hachimura is valued because of his ability to put the ball in the basket. Whether he can provide other things on the court that contribute to winning is the question.He struggles with feel on both ends of the floor, as evidenced by the higher number of turnovers he’s committed than assists he’s dished out over his career. 12. Timberwolves — Brandon Clarke, Big, GonzagaAge: 22.5 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 215Clarke, like Hachimura, is on the older end of the spectrum for a lottery prospect, but the 22-year-old checks virtually all of the statistical boxes. In Minnesota, he could provide cover for Karl-Anthony Towns on the defensive end while fitting in as a complementary offensive piece that doesn’t need the ball in his hands. It’s a perfect marriage.13. Magic — Coby White, Point, North CarolinaAge: 19.1 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 185Orlando traded for Markelle Fultz at the deadline hoping that he could be a solution at the point guard spot. It’s never a bad idea to have a fallback.White has leapt up draft boards thanks to his ability to efficiently create shots off the dribble. He’s also a better creator for others than he gets credit for. It’s worth pointing out that White and Fultz could likely co-exist as a backcourt tandem given the latter has sufficient size to defend some shooting guards.NBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Hachimura sees slight drop14. Celtics (via Kings) — Sekou Doumbouya, Forward, LimogesAge: 18.2 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 230Boston is likely to have a trio of first-round picks, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them use one on an option they could leave overseas to develop for a few seasons.Doumbouya is one of the youngest prospects in the class. He’s raw but talented, and he brings important positional versatility to the table.15. Heat — Keldon Johnson, Wing, KentuckyAge: 19.6 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 210Johnson likely isn’t a superstar find here in the middle of the first round, but his competitiveness, positional size and shooting potential offers a nice combination of skills for Miami. In this draft, that’s more than enough. 21. Thunder — Matisse Thybulle, Wing, WashingtonAge: 22.1 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 200Like Williams at No. 20, Thybulle at No. 21 is likely a bit high. However, the 6-5 prospect fills an important need for Oklahoma City as a 3-and-D wing. He’s a career 35.8 percent shooter from behind the arc and is averaging a ridiculous 4.5 steals and 2.8 blocks per 40 minutes.Thybulle’s an older prospect, which leaves questions about his long-term upside. That’s not enough to deny his potential NBA value.22. Trail Blazers — Kevin Porter, Wing, USCAge: 18.9 | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 218Portland seems to value having multiple playmakers on the floor at all times, and while Porter has been inconsistent this season, he can certainly create his own shot. The 18-year-old excels at generating space for his jumper, in particular.He’ll need to figure out additional ways to contribute to winning if he wants to be a valuable piece on a title contender.MORE: Most regrettable NBA Draft picks in every first-round spot23. Celtics — Tre Jones, Point, DukeAge: 19.2 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 183Boston could be in the market for a point guard soon, no matter what happens with Kyrie Irving’s free agency this summer. While Jones needs to find more consistency from beyond the arc, he otherwise brings a set of winning skills to the table.The 6-2 guard has a Monte Morris-esque assist-to-turnover ratio and generates 2.2 steals per 40 minutes. Those are both positive signs for his future growth.24. Pacers — Talen Horton-Tucker, Wing, Iowa StateAge: 18.3 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 233Perhaps Horton-Tucker flies a bit too close to the Tyreke Evans experiment for Indiana’s liking, but he’s the type of prospect worth a shot in the 20s.The 6-4 wing is one of the youngest prospects in the class and flashes impressive offensive skill. His length allows him to defend larger players while taking advantage of them on the other end. He’ll need to develop as a shooter to fulfill his potential. Age: 22.4 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 255Paschall has become a consistent outside shooter over the past two seasons, which complements his defensive versatility well. He can fit in as a low-usage offensive option that provides plenty of value elsewhere on the floor.That’s good enough in Milwaukee, where the offense funnels through Giannis Antetokounmpo.last_img read more