Gussie Johns wins Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgJunior goalie Gussie Johns was named the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a strong showing against No. 6 Colorado last Friday. Johns made nine saves and picked up three ground balls in USC’s 11-5 victory at the Coliseum, shutting out the Buffaloes during the entire second half.The junior goalie is no newcomer to accolades. This is Johns’ second MPSF Defensive Player of the Week award of the year and her fifth career Player of the Week honor. Johns leads the country in goals against average (6.69) and is fourth in the nation in ground balls per game (4.0). Johns also continues to add to her program-record 289 career saves and 156 career ground balls. Monday marked the fifth consecutive week that a USC women’s lacrosse player took home a weekly conference award. Senior attacker Michaela Michael leads the way, winning four straight MPSF Offensive Player of the Week awards — a streak that ended this week. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller took home Rookie of the Week honors in March, and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff also received the award two weeks ago. Johns’ accolade was her first since being named Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 20.Johns has gained national attention for her play in net for the Trojans. After dominating at USC during her first two collegiate seasons, Johns was named to the United States’ final roster in January for the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, which will be held in Guildford, England this summer.Johns is one of just two current student-athletes on the national team, along with North Carolina junior midfielder Marie McCool. Also joining Johns on Team USA is Devon Wills, the Trojans’ associate head coach and defensive coordinator.Next, USC will look to extend its six-game winning streak when the team travels to Stanford on Friday. A victory over the Cardinal would clinch the first seed in the MPSF tournament, which will be hosted at McAlister Field beginning April 27. Another win over UC Davis on Sunday would also set a new MPSF record for consecutive conference wins. While individual recognition is nice, Johns and thenow-sixth-ranked Trojans will strive for a conference title as well as the ultimate goal: the first national championship in the program’s five-year history.last_img read more

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Dodgers 2018 spring training primer: Catchers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. This is the final installment, following looks at the rotation, the bullpen, the infield and the outfield. This week, the catchers:2017 RECAPYasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes combined to give the Dodgers the third-highest OPS (.822) and slugging percentage (.480) from the catcher spot in the major leagues. Grandal tied for third on the team with 22 home runs, but he slumped over the final two months of the season. In his first full season in the big leagues, Barnes established himself and improved as the season went on. More subtly – but perhaps more importantly to the front office – they also combined to give the Dodgers elite-level pitch-framing behind the plate.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWGrandal’s second-half slump offensively and a major-league high 16 passed balls led to a late-season change in the depth chart. Barnes took over as the primary catcher, starting 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 postseason games. Grandal can become a free agent next winter and he will certainly be motivated to gun for a big contract. But Manager Dave Roberts’ preference was made apparent by his lineup decisions last fall and the distribution of playing time in 2018 – Grandal made 113 starts during the regular season last year, Barnes only 49 – figures to slide more in Barnes’ favor. “That was a decision we made because Austin was playing better,” Roberts said recently of the postseason lineups. “I know Yasmani is coming here and expecting to win his job back. They both look at it as a competition, and that’s a good thing.”THE NEXT LAYERKyle Farmer got a taste of the big leagues last year – but very limited playing time in that cameo. More intriguing is the talented group of catchers coming up through the Dodgers’ system. Keibert Ruiz emerged as a blue-chip prospect in Class-A last year. Will Smith was a first-round pick in 2016 and hit .371 in the Arizona Fall League last year. Connor Wong is another athletic catcher taken in the third round last year. None are near the big leagues, but all are worth keeping an eye on in 2018. MOVE THEY COULD MAKEThat group of young catchers on the horizon and Grandal being in his walk year makes him vulnerable to a trade. If the Dodgers want to re-sign right-hander Yu Darvish (still a possibility, though not a high probability), they would want to offset his contract by shedding other salaries. Again – Grandal would be vulnerable in that scenario. But there is no reason for the Dodgers to be in any hurry to break up the productive tandem they have in Grandal and Barnes.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS EARN SUPER WIN OVER GAEIL FHÁNADA

first_imgMAC CUMHAILLS GAA NEWS: Donegal Minor Footballers:Well done to Nathan Gavigan, Declan Bonner and the Donegal minor footballers in their Ulster League final win in Derry last Saturday. Senior Team Football Result:Our senior team travelled to play Fanad Gaels on Sunday afternoon. Score: Sean MacCumhaill’s – 1.12 Fanad Gaels – 0.06.Reserve Team Football Result:Our reserve team also played Fanad on Sunday afternoon but lost out by a single point. Final score: Sean Mac Cumhaills 0.10 – Fanad Gaels 2.05 Third Team Football Result:Our third team drew away to Glenties with 1-4 against Naomh Conaill 0-7.Top of FormClub Donegal Cards:We have a number of Club Donegal Cards which will grant access to the All-County League and every Club Championship game for the forthcoming season. The cards are priced at €50 for the card alone or €70 for a card plus a Club Donegal item of clothing when it arrives (possibly an O’Neill’s Polo Shirt this year). Anyone interested please contact Eugene Gallagher on 086 609 8801. Coaching Officers:The club are currently seeking people to fill the roles of Football and Hurling coaching officers within the club. These are very important roles in the club. Anyone interested in these positions please contact Minor Board Secretary Bryan Cannon on 087 623 6599.Club Lotto:The club are asking for people to help out by selling lotto’s. This would involve helping to sell 1 week out of every 7 or 8 depending on the amount of teams formed. This is an important source of funding for the club and a great way to help get involved with your club. All help available would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Terry O’Reilly on 086 609 5347. Lotto Results:There was no winner of this week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 11, 13, 20 and 28. There were no match 3 winners. Three names were pulled out: Louise Doherty, Mary Gallagher and Gary Gallen watch receive €30. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,800. Shane Mc Nulty’s team is selling this week. If you’re not in you can’t win!Bingo:The Bingo takes place in the Villa Rose on Sunday night with an 8.30pm start. The Snowball jackpot is €9,000 for 45 numbers or less. All are very welcome.Training Schedule:New players to all teams are more than welcome. If there is a change of time/location it will be noted on Facebook or sent via text. Training will cost 2 Euro every night, and all players must have their membership paid also. Please bring gum shield and a bottle of water.Training for our Under 6’s is on a Wednesday evening in St. Columba’s Hall at 6.00pm.Under-8 training is on Wednesday evening at the club at 6.00pm, all boys and girls are welcome.U-10 football for boys and girls is onWednesday evenings at 6.00pm at the club.U-12 boy’s football is on a Wednesday at 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-14 boy’s football training is on a Sunday morning at 10am.U-16 boy’s football training is on Friday from 6.30 to 7.30pm.Minor football training is on a Monday from 7pm and a Friday at 7.30pm.U-8 & U-10 Hurling is at 1.00pm to 2.00pm on Sunday.U-14 & U-16 Hurling on a Monday from 7.00 to 8.00.The U-12 girl’s football continues on a Tuesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.The U-14 girl’s football is on a Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.The U-16 and Minor Girl’s Football is on Thursday from 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-12, U-14 and U-16 Girls camogie is on a Monday at 4.30 to 6.00pm and a Friday from 5.30 to 7.00pm.Club Shop:The club shop will be open on a Wednesday from 5.45 to 7.15. The club stocks a large amount of club-crested shorts, gloves, bags and bottles and a limited number of club crested O’Neills half-zip tops.Steward Bibs:Anyone in possession of a club steward’s bib is asked to return it to the club as soon as possible as we get ready to prepare for the Tyrone Championship game.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS EARN SUPER WIN OVER GAEIL FHÁNADA was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSportlast_img read more

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