Women’s LAX wraps up season with ASU victory

first_imgThe Trojans return to Los Angeles after dominating the Arizona State Sun Devils in a 19-2 victory on Saturday. The victory continues a streak of dominance that includes a 17-7 win last week against San Diego State and concludes the regular season for the Women of Troy. The Trojans are set to rematch ASU on Thursday in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.Senior defender Lydia Sutton has recorded 40 ground balls in her final season, moving her career total to 133. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanThe win improved USC’s record to 2-0 against Arizona State and marked the team’s first-ever game played in Arizona. The Women of Troy were an unstoppable force on the field, entering the Pac-12 Tournament as the third seed. The Women of Troy dominated ASU throughout the game. The Trojans started off strong against the Sun Devils, scoring 3 goals unanswered before Arizona State’s junior attacker Kerri Clayton could score to bring the score to 3-1.The first half ended heavily in favor of USC, with a score of 12-1. In fact, in the 35 minutes following Arizona State’s first score, the Trojans put 15 points on the board while the Sun Devils were held scoreless through most of the second half. By the time Clayton scored her second goal of the day, the 18-2 deficit was too much for the Sun Devils to overcome. The Trojans added one more score as the second half wound down to make the final score 19-2 in favor of USC. As a whole, the Trojans collected a season-high 18 draw controls led by junior defender Jackie Gilbert, who set a single-game season high with 12 draw wins.  Gilbert’s performance on Saturday set a new career-high for her, as she moves into third in USC history with 87 draw controls. Gilbert also scored her first goal since scoring 2 in one game during her freshman season. Sophomore midfielder Kerrigan Miller continued to be a strong asset for the Trojans by posting her fifth hat trick of the season and the 11th of her career. Miller finished with 3 goals, two assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers against the Sun Devils. She is currently tied with Gabby McMahon (2014-2017) for sixth place in career points accounted for as a Trojan with 97.    Freshman midfielder Kelsey Huff continued a promising career as a Trojan by scoring 3 goals for her fifth career hat trick and adding two assists. Huff’s stellar performance was imperative to the Trojans’ success over the weekend and she will be a valuable member of the team entering the Pac-12 Tournament. In her last regular season game as a Trojan, senior defender Lydia Sutton led all players with five ground balls to go along with one caused turnover. The All-American defender has been a valuable part of the team’s success all season and Saturday’s win over Arizona State was no different. Sophomore midfielder Kaeli Huff was also able to contribute 2 goals to Saturday’s total. With those goals, Huff moved into ninth on the all-time career points scored list.Sophomore attacker Izzy McMahon, who ranks third on the team in points scored, continued a stellar season with 2 goals scored against the Sun Devils on Saturday. Sophomore attacker Hope Anhut closed out her first season as a Trojan with 2 goals against the Sun Devils. Graduate attacker Maeve McMahon played well in her last regular season game as a Trojan adding a goal against Arizona State to her statline to go along with a stellar season where she led the team in assists.Coming off of a two-game winning streak where the Trojans have won by a combined 36-9, the Women of Troy are entering the Pac-12 Tournament the third-ranked team in the conference. The Trojans, who are 2-0 all-time against Arizona State, will be traveling to Boulder, Colo. this Thursday to play the Sun Devils  again, this time at a neutral site.last_img read more

The good, the bad and the dirty in the week of boxing: From fight of the year candidate to Tyson Fury head scratcher

first_imgInitially, when this fight got made, nobody gave too many thoughts about it. Lipinets, a former IBF junior welterweight champion, was making his debut at 147 pounds. Peterson was fighting for the first time in 14 months after getting pummeled by Errol Spence Jr. in January 2018.But what the world got was one of the best fights of 2019 thus far, with Lipinets winning the back-and-forth war by 10th-round knockout.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFrom the opening bell, Lipinets and Peterson didn’t waste a single second. They each came out firing their artillery with hard punches on the inside. That being said, Peterson had controlled the first half of the fight. Then, during the sixth round, Lipinets came alive when he changed the complexion of the battle by connecting with a stinging left hand. They traded heavy shots in the seventh and the eighth rounds, when Lipinets wobbled Peterson badly with a right hand that would have dropped just about anybody else. But somehow Peterson stayed standing. Lipinets nearly put Peterson away in the ninth round when he blasted him with a left and a right hook. But the end came in the 10th when Lipinets landed a vicious right hand to drop Peterson, who tried to get up. But Peterson’s head trainer Barry Hunter had seen enough and threw in the towel to put a halt to the fight.Hunter made the right move. He didn’t want to see someone he views as his son absorbing any more punishment. Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs) took Peterson’s best shots and delivered a beating of his own. While this doesn’t cement an immediate title shot for the 29-year-old, he is someone who isn’t too far away from receiving just that.- Lamont Peterson is saying goodbye. The hardest thing for an athlete is knowing when to leave. They love hearing the praise from people, the chance for another payday and the overall lure for one more shot at a championship. For Lamont Peterson, enough was enough, as he announced his retirement after the Lipinets bout on Sunday night.Peterson came from humble beginnings in Washington D.C., where he and his brother and fellow boxer, Anthony, were left homeless after their father went to prison and their mother abandoned them. At the age of 10, Lamont met trainer Barry Hunter, and the rest is history.Peterson (35-5-1, 17 KOs) went on to become a two-division world champion. He won the WBO junior welterweight title from Willy Blain in 2009. Then, he upset Amir Khan in December 2011 to become the unified 140-pound champion. The 35-year-old moved up to welterweight and won his last belt when he beat David Avanesyan in February 2017 for the WBA strap.Peterson almost retired after the one-sided beating from his good friend Spence last January, when he didn’t win a single round. But Peterson wanted to go out on his terms and he did just that with this fight. While he didn’t get the win he wanted, Peterson went out giving everything he had, with his faculties in place and his head held high.In a sport where fighters stay well beyond their shelf life, Peterson should be applauded for leaving at the right time. He knew he did it all. A person who didn’t have a place to live isn’t supposed to win two world titles in one weight class, become a unified champion, move up a weight class to win another title and face the likes of Spence, Khan and Danny Garcia. Salute to you, Lamont Peterson, for a job well done.- Kubrat Pulev keeps his standing in the heavyweight division. Pulev could have waited it out and maintained his status as the IBF’s No. 1 contender, watching to see if champion Anthony Joshua beats Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller on June 1.Instead, Pulev took a risk — and it almost cost him a shot at gold — before knocking Bogdan Dinu out in the seventh round in his United States debut. After controlling much of the action, Dinu came out firing in the fourth round. A sharp right hand and a left hook from Dinu caused a deep cut above Pulev’s left eye. The blood gushing down the left side of his face seemed to add more fuel to his fire, as he regained control and took the fight from there.Led by his overhand right and constant pressure, Pulev overwhelmed Dinu and it was only a matter of time before it was over. The onslaught continued into the seventh round when Pulev sent Dinu to the canvas three times, including one more devastating overhand right to end Dinu’s night and maintain his positioning in the division. Does the win do Pulev any good? He showed that he could overcome adversity and proved in the process that he will be a tough out for anyone in what is becoming a crowded heavyweight division.The Bad- What was Rico Ramos doing inside the ring? Ramos had plenty on the line when he faced former WBO super bantamweight titleholder Jessie Magdaleno on Saturday night. An impressive win by the former WBA super bantamweight titleholder could have netted him another chance to win a belt. Instead, Ramos decided fighting wasn’t going to be on the plate, as he stood there just waiting to get punched in the face by his former sparring partner for 30 minutes. According to Compubox stats, Ramos connected on 43 of 327 punches (13 percent). Let that sink in for a moment. Ramos was in a position to uncork punches. But he was more keen on surviving and absorbing shot after shot with little resistance coming back the other way. It was one of the worst performances in a long time. You could live with the showing if Magdaleno stifled Ramos’ offense. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Ramos had chances to hit Magdaleno, but refused to let his hands go. Hopefully, he takes a hard look at where his career is at because what Ramos exemplified isn’t what being a world champion is all about.The Dirty- Boxing games lead to Tyson Fury’s puzzling decision. The lineal heavyweight champion formally announced this past Saturday that he would be fighting Tom Schwarz on June 15 in Las Vegas. It is the second unusual move that Fury’s made in the last month. Everything appeared to be on track for Fury and WBC champ Deontay Wilder to square off one more time after their great draw in December. Both fighters made it clear after the fight that they wanted a rematch.Shortly after that, the politics in boxing reared its ugly head when the brash Englishman signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank in February.Top Rank wanted to work on growing Fury into a household name in America before a rematch against Wilder. They offered Wilder a multi-fight deal, with an interim bout in the summer and the second bout with Fury taking place in early 2020, but he turned it down. Wilder, not wanting to wait, shifted gears and will take on mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18 on Showtime, before Fury takes on Schwarz.  It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Sergey Lipinets and Lamont Peterson put on a show.  The virtually-unknown Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs) makes the trek across the Atlantic for the first time, having fought 22 of his 24 fights in his native Germany. While the 24-year-old has never even come close to facing a ranked opponent, he has won his last six contests via stoppage (five knockouts, one disqualification). There is nothing wrong in wanting to take a tune-up because fights like the one Fury had against Wilder takes years off of a boxer’s career. But using the excuse to take on someone the world has never heard of and then another possible bout before (perhaps) taking on Wilder at the beginning of 2020 is utterly ridiculous. If you want to go and fight someone else, then at least build your name against a fringe contender the boxing public has heard of.If Fury had never fought Wilder, then what his co-promoter, Bob Arum, is saying has validity. But not like this.last_img read more