Trojans gear up for showdown with Cal

first_imgWith the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament in sight, the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team will look to end its regular season on a high note against conference rival No. 5 Cal Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.Four Vonderful Years · Senior Marc Vonderweidt will be honored along with other seniors during USC’s game against Cal on Saturday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojans enter what will be their regular season finale, home finale and Senior Day coming off two straight wins last week against Long Beach State and UC Irvine. The Trojans and the Golden Bears will vie for the season series advantage in tomorrow’s rubber match, as the two sides are tied 1-1 in their two meetings this year. The Golden Bears edged out the Trojans 11-10 in the third place game of the Kap7 NorCal Classic on Sept. 21, but the Trojans avenged their defeat with a 10-9 victory over the Golden Bears on Oct. 12 in the SoCal Tournament finals.Having seen the Bears twice already in 2014, the Trojans will combat familiar faces in leading Cal scorers Aleksa Saponjic and Colin Mulcahy, who have compiled 59 and 54 goals, respectively, throughout the year. With Saturday’s contest effectively serving as a prelude to the playoffs, the Trojans strive to be well-studied and well-motivated in these late stages of the season.“We always try to be the most prepared team with whoever we’re facing and whatever they’re doing,” redshirt junior two-meter Mac Carden said. “We’re going to do it the same way we did last year — keep our heads up [and] finish strong in the season.”Beyond the regular season Saturday’s game could give the Trojans a spark for the MPSF tournament which, redshirt senior driver Rex Butler said, could be vital to the team’s postseason run.“It’s looking like things are going to most likely come down to what happens in the conference tournament,” said Butler, who has scored seven goals in the team’s last three games. “It was the same scenario last year — last year, if we didn’t win the conference tournament, we wouldn’t have made it to [the NCAA tournament]. It’s not like we’re feeling a huge amount of pressure right now. It’s something that we’ve been through before as a team. We’re just trying to make sure the young guys are staying confident.”If the Trojans are able to overcome the Bears again Saturday, they will arrive at the conference tournament with the momentum of a three-game winning streak, and in a spot near-identical to the position they were in at the start of last year’s postseason. A victory would cap USC’s regular season record off at 21-4. Last season, the Trojans began the MPSF tournament with a record of 23-4 and went undefeated in the postseason to clinch their sixth straight NCAA championship.USC head coach Jovan Vavic is confident his team has the capability of pulling off the same maneuver this year.“I think that talent-wise, and with everything put into place, we are the best team [in the country],” Vavic said. “We don’t always play like the best team — not for four quarters, which is something we need to work on — but if you look at the first two quarters of our last game against [No. 1] UCLA {Nov. 2], it certainly looks like we’re the better team to me.”The Trojans’ four seniors — Butler, driver Kostas Genidounias, redshirt two-meter Max Hurst-Mendoza and driver Marc Vonderweidt — will be honored at Uytengsu Aquatic Center this Saturday before the team faces Cal at 10:30 a.m. for its last game of the regular season.last_img read more

Syracuse wide receiver Cameron Jordan leaves program

first_img Published on July 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Wide receiver Cameron Jordan has left the Syracuse football program, SU Athletics confirmed to Syracuse.com and 247sports. The program did not give a reason for his departure. The redshirt junior was left off the updated roster that SU released Monday. With the program’s loss of Trishton Jackson and Sean Riley — Jackson a year early to the NFL and Riley to graduation — Jordan was primed to compete for a starting job. He caught three balls for 20 yards in his first two years, but was listed atop the Orange’s depth chart for outside receiver in March. Syracuse this season returns wide receivers Taj Harris, Anthony Queeley, Russell Thompson-Bishop, Ed Hendrix, Sharod Johnson, Nykeim Johnson and Courtney Jackson. Harris and Johnson were listed as the two other starters in the spring and have the most yards and receptions.Hendrix, a redshirt sophomore, was listed as the second string to Jordan in March’s version of the depth chart. He’s yet to appear in a game for the Orange after missing his first two seasons recovering from separate knee injuries. In his senior year of high school, Hendrix totaled 27 receptions for 585 yards and 14 touchdowns for H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.). AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is positioned to enter training camp as early as Aug. 6. The Orange entered phase three of their summer workouts in late July, now operating as cohesive offensive and defensive units, and held their first walkthrough last Thursday. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker

first_imgWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and U.S agriculture secretary, will monitor Purdue Pharma to ensure the OxyContin maker does not revive an aggressive marketing effort that critics say overstated the benefits of its opioid painkillers and downplayed the danger of addiction.Purdue Pharma announced the appointment Friday as part of its federal bankruptcy proceedings. Vilsack worked on rural opioid issues as agriculture secretary under former President Barack Obama.Purdue is facing more than 2,000 lawsuits over its role in the nation’s opioid crisis, which has been linked to more than 430,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company entered bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., last year as part of an effort to settle those claims. It’s trying to get buy-in for a proposed settlement that could be worth more than $10 billion over time.The lawsuits against Purdue and the members of the Sackler family that own the company are on hold while the parties try to reach a settlement. Purdue has already agreed to cease the marketing practices at the heart of the lawsuits. Critics sayits marketing and sales practices, including to doctors, helped fuel the crisis beginning in the late 1990s.The company says it stopped promoting its opioids about two years ago and formalized that commitment under court order. The judge handling its case recommended last year that Purdue hire a monitor to ensure it complies, and the company agreed.Vilsack, currently president and chief executive of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, is to issue reports to Purdue’s board and the court. Purdue has not said publicly how much he will be paid.The Democrat served two terms as governor of Iowa, then eight years overseeing the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama. In the last years of that job, his duties included overseeing the federal response to the opioid crisis in rural areas.In his new role, Vilsack is to have access to Purdue employees, records and facilities.last_img read more