USC spoils Masi’s homecoming again

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team welcomed a familiar face in former coach Brett Masi on Friday, and it wasted no time in showing how far they’ve come without him.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0) notched their sixth consecutive win to begin the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 47 San Diego.Youth served · Freshman Ray Sarmiento helped keep the Trojans’ undefeated streak alive by winning his sixth-straight singles match. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan Doubles play didn’t start off well, though, as freshman Ray Sarmiento and junior Steve Johnson, playing at the No. 1 spot for USC, was the only doubles pair to fall, losing to the Toreros’ Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann, 8-3.But sophomore J.T. Sundling and senior Jaak Poldma were dominant in doubles at the No. 3 spot, grabbing a win against San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy, 8-3 to even the score.“We started really quickly, which was nice,” Sundling said. “We were up 5-0, which really helped us, and it’s always good to start strong.”Although Sundling and Poldma easily won their doubles match, junior Daniel Nguyen and freshman Emilio Gomez eked out an 8-6 victory over San Diego’s Nikola Bubnic and Nils Schive.With a 7-6 advantage, Nguyen stepped up to the service line for the Trojans.Nguyen and Gomez fought off a push by the Toreros pair to deuce, as Nguyen held serve and grabbed the doubles point for USC with one last ace to give USC a 1-0 advantage.“We got up early in the break, but played really badly down the stretch,” Sarmiento said. “We need to work on better first serves and closing out the point.”The Trojans had a much tougher time in the doubles department, but their singles matches went smoother.“Steve [Johnson] and Jaak [Poldma] played so well and were in control,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “They really led the team, which was great to see, especially at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.”Johnson defeated San Diego’s Jackson 6-3, 6-2 and Poldma beat Bubnic 7-5, 6-1.In an abbreviated third set, Nguyen, who lost the first set 2-6, came back with a 6-3 second set victory and pulled out a thrilling tiebreak deficit victory.Sarmiento came away with his sixth consecutive singles victory with a 6-2, 7-5 decision over San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa.Though the win might have seemed easy just looking at the stats, San Diego’s play told a whole different story. USC was challenged early in doubles play, before rattling off three-straight singles victories to close out the win at home.Sarmiento said he was not surprised by the level of competition San Diego brought, and that USC welcomes the challenge.“We have to expect that every match is going to be a battle,” he said. “We have to work hard and always have to prove ourselves.”USC welcomes Pepperdine to Marks Stadium on Friday at 1:30 p.m. for its next match.last_img read more

Lakers’ G.M. Mitch Kupchak a ‘worry-wart’ ahead of NBA draft lottery

first_imgKupchak declined to share how. But the Lakers will also have the 27th and 34th overall picks, nine roster spots available and enough cap space to sign one free agent to a maximum contract. In addition to having guaranteed contracts for Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly and Julius Randle, the Lakers will also retain rookies Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black on non-guaranteed deals. The Lakers prefer filling one of those empty roster spots with a top-five pick, obviously. But Kupchak declined to specify to what degree a lost lottery pick would hurt the Lakers’ rebuilding efforts. He sounded equally vague on what impact a top-five pick could make. “It depends. I think there is a difference between one and five,” Kupchak said. “If you look at a lot of the mock draft stuff, it looks as if the big guys will be taken early. Then at three, four or five, maybe you’re looking at guys who aren’t big.”As Kupchak suggested, most mock drafts rank Kentucky center Karl Anthony-Towns, Duke center Jahil Okafor, China point point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell and Duke small forward Justise Winslow in order. Anthony-Towns, Okafor and Mudiay skipped all of the drill and interview sessions.Yet, Kupchak declined to rank which positions he considers his biggest priority, other than saying, “we can use help at any of those.”The only clarity Kupchak provided involved Lakers coach Byron Scott, who will serve as the team’s draft representative. Since the 2014-15 season ended, Kupchak said he and executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss have talked with Scott in meetings he described as “all good,” mindful the Lakers missed an NBA-record 339 games in the 2014-15 season because of injuries. “Byron did the best he could do under the circumstances,” said Kupchak, who added Scott has not determined if he will make changes to his coaching staff. “We’re very happy with him as a coach.”Will the Lakers become happy with what happens next week during the NBA draft lottery? An anxious few days await. “It’s an important day for us and we’re hopeful that we get a top-five pick,” Kupchak said. “But even if we don’t, we’re confident that we will be able to get this team on track.” “It’s completely out of our control. But I’m somewhat of a worry-wart,” Kupchak said on Thursday in an interview with the Los Angeles News Group. “I know our percentage is very high that we end up with a top-five pick, but I have to prepare for if we don’t get it. We’ll be prepared either way.”So how will the Lakers handle landing in the top five?“If we get a pick, that’s an asset,” Kupchak said. “That’s an asset you can use to trade or work to use it on the player in the draft.”And what if the Lakers lose the pick?“If we don’t,” Kupchak said, “we’ll still be able to carry on and move forward.” CHICAGO >> His work here just started, a two-day process that will involve watching plenty of workout drills and asking plenty of questions.But as Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak began his duties at the NBA pre-draft combine both to evaluate and interview 18 different college prospects, another issue remains on his radar.It has become one that has made Kupchak both hopeful and concerned as the Lakers head into next Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery in New York. Hopeful because the Lakers’ 21-61 record marked the league’s fourth-worst record and the worst in franchise history, giving them an 82.8 percent chance of ensuring a top-five pick. Concerned because the Lakers also have a 17.2 percent chance of falling either to sixth or seventh, forcing them to trade the pick to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash deal. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Five-star 2020 prospect to skip college for 12-month NBA prep program

first_imgChameleon BX is a 12-month training program founded this year by trainer Frank Matrisciano, who is best known for his work with Blake Griffin and as a college basketball trainer who is Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s brother-in-law.According to the release, Matrisciano’s rationale behind Chameleon BX is to fill what he perceives as a void in how top high school players prepare for the NBA after graduation. College, the NBA G League or international play don’t offer elite players a well-rounded preparation for the NBA, he claims.”They aren’t the right environments for 18-year old kids,” Matrisciano said.Still, LaMelo Ball reportedly plans to play in Australia’s National Basketball League; Kenyon Martin Jr. does too.In contrast, Chameleon BX promises “a one-of-a-kind 12-month personalized training program designed specifically for helping elite high school basketball players prepare physically and mentally for the NBA draft with unrivaled fitness training and skills training by NBA coaches who’ve lived the NBA life.”Continued education, nutritional guidance and marketing and sponsorship support also are provided, according to the press release. LaMelo Ball, 17, to play in Australia’s NBL Today we’re proud to announce 5-Star, High School class of 2020 standout, @Marjon32 will prepare for 2021 NBA Draft with Chameleon BX. Big things ahead for this elite athlete! We’re excited to help him fulfill all his dreams! Adapt, Overcome, Achieve! https://t.co/F60lkvkYng— chameleonbx (@chameleonbx) August 1, 2019Rated the No. 4 small forward in his class and the No. 24 prospect overall, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Beauchamp is a 6-6, 175-pound rising senior at Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona who played last season at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.”I’m genuinely humbled by all the interest and offers I received by some great schools,” Beauchamp said in the press release, alluding to reported scholarship offers from, among others, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC, as well as Alabama. “Although they were tough to turn down, I believe the Chameleon BX program provides the kind of personalized attention I need to get my body and game properly prepared for pursuing my dream of a career in the NBA.” Related News A five-star prospect in the 2020 basketball recruiting class plans to skip his freshman season of college eligibility to prepare for the 2021 NBA Draft in a new 12-month training program, a press release from the program said Thursday.MarJon Beauchamp — instead of going the one-and-done route in college or, as some top prospects have done, opting to play internationally the season after he graduates to reach the NBA’s current 19-year-old age requirement — will take the unusual step of skipping competitive basketball in order to train with Chameleon BX.center_img Kenyon Martin Jr. says he’ll skip college basketball at Vanderbilt to turn pro Chameleon BX’s staff includes Bob Hill, Dave Joerger, Kim Hughes and Eddie Johnson, among others who also have extensive NBA and college coaching experience.The training program’s current model likely will either have to evolve or could be rendered moot.The NBA reportedly has submitted to the National Basketball Players Association a formal proposal that would lower the draft-eligible age to 18 from 19.last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Friday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

first_imgSaturday August 10, 2013•8:22 a.m. Charolette M. Jones, 28, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for a charge of discharge of a firearm within the Wellington.•8:37 a.m. Clifford L. Barney, 44, Wichita was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. (radar)•9 a.m. Henry A. Castro, 38, Wellington was issued a summons to appear charged with theft.•10:06 a.m. Thomas V. Atterbury, Derby, was arrested and charged with possession of depressants and driving while revoked in the 1400 block of E. 16th, Wellington.•3:57 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1100 block S. A  Wellington by an unknown suspect(s).•9:35 p.m. Kristine M. Ledbetter, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 67 mph in a 55 mph zone. (radar)•11:18 p.m. Officers investigated possession of depressant, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and contributing to a child’s misconduct.•11:23 p.m. Juvenile male, 15, Ponca City, Okla. was arrested and confined referred to juvenile court.•11:23 p.m. Jessica M. Schiltz, 24, Ponca City, Okla. was arrested, charged and confined with possession of certain depressants, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to a child’s misconduct. Wellington Police notes for Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11, 2013:Friday, Aug. 9 •8:59 a.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated impair a security interest by known suspect in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated impair a security interest by known suspect in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•1:27 p.m. Officers investigated theft of a CB radio by an unknown suspect in the 300 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•2 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Judy A. Wacker, Argonia.•3:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a lawnmower in the 300 block N. A, Wellington.•9:15 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington. Sunday, August 11, 2013•5:40 a.m. Jeremy L. Harris, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration and no proof insurance.•9:04 a.m. Austin L. Mayo, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.•4:09 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a tree trimmer in the 1900 block N. B, Wellington.•5:31 p.m. Officer took a miscellaneous report in the 1200 block S. G, Wellington.last_img read more