CHAIRMAN of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Ivan Persaud has urged the four NSC scholarships awardees, Owen Adonis, Emanuel Archibald, Alque Stanley and Natrena Hooper to take the programme seriously and be worthy ambassadors of their country. Persaud made the appeal yesterday when the four awardees visited the NSC headquarters on Homestretch Avenue, where they met with Director of Sport Christopher Jones.The four awardees were each given a four-year scholarship late last year, with Adonis, Archibald, and Hooper, attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in Jamaica, while Stanley is at the GC Foster College also in Jamaica.“For the recipients, I want you guys to understand that it’s very important that you take this very seriously, and to make sure that you perform more than your best, not only academically, but also in your respective sport.“Make sure that you understand that you are a role model for a lot of youngsters who are coming into sport now … and be a good ambassador for Guyana,” Persaud said.According to the NSC chairman, the initiative is really needed for the development of sport locally.“We cannot have elite athletes without scholarships, without being afforded the opportunity to have free meals, free accommodations, free studies, and most of all, the opportunity to train at the highest level if we want to not only participate, but to really compete at international sports,” Persaud pointed out.The initiative was coordinated by NSC Commissioner and UG Sports Administrator, Lavern Fraser-Thomas, who said that the scholarships were based on University of Guyana’s performances at the UWI invitational track and field competition last year in Jamaica.Apart from training, Adonis will be studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies, Archibald will pursue a Bachelors’ in Sociology, while Stanley will be pursuing a Bachelor’s in Education and Hooper a Bachelor’s in Social Science (Gender Development Studies).The four awardees, while accepting that the training is much different from what they have been accustomed to, promised to make full use of the opportunity offered.The scholarships are expected to cost the NSC some $16M.
The Trojans took down the Loyola Marymount Lions 3-2 as junior shortstop Chase Bushor hit a go-ahead solo shot late in the eighth inning.Junior infielder Brandon Perez scores a run against LMU on Tuesday. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe Trojans entered their game against the Lions with confidence after sweeping the Villanova Wildcats over the weekend to extend their winning streak to six victories in a row. On the other hand, the Lions’ season has gone quite differently as they came into this game with a record of 1-6. However, despite their record, the Lions have kept all of their games close this season.The Trojans got off to an early lead in the first inning. Junior second baseman Brandon Perez got the inning started as he hit a double into center field with two outs, and junior first baseman Dillon Paulson soon followed that with a single to drive home Perez. The Trojans only managed to score one run in that inning, but the hitting did not stop there. In the second inning, the Trojans had two runners on first and third with junior left fielder Lars Nootbaar up to bat with two outs. Nootbaar, who leads the NCAA in walks and walks per game, hit a hard ground ball into second, and the second baseman made a great diving play to get Nootbaar out at first and save a run. In the third, the Trojans also left runners in scoring positions, however, but also unable to put runs on the board.Meanwhile, the Lions couldn’t get their bats going in the first two innings as senior pitcher Mason Perryman looked comfortable on the mound through the first two. However, in the third inning, Perryman walked right fielder Kenny Oyama who then stole second to get himself into scoring position. Afterward, infielder Nick Sogard hit a single into right-center field allowing Oyama to score. Sogard then stole second with two outs to get himself into scoring positions, but Perryman then struck out infielder Niko Decolati as the inning ended with one run apiece. Throughout the game the Lions looked for every opportunity they had to steal a base and get runners into scoring positions.Head coach Dan Hubbs soon made a pitching change, bringing on freshman pitcher Brian Gursky in the fourth inning. He managed to get the next three batters out with relative ease, keeping the Lions at one run through four innings of play.The Trojans great defensive play helped them get out of a tough fifth inning. With two runners on first and second and one out, a ball was hit to shortstop Bushor, who was able to make a play at second. Then Perez was unable to turn his throw to first into a double play, however, the Lions took an aggressive baser unning approach, sending their runner on third home, and first baseman Dillon Paulson made the throw to home to get the runner out and save a run. Prior to this game, the Trojans actually led the nation in fielding percentage, .996, with only one error allowed in their first seven games. USC then followed that great defensive inning with some strong offense, drawing a couple of walks, and eventually ended up scoring a run courtesy of redshirt junior infielder Angelo Armenta’s sacrifice fly into deep center field with bases loaded, scoring Perez. That run gave them a 2-1 lead entering the sixth inning. In the top of seventh, the Lions were finally able to score with runners on base as first baseman Jamey Smart singled into left-center with runners on first and third right after coach Hubbs sent junior pitcher Brad Wegman to the mound. Eventually, the Trojans turned a double play to close the top of the seventh. The Trojans then were unable to capitalize with two runners in scoring positions as the score became 2-2 going into the eighth.The Trojans kept the Lions quiet in the top of the eighth and were able to capitalize with a big inning to take the lead. Bushor came up huge when he drove a ball deep into left field for a go-ahead home run to retake the lead 3-2 before going into the ninth.Sophomore pitcher Connor Lunn came into the game for the Trojans to close out the ninth inning. He looked impressive as he closed the game with three strikeouts in the ninth inning. The Trojans managed to win the nailbiter with the scoreline of 3-2 as their record improved to 7-1 on the season.“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how we won, as long as we won,” Hubbs said. “I was proud of the guys. It’s not easy to win in Southern California on a Tuesday night. It’s just not. And you know everybody’s just kind of using guys that anybody they have available. So you don’t get to see a starter for six or seven innings necessarily so it’s not easy to get a hit.” The Trojans face a tough matchup in their weekend series as they face off against the fifth-best team in the country, the Arkansas Razorbacks, at Baum Stadium.
The City of Sunrise will host a free Family Resource Fair this Saturday, March 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Village Multipurpose Center (2240 NW 68th Avenue, Sunrise 33313). This drop-in event helps connect Sunrise families with a wide range of resources and services provided by local agencies, organizations and businesses, including: Broward County Public SchoolsSunrise Center for Excellence in ChessNike Community AmbassadorsLiteracy ConnectionSunrise Police DepartmentSunrise Fire-Rescue DepartmentChildNetBroward College’s TRIO Educational Opportunity CentersBaptist HealthBroward PartnershipActive Community Health CenterVisitors can also enjoy free food and children’s activities (including a video game trailer). For more information, call (954) 578-3551.
“Players kind of have a certain DNA but they’re always trying to get better,” Roberts said. “I don’t think Joc enjoys striking out. I don’t think that’s the case at all. He’s working in the cage to get better. … I think that his approach with two strikes has changed, and we’ve talked about that.”Said Pederson: “mechanically, I was doing a lot of stuff wrong last year toward the second half and the end of the first half that was causing me to swing at bad pitches. Slowing it down. I made some mechanical adjustments that are putting me in a better hitting position for me to be able to recognize pitches better. It’s still early.”After Pederson’s home run erased an early 1-0 deficit, Yasiel Puig created the Dodgers’ third run almost single-handedly. He led off the seventh inning with a single, stole second base, then scored when Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford smothered a soft single by Yasmani Grandal in shallow center field but couldn’t throw home in time.That made a winner of Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (2-0), who was finally scored upon but still hasn’t lost a game in the major leagues. Take away an 81-mph slider to Joe Panik that landed in the bleacher seats, and Maeda could claim the best start to a career by any starting pitcher in Dodger history.Panik’s home run in the third inning ended Maeda’s scoreless-inning streak at 14. Only Dave Stewart and Bob Welch went longer from the start of their careers with the Dodgers without allowing a run.“I wasn’t too concerned with the streak,” Maeda said. “After the home run, I pitched tough.”Maeda allowed back-to-back singles to begin the fourth inning, but got out of that jam thanks to a double-play groundout. He never got into trouble again, cruising through the seventh inning while throwing 98 pitches. He walked a total of three batters and struck out seven.Told he gave Maeda an ERA, Panik quipped, “it’s still a pretty small ERA.”It’s 0.47 ‑ the smallest by any pitcher who’s started three games this season.Chris Hatcher threw a remarkably uneventful eighth inning and closer Kenley Jansen survived a leadoff single in the ninth to record his fifth save in five chances before the announced crowd of 48,911.After taking two of three from the Giants, the Dodgers have an off-day Monday followed by a six-game road trip to Atlanta and Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pederson was penciled into the No. 7 slot in the batting order Saturday, and his number was called in a high-leverage situation. With a runner on third base and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Pederson popped out to foul territory. The Dodgers lost 4-3, and Pederson finished 0 for 4 with a strikeout.Roberts dropped Pederson to eighth in the batting order Sunday, which brought him up with two outs and a runner on base in the fifth inning against Jeff Samardzija. A grooved fastball on a 2-2 count must have looked like a beach ball; Pederson clobbered the pitch out to right field for his second home run of the season.“I’ve been working hard all offseason, working on becoming a better line-drive hitter and making more contact,” Pederson said. “That was the last thing on my mind right there, to hit a home run. I guess it worked out well. I was just trying to choke up and put a good swing on it.”Pederson has struck out in 14 of his 20 plate appearances that have gone to two strikes. This was his first home run with two strikes.While Roberts has leaned toward platooning Pederson, shielding him from all but three plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, the 23-year-old has tried to give himself more chances to succeed too. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes in second chances.For Joc Pederson, his second chance came quickly. The young center fielder couldn’t deliver in the clutch in the Dodgers’ loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. But he was back in the lineup Sunday, hitting a two-run home run that lifted the Dodgers to a 3-1 win.“I really didn’t think about not having him in there, whether he didn’t get any hits yesterday or got four hits,” Roberts said. “It’s a long season and he’s working hard.”