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Hurdlers highlight USC’s solid performance at home

first_imgThe USC track and field team hurdled over the competition at Saturday’s Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium, the team’s only true home meet of the 2010 season.The Trojans won all four hurdle races, giving them the top team marks both nationally and collegiately, in a performance that USC coach Ron Allice hopes is just the start of a season filled with record-setting efforts.“The times we ran are certainly times we thought we were capable of,” Allice said. “We hope that it’s just the beginning and that we can keep improving into May and June.”When asked if his hurdlers can do better, Allice without hesitation said,  “Absolutely.”They  have tough marks to top. Junior Oscar Spurlock highlighted USC’s dominating showing with a victory in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles, posting a time of 13.83 that currently stands as the fastest in the world.Not to be outdone, freshman standout Reggie Wyatt posted the best U.S. time and the seventh best in the world in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a 50.91, nearly a second and a half faster than the second place finisher.The USC men weren’t the only group who posted nationally ranked times on Saturday. Senior hurdler Shalina Clarke won the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.69 seconds, slightly slower her nation-leading time of 13.41 set last week. Additionally, sophomore Dalilah Muhammad added her name to the world rankings with a 58.50 in the women’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles, besting marquee Texas hurdler Angele Cooper.The hurdlers were joined on Saturday by several other strong performers from USC’s other events. Senior sprinter Ahmad Rashad, the second place finisher in the men’s 100-meter dash at last year’s NCAA championships, won Saturday’s 100-meter with a time of 10.61, a mark all the more impressive considering the 1.5 meters per second headwind.“That’s a pedestrian time for Ahmad, absolutely,” Allice said. “I was more impressed with the fact that he did everything technically correct. A win is a win, though.”Rashad was also part of the men’s 4×100-meter relay team, which made its season debut Saturday without any signs of rust, winning with a time of 41.01 seconds.The USC distance squad also made its presence known with a handful of fine races. Junior Zsofia Erdelyi won the women’s 3000-meter race with a personal best time of 9:27.96 in her first race of the 2010 season.Also making his mark was sophomore Blake Shaw, who ran USC’s first ever sub four-minute mile during the indoor season. On Saturday Shaw ran a personal best 3:47.49 in the men’s 1500-meter, placing second in the race but moving him to seventh all time in Trojans history for the event.Despite all the gaudy numbers, however, Allice says his team’s focus remains on the weeks ahead, specifically this weekend’s Stanford Invitational.“Overall, I was pleased; I thought our people competed,” Allice said. “But I think people get too wrapped up in marks and times. At this stage in the game, we’re still focused on next week and also a month, two months from now.”last_img read more

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Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari playing through pain from fractured right hand

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari hit the floor with a thud after he was fouled midway through the second quarter of the Clippers’ loss Sunday to the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. He skidded to a stop in front of the bench and his teammates rushed to his aid, picking him up and cheering him.Gallinari then sank two free throws, which gave the Clippers a 44-29 lead with 6:58 left in the half, an advantage that would grow to 47-31 before the Pacers rallied to win 111-104 with a fourth-quarter surge. The Clippers’ playoff hopes took another dramatic hit.So did Gallinari’s plans for a effective return from a fractured right hand that sidelined him for 18 games before he rejoined the Clippers’ lineup for a loss Friday to the Trail Blazers in Portland. He would later say his hand was in “constant pain” for the rest of Sunday’s game.Gallinari scored seven points on 1-for-9 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and added an assist in almost 32 minutes in the Clippers’ loss to the Pacers. He was 0 of 3 from behind the 3-point arc, but made all five of his free throws. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EVANS MEDICAL UPDATEJawun Evans said he and the Clippers’ athletic training staff would take his lower abdominal injury day-by-day for the rest of the season. He wasn’t in uniform for Sunday’s game against the Pacers and he wasn’t sure if he could play again in 2017-18. Offseason surgery is a possibility.“It comes and goes, so we’ll see how it is,” said Evans, a rookie point guard who has averaged 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.2 minutes in 48 games. “I’m not sure (about playing again this season). It all depends on how I feel.”FRANCHISE RECORD WATCHLou Williams made 1 of 4 shots from 3-point range, giving him 182 in his first season with the Clippers after they acquired him in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in the offseason. Williams needs 20 more 3s to break J.J. Redick’s franchise record of 201, set in 2016-17.center_img “Every game I try,” he said of playing through the pain. “(Sunday), it didn’t work. Next game I’ll try a little better. It’s not easy, but we’re all fighting for the same goal. (The injured hand) is so-so. I didn’t feel good, but we’re all fighting for the same goal and the same thing.”Gallinari played for only the 21st time this season, having been sidelined for extended periods because of hand and gluteus maximus injuries. He has been effective when healthy, averaging 15.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2 assists in 2017-18.The Clippers have been decimated by injuries, however. At one point earlier in the season, four of their opening-night starters were sidelined by injuries. Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley are out after undergoing season-ending knee and abdominal surgeries, respectively.“The fight is still here,” Gallinari said of the Clippers’ ability to stay in playoff contention despite being shorthanded for so much of the season. “It’s the best part of this team. What this team was able to do this year is just amazing, to be honest.“I’ve never seen a team go through this many injuries and, for myself, I’ve never been through all this. Despite all the stuff we’ve been through we’re still in a fight for the playoffs. That’s pretty amazing, and we’re still here.”last_img read more

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