The USC women’s basketball team edged past Washington State 64-62 Sunday night at the Galen Center to improve to 18-8 overall and 6-6 in Pac-12 Conference play. With 19.2 seconds on the clock, junior Courtney Jaco spun the ball in her hands, toeing the free throw line. Leading Washington State by only three points, she had the chance to knock down her 18th point of the night to cement a Trojans win. Jaco spun the ball one more time, then let the shot fly.It sank with a resounding swish, drowned out by an emphatic cheer from the crowd and the bench. Washington State drove back for a layup, but time had run out. Jaco’s clutch free throw shooting gave the Trojans a redemptive victory at the end of a split weekend against two Washington teams. After falling to Washington 61-53 on Friday, the team found success in outside shooting and dominant post play against Washington State, a team they lost to earlier in the season.“We recognized that we were a different team back then [four weeks ago] and we just didn’t play well,” head coach Cynthia Cooper Dyke said. “We were disappointed in that. Our number one goal today was to come out and show that that wasn’t us.”Despite a late surge — including a three-pointer from forward Temi Fagbenle — to put USC within four points, the Trojans struggled to keep up offensively against Washington to start their weekend. The team battled back from deficits several time, but lacked the firepower to take over the lead.While they weren’t able to get the offensive edge, aspects of the USC offense thrived against Washington. The team drained eight 3-pointers on the night, and Simon snatched a career-high 21 rebounds. But a combination of 16 turnovers and early foul trouble slowed the team’s offense too much to keep up with the high-powered Washington offense, led with 22 points from national scoring leader Kelsey Plum. With 26 points and 13 rebounds, Fagbenle notched her ninth double-double of the season, cementing the team in the post. Simon contributed an added six points, and put in necessary effort in the post to transition to a faster-paced style of defense against a guard-heavy Washington State team.“It came down to putting in the effort necessary, and not quitting,” Simon said. “What we’d drilled in practice, we had to transfer that and we did a good job just grinding it out to the end.”The second half was a back-and-forth battle for offensive momentum. The Trojans quickly stretched to a 10-point lead, but lost momentum slowly throughout the half as the Cougars chipped away. Washington State took the lead for several seconds late in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer from Jaco put the Trojans back on top. From there, Simon and Fagbenle erupted down low, but back-to-back field goals and a steal put the Cougars back within two points with less than 20 seconds left. A foul put Jaco on the line, where she drained both shots to seal the USC victory 64-62. “This season has been hard for me as far as my shooting goes,” Jaco said. “It felt good. It felt really good, in fact. We need to build on this because we can compete with anyone in our conference.”The weekend was also a victory for the team’s push to support the Kay Yow Foundation, which raises money for breast cancer research. The topic is close to home for Cooper-Dyke, who was a player on Yow’s gold-medal Olympic team and whose mother passed away from breast cancer. Over the weekend, the organization raised over $1500 in funds.“I told the girls to play for something more than themselves this weekend,” Cooper-Dyke said. “It has touched my life in many ways, and that’s why I wanted to encourage everyone to get out for the fight. That’s what this is — it’s a fight. We wanted to put that message out there that the battle isn’t over yet.”
Olisa Agbokoba Legal got its quarterfinals ticket by beating Simmons Cooper/Femi Atoyebi 1-0; Advocaat beat Aluko & Oyebode 1-0, while Olajide Oyewole and Tayo Oyetibo/Bayo Osipitan drew 1-1. Advocaat and Olajide Oyewole joined the quarterfinals train as best losers based on the goals they scored during normal play. Both teams finished in the seventh and eighth positions respectively after the last round of matches. This year’s edition of the Lawyers League began with 16 teams drawn from some of the biggest law firms in the country, who gather every Sunday at the AstroTurf 2000 Ikoyi to vie for honours in football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The quarter final battles in the ongoing 2016 Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Lawyers Football Tournament are to begin today with Lagos State Justice Ministry (LSMJ) taking the opening shot against one of the favourites Falana & Falana at 2pm.In another game two hours later, ADVOCAAT and Tayo Oyetibo/Bayo Osipitan are to fight for the semi final ticket. The third quarterfinal will see Olajide Oyewole locking horns with Aluko & Oyebode, while the battle between Banwo & Ighodalo and Olisa Agbakoba Legal will bring the games of the last eight to a close.To the quarterfinals, Falana & Falana beat Pinheiro 3-0, while LSMJ defeated AELEX 2-1, just as Banwo & Ighodalo edged out SCOOB/Renascence 1-0.
Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws July 23, 2020 Submit The Russian government continues to enforce stringent measures in order to block its national consumers from accessing unlicensed international betting operator services.Last week, the government authorised media regulator Roskomnadzor to demand all leading Russian search engines including Yandex, Mail.ru, Ultika and Sputnik to delist and deny access to remote operators deemed to be ‘blacklisted’. At present, it remains unclear whether Roskomnadzor will ask foreign operated search engines such as Google and Yahoo to follow suit and deny access.Throughout 2016 and 2017, Roskomnadzor the agency in-charge of monitoring the online gambling sector, has stepped up its policy and restrictions against foreign bookmakers targeting Russian consumers.This year, the media regulator has placed a ban on all Russian banks and online payment processors from carrying out transactions with foreign IP bookmakers. Furthermore, Roskomnadzor now demands that all online betting payments with licensed operators be carried out using centralised payment system TSUPIS.The media regulator has further targeted Russian language affiliates and sports media owners, who have promoted sports betting services with steep fines and threats of blocking IPs access by Russian users.To date, Russia has only seven licensed online betting operators, Liga Stavok, Winline, 888.ru, 1XBet, Leon.ru, Marathonbet and BKfon.ru who have agreed to comply with all Roskomnadzor provisions and government regulations.The tough measures imposed by the Russian government on online gambling services, has seen a number of European operators such BetVictor and Unibet exit the market. StumbleUpon Related Articles Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Share Share