As droves of students begin to migrate north for the weekend football game against Cal, so will the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team.The Trojans take to the road to face No. 4 Cal and No. 16 Pacific in their second consecutive two-game weekend, a week after capping an undefeated homestand that featured No. 8 Pepperdine and Long Beach City College. The Trojans are 9-1 this season and undefeated in conference play.“We’ve had our ups and downs. We’re not all the way to where we want to be, but there is progress,” said senior two-meter Shea Buckner. “We want to go to NCAA Championships.”The Trojans’ matchup with Cal on Saturday looks to live up to the two teams’ storied rivalry, as both of the schools enter the weekend ranked in the top five nationally. In the past three years, the teams have met twice in the NCAA Championship, with the Bears coming out victorious both times. This includes a win in 2006 that was decided by a single goal scored in the final second of the game. The Trojans were 2-0 against the Bears in 2008, and won each of the closely contested games in the final minutes en route to an undefeated 29-0 championship season.Buckner, who transferred from Cal to USC after his freshman year, knows what to expect from a strong Golden Bear attack.“They’ve got good leadership. They’re really fast and great on the counter-attack,” Buckner said. “They play with a lot of energy and physicality.”USC already faced off against Cal once this season when the teams met in the third place game of the NorCal Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. The Trojans bested the Bears 8-6, in a game that featured eight different Trojan players scoring goals.Pacific, who faces USC on Sunday in Stockton, Calif., has not had nearly as much success against the Trojans as Cal, having lost the last eight games played between the two teams. The Trojans were 2-0 against Pacific in 2008 and averaged a seven-goal margin of victory in the two wins. USC has a 35-7 all-time record against Pacific, and their .833 winning percentage over the Tigers is the third-highest out of all the opponents the Trojans face in 2009.“Pacific isn’t an easy team either. Cal is obviously the focus, but you have to be ready for the game against Pacific at their home,” Buckner said.Senior driver Justin Rappel leads the Trojans with 16 goals scored, while fellow senior driver Matt Sagehorn follows closely behind with 14. USC’s veterans continue to dominate offensively, as five of the Trojan’s top six scorers are seniors.Sophomore goalie Joel Dennerley, who recorded eight saves in the Pepperdine match last weekend, now has 60 saves this season, and is averaging less than four goals allowed per game so far in 2009. He continues to anchor a powerful Trojan defense that has not surrendered more than eight goals in any game this season.“Our goal is to never give up more than four goals a game,” Buckner said. “We’re always well prepared and we know our system. As long as we stick to it, we do a good job.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s new five-year contract extension has reportedly made him the highest paid footballer in the history of the sport, earning €21 million per season.According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Cristiano’s new salary is not made publically available due to a confidentiality clause, but the report states that the Portuguese star will earn €21 million per season.Annual costAs part of the new contract, Real Madrid will pay all the taxes, at a rate of 52%, meaning their annual cost of retaining the former Ballon d’Or winner will be a whopping €40 million per season.Cristiano’s old contract was under Spain’s ‘Beckham Law’ which hoped to draw more top flight footballers to Spain and reduced their tax rate to 24% but was abolished soon after Ronaldo signed in 2009.Prior to Sunday, Samuel Eto’o held the record for the highest paid footballer in history, earning €20 million per year in his two years at Anzhi, which Cristiano breaks by earning one million per year and Eto’o has since reduced his salary in order to join English Premier League side, Chelsea. BonusParis Saint Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the third highest paid player earning €14.5 million per season.In an added bonus to fuel the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Ronaldo’s salary blows Leo Messi’s out of the water, as the Argentine earns €13 million per season and earns double what Neymar earns at €10 million.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He has two other lawsuits pending, including a federal suit against the National Basketball Association over the ban and sale.City News Service contributed to this report. Seeking to block the expected $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, attorneys for Donald Sterling on Friday filed legal papers asking the court to intervene and reconsider the case. However, the request was denied because a final ruling was still pending from the judge who cleared the way for the sale to move forward.In documents filed in appellate court, Sterling’s attorneys argued that if “the sale of the Clippers is not stayed, the team is likely to be sold before any appeal could be brought or decided, rendering Donald’s appeal rights hollow.”The Clippers sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is scheduled to occur no later than Aug. 15, but “could occur as soon as today (Friday),” the filing notes. The legal filings in the case were expected.Judge Michael Levanas ruled last month that Shelly Sterling had every right to oust her husband as a trustee of the entity that owns the Clippers and sell the sports franchise to Ballmer. Levanas also ruled that any appeals on Donald Sterling’s part couldn’t stop the sale, citing Section 1310(b) of California Probate Code.In a statement Friday, Donald Sterling’s attorney Bobby Samini said he was seeking a “review of the Trial Court’s ruling on various issues including the 1310(b) Order and further asks for a Stay pending the Appellate Court’s review.”The proposed sale to Ballmer came after the NBA imposed a lifetime ban on Donald Sterling and initiated a forced sale of the team after the Clippers owner was heard making racist remarks to a female companion on a leaked audiotape.Donald Sterling has denied he is racist and said he intends to fight the sale of the basketball team, which he’s owned for more than three decades.
The Rangers have added a reliever.Texas has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with reliever Shawn Kelley, according to a report from MLB.com. The deal includes a team option for 2020, the report says. Source: RHP Shawn Kelley has a one-year deal with the Rangers and has passed his physical. Deal is for $2.5M base salary, with a $2.5M club option for 2020 ($250K buyout). So he’s guaranteed $2.75M. Contract also has performance bonuses that can make each year worth almost $3M.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 28, 2019Kelley was sent from the Nationals to the Athletics in early August. He tallied a 2-0 record and a 2.94 ERA in 54 total appearances last season. MLB hot stove: Royals, Whit Merrifield agree to new 4-year, $16.25M contract MLB trade rumors: J.T. Realmuto saga in ‘final chapter” The Rangers finished 2018 with a 67-95 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. The 34-year-old right hander has also pitched for the Mariners, Yankees and Padres over his 10-year career. Related News
The Rockets and Warriors will meet at Chase Center on Christmas Day for a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinal, although, of course, both teams’ outlooks have changed considerably since then.Reigning conference champion Golden State is in tank mode, undone by a combination of departures and injuries. Draymond Green is the only notable starter from the Warriors dynasty expected to be in action Wednesday. Rockets vs. Warriors: What time is tipoff?Date: Wednesday, Dec. 25Start time: 5 p.m. ETThe 2:30 p.m. ET tipoff marks the third game of the NBA’s Christmas Day slate, and the second on ABC. The Clippers and Lakers will follow at 8 p.m. ET.Rockets schedule 2019Here are the Rockets’ next five games:DateOpponentTimeNational TVDec. 25at Warriors5 p.m. ETABCDec. 28vs. Nets8 p.m. ET—Dec. 29at Pelicans8 p.m. ET—Dec. 31vs. Nuggets7 p.m. ETNBA TVJan. 3vs. 76ers8 p.m. ETESPNWarriors schedule 2019Here are the Warriors’ next five games:DateOpponentTimeNational TVDec. 25vs. Rockets5 p.m. ETABCDec. 27vs. Suns10:30 p.m. ETNBA TVDec. 28vs. Mavericks8:30 p.m. ET—Dec. 31at Spurs7 p.m. ET—Jan. 2at Timberwolves8 p.m. ET— The arrival of Russell Westbrook and shedding of Chris Paul has given Houston a fresh look, and the Rockets are in the No. 3 spot of the West, winning six of their past seven games. Houston beat Golden State, 129-112, on Nov. 6, the only meeting between the two teams so far.Here is everything you need to know to watch Rockets vs. Warriors, including the tipoff time and TV channel for the Christmas Day game.What channel is Rockets vs. Warriors on today?TV channel: ABCLive stream: Watch ESPNRockets vs. Warriors will be broadcast live on ABC. Mark Jones and Hubie Brown are on the call with Israel Gutierrez reporting from the sideline.You can also live-stream the game via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.