2 Mar
2021

Sunsquabi Drops New Single, “Deluxe,” From New Album Due Out Friday

first_imgColorado-based trio SunSquabi is on the precipice of releasing their sophomore album, Deluxe, which comes out on Friday, April 7th via GRiZ’s All Good Records. The trio is known for their fusion of live instrumentation and electronic music in a live setting, and their latest album captures their unique sound. To get us all stoked on Deluxe, Sunsquabi just released a final single from the album, the title track “Deluxe,” which joins three other tracks that have been released off the project in recent months: “Pygmy Up ” featuring Russ Liquid, “Cinnamon” featuring Late Night Radio, and “Dexter.”You can listen to this new single from SunSquabi below. Check out their website to cop the new album when it drops and to peep the group’s upcoming tour dates. East coast fans who like what they hear coming from SunSquabi have cause to be stoked. Colorado is coming to New York, with SunSquabi just announcing a show at American Beauty in NYC on Saturday, April 29th, along with other hot up-and-comers Late Night Radio and Maddy O’Neal. There is a good reason that these acts are packing out venues all over The Rockies on a regular basis, and it’s an opportunity for those in the Northeast to bear witness (purchase tickets here).last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Uncertainty hovers over USC basketball

first_imgIn between drills during Thursday’s morning practice at the Galen Center, senior guard Jio Fontan picked up a loose ball and slowly made his way down the length of the floor.On his way to the basket, Fontan slowly mimicked movements that seemed all too real just a few months ago.But just as USC’s supposed star attraction went up to punctuate his coast-to-coast journey, something was simply missing.He couldn’t get off the ground.The mirage of what could have been for the Trojans this season is apparent every time Fontan — who tore his ACL during a July trip to Brazil — picks up a basketball.For a team that bares little to no resemblance to the squad that nearly cracked the field of 64 in March, Fontan represented the promise of a new day. He was supposed to be the glue that would hold together last year’s late-season success with a group that’s about as diverse as any in Division I basketball.USC has been without Fontan throughout all of training camp, and it won’t have him for Saturday’s scrimmage against Long Beach State, or next Friday’s season opener against Cal State Northridge at the Galen Center. And it likely won’t have him for most of the season.In his absence, we know this about USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s inexperienced band of freshmen, transfers, misfits and unproven talents: They will do so having more holes than people to fill them.Sophomore guard Maurice Jones instantly becomes the team’s do-it-all scorer at the offensive end. Only one problem: He’s a pass-first point guard who averaged fewer than 10 points per game his freshman season. At 5-foot-7, 155 pounds, Jones’ fearlessness at the basket is laudable, but his perimeter game still doesn’t scream crunch-time performer. When the game gets tight, is this really the guy you want taking the final shot?I don’ think so — at least not yet.Freshmen guards Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley infuse athleticism and unselfishness into an offensive system that was sorely lacking at times last season. But the two are just months removed from their high school proms, so expecting them to instantly develop college-level basketball IQs overnight is naive to say the least.Apparently, 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game at Antelope Junior College can also create quite the buzz.That’s what Trojans’ big man sophomore Dewayne Dedmon has brought to the table entering this year. The defensive-minded center might be a force to be reckoned with on the boards and in the shot blocking department, but his offensive game leaves much to be desired. Combine that with a fracture on his shooting hand, and USC’s primary post scorer suddenly doesn’t seem so intimidating.Junior transfer forward Aaron Fuller from Iowa brings many intangibles to the table at the power forward position.  From offensive put backs to defensive intensity, he is an O’Neill guy through and through. Against the Cal Poly and Morgan States of the world, his 6-foot-6 frame might not be an issue, but against some of the tougher interior teams in the Pac-12, like Oregon, UCLA and Washington, matchup issues are bound to ensue.From top to bottom, I will admit there is a lot to like about this team despite my apparent sense of cynicism. Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson has beefed up and appears to have developed some maturity out on the court during the off-season after supposedly being involved in an altercation with former USC guard Bryce Jones.JUCO transfer junior guard Greg Allen will definitely provide a spark off the bench from the 3-point line á la Donte Smith. And junior James Blasczyk, a transfer from Lee College, provides USC with welcomed depth and raw aggression in the post.But there’s something to be said about having to replace four of your top six players from a year ago, especially when one of them, Nikola Vucevic, was recently selected 16th overall in the NBA draft.O’Neill has faced more than his fair share of challenges in a coaching career that spans more than three decades. From replacing Lute Olsen at Arizona to working with a poorly assembled roster in 2003 with the Toronto Raptors to motivating a USC team with no postseason to play for because of sanctions, the colorful coach as been there and done that.But something tells me this set of circumstances was never in the job descriptions O’Neill never really desired.You can put lipstick on a pig, as O’Neill has done in recent weeks, but sadly sometimes it still remains a pig.Though you can bank on this team playing hard every night from November to March, at the end of the day will that really be enough?“I know one thing, regardless of how things play out, it’s going to be a roller coaster this year,” O’Neill said on Thursday.The question remains: How long will the coaches, the players and the fans stay along for the ride? “For The Love Of The Game” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Dave at [email protected]last_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

Water polo upsets No. 1 Stanford at Uytengsu

first_imgThe Trojans’ next test will be two difficult road matches against No. 2 UCLA and No. 8 Cal as MPSF play continues. The two wins put the Trojans back on track after two straight single-goal losses against Pacific and Pepperdine. The upset over Stanford was especially important, giving USC a 1-0 start to conference play and the upper hand over the Cardinal in the MPSF. Offensively, the Trojans were aided by two hat tricks from drivers freshman Marcus Longton and senior Marin Dasic. Longton’s 3 goals also marked a career best, and his first two scores were important in shifting the momentum toward a Trojan team that fell behind 2-1 early on. Saturday’s game was characterized by standout performances on both ends of the pool. Although the Cardinal were able to get off 39 shots, sophomore goalie Nic Porter was on a roll, tallying a career-high 20 saves to consistently keep the Trojans in the game. “Our offense is incredibly strong,” Porter said. “We have unbelievable players on offense, so [we need to] put a few more scores on the board, and then conversely, try to stop [our opponent] from scoring as many.” “We had a couple of meetings, and the team responded well,” Pintaric said. “And that’s a big attribute to our seniors … They had that attitude to refuse to lose, and that’s what I like about this team: resilience.” The game was tight throughout, but the Trojans took a 3-goal lead into the fourth quarter. However, Stanford showed resilience, putting up 2 goals in the first three minutes of the period while holding USC’s offense scoreless. Head coach Marko Pintaric said he was happy to see his team shake off the last two losses. In the second period, the Trojans brushed off the 2-goal deficit and hit hard on offense. Sophomore driver Hannes Daube capitalized on a 6-on-5 drawn by senior two-meter Matt Maier to kick off a slew of USC scores in the second frame. Ehrhardt slammed a shot from way out to give the Trojans their first lead of the match, up 6-5 at the half. Hot off Saturday afternoon’s thriller, the Trojans looked to continue their momentum against SJSU. However, the Spartans were strong out of the gate, scoring 3 first-period goals while USC’s offense struggled to ignite. The Trojans scored just 1 goal in the first but had 10 shots that missed the net or were saved by SJSU. Sophomore goalie Nic Porter came up big with 20 saves Saturday against Stanford, shattering his previous career mark of 15. ( Yannick Peterhans / Daily Trojan) “Nic played unbelievable today,” sophomore 2-meter Jake Ehrhardt said following Saturday’s game. “Just to see him in-cage, every time he gets a block, he just hypes all of us up. From the first to the fourth quarter, he was on and that really just hypes us up when we see that.” From there, USC never trailed again. Porter’s vision of offensive dominance became a reality, as the Trojans had six multi-goal performers by the end of the game. Dasic posted another hat trick, while Longton netted 2 goals for a total of 5 on the weekend. As the offense lit up, the Trojan defense was also firing on all cylinders, especially in the fourth quarter. USC outscored SJSU 7-1 in the final period, transforming a close game into a 17-9 blowout within a single frame. Despite the strong offensive showings from Longton and Dasic, Porter said the Trojans will need to put even more points on the board to be successful in the remaining conference games this season. No. 7 USC men’s water polo capped off a perfect home record this season with two victories this weekend over No. 1 Stanford and No. 12 San Jose State. The Trojans achieved a narrow 9-8 upset over the Cardinal Sunday before trouncing San Jose State 17-9 Sunday. Although the Cardinal cut the Trojans’ lead to 1, they were unable to find the tying goal. Dasic scored his third goal of the game to give the Trojans a 2-goal lead with two minutes to go. By the time Stanford was able to score again, it was too late to mount an equalizing attack, and USC held for the victory.last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

Didi Dramani: We wont underrate Ashgold

first_imgAsante Kotoko Coach Masud Didi Dramani says all the teams that have made it to the quarter finals of the MTN FA Cup are capable of winning the tournament.Kotoko who are seeking for the double this season have been paired with Ashanti Gold in the quarter-final of the MTN FA Cup following Monday’s draw. Kotoko will play home to Ashanti Gold at the Baba Yara stadium and coach Masud Didi Dramani believes no team at this stage can be underrated“Every team is a favourite now because once you qualify for the quarter finals you can win it so I don’t think any team at this level can be underrated,” said Didi after the draw“In last three years Nania beat Kotoko at the Accra stadium and won the cup so for me in MTN FA Cup games it doesn’t matter your level once you get in you have to go all out with the right mentality.”In the other parings Defending champions of the Cup competition Medeama could meet Division One side, Feyenoord if they advance past Okwawu United in their last-16 outstanding fixture. Inter Allies will host Hasaacas at the Tema Stadium while the Aduana Stars and Dawhenya FC winner faces King Faisal.last_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

Ledecky Sets 1500M Swim Record

first_imgKAZAN, Russia — Katie Ledecky touched the wall, turned around, spit out some water, curled her mouth into a big smile and began waving her finger.For a swimmer who is getting accustomed to breaking world records, this one was a bit of a surprise.The American teenager improved her own mark in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the world championships Monday in morning heats.The 18-year-old Ledecky completed the marathon-like race in 15 minutes, 27.71 seconds — shaving 0.65 seconds off the mark she set at last year’s Pan Pacific championships in Australia.“I’m in quite a bit of shock right now,” Ledecky said. “I was barely even focusing on this morning’s swim. I was so relaxed. … I realized kind of toward the end because I could see people waving.”It’s the fourth time Ledecky has broken the record in the 1,500 and she’ll have a chance to improve it again in the Aug. 4 final.Ledecky also holds world marks in the 400 and 800 free. She was just off her record pace in winning the 400 free Sunday.“It’s probably one of the coolest world records I’ve broken,” Ledecky said. “Each one is really unique, but just sort of how relaxed and calm I was it’s pretty neat and hopefully I can carry that energy through the rest of the week.”While the Kazan Arena was only half full, Ledecky’s American teammates and family members in the stands were going wild, and she acknowledged them after climbing out of the temporary pool.“I knew where my parents and brother and uncle were sitting and I could see them waving as well,” Ledecky said.It was the second world record of the meet after Sarah Sjoestrom of Sweden broke one in the 100 fly semifinals on Aug. 2.Jessica Ashwood, the second-placed swimmer in Ledecky’s heat, finished more than a lap behind. Others were more than two laps behind. That gave Ledecky plenty of time to savor the moment, while resting on the lane ropes.Lotte Friis of Denmark qualified second in 15:54.23.The 1,500 — the longest event in the pool — is not an Olympic race for women.Ledecky’s biggest challenge of the meet could come Aug. 4 when she’ll race against teammate Missy Franklin and a loaded field in the 200 free semifinals after the 1,500 final.“The 200 is going to be a big race,” Ledecky said. “I should have 20 minutes in between and that should be plenty of time.”Franklin, meanwhile, is learning how to deal with the lingering effects of her back injury. She should be glad she won’t have to deal with Katinka Hosszu, otherwise known as the “Iron Lady,” for the remainder of the 100 backstroke.While it was only good for fifth, the 20-year-old Franklin swam her fastest time of the year Monday.Hungary’s Hosszu led the event in 58.78 seconds ahead of Australians Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson, while Franklin touched in 59.59.Hosszu then announced she was scratching the rest of the event to focus on the 200 individual medley final later Aug. 3. She qualified first in that event, too, and is planning to swim five more individual events this week.Franklin was injured at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships in Australia and she still undergoes physical therapy two or three times a week to strengthen her back.“It’s my first 59 of the season. It felt great. It’s a tough field,” Franklin said. “After last summer I have this new appreciation of getting up there and not worrying about injury.”Aiming for his second gold of the championships, China’s Sun Yang topped the 200 free heats in 1:46.00. James Guy, the British swimmer who took silver behind Sun in the 400 free on Aug. 2, was again second, just 0.10 behind.World-record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany qualified third and Australia’s Cameron McEvoy was fourth. American standout Ryan Lochte only barely advanced to the semifinals in 13th.“I’m glad that’s over. That felt horrible,” Lochte said, describing his swim as “a tactical disaster.”Always the favorite in the 400, 800 and 1,500 free, Sun’s best result in the 200 was silver at the London Games.China’s anti-doping agency revealed in November that Sun served a three-month ban earlier that year after testing positive for the banned stimulant trimetazidine. After his 400 win, Sun lashed out at the criticism stemming from his ban, saying it showed “a lack of respect.”In the men’s 100 back, Mitchell Larkin of Australia qualified first in 52.50 with Olympic gold medalist and defending champion Matt Grevers of the United States second in 53.21.Fresh off her doping ban, Yuliya Efimova of Russia got the crowd inside the Kazan Arena going by leading the 100 breaststroke heats in 1:06.31.(ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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