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Winners of eight of their last nine games and boasting a perfect 4-0 record in conference play, USC women’s lacrosse will look to keep their winning ways intact this weekend in their final home matchups of the regular season.The Women of Troy return to McAlister Field after a two-week, three-game stretch on the road in which they played games against Dartmouth (W, 9-7), then-No. 2 Boston College (L, 16-12) and Oregon (W, 13-11).During the stint, a duo of sophomore attackers — Michaela Michael and Cynthia Del Core — nearly combined for over half of the team’s total goal output. Both were especially locked in against Oregon, in which each girl scored four goals apiece, with Del Core converting each of her four shot attempts into points.Also notable during the post-spring break stretch was the play of junior midfielder Amanda Johansen, who stuffed the stat sheet to its breaking point with six goals, seven ground balls, nine draw controls wins, three forced turnovers and three assists. Johansen was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts in the Boston College and Oregon matchups, the first time she has won the award in her career.Junior attacker and team scoring leader Caroline de Lyra was also productive, scoring five goals of her own and assisting on six others. Freshman goalie Gussie Johns made 19 saves while staying active and alert around the net with 12 ground ball pick-ups.Now home, the Women of Troy turn their sights toward two weekend visitors from the Centennial State, as Colorado and Denver will visit Southern California in hopes of ruining USC’s bid for a perfect conference record.The Buffaloes enter Friday’s match with a 6-4 record after dropping a close match to No. 13-ranked Stanford, 16-14, this past Sunday. All four Colorado losses this year have been to ranked opponents, an indication that they will be battle-tested when they square off with USC.The loss to Stanford dropped the Buffs to 1-2 in the MPSF conference after falling in their Feb. 11 matchup with then-No. 19 Denver 10-6 before beating UC Davis 13-5 on April 3 to earn their first conference victory of the season.Leading the Buffs will be two dynamic playmakers in sophomore attacker Johnna Fusco and freshman midfielder Darby Kiernan, who lead the team with 35 and 30 points, respectively. A majority of those points have been amassed through goals, as 31 of Fusco’s 35 points and 24 of Kiernan’s 30 have come via scoring shots, rather than assists. Kiernan also leads the team with 19 ground balls and has 24 draw controls, while Fusco boasts 27 draw controls of her own.Also noteworthy for Colorado are sophomore midfielder Marie Moore (18 ground balls, 31 draw controls) and dangerous freshman midfielder Blair Sisk (19 goals, 14 draw controls). In goal for the Buffs will be sophomore Paige Soenksen, who has made 86 saves this season while surrendering 91 goals.Sunday’s matchup with Denver will be the last home game of the regular season for the Women of Troy before playing games at UC Davis on April 17, No. 15 Stanford on April 19 and San Diego State on April 25 leading up to the MPSF Tournament beginning on April 30.The Pioneers will enter Sunday’s contest following a Friday bout with San Diego State. Currently, their record sits at 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the MPSF conference, with their aforementioned February victory over Colorado and an April 5 home win against UC Davis, 9-5. The team lost at home to then-No. 13 Stanford, 14-7, on April 3.Denver will be lead offensively by senior attacker Jill Remenapp, who has tallied 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists, and redshirt freshman attacker Nicole Martindale, who has 22 points on 17 goals and five assists.A trio of seniors in midfielders Kiki Boone (16 goals, 23 draw controls, 11 ground balls, seven caused turnovers) and Rachael Dillon (12 goals, 21 ground balls, 11 draw controls, seven caused turnovers) and defender Ali Proehl (18 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers) lead the rest of what is a very scrappy bunch for the Pioneers, who at one point were ranked as high as 19th in the nation earlier this season. Guarding the goal for Denver will be redshirt senior Hannah Hook, who has made 87 saves while allowing 90 scores this year.The weekend contests will likely be the last opportunity to see the Women of Troy at home this year. Friday’s game against Colorado kicks off at 3 p.m., while Sunday’s matinee with Denver is set to begin at 12 p.m. read more
“He’s always smiling and I think he’s just fit in well. He’s come over and nothing seems to bother him. He’s not going to speed up for anybody. I think he’s just going to handle it.”Ryu hasn’t been there and done that in the majors leagues, since this is his first season. But he’s no stranger to the big stage.He won a gold medal with South Korea in the 2008 Olympics, during which he was 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. He threw a two-hit shutout in a win over Canada in pool play.He is a seven-time Korean Baseball Organizational All-Star. Ryu has pitched in the World Baseball Classic and helped Korea win the silver medal with a 1-0 record and 2.57 ERA over five games.“Some of the scouts we talked to seemed to think that all the WBC games he’s pitched, that’s when his best outings have come against the best teams,” Mattingly said. “So we feel like he’ll step up.”Ricky Nolasco had such an impressive August (5-0, 1.64 ERA) there was thought he would move up a spot in the playoff rotation, but Nolasco struggled in September and finished 2-2 with a 6.66 ERA.Ryu has had command problems at times but usually is adept at working out of jams once he gets in them. He walked five Braves batters in a five-inning outing at Turner Field in May, in which he allowed two runs. He had no decision in both of his starts against Atlanta this year.He’s no stranger to pitching in big games.“This is definitely not going to be the biggest game he’s ever pitched, which is a nice thing to say about him,” Ellis said. “We’ve seen that this season, games where he’s kind of raised his level. I can remember when Cincinnati came to town and it was a big matchup between (Shin-Soo) Choo.“It was a big matchup in Korea, and from what I heard the most-watched Major League game of all time. He’s throwing 90 miles an hour from the first pitch. He can raise his level.”The Dodgers hope that’s the case. Then Ryu might work his way into conversations about Kershaw and Greinke. Hyun-Jin Ryu seemingly is the forgotten man of the Dodgers’ pitching rotation, but he’s hardly the odd man out.The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke as arguably the best 1-2 punch in baseball and naturally they command all the attention.But Ryu is a crucial piece of the Dodgers’ playoffs puzzle. If he pitches well for his Game 3 start Sunday in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will be in good position to advance to the World Series.“This is a guy who is basically the Clayton Kershaw of (Korea),” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. The 26-year-old Korean has fit in well on the mound with a 14-8 record and 3.00 ERA — and with his teammates, too. Even though there’s been a language barrier, that’s hardly mattered.“My favorite part of the game is when he’ll run over and cover first base and (third baseman) Juan Uribe will go to the mound to give him a little breather to kind of rest,” Ellis said. “To see them out there talking with each other, I mean what can those two be possibly talking about because they don’t know any languages between them. I always wonder what they’re talking about.”Ryu gave his teammates more laughs during the Dodgers’ recent rookie hazing. Yasiel Puig got most of the attention dressed up as Gumby, but Ryu’s costume was equally ridiculous. He was dressed as a marshmallow man and his costume was about three sizes too big.He’s enjoying life with his teammates. Especially Uribe.“He’s a funny guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “They’re like the odd couple. Him and (Uribe) get along so well. It doesn’t make any sense to me. But he is any easygoing guy that has fun. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
Ousmane Dembélé He is willing to do what is possible and impossible to leave behind the trail of injuries and misfortunes that have persecuted him since he signed for the FC Barcelona three seasons ago The French striker is working four hours a day in the Aspetar center of Doha (Qatar) since last January 2, sacrificing until the feast of the Kings with his family. It is not the first time that he undergoes an intense recovery therapy in the Qatari capital because he spent two weeks at the beginning of December. The player received this Friday the visit of the staff of the Catalan entity, with the general director in charge, Oscar Grau, accompanied by the technical secretary, Eric Abidal. The player was very optimistic about his rehabilitation and assured them that will be fully recovered within a month, that is, in mid-February. In fact, he came to recognize the entourage that has already indicated on the calendar the date of February 25, when Barcelona faces Naples in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. We must remember that I trembled He suffered a severe biceps lesion of the right leg on November 27, precisely in the Champions League match against Borussia de Dortmund (3-1) of the fifth day of the group of groups. An injury that undermined the locker room because the player had long been very committed to his life as a professional, aware that it was in his hands to reverse his bad luck with injuries. Hence the blow that was for the player and his teammates to see him stretched, with his hands on his face, and asking for change. In fact, the help of a professional was raised to prevent him from falling into depression before this new hamstring injury.The medical part advanced about ten weeks off and for now he is fulfilling the plans to the letter. He is scheduled to return to Barcelona within a week to complete his recovery with the club’s physios. The goal is to be one hundred percent for the return of the Champions League. Dembélé has given his word that will not fail the appointment and in the club they trust his word. read more
May 2 2018Australian paramedics are leading the world by introducing a new drug, droperidol, to quickly and safely calm violent patients fueled by alcohol and drugs.With backing from the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) Australasia, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has also conducted the world’s first comparison of the standard sedative, midazolam, with droperidol in a prehospital setting.QAS found droperidol sedated patients nearly 70 percent quicker, was three times safer and significantly fewer patients needed additional sedation either in the ambulance or once in hospital in comparison to midazolam.Within a week of the data being published, QAS had received requests for further information from ambulance services in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, according to QAS Executive Manager Clinical Policy Development, Lachlan Parker ASM.”Midazolam is the accepted standard internationally, but it can have significant side-effects so there’s been a huge gap in paramedics’ ability to safely sedate violent patients,” said Mr Parker.”Our paramedics and emergency department staff welcome the impact droperidol is having and there are some amazing stories of how it quickly it works to calm really aggressive and violent patients.”It’s also simple to administer, there are much fewer side-effects, it rarely over-sedates and patients wake up much nicer. We’re so happy to finally have a safe drug to use.”And because we’ve also collated data on comparing droperidol with midazolam outside the hospital setting, we’ve produced one of the true practice-changing pieces of research. We can now demonstrate to other paramedics just how effective the drug is for us. I believe we’ll see droperidol embedded extensively in ambulance services around the world.”Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said research projects just like this pave the way for positive change across the healthcare system.”Sadly, there are thousands of incidents each year where frontline healthcare workers are subject to violent outbursts, mostly as a result of alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.Related StoriesUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgery”It’s fantastic to see Queensland research making a positive impact in protecting our first responders and emergency department clinicians. Projects like this highlight the importance of investing in medical research and finding new, more effective and more efficient ways of providing vital health services to Queenslanders.”The QAS introduced droperidol in 2016 as one of several initiatives to reduce the escalating violence against paramedics, mostly by drunken patients.Mr Parker championed the uptake of droperidol based on research involving Princess Alexandra Hospital emergency physician and clinical toxicologist, Dr Colin Page. Dr Page, who has $450,000 Noel Stevenson Fellowship from EMF, led the evaluation of the QAS droperidol roll out.Dr Page said the real value of this latest research was in confirming that droperidol was safer and more effective in the prehospital setting, which mirrored previous results in the emergency department environment.”The days of repeated doses of midazolam being given by paramedics are over, it just takes too long to sedate patients using this drug and it is more dangerous,” he said.”We’re now pushing for paramedics and clinicians to administer the droperidol intramuscularly – there is no need for people to use it intravenously – and to stop mixing different sedatives.”Based on our extensive research, the standard protocol for violent patients should be 10 mg droperidol (65 to 75 percent effective) followed by second dose of 10 mg (which is 95 percent effective) and then ketamine.”EMF Chair, Dr Anthony Bell said the QAS-led research showed the importance of evaluating changes in treatment protocols.”A Queensland-led initiative is set to change treatment protocols globally and lead to better patient care because there was research funding available for an evaluation,” said Dr Bell.The QAS research comparing droperidol with midazolam is available in the 2018 March edition of the Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care.Source: http://emergencyfoundation.org.au/2018/05/01/new-drug-to-tame-violent-patients/ read more