As the season moves toward the heat of conference play, the men’s tennis team is also getting ready to say goodbye to its only senior: Max de Vroome.The 6-foot-5 native of Vught, Netherlands, came to USC in 2012, a season after the amazing ride that saw the Trojans win the NCAA crown four years in a row. After clinching the 2014 Championship in his sophomore season and playing in a brand-new tennis stadium early this year, de Vroome, a captain, is seeking another strong season with one of the best teams in the nation before finishing his degree in business administration.De Vroome was already successful as a junior player, winning a couple of ITF titles and reaching the quarterfinals at the junior French Open in 2012.“Honestly, I didn’t know much about college before I visited [USC],” de Vroome said. “I heard USC had a great team. So I was visiting multiple schools and as soon I stepped on the campus … it’s just so pretty here, so nice to walk around. It’s like paradise.”De Vroome was drawn by the continuity of success and a strong coaching staff.“The team is great; the coaches are really good,” de Vroome said. “We’ve had a great program over the years. That was a big thing for me, that they weren’t good one year but being consistently good. That says something about coaches.”Before committing to the Trojans, de Vroome had to make a harsh decision. As NCAA rules treat student-athletes as amateurs, it would have been impossible for him to turn pro and play at the collegiate level at the same time.“It was a tough choice for me to make,” de Vroome said. “Back home we don’t have the college system. But especially for a [men’s] tennis player, the average age in the top 100 is around 28, so making that choice when you’re 18 is rough. I think college here is the perfect solution. You get a degree, and you get to play tennis every day.”Being the only freshman on the team and away from home, the first year as a Trojan had a lot more challenges to offer in addition to the ones he faced on the court.“You come into the community and the whole team is like family,” de Vroome said. “I was the only freshman, but it really didn’t feel that way because you’re hanging out with rest of the team so much and they really support you and help whenever they can. I was used to traveling because I traveled as a junior player, but I had never been away from home that long.”In addition to this new experience, the initial adjustment to a different country also served as a challenge: there was a new language, a new culture, a new way of life.“My first semester was tough; everything was in English,” de Vroome said. “The cultures are very similar in a way, but there are also small differences everywhere. It takes a couple of months to get adjusted, but you’re kind of living in a dream.”Tennis provided him with one of the best memories from his journey at USC: winning the 2014 NCAA championship.“I don’t think I will ever, ever even come closer to that,” de Vroome said. “It was such a magical moment. The whole team is there, jumping around, it felt like living in a dream for a moment.”De Vroome picked up a racket for the first time when he was five, and he never looked back. But he’s not the only one in the family to have a passion for tennis. Indy, his 19-year-old younger sister, has already turned pro and is ranked in the top-400 of the WTA rankings. At this young age, she has already won three singles and five doubles titles in the ITF circuit.“My mom was always really into sports, really competitive, so we were sports-minded,” de Vroome said. “My brother started to play tennis, and I was two years younger and I was jealous and I wanted to play with him because I looked up to my big brother. That’s how I got into it and started to play more and more and got competitive against each other. Then my sister started to play, and nobody wants to lose against each other. I think the competitiveness into it got it rolling.”As far as inspirations go, de Vroome’s idol on the court is 17-time major winner Roger Federer, known for his competetive yet composed behavior on the court.“I just love his classiness, how he walks on the court every day and does his thing and walks away,” de Vroome said. “He makes it look easy.”But de Vroome still turns back to his family for their support and inspiration.“My mom, my brother and sisters are huge role models for me,” de Vroome said. “I really look up to them, how disciplined they are, how hard they work everyday. They make me stay disciplined too.”While he’s focused on his final season, de Vroome is also keeping an eye on his future, which could lead to a career either on or off the courts — or both. De Vroome has an internship this summer at Guggenheim Partners in Santa Monica.“I’m going to do that and see how it goes from there,” de Vroome said. “Maybe I’ll get a full-time offer from them. Maybe I’ll go pro.”
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Facebook2Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Kaiser PermanenteWelcome to the time of year when people cram things into boxes and give them to each other in the name of love. Chances are at some time in your life, your body has felt like you were the one crammed in one of those boxes.Chronic pain is a terrible reality for many people. Most people experience it at some time in their lives. There was a time when doctors thought these meds were the best thing to treat severe non-traumatic chronic pain. Headaches, toothaches, fibromyalgia, joint pain, spine pain…you name it, they all got hit with narcotics. These days, we’ve realized there’s a ton of problems with that way of thinking (caption: From the National Institute on Drug Abuse)Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermenanteBy narcotics, I mean: Percocet, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Codeine, Darvocet, Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Morphine, Methadone, Oxycodone, mickeymouseodone, tyrannosarusocet, hydrojustinbeiberdin…the list is nearly endless. But in the end they’re all essentially the same thing.Let’s talk about some of the problems with these meds:First, most people develop a dependence on narcotics. Once that happens, the usual dose doesn’t help as much with the pain but ironically, stopping the drug causes more pain. So people end up trapped by a drug that doesn’t really work, but they have to keep taking it to avoid worsening the pain they do have. Kinda like the experience of being a Denver Broncos fan this year. You’re stuck in it, but it brings you no joy.Narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold, getting you stuck in a painful cycle. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteSecond, narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold. This means that the painful sensation one person can tolerate easily (a pinprick), a chronic narcotic user interprets as excruciating. This also is a terrible conundrum since things you could once tough out now debilitate you.Third, over time, your body’s ability to utilize the narcotics decreases. Imagine 10 drug molecules and 10 receptors for that drug located in your central nervous system. All 10 molecules have a place to go, so at that point the drug can reach its maximum effect.Then imagine your infinitely-rational body thinking, “Heck, why do we need all these receptors? There’s drug molecules everywhere.” So, it “downregulates” those receptors to 5. This may sound strange, but it’s a natural reaction to an environment of “plenty.”To you, that downregulation feels like the drug just doesn’t work as well as it did. So the natural reaction is to take more to try to boost the effect. But what will 20 molecules do, when you still only have 5 receptors? Nothing, at best. At worst, those extra molecules will go sit on receptors that cause you to forget important things. Like breathing.Talk to your physician about alternative to narcotics. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermananteSome people think narcotics are the ONLY way to deal with severe chronic pain, but that’s just not true. The U.S. uses more than double the daily doses of morphine than the next country (Germany). Our use of narcotics is more than 2000 times greater than that of India. And all those people have spines, and heads, and joints that can hurt just like an average American.Turns out there are lots of ways to address chronic pain, completely free of the dangers of narcotics, like stretching, staying active, and mindful breathing. More on that in my next column. But for now, in this season of giving and joy, be reassured that although chronic pain is a reality for most people in life it doesn’t have to ruin that life. Around the world, people live with chronic pain every day. They manage it relatively well, without dependence on dangerous drugs, and still find happiness.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–St. Joe Bay, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, put away longshot Tough Sunday inside the sixteenth pole and managed a dead heat with his fast finishing stablemate, Solid Wager, who was handled by Victor Espinoza, to provide trainer Peter Miller with two official wins in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita. With the main track listed as sloppy, the pair got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.03.Head and head with eventual fourth place finisher Jimmy Bouncer around the far turn, St. Joe Bay repelled a stubborn challenge to his inside from Tough Sunday, but had no time for a breather, as his stablemate came at him with a furious late charge which resulted in the dead heat.“This is unbelievable,” said Miller, who won Santa Anita’s Kalookan Queen and Eddie Logan Stakes on Friday. “Both horses ran super. Both riders rode super. I couldn’t call it and obviously, the stewards couldn’t either, so I’m just elated for everyone involved. Watching it live, I thought the two (Solid Wager) won, then when I watched the replay, I thought the three (St. Joe’s Bay) won, and when they put up the ‘DH,’ I didn’t know what to do!”The even money favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, St. Joe Bay, who is owned by Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen, paid $2.40, $3.00 and $2.10. A 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Saint Anddan, he notched his second win in a row in what was his first stakes victory. He now has four wins from 20 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $40,000, he increased his earnings to $257,175.“There were no losers, we had two horses on the team in that race and we tied,” said Desormeaux. ”Solid Wager, who lagged far behind the compact field headed into the turn, swung four-wide turning for home and just missed in a thrilling finish. Off at 5-1, he paid $4.60, $4.60 and $2.60.Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wager, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Birdonthewire, followed up on a half-length win versus state-breds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes Nov. 20 at Del Mar with his first graded stakes tally.“The way the track is and the weather…I thought ‘Okay, I’ll get dirty and it could be an experience,’ but it’s my last race of the year so I’ll just go for it,” said Espinoza. “…It was awesome. When I crossed the wire I couldn’t tell but I was in front of him just a jump after. Kent thought he won right away, but I said ‘Hey, don’t be so sure.’ It’s not often this happens and to do it in a graded stakes for the same trainer?!”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Tough Sunday finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the top pair and 6 ¼ lengths clear of fourth place finisher Jimmy Bouncer. The longest shot at 8-1, Tough Sunday paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.47, 43.57 and 1:08.48.
Ferndale closed out the Little 4 with a doubleheader sweep at home to Hoopa Valley on Saturday, winning game one 4-2 and taking the nightcap 7-0.Garrett Christiansen pitched the win in the opener, while teammate Austin Hughes led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-2.In game two, Shaun Leonardo got the win on the mound.At the plate Landon Gomes was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Leonardo and Putter Walters each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. With the win, the Wildcats …
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The defending champions outscored UST, 25-8, in the second quarter and that was enough for La Salle to put the game away.Jollo Go gave the Green Archers their biggest lead, 85-43, after hitting back-to-back triples with 6:39 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach [Aldin Ayo] told us to not take this team lightly because they have nothing to lose,” said La Salle guard Ricci Rivero. “He just reminded us to stick to the system and play proper defense.”La Salle held UST to just 34% from the field and forced the Growling Tigers to turn the ball over 24 times. The Archers also outrebounded the Growling Tigers, 61-49.“We were able to get them to make a lot of turnovers, and we were able to convert in transition,” said center Ben Mbala after La Salle scored 24 off UST’s turnovers. “We were able to play well as a team, stay focused and stuck to the game plan.”Mbala had 17 points, nine boards, and three blocks in 19 minutes of play to lead La sale while Rivero added 16 points and seven rebounds. La Salle forward Abu Tratter came two points shy of a double-double after putting up eight points and 15 boards.Marvin Lee seemed as if the lone player from UST who put up a fight as he finished with a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds while Steve Akomo finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchell scores career-high 22, Jazz beat Lakers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ The Archers swept the Tigers this season with an average winning margin of 36.3 points. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE — La Salle’s Ben Mbala dunks the ball against UST in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle dealt University of Santo Tomas with a merciless 94-59 beatdown in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-2 to move closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four while the Growling Tigers continued their slump and fell to 0-12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS PLAY LIST 02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli: Critical fans only motivate meby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli insists he can handle the doubters.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo, though the appointment has been criticised by a section of the support.“I come here with enthusiasm and passion. I’m convinced that we can do great things together,” he said at his Press conference.“I have respect for the fans and they have the right to criticise me, but for me it’s an extra stimulus.“I’ll get to work on both the players’ heads and how we set up on the field. These will be 10 important days and I’ll try to make the most of every opportunity.“My principles are based on ideas, intensity and ruthlessness. Giampaolo’s a good Coach, but he’s different to me.“I’ll have to be good at getting my ideas across to the team as quickly as possible. Let’s start with a good base.“There are some quality players here. Marco’s worked well. I’d like to play the football that the lads will enjoy playing.“I adapt to my players. I have to improve them individually so they can grow collectively.”The 53-year-old coached Inter with little success during the 2016-17 campaign and was an Nerazzurri fan growing up…“The past is the past, I was a kid. Now I’m an adult, a professional who has a great desire to do well.“I need to get to know my players. I’m very demanding of them and myself. I can’t stand shallowness and a lack of ambition. We must do our utmost to achieve great results.”
Stocks gave up a big rally and took a dive in afternoon trading Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again and said it plans to keep raising them next year. The market finished at its lowest level since September 2017.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index shed 39.20 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,506.96.The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 351.98 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 23,323.66.The Nasdaq composite skidded 147.08 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 6,636.83.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks declined 27.95 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,349.23.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 92.99 points, or 3.6 per cent.The Dow is down 776.85 points, or 3.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 273.84 points, or 4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 61.58 points, or 4.4 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 166.65 points, or 6.2 per cent.The Dow is down 1,395.56 points, or 5.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 266.56 points, or 3.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 186.28 points, or 12.1 per cent.The Associated Press
The Canadian Press TORONTO — General Motors says it has reaffirmed plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant in meetings with the Ontario and federal governments.Company CEO Mary Barra met briefly with federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains Monday on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit, and company executives met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford earlier on Tuesday.The company says it told both governments that it intends to continue to be a major manufacturer in Canada with its Ingersoll and St. Catharines plants and an expanded automotive research base.GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff.Bains said in a statement that he urged the company to reconsider the Oshawa closure, and regrets that the company’s position hasn’t changed.He said the federal government stands ready to play an active role to find a solution for Oshawa’s workers.