first_imgAs the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise across Europe, the figures in Germany have experts scratching their heads.Despite being among the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, Germany has recorded an astonishingly low number of deaths in comparison to its European neighbors.The latest official figures published by the disease control agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Thursday showed 10,999 confirmed infections, 20 of whom had died. That is a mortality rate of just 0.18 percent, significantly lower than that of China (4 percent), Britain (3.9 percent), France (2.9 percent) and Italy (8.3 percent). It’s difficult to disentangle,” admitted Richard Pebody of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.”We don’t have a true answer and it’s probably a combination of different factors.” Here are some of the explanations put forward by specialists.  Better medical equipment With 25,000 intensive care beds complete with respiratory support, Germany is well equipped compared to its European neighbors. By contrast, France only has around 7,000 and Italy around 5,000. In Britain, latest NHS figures show that there are just over 4,000 critical care beds across England, while health secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that the UK has 5,000 available ventilators. Ill patients in Germany have thus far been able to recover quickly.To prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, as they have been in Italy or eastern France, the German government has also said it planned to double intensive respiratory care beds.  Even hotels and large public halls are to be repurposed as makeshift hospitals for patients with less serious symptoms, so that hospitals can be freed up to treat those who are severely ill. Younger patients The virus has also largely affected a younger, healthier section of the population in Germany compared to elsewhere.”In Germany, more than 70 percent of the people identified as having been infected until now are between 20 and 50 years old,” explained RKI president Lothar Wieler.As in Scandinavia, the first infections in Germany were identified in people who had recently returned from skiing holidays in Italy or Austria. Yet in a country where almost a quarter of the population is over 60, there are fears that the number of deaths will skyrocket as the virus spreads further. Topics : No post-mortem tests Another explanation cited by Italian experts, could be that Germany, unlike other countries, tends not to test those who have already died.”We don’t consider post-mortem tests to be a decisive factor. We work on the principle that patients are tested before they die,” the RKI told AFP. That means that if a person dies in quarantine at home and does not go to hospital, there is a high chance they will not be included in the statistics, as Giovanni Maga of Italy’s National Research Council pointed out in an interview with Euronews.  Early testing Christian Drosten, director of the Institute of Virology at Berlin’s Charite hospital, said early testing could also be a factor.”We recognized the disease very early in this country. We are ahead in terms of diagnosis and detection.”In January, researchers at Charite became among the first to develop a test for the virus.Germany also has a network of independent laboratories, many of which began testing as early as January, when case numbers were still very low. The high number of labs has increased screening capacity nationwide, and the RKI estimates that 12,000 people can be tested a day in Germany. Getting a test is therefore easier than in some other countries. Anyone who is showing symptoms, has been in contact with a confirmed case or has recently returned from a risk zone is eligible.   last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted on Wednesday that he raised the inquiry in calls with US President Donald Trump and other major powers.Both France and Britain said now was the time to fight the virus, not to apportion blame. China has accused Australian lawmakers of taking instructions from the United States.The White House has been fiercely critical of China and the World Health Organization’s handling of the pandemic, and has withdrawn US funding from the UN agency.The COVID-19 outbreak has since spread to infect some 2.3 million people globally and killed nearly 160,000, according to Reuters calculations.Australia has about 6,600 cases of coronavirus nationally and 75 deaths from the virus.China is Australia’s largest trading partner, but diplomatic ties have frayed in recent years amid allegations Beijing has committed cyber-attacks and has attempted to interfere in Canberra’s domestic affairs.  Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said on Thursday he had asked government officials from the Group of 20 major economies to back a plan to end wet wildlife markets.”There are risks with wildlife wet markets and they could be as big a risk to our agricultural industries as they can be to public health,” Littleproud told Australia’s Channel 7 television.US officials have also called for wet wildlife markets across Asia to be closed. Wet markets exist throughout Asia selling fresh vegetables, seafood and meat, with some also selling exotic animals.Littleproud did not mention China by name, but his comments follow Australia’s push for an international inquiry into the origins and handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Australia has called on G20 nations to end wet wildlife markets over concerns they pose a threat to human health and agricultural markets, a move which could further strain ties with China after Canberra called for an international inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic, which originated in China was thought to have started in a wet market in the city of Wuhan. Wet markets are a key facet of China’s daily life, though not all sell wildlife.China imposed a temporary ban on selling wildlife on Jan. 23 and is now reviewing its legislation to restrict commercial wild animal trading on a permanent basis.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgEast Central hosted their annual relay meet and came away with two victories. The EC Girls won 86 to Greenwood- 76, New Palestine- 56, Greensburg- 52, and Connersville- 28. EC Boys won 92 to New Palestine- 62, and a three way tie for 3rd place Connersville, Greenwood, and Greensburg with 46 points.The winning relays include:  Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay- Kyra Hall, Alexis deLong, Grace Crane, and Olivia Nixon; Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay- Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, Matthew Badinghaus, and Alex Ketcham; Boys 100 Yard Freestyle Relay- Matthew Badinghaus, Owen Matthew, Troy Shumate, and Chandler Witte; Girls 400 Yard Medley Relay- Grace Crane, Hannah Weber, and Lydia Weber; Boys 400 Yard Medley Relay- Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, and Gavin Daniels; Girls 1000 Yard Freestyle Relay- Mackenzie Schantz and Grace Crane; Boys 1000 Yard Freestyle Relay- Gavin Daniels and Ethen Witte; Boys 375 Yard Crescendo Relay- Zach Bovard, Troy Shumate, Alex Ketcham, and Jackson Ketcham; Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay- Mason Key, Ethen WItte, Owen Matthew, and Chandler Witte; Girls 150 Yard Backstroke Relay- Kyra Hall, Hannah Weber, and Olivia Nixon; Boys 150 Yard Breaststroke Relay- Klay Shipman, Chandler Witte, and Alex Ketcham.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

first_imgMr. Richard Lee “Rick” Green, age 68, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 31, 1952 in Shelbyville, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Arthur “Buddy” and Olive Frances (Baatz) Green. Rick was inducted into the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage on December 25, 2005 in Gallatin County, Kentucky to the late Donna Mae Arthur. Rick and Donna shared nearly 12 years of marriage together until she passed away on May 16, 2017. Rick owned and operated Green’s Construction in Switzerland County for 20 years. He resided in the Glenco, Kentucky community for 10 years but spent most of his life in the Switzerland County community. He was a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling, Indiana. He was also a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and a life member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396. Rick enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting pool, computers and the outdoors. Rick passed away at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Rick will be remembered by his son, Shawn Green of Commiskey, IN; his step daughters, Mariah Cunningham and her companion, Jason McCulley of Gallatin County, KY and Jessica Jones and her husband, Brian of Gallatin County, KY; his step-son, Jeffrey Cunningham of Shelbyville, KY; his grandchildren, Blake Green and Nicholas Smallwood; his 9-step-grandchildren; his brother, Larry Green and his wife, Frances of Madison, IN; his brother-in-law, Jim Burton of Moorefield, IN; his several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur “Buddy” Green, died August 23, 2011 and Olive Frances Green, died August 11, 2005; his sister, Kathy Sue (Green) Burton, died March 8, 2019 and his step-son, Randy Cunningham, died July 11, 2010.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Sawalich at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund or Vevay VFW Post #5396 Relief Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

first_imgA federal prosecutor in the Jeffrey Epstein case made the expected move in court on Thursday of acknowledging a lack of transparency in dealing with one of the late billionaire’s and Palm Beach resident’s victims. The prosecutor apologized during oral arguments made before a federal appeals court panel in Miami.“Courtney Wild is especially happy that the government finally in open court admitted to violating her rights and said that they’re sorry, and I think that that goes a long way for Courtney,” said attorney Brad Edwards, standing outside federal court with Ms. Wild.Wild, who initially used the name “Jane Doe,” sued federal prosecutors in 2008. She and another victim claimed that their rights had been violated under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act, because prosecutors did not consult with them before Epstein struck controversial plea deal.Epstein ended up serving 13 months at the Palm Beach County Jail, with much of that time being spent on a work-release program at a downtown office, along with occasional visits to his Palm Beach estate.Early last year, a federal judge in West Palm Beach ruled that Epstein’s agreement with prosecutors violated the law, since his victims were not made aware of it beforehand.As the judge was considering the possible reopening of that case, Epstein committed suicide last August while in custody in New York. He had been awaiting trial on new, separate charges.The judge ultimately decided to not proceed with Wild’s suit.Ms. Wild appealed that decision, arguing there remained potential remedies, such as reopening the Non-Prosecution Agreement, with the possibility of filing charges against alleged Epstein accomplices, who were protected by the secret deal.“If he invalidates the Non-Prosecution Agreement, then Courtney can confer with the prosecutors about the other people who committed crimes against her, and in their discretion, if they believe prosecution is warranted, they could then charge those co-conspirators,” according to Edwards.Although the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, is based in Atlanta, judges sometimes hear oral arguments at satellite locations, one of which is Miami.There is no word on when the court might rule on Wild’s appeal.last_img read more

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Impressive half-centuries from Keagan Simmons, Emmanuel Stewart and Man-of-the-Match Bhaskar Yadram underlined a strong West Indies Under-19s batting display as they beat Zimbabwe Under-19s by 70 runs to seal a 2-1 series win here Saturday.Sent in, the Caribbean side marched to a competitive 257 for four off their 50 overs at the Harare Sports Club with opener Simmons top-scoring with 89, captain Stewart getting 76 and Yadram, the other opener, chipping in with 65.In reply, Zimbabwe U19s slumped to 52 for four in the 13th over thanks to an early burst from speedster Darren Nedd and never really recovered, eventually dismissed for 187 in the 43rd over.Captain Liam Roche carved out 65 but was the only batsman to show any enterprise as no other batsman passed 20.Nedd, who grabbed two wickets in his opening spell, finished with four for 33 overall while Yadram collected a brace of wickets with his off-spin.In an opening five-over spell which cost 22 runs, right-armer Nedd trapped Gregory Dollar lbw for 15 in the third over and Ryan Murray for three in the seventh over, to leave the Zimbabweans rocking at 28 for two.Yadram then accounted for 16-year-old Milton Shumba (12) and Alistair Frost (11) as the innings lurched further into decline.Roche arrived to provide some stability, striking four boundaries in an 81-ball knock as he revived the innings in a 48-run, fifth wicket with 15-year-old Dion Myers who made 11.The right-handed Roche also added two successive 30-run stands for the sixth and seventh wickets with Taun Harrison (12) and Wesley Madhevere (11) before perishing at 168 for eight in the 40th over.Earlier, the Caribbean side flourished courtesy an enterprising opening stand between Simmons and Yadram who put on 113.Simmons faced 130 balls and struck six fours while Yadram, also voted Man-of-the-Series for the second successive tour, counted eight fours in his breezy 75-ball innings.When Yadram departed in the 25th over, Simmons added a further 111 with Stewart who faced a mere 79 balls and hit six boundaries. Seventeen-year-old seamer Jonathan Connolly was the best bowler with two for 33.last_img read more

first_imgUnlike Saleh, Meshref continues her dominance in Africa when she edged out Nigeria’s Offiong Edem 4-1 (11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6) to retain the title being her fourth trophies in the competition.In the third place matches, Egypt’s Omar Assar beat Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 12-10) while Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou defeated Egypt’s Yousra Helmy 3-1 (11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 12-10) to settle for bronze medals.An elated Saleh said: “I am very happy because I could not imagine that I will go past Aruna in this tournament. All I did was to focus from the first point to the end,” he said.The Egyptian veteran added: “I really don’t want to quit at 40 as I want to play until my body cannot do it anymore. I love table tennis and I will continue.”For Meshref, winning the title this year was a bit tasking. “When I started the competition, I just stay focus, play my game and not think about how many times I had won it in the past. I must commend Edem because she is an experienced player who played extremely well. She changed tactic every time which sometimes make it difficult to play against her,” admitted MeshrefShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aruna-Quadri Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Offiong Edem lost in the finals of the 2020 ITTF Africa Cup to Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh and Dina Meshref as this year’s edition ended in Tunis on Wednesday afternoon.After Aruna came back from two games down to beat former Africa’s Number one player, Omar Assar 4-3 to reach the final, the Nigerian champion was expected to have an easy ride to the title.But Saleh proved a tough customer to the two-time champion. Saleh whose last major title was in 2012 defeated Aruna Quadri 4-3 (11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3) to emerge as the new champion.last_img read more

first_imgThe Foxes still sit third in the Premier League table but are winless in four games, while Palace go into the contest on the back of successive defeats.Today’s hosts have not won a game since March 9, and in the Premier League have only picked up one victory in eight games since January.The fact that they still sit third in the table is testament to how impressive they were during the opening half of the campaign, but they needed a Chelsea defeat against West Ham United on Wednesday night to keep hold of that spot while Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are now also hot on their heels.Leicester’s season has been a tale of two halves so far; in their opening 16 matches they won 12 games and lost just twice, whereas in the next 16 they have won four times and lost seven.Many of their recent top-flight defeats have come in pairs too, so Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Everton does not bode particularly well for them heading into this contest.The Foxes need to turn their form around sooner than later, though, and if they do end up earning Champions League qualification, then they would have done it the hard way, with matches against fellow European hopefuls, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United still to come this season.Even if they are not pushing for it themselves, Palace could end up having as big a say on the top-four race as anyone with matches against Leicester, Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur to come in five of their six remaining games this season.The Eagles will be underdogs heading into this one considering that Leicester’s home points tally has only been bettered by three teams this season, although they have only won two of their last eight at the King Power Stadium while Palace have a respectable record on the road.Meanwhile, Arsenal will begin a run of challenging fixtures with a trip to Molineux as they prepare to take on fellow European hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers in today’s Premier League showdown.The two clubs both enjoyed victories and clean sheets in their most recent fixtures, with Wolves overcoming Aston Villa 1-0 last weekend while Arsenal inflicted a 4-0 thrashing on Norwich City in midweek.Even though Wolves have had relatively friendly fixtures to contend with in the past few weeks, manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have shown no signs of complacency as they maintained their 100 per cent record since the restart over Villa last time out.Nuno’s men have now enjoyed three victories and three clean sheets over West Ham United, Bournemouth and Villa following the resumption of the Premier League, and Wolves are now only two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea following their dramatic defeat to West Ham on Wednesday.Of course, fifth may be enough to guarantee a Champions League spot amid Manchester City’s financial fair play troubles, and Wolves are now only behind Manchester United on goal difference with six games left to play.The visit of Arsenal represents the most challenging task that Santo’s men have faced since the English top flight was given the green light to return, although the Wolves faithful will have fond memories of their 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Molineux last season.Man United and Chelsea are aiming to record straightforward victories over Bournemouth and Watford respectively this weekend, but should the English giants both slip up, Wolves could enter the final five games of the season in the top four with a win over Arsenal.Things looked bleak for the Gunners following defeats against Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion in their first games back, but Arteta’s men are firmly in the argument for a European berth with 46 points from 32 matches this term.However, the trip to the West Midlands is followed up by crunch matches against Leicester City, Spurs and Liverpool in July – meaning Arsenal can ill-afford to drop too many points if they want to secure a spot in international competition for next season.While Arteta’s side are not renowned for their away form, the Gunners have only suffered defeat twice in their last 15 games in all competitions on the road, but they have not beaten Wolves in three attempts since Santo’s side made their return to the big time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wolves also in the mix, battle Arsenal at MolineuxWith Liverpool and Manchester City having taken two of the available four Champions League spots, the trio of Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester United would be struggling for the remaining two places. That is why today’s Premier League fixtures involving the trio would go a long way in determining who picks the remaining spotsA faltering Leicester City side will resume their search for a first win since lockdown when they welcome Crystal Palace to the King Power Stadium today.last_img read more

first_imgThough the birds are not yet chirping and there is stillsnow on the ground, spring is imminent, and that?s a great sign for collegebasketball fans. With March Madness around the corner, conference tournamentsare the final chance for teams to make their case before the NCAA Tournament.This year more than in years past, the field that looks toenter the tournament is so deep that some team?s lone chance is to win theirrespective tournaments in order to make the Big Dance.So far, this is not the year a team wants to be on thebubble. While in recent years, a team like Ohio State (18-12, 9-8 Big Ten)would be a shoe-in for the NCAA Tournament, this year it must go deep into theBig Ten Tournament in order to show the bidding committee that it belongs inthe tourney.Automatic bids will be key for several teams throughout thecountry, not just in the powerhouse conferences. In the Big West Conference forexample, the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos are hoping to be the second team from theconference in the tournament. But in order to do so, they must win the Big WestTournament to enter the NCAA Tournament as a low seed and take a spot away froma different ? and perhaps more deserving ? team.With conferences like the Big East, Pac 10 and the Big 12,all of which can send around five teams to the NCAA Tournament, some otherteams that may have deserved spots in past years will be left out. This willresult in a major problem for some perennial powerhouses that are having off-years.This, fortunately for the NCAA, is a good problem to have.In the tournament field this year, there will be severalteams beyond the high seeds that will be capable of making a Final Four run.Look at USC and Kansas State, for example ? the two schools are projected atNo. 9 seeds right now and have both beaten top-five teams, UCLA and Kansas,respectively.Looking back at history, arguably no team made more newsthan George Mason did in 2006. In that season, the Patriots were a No. 11 seed.In retrospect, teams like Maryland and Arizona are projected to be No. 11seeds, and Maryland was the first team to beat up on North Carolina, shockingthe Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.So, for now, it looks as if the NCAA has its publicitycovered with the high level of team and individual play in the lower seedsmaking its presence known. The tournament this year is sure to have its fairshare of upsets, hallmark endings and surprises.That being said, for those teams who are currently on thebubble, winning their conference tournament may be the only way to get to the BigDance and show the nation that they are able to compete with the best. Somegood teams ? though playing well recently ? will not make the tournamentbecause of their poor play earlier in the season. And with such a deep field,those cases cannot be looked at with distaste.For the conferences having their off-years ? the Big Ten andSEC, for example ? big wins within the conference do not necessarily add up toa ticket to the big show. Right now the Big Ten boasts an impressive fourranked teams. But for the rest of the conference, it will take more than a .500record to impress the bidding committee.While some may look at the low level of play in some of thecountry?s better conferences as a gateway for worse teams to enter thetournament, this is clearly not the case. Minnesota will not get a bid becauseOhio State is having an off-year. A more deserving team from a betterconference will grab the opportunity.This year, the competition within the tournament willchallenge the top teams to play at the top of their games for the entiretournament. Watch out for close games in early rounds, especially from the No.8 and No. 9 seeds, many of which can go very deep into the tournament.For some, the only chance to be that surprise team is to wintheir conference tournament, and that fact alone is enough incentive for teamson the bubble to play above their ability. For teams that are already in, thismay be the year for a low seed to make more noise than usual.Like most recent ones, this year will not disappointbasketball fans. With the deep field, the nation will not hope to see upsets,but instead it will have to take time to count all of them. The coming conferencetournaments are a mere foreshadowing of what the nature of the bigger picturewill look like.Now the question remains: If the field is so deep this year,what team will emerge to become the George Mason of 2008?Well, the great thing about March Madness is the crazinessthat comes with it. No matter what the result, this year promises to be one ofthe most entertaining in recent memory.last_img read more

first_imgComing off two strong games to win a road series against Arizona State, the USC baseball team heads into this weekend’s series against Arizona hoping to build on a small sample size of success. Junior third baseman Brandon Perez had one of his best performances of the season against the Sun Devils. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanThe lineup, which had been a major weakness for most of the season, led USC in their two wins, both of which included 14 hits and at least 8 runs scored. Head coach Dan Hubbs and his staff hope the team’s bats stay hot as the Trojans continue their season. Arizona is a strong, well-rounded team. Their 20-11 record doesn’t convey the Wildcats’ ability, as they sit in the top five of the Pac-12 in nearly every statistical category. Aside from a recent series victory over ninth-ranked Oregon State, they have issues against top competition, with a 4-5 record in conference and a 1-4 mark against other Power 5 schools.This Wildcats team is dangerous at the plate. They rank third in the Pac-12 with a .295 team batting average, third with a .419 slugging percentage and first with a .406 on base percentage. They bat over seven runs per game, but have done so with just 16 home runs and 18 stolen bases on 31 attempts. They rank among the top teams in the conference in doubles and triples, but mainly, the Wildcats are simply smart at the plate. Arizona ranks second in sacrifice flies (18) and sacrifice bunts (29), first in walks (150) and have the fourth fewest strikeouts (186).The Wildcats have the luxury of a deep lineup around star hitters. Five of their consistent starters have a batting average of .333 or higher, three of which have more than 30 RBIs. Perhaps their best hitter is sophomore second baseman Cameron Cannon, who is hitting .355 with a .562 slugging percentage. Cannon leads the Wildcats with 34 RBIs and is second in home runs (4) and extra base hits (15). Cannon is a tough out who won’t beat himself at bat, as evidenced by his 18 walks and .448 on-base percentage. Another of Arizona’s star hitters is sophomore third baseman Nick Quintana. Quintana is the Wildcats’ most powerful bat, leading the team in home runs (7) and extra base hits (17). However, he still hits a high average at .333 and has a strong on-base percentage of .421. Quintana’s biggest problem is strikeouts; he has 23 of them, the most on the team.Arizona’s pitching is also intimidating; they boast the sixth best-earned run average in the entire NCAA at 2.73. They also allow the 24th fewest hits per nine innings with 7.52. They don’t strike many hitters out, but they don’t walk them, either. They simply don’t allow many baserunners.The pitching staff has three consistent starters, the best of which is junior Cody Deason. Deason posts an incredible 2.00 ERA and allows hitters to bat just .187. He’s also thrown 45 strikeouts and has given up 0 home runs in 45 innings pitched.The Wildcats also get good production from their bullpen. Senior closer Tylor Megill is the key contributor in late innings, as he’s amassed five saves and four wins on the strength of his sterling 1.45 ERA. Megill, who allows just a .175 batting average, is doubly intimidating because of his 6-foot-6 frame. Expect to see him towering on the mound at Dedeaux this weekend.Arizona is also a fine team in the field. Their .976 fielding percentage is tied for fifth in the conference and 45th in the country. Three of their four leaders in errors play in the infield; junior first baseman Alfonso Rivas and Quintana have five, and Cannon has four. Making solid contact and running out ground balls could be key in the Trojans’ effort this weekend; if they put the ball in play and hustle down the line, they could take the couple of extra baserunners necessary to winning what could be a close series.USC cannot be complacent; they took advantage of a mediocre Arizona State pitching staff to put up big numbers last weekend. But, Arizona’s staff is far too talented to allow the Trojans to just smack the ball around. There’s no doubt that Arizona has been the better team this season, but there is a path to a series win for USC. If USC secures solid pitching and good contact, they could take two games from a very talented team.last_img read more