Mike Davis (28) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2014 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium.University of South Carolina student-athletes ended the Spring 2015 semester with the second-highest departmental grade point average (GPA) in school history according to Maria Hickman, Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development, posting a 3.256.Dec 27, 2014; Shreveport, LA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2014 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. South Carolina defeated Miami 24-21.It extended the streak to 17-consecutive semesters of a combined GPA of 3.0 or better for the students who participate in intercollegiate athletics.Three teams earned their highest GPA to date – Football (2.938), Men’s Swimming (3.378) and Beach Volleyball (3.503). Women’s Golf earned its third-highest GPA to date, as well as bragging rights by being the GPA leader for teams in the department (3.705). Sixteen of the 18 teams earned a 3.0 or better GPA.The department named 71 student-athletes to the President’s List, 158 to the Dean’s List, and 360 to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.0). Ninety-four student-athletes graduated with an additional 17 on track to complete their degree in August. Student-athletes also logged a record-setting 8,860 hours of community service during the academic year.“Graduation is our key focus and seeing this amount of student-athletes earn their degree is the most rewarding for myself and the Dodie Academic staff,” Hickman said. “We are proud of the success in the classroom, community and athletically from these dedicated student-athletes.”Sport GPABaseball 3.028Men’s Basketball 3.008Women’s Basketball 3.099Beach Volleyball 3.503Equestrian 3.463Football 2.938Men’s Golf 3.308Women’s Golf 3.705Men’s Soccer 3.231Women’s Soccer 3.489Softball 3.442Men’s Swimming/Diving 3.378Women’s Swimming/Diving 3.545Men’s Tennis 3.419Women’s Tennis 3.430Men’s Track & Field 2.918Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country 3.442Volleyball 3.416-Information courtesy of USC Sports Information
German athletic apparel company Puma has become the official apparel partner of Melbourne-based organisation ORDER in a two-year deal.The arrangement between the two will see ORDER players and supporters equipped with Puma’s clothing.Screenshot via: ORDERThe news stamps Puma’s second foray into esports after joining forces with North America’s Cloud9 in January, followed by a partnership extension in May. The deal between Puma and ORDER is said to be an exclusive arrangement in the Australian esports market.Chris Derrick, CEO of ORDER expressed a bright outlook for the future around the two companies, saying: “We’re proud to have a global leader like Puma choose to work with ORDER as they enter the Australian esports industry.“Our fans are passionate about gaming and we’re thrilled that PUMA recognise the evolution of esports in Australia. This announcement is just the beginning of the partnership and we can’t wait to collaborate with PUMA as ORDER continues to grow in the future.”Founded in 2017, ORDER currently fields competitive teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Street Fighter V, and World of Warcraft. Prior to adding Puma to the team’s portfolio, ORDER had successfully partnered with gaming hardware brand Alienware and Monash University to place competitors in the Oceanic Challengers Series.Pancho Gutstein, General Manager of Puma Oceania spoke to the excitement of the partnership: “We see esports as a growth market for PUMA – not just in Australia, but globally. ORDER is a leader in their space and it’s our privilege to play a role in their future successes. We’re excited to welcome ORDER to the PUMA family and look forward to building together.”Esports Insider says: Puma is a legacy brand, one that has historically taken aim at driving subcultures of sports, music, entertainment, and now gaming. The deal is a win-win for both Puma and ORDER as well as the overarching Australian and Oceanic competitive gaming sphere.ESI London 2019 – Find out more
The six teams, Chennai, Bombay, Calcutta, Goa, Bangalore and Cochin will face each other until July 24, for the first title of this semi-professional tournament. 15/07/2016 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET EFE These footballing legends and other veterans, such as Argentine Hernan Crespo, came together for the start in Chennai, in the south of the Asian country. India also formed a football Super League two seasons ago, which contains several former European and South American stars. It was created by a group of private promotors, looking to promote the sport in a country where the most popular sport is cricket. The ‘Premier Futsal India’ is an indoor football league promoted in India by Luis Figo, and which began its campaign with former glories such as Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs. The competition can also boast of Spaniard Michel Salagdo, Englishman Paul Scholes and Brazilian Alessandro Rosa Vieira ‘Falcao’, a legend in the sport of ‘Futsal’.
After a very public falling out with his former boss Antonio Conte, Costa now faces the ignominy of playing in the Europa League after Christmas, whilst Chelsea progress. 01/11/2017 Kieran Canning (AFP) – Griezmann to go? – Los Rojiblancos won the Europa League in the Argentine’s first year and reached two Champions League finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in the past four seasons. Upd. at 13:55 For years Atletico have punched above their weight. According to Deloitte’s Football Money League, they had only the 12th highest income of clubs across Europe in 2016 of 228.6 million euros ($266 million). “If between now and January we continue with this run of results, the arrival of Diego Costa won’t mean a thing,” said Atletico captain Gabi. Playing against 10 men of Qarabag for the final half-hour on Tuesday, Atletico had the most attempts on goal of any side in the Champions League this season (32) for the reward of a solitary goal. “We have to try to beat Roma and then destiny will decide if we deserve to continue or are eliminated.” “I believe you get what you deserve,” said Simeone. “Our calling card was to not concede goals and score the few chances we had. That has turned completely around,” added Gabi. Griezmann did the honourable thing by staying when Atletico lost their appeal against the transfer ban in June, but is unlikely to do so again should his 100-million-euro buyout clause be met by a host of interested suitors, including Manchester United and Barcelona. Atletico Madrid woke up with a Halloween hangover on Wednesday needing a “miracle” to make it beyond the Champions League group stage after failing to beat Azerbaijani debutants Qarabag for the second time in two weeks. “More than a miracle needed,” read the front page of Madrid sports daily Marca alongside a picture of the off-form Antoine Griezmann with his head in his hands. Despite a FIFA ban on registering new players until January, Atletico still splashed out over 90 million euros on Diego Costa’s return to the club and Spanish international Vitolo in recent months. Once dominant from set-pieces, Atletico again conceded from a corner against Qarabag, as they had in drawing 1-1 at home to Villarreal at the weekend. The Frenchman has scored just three times this season and, whilst his poor form has played its part, it is trying to muddle through until the new year without Costa that has proved Atletico’s downfall. “Right now I would say the Europa League is rubbish, even though it has given me a lot.” The Spanish giants have taken just three points from their four Champions League games, but had big chances to win all of them. Something that even Gabi, a Europa League winner in 2012, is struggling to stomach. CET Simeone, though, was left praying that “destiny” will favour his side, who need to beat Roma and Chelsea in their final two Group C games and hope Qarabag can do them a favour by adding another draw to their impressive first appearance in the group phase. Since the arrival of Diego Simeone six years ago, Atletico have been transformed into a European powerhouse. Yet, in UEFA’s coefficient to judge European performance over the past five years they sit third – behind only cross-city rivals and perennial scourge in the Champions League, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Indeed, seven of the 10 goals they have conceded this season have come from headers. Meanwhile, they also spent big in the summer on new long-term contracts for Simeone and key players like Griezmann, Koke and Saul Niguez. Three years after his departure, Costa was bought back to recreate the spine of Atletico’s 2013/14 La Liga title-winning side, but the other core elements of that team are starting to crumble. Atletico now face the cost of failure having just moved into their new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano home at a cost of 310 million euros.