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After splitting last week’s pair of matches, the No. 13 USC women’s tennis team heads into the thick of its Pac-10 schedule.First up for the Women of Troy (11-3, 1-0) is a match with No. 10 California (11-4, 2-0) today as they look to avenge last year’s two defeats, one of which knocked USC out of the NCAA tournament.Hot streak · Though top-ranked teams in California, Stanford await, senior Maria Sanchez has notched 22 consecutive wins in singles play. – Daily Trojan file photo The Golden Bears boast three ranked singles players, No. 4 Jana Juricova, No. 48 Tayler Davis and No. 57 Annie Goransson, all of whom will pose a challenge to USC coach Richard Gallien’s group.Senior Maria Sanchez in particular will have her hands full with Juricova, who was the 2009 ITA National Indoor Championship singles champion. Held out of last year’s NCAA tournament because of a wrist injury, the Slovakian hasn’t missed a beat this season and represents the kind of top competition Sanchez will have to face in her quest to win a national title.Despite last week’s troubles, Sanchez ran through the competition, breezing through ASU’s No. 17 Kelcy McKenna, to record her 22nd consecutive singles win.Sophomore Danielle Lao has seen her play slip as of late because of some elbow discomfort, even sitting out the Syracuse match. Lao looks to rebound from her previous matches when she faces Cal’s Davis, as well as Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs or Mallory Burdette, who currently sit at No. 11 and No. 29, respectively.No. 2 Stanford (14-0, 2-0) boasts a total of five singles players ranked among the nation’s best, more than either USC or Cal.Jousting with No. 1 Sanchez all year, among the nation’s top singles player, No. 2 Hilary Barte, also a senior, has a chance to make her case for the top spot Saturday.Freshman Kaitlyn Christian, who had her first win in second singles last week, will have to continue her strong play over the weekend if the Women of Troy have any hope to squeeze out victories against their two top-10 opponents.Facing arguably her toughest competition this season (along with UCLA’s Andrea Remynse), Christian will have to display the type of poise that has garnered her continual praise from Gallien in order to be successful against Cal and Stanford.At the back end of singles, junior Alison Ramos and senior Cristala Andrews might not know exactly who they will face, as Stanford has shuffled around their lineup all season long, but they can rest assured it will be top competition.“It’s a tough one this weekend,” Gallien said. “We match up really well with Stanford and it’s good to play them at home.” read more
The Street Fighter series will expand its reach onto mobile thanks to a collaboration between Beeline, a Capcom subsidiary, and Skillz, a mobile esports platform. A new game for mobile platforms was announced, along with an in-client competitive platform for live battles.They emphasised the competitive experience in a press release, describing “a wholly unique and competitive Street Fighter experience on mobile.” The venture will also have “live broadcast competitions integrated natively within the game, powered by the Skillz platform.” While it seems Capcom, through Beeline, will be heading the game itself, Skillz lends its claimed background in esports hosting by providing a platform for live battles. While they are vague about their portfolio, Skillz describes its role in these games as not only managing the tournament itself, but assisting with broadcasting and spectating the games. The company claims to manage the esports component of over 3,000 game studios and “more than 30 percent of all esports [sic] awards in 2016” and over 4 million minutes of game footage broadcasted to fans. “With this partnership, Street Fighter will define the future of competitive mobile gameplay,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and Founder of Skillz in the release. This is the convergence of Capcom’s recent ventures into competitive fighting games and mobile games respectively. While Beeline hasn’t produced any smash hits, it’s developed a line of franchised games for names such as Shrek, Ghostbusters and Snoopy the Dog. Capcom may be looking more closely at Capcom Mobile’s Android remaster of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, which released late May. (The game was also released for iOS in 2014.) Meanwhile, Street Fighter as a franchise has exploded in popularity due to its competitive aspect and the release of Street Fighter V in February 2016. The franchise was already an arcade staple, and despite the fifth iteration not having an arcade release, it became an overnight esports hit. The game’s success was further proven by Turner Media’s television series ELeague, an invite series of many of the top players in the game (though it wasn’t part of the Pro Tour). This will be Capcom’s newest foray in mixing the genre and platform, though its previous game, Street Fighter X Tekken for iOS, didn’t have a similar esports focus. The new project will be met in app stores by the indie fighter hit Skullgirls, which saw its full release this month, plus other franchised apps such as Marvel’s Contest of Champions and DC’s Injustice. Esports Insider says: This could be a high-risk/high-reward move by Capcom. They have the sheer popularity and charm of their games and brands to last them a few lifetimes. Of course, that’s in a familiar way as, say, Angry Birds. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether the game’s competitive platform will be well-received and viable when push comes to shove. Here’s hoping, if only for the next generation of gamers, who genuinely love their mobile apps. read more
Ivan Kintu Bayige will officiate at the Beach Soccer AFCON in Egypt (Photo by FUFA Media)MENGO – Uganda’s top ranked FIFA beach soccer referee Ivan Kintu Bayige has been appointed by CAF to officiate at the 2019 AFCON Beach soccer finals in Egypt from 8th-14th December 2018.Bayige will appear at the AFCON Beach Soccer finals for the 2nd time having made his maiden appearance in Nigeria-2016.Ali Mwebe will be one of the two tournament’s General Coordinators.Meanwhile FIFA referees William Oloya will handle the CAF Confederation Cup match between Malawi’s Silver Strikers and Association Omnisport Center MberiSportif of Gabon. He was appointed together with Okello Dick and Okello Lee as the 1st and 2nd assistants respectively.Ssali Mashood was also assigned as the fourth Official of the match in Lilongwe, Malawi.More Ugandan FIFA referees Alex Muhabi, Isa Masembe, Musa Balikoowa and Ali Sabilah have also been appointed to handle CAF Champions League match between El Hilah (Sudan) vs JKU (Zanzibar) on 27th/28th November 2018.FIFA referee Brian Miiro Nsubuga will be the 4th official of the match between Miracle De Bandran of Comoros and Al Ittihad (Libya) on 28th November 2018.Match Commissioner Mike Letti will be in Burundi for the CAF Champions League match between Le Messager de Ngozi Fc and Ismaily of Egypt on 28th November 2018.Comments Tags: CafFUFAReferees read more