Rutgers women’s soccer bounced from NCAA Tournament in penalty kicks

Rutgers women’s soccer defense, keeper Casey Murphy shut ouut West Virginia, but lost in penalty kicks The scoreless tie was a friend of the Rutgers women’s soccer team all season. Until it wasn’t. Such is the fickle nature of penalty kicks. Rutgers was eliminated Friday night on the road in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as West Virginia prevailed 4-3 in penalty kicks after the teams played to a 0-0 tie through regulation and two overtimes. “Tough game, tough way to lose,” coach Mike O’Neill said in a statement. “I’m really proud of them for having a really good year.” Rutgers star Casey Murphy to chase Olympic dream… Read More

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Cold Specks opens up with Fool’s Paradise

When it comes to crafting a persona as a singer-songwriter, being mysterious is a good thing. Being confusing, however, is not. Ever since she emerged onto the international scene with her 2012 debut I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, there has been an undeniable layer of intrigue to singer-songwriter Ladan Hussein. The album introduced a fully formed artist who offered a unique mix of intimacy and mystery in a genre she dubbed “doom soul.” She named the project Cold Specks. When interviewers asked for her real name, she gave them Al Spx, which also happened to be made up. It made her compellingly enigmatic, but was also kind of confusing. People… Read More

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Rose takes 1-shot lead into final round at Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Justin Rose shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship. The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for an overall 15-under 201. The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day’s best score of 63, and Spain’s Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65. Rose is chasing his second Race to Dubai title but leading rival Tommy Fleetwood is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of… Read More

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Why one NCAA championship team declined Trump’s invitation

By Des Bieler, (c) 2017, The Washington Post The South Carolina Gamecocks waited months to receive an invitation to the White House. When it finally arrived earlier in November, the NCAA women’s basketball champions gave this reply: thanks, but no thanks. Gamecocks Coach Dawn Staley confirmed Thursday that her squad would not be joining other NCAA spring-season title teams in a ceremony Friday at the White House. South Carolina reportedly cited a scheduling conflict, the same reason the NCAA men’s champion North Carolina Tar Heels offered in September, when they turned down an invitation to be honored by President Donald Trump. The difference is that the Tar Heels were invited… Read More

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