Diabetes fuels heart failure risk

first_img Share Heart failure occurs when the heart fails to pump blood around the body as it shouldPeople with diabetes are up to 65% more likely to have heart failure, an analysis has found.The National Diabetes Audit looked at data on almost two million people and also found increased risk of other complications, and premature death.The charity Diabetes UK, said people were “dying before their time”.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said progress was being made, but there was “unacceptable variation in diabetes care”.Heart damageThe audit, in its eighth year, covered about 85% of people in England with diabetes, and about 54% of those in Wales.The researchers compared the rates of a range of complications among people with diabetes with those seen in the the same sized group in the general population.In 2010-11, 45,000 people with the condition had heart failure – where the heart does not pump blood as effectively as it should, when the expected number would have been 27,300.The most common reason for heart failure is that the muscle has been damaged, for example, after a heart attack.Heart attacks were 48% more likely – 14,500 people with diabetes suffered this complication in 2010-11 – when 9,800 of such cases would have been expected.And people with diabetes were also at a significantly increased risk of need an amputation of the foot or leg.All the complications studied are recognised as being linked to diabetes and therefore more likely to occur in people with the condition.But the researchers say better preventative care would reduce cases.‘Scope for improvement’Dr Bob Young, of the National Diabetes Information Service who led work on the audit, said: “If everyone achieved the treatment targets that are laid down by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), none of the complications would be inevitable.“There is substantial scope for improvement.”The audit also estimated people with diabetes have a 40% higher risk of death than the general population 65,700 deaths compared with an expected 47,000. Dr Young added: “Much can be done to reduce these risks if all health care sectors work together with people who have diabetes.”Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We hope this report spurs the NHS into action to improve the current situation where fewer than half of people with diabetes meet the recommended cholesterol levels and a significant minority are not even having it measured.”Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It’s essential that, firstly, everyone with diabetes is identified and, secondly, they receive appropriate treatment and advice to help them avoid cardiovascular complications.“Still more important is the need to prevent diabetes from occurring in the first place by tackling the increasing levels of obesity in our society, particularly in our children.”Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “People with diabetes should be able to expect excellent care from the NHS and they will get it more consistently in future. “I know there has been progress, but there is still unacceptable variation and we are determined to put that right.”He said the new GP contract would include new measures to help GPs manage the care of people with diabetes better and that local authorities would be given ring-fenced budgets to target problems like obesity which can lead to Type 2 diabetes.BBC News Share Share HealthLifestyle Diabetes fuels heart failure risk by: – December 11, 2012center_img 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Linksters Defeat Lady Knights

first_imgThe Lady Cats traveled to take on the South Dearborn Knights. They shot a team score of 183 and took home the win. Junior, Maggie Brack, was Medallist with a score of 42.“To say the course was tough tonight is an understatement! It’s very hilly and the greens had just been aerated. It was an important round for us tonight because this is where our Conference tournament will be played in a couple of weeks.”  Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.The Cats will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to New Palestine to participate in their invite.FC Scoring. Maggie Brack-42, Abby Orschell-46, Gracie Graf-45, Camryn Brewer-51, Ashlan Hill-55.last_img read more

Jones switches line in run to Tri-City checkers

first_imgNate Jones was the IMCA Modified winner on season championship night at Tri-City Motor Speed­way. (Photo by Steve Marsh)By Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 17) – Nate Jones won the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature and unofficial track championship Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway.A single point separated Jones and Matt Szecsodi going into the evening and their competition included A.J. Ward, looking to collect his 100th career IMCA feature win.The pair of title contenders started mid-pack and Will Small took control early before Jones, using the bottom groove, took the top spot on lap five. He continued to run the bottom groove while a hard-charging Ward found speed in the top line.Ward tracked down Jones and was poised to steal the lead before the caution flag flew. On the restart, Jones decided to run the high side. The move allowed Jones to pull away from Ward and to his seventh feature win of the 2018 season. The win, along with Szecsodi’s finish of fourth, gave Jones the unofficial season title.last_img read more

Caution causes school to close due to chickenpox

first_imgVersailles, IN— An area school has chosen to close due to four students reporting they have chickenpox, or varicella.  Exercising an abundance of caution to keep students and staff healthy, St. Nicholas Catholic School designated today an e-Learning day.According to Ripley County Health Department Administrator, Dr. David J. Welsh per the Indiana Communicable Disease Rule, an outbreak of varicella is defined as five or more cases if the cases are under 13 years old or three or more cases if the cases are 13 years old or older. The cases must reside in at least two separate households. In suspected outbreaks, lab confirmation of as many cases as possible is preferred but not required. This has not been declared an outbreak according to Dr. Welsh, but just the school being abundantly cautious. Dr. Welsh stated that in this instance, there are no similarities found with age, classroom, or family for those that have been infected. And one child is already reportedly healed from the sickness.  Chickenpox spreads easily, mainly when a person touches or breathes in the virus particles that come from chickenpox.  It can also spread through tiny droplets that get into the air when someone who has chickenpox breathes or talks, for example. Chickenpox can spread up to 2 days before the infected person gets a rash until all the blisters have formed scabs.Chickenpox usually causes the following symptoms:An itchy rash of blistersFeverHeadacheFeeling tiredSymptoms usually last about a week. In some cases, chickenpox can cause serious problems. Chickenpox is usually mild in children, but the itching can be very uncomfortable. Children who get chickenpox can miss about a week of school or child care.In some cases, chickenpox can cause serious problems, such as:Skin infectionsDehydration (loss of body fluids)Pneumonia (an infection in the lungs)Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)Complications from chickenpox can be serious and can occur in any person who develops chickenpox, although they are more common in healthy babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. About 9 out of 10 children who get 2 doses of the vaccine will be completely protected from chickenpox.People with chickenpox must remain excluded from school, daycare, work or other public settings until all of the chickenpox lesions have crusted or if they do not have vesicular lesions until no new lesions appear in a 24-hour period.Dr. Welsh stated that the Ripley County Health Department will continue to monitor this situation.According to the Indiana State Board of Health records, only 87% of all kids 6-12 in Ripley and Decatur County had either a record of chickenpox or having received the vaccination. That is equal to the State total reported in 2017-2018.   Franklin County reported 86% of kids.last_img read more

All Florida schools closing for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

first_imgAll schools in Florida will be closed for the next two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.School districts statewide announced that the Florida Department of Education ordered the closures.The earliest kids could return to school is March 30th.Click here for a complete list of school district break dates.last_img

Harper reassures delegates of commitment to the development of cricket in Georgetown

first_imgFORMER Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper was returned unopposed as president of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) for another year on Tuesday night. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) pavilion on Woolford Avenue, presiding officer Ronald Williams ensured voting by the 37 delegates was held in a transparent manner.After the conclusion of the voting process, Harper reaffirmed his commitment towards the development of cricket at all levels in Georgetown.“We will be looking to run-off competitions at all the different levels, which would give youngsters the opportunity to showcase their talents, and to help them to move on to greater heights,” the former West Indies vice-captain pointed out.He noted that the challenge of grounds’ availability will be top priority for the GCA during the year.Tuesday’s night AGM and elections was the first since 2014, due to a court injunction against the association.“Now that the court issues are behind us, we hope … we look forward to the development of cricket in Georgetown. I want to give the junior players the opportunity to develop and reach their full potential,” Harper remarked.Meanwhile, Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) was the only city club that was not allowed voting rights after their financial contribution for the past three years was not paid to the association.Neil Barry and Azad Ibrahim were elected first and second vice-presidents respectively. The two were challenged by University of Guyana’s representative Lavern Fraser.The rest of the executive reads: Deborah McNichol (secretary), Paul Castello (assistant secretary), Denis Wilson (treasurer), Imran Alli (assistant treasurer), Graham Alli (Marketing Manager), Colin Alfred (Public Relations Officer) and Shawn Massiah (Chairman of the Competitions Committee).last_img read more

Pepperdine faces tough test vs No. 2 Gonzaga

first_imgLEADING THE WAY: Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross has averaged 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.3 assists while Kameron Edwards has put up 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. For the Bulldogs, Filip Petrusev has averaged 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds while Corey Kispert has put up 13.8 points.CLAMPING DOWN: The Bulldogs have given up only 64.9 points per game across 11 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 68.3 per game they gave up over 15 non-conference games.KEY FACILITATOR: Ross has directly created 52 percent of all Pepperdine field goals over the last three games. Ross has 23 field goals and 22 assists in those games.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Gonzaga’s Kispert has attempted 141 3-pointers and connected on 44 percent of them, and is 7 for 12 over the last three games.STREAK STATS: Gonzaga has won its last nine road games, scoring 85.8 points and allowing 66.7 points during those contests. Pepperdine has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 81 points while giving up 71.7. DID YOU KNOW: The Gonzaga offense has scored 88.5 points per game this season, ranking the Bulldogs first among Division I teams. The Pepperdine defense has allowed 77.4 points per game to opponents (ranked 297th overall).___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 2 Gonzaga (25-1, 11-0) vs. Pepperdine (14-12, 7-5)Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 2 Gonzaga presents a tough challenge for Pepperdine. Pepperdine has lost both of its games against ranked teams this season. Gonzaga remains No. 2 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s last week.center_img Pepperdine faces tough test vs No. 2 Gonzaga February 14, 2020last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 15, 2020 Redman had a 63, while Oppenheim set a career low on tour with a 62 in second at 16-under. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPKelly still leadsAKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly remains the leader at the Senior Players Championship despite bogeys on two of his last four holes on Saturday.Kelly had to settle for an even-par 70 after being the only player at par or better after two days in the PGA Tour Champions’ first major of the season. He’s one stroke ahead of Woody Austin, Scott Parel and Colin Montgomerie. — Saturday’s game between the Reds and visiting Pirates was postponed after a Cincinnati player tested positive for COVID-19. The Reds are the third team to have a game postponed because someone on their roster tested positive, joining the Marlins and Cardinals. Major League Baseball also postponed Sunday’s game as it awaits further test results.MLB-NEWSStrasburg lands on ILUNDATED (AP) — Nationals pitcher and 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 10-day injured list. A recurring nerve issue in his throwing hand delayed his start to the season and limited his second appearance to 16 pitches on Friday. In other MLB news: St. Louis had been sidelined for 2 1/2 weeks after several players tested positive for the coronavirus, including All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-ehr moh-LEE’-nuh) and infielder Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’).Elsewhere in the majors:— The Cubs have their first losing streak of the season after Avisail (a-vih-sah-EEL’) Garcia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to send the Brewers past Chicago, 6-5. Urías had three hits for Milwaukee, including an infield single that brought home a much-needed insurance run in the 10th.— The Braves halted a four-game skid by topping the Marlins, 2-1 on Adam Duvall’s tiebreaking home run with one out in the ninth. Atlanta’s Max Fried (freed) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and was in line for his fourth victory until Monte Harrison hit his first major league homer leading off the eighth against Will Smith. — Slumping slugger Rhys Hoskins laced a three-run double and Jean Segura homered as the Phillies beat the Mets for the second straight day, 6-2. Winning pitcher Aaron Nola scattered three hits and struck out eight over seven shutout innings. — Brayden Point and Victor Hedman scored in the last six minutes of the second period to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 win over Columbus. Alex Killorn also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) needed to make just 15 saves as Tampa Bay took a two-games-to-one lead in the series. Riley Nash had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.NBA-BLAZERS-GRIZZLIESBlazers make playoffs, oust Grizzlies with 126-122 victoryLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have advanced to the NBA playoffs by winning their play-in series against the Memphis Grizzlies.CJ McCollum scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of big jumpers to lead the Blazers past the Grizzlies, 126-122. Damian Lillard dropped in 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who won their last four games in down-to-the-wire finishes. Associated Press Austin and Parel each shot 67, while Montgomerie had a 68.NFL-PACKERS-CLARKPackers sign Clark to extensionGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark has signed a four-year contract extension.Clark’s agent confirmed a ESPN report that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA agreed to terms on a deal worth $70 million, with a $25 million signing bonus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEB’s, Coyotes winUNDATED (AP) — Goaltending was the story during the first two games of today’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule. The Boston Bruins managed to win after their top netminder opted out of the remainder of the playoffs, while the Arizona Coyotes received an outstanding performance from their goalie. Cards win in return from coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals finally got a chance to play meaningful baseball for the first time since July 29, sweeping a doubleheader from the White Sox.The Cardinals were in mid season form from the start as Dexter Fowler supplied a two-run single while St. Louis scored four times in the first inning to beat the White Sox, 5-1 in the opener of a doubleheader in Chicago.Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched five innings of one-run ball in his second start of the year. Giovanny Gallegos then struck out the side in the sixth before John Gant finished the seven-inning game.Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill homered in the nightcap to power the Redbirds past the Pale Hose, 6-3. The Cards trailed 3-1 in the fifth until Goldschmidt hit an RBI single off Evan Marshall and O’Neill belted a tiebreaking drive to left later in the inning. Bencic currently is ranked No. 8. Five of the WTA’s top eight players have announced they won’t play at Flushing Meadows amid the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR-DILLONAustin Dillon out after positive COVID-19 testDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning and is now self-quarantining away from the team. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona.center_img Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. F1-SPANISH GPHamilton secures 92nd poleMONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has secured a record-extending 92nd pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix. He nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just .059 seconds. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified in third. Hamilton is looking to claim an 88th F1 victory that would move him within three of Michael Schumacher’s record. — The White Sox have put reliever Ian Hamilton on the 10-day injured list because of a sore right shoulder. The team also transferred utilityman Leury (lay-UR’-ee) García to the 45-day injured list with a sprained thumb. PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPKim shoots 62 for 2-shot lead after three rounds at WyndhamGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim had a hole in one on the way to a 62 and a two-shot lead over Doc Redman and Rob Oppenheim through three rounds of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship.Kim is at 18-under after 54 holes. He made history three years ago when at 21 he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship. Now, he’s seeking his first victory since — and playing strongly wherever he tees it up. Clark has emerged as the Packers’ top defensive lineman. In other news:— Atlanta police say former four-time Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Chip Banks is in serious condition following a shooting. Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Rooker says the 60-year-old Banks was in serious condition. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSParents join players urging Big Ten to play, 9 Sooners positive for virus UNDATED (AP) — A group of Ohio State football players’ parents joined parents of players at Iowa in calling for the Big Ten to overturn its decision not to play this fall. Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said nine Sooners tested positive for COVID-19 after he gave his players a week break from team activities. The Football Parents at Ohio State posted a letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, calling for the reinstatement of the 10-game schedule the conference unveiled six days before it postponed football until spring. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSBencic out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) is the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open. Her withdrawal means three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season. They finished with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion Williamson and first-time All-Star Brandon Ingram.New Orleans’ lone playoff appearance under Gentry came in the 2017-18 season.In other NBA news:— Portland’s Damian Lillard has been unanimously selected as the top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World. He averaged a league-best 37.6 points in the eight games. Phoenix’s Monty Williams led the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the bubble and was chosen as the top coach of the seeding-game schedule.MLB-SCHEDULE The Bruins lead their first-round series two games to one after Jaroslav Halak (YAR’-oh-slav hah-LAHK’) stopped 29 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Halak got the win hours after the team announced that Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask left to be with his wife and three children.Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period and added an assist. Sean Kuraly (kuh-RAH’-leez) made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal early in the third.Darcy Kuemper was sensational as the Coyotes earned a 4-2 win over the Avalanche to pull within two games to one in their first-round series. Darcy Kuemper made 20 of his 49 saves in the first period and stopped several tough attempts in the final 20 minutes to allow Arizona to stay ahead. Brad Richardson broke a 1-1 tie with 34 seconds left in the second period. It remained 2-1 until Taylor Hall scored the first of the Coyotes’ two empty-netters.In other Stanley Cup first-round action: — Clint Frazier crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs while starting in place of injured outfielder Aaron Judge to lead the Yankees to their fifth straight win over the Red Sox, 11-5. Gary Sánchez went long in his third straight game to help New York complete a victory after DJ LeMahieu left with a sprained left thumb in the sixth inning. — The Astros were 2-1 winners over the Mariners behind Cristian Javier, one tossed one-hit ball over six innings. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) homered among his two hits as Houston won its third in a row.— Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Twins held on to beat the Royals, 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Tyler Duffey earned the win with a perfect inning in relief of Jake Odorizzi. — The Royals earned a split of the twinbill as Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a three-run homer in a 4-2 decision over Minnesota. Duffy allowed one earned run and just two hits while striking out eight over five innings, helping Kansas City win for the sixth time in eight games.— Shane Bieber is 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA after tossing three-hit ball while fanning 11 over seven shutout innings of the Indians’ 3-1 win over the Tigers. Jose Ramirez lined a two-run double and Carlos Santana added an RBI double in Cleveland’s club-record 19th consecutive win over Detroit. Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and 21 rebounds for the winners, who got 21 points from Carmelo Anthony.Portland opens its Western Conference playoff schedule Tuesday against the top-seeded Lakers.NBA-NEWSPelicans fire coachUNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have fired coach Alvin Gentry after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in his five seasons. INDYCAR-INDY 500Marco Andretti leads Honda onslaught in Indy 500 qualifyingINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led a top speed sweep for Andretti Autosport in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 as the Honda-powered team claimed the first four spots on the leaderboard and eight of the top nine. Andretti posted a four-lap average of 231.351 mph. The top nine drivers advance to a Sunday shootout that determines the first three starting rows for the Aug. 23 Indianapolis 500. Honda drivers claimed eight of those positions after all 33 cars had made a qualifying attempt.last_img read more

Cut Michigan slack, losing could happen here too

first_imgWith the clock winding down in the fourth quarter and the Badgers trailing UNLV by a point, Wisconsin faced a crucial fourth down inside Rebel territory. A failure to convert the first down would make losing a very real possibility. Fans of the Cardinal and White across the country focused their attention on the expected recipient of the ball, running back P.J. Hill, but I wasn’t thinking about the action on the field at Sam Boyd Stadium at all. Instead, my thoughts drifted someplace Badger fans won’t see at all this season. I started to think about Ann Arbor, Mich.Like many other Wisconsin football fans, as well as pretty much everyone not an ardent Michigan fan, I’ve taken immense pleasure in watching the Wolverines start their season with two embarrassing home loses, putting the Rose Bowl hopefuls in an 0-2 hole to start the year.I’ve text messaged taunts to friends at Michigan, laughed out loud at their misfortunes, and spent plenty of time watching the highlights of the losses, but facing a possible defeat at the hands of UNLV, I realized that the suffering occurring right now in Ann Arbor could very well happen at any time in Madison.Caught up in the hype surrounding an undefeated season and national championship, Michigan fans learned the hard way that “perfect” is not a word fit to describe football teams and seasons. Michigan’s struggles should be not used as an opportunity to jeer, but rather as an opportunity to learn. After all, it could happen here too.Even though Hill picked up the first down, setting up Tyler Donovan’s game-winning touchdown, the thought of losing has firmly been planted in my head.If Michigan, with their Heisman Trophy-candidate running back and preseason No. 5 ranking can go down twice, surely UW is not unbeatable.With that concept now understood, it becomes clear that the losses and subsequent ridicule that Wolverine fans have been faced with is not something that can be cast aside and avoided; instead it must be expected and accounted for. Actions taken now will affect the ones we will take later.For example, almost immediately after Appalachian State beat Michigan, I proudly declared I’d be ordering and wearing a Mountaineers shirt to the Wisconsin-Michigan game in attempt to really stick it to the Wolverine fans. Soon though, it became apparent to me that it wasn’t such a good idea, and that in doing so I’d be tempting the fickle and merciless college football karma god to act with vengeance toward me (also, Ohio State fans beat me to the punch). Although losing is not preventable, there’s no need to ask for it to happen.So, with a Boy Scout-like attitude of “be prepared,” here are some steps fans can take to make an inevitable upset (not necessarily this year, but sometime in the future) a little more bearable.Don’t take too much pleasure in the defeats of rivalsWhat goes around comes around. All the voicemails and Facebook messages you thought were so funny at the time won’t seem so amusing when everyone you know piles on you after an upset. Save the trash talk for people who don’t know how to reach you.Start with low expectationsA way of life traditionally favored by pessimists, expecting the worst may lead to some unnecessary stress at times, but at least when the big loss occurs, you will have already convinced yourself that it was going to happen. Plus, wins become that much sweeter when you’ve convinced yourself a win isn’t in the cards.Savor the good timesKnowing that things won’t always be so great means that when they are you should enjoy them even more. UW won’t always have a top 10 football team, so live it up now. Also, when tough defeats do happen, it’s the good times that you’ll want to look to for solace.Find an outlet to channel your angerThough the popular decision after a tough loss may be to turn directly to alcohol, there are other ways to take out frustration. Health nuts have working out, but I’d suggest finding something defenseless to pummel instead. Try a pillow or a punching bag — definitely something that doesn’t breathe.Don’t care so muchContrary to some fans’ belief, losing is not the end of the world. Sure it hurts, but if your self-worth is caught up in the outcome of a football game, then you might want to reconsider your priorities. After all, starting quarterbacks probably aren’t losing sleep on how your econ test went, and if they are, the losing might come sooner than we thought.Mike is a sophomore majoring in journalism. If you’d like to offer another way to cope with losing (that means you, Cubs fans) he can be reached at read more

USC looks to build on its early success

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team welcomes No. 20 Pepperdine at 1:30 p.m. today, hoping to extend its early-season winning streak to seven matches.The Waves are also coming off an equally successful start at 5-1.“They will have a lot of passion on the court,” said USC coach Peter Smith, who coached the Waves for six seasons. “They will bring energy, they’re great to play against and they are the most enthusiastic team we play.”Though the Trojans (6-0) have enjoyed early season success, they know they still have work to do, and that the season is far from over.“Being mentally stable makes it possible to win matches,” said junior Daniel Nguyen. “How you approach the match, whether you stay calm and don’t get too frustrated is crucial.”Following last week’s match against University of San Diego — by far its most intense of the season — USC looks to stay grounded and focused on the task at hand.“[Pepperdine] is always a good team. They’ve got a solid lineup from top to bottom,” Johnson said.Coming off of consecutive 7-0 victories against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara last week, Pepperdine will be ready to play.Among their lineup are three nationally ranked players in No. 14 Sebastian Fanselow, No. 40 Alex Llompart and No. 112 Finn Tearney.Tearney partners with the Waves’ Hugh Clarke, and they are ranked No. 35 nationally as well.“They’re a national championship team which national championship coaches. They know what it takes,” Smith said.Though Smith is confident that the Trojans will control the match, both he and Johnson acknowledge that at this point in the season, it is still a growing process.“We’re getting better with each match. We’re a younger team and with more experience we improve,” Johnson said. “We need to keep things going [against Pepperdine].”The Trojans will travel next week to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, but for Johnson, Nguyen and the team, right now the focus is on facing the Waves.“We’ve got to jump on them quickly, set the tone early on and don’t let go,” Johnson said.last_img read more