Women may mount stronger COVID-19 immune response

first_imgTreated differently? But the study has limitations.Firstly, the sample size was relatively small, with 98 patients in total. The average age of the patients was also high, at around sixty years.Commenting on the research, Eleanor Riley, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, said some of the divergence noted in the study is “likely due to differences in age or BMI [the sex differences disappear once these other factors are taken into account]”. BMI measures body fat.She said others could have arisen “by chance”.”Importantly, although the average response may differ between men and women, the range of most of the measurements in men and women overlap significantly, meaning that many women have responses that are indistinguishable from those of many men,” she added. Riley said this is why treatments would be better if they were individually tailored, rather than defined solely on sex.  Topics : Researchers found that women mounted a more robust immune response involving T lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell that can recognize viruses and eliminate them.  This was the case even among older women, the study found. In contrast, older men had weaker T cell activity — the older they were, the weaker the response. Overall men also produced more cytokines, which are inflammatory proteins that form another part of the body’s natural immune defense. However, severe cases of COVID-19 have been linked to what is known as a “cytokine storm”, when the immune system goes into overdrive, which is harmful and potentially deadly. Men who showed high concentrations early on were more likely to have a severe case of the disease, while those women who also showed significant cytokine levels also appeared to fare worse, the study found. According to the authors, this could imply that men and women need different treatments.For men, for example “we should be enhancing their T cell responses with vaccines” Iwasaki said, while women could be given treatment to dampen the cytokine response.   A new study looking at male and female immune responses to the new coronavirus may shed new light on why men are more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, researchers said Wednesday.     Since early in the pandemic it has been clear that men, particularly older men, are at a far higher risk of dying from the virus than women of a similar age, but scientists have not yet been able to pinpoint exactly why. A new study published in the journal Nature noted that globally men account for about 60 percent of deaths from COVID-19 and looked at whether differences in immune responses could explain why. “What we found was that men and women indeed develop different types of immune responses to COVID-19,” said the study’s lead author Akiko Iwasaki, a professor at Yale University, in a video. The immunity specialist said “these differences may underlie heightened disease susceptibility in men”. Researchers collected nasal, saliva, and blood samples from non-infected control subjects and patients with the disease who were treated at Yale New Haven Hospital in the United States.  They then monitored patients to look at their immune responses.last_img read more

Shearer gives promising Abraham verdict despite ‘difficult Chelsea role’

first_imgChelsea star Tammy Abraham has been praised by the Premier League’s all-time top scorer Alan Shearer after his strong start to the season.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Abraham has hit the ground running, notching 13 league goals for Frank Lampard’s men.And Shearer admits the youngster has impressed him in recent months.“I’m a big fan of Tammy Abraham. He’s playing a difficult role given his experience,” he told BBC 5 Live.“He’s got a very good touch, technique, good at bringing people into the game. He’ll be delighted with the return in terms of number of goals.“He’s only going to get better.”Chelsea are on course to battle for a top four spot this season, which Lampard was tasked with achieving upon his arrival this summer.And Shearer has also been impressed with the former midfielder since he took the job.“Chelsea are still on target for what they want to achieve. Frank Lampard is doing a fantastic job,” he added.Alan Shearer gives promising Tammy Abraham verdict despite ‘difficult Chelsea role’ https://t.co/sVqmMPlu5b pic.twitter.com/aqnhmxWj7a— Chelsea FC News (@ChelseaNews2019) January 1, 2020Read Also:Brighton vs Chelsea: Jahanbakhsh nets stunning equalizer against Blues“With the number of youngsters and inexperience in that Chelsea side, you are always going to get inconsistencies, because that’s what happens when you have so many inexperienced players in your team.“But I think they’re pretty much on track.“When Frank took on that job, he knew the circumstances, but overall he is doing a very, very good job.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Blues couldn’t sign any new players over the summer due to a transfer ban, meaning the 22-year-old has led the line so far this season. Loading… last_img read more

Sala crash pilot lost control, flew too fast: UK probe

first_imgFootballer Emiliano Sala was killed when the unlicensed pilot of his plane lost control and flew too fast as he tried to avoid bad weather, British aviation investigators said on Friday. The deadly plane crash cast a spotlight on lax aviation regulation in Britain The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in its final report into the January 21, 2019 crash that the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft suffered an in-flight break-up and plunged in to the water, north of Guernsey, upside down. The AAIB also confirmed that pilot David Ibbotson, 59, was unlicensed to fly that particular aircraft and at night, when the tragedy occurred. He was also operating an unlicensed commercial flight and being paid an unspecified amount for the flight, which was illegal. Investigators said it was likely that he was affected by carbon monoxide. An interim report also found that Sala had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning before the plane crashed and was likely unconscious when it hit the water. Geraint Herbert, Senior Inspector of Air Accidents at AAIB, said the plane was flying erratically in its last moments as the pilot tried to avoid bad weather. “During this accident the pilot lost control of the aircraft during a turn, which we believe he was making to avoid poor weather,” Herbert told AFP. “After that the aircraft broke up in flight because it was manoeuvring at a speed well in excess of its maximum manoeuvring speed.” – ‘Not survivable’ – The plane was travelling at an estimated 270 miles per hour (435 kilometres per hour) when it hit the water, said the AAIB. Investigators said the impact was “not survivable”. Although there was no single cause for the accident, said investigators, the tragedy has thrown a spotlight on lax regulation. The 115-page report highlighted concerns over the growing use of unlicensed commercial flights, such as the one used to transport Sala, by the “sporting world”. The AAIB also recommended that carbon monoxide monitors be fitted as standard on all planes. Sala had signed for Cardiff in a £15 million ($19 million, 17-million-euro) deal completed just a few days before the crash The plane, built in 1984, did not have such a monitor and it is believed that the poisoning was caused by a faulty cabin heater. Herbert said two main factors contributed to the crash. “One was that the pilot was not experienced and qualified to fly the flight, but the other one of course was that he was probably suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning,” he said. “We have made a recommendation to the regulators to require the carriage of carbon monoxide detectors on aircraft such as this.” – Illegal charter flights – Sala had signed for Cardiff in a £15 million ($19 million, 17-million-euro) deal completed just a few days before the crash. The Argentinian was returning to Cardiff to take part in his first training session after saying goodbye to his teammates in northwest France. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi is coronavirus positive In a statement, Cardiff City said it “welcomed” the report which “raises a number of new questions which we hope will be addressed during the inquest recommencing next week”. That inquest is due to start next Monday in Bournemouth, southern England. The European Business Aviation Association said the tragedy and report had highlighted “the risks of illegal charter flights”. Reports in the British press have said former football agent Willie McKay said he paid for the fatal flight, but did not choose the pilot or the plane. Sala’s body was found several days after the crash, attached to wreckage from the plane, while Ibbotson’s body was never found.center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining MeansTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Loading… last_img read more

Messi could make a sensational return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys

first_img Loading… Messi joined the Rosario club when he was just six years old and scored more than 500 goals for their youth teams before being snapped up by Barcelona aged 14. He has since gone on to become the Spanish giants’ greatest ever player and this week scored his 700th goal for the club in a draw with Atletico Madrid. Messi, now 33, has just under a year left on his lucrative £500,000 a week contract at the Nou Camp and speculation about his future remains rife. He is expected to extend his stay at Barca despite issues with boss Quique Setien and the club’s board, although he is yet to confirm when he will leave Spain. Cristian D’Amico, vice-president of Newell’s Old Boys, hopes that when that day comes, Messi opts for a return to his boyhood club instead of retirement.Advertisement Lionel Messi could finish his career back where it all started by joining Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, the club’s vice-president has claimed. Talking about a sensational return for Messi while citing Diego Maradona’s brief spell at the club in the 1990s, D’Amico told TNT Sports: ‘I don’t know if it’s impossible. ‘It’s a decision exclusively made by him and his family. We have to have the best possible context to help make a decision. ‘When Maradona came to Newell’s, nobody thought that he would come either. I hope to do something similar with Leo.’ read also:Messi, Ronaldo name toughest opponents they’ve faced D’Amico added: ‘Obviously, that’s not to be selling smoke. It’s a difficult topic. ‘What Newell’s fan would not dream to see the best player in the world with the jersey of their team on? Time might allow such things, you have to be calm.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Real-life Robots That Will Make You Think The Future Is Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Showlast_img read more

Fauci says anti-quarantine protest could prolong the lockdown

first_imgDr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is warning the public that anti-quarantine protest could backfire and actually prolong the pandemic.He spoke to Good Morning America on Monday stating that he understands the shutdown has affected many other aspects of people’s lives, but opening the country too early could cause bigger problems:“I think the message is that, clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not gonna happen.”“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re gonna set yourself back,” Fauci continued. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”At least 20 states including Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia  have seen protest in the last few days demanding that the government reopen some parts of the economy.Many of those protesters were seen without protective gear and standing in close quarters.Despite Fauci’s concern President Donald Trump urged state representatives who are have seen protest to “liberate” their residents stating that the restrictions are “too tough.”last_img read more

Preparations for CBC 3×3 tournament to begin next week

first_imgPREPARATIONS for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-17 National 3×3 Tournament are set to commence in the new week, says Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Junior Hercules.The tournament is set to be hosted in February in the island of St Lucia. According to Hercules, the official email which includes tourney dates and other details will arrive in the new week.“Preparations will start in the new week specific to readiness of the players and rules etc,” said Hercules. He added that during the upcoming week he will reach out to the players for their passport documents and verifications.He was also of the opinion that in order for there to be good preparation, access should be afforded to multiple all-weather playing venues.“I will discuss a possible engagement with the Federation to see the selected team’s training time, rules overview and games to test (their) readiness” Hercules stated.The National team that will be representing Guyana is the Kwakwani Combine team which featured three Junior National players who competed in the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) in October.The team is made up of Stanton Rose, Jamal Gilkes, Timothy Thompson and Jonathan Mangra with the former two hailing from Kwakwani. Rose is also the reigning Road to Mecca 3 MVP and National School Basketball Festival MVP.Commenting on the team Hercules stated, “Rose is the best young player in the country, Thompson has shown he has the potential, Mangra has some experience and has proved he can play. Gilkes is very talented and just needs some polishing so for that age group it’s the best we have.”Hercules highlighted strategy, skills and consistency as the factors needed to win the tournament.last_img read more

Despite strong effort, Wisconsin falls to OSU

first_imgThe No. 16-ranked University of Wisconsin wrestling team fell to No. 6 Ohio State 24-18 Sunday in their last dual meet of the season.The result wasn’t one the Badgers were looking for on Senior Day as the meet was their last dual at the Field House this year and their last competition before the Big Ten Championships.“They wrestled well,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said of Ohio State. “They’re one of the top teams in the Big Ten.”The dual started poorly for the Badgers as Ben Jordan was defeated 2-6 by the Buckeyes’? Jason Johnstone at 157 lbs.The next match proved to be the most exciting of the dual as eighth-ranked UW freshman Andrew Howe upset No. 2-ranked Colt Sponseller, 3-2. The match was extremely tight as the two carefully planned each one of their moves, scoring sparingly. Howe gained a 2-1 advantage with a takedown, but Sponseller evened it at two by the end of the second period. In the third period, Howe gained a point with an escape and held off a hard-fighting Sponseller until the horn sounded. Howe improved his record to 22-4 overall and stayed undefeated in dual matches after his most recent upset.The Buckeyes responded in the next two matches with wins at 174 lbs. as Dave Rella took down Travis Rutt, 3-5, and No. 2-ranked Mike Pucillo earned a major decision, easily defeating UW’s Eric Bugenhagen 4-14 at 184 lbs.UW then gained the lead going into the intermission as No. 3-ranked Dallas Herbst and No. 18 Kyle Massey easily won their matches. Herbst pinned opponent Jason Cook in the first period in the 197 lbs. class, and heavyweight Kyle Massey handled Ohio State’s Corey Morrison 8-1.Herbst was proud of his performance after the match.“Last time wrestling here, and I wanted to go out with a bang,” Herbst said. “And I guess I got that accomplished. I’ve been struggling a little bit this year with my pins, and to get one for the last one here felt good.”With the score 12-10 in the Badgers’ favor, the Buckeyes came out looking to take over, winning their next three matches. Ohio State’s Nikko Triggas pinned UW’s Drew Hammen in 2:22 in the 125 lbs. bout, and the 133 lbs. finished in similar fashion. UW’s Tom Kelliher fought off several pin attempts by No. 3-ranked Reece Humphrey, but Humphrey earned numerous takedowns and eventually a major decision, winning 13-3.The Buckeye’s extended their lead to 24-12 and put the dual out of reach as J Jaggers won a major decision against Eric Senescu after dominating him for a 13-3 win at 141 lbs. This match was highlighted by the curious absence of UW’s top wrestler, Zach Tanelli, who is currently No. 1 in the nation. The Badgers may have had a chance to take the dual if Tanelli had been active, but Tanelli was cautious and stayed out this dual in preparation of the Big Ten Championships next week.“It would have been a big difference if [Tanelli] had been in,” Herbst said of his teammate.Davis said Tanelli’s performance is too vital to risk anything.“We’re just trying to make sure he’s ready to go for the Big Ten’s,” Davis said. “That’s going to be the key factor down the road.”UW junior and No. 5-ranked Kyle Ruschell finished strong for the Badgers, though, as he pinned his opponent, Owen Schaefer, at the 4:29 mark in the 149 lbs. match. Ohio State was missing their No. 4-ranked wrestler, Lance Palmer, though, and Ruschell improved to 23-5 overall against the weaker competition.This dual marked the end of the regular season for both teams. Wisconsin fell to 9-8-0 overall and 3-5-0 in Big Ten play, and Ohio State improved to 17-2-0 overall and 7-1-0 in conference play.The Badgers will be losing eight seniors this year as Mike Felling, Dallas Herbst, Kyle Massey, Zach Tanelli, Justin Peterson, Kyle Reeve, Dan Rivers and Erik Senescu will be moving on after this season.“As a coach, it was hard to see those guys go, but we’re not done yet,” Davis said.The Wisconsin grapplers are looking forward to the Big Ten and national championship, though, taking this loss as just another learning experience.“It was a good dual meet; the dual meets are over with now, but now the war begins,” Davis said. “It’s another five days: two in the Big Ten’s and three in the NCAA’s.”Herbst echoed his coach.“The next two weeks, we’ll be working on [the Big Ten Championship],” Herbst said. “After that, we’re working on nationals — step by step.”last_img read more

Syracuse club ice hockey looks to carry over momentum from before Thanksgiving Break

first_imgIt’s been a roller coaster season for Syracuse.First, it was six wins in eight games. Then five losses in seven contests. But now, the Orange seems to have righted the ship.After four straight wins, and the adaptation of head coach Nick Pierandri’s hard-nosed defensive philosophy, the Orange has seen immediate results. Syracuse (12-7) took momentum into Thanksgiving Break and has a recent winning streak after midseason struggles.“I think we just all came together as a team and bought into the coach’s system,” senior goalie Austin Lefkowicz said. “It’s hard to get the chemistry going but now that we’re getting late in the season, we’re buying in. That leads to success in this league.”Lefkowicz, junior backup Jaime Ketchabaw and defenders in front of them were crucial to the team’s recent successes, holding Orange opponents to two goals or fewer in each of the last six wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensive dominance has been a constant for SU in a season marked by offensive questions. The Orange has only allowed four goals or more four times, two of which were against the high-powered offense of Stony Brook, and 45 goals total this season.While finding the net has not been as easy as protecting it — SU ranks only 26th out of 51 teams in goals scored — the Orange has learned to play with the confidence that its own shots will eventually fall as long as opponents are prevented from scoring.“It all starts with our goaltender,” junior forward JR LaPointe said. “When our goaltenders are playing solid, it filters throughout our team.”To be able to climb higher in the rankings and fight for one of six playoff spots in February, the Orange also needs to improve its play on the road, where it has gone 3-6 so far this season.Six of SU’s final 13 games are away from home, and the outcome of those games may make the difference between reaching the playoffs and watching them from home.“Honestly when we get on the road, it’s kind of tough for our team to get into the groove of things,” said senior forward Alex Rajaniemi. “You kind of got to get a flow to the game.”If the Orange does earn a playoff spot, its home success will put it at an advantage. SU will host all rounds of the 2015 ACHA tournament with the exception of the quarterfinals.Following the system has given the Orange good reason to hope its season will continue long into the postseason. But for Pierandri, that’s no surprise.“I’ve told them all along,” Pierandri said. “It’s preparation during the week, its excitement and … having passion for the game on the weekends.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 4, 2014 at 1:36 amlast_img read more

Better setting boosting Syracuse’s hitting percentages

first_imgLast season, Syracuse ranked 246th in the nation with a hitting percentage of .176. Lack of experience, Kendra Lukacs said, plagued the Orange throughout the year as SU finished 7-23.“Unfortunately our passing was not good last year,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “Our hitting was not good last year.”While last season may have been one to forget for SU, players learned from it and adapted. This year, the Orange (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) boast a .238 hitting percentage, ranking 67th in the nation. SU is playing faster, smarter and have a better understanding for one another’s games. A large part of SU’s improvement come from its setters, who have anchored the success of Syracuse’s hitters.“Our setters are much better (this year),” Yelin said. “They’re all growing up.”In practice, the Orange simulate game-like situations. Once the ball is in play, it is up to the setter to determine which side of the net is receiving less attention from opposing blockers. Then, once they decide and the ball is set, the sole task of a hitter is to get the ball over the net while keeping it inbounds. The only way to get better at setting and hitting is repetition, Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has achieved a higher hitting percentage because setters are identifying how opposing defenses line up, placing the ball toward an area where there is one or zero blockers. On Oct. 6 against Clemson, Jalissa Trotter was the beneficiary of Dana Valelly’s awareness, as she spiked the ball by just one blocker, finishing off a straight-set win. Had two blockers been there, the 5-foot-7 Trotter may not have gotten the ball over the net.“Our service team is 100 percent better than last year,” junior Santita Ebangwese said. “Jalissa (Trotter) has enough foresight to see wherever the blockers are going, to set up the opposite (side).”Trotter, SU’s starting setter, is averaging 7.29 assists a set, up .71 from last season. When Trotter was injured earlier this season, junior Annie Bozzo impressed, recording 286 assists over an eight-game span. Valelly, the third-choice setter, has provided solid minutes and has averaged 1.73 assists per set.“Without them, our hitters wouldn’t have high hitting percentages,” Yelin said.The Orange’s hitters have benefitted greatly thanks to the improved play of Trotter, Bozzo and Valelly. SU’s two main hitters, Anastasiya Gorelina and Lukacs, have seen their hitting percentages increase, hitting .224 and .216, respectivelyThe biggest improvement of all Syracuse’s hitters has been Ebangwese. After posting a .286 hitting percentage last season, the junior middle blocker has elevated her game and now ranks 25th in the nation with a .396 hitting percentage.SU’s setters and hitters have finally developed a chemistry that was absent last season, and it’s translating into wins for the Orange.“We’ve grown a lot now that we’ve had that year under our belt” Lukacs said. Comments Published on October 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beach volleyball ready for home opener

first_imgAfter a successful spring break trip to Hawaii that saw theNo. 1 beach volleyball team capture the Outrigger Hawaii Invitational Crown, the undefeated Trojans (11-0) will now gear up for their first home match of 2017, as they host Loyola Marymount in a dual on Wednesday at noon at Merle Norman Stadium. Immediately following the dual will be a pairs tournament between the Trojans and the Lions starting at approximately 2 p.m.Over the weekend, USC rattled off seven straight victories at the Outrigger Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu against a stacked field that featured three of the nation’s top seven teams, including No. 4 Florida State, tournament host No. 5 Hawaii andNo. 7 Arizona. The Trojans defeated the East Coast rival Seminoles twice in just three days, in addition to posting a pair of 5-0 sweeps over Nebraska and 4-1 wins over Utah, Arizona and Hawaii.Head coach Anna Collier’s upperclassmen had dominant showings in the tournament, led by seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler, who provided 4 dual-clinching points from the second court and went 6-1 on the weekend. Juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer were also solid at the five spot, dropping just one set in their seven matches and going a perfect 7-0. The newly formed pair is now 9-1 on the season overall.In addition, senior All-Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes pushed their own winning streak to 84 consecutive wins at the top court after going undefeated on the islands. Hughes was named the tournament’s most outstanding player as she and Claes helped USC improve its school-record winning streak to 41 matches in a row.Claes attributes the team’s early success to the high level of competition exhibited every day in practice.“There’s always a really high level of aggressiveness out there because we want to make each other better,” Claes said. “Everyone pushes each other, and Anna kicks it up a little more just to make sure that everybody is playing at a high level and always giving an all-out effort. All of that really helps prepare us when we get to play other teams.”The next opponent on the schedule for USC is Loyola Marymount, a team that the Trojans swept 5-0 in their last meeting back in 2016. The Lions received votes in this week’s AVCA National Poll (though they remain unranked) and are led by their top pair of Sarah Sponcil and Savannah Slattery.While USC has never lost to Loyola Marymount and is 15-0 in the series all-time, Sponcil was part of the last pair to defeat Claes and Hughes in NCAA competition. In April 2015, Sponcil and then-partner Betsi Metter pulled out a thrilling15-13 third-set victory over Claes and Hughes in a dual at Merle Norman Stadium, but since then, the Trojan seniors haven’t lost a match, dropping just two sets total in that nearly two-year span.Hughes knows that teams like LMU and pairs like Sponcil and Slattery are always looking to pull the upset over USC, but as long as the Trojans can take care of their own side of the net, Hughes believes they will be in good shape.“We all know that we have a huge target on our back this season and that every team will be playing their absolute best against us every single match,” Hughes said. “But for us, if we just worry about how we play and take care of what we can control, then we’ll be fine.”Forecasts predict showers on Wednesday morning, but, rain or shine, competition at Merle Norman Stadium will begin atnoon with the dual match against LMU, followed immediately thereafter by the pairs tournament at2 p.m.last_img read more