Doherty fought back to 44-52, but a miss on the brown set up a topsy-turvy game of brinkmanship that Evans seemed to be edging at 61-50, before Doherty summoned a successful snooker on the pink and snatched the frame 63-61. “It was a struggle, the whole game was scrappy but I just dug in there,” Evans told the World Snooker website. “I’m happy to have stuck in there with a player who has been world champion and has so much experience, and to have given him a fright. “I’m not used to playing these long matches so it’s good experience for me. “From the start I could see that he was under it, he was twitching a bit. I just couldn’t manage to take control of the match. “I didn’t play my best today, I just scrapped and fought all the way. There’s no reason why I can’t beat people like Ken if I play a bit better. “If I could play in events like this more often, you never know. The ladies game is very different. I’ve got to take the positives. “If it had gone 9-9 I think I would have won. I felt really good out there, although there were a few nerves. I just kept losing position because I’m not used to the tables.” Press Association The 29-year-old mother-of-one from Dudley was handed a discretionary place in the 128-strong field of players bidding to join the sport’s leading stars at the Crucible, after winning 10 consecutive ladies’ world titles. A shock outcome looked on the cards when Evans led 3-1 and 4-3 in the early stages at the Ponds Forge venue in Sheffield, a short walk from snooker’s most famous venue. Reanne Evans gave Ken Doherty a major fright but her bid to become the first woman to qualify for the World Championship ended in valiant defeat on Thursday. However 1997 world champion Doherty recovered to nudge ahead 5-4 by the end of the morning session and, despite Evans making it tense, the Dubliner returned in the evening to complete a 10-8 victory. The 45-year-old must still battle through two more rounds to reach the first-round stage of the main event, but for Evans the quest is over. Bowing out means Evans can play in the Ladies’ World Championship in Leeds, which begins on April 17, but she has won that title in each of the last 10 years and was keen to prove herself against the elite men. Drawing Doherty in the first round meant she tackled an opponent unlikely to suffer an attack of nerves, which can afflict players of limited experience once the Crucible comes into sight. It was arguably as tough an assignment as she might have faced. Once Doherty inched in front at the halfway point, he might have been expected to pull away, but when Evans was at the table in the 16th frame she seemed set to level at eight frames each. She led by 50 points but Doherty battled his way back, and took a crucial frame to lead 9-7. Since losing in the first round to Liang Wenbo in 2008, the popular Irishman has qualified in alternate years. Were that sequence to continue he would miss out this time. Evans ensured his jitters only increased by pulling it back to 9-8 and then leading 52-17 at one point when she looked destined to take it to a deciding frame.
The USC men’s volleyball team is riding high this season after defeating UC Irvine to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Trojans are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation, and are set to move up in the rankings after their grueling 5-set victory over the No. 8 Anteaters, who won the national championship the last two years in a row.The Trojans will aim to remain undefeated tonight when they host the No. 3 Pepperdine Waves at the Galen Center. The Waves (2-0) are coming off two impressive wins against UC Irvine and UC San Diego, and are looking to avenge their loss to the Trojans from last season.Good service · Junior setter Micah Christenson has tallied 147 assists in the Trojans’ three wins over Loyola-Chicago, UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanIn last year’s match, the underdog Trojans, then ranked No. 15 nationally, upset the third-ranked Waves in four sets. Then-sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers led the way with 13 blocks, while then-sophomore outside hitter Cristian Rivera added 11. Both are looking to repeat their success against the Waves tonight, entering the match averaging two kills per set each.Meanwhile, outside hitter Josh Taylor leads the Waves with 5.43 kills per set. Opposite/middle blocker Parker Kalmbach is the next-biggest contributor, with 4.29 kills per set.Last August, Taylor competed with Team USA in the men’s Pan American Cup in Mexico City, where the U.S. team fell in the first round. USC’s junior setter Micah Christenson has also played at the national level, representing Team USA in the 2013 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship in Langley, B.C., Canada. Christenson contributed 18 sets and two blocks in the championship match, in which Team USA defeated Canada.With such competitive players on both teams, the match is sure to be enticing.“Pepperdine is very much on the rise,” Christenson said. “We’re excited to get going against someone other than each other.”Redshirt junior serving specialist Paul Yoder asserted that the team has prepared extensively to play against highly ranked teams such as the Anteaters and the Waves.“We’ve been coming together really well as a team this year and that’s been a big focus of ours,” Yoder said. “[It’s] really just getting into the gym everyday and it’s not always about being perfect but it’s about growing each and every step of the way.”The match will be held at the Galen Center at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Ervin Zukanović recorded another excellent performance for Roma last night in the victory against Sassuolo in guests with a result of 2:0.Zukanović’s manager Silvano Martina spoke about the B&H national team player and great performances for Roma. Martina played the key role in the completion of the transfer of Zukanović from Sampdoria.Martina revealed that everything was ready for the transfer of Zukanović to the German Stuttgart.“We even bought the plane tickets and arrived at the airport. Then we got a call from Walter Sabatini (sports director of Roma), who said that Roma wants Zukanović. We decided to take a risk and we did not go to Germany at all. We decided to wait for Roma. When they told us to come to their premises, we did it. With due respect to the Germans, Roma is on a whole another level,” Martina said for the Italian media.Martina added that Zukanović is an excellent player who can play in defense consisting of three or four players.“Ervin told me he is very happy in Roma. Spalletti decided that Zukanović starts playing right away and I think Roma benefited from that decision,” Martina concluded.(Source: klix.ba)