After two back-to-back tournaments to start spring play, the women’s golf team will head to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The team will look to bounce back from a rough start to the season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 3–5. In last season’s Sugar Bowl, the women managed to place second to a solid team in No. 18 Florida. This season, however, the Trojans are considerably stronger and should be favorites heading into Sunday’s matchup. Last week, several players competed in an individual event at the Battle of the Rock. Among them, sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany came up with her first career title after finishing four under. Abdulghany has not been in the starting lineup for the past few tournaments but has shown promise when given the opportunity to perform in events. Although the team as a whole struggled, Silverstein noted that sophomore Jennifer Chang played extraordinarily. Chang ended up with her best round of the season on the final day and finished the tournament tied for fourth. “We will get some different weather and different grass, so we have to drive it well because the course has small greens,” Silverstein said. “We played there last year, and this golf course suits our style.” “We were a little disappointed not to win and we had to deal with some pretty nasty conditions, so it took a little time to get back into the flow,” head coach Justin Silverstein said. In the tournament, the team got off to a sluggish start and had to battle back from behind. USC finished at a solid third place, but as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, the Women of Troy cannot afford to get outplayed by lower ranked opponents if they want to maintain their top spot. However, the Northrop Grumman Challenge was filled with elite level teams, including Pac-12 rivals and highly-ranked opponents in Stanford, Arizona and UCLA, as well as No. 2 Texas. At the Sugar Bowl this weekend, the Trojans will look to tighten their grasp on their top rank against another tough field. Going down south will be both a change of scenery and competition, as they will face more colleges from the Southeast as opposed to their normal slate of West Coast opponents. At the end of the day, the teams they face may not only be USC’s biggest competition for a Pac-12 title, but also for an NCAA championship. Heading into the weekend as the No. 1 team, the Trojans have to remember that every tournament is key in proving that they deserve the top spot. They will kick off the Allstate Sugar Bowl Feb. 17 in New Orleans.
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearGarcia (39-0, 30 KOs) had a stellar 2018. Last March, he moved up to 140 pounds and dominated Sergey Lipinets to capture the IBF title. Then, he went back down to lightweight and beat Easter to add the IBF belt to his collection.Not to be outdone, Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), a 2012 Olympian, also fought two times in 2018, having stopped Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo.Boxing pundits and fans alike feel Garcia is biting off a little more than he chew and Spence should have an easy night at the office.But can Garcia defy the odds and move up in weight to pull off the upset? Or does Spence prove that there are weight classes for a reason, while reinforcing why he’s one of the best in the fight game?Here’s all you need to know about Spence-Garcia.(All times Eastern.)When is the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia fight?Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia commences on Saturday, March 16. The main card begins at 9 p.m., with Spence and Garcia expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 11:30 p.m.How do I watch Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia?You can watch Spence vs. Garcia on Fox PPV.Where is the Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia fight?Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia will fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Spence competes in his home state for the sixth time, while Garcia fights in the “Lonestar State” for the ninth time.Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia betting oddsAccording to ProBoxingOdds.com, Errol Spence is a -500 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $500 to win $100. Meanwhile, Garcia is a +348 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $348. Errol Spence record and bioName: Errol Spence Jr.Nationality: AmericanBorn: March 3, 1990Height: 5-9 ½ Reach: 72″Total fights: 24Record: 24-0 with 21 knockouts.Mikey Garcia record and bioName: Mikey GarciaNationality: AmericanBorn: December 15, 1987Height: 5-6Reach: 68″Total fights: 39Record: 39-0 with 30 knockouts.Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia fight cardMatchupClassBeltErrol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey GarciaWelterweightIBFDavid Benavidez vs. J’Leon LoveSuper middleweight…Luis Nery vs. McJoe ArroyoBantamweight…Chris Arreola vs. Jean Pierre AugustinHeavyweight…Charles Martin vs. Gregory CorbinHeavyweight… Two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world do battle, as Errol Spence Jr. defends his IBF welterweight championship against WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. One year ago, the fight was nothing more than a pipedream. Before his lightweight title unification bout with Robert Easter Jr. in July, Garcia started bringing up the possibility of moving up in weight and challenging the man, who is perhaps the best 147-pound fighter in the world. At first, Spence was dismissive of the bout and told Sporting News during his conference call that he didn’t think too much about it. But Garcia brought it up more. That and the lure of it taking place at the largest stadium in the country, proved to be too much for Spence to pass up.