Maryland women roll past Towson; touted freshman Angel Reese is injured

The revelry — which included raucous laughing and shouting during the team’s new introduction video — stopped in the first quarter when Angel Reese, Maryland’s touted recruit, hobbled down the tunnel on crutches in the first quarter after suffering what Coach Brenda Frese speculated was a foot injury. Shortly after Reese went down the tunnel, the announcement came that the 6-foot-3 forward’s night was done.

Reese, who didn’t appear to get hurt colliding with another player or going to the floor, eventually returned to the Maryland bench shortly before halftime, still on crutches and with a medical boot on her right foot.

Her three minutes of playing time, however, did offer a glimpse of the potential she could bring to the No. 14 Terrapins. One sequence saw her snatch a defensive rebound, then dribble the length of the court, swerving around defenders, before getting to the rim for her only basket of the night.

Mimi Collins started the second half for Reese, who remained engaged and could be heard shouting and clapping from the bench. She even came out to join the team huddle on the court, still on crutches, in between the third and fourth quarters.

Frese said Collins and Faith Masonius would have the opportunity for bigger roles in Reese’s absence, but the team also could play four guards at time or lean on 6-3 guard Diamond Miller for more minutes.

Even without Reese, the Terrapins (3-1) were too much for Towson (2-1). Maryland used a 25-3 run in the first quarter to seize control and cruised from there. An early full-court press flustered Towson, creating easy baskets for an efficient Terrapins offense that has shown a knack for scoring in bunches. Maryland poured in 115 points Sunday against then-No. 14 Arkansas, the most points against a ranked opponent in school history.

The Terps shot 21 for 31 from behind the arc to set a Big Ten single-game record for made three-pointers.

“Obviously, I thought we picked up where we left off against Arkansas offensively,” Frese said. “When we’re unselfish like this, it really shines through with our offense.

“Crazy [three-point] percentage, right? But this is really who they presented within our preseason and our practices. They all can shoot it extremely well. When we’re being unselfish, we’re really hard to guard with the way we’re able to spread it. So it does open up the offense because there’s nobody you can play off of with all the weapons we have on the floor.”

Miller led the Terps with a career-high 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting, including 5 for 7 from behind the arc. She also added nine rebounds and four assists. Reigning Big Ten freshman of the year Ashley Owusu posted her own career high with 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Katie Benzan continued to be a terror from behind the arc with 21 points, while shooting 6 for 7 from three-point range.

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Meet The Angel City Football Club And The Trailblazing Women That Built It

Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain.

A line-up like that sounds like the makings of a powerhouse superhero project. And in many ways, that is exactly what this is. With the dedicated support of several of Hollywood’s leading ladies, the new Angel City Football Club is quickly becoming one of the most high-profile U.S. professional sports teams that is majority-woman founded, funded and led.

Natalie is an Angel City Founder alongside venture capital partner Kara Nortman, a duo that would eventually combine forces following Kara’s unforgettable experience at a professional women’s soccer game. “In 2015, I took my three daughters with my husband and my parents to the finals in Vancouver, the World Cup Finals. Basically, it was the most incredible experience as a sports fan in my life,” Kara recalls. “Then I literally could not find a jersey to buy. I went to nine stores in Vancouver and LA and could not find a U.S. Women’s National Team jersey with the player’s name on the back that I wanted. I just kind of got a ‘bee in my bonnet’ I guess you could say and was kind of perplexed that no one wanted to take my money. I often start talking about things that I find to be not right in the world and this seemed like one of them.”

As a result, Kara made it her mission to find people interested in women’s soccer. During that process, she was confronted with a mix of both enthusiasts and doubters as she expressed interest in making a change in the world of women’s professional sports. Kara’s relationship with Becca Roux, the Executive Director of the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, was a turning point in her search. While Becca taught Kara more about the sport, Kara taught Becca how to build more business around women’s soccer that could generate greater revenue.

When Kara and Natalie ultimately crossed paths, their interaction would become the spark that would lead to the creation of what Angel City is today. According to Kara, Natalie is a huge follower of women’s soccer and European men’s football. Kara says that Natalie suggested that she bring some of her Hollywood friends (Aduba, Garner, Longoria and Chastain) to a friendly game before the World Cup for additional visibility to women’s soccer. What began as a friendship between the two women with their similar hobbies and activism interests, would soon become a full-on business venture in August 2019 when Kara remembers Natalie texting her during one of their regular conversations saying Why don’t we buy a team?

The next major player in the formation of Angel City was Julie Uhrman. Kara and Julie play on a women in tech basketball team, where Kara told Julie about her World Cup experience, her talks with Natalie and their hopes of bringing a women’s professional team to Los Angeles. “Kara

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Maryland women’s basketball leaning on new players to drive program, led by St. Frances star Angel Reese

During a recent practice for the Maryland women’s basketball program, redshirt freshman guard Zoe Young — the USA Today Player of the Year in Iowa who missed all of last season because of a torn ACL and is still unavailable after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery — took a shot from the court and made it. And freshman forward Angel Reese “went crazy for her,” according to coach Brenda Frese.



a baseball player holding a basketball: Angel Reese of St. Frances was named the 2020 All-Metro Athlete of the Year.


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Angel Reese of St. Frances was named the 2020 All-Metro Athlete of the Year.

Frese recited that anecdote last week as an example of Reese’s leadership skills, and the Baltimore native and St. Frances graduate said taking charge even in her first year with the Terps is a familiar role.

“It hasn’t been unusual for me because it started like that when I was in high school,” Reese said Tuesday. “I am the baby on the team, but I knew that I had to bring something different from everybody. My communication throughout practice, my leadership throughout practice, picking up teammates if they miss a shot, just always being there for my teammates, I know I can always bring that every day even if I don’t have the best game.”

The 6-foot-3 Reese is one of four new faces on 12th-ranked Maryland’s roster, which underwent significant upheaval from last season’s squad that went 28-4 and captured the Big Ten tournament title for the fourth time in the past six years.

Three more players — Young, redshirt junior point guard Channise Lewis (torn lateral meniscus in left knee) and redshirt sophomore forward Mimi Collins (NCAA transfer rules) — did not suit up at all, meaning that sophomore point guard Ashley Owusu, sophomore guard Diamond Miller and sophomore forward Faith Masonius are the only returning players who played for the Terps last winter.

If the players are worried, however, they’re not showing it.

“We’re ready, we’re growing up,” Miller said. “Having these new faces is helpful because it’s really competitive. We’re attacking each other every day. Because of so many new faces, nobody’s position is safe. So we’re all attacking each other and trying to get to where we want to be, and it’s a lot of fun.”

The team’s inexperience was deepened by the transfers of junior forward Shakira Austin and junior shooting guard Taylor Mikesell. Austin, who averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds, departed for Ole Miss, and Mikesell, who scored 11.2 points per game and led the team in 3-pointers with 90, left for Oregon.

To offset those transfers, Frese successfully recruited a pair of seniors in guard Katie Benzan, who left Harvard with career averages of 13.7 points, 4.1 assists, and a .393 3-point field-goal percentage, and forward Chloe Bibby, who compiled 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds last winter at Mississippi State.

Collins will be eligible after transferring from Tennessee, where she averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. Forward Alaysia Styles, who averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 2018-19 at California,

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Angel Merino’s Iconic Beauty Closet Is An Organizational Dream

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If you’re not already subscribed to Angel Merino (aka Mac_Daddyy) on YouTube, here’s the need-to-know backstory: after getting a job at a local MAC counter as a permanent artist, Merino felt inspired to begin sharing his work online; “I was finally in an environment where being unique and different was celebrated rather than frowned upon,” he told Refinery29 in a previous interview. “I was showing up to work with eye looks and makeup, and I felt so empowered every single day. That’s when ‘Mac Daddy’ came alive. I work at MAC, and I liked the word ‘daddy’ as being the ‘daddy of makeup.’ I ran with it, and it took off.” In our latest installment of Beauty Drawer, the beauty guru give us an exclusive sneak-peek inside his next-level makeup closet (tucked inside his next-level) Los Angeles home. The space features drawers upon drawers of highly-organized palettes, complexion products, brushes, and more. “My beauty drawers reveal that I’m glam AF,” he tells us. “There’s tons of sparkle and tons of shine.”

Unsurprisingly, some of his go-to makeup comes from brands big in the YouTube community: In addition to luxe brands like Chanel, Nars, and Tom Ford, Merino name-checks companies founded by fellow vloggers in the beauty community: there’s Lunar Beauty, founded by Manny Gutierrez (aka MannyMUA), in addition to Patrick Starrr’s just-launched brand, One/Size. Not to mention, Merino would be remiss to not shout-out his own brand, Artist Couture.

Peep the full tour in the video above and shop a few of Merino’s favorite beauty gems below.

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Angel City FC’s ownership model could shape the future of women’s sport

In mid-October, the National Women’s Soccer League’s newest expansion club, Angel City FC, announced they had added several more celebrity names to their already star-studded list of investors.

Alongside the likes of Julie Uhrman, Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian, Natalie Portman, Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Garner, Casey Neistat, and over a dozen former USWNT players, the franchise now also includes Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, Lindsey Vonn, James Corden, PK Subban, Cobi Jones and Candace Parker.

While these names have grabbed international headlines and drawn public attention to the NWSL, Angel City FC’s glittering list of backers also highlights one of the biggest — if under-discussed — forces that could shape the future of women’s sport: team ownership.

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A brief glance across various lists of professional sports team owners shows an unsurprising pattern: the vast majority are wealthy, older white men. This applies to women’s sports teams, too, such as those in the Women’s National Basketball Association and NWSL, where almost every team is owned by an individual from this demographic, while emerging women’s teams like Manchester United and Real Madrid are entirely dependent on a “big brother” model of top-down investment from a men’s club.

Some clubs and leagues have bucked the trend, leaning more towards majority fan-owned models, while others such as the WNBA’s Seattle Storm have more diverse ownership groups.

However, Angel City FC is unique. Its owners are a diverse group of younger, savvier investors whose wealth has been generated in technology, sport, Hollywood and new media. Unlike traditional owners, these investors aren’t just bringing money to the team — they’re also bringing star power, reputation, connections, brands, and an entirely new audience to it, too. Furthermore, the growing number of owners/investors also acts as its own fail-safe mechanism whereby the financial collapse of one investor won’t necessarily lead to the collapse of the entire franchise.

For Julie Foudy — former US women’s national team captain and part of the club’s new ownership group — this unique structure could point the way forward not just for the NWSL, but for professional women’s sport, especially as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone’s worried about what’s going to happen to women’s sports,” Foudy told ESPN.

“You look at the ownership group that our group is… it’s just a really cool group of actresses and women and creative types and creative minds that I just hope will think outside the box in terms of women’s professional sports — not just soccer — and how to build out a franchise in this country. They’re really interested in creating a road map for other women and other franchises.

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To be ‘ninong’ at her wedding, Lacson ‘glad’ Angel Locsin cleared of NPA links

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HEARING ON RED-TAGGING OF CELEBRITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS: Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, presides over the hearing on proposed Senate Resolution No. 559, which directs the Senate Committee to exercise its oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of red-tagging/ red-baiting of certain celebrities, personalities, institutions, and organizations.  (Joseph Vidal/ Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson heaved a sigh of relief after getting assurance from a military official that actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin is not part of the New People’s Army, disclosing that he will likely be a principal sponsor at her wedding.

Lacson made the disclosure during Tuesday’s Senate defense committee hearing on the alleged red-tagging of celebrities and organization by military officials.

The senator was asking Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. about the latter’s controversial statement which, among others, tagged Locsin’s sister, Ella Colmenares, as part of the NPA.

“I also mentioned Ella Colmenares because it’s really true that Ella is an NPA. I never said that Angel Locsin is an NPA,” Parlade told the Senate committee. Colmenares has already denied Parlade’s accusation.

“Ang statement niya [Locsin], sinasabi niya na hindi raw siya NPA. I never said that she is an NPA. No, I never said that,” the military official said.

In response, Lacson said he was “glad” that Parlade cleared Locsin of any involvement with the NPA.

“I’m glad you mentioned in your own words that Angel Locsin is not an NPA. I’ll make a disclosure. Her fiancé, Neil Arce is a family friend. As a matter of fact, pag kinasal yun kukunin akong ninong [if they got married, they’re getting me to be principal sponsor]. I’m just making a disclosure. I’m glad that you mentioned that she is not an NPA,” the senator said.

“And I hope she’s monitoring para malaman niya na sayo [Parlade] mismo nanggaling na hindi siya NPA. And I think she will feel relieved coming from you na hindi siya NPA,” Lacson added.

(So she will know directly from you that she’s not a member of the NPA.)

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