Cardinals Fall To Wildkats In 6th Grade Hoops

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 6th grade boys basketball team played their 3rd game of the season tonight at home vs. St. Mary’s of North Vernon and came up short by the score of 36-28.The Cardinals fell behind early and struggled to make up the deficit due to 21 turnovers and poor defense. The Cardinals had a balanced scoring attack again and were led by Charlie Schebler (9), Ben Harmeyer (9), Cy Muckerheide (5) Nate Vankirk (3) and Luke Meyer (2).  Aidan Geers, Frank Forbeck and Jack Hollins played well on the boards for the Cardinals.   The next game will be this Monday, November 7th  at home against Mount Carmel at 6:00pm.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer, Jr.last_img

Fauci: U.S. “Struggling” to Get Coronavirus Under Control

first_imgThe nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the United States is “struggling” to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. Dr. Anthony Fauci added that to say otherwise “would be a false statement.”Dr. Fauci warned Americans in an interview on CBS that “it is going to be a bad week” as there is a projected escalation in cases, although “within a week” or so the number of cases should begin to flatten out.“Are you saying, doctor, despite the deaths that we may see, that mitigation is working, and that you do have this outbreak under control?” CBS’ Margaret Brennan asked him.“I will not say we have it under control, Margaret. That would be a false statement. We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci replied.He continued: “The thing that’s important is that what you see is increases in new cases, which then start to flatten out. But the end result of that you don’t see for days or weeks down the pipe.”Fauci added that it it crucial for the coronavirus to get “globally under control,” or risk becoming a seasonal issue. He emphasized that ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine and the beginning of clinical trials will hopefully mean the country is more prepared in the event of a recurrence of COVID-19.last_img read more

Khan trumps Yadram to hand Enmore spot in final

first_imgNATIONAL Under-19 batsman Bhaskar Yadram continued his fine form in 2016 by slamming a hundred for Enterprise A last weekend, but he could not inspire victory as First-Class all-rounder Amir Khan powered Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) to victory in the semi-final of the East Coast Cricket Committee/Fairfield SC-sponsored T20 competition.Playing at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club, Enterprise A rattled up 170-8 from the allotted overs after deciding to bat first on a decent batting surface.The right-handed Yadram, who was part of the successful national Under-19 Guyana team in the regional tournament this year, and also struck two centuries in one match in the Guyana Jaguars Four-day League a month ago, blasted a magnificent 119 to lead Enterprise A batting effort.He smashed 13 fours and six sixes, as leg-spinner Khan claimed 3-12 and fellow spinner Yuvraj Dyal bagged 2-34.In reply, ECCCC got off to a good start, with Bheemraj Ramkelawan (28) and Imran Hassan (44) scoring 61 in five overs for the first wicket. The dismissal of the two openers in the first 10 overs resulted in the required run rate reaching 12 per over.Khan, a former West Indies Under-19 player, then took control with 56 from 30 balls before he fell to Pradesh Balkissoon with ECCCC still needing 18 from two overs.Nandram Gobin then struck 15 from six deliveries, which included a boundary and a maximum off the final over bowled by Vivian Albert, resulting in ECCCC’s win with three deliveries to spare.Balkissoon and Chatterpaul Singh took 3-26 and 3-24 respectively for Enterprise A.In the other semi-final, Strathavon, led by the in-form Chandrapaul Hemraj, outplayed Lusignan by seven wickets. Chasing 144 for a spot in the final, Strathavon raced to 147-3 off 14.3 overs with Hemraj counting seven sixes and five fours in an unbeaten 83.Sewchand Budhu chipped in with 48 (2x4s), as spinner Rajendra Naikbarran claimed all three wickets, conceding 34 runs. Earlier, Lusignan’s 143-2 was built around 41 each from Steve Ramdass and Leon Morgan.The final between ECCCC and Strathavon will be played on December 4 at the Fairfield ground.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNASCAR-WALLACE GARAGE- NOOSE Rope found hanging in Wallace’s garage was called coincidence undated (AP) — The rope found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway was not a hate crime. Federal authorities said the rope had been hanging at the Alabama track since at least October. Video evidence showed it had been hanging from the garage door but was the only one fashioned as a noose. Wallace coincidentally was assigned that garage. NASCAR stood by its decision to investigate the discovery found in the stall of its only Black driver. Wallace successfully called for a ban of the Confederate flag and has become an activist for the sport during a push for racial equality. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNovak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus — U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women’s Soccer League tournament opening this weekend in Utah. Heath and Press played with Rapinoe on the champion World Cup team last summer in France. The two cited concerns about the coronavirus for their decisions not to play. The monthlong Challenge Cup opens Saturday with a nationally televised game between the Portland Thorns and the defending champion North Carolina Courage.— Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its 160 affiliated minor league clubs are unlikely to play at all until at least 2021. Minor league franchises say that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage at a time when minor league clubs have essentially no means of making money.— Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities. Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18.— Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic. The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.— The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located. Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year. Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced. June 24, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports In other NBA news:— Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming resumption of the season in Florida. He tells ESPN that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while starting 44 games before the season was shut down in March due to the coronavirus. The Lakers are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference heading into the 22-team restart.SOCCER-UNEQUAL PAYWomen’s soccer appeal deniedUNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by American women’s soccer players to allow an immediate appeal of his decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a trial for Sept. 15 on the players’ remaining claim of discriminatory work conditions. Lawyers for the women had asked him to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss the pay claim, which would have allowed them to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The union committed its members to start reporting July 1 — those who decide to report. High-risk individuals would be allowed to opt out and still receive salary and service time, but others who sit out would get neither money nor the service credit needed for eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration.Playoff teams remain at 10 for now — there is still talk of a possible expansion. The rejected deal had called for 16 teams.MLB-DRAFTCardinals sign 1st round pick 3B Jordan Walker for $2.9MST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed first-round draft pick Jordan Walker for $2.9 million, which comes just under the slot value for the 21st overall pick. Walker is a power-hitting third baseman picked out of high school. The Cardinals continued Tuesday to bring their selections from the first-year player draft under contract. The Cardinals already signed their second-round pick, East Carolina outfielder Alec Burleson; third-round pick Levi Prater, a left-hander from Oklahoma; and fifth-round pick L.J. Jones, an outfielder from Long Beach State. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons announced the move Tuesday after safety Kerry Martin posted the allegations on his Twitter account. Lyon says the athletic department will conduct a thorough investigation. He thanked Martin for having the courage to voice his concerns. Coach Neal Brown says he has talked with all parties involved, including the team. He says the culture of the program will be of acceptance, respect, tolerance and positive relationships.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-STEVENS RETIRESVeteran Bentley U. women’s coach Barbara Stevens retiresBOSTON (AP) — Longtime Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens is retiring after a four-decade run that included more than 1,000 wins, the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship, and recent election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. — This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The karate worlds are held every two years. — Four players on French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the testing was conducted Monday to ensure the safety of players and staff ahead of the resumption of training. — Tiffany Hayes has become the second Atlanta Dream guard to announce plans to sit out the 2020 season. The Dream says Hayes, a 2018 all-WNBA first-team selection, has said she won’t play this season. Last week the WNBA announced plans for a 22-game season in Florida without fans in attendance.— A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive.NFL-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. Djokovic says “the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive.” Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Djokovic and other players were seen hugging each other and partying in night clubs and restaurants.In other virus-related sports developments: Elsewhere in the draft:— The Minnesota Twins have signed first round draft pick Aaron Sabato with a $2.75 million bonus. Sabato, a first baseman from North Carolina, was taken with the 27th overall pick in the first round earlier this month. He signed for about $180,000 above the value for his draft slot assigned by Major League Baseball. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Sabato set a Tarheels freshman record with 18 home runs in 2019. As a sophomore in the virus-shortened 2020 season, Sabato batted .292 with seven homers, 18 RBIs and 22 walks in 19 games.— The Tampa Bay Rays have reached terms with first-round draft pick Nick Bitsko, giving the Pennsylvania high school pitcher a $3 million signing bonus. The 18-year-old right-hander was the 24th overall selection after going 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA and 68 strikeouts in two seasons at Central Bucks East High. Several months after announcing plans to graduate a year early, Bitsko’s final prep season was canceled this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.— The Kansas City Royals have signed all six of their draft picks, including first-rounder Asa Lacy, along with seven undrafted free agents that together give the rebuilding franchise one of the best incoming crops of first-year players in the majors. The club announced the 13 signings on Tuesday with Lacy being the headliner. The big, rangy left-hander out of Texas A&M was widely considered the top college arm in the draft, yet he slid to the Royals at the fourth overall pick.MLB-CANADAcenter_img Champ becomes 2nd PGA Tour player to test positive for virusCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Cameron Champ is the second PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Champ did not play last week at the RBC Heritage. That’s where Nick Watney tested positive. Champ tied for 14th at Colonial in Texas. He was tested when he arrived at the Travelers Championship, and it came back positive. Champ says he feels fine and was surprised to learn of the positive test. He now has to self-isolate for 10 days and will get as stipend from the PGA Tour to pay for the expense. He also had to withdraw from the tournament.WEST VIRGINIA-KOENNING LEAVEWest Virginia DC Koenning on leave after player accusationsUNDATED (AP) —West Virginia has placed defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on administrative leave after a player alleged the assistant coach made a series of inappropriate comments. — A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The Philadelphia Phillies say two more players and two additional staff numbers have tested positive for COVID-19. That raises the number of total members in the organization who have the virus to 12. The Phillies say all other tests within the organization have come back negative. One of the two players tested positive outside the team complex in Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive on Friday for COVID-19. Philadelphia became the first big league team known to be struck by the outbreak. Three staff members at the camp also tested positive. The Phillies didn’t identify any of those affected.— Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. Tomlin says the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work. Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.— Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse says simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL. Seven of the finalists were in the United States.— Ontario’s chief medical officer says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. David Williams says he has read a Major League Baseball proposal but it doesn’t mention anything about travel to Canada. He says baseball will have to provide a plan. Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days and the U.S. Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. Brady continues group workouts despite NFLPA recommendationUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady continues to prepare for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working out with teammates at a private school despite a union recommendation that players not conduct any more group practices before training camp.The six-time Super Bowl champion was joined on the field Tuesday by a group of teammates that included tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, center Ryan Jensen, cornerback Jamel Dean and safety Mike Edwards.With NFL training facilities still closed to players because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady has been leading small voluntary workouts near downtown Tampa for much of the past month.The latest session came just three days after the Bucs confirmed an unspecified number of “individuals” tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s training center. The same day, NFL Players Association medial director Dr. Thom Mayer, recommended all NFL players refrain from working out in group settings until training camp begins next month. In other NFL news:— The Las Vegas Raiders have opened their new training facility in Henderson, Nevada. About 70 team members were on hand Monday at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, a 335,000-square-foot complex. No players are allowed yet unless they are rehabbing injuries, but coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were in attendance. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says his criticism of Drew Brees’ opposition about kneeling during the national anthem, and Brees’ later apology, is a microcosm of what the country needs. Jenkins was among Drew Brees’ harshest critics when the Saints quarterback made his comments about kneeling earlier this month. He said the video he posted on Instagram criticizing Brees was filmed before he spoke with his teammate. Jenkins said he decided to post the video after they spoke because he thought people needed to see it. — Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman. The 94-year-old Ford had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died. The 68-year-old Hamp has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.— Eli Manning has won the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media. Manning, who retired after the 2019 season, has been lauded for years for his dealings with local and national media. He’s the second member of the New York Giants to win the award, joining Tiki Barber (2006). Manning was the Giants’ starting quarterback for nearly every game in his first 15 years in the league. NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM-CANCERFlyers F Lindblom skates with team, recovering from cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with the team Tuesday in one of the few times he’s hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The 23-year-old Lindblom, a native of Sweden, has been ruled out of play should the NHL season resume. Lindblom said he was down to his final chemotherapy treatments. Lindblom suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Lindblom has 30 goals in 134 career games over two-plus seasons with the Flyers. .GOLF-2ND PLAYER POSITIVE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEMLB holds off on imposing schedule until protocols locked in NEW YORK (AP) —Major League Baseball has issued a 60-game schedule that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. This will be MLB’s shortest season since 1878. Each team will play 10 games against each of its four division rivals and four games against each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The sides expanded the designated hitter to games involving National League teams and will start extra innings with a runner on second base. The co-confederation bid is favored to win in a two-way contest with Colombia. Canada open to MLB in Toronto, needs planTORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is open to Major League Baseball playing in Toronto this summer, but the league has not submitted the required plan to Canadian authorities. A senior federal government official says if MLB were to submit an acceptable restart plan to the government, an exemption letter similar to the one provided to the NHL could be provided. Ontario’s chief medical officer also says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic.NBA-CAVALIERS-DRUMMOND OPTIONCavs’ Drummond picking up $28 million option for next seasonCLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond was acquired in a February trade with the Detroit Pistons. He said on an ESPN podcast that he intends to pick up the option. Drummond’s decision had been expected, but this is the first time he’s publicly stated his intentions. Drummond must notify the Cavs in writing about the option by Oct. 17. The NBA’s offseason calendar has been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She became the first non-Division I women’s basketball coach, and the fifth overall, to reach the 1,000-win milestone, with Bentley’s 78-66 home victory over Adelphi University on Jan. 17, 2018.WOMEN’S WCUP-BIDDINGLandmarks to highlight Australia-New Zealand World Cup bidSYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Opera House and Auckland’s Sky Tower will be lit up simultaneously to highlight the joint bid from Australia and New Zealand in the final hours before FIFA decides on the venue for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The lights will go on in advance of a decision from the 37-member FIFA Council on Thursday in Europe, expected about 2 a.m. local time Friday on Australia’s east coast and 4 a.m. in New Zealand. last_img read more

Alumnus honored by Governor Brown

first_imgThe late Fred Ross Sr., a USC alumnus and social justice advocate, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame at the California Museum in Sacramento on Oct. 1.Legacy · Fred Ross Jr., son of the late Fred Ross Sr., poses with California Gov. Jerry Brown (right) and First lady Anne Gust (left) on Oct. 1. – Photo by Peter A. Williams. © The California MuseumOther honorees at the ceremony, which was the eighth such induction, included director Francis Ford Coppola, basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and musician and producer Andre “Dr. Dre” Young.A less famous, yet equally impressive inductee, Fred Ross Sr., who passed away in 1992, was also recognized by California Gov. Jerry Brown. A grassroots organizer and champion of social justice, Ross dedicated his life to being in the background of more prominent activists.Ross attained tremendous success on numerous fronts, including organizing Dust Bowl refugees, restructuring migratory labor camps in California, laying the groundwork for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, founding the Community Service Organization, instructing César Chavez and Dolores Huerta in social and political reform strategies and working tirelessly with the United Farm Workers Union.Friends and family say that Ross’s humility kept him out of the press, but this lack of recognition does not reflect his influence on the world.For him it wasn’t about glory or recognition,” said his son, Fred Ross Jr. “It’s extraordinary that Gov. Brown recognized him. He was probably one of the least known members of his class. He was behind the scenes. He was all about developing and he got tremendous satisfaction from doing it.”When reminiscing on his time spent at USC, Fred Ross Sr. always mentioned his first encounter with social justice activism: a Mexican farmworkers’ strike in Orange County that he and several other USC students attended. There, he and other USC students witnessed police brutality against the strikers — brutality that hit close to home when they were surprised to find other USC students there in opposition to the strikers.After graduation, he took a job managing a California labor camp, where he took unprecedented initiative to organize workers in order to attain a higher degree of self-governance.Voter registration and civic engagement became a cornerstone of Ross’ endeavors. In his later attempts to gain the trust of a skeptical César Chavez, Fred Ross Sr. would have to prove his passion and commitment. Ross painted a picture of hope for Chavez, citing his triumph with the Los Angeles City Council campaign in 1947. In organizing a massive voter registration operation and training thousands of grassroots organizers, Ross managed to register over 15,000 constituents. These efforts led to the election of Ed Roybal, the first Hispanic councilmember.“It was his calling to devote himself to fighting injustice,” Ross Jr. said. “He believed the best way to do that was to organize people in underrepresented communities.”Chavez eventually found confidence in Ross, whom he later called upon in founding the United Farm Workers Association. After he trained 2,000 community organizers, the group would go on to catalyze the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act by utilizing Ross’s strategies for successful activism.These efforts faced myriad impediments because, though he flew under the radar, people could recognize that Ross Sr. was a force to be reckoned with. When spearheading the Civic Unity Leagues in the Citrus Belt around 1947, the activist was followed by the FBI, as he was confronting issues like police brutality and segregation, which profoundly plagued southern California. Despite opposition, reforms were enacted, and the movement managed to get the first Latino school board representative elected.His son remembers his father’s perseverance fondly.“In the aftermath of the Proposition 187, I remembered my father’s advice, No hay mal que por bien no venga,” Ross Jr. said. The phrase is a Spanish rendition of every cloud has a silver lining.“I took that saying to heart,” Ross Jr. said. “As we did research, we found that in Los Angeles County alone, in 1994 there were a million legal residents. They were eligible to become voters and citizens. We came up with the Active Citizenship Campaign that taught people how to become citizens and become engaged in the community.”Their patience and dedication achieved significant results. These new U.S. citizens were consequently able to vote in the 1996 elections and, being trained by Ross Sr., subsequently organized a march protesting the bureaucracy of Immigration and Naturalization Services.Their endeavors were so successful that, after meeting with then Vice President Al Gore, the wait of citizenship applications got reduced from three years to six months — a standard still extant today. Ross Jr. continues to be inspired by his father’s actions in his own life.“The fight for social and economic justice is a lifetime fight, and multigenerational fight,” he said. “You’re going to have setbacks.”When asked about the greatest challenge his father faced, Ross Jr. asserted that it was inspiring a new generation of leaders to stay with it for the long haul.”There are no shortcuts because they lead to dead ends,” he said.last_img read more

Trojans’ season isn’t all that bad

first_imgI was talking to a USC alum recently and was expressing my disappointment at the football team this year.There’s no way USC can win a national championship. No way the team can win the Pac-10 title. And no way the Trojans can compete in a BCS bowl.It wasn’t exactly the type of season I wanted the football team to have my senior year. After all, fans and students assume near perfection at this point when it comes to coach Pete Carroll and crew.The expectations for the football season are basically as follows:No losses would be a great, but expected, season. One loss would be fine as long as it was early enough in the season for the Trojans to work their way back into title contention. Two losses would be shameful, but still somewhat acceptable as long as the team would win the Pac-10 and compete in the Rose Bowl.Three losses or more would be simply unacceptable. And that’s where the team stands now with one game left to play in its schedule.I was ranting on a little bit to the alum, and at one point I said the recent blowout losses to Oregon and Stanford were absolutely embarrassing to be a part of during my tenure at the school.That’s when he stopped me.He told me it wasn’t too long ago that USC would die for a three-loss season (you know, the one we dread as fans nowadays).He referenced me back to the forgettable USC football teams of the 1990s, when he attended the university. He explained that many of those teams were tough to watch for fans and students everywhere.During the decade, the Coliseum was rarely full for games. The team never was a real threat in competing for a national championship or a Pac-10 title. And throughout the ‘90s, USC suffered an unimaginable eight consecutive losses to the Bruins from ’91 to ’98.Could you even imagine that happening today?The tough times for USC football extended all the way through 2001, until Carroll finally turned the program around and instilled the type of hard-nosed players and winning attitude we’ve come to know and love today.This reference back to the ‘90s, however, got me to thinking, and I dug deeper into the numbers to see how those teams stacked up to the current USC squad.If you look at the win-loss records from 1990 through 2001, USC racked up only 74 wins against 57 losses. That’s a winning percentage of .564.Since that time, USC has had a remarkable record of 78-11 for a winning percentage of .876. Not to mention, the program has wrapped up two national championships and seven consecutive Pac-10 titles.So yeah, maybe USC won’t compete for a national championship or Pac-10 title this year, but is it something to be embarrassed about?After looking over the numbers, the answer is no.A “disappointing” three-loss season is actually a testament to how strong the program is right now. No other team has compiled as many wins as USC since 2002, and no other team may go through another stretch like USC has had again.So although the game on Saturday doesn’t have any national title implications — that game will be between Florida and Alabama — and it doesn’t have any Pac-10 title implications — that would be the Oregon State vs. Oregon game tonight — it is nothing for USC fans to get upset about.A 9-3 record may not be what we expected, but it shouldn’t be considered an embarrassing season if it ends up that way. If the Trojans win Saturday and win their bowl game (wherever that may be), it can once again walk away with a double-digit win season.Last time I checked, that wasn’t so bad.But I think there is one question lingering in the minds’ of Trojans fans everywhere.Is this season the beginning of the end for USC’s dominance in the college football landscape or is it simply a blip on the radar?It’s true that the Pac-10 may be stronger conference now than it has been in years past. And it’s true that the quarterbacking in the conference may be the best ever during the Pete Carroll ever. It’s also true that USC may have lost some of its swagger this season.But, it also can’t be forgotten that USC lost eight starters on defense from last season, had an extremely tough road schedule (traveling to Ohio State, Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame), played six of its first nine games away from the Coliseum, had a true freshman at quarterback and lost some serious playmakers, including Taylor Mays, Matt Barkley, Stafon Johnson and Damian Williams, for extended periods of time.That is an awful lot to handle for one team, even if it is super talented.I don’t think this year marks the downfall of the Trojans. My vote goes for blip on the radar.Despite the tough season, at least one thing can keep Trojans’ fans happy. It certainly doesn’t seem like the teams of the ‘90s will be back any time soon.“Soft Hands” ran every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or email Jon at read more

No. 8 Trojans welcome Idaho in week two clash

first_imgAfter a convincing 55-6 win over Arkansas State in last week’s season opener, the Trojans (1-0) return to the Coliseum to host the Idaho Vandals (0-1).While the Trojans are sitting on top of the Pac-12 with last week’s win, the Vandals fell to the bottom of the Sun Belt conference with a 45-28 loss to Ohio last week.The Trojans’ 49-point victory over Idaho’s Sun Belt opponent Arkansas State does not bode well for the Vandals heading into Saturday’s matchup. USC has won all nine previous matchups against Idaho.Though the Vandals suffered a tough loss, wide receiver Dezmon Epps nearly broke a school record with 15 receptions for the night, a national best. Safety Chris Hawkins will have the difficult task of containing Epps though Hawkins looked capable with last week’s interception and fumble recovery.Cody Kessler’s No. 1 target, JuJu Smith-Schuster, kicked off his sophomore campaign with four catches for 89 yards.Idaho, who like Arkansas State is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, allowed 489 yards against Ohio, but will need to make some adjustments on defense to stop Smith-Schuster and a dynamic Pac-12 offense.Smith-Schuster even admitted that despite a commanding win, the Trojans were still not at their best.“After we beat Arkansas State, I felt like my teammates, they kind of took it easy,” Smith-Schuster said. “It was kind of sluggish … To be honest, I even came out kind of sluggish.”For Kessler to be an effective quarterback, the Trojans will need to resolve the issues with the offensive line. Kessler was sacked five times against Arkansas State, exposing some gaping holes in USC’s pass protection.Idaho’s defense gave up nearly 500 yards and hardly poses a threat to Max Tuerk and the offensive line, but the Trojans will need to make improvements before they face Stanford next week.“I would suspect that we were able to teach a lot off of [the Arkansas State] video,” run game coordinator Bob Connelly said. “A lot of learning opportunities off that film.”Though Kessler’s protection was concerning, it didn’t faze him for the most part.Kessler displayed why he is on the watchlist for the Heisman, completing 73 percent of his passes and throwing four touchdowns to no interceptions.However, despite a talented receiving corps, Kessler struggled to connect on deep balls last week, overthrowing open receivers.“It wasn’t about delivery or arm motion or things like that, it was just continually staying on him about his feet,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “It’s not a light switch; we’re going to keep doing it day after day after day so that come Saturday he’s back into that groove of where I think he can play at.”Idaho will be led by sophomore quarterback Matt Linehan, who went 36 for 48 last week against Ohio. He threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions.Linehan will need to make big adjustments if he plans to stay on his feet against the likes of Su’a Cravens and Chris Hawkins.Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson left last week’s game with a strained abdominal muscle but is expected to play on Saturday. Tailback Justin Davis, who suffered from a rib injury, is also expected to play on Saturday.The Vandals won only one game last season and are coming off a big loss to a mediocre opponent.The Trojans are heavily favored to win this matchup, but have been blindsided by underdogs before. Sarkisian emphasized that the Trojans have a lot to improve on before they take the field against Idaho.“I think we can really speed things up, get more snaps and that will help us down the road,” Sarkisian said.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Jameel Warney cements his legacy in senior season at Stony Brook

first_img Published on January 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Each season Jameel Warney has been at Stony Brook, the team has made the America East Conference championship game or won the regular-season championship. He’s won the conference’s player of the year award in each of the last two seasons. Before that, he was the conference’s freshman of the year.He’s just six rebounds away from becoming the Seawolves’ all-time leading rebounder, 36 blocks away from doubling the previous school record and will likely be the school’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end.Warney’s career is cemented in Stony Brook basketball history.“He’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in this conference,” SBU head coach Steve Pikiell said, “and one of the all-time great players here at Stony Brook.”But Warney hasn’t won the AEC tournament. And with the conference almost guaranteed to get just one bid, he hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament either. Each of the last three seasons, the Seawolves (14-4, 5-0 AEC) have been bounced by Albany. Last season, a last-second 3 by Albany gave the Great Danes a one-point win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, Warney gets his next shot to advance his legacy and the program that’s provided the foundation for it. SBU faces Albany for the first time this season at 9 p.m. at Island Federal Credit Union Arena in Stony Brook, New York. A win would bring Stony Brook to .500 against Albany in Warney’s career and the Seawolves likely front runners to win the AEC.“We’ve played in postseason bids, before he came here we didn’t,” Pikiell said. “We’ve won games in the postseason. We’ve won league championships. We’ve had 20-win seasons, 25-win seasons. All those things had never happened before.”Stony Brook was never supposed to reel Warney to Long Island in the first place. Although Warney was just a two-star prospect, according to, he played and started at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School. Roselle has produced players like Syracuse forward Tyler Roberson and Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe. Warney also had offers from Iowa and Temple, according to Scout.He called the SBU coaching staff to tell them he’d commit while the team was playing an overseas tour. Pikiell said the team was in Dublin at the time, and he couldn’t get enough reception indoors. He had to walk outside in pounding rain to take Warney’s call.Though he was a big get, his career at SBU started with an air-balled hook shot against Marist. Fellow senior Carson Puriefoy remembers the Stony Brook coaches having to calm Warney down in the huddle at the next timeout. Once he settled in, Warney scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds.“It was just kind of funny to realize how far he’s come,” Puriefoy said, “and how far we’ve all come.”That season, SBU won the AEC regular season title and swept Albany in the regular season, only to be beaten by the Great Danes in the AEC tournament semifinals on a last-second layup.The next year, the Seawolves lost to Albany on its home floor by nine in the AEC championship.Last season, Stony Brook nearly broke the curse and held a 50-48 lead with seconds to play. An Albany miss was tapped out to guard Peter Hooley, who hoisted a quick shot that dropped through the net and ended SBU’s NCAA Tournament bid. The loss hung in Warney’s mind for months. He agonized over possessions where he could have given SBU the slightest edge. The forward threw the heartbreak on the pile of other losses to Albany to fuel his workouts.This summer, Warney improved his endurance by running a 3.5-mile loop on campus every few days and took extra free throws. His free-throw percentage has risen nearly eight percent this season. The memory only floated back when he needed just a little bit more motivation.One memory sticks out even more, though. When the Seawolves won the regular-season title for the first time in program history, he remembers being handed the trophy. He and his teammates were able to reflect on the season they had just had.“That’s an experience, that at that time, I didn’t really think about it that much,” Warney said, “but you can tell how hard it is to win a conference championship … and that’s the only championship I have around here.”He’s hoping to get one last chance to feel what it’s like to win a championship. That road starts Friday. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UFC 244: Darren Till faces visa issues; Gastelum refuses backup

first_img 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz reportedly tested positive for a drug test by USADA Written By Where does this leave Kelvin Gastelum?Though it’s expected that Gastelum’s fight against Darren Till will be moved forward as it has been planned, the UFC has also tabbed a back-up fighter just in case of any last-minute issues around visa or weight cutting for Darren Till. The promotion generally tabs a back-up fighter to protect itself in case a fight is likely to fall off.Also Read | UFC: US President Donald Trump Is Set To Attend UFC 244 At MSGUFC News: Middleweight contender Jared Cannonier to fight Kelvin Gastelum if Till falls off the UFC 244 cardJared Cannonier is now on board and will be cutting weight ahead of Friday morning in New York for filling in the UFC 244 co-main event at Madison Square Garden. It has also been confirmed that Cannonier is indeed in New York City and is ready to jump in on short notice.Jared Cannonier was last seen in the cage at UFC Copenhagen where he halted Jack Hermansson’s title shot run in a memorable fashion.Also Read | UFC: Conor McGregor Calls BMF As An Interim Belt Before UFC 244Kelvin Gastelum refuses to fight back-upKelvin engaged with the media on Thursday during the UFC 244 open workouts and said it would not be fair for him to take on Jared Cannonier on such short notice, given he has specifically prepared for a different fighter. He also expressed that he would be open to a match against Cannonier, but only under reasonable circumstances which does not apply to UFC 244. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV The fight will mark the official UFC middleweight debut for Darren Till and it will be very disappointing if the fight does not happen. Till has not attended yesterday’s open workouts and media day today and his fallout from the co-main event will ultimately be Cannonier’s gain if he is to step in and secure a win again Gastelum.Until Friday, UFC fans will have to wait and see what happens!Also Read | UFC 244: Masvidal Makes Fans Fight One-on-one In Open Workout First Published: 31st October, 2019 22:46 IST Word is Darren Till vs Kelvin Gastelum could be in jeopardy over Till having potential visa issues #UFC244— #Dizzology🇺🇸 (@TalkMMA) October 25, 2019 10 months ago UFC 244 Preview: BMF Showdown; The Rock, Donald Trump and more WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor backs rival Khabib against Tony Ferguson SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago UFC: 3 major fights in UFC history with controversial endings Last Updated: 31st October, 2019 22:46 IST UFC 244: Darren Till Faces Visa Issues; Gastelum Refuses Backup UFC 244: Darren Till has not arrived in New York for the UFC 244 event over visa issues. Kelvin Gastelum not worried about Till; not willing to fight backup. FOLLOW US Darren Till, who is all set to make his debut at 185 pounds in the co-main event of UFC 244 is yet to arrive in New York for the fight week. His trip to the pre-match affairs stateside has been delayed over visa issues, which now puts the co-main event showdown with Kelvin Gastelum in doubt. The issues were allegedly in connection with his arrest in the summer in the Canary Islands.Also Read | UFC 244 Preview: BMF Showdown; The Rock, Donald Trump And More 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor expresses interest to join rival company Danish Ansari COMMENTlast_img read more

Sports Ground for People with Disabilities opened in Tuzla

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”] On the occasion of “National Championship of the Special Olympics of BiH in basketball” within the Institute for raising and education of persons with problems in psychological and physical development was opened sports ground which was donated to the center by members of BH national football team, Asmir Begovic and Elvir Rahimic.The official ceremony of the championship was attended by a delegation of Tuzla Canton, led by Prime Minister Bego Gutic. On yesterday’s championship was registered around 15 teams from BiH and one team from Slovenia.“This sports terrain, as well as a manifestation, will contribute to your quality development and inclusion in regular society, besides a lot of smiles on your faces. Also, I want to express gratitude to the Club of special sports Tuzla for organizing this sports event for so many years. Government of Tuzla Canton regularly finances the work of the Institute for raising and education of persons with the problems in psychological and physical development, and this is our small contribution to your better tomorrow. There are also a number of other forms of assistance and support that we provide,” said Prime Minister Gutic, and added that attending this event means giving support to all persons with special needs.On this occasion, Prime Minister Gutic handed two modest gifts to delegates of Asmir Begovic and Elvir Rahimic, with dedication that this modest gift with BH motif remind them of human work that they did and that brought a smile to many children’s faces.Besides Prime Minister Gutic, on behalf of the Government of TC the event was also attended by the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Zlatan Muratovic, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Return, Danijela Simic and Minister of Health of TC, Bahrudin Hadziefendic.(Source: read more