first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Manchester City could be stripped of their 2013/14 Premier League title. City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons by UEFA due to “serious breaches” of their financial fair play rules. The club have appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but if it is upheld, it is likely that the Premier League will also investigate their past dealings. And the Daily Mail said a commission could deduct points retrospectively, meaning their 2014 title win may be in danger. City won the league in the 2013/2014 season in one of the closest title races in recent years, finishing on 86 points – just four ahead of their nearest challengers Liverpool. But UEFA have stated that the period between 2012 and 2016 was when City overstated their sponsorship income, meaning that in theory the 2014 title win could be stripped and handed to Liverpool retrospectively.Tags: Court of Arbitration for SportManchester CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgBy Nick Mulvenney and Mark BendeichRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – New Zealand suffered one of the biggest upsets in sevens rugby history when they were beaten 14-12 by Japan on the opening morning of the inaugural men’s Olympic tournament yesterday.In echoes of the victory of their 15-man team over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup last year, the Japanese thoroughly deserved their first-ever win over the All Blacks, the third seeds in Rio.“It’s unbelievable,” said Japan back Lomano Lemeki. “You’ve got to think that a minnow team can come here and beat a team that’s supposed to be a gold medal contender. It’s still pretty unbelievable and I am just shocked to be honest.”To make matters worse for New Zealand, Sonny Bill Williams, the highest profile player in the tournament, left the field with an ankle injury.Williams, twice a World Cup winner in the 15-man game, suffered the injury to his left ankle while carrying the ball into a tackle two minutes into the second half and immediately indicated to the bench that he needed help.Japan are ranked 10th out of the 12 teams taking part in Rio and forward Lote Tuqiri said a large part of their game plan had been about stopping Williams’ trademark offload.“When we saw Sonny Bill come off – that was a boost to us,” he said.Teruya Goto and Kameli Soejima scored the tries for Japan and, crucially, Lemeki and Katsuyuki Sakai slotted the conversions.That gave them the two-point lead they managed to hold on to for a famous victory, despite some desperate All Blacks attacks in the final couple of minutes.New Zealand can still qualify for the quarter-finals from Pool C with two matches remaining but the defeat will be a major blow to their confidence as they look to become the first men’s rugby sevens Olympic champions.Their veteran coach Gordon Tietjins walked off the pitch stony-faced and he and the All Blacks players went straight past media into a meeting.last_img read more

first_img… now ranked eighth in the worldGUYANA’S Elton Dharry defeated Panama’s champion and former title challenger, Gilberto Cacique Mendoza, by unanimous decision on Friday night at the Vasco Núñez de Balboa Convention Centre in Hotel El Panama, in Panama City.With the win in the super flyweight clash, the Guyanese-born boxer is now the holder of the Central American Boxing Federation (Fedecentro) World Boxing Association (WBA) and Central American Boxing Federation (Fecarbox) World Boxing Council (WBC) belts.The 10-round clash was no easy task for the bantamweight boxer. Cacique was a tough opponent, but Dharry’s training and drive for a world championship fight drove him to victory. In the bout, a clash of heads resulted in the visiting boxer suffering a black eye, but a combination of shots in the seventh round helped Dharry knock down the fan favourite – the fight, however, went the distance.One of the judges gave the New York-based Guyanese a five-round victory with a score of 97-92, while the other two thought the fight was closer with scores of 95-94 each.Although he exploded in the fight, Dharry had trained with an injured right hand for over a month prior to the clash.The 33-year-old, who fights under Havoc Boxing Promotions, has now won 21 consecutive bouts since 2010.Last week he also climbed from top 10 in the World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight division to eighth position – his highest rank to date.Dharry has not been in action since March 2018, when he registered a unanimous decision over American Oscar Mojica in New York. Since then he has had several boxers agreeing in principle to fight before backing out for one reason or another.last_img read more

first_imgAs the Los Angeles Police Department adds more officers to the USC area, the number of citations for traffic and biking infractions among students has increased. This greater presence around campus comes from a request from the university to further ensure student safety, according to the LAPD.Traffic jam · The heavily traversed intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue is one of several areas near campus that the Los Angeles Police Department has added extra officers to patrol. – Arya Harsono | Daily TrojanLAPD officers have replaced the Dept. of Public Safety at some intersections, and are now positioned on the perimeter of campus to monitor students when crossing the streets in the area.DPS officers now monitor the new bike lanes within the University Park campus. Though DPS focuses mostly on warning riders to follow the rules, LAPD uses citations to help change rider and pedestrian behavior.LAPD officers are focused on specific violations to make the university safer for students.“They’re really basic laws,” said Nichol Gardner, the Southwest Division senior lead officer of the LAPD. “I tell my officers to stress to students that they should be safe while riding their bikes and crossing the streets. That means riding with the flow of traffic, not being on your cell phone and not crossing when the red hand is flashing.”Despite the additional efforts to reduce traffic violations, some students believe tighter enforcement will not change student behavior for the right reasons.Jackie Drobny, a junior majoring in communication, received a citation that came with a $197 fine last month for not crossing the street at an intersection.“I don’t think giving kids citations is the way to solve problems,” Drobny said. “Now I’ve stopped jaywalking out of fear that I will have to pay $200 again, but not because I was unsafe and I’m now being safer.”Traffic accidents and violations on campus often result from these kinds of infractions, according to DPS. Many students acknowledged the problem with traffic and biking violations on campus, but said they believe that the LAPD can solve them with more effective methods.“I think [safety] is a legitimate concern, but I think LAPD is too overzealous about it,” Terrence Liu, a junior majoring in biochemistry, said. “I understand why LAPD would enforce these laws, but students shouldn’t have to pay for violations.”Other students said they do not believe that LAPD is targeting the correct problem.“I’m from Philadelphia and no police officer would ever give you a ticket for jaywalking, because there’s just bigger issues,” Drobny said. “The streets should be more walker- and biker-friendly.”Some students feel that they are at a disadvantage because they are not aware of California traffic infractions.“I think it would be better if they informed us about the laws,” said Soumya Murag, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. “Because now I’m just finding new paths around campus, away from the officers, to ride my bike.”Despite student opposition to being penalized, DPS Capt. David Carlisle says that the department could start curbing biking problems on campus by using citations.“DPS has not written any citations yet,” Carlisle said. “We focus on the roadways in campus where most of the foot traffic is. DPS may, in the future, start enforcing them soon for failure for following the bike lanes, though.”Some also expressed concern that LAPD is specifically targeting university students because of their inability to fight the citations in court.“They know that students are not going to fight [citations], along with the fact that they are not there every day enforcing it shows me that they’re making a lot of money off of it, which just seems wrong,” Drobny said.LAPD, however, maintained that its primary job is to encourage more street safety among USC students.“We just want students to act smart when they’re on the street,” Gardner said. “They just need to make sure that they’re aware of everyone’s safety when on bikes and walking.”last_img read more

first_imgVargas spoke about the importance of visibility and representation to empower immigrant communities in the United States.(Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)“We can only be alive if we inspire each other,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas told the audience Tuesday night at Bovard Auditorium.Vargas conversed with professor Viet Thanh Nguyen about his newest book “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” a memoir regarding Vargas’ experience as an undocumented immigrant in America. Vargas founded Define American, a nonprofit organization that fights anti-immigrant hate through powerful narratives. Vargas started the conversation by discussing his emigration from the Philippines to the United States in 1993. After his arrival, he said race became his biggest source of confusion. “I thought I was in the wrong country,” Vargas said. “When I landed in LAX, I saw people who looked like me, and saw all these people [who] were ‘Latinos.’”Vargas explained he didn’t learn about his immigration status until he turned 16, after going to the DMV to get his driver’s license. He was told that his green card was fake by a DMV employee. Confused, he confronted his grandfather, who would later tell him that he was undocumented.“His plan was [that] I would work at the flea market as a janitor, and I would marry a woman, a U.S. citizen,” said Vargas, who also identifies as gay. “That was when the lying started.”Vargas said he was introduced to journalism by an English teacher. His plan was to get his name in a newspaper and admitted that that was the only reason he became a journalist.“I figured, if I could write perfect English and speak perfect English … how could they question my natural physicality?” Vargas said.He decided to stop hiding seven years ago, when he outed himself as undocumented in a New York Times Magazine article, against the advice from many lawyers. His goal was to start a conversation on immigration. “If you want me deported, speak now,” Vargas said, drawing laughter from the crowd. After the 2016 election, Vargas was asked to move out by his apartment manager. He said he  didn’t have a permanent address while writing his book and that the longest parts of the book were written during airplane rides.Vargas also emphasized the importance of visibility and representation to empower immigrant communities, and promoted Define American as a tool to spread visibility.“I’m not taking away what is yours,” Vargas said. “Too often, unfortunately, we don’t want to have conversations anymore. We just want to react to each other.”Through his book, Vargas hopes to address the emotional consequences of undocumented immigrants’ relationship with the government. Nguyen added that it is damaging to not be seen and recognized. Vargas echoed Nguyen’s sentiment, but said he felt powerful because it openly defined his existence.“We are enough,” Vargas said. “I actually don’t need papers and a law … to make me feel like I’m enough.” To end the event, Vargas asked the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” over the phone to his mother, who turned 61 years old on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pac-12 unveiled the conference’s women’s basketball All-Century team on Monday night with a starting group of eight guards, twelve centers, one player of the century and one coach of the century. USC came second in the group with five All-Century starters, including the All-Century Player of the Year.Former Trojan forward Cheryl Miller was named All-Century Player of the Year. At USC, she took home two NCAA titles and was named NCAA Tournament MVP for both of those years. She was a four-time All-American and won the Naismith College Player of the Year three times. She is currently in the top ten in the NCAA records for career points with 3,018 points and career rebounds with 1,534 rebounds. She ended her career scoring a school record average of 22.3 points per game and also set school records in total field goals with 1,150 and total free throws with 700. Miller won gold in the Los Angeles Olympics with the 1984 team. She is now a coach at Langston University.Four other Trojans besides Miller were named to the team as well. Current head coach Cynthia Cooper was the only USC guard to make the team. A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Cooper won a pair of NCAA championships, four WNBA titles and an Olympic gold medal before becoming a coach. Since joining the USC coaching program, she has helped to turn the team around.Former forwards Lisa Leslie, Pam McGee and Tina Thompson were also named to the All-Century team. Leslie was a three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player of the Year with the Los Angeles Sparks and a four-time Olympic gold medalist. In 2015, she was also named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The second overall pick in the 1997 WNBA draft, McGee won Olympic gold in Los Angeles alongside Miller before playing around the world in Brazil, France, Italy and Spain.The first draft pick in WNBA history, Thompson won four WNBA championships with the Houston Comets and two Olympic gold medals. She is the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer and in 2011 was voted as one of the top 15 players in WNBA history. These five players represent a century of women’s basketball excellence at USC, which Cooper hopes to continue this weekend as her current team heads to Seattle for the Pac-12 Tournament.last_img read more

first_img Published on March 13, 2018 at 7:40 am The NCAA Tournament begins specifically for Syracuse (20-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. Arizona State (20-11, 8-10 Pacific-12) will be the opponent. Our beat writers discuss the matchup, the tournament and more in this roundtable.1. What does Syracuse need to do to beat Arizona State in the First Four?Sam Fortier: Control the offensive glass. Arizona State is very susceptible to teams who crash the offensive glass well (like Syracuse). For Arizona State, in the five losses in its last six games, it has been out-rebounded by a significant number and fallen. The Orange ranks 12th in the nation, grabbing over 35 percent of all available o-board rebounds, according to Kenpom.com. Syracuse has two 6-foot-10 and taller rim-protectors matching up with quick ASU guards and wings who can push the ball and supplement defense in other ways. If Syracuse is able to garner itself extra possessions against a smaller but talented offensive team, that could generate the extra shots it needs.Matthew Gutierrez: Given Arizona State’s struggles against zone defenses this season, there is no secret that Syracuse has to score. The Sun Devils don’t have a defense anything like SU’s last opponent, North Carolina, which could help the offense gain some traction. Let’s see how Frank Howard, the pilot of the offense, initiates in the halfcourt — how he involves Tyus Battle, how he calls for screens from bigs, and whether he limits turnovers. Howard needs to play smart. Marek Dolezaj needs to be that fourth scorer. And for this offense to really click to win a game or two this Tournament, the big three needs to create off the dribble. Settling for 3s late in the shot clock won’t be the formula. Tomer Langer: I mentioned this in the opponent preview, but Syracuse needs to control the tempo. This is a matchup between two polar opposites. The Sun Devils are an offensive juggernaut that likes to shoot early and often. The Orange is a lockdown defensive team that sometimes struggles to get into its sets on offense. The last time Syracuse had so many days off, it exploded for 81 points against Boston College, but that’s not fair to expect now. SU should play into its strengths and slow down the ASU attack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. If Syracuse loses on Wednesday night, can this season be considered a success?Sam Fortier: Yes. It’s not a fist-pumping, jumping-up-and-down success because this team easily could’ve missed the Tournament for the third time in the last four years — even Jim Boeheim knows it — but probably everything that could’ve gone wrong did. Syracuse sent its core to the NBA Draft, lost another player to transfer, watched a replacement quit the team and then the freshman learning to replace him suffer a season-ending ACL injury. It’s one of Boeheim’s best coaching jobs to mold one of the youngest teams in the country, entering the season without hardly any continuity and a proven alpha, into a team that skirted into the NCAA Tournament. Just the acrobatics alone of weaving this team through disaster and back to eek into the NCAA Tournament should be enough to rubber-stamp approval on this season. Matthew Gutierrez: As Tomer alludes below, that Syracuse has sweated out three consecutive Selection Sundays reflects the state of the program. In fact, this would have been SU’s fourth-straight stressful Selection Sunday had there not been a postseason ban in 2015. What this means is, in the grand scheme, SU’s bottom-of-the-ACC seasons are not successes. Which brings us to this year’s team. Say what you want about what Syracuse has had to “overcome” this season — injuries, players leaving, lack of talented newcomers, whatever. A lot of teams face similar obstacles. Maybe not to the same extent, but SU hasn’t played well with any regularity. Barring a run in the Big Dance, this season has not been a success. Tomer Langer: Yes, with a caveat. This team was in the NIT one year ago and lost three of those starters to the NBA/G-League, before losing Taurean Thompson in August. The team then started hot in nonconference, but given what SU went through after that — Geno Thorpe’s abrupt and unexpected departure, Howard Washington’s season-ending injury, Matt Moyer and Bourama Sidibe’s injuries that have nagged them all year — it’s remarkable that Syracuse is in this position. Then comes the caveat: Two years ago, when Syracuse was a No. 10 seed, and that was the first time in program history that the Orange had a double-digit seed in the NCAA Tournament. That team did end up making the Final Four, masking its average regular season. Now, this year’s team is a No. 11 seed. Within the scope of this season, it’s already a success that SU made it here. But from a program-wide standpoint, Syracuse does need to eventually get back to being a team that knows it’s going to earn a high seed in the Tournament, not one that’s happy after sweating out Selection Sunday. 3. After being the last at-large team to make the field, did SU even deserve to be in this game?Sam Fortier: It doesn’t matter. When the First Four games tip in Dayton, Syracuse will be in it. But to answer the question: Yes, Syracuse deserves to be here. The Orange won the games it needed to, fewer than I’d expected it’d need but apparently the ones it needed to anyway, and it had as much merit as any other bubble team. I’m sure it helped that some of those teams — Louisville, Oklahoma State, USC — were under the cloud of the FBI investigation. Syracuse should send the FBI a fruit basket this week. The only team possibly worthy of stealing Syracuse’s last at-large bid was Notre Dame. Without its two biggest stars, UND beat Syracuse on its home floor. With its two best stars, it’s one of the league’s top teams. Both those stars were getting healthy and ready to roll come Tournament time. But it didn’t work out that way. Notre Dame is out. Syracuse is in. Matthew Gutierrez: No. Any team that, as fellow beat writer Sam Fortier observantly pointed out last week, doesn’t pay full attention during a team huddle probably doesn’t deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament. I don’t think it’s as far as “laughable” that SU is in, as analyst Doug Gottlieb said, but he makes a point. Syracuse’s losses to Georgia Tech, Boston College and Wake Forest ain’t pretty, and neither is a poor resume against ranked teams. I hesitate to give the Louisville win all that much credit, too, considering the Cardinals played iffy in conference play and will host an NIT game Tuesday night. Tomer Langer: This one’s tricky. From a pure metrics standpoint, you can make the argument either way. Syracuse had a higher RPI than in past years, but still not one as a high as Southern California, St. Mary’s or Middle Tennessee State, all teams that missed the Tournament. And I don’t fully agree with the fact that SU didn’t have any bad losses — in my mind, losing on your own home court to a Notre Dame team without Matt Farrell or Bonzie Colson is pretty egregious. On the flip side, I thought Syracuse’s resume didn’t have as many flaws as a team like Oklahoma, but the Orange is stuck in a First Four game while the Sooners are in outright. Overall, I think the one team that maybe could have a claim is Notre Dame. When Farrell and Colson were both healthy, UND was just a better team than SU. In the end the committee decided against Notre Dame, but that’s the one team I thought maybe could have deserved SU’s spot without much of an issue. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Championship club’s owner Tony Xia tweeted yesterday that an announcement will be made today.Former Villa striker Darren Bent played under Bruce.He told Sky Sports News, the ex-Birmingham boss is the right choice.last_img

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana  must defeat Portugal convincingly and hope Germany defeat United States in Thursday’s final Group G matches to ensure the Black Stars’ qualification for the knock-out stages of the World Cup.The United States and Germany both have four points and are atop Group G over Ghana and Portugal who have one point each.In the group stage of the World Cup, wins are worth three points, and draws are worth one point. All four teams have one game remaining.Germany and the U.S. will play Thursday in Recife, and Ghana and Portugal will kick off at the same time in Brasilia.Here are the scenarios:—If the U.S. wins: They are through to the next round as the winners of Group G and will play the second place team from Group H. (Belgium currently leads Group H, followed by Algeria, Russia and South Korea) Germany would finish second unless Ghana or Portugal won and passed Germany on goal differential. Germany currently is plus 4, Ghana is minus 1 and Portugal is minus 4. The second place finisher plays the winner of Group H.—If Germany wins: Germany wins the group.The U.S. would finish second unless Ghana or Portugal won and passed the U.S. on goal differential. The U.S. is plus 1, Ghana is minus 1 and Portugal is minus 4. So, if the U.S. loses to Germany, they will be rooting for Portugal, because it’s less likely that Portugal could pass the U.S. on goal differential.—If Germany and the U.S. draw: Germany wins the group and the U.S. finishes second. The result of the other game is meaningless.—If Ghana and Portugal draw: The U.S. and Germany advance. Germany wins the group unless the U.S. defeats them.last_img read more

first_imgHouston is trading Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Pacers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019Houston picked up the two players in a deal that netted the team Iman Shumpert from the Kings. The Rockets also traded Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers in that deal.The Rockets will also send a second-round pick to the Pacers in the deal. Indiana will reportedly waive both players. Related News NBA trade deadline: Rockets acquire Iman Shumpert, move Brandon Knight in 3-team deal This is one of the shortest stints in team history.The Rockets are trading Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Pacers less than 24 hours after acquiring them in a three-team trade, according to ESPN.center_img This is the third time Stauskas and Baldwin have been traded in the last week. The Cavs acquired them from the Trail Blazers for Rodney Hood on Monday, and now they’ve been dealt twice in the last 24 hours.last_img read more