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Trojans face Matadors in home opener

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC men’s basketball team will attempt to bounce back from its season-opening loss to Utah State as it returns to the Galen Center tonight for the first home game of head coach Andy Enfield’s USC career against Cal State Northridge at 8 p.m.Rise up · USC senior guard J.T. Terrell scored 20 points on eight-for-17 shooting in the team’s 78-65 season-opening loss to Utah State on Friday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (0-1) were outlasted by an experienced Utah State team in their season opener, as the Aggies (1-0) pulled away in the second half to secure a 78-65 win in Enfield’s debut. Utah State’s Preston Medlin, who led the team in scoring last season, scored 17 points as one of  four Aggies in double-digits. USU led 40-33 at the half and pulled off runs of 16-5 and 9-0 to jump out to a 65-44 lead and earn the victory.Senior guard J.T. Terrell led all scorers with 20 points. Junior guard Byron Wesley added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while senior center Omar Oraby finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds.Cal State Northridge (1-0) finished 14-17 last season, along with a 5-13 record in conference play to finish ninth in the Big West conference. The Matadors started the season 6-0 but were unable to keep that momentum up throughout the year, missing out on an NCAA Tournament berth for the fourth straight season. Guard Stephan Hicks led the team with 15.7 points per game and added 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Forward Stephen Maxwell averaged 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season while playing in all 31 games, and guard Josh Greene had 14.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.The Matadors opened their season with an 86-74 win over Hope International. Maxwell led the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Hicks contributed 20 points and 9 rebounds.The last time these two teams faced off was Nov. 11, 2011 at the Galen Center, which resulted in a 66-59 win for the Trojans. Former players Aaron Fuller and Dewayne Dedmon led the scoring attack with 16 points each, while former guard Maurice Jones scored eight of USC’s final 12 points to keep the Matadors from overcoming a 13-point deficit. Hicks led the Matadors with 16 points. Wesley, the only player remaining from the team that participated in that game, played 33 minutes and had five points and eight rebounds.USC leads the all-time series against CSUN 5-1. The only blemish was an 81-76 overtime loss to start the 2005-2006 season. Tonight’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more

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Six Pack for Selkirk — BCCAA denies college application

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s definitely a step back for the athletic program at Selkirk College.The Castlegar campus athletic department has had its application for dispensation denied by the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) Executive.The college wanted the BCCAA executive to allow only the women’s volleyball team to participate during the 2010-11 season.The application was made after it was realized that the men’s team could not fulfill its league requirements as some of the men’s student athletes could not fully commit to the BCCAA league schedule. However, the request was denied due to the fact that league schedules are based on both genders traveling and competing at the same time. “This was a tough decision for all parties,” said Athletic Director Kim Verigin. “The good side to all of this is that Selkirk College is still a member of the BCCAA and the Executive is very supportive of our situation.” The BCCAA league Executive Committee recommended that Selkirk College play an exhibition season and use the year to rebuild the program. “The men’s and women’s teams will continue to operate with regular weekly practices,” explained Verigin. “We are currently working to confirm a competitive exhibition schedule for 2010-11 and we will continue to support the student-athletes and coaches who have committed to both programs.” Overlaying this issue, declining enrolment in volleyball programs in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions and a changing dynamic within the BCCAA league has made it difficult for smaller colleges like Selkirk to recruit student-athletes and stay competitive. Many BCCAA institutions are in transition to make the jump to Canada West (Canadian Interuniversity Sport)—the highest level of intercollegiate sport available in Canada. “We are hopeful that this year will be a positive turning point for the volleyball program,” said Verigin.  “But, we are not certain. We are going to have to work hard and see what the future will bring.”Currently there is no senior boy’s team at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.The only real volleyball program is run at Mount Sentinel where the South Slocan school continually puts competitive teams on the floor that competes not only locally but [email protected]last_img read more

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Plans for agri-food tariffs disastrous for sector – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has responded to the plans to introduce new arrangements for the border and to impose tariffs on products being exported from the Republic to the United Kingdom.The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture said this plan will have massive ramifications on the Republic’s Agri-food sector if allowed to be introduced.“I agree with the President of the IFA when he described the plans as “absolutely disastrous”. “I sincerely hope that this is a provocative attempt to persuade MPs to vote against a no deal scenario when they are asked over the next 24 hours in Westminster.“The EU will obviously have to respond to the plans to allow goods to travel freely between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the short term and the Irish government will have to elaborate on their own plans to respond to this plan. The uncertainty is causing massive anxiety with businesses both North and South and will cost jobs soon if not sorted out.He referred to a claim by the Taoiseach stated last week that Ireland is the most prepared country in Europe when it comes to Brexit.“He also promised to give us the latest figures for the levels of preparedness amongst business which go beyond the number of inquiries made. “The government needs to publish these figures and needs to outline immediately the full details on levels of preparedness.“We were previously told that the government has studied in detail the implications of different scenarios. The government should, without delay, publish the likely impact of these new tariffs and put a plan in place to respond,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Plans for agri-food tariffs disastrous for sector – McConalogue was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:agricultureCharlie McConaloguedonegaltariffslast_img read more

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Eight Maliseet communities celebrate Treaty Day for first time in history

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsIt was a historical weekend for the Maliseet in New Brunswick.For the first time since the document was ratified, eight communities celebrated Treaty Day, marking the 290th anniversary of the Treaty of 1725.The Treaty of 1725 is the first of what are now known as the Peace and Friendship Treaties with the Crown in the Maritime Provinces. To some, the treaty does more than just protect fishing and hunting rights.For the chiefs, the focus of the celebration was not only about honouring the past; but also about moving forward as a sovereign, unified [email protected]last_img read more

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Toronto and New York stock indices close lower as technology stocks weigh

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed down Monday despite a rise in oil prices as technology stocks continued to weigh on markets in both Toronto and New York.The technology sell-off started last week when Facebook and Twitter released results that raised growth concerns. On Monday, Twitter dropped 7.6 per cent to add to its 20.5 per cent plunge Friday, while Facebook fell 3.6 per cent to make for a 23 per cent drop in three days.The S&P/TSX information technology sector was down 3.71 per cent Monday, including a drop of 7.95 per cent for Shopify Inc., as the plunge in U.S. stocks had a knock-on effect, said Michael Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Multi-Asset Solutions.“The big contributor there is Shopify, but they haven’t even had their earnings call, so I think it’s really just a bit of a contagion of what’s happening in the U.S.”The drop in technology stocks, along with retreats for mining and health-care stocks, left the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index down 48.48 points at 16,345.47.The index traded as high as 16,442.96 points during the day. The Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole saw 219.1 million shares traded.The S&P/TSX capped energy index provided the most support for the composite with a 0.62 per cent climb. Energy stocks rose as the September crude contract closed up $1.44 at US$70.13 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up two cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.Oil prices were climbing as concerns increased on transit problems in the Middle East and other geopolitical issues have heightened supply concerns, said Greenberg.“You’re just sort of seeing some of the geopolitical risk premium being built back into energy prices at a time when there’s a bit of concern for say, Saudi Arabia to meaningfully increase production.”In New York, the Nasdaq composite index ended down 107.42 points or 1.39 per cent at 7,630.00 as Netflix, Amazon, and Google also closed lower. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 144.23 points at 25,306.83 and the S&P 500 index closed down 16.22 points at 2,802.60.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.80 cents US, up 0.24 of a US cent.The December gold contract closed down $1.20 at US$1,231.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.79 a pound.CGI Group Inc. closed down 53 cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $82.91 after announcing its U.S. arm had been awarded a six-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. government, worth a total of US$530 million. The contract builds on work that CGI Federal Inc. has already done to enhance the cybersecurity posture of agencies participating in a multi-year program overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.last_img read more

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Himachal Congress arch rivals progeny campaign together

first_imgShimla: The road to political success that six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, both Congress veterans, have followed throughout their lives has never been the same. Arch rivals — Virbhadra Singh, 83, and Sukh Ram, 91 — both three-time MPs from Mandi, prefer not to cross paths with each other. But their progeny are now trudging together on the roads cutting through the hill state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Virbhadra Singh’s legislator son Vikramaditya Singh is campaigning for Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma, who is making his electoral debut as a Congress candidate from Mandi, once the Congress bastion. He is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. “Vikramaditya Singh has been touring Mandi extensively, with Ashray Sharma, though Virbhadra Singh is yet to start campaigning,” state party President Kuldeep Singh Rathore told IANS. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMandi is one of the country’s largest constituencies comprising Kullu, Mandi and some areas of Chamba and Shimla districts, besides the tribal-dominated Assembly seats of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti. Sukh Ram holds a mass base in Mandi and Kullu districts, but he needs Virbhadra Singh’s support in other areas where he holds sway, says a senior party leader. The seat is also seeing a battle of supremacy between Sukh Ram and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur as both belong to Mandi district. Vikramaditya Singh, 30, the young scion of the Bushahr family, like his father, does not hesitate to fold his hands and bow his head before the commoners to seek votes for the party. So does local hotelier Sharma, 32, who banks on his grandfather’s legacy and misses no opportunity to hit out at his father, Anil Sharma’ party, the BJP. Anil Sharma lost a Cabinet berth after he son was pitted against his own party. “It’s my grandfather’s dream to see me become an MP,” Ashray told IANS. Sukhram, popularly known as Panditji in Mandi, in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections refused to campaign for Virbhadra Singh from Mandi. During the 2013 Lok Sabha bypoll — caused by Virbhadra Singh’s resignation, he told the media that he was too old to take to the streets for Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh. In 2017, the grandfather-grandson joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But parted ways with it to rejoin the Congress on March 25. Ahead of launching their election campaign earlier this month, they met Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi to iron out their differences. Himachal Pradesh four Lok Sabha seats — Shimla (reserved), Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi — will vote on May 19.last_img read more

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3 Things That Could Decide The Second AlvarezGolovkin Fight

The prime of a boxing career is ephemeral, the sport’s history littered with the legacies of those who stayed too long. The 2015 study “Hand Speed Measurements in Boxing” found that peak performance is often achieved between the ages of 20 and 30. Alvarez is 28 years old, at the zenith of his career. Golovkin is 36, closing in on the sunset of his. “A boxer who fights after 35 is pushing on the gas pedal, accelerating toward an early demise,” wrote Ferdie Pacheco of The New York Times. And yet, Golovkin has been so ruthlessly efficient in the ring that before last year’s Alvarez matchup, he hadn’t so much as seen the final round of a fight in more than eight years, preserving the bloom of his career to such a degree that most sportsbooks give him a 59 percent to 63 percent implied probability of winning on Saturday, consistent with last year’s odds. Those odds support a 36-year-old’s ability to crush his opponent, coming off the longest layoff of his career, in 36 minutes or less. Golovkin’s skill set has been among the best in the sport for years, but he was unable to land lucrative fights because, simply, no one wanted to fight him. Alvarez seemingly does, but he’d be wise not to turn the upcoming nine-figure payday into the blow-for-blow melee his opponent seeks. Almost exactly one year after they fought to a controversial draw — prompting a near-aneurysm from ESPN’s Teddy Atlas — Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin will meet once again in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena in a middleweight world title rematch. Alvarez-Golovkin has been the best pure bout that contemporary boxing has produced in essentially three years, so it’s perhaps no surprise that a slab of contaminated meat couldn’t delay its second installment for more than six months.Boxing’s ecosystem subsists on manufactured hatred and braggadocio. Both are far more evident this time around, the mutual respect of their first fight a distant memory. The animosity has risen steadily between the two world champions raised thousands of miles apart: Alvarez grew up hawking ice cream on the streets of Juanacatlan, Mexico, while Golovkin was forced at a young age to fight grown men in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) and Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 knockouts) are two of the finest active fighters, universally considered to be among the sport’s top pound–for–pound talents. Here are three keys to their fight:Will Golovkin’s jabs take their toll?A jab is a fighter’s appetizer, a small taste before the main course of hooks, crosses and uppercuts. Certain studies have found the punch capable of packing more velocity than a cross, but typically it’s a weapon deployed to accrue points, find a boxer’s range and conserve energy — not end a fight. How then to strategize against an opponent whose hors d’oeuvres crack like howitzers?Golovkin carries what may be the most lethal jab in the middleweight division. He uncorks it at a high volume to dictate the pace of a fight and to coerce his opponents into vulnerable positions as they try to earn back points. “I don’t think anybody in the past I’ve trained has had such a good jab,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, who has coached 18 world champions.Over his past five fights other than the Alvarez bout, Golovkin connected on 39.7 percent of his jabs to his opponents’ 20.3 percent, landing an average of 12.7 jabs per round, according to CompuBox data. He threw 128 more jabs than Alvarez did the last time the two met, landing 53 more and boasting a superior connection percentage. Alvarez landed more jabs than Golovkin did in just one round (the sixth) and was out-landed 42 to 12 over the final four rounds.Alvarez’s jab has earned the endorsement of Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Alvarez doesn’t often use it more than his opponents do. He has out-jabbed three of his past five challengers other than Golovkin — with a trouncing of hapless Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. largely skewing the data. Miguel Cotto in 2015 more than doubled Alvarez’s total jabs landed. When Mayweather dolled out the lone loss of Alvarez’s professional career, he more than tripled the Mexican’s jab-landed total.Blows wear on a fighter over time. As Golovkin once put it: “Who wants to get hit in the face?” It’s paramount for Alvarez to avoid the unrelenting power that has made it difficult for Golovkin to keep sparring partners. Alvarez cannot afford to let Golovkin impose the rhythm of the fight by way of his jab.Can Alvarez find any space?If Muhammad Ali turned the ring into a stage worth exploring, Golovkin turns it into a treadmill, relentlessly closing in on his opponent as if drawn by a magnet. Golovkin bouts typically resemble bullfights, with the Kazakh fighter charging his opposition with abandon. “I don’t like dancing,” he said upon vaporizing Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round in 2014. “I like fighting.”The surgical precision of his footwork is deliberate, an inverse of the speed-driven, complicated maneuverings of fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard and Ali. Golovkin cuts off the ring — using lateral footwork to force his opponents into close quarters or trap them against the ropes — because it isolates his prey and allows him to apply unyielding pressure in a forced slugfest. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has said Golovkin may have the best footwork in boxing.Not unlike the fictional Ivan Drago, Golovkin has aluminum-bat strength and a rhino-like neck (he’s capable of completing sets of chin pushups). He has never been knocked down in his professional career. Golovkin seems to want to prove the integrity of his jaw by lunging at his opponent, suffocating his space. In the ninth round of last year’s bout, Alvarez unloaded an overhand right that landed flush. Golovkin let it slide across his cheek like a washcloth and continued to move forward, stalking his opponent as if nothing had happened at all. Watch the video, and you can see fear in the eyes of Alvarez in that moment.Stylistically, Alvarez agitated some in the boxing community — most notably Golovkin’s team — during last year’s clash by snaking around the ring, idling along the ropes and largely eschewing the knock-down drag-out brawl Golovkin sought. For Alvarez, a roving, defensive-minded counterpuncher, this was the optimal blueprint. Those who aim to out-punch Golovkin nearly always end up on the canvas.The game plan was mostly effective in their first fight: Golovkin landed 32 percent of his power punches, a drop-off of 14 percentage points from his previous 13 fights. Alvarez was certainly out-hit, but he kept Golovkin to 18.2 shots landed per round — well below his average of 26.2.It didn’t go unnoticed by Sanchez, who told ESPN that he has since asked Jordan Brand — one of Golovkin’s sponsors — to “make some shoes so that we can go a bit faster and are able to catch [Alvarez].”“It’s one thing to be coming forward like a donkey,” Alvarez countered. “It’s another thing to be moving.”Despite the verbal barbs, Alvarez should stay on the outside and pick his moments to earn points when possible, even if it comes at the expense of entertainment for the fans. Alvarez has ample power behind his punches, but he’d be wise not to play into a strategy that would clearly favor the man who has earned 89 percent of victories by knockout.Who gets the late-round advantage?The prevailing opinion of last year’s fight is that Alvarez didn’t earn a draw. He especially didn’t help his case down the stretch.In the opening four rounds, Golovkin out-landed Alvarez by 2.5 punches per round but was out-landed when it came to power punches: Alvarez averaged seven per round, while Golovkin averaged six. But over the final five rounds, Golovkin landed an average of six more total punches per round than Alvarez did (21.6 to 15.6) and generated a higher connection percentage (34.5 percent to 32.4 percent).If we break the bout down into thirds, Alvarez averaged a higher connection percentage than Golovkin in the first through fourth rounds (36.5 percent to 30.8 percent) and the fifth through eighth rounds (31.1 percent to 27.3 percent), but fell behind Golovkin in the ninth through 12th rounds (33.3 percent to 35.1 percent).Controlling the waning rounds is easier said than done, of course. Golovkin’s punches register like those of a heavyweight, with a higher severity than typical of fighters from lower weight classes. Vanquished opponents have compared facing Golovkin to “being hit by a train.” To be sure, after your central nervous system has suffered 24 minutes of battery, elevating your performance over the final 12 minutes is an arduous task. But when the decision is in question, those memories are freshest in the minds of the judging panel, so a strong finish carries considerable weight. read more

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Michael Ball hails rejuvenated Sigurdsson

first_imgFormer Everton star Michael Ball has praised Gylfi Sigurdsson for his brilliant form in recent weeks saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Everton fans.The Icelandic international was under intense scrutiny at the beginning of the campaign but has silenced the critics with improved performance, netting four goals in the process.Now he’s playing in his preferred No. 10 role – and finally, the rewards are starting to show.“He got the armband when Davies went off, and he turned up,” Ball told the ECHO.Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“It’s nice to see after last season when he was playing out of position and was being asked to do things that might have been a little foreign to him – while at the same time trying to be our star.“It was a difficult season for him, and because of the money, there were obviously a lot more eyes on him from outside Goodison and from the media.“There was no lack of effort, he puts in everything every game – and it’s nice to see him now getting the goals to match that.“It’s not rocket science; if you give him the ball and the opportunity to create goals and put them away then hopefully he can get himself to double figures by the end of the season.”last_img read more

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Jazz Soul concert to raise money for Youth instruments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – A night of Jazz and Soul is planned for the Palms this coming Wednesday and headlining the event is TCI diva, Crystal Charles. Better known as TESS, Charles is working with the Edward Gartland Youth Centre and will be hosting the event which is aimed at empowering local artists and highlighting the music program at the Youth Center.TESS explains that she will treat attendees to the soulful sounds of music from James Brown, Aretha Franklyn, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. Crystal, who hails from Grand Turk explains that a portion of the proceeds will be used to acquire Junkanoo and Rake and scrape instruments, which will then be incorporated into the brass band program now being spearheaded by Branford Handfield. Tickets for the Wednesday evening show are $50 and Ms. Charles names her sponsors as: Gilley’s Enterprises, The Wine Cellar, The Palms Turks and Caicos, Spotlight Communication and Outside the Box Marketing. A night of Jazz and Soul begins at 8pm at the Palms. Related Items:crystal charles, Edward Gartland Youth Centre, Gilley’s Enterprises, jazz & soul concert, Outside the Box Marketing, Spotlight Communication, tci diva, The Palms Turks and Caicos, The Wine Cellar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 11th Annual Conch Festival UPDATE Music program to gain from Soul & Jazz concert Crystal ‘TESS’ Charles hailed as ideal to draw out young talent Recommended for youlast_img read more