Trojans make for a good television show

first_imgFootball teams are something special.In few other places will you find a tighter-knit group of 60-70 young men, growing together, sharing victory and defeat and learning from one another.Football teams are like good TV shows: They are driven by the characters. Every team, whether it is a championship contender or a bottom-feeder, is a fusion of personalities, each personality a distinct part of the whole.Test time · USC coach Lane Kiffin has seemed to loosen up a bit in front of the media, going as far as quipping about USC’s special teams woes. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The Trojans have a regular cast that is as entertaining as they come. And for a season that lacks a lot of real stakes for the Trojans, a group of appealing characters keeps the plot moving.Here’s a look into the USC football team through the lens of a primetime TV series:Coach Lane Kiffin, the new lead roleI wrote at the beginning of this season that Kiffin came off closed and defensive in interviews. He was the old supporting character from the cast, thrust back onto the scene to carry the show after the departure of the lead role. Naturally, it took him some time to get comfortable.Kiffin has loosened up quite a bit since those first interviews. He jokes a lot more and seems to be able to handle criticism much better than his predecessor. His players have bought into his mentality.He is a coach who accepts no nonsense and a father-figure that puts tough love into practice. But there is no question that he cares about his guys.After senior kicker Joe Houston’s heroics last Saturday, the player was one of the players selected to talk to reporters at the press conference.“I see times have changed around here,” Kiffin quipped as he sat down. “Joe goes 1-for-3, makes a 29-yard field goal and he gets to come up here in front of everybody.”Even after losses, Kiffin has let some humor slip through.After his team got pounded by Oregon but was called for only three penalties, a reporter asked Kiffin if he felt as if the Trojans had turned a corner in terms of drawing costly flags.Kiffin responded, without malice: “You found something positive about today. I appreciate you.”It might have taken him half the season, but Kiffin finally appears comfortable in his role as the leading character.Senior cornerback Shareece Wright, the psychologistDr. Wright is the guy people would go to when they need advice. Wright seems to have the best handle on the pulse of the team. He’s a veteran and a natural leader.Before the defense’s breakout performance against California, he was the one who gave the key motivational speech that whipped the defense in line.What’s great about Wright is that he never dodges a question or a reporter’s eyes. And you’ll never hear an excuse come out of his mouth.Wright was one of the only Trojans to admit that fatigue was a factor down the stretch against Oregon. When asked how Arizona State’s LeQuan Lewis escaped his grasp en route to a 100-yard kickoff return, Wright was straightforward.“I don’t even know what happened, honestly,” he said.Wright is a trustworthy and classy guy, and his role as a leader and guide has been indispensible to the Trojans in a season where viewership in the Coliseum has dwindled.Senior placekicker Joe Houston, the comeback kidEvery good drama requires an up-and-down story of redemption. Houston, who missed two early field goals against the Sun Devils, would’ve probably been the scapegoat had USC not pulled off the win.But lucky for him, he got the chance to redeem himself with a go-ahead field goal with three minutes remaining.Some USC fans were calling for his head after his 40-yard try against Washington boinked off the upright, opening the door for the Huskies’ upset. All was good again for Houston because he finally came through when it mattered.Houston still seemed nervous at the press conference, almost as if he still didn’t know what to make of it all.But he surely made up for his past sins and will be seen in future episodes.Freshman receiver Robert Woods, the future starWoods has started all season as a true freshman and has already starred in a few episodes of his own.What strikes you about him is how excited he seems to be there. The glamour of the big stage has not worn off.Woods acts, well, like a freshman: energized about every future experience and aware of his role in the social hierarchy.It’s only his performance on the field that is un-freshman-like.No one smiles more in an interview than Woods. When asked after the Cal game why he doesn’t celebrate more after big plays, he said it is because God could take it away at any time.“And plus, coach Kiffin doesn’t allow that,” he obediently added.There you have it, the star-in-the-making deferring to the lead role.USC’s season might lack any real drama because there will be no bowl game at the end of the tunnel, but the team’s characters will keep people tuned in week after week.“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Josh at jjovanel@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Women of Troy hope to stay undefeated

first_imgAfter three stellar performances to start the 2013 campaign, the USC women’s soccer team is ready to embark on its longest road trip of the season. The Women of Troy (3-0) will play twice in this weekend’s Minnesota Gold Classic in Minneapolis, beginning with a matchup against undefeated Mississippi on Friday at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, the squad will take on LSU at 9 a.m.Fastbreak · Sophomore forward Katie Johnson (33) is one of five players to tally goals for the Women of Troy in the team’s first three matches. – Chris Roman | Daily Trojan No. 17 USC is coming off a resounding 4-1 victory over Cal State Northridge last weekend in its home opener. The contest was a solid demonstration of the balance and unselfishness USC has shown on both sides of the ball throughout the young season. These qualities, which the team hopes to continue to develop in Minnesota, have paid dividends for the Women of Troy. The team is now ranked for the second consecutive week, after failing to crack the national rankings all of last season.Though the Women of Troy have been impressive in their early season games, they have yet to leave Southern California, only traveling as far as San Diego.But sophomore Jamie Fink, who already has two goals under her belt this year, thinks her team is prepared to face the challenge of long-distance travel.“The team has prepared really well,” Fink said. “We are constantly working hard and giving 100 percent effort in all practices.”Fink also believes this type of road trip can prepare her team for the constant road battles they will have to fight during the Pac-12 season.“Every team we play will prepare us for the Pac-12 season,” Fink said. “Both Ole Miss and LSU are very good, physical teams. They both have good records and we know this will be one of our toughest weekends so far.”Freshman forward Kayla Mills echoed her teammate’s sentiments.“We’ve worked really hard,” Mills said. “It’s really important that we hold ourselves to a standard and meet that standard every game.”The squad’s first matchup of the weekend has the makings of an offensive shootout. USC’s explosive attack, led by reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Elizabeth Eddy, has put up four goals in each of its first three games. The senior forward has a team-high four goals on the season, including one last week against Cal State Northridge. Not far behind are freshman phenoms Tanya Samarzich and Mills, who, combined, made five goals in their first three collegiate matches.The Ole Miss (4-0) offense has been formidable as well, recording at least five goals in two separate games while racking up 16 goals in its four matches. The Rebels’ Mandy McCalla has put away five goals so far in the young season.The Rebels’ defense has played excellently so far, as goalkeeper Kelly McCormick has only let up two goals while recording five saves and three shutouts.The USC defense, led by junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley, has been up to the task in allowing four goals, but has yet to record a shutout and will have to work hard to keep the Rebels in check.In LSU, the Women of Troy face an opponent that cannot be overlooked. The Tigers (2-1-1) have faced a rough early schedule, tying TCU 0-0 and losing valiantly to No. 6 BYU 4-2.They’ve outscored their other opponents 7-0, with the offense typically getting off to a quick start  — eight of LSU’s nine goals this season have been scored in the first half.Goalkeeper Megan Kinneman has allowed only four goals in four appearances this season, with BYU being the only team to find the back of the net against the Tigers. It will take continued offensive firepower from the Women of Troy’s dynamic frontline to break through the Tigers’ defense.“The main focus is just to play our game and to never be satisfied with what we’ve done, because we can always improve,” Fink said. “The team is looking forward to this weekend and we are ready to battle and play hard.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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Gatland names unchanged Lions side

first_imgThe Lions are unchanged for the series decider against New Zealand in Auckland this Saturday morning.Warren Gatland has stuck with both the same team and bench that beat the All Blacks last week.That means Tadhg Furlong, Sean O’Brien , Johnny Sexton and Connor Murray all start while Jack Mc Grath and CJ Stander are on the bench. Photo: © lionsrugby.comlast_img

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Cardinals get cornerback help, sign veteran Dre Kirkpatrick

first_imgLast Updated: 24th August, 2020 11:00 IST Cardinals Get Cornerback Help, Sign Veteran Dre Kirkpatrick The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to boost their secondary after a season-ending injury to Robert Alford. LIVE TV Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 24th August, 2020 11:00 ISTcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to boost their secondary after a season-ending injury to Robert Alford.The Cardinals announced on Sunday that Kirkpatrick has agreed to a one-year deal. The 30-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and was a starter during the last five. He’s played in 99 games, including 67 starts and has 10 career interceptions.The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Kirkpatrick was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2012. He’ll have the opportunity to earn the other starting cornerback job opposite three-time All-Pro Patrick Peterson.The Cardinals needed help at cornerback after Alford suffered a pectoral injury during practice last weekend. He was placed on injured reserve and will miss his second straight full season. He missed the entire 2019 season after a leg injury in the preseason. FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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Boxer Edin Puhalo Champion of Europe in UBF

first_imgThe Sarajevo boxer Edin Puhalo, known as Iron Puki, is the new champion of Europe in UBF version, after he defeated Vaclav Polak last night in Munich with a knockout in the first round.Puhalo won the title of the intercontinental champion in WBF association on July 16, 2015 by defeating Janoš Lakatoš from Hungary with a knockout in the third round. He defended the title three months later with a victory against the challenger Pranislav Pavšić, also with a knockout in the second round, at the Youth House in Sarajevo.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more

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Funniest Memes of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Regarding Ray Rice

first_imgTo say that Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL Commissioner is in peril is an understatement. He has been ducking and fumbling for the past 48 hours after being pelted with a torrential downpour of criticism from the media, the general populace and even Congress for the dubious handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence debacle.Conflicting reports are flooding the airwaves, literally causing brain overload, about whether or not the NFL saw the video of Rice delivering the left hook felt around the world prior to handing down the featherweight sanctions ( two games) on the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back.Several sources, including the now defunct casino and an anonymous law enforcement source, said the NFL either were given a copy of the nuclear hot videotape of the beating or that they could have easily attained it if they had just asked for it.Now congressmen are joining the media chorus calling for “transparency” and a former FBI director is going to conduct an independent investigation in order to unveil what the NFL knew and when they knew it.Many media members as well as women’s groups are calling for Goodell’s immediate resignation in light of the greatest scandal in the commissioner’s tenure.To top it all off, social media has Goodell in its jaws and are clamping down on the commish with hilarious memes mocking him for the comedy of errors that include changing the light suspension the indefinite suspension/ban from the NFL.Take a look:last_img read more

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Watch Ashley Run

first_imgAshley Williams is fast and confident. By the time the five-day ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships end on March 19, her name could be on everybody’s lips.Recently, the outgoing Holmwood Technical High School senior won a fine Class One 200-400 metres double at Central Championships, with the promise of more to come.At Central Champs, she first won the 400m in 52.72 seconds. That time would have won the Class One gold medal at Champs last year. She returned to win the 200m in 23.80 seconds.Third in the 2015 Girls’ Champs 400m, she revealed her confidence in a trackside interview. “Ashley Williams right now is not in full shape,” she said pointedly. “This is just a piece of Ashley,” the petite Holmwood student-athlete explained.”Come Champs this year, you’ll see the whole Ashley,” she asserted.Asked what she was working to improve on, she said: “Improving my 400m, because I want to run 51 at Champs.”Sonita Sutherland, Shericka Jackson and Chris-Ann Gordon are the only girls ever to have produced 51-second times over the one-lap distance at Champs. If she achieves her goal, she will extend her school’s tradition in the 400m, as two-time World Junior silver medal winner Sutherland and Gordon both attended Holmwood.CO-FAVOURITEAshley will enter the championships as co-favourite for the 400m if Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) elects to contest the event. The talented STETHS girl is most pundits’ top pick for the Class One 800m and the open 400m hurdles. At the recent Western Championships, Bromfield ran solo to a 400m victory in 52.43.They met on the anchor leg of the 4x400m at the Gibson-McCook Relays. Williams’ Holmwood team triumphed over the previously undefeated STETHS team anchored by Bromfield.Williams finished third in the Champs Class One 400 last year, but those ahead of her Dawnlee Loney and Tiffany James are no longer eligible for Champs.last_img read more

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Travellers from high-risk countries can be refused entry or quarantined – CMO

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairThe World Health Organisation has published a list of mainly African and South American territories in which there is risk of transmitting the yellow fever virus. On Thursday, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, in a Public Health Ministry press conference disclosed new guidelines with regard to the immunisation of citizens for yellow fever. The CMO explained that Guyana is prepared to quarantine or refuse travellers from high risk countries if they cannot produce a certificate of immunisation.“If you are coming from the countries where this outbreak is going on, you are required to get a vaccine to enter Guyana, we will stop them at the airport, we will insist that they have a valid certificate,” he noted.Dr Persaud reasoned that this hard-lined approached is necessary since Guyana has the ideal conditions for yellow fever to flourish.“If only one person arrived from one of those countries… [and] are infected and… subsequently develop an active infection, you know what trouble that can lead us to,” the CMO pondered.Some of the countries at risk listed include Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Angola, Botswana and French Guiana.“If symptoms occurred [in the six day incubation period], then the person is free… if someone is coming from Angola for example, where we know there were cases of deaths, we want to be a little bit more careful with monitoring that person,” Dr Persaud observed.When questioned over the risk that citizens who are returning home from the “endemic” countries pose on transmission of the virus, the CMO pointed out that while citizens cannot be refused entry, they can however be quarantined.“Once they arrive here, we usually keep monitoring them; we have system because we cannot refuse entry to Guyanese; we follow them up for the signs and symptoms like we did with Ebola and other diseases… if we have someone from a very high risk country we might very well need to quarantine in the true sense,” he noted.Dr Persaud further observed that there is a small unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital in which this measure can be facilitated.He stressed that the incubation period for the virus is six days, after which a person can be deemed as safe from transmitting it. Persaud also stated that a vaccination card is different from a certificate of immunisation. The certificates, which carry a $1000 fee, can be obtained after you have received the vaccination. Sites where the certificates are issued are the Public Health Ministry and St Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Georgetown; Suddie Public Hospital in Essequibo and at New Amsterdam and Lethem.The CMO also stressed that all vaccines are procured by the Government of Guyana and are “free of cost.”“Persons will be required to pay $1000 fee for the certificate. However, persons over 65 and under five years are exempt from payment,” he noted.He also observed that the new standard for immunisation as directed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states the once a person has taken the yellow vaccine once in their lifetime, they would be issued with an international certificate, and as such, will not be required to take another dosage. Previously, individuals had to take the yellow fever vaccine once every 10 years.Dr Persaud pointed out that Guyana has not had a fatality from yellow fever in over 35 years. “We are advising travellers to take the vaccine 10 days before travel,” he noted.“A lot of persons were saying that their cards were misplaced or they were taken at the points of entry by the receiving country and not returned to them but please insist on retaining your certificates; keep it with your passport as part of your documentation as you travel, especially if travelling to multiple countries,” the CMO advised.Public Health Ministry representative, Dr Oneka Scott stated “A lot of persons have been turning up at the airport demanding that they be given certificates from the airport medex but they cannot issue certificates.”According to the WHO, the yellow fever vaccination is intended to “prevent the international spread of the disease by protecting countries from the risk of importing or spreading the yellow fever virus [and] to protect individual travellers who may be exposed to yellow fever infection.”last_img read more

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7 Nimba ‘Rioters’ Set Free

first_imgSeven of the 41 persons detained for allegedly staging a violent protest that damaged millions of dollars worth of properties at ArcelorMittal’s iron ore mines in Tokadeh, Yekepa were on Monday, July 14, released by the government.ArcelorMittal is an iron ore company that is currently operating in Nimba County.Those set free by the government on Monday, were identified by a source as Sam Ta-kruah, Jr., Nelson Korquoi, Saye E.L. Mussah, Terrence Dolo, Daniel Reeves, Abartoe Nengbein, and Elder Joseph Dahn.It is not clear what prompted the latest decision, but the source hinted to the Daily Observer that they were released to help government identify the main perpetrators of the riot.The Solicitor General of Liberia, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo, appearing before the Civil Law Court, vowed that if any probable cause is found in the case, government would arrest more people for instigating the riot.She further told the Court that “As I’m speaking, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are arresting people in the county, and we will continue to carry out more arrests.”Immediately after her public pronouncement, a former Nimba student leader, who walked to the McDonald Street offices of this newspaper Monday, alleged that he was picked up by some plain clothes officers on Friday, July 11, and taken to the headquarters of the LNP, where he was detained, but was subsequently released upon the intervention of his lawyer.“I was advised not to speak to the press on the issue, but I’m afraid that I would be re-arrested. So I want for people to know what had happened to me,” Mr. Lawrence Sua, an employee of the First International Bank explained in tears.The detainees, who included two females, were arrested on Thursday, July 3, in Nimba County, for their alleged involvement into the violent demonstration that led to the ransacking of millions of United States dollars worth of properties belonging to ArcelorMittal, an iron ore company operating in the county.They were released by Judge Emery Paye after the judge  granted a “Writ of Habeas Corpus” asked for by lawyers representing the detainees, contending that they had been in police custody over 48 hours, and had neither been charged nor forwarded to court for prosecution.Habeas Corpus directs the custodian of a prisoner to bring that person before a court, and explain the reason for his or her confinement.It is also a judicial remedy aimed at preventing the arbitrary use of executive power to imprison individuals without any just cause.Surprisingly, the accused were subsequently re-arrested, after the Sanniqulle Magisterial Court in Nimba issued a writ of arrest on them.It may be recalled that on Thursday, 3rd July 2014, a youth group identified as “Tokadeh Progressive Youth for Peace and Development,” began what they claimed was a “peaceful demonstration” in the concession town of Zolowee along the Sanniquellie-Yekepa highway, at the junction of the road leading to Mount Tokadeh.The aggrieved youths’ spokesperson, Sayetee Zowehyee told this newspaper via mobile phone on the day of the standoff that their protest was due to what he called, “the failure of ArcelorMittal” to adhere to their plights and demands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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We Have The Unique Opportunity To Define Our Own Destiny

first_imgYour Excellency M. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21,Distinguished ministers,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,Ever since I became Secretary-General, nearly nine years ago, I have called climate change the defining issue of our time.It places our very future in jeopardy.Yet, here in Paris we have the unique opportunity to define our own destiny. In rising to the climate challenge, we can set the world on a sustainable footing for generations to come, and lay the foundation for prosperity and security for all.A week ago, 150 world leaders stood here and pledged their full support for a robust global climate agreement that is equal to the test we face. Never before have so many Heads of State and Government gathered in one place at one time with one common purpose.Leaders have assured me they will do everything necessary to remove any roadblocks. They have called for strong ambition and re-affirmed their support for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening resilience to changes to come. Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,Your task is to translate this historic call by the leaders for action into a durable, dynamic, credible and fair climate agreement.Outside these negotiating halls, there is a rising global tide of support for a strong, universal agreement. Hundreds of mayors from around the world are here in Paris to their determined will to work together with world leaders. So are hundreds of business leaders and investors representing trillions of dollars in assets.More than half a million people took to the streets last week in cities spanning the globe. Pope Francis and the world’s faith leaders have stressed the moral imperative to act.All of us have a moral and political duty to heed those voices.Here is what the people of the world expect from you.First, we need an agreement that will limit temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. For many, including low-lying Small Island Developing States and least developed countries, even a 1.5 degree rise will have grave consequences.Current ambition must be the floor not the ceiling for our common efforts.That means the agreement should include regular, five year cycles, beginning before 2020, for governments to review and strengthen their commitments according to what science tells us.Second, the private sector needs a clear signal that the low-emissions transformation of the global economy is inevitable, mutually beneficial and already under way. Third, developed countries must agree to lead, and developing countries need to assume increasing responsibility in line with their capabilities. Fourth, the agreement must ensure sufficient, balanced adaptation and mitigation support for developing countries, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. That means technology transfer and credible financial support.Developed countries must uphold their historical responsibility to lead on pre- and post-2020 finance, mobilizing $100 billion dollars a year by 2020. The issue of loss and damage must be also addressed.Fifth, the agreement must provide a single framework for measuring, monitoring and reporting progress in a transparent manner on a full range of actions. Excellencies,Centuries of human endeavour and innovation have given the world great gifts. Yet we have also sown the potential seeds of our own destruction. The clock is ticking towards climate catastrophe.The world is expecting more from you than half-measures and incremental approaches. It is calling for a transformative agreement. Paris must put the world on track for long-term peace, stability and prosperity. The decisions you make here will reverberate down through the ages. The eyes of the world are upon you:Seven billion people want to know that you, the world’s leaders, have their interests at heart – and those of their children.Excellencies,Ladies and gentlemen,In all my travels as Secretary-General, I have talked to young people, and I have been inspired by them.In Kiribati, a small island in the South Pacific, which faces being inundated by rising seas, a young girl named Tamauri asked “What will become of us? What can the United Nations do for us?”Yesterday I met four young Norwegian scientist explorers who visited the Arctic this year. They went to up to 90 degrees – to the Pole. These young boys and girls have seen the rapidly melting ice, and they are sounding the alarm bells to the world leaders.They appealed for this conference to succeed.One of them, a young woman named Erika, said: “We are the future. Your decisions today will be our future.”Her colleague, Johanne, said: “We challenge you to promise to put children first when you are making climate decisions.”So today I speak for Tamauri, Erika, Johanne, and all the young people of this world.I say to you that your decisions can lay the foundation for a sustainable future where both people and planet can thrive. Your work here this week can help eradicate poverty, spark a clean energy revolution and provide jobs, opportunities and hope for tomorrow, particularly for young people and succeeding generations. There can be no mistaking the peril before our eyes. But far more than that, we can see the new world that can be ours.I call on all Ministers and all negotiators to cooperate, united by common purpose and common sense, to secure our common home and shared future. I count on your leadership, strong commitment and wise decisions for humanity.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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