The early months of the 2017-18 campaign wreaked havoc on the USC men’s basketball program. Returning with all five of last year’s starters and adding three key recruits, USC appeared poised for its best season in decades and sustained success for years to come. However, the September scandal involving former assistant coach Tony Bland rocked the program to its core, leaving questions surrounding two players’ eligibility and even the job security of head coach Andy Enfield. USC hired former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to investigate the program’s NCAA compliance. Senior guard Jordan McLaughlin reaches for a layup against the Cal Bears. In that game, he recorded a .429 field goal percentage. Deanie Chen | Daily TrojanIn November, minutes before USC’s season tip-off, the program announced sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton would sit out indefinitely as a consequence for his embroilment in the Bland investigation. The Trojans ranked 10th in the AP Preseason Poll — their highest starting mark since 1974 — and played well in their first couple games, including an overtime win at Vanderbilt when senior captain guard Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 35 points.Then, USC started a brutal stretch of losses against Texas A&M, SMU and Oklahoma. The Trojans continued to sputter throughout December, losing to Princeton and Washington at home.However, they had some bright moments, too. On Christmas, the Trojans won the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, and McLaughlin tied a longstanding Pac-12 record for assists in a game with 19 versus UCSB on Dec. 17. Nevertheless, for the AP voters and USC basketball fans, the losses certainly drowned out the preseason expectations for the program. On top of it all forward Taeshon Cherry, USC’s highest-ranked recruit in a decade, decommitted from USC and has since committed to rival ASU. Perhaps morale bottomed out after the Stanford loss on Jan. 7. After USC blew a 15-point lead in ten minutes, McLaughlin scored a reverse lay-up to give USC a 2-point lead with less than two seconds on the clock. Tragically, Stanford’s freshman guard Daejon Davis scored a magical 55-foot shot as time expired to gift the Cardinal a victory.In the moment, his half-court heave seemed to suck the life out of Trojan basketball. Forget top-10 aspirations. After a 2-2 start to conference play, even an NCAA Tournament bid seemed in jeopardy. Since, the Trojans have gone 6-0. In the past three weeks, the Trojans beat Utah for the first time since 2012. On the road, they swept the Oregon schools and won in Eugene for the first time since 2009. They are second place in the Pac-12, a half-game behind No. 9 Arizona and two games ahead of their next opponent, perennial rivals, UCLA. They appear safe off the NCAA Tournament bubble and again received votes in Monday’s AP Poll.So, what changed? How did the Trojans turn the season around?One could cite Enfield’s decision to switch the rotation. Over the last six games, redshirt junior Shaqquan Aaron has started in place of sophomore Jonah Mathews. Over that span, Mathews, who had been averaging 8.5 points per game, has led USC in scoring twice. Undoubtedly, he has freshened USC’s bench, which on Sunday outscored UC Berkeley’s bench 31-4, even though the usual sixth man Nick Rackocevic had to start in place of an injured Bennie Boatwright.“Our players are resilient,” Enfield said of his players’ adaptability in new roles.McLaughlin added that coming off the bench gives Mathews, an underclassman, the ability to see a bit of the other team’s strategy before he has to make key decisions. “That helped me when I was coming off the bench as a freshman,” McLaughlin said.High energy on defense is another reason for the team’s turnaround. After bouncing back from the Washington loss, Enfield said, “The team was simply tired of playing below its potential.” After allowing Washington to shoot 67 percent from the floor, USC has held its opponents to 43 percent from the floor.“We’re playing great defense. In man-to-man and in zone,” Enfield said after Sunday’s game. “We are forcing a lot of turnovers, which gives us a chance to stay in the game until we start to shoot the ball better.” But the paramount reason for USC’s outburst of energy is not tactical. Rather, USC has found its identity through the trials and tribulations of the Bland scandal. Indeed, the same events which initially deflated the team have become a source of inspiration. Since sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton was officially ruled ineligible for the season on Jan. 11, the Trojans have played with greater unity and purpose. Without hope of Melton returning, the players and coaches finally realized that their current lineup would be the one available for the rest of the season. Although not ideal, the finality of the decision to keep Melton ineligible has strengthened everyone’s resolve to perform well knowing that a knight is not going to rescue them in the midnight hour.Some of USC’s best have funneled their resentment about the Melton decision into more passionate play on the court, for better or worse. Junior forward Chimezie Metu, for instance, has always had a reputation as a violent player thanks to his rim-rattling slam dunks. Recently, though, his play has become noticeably unsettled, as he has received three technical fouls and an ejection since conference play began. Metu is one of Melton’s closest friends; his temper could suggest that he is playing to avenge his pal. Junior forward Bennie Boatwright, too, has engaged in some horseplay, for which he has garnered a couple technical fouls and also an ejection. Although Metu and Boatwright’s comportment does not necessarily reflect well on USC or add to the Trojans’ win probability, their rough style of play has galvanized the esprit de corps of their teammates and fans.“When [Metu] is screaming, he gets us all fired up,” redshirt junior guard Shaqquan Aaron said.When the Trojans take the court, there is a sense of USC basketball versus the world. With some conference foes elevating their smack talk against the Trojans or circling the USC matchup on their calendar, USC could have backed down, intimidated. Instead, they have harnessed their rivals’ negativity. The veteran team — used to the underdog label — started to feel at home when their dismal start to the season pushed their backs against the wall, and existential questions about the program cast doubt on the entire legitimacy of this squad.“Our chemistry has improved throughout the season,” Aaron said. “It is better to have your losses at the beginning.”With Melton gone for good this year, the Trojans are playing with an intensity they lacked earlier in the year. Although he still attends each game, Melton, in some sense, has become a martyr for USC, motivating the Trojans. The rest of the team does not want to look at him and think of what could have been. They are determined to win, hell or high water, Melton or not.
AHEAD OF AFCON 2019Super Eagles central defender, William Troost-Ekong, has started a campaign to draw attention to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect more than 120 million Nigerians. In partnership with the END Fund and Common Goal, William appears in a 48 seconds public service announcement where he calls on affected Nigerians to seek free treatment.Neglected tropical diseases are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affects more than 1.5 billion of the world’s most impoverished people, including 869 million children. They include intestinal worms, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), river blindness, trachoma, and lymphatic filariasis. William Troost-Ekong Preparing to represent the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, William is hoping that every Nigerian will participate in the free treatment campaigns from several END Fund partners across the country.“Like the rest of the team, I joined Common Goal because I wanted to use football as a tool to make a difference. I’m proud that we’re partnering with the END Fund to challenge every Nigerian to tackle neglected tropical diseases or NTDs,” said William.“600 million people in Africa need treatment for these diseases with over 120 million living in Nigeria alone.“Football is a powerful force in Nigeria and as a footballer and parent, I believe we should do everything we can to end these preventable and treatable diseases that stand between you and your goals.‘So the next time a health worker comes to your school, community or place of worship make sure you take the free medicine that they are giving out. Keep the ball rolling – spread the word to your family and friends and let’s be the generation to beat NTDs,” he concluded.Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike, Director and National Coordinator of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria, described the campaign as an important opportunity to bring attention to NTDs in the country.“We are very delighted to have William join the Federal Ministry of Health and our partners in Nigeria’s fight against neglected tropical diseases, we hope that this campaign helps to highlight the importance of the fight against NTDs in Nigeria and across the continent,” Dr. Anyaike said.The campaign will run on local radio and television stations during the months of June and July across the following states: Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Gombe, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. It will also feature on digital platforms nationwide as well and include targeted SMS messaging.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup continues Monday in the Japanese city of Hiroshima with matches in Group C and D.Ghana’s Black Princesses are in action against Chile 2008 champions the USA. The Americans have finished among the top four at all but one of the previous editions.The Black Princesses held the USA to a 1-1 draw in their first group game in the Germany 2010 edition and will count on last two year’s experience to get a favorable result.Ghana is yet to progress beyond the group stage of any World Cup at any level. The other Group D game will see defending champions Germany take on Thailand 2004 and Russia 2006 runners-up China.Germany have not lost in any game at the U-20 Women’s World Cup since losing out in the 2008 semi-final, while China have become a powerhouse in recent years. In Group C, Korea DPR take on Norway while Argentina come up against Canada.Meanwhile opening day matches on Sunday August 19 saw hosts Japan starting on the high, beating Mexico by 4-1. New Zealand won by 2-1 against Switzerland in the other Group A game. Both games were played in the city of Miyagi. In the Group B games at Saitama, Nigeria reaffirmed their resolve to go for gold by beating Korea Republic 2-0 while Brazil settled for a 1-1 draw with Italy.
NBA club from Portland Trail Blazers wished welcome to the member of BH national team Jusuf Nurkic in the Bosnian language via their official Twitter profile.To recall, our center player was traded from the Denver Nuggets to Trail Blazers, while Mason Plumlee went to Colorado.Numerous US media reported the news of Nurkic’s trade, and he announced the farewell message from the Nuggets on his official Facebook profile.Moreover, in the first following tweet after the welcome message, Trail Blazers posted a great block of Nurkic just against Plumlee, who was sent to Denver. (Source: N. K./Klix.ba)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Spencer Haldeman scored 21 points, Trae Berhow made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 19 seconds and Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State 69-64 on Wednesday night.Berhow made the second of two free throws for a three-point lead, 67-64, with 19 seconds remaining. Indiana State’s Cooper Neese missed a 3-pointer and the Sycamores (10-7, 2-3 Missouri Valley) sent Berhow to the line again. He made both to seal the win.The game was last tied, 53-53, with 4:41 remaining. UNI (8-10, 3-2) led the rest of the way but Indiana State was twice within two points in the final minute and a half.Haldeman made 4 of 8 3-point tries for Northern Iowa, while his teammates went 2 for 15.Berhow made one 3-pointer and went 3 for 4 from the line for six points.Jordan Barnes had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana State. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria. Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. BOONE — The NIACC women’s and men’s basketball teams picked up road wins at DMACC in Boone last night. In the women’s game, Jada Buford led the Lady Trojans with 39 points in a 110-86 victory. Mandy Willems added 24 points, Autam Mendez had 14 while Lexi Jones chipped in 10. NIACC led 61-44 at the half. The Lady Trojans are now 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The NIACC men won their 11th straight game with a 106-100 victory over DMACC. The 11-game winning streak is tied for the third longest in school history, and the longest since the 1984-85 team also won 11 straight. Quentin Hardict led the Trojans with 37 points, while Deundra Roberson and James Harris both scored 21. The NIACC men are now 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Both NIACC teams travel to Kirkwood on Saturday. IOWA CITY — The 22nd ranked Iowa Hawkeye women host Michigan Thursday night. The Hawkeyes are coming off a win at 23rd ranked Minnesota, a game in which they outscored the Gophers 49-23 in the second half.Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says a key for the Hawkeyes is perimeter scoring.Iowa is 3-2 in the Big Ten. You can hear the Iowa-Michigan game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 6:45 tonight. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Minnesota offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to the same position. The Jaguars also filled five other staff positions. DeFilippo replaces Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired in late November and landed in Green Bay. The Vikings parted way with the 40-year-old DeFilippo in mid-December. He previously spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia and was praised for his work with Nick Foles and Carson Wentz. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Michigan — 6:45 STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA — The 23rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes rallied for a win at Penn State. A late three pointer by Jordan Bohannon was a dagger in an 89-82 win. The Hawkeyes finished the game on a 10-2 run after the Nittany Lions had used an 8-0 run to erase a seven point Iowa advantage. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.Iowa played without leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cook who warmed up but was unable to play on his injured ankle.McCaffery hopes he will play Sunday against Illinois.Sunday’s game starts at noon, with an 11 o’clock pre-game on KGLO PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Nick McGlynn had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Drake built a big first-half lead to beat Bradley 69-52 on Wednesday night.Drake (13-5, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference) has defeated the Braves (8-10, 0-5) in three of the last four meetings.The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 26-6 run for a 33-15 advantage at the break. Brady Ellingson made three 3-pointers during the surge.Tremell Murphy scored eight of his 11 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 11 rebounds. Ellingson had 15 points and D.J. Wilkins chipped in with 10.Elijah Childs had 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to lead Bradley. The Braves shot just 19 of 61 (31 percent) from the field that included 12 missed 3-pointers while Drake was 26-of-50 shooting (52 percent).Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 points and Luqman Lundy had 10 for the Braves. LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa State beat No. 8 Texas Tech 68-64 on Wednesday night, handing the Red Raiders their first Big 12 loss.The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) stopped a two-game losing streak coming off a 17-point win over No. 7 Kansas that gave them a 2-0 start in conference. Iowa State matched its win total from last season, the school’s lowest in 16 years.The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1) were the last team without a conference loss and missed on a chance for their first 5-0 start in the Big 12, going back to 1996-97. The Red Raiders, whose only other loss was to No. 1 Duke, and Jayhawks are tied for the Big 12 lead.Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Winnington scored 11 points apiece, including a bucket for each after the Red Raiders had pulled even at 61-all with less than two minutes remaining.Weiler-Babb hit a tiebreaking jumper, and Winnington added an alley-oop layup from Tyrese Haliburton after Jacobson blocked Jarrett Culver’s layup attempt.Culver had 20 points and 16 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Davide Moretti scored 10 points.Jacobson’s double-double was his third of the season.
FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships are set to begin Friday, Nov. 1 at Beaverfork Lake Park in Conway, Ark. Central Arkansas will serve as the host institution for the women’s 6k event at 8:15 a.m. CT, followed by the men’s 8k race at 9:15 a.m.Stephen F. Austin enters the women’s meet as the frontrunner, currently ranked sixth in the latest South Central Regional poll. The Ladyjacks took third-place honors at the 2018 conference meet but will look to ride the momentum of their four regular-season races this season.Abilene Christian jumped two spots to occupy the ninth-place position in the latest women’s regional poll. Junior Briahna Gerlach has led the ACU women in all four of their regular-season meets, capturing three top-20 performances and one individual race title along the way.The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s squad looks to defend its 2018 championship as it enters the race ranked 12th in the South Central region. The Islanders will look to Valentina Campos for race experience as the junior led the team in the final regular-season race with a 10th-place individual finish at the Arturo Barrios Invitational (Oct. 19). A&M-Corpus Christi has logged top-five team finishes in three of its four meets throughout the 2019 campaign.McNeese rounds out the women’s regionally ranked squads as the region’s No. 15 team heading the Southland Championship. The Cowgirls have earned a pair of top-five team finishes throughout the season and will look to contend for their third team title in program history.On the men’s side, four teams enter Friday’s festivities with a regionally-ranked status. Lamar leads the way as the South Central’s No. 4 team, while No. 12 Abilene Christian, No. 14 McNeese and No. 15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi look to challenge for the Southland title. However, the path to the 2019 trophy runs through reigning champion Central Arkansas, who will have the opportunity to repeat on home soil.Lamar will look to Jordan Rowe to set the pace as the senior recorded top-10 finishes in each of his three races this season, including an individual title at the season-opening Rice Invitational (Sept. 13). The Cardinals have captured a five of the last six team and individual championships at the conference meet.Abilene Christian aims for its first Southland title since rejoining the conference in the 2013 season. The Wildcats are primed for a the 8k event after a 16th-place team finish at the Arturo Barrios Invitational, besting four other Southland conference foes. Kevin Kipkosgei led the ACU squad with an 18th-place finish in his most recent outing and was named Athlete of the Week for his troubles.The Cowboys tied a bow on the 2019 regular season, earning top-three team finishes in three of their four races. Junior Daniel Saina captured a pair of Southland Athlete of the Week honors after leading the McNeese squad in a trio of appearances.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi jumped into the latest regional polls after concluding the season with an 18th-place showing at the Arturo Barrios Invite. Tristan Stellmach and Isaac Vargas have each led the Islanders in two races and have combined for four top-five individual finishes.For athletes who qualify, the 2019 NCAA South Central Regional qualifying race will take place at the Agri-Park on Friday, Nov. 15 in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by Arkansas. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice has detained two persons at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) on charges of gang rape.Defendants Jayso Fizz and Qucto Henry, both residents of the 72nd Boulevard Community, were on July 24 arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP) based upon a complaint filed by the victim’s mother alleging that her 12-year-old daughter was gang raped by the two defendants.The Police charge sheet said the victim was missing for over two weeks before her aunt found her at the home of defendants Fizz and Henry.According to the Police charge sheet, the victim was forcibly raped and beaten by the defendants, and that she was later taken to a nearby clinic by her parents where a medical checkup established that she was sexually abused.During police investigation, the victim disclosed that the defendants threatened to kill her if she told anyone about her ordeal.However, defendants Fizz and Henry have denied the allegation against them.The two defendants are detained, awaiting court trial on a date to be subsequently announced by the court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 22-year-old mother of two had a charge of damage to property laid against her and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Mariah Williams, of Lot 19 Garnett Street, Newtown, denied that on March 3, 2018 at Kitty, Georgetown, she unlawfully and maliciously damaged one RZ minibus windscreen valued $35,000, property of Selena Khan.The Virtual Complainant (VC) and the defendant were reportedly arguing when Williams allegedly took up a weapon and damaged the bus.The matter was reported, and Williams was arrested and charged.However, Khan told Magistrate Judy Latchman that the defendant has agreed to pay for the repairs. As such, she revealed that she would no longer pursue the matter.The matter was dismissed, and the defendant was told that she was free to go.
However, Stovin adds that even though ranchers have this option, they are selling more animals earlier than expected and usually at lower weights, since they may not have enough feed to keep a normal number of animals.She says that another problem facing cattle ranchers is grasshoppers, which tend to flourish during drought conditions.[asset|aid=3091|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=55ee0e88bfe621240dd7289100330be1-Stovin 3_1_Pub.mp3] According to Environment Canada, the climate norm for Fort St. John is 251.2 mm of precipitation from May to August. Since May, the area has only received 100.5mm.Advertisement Despite some periods of heavy rainfall within the past week, ranchers in the Peace River region have been suffering through a relatively dry summer.The drought-like conditions are affecting both crop yields and the areas from where the ranchers purchase extra feed, says Elaine Stovin, communications director for the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association.[asset|aid=3089|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=55ee0e88bfe621240dd7289100330be1-Stovin 1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Stovin says that community pastures used by ranchers will probably dry out more quickly and affect ranchers’ ability to allow their cattle to use the fields, which in turn affects ranchers’ revenue.[asset|aid=3090|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=55ee0e88bfe621240dd7289100330be1-Stovin 2_1_Pub.mp3] There are some options for ranchers who reside in areas stricken by drought, including a one-year tax deferral from the revenue that a rancher would receive from selling more animals than anticipated because of the drought.Advertisement
B.C. Hydro is now reporting a new power outage that happened just before 4 p.m. in the Old Fort area.The power should be back on by 6 p.m. and the cause is still under investigation. About 91 customers are without power in the area that runs from south of the 82A ave and east of the Old Fort Road.- Advertisement -For more updates on power outages in the area, visit www.bchydro.com/outages