Rodgers proud of Leicester show after making nine changes

first_imgAfter the game, Demarai Gray, one of the nine players to come into the team and the one who scored the game-winning goal after having a penalty kick saved 45 minutes prior, was delighted for himself and the other members of the “fresh team” who took their chance and made the most of it — quotes from the BBC: “We were in control for a lot of it. We let them back in it with the goal at the end of the first half but overall we controlled the game. We put out a fresh team, but it paid off.“I was fine taking the penalty, I’m not really nervous in that situation. Those things happen, but it was important to react properly and I did and I got the goal and I was happy. It always means a lot to score and most importantly we got the three points at the end.“Anytime you come in if you’re not playing so much you have to try and stamp your mark and get yourself in the team. We knew it was a quick turnaround and we knew we’d need a fresh XI, but it just shows the quality and depth we’ve got in the team.” Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers took a calculated, if not forced, risk by making nine changes to the team that was thrashed by the runaway Liverpool less than 48 hours prior, and it paid off in a big way: a 2-1 victory away to West Ham United on Saturday.Advertisement Loading… Read Also:EPL: Calvert-Lewin brace hands Everton win at Newcastle“We haven’t spoke about the title race or the top four. We just take each game as it comes and try and get three points and see where we are at the end of the season.”Thanks to Man City’s loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, Leicester are guaranteed to enter 2020 as the second-place side in the Premier League. They lead the two-time defending champions, who play on Sunday, by four points, though they also trail Liverpool, who also play on Sunday and have an extra game in hand, by 10 points.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And NowTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Ex-brgy ‘kagawad’ Shot to death

first_imgBACOLOD City – A former villagecouncilman was shot to death by two motorcycle-riding suspects in BarangayPoblacion 1, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators, Suicoand his grandson were riding a multicab on their way to a restaurant when oneof the suspects fired at the victim multiple times around 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 18. Jesus Suico of Barangay Vito, Sagay Citydied of gunshot wounds on the head and body, police said. Suico was rushed to the Lopez DistrictFarmers Hospital in Sagay City where the attending physician declared “him deadon arrival.”center_img Officers of the Sagay City Policestation were still looking into illegal drugs as the possible motive in thekilling. Investigation was still ongoing as ofthis writing./PNlast_img

Flopping in Pro Basketball

first_imgI am really not a fan of pro basketball.   Lately, a lot of pro players have been called for “flopping” during a playoff game and they are fined heavily by the league office.  “Flopping” is called when a defensive player tries to get a charge called on an offensive player.  Pro basketball is a very physical game, so banging into each other is usually not called as a foul.  This leads to players moving their body into the defender in whatever fashion will get them some open space to shoot or dribble the ball.  The defensive player cannot fall down like he has been hit by a Mack Truck.“Flopping” on a defensive player usually occurs when a star player, like LeBron James, has the ball.  The opposing team will try anything to get a player like James in foul trouble.  The league office has decided that faking contact is no longer going to be tolerated.  What upsets me is the other rule violations that pro basketball players get by with every game whether it is a playoff game or not.  Michael Jordan was allowed to take 4 steps before he was called for traveling.  Traveling was never called on Jordan.I might as well admit that pro basketball, like many other pro sports, is entertainment and the “director” of this show does not want star players sitting on the bench.  So for now, you Indiana Pacer players will have to stop “flopping”.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Top Lady Knights On The Links

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated the South Dearborn Lady Knights at Hillcrest CC The Lady Bulldogs shot a team score of 180.  South Dearborn was incomplete.Madison McCreary led The Lady Bulldogs with a 1-under par score of 34.  Other scores from Batesville were Madison Harsh 46, Alana Pinckley 49, Samantha Heidlage 51, Maggie Schwettman 54, and Isabella Stange 55.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

Soccer Tournament, Camp Offered for Spring Break

first_imgBANGOR — Students looking for activities over spring break might want to consider the soccer offerings of Blackbear United.A Spring Break Soccer Camp for children ages 6-12 will be offered Tuesday through Friday, April 21-24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fields4Kids Indoor Sports Facility on the Beal College campus.Individualized instruction, exercises and games will be offered with players grouped by age (6-8 and 9-12) and skill level.The registration fee is $75 per camper if paid by April 16 and $90 thereafter, and campers can attend a daily session for $25.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTo register, e-mail planned is the Blackbear Invitational, a five-on-five soccer tournament with divisions various age levels.The schedule is as follows with youth games starting at 1 p.m. and adult tournaments at 6 p.m.:April 21 – U12 boys and girls and adult co-ed.April 22 – Middle school boys and girls and high school co-ed.April 23 – high school boys and girls and men’s open.April 24 – U12 boys and girls, women’s open and men’s over 30.All teams will be guaranteed four 25-minute games plus playoffs with the winners receiving long-sleeve T-shirts.Tournament entry fee is $150 per team payable to Blackbear United. To register, call 991-8940 or e-mail directions to the Fields4 Kids facility or more information about programming, go online to Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Biolast_img read more

Cricket News No rift in team India, says skipper Virat Kohli on reports of differences between him and Rohit

first_img New Delhi: After suffering a 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli’s men are all set for a full bilateral series against West Indies which is scheduled to start on August 3. The Team India will play three T20 International followed by as many ODIs. The series will also witness couple of Test matches which eventually will kick start India’s campaign of World Test Championship. On Monday, in the pre-departure press conference held in Mumbai, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke about the team environment, youngsters who have made it to the team, and other pivotal questions. The most important of them all was his equation with vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Before the start of the press conference, it was believed that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not in the best space and the speculation even stated that the latter has unfollowed Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma after World Cup exit. Addressing this question, Virat Kohli said that there is no rift in the team as a whole and his terms with Rohit Sharma are well there. He further said that if there is something which affects him, it comes on his face and it becomes difficult for the 30-year-old to hide. He said, “We’ve had no issues. If I don’t like somebody, it shows on my face: Kohli on equation with Rohit Sharma. In my opinion it’s baffling, ridiculous to read such stuff, we’re feeding lies: Kohli on reported rift with him.” Speaking about the team structure, Kohli believes it’s an opportunity to grab for the players who are coming into the setup for the first time. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named some fresh faces in the shortest format of the game and the likes of Rahul Chahar and Deepak Chahar are likely to be tested in three T20 Internationals. “It is an exciting opportunity for those stepping in for the first time”, added Virat Kohli.The likes of Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shreyas Iyer have been recalled into the limited over squad and will look to stamp their place into the side. Here’s the Tweet:  highlights Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to play full series against West Indies. The series against West Indies is scheduled to start on August 3. Shreyas Iyer, Pandey, Ahmed are recalled to the limited over squad. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: LPGA halts golf’s first major plus 2 tour events

first_imgBowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments.The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30. NASCAR will race the next two weekends without fans. The events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. NASCAR is working with public health officials to determine future scheduling beyond those events.___1:45 p.m. ___5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___ 3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___ ___2:45 p.m.The University of Kansas has announced that all athletic travel has been canceled indefinitely. That means the top-ranked Jayhawks, at this point, would not take part in the NCAA Tournament for men’s basketball next week. Duke previously suspended all athletic competition for the foreseeable future.Kansas athletic director Jeff Long says the decision was made based on the recommendation of medical professionals. ___5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.” Associated Press 4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___ USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___2 p.m.Major League Baseball is likely to cancel the rest of its spring training game schedule due to the coronavirus. MLB probably will also announce that the start of the season will be delayed, according to people familiar with the discussions.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no decision had been announced. They said Commissioner Rob Manfred planned a conference call with his executive council Thursday to discuss the situation and then a call with team owners. 3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___ The Latest: LPGA halts golf’s first major plus 2 tour events The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.” ___1:20 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s tennis tour tells The Associated Press that the WTA is not moving to suspend its tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic the way the men’s tour did.Amy Binder says in an email to the AP that the WTA will announce information about upcoming events “shortly.”But Binder says that “at this point in time” the WTA is “not looking to” impose a six-week suspension the way the ATP did earlier Thursday. Duke University says it has suspended all athletic competition “for the foreseeable future” amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.That suspension includes all practices. The announcement came about an hour after the Atlantic Coast Conference canceled the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament. The 10th-ranked Blue Devils were scheduled to play their first tournament game in Greensboro against North Carolina State in the afternoon.In a statement, Duke president Vincent E. Price called it “clearly an unprecedented moment for our university.” And Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said he supported the move, saying: “The welfare of our student athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority.”___1:50 p.m. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___ MLB had continued to play into Thursday, when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he strongly recommended to local authorities and organizers that they limit all mass gatherings.The major league season had been scheduled to start March 26, its earliest opening other than for international games.— Reporting by AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum___1:55 p.m. The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___12:30 p.m.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule, with seventh-ranked and top-seeded Creighton playing ninth-seeded St. John’s in the first of four quarterfinal games set for Thursday.Moments before the opening tip, there appeared to be some question about whether the game would be played. The teams emerged from their locker rooms later than normal for pregame layup lines, but the public address announcer went ahead with player introductions. The Creighton pep band performed the national anthem at a mostly empty Madison Square Garden.center_img 12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___5:55 p.m. The Jayhawks have been the presumptive favorite to be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA announced Wednesday it would be held without fans. Said coach Bill Self: “While we are disappointed for the players, it was the right and necessary thing to do.”___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. In Indianapolis, Big Ten officials scrapped the tournament less than 30 minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were scheduled to play in the first game of the day.The abrupt announcement came shortly after a handful of Michigan players ran onto the floor in a mostly empty Bankers Life Fieldhouse, waving their arms and begging for cheers from the nonexistent crowd. Big Ten officials, like those in many other conferences, announced Thursday they would prohibit most fans, cheerleaders and school bands from attending games beginning Friday.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___11:50 a.m. The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___ Players waited on the court for a go-ahead past the scheduled noon tip time, but at 12:06 p.m., official James Breeding gave a thumbs-up to St. John’s coach Mike Anderson, and the game began.___12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings. IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:55 a.m.Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.Officials with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC conferences announced their tournaments were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit. In New York City, the Big East Tournament began as scheduled. March 12, 2020 5:15 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says it has been informed that a game official who worked at the conference men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The CAA said the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference said it was using an “abundance of caution” to make the involved institutions and tournament personnel “aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.”Hofstra beat Northeastern in the conference championship game on Tuesday in Washington.___ No new date for the second-leg match in the last 16 was announced. City leads 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid.___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway. ___12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan.The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners. 3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California. The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4. Dutch soccer authorities have canceled all matches until the end of the month, including friendly internationals against the United States and Spain, because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch team was scheduled to play the United States on March 26 in the southern city of Eindhoven and face Spain three days later in Amsterdam.The Netherlands has 614 confirmed cases of the virus and five deaths. The government has announced sweeping new measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, including ordering cancellation of any events that will draw more than 100 people.___11:40 a.m. The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:10 p.m.The Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.Madrid has ordered its soccer and basketball teams to remain in isolation after one of the basketball players tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

STAFF : IHOC snaps 7-game road losing streak in win over Wayne State

first_img Comments The Syracuse ice hockey team snapped a seven-game road winless streak Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Wayne State. The Orange also tied the Warriors 1-1 on Friday.Syracuse (11-13-4, 5-4-1 College Hockey America) and Wayne State (8-15-1, 1-8-1) both failed to score in the first two periods Friday despite plenty of opportunities. WSU outshot the Orange 10-1 in the first period, during which SU had four power-play opportunities but could not capitalize. SU had four power plays of its own in the second period but couldn’t convert any of its 19 shots.Wayne State finally scored about two minutes into the third period, but Syracuse tied the score less than three minutes later on a goal by sophomore Isabel Menard.SU outshot WSU 5-0 in overtime but couldn’t break the tie.Syracuse finally broke out of its slump in the second period Saturday. Senior Ashley Cockell scored on a power play a little more than seven minutes into the period. Senior Stefanie Marty added to the lead with a goal less than a minute later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWayne State cut the lead to one with less than four minutes left in the game, but Menard recorded an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining to secure the win.The Orange is off this coming weekend before taking on No. 4 Mercyhurst at home Feb. 11 and 12.— Compiled by Ryne Gery, staff writer, Published on January 30, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Campus climate group holds first meeting

first_imgStudents attended the first general body meeting of the USC Campus Climate Coalition on Wednesday to inform the student body about its progress toward making the community safer and more inclusive. Attendees included members of the Campus Climate Coalition Core, a group of 20-25 students who developed the Campus Climate Resolution last semester, which was passed on Nov. 10, 2015 by the Undergraduate Student Government Senate, and others personally affected by the state of the campus. Students expressed frustration with the administration’s handling of their movement and discussed their personal experience surrounding diversity at the University as well as the coalition’s future direction.According to Moira Turner, director of diversity affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government, the national movement toward discussions on diversity across college campuses, the history of injustice on campus, and the lack of implementation of most points of the Campus Climate Resolution spurred the coalition to strengthen its position.“We’re trying to affect the institutional mechanisms that create the culture on this campus,” Turner said.USG Residential Senator Sabrina Enriquez also felt that students’ individual experiences with discrimination enhanced the need for the meeting.“We want everyone to have the college experience they were promised when they toured the school, and what we’ve found is so many marginalized students are not,” Enriquez said. “That has a lot to do with structural and cultural forces.”The meeting began with introductions, where students and others associated with their cause talked about how they found out about the meeting and how the issue affected them.After the introductions, Turner presented the timeline of events from last semester, including the approval of the Campus Climate Resolution by USG and the Graduate Student Government and the formation of the Provost’s Diversity Task Force.Members of the core expressed discontent with the lack of change since the passing of the resolution and discussed their experiences in dealing with the administration.“It’s really frustrating, the fact that administration continually ignored those cries of help,” Turner said.Though the administration has talked to students and has implemented parts of the resolution, such as requiring diversity training for student leaders, students at the meeting felt that not enough was being accomplished.“If we decide that we want to get through this entire resolution through meetings, it’ll be in approximately 25 years,” Enriquez said.After the resolution was passed, the coalition divided into seven “working arms” — general body, education, marketing, story sharing, direct action, alumni and advisory council — in order to apply pressure to the administration from various sides.The education branch of the core shared promotion tactics with the general student body, while the story sharing branch explained its task to document student perspectives, including an upcoming project to record student perspectives on why cultural centers are important.On Friday, the coalition will send a proposal to Provost Michael Quick demanding that the gates around campus, which coalition members argue have led to increased racial profiling and discrimination on campus, go down after a 40-person meeting garnered full support for the initiative.“These gates have created a physical and symbolic barrier between USC and the surrounding community,” Enriquez said. “It’s been internalized by many members of the community and has led to a lot of hostility. There’s a big contradiction.”The coalition would like to have others give feedback to what change they’d like to see as they plan their next steps.“Most of the future is very unwritten at the moment,” Enriquez said. “We’re planning, we’re organizing, we’re strategizing how to get everything in the Campus Climate Resolution done. We want everything that’s in our document implemented.”Turner agreed with the coalition’s purpose. “We’re trying to bring this to the forefront of university conversation on what’s going on on campus and trying to make a change,” she said.last_img read more

Dynasty sure to emerge in 2015

first_imgThe Pac-12 Championship Game. That’s my expectation for this upcoming season. Not a national championship or one of the four national playoff spots, or even winning the Pac-12 Championship. Just getting to the conference title game. That should be the barometer for a successful season in the Coliseum.That’s not saying that a Pac-12 title or a top four finish is out of reach — they are very real possibilities. But USC can fall short of that and still have a successful season in my book.The goal has to be progress for the Trojans, and the next step for USC is winning the Pac-12 South.It wouldn’t be the first Pac-12 South Championship for USC. The Trojans actually finished atop the division standings in 2011, the inaugural season of the expanded conference. But that was while USC was still ineligible for postseason play.The Trojans have to play great to come out on top. Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State all made the Preseason USA Today  Coaches Poll along with the Trojans, and Utah being ranked at No. 30, so the conference slate will be a slugfest — heck, Colorado is even projected to be halfway decent!Great doesn’t necessarily mean flawless, though.Additionally, USC will have to face both of the North division heavyweights with Oregon making the cross-division schedule for the first time since 2012. Throw in a Notre Dame team that Sports Illustrated has ranked as high as fourth in the country and USC probably has the toughest potential path to the playoff out of the conference.These six heavy hitters are split evenly between home and away games.The Stanford matchup in particular worries me. USC’s past two victories over the Cardinal might indicate that the power balance in California has shifted back to the South, but both of those wins were pretty unlikely — certainly the upset at the Coliseum two years ago but even last year’s win at Stanford that featured a pair of Cardinal missed field goals and lost fumbles. Stanford is certainly coming off a down year, finishing 8-5 after making BCS Bowl appearances each of the previous four seasons. According to SB Nation’s advanced stat on projected wins, Stanford should have finished last year with 1.4 more wins than it did based off of its total statistical output, indicating that last year’s dip was more of an aberration. I expect Stanford to see big improvements this year, and that should be a tough test early at home. The other matchup that worries me is Arizona. USC defenses have historically had problems with mobile quarterbacks, from Vince Young at the 2006 Rose Bowl to Brett Hundley the last three seasons. The Wildcats’ Anu Solomon looks to be the most likely version of last year’s Tyler Murphy of Boston College.Unlike Stanford, SB Nation’s adjusted win projection said Arizona should have finished with 2.5 fewer wins than it did last year in its unlikely run to the division title, and the Wildcats will probably regress back toward the mean this year. But like Stanford, Arizona was a late missed field goal away from beating ’SC last year.Maybe this is just a gut feeling, but I think USC will get up for Oregon and Notre Dame. The Oregon matchup is hard to gauge because it’s been so long since USC has been up there. But if that’s the only time USC goes into a game ranked slightly lower than an opponent, it will probably give the Trojans a mental edge. The Notre Dame game should be much closer than last year’s 49-14 win, but I think that goes to show that the Fighting Irish aren’t on USC’s level.Arizona State is due for a whooping. No mercy spared after last year.And of course, the most important of them all. Coach Steve Sarkisian proved that he took back L.A. this past spring by landing the best recruiting class in the nation and nabbing all the best talent Southern California had to offer. It’s time for that to bear fruit on the field. The three-year losing streak to UCLA is almost unthinkable, and for any class of USC football players to graduate without a victory over the archrival is blasphemous. The Trojans have honestly been on the same level with UCLA these past three years, so the Bruins are due for a regression head-to-head, and the loss of the aforementioned Trojan killer Hundley will totally change the dynamic of the game. USC will beat UCLA this season.There isn’t a game on paper — maybe with the exception of Oregon — that the Trojans shouldn’t win. But looking at the season as a whole, something will probably go wrong, and all of those tests won’t add up to a perfect season.So that’s why I’m going with an 11-3 prediction. 10-2 in the regular season, winning the Pac-12 South, beating Oregon once but not twice, then capping off the season with a New Year’s Six bowl victory.Coming off a good but not great 9-4 campaign last season, a No. 1 ranked recruiting class according many media polls and with Sarkisian’s first year now behind him, the pressure will certainly increase for him to bring home a national championship.But it’s important to remember that this is still a rebuilding program. This is a team that hasn’t legitimately been on that level since 2008, and last year’s class was the first full recruiting class USC has taken since the three-season NCAA imposed recruiting caps.That’s why the goal has to be progress. Sarkisian by no means should be on the hot seat if the team falls a touchdown short of the conference title or the College Football Playoff. But if the Trojans put up another 9-4 season and play second fiddle in the South to UCLA, then that becomes a real concern going forward.The key is remembering that a national championship isn’t the only thing to be proud of as a sports fan.Of course, it’s much easier for me to say this as a junior rather than a senior, but I really think the 2016 season will be USC’s best chance at a national title. The Trojans just aren’t there yet.But I wouldn’t mind being wrong.Luke Holthouse is a junior majoring in policy, planning and development and broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more