Trojans to host Bears

first_imgWin number two of the season has proved to be more elusive than the USC men’s basketball team would have liked.The Trojans (1-3) have been competitive in their first three attempts to earn their second victory, but each time have come up short.The Trojans come off a home loss to Cal Poly in which they blew an eight-point lead in the second half, which followed a double-overtime loss to Nebraska and a narrow two-point defeat at San Diego State.“The unfortunate thing is that we are getting our lessons from losing, and we need to take some lessons from winning,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “Losing is a difficult thing to deal with, but it does grow you up.”The Trojans have been relying heavily on inexperienced players. Three starters, freshman guards Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley and sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon, did not have any Division-I experience before this season, and have experienced some ups and downs.Moore scored 11 points against Nebraska, but has only combined for 11 points in his other three games.Wesley is tied for the second-most assists on the team but has yet to connect on his five attempts from beyond the arc.Dedmon scored 16 points in the season opener against Cal State Northridge, but then recorded a total of 15 points in his next three games.“It is not time to get down on ourselves,” Moore said.In close games, USC is missing the leadership and experience of senior guard Jio Fontan, the Trojans’ leading returner in points and assists, who suffered an ACL tear during an exhibition game this summer in Brazil that could sideline him for the entire season.“The second Jio went down in Brazil, I knew there were going to be some nights like this,” O’Neill said after the game against Cal Poly. “That is not changing. He is not coming back anytime soon.”The Trojans face Morgan State tonight at home at 7 p.m. The Bears (0-3), who compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, return four starters from a team that went 17-14 last season, led by junior forward Dewayne Jackson, who averaged 14.5 points per game.Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Trojans will travel to Las Vegas for two games as part of the Las Vegas Invitational.USC will first compete against UNLV on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Rebels (4-0) are averaging 85.25 points per game, whereas the Trojans are scoring 54.25 points per contest.The winner of that game will advance to face the victor between top-ranked North Carolina and  South Carolina on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and the two losing teams will play at 4:30 p.m.The Trojans then have two more road games before returning home to face New Mexico on Dec. 10.“There is a lot of basketball yet to be played,” O’Neill said. “We have to get tougher and better.”last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Morata to join Atletico Madrid on permanent deal

first_imgHe had to share striking responsibilities with Olivier Giroud when the France international arrived in January 2018 and Maurizio Sarri’s preference for using Eden Hazard as a central striker further restricted his involvement.“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future,” Chelsea said in a statement.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Alvaro MorataLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal after the end of his 18-month loan deal, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.The 26-year-old has been at the Spanish club since January, scoring six goals in 17 games.The Spain international was Chelsea’s record signing when he joined the club from Real Madrid for £60 million ($75 million) on a five-year contract in July 2017, and scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues.Despite scoring on his Premier League debut, the former Real Madrid player failed to find his feet in England with injury and poor form costing him his place in the starting line-up.last_img read more

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WTH?! Gilbert Arenas Calls Rev. Al Sharpton a ‘Coon’ over Mike Brown Protests

first_imgFormer NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas incredulously unfurled a traditional racial slur on a member of his own race, Rev. Al Sharpton, because of the civil rights leaders reactions and actions in wake of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown and the riots that have followed.Arenas completely denounced Sharpton, accusing the reverend of being an attention-seeking whore who causes more harm with race relations than any good:“The stats also show AL coon sharpton has not helped one situation he has protested at,he actually made it worst and because of him the jury goes the other way.”The former Washington Wizard star also included on Instagram post an admonishment that Michael Brown’s family stay clear of Sharpton and rebuke his efforts to lead the marches, demonstrations and rallies.Arenas said “FAMILiES of the victims pleaseeeeee stop asking #alsharpton to speak or ur behalf,you have a better chance having #caesar the monkey from #planetoftheapes to get justice for you.”Such inflammatory and defamatory language to describe Sharpton and his efforts is interesting in light of Arenas’ own history.He was well on his way to NBA superstardom — often getting into thrilling playoff battles against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavs about a decade ago. But his magical NBA carpet ride crashed and burned when he was suspended for nearly a season for bringing a handgun into the Wizards’ locker room, daring former teammate Javaris Crittenton to go for his gun or pull out his own after a team plane card game went awry. His career and image was immediately shattered and never recovered.Now Arenas has taken on the role of self-appointed civic leader and political spokesperson. He is currently reacting to news coverage of Sharpton arriving in the St. Louis area and marching arm-in-arm with protesters.Arenas finished off the renouncement of Sharpton by calling him a whore: “#AL ur like a #THOT in the club,lookn for attention what u said at trayvons rally #enoughisenough ur right were tired of u PRETENDING.”“THOT” is an urban acronym for “That Ho Over There.” Arenas also slammed Sharpton for not showing up in St. Louis until the national media showed up there too.So far, no word from the Sharpton camp.last_img read more

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There no point resting Messi, says Valverde

first_img“We attach great importance to this game,” Valverde said of the Villarreal game before acknowledging that “many people have their sights on the Champions League and also the Atletico game.”“We’ll see tomorrow about Leo,” Valverde said of his 31-year-old forward who has 31 league goals so far this season.“The three points tomorrow are worth the same as those against Atletico,” Valverde said.“It is a perfect match to win,” he said, when asked about rotating his squad. “It does not escape me that our rivals are waiting for a slip to feed their hopes of catching us. We don’t want give it any opportunities.”“There are nine games, if we win six we are champions,” he added. “But having to win six games does not mean we have the league won, we have a lot of work to do.”Valverde said he did not think renewed rumours that Antoine Griezmann was going to leave Atletico for Barcelona would not destabilise either club.“It’s the usual stuff, we’re used to it,” said Valverde.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi may be rested so as to be fresh for the trip to Manchester United © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 1 – Lionel Messi will probably play against Villarreal in La Liga this week, because “there’s no suitable scenario for resting” the Argentine superstar, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday.Barcelona are 10 points clear at the top of the Spanish League ahead of Tuesday’s away game, followed by a home tie with second-place Atletico Madrid on Saturday and then Manchester United away in a Champions League quarterfinal next Wednesday.last_img read more

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Raiders report: Five things we learned Thursday

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Make your Raiders-Dolphins pick & challenge our pros***ALAMEDA — Five things we learned Thursday as the Raiders got in their heaviest day of practice in preparation to visit the Miami Dolphins:1) If the Raiders can’t sack up, how much does it matter?Putting pressure on the quarterback is topic 1-A around the Raiders, and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther floated the idea that sacks aren’t the be-all or end-all when it comes to assessing a unit’s worth. “O …last_img read more

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Water, Water Everywhere at Green Building Conference

first_imgAfter a daylong home tour, the NAHB National Green Building Conference got rolling in earnest on Monday, May 17, in Raleigh, N.C. While slightly smaller than a few years ago, the conference had a respectable turnout and some good educational sessions for attendees. Kept to a concise day and a half with five sessions running concurrently, it was easy to miss some good talks—unless, of course, not only could you split your personality, but also your body. The GBA team was, not unexpectedly, very well represented at the conference—on the tour, for the awards, and as educational session leaders.Water was one of the major subjects of the conference. One session covered water reuse systems, including both central and local wastewater treatment systems. One key point made was that while the average American household uses 400 gallons of water per day, only about 3 gallons are consumed by people. Why are we using drinking water to flush toilets, water lawns, and fill fountains? Mike Hoover of NC State University made the point that while treating wastewater to potable standards is very costly, treating it to non-potable standards is not, pointing out that we use a lot of energy to treat water to a level that is not required for its use.Another water session was led by Ryan Taylor, an architect friend from Atlanta, who shared great data and suggestions about water efficiency with deliberation and detail that eludes me in my presentations. I like to think that our styles complement each other nicely.Green? Tense? Say what?GreenTensives, a new concept this year, were a full day of open discussions on various subjects, including energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency, and water efficiency. I don’t know who came up with the wacky name, but the sessions were well-attended, lively discussions. I led the session on water efficiency, which was a solid hour of good conversation on the subject. The two GreenTensives (I am still having trouble with that word) I attended—one on energy efficiency by Peter Yost and one on resource efficiency by Michael Strong—were spirited and informative.Peter made some excellent points that struck home, including:All builders are guinea pigs, and they should demand that manufacturers provide them not just products but complete systems, such as windows with flashing and sheathing with the best housewrap.We put insulation in wall cavities not because it is the best place to put it, but because it is the cheapest place.Buy from vendors with the most knowledgeable field reps who will come out to your job site.And now to the exhibit hallI was impressed by a few vendors on the show floor, where I saw some products I had never seen before. My unofficial award for elegant simplicity goes to the unfortunately named Tenmat recessed light cover. A fireproof preformed cover for recessed lights that protects them from insulation and helps provide an air seal, this product should fly off the shelves into the hands of weatherization contractors. Too bad they weren’t exhibiting at Affordable Comfort or Resnet, where they would have been more appreciated.Another product that caught my eye was recycled granite from Earth Stone Products. Having developed a Huck Finn type of business model, they are paid to haul scrap stone counter material from fabricators, cut it into various shapes for tile and paving installations, and sell it to contractors. Not only do they not pay for their materials, but someone actually pays them to take the stone away. I like the product and the business model. Here’s hoping they are wildly successful.Finally, while not a new product, Masonite’s Safe ‘N Sound green doors are new to me. These interior doors look like typical molded panel doors, but they are made with low-formaldehyde and low-VOC finishes and adhesives and are available with wheat straw cores and FSC-certified wood.Overall, this year’s conference was, in my opinion, a modest success. The NAHB markets primarily to members—and with membership down and the industry still in a slump, they are challenged to increase attendance, which this conference deserves. Continuing to experiment with sessions such as GreenTensives and adding additional advanced trainings will help carry them forward.last_img read more

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After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, during day three of Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Three courses stage the tournament, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. APST. ANDREWS, Scotland — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old.McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. Andrews in his final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ McIlroy said he will not start hitting balls again until the end of November, and will focus on rehab and “getting my body right.” A rib injury sustained at the SA Open in January forced him to have six weeks off, and the problem resurfaced at times.Putting and wedge play have been his biggest weaknesses this year, said McIlroy, who added that “basically all areas of my game could get a little bit better.”McIlroy turned pro in 2007 and failed to win a title the following year. Since 2009, he has won 21 titles worldwide.ADVERTISEMENT “It summed up my whole of 2017: Not much happening,” McIlroy said. “Couldn’t get out of neutral.”Former top-ranked McIlroy, who has had two spells out of action this year because of injury, has dropped to No. 6 in the world — behind players like 24-year-old Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, who is age 22. The last of McIlroy’s four majors came at the PGA Championship in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel I’m a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors,” the 28-year-old McIlroy said. “I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that’s why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I’m at and where I need to be.“The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors. You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It’s about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world.” View commentslast_img read more

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Video: Watch ESPN’s E:60 Special On Ohio State Running Back Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgEzekiel Elliott and Urban Meyer pose for a picture.ESPNBetween J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, we still don’t know who will start at quarterback for Ohio State. There is no doubt, however, who will be getting the rock from the backfield. Running back Ezekiel Elliott might have been Ohio State’s best offensive player during the amazing run of post-season wins against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon, totaling 696 yards (9.16 yards per touch) and scoring eight touchdowns in those three games.Before becoming an Ohio State star, Elliott dominated as a three-sport star at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Elliott was the subject of ESPN’s latest E:60 special, which aired earlier this evening. It has been posted online by executive producer Andy Tennant. Ohio State fans who missed this are going to want to set aside the next 20 minutes for this fantastic feature. [ESPN]last_img read more

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Video: Nick Saban, Miss Terry Arrive At Alabama’s Parade In Style

first_imgNick Saban smiling during a press conference.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during Media Day ahead of the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Despite the cold weather, Alabama’s national championship celebration and parade are going on as scheduled this Saturday. In fact, the man of the hour just arrived.According to a number of reporters and fans on-scene, Saban and his wife, Miss Terry, arrived at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a black Mercedes SL 550 convertible, motorcade-style. Mr. and Mrs. Nick Saban in #Tuscaloosa #RollTide https://t.co/rmP3Qq0RB2 pic.twitter.com/WJmfd3uCl1— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) January 23, 2016An elated Nick Saban at the CFB championship parade today. pic.twitter.com/IVylap5HI8— Ascot Friday (@Ascot_Friday) January 23, 2016Nick Saban and Miss Terry are here pic.twitter.com/V01uPFm5Jo— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) January 23, 2016Nick Saban concludes the parade. https://t.co/LD6RnCn0bS— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) January 23, 2016No, Saban doesn’t look thrilled – he’s probably upset that he isn’t out recruiting for next year. But you know he’s smiling on the inside.last_img read more

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