USC’s Pac-10 run secures No. 5 seed out East

first_imgIt was a first date of sorts, a date with the NCAA Tournament. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt had been pining for this opportunity for years. Their backs were arched and heads tilted to catch a better view of the scoreboard screen from the arena’s plush new seats. They ached to find out who would be their dance partner, and where they would be going. But the selection show teased them for more than 30 minutes, going through the entire West region before USC’s pairing was announced. The Trojans received the No.5 seed in the East Region and will face 12th-seeded Arkansas on Friday in Spokane, Wash. The players, some of whom brought along family members, erupted in cheers. Then they got the unique perspective of watching that delayed reaction on the CBS telecast seconds later. “It was unbelievable,” Young said. “I’ve never been in a situation like that, where we see ourselves on the screen and everybody was yelling, then seeing the No. 5 pop up. That was great.” It will be USC’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since the 2001-02 season, before any current player was on the team. “We’ll get them back to Earth tomorrow, and they can take pats on the back today,” Tim Floyd said. LOS ANGELES – USC players sat in the Galen Center stands, two television cameras ready to capture their reactions, and waited. And waited. “My palms were sweaty,” said senior guard Lodrick Stewart. center_img Floyd took over a team coming off a last-place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference and has it in the NCAA Tournament twoyears later. Entering the season , the Trojans were picked by the media to finish sixth in the conference. “It’s absolutely ahead of schedule,” USC athletic director Mike Garrett said. “If you told me, with the team we had coming back and losing Ryan Francis, that we would make the NCAA Tournament, I would have said that was a `Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”‘ Francis, the starting point guard last season, was killed in a shooting in Louisiana during the offseason. The fifth seed is higher than expected. The Trojans had an impressive resume, with seven victories over Top-25 teams, but had bad losses to South Carolina and Arizona State, as well as a No. 40 RPI. USC’s RPI improved last week thanks to its run to the Pac-10 tournament final, but the Trojans (23-11) had an embarrassing blowout loss to Oregon in the title game. “We’re certainly happy with our seed,” Floyd said. “We think we were treated fairly.” USC won its last meeting with Arkansas, in 1986. The Trojans also beat the Razorbacks in 1967, their only other meeting. Arkansas (21-13) tied for eighth in the Southeastern Conference but advanced to the final of the conference tournament before losing to Florida. If USC can get by the Razorbacks, it could set up a second-round game against No. 15 Texas and national player of the year candidate Kevin Durant. “Obviously, he’s a top NBA prospect,” Pruitt said of Durant. “Hopefully we can take care of business against Arkansas and see those guys in the second round.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Exclusive – McAteer: Liverpool face ‘impossible’ task against Real Madrid

first_imgJason McAteer admits Liverpool face an ‘impossible task’ in their Champions League clash with Real Madrid – but has backed his former side to reach the knockout stages.The Reds come in to the game on the back of a Premier League defeat to Newcastle, and have struggled in recent weeks to find the form which saw them push Manchester City so hard in last season’s title race.The La Liga side were imperious during a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture at Anfield and McAteer claims he can’t see a different result in Tuesday night’s match at the Bernabeu.“It’s an impossible job [in Madrid],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a Liverpool fixture before. I just look at the form Real Madrid are in and they have 11 consecutive wins, have scored 46 goals and only conceded seven. They are on fire.“When the draw was made for the Champions League I don’t think anyone envisioned Liverpool winning the group. Everybody thought Real Madrid would win the group and Liverpool would be fighting it out with Basel and Ludogorets [for second].“Even if Liverpool lose against Real Madrid, which you’d expect with the form they are in, it’s still in their hands. They need to win away against Ludogorets and beat Basel at home [to progress].last_img read more

Panel delivers tribute to UCLA’s Coach Wooden

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) – John Wooden has basketball events and the court at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion named in his honor. Soon, he could have his own post office. A bill by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, would name the post office in Reseda as the Coach John Wooden Post Office. The entire California congressional delegation co-sponsored Sherman’s bill, which was passed Thursday by the House Government Reform Committee. “With the Bruins once again in the Final Four, the timing couldn’t be better,” said Sherman, who attended UCLA in the early 1970s, when Wooden was coach. “It’s now time for a full-court press to dunk this bill through the last legislative hoops.” The bill was introduced in December and awaits passage by the full House. Wooden guided UCLA to 10 NCAA championships, including seven in a row. He is one of three people included in the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. He played at Purdue University in his native Indiana. Wooden, 95, has lived in Encino for many years, where the post office was named for the late Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn in 2002. His daughter, Nancy, lives in Reseda, so that post office was chosen. Wooden’s name is used for the John R. Wooden Classic, a doubleheader held in Anaheim every December, and the John R. Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis. Awards in his name are presented annually to the men’s and women’s college players of the year in April.last_img read more

RORY GALLAGHER ADDS BRENDAN KILCOYNE TO HIS DONEGAL BACKROOM TEAM

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher has appointed Brendan Kilcoyne to his backroom staff for the forthcoming 2016 season. Kilcoyne, has vast experience and has won Donegal SFC titles with St Eunan’s as a player and manager.He has also worked on the Donegal U21 set-up in recent years under Maxi Curran. Gallagher has been looking to add to his staff – and there were suggestions in some quarters that Francie Friel was set to join the backroom team.However, it is Kilcoyne that will replace Gary McDaid who opted off the panel this year due to family commitments.Donegal will start training collectively again next month ahead of the Dr McKenna Cup in January.The Allianz National League campaign kicks off at the end of January.   RORY GALLAGHER ADDS BRENDAN KILCOYNE TO HIS DONEGAL BACKROOM TEAM was last modified: November 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

SHAY: ‘GARY SPEED WAS A NATURAL LEADER’

first_imgSHAY Given is said to be still in shock after the sudden death at the weekend of former teammate Gary Speed.The Lifford goalkeeper paid tribute to Speed in a book last year.Speaking to Ciaran O’Donnell for his book ‘Donegal’s Sporting Greats’ Shay spoke about his former Newcastle teammate when referring to what he wanted to do in the future. Said Shay: “I know that if I wasn’t involved in the game in the future I would miss it immensely because you get used to the banter in the changingroom.“I’ve met some fantastic people down the years through the game and would still be quite friendly with Gary Speed. I played with Gary at Newcastle United for six seasons and he’s a super guy.“He was always a natural leader and it was no surprise that he was promoted from coach to manager at Sheffield United when replacing Kevin Blackwell.”Just a few weeks after the book was published, Speed was handed the manager’s job at Wales where he turned around the team’s fortunes. SHAY: ‘GARY SPEED WAS A NATURAL LEADER’ was last modified: November 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more

ELECTION 2014: MCLAUGHLIN – “ONE IN EIGHT DONEGAL FAMILIES HEADED BY LONE PARENT”

first_imgLetterkenny candidate Siobhán McLaughlin has vowed that she will work to highlight and address the issues affecting lone parents, who the 2011 Census indicates are the heads of one in eight households in Donegal. McLaughlin told Donegal Daily, “I have met many people who are raising children on their own, either because they are lone parents or because their spouse or partner has to be away from the home on a regular basis in order to work.“Parents in these difficult situations are saying they feel marginalised and ignored, particularly in the wake of the economic downturn. According to McLaughlin this is an especially serious issue in Donegal, where the number of both female and male lone parents is higher than the State average according to the 2011 Census.She also stated it is important to remember that the census figures do not capture the many who are working away from home.McLaughlin added, “As a mother who raised two children largely on my own, I am personally familiar with the issues confronting lone parents.“If I am elected, I will make the issues of lone parents and people in complex parenting situations a focus of my work on the Council and I will be committed to help establish a lone parents’ network which would highlight the needs and issues. “The high cost of childcare, which averages €16,500 per year for two children according to the Donegal County Childcare Committee, is hard enough for two parents to afford.McLaughlin, pointed out, that the reality is that for lone parents such costs are prohibitive, meaning that they are effectively prevented from accessing paid employment or the education and training which could lead to paid employment.McLaughlin concluded, “The barriers to work and education are fueling their sense isolation and increasing the risk of poverty for both parents and children. As a society we must work to ensure that child poverty is eradicated.“It is vitally important for the health and well-being both of parents and of their children that Donegal County Council plays a constructive and meaningful role in addressing the issues which are affecting lone parents and people in complex parenting situations, and my work as a councillor would be fully committed to ensuring that this happens.ELECTION 2014: MCLAUGHLIN – “ONE IN EIGHT DONEGAL FAMILIES HEADED BY LONE PARENT” was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Election 2014:newsPoliticssiobhan mclaughlinlast_img read more

Time for mind to meander on busway

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week During that time, commuting in the San Fernando Valley has deteriorated significantly. The everyday courtesies of the road are gone. Signaling is a lost art. Slowing to allow people to change lanes is a thing of the past. The cars got bigger and brains got smaller. Civility dwindled until now it only twinkles like a distant star, eclipsed by the cell phone. It’s nine miles from Valley Glen to the Daily News office in Woodland Hills. I have been commuting these nine miles so long that I’m pretty sure my car does the real driving. Frequently I’m surprised to find the car already pulling into the Daily News driveway before I knew we’d arrived. The bus arrives a little more than two minutes after I do. I get on through the rear door, just behind the strange accordion thing that allows the bus to turn on a dime. The bus is almost full, but nobody is standing. Half of the seats face the center of the bus. I choose a seat facing the aisle. It’s the best seat for the second part of why I rode the bus. The Orange Line is my retirement plan. A lot of people are worried about the dangers of this busway: No intersection crossing gates. Poor placement of light signals. Poor placement of warning signs. Neighbors will be kept awake nights by the sound of buses bumping into cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. What if they aren’t just dogs-in-the-manger, sour-graping-it, light-rail chauvinists? I intend to be on the bus. Even a slow-motion accident, a tai-chi collision, will be sufficient for my retirement. I have my lawyer’s business card in my wallet. I am the only coat-and-tie person on the bus. Everybody else appears to labor for a living. There are no blondes going west; perhaps they ride east in the morning. Out of the window is the backside of what I usually see when my car is driving me to work. I see Victory Boulevard over to our right. I look up and down the street and for a moment I think I see my car. Maybe my car has decided to make the commute without me. Nope, not my car. Then, there’s a cornfield. There was never a cornfield on my commute. It’s a fine cornfield. Acres of green cornstalks rippling in the early morning. Cornfields are always relaxing. No one is ahead, no one behind, no one keeping score. It’s always now in the cornfields. The bus stops again. It’s been stopping right along but I haven’t been paying attention. More riders get on and suddenly a big woman is standing in front of me. The whole other side of the bus is blotted out. She’s going to sit down in the empty seat next to me. I’m considering standing for the rest of the ride when she turns to me and smiles. She has a better smile than Antonio. It’s a wonderful smile. She’s going to a house-cleaning job in Northridge. She’s done it for years. This is a better bus for her. Her English is pretty good. Much better than my Spanish. I know one phrase in Spanish: “Donde es bano.” That’s all you really need in a foreign language. Your can pantomime everything else but you can’t pantomime, `Where is the bathroom?” and stay out of fights. We leave the busway itself and go down Oxnard Street past the Daily News. I look in the parking lot to see if my car beat me here but it was nowhere in sight. The bus stops on Owensmouth Avenue, my stop. I look out at the people waiting around. No Antonio. A good trip. Mike Tetreault is the Daily News letters editor and can be reached at tetreault@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s 6:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Orange Line’s Van Nuys Station. There are a half-dozen folks waiting to go west. Across the busway, there are twice that number going east. This is my first ride on the Orange Line, or any bus for that matter, since I got out of the Army in the mid-’60s. I was going to ride the bus on Saturday but I was afraid of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Not Antonio himself, but of Antonio’s almost mystical ability to get his picture taken. Where there is Antonio, a camera will appear. I don’t like to have my picture taken; a picture steals part of our souls. Look at the movie stars, look at the celebrities, look at the politicians. The westbound Orange Line buses run every six minutes or so, but I’ve been waiting for this particular bus for nine years, minimum. last_img

Latest N56 Dungloe to Glenties upgrade to begin before the end of 2017

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle recieved confirmation that a contractor is to be appointed to carry out the latest phase of upgrading of the N56 at Kilkenny-Maas-Letterilly.This latest upgrade to the 3.6km roadway connecting Dungloe to Glenties is expected to cost an estimated €12million.Deputy Gallagher said this is welcome news from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII ) and the works will significantly improve the travel time and journey on this particular road, which will be of huge benefit to the local communities and the region overall. Deputy Gallagher confirmed that the N56 Dungloe to Glenties project is being developed in sections and this 3rd section of the N56 Dungloe to Glenties Scheme is 3.6km long road improvement project and is located on the N56 between approximately 5km north of Glenties to the recently finished Boyoughter to Kilkenny scheme south of Lettermacaward. Pat the Cope said: “The existing road is narrow (approx. 5.5m, no shoulders/ verges) and the horizontal and vertical alignments are poor over the majority of this section. There is one regional and three local road junctions, all with restricted junction visibility. “The improvements works are extremely necessary as the N56 services the entire west and southwest of Donegal therefore it is a road of strategic importance for the entire county. “The N56 is a road which requires even further investment right throughout its entire route from Donegal Town right through to Letterkenny and it is critically important that Donegal County Council and the TII in place further plans for improving the N56 so that further progress can be made in improving the N56.” Pat the Cope stated, “the planned improvement scheme covering from Kilkenny-Maas- Letterilly will involve widening and realignment to Type 3 Single Carriageway (6.0m Carriageway with 0.5m hard strips). The project also includes a cycle track for its full length. The scheme is 3.6km long and has an estimated completion cost of €12 million euro. “The project will significantly improve the level of service for road users and is critical to delivering the tourism potential of the locality. It will also enhance accessibility to West Donegal including to the Regional Airport at Carrickfinn and Gaeltacht areas. “The latest phase of the N56 improvement works from Kilkenny-Maas-Letterilly is expected to be complete in 18 months and the contractor is expected to be onsite before the end of 2017 based on the information supplied by TII,” concluded Pat the Cope.Latest N56 Dungloe to Glenties upgrade to begin before the end of 2017 was last modified: September 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pat the Cope GallagherKilkenny-Maas-LetterillyN56last_img read more

SA seminars for Japanese investors

first_img27 May 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is partnering with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi United Financial of Japan to host seminars in Yokohama this week to promote Japanese investment in South Africa. According to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, the seminars are a follow-up on a memorandum of understanding (MOUs) signed by the DTI and the bank in February. The DTI said in a statement on Monday that other MOUs would be signed with other institutions this week aimed at providing Japanese companies with market intelligence to help them to establish businesses in South Africa. “The business seminars will give a chance to South African businesses to have bilateral business interactions with their counterparts in Japan.” Davies said South Africa was looking to promote more value-added exports from South Africa so as to diversify the country’s trade away from traditional resource-related products. To this end, South Africa would be promoting manufactured goods in sectors such as agro-processing, automotives, clothing, leather and textiles, metals beneficiation, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He added that Japan was an important export destination for South Africa. “Japan is South Africa’s third-largest export destination, and an important traditional trading partner. “According to information from Japan External Trade Organisation, South Africa ranks either first, second or third as Japan’s source in the world for imports of preserved pears, preserved apricots, grapefruit, prepared peaches, ground nuts, motor cars of a capacity less than 1 500cc, cane sugar, oranges, rock lobster, macadamia nuts, apricots and juices.” The DTI will also participate in the African Fair 2013, the biggest business event related to Africa in Japan, taking place during the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development Summit. “High-end items such as Rooibos espresso, Fairtrade wines and Wedgewood nougat will be showcased to appeal to the sharp Japanese palette,” Davies said. “Artwork from Ardmore Ceramics as well as Carrol Boyes design items, among others, will be exhibited during the Fair.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Pollinators and planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beekeepers in Ohio again suffered substantial losses of colonies over the exceptionally long and cold winter of 2014-2015. Here in Wooster we lost more than half of our colonies, and beekeepers around the state are reporting levels of winter kill as high as 80%. While the frigid temperatures played a substantial contributing role, losses were undoubtedly made worse by all of the problems facing bees today: parasites, diseases, pesticides, breeding problems, and a general lack of summer and fall forage.Spring is the only reliably good season for bees in Ohio. Colonies that survived the winter and new colonies brought up from the Gulf Coast or California are in the process of harvesting nectar and pollen from spring-blooming trees and weeds — but little honey will be made. This spring bounty will be eaten by the bees themselves as they multiply and grow into large productive colonies that will be able to make a honey crop off of clovers, black locust, alfalfa and soybean in the coming months. Additionally, robust colonies are needed to pollinate the fruit trees soon and pumpkins, squash and cucumbers later in the summer.This spring build-up of honey bee colonies can be directly threatened by corn planting. Insecticide seed treatments used on corn seed produce an insecticidal dust when they are planted. Depending on conditions, this insecticidal dust can settle on the flowering trees and weeds that bees are visiting. Insecticides formulated as dusts are the absolute worst for honey bees because they do not immediately kill the bees visiting flowers. Rather than causing immediate death, the dust is packed up with the pollen and brought back to the colony where it is can poison young bees inside the colony.In spring of 2013 and 2014, we sampled pollen from six bee yards in Madison, Union and Clark Counties. During corn planting, all colonies were bringing back pollen containing corn seed treatment insecticides. While no spectacular bee-kills were observed in our colonies, we did observe a significant increase in the number of dead bees appearing in front of colonies during the week of corn planting in 2014. It is possible that different planting conditions could have led to no increase in bee death, as we say in 2013, or obvious piles of dead bees as were observed in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, corn planting in central Ohio coincided with the start of bloom for fruit trees and hawthorns — extremely attractive flowers for bees — which likely drew bees away from the riskier and somewhat less attractive dandelions, mustards and purple deadnettle growing in corn fields and on field margins. In some years, planting may happen before or after fruit tree bloom when bees are intensely interested in weeds growing in and near fields. This may have been the case in Ohio in 2012 when planting started early and a number of bee-kill incidents were reported.last_img read more