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Vermaelen: Wenger still the right man

first_imgArsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been shocked by calls for Arsene Wenger’s head and insists he remains the right man for the job. Press Association While a place in the Gunners’ history books is assured, pressure is mounting on the Frenchman as, barring a miracle, the north Londoners’ trophyless spell will stretch to an eighth successive season. Saturday’s FA Cup exit to Blackburn was compounded by a 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. With the league title already beyond them, large portions of Arsenal’s support base have called for Wenger to leave – something captain Vermaelen cannot understand. And the defender said: “Of course we’re behind him. He’s done a lot for this club. He still does a lot of hard work with us. He is the right man for the job.” center_img He added: “We have to show it on the pitch as well. At the moment the results are not good. But we will work hard with him to get the results back.” Asked if he was shocked by the fact Wenger’s future is being question, Vermaelen added: “Yeah, I am actually. Everyone in football looks too short term. They don’t look at the long term, and he’s done a lot for this club. “It doesn’t mean that because it’s not going well at the moment we don’t stand behind him. You have to look at the long term. He is the right man for this club and we are all behind him.” That said, Vermaelen can also understand growing supporter unrest as Arsenal’s struggles continue. “Sometimes, as a player, you are frustrated as well,” he said. “If you lose you get frustrated but it’s not the right thing to act on, we have to stick together, work hard. We need each other. “They [the fans] must not forget that we need them because they belong to the team and to the club. “We must stand behind each other, that’s the only thing we can do.” last_img read more

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Strong Winds, Tornadoes Could Develop Tonight Across South Florida

first_imgForecasters say we need to be vigilant about the rough weather that is predicted to blanket the area from Sunday into Monday.A low-pressure system located at the surface in the Gulf of Mexico will bring a warm front across south Florida today, along with a good amount of Gulf moisture and wind shear. Another low is predicted to then move above the first one.That will provide enough motion for strong to severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and the possibility of isolated tornadoes.Palm Beach County will begin to see what forecasters call an “unstable atmosphere” between 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday. That system will move into Martin and St Lucie counties after midnight.Thunderstorms that develop in an unstable atmosphere have the potential to develop rotating updrafts capable of producing a quick tornado spin-up, strong damaging winds and frequent lightning.The tornado threat appears to be maximized in our area between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. As a cold front reaches the region, the winds in the atmosphere will begin to turn out of the west, mostly ending any wind shear needed for tornadoes, although damaging winds could still be an issue until around 5 a.m.Overall, most of our area can expect heavy rainfall from 8 p.m. Sunday until the cold front clears the area by 8 a.m. Monday, along with localized flooding in poor drainage areas. Widespread flooding is not expected.A few widely scattered showers and overcast skies are expected Monday, with highs in the mid-70s.Mostly sunny skies are expected on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with highs in the low 70s Tuesday and upper 70s Wednesday.last_img read more


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We’re going to beat Suriname at home – Jones

first_img… Guyanese contingent departs for IGG todayA contingent of 155, inclusive of athletes and officials, departed Guyana today for neighbouring Suriname, where they will compete at this year’s Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) from August 25 to 27.The games, a brainchild of former President Forbes Burnham, will be celebrating its ‘Jubilee Edition’ (50 years), having started in 1967 as a means of using sports to foster closer bilateral relations with Suriname.Guyana and Suriname will do battle in track and field, basketball, volleyball, swimming, cycling and football. With the exception of track and field and swimming, the other disciplines will have only male participants.IGG Basketball Kevon Wiggins“We anticipate that we should do fairly well since all the disciplines would have been participating at high level both locally and overseas throughout the year,” Director of Sport Christopher Jones told reporters yesterday at his Homestretch Avenue office.Jones said that he was pleased with the handling and preparation of the respective teams by the various associations, adding that he would have also been proud of the anxiousness of the athletes to represent the ‘Land of Many Waters’.“At least the ones at the various camps I’ve visited, they are excited and some of them had participated last year as well,” the Director of Sport said, noting, “their own prediction is they can win. There is hype and excitement amongst the Guyanese delegation to win these games.”Apart from track and field, cycling and volleyball where team Guyana rule supreme, the Dutch-speaking country hold the IGG titles for both basketball and football (male and female).TRACK AND FIELD TEAM:Girls: Toyan Raymond (100m, 200m), Binka Joseph (100m), Deshauna Skeete (200m, 400m), Kezra Murray (400m, 800m), Joanna Archer (800m, 1500m), Shaquka Tyrell (1500M, 3000m), Leyanna Charles (3000m), Chantoba Bright (long jump, triple jump), Tatyanna Blair (long jump, high jump), Virlyn Gibson (triple jump, high jump), Mian McPherson (shot put, javelin), Jamacia Scott (shot put, discus), Prudence Codrington (javelin, discus)Boys: Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m), Umkosie Vancooten (100m, 200m), Daniel Williams (400m, high jump), Samuel Lynch (400m, 800m), Daniel Melville (800m, discus), Murphy Nash (1500m, 5000m), Ronaldo Wishart (1500m, javelin), Rickie Williams (5000m), Anthony Williams (long jump, triple jump), Ronaldo Greene (long jump, triple jump), Tarique Boyce (high jump), Jermine Simmons (shot put, javelin and Lennox Henry (shot put, discus).Kenisha Headley and Quincy Clarke will coach the squad while Nadine Trotz and Carolyn Garraway will act as managers.BASKETBALL: Andrew Wiggins, Stanton Rose, Jermain King, Akeem Crandon, Timothy Thompson, Shamar France, Nigel Bowen, Jaheel Young, Aton Fileen, Jamal Gilkes, Andrew Johnson and Akil Vaughn.Abdullah Hamid is the team’s head coach, Kirk Fraser assistant coach and Troy Green manager.CYCLING: Adealie Hodge, Marcus Keiler, Cortis Dey, Jason Cameron, Shenika Barker, Yonka Barker and Deance Welch.SWIMMING: Andrew Gordon, Antonia Rodrigues, Daniel Scott, Nathon Hackett, Leon Seaton, Alex Winter, Nikita Fiedtkou, Teshana Hunter, Anna Isaacs, Accalia Khan, Kenita Mahaica and Lian Winter.VOLLEYBALL: Kirstoff Shepherd, Akil Vaughn, Omari Joseph, Hellod Singh, Andy Rohoman, Jaleel Roberts, Samuel Jordan, Ronaldo Bobb, Montel Denny, Daymyon Alahamad, Ronaldo Griffith and Kellon Leitch.IAAF World Youth silver medallist Daniel WilliamsFOOTBALL (FEMALE): Indera Amardeo, Vicky Jonannis, Althea Austin, Odessa Smith, Lendey Adolph, Anastacia Horsham, Shania Riley, Naomi Aaron, Ashana Williams, Stacy Adams, Amanda McKenzie, Tiandi Smith, Latesha Sutherland, Shontel Greene, Jamaica Hunte, Sasha Rodrigues, Anulissa Johnson and Selena Chan.Head coach Akilah Castello and assistant Tricia MunroeFOOTBALL (MALE): Jervis Cumberbatch, Simeon Hackette, Cecil Jackman, Jeremy Garrett, Kevin Padmore, Shomol Smith, Marriheo Eastman, Raushan Ritch, Orin Moore, Ryan Hackette, Ryan Dowding, Nixon Robertson, Chris Macey, Anton Peters, Shane Haynes, Brandon Atkinson, Sherral Daniels, and Lorenzo Miller.Head coach Sampson Gilbert.last_img read more


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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Having secured a victory in the Belmont Stakes, Tiz the Law now faces an 11-week wait until the Kentucky Derby in a reconfigured Triple Crown series. In between, the bay colt who became the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since 1882 is being pointed toward the Travers on Aug. 8 in upstate New York, which is his home turf. Tiz the Law has five wins in six career starts by an average of 19 1/4 lengths. His only loss came at Churchill Downs last year, and he’ll get a chance to avenge it over the same track in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIESHorse injured, euthanized after race at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse injured after crossing the finish line of a race at Santa Anita has been euthanized, making it the 15th fatality at the track since late December. Players want 70 games and $275 million more than teams are offering. They are worried that if a resurgence of the new coronavirus causes the 2020 season to be cut short, the deal being negotiated would lock in innovations for 2021 and lessen the union’s bargaining power. PGA-RBC HERITAGESimpson celebrates a Father’s Day win at Harbour TownHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Webb Simpson celebrated another victory on Father’s Day, this time with a tartan jacket instead of a U.S. Open trophy.In a wild sprint to the finish after a three-hour storm delay, Simpson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine at Harbour Town and closed with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot victory over Abraham Ancer. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTHE ESPYSThe ESPYS focus on honors, pandemic and racial justice UNDATED (AP) — This was a different version of The ESPYS. No red carpet, no nattily dressed athletes, no house band or monologue poking fun at the past year’s top athletes and moments. The focus was on honors, the pandemic and racial justice. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for sparking a national conversation about mental health. Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins was honored as the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year for helping his hometown in the Dominican Republic acquire public service needs. The show was hosted remotely by NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird of the WNBA. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBBalk in baseball coronavirus talks as negotiations drag onNEW YORK (AP) — An email from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19.The executive committee of the players’ association was set to vote and reject MLB’s latest offer for a 60-game season on Sunday.Manfred says in an email obtained by The Associated Press that he really believes they are fighting over an impossibility on games. Manfred says the earliest they’ll be ready for players to report is a week from Monday, given the need to relocate teams from Florida. That leaves 66 days to play 60 games. Manfred says, “Realistically, that is the outside of the envelope now.” Dynamo Moscow reports coronavirus cases, game postponedUNDATED (AP) — Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) says he has tested positive for COVID-19. His announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was scheduled to play Sunday. Dimitrov is ranked No. 19 and a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist. He is the highest-profile current player to say he has the virus. His announcement on his Instagram page comes at the end of a week when the U.S. Open said it would go forward. The professional tennis tours have been suspended since March and are planning to resume in August.In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic: DERBY, England (AP) — A British superbike rider has died after being involved in a collision with another bike at an event on the Donington Park track in central England Sunday. Organizers of the No Limits Trackday event say Ben Godfrey died from the injuries he suffered from falling from his bike. Godfrey was 25 and raced in the British Superbike Championship. The No Limits Trackdays director described Godfrey as “a fantastic young man” and said he was “friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone.”OBIT-MAX TUERKFormer NFL, USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk dies at 26 Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, fractured his right knee while galloping past the finish of the sixth race Saturday. The attending veterinarian determined it was an unrecoverable injury.Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Strictly Biz finished sixth among eight horses in the $51,000 race on the turf. Trained by Brian Koriner and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, the colt had one win in four career starts and earnings of $29,000, according to Equibase. The California track’s spring-summer meet ends Sunday.BRITAIN-SUPERBIKERIDER DIESBritish superbike rider dies after crash at English track June 22, 2020center_img TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Thunderstorms Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway that was to mark the return of more fans to the track. The race, which was pushed back to 2 p.m. CDT today, is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays.The race is the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted. It was hardly an ordinary race day at Talladega Superspeedway, even before the lousy weather. The normal hordes of partying fans were nowhere to be seen. NASCAR-TALLADEGA-BUBBA WALLACE Noose found in garage stall of Bubba WallaceTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR says it’s investigating the discovery of a noose in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace on Sunday at the NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. F1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversity — There’s been a setback in the Russian soccer league’s restart this weekend. Dynamo Moscow postponed its game Sunday after three of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the second game to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause.— Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Chelsea rallied to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Chelsea strengthened its hold on fourth place and is five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United.— Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) closed with an even-par 72 to win the Korea Women’s Open in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu won for the first time since the Japan Women’s Open in 2018, and it was her first victory on the Korea LPGA since 2015. Upon winning, Ryu offered her entire prize money of just over $200,000 for coronavirus relief funds.TRIPLE CROWN-WHAT’S NEXTBelmont winner Tiz the Law eyes ambitious summer schedule LONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.The Mercedes driver says the aim of the Hamilton Commission will be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Hamilton is the only Black world champion in F1. He has spoken widely about racism since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Simpson won the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 2012. The U.S. Open has been scheduled to end on Father’s Day every year since 1976, but it was moved to September this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The RBC Heritage filled the spot on the schedule and Simpson, now a father of five, became a winner for the second time this year with a record score at Harbour Town.He didn’t have much of a choice with so many low scores on a soft course with little wind. He finished at 22-under 262, breaking by two the tournament record set by Brian Gay in 2009.NASCAR-TALLADEGAWeather delays NASCAR race at Talladega Update on the latest sports LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Tuerk, an All-America offensive lineman at Southern California who was drafted by the Chargers, has died. He was 26. USC announced his death on Twitter, but did not say when Tuerk died or provide a cause of death. Tuerk played for the Trojans from 2012-15. He was a freshman All-American and an All-Pac-12 first-team selection in 2014. As a three-year starter, he played under three head coaches — Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Clay Helton. He was taken by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL draft, and played one game for the Arizona Cardinals before being cut in 2018. Do not enter text beyond this line.last_img read more


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Syracuse, Denver coaches swap traditional styles of play, prepare to meet in final four

first_img Related Stories Syracuse seniors rejoice, reflect ahead of final fourQ&A with Syracuse legend Casey Powell Published on May 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 PHILADELPHIA — John Desko and Bill Tierney’s chess matches have a certain ebb and flow. One team tries to get up and down the field, firing shots at a rapid pace. The other milks the clock and waits for the best opportunity to score.Desko’s teams are fond of the former — it’s how the legendary head coach has guided Syracuse to five national championships. Tierney’s stick to the latter — it’s what made him so successful at Princeton before heading to Denver.That’s usually how it goes — but not this year.“They do nothing the same as the teams of the past,” Tierney said. “That’s what’s so great about them, so unique about them. They’ve changed their outfit and it just shows what a great coach John Desko is.”The tactical matchup between Desko and Tierney will be the usual contrast of styles on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, but the roles will reverse. It’s Tierney’s No. 4-seeded Pioneers that boast one of the nation’s most lethal offenses. It’s Desko’s top-seeded Orange that features a clamp-down defense that has held opponents to single digits in six straight games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd it’s a testament to Desko’s perhaps best-ever coaching job: Turning a team that usually runs up and down the field into one that controls the tempo and keeps a slower pace.“They’re one of the few teams you look at from front to back and there are no peaks and no valleys,” Tierney said.But the job Tierney’s done since arriving at UD rivals the one Desko has put together this season. Tierney took Denver from a middling program without much lacrosse history and turned it into one that is playing in its second final four since 2009 — which is also the last time SU appeared in the semifinal round.When Tierney first arrived at UD, he made a point to schedule Desko and Syracuse. The Pioneers usually got throttled.But along the way, Tierney has changed the way he coaches. No longer do his teams win the faceoff, hold the ball and shoot only when necessary.Now he’s taking a page out of Desko’s book, pushing the ball and running the offense at a cutthroat pace. No longer are blowout losses a usual occurrence.“I had more familiarity with Bill Tierney teams when they were in a Tiger uniform and it’s a different look,” Desko said. “It’s a different type of personnel than he’s had when he was at Princeton, and I’m just amazed at what a good job he’s done with a different university, different type players and how he’s changed the style of how they’re playing.”The Orange doesn’t need to do anything unusual to prepare for Denver. The high-speed style SU is used to occurs in practice more often than on game day this season, so Desko doesn’t need to change anything. The defense that has become arguably the best in the nation since the final weeks of the regular season goes up against an offense that can match DU’s speed every day during practice.“We never really have a settled practice,” Syracuse defender Brian Megill said. “When we scrimmage, we usually never blow the whistle, we get up and down.”The biggest change will be on Denver’s sideline. In each of the Pioneers’ first two NCAA tournament games, they faced a high-scoring Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. First, it was Albany attack Lyle Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer. Then it was North Carolina attack Marcus Holman, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. The Orange features a Tewaaraton Award finalist of its own in midfielder JoJo Marasco, but he’s more a facilitator for SU’s deep offense than a go-to scorer.Marasco’s style of play is an unusual problem for Tierney to solve, and it’s led to Syracuse’s unusual style this season. No longer is there a Michael Powell or Gary Gait putting up 75 points — leave that to the Pioneers’ offense. It’s a different SU team than people are used to, but it has worked all the same.“You look at this group and you look at their scoring in some of their games,” Tierney said, “and some of their top players may not have a point in a game, but somebody else steps up. And that’s a credit to them.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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University officially breaks ground on new Village

first_imgUSC President C. L. Max Nikias was joined by several Los Angeles elected officials on Monday for the groundbreaking of the new Village at USC, one of the largest economic development projects in South Los Angeles history.It takes a village · USC President C.L. Max Nikias was joined by Los Angeles elected officials and Undergraduate Student Government President Andrew Menard for the groundbreaking ceremony of The Village. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanSet to open in the fall of 2017, the project will prominently feature residential, retail and recreational facilities. With over 1.25 million square feet of space, the $650 million Village will be designed to resemble a medieval Tuscan plaza. The project will be built around the idea of a European town square that will include a central promenade with coffee shops, restaurants and residential colleges.“This is a historic day for the university but also for the city of Los Angeles,” Nikias said in his opening remarks.Nikias expressed his gratitude to several civic leaders who aided in the approval process, particularly former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa said The Village project would benefit not only USC, but also the surrounding community.“This is a project that will enhance student housing in a way that will create a more vibrant student community, but also invest in affordable housing and economic development, so it’s a win-win,” Villaraigosa told the Daily Trojan after the event.Two years ago, when the project was initially announced, the surrounding community expressed mixed feelings about the project. The main concern was the loss of revenue and employment for the businesses formerly located in the University Village, as well as the gentrification of the area surrounding the project. Student government representatives addressed this concern at the event.“The USC Village is going to welcome not only USC students and faculty, but also the University Park community as a whole,” said Undergraduate Student Government President Andrew Menard. “During the planning process, including the surrounding community [in] the USC Village was always a goal of the project.”Graduate Student Government President Yohey Tokumitsu responded to the concern over removing the former University Village businesses.“We were afraid to displace the former UV businesses during the transitional period, [but] the university provided free real estate services for the former tenants as well as provided some with thousands of dollars for help with the relocation,” he said.According to Tokumitsu, there is currently very limited housing space for graduate students both on and around campus. He said the new Village would open up new housing for graduate students and their families.Mark Ridley-Thomas, supervisor for the Second District, which includes most of South Los Angeles, assured the trustees and guests that the project will represent not only economic growth but also economic justice. There will be legal aid clinics as well as small business advisory services for community entrepreneurs.“This is a project that will integrate the community of South Los Angeles with the one of the prominent educational institutions in the country,” Ridley-Thomas said.Nikias said that the university’s board of governors and community leaders worked hard for more than three years in order to get the plans approved by the Los Angeles City Council. More than 1,000 supporters of the university participated in council meetings prior to the vote on the plan. At the end of the dialogue, the City Council voted unanimously to allow for the construction of the project.The project will use no taxpayer funds or government subsidies. Instead, it has been made possible by monetary gifts such as a $30 million dollar endowment by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation for the Honors Hall.“This project will transform the residential life at USC,” said Kathleen Leavey McCarthy, chairman of the foundation and a  USC trustee.During the conclusion of the ceremony, Nikias said that the Village would be the largest university project for the next  50 years. He recalled how 100 years ago, the university was considered a commuter school.“Not anymore,” Nikias said. “After the conclusion of this project, USC has no one else to catch up to.”last_img read more


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The Point After: USC football has reached threat level midnight

first_imgAs the Trojans marched off the field at the Coliseum on Nov. 24 later after another heartbreaking 24-17 loss — the team’s seventh of the season — to archrival Notre Dame, there was certainly a belief amongst the USC faithful that this was the point at which the team had bottomed out. A season that would end with no bowl game for the first time since 2011 and four rivalry losses (five including Texas), the program fell from the leader of the West to the laughing stock of the nation’s worst Power Five conference. Jimmy Goodman is a junior writing about USC sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Tuesday. It was bad enough that Kingsbury, the man labeled by fans and — to a degree — the program as the future of Trojan football, had left before seeing the field. But the timing of the decision could not have been worse. It came just weeks after Early Signing Day and days removed from star receivers Bru McCoy and Kyle Ford announcing their commitments to USC on national television. This sent the situation into further freefall behind the scenes. The extreme discontent was made public on Thursday when McCoy, the sole 5-star recruit and clear leader of an uncommonly low-ranked 2019 recruiting class for USC, made it known that he intended to transfer from USC after spending just 16 days on campus. Despite the obvious wealth of talent at the position with junior Michael Pittman, redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns and freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown, fans saw the loss of McCoy as the yet another final nail in the coffin for a once-great program. Surely, Trojan fans thought, there would be massive, unmistakable changes in the team culture, if not personnel. These hopes were swiftly dashed the next morning when USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann released a statement backing maligned head coach Clay Helton and ensuring that the team would remain on its current path. In his statement, Swann affirmed that “Helton has a plan in place to get USC back to the top.” The sky, however, caved in when it was announced on Jan. 8, just over a month after he became a member of the Trojans, that Kingsbury had accepted a job to become the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Reportedly, Kingsbury was easily able to take such a job due to the fact that the contract he signed listed his buyout at an insignificant $150,000, which the Cardinals covered without hesitation. Over the ensuing months, what Swann could have described as an off-year for a blue chip program with loads of young talent has devolved into an ugly nightmare that gets comically worse by the day. How much further down the rabbit hole this program will go is yet to be seen, but as things stand today, Swann needs to act swiftly and deliberately. The ball is firmly in Swann’s court, and if he has any intention on remaining employed at a school with expectations as high as USC’s, he will get in front of the press and, for the first time in months, do his job. Every hour he shies away from the microphone, another season ticket holder backs out. The reported hiring of Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator is potentially a positive step, but it wouldn’t be a problem if Swann hadn’t dropped the ball on Kingsbury’s contract. While all this madness has proceeded on and off campus, one man has been very obviously silent: Swann. Aside from making a few comments leading up to and following the hiring of Kingsbury, the athletic director hasn’t discussed football matters for months. It would be alarming for that to be the case in a business-as-usual offseason, but in a year such as this one, it has USC fans and boosters prepared to bring out their pitchforks. USC is under the leadership of an interim president with no timeline for finding a replacement and is in a town such as Los Angeles, where there have always been better sports options (and now, better football options) — it is a death knell to see USC football fall into such disarray. On Dec. 5, USC appeared to have made possibly the most impactful coaching hire in the sport when they signed former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as its new offensive coordinator and, in the most obvious unspoken way, the “head-coach-in-waiting” akin to the likes of Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley. The time for sadness and disappointment is long gone. In fact, it’s possible that the time for pitchforks has passed as well. At this point, the USC “faithful” have begun to show signs of total disillusionment with the team, coaches and administration. Many fans, boosters and supporters are simply beginning to take their balls and go home. The excitement around the hire was not limited to fans, as USC Athletics sprung into high gear to promote the great victory of picking up Kingsbury. USC sent emails to fans asking them to renew season tickets with an advertisement prominently featuring Kingsbury. The team’s Twitter account gleefully posted videos of him settling into an office in Heritage Hall and ESPN reporter Shelley Smith even conducted an interview with Kingsbury regarding his decision to join the Trojans, where he deflected questions about NFL jobs by saying, “This isn’t a one month process … I want that job.”last_img read more


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O’Mahony to lead Lions

first_imgConor Murray is the only Irish players named in the backs, taking his place in the three-quarters alongside Owen Farrell.Jonathan Sexton and Jack McGrath will start on the bench at Eden Park on Saturday. Peter O’Mahony says while it’s an honour to be selected as Lions Captain for the first test it’s now time to focus.The Munster back row will skipper the side against the All Blacks in Auckland on SaturdaySean O’Brien was named as expected on the openside, with Tadhg Furlong at tighthead. Photo: © lionsrugby.comlast_img


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UWI-St. Augustine denies attempted rape of student

first_imgThe St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago says initial investigations indicate that there was no evidence of an attempted rape of a female student on Tuesday even as the Students Guild said it was planning a public meeting for later this week.In a statement, the UWI said that a report from Campus Security noted that the student was robbed near the Student Activity Centre (SAC) but denied reports that she was raped.No evidence“The initial investigation with the student reveals no evidence of attempted or alleged sexual assault, contrary to what has been mentioned on some social media sites.”Guild of students seek action But in a separate statement, the UWI Students Guild said “this unfortunate act preceded by at least six reported robberies where students were held at gunpoint at various locations around the campus over the last four years.“Following these incidents, the University’s administration has yet to release at official statement that acknowledges these breaches in campus security as a problem or as a concern for student safety,” the Guild said, calling on the authorities to act quickly.But the University disagreed with the statement by the Guild, noting “we have spared no effort in creating a safe environment for all students that attend our campus.The University said it was urging all students to take precautions which have continually been promoted in order to assist with ensuring their personal safety at campus. It said this includes visibly displaying their Student Identification Card upon entry to the campus.last_img read more


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Michal Kopec – Better Collective: New Reality…Understanding the affiliate M&A condition

first_img Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Michal KopecA key stakeholder in industry affiliate Better Collective’s international expansion, Michal Kopec (Head of M&A) details his firm’s significant acquisition activity undertaken this summer.In a changing affiliate landscape, how should leadership stakeholders gauge and value potential affiliate assets. Furthermore, is affiliate M&A fully understood as a marketing expansion vertical._____________________SBC: Hi Michal, it’s been a busy period for you and Better Collective. Can you briefly summarise your company’s recent acquisitions and how they fit with Better Collective’s European expansion projects? Michal Kopec: It was definitely a busy period for us. We didn’t have any big events like the World Cup or Olympic Games this year, so we expected some nice holiday and we ended up having probably our busiest summer ever.All of our acquisitions so far are focused on our key markets. We have especially expanded heavily in the German-speaking market, with WettFreunde and Wettportal probably being known to everyone involved in the gambling business within that market. We haven’t ignored the UK either, acquiring CasinoLounge.co.uk. Plus, we boosted our presence in regulated markets like France, Italy, and Spain with the most recent deal with Pull Media.All in all, we are expanding our European network in regulated, or expected to be regulated, markets—which is our strategic goal.SBC:  Leading Better Collective M&A strategy, how do you personally value potential M&A targets? What key dynamics and competencies are you looking for in potential targets? MK: There’s no one simple answer to that question. We are looking at a wide range of targets. You can see that from our recent deals. We’ve bought companies with +30 employees and smaller sites with only owner with some freelancers working on it. Clearly we look at some obvious metrics like revenues, profits, depositors or traffic stats, but on top of that we need to see how the targets would fit into our existing operations. We really look at how we can utilize existing synergies and what chances and options we have for driving business forward together. Lastly, and equally important, we need to make sure the seller shares the same values as Better Collective and if the business is run in a clean and transparent way. SBC: In 2017 Better Collective has undertaken 6 major affiliate acquisitions, how does your team plan to integrate these new assets effectively…how hard and vital is this function of Post M&A activity? MK: Integration is a key to the success of any M&A deal.  We have a different approach case by case. With companies like WettFreunde or Pull Media, we have acquired already successful businesses that are already being run by talented people. While we are still keen to improve and share the learnings and synergies, we also want to make sure we don’t lose out on their unique attributes.With some other deals, like CasinoLounge.co.uk, we are ready to quickly integrate the assets to our existing organization in our Copenhagen office, supported by the resources from our office in Niš and our freelancers.SBC: How has M&A changed the industry affiliate marketing landscape? Is M&A fully understood by industry marketing stakeholders, could M&A prove to be disruptive for all-around industry marketing practices? MK: I believe that M&A activity will continue to happen and will make the industry more professional. Let’s not forget it’s still a young industry with most of current affiliates being startups created by some friends 5 to 15 years ago.  Some of those startups, just like Better Collective, will chose to follow up on initial success and expand further. Some will chose to sell at the right moment and do something else. It’s just a natural way for this still relatively young industry to develop further.The heavy competition in the general sphere makes it harder for small affiliates to compete, but it is also a litmus test. If they manage to establish themselves, they have proven to add value to the marketing chain. Plus, there is still plenty of space for new entrants. Adding to that, I am sure that the consolidation amongst established affiliates will continue for several years. This consolidation can only be good for the end users; as established affiliates cannot afford to be non compliant in their marketing. Whilst I am sure that no other operators will follow SkyBet, I can only expect the operator to focus more on their affiliates compliance, which is a good thing for the industry.SBC: Bringing in new affiliate assets through M&A, how do you see Better Collective changing as a corporate entity? MK: Managing the acquisitions makes us more professional as a whole company. Suddenly we have more people, more offices and more assets to deal with. That requires a more structured organization, starting from business and daily operations and ending with things like finance or HR. However, Better Collective has a wonderful culture that truly inspires progress, and our aim is to ensure the “Better Collective spirit” remains and permeates throughout our current and new offices.SBC: Will affiliate M&A still be an industry dominant issue in 2018, or do you expect the market to calm down? MK: We plan to remain active with our acquisitions and we are pretty sure our main competitors will do the same. Furthermore, it could be relevant for some other (not directly affiliate related) parties to participate. Let’s not forget that the gambling industry is still growing, and more and more countries are leaning towards regulation and, in some cases, towards more liberal regulation. With all of these developments, affiliates will continue to grow and M&A will be a natural part of this maturing and consolidating industry.______________________Michal Kopec – Head of M&A – Better Collectivelast_img read more