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Bernd Leno sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future

first_imgAdvertisement The teenager had another influential game, this time against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Bernd Leno wants Bukayo Saka to stay at Arsenal ‘for a very long time’ after the teenager played a starring role in the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Olympiacos in the Europa League.The north London club will take an away goal back to the Emirates next Thursday, with Alexandre Lacazette tucking home from close range after an inch-perfect pass from Saka.However, Arsenal risk losing the youngster – whose contract expires in 2021 – after talks over an extension hit a stumbling block, though Leno is in no doubt that he wants Saka to stay. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Advertisement Bernd Leno sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal futurecenter_img Leno had a busy evening as he kept Olympiacos’ attackers at bay (Picture: Getty)Although Arsenal kept a clean sheet in Greece they were indebted to the reflexes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno and the German is happy with Arteta’s decision to play him in Europe.He added: ‘It’s my job to make saves. At the end when you have a clean sheet, I’m happy. We won this game and we have the away goal so we’re happy.‘I want to play all the games. We take this competition seriously. It’s another chance to win a trophy and qualify for the Champions League. I want to play all the games so I’m happy he’s decided I should.’MORE: Robin van Persie compares ‘world-class’ Bukayo Saka to Arsenal and Manchester United legendsMORE: Arsenal invincible Robert Pires raves about ‘revelation’ Gabriel Martinelli Saka’s brilliant pass produced the only goal of the game on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Asked about the teenager after the game, Leno told BT Sport: ‘Bukayo is an outstanding player, hopefully he stays very long at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He is very important for us. I think today his cross was very good for Laca to score.‘We’re happy now we’ve got the advantage and the away goal. At home we want to beat them again and go through to the next round.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalManager Mikel Arteta was also asked about Saka, saying: ‘We try to put him in the right position, surrounded by the right players in the right position.‘He’s not a full-back. He’s responded in the right way, he’s got a lot of courage. I’m very pleased with his performance.’ Commentlast_img read more

CorPower wave device scores ‘dry run’ certificate

first_imgThe European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has issued a performance statement to CorPower Ocean following the dry testing of Swedish developer’s wave energy converter (WEC) in Stockholm.The testing involved the dry testing of CorPower’s power take-off (PTO) on the Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) test rig, specifically designed for the purposes of testing the PTO onshore as part of the Wave Energy Scotland (WES) funded Hi-Drive project.The purpose of HIL rig is to enable onshore testing and provide verification of wave energy converter machinery (WEC) subsystems before deployment.The rig emulates loads and motions representative of a complete range of expected sea-states, according to verification body EMEC.The dry test program performed over seven months included 708 registered test runs, with 378 signals being measured providing more than 1TB of data on the equipment, EMEC informed.Hardware-In-the-Loop test rig (Photo: CorPower Ocean)The innovative CorPower’s WaveSpring phase control method was verified, with sub-system efficiency of 99% at rated loading, and the test campaign was finalized with a two week non-interrupt test, according to EMEC.Jean-Michel Chauvet, Director Integration & test, CorPower, said: “The level of detailed characterization of the equipment enabled by controlled dry testing with computer generated wave loading has provided accelerated learning which has helped us to deliver a reliable WEC before deploying it in the ocean. We consider dry testing a critical part also in our next full-scale program for the C4 WEC.”Tim Hurst, CEO of Wave Energy Scotland, added: “This kind of rigorous testing is essential to verifying the performance of a PTO technology and helps us to reduce risk before moving to the real sea testing environment. CorPower is setting an excellent example to successors following the same thorough approach.”Following the dry tests in Sweden, CorPower’s WEC – named C3 – was transported to Orkney. The half-scale WEC was deployed in January 2018 at EMEC’s scale test site at Scapa Flow in Orkney with support from the Interreg NWE FORESEA programme.CorPower plans to wrap up the C3 tests this summer and will incorporate the learning from the wet tests into the development of their next generation WEC technology. This is part of the Horizon 2020 funded project – WaveBoost and the full scale HiWave-5 project.The HIL-rig will also be used within the WaveBoost project to verify next generation design, the company added.last_img read more

Mr. Shawn Patrick Brabant, Sr.

first_imgMr. Shawn Patrick Brabant, Sr., age 44, of near Moorefield, Indiana, entered this life on February 2, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving son of, Kenneth Russell and Linda Lee (Lapp) Stotridge. He was raised in Harrison, Ohio where he was a 1992 graduate of the William Henry Harrison High School. Shawn was inducted into the United States Air Force on September 4, 1992 and was honorably discharged on December 28, 1994. Shawn was employed in the tool and dye department for Cincinnati Incorporated for eight years. Shawn worked alongside his father, Kenneth for Russell Footings in Aurora, Indiana, for several years. He was also employed for Cincinnati Chimney & Masonry for several years and was also a lumberjack. He was a member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club and theYeager-Benson Memorial American Legion Post #199 of Harrison, Ohio. He was also a member of the Church of God in Harrison, Ohio. Shawn was a handyman and enjoyed hunting, riding and tinkering with motorcycles and cars. He also enjoyed model cars, and collecting antiques especially tools, oil lamps and signs. Shawn will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Shawn passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at his residence.Shawn is survived by his wife, Kasey Ann (Drockelman) Brabant of near Moorefield, IN; his daughters, Madison Harley Brabant and Winter Lee Brabant of near Moorefield, IN; his son, Shawn Patrick Brabant, Jr. of Mason, OH; his mother and step-father, Linda Lee (Lapp) and Clyde Stotridge of near Moorefield, IN; his father and step-mother, Kenneth and Beth “Missy” Russell of Aurora, IN; his sisters, Mary Volz of Moores Hill, IN and Chanda Russell of Aurora, IN; his brothers, Kenny “Snoop” Brabant and his companion, Carrie of Brookville, IN, Christopher Russell of Aurora, IN and William Brabant of Howell, MI and his several nieces, nephews and friends.He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alicia Brabant, died in 1995.Funeral services and full military rites will be conducted Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Shawn Patrick Brabant, Sr. Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Ireland and Italy in stalemate

first_img Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, whose side begin their World Cup campaign against England on June 14 in Manaus, used the friendly in London to try out some of his fringe players before naming his final 23-man squad for Brazil. Ireland looked the more dangerous of the two sides and were unlucky not to go in front in the 78th minute when substitute Stephen Kelly saw his effort beat Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu but hit the crossbar. Ireland held World Cup-bound Italy to a goalless draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday night. Sirigu had earlier made some fantastic saves to deny Ireland the lead. Italy are now winless in their last six games and to complicate matters for Prandelli, AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was carried off on a stretcher early on with a leg injury which could make him a doubt for the World Cup. Prandelli fielded Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi, who was looking to prove his fitness having recently recovered from a right knee injury, alongside Serie A’s top scorer Ciro Immobile up front. Ireland coach Martin O’Neill made five changes to the side that lost 2-1 in a friendly against Turkey in Dublin last weekend. Italy dominated possession early on and had the first chance of the match in the fifth minute. Ireland goalkeeper David Forde had to dive at full stretch to clear Claudio Marchisio’s powerful 30-yard effort towards the far post. Prandelli was forced to make his first substitution in the 15th minute with Alberto Aquilani replacing the injured Montolivo. Montolivo, acting as captain, hurt his left leg in a challenge with Alex Pearce and had to be carried from the pitch. Press Association Ireland created their first chance in the 21st minute with Anthony Pilkington’s free-kick towards the far post kept out by Sirigu. Matteo Darmian, making his senior debut with Italy, came close to breaking the deadlock a minute later but his diagonal effort went just wide. Ireland continued to press forward and David Meyler’s stinging drive from outside the area forced Sirigu to palm the ball over the bar. In the 33rd minute, Sirigu made a superb save to keep out Shane Long’s close-range header from Aiden McGeady’s cross from the left. Prandelli made his second substitution before half-time with Marco Parolo replacing an injured Aquilani. Ireland picked up where they left off after the re-start and twice had opportunities to score early in the second half. Wes Hoolahan fed Long in the box but his right-footed strike was saved by Sirigu, and then s econds later Pilkington’s curled attempt flew inches wide. Italy thought they had taken the lead in the 56th minute when Immobile got on the end of Parolo’s pass and struck the ball past Forde only to see his goal disallowed for offside. Prandelli brought on Antonio Cassano before the hour mark in the hope the Parma forward could make the difference. In the 65th minute, Cassano spotted an unmarked Marchisio in the area and the Juventus midfielder wasted a great chance as he struck the ball straight at Forde. With 12 minutes remaining, Ireland put a great move together and came close to scoring. James McClean’s cross found Quinn in the box and his right-footed shot hit the bar as Italy escaped with a draw. The Azzurri take on Luxembourg next week in their final friendly before travelling to Brazil. last_img read more

Little Rock faces Ga. Southern in Sun Belt finals

first_imgLittle Rock faces Ga. Southern in Sun Belt finals March 12, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC,,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The versatile Markquis Nowell is averaging 17.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals to lead the way for the Trojans. Ruot Monyyong is also a primary contributor, producing 11.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Eagles have been led by Ike Smith, who is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.SOLID SMITH: Smith has connected on 33.3 percent of the 159 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also made 66.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Arkansas-Little Rock is 0-7 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 21-3 when it scores at least 67.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Arkansas-Little Rock is a perfect 16-0 when it scores at least 72 points. The Trojans are 5-10 when scoring any fewer than that.DID YOU KNOW: Arkansas-Little Rock has attempted the eighth-most free throws in all of Division I. The Trojans have averaged 24 free throws per game and 30.4 per game over their last five games.___center_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Georgia Southern (20-13, 14-8) vs. No. 1 seed Arkansas-Little Rock (21-10, 15-5)Sun Belt Conference Tourney Championship, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Georgia Southern and Arkansas-Little Rock are set to do battle in the Championship of the Sun Belt tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 6, when the Trojans shot 56 percent from the field while limiting Georgia Southern to just 44.3 percent en route to a six-point victory.last_img read more

Botofago bang past HI Stars 4-1, Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Rockers in 2-2 stalemate

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanBOTOFAGO got their act off to a winning note with a 4-1 brushing aside of Hi Stars, while Net Rockers ended the quest of Amelia’s Ward Panthers for a berth into the next stage with a 2-2 result, as this year’s Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) 5th GT Beer Christmas football championship continued on Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.The night began with Botofago facing Hi Stars who were handed a loss for their abandoned game when they were trailing with six minutes left in their game against Eagles United when a scrimmage had broken out.That loss and now Botofago’s hammering out a 4-1 victory behind goals from Jashwan Moore, who netted early in the 11th minute and Jamal Haynes’ 31-minute strike sending them into a 2-0 half-time lead, were early warnings of how the game would end.But two minutes after play resumed, Hi Stars found the back of the net in the 47th minute through Jason Monah. The lead was increased, however, when Botofago’s Jamal Haynes connected again in the 60th minute making it 3-1.Then Haynes club mate Amar Jones pushed Botofago to a 4-1 lead in the 80th minute, as they shut down the hopes of Hi Stars. and now await their other group match against Eagles United to decide which club will advance to the semifinals from that group.In the other game Ward Panthers, after losing out in their first game to Blueberry Hill, were hoping for a positive result to make it to the next round, but they were unable to get the necessary win.In fact, Denzil Pryce first sent Net Rockers into the lead in the 31st minute but the Panthers were able to square things through a 37th minute goal by Matthew Whyte before the first half ended 1-1.But Clarence Huggins again gave the Rockers the edge when he scored in the 52nd minute. It seemed that the Panthers were down and out but Omalli Webb was able to convert from close range after a relentless offensive play bore fruit in the 83rd minute and raised hopes of the Panthers.However, a non-call for handle ball that went against Panthers as they were on the look-out for that winning goal in the dying moments of the game did not help the Panthers’ cause and they had to settle for a draw which eradicated any hope of reaching the next round.On Friday, other matches are set for the tournament venue – the MSC ground – where Kwakwani Strikers meet Silver Shattas, the defending champions, and the other match pits Botofago against Eagles United in key encounters.last_img read more

British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss passes on

first_img(Reuters) – Stirling Moss, the British racing driver who is ranked as an all-time Formula One great, despite never winning the world championship, died on Sunday aged 90 after a long illness.“He died as he lived, looking wonderful,” his wife Susie told the Daily Mail newspaper.“He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that.”A team mate at Mercedes to Argentine five-time world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, the Briton survived one of the deadliest eras of motorsport with 16 grand prix wins in the 1950s and early 1960s.Sir Stirling Moss attends the Chopard brunch during the Ennstal Classic 2015 on July 18, 2015 in Groebming, Austria. (Photo by Monika Fellner/Getty Images)Four times a championship runner-up, and also third overall on three occasions, no other driver has won as many races without taking the title.Moss was the first Briton to win his home grand prix, beating Fangio at Liverpool’s Aintree circuit for Mercedes in 1955, with his name becoming a byword for speed for a generation of fans.He also won grands prix in Maserati, Vanwall, and Rob Walker-entered Cooper and Lotus cars and was admired by generations as ‘Mr Motor Racing’.News of his passing was mourned across the world of motorsport, with Formula One and Jean Todt, president of the governing FIA, hailing a ‘legend’ of the sport and ‘one of the true greats’.“Sir Stirling was a larger-than-life figure in our sport and one of the survivors of an age when motor racing was about danger, bravery and camaraderie,” said Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff.“But most of all, Stirling’s career was characterised by an impeccable sportsmanship and in this he truly set himself apart… it is no exaggeration to say that we will never see his like again.”Ferrari hailed “a true legend and a wonderful person” and added: “To Scuderia Ferrari, he was a formidable opponent.”But for his sense of sportsmanship, Moss could have been Britain’s first world champion in 1958 instead of Mike Hawthorn.He lost the title by a single point that year after asking stewards to reinstate his disqualified compatriot at the Portuguese Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT“I felt that it was quite wrong and I went and gave evidence on Mike’s behalf and said no way should he be disqualified,” Moss, who won four races that year to Hawthorn’s one, told Reuters in an interview at his home in 2009.GOODWOOD ACCIDENTMoss ended his professional career after an accident at Goodwood in 1962 left him unconscious for a month and paralysed for six months.Knighted Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss in 2000 for services to motor racing, the London-born dentist’s son retired from all forms of motor racing only in 2011 when he was 81.He regarded the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix as his greatest Formula One race but the 1955 Mille Miglia, a sportscar race on Italian public roads, was as memorable.Stirling Moss gets some tips from his dad Alfred before the RAC 500cc race at Silverstone in support of the first British Grand Prix (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)He covered the last stage, some 83 miles from Cremona to Brescia, at an average speed of 165.1 miles per hour from a standing start.Moss was taken ill in Singapore in late 2016 and spent 134 days in hospital battling a chest infection.He also survived a three-storey plunge down a lift shaft at his London home in March 2010, breaking both ankles and four bones in his feet.“A man that will never be replaced,” said Britain’s three-times world champion Jackie Stewart, 80.“Stirling Moss walked like a racing driver should walk, he talked like a racing driver, he looked like a racing driver. When Stirling Moss was driving racing cars, men were men. It really was a dangerous time.”Fellow British world champions Damon Hill and Lewis Hamilton also paid tribute.“No-one ever regarded Moss as anything less than one of the greats,” said Hill, whose double world champion father Graham also raced in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.“He launched all the other careers of British racing drivers who went on to become world champions of which he was sadly denied.”Hamilton, now a six times world champion and the most successful British racer of all time, became close to Moss after his own move to Mercedes.“Two people from massively different times and backgrounds but we clicked and ultimately found that the love for racing we both shared made us comrades,” he said on Instagram. “I am truly grateful to have had these special moments with him.”last_img read more

FB : ONSLAUGHT: Syracuse shocks No. 11 West Virginia with outstanding offensive performance

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite a 26-point lead over the No. 11 team in the country, Doug Marrone continued to pace. Arms crossed, play card clenched tightly in his right hand, the Syracuse head coach remained stoic late in the fourth quarter as his program inched closer and closer to its biggest win in nine seasons.All around him, his players couldn’t contain their euphoria as they not only beat, but thrashed a West Virginia team thought to be the class of the Big East.With 17 seconds remaining, the headset finally came off. With 10 seconds left, the play card containing Friday’s masterful game plan was folded up and stowed away. And as the final five seconds ticked off the clock, Marrone began his slow jog across the field.But upstairs — in the Syracuse coaches box — the celebration was long underway.‘I was screaming and yelling the whole dang game,’ SU offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. ‘I was like a fan up there.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHackett’s emotions matched those of the Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Big East) players, as the 14-point underdogs whipped, demolished and manhandled West Virginia en route to a 49-23 upset. The offense was superb against the Mountaineers, putting together its most complete performance of the season behind five total touchdowns by quarterback Ryan Nassib. An efficient and effective unit capitalized on all five of its trips to the red zone, dominating the clock to keep the Mountaineers’ (5-2, 1-1 Big East) offense on the sideline.A crowd of 45,265 — the largest since Marrone’s first game as head coach — was treated to a victory over the highest-ranked opponent since Syracuse knocked off No. 8 Virginia Tech in triple overtime back in 2002.Syracuse took control of the game from the onset, as Nassib brilliantly assembled lengthy touchdown drives to build a 14-3 lead in the opening 20 minutes. The first scoring drive was 14 plays, covered 84 yards and took more than six minutes off the clock. The second was 14 plays, covered 80 yards and spanned 5:53.It was, essentially, a perfect beginning.‘The one thing we were able to do tonight was keep things manageable,’ Marrone said. ‘I think when we can keep things manageable, then you have a chance to be successful.’The first two drives were defined by Syracuse’s ability take advantage of manageable third-down situations. SU converted four third downs on those first two possessionscombined, all of which were 5 yards or less.Hackett made full use of his offensive personnel to keep the West Virginia defense off balance. On the first touchdown drive alone, eight different skill players touched the ball for the Orange — in addition to Nassib.By the time the game ended, Nassib (24-of-32, 229 yards, four touchdowns) had spread the ball around to nine different receivers. Three different running backs combined for 178 yards rushing.‘We had a great plan,’ Nassib said. ‘We did a good job mixing up pass and run. The running game was doing well, and usually when that does well in our system that opens the passing game. And that’s really how we were able to move the ball so well.’The mixture worked brilliantly, especially in the red zone. Both Marrone and Hackett said they saw something on tape that the SU tight ends could exploit inside the West Virginia half of the field. And by game’s end, all four of Nassib’s touchdown passes found the hands of either Nick Provo or David Stevens.Provo, Syracuse’s starting tight end, gashed the middle of the West Virginia defense for six catches — three of which were touchdowns. He was left alone in the back of the end zone off a play-action fake for his first score, left alone along the left sideline courtesy of a blown coverage for his second and hauled in another play-action pass on a crossing route to give the Orange its largest lead of the game.David Stevens hauled in a 29-yard touchdown when he, too, was left uncovered by the Mountaineers along the sideline.‘They have a great offensive coach as far as game plan,’ West Virginia linebacker Najee Goode said. ‘He’s one of the best that we’ve played against. I’m not going to take anything away from Syracuse.’The play of the Orange’s tight ends was coupled with timely runs by Antwon Bailey, who finished with more than 100 yards for the fourth straight game, and acrobatic catches by Dorian Graham, Jarrod West and Alec Lemon.An offense that succeeded on whatever play was called hung 49 points on one of the top 20 defenses in the country. An offense that turned the ball over five times against Rutgers was reborn only three weeks later, as Friday’s fluidity and grace culminated in the team’s highest point total since 2003.So following Marrone’s humble jog across the field when the game was over, the three pats on the back from West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen were an acknowledgement of a job well done. Holgorsen’s Mountaineers had been thoroughly beaten, and Marrone and the Orange deserved all the credit.‘They outplayed us and outcoached us,’ Holgorsen said. ‘It’s as simple as that.’ Published on October 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

Oprah to give Annenberg commencement speech

first_imgGlobal media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will speak at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s commencement ceremony, according to an email sent to the Annenberg class of 2018. Oprah Winfrey, who will speak at Annenberg’s 2018 commencement, made headlines earlier this year when she gave a speech at the Golden Globes about the #MeToo movement. Photo from YouTube.The commencement ceremony will take place in the Shrine Auditorium on May 11.“Oprah Winfrey is one of the most powerful and effective communicators of our time, and someone I deeply admire for her commitment to using her voice for good,” Annenberg Dean Willow Bay said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I am both incredibly excited to hear her speak, and deeply grateful to her for sharing the day with our graduates.”According to Emily Cavalcanti, associate dean for communications and marketing, Bay asked Winfrey to speak at the ceremony and was “thrilled when she accepted. And [Annenberg is] bringing all 900 graduates together to be able to share this experience.”Winfrey is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which led several publications to recognize her as one of the most influential women in the world. On the show, Winfrey focused on topics ranging from geopolitics to self-help ideas, additionally serving as a benefactor for those who, like herself, overcame adversity. Now, Winfrey is a contributor for 60 Minutes, has starred in several films including The Color Purple and A Wrinkle in Time and publishes O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama. The 2018 commencement ceremony marks the first time the ceremonies for the School for Journalism and the School for Communication will be combined instead of being held separately. After learning that merging the two ceremonies will limit invitations to four guests for each graduating Annenberg student, strategic public relations graduate student Anais Medina Diaz started a petition on March 12 calling for Annenberg to reconsider the invite limit. By the time of publication, the petition had garnered 150 signatures. “On behalf of the [Annenberg strategic public relations class of 2018,] the school’s response is a good compromise that allows our families and friends who’ve planned to attend and celebrate with us,” graduate student Brittany Stamoulis said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We thank the USC Annenberg administration for listening to our concerns … but in the future, we hope the schools takes into consideration the diverse backgrounds of the student body and the multiple people helping us succeed when determining how many tickets are allocated per student.”last_img read more

A little Blake Griffin not enough as Warriors down Clippers 109-105

first_imgIt’s tough to win a playoff game in the NBA when your best player is on the floor less than 20 minutes. Couple that with some uncharacteristic sloppy play down the stretch, and the Clippers lost 109-105 to the Golden State Warriors in a first-round Western Conference playoff series opener Saturday before a sellout crowd of 19,339 at Staples Center.The Clippers’ Blake Griffin played all of 19 minutes and 14 seconds because of constant foul trouble. Somehow, he managed to score 16 points. That was well under his season average of 24.1. He also only had three rebounds, less than a third of his average.“We need ‘32’ out there, it’s no secret,” Chris Paul said. “We need BG. He could never really get in a rhythm because he couldn’t stay out on the court.”Griffin played just 15 minutes in the first three quarters. With five fouls, he came into the fourth quarter at the 5:07 mark. He fouled out with 48.3 seconds to play and the game tied 105-105. Paul was also in some foul trouble — but not the way Griffin was — as were Andre Iguodala (fouled out) and David Lee of Golden State.Paul scored 28 points with eight assists and seven rebounds. But he had six turnovers. One in particular, with 18.9 seconds left and the Clippers down 107-105, really hurt. Paul was trying to get around the corner about 25 or so feet from the Clippers’ basket.Golden State’s Draymond Green came over and appeared like he might have fouled Paul, who lost the ball out of bounds. Officials initially ruled Clippers ball, but that was changed upon review.“I’ve got to take care of the ball,” Paul said.Harrison Barnes made one of two free throws for a 108-105 Warriors lead. Paul was then fouled with 11.9 seconds to play. Paul, a career 85.7 percent free-throw shooter, missed both shots. Golden State’s Green missed two free throws and the Clippers still had a chance with 10.4 seconds to play, but Darren Collison stepped out of bounds chasing down the deflected rebound, and Klay Thompson was fouled and made one of two free throws to seal the Clippers’ fate.The Clippers were down 93-82 with 10:35 left. Paul led a comeback charge and tied it at 102-102 with a 3-pointer. With the game tied 105-105, Paul stole the ball and fed Collison, who lost it out of bounds.Green came back and made two free throws for a 107-105 Golden State lead.J.J. Redick played very well for the Clippers, scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.Thompson led the Warriors with 22 points, but shot just 7 for 20. Stephen Curry had 14 points, but was just 6 of 16 from the field. David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds.“This was intense and playoff basketball,” Thompson said. “We wanted to win it. That’s what makes it fun out there when you close games out like that.”Winning on the road in the postseason is even better.“It’s rare, but it’s huge,” Thompson said. “We can go and battle Monday (in Game 2) and you never know what happens. But we know we’re going back to Oracle (Arena) with at least one win, so we’re excited.” Interestingly, Golden State had 48 points in the paint, even though its center — Andrew Bogut — did not play because of a fractured rib. The Warriors, even with Jordan and Glen “Big Baby” Davis roaming the inside, had way too many easy baskets inside. The absence of Griffin did not help. “It was tough,” Griffin said, “especially in the first half only playing, I don’t know what I played in the first half … But in the third quarter there, felt like I got into somewhat of a rhythm, but I kept putting myself in a hole, in a bad situation, fouling.“I can’t say whether it affected other guys or not. It affected our team, obviously. I have to do a better job.”His coach, Doc Rivers, agreed.“It’s tough to get your rhythm when you go in and out like that and you only play 19 minutes,” Rivers said. “I’m sure Blake would like to have a couple of those fouls back. You can’t waste fouls. I thought we fouled way too much.”Rivers agreed the game may have been called more closely because of the pre-game hype surrounding the animosity between the teams. Griffin said he had been in playoff games that were way more physical than Saturday’s.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more