Men’s basketball beats Villanova in exhibition match

first_imgOkongwu showed why he was so highly-touted coming out of high school, dominating the offensive glass and denying a layup attempt by sophomore forward Saddiq Bey.  Strong defense and finishing at the rim down the stretch helped the Trojans maintain their lead. “This freshman group’s really special and they pick up on things really quick,” Mathews said. “Defensive scheme we changed mid-game and they got it within seconds, so you don’t have to coach them that much. But they need help when you get in tough games, down by seven, you rile them up and say, ‘We’re good, we’re good,’ and we came back and won.” Although the exhibition won’t count for either team’s record, it served a couple of purposes. All game proceeds benefited the California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.  The Trojans started guards sophomore Elijah Weaver and senior Jonah Matthews, freshman forwards Onyeka Okongwu and Isaiah Mobley and senior center Nick Rakocevic. Mobley and Rakocevic were named to the Malone and Abdul-Jabbar award lists this preseason, given to the top power forward and center in the country, respectively. However, this won’t necessarily be the group that starts the season opener. His five-star counterpart Mobley put up a quick 5 points after struggling from the field in the first half, later knocking down a 3-pointer to bring the lead to 9.  “In the locker room, we were just talking about playing together, playing smart and playing great team defense,” Okongwu said. “It wasn’t just me and Isaiah, the whole team played great.” Ecstatic fans took in the Trojans’ victory alongside the USC Song Girls, whose recent ban from basketball games was overturned just this week after USC came under scrutiny for the move.  As the contest coincided with his official visit, 6’5 combo guard Jalen Green, the No. 3 player in the 2020 class who has USC in his top five along with Auburn, Oregon, Florida State and Memphis, attended the game. A commitment from Green into a class already highlighted by the top player in the country, Isaiah’s brother Evan Mobley, would instantly make the Trojans one of the most dangerous teams in the country moving forward forward. “I thought it was a terrific early college basketball game,” Enfield said. “Even though it didn’t count on the record, you couldn’t tell that by how hard both teams were playing and how exciting the arena was tonight.” Redshirt senior guard Daniel Utomi rises for a jumper. Utomi had 15 points on five 3-pointers in the Trojans’ win over Villanova. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) Thanks to strong defensive play that forced Nova to shoot just 29% from the field in the half, the Trojans only trailed 28-27 going into the break. center_img It was also an opportunity for head coach Andy Enfield to see all of his new freshmen in action ahead of the season opener on Nov. 5 when the Trojans host Florida A&M.  Utomi finished with 15 points and made 5 of 7 3-point attempts, while Okongwu posted 15 points and 10 rebounds with two blocks. The USC men’s basketball team took on the powerhouse Villanova Wildcats in an exhibition game Friday night, winning a 72-61 battle behind strong performances from redshirt senior guard Daniel Utomi and freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu. It was the two squads’ first meeting since Villanova won 94-79 in 2013, and only the third all time.  Out of the gate, the Trojans struggled on the defensive glass, but were able to settle in. However, they continued to dribble too much and were consequently plagued by turnovers, with 11 in the first half compared to Villanova’s six.  USC responded with a 9-0 run of its own, highlighted by a Weaver and-one, and the ensuing free throw brought the deficit to just 1 again.  USC struggled to get shots up against the Wildcats’ smothering defense, but Weaver scored the first 5 USC points of the contest, including a 3-pointer. Villanova was unable to capitalize on open looks in the first half despite fantastic ball movement while USC struggled just to get open shots.  “He’s different. Offense, defense, he’s just got it,” Matthews said of the freshman, while Utomi called Anderson a “dog.” Once Utomi came in for Rakocevic, USC’s offense got going. Utomi knocked down his first four 3-point attempts. The Wildcats started the second half on a 9-0 run, but the Trojan defense stepped up and was able to create opportunities on the other end. The first play after putting on a full-court press, Okongwu nabbed the inbound pass and zipped it to Rakocevic for a layup. Freshman guard and high-flier Ethan Anderson had a nice jab step leading to a powerful two-hand jam, a full court outlet pass to Rakocevic that led to a foul and played aggressively on both sides of the ball.last_img read more

Munster in action against Edinburgh tonight

first_imgThe province’s proud record of 22 consecutive seasons competing in the Champions Cup is at risk as they prepare to host Edinburgh in Cork.Anthony Foley’s men are trailing Edinburgh in the battle for a top-six finish this season and desperately need a win tonight to get back into contention for qualification to Europe’s top tier.There’s four changes in the pack for the Reds- one of them is injury-enforced as Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan has been ruled-out as he follows the return-to-play protocols, which means that Dave Foley will partner Billy Holland in the second-row.  Dave Kilcoyne and Niall Scannell come into the front-row, while Dave O’Callaghan starts at blindside flanker, which means that CJ Stander will revert to no.8. The only change behind the scrum is the return of Andrew Conway to the make three – replacing Ronan O’Mahony, who is on the benchThat game kicks-off at 7.35, which is also the start time in Glasgow where defending champions the Warriors will host Zebre.An hour earlier, Connacht will be in action in Italy as they seek to regain the top-spot in the table.Robbie Henshaw, Aly Muldowney and team-captain John Muldoon have all been named on the bench for today’s visit to face Treviso.last_img read more

Double zero roulette delivers income gains for Chisholm

first_img Related Articles The introduction of double zero roulette has made a “small but definite improvement to gaming machine income” at Chisholm Bookmakers.Three weeks ago, the game was introduced on a trial basis by Howard Chisholm, the bookmaker’s managing director, to offset the huge loss of income as a result of the government reducing max stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to just £2.Speaking at last week’s Bookmakers Trade Fair in Solihull, Chisholm (pictured at Betting on Sports 2019) said that his roulette turnover had subsequently gone down 15%, but gross win was up by 70%.“When roulette was a B2 game with £100 per spin maximum, the game probably accounted for over half of all gaming machine income,” he explained. “This was due to the size of stakes that could be played, the game was offered in a single zero format. “Yet, since the government ruling came in on 1 April, B2 games have become unviable and so roulette is now offered as a category B3 game. Serious roulette players have, therefore, left the betting shop for online or land based casinos where stakes are higher.“Consequently, the proportion of income generated by roulette games in a betting shop has dropped substantially. It is now probably between 10 and 20% of gaming machine income.”Chisholm admitted that the big concern for introducing double zero roulette was whether shop punters would play the game with an increased margin of 5.4%.“Slots games available on B3 generally run at margins of between 7 and 12%,” he continued. “However the margin of single zero roulette is only 2.7%; this is small in comparison to slots. Introducing double zero roulette with a margin of 5.4% takes it closer to slots but still represents good value against slots for the customer.“The concern that most bookmakers have is that doubling the margin on a game should, in theory, half the turnover as customers will, on average, be losing their money twice as quickly – i.e. if margin doubles and turnover halves then gross win says the same.”Chisholm was, therefore, pleased to report that turnover had only dropped by 15%. “It appears that the leisure players that are now playing roulette in betting shops are not as price sensitive as bookmakers might think,” he concluded. “Yet, this should be taken into context. A 70% increase in roulette income only represents an increase in gaming machine income of between 7 and 14%. “This is compared to a more than 30% drop in gaming machine income that has occurred since the change to B2 stakes on 1 April.  So, as I said at the Trade Fair, it is a small but definite improvement to gaming machine income.” StumbleUpon Submit GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 Share GVC’s stand-out online division offsets inevitable UK retail decline March 5, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Jackson Owusu set to miss start of season with horrific leg injury

first_imgAsante Kotoko have confirmed midfielder Jackson Owusu has been ruled out of the 2015/16 Premier League after sustaining a horrible leg injury on Sunday while playing with friends.Initial tests reveals the combative midfielder has suffered a shin injury and will undergo surgery on Monday.”That’s the report the doctors are giving to us after examinations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. He’s expected to undergo a surgery on Monday,” Kotoko General Manager Opoku Nti told the club’s official websiteThe former Berekum Chelsea midfielder has been an integral part of David Duncan’s plans since the former Hearts boss took over.His absence will certainly hit Kotoko hard but will hope Kojo Poku will step up and fill the void.Kotoko play the first league game of the season on Saturday with a trip to WAFA. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Mavericks hope Luka Doncic injury not serious

first_imgThe Slovenian guard remained in the game but was unable to get up the final shot as the Mavericks fell to a 94-93 defeat against the Rockets.Doncic attracted three defenders and passed to Jalen Brunson, but Chris Paul came up with a game-winning block for Houston.Chris Paul gets a piece to seal the @HoustonRockets 8th win in a row! #Rockets pic.twitter.com/wyFOmz6bjz— NBA (@NBA) March 11, 2019The Mavericks slipped to 27-39 for the season and Carlisle was hopeful Doncic had not done any serious damage.”I don’t know if he banged his knee or he landed on it funny, but the hope is that it’s not serious. He did finish the game, so we’ll see. We’ll know more [on Monday],” he said.Doncic, who recorded his 17th double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds, initially said his knee was good before expanding on the situation.”I just jumped and got a rebound and I felt like a pop, so we’ll see,” he said.. @luka7doncic set a new career high with 15 rebounds and recorded his 17th double-double. We welcome in another in-state rival Tuesday night as the Spurs come to town. We’re gonna need your energy at the AAC! pic.twitter.com/znm6xuYGPl— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 11, 2019Despite playing through injury in the closing minutes, Doncic drew praise from Rockets duo James Harden and Paul. Luka Doncic injured his knee in the Mavericks’ loss to the Rockets on Sunday and coach Rick Carlisle hopes it isn’t serious.The Rookie of the Year front runner suffered the injury while grabbing an uncontested rebound and limped off the court for a timeout with just over four minutes left in the final quarter. “He’s great. Not only does he have the ability to score the basketball but he’s a great passer as well,” Harden said.”He uses his body very well, rebounds the ball, he does a lot of things to impact the game. With this only being his first year, he’s got a long way to go but he’s definitely having a great start.”Paul added of Doncic: “Rookie of the Year, definitely. He’s probably the front runner. Trae [Young] has been playing really well too. Both of them are great players and they will be for a long time.”last_img read more

Hawks win! Hawks cap amazing season with 2014 Keystone Cup title

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks made it look easy, winning six straight games including a 5-1 decision over host Abbotsford Pilots in the final to capture the 2014 Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Championships Sunday in the Fraser Valley.The win comes a week after the Hawks won the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Nelson.Five different players scored for the Hawks which led 2-0 after 40 minutes.Fraser Stang, Riley Brandt, Taylor Stafford, Keanan Patershuk and Sam Swanson scored for the winners. Jarrett Martin replied for the Pilots.Brett Clark stopped 32 of 33 shots to register his fourth win of the tourney in goal.Beaver Valley dominated the tournament from the outset, outscoring the opposition 27-4 during the round robin.The Hawks were led in the tournament by Dallas Calvin, who topped all scorers with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in six games.Teammate Taylor Stafford finished the Keystone Cup with five goals and seven assists for 11 points.Beaver Valley, 63-15-1-3, finished the remarkable season with a KIJHL title, a Cyclone Taylor crown and a Keystone Cup championship.The only blemish on the season was the Hawks did not win the Murdoch Division regular season title, losing out to the Nelson Leafs by a point on the final day of the regular season.last_img read more

Alli, Walker and Mahrez, partying in the middle of the coronavirus crisis

first_imgThe Premier League decided to stop initially until April 4 after Arteta’s positives and Hudson-Odoi, both have improved their state of health. The Spanish Arsenal coach said on Sunday that “it took him three or four days to feel energized.” While the Chelsea player is asymptomatic and returns to training at home. The Premier reconsidered its decision and extended the deadline to April 30, with the FA agreeing to extend the limit for the end of the 2019/20 season. June 1 is the last date that is studied to resume competition and start the 2020/21 season on August 8 so that it would meet the minimum to carry out television contracts that represent more than 3,200 million euros in three years. The postponement of the Premier League by the coronavirus and the advice to stay home have not stopped Give Alli, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell to party in London. The Sun ensures that in recent days the players of Tottenham, Manchester City Y Leicester in various pubs in the English capital. These players have skipped the order to stay home to fight the coronavirus at a time when cases are increasing in England.The name of There It came to light on Monday after Tottenham spied on the player’s two nightly outings. The Englishman has not taken the example of his coach, José Mourinho, who did not hesitate to put on his mask and gloves to help in a senior center in London.last_img read more

COHSOD XXXIV opens

first_img…Human Resource Development primary issueThe Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) 34th meeting opened on Wednesday at Theatre Guild, Georgetown, with focus being on the implementation of the Human Resources Development 2030 Strategy.The two-day meeting is being held under the theme “Positioning human resource development as central to Caribbean resilience and development,” and according to Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque the meeting has beenCaricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueconvened against the backdrop of the adoption of the Human Resources Development 2030 Strategy by Heads of Government at the last meeting. In order to attain the objectives of the session’s theme, LaRocque noted that it will be done through improving access, relevance, equity and quality within the education systems.“These will be supported by key intitative such as the creation of Centres of Excellence in HRD innovation, reform and quality improvement. The successful implementation of the strategy will be determines in part by the strength of our partnerships and the depth of the multi-sectorial collaborative approach,” he explained.Ambassador LaRocque said the task before the Minister at the meeting is for them to agree on regional actions with regard to the strategic priorities as identified by the 32nd meeting of the COHSOD.“Implementation is key so that we can address the deficiencies at all levels in the education system: in early childhood development, at both the primary and secondary levels; in tertiary education and lifelong learning. This is to ensure that the people of the Region are adequately equipped with 21st century skills andEducation Minister Nicolette Henry and UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffithcompetencies,” he said.He noted that since independence, the Caribbean has inherited an education system which was not tailored to our peculiar needs but explained that since then, tremendous progress has been made resulting in literacy rates rising to above 90 per cent.“The Strategy can be seen therefore as another step in the evolution of the development of our human capital. It seeks to develop the ideal Caribbean person in all of us, but especially in our youth. With such a grounding, our people will be enabled to demonstrate the attributes of good citizenship, integrity, professionalism and innovativeness. They will strive for excellence and will demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity within our unique Caribbean culture and identity among several relevant qualities,” LaRocque said.He said the Council presents an opportunity for coordination as the details of the implementation programme continue to be addressed in the working sessions. HeChair of COHSOD and Education Minister, Youth and Culture, Suriname, Lillian Ferrieradded that by mainstreaming the HRD, it becomes possible to realise goals related to not only areas of human and social development but also economic development.Additionally, he expressed gratitude to their partners for the realisation of their goals.Meanwhile, Chairwoman for the 34th session, Surinamese Education, Youth and Culture Minister, Lillian Ferrier said in the present circumstances there are several developments, which provide new and exciting opportunities for children and youths, and others, which threaten their aspirations as pointed out in the HRD Strategy.“The HRD Strategy recognises the significant gains which we have made in the education as a Region since gaining independence and the outstanding contributions made to our countries, nations and the Region made by persons who were shaped by that system. However, it also addresses the stark reality of the significant attrition of students resulting in part of inadequate protection to the specific and protection needs of students. The strategy also points to the use of outdated for the generation of millennials for whom technology is second nature,” she noted.Additionally, Education Minister Nicolette Henry delivered welcoming remarks and thanked Caricom for organising the meeting. She noted that all the countries’ hopes and dreams are tied up in the decisions to be made at the meeting. The Strategy is the work of a Caricom Human Resource Development Commission, mandated by Caricom Heads, and comprising leading experts in education and training, along with representatives of the Region’s Private Sector; labour; health; Information Technology and Communication and youth bodies.last_img read more

Instigates fear, insecurity in taxpayers – PSC

first_imgGRA’s access to bank accounts… says counterproductive to plastic societyFear and insecurity in depositing monies in bank accounts will flourish with the empowerment of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to garnish funds held by taxpayers who have outstanding tax arrears, says President of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Eddie Boyer.Private Sector Commission Chairman Eddie BoyerFinance Minister Winston Jordan announced on Monday that provisions of section 102 of the Income Tax Act Chapter 81:01 will be revised to provide authority to the GRA to access any taxpayers’ bank account in order to ‘garnish’ monies it claims to be owed.Boyer, in an invited comment to by Guyana Times, said this power bestowed upon the country’s tax authority is a major cause for concern when the repercussions of such a move are examined.He opined that the Private Sector does not support persons bypassing on paying their taxes; however, he indicated the procedures enforcing tax collection must include mechanisms that do not drive apprehension among the population.“I don’t think the power to GRA to garnish your bank account without a court order should be done by… If they have a court order, fine, that would give check and balance,” he noted.The PSC Chairman explained that the consequences of such a move will be dire as persons, out of fear, will move to withdraw their monies from the banking system.“The ramifications of it or what I think would happen as it relates to persons in the banking system, persons in the Diaspora; these people will find ways to take their monies out of the banking system for fear that their monies will be garnished without proper regulations…It gives the feeling of insecurity, if there is no court order,” Boyer explained.According to the PSC Head, such an outcome would be counterproductive to the Government’s efforts and vision to promote a society that is not heavily dependent on cash-based transactions.Last month, Government had announced that it will take a major step along technological and digital lines, encouraging through legislation the use of cards to transact financial businesses.Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had said she hopes to take to Parliament next year a draft legislation to support such a paradigm shift, noting that discussions are already ongoing with the Bank of Guyana Governor Gobind Ganga in this regard.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also expressed utter shock over Government’s inclusion of such a measure in the budget, noting that it was “unbelievable”.On the other hand, the Finance Minister, in his budget presentation, explained that such a measure “would assist to improve compliance with demands issued by the GRA for outstanding payments.”The National Budget 2017 also empowers the GRA further by preventing persons from leaving the country until outstanding arrears are settled. GRA will no longer be required to secure a court order in order to enforce this provision, according to Minister Jordan.Jordan announced too that the GRA will be looking to put in place an “Excise Stamp Programme”, based on an Agreement with Canadian Bank Note (CBN).An excise stamp is a type of revenue stamp affixed to excisable goods to indicate that the required excise (and other) taxes have been paid on the product.“This will see the stamping of alcohol and tobacco products with high-security stamps, which can be read by barcode scanners,” according to Jordan.He used the opportunity to announce too that the Commissioner General of GRA will no longer be allowed to provide extensions for the payment of VAT.Explaining his rationale, Jordan told the House, “VAT is funds held in trust, no such right should be given to taxpayers regarding payment… therefore this provision will be repealed.”last_img read more

Rotary Club draws a winner for the first Early Bird Prize

first_imgToday, the Rotary Club drew a ticket for their first Early Bird Prize of $10,000 – and that winner is Cathryn Dick of Cecil Lake.They also drew a winner of $100, as they have been doing weekly. Stacey Sanders of Fort St. John was the lucky winner of that prize.Another ‘bigger’ Early Bird Prize will be drawn on November 26th – at the Totem Mall at 2 PM – for $15,000.- Advertisement -This year, 187,800 tickets were purchased – which is less than last year’s number of 191,400. However, the Rotary Club introduced the 50/50 draw this year and saw an additional 23,790 tickets bought: bringing the number to 211,590.The grand prize draw is on December 27th, at 3:30 PM at the Totem Mall.last_img read more