Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches. The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities. The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.MLB-PIRATES-KRAMERPirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months months while recovering from surgery on his right hip.The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week in Vail, Colorado. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called “chronic symptoms” while attempting to stay ready for the potential start to the 2020 season. May 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR set for first Wednesday start since 1984UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’s comeback from the coronavirus continues at Darlington Raceway Wednesday night, three days after resuming its season at the South Carolina track. The Toyota 500 will be NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years. In that last race, Richard Petty won his 200th Cup Series race at Daytona on July 4, 1984.NASCAR added a couple of weeknights into its schedule as it tries to make up the eight races it missed because of the pandemic.Like Sunday’s race, won by Kevin Harvick, Wednesday’s race will be without fans and with only essential personnel inside.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— With an eye toward getting back on the field, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask. — The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured. The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena which also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023.— Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament. The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II. The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.— The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1. Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.— The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar (KUH’-tur). The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”— Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease. Mariappa says he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus. Kramer was in the mix for a utility spot with the Pirates. He hit .149 with a home run and two RBIs in 29 appearances for the team in 2019 and batted .240 in 11 games during spring training before the Major League Baseball season went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.MLB is talking with players about plans to start the season, possibly in early July.NCAA-STEPHEN F. AUSTINStephen F. Austin gets postseason bans; agrees to sanctionsHOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin received postseason bans and agreed to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins on Wednesday for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. — Washington Redskins rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden says he tested positive for the coronavirus in March and had fully recovered by early April. He says his symptoms were mild. He says he feels 100% now and is ready to get on the field. Gandy-Golden played the past two seasons at Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia that reopened this spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Redskins selected Gandy-Golden in the fourth round.— The NCAA’s Division I Council is debating whether to let a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus expire on May 31. The move would be another sign that college sports is on the way back amid the coronavirus pandemic. A number of schools have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. But many caution that even if games go ahead, there will be safety protocols in place and fans may not be allowed.— Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he thinks football games can be played in Ohio Stadium this fall with 20,000 to 30,000 fans in the stands. Smith thinks that number of fans could be kept at a safe distance from one another in the stadium, which seats about 105,000. Face masks and other precautions would be required to limit the spread of COVID-19. He says he hasn’t figured out yet how spectators would be chosen from among those wanting tickets.— The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played. Both Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk and Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely. Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.— The Minnesota Timberwolves are reopening their practice facility for voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday. Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed. center_img OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLERBody found on LA beach identified as WWE pro Shad GaspardLOS ANGELES (AP) — The body of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was found early Wednesday on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, where he was caught in a rip current last weekend.A Police Department statement says patrol officers were flagged down around by a person reporting that a body had washed ashore. The department says the body was identified and next-of-kin notified.Gaspard was last seen about 50 yards offshore after he was caught in a rip current. Gaspard’s 10-year-old son was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water. US Olympic bobsledder Carlo Valdes announces his returnLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Carlo Valdes, a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team in bobsled, has announced he is returning to the sport with hopes of making the team for the 2022 Beijing Games.Valdes was a push athlete on the team that finished 20th at the Pyeongchang Olympics in a four-man sled driven by Justin Olsen. Valdes hasn’t competed at the World Cup level since, taking the last two seasons off to focus on business interests.The 30-year-old Valdes has won eight World Cup medals in his career as a push athlete, including a gold medal in two-man with the late Steven Holcomb in 2016 at the Americans’ home track in Lake Placid, New York.If this sliding season happens as planned — an uncertain proposition because of the coronavirus pandemic — USA Bobsled and Skeleton will host the 2021 world championships at Lake Placid in February. The Texas school’s football team won’t be allowed to participate in the 2020 postseason, the men’s basketball team can’t participate in the 2021-22 postseason and the baseball team will be prohibited from participating in the postseason in the spring of 2021.The three teams were on a nationwide list released Tuesday that faced bans for posting a four-year score below 930. The scores are based on academic eligibility, graduation and retention. Athletes receive one point a semester by remaining academically eligible and another if they graduate or come back to school for the next term.Stephen F. Austin’s men’s basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I at 810 and its football program was one of six other Division I teams nationwide that fell below 900, at 894. The school’s baseball team also fell below the 930 mark.Along with the bans, the school agreed with the NCAA to several sanctions, the most severe of which includes three years of probation, a public reprimand and censure, and a fine of $5,000 plus half of 1% of the total budget for men’s basketball and football.HOCKEY-2021 WORLDS Update on the latest sports Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 US, Canada drawn in same group at 2021 men’s hockey worldsZURICH (AP) — The United States and Canada have been drawn into same group for the 2021 men’s hockey world championships.The North American rivals are in the eight-team group to be played in Riga (REE’-guh), Latvia. Defending champion Finland and Germany are also in that group. Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic will be in the other group alongside co-host Belarus in Minsk.The 15,000-seat Minsk Arena will host the medal games and semifinals. The International Ice Hockey Federation says the 2021 tournament schedule will be published at a later date. Finland won the 2019 title. The 2020 tournament in Switzerland was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.BOBSLED-VALDES RETURNSlast_img read more

The Latest: West Indies head coach Simmons in self-isolation

first_imgThe federation says that one of the coaches has been hospitalized with a mild fever. The others have no symptoms but are being quarantined.The federation did not name those who tested positive.While other sections of the national team will continue training, the World Cup team will return home.Italy’s team features reigning overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone, whose mother recovered after being hospitalized with the virus, and Olympic downhill gold medalist Sofia Goggia.___ Associated Press June 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is in self-isolation after leaving his cricket team’s bio-secure location in the English city of Manchester for a short period of compassionate leave. Simmons attended the funeral of his father-in-law, who had died prior to the team’s recent assembly in Manchester, having been given permission by medical officials.Cricket West Indies confirmed that Simmons has twice tested negative for the virus since returning on Friday, and will have another test on Wednesday before rejoining the squad.The West Indies start a four-day warmup match against England at Old Trafford on Monday, prior to the start of the first test on July 8.___The Italian Winter Sports federation says that three members of the women’s ski team — two coaches and one athlete — have tested positive for the coronavirus while training on the Stelvio glacier. Watford players Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina were left out of the squad for the team’s Premier League game against Southampton on Sunday.A post on the club’s Twitter account said all three players were omitted by manager Nigel Pearson “to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and officials at today’s game”.A newspaper report claimed striker Gray had hosted a party at his house for around 20 people on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: West Indies head coach Simmons in self-isolationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in an opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. EHV-1 can cause an upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEPrecautionary quarantine at Belmont Park barn is liftedNEW YORK (AP) — Officials have lifted a precautionary quarantine on a barn at Belmont Park after test results for a horse suspected of having equine herpesvirus Type 1 were negative.The New York Racing Association said Sunday all horses in Barn 37 were found to not have fever and were asymptomatic. As a result, they can enter races and train among the general population.The precautionary quarantine had been put in place a day earlier after a 4-year-old colt exhibited fever and neurological symptoms. Freudnme is being monitored by a private veterinarian. The colt last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019. June 28, 2020center_img Associated Press NASCAR-POCONOJones wins Sunday’s first race, crashes in secondLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — — Brandon Jones took home a trophy and sent a car to the scrap heap in about an hour Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Jones won the first of three races on tap at the Pennsylvania track with a two-lap sprint to the finish in a wreck-filled Truck Series race. He followed that by wrecking on the first lap of the Xfinity Series race. The day’s third event is a Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for his second Cup victory in two days. A person familiar with the game says the Yankees and Nationals are set to meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement. The New York Post first reported the matchup.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Major League Baseball will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.In other baseball news:— The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week. The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins.last_img read more

Hales, Khan and Malinga among biggest earners in CPL 2019 draft

first_imgENGLAND batsman Alex Hales and Sri Lanka seamers Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana were among the big gainers in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft, bagging US$160 000 each after being picked up in the first round. Hales went to Barbados Tridents, Malinga to St Lucia Stars, and Udana to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo were retained by Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders respectively in the first round. Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who missed CPL 2018, rounded off the first-round picks and will be in action for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the upcoming season.Shadab is a like-for-like swap for Rashid Khan, who will instead feature as a marquee player in the Euro T20 Slam, which clashes with the CPL. Other CPL regulars such as Brendon McCullum, Luke Ronchi and Chris Lynn have also opted for the Euro T20 Slam over the CPL.Kieron Pollard, who captained St Lucia Stars last season, has moved to his home franchise TKR, and will help fill the void left by the absence of Lynn and McCullum.Nicholas Pooran, who recently played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, was picked up by the Amazon Warriors as their marquee player. Chris Gayle will return to his home franchise Tallawahs as their marquee player while Jason Holder will be Barbados Tridents’ marquee player.Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, who was the highest wicket-taker last season, with 22 scalps in 13 games, was drafted in the second round by Stars.Defending champions TKR retained Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Khary Pierre, and also added New Zealand seam-bowling all-rounder James Neesham and Pakistan tear-away Mohammad Hasnain to their roster.Nineteen-year-old Hasnain hit speeds north of 150kph for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League and was subsequently fast-tracked into the Pakistan squad.Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will move from Patriots to Tridents. A day after he broke into Pakistan’s World Cup squad, left-arm quick Wahab Riaz was retained by Tridents. He will be joined in the Tridents squad by Dominic Drakes, the son of former West Indies fast bowler Vasbert Drakes.Guyana Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, retained both big hitter Sherfane Rutherford and all-rounder Keemo Paul, who had played together for Delhi Capitals in the IPL earlier this year.Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who was ignored for the World Cup, found some cheer, getting a gig with Stars.Mystery spin-bowling all-rounder Mark Deyal, who has been part of Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel before, will team up with Sunil Narine for TKR.Carl Crowe, Narine’s spin coach who also works with TKR and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, has singled out Deyal as an “exciting” talent who can spin the ball both ways with his knuckles. Deyal had also impressed with the bat during his stint for Winnipeg Hawks in the inaugural Global T20 Canada. (ESPN Cricinfo0last_img read more

Spring best time for leisure

first_imgRemember a few weeks ago, when it was actually nice outside, we thought spring was finally here and everyone was happy? Yeah, that was pretty fun, up until everyone was blindsided by a cold swing, conveniently timed for “spring” break. Everyone took the opportunity to come out of hibernation and enjoy the weather.At this time of year, there really is nothing more relaxing than doing something — anything — outside.Now it looks like this nice weather is finally going to stick around, and as much as it may hurt the studies, that means more time spent in leisure outside and less time pent up in a stuffy library. With all the possible outdoor distractions, it can be tough to choose how best to lower your GPA.With that quandary in mind, let’s take a look at some of the outdoor standbys that will surely consume much of the campus’ collective free time.Grill outLet’s start out with what is arguably the trademark of all outdoor activities. In Wisconsin, any discussion of summer fun begins and ends with tailgating. Whether in the Miller Park parking lots before a big (or really any) game or an early fall morning along Lathrop Street before a Badger football game, nothing beats kicking back and relaxing with friends while the grill sizzles and the music plays.But it is important to note that tailgating is not necessarily limited to major sporting events. No less fun is kicking it outside, listening to a baseball game on the radio while throwing out as many Major League references and ripping on your one out-of-town roommate’s favorite team.Wiffle BallLiving in a city such as Madison, space can be at a premium, making playing games that ordinarily take up a lot of room, such as baseball, difficult. Thankfully, city dwellers have Wiffle Ball to pick up the slack.It’s tough to beat banging Wiffle Balls off apartment complexes for doubles, strategically aiming base hits toward pizza boxes that double as bases and maneuvering among parked cars while chasing down fly balls. Music and food are two other musts. Bonus enjoyment points if the game ends with cheeseburgers taking the place of Wiffle Balls, being thrown and hit around the parking lot that conveniently doubled as a field.GolfFor those with a little more expendable income, hitting the links at one of the area’s many golf courses is a great option. A relaxing round spent swinging from your heels and wagering indiscriminately on the course is the best way to bond with some good friends while still getting your competitive juices flowing.Or, if Titlists and Taylor-Mades aren’t your thing and you would rather not shoot a birdie, you could even throw on your tie-dye, tune your iPod to some Phish, grab a few discs and hit the woods for a round of disc golf.BagsProbably the least stressful of any of the above leisure activities, bags’ fun is derived from its simplicity. Virtually no athletic ability is required to play and just about everyone can get involved in some way, either by playing, watching or heckling. And because the game only requires the use of only one hand, which leaves the second hand open for the holding of either one’s favorite food or beverage.FrisbeeA classic way to enjoy the summer weather is to grab a Frisbee and head out for any number of activities. There’s the standard game of catch, which is good for picnic-type relaxation. You could always gather up a few people for a game of ultimate in front of the Kohl Center (which has the possibility to escalate from casual fun to an intense battle that could draw blood).Beer pongFor those of legal age, drag the table outside and set up the most collegiate of all outdoor activities. Competition is intense, players can rotate in and out throughout the day and everyone has a good time. An extra level of difficulty is added to the game when the outdoor elements such as wind, glare and temperature are introduced.It is nearly impossible to go wrong with any of the above. Each has its own positives and drawbacks, and different situations can call for a different choice. Any way you cut it though, spring is a time best spent enjoying the weather while relieving the stress of the end of school.Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science. He spent last weekend lounging around golfing, grilling out and playing Wiffle Ball. He can be reached at bvoelkel@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Syracuse’s 2nd-line midfield shines once again in 15-9 win over Hobart

first_imgGENEVA, N.Y. — After Syracuse’s victory over Hobart on Saturday, SU head coach John Desko confirmed that right now his team doesn’t have a starting midfield unit.It has two.“I’m not so sure we call one our first line or second line right now,” Desko said. “Call them ‘Orange’ and ‘Blue.’ Whatever you want to call them, they’re playing great at the right time of the year.”Just like it did in Syracuse’s dramatic, double-overtime win over No. 6 North Carolina last weekend, the reserve midfield unit of Billy Ward, Nicky Galasso and Derek Maltz played more possessions than the starting unit of Hakeem Lecky, Scott Loy and Henry Schoonmaker against the Statesmen.Ward and Galasso each scored a crucial fourth-quarter goal, and the No. 4 Orange (9-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Hobart (4-8, 3-2 Northeast) 15-9 at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s terrifying,” Hobart head coach Greg Raymond said. “You look at the first midfield and you look at the second midfield and you’ve got to have the same game plan set for all those guys.”Ward finished with two goals and two assists on four shots, while Galasso finished with a goal and an assist on three shots. The six points from Ward and Galasso tripled the combined two points from the starting unit — a goal from Lecky and an assist from Schoonmaker.It’s been a stellar stretch for the Ward-Galasso-Maltz unit. Ward scored the double-overtime game-winner to propel the Orange into the ACC tournament, and Galasso scored midway through the fourth quarter against UNC to give the Orange a 9-8 lead — its first of the day.While on Saturday against Hobart, the stage belonged to attacks Randy Staats and Kevin Rice — who combined for nine goals — it was once again Ward and Galasso who stepped up in crunch time.Ward buried home a pass from Galasso three minutes into the fourth quarter to give the Orange a 10-8 lead. The goal came in the middle of a 5-0 Syracuse run in which the Orange went from trailing 8-7 to leading 12-8.It was Galasso who scored SU’s 12th goal with 9:22 left in the game, an unassisted rifle from 15 yards out. The Orange had trailed 6-2 midway through the second quarter, but Galasso’s goal completed an eight-goal swing.Ward then put the game out of reach, scoring an unassisted goal to give the Orange a 13-9 lead with 3:43 remaining.With Staats’ stellar play to start the season earning him a starting spot with the first-line attack, Maltz has slid down to the second-line midfield, where he has meshed well with Ward and Galasso — former attacks themselves.“Nicky and Derek are so easy to play with, they’ve both got their heads up,” Ward said. “I’ve been playing with Derek since we came in freshman year, and Nicky’s really come in and gelled well. We kind of joke around, we’ve got six attackmen out there when we’re in there.”Desko said that balance is the key. With the ACC tournament coming next weekend — the Orange will play Duke at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Friday — Desko said it’s a positive that all of SU’s units see the field to keep themselves fresh.With Hobart starting goalkeeper Peter Zonino ruled out for Saturday’s game with a head injury, freshman Jackson Brown, who had just played eight minutes all year, started in the cage.In his first collegiate game, the firepower of Syracuse was too much to handle.Said Raymond: “The depth was a concern. You always go into a ‘Cuse game knowing that everybody that’s on the field, all six guys playing offense at once, are great offensive players.” Comments Published on April 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC provides diverse religious opportunities

first_imgWhen Tamar Partamian, a junior majoring in architecture, gave a friend a tour of USC’s campus, the friend turned to her and asked, “Is this a seminary?”Community · (From left) Timothy Conley, the club’s adviser, and Laleh Mehria, Kasra Behizad and Ailene Huang, of the Baha’i Student Association, discuss the club’s plans. – Olivia Garcia | Daily TrojanIt’s hard to overlook the presence of religion on campus. Walking down University Avenue, students pass the USC Hillel building and the new $35 million USC Caruso Catholic Center, currently under construction. Crossing onto Trousdale Parkway, students pass the United University Church and a quick turn onto 34th Street brings students by the University Religious Center.What’s easy to miss, though, is just how much is going on inside these buildings. With more than 90 student religious groups, USC has the widest array of religious organizations of any American university, according to Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni.That diversity, in part, springs from the growing number of international students attending USC; with cultural diversity comes religious diversity. But the Rev. Jim Burklo, associate dean for religious life, says the growth in religious groups on campus also represents a cultural change.“Particularly at universities, people became more comfortable being public in their personal identities — in every way,” Burklo said. “People started being more willing to be public about it and there was more of an acceptance of differences and cultural differences.”At the weekly meetings of the Interfaith Council, accepting cultural differences is the goal, the theme and the norm. The council, a group of about 25 to 30 students that spans religious traditions including Sikhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Atheism and the newly coined “transpiritualism,” is focused on bringing people of different faiths together to discuss their beliefs and to learn from each other.About one-third of the members of the Interfaith Council identifies itself as spiritual but not religious, a trend that has become more common with this generation of college students. The Office of Religious Life has tried to orient itself around this tendency toward spirituality.“Our office is not really oriented around God, we’re oriented around meaning,” Soni said.That means a focus on community service, rather than dogma and doctrine, and an emphasis on interfaith dialogue.“9/11 showed us that interfaith is not a luxury but a necessity,” Soni said.USC launched an interfaith service initiative Sunday, in conjunction with the anniversary of 9/11.“You’re the first generation that actually will strengthen their own faith or their own beliefs by being exposed to the faith or beliefs of others,” Soni said. “It’s not threatening, it’s actually enriching and edifying.”Jem Jebbia, a senior majoring in Japanese, business administration and religion and the president of the Interfaith Council, believes religion can be a tool for good if people of different religions understand each other. The key, she said, is for students to be willing to listen and to share.“The biggest source of discomfort is the idea of someone trying to push their beliefs on you,” she said. “But we’re not trying to change your ideas.”Instead, the council emphasizes discourse. Each week, it tackles a different question respectfully, talking in turn, nodding in agreement and encouraging others to share.At last Tuesday’s Interfaith Council meeting, the question was simple: What is it like to practice your religion or spirituality as a student?Students addressed the convenience of having friends of the same religion nearby and the availability of discussion groups like the Interfaith Council. They also mentioned the challenges of finding time to pray daily, or learning to coexist with people of very different religions — challenges that confront students of all faiths.Layne Kaplan, a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and the president of USC Hillel, said one of the biggest challenges for her group is keeping students engaged with their Jewish background. Right now, she says, Hillel only reaches about 30 percent of the Jewish students on campus.“I think finding balance is the biggest problem,” Kaplan said. “For example, I’m in this theater class that meets every Friday for a show but every Friday is Shabbat dinner, so it’s making those sacrifices. If I miss a Shabbat dinner does that mean I don’t care about my faith? No.”Kaplan, like other students, said a sense of community has helped her maintain her connection to her faith. For her, Hillel provides that community. For Partamian, it’s the Baha’i Student Association, even though she herself is Christian. And for Ifrah Sheikh, a sophomore majoring in fine arts, it’s the Interfaith Council.“These people are my family,” Sheikh said.last_img read more

Judge Vaughn Walker speaks about gay rights

first_imgFormer judge Vaughn R. Walker discussed his role deciding often controversial cases as a part of the Justice Lester W. Roth Lecture series Monday.Civil rights · Judge Vaughn Walker, who had a crucial role in deciding the Perry v. Brown case about the legality of Proposition 8, speaks about gay rights at a lecture Monday. – Arya Harsono | Daily TrojanWalker served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as a district judge from 1989 to 2010, and ruled in such momentous cases as the Apple Computer Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation copyright infringement case, the various cases regarding the Terrorist Surveillance Program of the National Security Agency and Perry v. Brown, a challenge to Proposition 8.Walker, who retired in 2011, allowed himself to speak freely of the Perry v. Brown case (formerly referred to as Perry v. Schwarzenegger), which he previously refused to comment on as an active judge in the legal dispute.The 2010 case involved deciding the legality of Proposition 8, which recognized marriage solely as the union between a man and woman in California. Walker ruled that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution.As soon as the case reached his desk, Walker said he knew the case would be a dramatic one.“I remember going through the stack of complaints on that day and noticed the name Schwarzenegger and thought, ‘This will be interesting,’” he said.While Perry v. Brown was being discussed in the district court, many states around the country were also ruling on laws regarding same-sex marriage.“A step forward, a step backward,” Walker said of the pro-gay rights laws that would be passed in one state and the anti-gay rights law that would be passed months later in another.The lecture focused sharply on the “rapidly evolving situation with respect to marriage equality,” as Walker put it. Walker also provided background on the evolution of gay rights and discussed the impact of the positive changes that have been made in the last 50 years.“Today … it’s hard to escape gays and lesbians in popular culture,” Walker said of the visible change in the presence of homosexuals in society.As Walker noted, some 3 to 3.5 percent of the population openly identified as gay or lesbian in the 2010 census.“We’re talking about 10, 12 million people … well, that’s not an insignificant number of people,” he said.Along with the struggles of the gay community to fight for their rights, Walker noted how the fight for sexual orientation equality is essentially no different than the fight for gender equality. If someone can’t be denied a job based on his or her gender, Walker argued, marriage shouldn’t be any different.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s ACC tournament loss to Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON — Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) fell to Pittsburgh (21-10, 9-9), 72-71 at the Verizon Center. The loss was the last game the Orange will play before hearing its NCAA Tournament fate on Selection Sunday. Here are three quick thoughts from the Orange defeat.The Other GuysIn Syracuse’s previous two losses to Pittsburgh, it was the likes of Jamel Artis and James Robinson that provided the spark on both ends of the court. On Wednesday, it was guys like Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther that did the trick. The Panthers’ bench outscored its starters 20-11 in the first half, with Cameron Johnson connecting on two right-wing 3s to spark a comeback when Pitt was down by 10.When the Orange had the cut the lead all the way down to four late in the second half, it was Cameron Johnson that hit a 3 to bring it back to seven. The Orange scored on the other end of the court, but Ryan Luther picked up his own miss and scored again for Pittsburgh.In total, Luther and Cameron finished with a combined 37 points and Pittsburgh found a way to beat Syracuse for a third time by finding new players to get the job done.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSecond half crazinessPittsburgh wasn’t making all of its shots to start the second half, but it was never coming up empty-handed. The Panthers missed two shots on its first possession, until Ryan Luther made a layup on the next chance. On the next play, Michael Young hit an and-one jumper after his own offensive rebound.In the first eight minutes, Pittsburgh only had two empty possessions as the lead grew to as many as 14 points. Jim Boeheim burned two timeouts as a 10-point lead saw a 24-point turnaround.But trailing by 12 points with just 4:18 to play, Syracuse mounted a season-saving run. It started with a Tyler Roberson layup off a forced turnover. Then Malachi Richardson hit a 3. Then Tyler Lydon hit a long 2. The Orange forced two more turnovers that led to two more baskets. In less than three minutes the 12-point lead had been completely erased.The full sections of SU fans chanted, “Let’s go Orange”. With one last shot at a win, down 72-71 and 6.6 seconds to play, Trevor Cooney missed a 3-pointer as time expired.A New DajSyracuse big man Dajuan Coleman posted the best game of his career in a Syracuse uniform on Wednesday. Playing like he wanted SU’s season to continue into the NCAA Tournament, he posted 11 points and 11 rebounds and drew a crucial charge after the Orange had cut Pitt’s lead to six in the second half.He made himself a presence on the interior, turning good passing into scoring. His first points came on a thunderous dunk in the second half. And with Roberson seemingly incapable on the offensive end and on the boards, Coleman filled his void in a big way. Comments Published on March 9, 2016 at 2:24 pmlast_img read more

Gontalo Debiasi Confirmed FC Bulmaro Head Coach

first_imgIn fulfillment of one of the cardinal points of Blaugrana Sports Group International and Barca Academy, Lagos, the only one in Sub-Saharan Africa, it has signed Gontalo Debiasi from Argentina as the chief coach exclusively for the Academy’s under 19 team, FC Bulmaro and to boost the strength of the overall technical department of the Academy.This is to ensure that it lives up to the bidding of being the continent’s first choice for those who know the importance of quality skill, education and training founded on uncompromising globally acceptable values and the second to none FC Barcelona methodology.Introducing the new coach to the media, Benjamin Ashaka, Director Talent Management, Blaugrana Sports Group International, promoters of the youth club and Barca Academy, Lagos, said the academy was bent on ensuring that the institution set a standard in line with the global brand approach and niche in doing things, raising the bar to the level that it will be very challenging for competition to beat and in so doing add good value and worth to the industry. As well as improve the quality and standard of the game of football. “The confirmation was done after series of trials, particularly during the Nigeria League One, which the team exhibited evidences that it is here for serious business. Our intention is to strive in our own way to be Africa’s first choice when it comes to football education, talent management and be highly so recognised worldwide,” he said. In her contribution, Mrs. Omowunmi Aduragba, the Group Consultant, for the People and Talent Management Team, explained that, “the accomplishment of our goals and objectives and realisation of our ideals and mission is solely dependent on the capacity, worth and quality of our human capital, which is the very key in the organisation’s route to sustainable attainments and success. Thus, we will stop at nothing to engage the best and trusted hands for we want to remain the best and be undoubtedly trusted. “Gontalo is a well experienced and seasoned professional who has carved a niche for himself internationally, his joining the group is the beginning of the new drive for our overall management team. With us, the byword is excellent with the highest premium on stake holders returns. It is a promise we must keep. To walk this talk, we must keep running at a speed that will keep competition on the edge. This is our game plan for the sector,” she reiterated. It was also revealed that the Academy has engaged a global medical concern to oversee the budding medical department of the institute. “This unit takes charge of on the spot medical examination, checks and treatments of students during sessions. The health and safety of our players and students is paramount, it is an area we pay serious attention to…” she stated.  She also revealed that a foreign physical trainer is joining the technical team in the shortest possible time.However, the Group has set the tone for the preparation for its participation in the next global competition coming up in Barcalona, Spain, towards the start of the New Year. It is billed to enter teams in all the categories from infantile to cadet. This is one of the group’s ways of exposing its burden talents and the students to the outside world and spurs them to live their dreams and availing themselves of the rich opportunities of such tournaments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more