Bruins ready to pick up the pace

first_img The goal for Saturday’s homecoming game against Oregon State at the Rose Bowl is not to have the first-half lapses that led to the Bruins being outscored 65-35 before halftime. “I talked to coach Kerr and talked about that, and he’s open to what I had to say,” Havner said. “I thought maybe that the first three plays in practice, we need to be sharp again, try to make it like that’s the start of the game. I really don’t know. I’m looking for ideas. We need to start faster or it’s going to catch up with us if we don’t. It’s definitely inevitable.” Lewis leads the Bruins with 28 catches and four touchdowns, and his 15 career touchdown receptions are the most by a UCLA tight end. – It took about one play for hard-hitting free safety Chris Horton to make his first hit in his first practice since injuring his right wrist in training camp. “That’s what defenders do, hit people. It felt great,” Horton said. “I wouldn’t say I’m at my best, but I feel great.” Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said he expected Horton to play in the secondary, and possibly on special teams this week. – Linebacker Justin London sat out practice because of soreness in his surgically repaired right ankle, something brought on perhaps by playing on Washington State’s artificial surface. “His ankle is really sore,” Dorrell said. “Playing on that surface probably made it more significant.” However, Dorrell said he didn’t expect London to miss any game time. – Receiver Junior Taylor underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Taylor is expected to be awarded a medical red-shirt and return as a fifth-year senior in 2006 … Havner was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. — Brian Dohn can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Olson said the responsibility falls onto the team leaders to increase the tempo at practice. “I think we, as seniors, tried to motivate people and get them going from the beginning,” Olson said. “You get on people. You let them know just to get moving quicker and to execute faster at the beginning of practice. That’s what I was doing, just encouraging a fast start to practice.” – Tight end Marcedes Lewis is UCLA’s biggest threat in the passing game, but he still goes spells where he isn’t utilized much. The Bruins threw to Lewis three times (he caught one) against Cal, and at Washington State the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder had two catches in the first three quarters and three catches in the final quarter. “My coach (assistant Jon Embree) tells me to keep my head in the game, and they’re going to come at me later to make plays,” Lewis said. “That’s what happened. I know when the ball is coming my way, I have to catch the ball and make a big play.” center_img LOS ANGELES — UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner spoke with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr about beginning practice at a higher tempo, and quarterback Drew Olson got on teammates a little more about practicing with increased intensity. It is No. 8 UCLA’s way to try and combat its first-half woes the last three weeks. Although the Bruins won each game, they trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter each time. last_img read more

Global leaders sing South Africa’s praises

first_imgIker Casillas, captain of Spain, and his team celebrate victory with the Fifa World Cup trophy after their victory over the Netherlands in the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa final match at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on 11 July. (Handout image for editorial use only: Fifa/Getty Images) • Download high-resolution imageIrene NaidooInternational leaders came out with high praise for South Africa on Sunday, as the country prepared to host the finale of what many have described as the best Fifa World Cup ever.Addressing the 1Goal Education for All Summit in Pretoria before the final between Spain and the Netherlands, Fifa president Sepp Blatter described the country and its citizens as “role models”. He said South Africa had set an example with both its hospitality as a host nation and its exceptional organisational ability.“The trust Fifa has put into the country and its people have been answered with a big, big success,” Blatter said. “Thank you South Africa, thank you.”He joked that everyone had survived the vuvuzelas, even though it did not seem as if they would at the start of the tournament.Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende also praised South Africa for the “outstanding organisation of the World Cup”.“It is an excellent example for other countries,” he said.Balkenende, who was visiting South Africa for the final, said that earlier in the day he had attended a church service, where vuvuzelas were used during the service.Despite Spain’s eventual win, the Dutch prime minister was upbeat about his team’s chances, and dismissive of Paul the octopus’s predictions.“Don’t believe the octopus Paul because the female octopus Pauline from the Netherlands and the small bird Mani from Singapore are predicting another result,” he said.President of the Gabon and African Union representative Ali Ondimba Bongo thanked South Africa for making the continent proud.“The World Cup has drawn the attention of hundreds of thousands of international visitors and millions of viewers to the continent,” he said. “I want to congratulate South Africa for the successful hosting of the World Cup as an African event.”United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation director-general Irina Bokova said she would be taking three vuvuzelas home for her children.last_img read more

Sania Mirza, Cara Black enter finals of Tokyo Open

first_imgSania Mirza and Cara Black. Photo: ReutersDefending champions Sania Mirza and Cara Black, in another show of outstanding doubles tennis, outclassed Jelena Jankovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3, 6-2 to reach the summit clash of the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open, on Friday.The top seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair took only 63 minutes to overcome the unseeded Serbian-Spanish combo in the semi-finals of the USD 1,000,000 hard court event.Sania and Cara played tremendous service games, winning 24 of the 30 first service points. They surrendered serve only one time while saved four break chances.Jelena and Arantxa could capitalise on only one of the five chances they got in the contest.Sania and Cara will now taken on the winners of the other semi-final match between the second seeded American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears and fourth seeds Spaniards Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro.From Tokyo, Sania will fly straight to Incheon in Korea to compete in the Asian Games.last_img read more

Aussies undefeated after day one

first_imgAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss with three wins on day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee. Aussies impress in first Mixed GameAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss in game one of the 2014 Trans Taman, with a comprehensive 10-2 win over New Zealand. Winger Yasmin Meakes impressed, scoring three touchdowns on debut, with debutants scoring six of the 10 touchdowns. Australia got off to a flying start, scoring the first three touchdowns before New Zealand got on the board, with Australia taking a handy 5-1 lead into the half-time break. Australia picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring another five touchdowns to New Zealand’s one to take the first game of the series. The two teams will meet in game two of the series at 1.00pm on Saturday. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBbEv7F35Ug AUSTRALIA 10 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Kristy Brennan 2, Samantha Rodgers, Dean Springfield, Simon Lang, Justin Mitchell, Cameron Nicholls) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2.Australia takes out gutsy win to claim first Women’s Open gameThe Australian Women’s Open team have fought hard to take out a two touchdown win over New Zealand in the opening match of the series, 8-6. Locked up at 6-all with minutes remaining, two quick touchdowns to Australia in the dying minutes saw them take a 1-0 series lead. Birthday girl, Kimberley Sue See starred for the Australians, scoring three touchdowns in her debut, which also doubled as her 18th birthday. The Australians got out to a great start, taking an early 2-0 lead following a double to Sue See in the early exchanges. The New Zealanders hit back to trail by one at half-time, 4-3, before clawing back in the opening set of the second half to level the game at 4-all. Australia got out to a 6-4 lead, before New Zealand again levelled the game at six touchdowns-a-piece. Maddison Studdon’s second touchdown of the game gave her side a 7-6 lead and when Sarah Spacie scored just before the siren the home side had gone one up in the series. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC7pgqpMNMs The two sides will meet again at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon and you can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgSGNxhAVwAUSTRALIA 8 (Kimberley Sue See 3, Maddison Studdon 2, Danielle Davis, Catherine Sargent, Sarah Spacie) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Aussies make it three from three on day oneThe Australian Men’s Open team made it a perfect night for the home side, with their 10-6 win making it three wins from the games on day one. Debutant Tim Good scored three touchdowns as did the returning Sam Brisby, to help the side take the early advantage in the best of three series. New Zealand was on the scoreboard early, scoring in the first set, before Australia hit back with two touchdowns to take a 2-1 lead. New Zealand made it 2-all shortly after, before a second touchdown to both Good and Brisby gave the Aussies a two touchdown lead at the half-time break, 4-2. The sides exchanged touchdowns early in the second half, with the Kiwis trailing by one touchdown, 5-4, before touchdowns to Stuart Brierty and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir gave the Aussies a 6-4 lead. Australia then extended its lead to three touchdowns and then four, to take the game 10-6. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2GhaGwVcPU The two sides will meet again tomorrow at 3.30pm in game two of the series – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QWCrAwVWs AUSTRALIA 10 (Tim Good 3, Sam Brisby 3, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 2, Stuart Brierty, Steve Roberts) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Related LinksAussies Undefeatedlast_img read more

India A beat SA A by 36 runs to win series 41

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Sanju Samson, Shikhar Dhawan and Shardul Thakur led the way as India ‘A’ beat South Africa ‘A’ by 36 runs in a rain-hit fifth one-day on Friday. India ‘A’ thus sealed the 5-match series 4-1. In a match that had to be reduced to 20 overs a side due to intermittent rains, India ‘A’ scored a mammoth 204/4 batting first. While the hosts lost their first wicket in the very first over, Samson and Dhawan combined to hit 137 runs in the next 13 overs to set the foundation for a big total. The stand was broken when Dhawan was dismissed on 51 off 36 balls by George Linde in the 14th over. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSamson departed two overs later, having smoked 91 runs off just 48 balls. Shreyas Iyer then went big in the death overs to push India past the 200-run mark. The South Africans never got going in their innings. Shardul Thakur got a breakthrough at the top and then went on to take two more wickets while Washington Sundar picked two. Rahul Chahar dismissed South Africa A’s top scorer Reeza Hendricks for 59. Brief scores: India ‘A’ 204/4 in 20 overs (S Samson 91, S Dhawan 51; B Hendricks 2/29) vs SA ‘A’ 168 (Reeza Hendricks 59, Kyle Verreynne 44; Shardul Thakur 3/9).last_img read more

Rapper sues makers of video game Fortnite over dance moves

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of “Fortnite,” saying they are illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game.The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based “Fortnite”-maker Epic Games misappropriated his moves without compensation or credit in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.The lawsuit states that the dance known on “Fortnite” as “Swipe It,” one of many that players can buy for their characters, is taken from the “Milly Rock,” a dance he came up with in 2011 that caught on as a craze in the summer of 2015 after the release of a song and video of the same name.Ferguson says that the game both steals his creation and as a result appropriates his likeness. He’s asking for a judge’s order that the game stop using the dance, and for damages to be determined later.“They never even asked my permission,” 2 Milly said in a statement.Epic Games spokesman Nick Chester declined comment.The fight-to-the-finish game “Fortnite” quickly became one of the most popular in history after its 2017 release.Players can use real-world money to buy in-game currency that gets their characters outfits, gear or “emotes,” brief dances that have become a cultural phenomenon performed on playgrounds, in social media posts and in the scoring celebrations of professional athletes.2 Milly is not the first prominent person to complain about Fortnight’s use of the moves.Chance the Rapper criticized the game for not including the songs behind some of its dances, giving artists a chance to share in its wealth.Actor Donald Faison, whose dance from the TV show “Scrubs” appear in an “emote,” tweeted in March, “Dear Fortnite … I’m flattered? Though part of me thinks I should talk to a lawyer.”Other than specific choreography within a specific copyrighted work, dance moves can be difficult to sue over.Jennifer Rothman, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said in an email that 2 Milly may have a potential copyright claim or a right-of-publicity claim if the dance is a signature move that identifies him and would lead players to think he endorsed the game. But Epic Games’ free-speech rights may trump them.“There are likely to be First Amendment and fair use defences … in the context of a video game,” Rothman said, “which is understood as fully protected speech, on par with motion pictures and books.”Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dawson Creek and Fort St John programs receive Community Gaming Grants

first_imgDawson Creek’s Minor Hockey and the Swim Club will receive funds as well as their District Band Association, the Exhibition Association and the South Peace Art Society totalling grants of $492,100.Fort St. John’s North Peace Historical Society received a grant of $11,500.Eligible sectors that can apply for a grant include; art and culture, sports environment, public safety, human and social services, as well as parent advisory councils.For more information on applying for a grant click HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – Community based programs have received a boost of funding through the annual Community Gaming Grants.Dawson Creek and Fort St. John are both home to six of the 700 not for profit organizations around B.C. receiving part of approximately $18 million to support, community arts, culture and sports activities.A portion of revenue generated by commercial gambling revenues is distributed back into the community through the grant program, helping these community-based groups invest in facilities and assets that will provide a direct benefit to their community.last_img read more

Clean Ganga scheme fantastic community project

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a cultural faith-based perspective towards the Ganga and there will be an “Indian solution” to a clean river, says Justice Michael D Wilson of the Hawaii Supreme Court who has played a leading role in establishing a court that specialises in environmental laws in the US state.He says “Modi cares about the river” and dubbed the government’s National Mission for Clean Ganga scheme as a fantastic community project. “When somebody goes into the Ganga, they are not just getting wet. They are getting inspired. It’s a fantastic community project. Ganga has not been abandoned despite all the poisoning, people still revere it. So I think it will be cleaned up. There will be an Indian solution which will have an epic approach,” Justice Wilson told PTI in an interaction. “This is a culture which believes in longevity – a commitment that is reflected in over 2000 years of culture and faith. People of India are committed to changing the present trend of global warming and unacceptable levels of carbon emissions. Their commitment is power – it is cultural,” he says. On being asked about similarities between Donald Trump and Modi, Justice Wilson says there is a big difference between the two leaders and the Indian prime minister cares about the river. “People compare him to Trump. There can be some comparisons which can be made, but there is a big difference. I know all politicians have certain amount of hyperbole and rhetoric but I don’t doubt that the prime minister of India cares about the river Ganges. He cares about the river. This is the big difference between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States. Prime minister Modi’s commitment is one of faith. “I don’t know where I can find that commitment level in the executive branch of USA. The prime minister of India has a personal cultural perspective towards Ganga,” Justice Wilson says. Expressing concern over the rise in air pollution , the judge says this is not a complicated issue and just a matter of will. He says there is a need to pass a law that puts a cap on pollution and public transport system needs to be strengthened besides replacing the cars on the roads. “It’s not a matter of difficult administrative theory or science. It’s known from where the contamination is coming from. The major problems are burning of fossil fuel and agricultural residue. Most of the poisoning is of poor children. The fact that India has a high percentage of young people in population, it is a very strong indication of power in terms of civil participation,” the judge says. Justice Wilson also spoke at the ‘Green Law’ lecture on “Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges”, organised here by the O P Jindal Global University (JGU) and the WWF-India. The judge was here on the invitation of JGU VC C Raj Kumar. PTIlast_img read more

Paul George Makes The Thunder Contenders Again

Doug McDermott15.0-0.6-2.7 Nick Collison4.0-3.10.7 Paul George is headed to Oklahoma City, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, and the Thunder may be back to being title contenders — or at least in the mix to be the West’s second-best team behind Golden State.Just hours before the NBA’s free agency period begins, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Thunder for former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and rising sophomore Domantas Sabonis. Oklahoma City had acquired Oladipo and the draft pick that became Sabonis from Orlando in a trade for Serge Ibaka last offseason.George is a free agent after this coming season, and it’s believed that he has not agreed to sign a contract extension. The assumption around the league has been that the Lakers are his preferred long-term destination, which is a large part of why the Pacers couldn’t even secure a draft pick for their outgoing star. So this is certainly a calculated risk for OKC, but MVP Russell Westbrook can also become a free agent after the 2017-18 season thanks to a player-option. And while he hasn’t been as forthright as George, his hometown Lakers have long been a rumored destination for him as well. So the Thunder are on the clock to sell themselves as a place where Westbrook can contend, or alternatively, to take their last, best shot at winning a title while they still have him. The George trade should accomplish both.According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system, adding George to the Thunder and subtracting Oladipo and Sabonis should put the team at 51 wins: Paul George35.02.40.4 Alex Abrines15.00.0-1.8 Norris Cole5.0-1.8-1.4 Russell Westbrook35.07.60.7 The Thunder are backCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams30.0-0.62.0 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Kyle Singler10.0-2.5-0.3 Enes Kanter25.00.5-1.2 Semaj Christon5.0-3.0-1.5 Jerami Grant20.0-2.00.1 The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins all on their own. But CARMELO thinks so little of the Thunder bench that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That bench was bad this past season, but young players like Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, which the team desperately needed last season. Still, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection doesn’t put the team nearly at the level of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, acquiring George should have an outsize effect on the Thunder.It’s hard to overstate how perfect a fit this is for Oklahoma City. George isn’t Kevin Durant — he doesn’t rebound as well, and isn’t quite the playmaker that Durant can be when called upon — but he replaces a lot of what the former MVP took with him when he departed for Golden State. The most obvious way he helps is by giving Westbrook a legitimate partner in the offense. George is a very good shooter: He shot 39.3 percent from 3 last season, and has floated between 36 and 40 percent the past several years despite taking some of the most difficult shots in the league. George shouldn’t have to take on the world quite the same way in Oklahoma City.George may actually end up fitting slightly better with Westbrook than Durant did — in practice if not in terms of absolute skill. Durant dominated the ball late in games for the Thunder; Westbrook would defer, often to a fault. This left Westbrook, an average at best shooter, on the perimeter, largely wasted. With George new to OKC, where Westbrook is the reigning MVP and undisputed team leader, the Thunder should be able to default to more sensible sets in crucial moments, with the ball in Westbrook’s hands but George actively involved.That said, George’s ability to get his own shot should also be key for the Thunder. In the team’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, the bench units led by Oladipo were overwhelmed, often unable even to get a shot without their star. In Game 5 of that series, Westbrook played 42 minutes, scored 47 points and had a plus-minus of +12. The Thunder lost by six. George can be streaky, but his ability to carry an offense means the Thunder can survive spells without Westbrook.But it’s George’s defensive ability and versatility that may unlock the Thunder’s potential. Oklahoma City had been constructed with a lopsided allotment of talents. They had more than enough rebounders and interior defenders, but few perimeter scorers or players who could perform the basic three-and-D role so crucial to successful teams. George is one of the best three-and-D players in the league, good enough to compensate for limited defensive players around him when the Thunder need offense.Lineups featuring both George and Andre Roberson — a converted power forward who plays shooting guard for the Thunder despite being one of the worst shooters in the league — would seem to not only cover Westbrook’s defensive shortcomings, but possibly those of other players, such as Abrines or Kanter. Roberson is restricted free agent and reportedly declined a four-year, $48 million extension last fall, so he may be too expensive to re-sign, but given the Thunder’s lack of depth they may not have much choice. (And in a twist, George actually earns less than Oladipo this season, giving the Thunder a little extra breathing room under the luxury tax.) Giving Roberson’s projected minutes to Abrines results in the team’s CARMELO rating dropping from 51 wins to 47.The Thunder were a deeply but narrowly flawed team last season. That happens when a Kevin Durant-sized hole is left in the depth chart. Paul George may not fill the whole thing, and he may not do it for very long, but for as long as he and Westbrook are in town, the Thunder are back. Team total3.70.6 Replacement level player11-1.7-0.3 Thunder’s projected record50.831.2 WINSLOSSES Terrance Ferguson5.0-1.6-0.1 Andre Roberson25.0-1.21.8 read more

Mens Gymnastics Hungry for titles Ohio State prepares for 2018 season

Ohio State then-sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is setting the bar high for its 2018 season, with Big Ten and NCAA titles in sight.The Buckeyes are trying to qualify for the Big Ten championships for the third year in a row. And after finishing as NCAA runner-ups last year, Ohio State is trying to capture its first NCAA championship since 2001.“My sophomore year, we got third [in the NCAA Conference], last year, we got second and this year, our team is in pretty good shape,” senior Seth Delbridge said. “Everyone is doing pretty well, so I think we all have it in our heads that we could contend for a national title.” With five new freshman on their 24-person active roster, the Buckeyes are focusing on being team oriented to reach their goals.“The preseason really is kind of a time for us, as a team, to grow,” said Drew Moling, the team’s director of operations. “We’re really trying to help our student athletes and this team to create that bond, for this year.”Ohio State will have two new talented freshman join its roster. Sean Neighbarger and Max Andryushchenko are newcomers to look out for. Both competed at the P&G U.S.A. National Championships over the summer.Some returning key players, and this year’s team captains, competing as all-around athletes, are Delbridge, senior Sean Melton and junior Alec Yoder.In addition to competing for the Buckeyes, Melton and Yoder are also currently on the USA Men’s Senior National Team, and both competed alongside Neighbarger and Andryushchenko at the P&G National Championships.“Those four, who were training together this summer, were competing together, so I think those guys are really going to kind of bring some leadership, from competing at the U.S.A. level, to this team and beyond,” Moling said.Moleing said some major competitors in the Big Ten are Illinois and Minnesota, the second- and third-place finishers in the conference, respectively. In the NCAA, OSU’s biggest competition is Oklahoma. The Sooners are three-time defending NCAA champions and remain the team to beat this season.“They want to win,” Moling said. “Like I said, it’s been 2001 since we’ve brought home an NCAA championship, and this team is super hungry for that this year.” To up their game and prepare for the challenge of the season to come, the Buckeyes are looking to increase strength and endurance by incorporating more conditioning workouts, both before and after their event practices.“At the end of the day, if we hit our routines and we do our job, I think we’re going to, hopefully come out on top.” After an intrasquad scrimmage Nov. 18, the Buckeyes will be back in action with another exhibition Jan. 6. The Alumni Exhibition starts at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more