Trojan basketballers make NBA entry

first_imgFollowing a tumultuous season filled with controversies, scandals and shortcomings, USC basketball fans had their eyes set on the NBA Draft to see where some of their favorite stars would land. Four Trojans have declared for the draft, but only two heard their name called on Thursday night.De’Anthony MeltonDe’Anthony Melton — USC’s highest selection in the 2018 Draft — was chosen 46th overall by the Houston Rockets. His selection as a second round pick surprised many, as media outlets such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated had Melton slotted in the 20s. Despite the 6-foot-4 guard not playing a single minute this season amid an ongoing FBI scandal, NBA teams were intrigued by Melton’s size, playmaking and defensive versatility during his only season at USC. In 2016-2017, he averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.Melton will look to crack the rotation and become the steal of the draft on a Rockets team that came up just one game short of an NBA Finals appearance and already features a starting backcourt of reigning league MVP James Harden and 2017 Sixth Man of Year Eric Gordon.Chimezie MetuJunior forward Chimezie Metu was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the 49th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. During his three years at USC, Metu recorded a .533 shooting percentage. (Daily Trojan file photo).Chimezie Metu, the Trojans’ leading scorer and rebounder in 2018, was selected 49th overall by the San Antonio Spurs. Though many project Metu to spend time in the G League this season, scouts are optimistic Metu will develop into a serviceable two-way big man who can block shots (1.7 per game in 2018) and score willingly at the NBA level with his athleticism and mobility in the long run.His opportunity for significant minutes may also come sooner than some expect with the uncertain future of franchise cornerstone Kawhi Leonard and an aging Pau Gasol. As he develops, he will look to help lead a youth movement in San Antonio that features All-Defensive 2nd Team point guard Dejounte Murray, and the 18th selection in this year’s draft,  Lonnie Walker IV from Miami. Jordan McLaughlinJordan McLaughlin, arguably the face of USC basketball for the past four years, went undrafted but has agreed to play in the summer league and training camp with the Brooklyn Nets. Though McLaughlin doesn’t have the elite athleticism of his peers, there is no question in his leadership and ability to distribute the ball. In his four-year career as a Trojan, McLaughlin finished second all-time in assists and fourth all-time in scoring in USC history. USC head coach Andy Enfield, vouched for his point guard in an interview with the Orange County Register. “He has the best court vision, probably, of any point guard in the country,” Enfield said. McLaughlin will look to earn a roster spot with strong performances in the summer league. Elijah StewartElijah Stewart, USC’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made and games played, also went undrafted despite working out for multiple NBA teams during the pre-draft process. He will spend training camp and summer league with the Indiana Pacers. Despite going undrafted, Stewart’s elite 3-point shooting ability and defensive intensity (126 blocks in four years) are skills many NBA teams in this floor-spreading era desire. With Victor Oladipo emerging as the face of the franchise and commanding defensive attention, opportunities for Stewart to show what he excelled at in Los Angeles may be on the horizon.last_img read more

Enugu Rangers Fly into CAF Confed Cup Group Stage

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeEnugu Rangers cruised into the money-spinning group stage of the CAF Champions League yesterday with aggregate 4-2 defeat of Bantu FC of Lesotho.Just like the 2-1 result from the first leg away a fortnight ago, the Flying Antelopes ended the clash at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu by the same goal margin. However, it was the visitors that got the curtain raiser as early as the 13th minute when Lehlohonolo Fothoane gave Bantu FC that lead.But the Flying Antelopes who were not ready to be humiliated in front of their faithfuls at the Cathedral in Enugu fought back gamely with Ajani Ibrahim drawing the home team level in the 19th minute. Tope Olusesi provided the assist. Godwin Aguda took the game beyond the reach of the visitors when he added a second to make it 2-1 (aggregate 4-1) and sealed a place for the Enugu team in the group stage. The first time Rangers played in the group stage of the competition was in 2004.The draw for the group stage will be staged today in Cairo, Egypt.Earlier on Saturday, Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Champions League, Lobi Stars of Makurdi lost 1-0 to ASEC Mimosa in their second group match in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.Lobi secured a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundown of South Africa in Match-day one, but in Abidjan their hopes of at least a draw was dashed as the reigning Coted I’voire Premier League champions got the narrow win.The only goal in Saturday’s game was scored from the penalty spot it in the 13th minute through Ahmed Diomede.The Nigerian flag-bearers tried to fight their way back into the game, but the Abidjan based team stood their ground to claim the maximum three points.With Mamelodi Sundowns beating Wydad Casablanca in the other game, all the teams are level on three points apiece.Lobi Stars who have lost all the away games in this year’s CAF Champions League will be playing host to Moroccan club, Wydad Casablanca in their next group game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Yes Another Pedestrian Close Call in Red Bank

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – An incident recently involving a pedestrian and two motor vehicles on Broad Street, once again reminds us that Red Bank remains a potentially dangerous place for pedestrians.A female employee of a local financial firm on Broad Street told this week of a harrowing incident that could have ended in a serious injury if not death for her or others involved.On Tuesday, July 28, Michelle Bennett was attempting to cross Broad at the Mechanic Street intersection, going west to east. She stressed she was in the designated crosswalk. And while looking to cross, a van transporting an elderly woman stopped as required under law to give the pedestrian the right-of-way. As the woman attempted to walk across the street a young woman driver collided into the rear of the van. “She hit him pretty good,” the pedestrian said of the female driver.The collision pushed the van forward. And had the pedestrian not been quick enough to jump out of the way (actually having to jump out of her shoes to avoid being struck by the van), she too would have been hit in the chain reaction. Her shoes were halfway under the van that had been pushed for ward.“The van was pretty banged up,” the pedestrian said, recalling the driver of the second vehicle had “been moving at a pretty good speed.”Police did respond. However, the pedestrian was uncertain about any violations that may have been issued.Borough Police Chief Darren McConnell on Wednesday said the report was not immediately available and couldn’t recall the incident sufficiently to immediately offer a comment.Mayor Pasquale Menna, an attorney who is a municipal prosecutor for a number of Monmouth County communities and a member of the Two River Times Crossroads initiative, said it sounded like a classic example of careless driving. Which, under state statute, Menna explained, is “any driver who operates a motor vehicle without due care and circumspection.”“And it should be enforced,” Menna added.Unfortunately, he added, it is fact of life that no amount of enforcement would be able to completely protect against such occurrences. “Accidents happen. It’s regrettable, it’s unfortunate,” he said. “How do you account for individual accidents, individual carelessness, day in and day out in all of our lives?” State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a Red Bank resident, said the emphasis has to be “all about getting expectations from people living in town and visiting the town,” making everyone aware “that we enforce the crosswalks; there are penalties and there also have to be communications for people visiting the town that this is a pedestrian town.”The senator added that the public has to be made aware that Broad Street is a busy thoroughfare, heavily used by vehicles and those on foot. “And if you’re in rush don’t go down Broad Street.”Beck is also a participant in the Two River Times Crossroads initiative. The publication has been actively working with elected officials on the state, county and local level, along with members of the education, business and law enforcement communities and other stakeholders to find ways to improve public safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in the greater Red Bank area. The newspaper will soon hold a public safety to raise awareness and public forum seeking input about troublesome areas and proposed solutions.last_img read more

Locke Boys turn in solid effort at World Junior Ski Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Locke Boys of Nelson are at it again, this time at the World Junior Cross Country Ski Qualifiers in Thunder Bay, Ont.The pair, skiing out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, finished in the top 35 during Thursday’s Junior Make 20 kilometer Classic/Free Mass Start race at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre.Peter Locke led the charge placing 26th overall while brother Julian was 34th.
The top four male and female finishers represent Canada at the World Junior Championships.The race was won by Andy Shields in a time of Waterloo Region Club. Peter Locke was just over five minutes behind Shields.Julian Locke finished almost seven minutes behind [email protected]last_img read more

Crescent Valley man studies for sixth Dan Black Belt

first_imgDuring the past 15 years his own TKD schools (KCMA) have positively affected hundreds of students and families in the Nelson and Castlegar area and now he is leading a global fight for justice for the poor as founder of  According to World Taekwondo Federation statistics, there are only 130 – 6th Dan in Canada out of 42,831 registered black belts. Master Dean Seminoff, who has been studying martial arts for more than 20 years, was in Florida to study for his sixth Dan Black Belt in the martial art of Taekwondo.Seminoff, of Crescent Valley an operator of a school in Nelson and Slocan Valley, is currently a fifth Dan WTF black belt as a member of the USCDKA.last_img read more

Storytelling competition to find South Africa’s “Story Bosso”

first_imgResearch shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement. (Image: Mal’ibali)This September, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is launching a nationwide storytelling competition to find South Africa’s first “Story Bosso”.Aimed at reawakening a love of storytelling and reading among South Africans of all ages, the competition will connect the public to ideas on how to tell stories and read aloud to others, showcase a range of local stories (in all South African languages), and identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country.Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), Carole Bloch, said storytelling does not only develop children’s curiosity and imagination, but also their sense of empathy and belonging. “Storytelling and reading aloud allow us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning.”Research shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement; they create the neural circuits that ultimately enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning in young children.Children who read for pleasure also perform better in the classroom, not just in vocabulary and spelling, but in maths and science too. Stories get children interested in books and reading – right from birth.According to Nal’ibali campaign driver, Smangele Mathebula, South Africans have a deep and respected history of storytelling that instills morals and values. “Those most fortunate among us will remember being enchanted as young children by the stories told to us by our gogos, parents and other family members. Stories were told to teach us lessons, instill morals and values and often, simply to entertain us. These storytelling moments stay with us throughout our lives and become some of our most cherished memories.”During this year’s literacy month in September, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition and showcase the age-old art of story-telling.COMPETITION CAN MAKE EVERYONE BETTER STORYTELLERSWhile we don’t all need to become professional storytellers, being a good storyteller or reader needs work. The ability to captivate and hold your audience while you weave a tale that will appeal to a varied audience and finish with flair takes practice.The Nal’ibali Story Bosso competition aims to not only seek out talented entertainers, but to highlight and share the tips and techniques that can help make everyone a better storyteller and get our children excited about books and reading.Running throughout September, which is Literacy Month, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition.Participants must send in a video or audio clip of themselves reading or telling a story. Entries can be submitted in any South African language, and can be original stories made up by the participants, retellings of stories heard before, an extract from their favourite book or a sample story provided by Nal’ibali.For those unable to record clips, Nal’ibali Literacy mentors and partner organisations will be running a series of pop-up auditions and events to source stories directly from communities nationwide. Pop-ups will also be taking place as part of National Book Week, the Jozi Book Fair, the Open Book Festival and at select Bargain Books stores.In addition, Nal’ibali will be setting up pop-up libraries at these events where people can collect books to take home with them, as well as story cards in a range of South African languages that have been specially produced by the campaign for parents and caregivers to enjoy with their children long after the pop-up events. A full line up of events will be available from the Nal’ibali web- and mobisite from 1 September 2015.CELEBRITIES JUDGING THE ENTRIESA host of South African celebrities have signed up to help select the shortlisted clips. These include actress and writer, Lebogang Mashile; founder of the South African Reading Foundation and its division ReadabookSA, Tebogo Ditshego; author, Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer, Shaka Sizulu; comedian, Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author, Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer, Busiswa and radio personality, Elana Afrika.The winner will not only receive the title of South Africa’s first Story Bosso and a visit from a participating celebrity judge, they will also get a R5 000 cash prize, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. Two runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign and the ‘Story Bosso’ competition, visit, or search for nalibaliSA on Facebook and Twitter.Source: Nal’ibalilast_img read more

How to Easily Access My Training Hub Website

first_imgTrouble accessing the Community Capacity Building Training?Work Arounds For Access Issues on My Training Hub WebsiteCongratulations on pursuing the Community Capacity Building training modules available on My Training Hub.  Many of you will have no issues logging on to take the training, but we know some of you may run into some issues when trying to log onto the site and we are here to help you with that.  The site is hosted by the Department of Defense and as such is a very secure site, which sometimes makes it a little difficult at first for your browser to work with all that security.  There are a few things you can try if you have any issues and can’t figure out why.  There is a FAQ section on My Training Hub which can answer many of your questions.  Or you can call  the My Training Hub helpdesk at 1-888-363-6431 for immediate assistance.  Or you can view one of our You Tube videos which will show you how to work around the security pop-ups  safely if you are using Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers.For issues with Chrome see workaround for ChromeFor issues with Internet Explorer  see workaround for ExplorerFor Issues with Mozilla Firefox  see workaround for FirefoxDon’t let those annoying security pop-ups keep you from viewing the excellent training modules on the My Training Hub website.  There are many ways to get help with logging on so we invite you to view the training soon.last_img read more

UAAP suspends referees in La Salle-Adamson Final Four clash

first_imgFranz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan TamayoThe UAAP has suspended the referees, who officiated in La Salle’s controversial 82-75 win over Adamson in their UAAP Season 80 Final Four duel.The suspension came three days after the game that saw the Green Archers book a return trip to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT In a letter addressed to Adamson athletic director Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, league commissioner Rebo Saguisag said that the school, which was outraged by the officiating, “are not alone.”“I called for an emergency meeting the very next day to address the seeming public outrage over said game to send a message to the referees that much is at stake,” Saguisag wrote, sharing that he, alongside tournament director Mark Molina of FEU and Erika Dy of Ateneo met on Sunday to discuss the urgent matters surrounding the game’s officiating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson was called for 33 fouls, while La Salle was only whistled for 12. Those calls led to the Green Archers shooting 26-of-39 from the free throw line, while the Soaring Falcons shot just 2-of-5.Those freebies certainly helped defending champion La Salle overcome a 15-point deficit in the third period and beat Adamson, 82-75. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Adamson community were dismayed, prompting Suan to pen a letter to Saguisag regarding the matter.“From the bleacher’s standpoint, and even if one does not know how a foul can be committed, it is loud and clear that the calls made by the referees were downrightly unfair and biased. The manner the game was officiated was revolting and calls for an immediate action in order to forestall its duplication in the future,” Suan wrote. “In hindsight, the game was marred by a biased refereeing.”Saguisag said the technical committee has decided to suspend referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna indefinitely, with two of them being considered for a possible ban for the rest of the season.“While we are still in the process of evaluating the whole game together with the statistics, the officials that worked [the La Salle-Adamson] game were immediately suspended with two strongly recommended for being banned for the rest of the season, if only to preserve public confidence in our league,” Saguisag wrote.Adamson coach Franz Pumaren also expressed his displeasure with the officiating following the loss, describing it as “the worst officiated game” he ever saw.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Focus on fighters’ safety adds to ONE Championship’s success Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I don’t want to sound sourgraping but I guess all the basketball fans saw the game. I guess, everybody saw the game, everybody noticed and knows what happened. Stepping out of the Coliseum, my friends from La Salle were embarrassed and can’t even celebrate the victory,” he said.In contrast, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo liked how the game was officiated.“It’s a good thing, the referees were consistent,” Ayo said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

PAOK Extends Lead in Greece, Olympiakos Upset by AEK

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Aleksandar Prijovic scored twice and set up another goal, all in the first half, to lead PAOK to a 3-1 victory at Giannena in the Greek league on Sunday.PAOK extended its lead to two points after Olympiakos was beaten 2-1 at home by AEK, which leapt over the defending champion into second place.Prijovic assisted Dimitris Pelkas in the ninth minute, before scoring in the 29th and 45th.Giannena’s Pedro Perez Conde got a consolation goal in the 71st.Violence marred the end of the Olympiakos-AEK game as 50 Olympiakos fans stormed the pitch and clashed with riot police. There had also been clashes with police before the game.Also, Levadiakos beat Kerkyra 2-0 and Atromitos drew 1-1 at Lamia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tata Nexon scores 5-stars crash safety rating from Global NCAP, Mahindra Marazzo gets 4-stars

first_imgGlobal NCAP released an update to its #SaferCarsForIndia campaign with two new crash test results for the Indian car market. Following recent four-star safety announcements, the Tata Nexon becomes the first made in India, sold in India car to achieve Global NCAP’s coveted five-star crash test rating. The Mahindra Marazzo also does well too, achieving a four-star result.The Tata Nexon scored five stars for Adult Occupant Protection and three stars for Child Occupant Protection. Following the Nexon’s four-star result earlier this year Tata has improved a number of safety features including making a Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for driver and passenger a standard for all variants of the model. In addition, the Nexon was required to pass a side impact test meets UN95 side impact protection requirements.The Mahindra Marazzo with standard double airbags, ABS, SBR for driver and ISOFIX anchorages, reached four stars in Adult Occupant Protection and two stars for Child Occupant Protection. Mahindra Marazzo Global NCAP testThe model offers good protection for both adult head and neck, marginal protection for the driver’s chest and adequate protection for passenger’s chest. The pedals showed some risk for the lower legs due to their displacement. The 18-month-old child dummy received good protection while the 3-year-old child passenger showed high readings in chest and head exposure.David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said, This is a huge landmark for car safety in India. Congratulations to Tata Motors for achieving India’s first five-star rating for adult occupant protection. Congratulations also to Mahindra for their first four-star result. The Nexon was engineered in India and this shows the huge capability of the domestic industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance. With the Nexon, Tata has shown the global car industry that to achieve five stars you can Make in India’. Global NCAP is looking forward to many more Indian five star cars and further improvements in both pedestrian protection and crash avoidance.advertisementThe Marazzo is powered by Mahindra’s all-new 4-cylinder, 1.5-liter diesel engine from the brand’s mFalcon series of engines. The all-new turbocharged engine makes around 130bhp and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a possible optional automatic-spec gearbox for future models.The MUV also gets a shortened version of the typical Mahindra grille alongside wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs (possibly only on higher-spec trims), LED tail lamps, and 16-inch 5-spoke alloys, again only on higher trims.The MUV from Mahindra sits right in the middle of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova in terms of size and is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom, depending on the trim level. The base variant is the M2. The M4 variant costs Rs 10.95 lakh, M6 costs Rs 12.40 lakh, and the top-spec variant M8 costs Rs 13.90 lakh, ex-showroom. The MUV will also compete with the likes of rivals like Renault Lodgy and the new gen Honda BR-V.The Nexon is powered by a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder, turbo-petrol which churns out 110bhp and 170Nm of torque. Also, the diesel is a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo diesel which has been tuned to produce 110bhp and 260Nm of torque. The petrol and diesel units are mated to a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. The AMT can be used in manual mode as well. Once the manual mode is engaged, shifts the drive mode automatically to Sport.The Nexon also gets three driving modes which are Eco, City, and Sport modes, which come standard on the Nexon’s Revotorq and Revotron range of engines. The AMT transmission also features hill-assist for ascends and descends and a creep function for high-traffic conditions.The Tata Nexon was tested earlier back in August 2018 where it had scored a respectable 4-star rating by Global NCAP. Looks like Tata has just upped the crash safety game for car manufacturers in India.last_img read more