Trojans will look to record season sweep

first_imgLast season, while serving his NCAA-mandated year on the bench after transferring to USC from Fordham, junior guard Jio Fontan only traveled on one of the Trojans’ road trips — the trek to Westwood, where he watched USC dismantle UCLA in Pauley Pavilion 67-46.Inside presence · USC will look for a lift from seasoned senior center Alex Stepheson, who recorded a double-double in the Trojans’ January matchup at Galen Center against UCLA, finishing with 13 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. – Daily Trojan file photIt was the biggest win by the Trojans over the Bruins since the 1945 season.This year, Fontan was finally able to play against the crosstown rivals, scoring 10 points during USC’s 63-52 win in front of a sold-out crowd at the Galen Center Jan. 9.“We would be lying if we said it was just another game,” Fontan said. “We wanted that game a lot more than we want some of the other games.”In that game, junior forward Nikola Vucevic scored a game-high 20 points, helping the Trojans overcome a poor start and a halftime deficit.Senior forward Alex Stepheson contributed 13 points and 16 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.This time around, Stepheson expects the Bruins to attack Vucevic and himself, but they will be prepared.“I’m excited for the challenge,” Stepheson said. “They’re just as hungry as we are, but it’ll be a good matchup.”With senior guard Marcus Simmons draped all over him, UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt only scored 10 points Jan. 9 and tied his season-high with seven turnovers.Bruins center Joshua Smith fouled out with eight points.“We know that [UCLA] will play better next time,” said USC coach Kevin O’Neill after the game.The Trojans will find out whether the Bruins will play better in the second and final match-up of the rivalry in the regular season tonight at Pauley Pavilion.“I’m sure they’re going to make some adjustments,” O’Neill said. “We’re making some, but I hope we’re able to execute.”Since their last meeting, the teams have gone in opposite directions, with the Bruins going 5-1 and the Trojans compiling a 2-4 record.Both teams just came off their road trips, where they both beat Arizona State and lost to Arizona.The first half of conference play is done and the Trojans are now focused on controlling what they can control.“For us, we’re trying to fight for a [NCAA tournament berth],” O’Neill said. “Whether we belong in that picture is debatable or not, but we hope we have an opportunity for that.”During his tenure at USC, O’Neill  is undefeated in three games against UCLA, and the Trojans have beaten the Bruins four games in a row.But for USC to extend that win streak, O’Neill believes the team will need to rely on its defense.“I want us to play with a defensive edge,” O’Neill said. “This is a fact — if we don’t defend, we can lose to anyone. If we do defend, we have an opportunity to beat anyone.”With the opportunity to start the second half of conference play on the right foot, USC is looking to push its win streak to five games over UCLA, which would be the longest since the team won a school-record 42 consecutive games over a span of 12 seasons (1932-43).“If we’re fortunate to win tomorrow, it’ll be huge for us,” O’Neill said. “If we do what we’re supposed to do, [we’ll be] fine._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Here are some more thoughts from O’Neill after Tuesday’s practice:last_img read more

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Lottery Officials Offer Dollar Incentives to Team Nigeria

first_imgThis financial pledge is coming at a time that both officials and athletes are on the edge waiting for Team Nigeria’s first medal.Meanwhile, all expectations of a possible medal from weightlifting and the women’s 400m events concluded Sunday night yielded no medal.Maryan Usman’s efforts in the +75kg Snatch and Jerk could only place her 9th in the overall ranking while Patience Okon George and Margaret Bamgbose semi final placed them 8th and 7th positions respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Team Nigeria continues its search for the first medal at the Olympics in Rio, a delegation of National Lottery Trust Fund and National Lottery Regulatory Commission, led by Habu Gumel and Mr Adophus Ikpe respectively have promised monetary incentives to further propel the country’s athletes to win medals.The delegation who has been supporting Team Nigeria equally announced $2,000 for any athlete who wins gold while a silver medallist would be rewarded with $1,500 and bronze winner with $1,000.last_img read more

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Basil Williams creating fear with “unrest” prediction

first_img…wants to delay elections but could be self-fulfillingIn light of a recent statement by Attorney General Basil Williams about “unrest” which might follow if the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rules against the Government with regards to the validity of the No-Confidence Motion, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer believes that the comment was a “dangerous one” and is seen as a tool to prevent the Government from going to the polls sooner rather than later.GCCI President Nicholas BoyerBoyer on Sunday related that the AG should be more cautious about using sentiments that are attributed to riot or other forms of unrest during an election period.“Some might say it could be self-fulfilling prophecies…Guyana has come a long way as a democracy and I don’t think the younger generations expect or will participate in elections violence, I think the younger generations if they feel a need to, will peacefully protest. I think that the AG is trying to create fear using that as a weak means of supporting their claims of why elections should be further delayed,” he stated.According to the GCCI President, the proprietors and staff of businesses in Guyana have not forgotten the physical destruction and crimes that occurred during some elections in previous years while noting that in today’s society, it is not expected that there will be such a repeat.Attorney General Basil Williams“[Businesses] are expecting that as a democracy we have moved past riots. International investors will be looking on and I feel that the older heads who were the generations that rioted will have to be mindful and choose to change their modus operandi. If they want to see a new and better Guyana that we all look forward to.”On Thursday last, the AG had asked that the CCJ confirm the decision of Guyana’s Court of Appeal in relation to the question of the votes being required for the validity of the passage of the No-Confidence Motion to be 34 votes in the National Assembly as against 33.In his submissions to the court on Thursday, he also reiterated that “the principle is, the majority cannot be the same for simple and in absolute”. In this argument, the coalition Government presented that given the fact that there is no half human or half vote, one had to be added to make it 34 for an absolute rather than a simple majority in Guyana’s 65-member Parliament.Caribbean Court of Justice“The provisions in Section 106 (7) and 106 (7) of Guyana’s Constitution have dire consequences, catastrophic consequences for Government. If successful, the motion could lead to the premature fall of the Government and possibly the premature disillusion of the National Assembly,” Williams told the Court in his submissions.In relation to elections being held in Guyana, the AG noted that the country’s history has seen some unrest and aftermaths. He said that this could be repeated if an election is held in Guyana without the proper steps in place.“That is the difficulty that we have. And which the Court, we are asking to take judicial notice of, that around elections if the list is not right, if there is a perception of people multiple voting, phantoms etc and the list is not a credible list, it is going to be difficult and that is the history of Guyana.”AG Williams added that the second highest court in the land had already spoken on this issue and, therefore, urged that the CCJ rule in that light as well.The Court of Appeal, in March last, had ruled in a 2-1 split decision, that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass a motion brought against the Government.last_img read more

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