Eric Burse | Daily TrojanThe Trojan Marching Band and the USC Song Girls performed in Times Square this weekend, bringing USC spirit to an away game as fans and tourists alike watched. Members of the band traveled with the football team to New York City for the football game against Syracuse. The Trojans beat Syracuse 42-29.
After remaining within striking distance for the majority of the contest, USC had no answer for No. 4 Arizona’s big scoring run midway through the second half. The Wildcats hit seven consecutive shots in the last three minutes of the final period to blow the game wide open. Arizona’s second-half scoring kick was too much for the Trojans to handle, as USC (21-7, 8-7) dropped its third consecutive conference game in a 90-77 loss at the McKale Center on Thursday night. “We got better this week. We played hard tonight,” head coach Andy Enfield said to the media. “We played well enough offensively we just could not stop them down in the second half.”A 3-point field goal from sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright pulled the Trojans within a 51-49 deficit of the Wildcats with over 15 minutes remaining in the game.Arizona (26-3, 15-1) responded with a 20-6 scoring run over the next five minutes of play. The Wildcats extended their lead over USC to 71-55 with 9:36 remaining in the second half. A 3-point shot from junior Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the night at 78-62 with just over five minutes to play. “They got rolling on offense,” Enfield said. “It’s hard to guard Arizona when they’re shooting the ball at that level. I give Arizona credit. They really played well on offense [and] shot the ball well.”As a team, Arizona finished Thursday night shooting 11-for-20 (55 percent) from beyond the arc. Overall, the Wildcats shot 32-for-63 (51 percent) from the field against the Trojans. Wildcats sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, who finished with a game-high 25 points, hit a 3-point basket at the buzzer to give Arizona a 44-39 halftime lead against the Trojans.Over the final 6:28 of the first half, Arizona shot 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) from the floor. The Wildcats were able to convert on four 3-point field goals in the final 2:30 of the first half. “Arizona did a great job of closing out in the first half,” Enfield said. “They played some great defense against us, too.”The Trojans attempted to mount a comeback late in regulation, pulling within an 80-73 deficit on a pair of Boatwright field goals with under two minutes left in the game. USC had a 20-6 run of its own early on in the first half. With six minutes remaining before the half, the Trojans held a 28-19 lead over Arizona. USC finished the game by missing six of its final eight shots taken in regulation, putting the nail in the road loss.The Trojans suffered a double-digit loss at Arizona’s hands despite shooting 27-for-51 (53 percent) from the field.USC’s game against Arizona was its third consecutive game against a team ranked in the top six nationally. The Trojans are the only team in the nation this season to go through a three-game stretch in which they played three top-six ranked teams. The Trojans dropped all three of these contests by double digits.Boatwright led the way for USC offensively, recording a team-high 23 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor. He also finished the game shooting 8-for-8 from the free throw line. The Trojans committed 14 combined turnovers as a team. Arizona capitalized on USC’s offensive lapses, outscoring the Trojans 23-9 on points off of turnovers. USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu recorded his fifth double-double of the season against Arizona (15 points, 12 rebounds). Boatwright and Metu were two of USC’s four double-digit scorers on Thursday. Junior guard Elijah Stewart and freshman guard De’Anthony Melton finished with 13 and 10 points scored, respectively. Melton also recorded a team-high four assists against the Wildcats. After completing a dunk with 13:21 minutes left in the second half, Metu landed awkwardly and appeared to suffer a minor ankle injury that forced him to leave the game. After taking a quick trip to the locker room, Metu made a prompt return to the floor to play. He scored nine points after returning to the game with 12 minutes left in play. USC will remain in the desert for its final road game of the season against Arizona State (13-15, 6-9) on Sunday. The Trojans will look to avoid their fourth consecutive loss in conference play.
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Council of Sports-NCS has issued standard operating procedures guiding on the recommended minimum requirements that competition organizers and participants should consider if the government okays resumption of sports activities.World over, the sports industry is one of the areas that were greatly affected by the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease which saw several events, competitions and activities were canceled or postponed.However, there has been an urge to resume or kickoff the events under strict guidelines following aspects like social distancing, regular checkups and playing behind closed doors.Dr. Donald Rukare, the chairperson of NCS says although sports activities are yet to get clearance to restart, they wanted to act proactively and also show the authorities how ready they are but also assuring safety and health of all people involved in different games.The NCS general secretary Dr. Patrick Bernard Ogwel notes that while developing the guidelines, the council has made risk categorization of sports activities based on transmission risk determined by social distancing capability, the number of players involved, nature of facilities, ventilation of facilities, level of physical contact, equipment use and attendance of fans.There are three categories; low, medium and high-risk sports. Low-risk sports are said to be activities that can be conducted with social distancing, individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors.This area has a total of eighteen activities including; athletics, motorsport, swimming and golf among others. According to Dr. Ogwel, the council has recommended that activities in this category can be allowed to restart soon than later.“We think that they don’t present many risks. As the ban is to be lifted, we think sports activities also need to restart and can be done gradually starting with low-risk sports moving forward,” he stresses. He said golf has been allowed by the state to restart and motorsport is also being considered. There are also medium category sports that involve sustained close contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants, intermittent close contact or group sports or sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants. This category has gymnastics, lawn tennis, weightlifting, hockey, badminton, chess among others.In the third category are higher-risk sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, a lack of significant protective barriers and a high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants like football, baseball, netball, rugby among others.Dr. Ogwel shares that when the government allows sports activities to be staged, they expect each federation or association to also develop specific standard operating procedures that are unique to the individual sports.Some of the general requirements put in place before sports activities can resume include availability of hand-washing sanitizers on numerous points at a given sports facility, putting in place signage of hygiene facilities, providing first aid and designated medical services that can trace for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.In the same development, Ogwel notes that although several federations have been requesting for sports relief funds, currently the council doesn’t have funds to this effect but they have initiated discussion with the government to offer support where necessary more so in providing personal protective gears.Sports is one of the fast-developing industries in Uganda employing tens of thousands both directly and indirectly. In recent years, the industry has been moving in the right truck attacking investments. However, there are fears that the pandemic will greatly harm the sector which largely depends on supporters who may for long not be allowed to be part of different games.******URNShare on: WhatsApp
ONE of Donegal’s best-known craftsmen scooped a superb prize on the Late Late Show tonight – €10,000 and a trip to the Olympics.Delighted Eddie Doherty, who runs his own hand-weaving business in Ardara, won the prize.And he told show host Ryan Tubridy he would be “over the moon” to be going to London with his wife Evelyn. The TV anchor even had time to chat to Eddie about his traditional craft, telling him: “So you’re keeping it alive!”Evelyn could be heard screaming with delight in the background.The couple will have tickets to a number of top Olympic events.Eddie Doherty is well known for producing crafted Donegal handwoven tweed products from Ardara. He told Ryan Tubridy he has been weaving for more than 40 years.Eddie learnt to weave by hand at the age of 16. Now, 40 years and two long stints with large Irish fabric companies later, he uses Donegal wool to handweave pure wool blankets and tweed at his home in Ardara.After running a family pub for several years, Eddie returned back to his first profession, weaving in 1992. He now makes handsome blankets, rugs, capes, scarfs, waistcoats, caps, hats and slippers some in the traditional herringbone pattern, and others in large, wonderfully hued check designs.Eddie is attracting orders from all around the world – and tourists often stop off to see him at work. DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS OLYMPIC TRIP AND €10,000 ON LATE LATE SHOW was last modified: April 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000 ON LATE LATE SHOWDONEGAL MAN SCOOPS OLYMPIC TRIP AND €10