The main entrance to Leavey Library is currently closed as construction work is taking place underneath the entrance to waterproof Leavey’s basement.After leaks in the basement occurred, USC Facilities Management Services decided to invest in replacing the existing underground waterproofing system.“This is a maintenance project intended to replace the waterproofing membrane to stop leaks to the basement below and improve the paving leveling system above the membrane,” wrote Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management, in an e-mail.The replacement of the waterproofing system requires the removal of the stone slabs outside the main entrance. These slabs will be reinstalled before the project is completed, and they will appear the same as before, said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming at USC Libraries. The waterproofing that is currently being done should last for 10 to 15 years, he said.Construction fencing has been put up around the work, which forced the closure of Leavey’s main entrance. Instead, the library has opened a side entrance on the west side of the building.Although the leakage in the library’s basement is not major, FMS wanted to fix it in order to preserve the quality of the building, McHarg said.“There’s just one room that’s currently used as a storage room downstairs that had some leak issues when it rains, but otherwise [the leaks don’t] really affect the collections or any of the areas where students gather,” he said.Leavey’s hours of operation and services will not be affected by the construction.“There’s nothing that’s closed off [in Leavey Library]. All the collections are available; all the services are available. The only issue is having to close the front entrance,” McHarg said.The project began on Oct. 11 and is expected to be completed shortly after Thanksgiving.“We have set a finish date of Nov. 29,” Back said. The library entrance, however, is expected to open by Nov. 20, McHarg said.Funding for the project is coming from FMS operating funds.During construction, students must use the side entrance to Leavey Library, said Stephen Metzger, a freshman majoring in business administration (cinematic arts).“[Though] it’s a little bit of an inconvenience, nearly every student on campus uses Leavey in some form or another and any improvements are welcome.” Metzger said.
Football reached the halfway mark of spring practice on Tuesday, completing its seventh session at Howard Jones Field with cold wind gusts and a mix of storylines.A Different OffenseSenior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton, who appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, expressed disappointment about former quarterback Cody Kessler’s unwillingness to target a variety of receivers last season.Hampton added that he wasn’t the only receiver who felt that way, and that the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job this spring — redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — along with redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene spread the ball around more and have stronger arms.“I know Cody was more accurate, but Max, Sam and [Greene], they just have some arms,” Hampton said. “I know that if I have a deep ball, I have to run, otherwise it’s going by me — especially with the wind blowing.”Under new offensive coordinator Tee Martin, the Trojans appeared to be going deep more often.“It’s the play calls,” Hampton said. “They’re emphasizing to the quarterbacks that ‘we need to take these shots.’ It’s there.”One of the criticisms of Kessler while he was under center at USC was that he did not take shots downfield often enough and opted for check-downs instead.“It just gives me more feeling like there’s a 50 percent chance the ball’s going to go your way,” Hampton said of the new offense. “It just lets me know we’re going to spread this around. We’re about to eat.”Martin said that he has not game-planned for more deep passes; rather, the quarterbacks themselves are taking the initiative.“A lot of guys play at receiver, so a lot of guys will get the ball,” Martin said. “It’s good how the quarterbacks trust a lot of guys. It’s not that one guy that they’re keying in on. They’re really spreading the ball around and going through their progressions.”Martin revealed that the team learned 80 percent of the offense in three days, but much to his pleasure, there have been much fewer hiccups than expected.“Credit [that] to veteran experience,” Martin said. “We have quarterbacks who’ve been here that understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get done with the way we operate in our offense.”Quarterback BattleWhile Browne has held the edge in the quarterback position thus far, head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday was Darnold’s best practice of the spring. Helton was confident that Darnold completed over 70 percent of his passes.“I thought he was efficient, accurate,” Helton said. “I thought he played very fluid and timely. The ball came out quick. [In the past], he was holding onto the ball and making sure it was open. Now it’s just spitting out.”Browne, who has two more years of experience than Darnold, felt confident in his performance.“I feel comfortable,” Browne said. “I feel right where I want to be. I feel like I’m leading well, executing well, being efficient out there, which is all I can ask for.”A new Justin DavisSenior running back Justin Davis is looking to be more poised as one of the most experienced members of the backfield, aiming to focus on the bigger picture.“I’ve got to learn how the offense works, how the defense blocks, how the receivers move,” Davis said. “I can’t just worry about myself now. I’m past that now. I have to worry about the game as a whole and not just my part.”Davis said he can’t wait to run behind a stellar offensive line that is returning all its starters.“It’s the perfect right moment now,” Davis said. “We can get the running game going and turn some heads this fall.”
Having been rejected by Leinster, Galway hurling chiefs says they will take their case for improved terms and recognition in the Leinster championship to Croke park.Tribesmen CEO John Hynes says they want home games, an improved financial agreement and for their under 21’s and minors to be entered into Leinster or an equivalent structure.He says they’re not happy with the current situation especially at underage level.
Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 08:15 IST Mariners Use Trades To Continue Building Toward Future Jerry Dipoto expected a quiet lead-up to the trade deadline. The only player the Seattle Mariners general manager knew he wanted to and could move with ease was pitcher Taijuan Walker Jerry Dipoto expected a quiet lead-up to the trade deadline. The only player the Seattle Mariners general manager knew he wanted to and could move with ease was pitcher Taijuan Walker.The last thing Dipoto planned on was a massive seven-player swap that ended up landing the Mariners a couple of prime prospects they have long coveted.“We’re excited about the group we’re building,” Dipoto said. “Frankly, when we made the Taijuan Walker deal I really did think that we were probably done and that would be the extent of our activity. But it took on a little bit of a different light.”Seattle ended up making four trades before Monday’s deadline but the most notable was the seven-player deal with San Diego that landed the Mariners four players with the potential to contribute to their rebuilding plans.Taylor Trammell, one of the top 100 prospects in the minors, headlined the trade. But the depth of the deal is what made it successful for the Mariners, who also added infielder Ty France, pitcher Andres Muñoz and catcher Luis Torrens.Torrens and France will get the chance to play for the Mariners during the final month of the season. Muñoz probably won’t be a contributor until the middle of 2021 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.And Trammell? He’s headed to Seattle’s alternate training site for the rest of this season to join a stable of talented outfield prospects that could all be ready for the majors around the same time.“It feels almost impossible to imagine that, from the time we started this process in September of 2018 to where we are today, that it could have gone much better,” Dipoto said. “Certainly we’ve not hit on everything that we’ve done, and we never expected to. And we know that attrition will not allow this to go 100% as we had planned. Which is why continuing to create layers and waves, and build that depth that’s critical to building from within, is an important factor and we’ll continue to do that.”Seattle is on pace to finish with another losing record in the truncated 60-game season, but in Dipoto’s eyes the season will be viewed as a success. Seattle has seen outfielder Kyle Lewis blossom into a contender for AL rookie of the year. J.P. Crawford looks to be the club’s shortstop for the future. Justus Sheffield appears to have locked up a spot in the pitching rotation and while Evan White has struggled at the plate, his defensive prowess developed in college and the minors has been apparent.But Dipoto noted that’s only half of what Seattle is developing with its eye on the future. He’s been pleased with the work being accomplished at the team’s alternate training site at its Triple-A facility, where top prospects Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert, Emerson Hancock and others have been getting regular work.It’s not the same as what they would have received with the major league club, but it’s keeping the Mariners’ rebuilding plan going forward.“I hate to say when you’re not winning games at the major league level with the frequency that we would like that it’s going extraordinarily well, but it’s going better than extraordinarily well for us,” Dipoto said. “Over the last year and a half, I’m not sure we could have painted a picture that has gone much better, learning so much about our young players, watching prospects continue to develop.”NOTES: Seattle claimed RHP Walker Lockett off waivers from the New York Mets. Lockett was designated for assignment on Aug. 26. He was 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in two appearances this season for the Mets with one start. He made four starts last season for the Mets.Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd September, 2020 08:15 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV
Mamelodi Sundowns is a South African football club based in Pretoria. They are the current CAF Champions League holders and 2016 CAF Club of the Year.Domestically, Sundowns have won the league title a record (7) times and hold the joint record of three National Football League Championships. They are the only South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. Key player – Sibusiso Vilakazi (Midfielder) Union Sportive Médina d’Alger popularly referred to as USM Alger. The club founded in 1937 is based in the city of Algiers.In 2015, they finished as Runner-up in the CAF Champions League. Key Player – Oussama Darfalou (Forward) Al-Ahli Sports Club, known as Al Ahli Tripoli is a Libyan football club based in Tripoli and the second most successful Libyan club in history, having won 12 Libyan Premier League titles, six Libyan Football Cups and a Libyan Super Cup.On the continent, they’ve recently become frequent campaigners notably in the CAF Champions League. Key player – Mohamed Al Ghannudi (Forward) The Étoile Sportive du Sahel, a sports club from Sousse in Tunisia is considered to be one of the best from that part of Africa.They won the CAF Champions League in 2007, finished Runners-up in 2004 and 2005. Key player – Rami Bedoui (Defender) The CAF Champions League takes center stage this weekend as eight teams left standing off the 55 who started the journey battle for a place in the semi-final.Profile of the (8) teams:Clube Ferroviário da Beira is a Mozambican football club based in Beira; the Estádio do Ferroviário serves as their home stadium. The team gained prime support mostly as a result of being Colonial Champions in 1974.On the continent, they have been competitive since 1994 when they made it to the second round of the African Cup Winners’ Cup. Also, they recorded appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Key player – Chelito Omar (Midfielder) Wydad Casablanca is a Moroccan sports club based in Casablanca, Morocco. The team is well known in Africa by its fans called ‘Winners’ – The rivalry with neighbors Raja makes the derby between Raja and Wydad one of the most popular derbies in world football.On the continent, they’ve achieved a level of success as winner of the CAF Champions League in 1992, and Runner-up in 2011. Key player – Fabrice N’Guessi Ondama (Striker) Espérance Sportive de Tunis is a sports club based in Tunis, Tunisia. The Stade El Menzah is the club’s home stadium. They’ve made 13 appearances in the CAF Champions League from 1999 till date – emerging champions in 1994 and 2011. Key player – Taha Yassine Khenissi (Forward) Fixtures:16 Sep: Ferroviario Da Beira vs Union Sportive Médina d’Alger16 Sep: Al Ahly Cairo vs Esperance Tunis17 Sep: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Wydad AC Casablanca17 Sep: Al-Ahli Tripoli vs ES SahelTop Scorers:Saladin Said (Saint George) – 7 GoalsMuaid Ellafi (Al-Ahli Tripoli)- 6 goals Al Ahly Sporting Club is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. They are tagged as “the club of the century” for the record number of trophies won across board – a record 39 national titles, 36 national cups and 9 national super cups.On the continent, The club has 8 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup title, 6 CAF Super Cup titles and 4 African Cup Winners’ Cup titles.Internationally, Al Ahly has won the Bronze medal in FIFA Club World Cup 2006. Key player – Amr Gamal (Striker) Related
The debt owed Tunisian club, Esperance and FIFA over the wrongful registration of striker, Emmanuel Clottey in 2015 has been settled, Asante Kotoko announced.Executive Chairman, Kwame Kyei, paid the Tunisians to clear the fine imposed on the club by the world football governing body, FIFA.A $240,000 fine was slapped on the club by FIFA, comprising $180,000 for the player’s transfer, $45,000 representing accrued interest and $15,000 for the failure to respect a FIFA decision.Thus $30,000 was paid to the Tunisian side after reaching an agreement with them to write off the $45,000 accrued interest on the total figure. FIFA gave Kotoko up to May 17, 2020, to settle the debt or face a transfer ban on the national and international fronts.“Dr Kwame Kyei has paid the amounts due Esperance and FIFA in the Emmanuel Clottey issue,” club Spokesperson, Kennedy Boakye-Ansah confirmed.“Thirty thousand ($30,000) US Dollars go to Esperance as an addition to the $150,000 owed Kotoko for the transfer of Kwame Bonsu.“The Executive Chairman also paid $15, 000 to FIFA. We are grateful to Dr. Kyei and also to Ashford Tetteh Oku of Close Marking Consult for the smooth closure of this case,” he concluded.
Projected cut: +3Players within cut: 65 (T-57th position)Notables who missed: Sergio Garcia (+4), Justin Rose (+4), Danny Willett (+4), Brandt Snedeker (+5) How many make the cut at the Masters?The initial 87-player field will be whittled down to 65 by the time the first group tees off Saturday morning.Masters live leaderboardLeaderboardMasters Tournament10 – 13 April 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1Tiger WoodsUSA-13706867702752Dustin JohnsonUSA-12687070682762Brooks KoepkaUSA-12667169702762Xander SchauffeleUSA-12736570682765Tony FinauUSA-11717064722775Francesco MolinariItaly-11706766742775Webb SimpsonUSA-11727164702775Jason DayAustralia-11706773672779Rickie FowlerUSA-10707168692789Patrick CantlayUSA-10737364682789Jon RahmSpain-106970716827812Justin ThomasUSA-87368697028012Justin HardingSouth Africa-86969707228012Ian PoulterEngland-86871687328012Matt KucharUSA-87169687228012Bubba WatsonUSA-87272676928017Aaron WiseUSA-77571686728118Adam ScottAustralia-66968727328218Phil MickelsonUSA-66773707228218Patton KizzireUSA-67070736928221Matthew FitzpatrickEngland-57867687028321Thorbjørn OlesenDenmark-57171687328321Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-57371716828321Si Woo KimSouth Korea-57272706928321Jordan SpiethUSA-57568697128321Kyle StanleyUSA-57272706928321Kevin KisnerUSA-56973726928321Lucas BjerregaardDenmark-57072697228329Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa-47166717628429Charley HoffmanUSA-47171727028429Bryson DeChambeauUSA-46675737028432Hideki MatsuyamaJapan-37570687228532Viktor HovlandNorway-37271717128532Gary WoodlandUSA-37071747028532Charles Howell IIIUSA-37367766928536Kevin TwayUSA-27271707328636Jimmy WalkerUSA-27272727028636Patrick ReedUSA-27370746928636Alvaro OrtizMexico-27371736928636Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-27370756828636Henrik StensonSweden-27472677328636Tommy FleetwoodEngland-27171707428643Keegan BradleyUSA-17668717228743HaoTong LiChina-17274736828743Keith MitchellUSA-17274726928746Andrew LandryUSAPar7273737028846Kevin NaUSAPar7173737128846Corey ConnersCanadaPar7071717628849Kiradech AphibarnratThailand+16972757328949Marc LeishmanAustralia+17272707528951Martin KaymerGermany+27374727129051Eddie PepperellEngland+27473727129051Trevor ImmelmanSouth Africa+27472756929051Cameron SmithAustralia+27074697729055Devon BlingUSA+37473717329156Tyrrell HattonEngland+47373727429256Billy HorschelUSA+47275747129258Branden GraceSouth Africa+57275727429358Zach JohnsonUSA+57473737329358Takumi KanayaJapan+57374687829361Satoshi KodairaJapan+67570737629462J.B. HolmesUSA+87072748029662Alex NorenSweden+87572757429662Bernhard LangerGermany+87172757829662Emiliano GrilloArgentina+872757376296Click here or refresh if you can’t view the leaderboard. TIGER TRACKER: Follow Tiger Woods’ Round 2 at the MastersMasters cut rules for 2019Every major on the PGA Tour has its own cut rules. For the Masters, it’s simple. The top 50 players on the leaderboard automatically make it through to the third round, including ties. From there, any player within 10 strokes of the clubhouse leader also moves on to Day 3.Masters cut line 2019Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen are the current Masters co-leaders at 7-under par, meaning the cut line sits at 3 over. That means 22 players will miss the cut at this year’s Masters. The Masters cut line can be tricky to pin down while play is in progress.With Round 2 well under way at Augusta National on Friday, the 2019 leaderboard reflects a who’s who list of golf’s biggest names at the top. But others weren’t so lucky, with struggling stars like Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose among the 22 on the wrong side of the cut.
MORE: Warriors players call out Raptors fans for “bulls—” behaviorCousins quickly made headlines after Golden State’s Game 5 victory for his comments about the smattering of fans who cheered when Durant went down with an Achilles injury. Cousins had a pointed response.”F— them.”Cousins doubled down and labeled the fans “trash.””We’re only idolized as superstar athletes, not human beings,” he said. “It’s always about what we can do between those lines.””Trash. So trash. Like I said, we’re only idolized as superstar athletes. Not human beings.”– DeMarcus Cousins on Raptors fans cheering after KD’s injury pic.twitter.com/hV3blpMbof— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 11, 2019Most people stop reading after the F-bomb, but the back half of Cousins’ comments have more value. His attitude has been dissected throughout his career. If anybody could come close to the criticism Durant faces — and it’s still not close — then that player would be Cousins.Maybe that’s why Cousins responded the way he did between the lines in the aftermath of Durant’s injury. Cousins checked in with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter after Durant was helped off the floor. He scored seven straight points with a pair of layups and a 3-pointer and grabbed two rebounds. That burst allowed Golden State to build a 46-35 lead it held until the 5:13 mark of the fourth quarter.Cousins’ contribution to the game was crucial considering he’s missed most of the playoffs with a quad injury. He played for nearly 20 minutes and finished with 14 points (6-of-8 shooting) and six rebounds. In Golden State’s two wins, he has averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. In the three losses, he is down at 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.Cousins is a 20-10 player for his career, but it’s unrealistic to expect that kind of production now. If he can be close to a double-double guy and play a little more than 20 minutes per game, then the Warriors will have a chance to be the second team to come back from a 3-1 deficit.With Cousins, you never know. He was involved in three key plays in the final two minutes. Cousins was called for offensive goaltending on a Stephen Curry miss with 1:59 that could have gone either way. He also triggered a defensive goaltending call on Kyle Lowry (it was) and got caught on an illegal screen (it was) that set up Toronto for a potential game-winning shot.Chances are Golden State will need Cousins on the floor in these same critical situations in Game 6.Replay Review (Foster): whether call of offensive basket interference was correct in Q4 of #GSWatTOR. Ruling: Confirmed, offensive basket interference (ball was partially inside the cylinder). pic.twitter.com/ub1CNEwa9a— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) June 11, 2019That’s the chance they will have to take, and it circles back to those comments.”F— them.”Cousins is talking about Toronto fans, but it might as well be everybody who wants the Warriors’ reign at the top of the NBA to end. For those who thought this series was over when Durant went down, Golden State had something to say about that. Cousins had even more to say afterward.This is exactly the kind of against-the-world attitude Golden State needs to have for the rest of the series without Durant and perhaps Kevon Looney, who exited Game 5 with a chest injury. Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala are not used to trailing in a series, but they typically respond well when facing playoff deficits.The “Splash Brothers” will splash, and Green and Iggy know their roles on both sides of the ball. They need Cousins to be the X-factor in Game 6 on Thursday. The Warriors need everything DeMarcus Cousins brings for the rest of the 2019 NBA Finals.Even if it’s a volatile mix of attitude, minutes, buckets, rebounds, fouls and controversial plays, the Warriors will take what they can get here. With Kevin Durant out, Golden State needs Cousins to be the complementary piece to a core that has delivered three NBA championships in the last four seasons. With one more victory, Golden State could put the pressure back on a Toronto franchise that missed the first of three chances to close the door.Who would you take in a Game 7? The home team or the defending champions?If Cousins is that missing piece in Game 6, then we already know our answer.
But with the team’s opener nearing, Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters Wednesday he wants to decide by next weekend whether Luck or backup Jacoby Brissett will be the starter.”You have to be able to make a call and move from there,” Reich said, “whether we’re full speed with Andrew after that third preseason game (Aug. 24) or if at that point we are going with Jacoby.”Luck, 29, earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection last season after throwing for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He was also named the Pro Football Writers Association’s Comeback Player of the Year for his resurgence after undergoing surgery. Chargers’ Melvin Gordon prepared to sit out season without new deal, report says The Colts have been cautious with Luck, who also dealt with a nagging shoulder injury that sidelined him for the 2017 season, so it’s unlikely they’ll push him too hard too soon. Luck suffered a calf strain this spring and participated in just three practices during training camp, all as a limited participant. Colts owner Jim Irsay later revealed Tuesday that Luck is dealing with a “small little bone” injury in his lower left leg, which will likely force him to sit out the entire preseason.“I feel very confident he’s going to find a way through this thing. I think after the (Kevin) Durant thing, everyone is erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly, this is not even in the Achilles tendon,” Irsay said. “It’s a bone. I’m not good at these things, but it’s a small little bone.” Related News Titans coach Mike Vrabel downplays joint practice brawl Tony Romo thinks Cowboys can sign all three of their stars There’s a new sense of hope surrounding Andrew Luck’s latest injury.According to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, there’s a “guarded optimism” the franchise quarterback could be ready for the Colts’ regular-season opener Sept. 8 at the Chargers.
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