UK roundup: Suffolk LGPS, BMW UK, Cameron Hume, Pemberton

first_imgSuffolk Pension Fund (SPF), the pension provider for 55,600 local government employees in the East Anglian county of Suffolk, has reported a 0.7% return for the year to 31 March on its £2.2bn (€2.8bn) portfolio, compared with 14.6% for the previous year. However, SPF said its most recent return was 0.5% higher than the average achieved by other local authority funds.SPF’s annualised return is now 7% for the three years, and 7.3% for the five years, to the same date.SPF invests exclusively in pooled funds. At 31 March, 50.5% of the portfolio was invested in equities (17.5% in the UK and 33% overseas), with 19.9% in fixed income (primarily global bonds).Property made up 11%, while 17.3% was in other alternatives, primarily absolute return (9.5%), private equity (3%) and infrastructure (2.4%).An interim valuation showed that the funding level at March was 78.5% and the actuarial deficit at that date £592m. In other news, BMW Group is proposing to close its two UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes to future accrual from 1 June 2017 and to have staff join the company’s defined contribution (DC) scheme instead.The closure of the DB scheme would affect some 5,000 staff across all the company’s UK operations.BMW has launched a consultation on its proposal.Trade union Unite has said it will fight the plans “tooth-and-claw”.A spokeswoman for BMW said the cost and risk associated with DB schemes were making them increasingly unsustainable and unaffordable for members and companies like BMW. “BMW Group has always prided itself in providing excellent pensions for its staff and wants to act now to protect future pension provision for all its staff and to help protect the cost competitiveness of the UK as a manufacturing base,” she said.BMW’s DC scheme was launched in early 2014 and has more than 2,000 members.Meanwhile, Edinburgh-based investment management company Cameron Hume has teamed up with firms in Australia and Sweden as part of a plan to expand to the institutional business in new areas.The Scottish firm has signed distribution agreements with AFM Investment Partners in Melbourne, and Nordicus Capital, which covers the Nordic region from Stockholm.The partner companies will be responsible for identifying opportunities for Cameron Hume to work with institutional clients, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and insurance companies.Cameron Hume specialises in fixed income investments for large, sophisticated institutional clients, managing $600m (€535m) on behalf of Sanlam, a South African insurer.Lastly, Pemberton has launched a UK mid-market direct lending strategy, aiming to raise £500m for a sterling-denominated fund that will invest in dynamic mid-sized UK businesses.The asset management group said the new fund was anchored by two leading institutional investors, naming Legal & General Capital (LGC) as one, and will allow investors with long-term capital to take advantage of the financing gap created by banks’ withdrawal from new corporate lending. It expects a first close before the end of the year.John Doyle, head of origination UK at Pemberton, said its origination team had sourced more than 100 opportunities in the past 12 months “and, importantly, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has not impacted this appetite”.The UK mid-market debt fund is Pemberton’s second, coming on top of one with a pan-European focus.last_img read more

Bourbon confirms death of two more crew members after vessel sinking

first_imgFrench offshore vessel owner Bourbon has reported the death of two other crew members of the Bourbon Rhode vessel who went missing following the sinking of the vessel in the Atlantic Ocean last weekend.Following the incident last week where the Bourbon Rhode vessel found itself near the eye of the hurricane Lorenzo and sank in the Atlantic, three crew members were rescued and eleven were missing. On Monday, September 30 Bourbon confirmed the death of one crew member.In its latest update released on Tuesday, Bourbon said: “The bodies of our two mariners were recovered at sea last night and transferred on the French navy “Ventôse” frigate. Bourbon stands by the seafarers’ families and is fully mobilized to support them in this terrible time.”The company added that the research operations carried out by the French authorities with the support of the US authorities are part of exceptional measures, further intensified in recent days. Since the beginning of the operations on September 26, ten commercial vessels have been mobilized in the area.According to Bourbon, daily overflights are performed by a Falcon 50 of the French Navy, supported by a C 130 Hercules aircraft from the US Coast Guards. The Navy frigate, accompanied by its helicopter “Panther”, is at the heart of the system and coordinates the grid of nearly 40 search areas.Bourbon Corporation CEO, Gaël Bodénès, stated: “On behalf of all BOURBON employees, I would like to pay tribute to the deceased sailors. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones who are grieving over this dramatic event. We stand in full solidarity with them in this ordeal and assure them of our strongest support. Research operations are continuing on this sixth day and the mobilization of the maritime world is unprecedented. I would like to express our gratitude to all the research teams and those who volunteer.”last_img read more

Santipur Athletic club win by 8 wickets in Assam Premier Club Cricket Championship

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Santipur Athletic club thrashed Titan club by 8 wickets in the Assam Premier Club Cricket Championship tie held at the Judges ground here today.Brief scores: Titan Club 135-8 (35 overs), Debojit Mahanta 30, Sameer Dewan 4-29, Santipur 136-2 (23.5 overs), Abhilash Das 57no, Shailash Yadav 40.Also Read: Royals Cricket Club and Santipur Athletic Club winAlso Watch: International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed at Assam Startup the Nest in Guwahatilast_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in Mexico City in March 2019. Johnson said it was along time between wins and he wants to keep his streak going. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus each won in 17 consecutive years. Mackenzie Hughes, who shot a first-round 60, had a 67 to tie for third with 23-year-old Will Gordon at 17 under. Gordon, who has no status on either the PGA Tour finished just enough to earn him a special temporary card and unlimited exemptions for the rest of the season. There were seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut event, with two positive tests among players. Cameron champ withdrew Tuesday and Denny McCarthy had a positive test on Friday. TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP-VIRUSFrittelli 4th tour player to test positive for coronavirus June 28, 2020 The 35-year-old center was the 2014 defensive player of the year. Noah provides the Clippers with playoff experience and additional depth at the position.Noah’s 12 years in the NBA also includes stints with Chicago and the New York Knicks.USGA-TV DEALAP sources: NBC gets US Open as Fox gets out of contractThe U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA. That’s according to multiple people who spoke with The Associated Press. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTRAVELERS-CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson wins Travelers to extend career-long season streakCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13. Jaden McNeil mocked Floyd’s death in a tweet Thursday, one month after the Black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes. McNeil is the founder of a conservative group called America First Students and has been criticized for his past comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. University officials have said they are exploring their options for action.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSItaly’s women’s ski team reports 3 positivesUNDATED (AP) — The Italian Winter Sports federation says three members of the women’s ski team — two coaches and one athlete — have tested positive for the coronavirus while training.The federation says that one of the coaches has been hospitalized with a mild fever. The others have no symptoms but are being quarantined. The federation did not name those who tested positive. While other sections of the national team will continue training, the World Cup team will return home. Jones, Briscoe win first two Sunday racesLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Brandon Jones took home a trophy and sent a car to the scrap heap in about an hour at Pocono Raceway. Jones won the first of three races Sunday at the Pennsylvania track with a two-lap sprint to the finish in a wreck-filled Truck Series race. He followed that by wrecking on the first lap of the Xfinity Series race.Chase Briscoe held off Ross Chastain in overtime to win the crash-filled Xfinity race. Briscoe won his fourth Xfinity race of the season. Chastain won $100,000 in a prize awarded to the highest finisher among four eligible drivers. The day’s third event is a Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for his second Cup victory in two days. Fulps told the newspaper he’s responsible “for trying to make some jokes and said he is not a racist. Fulp said he’s been getting death threats and received messages threatening his family. He said seven workers quit.RACIAL INJUSTICE-KANSAS STATE TWEETK-State players announce boycott after student’s Floyd tweetMANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State football players say they will boycott all team activities until administrators create a policy that would allow a student to be expelled for “openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions.” The move that most players announced Saturday on social media follows a tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd that prompted outrage on campus. Pocono became the first track to hold a Truck, Xfinity and Cup race on the same day. SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADSpeedway owner loses staff, ‘all but 2’ sponsors after postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina racetrack said he has faced death threats, lost employees and seen “all but two” of his sponsors evaporate amid the backlash over his social media post invoking the noose found in the garage stall of Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace Mike Fulp, who owns the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County, told the News & Record he knew his troubles from what he described as a joke were self-inflicted. Fulp’s post advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale on Facebook Marketplace the day after an FBI investigation determined the noose found at the Talladega Superspeedway garage had been there since at least October and was a coincidence, not a hate crime. center_img The signing was first reported by ESPN. The 31-year-old Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy. He helped the Panthers reach the playoffs four times, including the Super Bowl in 2015.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign Joakim Noah to deal for rest of the seasonLOS ANGELES (AP) —The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent Joakim Noah to a new contract for the rest of the season, three months after he first signed a 10-day deal with the team.The two-time All-Star averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 42 games for Memphis last season. Noah originally signed with the Clippers on March 9, two days before the NBA put its season on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Italy’s team features reigning overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay), whose mother recovered after being hospitalized with the virus, and Olympic downhill gold medalist Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah).NFL-PATRIOTS-NEWTONSource: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace BradyBOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.The one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. A Patriots spokesman said the team had nothing to announce Sunday night. Three people with direct knowledge of the change say it came together in the last two weeks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. An announcement was expected Monday. The U.S. Open, originally scheduled to be played last week, was postponed to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York when the COVID-19 pandemic let no golf tournaments for three months.NBC televised the U.S. Open from 1995 until the USGA signed a 12-year deal with Fox Sports that began in 2015. One person said Comcast-owned NBC would pick up the final seven years of the contract through 2026. The change means NBC will have the U.S. Open and the British Open, along with three World Golf Championships, the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup and the FedEx Cup playoffs every other year.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEPrecautionary quarantine at Belmont Park barn is liftedNEW YORK (AP) — Officials have lifted a precautionary quarantine on a barn at Belmont Park after test results for a horse suspected of having equine herpesvirus Type 1 were negative. CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Dylan Frittelli became the fourth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus and had to withdraw from Rocket Mortgage Classic next week in Detroit.Frittelli missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, playing the opening two rounds with Ian Poulter and J.T. Poston. The South African player took a saliva test so he could take the tour’s charter to Detroit, and the result came back positive Sunday. Frittelli said he’s experiencing no issues and feels great physically.After conducting contact tracing, the tour said its medical advisors are not recommending additional testing at this time. Four players and two caddies have tested positive for the coronavirus since the tour returned to competition three weeks ago with tournaments in Fort Worth, Texas; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and Connecticut.Nick Watney received a positive test before his second round at Hilton Head, while Cameron Champ tested positive before the Travelers Championship and Denny McCarthy after his first round at the TPC River Highlands.NASCAR-POCONO The New York Racing Association said Sunday all horses in Barn 37 were found to not have fever and were asymptomatic. As a result, they can enter races and train among the general population.The precautionary quarantine had been put in place a day earlier after a 4-year-old colt exhibited fever and neurological symptoms. Freudnme is being monitored by a private veterinarian. The colt last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause an upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.NFL-OBIT-BUGEL Associated Press Former Redskins assistant, “Hogs” creator Joe Bugel dies at 80UNDATED (AP) — Former Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel (BYOO’-gul) has died.Bugel was the architect of “The Hogs,” the dominant offensive lines that helped lead the team to three Super Bowls under Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs. He was regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in NFL history. In addition to his two stints as an assistant with Washington, he was also a head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals and Oakland Raiders and an assistant with the Chargers. The Redskins announced that Bugel died Sunday at age 80. 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The Latest: Mountain West postpones football media days

first_img___The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week.The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday. The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people.The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered.The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.In the statement, the NFL clubs said they will continue to work with Murphy’s office as the situation is reviewed and evaluated, but “until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance.”Rutgers University, in Piscataway, announced that all of its athletic venues will operate with 500 or fewer in attendance and safety precautions will be in place for those fans who come to sporting events there. Decisions by state and local health authorities will determine whether games are actually played .California is currently seeing soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued strict guidelines that will require most of California’s 6.7 million K-12 students to at least start the coming school year with online classes.___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___ The Mountain West has postponed its football virtual media days which were scheduled for July 27-29. Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday.___The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps.___California’s governing body for high school sports said Monday that the 2020-21 seasons will begin no earlier than December.The California Interscholastic Federation said the normal fall, winter and spring sports seasons will be condensed into two seasons.The federation set time frames for most playoffs and championships. Football will complete its playoffs and championships by mid-April. Actual regular season and playoff schedules will be set separately. The Latest: Mountain West postpones football media days Georgia’s governing body for high school sports has pushed back the start of football season for two weeks, until the week of Sept. 4.The Georgia High School Association still plans for a full 10-game regular season and a full playoff schedule. Other fall sports will start on time. The delay was needed for several school districts, including Atlanta public schools, which have pushed back the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.The association’s board of trustees voted 8-4 against a proposal to keep the current sports calendar. The subsequent vote was unanimous to push back the football opening schedule by two weeks. The opening games had been planned for the week of Aug. 21.___The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic. July 20, 2020center_img Athletic Director Chris Del Conte emailed season ticket holders Monday telling them the school is working closely with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and is following state guidelines on social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.Texas said it’s still preparing for the season to start Sept. 5 at home against South Florida. The Big 12 has not yet said if it will duplicate moves by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to play only conference games. South Florida plays in the American Athletic Conference.Texas’ Royal-Memorial Stadium holds about 100,000, although that figure was going to be reduced slightly this season because part of the stadium is undergoing renovation.Even with limited capacity, the school said it expects to offer all season ticket holders a chance to get tickets.___ The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed regular season.The Washington Nationals announced Monday that Fauci — a self-described fan of the reigning World Series champions — accepted the team’s invitation to have the pregame honor Thursday.The Nationals will host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin.___The University of Texas says it anticipates hosting football games this season at 50% capacity in the stands. Associated Press Twenty-seven swimmers and divers have returned to campus in three phases for training.___One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players. The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities.The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided.___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed. The league didn’t say when the online event would take place, saying only that “any future decisions and announcements will take place at the appropriate time.”Several Mountain West teams had scheduled strong Power-5 opponents to kick off the non-conference portion of their schedules only to see those games get canceled.Colorado State, for instance, saw its games against rival Colorado and Oregon scuttled when the Pac-12 decided to play only conference games this season in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Mountain West still plans to release its predicted order of finish this week along with its preseason all-conference teams and preseason players of the year.___ Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series.The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season.___More AP sports: and read more

Semifinals Take Centre Stage in Warri, Agbor

first_imgObule Integrated School, representing Sapele Local Government will confront Uwhelu Grammar School at the Warri Township Stadium.Agbor Township Stadium will host Comprehensive Secondary School and Boys Secondary School Obiaruku, in another last four stage contest.To qualify for this stage, Comprehensive Secondary School defeated Owa Model Secondary School 6-1 at the Kwale Township Stadium in a one-sided encounter while Boys Secondary School also showed superiority over Orhuwhorun Secondary School in a tight match that ended 4-3 on penalties after full time score stood at 1-1 at the Oleh Township Stadium.High-flying Obule Integrated School at the Warri Township Stadium defeated Solid Rock secondary School 4-0 in a match the Sapele representative were dominant just as Uwheru Grammar School defeated Ekpan Secondary School 7-6 after penalty shootout in a keenly contested encounter at the Otujeremi Township Stadium.According to the head of the organising team, Tony Pemu, the Warri encounter will kick-off at 1pm while that of Agbor will start at 2pm.As part of preparation for the semis, a meeting of the organizing team took place yesterday at the office of the Director in the Ministry of Basic Secondary Schools.Pemu noted that the sponsors, Zenith Bank, and the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration respectively charged the organizing team to ensure a true winner emerges from the competition which is in its third edition.“We are working hard to get it right in all ways. The tournament has been a big improvement in all ways. We are also going to monitor the two semis and ensure everything go on well,” Pemu said.The final is billed for March 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ZENITH BANK/DELTA PRINCIPALS’ CUPThe semifinals of the 2019 Delta State Principals’ Cup football competition will take place today in two centres as the annual competition approaches its climax.The preliminaries of this edition of the tournament sponsored by Zenith Bank and organized for all secondary schools in the state started in October 2018.last_img read more

Freshmen give USC needed depth

first_imgWill Hanley is a junior majoring in political science and communication. His column, “Sports Willustrated,” runs Thursdays. To comment on this story, visit or email Will at With a typically obnoxious case of the stomach flu keeping me bedridden for the past few days, I took to mindlessly perusing social media as a means of occupying my time. Shockingly, this undertaking didn’t fit into my mom’s suggested remedy of sleep, fluids and, “You shouldn’t go out so much!” It did, however, help shed some light on the Trojans’ consistently exciting, yet consistently inconsistent, performance on the football field thus far. If my illness was good for anything, it was good to help me remember this simple fact: At USC this season, it’s all about the freshmen.Let’s back up a little. While taking a look at wide receivers coach Tee Martin’s Instagram account — how I got there is still unclear — I discovered a post-game photo of freshman wideout JuJu Smith and legendary rapper Dr. Dre. The photo struck me as odd, but not for the reasons you might think. Dre is a well-known USC supporter and one of the namesakes of the school’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy. Seeing him on the Trojans’ sideline is as normal as noticing celebrity regulars such as Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg.No, for whatever reason, it was Smith who seemed out of place. This made hardly any sense, considering that aside from established standout Nelson Agholor, Smith has the most receptions of any Trojan this season. Though Smith’s face might not be recognizable to most USC fans just six games into his college career, his name is. But, the more I considered how quickly the youngster has transitioned from being just another name in a promising recruiting class to the linchpin of an underrated receiving corps, the more I realized that I had taken his youth for granted.Smith is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s versatile cornerback/wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson, stud tight end Bryce Dixon, human mountains at the offensive line in Viane Talamaivao and Toa Lobendahn, wide receiver Ajene Harris and key rotational pieces in the secondary such as John Plattenburg and Jonathan Lockett. All of them contributors. All of them true freshman. And I might as well have forgotten.It all started in the season opener against Fresno State. Leading up to the game, it was unclear how much any of these freshmen would contribute. Over the summer, my fellow columnists and I debated this exact question. I felt Dixon would be a major factor in the passing game, which he has been of late. I also theorized that Smith would have to fight for playing time in crowded groups at defensive back and receiver. Shows how much I know. Smith had four receptions for 123 yards against the Bulldogs, while Dixon and Jackson both caught touchdowns. Lobendahn, Talamaivao and fellow freshman guard Damien Mama all saw time on the offensive line, a historic moment for a program that prides itself on earning everything you get. Though it wasn’t always at the flashiest positions, there was a legitimate youth movement at the Coliseum.Still, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Trojans’ freshmen. The experienced Stanford defense frustrated Smith. Lobendahn, Mama and Talamaivao have paved the way for redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen all season but struggled to keep redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler off of the turf against Boston College. Harris lost his starting position before the Fresno State game and still has only four catches on the year. But if these freshmen have been right there for USC’s worst moments of 2014, they’ve also been there for the best. Dixon and Smith pulled down three of Kessler’s school-record seven touchdown passes against Colorado on Saturday. Lockett and Plattenburg fearlessly relieved Jackson in the fourth quarter of a crucial win over Arizona. Jackson racked up a career-high seven tackles in the same game before going down to injury.Maybe there’s a reason why I’ve taken all these freshmen for granted. They contribute, sure, but they aren’t flashy. They don’t complain about playing time or make mental mistakes. They just go out and do what they can to help the team. As a unit, their strongest asset is that they don’t play — or act — like freshmen at all.So thank you, Tee Martin. Thank you, Instagram. Thank you, stomach flu and its subsequent medicinal haze. Now I know what I should’ve known all season: As the class of 2014 goes, so goes the USC football team — and it will be like that for years to come.last_img read more

Women’s volleyball gears up for tough Pac-12 season

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanThe women’s volleyball team will begin the 2017 season with a match against Loyola Marymount this Friday. This match will present an opportunity for head coach Mick Haley and the women’s volleyball team to build momentum for upcoming matches in the next two weeks against No. 16 Michigan, No. 9 Creighton and No. 14 Kentucky.  USC just missed the top-25 rankings with 105 points, about 40 points shy of No. 25 Purdue. As the season progresses, the Trojans will try to make their way up the poll as they return half of their starting lineup from last season.The roster runs deep, and many of this season’s key players have been major contributors to the team’s successes since their freshman seasons. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier displayed her physical presence at the net and defensive abilities last season as a freshman recording 491 kills (4.06 kills/set) and 315 digs (2.60 digs/set), which are first and second on the team, respectively.  She won’t be alone, however, as senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, junior outside hitter Alyse Ford and junior opposite hitter Niki Withers also add depth to the lineup.  Abercrombie had 255 kills last season while hitting at a .246 percentage, Ford added 272 kills on a .220 percentage and Withers swung for 298 kills on a .253 hitting percentage. These four hitters will allow the Trojan offense to spread across the pins, providing balance that will be difficult for the opposing team to defend.The Trojans may be fully loaded on the pins, but the middle position lost Elise Ruddins to graduation. Senior middle blocker Jordan Dunn returns, and there is potential in junior middle blockers Brittany Welsh and Madison Murtagh to make an impact for the Trojan offense and defense at the net this season. Welsh is a transfer from LSU, and will be making the adjustment to the Pac-12 standard of play.“I’m really excited to be a part of the conference now and look forward to competition that has historically dominated in women’s indoor volleyball,” Welsh said. “I have also been fortunate enough to train with the team the whole summer, as it took time to adjust to the new system, but the girls were very helpful and super welcoming to all eight of us new players on the team.”Any swings that get beyond this block will be in the defensive territory of junior libero Victoria Garrick, who tallied 182 digs last season.Lastly, senior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley will run the offense. Another setter could be added to the offensive mix, since Haley has traditionally utilized two setters in a 6-2 offense due to Meyer-Whalley’s smaller stature.  A 6-2 offense is when both setters operate solely from the back row, which provides a total of six hitters (two outside hitters, two opposite hitters and two middle blockers) available in the seven-player rotation, including the libero. This offense is especially effective for the Trojans because it allows them to utilize four pin hitters in a match instead of the traditional three used by many other teams.In its quest for a deep playoff run, USC will be challenged in the Pac-12, which boasts 2016 NCAA champion Stanford, in addition to other strong programs in Washington, Utah, Arizona and UCLA.last_img read more

Lakers’ Jordan Hill ends 2014 on a sour note

first_imgHe came into the 2014-15 season believing a renewed jump shot, abstaining from alcohol and a more deliberate offense would revitalize his career.But after initially appearing as the Lakers’ second-best player, Jordan Hill has spent the past month crashing and burning. “The intensity’s not there,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t know if he’s tired.”After averaging 13.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 9.7 rebounds in 32.3 minutes through 14 games in December, Hill has averaged 10.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds in 26.4 minutes through 14 games. Scott may trim Hill’s playing time to conserve his energy, beginning when the Lakers (9-21) visit the Denver Nuggets (13-18) on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 27-year-old Hill experienced fatigue last season when he averaged a career-high 21 minutes under former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. Said Scott: “It could be the league has kind of figured him out as well.”New additionIt did not take long for Tarik Black to ingratiate himself with the Lakers. He arrived at the team’s facility on Monday introducing himself to the Lakers’ coaching staff, general manager Mitch Kupchak, trainer Gary Vitti and teammates. The Lakers and Black will become more familiar with each other; he was recently claimed off waivers after the Houston Rockets recently released the rookie center. center_img “I don’t want our bigs to be comfortable just thinking you’ll be playing just because you’re here,” Scott said. “This young man will come in and he’s obviously very hungry.”Black will travel for Tuesday’s game against Denver, but is unlikely to play. But Black will find minutes after he practices. The Lakers have plenty of frontcourt players, including starters Ed Davis and Hill and reserves Carlos Boozer and Robert Sacre. But the Lakers have allowed a league-worst 109.2 points per game. Enter Black, the undrafted rookie out of Kansas who impressed the Houston Rockets by playing 25 games and starting 12 for an injured Dwight Howard. Black averaged 4.2 points on 54.2 percent shooting and 5.1 rebounds before the Rockets waived him to make room for Josh Smith. “What I’m here to do is just help the team,” said Black, who said he’s 6-9 despite the NBA listing him as 6-11. “I just want to come in here and work hard.” Practice updateKobe Bryant rested during Monday’s practice. When the Lakers have multiple days between games, Bryant will rest the first day and then spend the following days performing what Scott described as “light work” … Lakers forward Ryan Kelly participated in his first full practice on Monday since tearing his right hamstring six weeks ago. Kelly could play in Friday’s game against Memphis at Staples Center … The Lakers will allow Xavier Henry to rehab his left Achilles tendon at the team’s practice facility despite recently waiving him. last_img read more

Margaret Prichard, 79, Oxford: Feb. 27, 1933 – Jan. 30, 2013

first_imgMargaret Prichard, 79, of Oxford died January 30, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Wellington.Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held Friday from 9:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday evening. A memorial has been established with the American Lung Association.  Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit Prichard was born on February 27, 1933 the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca (Jones) Waggoner in Winfield. She was a 1952 graduate of the Winfield High School. She was united in marriage with John Prichard on January 16, 1960 in Winfield. Margaret enjoyed sewing, puzzles and needlework. She liked living and working on the family farm. Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.Surviving to honor her memory is her son, Steven Prichard and wife Sheila of Oxford, daughters, Susan Prichard of Key Largo, Florida and Linda Knight of Oxford, three grandsons; Eric Prichard, Jarod Prichard and Landon Knight, three sisters; Nancy John of Lindsborg, Lila Armstrong and Linda Stewart both of Winfield.Preceding her in death are her parents, husband John in 2009 and sister Jean Waggoner.last_img read more

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