Talk about a switcheroo.The first 59 minutes of USC and UCLA’s annual cross-town battle Saturday qualified as a certifiable snoozer.But, boy, did the sparks fly in the final seconds, when Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel called a timeout as USC attempted to run the clock out on a would-be 14-point victory.Mike Lee | Daily TrojanAnd that was all the provoking USC coach Pete Carroll needed, as he called on freshman quarterback Matt Barkley to deliver a 48-yard touchdown strike to receiver Damian Williams to break open the game.That gave the Trojans the 28-7 win in front of a decidedly quiet crowd of 85,713 at the Coliseum, but it also brought nearly the entire UCLA sideline onto the field in what nearly ended up a brawl.“That was just competing,” Carroll said in his postgame press conference.Neuheisel said he didn’t blame Carroll for the decision to run a play-action pass up by 14 in the final minute.Still, his players expressed surprise at the call that mirrored Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh’s choice to go for the two-point conversion two weeks ago against the Trojans.“I was speechless,” sophomore safety Rahim Moore said. “They caught us off guard.”The last minute demanded most of the postgame attention, but for much of the game, junior linebacker Malcolm Smith was the story.He picked off a Kevin Prince pass in the first quarter and took it back 62 yards for a touchdown, providing the Trojans their only points of the first half.Smith, who has missed three games this season due to a shoulder ailment, was also credited with 15 tackles in the game, a career-high.“He was finally himself,” said redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo. “All year he’s been hindered by a few injuries and this and that but this is the one game that everybody got to see the real Malcolm Smith.”Smith also stuffed three UCLA plays for a loss.“He was all over the field,” Carroll said. “He played a beautiful game.”As a whole, the Trojan defense held the Bruins scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, rattling both UCLA quarterbacks all game long. Redshirt freshman Kevin Prince and senior Kevin Craft combined to complete 18-of-39 passes for no touchdowns and three interceptions.“We made too many mistakes, particularly on offense,” Neuheisel said.It was a performance unseen out of the USC defense in recent weeks. In their last five games prior to Saturday, the Trojans had given up an average of nearly 35 points per game.“Defensively, it was huge to keep the score down,” Carroll said. “We were able to adjust and keep things in order.”UCLA’s first — and only — score came with fewer than six minutes remaining in the game on a direct-snap 2-yard run by senior running back Chane Moline.That made the score 14-7, the Bruins’ best look at the game.But USC responded with a methodical nine-play drive capped by a two-yard run by redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford, using up more than four minutes of clock.Bradford ran four times for 30 yards on the drive — for a total of 62 yards on 14 carries in the game — and served as a decoy on multiple Barkley passes.“We threw it when we had to and we used a little play-action here and there,” Barkley said. “When it counts, those are the big drives that you really need.”For the much-maligned USC offense, the possession was a bright spot.“I was really proud of the offense — that was their best drive of the day,” said offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. “And we needed it. We had to take it down and get some points.”And so the 79th meeting between the two teams ended exactly like last year’s, with the Trojans on top by a score of 28-7.There will be no Rose Bowl for either Los Angeles school, but in what has amounted to a mediocre season for both, USC can again go home with bragging rights.“It’s always good to beat UCLA,” Bradford said. “They play us tough every year regardless of whether they’re ranked or they’re not or what’s going in the season or how bad their record is or how bad our record is.”“They always play us tough.”Compared to other in-state rivalries across the nation, the so-called battle for L.A. has lacked in bravado since UCLA’s 13-9 upset over the Trojans in 2006. But the late-game antics this time around might have created something to look forward to for next year.“It was good to see a little controversy, I guess you could say,” Galippo said. “Every other rivalry in the nation is like that, and it was good to see that here.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its continued effort to modernize inspection systems through science-based approaches to food safety. USDA is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to establish a new voluntary inspection system for market hog slaughter establishments called the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), while also requiring additional pathogen sampling for all swine slaughter establishments.The proposed rule also allows innovation and flexibility to establishments that are slaughtering market hogs. Market hogs are uniform, healthy, young animals that can be slaughtered and processed in this modernized system more efficiently and effectively with enhanced process control.For market hog establishments that opt into NSIS, the proposed rule would increase the number of offline USDA inspection tasks, while continuing 100% FSIS carcass-by-carcass inspection. These offline inspection tasks place inspectors in areas of the production process where they can perform critical tasks that have direct impact on food safety.“FSIS is excited to continue modernizing inspection practices, while allowing opportunities for industry to innovate and streamline food production,” said Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “There is no single technology or process to address the problem of foodborne illness, but when we focus our inspections on food safety-related tasks, we better protect American families.”In this proposal, USDA would also amend the regulations that apply to all establishments that slaughter swine. The new requirements would ensure that establishments implement measures to control enteric pathogens that can cause foodborne illness. Specifically, all swine slaughter establishments would be required to implement appropriate measures to prevent contamination throughout the entire production process in their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOPs), or other prerequisite programs. The new requirements would ensure that both USDA and the establishment have the documentation they need to verify the effectiveness of these measures on an ongoing basis.There will be a 60-day period for comment once the rule is published in the Federal Register.To view the proposed rule and information on how to comment on the rule, visit the FSIS website at fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/c17775a2-fd1f-4c11-b9d2-5992741b0e94/2016-0017.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.
DETROIT, MI – MARCH 18: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Little Caesars Arena on March 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Syracuse’s self-imposed NCAA Tournament ban has helped spark a lot of debate about the efficacy of NCAA post-season bans, which almost always wind up punishing players who are not involved in the violations at hand. Many believe the punishment should be levied against coaches and administrators, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, who believes that Jim Boeheim, and not Rakeem Christmas, Mike Gbinije, and company, should be the one banned from the tournament. Dakich had Boeheim on his radio show, and the legendary Syracuse coach agrees with his idea.Jimmy B on @dandakich “I’d rather take the punishment and let the players go to the tournament, I’ve been to the tournament” @BrentAxeMedia— Justin Hardie (@jhardie13) February 25, 2015While it is too late for this Syracuse team, last night’s win at Notre Dame gives the program two wins over Top 12 teams in the last week, and the Orange would probably be right on the bubble if they were eligible. Punishing a coach who was present, even if he may or may not have been aware of alleged violations, makes far more sense than taking this opportunity away from the innocent players.
Valdemura and Martinez are the captains of the two vessels manned by a 54-member crew of fishermen from the Dominican Republic, which were intercepted and seized by the Jamaican Defence Force Coast Guard on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The vessels bearing queen conch, spiny lobster, crabs, fin fish and octopus were confiscated by the authorities. Story Highlights Jamaica sent a clear message on Friday, March 22, 2019 to illegal fishers poaching in Jamaica’s fishing territory with the forfeiture of two fishing vessels and the criminal conviction of Dominican Republic fishermen, Limbert Valdemura and Manuel Martinez, in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.Valdemura and Martinez are the captains of the two vessels manned by a 54-member crew of fishermen from the Dominican Republic, which were intercepted and seized by the Jamaican Defence Force Coast Guard on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The vessels bearing queen conch, spiny lobster, crabs, fin fish and octopus were confiscated by the authorities.The hearing on Friday last (March 22) resulted in the forfeiture of the two fishing vessels, when, appearing before Senior Parish Judge His Honour Mr Vaughn Smith, the illegal fishers were charged under the Exclusive Economic Zone Act for exploration and exploitation of living and non-living things in the zone, as opposed to under the Fishing Industry Act because the illegal fishers were not caught in Jamaica’s territorial waters but inside Jamaica’s exclusive economic zone.The conviction of the poachers and forfeiture of their vessels reinforces the warning issued by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, the Hon Audley Shaw, recently to the perpetrators of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Jamaican waters.Addressing a media briefing on the conch industry on March 12, Minister Shaw said, “The depletion of the conch fishery has resulted from several factors. We are certain that illegal fishing is a major cause.”Shaw sounded the stern warning, “Stay out of Jamaican waters,” a message he said he intends to deliver at the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Council of Ministers’ Meeting to be held in May in St Kitts.Over the last nine years, from January 2011 to March 2019, 10 foreign fishing vessels were caught fishing illegally in Jamaican waters, an arrest rate which, anecdotally, reflects only 14% of the foreign IUU vessels operating in our waters, Minister Shaw, said as he outlined several initiatives to be addressed locally, regionally and internationally to curb Illegal fishing in Jamaican waters. Jamaica sent a clear message on Friday, March 22, 2019 to illegal fishers poaching in Jamaica’s fishing territory with the forfeiture of two fishing vessels and the criminal conviction of Dominican Republic fishermen, Limbert Valdemura and Manuel Martinez, in the Corporate Area Criminal Court. The hearing on Friday last (March 22) resulted in the forfeiture of the two fishing vessels, when, appearing before Senior Parish Judge His Honour Mr Vaughn Smith, the illegal fishers were charged under the Exclusive Economic Zone Act for exploration and exploitation of living and non-living things in the zone, as opposed to under the Fishing Industry Act because the illegal fishers were not caught in Jamaica’s territorial waters but inside Jamaica’s exclusive economic zone.
VANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver is moving to legalize short-term rental accommodation like Airbnb but operators will only be able to advertise their principal residence.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said Wednesday that new regulations to be enacted next week are designed to protect and free up rental housing in response to a critically low vacancy rate.“The goal of the city is to restore some of our long-term rental and take a balanced approach, making sure we are protecting rental stock at the same time that we’re enabling supplemental income for people who are using Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms,” he said.There are roughly 6,600 short-term rentals posted online, and more than 80 per cent will remain legal under the program, city officials said.Operators will be required to apply for a business licence by Sept. 1 and include that number in their listing, which Airbnb has agreed to make as a requirement on its platform.Secondary suites can only be listed on the platform by a long-term resident of the unit, and city staff say there are about 1,000 units currently listed that are not an operator’s primary home.Robertson said most of those units should go back on the rental market or be subject to a $1,000 a day fine as of Sept. 1.Airbnb spokeswoman Alex Dagg said the agreement reached with the city, which also requires the company to share quarterly data and user contact information, is the first of its kind in Canada. She said other jurisdictions globally have implemented a similar partnership.“I’m always reminded how progressive the Vancouver community is,” she said. “This agreement today is an important step to making home sharing easier while giving the city the tools it needs for enforcement.”She said the information being given to the city will help enforce the new regulations, while allowing users to continue to list their homes with ease.The city’s general manager of development, Kaye Krishna, said about 88 per cent of all online short-term rental listings are posted on Airbnb.Other platforms are in negotiations with the city, Krishna said. The Expedia Group, which owns the platforms VRBO and HomeAway, has agreed to educate users on the new regulations and encourage them to obtain licences, she said.The cost of the licence is $49 annually, and operators must have permission from their landlord or condo board and adhere to fire and safety standards.The city has set up an online application, which Krishna said takes only minutes to complete, that will launch next week.The city has hired bylaw enforcement officers to monitor violations and issue tickets.“Housing here is for homes first and be used as a business after that and be taxed as a business appropriately,” Robertson said.The new regulations, paired with the city’s recent empty-home tax, are “tools that can boost the supply of long-term rental, and again, make sure we are getting the best use of our housing stock across the city,” he said.The city’s vacancy rate is currently at 0.8 per cent, Robertson said.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.
New Delhi: The Home Ministry Monday announced release of an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A Home Ministry statement said the amount would be in addition to the Rs 341 crore that had been provided to the Odisha’s State Disaster Response Force in advance. As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the Odisha government, the Home Ministry has announced a further release of Rs 1,000 crore for assistance to the state, the statement said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe extremely severe cyclone ‘Fani’ made a landfall in Odisha on May 3 causing extensive damage in the state and claiming at least 34 lives. Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, met Monday for a seventh time in quick succession and reviewed the coordination efforts and restoration measures in the areas affected by the cyclone. The Odisha government has informed that restoration of the power and telecommunication infrastructure continues to remain the major priority and so far around 50 per cent power restoration has been reported while more works need to be done in Bhubaneswar and Puri, the statement said. The NEET examination, which was postponed in the state because of the cyclone, will be held on May 20. The medicines dispatched by the central government have been received and all measures were being taken to prevent any outbreak of diseases, the statement said. Reviewing the relief measures, the Cabinet Secretary stressed that power connectivity needs to be restored on priority basis as drinking water supply, telephone connectivity and banking operations need electricity.
Several college basketball teams saw their NCAA Tournament runs end at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this past weekend. North Carolina State and Michigan State were able to stave off elimination, though, and advance to the Sweet 16. North Carolina State 66, Georgetown 63 Jason Clark had a chance. The Georgetown senior guard had a shot from the right wing that could have sent the game between the No.3-seeded Hoyas and No.11-seed North Carolina State into overtime as time was expiring. Clark missed, sending the Hoyas (24-9) home and the Wolfpack (24-8) into the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years on a 66-63 victory in the third round of the Midwest Region in the NCAA Tournament in Columbus. “I felt like (the shot) had a chance. But it was off. We pushed the ball up the court, tried to get a last shot,” Clark said. “I felt like it had a chance, but it didn’t.” N.C. State, led by sophomore forward C.J Leslie, junior forward Scott Wood and senior guard C.J Williams, who scored 14 points a piece, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half with balanced scoring and a plethora of offensive rebounds on way to a win. “I’m extremely proud of our team and these young guys. We came back, took the lead, and just how tough-minded they have become. It makes you feel very good as a coach, very proud of them,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. Junior forward Hollis Thompson dropped 23 points for Georgetown. Clark added 10, while fellow Hoyas’ senior, center Henry Sims, only played 22 minutes due to foul trouble. The first half was full of runs by both teams. Georgetown got out to a 5-3 lead on a floater and a 3-pointer by freshman forward Otto Porter. The Hoyas followed that with a 6-2 run, but not before Sims picked up two fouls, both of which came driving into the lane. Sims was forced to sit for the majority of the remainder of the half, but Georgetown was able to get out to a 25-15 lead with him on the bench, thanks to poor shooting by the Wolfpack and an array of 3-pointers by Clark, freshman forward Greg Whittington and freshman guard Jabril Trawick. “We came out kind of slow. We weren’t up-tempo like we wanted to be,” Leslie said. Around the seven-minute mark, Georgetown coach John Thompson III went with a lineup featuring four freshman and Clark, and N.C. State’s run followed shortly. The Wolfpack outscored Georgetown 15-2 to end the half, with most of their points from inside the paint, and took a 30-27 lead into halftime after a steal and breakaway dunk by sophomore forward CJ Leslie. “We got some fast breaks, got some easy buckets,” Gottfried said. “And then the game started to loosen up for us a little bit better.” N.C. State continued to play tough inside as the second half began. Sims picked up his third foul around the 15-minute mark, and the Wolfpack extended their lead to 45-34 after a jumper went for junior center DeShawn Painter. N.C. State grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game. Georgetown rallied with a flurry of buckets by Thompson. With less than two minutes to go, Sims, with four fouls, hit a lay-up, his first points of the game, to cut N.C. State’s lead to three, 62-59. After Wolfpack sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown missed the front-end of a one-an-one, Sims was fouled inside, and hit both free throws to make it 62-61. Wood, a 92 percent free throw shooter coming into the game, only hit 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled, and the Hoyas had a chance to tie the game, but Porter missed a contested jump shot from the base line. Brown was fouled, and hit one of two free throws before Clark’s shot went wide. Michigan State 65, St. Louis 61 For the 10th time in his career, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is headed to the Sweet 16, but it didn’t come easy. The top-seeded Spartans (29-7) outlasted No.9-seed Saint Louis (26-8) in a physical battle in the third round of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus on Sunday, 65-61. “I don’t know if you would believe this or not, but I thought to myself the game would go just like it went. I didn’t know who would win, but I told my guys I know what good a coach (SLU coach Rick Majerus) is,” Izzo said. MSU senior forward Draymond Green came up big for the Spartan in the win, making play after play in the game’s final moments, finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Spartan sophomore guard Keith Appling added 19 points, three assists and three rebounds. “I think (Green)’s the best player in the country,” Majerus said. “If I had to take a kid right now to win the national championship, I’d take Draymond Green.” The Billikens hung tough with the Spartans thanks in part to their defensive effort and the play of junior guard Kwamain Mitchell and senior forward Brian Conklin, who scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. “We fought our guts out. (MSU)’s a terrific team. I don’t know that we could have played better,” Majerus said. Physical defense dominated the game’s opening 20 minutes. After back-and-forth scoring, SLU took a 15-11 lead on the Spartans after a 3-pointer by Billikens’ sophomore guard Jordair Jett. It did not take MSU long to regain the lead. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run, capped by a driving finger-roll layup in the lane by Green with just less than four minutes to play in the half. Both teams had opportunities to score in the final minute, but the defenses held strong, and MSU took a 26-21 lead into half time. Coming out of the half, SLU sophomore guard Mike McCall Jr. hit a 3-pointer to bring the Billikens within two, but MSU followed with a 15-8 run to go up, 41-32. After Appling hit an open jump shot, one of the many SLU gave him, MSU went up 49-42 with just under seven minutes to play. “All night they pretty much had me begging to shoot the ball. We got in the huddle in one of our timeouts, Draymond (Green) instilled some confidence in me, told me I was a 41 percent 3-point shooter last year, so shoot the ball,” Appling said. Majerus said he was surprised by Appling’s ability to knock down open jump shots. “Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “I think with Appling, Izzo played it really smart, told him to shoot.” Following Appling’s jumper, Billikens’ sophomore guard Jordair Jett hit a rainbow floater, and on the next possession, got fouled and hit both free throws to make it 49-46. From there, the game went back-and-forth, with both teams scoring and hitting tough shots. With fewer than three minutes to go, Green started to take over. He hit a tough, outside jump shot with 2:47 to play to put MSU up, 55-51. A little more than a minute later, Green drove to the bucket and found Appling wide open in the corner, which he drilled, giving MSU a 58-51 lead with 1:34 remaining in the game. SLU made a couple more shots to keep MSU fans nervous, but the Spartans were able to hold on.
Before ever catching a pass as a Buckeye, Ohio State freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon will have to wait until next season to step back on the field.OSU coach Urban Meyer said on 97.1 The Fan that Dixon is set to have knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Meyer said Dixon’s healthy issues stem from tendinitis in both of his knees.Dixon was praised by the coaching staff during fall camp and expected to contribute early in his career, but didn’t play in OSU’s first two games of the season. He made his Buckeye debut against Kent State on Sept. 13 and carried the ball four times for 20 yards in the 66-0 victory.Per NCAA rules, Dixon will be eligible for a medical redshirt. In order to be eligible for a medical hardship waiver, the injury has to be season-ending and the player has to have taken part in less than 30 percent of the team’s entire season.OSU’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against Cincinnati at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Vice-chairman Pavel Nedved has hailed the “legendary” Juventus side that won their seventh consecutive Serie A title as “almost inhuman”The Bianconeri’s goalless draw against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday was enough to secure them the league crown and their fourth consecutive domestic double.Nedved, who himself played for Juventus between 2001 and 2009, believes that the only thing that was missing from an otherwise brilliant season was winning the Champions League.“Allegri and the players were the stars of this seventh Scudetto,” the former midfielder told Tutti Convocati, via Football-Italia.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This season was very difficult because our motivations were mainly for the Champions League, in which we missed the last step for a perfect season.“Still, we’ve worked every day to get to these results. Juventus are legendary, almost inhuman, animals even. These players have done something fantastic.”Juventus will next face the relegated Verona at their Allianz Stadium in Turin for their final game of the season.