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Bedroom with views of the rainforest.Tropical Property Mission Beach agent Tania Steele said the four-bedrdoom, three-bathroom private retreat has space for six vehicles and took two years to complete. The price has been dropped from $1.4 million to $1.2 million.“Built to a unique design, the structure is predominantly locally-sourced spotted gum and is spread out over two levels, nestled within the bounds of World Heritage rainforest,” she said. “From a soaring entrance way, a timber staircase leads you to the living areas where you enjoy views from as far north as the Barnard Islands, to Dunk and Bedarra Islands and south to Hinchinbrook Island. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoPool and entertaining space.“Nearly every window and door can be opened, providing a seamlessness between the land and the sea.“Praise must go to this ex-seaman for his vision and passion and love for naturalist ambience.”A galley-style kitchen with a separate pantry and cool room has sash windows which open fully to take in an unobstructed view and a promenade deck runs the width of the upper level.A formal dining and lounge area is at the southern end of the room and offers a secluded space to relax or work when the seas are up and the wind is blowing a gale. 40 Mission Circle, Wongaling BeachFROM the stunning views to the Coral Sea and Dunk Island to the furnishings made from felled maple trees on the property, you will never be lost for a conversation starter in this luxurious Mission Beach home.Built by a retired master mariner who sought a new challenge after renovating the John Oxley, a 75-foot, timber, ex-pilot boat from Brisbane, 40 Mission Circle at Wongaling Beach is a truly beautiful creation. The entrance.The interiors of the home “create an aura of comfort, relaxed luxury and enduring style”, according to Ms Steele, and if you like the furnishings, they can be part of the sale.An eclectic mix of handmade timber pieces with old and new with vintage rattan, elegant occasional furniture and quirky nautical objects are tastefully arranged throughout the house. The deck.Sleeping quarters are on the lower level and all open out onto a veranda overlooking a lap pool. “Against largely restrained backgrounds of natural timbers and tongue-and-groove walls, nothing competes with the natural surroundings or the views of the Coral Sea,” Ms Steele said. “There are several entertaining areas to choose from on the lower deck depending on the weather and where your mood takes you.”
NewsRegional Bloody Diamonds by: – May 22, 2012 107 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Roy TrotmanBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – “There are some people who come to our shores who are alien to our culture of democracy and, in fact, come here and dictate to Barbados in a manner which is repugnant to our justice.” – Opposition Senator Kerrie Symmonds, as reported in last Thursday’s Nation.“I do not consider the remarks (Sir Roy) made to be racially oriented.” Independent Senator Geoffrey Cave, ibid.In just a matter of a few weeks, a company which has been operating in Barbados for nearly two decades and is a key player in the tourism sector has seen its CEO suddenly become the victim of a metaphorical playground bully, with a few supporters cheering him on after the attack.The issue which led to Mr. Jacob Hassid being called an “Egyptian Jew” at a public event by the general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union apparently revolved around the firing of a number of employees of the jewelry store Diamonds International, which Mr. Hassid manages.Sir Roy’s characterisation of the gentleman led to a huge outcry against the union boss for what has been widely regarded as a below-the-belt remark not worthy of the esteemed knight.Senator Kerrie Symmonds’ comment, as noted above, in support of Sir Roy – that there are people who come to Barbados with an “alien” view of democracy and act in a “repugnant” manner – fails to acknowledge that there are also some Barbadian employers who behave the same way.Further, nothing can excuse the invocation of the stereotype or profiling associated with the use of the term “Jew” in an adversarial context. While it may not have been racist in intent, it instantly raised the bogeyman of the “foreigner” coming in to Barbados to suck his profits out of the suffering of hard-working locals, in the process cheating them out of their patrimony.This singling out of an individual’s “foreigner” status is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it is sad to see it used so often in this country. Whenever we cannot win an argument, or feel that our case may not be as strong as we might like it to be, too many of us invoke the “foreigner” option.Does anybody care that the CEO of Diamonds International has Barbadian-born kids? Or that he and his wife have lived here for seventeen years? That they have become part of the wider Barbadian family?Recently, Paul Doyle of the Crane Resort was subjected to similar “anti-foreigner” bad-mouthing. Mr. Doyle also has a family in Barbados, and has lived here for twenty years. These are real people with real lives and real worries about their families’ personal security and good names, yet somehow they can suddenly find themselves at the receiving end of punches by a local power broker who has declared a turf war on them.That is why I was so offended by Kerrie Symmonds’ and Geoffrey Cave’s defense of Sir Roy. Ganging up on a non-Barbadian was an easy and unheroic thing for Mr. Symmonds to do and Mr. Cave should have recused himself, period. Reason: Mr. Cave has business interests in two companies, Colombian Emeralds and Jewelers’ Warehouse, which are in direct competition with Diamonds International, not just here but around the region.Therefore, on the one-in-a-million-chance that someone might see an ulterior motive in his support for a person who has just dissed one of his biggest business competitors, Senator Cave should have invoked the rule on himself that “Silence is Golden.”Whether Diamonds International acted justly or unjustly in its dealings with its fired employees I do not know, as the facts of the case have not been fully aired in public, nor are they likely to be unless the matter ends up in court or at some arbitration panel.But thanks to Sir Roy and those who jumped to his defence the company has been given a bloody nose long before any independent panel or court has found it guilty of anything. And while it maintains that it has acted fairly and within the law, its good name has already taken a beating. Is this fair because its owners and managers are “foreigners”?Thankfully, despite the efforts of Messrs. Symmonds, Cave, and others, most people seem to feel that the bullying of Diamonds International in the court of public opinion has been unjust. Finally, the BWU’s refusal to take the “foreigner-bashing” tactic off the table, as evidenced by Sir Roy’s declaration that he has no apology to make, should make it clear to all employers that “We are all Egyptian Jews now.”Patrick HoyosCaribbean 360 News
(Image: Walhill Farm)BATESVILLE – A music festival celebrating local brew and hometown foods gets underway this weekend at Walhill Farm.Bacon Blues & Brew Music and Arts Festival is set to begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday afternoon.Friday features music performances by Bloomington band The Main Squeeze and Brown County natives The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.Notable musicians taking the stage Saturday include Leftover Cuties, Honey Honey and Anders Osborne.Honey Honey was formed in Los Angeles and their first album was released under the now-defunct Ironworks record label, co-run by actor Keifer Sutherland. Sutherland starred in the group’s music video for their song “Little Toy Gun.”Osbrone wrote a song called “Watch The Wind Blow By” which was turned into a #1 hit by country superstar Tim McGraw.There are many more musical acts including Those Lazy Cabineers of Decatur County.The festival also displays artwork from some of America’s most talented artists and craftsmen.Food stations will be offering hometown favorites and beer sponsors will be present to offer their signature brews.Tickets are $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and a two-day pass is available for $45. Tickets are sold online and at Walhill Farm.
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Update on the latest sports — Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was still waiting on Wednesday to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be allowed to work out with the team starting Saturday and play in their first game after that — which is next Tuesday at home against the New York Mets.— The Nationals’ starting lineup lost another middle-of-the-order hitter when Howie Kendrick was scratched three hours before the scheduled first pitch against Toronto on Wednesday because of upper back stiffness. But the teams said Kendrick was available to pinch hit. — The Cleveland Indians placed starting catcher Roberto Pérez on the 10-day injured list with a sore throwing shoulder. Pérez hurt his right shoulder while making an off-balance throw in Friday’s season opener. He scrambled to retrieve a third strike that got past him and slipped while firing the ball to first. A Gold Glove winner in 2019, Pérez has played since but the shoulder has continued to bother him, so the Indians will shut him down for at least one week. Manager Terry Francona says Pérez will be reexamined after seven days of not throwing.— St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. The 31-year-old missed spring training with the injury, but he ramped up his activity after the virus shutdown and pitched four innings for the Cardinals in an exhibition game last week. He was supposed to start Wednesday night at Minnesota. Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the mound against the Twins instead. — Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) is returning to the Atlanta Braves, three weeks after announcing he was opting out of the season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran outfielder said Wednesday he changed his mind about sitting out after watching his teammates play the first five games. The 36-year-old Markakis says he has the full support of his family, including his three children, in his decision to return. UNDATED (AP) — The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic: In other NFL news:— The Miami Dolphins say rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) passed his physical when he reported to training camp and will practice without restrictions as he begins his bid to overtake veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. The all-clear will allow Tagovailoa to practice for the first time since a career-threatening hip injury ended his Alabama career in mid-November. — Running back Damien Williams, whose strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years, is opting out of playing the upcoming season.—The Atlanta Falcons have placed fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.—The Philadelphia Eagles have placed three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and tackle Jordan Mailata on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSKelly suspended, will continue to play pending appealNEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa. Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Minute Maid Park. NFL-NEWSBears’ QB battle between Trubisky, Foles about to heat upUNDATED (AP) — — The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles an open one during the offseason. It’s about to click into gear, though it won’t play out quite the way they envisioned. With no preseason games, more emphasis will be placed on the reads they make in practice.Coach Matt Nagy said they will be evaluated “with every single play” in practice.The Bears and every other team around the NFL stare at a season like no other because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans started reporting to camps this week. Teams won’t be in pads until the week of Aug. 17. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lou Henson, the basketball coach who led Illinois back into the national spotlight, has died at age 88. The school says Henson died Saturday and was buried on Wednesday. In 21 seasons at Illinois, Henson won a school-record 423 games and took his 1989 Illini team to the Final Four. In all, he was 779-412 and the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Henson was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community. The NHL team says it consulted with Native American partners to establish new policies and initiatives. The Blackhawks will further integrate Native American culture and storytelling into game presentation and community involvement. The team said earlier this month it will continue to use the Blackhawks name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations. Washington’s NFL team dropped the name Redskins, and Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are considering a change.WOMEN’S SOCCER-EQUAL PAYUS women’s soccer told to wait until 2021 for jury trial — Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season as part of a plan to play 10 league games and start the week of Sept. 7, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including on nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played.— The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity catching Austin’s health authority off guard. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season. The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.— Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.NHL-BLACKHAWKSBlackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home games LOS ANGELES (AP) — If American women’s soccer players want a jury trial on their claim of discriminatory working conditions, they must wait until next year.U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner told the players and the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday that jurors were not available during the coronavirus pandemic. He informed the sides if they wanted to stick with their Sept. 15 trial date, they would have to agree by Aug. 6 to a bench trial in which he would decide the verdict.If they want a jury trial, he would postpone the start until Jan. 26. Players sued in March 2019 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they sought more than $66 million in damages.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-HENSONFormer Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88 NBA-NEWSDavis, Williamson ready for re-opening nightLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. He said the plan is for him to play when the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first seeding game for both teams on Thursday. The Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for New Orleans’ Thursday opener against Utah. Williamson missed nearly two weeks because he left for a family emergency and then had to quarantine for four days upon his return.Elsewhere around the NBA:— Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan has started sharing details of where some of his $100 million pledge to the Black community will be allocated. Jordan and Jordan Brand announced that $1 million each will go toward the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). Another $500,000 will go to the Black Voters Matter. Jordan made a $100 million pledge to the Black community back in June. He said the money is will go for social justice, economic justice and education and awareness. Associated Press The game marked the first time the teams had met since it was revealed Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers. LA manager Dave Roberts was suspended one game and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined.Kelly elected to appeal and can continue to play. Roberts serves his penalty Wednesday night when the Dodgers play at Houston.In other MLB news:— The Miami Marlins have become the talk of baseball while coping with a coronavirus outbreak that forced MLB to suspend their season through at least Sunday. Thanks to a 2-1 record, this is the latest the Marlins have ever been in first place. The question isn’t whether they’ll make the playoffs, however, but whether they’ll play another game. For starters, will other teams be willing to play them? Washington Nationals players voted almost unanimously against making a trip to Miami for three games this weekend, before MLB called off the series. — Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says one team employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus. But he says all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for a second straight day. The Phillies’ four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was supposed to be on the road but switched because the Blue Jays’ temporary ballpark in Buffalo isn’t ready. The teams won’t play Friday and instead will have a doubleheader on Saturday. US Open without qualifying now will be played without fansUNDATED (AP) — Add another layer to what already is a different U.S. Open. The USGA says no fans will be allowed at Winged Foot in New York Sept. 17-20 because of health and safety concerns about COVID-19. The U.S. Open already has been moved from its traditional Father’s Day finish, and because of the pandemic, more than 100 qualifiers had to be scrapped for an all-exempt field. Now it comes down to the Masters in November to see if any of golf’s majors will have fans. The PGA Championship next week will be spectator-free.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig West Conference postpones fall sports — New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy and his own history with cancer.— Browns Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Cleveland Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus. — Seattle Seahawks star linebacker Bobby Wagner was thrilled by the addition of Jamal Adams. Wagner isn’t concerned that Seattle gave up two first-round picks to get the 24-year-old All-Pro safety from the New York Jets. He just knows his job likely got easier. Wagner says he’s always admired Adams’ game from afar and that his presence adds another playmaker on the field.— General manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season. Lynch and Shanahan took over following a 2-14 campaign under general manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly.PGA-US OPEN-NO FANS July 29, 2020
The No. 4-ranked Wisconsin men’s cross country team will head to Terre Haute, Ind., today as they look to repeat the success they had last time in Indiana.Nine days removed from its Great Lakes Regional Championship, held in West Lafayette, Ind., UW is competing to bring home an NCAA championship to Madison. The Badgers will be led by seniors Matt Withrow, Stu Eagon and Christian Wagner, who are all participating in their fourth national championship race.Although Withrow and Eagon have been dealing with nagging injuries throughout the year, head coach Mick Byrne believes that they are closer to 100 percent than they have been all season.“Matt Withrow and Stu Eagon came through, are coming through pretty well,” Byrne said. “Matt survived Saturday, did pretty well. We slowed him down a little bit. Three-quarters of the way through the race, we told him to back off. And Stu did real well. So, with those two in much better shape than they were two or three weeks ago, it’s certainly going to help us.”Aiding the seniors in their attempt to bring home its second title is first team All-Big Ten runner Landon Peacock. Peacock, a sophomore, has put together a solid year, placing second at the Big Ten Championships and fourth in the Great Lakes Regional. Juniors Craig Miller and Ryan Gasper also figure to play big roles in the Badgers’ shot at the title.Other top-ranked teams — such as Oregon, Oklahoma State and Stanford — stand in the way of the Badgers winning the title.“There are obviously some big guns out there,” Byrne said. “Anytime you go to a national championship, there are a couple of favorites, and certainly Oklahoma State and Oregon are the big favorites. But behind all those guys, No. 3 and 4, we think that we’re in there with a shot.”Another factor that could play into the race is the weather. Coming from the colder Midwestern climate, the Badgers hope to have temperatures down in the 20s or 30s for today’s race. Wisconsin is used to running in colder temperatures, whereas the West Coast teams are not.“We’re looking for it to be pretty cool, and that’s the condition that our kids like,” Byrne said. “They feel comfortable running in anything around 30 degrees.”A championship would mean quite a bit not only for the seniors but also to Byrne, the Great Lakes Coach of the Year and first-year Badgers coach. After spending over two decades at Iona College, Byrne came to Wisconsin to replace former head coach Jerry Schumacher. There has been no drop off, as this year’s team won its 10th consecutive Big Ten title and seventh straight Great Lakes Regional title. Today, Byrne looks to keep one more streak alive as the Badgers look for their seventh straight top five at the NCAA Championships.“When we go to Terre Haute on Monday, the goal has been throughout the season to get back on the podium as one of the top four teams,” Byrne said. “It’s going to come down to who’s going to put it together on the date.”
Published on September 22, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse It looked like the start of a really bad trend for Syracuse. Maryland’s first drive of the game lasted five plays and ended in a 25-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Brown to Marcus Leak. Then Brown threw a bubble screen to Brandon Ross on the second play of the next drive and Ross ran 90 yards into the end zone. Two drives, two big plays, two scores. Naturally, Syracuse made a defensive shift. “That 3-3-5 allows the blitz to do a lot more,” senior linebacker Cameron Lynch said.On the Terrapins’ third possession, SU switched to a 3-3-5 — its “Okie” package — to put more speed on the field and pressure Brown in the backfield. It only used the Okie on two possessions, Maryland’s third and fourth, in an eventual 34-20 loss on Saturday afternoon, one resulting in a three-and-out and the other in a UMD field goal. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSave a late field goal, Syracuse nearly blanked the Terrapins in the second half and didn’t need the Okie package to do so. But the two possessions showed benefits and pitfalls of the alternative set. “They’re a vertical team,” safety Darius Kelly said of the Terrapins. “We want to have more (defensive backs) on the field to stop the pass. That was one of the emphases with Okie.”The Okie package puts three defensive linemen on the line of scrimmage, three linebackers in the box and five defensive backs on the field. The Syracuse defense began Maryland’s third possession in a base set. After Stefon Diggs beat Durell Eskridge downfield and Brown just barely overthrew him, the Orange subbed safety Darius Kelly into the game for nose tackle Eric Crume to add speed in the secondary. Kelly became the third safety with Ritchy Desir and Durell Eskridge. Ron Thompson, Micah Robinson and Robert Welsh were on the line, Lynch, Marqez Hodge and Josh Kirkland were the linebackers and Brandon Reddish and Julian Whigham were at cornerback. In the next two plays, Ross rushed for 2 yards and then Lynch sacked Brown for a 5-yard loss. It was one of three times that the Terrapins went three-and-out in the game.On Maryland’s next possession, the Terrapins counteracted the Okie by allowing a blitz from the left side and throwing behind it. Syracuse overloaded that side of the ball and it appeared that linebackers Lynch and Luke Arciniega had a free run at Brown while Maryland guard Andrew Zeller moved into the second level. But Brown got rid of the ball just in time and hit Deon Long for a screen pass. Zeller blocked Desir, allowing Long to collect 13 yards. This wrinkle from the Terrapins exposed a weakness in the fast and pressuring package. But the two possessions showed that the Orange has an option if it can’t slow an offense down, even if it’s only usable in certain situations. Syracuse has sporadically used the Okie in third-and-long, but used it as a primary package to hedge the Terrapins’ athleticism. “You’ve got to win first and second down to get in those positions,” defensive line coach Tim Daoust said. “We start to win first and second downs, we can get in those positions. If we don’t do that, then that personnel can’t get on the field.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The USC men’s basketball team routed Cal State Fullerton, doubling their score 84-42 in the team’s season opener at the Galen Center on Friday. Touted as one of the most experienced teams in the nation, USC displayed a medley of veteran development and newcomer talent that warranted the preseason top 10 hype.News broke just before tip-off, when USC announced sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton would be held out indefinitely as a precaution surrounding questions of his eligibility. Melton is likely to be one of two previously unnamed players in the investigation surrounding associate head coach Tony Bland. The other player has not been named; everyone else suited up and played for the Trojans on Friday.The Trojans did not appear to miss a stride without Melton, who likely would have started. Andy Enfield used his entire 14-man bench tonight and had nine play for more than ten minutes. Five players — junior forward Chimezie Metu, junior forward Boatwright, senior guard Jordan McLaughlin, sophomore guard Jonah Mathews and redshirt sophomore guard Derryck Thornton — scored in double digits. Friday’s game exposed no systematic flaws save sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic’s foul trouble, but errors like a missed dunk by senior guard Elijah Stewart, some badly-missed jumpers and a few sloppy possessions proved the Trojans still need time to grease away the rustiness.“I think we’re much better now than we were at the beginning of training camp 30 practices ago,” head coach Andy Enfield said. He appreciated the way his upperclassmen came out and set the tone, playing hard on defense.At times, USC’s game plan looked familiar but improved. For instance, throughout the past two seasons, McLaughlin has run a high pick-and-roll with Metu. Tonight, however, Metu shared in the ball-handling and even made a pair of 3-pointers.“The next big part of Chimezie’s game was to improve his range,” Enfield said. “He’s so quick, if he gets out to the 3-point line, he can get by a lot of people.” Boatwright said that guarding Metu has become “impossible” since he added perimeter proficiency and ball-handling to his long list of on-court abilities. Metu’s well-rounded game manifested itself in a double-double stat line: 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in only 23 minutes.Other reminiscent elements of the game included a pair of high-arcing Boatwright 3-pointers and a third from Stewart, plus a handful of McLaughlin floaters including his trademarked buzzer beater, which on Fridaycame at the half to give the Trojans a 42-15 lead. But Rakocevic’s foul trouble was all-too-familiar. In 13 minutes, the sophomore amassed five fouls and had to leave the game.“It’s a concern,” Enfield said of Rakocevic’s fouls. “He needs to learn to play with his feet, not his hands.”Other new elements of tonight’s game include four USC debuts and staggering depth. After a year of anticipation, Thornton made a quick on-court impact, nailing a 3-pointer on his first shot attempt. He looked explosive throughout his 11-point performance. He did commit three turnovers, but his teammates are still adjusting to his temp0, which is different than McLaughlin’s.“Derryck is really fast,” Metu said. “When he’s in the game, we’re playing more in transition. [McLaughlin] is fast, too, but he’s more surgical.” Freshman Jordan Usher played 15 minutes in his debut but failed to score, as did Chuck O’Bannon, Jr. who played nine minutes. Victor Uyaelunmo debuted with less than five minutes left in the game, scoring 4 points from the free throw line.
The Wilson’s Promenade will tomorrow be the site of a unique cycling fun. Organized by the association Giro di Sarajevo, the second Giro Drag Race, a unique drag race on bicycles, will be held tomorrow in the evening hours.The aim of this competition opened for both amateurs and professionals is to be faster than your opponents in a direct duel and pass to the next level, through the cup system, to the finals. The winners will receive awards, and there are also some special surprises.The party starts at 6 pm and after technical preparations and the draw, first races will begin around 7 pm. It was very interesting las year, with many kinds of bicycles – from BMX to road machines which were in the absolutely same rank.“The length of track is extended to 100 meters this year, which gives an opportunity for developing even bigger speed and bigger opportunity for a fair fight between the contestants. It is amazing to see bikes with just one speed shoulder to shoulder with bikes that cost several thousand BAM and bikes that win the Tour de France. Precisely this is what Giro Drag Race provides – an opportunity for everyone to be the best and the fastest,” said Loren Keserović, the event coordinator.The competition is limited to 32 contestants and electronic applications are already closed because all places have been filled in the first 24 hours. In the cup system, the best contestants pass to the next level and in quarterfinals and semifinals there will be three races instead of one. The contestant who wins two races passes forward. Finale brings one race, and the weaker contestants from the semifinals will fight for the third place.“For the first three places, our sponsors Porsche Sarajevo and Ciklo Centar provided valuable rewards and we are planning some special surprises for all participants, such as a duel with the fastest cyclist in BiH, the national champion in chronometer, Emir Hulusić. In addition to all of this, our DJ will make sure that the atmosphere is on the right level, and we also prepared refreshments for everyone,” Keserović added.(Source: klix.ba/photo: girodisarajevo.ba)