There are two positives to this outlook on the team. One, you can expect the Trojans to win most of their remaining games and a round or two in Vegas because of the poor competition. Two, they’ll have plenty of tape on and experience with the conference’s heavyweights come the later rounds of the Pac-12 Tournament. I’m not here to convince you that it’s all sunshine and rainbows for this team. The fact that two of its best three players are non-shooting bigs has caused serious spacing issues that have sunk the offense for most of the last two games. That’s been especially true in the first half, as the Trojans have forced themselves to play from behind. There have been times that they were able to recover, but I hope that ass-kicking the Buffaloes handed them taught them that’s not the best approach and kicks them into gear. Let’s start with the schedule. USC has three games left that stick out as particularly tough: two against Arizona and its talented cast of freshmen and a rematch with the Buffaloes in Boulder. If the Trojans can manage a victory in that home game against the Wildcats, they’ll be in good shape. That’s because the rest of their opponents aren’t exactly a murderer’s row. USC has a home-and-home against Arizona State, which sits at 13-8 and the picture of mediocrity with a 4-4 conference record. There’s a road matchup with Utah, which did push the Trojans at home earlier last week but don’t have the talent to consistently match up with USC. The Trojans also host Washington State, which sports a 1-5 road record on the season, and UCLA, who USC dispatched easily at Pauley Pavilion a few weeks ago. That sounds like five wins. The cool thing about this college basketball season is that there is no dominant team. That’s especially true of the Pac-12, where the schools are always beating up on each other and any squad that seems to emerge as the favorite always seems to get taken down a peg by a team everyone had written off. USC isn’t the best team in the conference, but if it can get a bye and limit its tournament matchups with the conference’s best teams, anything can happen for a few games in a diluted conference. The Trojans have flashed brilliance at times this season, from the 20-point comeback against Stanford to the effort at Oregon that nearly netted USC a top-tier victory. But they’ve been maddeningly inconsistent, as they should be. Their best player, forward Onyeka Okongwu, is a freshman, and so is starting point guard Ethan Anderson. More youngsters, sophomore guard Elijah Weaver and freshman forward Isaiah Mobley, play big roles off the bench. It was hard to agree after the performance I had just witnessed, but he made some good points. He argued that USC’s strong record — in and out of conference — as well as the fact that all the team’s losses have come against quality opponents still had it poised for its first NCAA Tournament since 2017. To those who got too excited over USC’s success and are now sounding the doomsday alarm, I have two pieces of advice: Calm down, and keep watching. I think you’ll be glad you did. That’s the thing about this USC group — it only loses to good teams. The Trojans were never going to beat Oregon or Washington on the road. The blowout losses to Colorado and Marquette were discouraging, but Colorado couldn’t seem to miss Saturday while Marquette senior guard Markus Howard unsurprisingly outclassed the Trojans en route to 51 points. That’s a big number in the college game, but Howard is one of the best players in the country, leading the NCAA with 27.9 points per game. The performance by the Trojans was bad, but did you expect them to lock Howard up or something? As my friend and I were walking home after USC men’s basketball suffered a 78-57 defeat to No. 20 Colorado Saturday night, we struck up a conversation with a fellow student who obviously knows college basketball. Even after a blowout home loss to a conference rival, this student was still upbeat about the Trojans’ chances to make something of this season. That leaves Washington, who clobbered USC 72-40 in early January in Seattle. But many things are different now from then, namely that Huskies sophomore guard Quade Green was ruled academically ineligible and suspended for the season following Washington’s bludgeoning of USC. The Huskies have gone 1-7 in Green’s absence and fallen to last place in the conference. Does that sound like a team that’s likely to come into Galen Center and take it to the Trojans? I’m still not as optimistic as this bastion of college basketball knowledge, but he somehow convinced me that a 21-point home loss wasn’t a total catastrophe. Young teams are prone to making mistakes and putting up duds, so that must be understood. But this group’s ceiling is higher than it has been in years, so I implore you to keep an open mind about it. Yes, the Trojans are much more likely to collapse as the regular season closes, get bounced in the opening round in Vegas and miss the Tournament than they are to go on a fairy tale run to the Final 4, but I promise you that’s not all that matters. Sometimes it’s just fun to watch some talented guys play basketball, mistakes and all. The Trojans are 17-5 with a 6-3 conference record, and the way he saw it, an identical 6-3 mark in the team’s final nine games is both plausible and sufficient to make March Madness. They’re still second in the Pac-12, and maintaining their current level of play would likely land them a first-round bye for the conference tournament, a helpful boost for their chances of winning the event and an automatic bid to the Big Dance. Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also a features editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every other Monday.
Tag: 夜上海论坛靠谱么 Tropical Storm Dorian Takes Aim at Florida
The 5 a.m. advisory is out for Tropical Storm Dorian and it has sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour and is expected to be near-hurricane strength within days.Right now, Dorian is forecast to bring heavy rain and possible flooding to West Palm Beach during the Labor Day holiday weekend.Two to five inches of rain are possible. Flooding is the biggest concern, mainly because it’s been a rainy month. Rough seas will also be a big concern, mostly because many people will want to spend their holiday weekend on the beach or on a boat.Latest NHC advisory here.A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch has been posted for Puerto Rico.Dorian is moving across the Windward Islands with tropical storm force winds.The storm will move near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a possible hurricane.Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.
Tag: 夜上海论坛靠谱么 Brash boxer ‘Macho’ Camacho dies in Puerto Rico
The man who once starred at the pinnacle of boxing, winning several world titles, died Saturday after being ambushed in a parking lot back in the Puerto Rican town of Bayamon where he was born. Packets of cocaine were found were found in the car in which he was shot.Camacho, 50, left behind a reputation for flamboyance—leading fans in cheers of “It’s Macho time!” before fights—and for fearsome skills as one of the top fighters of his generation.“He excited boxing fans around the world with his inimitable style,” promoter Don King told The Associated Press.Camacho fought professionally for three decades, from his humble debut against David Brown at New York’s Felt Forum in 1980 to an equally forgettable swansong against Saul Duran in Kissimmee, Florida, in 2010.In between, he fought some of the biggest stars spanning two eras, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Roberto Duran.“Hector was a fighter who brought a lot of excitement to boxing,” said Ed Brophy, executive director of International the Boxing Hall of Fame. “He was a good champion. Roberto Duran is kind of in a class of his own, but Hector surely was an exciting fighter that gave his all to the sport.”Camacho’s family moved to New York when he was young and he grew up in Spanish Harlem, which at the time was rife with crime. Camacho landed in jail as a teenager before turning to boxing, which for many kids in his neighborhood provided an outlet for their aggression.“This is something I’ve done all my life, you know?” Camacho told The Associated Press after a workout in 2010. “A couple years back, when I was doing it, I was still enjoying it. The competition, to see myself perform. I know I’m at the age that some people can’t do this no more.”Former featherweight champion Juan Laporte, a friend since childhood, described Camacho as “like a little brother who was always getting into trouble,” but otherwise combined a friendly nature with a powerful jab.“He’s a good human being, a good hearted person,” Laporte said as he waited with other friends and members of the boxer’s family outside the hospital in San Juan after the shooting. “A lot of people think of him as a cocky person but that was his motto … Inside he was just a kid looking for something.”Laporte lamented that Camacho never found a mentor to guide him outside the boxing ring.“The people around him didn’t have the guts or strength to lead him in the right direction,” Laporte said. “There was no one strong enough to put a hand on his shoulder and tell him how to do it.”George Lozada, a longtime friend from New York who flew to Puerto Rico on Saturday, recalled that just hours after he was released from prison after serving a murder sentence, he received a call from Camacho, who was waiting outside his apartment in a black Porsche.“He said, ‘Come down, I’m taking you shopping,’” Lozada said, wiping away tears.“Because of him, man, I got what I got today,” he said, pointing to pictures on his smartphone of his 6-year-old daughter. “Because of Hector, I stopped the drug scene … He’s helped so many people.”Drug, alcohol and other problems trailed Camacho himself after the prime of his boxing career. He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi. While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.Camacho’s former wife, Amy, obtained a restraining order against him in 1998, alleging he threatened her and one of their children. The couple, who had two children at the time, later divorced.He divided his time between Puerto Rico and Florida in recent years, appearing on Spanish-language television as well as on a reality show called “Es Macho Time!” on YouTube.Inside the boxing ring, Camacho flourished. He won three Golden Gloves titles as an amateur, and after turning pro, he quickly became a contender with an all-action style reminiscent of other Puerto Rican fighters.Long promoted by Don King, Camacho won his first world title by beating Rafael Limon in a super-featherweight bout in Puerto Rico on Aug. 7, 1983. He moved up in weight two years later to capture a lightweight title by defeating Jose Luis Ramirez, and successfully defended the belt against fellow countryman Edwin Rosario.The Rosario fight, in which the victorious Camacho still took a savage beating, persuaded him to scale back his ultra-aggressive style in favor of a more cerebral, defensive approach.The change in style was a big reason that Camacho, at the time 38-0, lost a close split decision to Greg Haugen at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 1991.Camacho won the rematch to set up his signature fight against Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez, this time at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Camacho was roundly criticized for his lack of action, and the Mexican champion won a lopsided unanimous decision to retain the lightweight title.“Even though people say I beat him easily, it wasn’t that way,” Chavez told Mexico’s ESPN-Radio Formula this week. “He was a very fast fighter, he faced everything and it was very hard for me.”“He revolutionized boxing, Chavez said. “It’s a shame he got mixed up in so many problems.”After that loss, Camacho became the name opponent for other rising contenders, rather than the headliner fighting for his own glory.He lost a unanimous decision to another young Puerto Rican fighter, Trinidad, and was soundly defeated by De La Hoya. In 1997, Camacho ended Leonard’s final comeback with a fifth-round knockout. It was Camacho’s last big victory even though he boxed for another decade.The fighter’s last title bout came in 1997 against welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya, who won by unanimous decision. Camacho’s last fight was his defeat by Saul Duran in May 2010. He had a career record of 79-6-3.Doctors pronounced Camacho dead on Saturday after he was removed from life support at his family’s direction. He never regained consciousness after at least one gunman crept up to the car in a darkened parking lot and opened fire.No arrests and have been made, and authorities have not revealed many details beyond the facts that police found cocaine in the car and that the boxer and his friend, who was killed at the scene, had no idea the attack was coming. “Apparently, this was a surprise,” said Alex Diaz, a police spokesman.Survivors include his mother; three sisters, Raquel, Estrella and Ester; a brother, Felix; and four sons, Hector Jr., Taylor, Christian and Justin. COLORFUL CHAMPION—In this July 14, 2001 photo, boxing champ Hector “Macho” Camacho celebrates after defeating Roberto Duran in their super middleweight National Boxing Association championship fight in Denver. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) by Danica CotoSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)—Hector “Macho” Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, launching himself furiously against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life.
Tag: 夜上海论坛靠谱么 SCJ Alliance Named 2016 Top Place to Work
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ Alliance Business Examiner Media named SCJ Alliance the 2016 Top Place to Work as a medium-sized employer. The award was announced on the same day as SCJ’s 10-year anniversary, May 16, 2016.Business Examiner judges noted they were impressed by the extent to which SCJ’s core values are evident in the firm’s day-to-day atmosphere.SCJ President Perry Shea said the honor means more than most. “Our core values — trust, stewardship, compassion, integrity, freedom — are a very real guide for how we do business. We look for more than technical expertise; we hire for character. Receiving this award shows us passion for these ideals is echoed throughout our team.SCJ President Perry SheaIn an anonymous survey, one employee said SCJ has “leaders who believe as if the primary purpose of business is improving the lives of people.”SCJ Senior Vice President Jean Carr shared, “We believe in supporting a work/life balance and nurturing characteristics like innovation, respect, collaboration, accountability, creativity and fun. I’m proud to see it’s working.Another surveyed employee said, “I’ve never worked somewhere that I felt was so supportive of advancing my professional goals and interests. They truly want us to realize our full potential, and they strive to facilitate that.”SCJ Alliance is a nationally-recognized, award-winning company specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning & design, environmental & urban planning, landscape architecture & design, and public outreach. Founded in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of nearly 70 employees in five locations.“For ten years, we have aimed to create a compassionate workplace,” said Shea. “We know that when we acknowledge and care for the needs of our staff, success for our clients, our firm and our people will follow.”