Given the opportunity to upset No. 1 Notre Dame in the 84th edition of the storied intersectional rivalry, USC flashed the talent and explosiveness that emboldened many preseason prognosticators to ticket the Trojans — not the Irish — for a date in January’s BCS national championship game in Miami.Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanUnfortunately, the Trojans were once again bedeviled by inopportune miscues en route to a 22-13 loss before a sellout crowd of 93,607 fans, many of whom were cheering on the Irish’s special season.“It’s very difficult for everyone in our locker room with so many things not going well this season,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “I was hoping today we would finish different with the backup quarterback and be part of history, knocking [Notre Dame] out of the national championship game.”Continuing their recent trend of slow starts, the Trojans quickly fell behind 10-0 — a week after digging themselves a 24-point hole to UCLA in the first half. After Kyle Brindza’s 27-yard field goal on the first series and a fruitless drive for USC on its first possession, Notre Dame rattled off a 12-play, 87-yard drive, which tailback Theo Riddick capped with a nine-yard touchdown scamper after the Irish converted three separate third-down opportunities. On the evening, Riddick rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries and accounted for the Irish’s only touchdown.“They were powerful today,” sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard said of the Notre Dame offense. “It was electrifying out there; kudos to most of their offensive linemen. They recognized our defense, and got up to the second level and were able to run up and down.”Undeterred, redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek, after missing his first three passes in the previous series, roared back with five consecutive completions in a drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Robert Woods.“Woody’s a great receiver, and he’s so smart,” Wittek said. “He knows defenses, so it’s easy to be on the same page with a guy like that.”During the Senior Day festivities before the contest, senior quarterback Matt Barkley strode out of the Coliseum tunnel in street clothes, stopping to embrace Kiffin, before flashing the victory ‘V’ sign to the Coliseum faithful.Kiffin momentarily choked up upon describing the scene in his post-game media session.“It’s just wrong,” Kiffin said of Barkley’s injury. “That shouldn’t have happened to that kid. I just felt for him, my heart just felt for him. That kid didn’t deserve for it to end like that.”Wittek, Barkley’s replacement, valiantly faced the steep challenge of facing the NCAA’s No. 1 scoring defense — Notre Dame only allowed 10.1 points per game entering the game — and subbing in for the legendary Barkley.“Obviously the circumstances with Matt not being able to play in the game is what really sucks about it,” said Wittek, who finished his starting debut 14 of 23 for 186 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. “Looking at him, being with him the past five to six years at Mater Dei and then here … for him to not be able to play in this rivalry game — this last home game — was pretty sad.”Notre Dame and USC proceeded to trade field goals in their ensuing possessions before USC possessed the ball with 1:25 remaining in the first half and trailing by three points.Wittek squandered the opportunity to pull USC ahead, however, as he lofted a pass — intended for sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee — approximately 70 yards down field that Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell hauled in for an interception.The Irish capitalized on the turnover in their subsequent offensive possession. After moving the ball to USC’s 35-yard line with 10 seconds remaining, quarterback Everett Golson scrambled for eight seconds before rifling a pass that fell incomplete. Unluckily for USC, time had yet to expire in the half, giving the Irish the chance to eke a 52-yard field goal over the uprights’ crossbar, which staked them to a 16-10 lead at halftime.The second half also began inauspiciously as Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te’o snared his seventh interception of the season on Wittek’s first pass and continued to deteriorate as USC’s offense failed to find the end zone despite numerous red zone opportunities.“Notre Dame showed me that they have phenomenal senior leadership,” Kiffin said. “You can see those guys understand the game, very physical, very old school; they’re not very exotic, but they don’t screw up.”Following the Irish’s fourth field goal, USC countered with a 13-play, 80-yard drive in which it appeared the Trojans scored a touchdown on a four-yard completion to Lee. Before the play, however, Kiffin called a timeout, thus negating the score. After an unsuccessful third-down attempt, USC had to settle for a 21-yard field goal.Further fueling the frustration, USC was set up at Notre Dame’s one-yard line with four minutes remaining in the game, seeking to score a touchdown to draw the score to 22-20. After two unsuccessful quarterback sneaks and a stuffed, negative run play for senior tailback Curtis McNeal, Kiffin called for a play-action roll-out pass to redshirt freshman fullback Soma Vainuku. Vainuku bobbled the pass, as the ball squirted between his legs and hit the ground, effectively sealing the defeat.“In the second half I thought we didn’t move the ball very well, especially in the third quarter on offense, but you gotta make the plays in those situations,” Kiffin said. “They’re the No. 1 goal line defense in the country two years in a row for a reason.”USC must now regroup for its bowl game after losing both of its rivalry games this season and dropping four of five contests.“I’d say we’re all disappointed,” Wittek said. “No one imagined losing five games with the talent that we have. Things didn’t exactly turn out how we wanted them to, but I couldn’t express any more pride in my team, being able to go to battle with them was definitely special.”
18 July 2008South Africans have reason to thank Nelson Mandela not only for his role in their country’s liberation from apartheid, but also for the part he played in ensuring that the world’s greatest sporting showpiece, the Fifa World Cup, comes to Africa for the first time in 2010.‘Against doctor’s orders’Mandela reportedly went against the orders of his doctor, who told him he could not attend the 2010 Fifa World Cup host country announcement ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland in May 2004.When South Africa was announced as the host country, overwhelmed with joy and emotions, tears could be seen streaming from Mandela’s eyes.There are many extraordinary photographs of him, but one that captured the spirit of South Africa’s foremost sporting achievement is of a beaming Mandela holding onto the Jules Rimet Trophy.Reconciliation through sportDuring his presidency, Mandela, who was an avid boxer in his days, lifted more trophies than any other South African leader, and has widely recognised the importance of sport in helping to promote reconciliation.Sporting a Springbok rugby jersey and cap, he presented the coveted Webb Ellis Trophy to the then South African skipper Francois Pienaar to the delight of the capacity crowd at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on 24 June 1995 after the hosts beat the New Zealand All Blacks.South Africa had been a country divided for decades by the apartheid regime, but thanks to the unyielding willpower of this statesman the whole country came together to unite behind the Springboks.Barely a year later, Mandela would take to the podium again to present Africa’s most sought after football trophy, the African Cup of Nations, to the then Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey. As with the Rugby World Cup, Nelson Mandela was sporting a Bafana jersey and cap.In honour of Madiba, who reportedly said: “I feel like a young man of 15” after hearing the announcement, South Africa and South Africans alike should work together to make the hosting of the World Cup a successful event.Preaching the spirit of UbuntuProbably one of the most recognisable men the world over, with all the accolades and awards under his belt, Mandela has remained rooted to the ground, ever-so-humble and preaching the spirit of Ubuntu to those who are willing to listen.Even after South Africa was announced as the World Cup host nation, he reportedly said: “South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal.”As South Africans celebrate the man affectionately known as Tata, it is important to heed his call for humility and treat the occasion as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Celebrate Africa’s Humanity and use the tournament to unify, encourage and develop South Africans – and ultimately Africans.In another 2010 milestone, Nelson Mandela returned to Robben Island, where he was incarcerated for 18 years, to mark his 89th birthday last year.The celebrations featured a star-studded line-up of about 50 past and present football superstars who took part “90 Minutes for Mandela” match at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 18 July.Power to bring people togetherAccording to Madiba, football on Robben Island was more than just a game. It was seen as a sport for survival. “It helped uphold the values of tolerance, of inclusiveness and reconciliation, and of non-racialism and peace that are still dear to all of us today.”“Today is indeed an extra special birthday for me, as I have been given this wonderful gift of a football match played in my honor,” Mandela said in a recorded message before the match. “This match is more than just a game – it symbolises the power of football to bring people together from all over the world, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of their skin.”South Africans have a history of rising to the occasion – and of all the challenges the country has faced in the past, none is greater than those the country has already overcome.In 2010, Madiba will be 92, and staging a successful World Cup will certainly go a long way to celebrate and thank him for the human being that he is.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Trent Brisby’s territory in Northwest Ohio, the time to chop silage is just around the corner. He visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about things to think about before silage harvest begins. He also covers the variability of crops in his area and reveals an update to the Encirca Services app in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with CWG medalists in Sonipat.In an embarrassing case of carelessness, two Commonwealth Games participants were handed over empty envelopes by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a felicitation ceremony on Friday.Organised at the Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Sonepat, Hooda distributed cheques worth Rs 13.72 crore to various state players who represented the country at the Games.Athlete Jaideep Singh and swimmer Prashant were shocked when they opened their envelopes to find nothing inside. “I stood fourth in discuss throw at CWG. I was deeply hurt after opening the envelope. The government should not treat sports-persons like this,” Jaideep said.While Jaideep received the envelope himself at the event, Prashant’s reward, in his absence, was received by Haryana Paralympic Association general secretary Giriraj Singh.”Though Prashant and Jaideep had not won any medal in Commonwealth games, their names were included at the last minute in the participant category for a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each,” Giriraj Singh told media-persons.Giriraj said that names of Prashant and Jaideep were missing from the list that was handed over by the Indian Olympic Association to the Haryana government and the matter was brought to the notice of the sports department by the state paralympic association. Though the department included their names at the last moment, they forgot to put the cheques inside. After realising the mistake, deputy director, awards branch of the sports department, Subhash Sharma assured that the cheques will be sent to the players within 10 days.advertisement
Real Madrid Zidane would have been sacked if Madrid lost Champions League final – Capello Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División UEFA Champions League Zinédine Zidane The Italian, who coached Real Madrid twice, says the Blancos would have been sacked if they had lost out to Liverpool Zinedine Zidane would have been fired by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had Los Blancos failed to beat Liverpool in the Champions League final, according to the club’s former coach Fabio Capello.Zidane announced his departure at a news conference on Thursday, just five days after leading Madrid to a third Champions League title in his third season in charge.Perez appeared bereft when he appeared next to Zidane in front of the media, but Capello believes Madrid’s president would have replaced Zidane had his side lost in Kiev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Madrid youth coach Guti, a team-mate of Zidane’s, is among the reported frontrunners for the post and Capello believes the former Spain international could be Perez’s pick.”Zidane wanted to make his own choice, before someone else would have been chosen in his place,” Capello said to Sky Italia.”If Real Madrid lost in Kiev, Perez would have definitely fired him.”Perez may now appoint Guti: it would be his own decision, he wants to show he can do radical choices as he did three years ago with Zidane.”As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top. Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/dO6bw74aA3— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 31, 2018While Zidane shocked the football world with his announcement, Madrid’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo has told reporters he is considering his future at the club.Capello believes the Portugal international could be keen on a return to Manchester United and touted Bayern Munich’s wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski as a possible Ronaldo replacement.That is, however, an issue for another day, with the Blancos currently focused on finding a new boss.
Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form is a seminal exhibition that charts the development of abstraction in modern Indian art, featuring close to 70 artists. The exhibition brings together for the first time a vast body of work spanning a vast range of styles that have evolved in modern Indian art. The retrospective is an investigation into the evolution of abstraction in Indian art from the early 1950s till current times. Part of a continued series, Indian Abstracts is Delhi Art Gallery’s attempt to continue to document the richly diverse and many less understood aspects of modern Indian art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Featuring three hundred and fifty works by over 60 significant practitioners of Indian abstraction, Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form explores the eventful and unique journey of abstraction in modern Indian art. Indian abstract artists drew on a range of influences in their work – Western abstract art, in particular the works of artists such as Klee, Rothko, Pollock or Calder, East- Asian influences, and significantly, a range of traditional, tribal, folk and tantric art – for their techniques, themes and approaches. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition features prominent and significant Indian abstractionists recognised for the maturity of their imagery such as – V S Gaitonde, S H Raza, Ram Kumar, Nasreen Mohammedi, Zarina Hashmi, Jeram Patel, Shanti Dave, Ganesh Haloi, Krishna Reddy, J Swaminathan and V Vishwanadhan. Additionally, it also brings together lesser-known abstract works of artists that are known for their fidelity to figurative or representative art – these feature artists such as M F Husain, Somnath Hore, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Sunil Das and Rabin Mondal – their abstract works are a delight to behold and add significantly to our understanding of Indian modernism’s journey. An over 400-page, substantial volume of art scholarship will accompany this significant exhibition, featuring colour plates of artworks and scholarship by leading art historians examining the journey of the abstract in Indian art.Delhi Art Gallery presents this significant exhibition on Indian abstract art, at its premises in Hauz Khas Village. Art lovers don’t miss this!WHERE: Delhi Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village WHEN: 10 August to 30 September
Drive. ai has announced that it is to begin trialling a self-driving car taxi service in Frisco, Texas this Summer. The trial is to last 6 months as the organization works closely with the Frisco authorities to finalize the details of the routes and to ‘educate’ the public about how they can be used. But although the news has widely been presented as a step forward for the wider adoption of self-driving cars, the story in fact exposes the way in which self-driving car engineers are struggling to properly disrupt. And that’s before it has even begun. Drive. ai’s announcement comes shortly after a number of high profile incidents involving self-driving cars. In March, a woman was killed by an Uber self-driving car in Arizona. In May, a Waymo van was involved in a collision in Arizona too. This puts a little more pressure on Drive.ai, and means the trial will be watched particularly closely. Any further issues will only do more to make the wider public resistant to autonomous vehicles. The more issues that appear, the more the very concept of self-driving vehicles begins to look like a Silicon Valley pipe dream. It starts looking like a way for tech entrepreneurs to take advantage of underfunded public infrastructure in the name of disruption and innovation. And this is precisely the problem with the forthcoming Drive.ai trial. For the trial to work, Drive.ai are dependent on the support and collaboration of the Frisco authorities. Yes, there are some positives to this – there’s an argument that the future of public life depends on a sort of hybrid of entrepreneurialism and state support. But we’re not just talking about using machine learning or deep learning to better understand how to deploy resources more effectively, how to target those most in need of support. In this instance, we’re talking about a slightly clunky system. It’s a system everyone recognises as clunky – after all, that’s why public ‘education’ is needed. Disruption should be frictionless. Self-driving taxis aren’t. Whatever you think of Uber and Airbnb, both organisations have managed to disrupt their respective industries by building platforms that make certain transactions and interactions frictionless. However, when it comes to self-driving taxi services, things are much different. They’re not frictionless at all. That’s why Drive.ai are having to work with the Frisco authorities to sell the idea to the public. Disruptive tech works best when people immediately get the concept. It’s the sort of thing that starts with wouldn’t it be great if… No one thinks that about self-driving cars. The self-driving bit is immaterial to most users. Provided their Uber drivers are polite and get them to where they want to go, that’s enough. Of course, some people might even like having a driver they can interact with (god forbid!). Sure, you might think I’m missing the point. Self driving cars will be more efficient, right? The cost savings will be passed on to end users. Of course it might – but seen in perspective, lots of things have become more efficient or automated. It doesn’t mean we’re suddenly all feeling the benefits of our savings. More importantly, this isn’t really disruption. You’re not radically changing the way you do something based on the needs of the people that use it. Instead you’re simply trying to shift their expectations to make it easier to automate jobs. In many instances we’re seeing power shift from public organizations to those where technical expertise is located. And that’s what’s happening here. Artificial intelligence needs to be accessible to be impactful Essentially, the technology is stuck inside the Silicon Valley organizations trying to profit from it. We know for a fact the deep learning and artificial intelligence are at their most exciting and interesting when its accessible to a huge range of people. In the case of Drive.ai, the AI is just the kernel around which all these other moving parts depend – the investment, infrastructure, and acceptance of the technology. Artificial intelligence projects work best when they seem to achieve something seamlessly, not when they require a whole operation just to make it work. The initiatives being run by Drive.ai and its competitors are a tired use of AI. It’s almost as if we’re chasing the dream of taxi cabs that can drive themselves simply because we simply should. And while there’s clearly potential for big money to be made by those organizations working hard to make it work, for many of the cities they’re working with, it might not be the best option. Public transport does, after all, already exist. Drive.ai needs users to adapt to the technology Perhaps Drive.ai might just make this work. But it’s going to be difficult. That’s because the problems of self-driving cars are actually a little different to those many software companies face. Typically the challenge is responding to the needs of users and building the technology accordingly. In this instance, the technology is almost there. The problem facing Drive.ai and others is getting users to accept it. What we learned from CES 2018: Self-driving cars and AI chips are the rage! Apple self-driving cars are back! VoxelNet may drive the autonomous vehicles