US Navy Carries Out Freedom of Navigation Operations

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 24, 2020 The U.S. Navy routinely conducts Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) throughout the world.FONOPs are operations by U.S. naval and air forces that strengthen internationally recognized rights and freedoms by challenging excessive maritime claims, which according to the U.S. Department of Defense are attempts by coastal nations to unlawfully claim territorial waters and restrict the navigational freedoms and movements of ships.One notable example is in the South China Sea where the Chinese government has claimed 90 percent of the sea since 2015 by building military installations on several island chains. The U.S. has continued to challenge those claims by sending their ships on patrol routinely.Under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, territorial waters are considered to extend 12 nautical miles from a country’s shore.In January of this year the littoral combat ship USS Detroit conducted a FONOP off the coast of Venezuela. U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, head of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), said during a U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee testimony in January that the USS Detroit had been involved in counternarcotic and law enforcement operations.The USS Detroit “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in international waters, outside of the lawful limits of Venezuela’s territorial sea,” SOUTHCOM said in a statement at that time, after a Venezuelan patrol boat trailed the naval ship for a short period. “All of our operations are designed to be conducted in accordance with maritime laws and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows,” the statement added.last_img read more

Another virtual event: Binghamton University 2020 Homecoming

first_imgInstead, it’s hosting digital, interactive events like a 5K, campus tours, trivia games, and an award ceremony over a week-long period. The Alumni Association felt like it couldn’t cancel homecoming all together. But like many other 2020 events, this year, it’s going virtual. For a full schedule of events or to register for homecoming, click here. “People have screen fatigue, so we didn’t want to do it over three days and have six videos, you say nobody will sit and watch it, it’s really too much,” said Seepersaud. VESTAL (WBNG) — Each fall, Binghamton University welcomes its alumni back on to campus for homecoming. “You can be on a computer, you can be on a smart device, you can participate from anywhere,” said Seepersaud. “When you look at the people who come to homecoming, you get a lot of new faces and a lot that come back year after year. But the one thing in common is they all come from a driving radius of about three to five hours.” “That may be a great way to pull them in, and then more importantly, what do we do with them after? You keep them connected,” said Seepersaud. “I think that had we canceled and said, ‘Let’s wait until 2021,’ it would have been an opportunity lost for us but also for those who look forward to having that sense of wanting to connect back to us,” said Seepersaud. It’s an opportunity to engage more alum in the long-term, too. A virtual homecoming has its perks. It’s able to reach more alumni than just those who would have traveled to campus. So when homecoming does return to campus, the turnout may be better than ever. “We wanted to build pride and bring people together and celebrate all the great things going on at Binghamton, and we know that alumni pride doesn’t go away during a pandemic, thank goodness,” said Binghamton University Advancement Communications Manager Steve Seepersaud.last_img read more

A storybook year: Doug Barron reflects on 2019 DICK’s Open win

first_imgBarron said he used some time off earlier this year when play was paused to have surgery on his knee. Right now, he is competing in the Senior Players Championship in Akron, Ohio. The win marked the 13th time a qualifier took home a trophy on the PGA Tour Champions. It was also Barron’s first Tour Champions win. Barron was looking forward to his return to En-Joie Golf Club this summer. “I’m there for the rest of my professional career. After this career is over I’m done with golf so I hope I’ll see ya’ll for ten or 12 years,” he said. Then the rain came, which Barron said worked in his favor. (WBNG) — On August 18, 2019 Doug Barron won the DICK’s Sporting Goods Open as a Monday qualifier. As he reflects on the past year, he calls it a “storybook ending.” “It’s a fun week the people in Broome County are amazing,” said Barron. “I feel like I fit in perfect up there.” “It was an unforgettable moment for a guy whose kind of been a journeyman,” said Barron. “It was actually a nice relief, because I saw Jay Haas, I went and hung out with him, it was actually me him Freddie, Woody Austin,” said Barron. Barron says he’ll be returning to the course for years to come. “I think about that shot I hit on 18, that shot I hit on 17 and I think about the walk up to 18. And I think about that trophy,” he said. “When we came around to fifteen, it was starting to set in that I was doing pretty good,” he said. When Barron looks back at the weekend, a few moments stick out. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Barron led for most of the weekend and finished two strokes ahead of Fred Couples in a wire-to-wire finish. “When we went back out and played I only had three and a half holes left, where I had driven it on 15 and I told my wife, ‘look, I got this.’ And I did,” he said. After the rain delay, Barron sunk two fifteen-foot birdie putts pushing him to victory. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 23

first_imgAmazon deal wasn’t worth the trade-offI’ve never been much of a supporter of government tax breaks to big business.An Amazon quote: “Amazon pays all the taxes we are required to pay.” That’s terrific; but last year they were given an “effective tax rate of minus one percent.” Seems to me an incentive of $3 billion to such a successful company (last year’s profits over $11 billion) is rather exorbitant, since New York state residents are supplementing this gift. It has also been stated that average wages for the 25,000 employees they were projecting would be $140,000 annually. The residents they were going to displace are typically low-income. Not an equitable trade-off in my book. And where was the disclosure from Cuomo and DiBlasio?Virginia GraneyGlenville Now the president is proposing to fund the wall by declaring a national emergency. Instead, why not fund the wall by securing a loan, as Wilbur Ross suggested for the government workers who received no paychecks? Forbes magazine estimates that the combined wealth of Trump and his cabinet is about $7.6 billion, more than enough collateral for such a loan.Don SteinerSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCity police need to issue more tickets When President Trump used “wall funding” as the basis for the partial government shutdown, he was being disingenuous and callous.Trump was being disingenuous because he was implying that our southern border represented a major security threat. There’s no evidence to support his claim.A recent threat assessment by our intelligence agencies didn’t mention any need for Trump’s wall. Moreover, while most Americans would agree that border security is important, few border experts have argued that “the wall” is essential to security. If construction of “the wall” truly represents a national emergency, why was it not funded when the Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate?Trump was being callous because he was “proud” to put at risk 800,000 government workers simply to fulfill a campaign promise. Many of the employees who were kept at work without pay and who were furloughed were subjected to significant economic and emotional stress. Trump seemed totally indifferent to the plight of the impacted workers and said, “I’m sure that people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments. They always do.” Easy for him to say. Passage of a new law doesn’t make it moralIn response to Assemblyman Phil Steck’s Feb. 17 editorial in The Daily Gazette, I believe that because the RHC Act was signed into law does not make it morally acceptable. I think if a poll is taken, more people would agree. Concerning name calling, Mr. Steck thinks The Gazette was not acting responsibly when he was called a “murderer.” What about freedom of speech? It’s also one of our fundamental freedoms of American life. Mary WhiteNiskayuna Let Trump’s wealthy friends fund his wall We must take action on climate seriously and earn the support of everyone. Please cover these issues more than the stupidity that often is covered. Alixandra FoisyAlbany Concern for people shouldn’t be limitedI want to thank Assemblyman Phil Steck for his attempt to separate fact from fiction in his Feb. 17 column on New York’s Reproductive Health Care Act. Sadly, he knows that he’s preaching to the choir. Not a single solitary mind will be changed by his reasonable facts, unfortunately.I do have a question though, for those who insist that the state or any religion has a moral obligation or a legal right to tell any female what she is and isn’t allowed to do with her body.My question is this: Once out of a female body, once disconnected from an umbilical cord, why the lack of moral outrage when this being who requires education, nutrition, shelter, medical care, a thriving healthy community, respect and dignity, can so easily fail to obtain adequate levels of these? Why so few tears, prayers and activism? If and when a time comes that I begin to hear the prayers and see the tears of “believers” for the incarcerated, for the perpetually hungry, for those who are insufficiently educated for decent-paying jobs, then we’ll actually have something to talk about.A being’s immediate connection to a uterus cannot be nearly the sole criteria for concern for human life. Now, keep your religion off my body. Thanks.Elisa WinterAlbany Hatred on liberal TV networks is very clear Abortion law helpful to the irresponsibleSo much confusion with words. A new human being is a result of a sperm joining an ovum, either in the body of a female or in a laboratory. When this new being begins, it’s called a zygote. Within seven or so days, this being, now called an embryo, works its way into the womb or is placed there from the lab. As it grows in the womb, it’s called a fetus until it’s ready to outgrow its home in the woman. For people who want this being, it’s called ‘our child.’ For people who don’t want this being of human origin, it’s called an ‘invader.’  Who should protect whom? From all scientific evidence, this growth has its own DNA, unlike a tumor or a tooth. On delicate ultrasound equipment, this being has a heartbeat after 20 days from implantation in the womb. These data are available on medical research sites, or ask a veterinarian who does artificial insemination. Whose choice is it for the sperm getting into the ovum to form the zygote? When females are respected for the very specific beauty of fertility and have a trusted spouse, a responsible family unit is begun. Often, without a marriage of equals, children are put at risk. Our society needs the bedrock stability of committed spouses. Abortion isn’t the answer, especially when it’s deemed government approved.  We must all act to stop climate changeClimate change is happening here and now, and I’m terrified. When I was young, I tried to take action, just like young people who are involved with the Sunrise Movement. I’m now in midlife and am not sure what we will be going through in our community and our world if we don’t act now. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal is not equivalent to the progressive agenda and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey’s resolution.We know that there are only 12 years to transform our economy to preserve the stable climate human civilization has depended on for millennia. We need a massive mobilization of every sector of society on par with what science and justice demand.A Green New Deal will keep Americans safe from climate change and create millions of green jobs, and it will help to address the issues of racial and social justice that we all eventually face. I work with people who are older, those who have a disability and people with mental-health issues. Global warming affects us all and only exacerbates issues we are currently facing.  Where are the Schenectady police? I had a business meeting in downtown last week.When I left the meeting at 3:00, traffic on Erie Boulevard was a nightmare. People running red lights, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic. The circle at Nott Street was dangerous. People coming into the circle were not yielding to the cars in it.Schenectady has a budget problem. If the police started giving out tickets, they would have a lot of money coming in.Thomas DonovanBallston Lakecenter_img Need national policy based on scienceI’m very disappointed with Congressman Paul Tonko. In 2018, the IPCC report on climate change was issued, informing us that by 2030 global carbon levels need to be lowered by 45 percent to maintain a 1.5-degree C increase in global warming. Newly elected Alexandra Octavio-Cortez called for Green New Deal (H.R. 109), which would rapidly transition us from dirty to clean energy. But Tonko refused to be a co-sponsor. It’s only because Jesus supernaturally keeps the United States of America together because he appreciates its protection of the freedom of faith that it hasn’t fallen long ago.But that will not always be so. Soon, Jesus will give up and let the United States of America tear itself apart.In the meantime, I suggest that you get on the right side of history by leaving whichever party you are now in and joining up with Jesus instead. That way, you will leave the vast majority tearing this nation apart and instead work with Jesus to keep this nation together.Joel NelsonSchenectady In one of his neutral letters, he wrote: “We must keep an open mind to effectively tackle the problem of climate change. It is essential that we ensure that government policies are reflective of the most innovative ideas … with the goal of decarbonizing our economy as rapidly as economically and technically possible.”Why can’t we decarbonize too quickly? For the sake of Big Business? Well, that’s what we must do to prevent runaway climate change. Propping up an oil-based, endless growth economy will bury us all.Green jobs are the future. The fastest renewable energy job growth has occurred in the solar and wind sectors, 24 percent and 16 percent in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Jobs in these sectors outnumber jobs in coal and gas in 31 states.What’s missing is a science-based public policy that imagines a different climate future that works to lower emissions, impact wise land use and prepare population centers for extreme weather. I’m looking to my representative to help craft a Green New Deal that replaces the resource-extracting, ecocidal policies with environmentally sustainable plans of action.Barbara TrypalukSaratoga Springs Steck made very clear case for health actAssemblyman Phil Steck’s clear explanation of New York’s Reproductive Health Act (Sunday, Feb. 17) is deserving of both our attention and support. He clearly explains what the law does and does not allow. He clearly explains that no one is coerced in any way to violate one’s own beliefs. He provides background information that clarifies why the law is written as it is. The law provides safe medical options for women who need them.In our highly polarized political climate, it takes courage to take a stand that not everyone will support. I support the New York Reproductive Health Care Act and I definitely support Mr. Steck.Eleanor AronsteinSchenectady Who needs jobs when we have socialism?Here’s what everyone is forgetting as they attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for celebrating Amazon’s withdrawal from Queens and her seeming not to care about the loss of 25,000 jobs: The folks in New York City and Queens don’t really need those jobs.Remember, when AOC’s “Green Dream” economic package is passed, the government (read you and I) will provide “economic security to all of those unable or unwilling to work.” I really thought when the USSR collapsed, we had seen the last of Karl Marx and his nutty ideas.George NigrinyGlenville Killing our own kind promotes a broken society. The Reproductive Health Act is oxymoronic; no pregnant female will be helped by it. The RHA is a big win for feral fathers.Sheila M. NeugebauerBallston Spa Hate; I find it amazing what television has done to our country. There are six major TV networks in our country: ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and FOX, which supply the majority of political news.CNN and FOX are cable stations that a large portion of the country don’t subscribe to. All of these news outlets, with the exception of FOX, make up the Liberal Propaganda Network (LPN).The LPN has given up all pretense of being fair and unbiased. The LPN’s so-called news broadcasts hate conservatives talk shows and comedians that aren’t funny. The hatred for conservatives and hatred for the president of the United States comes through loud and clear. Dictators around the world have one thing in common; they control the media and the media controls people’s minds. When you hear them hate the president and the conservatives day after day, the hate mind-control is working on many liberals. I find it interesting to watch the faces of the hosts of the LPN. The hatred is very clear and is transmitted to the viewers.Marv LivingstonCharlton Schenectady must invest in road repairSchenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, please drive on Guilderland Avenue from the Pointe Café to Bond’s Funeral Home. The road is in horrible condition. No amount of patching will work.A lot of money was spent to make downtown Schenectady more appealing to visitors. There have to be well-maintained roads leading to the Rivers casino. I like going to Rivers. I drive on city roads to get there and I don’t want to have to have a wheel alignment because the roads are awful.It amazes me that government wasted millions of dollars on those stupid signs along the highway (that the feds forced us to take down because they were too close to each other and posed a distraction to drivers), but can’t find the money to make our roads safer.  Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectady Work with Jesus in order to save AmericaBecause of extreme fanaticism on the part of both parties, during this century at any given time, half of the population of the United States of America hates its own nation because its president doesn’t belong to the same party they do.“If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24 or Abraham Lincoln; take your pick). Don’t let $3 billion for Amazon be wastedWhat an amazing event occurred this past week. Amazon has decided not to locate a distribution center in Queens, New York City.In doing so, they turned down Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offer of about $3 billion of “tax relief,” i.e. money we taxpayers would have had to ante up. Now if I remember correctly, our governor just announced a week or two ago that an impending revenue shortfall of about $3 billion (what’s a billion or so dollars here or there) was lurking in this year’s budget for New York State, i.e. us taxpayers.Now it should be no problem. Put that $3 billion worth of “tax relief” that Amazon turned down back in the revenue bucket, and the shortfall will disappear. Our politicians sometimes take a long time to understand changes, so I urge all New Yorkers to contact their representatives and tell them to make that happen. Don’t let that unexpected $3 billion leak out of the revenue bucket and disappear, say into further raises for our governor and legislators. Forman PhillipsBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

State developer Perumnas fails to pay due debt, sees rating downgraded to default

first_imgRatings agency PT Pemeringkat Efek Indonesia (Pefindo) has downgraded state-owned developer Perum Perumahan Nasional (Perumnas) medium-term debt to default after the company failed to pay its dues.Pefindo announced Tuesday it had lowered Perumnas’ medium term notes (MTN) I/2017 Series A to idD from idBBB+ following the company’s failure to pay its maturing principal worth Rp 200 billion (US$13 million) due on April 28.“A debt security is rated idD when it is in payment default, or default of a rated bond occurs automatically upon the first occurrence of non-payment of the bond,” Pefindo wrote in a statement. It also downgraded the ratings for the company’s 12 other MTNs issued between 2016 and 2019 to idCCC from the previous idBBB+. The idCCC rating reflects the securities’ vulnerability to a default, depending on the issuer’s business and financial conditions to meet its long-term financial commitments on the securities.Pefindo also lowered Perumnas’ company rating to idSD, or selective default, from idBBB+.“The idSD rating reflects the fact that the issuer has failed to pay one or more of its financial obligations when it is due, but still makes timely payments on its other debt securities,” the ratings agency said in the statement.Perumnas’ assets stood at Rp 10.38 trillion as of December 2019, higher than the Rp 10.01 trillion recorded the previous year. Its adjusted debt stood at Rp 4.82 trillion last year, up from Rp 3.65 trillion in 2018.Throughout 2019, the property developer’s sales, which focus on the middle-to-low income segment, nosedived almost 68 percent to Rp 855 billion. It also recorded a loss of Rp 408 billion last year, a stark contrast to its performance in 2018 when it recorded Rp 305.8 billion in net income.Perumnas also recorded negative earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of Rp 11.2 billion last year, far removed from its 2018 EBITDA of Rp 603.4 billion. Topics :last_img read more

Chris Cameron reveals why she loves living in Eumundi

first_img CURRENT HOME Tennis star reveals why he loves living at Maroochydore Back then it was considered pretty ‘out-there’ as the design was very organic and an example of our commitment to living in harmony with the environment.Now it’s called ‘sustainable design’.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOf course our home features an extensive range of ROCKCOTE products including beautiful natural finishes on our walls and a hand polished kitchen benchtop finished in a traditional Tadelakt finish.Our property also features an orchard, dam, hand-built pizza oven and a forgery where my husband makes his own knives and arrows. I bought my first home in 1986. It was a tiny one bedroom semi-detached home in Catherine St, Leichardt in New South Wales. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME FIRST HOME >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Riverfront house sells in secret deal Rockcote director Chris Cameron. My primary residence is in the beautiful hinterland town of Eumundi, Queensland, about 15 minutes’ drive from Noosa Heads.My husband, Bob and I love the area and the sense of community here.It’s also only 10 minutes’ drive from our Rockcote head office.We’ve lived in Eumundi for more than 25 years.We purchased the land first and then built our own home. Queenslanders love their homes and Rockcote co-owner Chris Cameron, is no different.She reveals why she loves living at Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast. The first home I bought was $52,000 as an investment property. It was such a tiny place with a 3m frontage.I never lived in it as I was renting an amazing house with a friend around the corner.I chose to buy my own home early in life as I have always been very independent.It was in a convenient location and as a single woman with a full time job I could afford to do so. FANTASY HOME MORE: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 RELATED: We have had the good fortune to travel extensively but believe that we already live in our dream home in the best part of the world — the Sunshine Coast.I couldn’t live anywhere else as how would I support Queensland in the State of Origin? Champion sailor seeks sale before sailing We’ve recently undergone a pretty extensive home renovation so I’m lucky that my design fantasies can be realised through our own products.If I had a fantasy holiday home, somewhere in Italy where I could look out over the water would be good.I also absolutely love the Cocos Keeling Islands off Western Australia.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall Short Against Lady Wildcats In Middle School Volleyball

first_imgThe 7th Grade Volleyball team lost to Franklin County: 25-18 and 25-15. Their record is now 2-3.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The 8th Grade Volleyball team had a sluggish start against Franklin County & fought their way back, but fell 25-21.  In the second game the Bulldogs started strong and had a lead, but then lost the lead to end the game 25-22.Top servers were Brayleigh Patterson and Shelby Westerfeld with 9 points each.  Jade Kopp anad Rhian Mehlbauer each had 2 service points.  At the net Jade Kopp and Sydnee Schaeffer each had 2 kills.  Sophie Lee and Shelby Westerfeld each earned a kill.Their record is now 3-2.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img

Hazlewood, Starc among the wickets in Australia tour match

first_imgAUSSIES KEEPJOSH Hazlewood took three wickets and Mitchell Starc two, as Australia kept the upper hand on day two of their tour match against Worcestershire.Hazlewood and Starc are aiming to prove their form before the second Ashes Test, which starts on Wednesday, and took 3-34 and 2-56 respectively.Australia were held up by Alex Milton (74) and Charlie Morris (53) before the hosts declared on 201-9, 65 behind.Australia reached 92-1 at the close, leading by 157.Opener Marcus Harris was unbeaten on 62 and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh 22 not out after being promoted to number three.But opener Cameron Bancroft failed again, making just seven before falling to Charlie Morris.Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser both took two wickets for Australia. (BBC Sport)last_img

USC avoids scare at home against Minnesota

first_imgNo. 25 USC has yet to officially launch a Heisman Trophy campaign for Robert Woods, but it might want to start now.During the Trojans’ season opener against Minnesota, the sophomore wide receiver broke the school’s single-game mark for receptions with 17, leading the Trojans to a 19-17 win Saturday over the unranked Golden Gophers.“Robert is a special player,” said junior quarterback Matt Barkley, who also set the school’s single-game record for completions with 34. “He just runs great routes. He’s a smart player, who has mastered the playbook, knows defenses and knows how to get open.”Christopher Pham | Daily TrojanWoods, who served as the team’s primary offensive threat, finished with three touchdown receptions for just the second time in his career, counting for 18 of USC’s 19 points.Yet all of the Trojans’ scoring came in the first half, as it was outscored 14-0 in the final two quarters by Minnesota, which finished 77th nationally in total offense last season.“Obviously [we’re] disappointed in the second half with the offense,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Not scoring a point is hard to imagine.”The Trojans’ near second-half collapse evoked shades of some of last season’s losses in the final minutes, most notably to Washington and Stanford in consecutive weeks in early October, where they lost on last-second field goals.Against Washington, USC led by two points with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter before relinquishing its lead on the final play — a 32-yard field goal from Erik Polk. A week later at Stanford, it took a late one-point lead on an Allen Bradford touchdown, before watching Nate Whitaker nail a 30-yard field goal moments later to give the Cardinal the win.“I had flashbacks to last year, but I was confident in our defense,” Barkley said. “This team is a new team; it’s a new defense and they’ve come a long way.”This time, sophomore cornerback Torin Harris, who started over junior cornerback Tony Burnett, made sure USC avoided a similar fate.With the Golden Gophers taking over at their own nine-yard line and trailing by two points, a pass from freshman quarterback Max Shortell, who replaced an injured MarQueis Gray midway through the fourth quarter, was interceptioned by Harris with 1:11 remaining in the game, sealing the victory.“I was just reading the receiver,” said Harris, whose interception marked the first of his career. “We were in man, bump coverage. I saw the ball was there and I had to make a play.”The 302 total yards allowed by the USC defense marked the third-lowest total by an opponent in the last 22 games, a noticeable improvement for a unit that posted its worst statistical season since 1955 in 2010.“You saw how we played today,” Harris said. “I think we did really well as a unit.”Though it might have been less than ideal, Trojans were able to at least get on the scoreboard early — on their first drive of the game, as Barkley orchestrated a 13-play, 66-yard drive that resulted in a 7-yard touchdown pass to Woods.Later in the half, Barkley found Woods again — this time on a 43-yard touchdown pass to give USC its second score of the game.But Barkley and company led just 12-0 after two straight two-point conversion attempts went awry.“It’s a special teams scenario,” Kiffin said when asked about the rational for opting out of the more conventional extra point attempt. “We were 50 percent last year. If you get a certain look where you have an advantage, it’s worth a look.”USC would later score on another Barkley touchdown pass to Woods with just under one minute remaining in the first half. This time, however, Kiffin chose to kick the extra point.Featuring an inexperienced offensive line, as it started three first-time starters in left guard Jeremy Galten, right guard John Martinez and right guard Kevin Graf, USC opted to line up in four-wide-receiver sets in the hopes of easing some of the pressure off the young unit.“I would like it to change,” Kiffin said. “It’s not really fun to play the game that way so spread out and balls going all over the place. It just gets you out of rhythm. It’s not the normal ‘SC rhythm of running the ball and play-action.”Of USC’s 73 offensive plays, 45 were passes by way of Barkley — more than 60 percent. Logging meaningful carries for the first time in their careers, freshman D.J. Morgan, who started at tailback, and junior Curtis McNeal, finished with 103 yards on 24 carries.“It was not a satisfying win,” Barkley said. “Of course we’ll celebrate all our victories, but this is not the way you want to get it. You want to be able to come out with a complete game in all areas.”USC will host Utah at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next week in its Pac-12 opener.last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Bobbie Kelsey brings in No. 15 recruiting class for Badgers

first_imgIn a year filled with questions about the future of the program, Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey landed the highest-ranked recruiting class of her tenure.Wednesday marked the first day recruits could sign letters of intent, and Wisconsin fans should be excited about some of the prospects arriving on campus next fall.The class consists of six recruits, three of whom are ranked in the top 100 nationally, who should inject some new blood into the struggling program and ease some of the pressure on Kelsey’s hot seat.Gabby Gregory, a 5-foot-8 guard from Irving, Texas, who should become an impact player the minute she steps on campus, headlines the class. Both ESPN and Blue Star Basketball rank Gregory in the top 60, and her dynamic talent should bolster coach Kelsey’s growing pipeline into Texas.“We are definitely looking for her to come in and do big things for our program,” Kelsey said. “Gabby is a hard-nosed point guard that shoots the ball extremely well, has great ball handling and playmaking skills to boot. She elevates those around her to play at the highest level because of her love for the game, competitive nature and will to be the best.”Wisconsin also added size to its frontline by signing 6-foot-3 forward Abby Laszewski from Hartford, Connecticut. Laszewski is a top 75 recruit and should be a familiar name to Wisconsin die-hards. Her father, Jay, played for the men’s basketball team from 1983-86.“Abby will have the distinct honor of continuing the legacy of being a Badger basketball player as she follows in the footsteps of her father,” Kelsey said. “We had the good fortune to see her play early last year and decided that she had just the right skill set and pedigree to join our program.”Another name that might ring a bell with fans is Suzanne Gilreath, sister of football player David Gilreath, out of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Gilreath was a lights-out scorer in high school and averaged 28.3 points en route to becoming one of the most decorated 3-point shooters in Minnesota state history.Joining Gilreath from Minnesota is Courtney Fredrickson from Excelsior. The Star Tribune named her to the 2015 all-state team and she played for the North Tartan basketball program — one of the most competitive AAU teams in the Midwest.Lastly, at the foundation of any strong Badger team is a strong in-state backbone; the Badgers kept two players inside their borders this cycle. Grace Mueller from Verona and Alona Johnson from Milwaukee should help bolster Wisconsin’s depth next season and be integral parts of the team as upperclassmen.“Two Wisconsin natives in the 2016 class shows our commitment to keep Wisconsin players here in Wisconsin,” Kelsey said.last_img read more