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Victim.A noun defined as one who is subjected to oppression or mistreatment. However, it can also mean one that is tricked or duped.Yes, that pretty much sums up how USC’s student body feels in the wake of a devastating blow, that even months of waiting couldn’t have prepared us for.The numbers resulting from the NCAA’s stand for culpability are simple: the football team will face a two-year ban from postseason play, the forfeiture of 14 wins from the 2004 and 2005 seasons, the loss of 30 scholarship offers over the course of the next three years, and a potential removal of the 2004-2005 BCS national championship.While the facts and figures might seem straightforward and self-explanatory, finding the collective strength to get up from this disheartening sucker punch requires a commitment and a plan.It might not be fail-proof, but here is my attempt to help all of you through this time of great sorrow and frustration.1. Throw a pity party. For those of you who still haven’t come to grips with what has transpired, don’t be afraid to let it out. Watch hours of low-quality reality TV shows or Law and Order re-runs, eat pints of ice cream, tear down posters, create Facebook pages in protest and even make T-shirts with catchy slogans. Do whatever it takes to cope, because after all this wasn’t your fault.2. Make your voice heard. Sure heading up message boards and online groups says something, but if you want to vent, why not direct that pent up anger and energy towards the people who need to hear it: the athletic department, the school’s administration, TV outlets or even the sports pages of the Los Angeles Times.If you have a gripe, speak up. If you feel the school, the athletic program and its chief representative, he-who-shall-not-be-named, neglected its athletes and the student body, act — don’t wallow.3. Sport a new trend. There is nothing more rewarding as a fan than rooting for a proven winner. It’s what has made our generation of Trojan fans so confident when making the walk over to the Coliseum every fall. While the biggest moneymaker and arguably most-prized source of entertainment on campus has taken a bit of a hit, if you love sports, if you love watching your school compete on the highest of levels, find a more obscure team to root for.Men’s basketball makes its triumphant return from its one-year ban next fall. The water polo program will be showcasing not one, but two, defending national championship teams next season. And can you say “three-peat?” Well that’s what the men’s tennis squad hopes to achieve next year. While you may not find a Heisman Trophy candidate or household name around every nook and cranny of this university, there are student-athletes in other revenue sports yearning for some love. Now is as good a time as any to show them some.4. Be your brother’s keeper. For every upperclassmen — center Kristofer O’Dowd or fullback Stanley Havili, just to name a few — who have worked tirelessly the past few seasons with the goal of reaching a BCS title game, their dreams are shattered. For every high school standout — like running back Dillon Baxter or wide receiver Kyle Prater — that took a leap of faith on this program, in spite of what looked to be a precarious situation, their futures have been put in jeopardy for events that took place while they were still playing Pop Warner.So I am putting every student who claims to bleed cardinal and gold and their fanhood on the chopping block. Even in good times, our student section isn’t exactly the most raucous group in college football, let alone the Pac-10 (or should I say Pac-who-knows?) For the first time in your college experience, don’t be the small fish in a big pond. Make each game your main priority. Yes, even ahead of tailgating and snapping endless potential Facebook defaults. These players, your peers, friends and fellow students need you more than ever. It’s time we all had their back.5. For everything, learn, learn, learn. While it pains me to drag the late John Wooden into a story that serves as a complete antithesis to his selfless character, the legendary coach said it best: “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”Although this may be a lesson that falls on deaf ears, his words preach a message befitting of this ordeal.No matter how much you have achieved in sports or in life, no one is above the law. Unfortunately, this university has found that out the hard way. But it’s a non-permanent reality check, and that might be exactly what USC needs.Call it a lack of accountability, a failure in the leadership hierarchy or just plain recklessness, but years of ignoring the warning signs and dismissing opportunities to act courageously even if it meant losing some national exposure and money along the way, proved to be the straw that broke this camel’s back. It’s a shame and it stings. but it could have been avoided. But this intervention
Alex Iwobi of Nigeria Since the arrival of Unai Emery at Arsenal, Alex Iwobi had enjoyed more playing than ever before, that luxury may, however, be threatened with the North London club hoping to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha before the summer transfer window closes.The Nigerian and Arsenal winger, Iwobi, however, is said to have sensationally hinted that he may leave the North London club should the Gunners sign Zaha this summer as he has been a target for Emery’s side and already saw a £40m bid rejected and although he admits being a “fighter” who never gives up, the Nigerian who helped the Super Eagles claim an eighth bronze medal finish at the just concluded AFCON said the Ivorian’s arrival could lead to him leaving.‘’I am not one to chicken out. I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough,” he told The Sun UK. “So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress. ‘I am up for the fight but the only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to. Obviously, my joy is to play football and not just sit out.‘’If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play that is what I have done all my life. We have big stars already, so by adding another one I’ll just have to prove I can do better than them.”‘’Maybe you think: ‘Football is not for you and you don’t want to play any more ,’’ he added.“But it’s good to have that self-motivation to believe that you can prove your critics wrong. I am here today, so it didn’t affect me. Whenever someone tells me something negative I will just ignore it and try and prove to them that I am better than they think.’’Iwobi has come up through the ranks at Arsenal and last season he did feature in 35 Premier League games for the club. But surely if Zaha comes to the club, the Nigerian will fall down the pecking order – something which he is not ready to accept.Emery has obviously made Zaha his top transfer priority this summer and the player himself claimed recently that he wished to move out, but Crystal Palace are holding out for a substantial transfer fee which is out of reach for the Gunners this transfer window.However, Iwobi claims that his words were twisted after he appeared to say he might have to quit Arsenal.Zaha would be a direct rival to Iwobi in the Arsenal team and could leave the Nigerian international on the bench.But Iwobi has now sought to clarify his comments, claiming that he did not mean what he said – and insists that he hopes Arsenal go on to sign top players.“Fake news and click bait,” he tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the headlines.“I don’t know why some newspapers enjoy twisting words.“I hope we sign world-class players at Arsenal and progress as a team. I’m looking forward to the new season.”Zaha had reportedly told Crystal Palace he wants a move to north London after returning from the African Cup of Nations, although Arsenal could still be priced out of a move as they work with a limited budget.Iwobi also has increased competition in the form of Reiss Nelson, back from his loan spell at Hoffenheim, and emerging attacker Eddie Nketiah.Last season, Emery charged Iwobi to be staying nearer to the box so as to continue scoring and laying assists.“I’m very happy with him and his mentality. He has the quality to play right or left, to do more one-on-ones against the opposition. I want him to stay nearer the box to score and be more aggressive, finding assists for team-mates. This is the way for him and other players,” Emery saidIwobi’s performances have seen him become a pivotal part of the Arsenal team.“The manager gave me the confidence to express myself and to believe in my ability, which I have been trying to show. In training, too, he was always letting me try new things – be positive, be direct and prove it in the games. It is working for me so I just have to keep it going.“Do I feel like a better player than a year ago? I’d just say I am more confident. I feel that even if I make a mistake, I am able to go again. I think that is the difference between me last year and this year.”Iwobi scored six goals in 51 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.He topped his impressive displays by scoring Arsenal’s only goal in their UEFA Europa League final defeat to Chelsea that ended 4-1 but he sees the consolation effort as a motivation to win the European title next season.“This year, I’ve progressed and I’ve been more composed. It is basically being more efficient in the final third either making the final pass or scoring,” he added.“There were mixed emotions to score in the (Europa League) final. It is a big achievement but obviously not the result I wanted if I could trade the goal for the result I would.“It is one of the goals I
Rosses ACFor all travelling to Belfast to the indoors this weekend, the bus will be leaving for Odyssey on Saturday next at 6:40am sharp (10 euro per person on bus).Congratulations to Sarah Doherty and Maedhbh Nic Giolla Bhríde on winning All-Ireland medals today (Sun 5th Feb) in Roscommon. Sarah was a member of the Donegal U-14 team that won the silver medals when finishing 22nd in the National Inter-County Grass Relay Ch’s. Maedhbh, a pupil at Scoil Mhuire, Doire Beaga was a member of the Donegal U-12 team which finished in 3rd place. A group of athletes travelled to the Finn Valley Open Track and Field meetings last Wednesday evening. Patrick Marry 1st u-9 60m, Domhall Mic Ghiolla Bhride 1st u-11 60m and 1st Long Jump, Owen De Burca 3rd u-11 600m, Casey McGarvey 1st u-11 Shot, Bridget McDyre 3rd u15 Shot. There was notable performances from Saskia Boyle, Meadhbh Ni Giolla Bhride, Thomas Marry, Ultan Boyle, Millie Doherty and Cathal De Burca.The first race of the Spring 5k Series took place last Sunday with a good turnout. Many thanks to all who helped and supported on the day. Results were : Senior Men: 1st Kevin Mc Gee 18.29. 2nd Michael Logue 18.54 3rd Noel Diver 19.22. Senior Ladies: 1st Fionnuala Diver 20.00 2nd Deirdre Diver 22.05 3rd Helen Mc Cready 23.13. Junior 4K: 1st Fintan Ó Dochartaigh 17.09 2nd Ferdia Ó Dochartaigh 19.41 3rd Aidan Mc Cole 21.37. The next race is scheduled for Sunday 26th February at 11am. Registration is now due so please contact Ita Gallagher or any committee member to get registered. 15 euro per child, 20 euro per adult and maximum fee of 40 euro per family.ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rosses Athletic Club notes
BALTIMORE, MD — Henry Urrutia was rounding the bases after hitting his first major league home run, and one thought crossed his mind:“I can’t believe this.”Urrutia broke a ninth-inning tie with a drive into the seats in left field, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who hadn’t defeated the Mets since June 18, 2009.Baltimore rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before Urrutia led off the ninth against Carlos Torres (4-5).On a 1-2 pitch, Urrutia smacked an opposite-field liner that landed in the hands of a Mets fan. That guy later provided Urrutia with the ball, a treasured souvenir for the Cuban-born outfielder.“That’s the best gift for me tonight,” Urrutia said. “Now I can give that baseball to my son.”Never mind that this was only his 29th game in the big leagues. Hitting a game-winning home run for a team in the middle of a playoff run is pretty special.“This is the best moment of my career,” Urrutia said. “When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ‘I can’t believe this.’”Zach Britton (4-0) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores both homered and had two RBIs for the first-place Mets, who have lost four of five.After Schoop made it 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run homer, Flores put New York up 4-3 in the seventh with a shot off rookie Mychal Givens.Jones connected off Hansel Robles in the bottom half.Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He had a 3-1 lead in the sixth before yielding a double to Chris Davis and Schoop’s home run.That ruined Syndergaard’s bid for his first big league road win. He’s 7-1 at home and 0-5 in eight starts on the road.“For all the people who have been concerned about my performances on the road, this was a step in the right direction,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I made some really good pitches out there except for that mistake, a curveball to Schoop that he hit out of the ballpark.”Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in five innings.After Murphy homered in the top of the first, Syndergaard walked to the mound eager to see if an adjustment in his pregame workout would increase his effectiveness. Because he had given up 10 first-inning runs in 17 starts, the right-hander pushed back his warmup session in the bullpen to lessen the down time before his first pitch.The experiment started poorly. Manny Machado doubled on the first pitch and the Orioles quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Syndergaard then struck out Davis on a 3-2 pitch, and after Schoop bounced into a double play, Syndergaard pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.“Obviously our little plan in the beginning didn’t pan out,” manager Terry Collins said. “Actually in the first inning, I thought he threw the ball good.”New York made it 2-0 in the fourth when Jimenez issued three walks and Flores delivered a two-out RBI single.After Steve Clevenger hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half, a double by Curtis Granderson and a single by Murphy put the Mets up 3-1 in the fifth.TweetPinShare0 Shares