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  • Twitter, Facebook Flag Donald Trump’s US Election Posts as ‘Potentially Misleading’

    first_imgWe are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020Facebook also flagged a Trump post that said: “We are up BIG.” The social media company said, “Final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.”In a separate post, Trump said he would make a statement and added: “A big WIN!” Facebook said “Votes are still being counted. The winner of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election has not been projected.” According to a report by Engadget, shortly after Twitter had put up the label on Trump’s post, the social media company confirmed that it had broken its rules around “making a potentially misleading claim about an election.”Twitter and Facebook recently suspended some news accounts that were posting information about voting in the hotly contested US election for violating their policies.Twitter said the accounts had been suspended for violating its policy against “coordination” by posting identical content while appearing independent or engaging in other covertly automated behaviour.- Advertisement – “We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election,” Twitter said early Wednesday. Trump said without evidence that “They are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it.” Users are also blocked from retweeting the post, however, can still share the same with Quote Tweet. One of those suspended, SVNewsAlerts, had more than 78,000 Twitter followers, after adding more than 10,000 in the past week. Other accounts suspended by Twitter included FJNewsReporter, Crisis_Intel and Faytuks. Some of the accounts in the past suggested that readers follow the others. Facebook also suspended several accounts behind US-based pages called SV News and FJ News, citing inauthentic behaviour. The SV page had more than 20,000 followers.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Twitter and Facebook early Wednesday flagged President Donald Trump’s comments on the US presidential election, that remained too close to call.Twitter said a Trump tweet alleging an effort to steal the election was potentially misleading.- Advertisement – I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Mosques and schools to reopen in Iran’s low-risk areas

    first_imgTopics : “Mosques will reopen in 132 low-risk or ‘white cities’ and towns from Monday. Friday prayer sermons will resume in those areas as well … However, all these steps will be taken by respecting the health protocols,” Rouhani said in a televised meeting.Iran’s health ministry has divided the country into white, yellow and red areas based on the number of infections and deaths.The ministry said on Saturday that the trajectory of infections has started a “gradual” downward trend in Iran. On Sunday the health ministry said the country’s coronavirus death toll had risen to 6,203 and the total number of diagnosed cases had reached 97,424.Iran has already lifted a ban on inter-city trips and malls, with large shopping centers resuming activities despite warnings by some health officials of a new wave of infections. School and university closures were maintained and cultural and sports gatherings are also still banned, though Rouhani said the plan is for some schools to reopen soon.”The schools in the white and low-risk areas will reopen from May 16 … However, we will continue to review the situation,” he said.center_img Iran plans to reopen mosques and schools in areas that have been consistently free of the coronavirus as President Hassan Rouhani’s government starts to ease restrictions that were aimed at containing the outbreak.With mosques closed and religious gatherings banned since mid-March as the outbreak spread in the Middle East’s worst-hit country, ordinary Iranians have turned to drive-ins for ceremonies during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.State TV and videos on social media showed people in their cars watching a religious ceremony on a big screen in a Tehran car park.last_img read more

  • This is Brisbane’s House of the Year

    first_imgAIA 2017 Brisbane House of the Year – Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott AIA 2017 Brisbane House of the Year – Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby ScottAN architect’s inner-city home has been named Brisbane’s 2017 House of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architects’ regional awards.The AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards announced Friday evening saw Dornoch Terrace House in Highgate Hill top the residential awards, with James Russell Architect taking the gong for his own home.The Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School Research Learning Centre won the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year – a design by M3Architecture. AIA 2017 Brisbane House of the Year – Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott AIA 2017 Brisbane House of the Year – Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby ScottThe jury said the field was highly competitive this year, but Dornoch Terrace House wowed the judges because its “construction and spatial experimentation demonstrated sustainability while evoking memories of past occupants and vernacular building traditions”. AIA 2017 Brisbane House of the Year – Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott“For the renovator not scared of a challenge this three storey timber house has plenty of space and appears to have ‘good bones’,” the listing said.An AIA statement said the Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School Research Learning Centre won Building of the Year because of its “extremely clever and delightful design response in every detail of its delivery and execution”.center_img AIA 2017 Brisbane House of the Year – Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby ScottThey said it allowed interaction of “people, place and the environment to be infinitely finetuned to the conditions and activities of daily life”.When the Russells bought the property in 2011 it had been marketed as a property where “a renovation is possible but it won’t be for the faint-hearted”. AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards: Winner John Dalton Award for Building of the Year – Brisbane Girls Grammar School Research Learning Centre by M3Architecture. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesThe jury also gave 34 projects regional commendations including another M3Architecture project at St Joseph’s Nudgee College Bathersby Boarding Village in Boondall.All commended projects progress to the Queensland State Architecture Awards set for June 23 in Brisbane. AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards – Regional Commendation: Saint Josephs Nudgee College Bathersby Boarding Village by M3Architecture. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones FULL LIST OF BRISBANE REGIONAL COMMENDATIONS: More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago480 Queen Street BVN BrisbaneAnna Meares Velodrome Cox Architecture ChandlerAspley Vet Vokes and Peters AspleyAtriaat Hamilton Reach Arkhefield HamiltonBardon House bureau^proberts BardonBase Office Base Architecture GrangeBHP Billiton Workplace BVN BrisbaneBluesky Marc & Co BrisbaneBrisbane Girls Grammar School ResearchLearning Centre Interior M3Architecture BrisbaneCentral Village Heritage Precinct, Deicke Richards Deicke Richards Fortitude ValleyDornoch Terrace House James Russell Architect Highgate HillDrury Street Marc & Co and Baber Studio West EndFarrell Street House James Russell Architect AshgroveGuardian Early Learning Centre BVN BrisbaneHabitat on Terrace REFRESH*DESIGN ToowongHarveys Bar & Bistro Twohill and James Fortitude ValleyMan shed Paul Uhlmann Architects BrisbaneMt Alvernia College Anthony and LaVerna Buildings M3Architecture KedronNew World City Design Guide: Buildings that Breathe Arkhefield with Brisbane CityCouncil + Urbis BrisbaneNorthlakes Vet Hospital Vokes and Peters NorthlakesPaddington Residence Kieron Gait Architects PaddingtonPrincess Base Architecture MitcheltonRocky Base Architecture RedlandRonald McDonald House South Brisbane BVN South BrisbaneRosalie Plinth House Arcke PaddingtonSet design for LaBoite’s ’A Streetcar Named Desire’ Vilma Mattila and Kevin O’Brien Architects Kelvin GroveSIPS Residence Kieron Gait Architects Red HillSt Joseph’s Nudgee College Bathersby Boarding Village M3Architecture BoondallStudio for Indigo Jungle Marc & Co AshgroveSullivan Nicolaides Pathology nettletontribe Architecture Bowen HillsTaringa Treehouse phormarchitecture+design TaringaTRYP- Art Hotel Shane Denman Architects Fortitude ValleyUniversity of Queensland Goddard Building Lecture Room 388 Shane Thompson Architects St LuciaUQ Chemistry Levels 3&4 M3Architecture St LuciaUQ Forgan Smith Building– TCBeirne School of Law and Walter Harrison Library Refurbishment BVN St LuciaYeerongpilly TOD, Detailed Plan of Development, Deicke Richards DeickeRichards Yeerongpilly (Source: Australian Institute of Architects)last_img read more

  • Track Clinic

    first_imgLast weekend I attended the IATCCC track and field clinic at Indianapolis.  It was always a lot of fun and one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I get to meet coaches from other parts of the state that I only get to see at this clinic since I am no longer a head coach.We normally have around 800 coaches from all over the state of Indiana attend.  I don’t know how this compares to other state associations, but it is amazing to see all of them passing through the hallway as different speaking sessions end.One thing I found out at this clinic is that they are revising the exchange zone for the short sprint relay.  It will be interesting to see how this new exchange of batons will work in a race where the exchanges are already very hectic.I would take this opportunity to thank all of you for the kind words that I have received concerning the John McNichols award that was presented to me at the annual track and cross country banquet.  Being involved with athletics has kept me going through the years.  I am eternally grateful for this opportunity.last_img read more

  • NC A&T looks to extend streak vs BCU

    first_imgDID YOU KNOW: NC A&T has attempted the 10th-most free throws in all of Division I. The Aggies have averaged 24.3 free throws per game, including 30.2 per game over their five-game winning streak.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: NC A&T has been fueled by senior leadership while Bethune-Cookman has leaned on freshmen this year. For the Aggies, seniors Ronald Jackson, Kameron Langley, Andre Jackson and Devin Haygood have collectively accounted for 57 percent of the team’s scoring, including 66 percent of all points over its last five. In the other locker room, freshmen .RAMPING IT UP: The Wildcats have scored 80.4 points per game against MEAC opponents so far, an improvement from the 66.5 per game they managed against non-conference competition.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Langley has accounted for 57 percent of all NC A&T field goals over the last five games. Langley has 28 field goals and 53 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Bethune-Cookman is 0-6 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 10-6 when it scores at least 66.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Aggies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman has an assist on 22 of 80 field goals (27.5 percent) across its previous three outings while NC A&T has assists on 51 of 84 field goals (60.7 percent) during its past three games. Associated Press NC A&T looks to extend streak vs BCUcenter_img February 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNC A&T (12-12, 8-1) vs. Bethune-Cookman (10-12, 4-4)Moore Gym, Daytona Beach, Florida; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: NC A&T looks for its sixth straight conference win against Bethune-Cookman. NC A&T’s last MEAC loss came against the Coppin State Eagles 79-75 on Jan. 18. Bethune-Cookman lost 73-67 at Florida A&M on Saturday.last_img read more

  • LeGrand’s injury sends shocks through Rutgers, Big East

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The negative side of football reared its ugly head last weekend when Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered an injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Rutgers, though, is doing its best to just establish a stronger community. From the rest of the football team to the Rutgers students to the Big East conference, LeGrand’s injury has left that community with many heavy hearts. ‘We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers of so many people,’ Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘The league has been tremendous. Coaches, athletic directors, trainers, players from across the country really, but our league has really been special.’ LeGrand, mainly a special teams player, was attempting to make a tackle on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter Saturday against Army when he was involved in a violent collision with the Black Knights’ Malcolm Brown. After lying motionless on the field for several minutes, LeGrand was carted off. The crowd, attending the first FBS game in New Meadowlands Stadium, fell silent in shock. And it has since affected the entire athletic program. It was a main topic of discussion Wednesday for Rutgers head coach Mike Rice at the Big East media day for men’s basketball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘(Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti) came and spoke to our student athletes, as he did (with) all our athletic teams, and just about how to support (LeGrand),’ Rice said. ‘The prayers for him, picking up the men’s football team as they walk by, making sure your thoughts, and you’re communicating your support for them and for Eric. ‘As a coach — and I was at the game — your heart sinks.’ Rutgers went on to win the game, but the focus was on LeGrand, who still remains at Hackensack University Medical Center. It sparked reaction across the Big East football landscape, including Syracuse. Senior linebacker and captain Derrell Smith said his prayers go out to LeGrand and his family. ‘It’s something that happens in the game,’ Smith said. ‘It’s unfortunate that it had to happen to somebody. … I’ll definitely keep him in my prayers, and I wish the best for him.’ Other Scarlet Knights’ teams have also shown their support, along with students of the university. Rice, entering his first year as RU’s men’s basketball coach, said tragedies like the one that occurred Saturday create a greater sense of closeness among teams, students and people. ‘Things like this unfortunately do. It brings you together,’ Rice said. ‘Me and my wife can’t even think of what (Schiano’s) last four or five days have gone through. As usual, he’s handled it with class, with a personal touch.’ The football team will pay tribute as well, wearing stickers on the front of their helmets that will read ‘Believe.’ The team chose ‘believe’ because it is one of the few things the players can do in the situation. They believe LeGrand will walk on the field with them once again. ‘It has been a challenging couple of days here since the game,’ Schiano said. ‘It’s going to be a long, long road and a long fight. ‘But everyone here at Rutgers, on his team, his family, we believe he is going to recover and is going to walk out of there.’ Connecticut quarterback suspended for season UConn announced Wednesday that starting quarterback Cody Endres has been suspended for the rest of the season for an undisclosed violation of school policy. The junior took over in the middle of UConn’s game with Buffalo on Sept. 25 and kept the role as starter from that point. He has thrown for 471 yards and five touchdowns to only two interceptions in his two-plus games of work. The Huskies went 1-1 with him as a starter. Connecticut (3-3, 0-1 Big East) was picked to finish fourth in the Big East football preseason media poll, and the Huskies had even higher expectations than that. But things haven’t gone as planned — especially the quarterback situation. Endres, who was suspended in the preseason for breaking team rules, took over for quarterback Zach Frazer in the Buffalo game. Frazer had struggled as the Huskies’ starter, completing only 52 percent of his passes and throwing just two touchdowns in three-plus games. Those struggles allowed Endres, back from suspension, to take the starting role. Endres also started six games last season before an injury ended his year. Frazer had since been dropped to third on the quarterback depth chart, behind redshirt freshman Michael Box. It hasn’t been decided whether or not UConn head coach Randy Edsall will give Box his first career start Saturday at Louisville or if he will go back to Frazer. Big man on campus WR Armon Binns Senior Cincinnati Last week: 8 receptions, 175 yards, 3 TDs Binns, part of the Bearcats two-headed wide receiver attack along with D.J. Woods, had a career day against Louisville Friday. In the midst of a shootout with the Cardinals, Binns was quarterback Zach Collaros’ favorite target all night, hauling in eight catches, including three for scores. His big game helped Cincinnati (3-3, 1-0 Big East) win its conference opener, 35-27. He also accounted for over 60 percent of his quarterback’s 275 yards passing. And all three touchdowns came at crucial junctures in the game. The senior’s 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was a much-needed response to a Louisville touchdown, putting the Bearcats back on top 14-7. After the Cardinals reeled off 17 unanswered points to take a two-score lead, Collaros found Binns for a 31-yard touchdown catch, cutting UL’s lead to three heading into halftime. In the fourth quarter, Binns got the hat trick with a touchdown that gave Cincinnati a cushion it needed. Winning just 28-27, Binns burned Louisville cornerback Bobby Burns, and his quarterback delivered a perfect strike, leading to a 62-yard touchdown that gave the Bearcats the 35-27 score that eventually went final. Binns and Woods have combined for 63 catches, 1,075 yards and 13 touchdowns in six games this year. Woods is first and Binns second in receiving yards in the Big East, and Binns is tied for second and Woods fourth in receptions. They are also No. 1 (Binns) and No. 2 (Woods) in touchdown receptions in the conference. Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

  • USC looking for strong start in Pac-10 play

    first_imgThree weeks and a few victories later, No. 20 USC (3-0) enters Saturday afternoon’s tussle with Pac-10 foe Washington State (1-2), still unsure where all of its 2010 puzzle pieces fit together.Focused · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley will have a chance to improve on his two touchdown, two interception performance in Minnesota against Washington State on Saturday. Barkley has already thrown for nine touchdowns this season. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanDuring the last three weeks the Trojans have shown  their most consistent facet is the team’s ability to display a steady level of inconsistency.Redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler has started the previous three games, yet it has been senior Allen Bradford and true freshman Dillon Baxter who have shined brightest at the position in the past two games.Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley generated a lot of Heisman hype by starting the season with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, only to see that go by the wayside with a two-interception showing against Minnesota last Saturday.On the other side of the football, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s group has looked every bit the part of a bend-but-not-fully-break unit. There have been big plays, untimely penalties and a whole lot of uncertainty thrown in between.Despite dropping in the AP polls for three straight weeks, the Trojans head into conference play perfect in the only stat that truly matters: their record. According to USC coach Lane Kiffin, the team continues to work to improve every day.“I feel like the week overall was pretty good,” Kiffin said. “We’ve got to continue to do a better job of protecting the ball. That will be a major part of our focus this week — taking care of the ball and trying to finish a game in the plus-turnover margin. This is going to be a good trip for us. If we come away with the win … we’ll be satisfied.”Saturday’s Pac-10 opener with the Cougars looks similar to the three previous showdowns the Trojans found a way to eke out — but in no way does that mean Kiffin is allowing his team to take a break.“For us, it’s one game at a time and every game they let us play, our goal is to win,” Kiffin said. “There is a lot riding on each game, individually for the players and for us as a team. “For Kiffin, Saturday’s game once again provides the opportunity for many on the team to gain much-needed in-game experience and get a feel of the football field before the cream of the Pac-10 schedule is upon them.“We hope to rotate in a number of guys this week,” Kiffin said. “[We want to] get through this game, hopefully with a win, get to 4-0, come back for our Pac-10 opener at home and really have a good grasp of evaluating four games combined with everybody.”If there ever was a place for a team still searching for its heartbeat, Pullman, the Washington town of less than 30,000 people, looks to be a suitable place to begin that search.The Cougars’ defense is last in the Pac-10 in points allowed per game (40.7), rushing yards allowed per game (184.7) and total offense allowed per game (457 yards). The Cougars have also failed to beat USC since 2002, and have not taken out an AP top-25 opponent since 2006. They are coming off two consecutive 11-loss seasons.There are bright spots, however, for Washington State, and those can be found mostly on the offensive side of the football.Quarterback Jeff Tuel has put up 700 yards and five touchdowns through the air this season, true freshman receiver Marquess Wilson has amassed 281 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and running back James Montgomery will face USC after missing last year’s contest because of acute compartment syndrome in his leg. If the Cougars are to pull off the unexpected upset for their home crowd, the offensive attack appears to be their best bet.But no matter what team shows up in Pullman to face the Trojans, USC seems to be focused on nothing other than playing its own game to the best of its ability.“We just want to have a great game,” said senior cornerback Shareece Wright. “We’re not worried about who they are, or what they do. We’ve got to be ourselves and play our game.”last_img read more

  • Stepping into the spotlight

    first_img“It was terrible to see JT go down,” Slovis said. “He’s [my] teammate, he’s a friend. I didn’t know the implications of the injury. I didn’t know he was going to be out for the entire year. Especially finding that out was hard to hear. But everyone gets their opportunity at some point, and you never know when you’re going to get another one.” From just outside the red zone, Slovis put the ball up for grabs, but a Chaparral defender came down with it and ran the interception back for a touchdown. A boisterous celebration erupted in the far end zone as the Desert Mountain team looked on, dejected. Having taken a helmet to the chest, Slovis returned slowly to his feet. Former Desert Mountain offensive coordinator and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said he and former head coach David Sedmak placed high demands on the young quarterback, but Slovis thrived with the responsibility. After Slovis got the job done in his debut, head coach Clay Helton announced Daniels would miss the rest of the season. Now the starter, Slovis was thrust further into the spotlight ahead of a highly anticipated matchup with Stanford. But the game wasn’t over yet — a flag had been thrown on the hit. The opposing team’s celebration died down as the referee called roughing the passer, giving Desert Mountain a final untimed down and a chance to win the game. “He just loved the position of quarterback,” Kedon’s father Max Slovis said. “He loves the cerebral position where he gets to dissect what the other team’s doing and analyze and then make the decision of where [his team’s] going to go with that play. Whereas basketball’s a little more of a one-on-one, in-your-face kind of sport … That didn’t really fit him as much.” The nerves were certainly there, but Slovis did what he needed to do, hurling a deep ball to set up a score and ultimately leading the Trojans to an 8-point victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.  “I told him early on, ‘We are going to expect you to do more than most high school quarterbacks in the entire country,” Warner said. “‘From calling plays to what you’re going to have to see, and more importantly, to the number of throws you’re going to have to make in each game, is probably going to be more than any quarterback in the league.’ And … he welcomed the opportunity to have to make every play.” In the Trojans’ last game against Colorado, Slovis threw for 406 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception on the night. His 72.3% completion percentage this season ranks sixth amongst all NCAA quarterbacks and is the highest for any freshman. The casual supporter and football fanatic alike appreciate Slovis’ game, and even students who don’t follow the football team recognize Slovis as its front man. Following his breakout performance against Stanford, the title of USC’s student meme page on Facebook was changed to “Kedon Slovis Fanclub Incorporated,” the same page where posts satirizing the Trojans’ disastrous losses could be found last season. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was a relatively unknown prospect out of high school, but finds himself thriving as USC’s starting signal-caller. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan) But then visiting programs saw Slovis in action. Although Slovis is younger than the majority of his teammates, he is taken seriously as a leader and has become more comfortable with experience. Silence overcame the rowdy Coliseum crowd as sophomore quarterback JT Daniels lay injured on the turf midway through the Trojans’ season opener. As freshman Kedon Slovis stepped behind center, there was speculation as to whether the 3-star recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz., was ready to inherit a close game on one of college football’s biggest stages.  “The plan was to go and compete for the job as a freshman,” Sedmak said. “He’s got that focus and that drive … and the reports coming back, especially through spring ball, were that he was doing really, really, well … When they named him the backup I was not surprised. It’s not something that you would expect, but knowing him and who he is and how hungry he was, I wasn’t surprised.” “Most kids in high school would be like, ‘Oh whatever, I’m not going to go home and practice calling plays,’” Warner said. “But he did it at that point in time when he was a sophomore, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s something a little different about him,’ and I found that out before he was even [starting].” Sedmak said Slovis was eager to step back onto the field and prove he was better than the performance fans saw at BYU. After suffering a concussion on the second play from scrimmage against Utah, Slovis returned to face then-No. 9 Notre Dame on the road. Warner recalled giving Slovis the practice script and advising him to incorporate practicing the play calls into his routine, reciting them in front of the mirror or in his bedroom. Kedon began to focus solely on football, putting in extra hours with his long-time quarterback coach Shawn Seaman in addition to going to high school practices.  Less than a week after USC made Slovis an offer, he and his family visited campus, and it was game over from there. Despite getting the wind knocked out of him just seconds earlier, Slovis stepped up in the pocket and found the open man in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. With Slovis’ talent at quarterback and poise beyond his years, it may come as a surprise that he was largely unheard of during the recruiting process. Desert Mountain went 6-5 his junior year and isn’t known for harvesting Division I talent. Slovis also lacked varsity film from his sophomore year, which likely contributed to his status as a 3-star recruit. Slovis continues to demonstrate his ability to recover from mistakes as a Trojan. A lot of buzz surrounded the young quarterback after his record-breaking first start against Stanford, but his first road game was another story. Slovis threw three interceptions in USC’s loss to BYU, including a costly pick in overtime to seal the Trojans’ fate.center_img “We sat down, talked about it a little bit, and I said, ‘Alright then, that is your job,’” Max said. “‘Your job is to become a Division I quarterback. You don’t need to get a job after hours … this becomes your biggest goal, to do everything you can to make it happen and academically make it happen.’” The chance that head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell took on the young quarterback is paying off. “Just amazing that he had that poise, that toughness, that he could come back immediately after … first of all, he got intercepted,” Sedmak said. “Second of all, it was emotional because the game was over, and third, he got crushed, and yet he could put all that behind him within 30 seconds or a minute and make the big play both mentally and physically so we could win the game.” “Once the [coaches] came it was like, ‘OK, what doesn’t this kid have?’” Warner said. “‘Why have we not heard anything about this kid?’ And it was simply just because nobody really gave him the time to take a look at who he was and what he was capable of.” Slovis took extra classes during his junior year and over the summer so he could graduate early and participate in USC’s spring camp. 2018 starting quarterback JT Daniels, redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears were all returning for spring ball, but Slovis had every intention of being in the mix for the top job. Unlike many future Division I quarterbacks, Slovis did not start for his high school team as a sophomore, waiting his turn behind then-senior Austin Nuessle. As a backup, Slovis initially struggled with the wordiness and complexity of the plays he was expected to call. Sedmak recalled Slovis’ first high school start against crosstown rival Chaparral High School, a program that had won the majority of its contests against Desert Mountain in the years prior. His team fell behind 20-0 at the half, but after Slovis led a comeback effort, the score was 27-21 Chaparral with seconds to go. Max recalled a conversation he had with his son about his goals as an athlete. Even before Kedon made Desert Mountain’s varsity squad, he was confident that he wanted to work toward being a Division I quarterback. As chants of “Kedon Slovis” erupted from the Coliseum stands that night, it was clear that the fresh face had returned some of the energy to a Trojan program still recovering from that rough 2018 campaign. With Slovis’ sudden new role came increased media attention. His inexperience showed as he stumbled through the first postgame press conference, but like his play-calling ability, Kedon’s new sense of confidence with the media has come with practice. Once Slovis became the starter his junior year, Warner and Sedmak noticed not only his work ethic, but his ability to take accountability for and recover from mistakes, a critical trait for a player whose program rested on his shoulders. “When I focused on the other guys, those were probably my worst reps or days,” Slovis said. “I decided to just focus on what I was doing, do my best and at the end of the day, you can control what you can control, and the coaches will put you where you’re supposed to be.” Although Slovis showed promise in basketball his freshman year and was named team MVP, the analytical nature of the quarterback position and the responsibilities it entails continued to bring him back to football. “It was surreal, but at the same time, I tried not to let it change anything,” Slovis said of his fellow students’ support following the Stanford game. “As much as people think things have changed for me, the only difference is probably people recognize me more now, but everything I do in the facility and outside of football is relatively the same.” “First of all, the academics here,” Slovis said of his reasons for committing to USC. “My parents and all of my extended family really value that, so when I was wanting to play college football, the big thing was to make sure [I] go to a school that’s academically up there. But also, it’s a historic football power with 11 national championships. Not many other schools have that combination of both athletics and academics.” Slovis said he tried to drown out the performances of the veteran quarterbacks he was competing with to focus on proving his own talent. This was not the first time Slovis had to rise to such a challenge. During his two years as the starter for Desert Mountain High School, he was expected to compensate for a small offensive line and a defense that had trouble getting stops. “He has grown into [his confidence] much more in the last year and a half, and he takes great pride in being able to handle those situations in front of the camera, in front of the microphone, so he goes back and looks at that stuff, too,” Max said of his son. “He definitely works on it and thinks it’s important to put out the best product, whether as an interview or in the pocket.” Although he managed just 74 passing yards in the first half, the freshman lit up in the second, finishing with 255 yards and two touchdowns against a Notre Dame defense that had only given up three passing touchdowns through five games. As the Trojans came up just short of a brilliant upset, it became clear that Slovis could be the top signal-caller for the long haul. “When he first got here, he was kind of low key, but then after [the] Stanford game … he’s been way more vocal,” redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp said. “You can tell he’s matured. He’s been taking on more of a leadership role, and you can just tell he’s a competitor.” After his transition from being a 3-star recruit to the starting quarterback for such a historic football program, Slovis continues to prove he can handle the limelight.last_img read more

  • Defensive Blow for Pharaohs of Egypt

    first_imgHe made two appearances after recovering from the knee injury – coming on as a late substitute in a 3-1 league win over Al Masry before playing the full 90 minutes against lower-tier Aluminum in the Egypt Cup last week.Fellow Ahly defender Ahmed Hegazy, who usually partners Rabia in the heart of Egypt’s defence, resumed training on Sunday after recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a fortnight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egypt will have to do without key defender Rami Rabia in the upcoming African Nations Cup finals after he suffered a training ground injury on Christmas Day.He will be out for six weeks after hurting his ankle, said a statement from Al Ahly.It is expected to be a serious blow to coach Hector Cuper’s hopes for the Pharaohs at the tournament in Gabon, where they have a tough group with Ghana, Mali and Uganda.Rabia had just returned from a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for a long spell.last_img read more

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: LOC Confirms Trophy Tour

    first_imgRelatedOsaze Odemwingie To Lead FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour As It Anchors In AbujaApril 10, 2019In “FIFA”CRICKET: Nigeria Hosting ICC World Cup Trophy An Endorsement – Ukwenya (AUDIO)February 11, 2019In “Sports”Marcel BuchelJune 30, 2017Similar post The dates for the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy tour have been made official by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The tour will cover almost 9,000 km over a period of 40 days between August 17 and September 26, 2017.Chairman of the LOC, Praful Patel speaking to local reporters believe the experience is very important for the fans, while also confirming the tour will mark the last phase of event promotion…“This will give the fans around the country an opportunity to get up close to the same trophy which the captain of the winning team will be lifting on October 28 in Kolkata. We hope that people can come in large numbers to the display locations in the host cities.” Praful PatelThe trophy tour roadmap:It starts in the capital, New Delhi, city where the host will play their entire Group A matches. The trophy will be on display there from August 17 to 22.Afterwards, the drive visits a major riverine port city called Guwahati, home to teams in Group E, from August 24-29. Kolkata, venue scheduled to host the final will also welcome the trophy from August 31 to September 5. Then it moves to Mumbai, home for Group B games, between September 6 and 10, while it is scheduled to be on view in the second largest city by population, Margao from September 14 to 19. Kochi will be the final resting place for the trophy tour from September 21 till 26.The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place from the 6th–28 October 2017. This will be the first FIFA tournament hosted by India.last_img read more