Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pacquiao, whose loss of his WBO welterweight title to Australia’s Jeff Horn last year left his record standing at 59 wins, seven losses and two draws, is now in the twilight of his career.The Filipino southpaw retired briefly in 2016 but made a comeback to retake his WBO title from Jessie Vargas just months later. He has not scored a knockout win in the past eight years.In contrast Lomachenko cemented his status last year after retaining his WBO junior lightweight title.Lomachenko, who won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, rocketed to the top of his weight class after turning pro in 2013, winning nine world championship fights in his first 11 contests.Pacquiao, who has not climbed the ring since the Horn loss, said last month he had opened talks to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in April.ADVERTISEMENT Le Tour de Filipinas postponed due Mayon eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone But the Irishman said he wanted his next bout to be a return to the octagon after losing a boxing bout to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather by a 10th-round technical knockout in their much-hyped fight in Las Vegas in August last year.On Wednesday, Pacquiao rejected calls for him to retire for good, adding he did not believe his recent losses tarnished his record.“You know, I miss boxing,” Pacquiao said, adding he was “still okay.”Pacquiao, elected a senator in 2016, said he would only train for three months for an April fight so he did not neglect his legislative duties.“That’s more than enough.”Pacquiao said Wednesday he was also open to fighting British boxer Amir Khan but said any fight would have to be done in April when the Philippine Congress would go on break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “There are negotiations now about the number one pound-for-pound (boxer) which is Lomachenko,” Pacquiao said in an interview on ABS-CBN television.“There are still talks on the weight, reducing the weight,” said Pacquiao, who has been fighting as a welterweight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPacquiao aides told AFP there has been no agreement on the venue and the actual date of the Lomachenko fight.Rated by boxing experts as the world’s top “pound-for-pound” fighter, Lomachenko, 29, has lost just once in 11 pro bouts and won all the others by knockout. Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was in talks for a blockbuster bout with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered the best “pound-for-pound” fighter on the planet.Pacquiao, 39, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, is eyeing an April date with the Ukrainian World Boxing Organization superfeatherweight champ during a break from his duties as a Philippines senator.ADVERTISEMENT
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Fraud rap for cryptocurrency promoted by DJ Khaled, Mayweather Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Under Dooley’s guidance, the Azkals reached the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the first time after topping Group F of the qualifying round courtesy of a 2-1 victory against Tajikistan last Tuesday.“There’s a lot of reasons for him to be extended,” admitted Palami. “We’ve had our best performance under his tenure. For me, looking at the record that he has, I think he has done good things for us.”However, his term was marred by a number of conflicts, none bigger than his on-and-off relationship with midfielder Stephan Schrock. The Ceres-Negros skipper has been with the national team since 2011, but was left out of the squad for the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers last September for their match against Yemen and has not been called up since.Palami said that inputs from the players will also be accounted for the decision, especially with the Philippine squad going up against the best teams in Asia in the continental showpiece in United Arab Emirates next year.“We’ll be talking to the players as well as how the players will respond to him, whether at the level of the Asian Cup, the players will still respond to him so that we can be successful. So we’re still in an evaluation process,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami during the PSA Forum. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonThomas Dooley’s status as coach for the Philippine Azkals is still up in the air.Team manager Dan Palami remained non-committal with the German-American mentor’s status, sharing that the management and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) are still in the process of evaluating the possible extension of Dooley after his four-year tenure.ADVERTISEMENT Palami, though, assured that the Azkals management will come up with a decision next month as they shore up their preparations for the Asian Cup, as well as the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup in November.“We have to make a decision quick to schedule the friendlies. Give it a month or so. We have enough time to go about it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The PFF and I have met yesterday and of course, we’re in the process of evaluating the extension or non-extension of coach Thomas’ contract,” he bared on Tuesday during the weekly PSA Forum at Tapa King in Cubao..@TheAzkalsPH team manager @dscpalami talks about the status of Thomas Dooley as the national team coach. pic.twitter.com/LIbJMzcR7XFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 3, 2018 LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments
Students from the University of Liberia (UL) were a sight to see earlier this week as they shared the Monrovia City Hall stage with the Chinese Artistic Troup from Zhejiang International Studies University, China, on Tuesday, February 23. Organized by the Confucius Institute (CI), which teaches Chinese language and culture at the UL, the Liberian students performed special dances, recited poems and sang songs in Chinese, to the amazement of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai and others in attendance.Chinese characters appear impossible to read, but as the students recited poems and sang songs depicting Chinese culture, many spectators in the theater of the Monrovia City Hall burst into excitement and awarded the performers with thunderous applauses.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her remarks lauded the Confucius Institute for opening the minds of young Liberians to understanding and speaking the Chinese language.Expressing delight, the President said she was pleased seeing Liberians participating in Chinese cultural activities and speaking the language fluently.“We in Liberia are grateful to the Chinese and to all our friends who are making efforts in various ways for Liberians to benefit from your cultural activities, and we whole heartedly welcome the Chinese cultural team,” the President said.According to the President, the presence of the Chinese cultural troupe in Liberia should motivate Liberians to consider the significance of their own culture.She then said with Liberians’ participation, the relationship between China and Liberia will be consolidated as they (Liberians) are beginning to speak the language and learn Chinese culture. In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue said the presence of the Chinese Artistic Troupe in Liberia does not only build a bridge of cultural exchange, but also consolidates the foundation of China-Liberia relations.Ambassador Zhang reiterated that the Chinese believe that the key to a sound relation between states lies in the affinity between the peoples, which accordingly stems from mutual understanding.He said “People-to-people and cultural exchanges play a fundamental and leading role in bilateral relations,” also noting that the cultural resonance is the strongest tie in the communication between peoples.The Confucius Institute, which organized the cultural extravaganza, is engaged in teaching Liberians the Chinese language and culture at certificate level at the University of Liberia.The institute, after certain level of studies and achievement in understanding and speaking the language, allows students to visit China to interact with their Chinese counterparts in an exchange program.The activities are in consonance with China-Africa Policy, which speaks of cultural exchanges and mutual economic benefits for both sides of the relationship.From this context, the Chinese Ambassador said “Culture exchanges, also with the business ties, are two closely-related and mutually reinforcing wheels that move China-Liberia cooperation forward.”He recounted that from the cultural exchange they have done a lot to provide local people the opportunities to study in China through the scholarships and training programs.The cultural troupe from China is in Africa for 14 days in three countries including Liberia, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.The Chinese Artistic Troupe comprises students of the Zhejiang International Studies University, China. They performed special cultural activities that involved playing traditional harp, dancing and martial arts (Kung Fu).The Kung Fu witnessed in movies came alive in the presence of Liberians and other foreign nationals that were at the occasion. Again, performances by the Chinese raised thunderous applauses and increased snap shootings on smart phones and other electronic devices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
During the the Security Sector Reform Leadership Seminar, the county superintendents will also brainstorm on challenges facing the security sector in their respective counties and suggest recommendations for possible steps aimed at mitigating the challenges.Superintendents of the 15 counties are meeting in the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County for phase two of the Security Sector Reform Leadership Seminar Series, a release has said.According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the seminar brings together the Superintendents, who are also Chairpersons of the county Security Council established in each county with a focus on sustaining the gains with the security architecture of Liberia.County Security Council, a replica of the National Security Council, which is headed by the President, is among requirements of the National Security and Intelligence Act of 2011.During the four-day seminar which, is expected today, the participants will have an understanding of key ‘Rule of Law’ principles and ethical leadership skills, the Liberia peacebuilding architecture, early warning and early response mechanism, and the concept of County Peace Committee.The superintendents will also brainstorm on challenges facing the security sector in their respective counties and suggest recommendations for possible steps aimed at mitigating the challenges.According to the release, the seminar is being conducted by National Security Council Secretariat, and the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf, has meanwhile challenged the Superintendents to take charge of county security, “because security is everyone’s business, and a priority of the government.”Minister Sirleaf said he requires a high degree of leadership from the Superintendents in collaboration with security institutions and residents of communities.He then encouraged the participants to pay attention to the details of the presentations during training, noting that Superintendents must be proactive and network with all security agencies operating in their counties.Earlier, Elisabeth Hårleman, Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia, said the training exercise is part of technical support from Sweden to Liberia’s Security Sector Reform (SSR).She said Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) is one of two development programs being run as part of bilateral cooperation with Liberia. The FBA is the Swedish government agency dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of international conflict and crisis managements with a particular focus on peace operations.National Security Advisor, Jefferson Karmoh, said the training exercise is necessary to strengthen a deeper understanding of the County Superintendents on the SSR.Two staff of the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy, Mans Hansen and Juliana Huus, are facilitating the training, along with National Security Sector Reform coordinator, Samuel Darkna and the executive director of the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, Edward K. Mulbah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Seawall shooting…Crime Chief distances himself from Police background informationThe Guyana Police Force is now coming in for harsh criticism following the shooting of three suspected bandits at the Kingston seawalls on Thursday, since the information they initially provided on one of the men, Kwame Assanah, is reportedly false.Kwame Assanah’s brother, Lawrence, and his widow Claire, along with his sisterThat information has since caused Crime Chief Paul Williams to distance himself from the Police statement in relaton to Assanah‘s background.The Police have said that on Robb Street on Thursday at about 10:30hrs, ranks of an anti-crime patrol unit, operating in an unmarked vehicle as they acted on intelligence information, began following a motorcar that two “suspicious looking characters” were reportedly travelling in.As the ranks continued to observe, the suspected criminals drove to the Kingston Seawall, where an individual who had left a city bank, had parked his motorcar.At that time, the law enforcement officials who were on the stakeout noticed the two individuals — later identified as Assanah and Dextroy Cordis — exiting their motorcar and approaching the customer’s vehicle; so the Police moved in.One of the men was reportedly armed with a gun, and he began to open fire on the Police, resulting in a shootout that caused the death of both of the men.Crime Chief Paul WilliamsAdditionally, the Police said, two other men came up riding on a CG motorcycle, and they also opened fire on the Police, resulting in the death of Errol Adams while the other man escaped.In a subsequent statement, the Police said that Assanah and Adams each had a criminal history, while Cordis had recently been granted bail in relation to simple larceny.However, the Crime Chief has since indicated that he never furnished the Police Public Relations Department with that information, and he has since distanced himself from the information, even as he has since promised to determine where the information of Assanah’s criminal background came from.“I spoke with them (Assanah’s family) and I told them — and I’m saying it again: In our Public Relations Department release, when I fortified the PR Department with the information, I gave information as it relates to what is known about Errol Adams and what is known about Dextroy Cordis, but at the time when I gave that information, there wasn’t any information that I knew about previous records of involvement of Assanah with the Police. I have never mentioned that, so I don’t know how that type of information would have gone in the midst of that. It was no way in terms of my contribution towards the press release,” Williams explained.InquiryAssanah’s widow, Claire Assanah, has called on the Police to get their records straight and to present the facts of the matter. She has called for an inquiry into the incident.“Please check his record. Please check it out. Really do your investigation properly. We need a complete inquiry into how and why he died,” the grieving woman said.She added that the family was never formally informed of the incident, and explained that at about 16:00h, she attempted to make contact with her husband, who had to pick up their son.“How I was contacted was that I kept calling his phone on numerous occasions, because he had to collect his son, and on the fifth call somebody answered, and they said is the Police and the ruckus behind is Kwame wife, he’s dead, Kwame is dead, and they told me to come down to the CID Department,” she related.Claire said that her husband was recently hired by Courts Guyana Inc as a debt collector, and he had recently acquired a Police Clearance with no red flags.The man’s brother, Lawrence Assanah, has said the family visited the Crime Chief on Friday.“We had a one-on-one (discussion) with the Crime Chief, and he said that he did not get those information to his department. He said when he get the information about these three persons, he sent them to get the facts, and they get facts on two, and all they get (on him) is his name is Kwame and he is from Buxton. When he get that, he made a call to three well known persons in Buxton and tell them to give him information on Kwame, and he said after 10 minutes he get no information (from his sources), and that is when he went and talk to the Public Relations Department. He said that he did not give such information that Kwame was arrested,” the grieving man said.Up to press time, the Police were yet to issue a statement on the misinformation. They said that their investigation is ongoing.
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UCLA enters today’s Pacific-10 tournament as the top seed and the overwhelming favorite, and do so not through grace and style and sublime athleticism, but through defense, teamwork, commitment, rebounding and coach Ben Howland’s calling card more defense, which is a reflection of hard work and unselfishness. The run n’ gun style employed by Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, a former UCLA assistant, plays to the aesthetically pleasing Hollywood tableau. But fans embraced Howland’s rigid defensive philosophy that, when it comes to artistry, is more Theo Van Gogh than it is his more famous brother, Vincent. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing,” Howland said. “People, players, fans, they want to win.” Despite a lackluster non-conference home schedule in which a road atlas was needed to find the locations of many of the opponents, the Bruins averaged 10,428 per game at Pauley Pavilion. It is the highest average since 1997-98. “You think of USC football and you think of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and more t.v.-type stuff, and we’re not like that,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard and leading scorer at 17.2 points per game. “I think (fans) have come to expect us as winners. I think that’s what it is. “I don’t think they come to the game to see us defend well. They don’t come to the game to see us get up and down and dunk all day. Honestly, I think they enjoy us winning.” Howland cannot recall a light-switch moment in which he realized the importance of defense, but he remembers playing one-on-one basketball in the Goleta boys’ club, and understanding what it took to win. It is a philosophy Howland never forgot. During his days as an assistant at UC-Santa Barbara, he frequently watched the Runnin’Rebels of UNLV decimate opponents with 3-point shooting and a breakneck style, but he saw great defense. Whereas many people remember the Showtime Lakers for their offensive wizardy, Howland speaks about Michael Cooper’s defense. Whereas Michael Jordan is best known for his breath-taking dunks and clutch shot after clutch shot, Howland points to Jordan’s stellar defensive ability. “I study the game. This is the game I love,” Howland said. “Why were the Chicago Bulls so good? They played great defense. Everybody talks about the triangle and everything, but at the end of the day, the reason Phil Jackson is the most successful pro coach ever is they play great defense. You have to have a combination of both, but defense is a constant.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even the Kobe-Shaq Lakers, led by zen master Phil Jackson, were as much Hollywood soap opera as they were NBA champions. In the middle of all this glitz, where Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham’s house search causes a tabloid television frenzy and Matt Leinart grabs headlines for maybe dating Paris Hilton, a balding coach and his blue-collar ballers made grunting, lateral defensive slides and rebounding relevant. Josh Shipp’s recollection of Showtime was Magic Johnson leading fastbreaks that ended in dunks and lay-ups. Arron Afflalo wears uniform No. 4 because, as a grade-schooler, he watched videos of the Lakers dynasty and was enamored with Byron Scott and the team’s up-and-down style of basketball. If the essence of Hollywood was crystallized in sport, it was through those high-flyin’, fast-breakin’, no-look passin’ Lakers under three-peat entrepreneur and movie star-handsome coach Pat Riley.
We’ve seen this type of rapid overhaul before. It often begins with the marriage of elected officials to a politically powerful attorney. For example, South Gate’s suffering began with a change in its City Council, which produced a new three-vote majority that ceded power to city treasurer Albert Robles. Allied with city attorney Salvador Alva, Robles brought in a new city manager, with no experience, and a new police chief. After plundering $20 million from city coffers, Robles was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Similarly, Huntington Park Mayor Edward Escareno hired Francisco Leal as city attorney. Later, Escareno was charged with misappropriation of public funds and convicted of felony grand theft. In Lynwood, longtime mayor Paul Richards was sentenced to 16 years in prison for municipal corruption, while Beltran, his city attorney, continues in office. Big changes have come to Montebello’s city government, and they’re coming at a lightning pace. But do they signal improvement, or are they evidence for concern? Recently, the City Council has fired Community Development Director Ruben Lopez, fire Chief Jim Cox, City Attorney Marco Lopez and, just last month, City Administrator Richard Torres. After serving 18 years, Torres wasn’t dismissed for cause, so the council’s impatience for “fresh blood” and a “different direction” will cost the city an estimated $200,000. But of equal interest are the City Council’s new hires – Arnoldo Beltran as city attorney and Randy Narramore, Huntington Park’s former police chief, as interim city administrator. Bell Gardens Councilwoman Maria Chacon also partnered with Beltran, creating an ordinance that allowed Chacon to become city manager. After the DA charged Chacon with criminal conflict of interest for her vote approving the ordinance, her unsuccessful defense was that Beltran advised her she could. These incidents weren’t entirely unexpected. Back in 1999, a Los Angeles Times story included allegations that Beltran and Leal had threatened to launch recall campaigns against councilmembers in Lynwood, Commerce and Bell Gardens, if they refused to award city attorney contracts to their law firm. L.A. Weekly reported that Jesse Jauregui, former partner of Beltran and Leal, said of his former colleagues, “I’m glad to no longer be a part of Tammany Hall-style politics,” a reference to Boss Tweed’s infamous New York political machine. So, just what was in the minds of Montebello councilmembers when they voted to employ Beltran as city attorney and Escareno’s police chief as interim city administrator? Whatever the answer, it’s hard to gain comfort from reports that Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez was not concerned about Beltran’s qualifications or that Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid had been “very impressed” by Narramore, a subject in several well-publicized discrimination lawsuits filed against the Huntington Park police department by minority officers. If nothing else, it’s certainly a time for the people of Montebello to remain attentive. Richard P. McKee is past-president of Californians Aware and a La Verne resident. To comment, go to www.insidesocal.com/editors160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It might be USC’s worst-loss ever, something USC coach Pete Carroll probably never expected next to his name. How embarrassing was this loss? USC was a 39- to 41-point favorite all week, which means it’s officially the biggest upset by point spread in history, eclipsing Syracuse’s victory over Louisville last month when the Orangemen were 37.5-point underdogs. That means this debacle could arguably one of college football’s biggest upsets. “It just shows you it doesn’t matter,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “That’ s sports.” Uh, not quite. Sports is unpredictable. This was a joke. Stanford (2-3, 1-3) did not just upset USC, it did it with a backup quarterback. And it snapped USC’s 35-game winning streak at the Coliseum. The last time USC lost was in 2001, also to Stanford. That might also be the last time the home crowd booed as much as it did Saturday. “Nobody comes in here and wins but us,” Stanford wide receiver Evan Moore said, in between chest bumps and dances on the field after the game. “A loss is a loss whether it’s at the Coliseum or on the moon,” USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson said. Jackson was right. But some serious questions must be asked in the wake of this loss. USC quarterback John David Booty threw four interceptions and the Trojans inexplicably insisted on passing late in the game. His third interception came with just 2:50 left in the game, with the Trojans nursing a 23-17 lead and he attempted to throw all three times after USC got a first down at its own 46-yard line. “We thought about running, but we hit some things with the passing game, like the long touchdown,” Carroll said, referring to a 47-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Johnson in the fourth quarter. But USC needed to run out the clock at the end. Then again, that illustrated another, a stubborn refusal to go with tailback Chauncey Washington, who averaged 3.3 yards a carry and got 23 carries for 75 yards. Freshman tailback Joe McKnight, who each week is supposed to play more, got two carries and disappeared. Even Hershel Dennis averaged 4.9 yards in just seven carries. Booty also threw with a cracked fingertip on his right middle finger, which he injured in the second quarter and he is questionable for next week’s game with Arizona. “I don’t know if I’ll play,” he said. Booty and rest of the Trojans were booed off the field at halftime and the end of the game. “That’s football,” Booty said. “Everybody here’s expectations are so high. Believe me on the inside I was booing too. “There were some balls that were just bad and other times there was pressure and then we were forcing things at the end.” It also did not help that wide receiver Patrick Turner dropped three passes. But let’s face it, Carroll’s also a defensive guru and the Trojans’ pass coverage once again disappeared when needed most. How does a team hope to win a national title when it allows Stanford to convert a fourth-and-20 pass play to set up the winning touchdown? The Cardinal did just that as reserve quarterback Tavita Pritchard calmly completed a pass to Richard Sherman at the USC 9. “Coach called a play but I couldn’t hear it because it was so loud,” Pritchard said. “Don’t tell him I said this, but I called my own play. I think it was similar if I heard him right. I saw the coverage I wanted and Sherm made a great play.” Pritchard then capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford, also on fourth down. “In my mind I really don’t accept it,” Carroll said. “I don’t know where to put it. Like the Texas loss and all the others, it will be on my shoulders. “To give up like this is such a shame. We made a ton of mistakes. Now we start over. We ain’t losing next week. We don’t ever have the mindset we’re losing.” But start over with what? Minus Stafon Johnson, who is injured, USC has no breakaway threat, or at least will not let McKnight become one. And Booty’s gotten worse the past two weeks. “I’m frustrated,” he said. All of the Trojans experienced their first loss at home, but that’s not as embarrassing as losing to Stanford without its quarterback. “I think it’s embarrassing to lose any game, especially at home, especially being USC,” safety Taylor Mays said. Said offensive guard Drew Radovich: “We’ve been winning here for so long it’s just a big shellshock to everybody.” Maybe the first quarter was a tipoff that things were not well. Booty had a tipped pass, Turner dropped two passes and punt returner Desmond Reed getting tackled in the open field by Stanford’s punter. “It was not about Stanford. It was about us,” Jackson said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER Winning masks a lot of things, including stubborn coaching decisions, but losses expose everything and no team this season got unmasked more than USC did on Saturday night. The No. 2-ranked Trojans became an answer to a trivia question and demonstrated the Reggie Bush-Matt Leinart era might officially be dead in the process, with an embarrassing 24-23 loss to Stanford before 85,125 at the Coliseum.
It’s good news on the injury front for Manchester United 1 Manchester United appeared to have no fresh fitness concerns as they trained on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo.The only senior players absent from the section of the session open to media at the Aon Training Complex were those expected not to feature – the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Ashley Young.Marouane Fellaini is available for Thursday’s match at Old Trafford, having been ruled out of the 2-0 Premier League loss at Arsenal on Sunday by his domestic suspension.United carry a 1-0 advantage into the home leg of the tie after their win in Spain last week.Along with Fellaini, also taking part in Wednesday’s session was fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, shortly after FIFA announced it is examining the France international’s £89million transfer to United from Juventus last summer.Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is set to shuffle his starting line-up having made eight changes for the Arsenal match in order to give some of his players rest and protection ahead of the second leg against Celta.The likes of Pogba, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly, who were unused substitutes at the Emirates Stadium, and Marcus Rashford, the match-winner in leg one who came off the bench on Sunday, are expected to return to the first XI.Antonio Valencia is set to be involved having been left out of the squad entirely for Sunday’s match.