Men’s basketball tops Robert Morris in season opener

first_imgRedshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton dribbles down court at Galen Center. Thornton tallied 8 points in the win over Robert Morris. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Shaqquan Aaron planted and took flight, tomahawking the ball with his right hand and flushing it with authority. Before running back on defense, he flexed at his team’s bench and unleashed a mighty roar.It would be understandable if this was a scream of pent-up frustration. The story for much of USC’s season opener — in front of a crowd of 2,502, the smallest for a season opener since 2006 — was a dysfunctional offense. But Aaron’s dunk, one of two throwdowns for the redshirt senior guard during a solo 9-0 scoring run in the second half, gave the Trojans the spark they needed to pull away from Robert Morris in the Trojans’ 83-62 victory. “I just felt like it was time to give my team a boost,” said Aaron, who led the team with 20 points. “It wasn’t just me. We all bought in together and locked down on defense, which led to offense.”Aaron’s mini-explosion was part of a 21-5 run the Trojans used to take control in the second half. After being unable to receive good looks for much of the first half, USC found its way to the rim over and over again as the second frame progressed. Once they had some easy looks at the rim, the ball seemed to move much quicker and their outside shots began to fall; the Trojans had 11 assists in the second half and shot 60.7 percent from the field, including six makes on nine attempts from long range.But it was striking that they needed a run at all. USC was down 53-49 with just over 12 minutes left, due mostly to a stagnant offense. The team had almost as many turnovers (11) as field goals made (13) in the first half and struggled to make shots at the rim despite their size and talent advantage.USC’s perimeter players seemed rusty, possibly feeling the effects of many preseason injuries that kept the team from practicing much as a whole. The Trojans fumbled the ball around off the dribble and on passes, allowing Robert Morris to score 9 first-half points off turnovers.“First game, some of those guys were a little nervous and wanted to prove some things,” head coach Andy Enfield said of the team’s disjointed first half. “They just needed to settle down.”The Trojan defense wasn’t particularly inspiring, either. Although USC maintained a small lead for most of the half, Robert Morris temporarily took control with a 16-4 run in the middle of the frame. The Colonials targeted USC junior forward Nick Rakocevic during this stretch, using USC’s switch-happy defensive scheme to put him into actions that gave his quicker matchup space to shoot or attack off the dribble. Their ball movement also sliced up the press and zone the Trojans occasionally went to.Rakocevic made his presence known in the second half, however; he began to dominate the interior, grabbing defensive rebounds en route to 16 total boards on the night. His 18 points only trailed Aaron for highest on the team.“I’ll do that every game if I have to,” Rakocevic said of his work on the glass. “Offensive rebounding has kind of been my thing since freshman year, so I wanted to stick to that.”The whole team might have needed some time to find its groove. The careless ball-handling, poor shot selection and slow-footed defense of the first half was replaced by energetic ball movement and stifling athleticism in the second.“We made some adjustments defensively, how we guarded ball screens,” Enfield said. “We finally rebounded the ball, and then we went down and shared the basketball. It’s a fun style to play when you can run, spread the floor and make the extra pass.”Freshman guard Kevin Porter was also impressive in his debut, totaling 15 points, five rebounds and a number of highlight plays. His alley-oop slam gave the crowd a taste of his game-changing athleticism, and he showcased his shot-making ability with a tough stepback three in the second half, although he picked up a technical for taunting afterward.“He just needs to [be] more controlled, act like you’ve been there, done that before,” Enfield said.This USC team clearly has talent. Multiple players stepped up when needed, and senior forward Bennie Boatwright, heralded freshmen guard Elijah Weaver and forward J’Raan Brooks did not play due to injury. But last year’s team was talented, and they disappointed as a top-15 team in the preseason. The Trojans need to avoid stagnancy and apathy and play like they did in the second half more consistently, or they will fall below expectations for the second straight year.last_img read more

T&T mechanic charged with kidnapping and buggering young boys

first_imgA 21-year-old mechanic will re-appear in court on Wednesday charged with kidnapping and buggering two boys last month.Magistrate Adia Mohammed denied bail to Joseph Kyle Nicholas, 21, who is also accused of driving without a driver’s permit or insurance, and possession of a firearm on April 28.He is also facing charges of common assault, robbery with aggravation, kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual touching and the buggery of a 12-year-old boy.Nicholas is also accused of grievous sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery with aggravation, and buggery involving a boy in the community of Arima, on April 8.The court was told that he has a pending charge of robbery with aggravation dating to 2012, and details of this charge with be presented on Wednesday when Nicholas reappears  in the Port of Spain Seventh Court.last_img read more

District Health Department #4 gives an update on Coronavirus

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Alpena’s District Health Department Number Four is giving locals an update on Coronavirus.The Health Department released a statement informing residents that symptoms of the illness are very similar to the flu. Both are upper respiratory infections that enter the body through the nose, mouth, and other mucus membranes. The sickness is known to cause fatigue, aches, fever, and other, more serious health conditions, such as pneumonia.The virus cannont be killed with antibiotics, much like the flu. Detroit Metro Airport is one of 11 U.S. Airports that have increased monitoring of the disease, meaning people traveling from China may be rerouted to DTW for advanced screenings.Some things you can do to protect yourself from the virus include frequently washing your hands with hot water and soap, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the corner of your elbow, not your hands or into the air, avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth with unclean hands, and staying home from work or school if you feel sick.The Department does want to remind residents that while emphasis placed on the new disease may seem threatening, the risk for developing coronavirus is low for citizens who have not recently traveled to china.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: coronavirus, DHD$, district health department #4Continue ReadingPrevious New political polling app launches to collect voter feedbackNext Huron Pines making the most of the Emily Min Hunt Nature Preservelast_img read more

European Judo Cup “Sarajevo Open“ to be held this Weekend

first_imgThe 10th European Judo Cup “Sarajevo Open 2015“ – Top ranking takes place this weekend in CSC Ilidza.Performance of 300 competitors from 23 countries, including holders of Olympic, European and World medals is expected.National team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is led by Larisa Ceric and Aleksandra Samardzic who are defending gold medals from last year’s competition and Harun Dautovic.The best BH judo wrestler Larisa Ceric won gold medals at the European Cup in Sarajevo in the previous two years and she believes that she can repeat that success in this year as well.“I expect the strong competition as every year, but I believe that we will justify the role of favorites. I hope that we will meet expectations, we are well prepared and I think that we should not have problems“, said Ceric.The two-day competition started today at 10.00 a.m. with elimination fighting in lighter categories (up to 73 kg), while fighting in heavier categories will be held on Sunday. Ceremonial opening is on Saturday at 4.00 p.m.(Source: read more

England notch up 30th victory over France

first_imgEngland kept up their impressive record against France with a 13-7 win in the latest international at Vidauban Golf Club, near Nice.This was England’s 30th victory since the biennial match was first played in 1934. In that time, the French have won just five times, most recently in 2010 in Chantilly.Play was tight on the first day, when the opening foursomes were shared and England managed to edge just one point ahead after the singles.But, the second day’s play was reduced to one session of singles because of the threat of torrential rain and storms – and England wasted no time in racing ahead.The team won 6.5 of the eight points on offer to underline their superiority in this event. Ben Jones and David Hague were the top scorers, both with a perfect record of three wins from three games. Matthew Jordan, Todd Clements and Gian-Marco Petrozzi all had two wins.The team:Todd Clements, 21, Braintree, EssexBailey Gill, 20, Lindrick, YorkshireDavid Hague, 21, Malton & Norton, YorkshireBen Jones, 18, Northamptonshire CountyMatthew Jordan, 22, Royal Liverpool, CheshireBilly McKenzie, 23, Rowlands Castle, HampshireGian-Marco Petrozzi, 21, Trentham, StaffordshireAndrew Wilson, 24, Darlington, DurhamClick here for full scores 13 May 2018 England notch up 30th victory over France Tags: France, Vidauban Golf Clublast_img read more

The Hirsch Center Answers: What is an Integrative Medicine Practice?

first_imgFacebook34Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Hirsch Center for Integrative MedicineAt Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine, we welcome new patients into our practice almost every day. Some people have done their research and are eager to begin working with an integrative holistic provider while others know very little about what to expect from an integrative medicine practice.It isn’t essential that a patient understand all of the principles of integrative holistic medicine in order to heal and receive the best care. Whether the patient possesses the knowledge or not, our team of skilled providers and front desk staff hold the vision for this type of medicine. But sometimes, and for some people, when they have a fuller understanding of the environment, and the medicine being practiced, they can have a deeper, more meaningful experience and get the most out of their healing journey.So what is an Integrative Medicine Practice? The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine outlines the principles of integrative holistic medicine as follows:Optimal health is the primary goal of a holistic medical practice. This comes from the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience. The result is a state of being fully alive, a condition of well-being transcending the mere absence or presence of disease.The Healing Power of Love: Integrative holistic physicians strive to relate to patients with grace, kindness and acceptance, emanating from the attitude of unconditional love as life’s most powerful healer.Wholeness: Illness is a dysfunction of the whole person – body, mind and spirit – or the environment in which they live, rather than simply a physical disorder or a random isolated event.Prevention and treatment: Integrative holistic practitioners promote health, prevent illness and manage disease processes. Integrative holistic medical treatment balances relief of symptoms with mitigation of causes.Innate healing power: All persons have innate powers of healing of body, mind and spirit. Integrative holistic physicians evoke these powers and help patients utilize them to affect the healing process.Integration of healing systems: Integrative holistic physicians embrace a variety of safe and effective options in diagnosis and treatment, including education for lifestyle changes and self-care, complementary approaches, and conventional drugs and surgery.Relationship-centered care: The quality of the relationship between physician and patient is a major determinant of healing outcomes, which encourages patient autonomy and values the needs and insights of patient and practitioner alike.Individuality: Integrative holistic physicians expend as much effort in discerning a patient’s uniqueness as they do in establishing what disease may be present.Teaching by example: Integrative holistic physicians continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, in turn profoundly influencing patients by their own example and lifestyle choices.Learning opportunities: All life experiences including birth, illness, suffering, joy, and the dying process are profound learning opportunities for both patients and integrative holistic physicians.These are the principles we strive for in our practice and in our lives each and every day, and it is what we believe is possible for every provider, patient and for the future of medicine as a whole.last_img read more