first_imgSerena Williams is nearing a statistical point that may solidify what many people already believe.  A lot of today’s experts believe she is the best women’s tennis player ever.  At the recent Wimbledon Championship she won her 22nd major singles title.  Add to that the fact that she also has a large number of major doubles championships with her sister, Venus, and you have a good foundation for establishing the “best-ever” tag.Steffi Graf is the one tied with Serena at 22.   Margaret Court still holds the singles title with 24, but this was back before tennis was the worldwide professional sport that it is now.  The game today is all about power, and most feel that the older pro stars would not have answers for today’s active pros.  If Serena can win 3 more titles, there will be no question.last_img read more

Robert Lee Vaughn

first_imgRobert Lee Vaughn, of Brookville, was born on July 5, 1945, in Cincinnati, the son of Wilbern and Mary Katherine Wilson Vaughn. He married Barbara Steiger on August 6, 1966 and she survives. Robert was active in the military, serving in the United States Army in Germany and Korea. He worked and later retired from HB Fuller Company in Blue Ash, Ohio. Robert was an avid reader and especially liked reading about military history, trains and westerns; he also enjoyed being outdoors. On Friday, December 9, 2016 at the age of 71, Robert passed away at University Hospital in Cincinnati. Those surviving who will cherish Robert’s memory include his wife of over 50 years, Barbara Vaughn; daughter, Kimberly (Daniel) Roellig of West Harrison, IN; grandchildren, Daniel (Catherine) Roellig and Jessica Roellig; great grandchildren, Hannah and Owen Roellig; sister, Barbara Vaughn of Brookville, and brothers, Dave (Sharon) Vaughn of Atlanta, GA, Charles Vaughn of Okeana, OH, and Jeffrey Vaughn of Greenwood, IN. He was preceded in death by both parents. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. till time of service at 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.center_img Memorial donations may be directed to the Tri-State Honor Flight for Veterans in care of the funeral home, or at To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Robert Vaughn.last_img read more

COVID-19: Barca to sell Camp Nou naming rights

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Barcelona have put the title rights for the Camp Nou stadium up for sale as they bid to raise funds for the battle against coronavirus. The Liga club’s executive board said Tuesday it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic. The Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe with more than 99,000 seats. It has never had a sponsor since opening in 1957. “We want to send a universal message: For the first time someone will have the opportunity to put their name on Camp Nou and the revenues will go to all of humanity, not just Barca,” club vice president Jordi Cardoner said. “The initiative arose in an emergency situation. We think that we have to have a very quick response, putting our crown jewel at the service (of the fight).” The club has been working on a number of initiatives in the fight against Covid-19, giving up facilities and helping import medical supplies through partners of the Barcelona Foundation. Some of Barca’s sportsmen and women have also been visiting the sick in local hospitals where possible. The title rights will be available on a one-year deal, with the Camp Nou set to be renamed for the entire 2020-21 season A club statement said: “In the next few weeks, the Barça Foundation, through the Club’s Commercial Area, will begin the process of finding a sponsor who wishes to acquire the title rights to Camp Nou for a season with the proceeds going to finance research projects and other projects involved in the battle against the effects of COVID-19, both at a local and international level. “Barca are ceding those rights for a name to be put to Camp Nou for the very first time as the title rights are a commercial option that has never been exploited before.”Tags: BarcelonaCamp NouCOVID-19FundraisingSponsorshiplast_img read more

Pjanic recovers from the Coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Suarez agrees Atletico terms Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Miralem Pjanic has recovered from the coronavirus and will soon join his new club Barcelona.He announced a little over two weeks ago that he was positive for coronavirus, and that he had to spend 14 days in isolation. When it comes to symptoms, Pjanic lost his sense of smell and taste, but he did not have a temperature.Before leaving for Barcelona, he will be tested once again, to confirm that everything is fine.Pjanic missed the gathering of the national team and the matches of the League of Nations with Italy and Poland precisely because of the positive test for coronavirus.Tags: BarcelonaCoronavirusMiralem Pjaniclast_img read more

Mourinho expects tougher title race

first_img Press Association Transfer spending ahead of the new campaign has already eclipsed £500million, and with the window open for the remainder of August, last year’s total spend of £835million is set to be surpassed. Chelsea begin the defence of their title against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. And despite a low-key summer of transfer activity, Mourinho’s side are the bookmakers’ favourites to seal back-to-back triumphs. Jose Mourinho expects this season’s Barclays Premier League to be the most competitive of his Chelsea tenure. But the Blues boss believes the spending power of the top flight – due in part to next year’s bumper TV deal – will make this season’s title race one of the fiercest in recent campaigns. “Maybe I’m wrong but I think fewer points will win the title,” Mourinho said. “You have a minimum of five title contenders and the other teams get stronger and stronger. “I think nobody can complain because everyone is investing – you go to Watford, you go to Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Stoke, every club. “Every club has very good players so I think it’s difficult for the top teams in England because of the competitive nature.” Mourinho, whose side romped to the title last term, cited Yohan Cabaye’s £12million move to Crystal Palace, Georginio Wijnaldum’s arrival at Newcastle from PSV and Max Gradel’s switch to newly-promoted Bournemouth for a reported £7million fee, as examples of the league’s strength in depth. “There will be more times when the non-title contenders win matches against the title contenders,” added Mourinho. “It’s also difficult because they have players who could play in our teams – Cabaye could play for Chelsea, Wijnaldum could play for Chelsea, Gradel could play for Chelsea. “It’s very difficult to win multiple titles. It hasn’t happened in other countries where the domination is clear. In England it’s more difficult and we all know that.” Meanwhile, Mourinho urged Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the highly-rated England youngster, to take his chance if the opportunity arises this season. The 19-year-old started for Chelsea in matches against Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season, but he was heavily criticised by Mourinho following a post-season game in Australia. Chelsea have come under fire for failing to promote English players from their academy through to the first team. But asked if homegrown youngsters, such as Loftus-Cheek, feature in his plans for the upcoming season, Mourinho said: “It depends on him not on me. You have to ask him. “People normally ask about chances and chances and chances and maybe that’s a good excuse for the young players to be where they are. “I think maybe for the good of English football, you should go the other way. Are you ready to get the chance? Must the manager give confidence to a player? Or must the player give confidence to a manager? “I had this nice internal discussion with my people. At the end of the day we arrive into a conclusion that players pick themselves. That’s the responsibility that they must have. “We’re in England so it’s quite fair that people are trying to get solutions for more local players. “But you know, I’m a coach. I’m not an office man and for me, as a coach, I think that the players they must give confidence for me to say ‘Let’s go’. Not the other way.” last_img read more

Veterans Aguilleira, Mohammedaxed for Ireland, England tour

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Veterans Merissa Aguilleira and Anisa Mohammed have been axed for West Indies women’s tour of Ireland and England next month.Neither was included in the 14-member squad announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday, which will be led by regular captain Stafanie Taylor.The Trinidadian pair have been perennial fixtures in the regional side having both played over 100 One-Day Internationals but have found their playing opportunities reduced in recent series, with the emergence of younger players.Further, their form in the recent West Indies women’s Championship did little to enhance their claims, and newly-installed interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes, said this had also weighed against them.“Anisa Mohammed and Merissa Aguilleira’s performances in the recent women’s championships weren’t what we expected or how we wanted them to perform, so unfortunately they were not picked on this touring squad,” Haynes said.“There are other ladies who are vying for these coveted spots. We have three other wicketkeepers who have all been scoring consistently thereby outperforming Merissa.”He continued: “In terms of Anisa, we have Hayley who’s back and the captain Stafanie who can both bowl off-spin and have been performing consistently well. So overall we have a very unique and balanced team which reflects what we saw in Guyana during the Women’s Championships.”Aguilleira, 33, is a former captain, but failed to get a single game during last November’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. However, she subsequently led the T20 side on the tour of Pakistan earlier this year when Taylor opted out, managing 20 runs from two innings.In the recent domestic 50-overs competition, Aguilleira could muster only 54 runs from five innings for Trinidad and Tobago, and a further 40 runs from three outings in the T20 phase.The 30-year-old Mohammed, who has also played over 100 matches in the shortest format, claimed nine wickets from five matches in the 50-overs competition and five from as many games in the T20 format.In acknowledging the pair’s contribution, Haynes said their omission was not the end of their careers.“Merissa and Anisa have given a lot to West Indies Cricket and I’m sure based on improved performances we can see them back in the West Indies Women’s team in future series.”Selectors have, meanwhile, recalled experienced batsman Stacy-Ann King following a three-year absence. The Trinidadian last turned out for West Indies on England’s tour of the Caribbean in 2016 but scored consistently in the domestic tournament to force herself back into contention.She averaged 40 in the one-dayers and 45 in T20s and Haynes said he expected her experience and all-round ability to be crucial on the upcoming tour.“Stacy Ann King’s return to the West Indies Women’s team to tour Ireland and England is no real surprise after her performance during the recently concluded Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup and CWI’s T20 Blaze tournaments,” he explained.“Her experience is very vital in this very crucial series against England, a series that we must win, so her ability to bowl good left arm swing will be an added dimension to our bowling attack.”Opener and vice-captain Hayley Matthews has also returned after missing the recent Pakistan series through injury.West Indies women will take on Ireland in a three-match Twenty20 series May 26-29 before clashing with England in a tour comprising three One-Day Internationals and three T20s, June 6-25.The squad will gather for a training camp here from May 6 to 20 before departing the Caribbean on May 21.SQUAD – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Hayley Matthews (vice-captain), Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbelle, Natasha McLean, Stacy Ann King.last_img read more

Russian T’tennis Players Cleared to Play at 2016 Olympic Games

first_imgAfter careful review of the criteria set up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday following the release of the McLaren report, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has determined that the three Russian athletes qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be allowed to compete.ITTF’s investigation of the matter included individual test analysis of these players outside the Russian anti-doping system, and confirmation by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that none of the concerned players were implicated in the McLaren findings released on 18 July 2016. ITTF believes that the provided evidence meets the requirements of the IOC and confirms the eligibility of the three qualified Russian players Polina Mikhailova, Maria Dolgikh and Alexander Shibaev to play at Rio 2016.If ITTF’s ongoing testing program and/or further findings from Prof. McLaren’s extended mandate reveals any potential anti-doping rule violation or wrongdoing, the ITTF will take immediate action to investigate and take sanction within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code and the ITTF’s applicable regulations.The ITTF will continue to take doping issues very seriously and do everything in its power to ensure that table tennis stays clean, not just at the Olympic Games, but in all levels of table tennis.The Olympic table tennis event runs between 6-17 August at Riocentro Pavilion 3.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

University starts fund for research collaboration

first_imgUSC has established a Research Collaboration Fund, allowing scholars from different disciplines to collaborate in a wide range of projects.“Most other universities are more prescriptive — they dictate what will be done. This is more of a ‘grounds up’ approach: individuals come up with best ideas and we support the best ones,” said Randolph Hall, vice president of research.Although other universities have interdisciplinary research, USC is unique in having a program where faculty-submitted proposals compete for funding, Hall said.“We let anyone from the faculty apply for funding and choose the best ones,” he said.Over the next three years, five research communities will receive funding for workshops, seminars and retreats. The individual research projects are funded through other means, while the Research Collaboration Fund provides a community to improve the quality of research.After three years, communities can re-apply for continued funding.The five proposals chosen were: game theory and human behavior, the USC Water Institute, digital humanities publishing, the political economy of the Pacific Rim and brain health during development and aging in urban environments.Four other projects are receiving one-year seed grants.The idea for the research fund started last fall in the academic senate, and the research office began asking for proposals in February. The funding comes from the general university research fund in the provost’s office.The game theory and human behavior community, led by computer science professor Milind Tambe and psychology professor Richard John, will focus on applying game theory and other mathematical approaches like it to the social sciences.The professors originally collaborated while working on a security system for airports that is currently used at the Los Angeles International Airport.“As a computer scientist I have been trained to think about optimizing computer algorithms,” Tambe said. “It takes some time to understand the different priorities, but it is very interesting.”The group has already had a research retreat for professors in the community, plans on having a game theory week in the spring with labs and open houses, and wants to introduce game theory and to K-12 classrooms, Tambe said.Rong Yang, a second-year doctoral student studying computer science, said she enjoyed doing research in the community.“In other research, it was just designing algorithms, and the way you verify the algorithms is with a computer simulation. It’s much easier because you can control all the parts,” Yang said.Cinema professor Tara McPherson co-leads the digital humanities community. She said that her group hopes to help develop ways for scholars in the humanities to present their research in ways that integrate multimedia technology.“Scholars spend a lot of time going through archives and analyzing them. Many archives are online. We can imagine a way that scholars can publish research in the archive and about the archive,” McPherson said. “[This] generation is very familiar with things like YouTube and Flickr. We like to imagine what would happen if a generation of scholars incorporated media like that into their research and publishing.”She said that there are about 18 people in the community, and that they hope to help scholars publish works for the 21st century.The communities are diverse, but all function as ways for faculty and students to share research across disciplines in a frictionless, natural way.“I would like to see collaborative research that would not otherwise occur, that engages students and faculty in a creative way to address society’s biggest challenges,” Hall said.last_img read more

Syracuse Athletics to launch rewards program with women’s basketball game Sunday

first_img Published on January 17, 2018 at 10:36 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse Athletics is attempting to break the SU attendance record for a women’s basketball game for the second-straight season, on Jan. 21 against Pittsburgh. This year, SU hopes its students will be the difference maker.On Sunday, when Syracuse (14-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) hosts Pittsburgh (9-9, 1-4), student attendees will participate in Syracuse Athletics’ student rewards program for the first time. The point-based system will reward students that attend SU athletic events. Once students accumulate enough points, they will be able to claim a multitude of rewards.“It’s going to be fun,” said Syracuse Associate Athletics Director for Business Development Anthony Di Fino. “We are catching up to what a lot of the other schools have done. We worked with Otto’s Army and we worked with a lot of people to make sure we got this rewards program in place.”The system tracks students’ points through the official Syracuse Athletics app called “Syracuse Orange.” The point system will award 100 points to students for each event they attend. Certain games will be marked as “bonus” days, Di Fino said, meaning on those days students will get additional points for attending the event. On Sunday, SU Athletics will grant 1,000 reward points to each student that walks through the Carrier Dome doors.The rewards points turn into “Syracuse Bucks” with 100 points equaling one buck. Students can track how many bucks they’ve earned on the app and then exchange them for prizes. The big-ticket items listed for the launch are an Apple Watch (750 Bucks) and two courtside tickets to the men’s basketball game against North Carolina (300) on Feb. 21. Other items students can earn include four courtside tickets to the women’s basketball game against Duke on Feb. 15 and a Dino Babers-signed helmet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStudents will also be able to participate in trivia, polls and other challenges to win more points and in turn, more Syracuse Bucks.“We are going to keep adding,” Di Fino said. “It’s not, ‘We have 10 things and they are set for the year.’ We are going to keep adding to keep things fresh.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorDoors will open an hour and a half ahead of the 2:00 p.m. tip-off and come with several benefits for early birds. The first 200 students will receive a five-dollar concessions voucher while the first 5,000 fans to arrive, student or not, will be handed a free t-shirt. All students who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a PlayStation 4 or a pair of tickets reserved in the first five rows for the student section for the men’s basketball game against North Carolina. Ten sets of tickets will be distributed in all.Students with the premium or elite student ticket package that attend Sunday’s game will be entered to win an Apple Watch.“It’s probably the biggest game of the year from an athletic side in terms of how much support we give something like this outside of that Clemson football game,” Di Fino said. Commentslast_img read more

USC’s losing skid reaches four games with road upset in Santa Clara

first_imgSenior captain Bennie Boatwright watched a lot of film on Santa Clara before Tuesday’s matchup at Leavey Center. He wasn’t prepared for the onslaught that awaited them.“I’ve never seen them play this well,” Boatwright said.If USC thought it could waltz into Santa Clara for a much-needed win to snap out of a three-game losing skid, then it received much more than it bargained for. Instead of an expected easy win against an inferior WCC opponent, the Trojans fell in double overtime, 102-92, for their fourth straight loss.Andy Enfield, in a game in during the 2016 season. USC’s head coach is searching for answers after it fell to Santa Clara on Tuesday for its fourth straight loss – Daily Trojan file photo.USC had not lost to Santa Clara since 1984. More importantly, the loss continued a disturbing trend of defeats that has head coach Andy Enfield searching for answers as the Trojans fall below .500 for the first time this season.“I don’t know what to say anymore,” Enfield said.Not many of the 2,226 in attendance did, either, as they watched a Santa Clara team down to its third string center and with seven scholarship players available dominate USC early on and hold off several runs by the Trojans to pull out a double-overtime victory. Though the Trojans were shorthanded themselves, with eight scholarship players available — and freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. not making the trip due to a quad contusion —  they still had a clear talent advantage on a Broncos squad that had not beaten anyone of consequence before Tuesday.“I’m the head coach and it’s on me,” Enfield said. “I have to figure this out and my staff. There’s only one person to blame for this loss and that’s me.”Defensive lapses felled the Trojans late, as they had leads in the final seconds of both regulation and the first overtime. With both Boatwright and junior forward Nick Rakocevic fouled out, USC was outscored 13-3 in double overtime. Santa Clara scored the game’s final 6 points to pull away.USC trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but rallied to take an 80-79 lead on a layup by junior guard Jonah Mathews with 24 seconds left in regulation. But sophomore forward Jordan Usher lost track of his man on the ensuing Santa Clara possession, resulting in a foul and overtime after Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic split two free throws.In overtime, redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron made a pair of foul shots to put USC ahead 89-87 with 11 seconds to play, but Santa Clara’s Trey Wertz drove right past redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton for a game-tying layup to force double overtime.“All of our guys have had equal opportunity to step up and make plays,” Enfield said, “so it is frustrating because we have some veteran guys on this team who have made crucial mistakes on offense and defense, especially in important parts of the game when the other team goes on runs.”Wertz led all scorers with 28 points, and accounted for 11 of Santa Clara’s 13 points in double overtime. Usher had 22 points to lead the Trojans, while Mathews chipped in 20 points.USC once again started off poorly, missing its first eight shots attempts and seven 3-point shots. The Trojans shot 38.7 percent from the field in the first half, while the Broncos were at nearly 60 percent and jumped out to a 42-31 lead at halftime. Against Oklahoma on Saturday, the Trojans began the game shooting 1-of-9 from the field.“It’s a common thing,” Boatwright said. “We do it every single game. We come out slow and we have to claw our way back.”Enfield hinted at potentially making changes to the starting lineup, and called out his veterans for the sluggish openings.“In our starting lineup, we have some guys who’ve been around a lot, and that shouldn’t happen,” he said.Though the Trojans came to life in the second half, shooting nearly 50 percent, the hole they dug themselves in the first half was too deep to climb out of. And they were not going to win, according to Enfield, shooting 5-of-28 from the 3-point line. If USC’s previous three losses — which came by an average of 19 points — were not wake-up calls, losing to a team picked to finish second-to-last in the WCC this season serves as the fire alarm going off, if the Trojans want any hope of a successful 2018-2019 campaign.“We’ve got to figure out how to put our guys in position to win games,” Enfield said. “We’ll keep at it.”last_img read more