AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt 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. 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. 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!
There is more to Donegal than spectacular scenery and wonderful wildness, because it is the food you’ll eat here and the people you meet here that makes Donegal such a special place to visit.Donegal’s Food Coast Experiences – an exciting range of food-related events – launched in Castle Grove House this week, combines not just celestial cuisine using the county’s rich parlour of ingredients, but also memorable moments that visitors will cherish.“Food plays an intrinsic role in the visitor experience and the series of food events planned for Donegal this year will offer extraordinary experiences celebrating Donegal food and its champions,” said Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal. He added that through the Food Coast Initiative, the Local Enterprise Office has tried to impress on Donegal’s producers and food outlets over the past few years that offering a wide range of food offerings will help the county secure a greater share of that tourism food spend – adding that the tourists can just as equally be locals and visitors from within the county as those from outside Donegal.Food producers and food businesses from across Donegal pictured at the launch of the Donegal Food Coast 2019 Food Coast Experiences in Castlegrove Country House this week.Mr Tunney said: “Our aim, when we launched the Food Coast Experiences, was to develop a calendar of food events that offers an experience celebrating Donegal food and its champions. When we commenced the project we had a gathering of interested food parties who heard from other regions where successful visitor experiences have been built around local food.“That meeting really set the ball rolling and helped people here really understand how we in Donegal can collaborate to make Donegal famous for food,” he said.At that launch two years ago, Failte Ireland’s Sinead Hennessy told food industry professionals that while tourists don’t necessarily come to Ireland for its food, it is a key part of their experience and they spend €2 billion on food every year with 35% of their total spend going on food. Indeed, Fáilte Ireland are following up on that potential in September of this year when, Taste the Island will promote the island of Ireland’s extensive catalogue of food and drink experiences to domestic and international visitors, creating opportunities for Irish businesses to attract higher numbers of visitors outside of the already busy summer months.Producers and food businesses from South Donegal pictured at the launch of the Donegal Food Coast 2019 Food Coast Experiences in Castlegrove Country House this week with Michael Tunney and Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office.Producers and food businesses pictured at the launch of the Donegal Food Coast 2019 Food Coast Experiences in Castlegrove Country House this week with Michael Tunney and Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office.The Taste the Island programme will be extensive, including everything from visits to food producers, distillers and brewers; food trails and food festivals; participation in traditional skills; opportunities to forage and fish; and chances to sit back and enjoy the best of modern Irish cuisine in traditional pubs, small-town cafés, restaurants, city bistros and Michelin-starred experiences.“The chance to experience local food in a completely authentic way is one that visitors from across the globe have sampled in Donegal over the past two years. Through those experiences visitors can learn more about the local traditions and get to know the people through their food. Our own Donegal Food Experiences, coupled with the Taste of Ireland launch will give Donegal food businesses a brilliant opportunity to tap into this growing market,” Michael Tunney added.Food producers who will be taking part in the Donegal Food Coast Food Coast Experiences pictured with Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney and Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office at the launch in in Castle Grove Country HouseThe Head of Enterprise added the Food Coast was truly delighted with the range and diversity of ideas this year, suggesting it was clear evidence that those working in the food sector are keen to build on the calendar of events to make it even better year on year.“The stakeholders have really grasped the opportunity to add to the Donegal food story and really expand on the potential it has for all involved,” Mr. Tunney concluded. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.Spectacular calendar of food experiences launched for Donegal was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:food coastLocal Enterprise Officetaste the island
Young girls smile, enjoying last year’s successful Reach for dream Slipper Day. (Image: Reach for a Dream)For one day people can swap stilettos, brogues or sneakers for cosy slippers in the name of helping a gravely ill child.Reach for a Dream Foundation’s Slipper Day calls on ordinary citizens to make a difference by just donating R10 for a sticker to allow people to go to work on 5 August 2016 wearing slippers.This nationwide campaign has grown quickly since its inception in 2011. At first it was a provincial campaign when it amassed R175 000 in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2012 it went national and managed to raise R1.3-million. In 2015 it collected a staggering R3.5-million.According to Reach for a Dream’s website Slipper Day is a “fun initiative that creates awareness for the foundation, whilst raising funds to make more dreams a reality for children fighting life-threatening illnesses”.Bronwyn Feldwick-Davis, the foundation’s marketing manager said Slipper Day is successful because it gets all South Africans involved for as little as R10.“The thought of a child battling for their life when they should be enjoying the most magical time of their lives, their childhood, is something that most citizens feel compassion and empathy towards.”Julia Sotirianakos, CEO at the foundation said Slipper Day provides people an easy way to do something good and support children fighting life-threatening illnesses.“Even during tough economic times you can make a difference with just R10 and doing something fun with your feet,” she said.“By wearing your slippers on Slipper Day, you can help to bring dreams to life and if we can make dreams come true, we can instil hope in a child which will help them to continue fighting.”This year the foundation hopes to sell 650 000 stickers, which will almost double its fundraising total from 2015.Stickers can be bought at Reach for a Dream branches, as well as in Wimpy or Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide.Reach for a Dream has been helping children and teens battling life-threatening illnesses since 1988. Whether it’s a surprise birthday party, a laptop, shopping sprees or meeting their favourite personality, the foundation has been making dreams come true.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday upheld the independent arbitrator’s order granting a stay to the Rajasthan Royals’ termination from the Indian Premier League (IPL).But the court sought an affidavit – as asked for by the BCCI – from the team-owners that they are in control of the team’s affairs.The Royals were also asked to provide a bank guarantee of Rs 18 million and a security guarantee of Rs 2.83 million.Earlier, the court-appointed independent arbitrator had stayed the termination of Royals’ IPL contract, but the BCCI had opposed the move.
New Delhi: The current economic slowdown in India is one of the biggest reasons for the slump in two-wheeler sales and with vehicle prices expected to go up due to BS-VI transition next year, the industry will face more challenges, according to a top official of HMSI. Hike in insurance premium from September 2018, expectation of GST reduction by customers and wait for bigger discounts on BS-IV vehicles have also contributed to the decline in sales, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) President, CEO and MD Minoru Kato said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe was speaking at the launch of the company’s first BS-VI compliant model Activa 125 scooter. Its price starts at Rs 67,490 (ex-showroom), which is 10-14 per cent costlier than the BS-IV compliant model. The industry was expecting recovery when customers began understanding the benefits of insurance premium increase but the expectation of a GST reduction and slowdown in ‘Indian economic fundamentals’ have further led to demand slump, Kato told reporters here at the launch. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Right now, BS-VI price increase has not started yet. On insurance issue (price increase), we think, gradually, it has settled but the economic fundamentals (are responsible for) more slowdown, it is one of the biggest factors,” he said. Kato was responding to a query on how much the economic slowdown in India has hit the two-wheeler sales. “Basically, our original forecast was that the next fiscal year will be more challenging due to the BS-VI price increase,” he said commenting on the outlook for the next year. “Yes,” he said when asked if times are going to get tougher for the two-wheeler industry. Asked if the company has held back on investments on capacity expansion due to the ongoing slump, he said, “Construction of the fourth plant in Gujarat is going on as scheduled but operationalisation of production line there would depend on the market conditions.” Currently, the two-wheeler arm of Japan’s Honda Motor Co has a total production capacity of 6.4 million units per annum and was targeting seven million by the mid of the next fiscal. HMSI is currently investing Rs 2,400 crore for upgradation to BS-VI, he said adding that all of the 16 two-wheeler models of the company will be ready when the new emission norms kick in on April 1, 2020.
That could be interpreted in a few ways: Maybe it means that Rodgers’ skills were declining at age 32. The one most favorable to Green Bay, however, is that the roster around Rodgers has improved and that a bounce-back performance from the QB could lead to big things this season. Last year’s NFC North race seemed pretty straightforward, with the Packers favored to take the division for a fifth consecutive season. But after a 6-0 start, Green Bay sputtered to a 4-6 record down the stretch, leaving the door open for the surging Vikings to overtake them with a victory at Lambeau Field on the final day of the regular season. And just like that, the Packers’ NFC North mini-dynasty was no more.Our Elo ratings consider the North far more wide open this season, although the Green Bay Packers are favored to reclaim the division title. And the Pack might have more reasons for optimism than they did last year. For one, Green Bay’s schedule ranks as the second-easiest in football according to Elo, with plenty of winnable games against weak NFC East and AFC South opponents (and the Packers don’t have to play themselves, either, an underrated aspect of schedule strength for good teams). Also, wide receiver Jordy Nelson is back after an injury wiped him out for all of 2015, and there are the usual reports that running back Eddie Lacy has slimmed down.Despite Green Bay’s reputation as a one-man team, there’s evidence that it was less reliant on quarterback Aaron Rodgers than usual last season. The end-of-season Elo ranking for the Packers usually follows Rodgers’s ranking among quarterbacks in defense-adjusted yards above replacement (DYAR), but last season, Green Bay ranked much better in Elo (eighth) than Rodgers did in DYAR (17th): How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the NFC North. If the Packers falter again, though, Elo thinks the Minnesota Vikings are poised to take the North. Elo doesn’t know the Vikes lost QB Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury in preseason, or that they drastically overpaid the Eagles in a trade to bring in Sam Bradford as a replacement. But the damage of that deal will accrue over the long haul; in the short term, Bradford should roughly approximate the production that Minnesota would have gotten out of Bridgewater. And after an otherwise solid offseason, that means the Vikings are on schedule to give Green Bay a run for its money, at least until they have to retool their aging defense.The Detroit Lions are also waiting in the wings after closing out last season with wins in six of their final eight games. The Lions aren’t getting much buzz heading into 2016, and perhaps that’s fair after Calvin Johnson abruptly retired early in the offseason. But the team also ranked among the top half of the league in all three phases of the game last year, and it has the NFL’s easiest schedule this season (according to Elo). The defense is old and Matthew Stafford may not be an Elite QB™ anymore — his most similar retired passers last season were Bernie Kosar, Jeff George, Dave Krieg and Kerry Collins — but it would not be a shock if Detroit finished closer to its 11-5 record of 2014 than the 7-9 mark it posted last season.After this division’s top three, there’s a bit of a drop-off before we get to the Chicago Bears. Chicago hasn’t finished in the top half of the NFL in Elo since 2012, which was (not coincidentally) the last time it had a winning record. Last year, the team continued to be undone by a decidedly un-Bears-like defense — second-worst in football. But Chicago has gone to some lengths to overhaul its D in recent offseasons, so the potential for improvement is there for what was the NFL’s third-youngest defense last year. And the Bears’ offense was surprisingly good in 2015, headlined by a solid passing season for Jay Cutler and a strong ground game (albeit one led by the now-departed Matt Forte). Add in one of the NFL’s easiest schedules, and a Bears renaissance isn’t inconceivable — although it’s unlikely, given the holes in Chicago’s secondary and offensive line.That probably leaves Green Bay and Minnesota as the most plausible division winners, with an outside chance that Detroit will pull off a surprise. But no matter what happens, the NFC North should be entertaining. It’s not the best division in football — it ranks third in average Elo behind the two Wests — and it’s not the most tightly bunched, either — it ranks a distant second behind the NFC East in the standard deviation of team Elo ratings. But it may well combine those two factors — quality and competitiveness — better than any other division in the NFL.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team
Minister for Multiculturalism John Sidoti and Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee officially opened Western Sydney’s premier Greek festival on Sunday.“The Let’s Go Greek Festival is Western Sydney’s leading annual Greek cultural event,” Mr Sidoti said.“The NSW Government is proud to be supporting the Festival with $200,000 over four years.”“The Festival shares the rich history and heritage of Greek Australians in NSW with the rest of our community.”Dr Lee said Parramatta was proud to host the Let’s Go Greek Festival, now in its sixth year.“This family friendly festival has become a staple in Parramatta’s diary,” Dr Lee said.“It brings together and celebrates the outstanding contribution of the Australian Greek community in Western Sydney.”READ MORE: It’s not too soon to prepare for the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival“Let’s Go Greek is a great source of visitors to our local community, attracting more than 25,000 people annually.”The President of the Greek Orthodox Parish and St Ioannis, Kos Dimitriou said the Greek Orthodox Community of Western Sydney was delighted to receive multiyear support from the NSW Government.“Multiyear funding gives us the stability and security to plan the Festival in advance to make it bigger and better,” Mr Dimitriou said.READ MORE: Let’s Go Greek Festival Parramatta“Over the years, we’ve seen the Festival grow from strength to strength. We look forward to sharing our culture and traditions with even more people this year.”“Showcasing live music, food and market stalls, cultural exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and a variety of activities for children, we’re proud Let’s Go Greek has something all members of the community can enjoy.”The Let’s Go Greek Festival will be held on Sunday 8 September 2019. For more information, see: www.letsgogreekfestival.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Arsenal forward Aaron Ramsey has completed signing of his contract with Italian side Juventus which will be valid from July 1.Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia reports the Welshman opted to join Juventus ahead of other clubs who wanted his signature this transfer window.Ramsey’s current deal with Arsenal is due to expire at the end of the season hence his decision to seek for a move to another club.It is reported Ramsey already had his medical in Spain rather than London and has put pen to paper.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Juve opted not to pay €20m to have Ramsey this January and prefer to leave him in London for the rest of the season.It was gathered that French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain wanted the services of the Wales International but he turned the offer down.Juventus are currently top of the Serie A table and will hope to maintain the lead to the end of the season.