FAB FRESHMEN: Neither team has been afraid to put the ball in the hands of their freshmen. Onyeka Okongwu, Nick Rakocevic, Isaiah Mobley and Ethan Anderson have combined to account for 54 percent of Southern California’s scoring this season. For Washington, Isaiah Stewart, Nahziah Carter, Jaden McDaniels and Hameir Wright have combined to account for 68 percent of all Washington scoring, including 71 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSE FROM ONYEKA: In 24 appearances this season, Southern California’s Okongwu has shot 60.9 percent.BEHIND THE ARC: Washington’s McDaniels has attempted 88 3-pointers and connected on 31.8 percent of them, and is 5 for 17 over his last five games.COLD SPELL: Washington has lost its last five road games, scoring 61.6 points, while allowing 68.8 per game.STINGY DEFENSE: Washington has held opposing teams to 37.8 percent shooting from the field this year, the 10th-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. The Huskies have allowed 39.3 percent from the field over their six-game losing streak, however.___ February 12, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington (12-12, 2-9) vs. Southern California (17-7, 6-5)Galen Center, Los Angeles; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southern California looks to extend Washington’s conference losing streak to seven games. Washington’s last Pac-12 win came against the Oregon State Beavers 64-56 on Jan. 16. Southern California lost 66-64 to Arizona State on Saturday. Washington looks to end streak vs USC Associated Press
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will tonight kick-off their ‘Big Four’ tournament at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.Fruta Conquerors Football Club (FC) will face Victoria Kings from 17:30hrs and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) are set to come up against Buxton United FC at 20:00hrs.The two winners from tonight’s double-header will square off on Sunday, to play for the first-place prize of $1.5M and losers are set to collect $700 000.$500 000 will go to the team who finish third, and $300 000 to the fourth-placed team.GFF Director of Competitions, Ian Alves, said keen rivalry is anticipated as Season III of the Elite League approaches, adding, “As the football fraternity is aware, we’ve had a break between the end of Season II and the commencement of the ‘Big Four’ tournament.“Therefore, one of the things we will see in the ‘Big Four’ is who among the clubs have been able to maintain their training schedule, performance level and match fitness during the break.“The results will very well be a reflection of such. We expect keen rivalry among the clubs since they will not only be competing for the cash prizes on offer, but will also be looking forward to going into Season III of the Elite League riding on their recent victories,” Alves said.The ‘Big Four’ is a knockout tournament involving the four top clubs from Season II of the STAG Elite League.
A KEEN contest is anticipated between defending champions Walton Hall and Lima United when they clash tomorrow in the North Essequibo T20 Final, scheduled for the Walton Hall ground from 14:00hrs.Both teams fancy their chances at the coveted title with Walton Hall seeking to gain home advantage.Their batting line-up will rely heavily on the explosive former Essequibo senior inter-county batting all-rounder Basil Persaud who has been in fine form this season with both bat and ball.He will garner support from the versatile Vishwanauth Lall, Navin Bahudur, Navindra Balgobin and Suresh Persaud who scored the lone century in the preliminary stages of the competition. Former Essequibo Under-19 off-spinner Uvindra Balgobin, who has the most wickets in the tournament, will spearhead the bowling department on a pitch that will offer considerable bounce and turn.Surprise finalists Lima United have been the team on a mission, following their reintroduction into active cricket. Consistent batting at the top from the exploits from Renzo Ghani and Abdool Salim has given the team ideal starts for eventual big scores.The strong middle order, comprising Fazeer Khan, Faizal Karim and Kevin Maneychand, will also seek to capitalise against their opposition given that their bowling strength is limited.Meanwhile, the third-place playoff will be between Gunners and Devonshire Castle at 10:00hrs. The officiating umpires are Deva Dass and Shannon Crawford.Monetary prizes and trophies will be at stake and among the officials to be present will be president of North Essequibo Cricket Committee Prince Holder, ECB secretary Autto Christiani and coordinator Ajodia Lall and special guests. (Elroy Stephney)
Already off to a 2-0 start, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team welcomed Christian Brothers Academy to the Cazenovia College pool for Wednesday night’s marquee meet.Despite plenty of individual standout performances by the Brothers, it was the Hornets again unleashing its deep roster late in the meet and doing enough to earn a 94-90 victory.CBA led through the first half of the event, starting with the 200-yard medley relay, where Kaitlyn Bushnell, Darien Tompkins, Lauren Kelly and Ally Howard roared to a time of one minute, 52.90 seconds, well clear of F-M’s 2:01.85. Newman won that race in a season-best 5:17.49, but Luttrell was second in 5:32.55, with Lindsay Mathews third and Grace Reyna, all good for 11 crucial points.Then, in the 200 freestyle relay, Luttrell, Kellogg, Kingsley and Georgia Langan went 1:43.62 to CBA’s 1:47.83, and F-M went on to get clinching points by having Addie Antshel finish second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.37) before Kingsley and Katie Ottaviano got second and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.CBA won all of those late events, Tompkins swimming the 100 backstroke in 1:03.56 and Kelly going 1:06.99 in the 100 breaststroke. In the closing 400 freestyle relay, Kelly, Tompkins, Newman and Sophia Silver won in 3:44.79, just ahead of the 3:46.13 from the Hornets’ quartet of Kellogg, Kingsley, Luttrell and Mathews.Before all this, Jamesville-DeWitt opened its girls swim season Sept. 6 against Syracuse City at Nottingham High School, the Red Rams working its way to an 89-75 victory.Sofia Bebla led J-D with a pair of individual titles, going 2:31.41 in the 200 before a victory in the 500 freestyle in 6:15.76. Amelia Hesler swam the 100 freestyle in 55.06 seconds and helped Claire Huyck, Marianna Lorenzo and Lucy Falso go 2:01.14 in the 200 medley relay.Emily Ninestein, in 1:05.88, edged Gwen Lisetr (1:06.76) in the 100 butterfly, with Kathryn Donaghue taking the 200 freestyle in 2:19.67 as Hadwynne Gross was second in 2:25.53.Abby McGuire earned 192.25 points in diving to beat out teammate Grace Evans (172.30). Lister swam the 100 backstroke in 1:07.35 to beat out Huyck’s 1:09.12 as Lucy Heflin went 1:19.81 in the 100 breaststroke.A meet between J-D and CBA set for last Thursday got pushed back to Sept. 24, after the Red Rams have its own battle with F-M on Thursday, two days following a meet with Mexico.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAF-MJ-Dswimming The Brothers would win each of the first six events and led 48-44. Kelly went 2:16.02 to claim the 200 individual medley, while Bushnell, in 25.64 seconds, edged the Hornets’ Morgan Kingsley (25.67) in the 50 freestyle and Tompkins held off the Hornets’ Emma Luttrell, 59.84 seconds to 1:00.67, in the 100 butterfly.Kayla Newman broke two minutes in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:59.85 to the 2:02.74 from F-M’s Hannah Kellogg. Also, in diving, Sophie Menar got 204.85 points, with the Hornets’ Alessandra Manicone (196.60) a close second.F-M had enough second and third-place finishes to keep pace, caught up when Kellogg won the 100 freestyle in 55.32 seconds to Bushnell’s 57.63, and then took the lead for good in the 500 freestyle.
People may have wildly differing beliefs, but when it comes to how the brain processes faith — or lack thereof — it’s all the same.A USC-UCLA study tested brain activity in relation to religious beliefs. The study found that whether a person is religious or nonreligious, he or she use the same parts of the brain to determine what they believe.The study, led by author Sam Harris, who recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the UCLA Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and USC Research Assistant Professor Jonas Kaplan of the Brain and Creativity Institute, took 15 Christians and 15 people who had no religious convictions and presented a series of statements for them to affirm or deny. The questions varied from commonly understood truths to religious affirmations — for example, “Eagles are real,” versus “Angels are real.”Using a functional MRI, the researchers mapped changes in brain activity, and found that while the answers were different, the same parts of the brain were used to determine belief — whether the statement was religious or not.“It’s interesting because these people were diametrically opposed in their beliefs, but we’re seeing something very similar going on in their brains,” Kaplan said.The results, Kaplan said, proved that belief or nonbelief is controlled by the same parts of the brain, whether or not those beliefs are grounded in religion and whether or not the believer has a background in religion.“Believing in these different statements is similar as far as the brain is concerned,” Kaplan said. “The results make sense — when people believe things, they believe them, religious or not.”Religious believers and nonbelievers alike agreed the results of the study made sense, though they had different reasons thinking as such.Rabbi Dov Wagner of the Chabad Jewish student center said he was not surprised by the results, because rational belief and study is a central tenet of the Jewish faith.“There is subjective belief, blind faith, but there is also a strong emphasis on logic and philosophy, a rationally engaged faith, which isn’t just intangible, but actually attempts to study, understand and comprehend ideas that relate to faith,” Wagner said. “It’s informed belief, that’s based not just on blind acceptance, but an approach to knowledge that is not that different from the way you approach any part of life.”Those on the other side of the religion debate likewise agreed the study’s results were logical.Riley Bell, a sophomore majoring in global health who said she does not subscribe to religious beliefs, said she thought believing in religion was similar to believing in anything else.“[Religion] is like anything else you would think of as true or false, it’s a way of approaching what’s around you,” Bell said. “There’s nothing that makes it any different, it’s just a created mental state.”Kaplan said he sees no reason his study should spark controversy in the religious community. The study’s intent was not to validate either stance, but to clarify how the brain processes religion.“We were totally neutral to the actual answers. We were trying to find out how people process information — what is actually happening. We’re not trying to answer the religious questions themselves,” he said.A.J. Starsiak, a senior majoring in molecular biology who said he has strong Christian beliefs, said he thought science could actually be useful in trying to understand religion.“Science is digging in depth, through thought, in that way it’s philosophy of a sort,” he said. “Anything that makes you think more about your beliefs is beneficial … In that way science is definitely a good approach to Christianity.The subjects of the study were chosen for their strong convictions in either camp, but Kaplan says it would be interesting to explore differences in strengths of believers. The psychology of religion is a growing area, he said.“Religion is something that is important for us to understand. It’s a part of people’s lives, and it makes sense for us to try to understand it,” Kaplan said. “We wanted to see if there was anything special about the way people’s brains process religious belief.”
Related Stories Syracuse gets ‘program-changing win’ over No. 10 Florida StateSyracuse scales back 3-point shooting in 70-56 win against Pittsburgh Syracuse jumped five spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll to No. 18 — its highest ranking in program history. The Orange (22-6, 12-3 Atlantic Coast) is coming off a win over Pittsburgh on Sunday and an upset of then-No. 10 Florida State on Thursday that guard Brittney Sykes called “program changing.”SU has won eight games in a row for its longest conference winning streak of all-time.Syracuse’s previous highest ranking was set last season when it started the year 7-1. The Orange reached No. 19.SU finishes the regular season at Boston College at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus
Senior driver Matteo Morelli and the Trojans are entering the stretch run of the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. Photo by Tucker Judkins | Daily TrojanAfter securing a commanding 13-8 win over UC Irvine on Saturday, the men’s water polo team will travel to Irvine, Calif., to take on Concordia on Friday before facing San Jose State at home Saturday for senior day. The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 19-1 record, plan to use Friday and Saturday’s matchups as practice heading into their final regular-season stretch against No. 3 Cal, No. 5 Pacific and No. 2 UCLA. Neither of USC’s opponents this weekend is particularly formidable: Concordia sits at 9-8 on the season, and San Jose State already lost to the Trojans 18-9 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center last month. But as USC looks to use this weekend as a springboard into the stretch run, the team is determined to retain full focus. “Obviously, we’re a better team than [Concordia and San Jose State], but usually when you play those kind of games, the focus is not really up high,” senior driver Matteo Morelli said. “So we’ve got to focus on jumping into the water as if we’re playing the NCAA final, as if we’re playing Cal, UCLA or Stanford.”But the Trojans aren’t facing those elite sides just yet. Concordia is coming off a 10-7 win over Air Force last Sunday, but the Eagles suffered a 20-2 drubbing at the hands of UC Davis the week before. San Jose State, on the other hand, has won four matches on the trot and sports a 13-8 overall record — but the Spartans are also winless on the road this season (0-5).Morelli said the Trojans have been focusing on playing the cleanest game possible. Neither Concordia nor San Jose State is ranked, giving USC an opportunity to perfect its game.“We’re going to get a lot of fast break opportunities,” Morelli said. “We’ve got to focus on not missing a high percentage of shots [or] opportunities and try to not give up any goals.”Senior utility James Walters, a captain, said that rather than focus on specific improvements, the team has been working on improving its overall game in practices. “We’re watching video, we’re working on it and we’re seeing little things we can fix here and there,” Walters said. “At the end of the day, we’re just going to work hard in order to get to those games where we can prove ourselves.”While Walters said the upcoming games against Cal, Pacific and UCLA take priority, the team is also looking forward to Saturday’s senior day festivities before the game against San Jose State, which will honor the team’s 13 seniors.“Growing up here the past couple of years, we’ve gotten to see all the seniors [go through senior day] — it’s always a happy time for them with their parents,” Walters said. “So I’m looking forward to it. I think it should be fun.”USC’s tilt at Concordia begins at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and the Trojans will return to the Uytengsu Aquatics Center to take on San Jose State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Nenagh Ormond continued their positive start to the campaign with a 18-8 home victory over Queens University Belfast.Cashel, meanwhile, are still bottom of the table after suffering a fourth successive loss.The West Tipp side went down 22-13 away to Sunday;’s Well.
It’s the biggest question of the offseason — where will Kevin Durant sign in free agency? Durant’s long-term future got even more complicated, though, when he ruptured his Achilles in the NBA Finals. It has been speculated that Durant would leave the Warriors in free agency, but his injury could throw his next move with any team for a loop. Now it looks like there’s another option on the table. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Thursday on “Get Up” that the Warriors have “discussed” offering Durant a five-year deal to let him rehab next season and then trade him: Related News Will Kevin Durant re-sign with Warriors? Steve Kerr, Bob Myers have ‘no idea’ “One of the things that is being discussed right now is that the Golden State Warriors would offer Kevin Durant a five-year contract, $57 million extra than he can get signing elsewhere, let him rehab and then work with him to be traded, potentially to New York, potentially to somewhere else,” Windhorst said. “It would be their way to sort of take care of him monetarily after what he just went through and also protect the franchise to some assets. If that happens, the Knicks would be in tremendous position to get back into it because they’re going to have some of these young assets plus cap space.Windhorst later said: “For the lack of a better term, it would be a delayed sign-and-trade, because this is the only way Durant can get five years and play elsewhere. And I’ll just be honest with you, the Warriors going to this is a bit of a last-ditch effort to not lose Kevin Durant for nothing. And what he would get out of it would be an extra 57 million coming off of a devastating injury. He would be protected and get all of his money. Now, you have to trust the Warriors that they’d actually work with you in a trade, but it’s something that’s at least been discussed as an option.” Kevin Durant may never be the same again, Achilles specialist says Durant had missed several games in the postseason to a calf injury, but returned for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors only to leave in the second quarter with yet another injury. He announced last week that he had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it’s likely he will miss all of next season as he recovers. Durant can become an unrestricted free agent if he declines his $31.5 million option. He has been linked to the Knicks, Nets and Clippers as teams interested in signing the forward in free agency, which begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET.
Playing video games is generally known among football players as a form of relaxation and entertainment prior to important matches. The same is with the BH national team players in Roma, Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić, who are in a great mood before the derby with Fiorentina.Captain of the national team of B&H and a member of Roma Edin Džeko posted on his Facebook profile a photo from the travel to Florence. BH national team players are playing video games with teammates from Roma Florenzi and Rudiger.The team of Fiorentina, the current leader in the Italian Serie A with 18 points, is to host Roma, the third-ranked with one point less, today starting from 6 p.m. After a tie in the Champions League with the team of Bayer Leverkusen, Roma is seeking victory today, and judging by the photograph the mood among the players is great.Great shape of Miralem Pjanić, who has been the striker in the past several matches, is certainly delighting, and Edin Džeko is also expected to play today as of the first minute.(Source: klix.ba)