Calhoun has a true love for the game

first_imgHis name is Eric Calhoun, and if you’ve ever been to a USC baseball game, you know who he is. He is always the loudest, most boisterous fan at Dedeaux Field — the first to start a “Let’s go Trojans!” chant when the team needs a rally, or to urge the opponent to “quit stalling, already!” during a mound visit.Home-field advantage · The USC baseball team has performed well in front of its home fans this season, with a 16-9 record at Dedeaux Field. – Tucker McWhirter | DailyTrojanTo be honest, Eric probably has no idea who I am. I interact with him briefly at almost every game, but we’ve never formally met, never spoken beyond a quick interchange, and I know for a fact he has never read my coverage of the team.I can say that with such certainty because Eric is completely blind.I contemplated approaching Eric several times for this piece; it would only be logical, after all, to talk to the subject. I wanted to ask him why he takes the bus from Crenshaw to be at just about every USC home game — and quite a few road games as well. I wanted to know how he does it: navigating from bus to ballpark, up and down bleachers and stairs, always by himself.I realized, however, that answer is obvious: Eric loves the game, simple as that. But what I really wanted to ask was this: How does he know?When Eric is at a USC game, he sometimes doesn’t even face the field — not that it would matter, I suppose. His eyes are open, but rolled to the back. Usually they are obscured by his hood, pulled low over his forehead. And yet Eric is somehow keenly aware of what is happening on the field. He knows if a ball is hit on the ground or in the air (he’ll urge a fly ball to “get going” when a Trojan hits it). He always knows the situation (“Make ’em hit it on the ground,” if the Trojans have the opportunity to turn a double play on defense). He can seemingly even tell if a pitch is a ball or a strike (“Throw strikes,” he’ll remind the young Trojan bullpen. “You gotta throw strikes”).Is it the sound of the ball off the bat? The reaction of the crowd? Some sort of sixth sense? I’ve seen Eric stand next to the press box and listen to the announcers in there, but I’ve also seen him sitting many sections away. No matter what, he always seems to know exactly what is happening in the game. It is nothing short of amazing, and I came very, very close to asking him about it.But I didn’t. Because it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s the sound of the bat or the crowd or if Eric is just the best guesser ever. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if his cheering even makes sense in the context of the game (although it almost always does). What matters is that he is cheering at all — not to mention there in the first place.Eric is in many ways simply a fan — and a damn good one at that. But he is more than just that. He is an eminently recognizable presence, both visibly and audibly. Though he rarely asks for it, he is always thankful for any help he receives, be it a reminder when the next game is or simply letting him know he has walked past the ramp up to the stands at Dedeaux.He is greeted with smiles he cannot see, yet returns them anyways with his devotion and commitment. That’s not to say he is perfect — many of us have had our fair share of difficulties with Eric. I recall him simply walking right past the ticket turnstile at Blair Field in Long Beach for a game there back in 2011. Chances are he had no idea he even did so, but the usher collecting tickets was understandably flummoxed.USC has eight home games left in this 2014 season, and you can bet that Eric Calhoun will be at all of them. If you find yourself there with him, go say hi. I know I will. Eric might not be perfect, but he’s just about the perfect fan. Nick Burton is a senior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Any Given Saturday,” runs Thursdays.  To comment on this story, visit or email Nick at read more

Ky Bowman spurned college football offers to play basketball at Boston College

first_imgCollege football coaches were in love with Ky Bowman, but Ky Bowman’s heart belonged to basketball.Bowman is a freshman point guard at Boston College who scored 30 points, 21 coming off 3-pointers, and a career-high nine assists when the Eagles hosted Syracuse on Jan. 1st. But as soon as two years ago, it seemed likelier that he’d be torching ACC opponents on the gridiron than the court.The Havelock, North Carolina defensive back and wide receiver was a highly sought-after recruit, a 4-star for’s composite rankings. As a sophomore, he had verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.But by the fall of Bowman’s senior year, he decided he no longer wanted to play football and backed out of his verbal commitment to UNC. After decommitting, Bowman received a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Alabama, who at the time of their offer had won three national championships in the prior six years. He turned Alabama down, fully committed to a future in basketball.“I played football the whole time, just because it was the thing that everybody did,” Bowman said. “I had always loved basketball since I was younger, so I made the decision to switch over.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBowman’s mother, Lauretha Prichard, said she was upset at first but recovered quickly because she knew her son was following his heart.The issue was that college basketball coaches had ignored Bowman for two reasons. He didn’t have as much exposure because he attended football camps instead of basketball showcases, and any coach interested in Bowman realized it seemed foolish that he would drop football to pursue basketball.It wouldn’t be as simple as immediately committing to a high-major basketball program. At the time of his decommitment from UNC, Bowman had only gotten a scholarship offer from one Division I basketball program: East Carolina University. He needed a lot of exposure in a short period of time.That came when Bowman joined Team Wall, an AAU team sponsored by NBA star John Wall, that was based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Team Wall brought Bowman to camps and to showcase tournaments in which he played against highly regarded players, giving coaches in attendance a good measuring stick for him.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerAt the same time, Bowman received help from his basketball coach at Havelock High School, Daniel Griffee.“I got on the phone,” Griffee said, “And called every Division I basketball coach that I could get ahold of, whether it was mid-major or major … (Bowman and I) broke down a list of teams that he would be interested in playing for.”Boston College, coming off a 2015-2016 season in which it went winless in the ACC, presented a less prestigious option than the schools Bowman had attracted on the gridiron. But his meeting with BC head coach Jim Christian sold him on the school.In meeting with coaches from other schools, Bowman heard the similar refrain that he would step right in and be “the man”. It was only in meeting with Christian that Bowman got a realistic outlook for what it would take to succeed at the next level.“When coach came down to talk to me,” Bowman said, “He was actually honest with me, instead of just telling me what I wanted to hear. All of the other coaches (from schools besides BC) were just telling me stuff that I wanted to hear.”Christian’s honesty also impressed Bowman’s mother and his stepfather, so he chose BC without much stress.Now, Bowman says the one thing he misses about football is the trash-talk that took place between wide receivers and defensive backs. Even with those fond memories, Bowman says he knows he made the right decision in following the game he always loved. Christian even brings football analogies into his discussions with Bowman.“Hey listen,” Christian told Bowman after beating Syracuse on Jan 1st. “You’re the guy. You’re my guy … like in the NFL, when they say you’re the quarterback; we’re going to ride you, and get you better, and keep making you learn, and keep letting you play through different situations.”Earlier this season, Bowman dyed his hair a bright red color. Bowman says there is no story behind the hair color, just that he had been wanting to try it since he was in high school. If he continues to play at this high level, it won’t be just his hair that stands out to the Carrier Dome crowd. Comments Published on January 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stoiximan and Betano to provide DFS platform from Scout Gaming

first_img Scout Gaming Group will deliver its complete daily fantasy sports (DFS) solution to customers on GML Interactive brands – Stoiximan and Betano.Stoiximan is a leading operator in Greece, a market with an annual turnover of €250-300 million, while Betano, a market leader in Romania, is preparing to enter Germany later this month.Both have been prominent in football sponsorship, with Stoiximan the main shirt sponsors of Olympiacos FC and PAOK FC, and Betano the sponsor of Liga I in Romania.The agreement will provide the GML brands with full access to Scout Gaming’s DFS platform in time for next month’s World Cup in Russia.Scout Gaming’s liquidity network includes or intends to include 1xBet, Betsson, Bethard, Nordic Leisure, ComeOn, Starpick, Fanteam, GoFantasy and PAF, of which the last four have launched with Scout Gaming’s DFS product and included payment suppliers.Scout Gaming CEO Andreas Ternström said: “The fact that GML Interactive, owner of a dedicated sports brand and one of the largest private actors in Greece, chooses to work with Scout Gaming clearly shows that the DFS vertical continues its establishment in Europe and that we have the leading B2B product.”George Kourakos, Head of Product, Design and Innovation of GML Interactive, added: “We work actively with our sports offer and want to ensure that we can always offer our customers the best product. We employ an active sporting engagement and are involved in a number of sponsorships, which is why this area is particularly important to us.“With Scout Gaming’s product we see opportunities to further develop the product offering and at the same time establishing a new sports vertical in a European liquidity network.” Share Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Scout Gaming rolls out €1m fantasy Premier League prize pool July 27, 2020 Related Articles Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020last_img read more

Anthony Joshua sensationally beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines.In a truly remarkable fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage, which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat as a professional.Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers, with 22 wins – 21 by knockout – going into the fight. He will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer losses which brought the sport to a standstill.“I got beaten by a good fighter,” said 29-year-old Joshua. “It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”This was no fluke, no punch from the ages, it was the breakdown of a fighter who looked shattered from an early stage.After flooring Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, Joshua hit the canvas when a right crashed against his temple. By the time a sensational three minutes was up he had been down again thanks to a flurry when cornered.It created an electric buzz amongst the 19,000 or so in the arena. Just what was happening? Were they going to see the unthinkable?Ruiz, 29, was not even supposed to be here. He took the bout at six weeks’ notice and tickets were being collected by fans 24 hours before the bout which still had the name of Jarrell Miller – Joshua’s original opponent – printed on them.By the seventh round, when Joshua touched down under a flurry of shots again, the game looked up. Seconds later he was down on all fours again and spat his gum shield out, perhaps to buy time.He simply did not have it. The bout was waved off and all that was planned for the glamour division was ripped up thanks to a man who had been dubbed unglamorous because of his rounded physique.Ruiz, from appearance to pedigree, was an underdog in every sense of the word. When Britons wake up on Sunday morning, they will read of a truly iconic upset. Source: BBClast_img read more

Kotoko National Secretary believes Opoku Nti is killing Kotoko spirit

first_imgNational Secretary for Asante Kotoko Youth Association, Barimah Tweneboa Koduah, has revealed that the current management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko led by Opoku Nti has killed the spirit of the club.The National Secretary is appalled by the club’s poor showing in the league so far and after surviving a scare against AK Shion, he was adamant the spirit of the club was being killed.“Opoku Nti and his current management have killed the spirit of Kotoko because teams don’t fear Kotoko anymore,” he told Asempa Sports.“I don’t hate him but the truth is he and his management cannot manage Kotoko. They are only forcing themselves to do it.”“Nobody should blame Coach Duncan for how the club is performing but rather we should blame the current management of the club.”He also revealed that, before the appointment of Coach Duncan, the various circles made an appeal to the management against appointing Coach Duncan because he did not have the Kotoko spirit. “When we heard that the management wants to bring in Duncan, we the various National circles appealed to the management not to appoint him as the head coach of the club because the spirit of the club is not in him and he will not help the club as well”.“Now the club is run by propaganda because some officials of the club have threatened the circles not to talk because if you talk and criticize the management you will not be allowed to go and watch Kotoko matches.“I am telling the various circles not to keep quiet but rather tell the management what is right.”“There is no doubt that Opoku Nti was a great player for this club, but as the leader of the management he has totally failed and I am therefore calling on him to resign peacefully from the club because it a big embarrassment for a club of Kotoko’s stature.”Kotoko play Aduana Stars in week six of the Ghana Premier League.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Begović Going to Liverpool or Real Madrid?

first_img(Source: According to the British newspaper the Daily Star, Asmir Begović is counting down the last days at Stoke City.The goalkeeper of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is likely to leave the club for a sum of 15 million pounds and move to Liverpool or Real Madrid, stated the same source.Besides Begović, Thomas Sorensen is also leaving Stoke for retirement. Two young goalkeepers Jack Butland and rookie Jacob Haugaard are likely to constitute the goalkeepers tandem of Mark Hughes’ team.The contract bounds Asmir Begović to Stoke by the summer of next year. However, according to the present situation, the BH national team player will leave Stoke ahead of time.last_img

Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox

first_imgCleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin waits for Chicago White Sox’s Rob Brantly to round the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The Indians had already locked up the best record in the AL, captured the Central Division title and compiled the second-longest winning streak in baseball history.With one last victory, now it’s back to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ramirez went 2 for 2, including his AL-high 56th double, and Carlos Santana added a sacrifice fly. Rob Brantly hit a leadoff homer in the fifth off Tomlin for Chicago’s lone run.“We finished the season in a good place and I’m excited, so happy to be in the playoffs again,” All-Star shortstop Lindor said. “We put ourselves in this position and I can’t wait for it to start. I’m looking forward to the whole experience.”THE NEXT STEPThe White Sox finished 67-95 in their first year under manager Rick Renteria. It was their worst record since 2013, but featured the development of SS Tim Anderson, 2B Yoan Moncada, 3B Yolmer Sanchez, DH Matt Davidson, RHP Carson Fulmer and RHP Juan Minaya, among others.“All in all, I think we showed improvement and we showed some fight,” Renteria said. “People should be optimistic about the coming years.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: OF Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) went 0 for 2, but said he felt “great, ready to go” following the game. The two-time All-Star had been sidelined for seven weeks before delivering a pinch-hit single Saturday. “If I’m on the playoff roster, that’ll be great,” Brantley said. “And if I’m not, I’ll be the biggest cheerleader on the team.”UP NEXTThe Indians take on the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game. Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series is Thursday at Progressive Field. Cleveland will have home-field advantage over every potential playoff foe, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who led the majors in wins. Josh Tomlin pitched into the sixth inning and Jay Bruce drove in a pair of runs, leading Cleveland to a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to close out the regular season.It was the Indians’ 102nd victory — second most in franchise history — and gave them 33 wins over their final 37 games dating to Aug. 24, when it began an AL-record 22-game winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You obviously want to take a step forward going into the playoffs, and we were able to do that today,” said Tomlin, who is penciled in as the fourth starter in the postseason.“Now, I think I speak for everyone in the clubhouse when I say, ‘It’s time to get to work.’ We’re all pulling the same ropes, trying for the same goal of winning the World Series.” View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Cleveland begins its playoff quest in an AL Division Series against the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins. It lost the 2016 World Series in seven games to the Chicago Cubs.“It’s been a special regular season,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We were talking about that today as a staff, how proud we are of these guys. Now, we’re going to embrace the next challenge, whatever that may be.”Tomlin (10-9) tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out six and giving the club five pitchers with double-digit victories. Cody Allen worked a perfect ninth for his 30th save as Cleveland set a majors’ season record with 1,614 strikeouts.Bruce’s two-run single in the first gave him 100 RBIs for the second time in his career and helped the Indians take a 3-0 lead. Cleveland acquired the 30-year-old slugger in an Aug. 9 trade with the Mets.White Sox right-hander Chris Volstad (1-2) walked Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez to begin his day — all of them scored — before settling down. He allowed three hits over six frames in his second start in the majors since 2012.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Police issues wanted bulletin for mastermind

first_imgKN grenade attackThe Police on Friday issued a wanted bulletin for Shemar Wilson also known as “Abdue” for questioning inWanted: Shemar Wilson, also known as “Abdue”relation to the recent grenade attack on Kaieteur News on June 6 at Saffon Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.Wilson, 20, whose last known addresses were given as Lot 43 North Sophia, Georgetown and Lot 51 West La Penitence, Georgetown, is believed to be the mastermind of the attack.However, Guyana Times understands that 13 persons are now in Police custody being interrogated in connection with the incident. This was confirmed by Police sources that revealed two others were on Thursday evening arrested.One of the two arrested on Thursday is said to have paid over money to the contracted persons threw the grenade at Lall’s luxury vehicle, while it was parked in front of the building on Saturday last.With the recent arrests, the source told Guyana Times that a total of 13 people, mostly teenagers, are now being questioned. The Police however, have secured an extension to detain those who were arrested since Tuesday.This include the 19-year-old driver of a Toyota Spacio similar to the one allegedly used by the perpetrators who hurled the grenade. He is said to be giving conflicting statements. He initially claimed that his car was hijacked on Saturday at about 22:30h by two men on a CG motorcycle, while driving along Albert Street, Alberttown.The car was subsequently found abandoned on Norton Street and Mandela Avenue.The grenade was hurled at the luxury vehicle belonging to Kaieteur News publisher Glenn Lall last Saturday night during the first night of wake for Assistant Editor Dale Andrews.Persons who were at the wake recalled hearing a strange sound but assumed it was a shattering glass. However, when a thorough check was made, the grenade was found lying next to the right tyre of Lall’s black Lexus vehicle.The Police were summoned and the area was immediately cordoned off while bomb experts deactivated the device. They noted it was a miracle the grenade did not explode.It was after the review of the surveillance cameras that the grey car was identified. Prompt investigations lead to discovery of the car and the arrest of six persons who were later joined by seven others as investigations continued.Meanwhile, the police are encouraging anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the wanted man to contact the police on phone numbers 225-6411, 225-227, 225-8196, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

50 benefit from radiation safety regulation training

first_imgA total of 50 people benefited from a five-day workshop on Basic Radiation Safety and the Regulation of Radiation Sources which was hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry.The training was conducted by consultants from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Tasos Zodiates of United Kingdom and Bob Irwin of Canada and saw professionals from both the Public and Private Sectors being educated in the use of radiation, radioactive sources and its management in attendance.Those who benefited were drawn from the medical, industrial and agricultural sectors as well as regulatory bodies in the fields of environment, customs and mining.Participants were also drawn from nine of the 10 administrative regions and were trained in radiation sources and protection, legal framework and legislation, medical uses, public exposure, transport, industrial uses and consumer products as it relates to radiation safety and regulation.In his opening remarks, Chairman of the EPA, Patrick Williams, encouraged the participants to grasp as much as they can to guard against the dangers of radiation and to have the requisite systems in place to protect human health, biodiversity and the environment.An overview of the national context was provided by Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA, Tashana Redmond and medical physicist attached to the Ministry, Petal Surujpaul.Redmond indicated that the EPA currently regulates the industrial sources of radiation while the Health Ministry has responsibility for the medical sources.Currently, Guyana is implementing Project RLA 9082 on the ‘Establishing and Strengthening Sustainable National Regulatory Infrastructures for the Control of Radioactive Sources’ under the IAEA.The goal of this project is to build the competence and expertise needed by national regulatory bodies to establish and operate an adequate regulatory programme for the safety and security of radiation sources.Upon completion of the workshop, the participants received certificates but further recommendations were made for additional training of regulatory staff in radiation protection and authorisation.The need for a radiation protection act and associated regulations was also among some of the issued discussed at the workshop.last_img read more

New Baramita Toshao determined to improve lives of Carib people

first_imgBaramita Village’s first female Toshao, Sharmain Rambajue, intends, over the next three years, to work assiduously to improve the livelihood of the Carib people of Region One (Barima/Waini).Toshao of Baramita, Sharmain RambajueBaramita is the largest Amerindian settlement in Guyana, and the biggest Carib Village in the Caribbean. It comprises 22 satellite villages and has a population of about 3,500 residents.According to Toshao Rambajue, she contested the Village Council elections because it was her wish to “really help the Indigenous peoples in Baramita”.“For so long, the ex-councils didn’t really pay attention to the Indigenous peoples here…I’ve seen their needs, and so that is why I came forward and got on board and campaigned,” she explained.“Throughout my tenure as Toshao, I will work really hard for the Indigenous peoples, and develop my community to build a better Baramita,” she said in an interview with the Department of Public Information.In the area of youth development, the Toshao plans to establish a skills training centre. This has been deemed necessary, she added, since it will provide many Baramita youths with an opportunity to develop a trade skill. This venture will also meet the need for skilled personnel in the community.“So, instead of bringing mechanics from Georgetown, we will have them right here,” Rambajue explained.The main economic activity of Baramita is mining and traditional ground provision farming. Toshao Rambajue aims to encourage more subsistence farming, and will be partnering with agencies, including the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) and the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), to provide technical and other support.She said, “We have the miners in the area and also the school kitchen. However, we have to send for greens (vegetables) and meat all the way from Georgetown. Therefore, if we have persons within the community supplying the miners and the school, again, the monies will be circulated right here, and it will also provide employment.”Baramita, the Toshao said, is challenged by many social ills, including alcohol consumption, suicide, sexual and domestic violence, therefore she will also partner with other agencies and NGOs to tackle these issues. Rambajue explained that her ultimate goal is to eradicate the stigma associated with Baramita. She is in the process of crafting a three-year plan.She also plans to reintroduce the toll gate system to monitor the amount of alcohol entering the community. This will also be a source of income for the village.Members of the new council are currently acquainting themselves with the assets of the village and meeting with business persons in the area.  Meetings will also be held with the miners, after which a general village engagement will be held.Sharmain Rambajue was elected village captain from a field of four candidates, comprising another woman and two men. Fourteen councillors have also been elected to support Rambajue and to serve the 22 satellite communities.Rambajue campaigned under the theme, ‘A Fresh Face, A Fresh Start – Development for all of Baramita.’last_img read more