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Suspect in Vanessa Guillen case appears in court; remains confirmed as Guillen’s

first_imgU.S. ArmyBy IVAN PEREIRA, LUIS MARTINEZ and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(WACO, Texas) — A woman accused of helping to hide the body of murdered Fort Hood Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen made her first court appearance Monday to face conspiracy charges.Cecily Aguilar, 22, appeared via closed-circuit television in the Waco, Texas, courtroom to face conspiracy to tamper with evidence for her alleged role in the death of the 20-year-old soldier. The U.S. Attorney’s office of the Western District of Texas said 20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson told Aguilar, who was his girlfriend, that he killed Guillen with a hammer on April 22 and transferred her body off the Army base, according to the criminal complaint.Aguilar is currently cooperating with the FBI.Robinson, who died by suicide when he was confronted by police last week, allegedly enlisted Aguilar to help dispose of the body, and the pair allegedly dismembered and buried the remains in Bell County, according to the complaint.Last week, investigators found remains in Bell County. Natalie Khawam, an attorney representing Guillen’s family, said Sunday the remains belonged to Guillen. The Army Criminal Investigation Command confirmed the news at a press conference Monday.“The Armed Forces forensic examiner has determined through DNA analysis that the remains found near the Leon River are in fact those of Vanessa Guillen,” Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt said.Aguilar did not make any statement other than to acknowledge the charges against her, and she didn’t enter a plea. She’s due back in court on July 14 for a preliminary hearing to determine bond. Aguilar is being held at the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco, a U.S. Marshals representative confirmed to ABC News.If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.Lewis Berray Gainor, the federal public defender assigned to Aguilar, declined ABC News’ request for comment.According to an updated criminal complaint, Aguilar cooperated with the FBI in the case by allowing investigators to tape a phone call between her and Robinson on June 30, during which Robinson didn’t deny any of the alleged crimes. Aguilar also assisted law enforcement in locating Robinson before he was confronted and died by suicide, according to the document.Guillen’s family has called for a congressional investigation into Guillen’s death. Nearly 100 lawmakers have also called for an independent review of Fort Hood’s handling of Guillen’s disappearance. On Monday, the House Oversight Committee announced it has requested a briefing on the Army’s response and investigation into the disappearance and murder of Guillen.While the Army hasn’t commented on a possible motive, Khawam previously said investigators told her that Guillen and Robinson had an argument in the base’s armory after she discovered his alleged affair with the estranged wife of a former soldier.The family has also alleged that a man had walked in on Guillen and watched her as she showered, but the Army said it didn’t hasn’t found evidence of sexual harassment. On Monday, Efflandt said Army CID will complete that investigation and “take actions against those findings.”“Please know that every person who raises their right hand to serve their family in their country in uniform deserves to be safe and treated with dignity and respect to the victims of sexual harassment assault,” he said. “We hear you. We believe you. And I encourage you to come forward.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Cricket News Chris Gayle shines on ODI comeback with brilliant ton against England

first_imgThe first six off Moeen took him past Shahid Afridi and made him the ultimate six-hitter the game has ever seen. This was Gayle’s 477th six and took him past Afridi’s tally of 476 combined across all formats. Gayle again hammered Moeen out of the ground for his second six and notched up his fifty on what was his first game since July 2018 by cracking Ben Stokes for a boundary.After he reached his milestone, Gayle raised the tempo and launched Liam Plunkett for two sixes, with one going out of the ground for the third time. The left-hander continued to give the fourth umpire a lot of work by clobbering Mark Wood out of the ground for two further sixes. Gayle neared his century with two additional sixes off Plunkett, one to deep midwicket and another one a top-edge to third man.A paddle sweep off Adil Rashid and a single off Chris Woakes gave him a sublime ton and it was his third against England. Moeen continued to bear the brunt of the ‘Gayle’storm as the West Indies dasher launched him out of the ground for two more sixes. On 124, Woakes dropped Gayle off Rashid and he punished England further by clobbering Rashid over deep midwicket for his 12th six. His innings was brought to a close when he dragged a full ball from Ben Stokes back onto his stumps as West Indies ended on a good score.Gayle’s 12 sixes was the most any player had hit in an ODI innings against England while his tally was the ninth-most in ODIs. Gayle already tops the charts for most sixes hit in an innings when he hit 16 in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup game against Zimbabwe in Canberra. Gayle is level on top with AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma.Thanks to Gayle’s sublime hitting, West Indies ended with 23 sixes in the innings which is the most by a team, breaking the record of 22 which New Zealand had set against West Indies in Queenstown 2014, a match which saw Corey Anderson smash the record for the fastest century in ODIs with a 36-ball ton. New Delhi: For Chris Gayle, the series against England is a special one. This will be his last ODI series at home after he announced that he would retire from the format after the end of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. A couple of days before the first ODI against England in Barbados, Gayle announced to reporters that he will remain ‘The Greatest player ever’. “You’re looking at a great man. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course I’m still the Universe Boss. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave,” Gayle said. In the ODI against England, the left-hander put on a magnificent show with a wonderful performance as he dazzled his hometown fans for one last time.Gayle smashed his 24th century and helped West Indies reach 360/8 against England. The knock included three fours and 12 massive sixes but his knock went in vain as England achieved a world record chase to win the game by six wickets.The left-hander started off slowly, consuming 30 balls to score just eight runs as the other West Indies batsmen made fast starts. After being dropped by Jason Roy off Liam Plunkett on 9, Gayle continued to bat slowly as he made 26 off 54 balls. However, he broke the shackles by launching Moeen Ali for a big six over deep midwicket and creaming him for a slog sweep to deep square leg for his first four. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights West Indies smashed 23 sixes in a single innings, which is the most in ODIs.Chris Gayle blasted his 24th century in the Barbados ODI.Gayle became the leading six-hitter combined across cricket. last_img read more

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Cricket News IND VS AUS: 2nd T20I HIGHLIGHTS: Australia beat India by 7 wickets to win T20 series 2-0

first_img 18:13 (IST) 22:47 (IST) 20:25 (IST) 19:39 (IST) As in the last game, India has started the innings on a quiet note. After the first over, it’s 3 for no loss India.  22:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In MILESTONE ALERT: Shikhar Dhawan will be featuring in his 50th T20I in the series opener. The partnership between D Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell is 43 already. The duo is looking really solid. Virat has introduced spin from both ends.  First WICKET! Marcus Stoinis departs for 7 runs. Siddharth Kaul bowled a dream delivery, and one will have to say, Stoinis was all over the place.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:47 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:58 (IST) 21:43 (IST) Australia is just two hits away now.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In D Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis will start the innings for Australia. Surprisingly, Vijay Shankar will start the proceedings for India.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In After first 10 overs, Australia is right on top sending both the openers back to the pavilion. It will be interesting to see how India reacts to this situation. Just 73 runs after first 10. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Australia starts the innings with two boundaries in the first over. Was it a mistake to start with Vijay Shankar?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:51 (IST) 44 required of last 4 overs. 11 runs per over. The players are out in the middle. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul open for India, and Aaron Finch has gone to his favourite aide Jason Behrendorff to start.  21:18 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 70 runs required off last 6 overs. Tension. Tension. Tension.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:06 (IST) 22:09 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The two captains are out in the middle, and they have been joined with Murali Karthik. Virat has the coin, AND….!  Looks like a pretty good wicket to bat on. Little nip off the surface but the ball is coming nicely on to the bat and should hold true for the rest of the game as well. Nice even bounce as well. Remember, setting a target at Bengaluru has always been tough. Vijay Shankar picks his second wicket of the night, sending D Arcy Short back to the hut.  22:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:00 (IST) 21:33 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:42 (IST) Australia is almost in the same situation as they were in the last game, lost Stoinis and Aaron Finch, but in-form Maxwell and D Arcy Short are still on the crease. From India’s point of view, one more wicket will make Australia at the sea but will that happen? After first 5 overs, its 31 for 2.  20:50 (IST) Though India hasn’t lost a wicket, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Australia is currently ahead in the game. One one hand, when KL Rahul is trying to rotate the strike, Shikhar Dhawan is finding difficult to meet the ball into the middle of his bat. After first 5 overs, its 39 for no loss. SECOND WICKET! Vijay Shankar bowls a short of a length delivery, and Aaron Finch tried to go over the 30-yard circle, however, it went straight up in the air, and Shikhar Dhawan didn’t do any mistake.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Another SIX for Maxwell! Makes the tally go to SEVEN. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In After sending Stoinis and Finch back to the pavilion, Australia hasn’t looked back. Both Glenn Maxwell and D Arcy Short have hammered Indian bowlers all around the ground. After 11 overs, its 95 for the loss of 2 wickets.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The TOSS is just three minutes away, and knowing the pitch, the team which wins the toss will look to bowl first as any total on Chinnaswamy looks within the range for any team as the ball travels in Bengaluru and usually turns out to be a high scoring encounter.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hello and Welcome to the second and final T20 International between India and Australia from M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. While the visitors winning the series opener was, to an extent, unexpected, India’s collapse with the bat led to their undoing in Vizag. Australia, despite winning, has more issues to address and it goes without saying that it is with their batting. 20:16 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:42 (IST) 21:13 (IST) MAXWELL brings up his third T20I 100. What an innings. What a player. 20:44 (IST) 21:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Now, Aaron Finch is joined with the other players as they clinched T20 series comprehensively. Smiles all around the Australian camp. 18:24 (IST) 20:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Will India be able to make it 1-1? Catch the second innings updates in a few minutes.  20:48 (IST) The two most reliable players are yet again showing why they have given that tag. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni shift the momentum to India’s favour. After 15 overs, India is 113 for 3 wickets. With 5 overs still remaining, the game can shape anywhere.  22:23 (IST) 19:31 (IST) 18:27 (IST) MILESTONE ALERT: Most T20 International 50 – VIRAT KOHLI! 21:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Bumrah is just two wickets away to become the highest wicket-taker for India in T20I. Will it happen today? 20:02 (IST) Maxwell’s innings was the difference between two sides. He smashed 113 runs off just 55 balls. His innings was laced with seven boundaries and 9 mighty sixes.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are trying to get India innings back on track.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:27 (IST) 18:18 (IST) Glenn Maxwell ticks one down to leg and brings up his seventh T20 International fifty.  22:16 (IST) Australia has won both the tosses in this series, win they win the game too? Or India will bounce back? JUST 15 MINUTES away for the second and final game.  20:06 (IST) Shikhar Dhawan’s nightmare innings comes to rest. Departs for 14.  The third umpire went with on-field umpire’s decision.  The man-of-the-match and series are awarded to Glenn Maxwell for his outstanding run in two games. He scored 169 runs in two games.  FOUR slapped wide of mid-off and there’s the big roar from the Big Show. What a win for Australia. They win the series 2-0. It was a short ball from Kaul, Maxwell backed away and smashed it for four. Australia creates HISTORY! 22:18 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Glenn Maxwell is just one run away to score his seventh T20 fifty.  The men-in-yellow will miss the services of Kane Richardson, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to an ankle injury. With this, It will be interesting to see if Australia manages to clinch their first T20 series in India.  22:47 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Four sixes already for KL Rahul. He is looking in some serious form. Just 9 runs away from consecutive fifties in the series. Will he get there?  New Delhi: After sending Stoinis and Finch back to the pavilion, Australia hasn’t looked back. Both Glenn Maxwell and D Arcy Short have hammered Indian bowlers all around the ground. After 11 overs, its 95 for the loss of 2 wickets. LIVE SCORECARDIndia started the inning on a quiet note, but one will have to say, Virat Kohli, along with MS Dhoni played some scintillating shots around the ground to take India’s total to 190. The par score on this wicket is 180, with Men In Blue having 10 runs more; this remains to be seen if bowlers manage to restrict Australia to less. The two most reliable players are yet again showing why they have given that tag. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni shift the momentum to India’s favour. After 15 overs, India is 113 for 3 wickets. With 5 overs still remaining, the game can shape anywhere. Nathan Coulter-Nile continues his fine run against India. Picks first for the night. Sends KL Rahul back to the pavilion. It was short of a length delivery, KL Rahul tried to guide it over the third man, but went straight into the hands of Jhye Richardson.Though India hasn’t lost a wicket, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Australia is currently ahead in the game. One one hand, when KL Rahul is trying to rotate the strike, Shikhar Dhawan is finding difficult to meet the ball into the middle of his bat. After first 5 overs, its 39 for no loss. Australia skipper Aaron Finch wins the toss and opts to bowl first. Australia is going with the same winning eleven, however, India, one the other hand, made three changes. Shikhar Dhawan replaces Rohit Sharma for the opening slot, Umesh Yadav makes way for Siddharth Kaul, and Vijay Shankar comes in for Mayank Markande.India and Australia will lock horns in the second and final T20 International on Wednesday at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While the visitors winning the series opener was, to an extent, unexpected, India’s collapse with the bat led to their undoing in Vizag. Australia, despite winning, has more issues to address and it goes without saying that it is with their batting. Interestingly, it will also be India’s last T20 assignment before the forthcoming World Cup.The Men in Yellow would rather love to script their maiden T20I series win in India on the back of strong performance with a willow. The ball travels in Bengaluru usually turns out to be high scoring encounter. Having said that, the nature of the 22 yards has changed drastically over the last 12-18 months. India started the inning on a quiet note, but one will have to say, Virat Kohli, along with MS Dhoni played some scintillating shots around the ground to take India’s total to 190. The par score on this wicket is 180, with Men In Blue having 10 runs more; this remains to be seen if bowlers manage to restrict Australia to less.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 22:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:54 (IST) 19:00 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rishabh Pant tried to come down the track and paid price. He mistimes the shot and Jhyde Richardson didn’t make any mistake. Australia team has surely come with a plan.  18:26 (IST) So, that’s it from us. We hope you liked our coverage. Hope to see you all on March 2 for the first of five-match ODI series. For other updates, follow our website: newsnation.in  18:36 (IST) Maxwell and Handscomb scripting history for Australia. Just 22 more needed.  19:04 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In TOSS: Australia skipper Aaron Finch wins the toss and opts to bowl first. Australia will go with the same winning eleven. For India, Shikhar replaces Rohit, Vijay Shankar comes in for Mayank Markande, and Siddharth Kaul in for Umesh Yadav.  18:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Interestingly, if Rohit Sharma features in today’s game, he will complete 300 appearances in the Twenty20 format. However, this remains to be seen, if India plays Shikhar ahead of Rohit.  Nathan Coulter-Nile continues his fine run against India. Picks first for the night. Sends KL Rahul back to the pavilion. It was short of a length delivery, KL Rahul tried to guide it over the third man, but went straight into the hands of Jhye Richardson. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The last three T20 series between India and Australia have ended with a scoreline of 1-1. Can India make the tally go to four?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:45 (IST) 19:59 (IST) 19:25 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 50 up for skipper Kohli. His 20th fifty in this format.  13 runs for no loss after first two overs. Just four runs of Bumrah’s first over. How important will be his overs going ahead in this game?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Glenn Maxwell is shaping another superlative victory for Australia. He has already scored 75 runs and looking for even more. If India wishes to stay in this game, they need Glenn Maxwell’s wicket. After 16 overs, its 147 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.  The players are out in the middle. Australia is ready for the chase. But will they make history? Join us here. 18:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Inlast_img read more

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Fruta conquers GDF to win GFF ‘Big Four’ tournament

first_img… Buxton needle Victoria Kings for third placeFRUTA Conquerors toppled National Club Champions, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), 1-0 on Sunday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility, to win the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) ‘Big Four’ tournament, which featured the top four clubs from the STAG Elite League.Thanks to Eon Alleyne’s goal in the 13th minute, Fruta Conquerors walked away with $1.5M while the GDF, winners of the STAG Elite League, will head back to barracks with $700 000.Commenting on his team’s victory, Dellon Williams, captain of the Fruta Conquerors FC, dedicated the win to the hard-working members of the club, stating that preparations were hampered by the inclement weather, leaving a very soggy Tucville Community Ground, the club’s home ground.Nonetheless, Williams said the team showed great strength to battle a hard-nosed GDF side, after facing them, following a 5-1 semi-final win over Victoria Kings at the same venue last Friday.“We executed our game-plan; that’s how we came out victorious. The finishing wasn’t the best but our team plan was to absorb the pressure because we know the Defence Force and how they play, especially in the first 20 minutes of the game,” said Williams.Keevin Sullivan, GDF captain, said that while the club is obviously disappointed by not coming out victorious, they are, however, looking forward to the new season of the STAG Elite League, where they promise to exact revenge.Meanwhile, in the third place game, Keveron Durant scored in the 33rd minute to lift Buxton United over Victoria Kings 1-0 to win $500 000. The Victoria-based team received $300 000.GDF’s Enoch Carmichael was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and rode away with a new Honda XR150L motorcycle.last_img read more

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Syracuse faces challenging 1st weekend of NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s road to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament has to go through some strong teams along the way. Montana, UNLV and California are all teams the Orange will or could face this weekend, and each of them present different challenges for Syracuse. Depending on which Orange team shows up – the one that lost four out of five games to end the regular season, or the one that won three games in the Big East tournament – it’s very possible Syracuse could meet an early exit.MontanaThe 13th-seeded Grizzlies finished the season 25-6, and went 19-1 in the Big Sky Conference. And they did that while dealing with several injuries to some of its best players, including one that ended leading scorer Mathias Ward’s season. That’ll unquestionably hurt Montana on Thursday against Syracuse. But the Grizzlies are still a strong team in other areas. They’re fifth in the nation in free-throw shooting percentage, going 76.8 percent from the line. Syracuse is 231st at 67.5 percent. So the Orange will have to be mindful not to give the Grizzlies too many chances at the line.Montana’s also a good shooting team. It’s ranked 23rd in the country in field-goal percentage at 47.4 percent. The Grizzlies average 18 3-pointers per game, and are shooting 38.5 percent from the arc, good for 19th in the nation. Jordan Gregory is the team’s best 3-point shooter right now. The sophomore guard is shooting 44.1 percent from the perimeter.The Grizzlies are rolling into the NCAA Tournament. They’ve won their last six games, including a Big Sky Conference tournament championship. This is their second straight season with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Montana is 2-10 in the Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUNLVThe Running Rebels, seeded No. 5, finished the regular season 25-9, including a 10-6 record in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV is a good rebounding team, ranked sixth in the nation in boards per game at 40.1. The Running Rebels also average about 28.1 defensive rebounds per game, so that’s an area Syracuse would need to be careful of if they meet. UNLV is also ninth in the country in assists at 16.2 per game, with Anthony Marshall handing out about 5.8 per game.UNLV isn’t a tremendous shooting team from deep, which could really hurt it against Syracuse’s zone. The Running Rebels are shooting 33 percent from the arc. Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-8 forward, is averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Against most teams, Bennett creates matchup problems. But Syracuse’s forwards match him in height, whether he’s against James Southerland or Jerami Grant, who are both 6-foot-8 also. So an area that was an advantage for the Running Rebels most of the season won’t help much against the Orange should they meet in the second round.CaliforniaIf Syracuse ends up playing No. 12 seed Cal (20-11, 12-6 Pac-12) in the second round, it could be a tough matchup. First off, San Jose is only about 50 miles south of Berkeley, Calif., where the Golden Bears’ campus is located. Second, the Bears have some good wins this season. They beat then-No. 10 Oregon 58-54 back on Feb. 2, then-No. 7 Arizona 77-69 on Feb. 10, and then-No. 23 Oregon again 48-46 on Feb. 21. Cal also beat UCLA 76-63.California also has the Pac-12 Player of the Year in Allen Crabbe, who’s averaging 18.7 points and six rebounds per game. His 18.7 points per game ranks him 35th in the country. Justin Cobbs, meanwhile, 15.7 points and 4.8 assists per game for the Golden Bears.California is a strong team that could pose a tough matchup for Syracuse in the second round if both advance. Comments Published on March 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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Syracuse moves on from blowout loss to Florida State

first_imgEach time Syracuse has suffered an embarrassing loss, the Orange has rebounded with a convincing win the following week.SU lost by 21 to then-No. 19 Northwestern on Sept. 7. Syracuse beat Football Championship Subdivision Wagner the following week. The Orange lost by more than 30 to then-No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 5. SU earned its first ACC win against North Carolina State the next week. The Orange got shut out against Georgia Tech on Oct. 19. SU followed up a bye week with a shutout of its own against Wake Forest.“That’s why I like to have the kids in on Sunday,” head coach Scott Shafer said during his weekly teleconfernce on Tuesday.The NCAA requires coaches to give their players a day off each week and Shafer said most coaches make that Sunday. But Shafer likes to get his team right back together so he can “put it to bed as quick as possible.”“For me that lingers too long,” Shafer said, “so win, lose or draw I’d like to turn to the next page as soon as possible.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Pittsburgh this week, though, the Orange will have more on the line than it has in any prior bounce-back opportunity. Bowl eligibility is on the line, and a victory would render the final week — against an already bowl-eligible Boston College team — meaningless.Said Shafer: “We’re full speed ahead preparing for the Pitt Panthers.” Comments Published on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Professor leads archaeology expedition

first_imgFor the past five years, professor of classical art and archaeology John Pollini has led a six-week field archaeology course in Italy. AHIS 325, Roman Archaeological Excavation: Methods and Practice, takes place in Ostia Antica, an ancient port city along the Tiber River.Students at work · Students in the “Roman Archaeological Excavation: Methods and Practice” course are seen working on-site. – Photo courtesy of John Pollini This summer, 13 students from a variety of majors joined Pollini to excavate Ostia and explore the sites of ancient Rome and modern Italy. During their first week, the students followed a booklet of instructions that led them through sights in Rome that they had previously seen only in textbooks.“[The Italian] perception of what is modern is so different from what modern is to us … [the year] 1700 is still modern to them,” said Stella Chung, a junior majoring in communication and political science.Starting the second week, the students woke up at 6 a.m. each day to catch a train from their apartments in Rome to the dig site. From there, the students were split up into groups based on their interests. Many students had different experiences, but they unanimously agreed that Pollini had the answer to everything.“He’s really funny and very approachable” said Madalina Nastase, a sophomore majoring in theatre.When Pollini began teaching art history and classics at USC in 1987, the archaeology department did not yet exist. A childhood trip to Egypt ignited Pollini’s passion for archaeology, but he decided to pursue classics after taking Latin in high school.Antiquity, the period preceding the Middle Ages, is Pollini’s main interest. He is particularly interested in ancient religion, mythology, narratology, rhetoric and propaganda as well as the interplay between the different fields. In 2012, he published his sixth book, From Republic to Empire: Rhetoric, Religion, and Power in the Visual Culture of Ancient Rome.Pollini often tells students that antiquity is like looking at “a slice of Swiss cheese with a lot of holes in it.”“Normally literary sources tend to be by the upper classes, so you’re going to get a specifically aristocratic point of view … but then the archaeological sources tell a different story, they fill in gaps that are missing. … The archaeological evidence also tells us great deal about the common people,” Pollini said.Consequently, AHIS 325 is about balancing perspectives. Pollini leads the class to expose archaeology majors to field work. The ongoing program, supported by the nonprofit American Institute for Roman Culture, was designed for students with no excavation experience.The possibility of finding skeletons was a major selling point for Chung, who said she signed up because she wanted to “touch dead things.” Emma Wang, a sophomore majoring in international relations who originally stumbled upon the program through a pamphlet at the Roski School of Fine Arts, helped unearth part of a human jaw and skull. She said that one of the most exciting parts was looking at the stratification in the ground.“You see [those] layers of dirt, and that’s history right in front of us,” Wang said.Pollini revealed that this year  the class discovered a mausoleum that was possibly reused in the Christian era to bury St. Monica, the mother of City of God author and theologian St. Augustine. The building might also have served as the final resting place of St. Aurea, a local saint. As teams in Rome continue digging, they hope to confirm the identity by next year. This year they also continued to excavate a fourth century A.D. Roman house, where they found early medieval-period fishing equipment that could have been used in commercial fishing activities.Pollini, who is currently on sabbatical, will be working on a project dealing with late antiquity, from the fourth to seventh century A.D., on the Christian destruction and desecration of images of classic antiquity, a topic on which he has published several articles. On Oct. 29, Pollini will give a lecture on Augustan monuments at the Getty Villa as part of the 2,000th anniversary of Emperor Augustus’ death.For the students of AHIS 325, the summer taught them skills such as how to draw plans and how to keep a journal. Chung said the dig taught her about teamwork and how to work without egos getting in the way. Wang noted the dig taught her about responsibility.“If you make a mistake, that mistake is going to stay with the item,” Wang said, “It’s going to be passed down through history, so you know that you have a huge responsibility to document every single thing you do.”last_img read more

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Annenberg mural addresses diversity, empowerment

first_imgA walk by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism building reveals a new, albeit slightly hidden, addition to USC’s campus: a black and white mural depicting four young women of color framing the West lobby entrance and the words “DISMANTLE WHITENESS AND MISOGYNY ON THIS CAMPUS” written on the ceiling above it. The mural was installed by the art collaborative When Women Disrupt. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanOn March 22, the social impact-based art collective When Women Disrupt installed a piece commissioned by the USC Annenberg Institute for Diversity and Empowerment in collaboration with Visions and Voices. Annenberg Institute for Diversity and Empowerment faculty co-director Alison Trope said that she, along with co-director Taj Frazier, wanted to create programming at the school that tackled issues of diversity in various forms. Trope had known about When Women Disrupt, an art collaborative, and reached out to the group to come to campus and create the mural. “We talked to them about … actually creating some public art that could be displayed on campus that would also serve as a kind of cornerstone to see dialogue about diversity and to engage students more directly in this process,” Trope said. “So as we were planning, we talked to them about the fact that we didn’t want the messaging to come in a top-down way from them, that we wanted the messaging to come from our students.”Trope said that they decided to invite representatives from When Women Disrupt to the communication class, “Designing Media and Communication Projects for Social Change,” as an open forum for the artists to discuss campus issues with students. The goal was for these discussions to inspire the installation and they opened up the conversation to other campus organizations. Avra Juliani, a junior majoring in communication who was in the class, said that engaging in meaningful dialogue with the artists was particularly empowering for her. “They based their artwork on some anxieties and concerns that students had in the classroom that we discussed, so I thought that was really meaningful to have an avenue for students to create public art on the university’s campus,” Juliani said. Claire Porter, a senior majoring in communication who also participated in the class discussion, said she was particularly moved by the conversation because it was the result of open dialogue that she doesn’t believe occurs often at USC. “This discussion we had in class was really able to uncover some problems that we have all been kind of repressing, which I thought was really powerful,” Porter said.Trope said that while the piece might spark controversy, public art is often meant to be provocative and inspire conversation around polarizing topics. “That controversy can be this foundation for further conversation, for further dialogue to really understand differences of opinion and how we can not program people to believe a certain thing but to really engage and further drill down on what these things mean,” Trope said.Trope said that the controversial word for many is “whiteness,” because some people believe it to be synonymous with “white people.” However, when used in the context of critical theory, it connotes broader systems, not individual people.“We’re talking about different lenses or frames we see the world through, when they say [whiteness], that is not directed at individual white people or individual males, it’s about a system, it’s about a culture, it’s about a climate,” Trope said.Some students expressed that the art should have been installed in a more public area of campus for more people to see. Porter said she had forgotten about the installation and hadn’t noticed it until the class discussion about it the following week.“It wasn’t disruptive enough in my environment,” Porter said. “It’s placed in a very hidden area of campus where it’s not usually seen and I think that speaks to the administration and how they want to frame and direct the conversation and the impact — the fact that it is inward-facing not outward facing — all of these factors are intentional from the administration and I think this project would have been much more powerful if the artists were given more freedom.” The artwork was installed at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism because they were denied approval to install it on Watt Way at the last minute, Trope said.“It’s not going to get the same kind of viewership that it would if it was on Watt Way,” she said. “It’s disappointing to me because I think it could have had a great impact on our community in terms of spurring dialogue and conversation about race and gender and campus climate.”last_img read more

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Women’s soccer will take on tough teams at home

first_imgDefensively, the Trojans will need to stop junior forward Deanne Rose, who has started her 2019 campaign at a blazing pace with three goals and an assist in just two games. Ultimately, this game will be USC’s first real test against a tough opponent. Florida could easily jump into the Top 25 after its win against South Florida and can only improve with a win against the Trojans. The Trojans will then go on to face defending national champion Florida State on Sunday, giving them the opportunity to avenge last year’s loss in the Sweet 16. On offense, the team must capitalize on a Florida defense that has a tendency to concede many shots. The Gators have already allowed 30 shots in their first two games, and if this trend continues, it could prove advantageous to the Trojan offense. So far, USC has produced a high number of shots against its opponents, including 23 shots on goal. The combination of numerous scoring opportunities and high shooting percentage could overwhelm Florida’s defense if USC executes well. Forwards sophomore Penelope Hocking and junior Tara McKeown have been a successful pair up front. McKeown has started the year off especially strong with two goals and an assist to her name. “Tara has always been good, but she’s been exceptional so far this season,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “You can tell that she’s come back fitter than ever before and has a new focus, and it has shown in her production.” “They are a really great position team,” Woodward said. “They can move the ball really well. I think that one thing that we’ve been really focusing on this preseason is working on our defensive strategies.” The Trojans have not allowed a single goal in their first two games, adding two shutouts to the resume of redshirt junior goalkeeper Kaylie Collins. The defense has made Collins’ job easy so far, allowing just nine total shots.  The Trojans kick off against Florida 8 p.m. Friday at Banc of California Stadium and face Florida State 2 p.m. Sunday at UCLA’s Wallis Annenberg Stadium. The Trojans will hope to continue their streak of shutouts against Florida, but this will be no easy task. The Gators are coming in with momentum after upsetting No. 18 South Florida with a 2-0 shutout of their own. Florida will face one of the most difficult schedules in the nation but look to have a tough team with players that have a chip on their shoulder.center_img Although USC faces a relatively quick turnaround between playing Florida Thursday and FSU Sunday, senior midfielder Jalen Woodward noted that the team is in great shape and that the players are both physically and mentally prepared. Senior midfielder Jalen Woodward makes a move in last year’s game against Missouri. Woodward started all 22 games last season. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “The game plan is to try to exploit them with our two forwards primarily getting behind the defense and making the centerbacks work,” McAlpine said. FSU also boasts four Hermann watch list candidates, along with a number of returners from the 2018 National Championship team. Although Florida is a challenging opponent, the Trojans will face an even tougher test in their rematch against Florida State. The No. 1-ranked team in the nation has also gotten off to a strong start with two shutouts against two solid teams in TCU and No. 16 Wisconsin. In their most recent match against Wisconsin, though, the Seminoles struggled to score and failed to capitalize until overtime. FSU will field a less explosive offense than some other top-ranked teams, but its defense has played well so far, allowing just 11 shots in both games. It will be important for Hocking and McKeown to create shot opportunities against the Seminoles’ tough back line. After starting its season with two commanding victories over Hawaii and San Francisco, the No. 5 USC women’s soccer team returns to Los Angeles Thursday for its first home game of the season against the Florida Gators in “The Battle at the Banc.” McAlpine will look to the defensive duo of seniors Ashleigh Plumptre and Julia Bingham to hamper Rose. However, Rose will not be the only player the Trojans have to worry about, as the well-rounded Florida squad has been posting solid offensive numbers as a unit. “[Rose] is very, very patient,” McAlpine said. “The key is going to be staying connected with her, knowing where she is and trying to get her receiving balls facing negative as much as possible.”last_img read more

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Green light for Powerstown Park

first_imgPhoto: © clonmelraces.ie Tomorrow’s race meeting in Clonmel has been given the all clear.Following an early morning inspection, Powerstown Park has been passed fit for action.The first on a 7 race card is off at 2.10pm on Tuesday afternoon.last_img