Perfect starts give West credibility

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 USC has won back-to-back national championships, Heisman Trophy candidates Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. But No. 20 UCLA plays host to the big game in town this weekend, against No. 10 California in a matchup of undefeated teams. Across town, No. 1 USC plays Arizona in what should equate to little more than a tuneup for Notre Dame next week. UCLA and USC are each 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 1988, and a combined crowd of better than 150,000 at the Rose Bowl and Coliseum today would set a single-day record. College football is king in Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of buzz because they seem like they’re on a collision course to meet later in the year,” said Charles Arbuckle, a college football analyst for ESPNU and former UCLA tight end. “USC is so strong and for so long, the hardest part for me was that even if we were really good, they always gave us a good game. Now they’ve really separated themselves and Pete Carroll has done an excellent job recruiting. The quarterback engineered an exhilarating second-half comeback to complete one of college football’s best finishes last week. The tight end draws double-team coverage every down because he is a mismatch for any defender on the field. The running back, who has freakishly muscular legs, hurdles would-be tacklers as though he was playing a game of leap frog. He also is a threat to score every time he returns a punt, although opponents aren’t inclined to give him many opportunities. “Karl (Dorrell) is bringing back the tradition. Those (UCLA) guys are playing with a different attitude and different swagger, which was what made me go there from Houston.” Arbuckle played on the 1988 UCLA team that started 7-0 but lost to Washington State. Later that season, USC, playing without Heisman candidate Rodney Peete (measles) defeated UCLA and Heisman candidate Troy Aikman 31-22. Peete, a co-host on Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show Period, remembers how the city was so into college football back then. “It was a great, great time,” he said. “The year before (in 1987) we met and the game decided who went to the Rose Bowl. I remember it being exciting because it built off the previous year. There was a lot of hype on USC and UCLA. You go back to the history of the two teams and see how often that game decided who was going to the Rose Bowl. “Even though I’m an ‘SC guy, I wanted UCLA to be undefeated and for that game to come down to who wins the Pac-10. The whole city gets behind it.” UCLA players won’t talk too much about the prospect of being unbeaten when they play USC on Dec. 3, but it’s hard to ignore the fact it has been 17 years since both schools have enjoyed such success. “It’d be a dream,” UCLA linebacker Justin London said. “But we’ll continue to let it be a dream until we make that happen.” Said USC linebacker Oscar Lua: “It’d be great. It would just extend the rivalry.” The schools have met with undefeated records three times – 1939, 1952 and 1969. Can you imagine a fourth? “Absolutely. As big as the city is, it’s a football city,” said Ken Norton Jr., USC’s linebackers coach and a former UCLA linebacker. “It’s great when both teams are doing well. There’s a lot of fans in this city and it’s split down the middle. It’s a great rivalry.” USC has done plenty to dissuade the theory that the best football is played in the South. This year’s success of UCLA, Cal and Arizona State has given West Coast football a measure of credibility. Carnell Lake, a former Bruin who played on the 1988 team and had a successful NFL career, will be an honorary captain Saturday at the Rose Bowl – his first time back since being inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2000. Lake lives with his family in Jacksonville and finds himself defending West Coast football “all the time.” “Being in the Southeast, everyone talks about Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Miami, Florida State and I constantly remind them when I was playing at UCLA we did very well against East Coast teams and Midwest teams,” he said. “The team that wins the national title brings a lot of attention. read more

Ubislate 7Ci: Can This $20 Tablet Really Change The World?

first_imgIn all the competitive battles that have defined the history of the technology revolution, one essential truth almost always determines the outcome: cheap and good enough beats awesome but expensive every time.It happened when PCs beat out minicomputers (not to mention Macintosh’s). It happened when VHS killed Betamax. It happened when Linux pushed aside proprietary server operating systems. It’s happening now as Google’s Android overtakes Apple’s iOS.Good Enough?And it could be about to happen again with the Ubislate 7Ci tablet. This Android device is far from special in just about every respect. The specs are ordinary at best:7-inch, 800 x 432 capacitive touchscreenAndroid 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich1GHz Cortex A8 ARMv7 CPU512MB RAM, 4GB storageWi-Fi (a version with GPRS cellular capability is also available)VGA front-facing cameraMicro SD slotPower, micro-USB, and headphone connectorsThe speaker is tinny. The pictures are grainy and low-res, and the colors are off, too. The screen has to be held just so to be seen properly. Battery life is listed as a measly 3 hours, and in my tests the device couldn’t hold a charge more than a day or two no matter how little it was used. Performance is painfully slow for anyone spoiled by the latest tablets from Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others. Things that should happen instantly take several seconds or more, and I experienced frequent hangups and glitches. But build quality seems solid, and the thing is perfectly portable. Most important, though, it works – and it’s being sold for just $20 in India.Like An iPhone 3GS? Professor and entrepreneur Vivek Wadwha, who lent a test unit to ReadWrite for evaluation, compared the Ubislate Ci7 to an Apple iPhone 3GS, and in my tests that feels about right. If you can remember back a few years, you’ll recall that when 3GS first came out it felt plenty fast and revolutionary. And I think that’s exactly how the Ubislate Ci7would feel to someone getting ahold of their first tablet right now.Sample Ubislate photoBut the iPhone 3GS was a hard-to-get, top-of-the-line machine when it debuted in 2009. For the Ubislate, Wadhwa says the Indian government has put in a bulk order for 100,000 devices at $40 each, which it then plans to sell to students in the countryside for $20 each. Wadhwa says they will also be available direct for $60.It’s unclear how or when manufacturer Datawind will be able to deliver on this order, and when or if the tablet will make it to the U.S. and other markets. And it will no doubt cost a lot more on these shores due to testing, taxes and other issues. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… fredric paul Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Changing The Hardware MarketBut even if the Ubislate never achieves mass distribution, in the U.S. or even in India, it’s still a game changer – for both hardware makers and Internet companies.For the hardware market, iIt proves that a workable tablet can be created – if not yet delivered – at a price that makes it attainable to a lot more people than can afford even the cheapest mainstream tablets from Apple or Samsung and their direct competitors.While people with means will always want the latest and best, the Ubislate is a step toward a world where almost everyone – Wadwha estimates that a billion people could end up with devices like this – has a tablet.Maybe that tablet is not as good as the one on which you may be reading this article right now, but it’s more than good enough to give anyone access to this article – and to the rest of the Internet. And as history has shown over and over again, good enough and dirt cheap will swamp excellent and expensive every time.Apple has made a lot of money selling tablets for $500 and up, and Microsoft is charging a whopping $900 or more for its upcoming Surface Pro. And I’m not saying those excellent products aren’t worth it.But increasingly, those high-end machines could be competing against “good-enough” competitors that aren’t just 10% or 20% cheaper, but an order of magnitude cheaper. That puts a whole new kind of pressure of device makers to justify their high prices.A Vast New Online Market – And New CompetitorsJust as important, though, truly ubiquitous tablets will bring millions – perhaps billions – of new users to the Internet. These new Internet citizens won’t be as rich as the first billion people now online, but they will inevitably shift the center of Net away from developed nations.That will open up vast new markets for Internet companies, if they’re clever and fast enough to come up with products and services that meet their needs.But when the next billion people come online, they’re not just going to be consumers. We’ve already seen that as soon as people get access to the Net, they start figuring out how to leverage it to make life read more

10 days agoLindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stayby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Lindelof has urged Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba to stay at the club.Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in January.”So, he has a contract with the club and is a very important player for us,” he said.”I am very happy to have him as a teammate.”Not only because he is a good person but also because he is a good footballer.”We have a very good relationship, a nice and kind guy who is very fun to hang out with.”There is nothing more to it. We live very close to each other too, so that makes things easier.” last_img

Video: Crying, Young Arkansas Fan Never Wants To Go To Another Game Because “The Razorbacks Always Lose”

first_imgArkansas basketball fan wearing Razorbacks hats.FAYETTEVILLE, AK – JANUARY 29: Fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks chant during the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats on January 29, 2005 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkasas. Kentucky defeated Arkansas 68-67. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Arkansas’ three-game losing streak is taking its toll on the fan base, even the younger generations.This week, this video surfaced of a young, crying Arkansas fan saying he never wants to go to another game because “the Razorbacks always lose.”Cheer up, kid. There’s always next week.last_img

Eletson Gas Evergas to Form LPG Alliance

first_imgzoom Seaborne transporters of liquefied petroleum gas, the Greek Eletson Gas and Danish Evergas, have decided to form an alliance that will trade the companies’ semi-ref/ethylene capable vessels. To be called the E3 Pool, the new venture, which will commence trading on January 30, will control the 15-strong fleet of gas carriers that are currently trading.A further four vessels, scheduled to be delivered to Eletson over the next twelve months, are also set to join the new venture. “A larger fleet will provide more flexibility and more options for charterers, reduce voyage related expenses through optimization of voyages and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a direct consequence of using less fuel for cargo movements,” Evergas said.“The petrochemical market has a number of established trade routes that require critical mass to service properly. The cooperation with Evergas in the context of the E3 pool will give us the ability to offer our customers the high level of service and the optionality that they require,” Vassilis E. Kertsikoff, Chairman & CEO of Eletson Gas, said.Eletson Gas currently operates a fleet of five MGCs, two Handymax and five Handysize ethylene-capable vessels. The company has four Handysize ethylene capable vessels on order, scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.Evergas’ fleet consists of six 5.000 cbm pressurized vessels, nine 12.000 cbm semi-ref/eth vessels and eight 27,500 cbm multigas LNG carriers.last_img

Malaysia Sends 11 Indonesian Pirates to Prison

first_imgzoom Malaysian authorities have sentenced eleven Indonesian pirates each to sixteen years in prison following their failed hijacking attempt, the Jakarta Post cited undisclosed officials.The men attempted to hijack a Thai-flagged oil tanker while it was sailing off the coast of Malaysia in early September.The group of 13 perpetrators managed to board the tanker MGT 1 and force the crew to transfer one million litres of diesel oil (out of 2.2 million litres contained in the tanker) to a mother ship.Ten of the pirates were captured and sentenced to jail, while the search was launched for the remaining three. A Malaysian court sent another individual, who led the operation from land, to prison.At the time, the vessel was underway from Rayong port, Thailand to the Andaman Sea.Asia’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP earlier said that the crew managed to activate the SSAS alarm and the tanker was soon rescued by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), which dispatched two ships and a helicopter to the location.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Energy sector helps boost Toronto stock market loonie steady

first_imgStrength in the energy sector, boosted by rising oil prices, helped lift Canada’s main stock index Tuesday while the Canadian dollar was largely unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.97 points to 15,616.36 as the May crude contract rose 2.7 per cent.The rise in oil prices came from expectations of a shrinking supply glut as well as from the potential shift in U.S. policies towards Iran, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Global Asset Management.“There were comments coming out of OPEC with rising demand and flat OPEC production that that supply glut was getting narrowed faster than expected. So as long as OPEC doesn’t change their policy, that glut should continue to narrow and be supportive for energy prices.”The gains were, however, mixed for energy companies, with exploration and production companies generally climbing while Canada’s biggest pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. continued to decline after a U.S. taxation ruling last week, said Jerusalim.Declines on materials and base metals also weighed on the TSX as First Quantum Materials Ltd. dropped 12.37 per cent to $18 after being hit with $10 billion in duties, penalties and interest from the Zambian government.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 116.36 points to 24,727.27. The S&P 500 index was up 4.02 points to 2,716.94 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 20.06 points to 7,364.30.Facebook continued to decline in the U.S. as it faces scrutiny over data privacy, a contrast to gains for Shopify in Canada that was up 5.21 per cent after announcing an expansion of its “shopping on Instagram” feature internationally, said Jerusalim.“Really we’re seeing two different stories on technology north and south of the border. South of the border, it’s really all about watching privacy and personal data issues.”The Canadian dollar closed at 76.47, up 0.01 of a US cent, largely unchanged ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve rate guidance Wednesday.The May crude contract was up US$1.41 to US$63.54 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up three cents to US$2.68 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$5.90 to US$1,311.90 an ounce and the May copper contract was down four cents to US$3.04 a pound.last_img

Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams

I wrote this week that Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay in February, wasn’t certain to be picked in the NFL draft. Of those players at his position who had been rated as sixth-round picks before the draft — as Sam was — slightly less than 50 percent were chosen by an NFL team.I also wrote that I’d take Sam’s side of the bet given even odds:Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.Perhaps this counts as a “correct” (if well-hedged) prediction. But I got one thing pretty wrong. I assumed that Sam would be chosen by a team like the Patriots or the Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers that play in an urban area especially tolerant toward gay people. But St. Louis was probably the best fit all along.How come? Public acceptance of homosexuality certainly varies from city to city and state to state. If we use support for gay marriage as a rough proxy, for example, I estimate that about 47 percent of voters approve of it in Missouri, as compared with 58 percent in California, 59 percent in Washington state and 66 percent in Massachusetts. (Obviously, the percentages are likely to be higher in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle specifically as opposed to the states as a whole. But that’s probably also true for St. Louis, which is considerably more liberal than the rest of Missouri.)What varies a lot more, however, is appreciation for University of Missouri football. Interest in the Tigers is about 50 times higher in Missouri than in the rest of the country, according to the number of Google searches.In other words, a higher percentage of people in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri will know of Sam as a football player and not just as a gay athlete. Here’s hoping that helps him to concentrate on what he does best.

Juventus Chief Executive Officer to leave club

first_imgJuventus Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that he will be leaving his role at the club in October.The Italian stepped into the role eight years and has overseen a successful period for the club, which has included seven consecutive Serie A titles and a pair of Champions League finals appearances.The 61-year-old was the one who hired former player and then Siena manager Antonio Conte as manager of the Turin outfit.After Conte’s controversial departure to the Italian national team, Marotta brought in Massimiliano Allegri, who had been sacked at Milan the year before and continued the club’s tradition of winning league titles whilst also improving the team’s performance in the UEFA Champions League.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Marotta has been heavily linked with the presidential seat of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) but denied that is the motive behind his decision to step down from his role at Juventus. He said in a statement published by Juventus:“The club is carrying out an extensive renewal. My mandate as chief executive comes to an end on October 25 and the list of board members, which will be presented on Monday, will not contain my name.”“For the time being I will remain in place as chief executive, but I wanted to make this statement in order to avoid any speculation.”“I will assess my position along with the club president in the coming days. I’ve had eight wonderful years here, full of success, and Juventus will always remain in my heart.”last_img

Kolasinac reveals Arsenal support after error at United

first_imgSead Kolasinac has revealed how Arsenal players supported him after his gaffe handed Jesse Lingard a goal in their 2-2 draw at United on Wednesday.Arsenal had just taken the lead through a Marcos Rojo own goal, but one minute, an error by Kolasinac gifted United an equalizer.After the game, Unai Emery praised Kolasinac for his overall performance to lift his spirit as he looked miserable.“It’s a good feeling coming into the dressing room like that,” Kolasinac told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Especially after knowing you’ve made a mistake and that mistake has potentially cost us two points. It made me feel better.“The manager told me in no uncertain terms not to get too down about it, and that did help me. Everyone in the team too, it wasn’t just the coaching staff.“All the players came over and they consoled me and told me not to get too down about it, and it gives you belief and confidence. You notice then we’re a tight-knit team and I think it’s a positive.”last_img