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Telereal completes £270m sale of portfolio to Rotch subsidiary

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Why Unai Emery is not selecting Mesut Ozil for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mesut Ozil could look to leave Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is being left out of the side this season because Unai Emery believes Dani Ceballos offers more in a creative role.The German has made just two appearances for the Gunners so far this term, the second of which was in a Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest.Ozil has failed to finish the game on either occasion and was in fact taken off in the 71st minute in both matches.Emery was keen on selling Ozil last January, believing the German’s £300,000-a-week wages to be a burden on the club’s finances.ADVERTISEMENT Mesut Ozil has played just twice this term (Picture: Getty)However, Ozil appeared to work his way back into Emery’s plans in the second half of the season but the current campaign suggests the playmaker could be on his way out again.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to Football.London, Emery simply feels Ozil is no longer the player he once was and that Ceballos offers more in a creative role in Arsenal’s midfield.The Gunners have been playing in a 4-3-3 system without a designated position for a no.10, meaning there’s less room to indulge a player like Ozil.Emery feels Ceballos links the midfield to the attack better than Ozil can, as he can receive the ball from deep and drive through the pitch.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThough Ozil remains a fantastic player, his wages are a barrier to potential suitors.Arsenal searched for clubs to sign the playmaker last January but only received loan offers from Turkey.MLS side DC United have explored signing Ozil once Wayne Rooney departs the club but their interest is only that at this stage.MORE: Raul Sanllehi says Unai Emery has been told Arsenal must qualify for the Champions League this season Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Oct 2019 8:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Why Unai Emery is not selecting Mesut Ozil for Arsenallast_img read more

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A legacy lives on – Rookie Ashley Holbert will race in late husband’s Southern SportMod

first_imgAshley Holbert will continue her husband Rowdy’s racing legacy this season, behind the wheel of his Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod. (Photo by Robin Plumlee, Memories by Robin Photography)ITASCA, Texas – Ashley Holbert would have been content as a race fan and her husband’s crew chief and number one supporter.Instead, she’ll carry on his legacy this season racing his Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod.Rowdy Holbert died Jan 11 at the age of 30 in an oilfield work accident. After a suggestion from their daughter Kaysen, Ashley decided to make 2018 her rookie season in the IMCA division.“It just seemed like the natural thing to do. I couldn’t imagine not being at the track,” she explained. “I’ve talked to family, friends and some guys Rowdy worked with and they were all 100 percent supportive.”“I feel honored. What an opportunity to continue our family’s legacy,” Holbert continued. “We were always ready to go to the track Friday and Saturday nights. I can’t imagine stepping away from this arena.”Ashley and Rowdy were a couple for nine years and would have celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on July 21. Kaysen helped Rowdy’s best friend Brandon Williams drive her father’s car around the track during parade laps when his celebration of life was held at Kennedale Speedway Park.“Racing is a family thing for us,” said Holbert. “She knew the season was starting soon and Kaysen asked if we were still going to go to the track and would she still get to see her friends there. Then she asked why I didn’t drive daddy’s car.”Rowdy’s car had been at Williams’ house. Holbert discussed her daughter’s suggestion with him and Williams promptly finished putting the engine in for her.“My stepdad raced at Cowtown (Speedway) in a bomber and I grew up in the sport. I had always wanted to drive and Rowdy and I had talked about it, but I was content to be a fan,” said Holbert, who will share private pre-race prayers this season with her daughter instead of her husband. “I don’t expect to be good, I expect to learn. I’m hoping to make a few laps, stay out of everybody’s way and have a good time.”last_img read more

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Mirallas gives Moyes perfect send-off

first_img The players started as if they wanted to give their manager the performance his excellent long-term work deserved, taking only six minutes to break the deadlock. In a crisp passing move, the ball was moved in from the left touchline from Leighton Baines to Marouane Fellaini, the two players most likely to be coveted by Moyes for his new dawn at United, and then on to Steven Pienaar who teed up Mirallas to drill home from the edge of the area. Everton, as has so often been the story this season, should have capitalised on their advantage as a Darron Gibson chest-trap and volley dipped onto the roof of the net while Victor Anichebe fired straight into the groin of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from close range. The visitors looked like a side safe in mid-table as their only two chances came from captain Kevin Nolan in the last 15 minutes of the first half. Goodison turned up the volume in the second half to give Moyes an idea of what he was leaving behind but the manager was more concerned with no-one following in Leon Osman’s cross-shot through the six-yard box from Baines’ delivery. But the Scot was all smiles and double fist-pumps on the hour when Pienaar released Mirallas to run at the defence and his shot deflected up off James Collins and past Jaaskelainen. Even West Ham’s on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could not but a dampener on proceedings, hitting the post with a late header. The Belgium striker scored both goals to provide a fitting send-off for his boss – heading for Manchester United in the summer – after he has stood on the touchline in the blue corner of Merseyside for 11 years. The sixth successive home league victory against a West Ham side who seemed to have no intention of spoiling the party also guaranteed Everton finished above Liverpool for the second successive season in and the first time in the top flight since 1937. Striker Kevin Mirallas handed Everton a 2-0 win over West Ham to ensure David Moyes departed Goodison Park for the final time as Toffees manager in perfect circumstances.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pellegrini plays down expectations

first_img Pellegrini, whose side host Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League this weekend, said: “I think it is very important for all the players to know that the only important thing for us is to win tomorrow. “It is not useful for us to think what could happen in one month or more months. “Tomorrow, if we win, we continue fighting for the Premier League. “If we lose or we drop points at home it will be very difficult to continue. “I am absolutely sure that this Premier League will be very close with five or six teams in it until the end, and just one or two points difference, so I am just thinking about the game tomorrow.” City head into the match at the Etihad Stadium second in the table, trailing leaders Arsenal by a point. Two cup performances have underlined their class in just over a week. City thrashed West Ham 6-0 to all but secure a place in the final of the Capital One Cup and then they hammered Blackburn 5-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay in midweek. As they look certain to break the 100-goal barrier this weekend, City are averaging three goals a game and four in home matches. Pellegrini wants more of the same but cannot guarantee the goal glut will continue. He said: “It is always difficult to know what will happen in the future. “We will try to play every game as a final and we will try to score the most amount of goals in every game, but it is very difficult to know what will happen in the future.” Nevertheless, City have adapted quickly to Pellegrini’s attacking philosophy, which was one of the chief reasons the 60-year-old was appointed last summer. He said: “Always it is difficult to start a new way or style in the way we are playing, and not only a new style, but changing so many things is always difficult. “But as the only team in four competitions, it seems the players have done it very quickly. For me that is very important.” Pellegrini’s caution comes ahead of a fixture which may remind him of a day when not all went well this season. City were beaten 3-2 at Cardiff in August, one of four losses they suffered in their first six away games. Pellegrini said: “We will try to do a good game for the fans. So far we are doing that but every game is different. “I remember that Cardiff lost against Arsenal in minutes 88 and 90, so we are not thinking that we have an easy game. “We are trying to win and if we can win with more goals it is better, but it is very important to do a very balanced game.” Pellegrini has a looming selection dilemma in attack. The prolific Sergio Aguero is now fit and scored on his comeback after an eight-game absence in midweek, but Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are also in fine form. Between them the trio have scored 56 goals this season. Pellegrini said: “It is better for the manager to have difficult choices to select. “They are three important players. Negredo and Dzeko are in a very good moment and Sergio is coming back from an important injury, so the three are very useful for us in this moment.” While City’s strength in attack is undoubted, there has been speculation they could look to bolster their defensive ranks this month. Southampton’s highly-rated left-back Luke Shaw is one of the latest names linked with the club but Pellegrini remains guarded about plans for the transfer window. He said: “No, no, no – I don’t confirm about any names because we are not concerned about that in this moment. “We are just thinking about Cardiff tomorrow and not in the winter transfer window. “During the whole of January we will see what happens, all the clubs can do transfers, but I am not interested in one name especially. I don’t say nothing about it.” Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany are back in contention after being rested on Wednesday while Stevan Jovetic could return to action next week. Pellegrini has voiced his ambition to win four trophies this season and his players, having notched up 99 goals this term, seem keen to deliver. But as much as the Chilean is hoping for a glorious end to the season, he does not want anyone at the club getting carried away. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down quadruple talk and dampened excitement over his side’s remarkable goal output.last_img read more

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United unveil new medical facility

first_img Sponsor Toshiba have installed three state-of-the-art scanners at the AON Training Complex in Carrington, where United train. Manager David Moyes, speaking at the unveiling on Tuesday, described the suite as “the best in Europe, if not the world”. The MRI, CT and ultrasound scanners will allow United to detect injuries earlier and treat them more effectively. Club doctor Steve McNally also thinks the facility will allow squad members to extend their playing careers into their mid to late 30s like long-serving Ryan Giggs has done. “This (facility) is going to make that more possible,” he said. “I think we will see more players extend their careers for longer, particularly if we can look after those injuries that have threatened or curtailed players’ careers. “A player has a life cycle starting from his early days, through to his performance phase, and then to the point where he may be a little bit past it. “We want to keep more players in the performance phase and using the imaging technology in line with our other sports science will allow us to make the right decisions to keep players in the performance phase for longer. “Ryan has clearly done that largely through his own methods but with a little bit of help from us but we might be able to transfer that process on to more players more of the time.” It is understood that Toshiba, who signed a sponsorship agreement with United two years ago, have spent several million pounds on the facility. The scanners will allow United to track players’ muscular and skeletal development. Any players who suffer injuries in training can be immediately scanned at Carrington and the improved quality of the equipment means a more accurate diagnosis can be given on the spot. Another bonus for Moyes is that United will now be able to conduct player medicals at Carrington, rather than at the nearby hospital they had previously used. “It’s a wonderful facility, something which we can show off to new players when they come in,” Moyes added. “They will have the best medical facilities at a football club in Europe, and probably the world. “It’s something which will make a big difference to the club. “Undoubtedly it will help us get players on the field quicker more often and in turn we should have less injuries as well.” Manchester United have opened a multi-million pound medical facility which they hope will extend the careers of their star players. Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: North Carolina Tar Heels halt football workouts

first_imgThe university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend.The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday. The Latest: North Carolina Tar Heels halt football workouts According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale.___Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. The race on Aug. 16 was a necessary move from Watkins Glen because NASCAR cannot meet New York’s quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.___The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience. The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst declined to say whether the positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Boston Celtics.___NASCAR in August will move its road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona’s road course, which is used by the IMSA sports car series and incorporates part of the famed 2.5-mile oval. The school announced results Wednesday following 429 tests administered to athletes, coaches and athletics staff as they began returning to campus last month. That followed a plan that included athletes receiving multiple tests and a phased return for the school’s varsity programs running from June through early August.The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts, though it said the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases.It’s unclear exactly what date football workouts will resume.___Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party.center_img Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.___The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm. Athletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.___Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff. July 8, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

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Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 1 day from Syracuse-Duke

first_img Published on January 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ My first shift in Boeheimburg Thursday started at 4:30 a.m. After a night at The Daily Orange I was exhausted and ready to pass out. I didn’t care whether it was in my tent or in my room, but I had too much work to do.Shockingly, it was somewhat challenging to come up with Public Service Announcement ideas for hydraulic fracturing while focusing every bit of energy I had to simply stay awake.After classes, I came back to the Dome around 8 p.m. for one of the most fun nights I’ve had at Gate E. The campers got free hot chocolate, free mugs and Otto even paid a visit. He was determined to force-feed everyone four or five cookies each.We gathered around for pictures with Otto and a few news cameras filmed the somewhat chaotic fiasco. Someone started the cheer “’Cuse, ‘Cuse, ‘Cuse…” which is actually more difficult to cheer than you think.Next came the “Let’s go Orange!” chant, but no one could clap when the time came because we all had mugs in our hands. I’m sure the awkward silence accompanied by laughter made for great television.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA few new signs were held up for everyone to see, which brought loud cheers from the members of Otto’s Army.A cameraman stuck around and a few people did some light-hearted interviews. We were all harassing each other and making fun of everyone’s answers to questions.A couple people thought the boom for the camera looked like Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s hair so they started a Twitter account, @CoachKToupee.There’s only one more night until the game. Thirteen days of camping outside of the Carrier Dome are about to come to an end. I was actually a little disappointed to leave at 11 and not spend the night last night.We’ve all become a family. We may be crazy, but everyone student should camp out at least once during their time at SU.center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Many locations around Marshall Street unable to pay to show Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight

first_img Comments If you’re looking for “The Fight of the Century” on Saturday night, you will only find it at one location near Marshall Street.Anyone who tries to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao square off tonight at Chuck’s Café, DJ’s on the Hill, Faegan’s Pub, Harry’s or Saltine Warrior Sports Pub will not be able to see the bout. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar did not respond to four calls. The fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao has been in the works for several years, and is only available Saturday via pay-per-view for $100.John Shahin, manager of Harry’s and Saltine Warrior, wanted to show the fight, but couldn’t pay the money to show the pay-per-view fight.The promoter of the fight charges $34 per person allowed in the bar according to the fire code to show the fight, Shahin said. His bar, which allows 183 people, would be charged $6,222.“I can’t afford $6000 to show a fight,” Shahin said. “That’s how much they’ll charge me? I can’t make that back in one night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s just wrong. This is why boxing is dead. I say f*ck you. Because you guys are corrupt, I’m not going to pay to fill your pockets up. Boxing’s corrupt. They’re f*cking thieves. They’re horrible. I can’t stand it. They’re f*cking corrupt beyond belief. That’s how I really feel.”Chuck’s and DJ’s employees also said they could not pay the fee to show the fight. Faegan’s said it does not own the service needed to buy the fight anyway.Boxing’s biggest problem, Shahin said, is its unwillingness to barter. The promoter approaches bars with the fee and it is a non-negotiable. Ultimate Fighting Championship does negotiate, a reason Shahin said he loves the sport and televises it.“(Boxing promoters) say, ‘Who cares? They’ll buy it,’” Shahin said. “Who f*cking buys it? I won’t buy it. I can’t. You think they’d want everyone to show it and price it fairly. I got kids to feed. I got a wife. I got a mortgage. I have bills. They’re wrong to do this.”Saturday night, Mayweather stands to make $180 million and Pacquiao, $120 million.“Who’s paying for those guys?” Shahin said.If the fight cost between $2000 and $3000, Shahin said he’d buy it. Shahin added that big corporate sponsors can cut deals with promoters, like Dave & Buster’s.These are the places in Central New York you can watch the fight, according to Syracuse.com:Strada Mia at 313 N. Geddes St., SyracuseTilted Kilt Syracuse at 3019 Erie Blvd. E.Dave & Buster’s Syracuse at Destiny USA, SyracuseOrange Crate Brewing Co. 721 S. Crouse Ave. Published on May 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Olympics only thing not dull in February

first_imgI know it. You know it. We all know it.When it comes to sporting events, February is about as exciting as the alligator exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo. Other than the occasional devouring of children, it is monotonous and bland, offering spurts of curiosity only to tease us and revert back to its dreary, clock-watching ways.Sure, when you first glance at the calendar for the month, you think you can get through it easier than a triple-scoop ice cream sundae. There’s Bill Murray Day — otherwise known as Groundhog Day. There’s the Super Bowl, which is watched more for the commercials than the game. Then there’s the NBA All-Star game, which is one of the few events where the days leading up to it outshine the day itself .Yet these are just three days of sunshine in a month when most of the country is buried under four feet of snow. (Speaking of which, where did Maryland go?)Well, fear not sports fans, something has come to save us this year. Is it Ted Williams? Nationwide health care? Bruce Willis?No, it’s the Winter Olympics.Now, many people think of the winter games as the annoying little cousin that won’t leave you alone at family reunions. There aren’t as many sports as the summer games and just about all of them were invented in some place other than than the United States.Another common complaint is that nobody knows who they are watching. That downhill skier looks exactly like the dude who just went, except he has on a different jacket. For all the viewers know, he could’ve gotten to the bottom, changed jackets on a lift to the top and skied down again.And contrary to what Subway might have you believe, Michael Phelps is not competing in these games. Very few household names are. Other than Carrot Top’s brother Shaun White, that girl who tried to do a trick at the end of her snowboarding run last Olympics fell and lost the gold medal, the hot snowboarder named Lindsay Vonn who was in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue recently and that hockey player who beat up a cab driver in Buffalo over 20 cents, very few faces (and bodies) are recognizable on TV.However, the Winter Olympics is the best thing to happen to sports aficionados in February since … well, since the last Winter Olympics.Face it, beggars can’t be choosers. Would you rather watch a fan coach the Nets (yes, it’s gotten that bad), the UConn women’s basketball team (whose only chance of losing plays out in the movie Armageddon) or skiers crash into the side netting at 120 mph? I thought so.This is not meant to be disrespectful to Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who died during a training run Friday after he lost control of his sled and hit a steel pole. Nobody wishes for that to happen, and it’s one of the saddest moments in sports in recent history.Yet as much as I hate to admit it, that accident is another reason to watch these games. There’s no doubt spectators love the thrill of high adrenaline sports. Nobody watches NASCAR to see if Jeff Gordon will ever age. It’s the 200 mph, jaw-dropping, metal-crunching, car-flipping, fire-blazing crashes that keep people entertained. Don’t think so? Just ask Michael Bay.Despite Kumaritashvili’s tragic accident, the athletes race down the track at deathly speeds, literally. The luge is worth watching solely for that incredible display of courage.There’s also the snowboarding halfpipe, an event which has taken out two of the top five competitors in recent months. White almost had his head knocked off in February after nailing his neck on the lip of the tube, but amazingly he got up and won the event. With almost every move becoming a thing of the past, boarders are coming up with tricks that can only be done by mashing the buttons on the Nintendo 64 game 1080 in a bid to out-do one another.That competitive spirit is always on display in short-track speedskating. Who could forget eight years ago, when American Apollo Anton Ono took the last turn toward gold, only to crash with three other competitors, leaving the Australian Steven Bradbury as the Olympic champion simply because he was so far back that he wasn’t involved in the fray?These aren’t events you see everyday, and that’s precisely why the Winter Olympics is so intriguing.So don’t watch an NBA game for the 60th time this season — instead flip on hockey, a sport which has grown in the United States during the past couple of years. But the story isn’t the American team, it’s Canada’s. The favored Canadian men’s team has so much pressure on it to win gold — something it’s only done once since 1956 — that, if it doesn’t, the nation might explode.Now that would be worth watching.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kenny at klegan23@gmail.com.last_img read more