Wales trailed by 30 points to three early in the second half as tries from Simon Zebo, Cian Healy and the magnificent Brian O’Driscoll put Ireland in command. The hosts bravely rallied but they had left themselves far too much to do and tries from Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny and Craig Mitchell were not enough to prevent an eighth successive defeat. “It is frustrating and disappointing. With the way we started we allowed Ireland a foothold,” said Howley. “The key in any international game is territory and possession and we came second by a very long way.” Press Association Interim head coach Rob Howley bemoaned a nightmare start to Wales’ RBS 6 Nations title defence after his side’s comeback effort fell short in a 30-22 defeat to Ireland in Cardiff. He added: “Ireland’s kicking game, combined with our lack of accuracy at the contact area, allowed them field position, the pressure built and built and built and they took their opportunities. “On the other hand, in the second half we played a lot of good rugby, had a good impact off the bench and scored three tries. But in that first 20 minutes we need to focus – we spoke all week about starting well and we didn’t.” While Wales now face the daunting task of a trip to face France in Paris next weekend, Ireland will host England with valuable momentum behind them. The imperious O’Driscoll was a central figure in their victory, and Ireland coach Declan Kidney hopes he will grace this tournament for at least another year. “Brian will make up his own mind. I would not like to sway him one way over the other,” he said. “The bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever wouldn’t you? But if you look at the performance he put in today, that is not easy on the body. “Huge credit to him, given the amount of game time he has had, to come out and give such an international-class performance like he did today. “It is wrong to say it doesn’t surprise you, as normally you should not be able to pull out a performance like that with the amount of game time he has under his belt. With Brian it is just a privilege to be working with him.”
Press Association “Gordon told me ‘I’m not really worried if you sign for us or not. We’re okay without you’. “He was letting me know he wasn’t desperate for me; he was being a bit coy. But there was a bit of defiance from me.” However, at his media conference ahead of the Group D game against Georgia at Ibrox on Saturday, Strachan laughed when asked what he thought about the Aston Villa assistant manager’s comments. He said: “I think he is fantastic. I get on great with him. “I have no idea what he said in his book, I am sure I will have a look but we get on smashing together. “But this is not the right time to talk about his book. Come and see me in two weeks’ time and we can talk about it when I have had time to read it. “But I am sure it is interesting reading. “It is always good fun and also it is a bit tongue in cheek with Roy at times.” Gordon Strachan will exercise his right of reply to Roy Keane’s book comments after Scotland’s 2016 European Championship qualifying double-header against Georgia and Poland. In his explosive new autobiography, the Irishman said defiance underpinned his move to Celtic in January 2006, as he claimed that then Hoops boss Strachan was less than enthusiastic. Keane said: “I met Gordon Strachan in London at Dermot Desmond’s (Celtic majority shareholder) house.
HILTON Cartwright, the Western Australia allrounder, is in line for his ODI debut after being named in Australia’s 14-man squad for next month’s Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series. Cartwright is the only uncapped member of the group, which also includes fast bowler Pat Cummins, who has not played for Australia since September last year, and recalled allrounder Glenn Maxwell.The three-match series against New Zealand slots in between Australia’s two Test campaigns this summer and will take place in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne on December 4, 6 and 9.Interim chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, said the panel had been interested in the progress of Cartwright, a 24-year-old who was born in Zimbabwe, for some time.“Hilton bowls useful aggressive medium-pace and is a very good striker of the ball,” Hohns said. “He is an exciting young prospect for Australian cricket and we have been watching him at the pathway level for some time now.”Cummins missed the 2015-16 season due to a stress fracture of the back, but performed strongly during the Matador Cup in October, when he collected 15 wickets at 18.60. He was the equal leading wicket taker in the tournament.“It is fantastic to see Pat back in Australian colours again,” Hohns said. “It has been a frustrating period for him but we are certainly excited to have him fit and firing ahead of this series.”Maxwell has been named in the squad having been dropped from the ODI side during Australia’s tour of the West Indies earlier this year, and then left out entirely from the ODI squad that toured Sri Lanka.Australia ODI squad David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (capt), George Bailey, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.(ESPN Cricinfo)
With textbook prices soaring and digital filesharing becoming increasingly easy, some students are baffled as to why they are being asked to buy their professors’ own published works.At a large university like USC, a substantial number of faculty members publish scholarly works and textbooks — and some of those professors require students to purchase their own textbooks for class.This practice, however, has raised questions from students.Aly Laux, a junior majoring in accounting and business administration, said her business administration class with Professor Merle Hopkins is easier because Hopkins wrote the textbook.“It was easier to understand,” Laux said. “It’s nice to have the study guide in his own words describing the terms; I think he made it a really good introduction to a new topic.”Hopkins, a professor of clinical accounting, said until about 10 years ago he produced a study guide for his business administration class as a supplement to the required textbook. He said he eventually found the study guide more beneficial than the text he had been using.“What I became aware of was that the students were not buying the text — and if [they were] buying it, not using it,” Hopkins said. “Our old text was expensive … Me and my colleague agreed that we couldeffectively teach the course with the guide.”Hopkins declined to comment on the royalties he earns from his study guide.Stephen Krach, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, said he feels that having his book written by his fluid dynamics professor, Dr. David Wilcox, is beneficial for his class.“My lecture notes match up perfectly with the book. I feel like it’s easier to learn it. It’s easy to have my notes and my textbook match as opposed to having a book that doesn’t match,” Krach said.While some students find the books make it easier to understand the material, others said they don’t see the value in purchasing a hardcover version of the information they could likely derive from lecture notes.“In some ways it supports their expertise,” Laux said. “It can also be a kind of fuzzy situation. You are already paying for their thoughts with tuition, so why do you also need the book, that’s why I take notes.”Raymond McDermott, manager of course materials for the USC Pertusati Bookstore, said such textbooks can be an added advantage for students because they know they will be using them through the course of the semester.“In many ways, it’s beneficial,” McDermott said. “And you’re getting your money’s worth. The book was designed around that class.”Beyond cost, some students also said they felt professors who used their own books in classes could be forcing a single point of view on students.“I took a Thematic Option class where one of the professors required us to read one of his books,” said Gordon Roland, a junior majoring in business administration.“I felt that in especially class discussion I shouldn’t say anything that was against what was in the book — it seems likewhenever anyone said anything against the book that the professor had some way to refute it,” Roland said.Using a professor’s book can also limit students to the different resources they have to access the information, Laux said.“Sometimes I think it’s beneficial to have an outside source,” she said. “If I didn’t understand something then I wouldn’t have anoutside source to look at. When a teacher writes a book, it will be explained in the same way it already was.”
The committee charged with finding a replacement for President Steven B. Sample, who announced his retirement last month, has begun the process of searching for applicants and seeking input from the USC community, but some are concerned about the level of student involvement.“We’re going to come up with the best president we can get for USC,” said Ed Roski, Jr., the chairman of both the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. “We’ve had a tremendous success with President Sample and we want to continue that success going forward.”Wine to water · The men’s club crew team christened their new shell, the Steven B. Sample, in front of Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday. The team decided to dedicate the shell to the outgoing president in honor of his 19 years of leadership at USC. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanSix other trustees and six faculty members from both of USC’s campuses sit on the advisory committee, which Roski formed based on the advice of chairmen from the Board of Trustees at other major universities that have recently selected a new president. The faculty members come from a variety of different fields.“We wanted to have a representative group of the faculty on the selection committee,” Roski said. “The faculty on the committee have been at USC, they understand USC … and they have the respect of the students and the respect of other faculty members.”Conspicuously missing from the search committee, however, are students.Though the committee met with the Undergraduate Student Government Executive Committee and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate on Nov. 17 and 18, USG President Holden Slusher said he does not feel students are involved or represented enough in the search.“[The meetings are] the full extent of student interaction in this process and we just think that’s unacceptable,” Slusher said. “It’s rude that the head trustee of our university would say that we can’t trust students in the same way that we can trust faculty and other trustees.”At one of the meetings, students from the USG executive board discussed what they want in the next president, telling the trustees they want Sample’s successor to continue his engagement with teaching and establish a strong personal vision, community service interests and well-rounded endeavors, Slusher said.Slusher is now working with the USC Graduate Senate to encourage the committee to accept at least one undergraduate and one graduate student to serve as representatives or guest members on the committee, to ensure that student interests are not “undermined.”“It’s my job as the president of the undergraduate student body to make sure that the needs of the undergraduate students are at all times met,” Slusher said. “This is one point in our history when we can affect not just the lives of the current students, but all future students.”Slusher said he would recommend the top candidates speak to campus organizations and take questions from students.“Although I trust the process and know that we’ll get a great president, I do think that we need more student input and that’s why we’re fighting for this,” he said.USG passed a resolution Tuesday requesting more student involvement in the search process and representation on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.“It’s not exactly prudent for students to be involved in the process as they search through over 600 potential candidates, but when we get down to a couple choices I think students need to be involved in that process,” Slusher said.But Roski said the committee is making every effort to include student viewpoints.The committee has not yet determined the criteria by which to judge candidates, Roski said, but it has held “student to student” discussions to gain an understanding of the qualities students would like to see in their next president.“We are involving the students,” Roski said. “It’s important for us to listen to the students, see their views at the university.”To lead the search process, the committee has hired William Funk, head of a higher education search consultant firm, Roski said.Under Funk’s guidance, the advisory committee has published advertisements in publications like the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education. The committee has already received a number of letters of interest, Roski added.The members plan to start reviewing prospects in mid-January, before narrowing down the contenders and conducting interviews. Though Sample gave the trustees nine months until he steps down in August, the trustees plan to name his successor by June 1, 2010.
Published on October 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Caitlin Roach was all alone, yelling for the puck late in the third period Saturday. She had scoring chances all weekend long, but had yet to come through for Syracuse.This time when Megan Skelly found her, she didn’t waste the opportunity. Roach went top shelf to beat the Union goaltender for the game-winning goal with 49 seconds left. As she raised her arms in celebration, her teammates rushed to mob her in ecstasy.‘I just grabbed my stick, and I shot it hoping it was going in the net,’ Roach, a sophomore, said. ‘I had so many chances this weekend. I just wanted to close it out with a goal and then afterward the celebration was crazy.’That goal capped off a massive third-period comeback in which the Orange scored five goals to defeat Union 5-3 in front of 227 at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday. Syracuse seemed destined for a loss after the Dutchwomen broke the game open with three goals late in the second period. But rather than completely unravel, SU regrouped during the intermission and came out firing in the third period to erase the deficit. The Orange salvaged a split after losing to the Dutchwomen 4-3 on Friday.Syracuse controlled the puck for the majority of the game Saturday, outshooting the Dutchwomen 24-7 in each of the first two periods. But the Orange wasn’t able to capitalize on all the opportunities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, Union struck first when Emilie Arseneault beat SU goaltender Kallie Billadeau with 2:13 remaining in the second period.Union went on to score two more goals on its next two shots in the ensuing two minutes. Billadeau misplayed the third goal, deflecting it into the net.And just like that the Orange trailed 3-0 going into the final period.‘I don’t want to sound like arrogant, but I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before,’ Billadeau said.While Billadeau was down, the general mood in the locker room during intermission was still optimistic, even after such a disastrous end to the second period.SU head coach Paul Flanagan tried to hit on the positives to assure his players they could still put together a comeback. Flanagan told his players to shoot for five goals in the final period.‘It was very deflating, you know, and I think for us, it’s our job to keep them motivated, keep them up,’ Flanagan said. ‘And as much as we were trying to do it, I think the kids did a great job keeping themselves motivated.’That motivation was exemplified in SU’s play early in the third period.Kaillie Goodnough got the Orange on the board 1:59 into the period when she maneuvered her way into open ice and beat Union goalie Alana Marcinko. Following the goal, Goodnough skated to the bench where her teammates met her with spirited high fives.‘We could’ve been satisfied with getting the first goal. Oh, we lost 3-1, it just wasn’t our night,’ Allie LaCombe said. ‘But we came back, and we scored five goals. I mean that’s just something our team’s never accomplished, let alone in one period.’Then with less than five minutes remaining in the period, Lacombe banged in a one-timer from the right side to cut the SU deficit to one.LaCombe then connected with her cousin, Christina LaCombe, for the equalizer less than two minutes later on a power-play goal. It was LaCombe’s first career goal.After that score, the Syracuse players knew it was their game to win. With all the momentum on its side, the Orange knew it was just a matter of time before it took the lead.‘No doubt about it,’ Allie LaCombe said. ‘If you were in the stands you could just feel the electricity on the bench. The coaches were pumped. Our trainer was into the game. You can just feel it.’That intuition turned into fruition when Roach also netted her first career goal and her teammates engulfed her in celebration.Then Margot Scharfe scored on an empty net to give Syracuse its fifth goal of the period — the number of goals Flanagan actually threw out before the period began. Looking back, LaCombe and her teammates could only laugh that they scored the number of goals he challenged the team to score.‘He kind of jinxed it in a good way,’ LaCombe firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
After just missing qualification for a Super Regional in the NCAA Tournament, eight Trojans were drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Draft. The Trojans’ eight draft selections were the most in one draft for the program since 1999. Since the draft began in 1965, USC has seen 316 players drafted.The first to be drafted was junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert, who was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round. He is the first Trojan — 11th overall — to be drafted by the Phillies since Wes Rachels in 1998.Gilbert had the second-lowest ERA on the team. In his one year with the Trojans, Gilbert had a 5-2 record and 2.79 ERA in 67.2 innings pitched. He started six of his 22 appearances, striking out 66 batters — second most in the program. Gilbert came up big in postseason play, tallying up a save and a win. He earned the save in the 12-3 win against UC Santa Barbara and the 12-11 win against San Diego State.Senior catcher Garrett Stubbs was drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round of the draft. Stubbs racked up a number of postseason honors; most notably, he is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, awarded to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. Stubbs is USC’s second finalist for the award; Jeff Clement won the award in 2005. The winner will be announced June 25th.Stubbs also was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pac-12 and was named catcher of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. In the NCAA Regional, Stubbs led the team with a .563 batting average and caught all 38 innings in four games, earning the Lake Elsinore Regional MVP and All-Regional team honors. He also had a stellar regular season, starting 59 games. He threw out 52.8 percent of stealers, led the team with 20 stolen bases and was second on the team with a .346 batting average.Junior left-handed pitcher Kyle Twomey was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round. He becomes the seventh Trojan drafted by the Cubs and the first since Mark Prior was drafted second overall in the 2001 draft. As the Saturday starter this season, Twomey finished with an 8-2 record in 16 starts, with 68 strikeouts in 93.2 innings. He threw the most innings and racked up a 2.88 ERA—the lowest of any starter. Additionally, he was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention this season.Junior right-handed pitcher Brent Wheatley was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 17th round. Wheatley is the 17th Trojan to be drafted by the Athletics and the first since 2011 when Shane Boras was drafted in the 39th round in 2011. Wheatley started off the season as the Trojans’ Friday night ace, but eventually moved to the bullpen. He had nine starts in 17 appearances with a 4-4 record, 4.50 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 70 innings.Senior second baseman Dante Flores was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 18th round. He is the 13th Trojan drafted by the White Sox and the third drafted in the last five years. As a four-year starter, Flores had a .304 batting average and drove in 43 runs — both third-highest on the team — in 59 games played. Flores was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention.Redshirt junior Bobby Stahel was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 20th round. He is only the third Trojan to be drafted by the Rockies. Stahel was second in the conference with a .376 batting average — 26th best average nationally. He also led the team with a .514 slugging percentage. Stahel earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors, ABCA All-West Region First Team and was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award — awarded to the nation’s top breakout player.Junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Davis was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round. He is the 10th Trojan to be selected by the Blue Jays — the most recent being Bob Wheatley in 2014 in the 26th round. Davis, who was hampered by injuries this season, began in the bullpen and started the final four Friday games as the team’s ace. In his first start of the year, Davis pitched a complete game shutout against Stanford. In the Lake Elsinore Regional, Davis pitched a no-hitter through seven innings against Virginia. He had five starts in 20 games with a 3-3 record, 45 strikeouts and a 4.05 ERA in 53.1 innings.The eighth and final Trojan drafted in 2015 was senior infielder Angelo La Bruna, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round. He is the 11th Trojan drafted by the Nationals overall, with the last being pitcher Tommy Milone in the 10th round in 2008. La Bruna started 22 games at shortstop and appeared in a total of 39 games. He had a .250 batting average. He only committed six errors all season and recorded 46 putouts. As a political science major, he was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team.The non-seniors have a difficult decision to make, as they will have to decide between returning to USC for another season or signing a contract with their new teams.
Stanislas Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych to reach his first Grand Slam final and raise the prospect of an all-Swiss title decider at the Australian Open.The 28-year-old, seeded seventh, defeated the Czech eighth seed 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4).After breaking new ground by reaching last year’s US Open semi-finals, Wawrinka is into his first major final.And he could face compatriot Roger Federer, who takes on Rafael Nadal in Friday’s second semi-final.Wawrinka backed up his five-set win over defending champion Novak Djokovic with another high-class performance that tested his once suspect nerve.As expected in a match between players next to each other in the rankings, a desperately tight contest turned on a few key points. Berdych faltered first, smashing a towering lob into the tramlines on the first break point of the match and dropping the set in the following game.It was to be the only service break of the match, which saw both men neck and neck in all the key statistics as the match unfolded over the next three hours.Berdych saved a break point in the second set before going on to dominate the tie-break, and seemed to have the momentum at times in the third set but could not convert his first break point at 4-4.Another tie-break was required and this time it was the Swiss who took charge after crucial double-faults from Berdych at 3-2 and on set point, leaving the Czech player’s team – decked out in blue and white stripes, like their man – looking forlorn.His serve had impressed for two-and-half hours but Berdych looked vulnerable early in the fourth set, narrowly escaping a break point after three double-faults in the opening game. It came down to the shootout of a third tie-break and, with much of the Rod Laver Arena crowd behind him – and a few shouts of “Come on Aussie Stan!” – Wawrinka stepped up a gear.After moving to two match points, the Swiss double-faulted on the first but saw Berdych fire long over the baseline on the second to confirm his place in a first Grand Slam final in 36 attempts.
Celtic’s new signing Mubarak Wakaso said he has come to Paradise to make history.The versatile winger, signed from Russian side Rubin Kazan on loan, is the first Ghanaian to play for the Scottish champions and he’s eager to impress manager Ronny Deila straight away.Speaking to the official Celtic website, Wakaso said: “I’m very happy to be here because since I arrived I’ve met a lot of people and they have been amazing to me and that’s why I’m here.“Celtic’s a big team to play at and I have to do my best to see the team through.“I want to make history for my country and for the team because I am the first Ghanaian player to play for Celtic andI have to set an example for the upcoming ones, so I need to make history for the team, for my nation and for myself.“I’ve not seen much of the Scottish league but the one team I have been watching, Celtic, is enough to judge it. I’m ready to play.” Celtic’s new No.32, Wakaso has come to Celtic after spending his career playing for a host of teams across Europe, particularly in Spain.He believes his experience on the continent can help him adjust to the manager’s style of play and he’s looking forward to getting his Celtic career underway.“I don’t really know much about Scottish football but I know a little about Celtic because I have been watching Celtic since I was young,” he said, “and I saw the amazing supporters they have here. And the kind of players that pass through here makes me feel and see that Celtic is a great team to be at.“I’m here to build my career up again like I was doing in Spain and to help the team.“I had no concerns after Tuesday’s loss. They say you should appreciate what you have in hand because we have Europa League and although we wanted Champions League, losing is part of football so we have to appreciate what we have now and make use of it because the Europa League is also a good competition. “I’ve learned a lot and it always makes me feel I can make it great and to be great you have to work hard and I’m ready to do it.”
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three applicants to fill an Iowa Supreme Court vacancy have close political ties to Gov. Kim Reynolds who, thanks to Republican changes to the judicial nominating process last year, now has a heavier influence over the panel that chooses finalists. Among the 15 applicants to be interviewed Friday by the State Judicial Nominating Commission is Sam Langholz, the governor’s senior legal counsel. If he’s a finalist Reynolds could decide whether her own lawyer becomes the next justice. Democratic Sen. Rob Hogg says it’s a test to see if the commission has turned partisan or continues Iowa’s merit-based selection of judges.Langholz grew up in Clear Lake and currently lives in Ankeny. The commission will meet Friday in the courtroom of the Supreme Court to interview the 15 applicants. The commission will then select three finalists to recommend to the governor — who will then choose one to appoint to the court.