17 Sep

Roberson turns in up and down performance following injury in Syracuse loss

first_imgWith cotton in his nose to stop the bleeding and stitches above his left eye — which at times seemed nearly closed — Tyler Roberson resembled a boxer more so than a basketball player.Due to Roberson’s injury, which he suffered 10 minutes into the game, he played a little less than he usually does. Yet he still came away with a hard-fought nine points and seven rebounds in addition to his battle scars in Syracuse’s (17-10, 7-7) 65-61 loss to Pittsburgh (18-10, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Roberson wasn’t too sure about how it happened, but he believed a Panther’s elbow — SU guard Ron Patterson said it was Pittsburgh forward Michael Young’s — caught him over his left eye and drew blood.Holding a white towel to the left side of his face, Roberson walked to the SU locker room where trainer Brad Pike fixed him up with five or six stitches and numbing. Roberson applied ice when he returned to the bench and re-entered the game with 1:28 left in the first half.“I feel fine. I just had to go out there and finish out the game,” Roberson said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson racked up three offensive rebounds in the first five minutes of the game — there were plenty of SU misses to be grabbed — and had five points by the time of his injury.He tipped in a Syracuse missed shot 2:47 into the second half and blocked a Jamel Artis layup attempt two minutes later.The Orange held a 13-rebound edge over the Panthers at halftime, but didn’t outrebound its opponent in the second half as each side grabbed 12 — and Roberson had just one rebound in the last 17 minutes of the game.But he reappeared in the last two minutes, attacking the middle of the paint for a basket to cut the deficit to 60-55 and snatching a defensive board 24 seconds later.His brief reemergence was too late for SU, though.“That’s a tough matchup, for him to go against Pitt’s bigs,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said. “I’m content with his effort and I feel like he didn’t do anything wrong out there. Just one of those games for him, but we all know he’s a good player.” Comments Published on February 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

17 Sep

BSA holds vigil for racial violence

first_imgThe event was organized to remember black men, women and youth who have been victims of violence, particularly in cases when race played a part. During the vigil, 12 people from the crowd read the stories of black men and women who were killed in the United States, a list that spans the past 70 years. A candle was lit next to the victims’ pictures on the steps of Tommy Trojan.“I hear about these stories all the time,” said De’Ron Marques, a BSA executive board member. “We want to have others take note of these deaths and hope that people outside of this community take light of the situation.”BSA Executive Director Ama Amoafo-Yeboah said she was overwhelmed by the cross-cultural support the event received and believed it raised the necessary awareness of the reality facing minority youth.“Tonight really helped to highlight all the victims of violence,” Yeboah said. “But unfortunately this is only a small percentage of people who died everyday.”The list of people included George Stinney, who at 14-years-old became the youngest person to be executed in the United States since the 1800s, and Ayanna Stanley Jones, a 7-year-old who was shot in the head during a police raid on her house. The most recent cases were 17-year-olds Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida, who have received national attention in the media.Many participants said they felt honored to be part of the event to raise awareness for these crimes. Josh Carroll, a junior majoring in digital and print journalism, said the event was particularly important to him as an African-American male.“I’m glad to be a part of bringing awareness of people being killed, especially since these people were around our age, who was also one of the speakers at the vigil,” Carroll said. “Without these vigils, their stories would be overlooked.”The candlelight vigil capped off the events BSA had planned for Black History Month. More than 60 students, bikers and pedestrians paused near Tommy Trojan Wednesday night to participate in the Trayvon Martin-Jordan Davis Candlelight Vigil hosted by the Black Student Assembly.Remembrance · More than 60 students, many from the Black Student Assembly, gathered at Tommy Trojan on Wednesday night to share stories of victims of racialized violence over the past seven decades. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

16 Aug

MLB All-Star Game 2019 results: AL claims seventh straight Midsummer Classic in tidy 4-3 win over NL

first_imgThe American League continues to flex its muscles.The little brother of baseball continues to beat up the Senior Circuit, with the American League taking a 4-3 victory at Progressive Field in Cleveland. MORE: Watch the MLB All-Star Game live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)In a tidy game under three hours, Joey Gallo supplied a bit of bop with a solo shot in the seventh. The AL now takes a 25-6-1 lead over the last 32 years in the Midsummer Classic.Indians right-hander Shane Bieber took home MVP Award honors at his home ballpark after striking out the side in the fifth.Things got exciting in the eighth, when Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso smoked a single to bring home two runs and tighten the score to 4-3. Brad Hand, Cleveland reliever, wiggled out of trouble before Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the ninth.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Read below for all scoring plays.MLB All-Star Game 2019 live score, updates, highlightsAmerican League: 4National League: 311:03 p.m. END OF GAME: Aroldis Chapman strikes out Yasmani Grandal to end the game. 11:01 p.m.: CC Sabathia comes out to talk to Chapman and gets a nice hand from the crowd. Cool moment in Cleveland.11:00 p.m. Chapman strikes out Max Muncy for the second out of the ninth.10:58 p.m. Chapman strikes out J.T. Realmuto for the first out of the ninth.10:58 p.m.: Aroldis Chapman on to close it out for the American League.10:54 p.m. END EIGHTH INNING: Alcantara gets Jose Abreu to ground into a double play.10:50 p.m.: Sandy Alcantara in to pitch the eighth for the NL. Gleyber Torres with an infield single to start things off. 10:46 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH INNING: Hand gets Moustakas to pop out in foul territory to end the threat. Whew. 10:43 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Pete Alonso smokes a single up the middle that bounces off Gleyber Torres’ glove. Two runs score. 4-3 American League in the eighth.10:41 p.m.: Hand gets Blackmon swinging and up comes Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso with a chance to do some serious damage in the eighth. 10:38 p.m. Hand walks DeJong and the bases are loaded with Charlie Blackmon at the plate.10:35 p.m.: David Dahl singles to right and there’s traffic on the basepaths for the NL. Hand at 13 pitches. Jeff McNeil at the dish.10:29 p.m.: Cleveland’s Brad Hand is in for the AL. He walks Moustakas to start the eighth. 10:26 p.m. END OF SEVENTH: Mike Moustakas, manning the hot corner, with a gorgeous snag for the putout at first. 10:24 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Joey Gallo takes the first pitch he sees from Smith and deposits it in the right field seats. 4-1 American League.10:21 p.m.: Woodruff out for the NL, San Francisco’s Will Smith in.10:21 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Bogaerts grounds into a double play. Chapman scores. AL leads 3-1 in the seventh.10:19 p.m.: Matt Chapman works a walk and James McCann follows up with a single. AL is in business with no outs in the seventh. Xander Bogaerts up.10:15 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH: Easy 1-2-3 inning for Greene. Onto the bottom of the seventh.10:07 p.m.: Shane Greene in to pitch for the AL and he gets Mike Moustakas to fly out to left on the first pitch.10:03 p.m. END OF SIXTH INNING: Vogelbach flys out to Jeff McNeil in left to end the inning.10:03 p.m.: Pete Alonso and Max Muncy combined for an amazing web gem to get Carlos Santana. 9:57 p.m. END OF TOP SIXTH: Hendriks gets Pete Alonso swinging to end the sixth.9:55 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Charlie Blackmon launches a solo shot to center field to cut into the AL lead. 2-1 AL in the sixth.9:54 p.m.: Francisco Lindor is mic’d up in this inning. Liam Hendriks pitching. Lindor is an absolute treasure.9:43 p.m. END OF FIFTH: Gleyber Torres with a poor at-bat to end the fifth. 9:39 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Gary Sanchez smoked a double earlier in the inning. He moves to third on a ground out. Jorge Polanco grounds to Muncy for the RBI infield hit. AL leads 2-0.9:29 p.m. END TOP FIFTH: Bieber strikes out the side. Crowd roars.9:25 p.m.: Shane Bieber in for the AL, sure to make the Cleveland crowd happy and proud.9:20 p.m. END FOURTH: Castillo makes easy work of the AL in the bottom of the inning.9:16 p.m.: Reds ace Luis Castillo in for the NL now. AL still up 1-0 in the fourth. Carlos Santana leading off.9:12 p.m. END TOP FOURTH: Bell grounds out to second to end the top half of the fourth. Nice recovery for Giolito.9:11 p.m.: Giolito gets Bellinger looking and then gets Arenado to ground out to Bregman (score it a fielder’s choice). Josh Bell up.9:07 p.m.: Lucas Giolito in for the the American League now and Austin Meadows is in the outfield, as well. Giolito walks Freeman to start the fourth.9:04 p.m. END BOTTOM THIRD: Clinical inning from Jacob deGrom. He gets Mike Trout to pop out to Freddie Freeman to end the frame.9:03 p.m.: Jacob deGrom in for the National League and he gets two quick outs of George Springer (swinging) and DJ LeMahieu (grounder).8:59 p.m. END TOP THIRD: A lead-off double from Ketel Marte goes to waste as Jose Berrios gets the next three to end the inning. 8:50 p.m. END SECOND INNING: Clayton Kershaw totally fools Jorge Polanco on a swing to end the second.8:48 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Michael Brantley doubles home Alex Bregman, as things go for Houston Astros. 1-0 AL in the second.8:45 p.m.: Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, rivals in the NL MVP race, are both mic’d up and sharing the outfield now. This is excellent.8:43 p.m.: Clayton Kershaw in for the second inning for the NL. 8:39 p.m. END TOP SECOND: Tanaka snares a ground ball off the bat of Willson Contreras and tosses to first for out No. 3. 8:39 p.m.: Bell beats out an infield single — he was safe by at least a step — but was called out. Replay review reverses the call. 8:36 p.m.: Tanaka strikes out Bellinger and then gets Arenado to fly out to center. Now faces Pirates All-Star Josh Bell.8:32 p.m.: Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka is in now, facing Cody Bellinger. 8:28 p.m. END FIRST INNING: Carlos Santana grounds out to short. George Springer’s lead-off single is for naught.8:25 p.m.: Important to note: Freddie Freeman is mic’d up. It’s amazing.8:20 p.m. END TOP 1: Freddie Freeman takes a curveball for Strike 3 to end the top of the first. On to the “home” half.8:16 p.m.: First pitch from Verlander to Yelich is a ball and we are underway!8:07 p.m.: Always cool to hear.Carlos Santana got a nice home welcome from the Progressive Field crowd.pic.twitter.com/2RtLwbhnqX— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 10, 20198:00 p.m.: We are (hopefully) now a few minutes from first pitch.7:50 p.m.: Cleveland fans lustily boo Aroldis Chapman and Kris Bryant. After all, 2016 wasn’t too long ago. 7:40 p.m.: All video packages as we stand. Still 20 minutes or so until first pitch.7:30 p.m.: And away we go. 7:20 p.m.: A somber and heartfelt note to start tonight’s All-Star celebration.A tribute to Tyler Skaggs at the #[email protected] and Tommy La Stella will both wear 45 tonight. pic.twitter.com/Hq03egHOgX— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 9, 2019last_img read more

20 Jan

Spurs beat United 2-1 to finish second

first_imgLONDON, England (AP):With the concrete shell of the new stadium to his right, Harry Kane stretched out his right boot to flick the ball into the net.The striker, who grew up supporting Tottenham, will go down as the north London club’s last scorer at its White Hart Lane home after 118 years.A 2-1 victory over Manchester United was the perfect send-off yesterday, especially as it ensured Tottenham signed out of the stadium as English Premier League runners-up the club’s highest finish in 54 years.”What a way to finish,” Kane said after fans flooded the field at the final whistle. “We’re disappointed after losing out on the title again.”Not since 1961 has the league trophy been paraded at White Hart Lane.”But we’re growing and getting better,” Kane said. “Third (in 2016), second (this year) and, hopefully, next season, we’ll be number one.”The last-ever goal came from Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, but by that time, Tottenham already had the goals it required – from Victor Wanyama’s sixth-minute header and Kane’s 28th goal of the season.”To be unbeaten at White Hart Lane in the last season here is something to be happy with,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.While it was a party atmosphere for the hosts, who are seven points behind champion Chelsea, it was another miserable day for JosÈ Mourinho in his erratic first season in charge of United.Mourinho has already lifted the League Cup. But defeat at Tottenham ensured United will finish outside the top four just as it did under Louis van Gaal last season, with Champions League qualification now depending on beating Ajax in the Europa League final.BIG SPENDING BY MAN UWith two games remaining, sixth-placed United is 15 points behind Tottenham despite vastly outspending the north London club. Since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering United’s last league title, United’s net transfer spending has been around £350 million (US$450 million). In that time, Tottenham has spent about as much as it has recouped on transfers.And it is the goals from academy graduate Kane over the last three seasons that have propelled the side up the standings. For the first time ever, Tottenham will play a second consecutive season in the Champions League, providing valuable income from UEFA as it completes the building work on a new 61,000-seat stadium.After a season across north London at Wembley, Tottenham is due back here for the start of the 2018-19 season.last_img read more

15 Jan

Improving Liberia’s Public Sector Management: The Role of the Internal Audit Agency

first_imgIntroductionThe increased attraction of foreign direct investments to post-conflict Liberia and the Government’s efforts to reduce poverty and make Liberia a middle-income country by 2030 will have little impact if public sector management remains wanting. Effective public sector performance will greatly determine the extent to which Liberia steadily remains on the road to reconstruction and development. Corruption and inefficiency continue to be stubborn obstacles to good public sector management. In their efforts to reduce corruption and promote the proper use of public sector resources, multiple government entities—including the Ministry of Justice, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the Civil Service Agency (CSA), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the Governance Commission (GC) and the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC)—are severely challenged by entrenched bad practices in the public sector. Many of these institutions are putting up their best fight against public sector corruption and inefficiency, but the battle is overwhelming, to say the least.       Any hope for good public sector management?Some hope seems to lie in the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), an outgrowth of the Internal Audit Secretariat (IAS), which was created by the Liberian Government to help improve public sector performance. The IAA has the legal mandate to “Establish and direct internal audit functions within all branches of Government including the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary; and all public entities such as, public corporations, autonomous agencies, autonomous commissions, Government ministries and the Central Bank of Liberia.” The mandate also charges the IAA to “Advise and/or provide assurance that financial and operational activities of Government are in compliance with laws, policies, plans, standards and procedures that are applicable.”In line with this legal responsibility, the IAA has been assuming and reorganizing the internal audit functions of government agencies, and working with them to improve their financial and operational processes. Through risk assessment, assurance, advisory and other audit functions, the IAA works with government agencies to improve performance in priority areas such as payroll and personnel management, bank reconciliations, pre-auditing of disbursements, assets management, accounting and budgetary controls, prior audit recommendations and procurement. These efforts are contributing to better outcomes in the public sector and saving the Government of Liberia huge sums of money and other resources.In 2011, the IAS—the precursor of the IAA–started the deployment of internal auditors in eight government ministries. Today, IAA is working with 35 government ministries and public corporations. IAA auditors are recruited through rigorous testing and interview processes conducted with the help of diverse panelists. The auditors are predominantly college-educated. Many hold advanced degrees, while some have professional certifications such as Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).The Challenges of Change The deployment of internal auditors at Government agencies has received mixed responses. Most agency heads have embraced the assistance of the IAA. They generally consult with the internal auditors as often as needed on financial and operational issues. Some agency heads would hardly authorize certain transactions unless the transactions have been cleared by the internal auditors. Understandably, a few other agencies have been struggling with the new phenomenon of independent internal auditors. The IAA understands and expects these struggles—seeing them as a normal part of the change process. Change can be uncertain, complex and difficult, thereby engendering fears and suspicion. Therefore, the IAA has modified its baseline and continued education training curricula to help its auditors to effectively handle difficult institutional change reactions. Embedded in the new curricula are critical soft skills and other content areas such as conceptual and interpersonal competence, communications diplomacy, organizational culture, group dynamics, complexity of change, resistance to change, fear, stress reduction, conflict resolution and transformational leadership.       GAC and IAA: The DifferenceIt’s often asked why the IAA is needed when the GAC already exists? The GAC is an external auditor. At specified times, it goes in and audits government entities. Important as this exercise might be, sometimes damage (e.g., falsified information, resource abuse, theft or regulatory breach) has already been done.In contrast, the IAA is an internal auditor. It operates as an independent but integral part of the institutions in which its auditors are deployed. It goes into a government agency and assumes the internal audit function. The IAA reviews, studies and follows the financial and operational activities of an agency. It then advises and helps the agency to meet the required regulations, policies and procedures. For example, a GAC review may come at the end of a project, while an IAA review may happen in real time, thereby increasing the opportunity for new decisions and actions to be taken for a project to succeed.ConclusionThe socio-economic development of Liberia depends greatly on the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector. Due to the current state of Liberia’s public sector, a lot of help is needed to contribute to the transformation of Liberia, as well as raise the nation’s living standard to a middle-income level. The adoption of the IAA concept, which is gaining traction in Africa and other developing regions, could not happen at a better time in post-conflict Liberia. The IAA represents the latest tool in the Government’s toolbox to make the public sector more effective, efficient, transparent and accountable. About the AuthorZobong consults with the IAA. He also teaches in the Graduate Program in Education at the University of Liberia. Zobong holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University in the United States.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more