The big retail gamble

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PREMIUMPlan to expand military role in fight against terrorism raises red flag, again

first_imgThe government has proposed a new regulation to allow greater military involvement in curbing terrorism but which lacks clear accountability, much to the concern of analysts who view it as a move that may lead to a repressive approach by the Indonesian Military (TNI).The presidential regulation (Perpres) to specify such a role is mandated by the 2018 Terrorism Law, which already allows the TNI to combat terrorism through military operations other than war — but not in detail.The draft Perpres, a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates the TNI’s three main roles, namely the prevention of terrorism, enforcement measures that allow the use of force and deradicalization efforts. It also grants TNI the authority to conduct intelligence and territorial operations as part of the prevention measures.It outlines several terrorism scenarios that allo… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Topics : Forgot Password ? #Terrorism terrorism counterterrorism #Counterterrorism TNI #TNI military #military Perpres-presidential-regulation #perpres Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

UK promises review of Financial Reporting Council

first_imgThe UK’s business minister has promised an independent inquiry into the functioning of the accounting watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council.Speaking last week to a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of Carillion, Greg Clark said: “There is a strong case for reviewing the operations of the FRC, and that is something that I intend to require.”Clark, the secretary of state for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), also hit back at claims made by FRC chief executive Stephen Haddrill that the watchdog needed government to beef up its powers.Haddrill had told the inquiry at a hearing in late January that the FRC’s “powers in relation to enforcement should be looked at”. He argued that the trigger for misconduct was set too high and added that the FRC’s “ability to review the report and accounts ought to be expanded.”  However, Clark told MPs last week: “In the case of the FRC, I saw the evidence given to [the committee] that it needed a change to its powers in order to be, if I can put it this way, more vigorous. I do not agree with that.” Greg Clark, UK secretary of state, UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyHe went on to say that he expected the FRC to work closely with both the Financial Conduct Authority and the Insolvency Service to hold individuals and firms to account “using the full suite of powers that are available”.A BEIS spokesperson said: “The UK is admired around the world for its corporate governance regime and it’s important to ensure all of our regulators continue to uphold those high standards.“We intend to commission a review of the Financial Reporting Council’s operations and will announce further details in due course.”Clark’s comments came amid mounting public disquiet over both the timeliness and vigour of the FRC’s audit investigations. Critics of the watchdog claim that it is too close to the audit firms that it regulates.The FRC was set up in 1990 and is responsible for overseeing the disciplinary scheme for both the accountancy and actuarial professions. It is also responsible for maintaining the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes.Carillion FDs under investigationMeanwhile, the FRC has announced a probe into the conduct of Carillion’s two former finance directors, Richard Adam and Zafar Khan.The audit watchdog said the inquiry would cover Carillion’s financial reports for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 year-ends, as well as the six months to the end of 30 June 2017 and other financial reports and information between 2014 and 2017.In January the FRC said it would scrutinise KPMG’s audit of Carillion’s accounts, promising to conduct the investigations “as quickly and thoroughly as possible”.last_img read more

Condé Nast Traveler “2020 Reader’s Choice Awards”

first_img Tweet                                                                      Secret BayNow, more than ever, celebrating travel and championing our favorite destinations, hotels and experiences is paramount. Condé Nast Traveler has announced its annual “Reader’s Choice Awards” survey is open for voting. Both Dominica and Secret Bay are in the running as a top island and top hotel, respectively. Together, let’s support them and, by extension, our communities.To vote for Dominica:Visit “Islands”Register to create an account or login with an existing accountSelect “Dominica”Follow the prompts to submit your vote for DominicaTo vote for Secret Bay: Visit “Hotels & Resorts”Register to create an account or login with an existing accountSelect “Dominica” as the location and “Secret Bay” as the hotel or resortFollow the prompts to submit your vote for Secret BayNow’s the time to show our appreciation for the places that consistently lift us up, bring us joy and give us hope when we need it most. We encourage you to share your vote to social media and ask your friends to do the same.About Secret Bay Secret Bay features a limited collection of freestanding, secluded and sustainably-crafted villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities, architectural residential-style villas, and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests with the ultimate six-star hideaway experience. Recently accepted into Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world, Secret Bay is the first and only property in Dominica and just one of seven properties in the Caribbean to join the internationally acclaimed, elite group of independent hotels. Secret Bay recently earned Green Global Certification and has received numerous accolades in its eight years in operation. Share InternationalLifestyleLocalNews Condé Nast Traveler “2020 Reader’s Choice Awards” by: – April 22, 2020 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 114 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Area Girls Softball Sectional Pairings

first_imgThree hundred seventy‐four (374) teams were drawn and placed into brackets for the start of the 32nd Annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament Series which begins in 11 days.Sectional action runs May 23‐28 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, May 31. From there, 32 teams will square off in four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 4, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.WRBI Area Sectional Pairings.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.Game 1:  Monday (5-23)-Jac-Cen-Del vs. Oldenburg Academy.Game 2:  Monday (5-23)-South Decatur vs. Hauser.Game 3:  Tuesday (5-24)-Monday’s Winners.Game 4:  Tuesday (5-24)-Rising Sun vs. Shawe Memorial.Championship:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland County.Game 1:  Monday (5-23)-South Ripley vs. Austin.Game 2:  Monday (5-23)-North Decatur vs. Southwestern (Hanover).Game 3:  Tuesday (5-24)-Monday’s Winners.Game 4:  Tuesday (5-24)-Milan vs. Switzerland County.Championship:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Class 3A Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Game 1:  Monday (5-23)-Madison Consolidated vs. Lawrenceburg.Game 2:  Monday (5-23)-Franklin County vs. South Dearborn.Game 3:  Tuesday (5-24)-Connersville vs. Rushville.Game 4:  Tuesday (5-24)-Greensburg vs. Batesville.Game 5:  Thursday (5-26)-Monday’s Winners.Game 6:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Championship:   Friday (5-27)-Thursday’s Winners.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Shelbyville.Game 1:  Tuesday (5-24)-Shelbyville vs. Bloomington North.Game 2:  Tuesday (5-24)-Columbus East vs. East Central.Game 3:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Game 4:  Thursday (5-26)-Bloomington South vs. Columbus North.Championship:   Friday (5-27)-Thursday’s Winners.2016 Softball State Tourney Drawlast_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi made me a better player, enjoy healthy rivalry: Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgBoth Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won Ballon D’Or five times.Lionel Messi missed the opening game of the La Liga.Messi strained his calf during Barcelona’s friendly. Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo admitted on Wednesday his long-time rivalry with Lionel Messi has made him “a better player” and that he enjoys a “healthy” rivalry with the Argentine great. However, Portuguese star Ronaldo, whose influence at Real Madrid mirrored that of Messi at Barcelona before he left for Juventus, admitted that the pair have never socialised together. “I really admire the career he has had and from his side, he has already talked of the disappointment when I left Spain because it was a rivalry that he appreciated,” Ronaldo told TVI in Portugal. “It’s a good rivalry but it’s not unique — Michael Jordan had rivalries in basketball, there was Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula 1. The thing they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries.”Ronaldo and Messi have won the coveted Ballon d’Or five times each, a factor that helps each player flourish. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice-versa. When I am winning trophies it must sting him and it’s the same for me when he wins,” he said. “I have an excellent professional relationship because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years.” He added: “We’ve never had dinner together but I don’t see why we can’t in the future. I don’t see a problem with that.”Messi gave Barcelona a timely boost by returning to training with the rest of the squad after a calf injury. Messi trained alone in the morning before joining his team-mates in the afternoon, increasing hopes that Barca’s captain could play a role against Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.He strained his calf on August 5 in his first training session back following the Copa America and subsequently missed the club’s pre-season. It would be a surprise if Messi started at Camp Nou, but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be eager to have his star available again, particularly after his team suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in their opening league game last weekend. Messi’s absence has been compounded by injuries to other strikers. Luis Suarez is expected to be out for around a month after hobbling off with a calf problem against Bilbao.Ousmane Dembele injured his hamstring and will need five weeks to recover. Antoine Griezmann, the 120 million summer signing from Atletico Madrid, is the only fully-fit forward, with Rafinha and 21-year-old Carles Perez possible options to play behind him. The shortage up front has intensified speculation that Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar could return to Barcelona before the transfer window closes in Spain on September 2. PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted earlier this month that the club were in “advanced negotiations” to sell Neymar but a deal is yet to be agreed with Barca, who have already spent around 250 million euros this summer.  highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: KHL says it will not name a champion

first_imgHe says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 7, 2020 Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.”Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested. The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later. The Latest: KHL says it will not name a championcenter_img Associated Press Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

The Latest: Big South delays basketball move to neutral site

first_imgThe Latest: Big South delays basketball move to neutral site ___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova.Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.”The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big South Conference has announced it is delaying for one year the neutral-site format for its conference basketball championships due to the coronavirus. Federation president Hidayet Turkoglu says the decision was reached following consultations with all basketball clubs and no team will be declared champion.Turkoglu says “this was the best decision for basketball.”Turkey suspended all league sports in March but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Members of a golf club whose course straddles the border of England and Wales are in a state of limbo after conflicting rules were issued by government officials during the coronavirus pandemic.Llanymynech Golf Club has 15 holes in Wales and three in England. A sign on the fourth hole reads: “Drive in Wales. Putt out in England.”It has left the club’s members with quite the headache.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is loosening restrictions during lockdown to allow people in England to play golf with at most one other person from Wednesday as long as they abide by social distancing measures. However, people in Wales have been told by their devolved government they must stay at home and that golf courses should remain closed.Llanymynech club secretary Sian Whiteoak has told Sky Sports “a number of calls” have been made to authorities and “we await clarification before we make any decisions.” ___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career. Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.”The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.The government says permitting large crowds in sports stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”___ Liverpool led the league by 25 points when it was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are nine games remaining.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says “it is the preference of all of our clubs to play at home if possible.”Masters says clubs discussed what would happen if the season had to be curtailed for the first time.___The Turkish Basketball Federation says it is canceling its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. Llanymynech is also well known for being the home course of former Masters champion Ian Woosnam.___The Belarus soccer federation has postponed two matches because players from two teams are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus.Federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik says the players are from first-division club Minsk and second-division team Arsenal Dzerzhinsk. He did not name the players.Minsk and Neman Grodno were to play on Friday and Arsenal was to face Lokomotiv Gomel on Saturday. Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.___ President and CEO David Andrews says “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.___The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums. Soccer matches have been played in Belarus throughout the pandemic but attendance at recent matches has been thin and spectators have been seated in staggered formation in the stands.___The German soccer federation has set dates for the return of the women’s Bundesliga, men’s third division and new dates for the remaining German Cup matches.Soccer in the country has been suspended since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic but Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week it could return subject to strict measures. The league then announced the men’s Bundesliga and second division would resume on May 16.The women’s Bundesliga has six rounds remaining and is to restart on May 29. The men’s third division has 11 rounds remaining and will resume on May 26 and conclude on June 30. Relegation-promotion playoffs will be scheduled in July. The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.”Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___ The conference plans to return to on-campus sites for both the men’s and women’s basketball championships next March before moving the championship to Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2022.The conference also says men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, softball and baseball will limit championship fields to just the top four teams in 2020-21. The soccer, volleyball, lacrosse and softball championships will be held on campus. Baseball will remain at SEGRA Stadium in Fayetteville, North Carolina.The conference also said its football and basketball media days, as well as most planned conference meetings, will be held virtually.___ May 11, 2020 The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set.Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31. The German Cup final has been rescheduled for July 4. The semifinals will be played on June 9 and 10. The women’s cup final is slated for the same day as the men’s.Federation president Fritz Keller says all the matches will likely be played in empty stadiums “but I am convinced that this is by far the best solution.”___The Premier League says it hopes government authorities will allow all 20 stadiums to be used if the competition resumes next month.The police had asked that games be played in neutral venues but that plan was opposed by many relegation-threatened clubs who believe it harms the sporting integrity of the league. Associated Press Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. 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Mourinho Rues Converting Mikel to a Combative Midfielder *

first_imgSays: Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10Duro Ikhazuagbe in St PetersburgManchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho, insisting yesterday that Nigerian Captain, John Mikel Obi, may have been under-performing at the ongoing World Cup here in Russia because he’s not playing the right role in the Super Eagles. Mourinho who snatched the young Mikel from the grip of rival Manchester United for Chelsea in 2006, converted the former Lyn Oslo, (Norway) playmaker to a defensive midfielder.Now, the decision of the then Chelsea gaffer is hurting him as his former player has failed to adapt well to his traditional attacking midfield role for Nigeria.The United coach who is here as a pundit for Russian TV station, RT, in one of his analysis of matches played so far in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup said while referring to Mikel in Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to Croatia: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”Even while not admitting to have made a mistake, converting Mikel to a defender, Mourinho has sort of agreed with those insisting that the former Plateau United player would have been better suited playing a deeper role behind Nigeria’s forwards.At both Mikel’s outings for Nigeria at the Under-17 World Cup in Finland and Under-20 in Holland in 2003 and 2005 respectively, he played in the playmaking roles and was touted to be the natural successor to Austin Jay Jay Okocha. The two Nigerian coaches Mikel played for, Augustine Eguavoen and Samson Siasia had previously joined those insisting that Mikel was being played out of position at Chelsea.Mikel was so good at his playmaking role at the Under-20 World Cup that he finished the tournament as second best player next only to then fresh-faced Barcelona teenager, Lionel Messi who won the Best Player gong.But 13 years down the line, while Messi has gone on to win the World Best Player title five times, Mikel, at 31 years, has been struggling to find his true role in the field.Having played over a decade at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, the Mikel, born John Michael Nnchekube Obinna, has taken his game to China’s Super League for perhaps, a round up of his football career with Tianjin Teda.Russia 2018 which may turn out his last World Cup, has started badly for Nigeria with him leading the Eagles to their first defeat to Croatia.Without any defining moment to cap what is supposed to be an illustrious career for this talented footballer badly stunted by Mourinho’s decision to convert him to a defensive midfielder, Mikel may just move on like several others lacking half of his quality.If Mikel had succeeded in club career like Messi has done without any accolade at the Mundial, perhaps, Nigerians may not have been pained by Mourinho’s decision. The Portuguese gaffer may have achieved his aim at Chelsea with Mikel, it was however a de-service to Nigeria.Ikpeba Leads Bet9ja Customers to RussiaFor their loyalty and commitment to the Bet9ja brand, nine lucky customers are full paid trip to watch Super Eagles matches at the on going Russia 2018 World cup .The customers picked randomly across the country will be led on the trip by Bet9ja Ambassador and former Super Eagles striker Victor Ikpeba.According to the Brands and Communications Manager of KC Gaming Networks, Tunji Mesh, “these lucky customers were chosen through a transparent raffle draw as a way of reward for their passion for football. This is in line with our responsibility of giving back to our loyal customers.The lucky winners will enjoy an all expenses paid trip to Russia to watch the Super Eagles last game against Argentina.They will depart Nigeria by weekend and will enjoy the best hospitality during the trip.German Coach, Low Goes Spiritual after Loss to MexicoGermany manager, Joachim Löw, is still rueing over his team’s opening match loss to Mexico. He said it felt as though his Germany side were “jinxed” as the defending champions at Russia 2018 were rocked 1-0 by Mexico in Group F at Luzhniki Stadium.The match was the first time Germany lost to a team from CONCACAF in the World Cup.“It’s a situation we’re not used to at all,” Low admitted “This is a situation we have to accept of course, there can be obstacles to overcome. And in the next match we have to be much better.”Löw, who has managed the German side in the past 12 years, admitted it seemed his team, winners in 2014 in Brazil, were “jinxed” as nothing seemed to go their way against a well-supported Mexican team intent on counter-attacking.He believes ‘El Tri’ prevented Germany from imposing their usual way of playing, and that meant their World Cup hinged on their remaining World Cup games versus Sweden and South Korea.“As far as psychological situation, of course everyone is very unhappy and crestfallen but we have to put this behind us, our team next match will be decisive for us, we have to win it,” Löw said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans fall to Bruins in national championship

first_imgDown a goal in the NCAA title match with the clock winding down, the six-time defending national champion Trojans had the ball right where they wanted it: in senior driver Kostas Genidounias’ hands.But USC’s all-time most prolific scorer couldn’t save the day this time, as his potential game-tying shot against the No. 1 UCLA Bruins sailed over the crossbar, and the Trojans fell by a 9-8 score.“Originally the play was for me to go pick another player so I could get an easier defender on me,” Genidounias said after the game. “[UCLA’s] Cristiano Mirarchi has been doing a great job all season long and this game guarding me. The pick didn’t work. I was trying to work for a foul but it didn’t happen. … Last night it went. This night, today, it didn’t go. That’s what happens in sports.”Genidounias was referring to his sudden-death overtime game-winner against Stanford one day prior, which earned the Trojans a 12-11 victory and a slot in the title match. His goal sent the Trojans into their fifth matchup against UCLA this season. Of the first four, UCLA won three and USC one once, so the players knew they had their work cut out for them.Indeed, the Trojans never led in the championship match, going down 2-0 early and 3-1 after that. The young USC team was on its heels most of the match, but had come from behind against Stanford as well, so the players never gave up.Down 4-2 at halftime, the Trojans burst out of the gates in the third quarter with a quick goal by freshman driver Matteo Morelli. In similar fashion, Genidounias scored in the first seconds of the fourth period to bring the score to 7-5.USC head coach Jovan Vavic sang the praises of his players for showing such resilience.“I’m very proud of my boys,” Vavic said. “I think they are warriors, they are fighters. They gave it all they got.”The Trojans showed their fight all the way until the end of the game. Though not accustomed to being underdogs, the team reveled in the chance to mount a comeback. In the fourth period, Genidounias and senior driver Marc Vonderweidt led the charge and tied things up at 7-7. UCLA quickly scored again, but Vonderweidt put another goal on the goal to even it at 8-8 with just under three minutes left in the game.Though Vavic said in his post-game press conference that he thought USC would win after the last equalizer, Vonderweidt said he had to keep his emotions in check after he scored.“You try to take every play one step at a time,” he said. “You don’t want to get too ahead of yourself. Obviously, after a goal like that, momentum’s kind of in your favor, so you try to roll with it and take it as far as you can, but you take it one step at a time.”Momentum might have been in USC’s favor, but everything can change in an instant, as the game did when UCLA’s Danny McClintick rifled in a shot from close with just 34 seconds remaining in the match.The Trojans had trouble containing McClintick all day, as he finished with four goals — the only Bruin with more than one.With no timeouts left, the Trojans made their final drive, but couldn’t come up with another equalizer, allowing the Bruins to walk away with their first men’s water polo championship since 2004.Genidounias and Vonderweidt scored two goals apiece in their last game as Trojans. Morelli also added a goal, as did freshmen utility men James Walters and Mihajlo Milicevic, and sophomore driver Nick Bell.The Trojans finished the season with a 24-7 record and a 6-2 mark in conference play, while UCLA went undefeated in MPSF play and capped off a 29-3 season.USC’s Genidounias finished the year with 82 goals and ended his USC career with 261 goals, surpassing Vavic’s son, Nikola Vavic, as the Trojans’ all-time leading scorer.“We’ve never had a player like Kostas,” Coach Vavic said. “He’s the most unique player I’ve ever had and he’s the best player this program ever had. He carried us this season and has been the boy with character, toughness, [and he’s] unselfish. Everything you can ask of a player. I’m gonna miss him — we’re gonna miss him.”In addition to Genidounias and Vonderweidt, it was the last game at USC for senior driver Rex Butler and senior two-meter Max Hurst-Mendoza. The Trojans will only lose these four players to graduation, and will be stacked with talent in the years to come.Freshman goalie McQuin Baron racked up six big saves in the game, and will likely be one of the strongholds for a Trojan team with a very bright future.last_img read more