Tropical Storm Fay path heading toward NYC, NJ, CT coast

By on May 18, 2021

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A tropical storm warning for the entire New Jersey coast, New York City, Long Island and all of the Connecticut coastline has been issued as Tropical Storm Fay’s path moves north Friday.Fay has winds of 50 mph Friday morning and is moving north at 10 mph, according to the 5 a.m. National Hurricane Center advisory.On the radar and satellite composite map, Fay looks better organized Friday than it did Thursday.Tropical Storm Fay’s forecasted path shows it making landfall somewhere along the New Jersey coast in the next 12 hours.As the center of Fay makes landfall Friday, it will move right over or near New York City late Friday evening and then head north up the Hudson Valley and into Vermont on Saturday.Fay will bring heavy rain into the Philadelphia area later Friday morning and into New York City by the afternoon.The biggest threat with Fay will not be damaging winds, but will be flash flooding. Some areas could see 3 to 5 inches of rain by Friday night. In some areas, 7 inches of rain is possible.Winds will be gusty along the coast, 40 to 50 mph, but no major wind damage is expected from this weak tropical storm.There are flash flood watches from Maryland to Massachusetts. Also, tornadoes cannot be ruled out in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast Friday and Saturday with this tropical system.Tropical Storm Fay is already the sixth named storm of 2020 Hurricane Season, which is the earliest at this point in the year ever. In 2005, the busiest hurricane season on record, the sixth named storm was recorded on July 22.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Peace activist speaks at College

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgEven as the country annually celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s namesake with a holiday, Americans are betraying the vision of King envisioned, Kroc Institute scholar and peace activist Rashied Omar said in a lecture at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. King took a firm stand against racism, materialism and militarism, Omar said. “[He was] an American prophet. He was a patriot even if others could not see it,” Omar said. “He thought that if the U.S. changed itself, it had a tremendous potential to spread good.” Omar said many of King’s hopes for the world have not been realized in the decades following his death. “If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would want us to be on the right side of the world wide revolution of values,” he said. “It is time to stop thinking about who killed Martin, but who is killing Martin’s dream.” Omar said society often places value in largely inconsequential matters, which is the opposite of what King preached. “We are a ‘thing-oriented’ society, but we need to become a ‘person-oriented’ society,” Omar said. Rashied also said King’s dream of peace is ignored by the American government. “[King wanted] war money to put food in the wrinkled stomachs of God’s children,” he said. “[America] spends more on military than the next 12 countries combined. This is spiritual death.” Each year, the sitting president commemorates King, lays a wreath on his grave, and goes right back to war the next day, Omar said. “There is a street in every town named after him, but people’s actions today betray Martin’s vision, kill the dream,” he said. King recognized America needed a revival of spirit, Omar said. “He wanted to redeem the soul of America and have the country act as a responsible member of the world community,” he said. Omar said King would recognize many societal norms worthy of challenging. “Today we see legalized prejudices against many minorities, the Hispanic community and gays and lesbians,” he said. Omar noted modern prophets exist today, such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who help recognize points in society worthy of change. “[They are] the moral conscious of society, not only electing leaders but holding them accountable,” he said. “They challenged the injustice of the status quo.” When Barrack Obama ran for president, he campaigned on a platform containing aspects of a modern prophet, Omar said. “[He highlighted] the move towards change, we needed hope,” he said. “When he came to power however, the movement retired.”last_img read more

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No. 1 USC looks to remain undefeated

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgOff to its best start since 1995, the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team looks to continue its dominance on the road at UC Santa Barbara.The Trojans are led by senior opposite and co-captain Murphy Troy, who was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week on Monday.Tough environment · Junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli and USC will be forced to contend with a raucous crowd Wednesday night. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan This is the fourth time Troy has won the award, and he is the eighth Trojan men’s volleyball player to win it.Troy leads the team in kills per set (4.31), points per set (4.96) and is tied for the team lead in digs per set (2.00).“It’s a great honor, especially with so many great players around,” Troy said. “I was really surprised to get it. They could have given it to three or four other players from our team, which really speaks to how well we’re playing right now.”USC (4-0, 4-0) has managed to win with relative ease during the first two games of their five-game road swing, though the team is still looking to improve passing the ball in order to give their hitters more opportunities to attack.Against UC Irvine on Friday, the Trojans exhibited their ability to side out, closing the match with a 94 percent success rate.“A trend that we’ve been showing is that we’ve been starting to side out at the end of matches at a very steady pace,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “If we continue to close out, good things are going to happen for us.”Defensively, the Trojans are leading the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in digs by a large margin, averaging 10.5 digs per set and outdigging their opponents by an average of three digs per set.The next highest in the league is 8.8 digs per set.“We’re converting digs into kills at a .250 quote. We’re doing a good job,” Ferguson said. “The amount of digs that we turn into kills demoralizes the opposing team because it makes them work so hard.”Statistically, USC’s blocking appears to be less-than-solid, but it is still effective.“I would like more blocking, but we’re still making other teams hit very low percentages,” Ferguson said. “It’s like a defensive line pressuring a quarterback — even if they don’t get a ton of sacks, altering their attack is still very effective.”UCSB is led by opposite hitter Cullen Irons and outside hitter Jeff Menzel, who lead the Gauchos in kills with 86 and 84 respectively.“Irons is a big opposite hitter for them with a big block,” Ferguson said. “He’s going to be blocking against all of our outside hitters, which should be interesting.”The last Trojans’ trip to Santa Barbara, Calif. ended with a tight five-set victory.This time around, Ferguson has stressed an improved passing attack as the most important factor for the upcoming match.“We’re passing well enough, but we need to pass better,” Ferguson said. “[Senior middle blocker]Austin Zahn only had seven attempts and [junior middle blocker]Steven Shandrick only had eight. It would be ideal to have them in double digit attempts. They’re two of the best in the country.”The Gauchos, although unranked, present the Trojans a unique and valuable opportunity to test their mettle in a hostile environment.“They’re a very physical team just like us, with a lot of juniors and seniors,” Troy said. “It’s one of our biggest matches of the year. It’ll be a really good test for us, and we’re preparing for a competitive match in one of the toughest places to play.”First serve is at UC Santa Barbara’s Robertson Gymnasium at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Q&A with State Press football beat writer

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first_imgDaily Trojan: How are the Sun Devils compensating for the loss of quarterback Taylor Kelly? What can we expect from backup Mike Bercovici?State Press: Well, if everything goes as planned, Bercovici won’t throw the ball 68 times again. Although he didn’t lose the game for ASU, the Sun Devils aren’t going to consistently win when their backup quarterback throws more than twice as many passes as D.J. Foster has yards.Foster, ASU’s star running back, ran only nine times for 30 yards against UCLA. ASU has to get its running game going if it’s going to keep up with USC.DT: What areas of weakness did UCLA expose in its 62-27 victory over ASU last week?SP: Defense. Tackling. Special teams. All areas where we knew there are potential holes, and almost every hole was exposed against UCLA, like only a 35-point loss can do. UCLA was the first real test for ASU’s inexperienced defense, and it showed. Todd Graham blamed it on his players getting too hyped, but the Colorado game hinted potential problems, and they were proven right when the Sun Devils faced a real opponent. DT: Who will be ASU’s impact player this Saturday?SP: If it’s not D.J. Foster, ASU probably doesn’t win the game. ASU probably doesn’t win the game, period.But if Foster for a second straight game isn’t able to get going, ASU won’t be able to put up the points to match USC. The first three games, Foster didn’t have less than 147 rushing yards, to go along with a handful of receptions.Uncoincidentally, ASU won all three games. He’s the best playmaker ASU has, and possibly the best in the Pac-12. I expected him to step up last week, and he didn’t. But he gets another chance this week. DT: The last time anyone scored 62 points at Sun Devil Stadium was last year, when ASU defeated USC, 62-41. How has ASU’s team changed then?SP: It’s changed a lot, quite frankly. There aren’t any difference makers on the defense anymore, and it’s no longer a point of strength. The offense, however, is still totally capable of hanging 62 on the board, at least when Taylor Kelly is at quarterback. Obviously, Bercovici starting is a pretty big change, too. He’s turnover prone, unlike Kelly, but has a similar skill set otherwise. He’ll have to limit his turnovers in order to make up for the defense’s shortcomings.DT: Each year, ASU seems to have one outstanding defense player — in 2013 it was Will Sutton and in 2012, Vontaze Burfict. Who is leading the Sun Devil defense this year?SP: There isn’t really a standout player on the defense. If I had to pick a leader, it would be Damarious Randall, ASU’s redshirt senior field safety. Randall is the most experienced player on a young defense and is a player Graham was counting on to be a leader going into the season.Generally, he’s met expectations. He’s third in the Pac-12 with 38 tackles and forced a fumble. Graham was asked on Tuesday to evaluate his play thus far, and he said he was pleased but still expects more from Randall. A lot will be on the line for the 16th-ranked Trojan football team this Saturday, when USC hosts Arizona State in its first Pac-12 South matchup.Local product Mike Bercovici will get the nod for the Sun Devils at quarterback, as their normal starter, Taylor Kelly, is out for the second straight week with a foot injury.Last week, Bercovici set ASU football records by attempting 68 passes and completing 42.Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen sat down with Arizona State’s State Press football reporter, Evan Webeck,  to give Trojan fans a better picture of what to expect from this Sun Devil squad on Saturday afternoon. DT: Prediction?SP: USC 38, ASU 27.last_img read more

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Sharapova edges Halep for 2nd French Open title

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgRussia’s Maria Sharapova screams after scoring a point during final of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania’s Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)PARIS (AP) — Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final.Serves hit by her surgically repaired shoulder often missed the mark, resulting in 12 double-faults. Shots that would be winners against most opponents were retrieved by Simona Halep and sent right back. Leads that usually hold up vanished in a blink. On a muggy afternoon, with the temperature in the high 70s (20s Celsius), points were lung-searing struggles.Sharapova was up to the task. In an entertaining and undulating championship match — the first women’s final at Roland Garros in 13 years to go three sets — Sharapova showed that she’s as tough as they come, particularly on the red clay that used to flummox her. She edged Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 Saturday to win a second French Open title in three years.“This is the toughest Grand Slam final I’ve ever played,” Sharapova said.It is her fifth major trophy in all. Remarkably, Sharapova owns twice as many from Paris as the one each she won at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006, and the Australian Open in 2008.“I never thought seven, eight years ago, that I would win more Roland Garroses when I was 27 years old than any other Grand Slam,” Sharapova said after the 3-hour, 2-minute tangle that featured terrific defense and shotmaking by both women.“It’s a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win,” Sharapova added. “To think that I’ve won it two times is, I don’t know — so emotional right now, I can’t even talk.”Not bad for someone who once famously described herself as feeling like a “cow on ice” when it came to playing on clay, a slow, demanding surface that requires excellent footwork. Now she knows how to move on clay, and can stretch points when needed. Since the start of 2012, Sharapova is 54-4 with seven titles on clay. She’s also won 20 consecutive clay three-setters, including four in a row this week.Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)“I will not forget this match,” said Halep, who wiped away tears afterward.Sharapova broke into a huge smile while hoisting the trophy overhead, then shaking it with both hands and scanning a stadium that, improbably, has become hers. This was her third final in a row in Paris: She won the 2012 title to complete a career Grand Slam, then lost to Serena Williams in 2013.Sharapova is 20-1 the last three years at Roland Garros — which is nothing compared to Rafael Nadal’s 65-1 career French Open mark heading into Sunday’s final Sunday against Novak Djokovic, but certainly quite impressive.Plus, Sharapova had an operation on her right shoulder, the one she uses to swing her racket, in October 2008. That joint troubled her again in 2013, when she played one match from July to December.She now travels with a physiotherapist, Jerome Bianchi, and told him during the post-match ceremony, “Thank you for keeping me healthy.”This was the ninth Grand Slam final for the No. 7-seeded Sharapova, and the first for Halep, a 22-year-old Romanian seeded fourth. Supported by a dozen folks in her guest box wearing red T-shirts saying “Allez Simona,” and fans that chanted her first name, Halep acquitted herself well, showing off the scrambling baseline style that carried her to six straight-set wins until Saturday.Each time it appeared Sharapova was ready to pull away, she was forced to do extra work.At 4-3 in the second set, Sharapova held two break points, but Halep saved both with gutsy groundstrokes. In the tiebreaker, Sharapova got within two points of victory at 5-3, but Halep took the next four to claim the set.That’s when Sharapova left for the locker room, taking an 8-minute break during which she changed out of her sweat-soaked outfit — and let Halep stew for a bit. Sharapova went ahead 4-2, but Halep broke back to 4-all.It turned out that was her last stand, though. Sharapova wouldn’t lose another point, gritting her teeth and shaking her fists after breaking at love for 5-4 with a backhand winner, then holding at love by forcing a backhand error from Halep on match point.When it ended, Sharapova dropped to her knees, caking her shins with clay, and folded her body forward, burying her face in her hands.“I had good tactics today. I opened the angles. Also, I was hitting the ball strong,” Halep said.But Sharapova, Halep continued, “hit the balls very strong” and “was moving really well.”Cow on ice?More like Queen of Clay.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgNOTES: Owner/breeder J. Paul Reddam is from Orange, CA. TRAINER QUOTES DOUG O’NEILL, FOUND MONEY, WINNER, AND MRAZEK, SECOND: “Going into the race we thought Found Money might be pushing the pace and Mrazek would be sitting in the garden spot and maybe make a move, but lo and behold, here we are one-two down the backside. That’s the old, ‘You got to call an audible’ there. But both horses ran great. We’re proud of (sire) Square Eddie and Team Reddam.“We’ve got all kinds of options for future races. I think it’s exciting. I think they’ll stretch out, I think they’ll turf. The sky’s the limit . . . We just have to keep them sound and there are a lot of fun things ahead.” JOCKEY QUOTESCOREY NAKATANI, FOUND MONEY, WINNER: “It’s always a great opportunity to ride for Doug and Paul; we go back a ways. What a tremendous horse.“We felt my horse, Found Money, was quicker than his stablemate Mrazek and we got away great and there wasn’t too much heat on the inside so he was able to be comfortable. It’s a tribute to Doug and his team because this horse is like an old pro; he made my job pretty easy.”center_img PAUL REDDAM, FOUND MONEY, WINNER: “This absolutely makes me feel proud. This is a little crazy. I’m telling you, Ed Freeman did a great job preparing these two year olds and that’s a big part of it. Plus, we did believe in the stallion, Square Eddie. His first crop was really good, then there were a bunch of things going on behind the scenes and they didn’t have as many foals the next year, but he’s on fire right now and there are more coming that we’re excited about.“We have 35 mares and all are here in California. Most were bred to ‘Eddie’ but a couple were bred to another one of our stallions.” -30-last_img read more

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You’ve got to be prepared for anything at the World Cup: Ross Taylor

By on November 16, 2019

first_imgNew Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor on Tuesday said that the team needs to be prepared for all type of conditions in the upcoming World Cup and the team should possess the skills to adapt accordingly.The player also cited the Champions Trophy 2017, saying that there were not many big scores in that tournament, adding that it is the mindset that actually matters in the big tournaments.”You don’t have to go too far back to the Champions Trophy in 2017, when a lot of people talked about big scores and there weren’t a lot at that tournament. You’ve just got to be flexible, there will be times when the bowlers dominate and the batters will dominate as well. You’ve got to be prepared for anything and adapt accordingly,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Taylor as saying.The 35-year-old highlighted the importance of warm-up matches before the World Cup and he even praised the format of this year’s World Cup, saying it will be more exciting playing the tournament in this format.”The game against India on the 25th (warm-up match) would be a great preparation. They are one of the stronger sides and are favourites going into the tournament. It will be good for us to go out there and have a good hit out as a team,” Taylor said.”The format, with everyone playing everybody, similar to the 1992 World Cup, is pretty exciting and a pretty fair reflection, I think. If you see at World Cups going around in all major sports, it’s more of a Pool-type scenario,” he added.advertisementNew Zealand’s 15-man squad for upcoming World Cup: Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls,Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.New Zealand will play warm-up games against India and West Indies on May 25 and 28 respectively, before beginning theirWorld Cup campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1.Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | David Miller hopes to leave a poor IPL behind in pursuit of elusive World CupAlso Seelast_img read more

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