first_imgThe road has not been friendly for the Trojans this season, as they dropped their sixth consecutive away game Sunday night in an 87-65 loss to Cal at Haas Pavilion.USC (19-10, 8-8) wraps up its road conference schedule with a 2-7 record and has dropped five of its last six games. Meanwhile, the Bears (21-9, 11-5) finish the season a perfect 18-0 at home.“We can’t afford to play like that anymore,” junior guard Julian Jacobs said of the road struggles. “It’s ridiculous. It’s the same thing every single time. It’s very frustrating. It’s the same game. It’s basketball – same hoop, same ball. Whatever it is, we’re mental midgets on the road.”Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic was the lone bright spot for the Trojans. Jovanovic had 21 points and nine rebounds, but only he and Jacobs – who finished with 11 points – scored in double figures.The Trojans started off with great energy on defense and on the boards as Jovanovic was highly efficient inside, going 7-of-8 from the field in the first half for 14 points. With USC down four, freshman center Chimezie Metu recorded two blocks that each led to layups on the other end. A putback by Jovanovic followed to give the Trojans a 14-11 lead at the 13:52 mark of the first half and the game was tied at 26-26 midway through the first half.“We played hard in the beginning of the game,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It was 26-all. We were defending, rebounding, pushing the ball. We got good looks at the basket.”But the Trojans went cold the remainder of the half, going on a scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes as the Bears went on a 14-0 run to take a 40-26 lead. To wrap up the half, Cal freshman forward Jaylen Brown went coast-to-coast in 3.8 seconds and finished at the rim, a fitting end to a frustrating first 20 minutes of play.“All of a sudden, they kept making shots and we stopped,” Enfield said. “That was the difference in the game. You can’t get down double-digits at Cal and expect to win.”USC trailed 44-30 at halftime and like the loss against Stanford on Thursday night, never threatened in the second half as the Bears built a 20-plus point advantage. Cal wound up shooting 48 percent as Brown and fellow freshman Ivan Rabb led the way with 18 points each.The Bears made 10 3-pointers while the Trojans struggled despite getting quality shots, which, for whatever reason, led to issues on the defensive end of the floor.“We pretty much got whatever we wanted,” Jacobs said. “We just didn’t finish. A lot of shots went in and out. Whenever we don’t make shots, it translates to poor defense. That was the name of the game. We just couldn’t guard.”Coming into the night, USC had allowed its past four opponents to shoot at a combined 49.3 percent clip.The Trojans drop to .500 in conference play and are tied with Oregon State and Stanford for sixth in the Pac-12 conference. They wrap up their season with a pair of home games this week against Oregon State and Oregon.“It’s not looking too good for us,” Jacobs said. “We definitely need to regroup, and we really need these two games at home.”last_img read more

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was the lowest point of a whirlwind summer for Thomas, which was compounded by his ongoing recovery from the hip injury that cut short his postseason run with Boston last season.The injury sidelined him for Cleveland’s season opener against his former team back in October. He missed the Cavs’ first 36 games before returning to action against Portland on Tuesday night, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor now, his minutes are restricted, and he isn’t playing on back-to-back nights. So he returned to action Tuesday knowing that he’d sit against the Celtics.“I was out seven months. There’s no way I was gonna come back against Boston and play 17 minutes,” Thomas said. “It’s too big of an opportunity to just a play against my former teammates, my former coaches, the city that gave me my biggest opportunity.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina He looked at the camera, pounded his heart three times and waved.Late in Boston’s 102-88 win, Celtics fans began chanting, “We want I.T.!” Afterward, he shared hugs with several players, including Irving.There will be another opportunity for the Celtics honor him, when Boston hosts the Cavs on Feb. 11. But that’s also the night Paul Pierce will have his jersey retired. Thomas said it’s up to the Celtics whether they want to do something that night for him.“That’s Pierce’s night. The video tribute ain’t the whole night. I just wanted my family to be here to see it,” Thomas said. “That’s what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play. I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation of this city and this organization are gonna give me on that night.“I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He played 15 years here. There’s nothing I can take from here. If they choose to do it that night, that would be great. I would be honored.”He said he’s even buried the hatchet with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated quoted Thomas wondering whether he’d ever speak to Ainge again after the trade.But Thomas said Ainge reached out to him on Tuesday night.“There’s no hard feelings. Only hard feeling is Danny didn’t send me no Christmas card this year,” Thomas said. “He sent me one the last two years. He could have found my address somehow. Have I forgiven Danny? He texted me last night. So, yeah, we’re good.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thomas said he felt like he was home when he walked into the arena where he became a two-time All-Star, so much so that he almost went to the Celtics’ locker room.“I love this city. I love this organization. They gave me an opportunity to be who I always wanted to be,” Thomas said. “I can’t thank them enough. So there’s no hard feelings for anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. I’m glad I’m back. Like I always said, it’s genuine love. And that’s for the rest of my life.”That respect is mutual, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.“First and foremost, I will always value him as a friend and as a person,” Stevens said. “Lost amongst all the talk of where people play and everything else is the fact that you did get to compete together. I always appreciated that about him.”Though Thomas asked that there not be any kind of tribute video for him on this trip to the Garden, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas smiles as he is surrounded by reporters at Boston Garden prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Thomas was traded at the end of last season by the Celtics in exchange for Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn’t holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left.Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August as part of the blockbuster trade that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVertegaal, who has been working on the technology since 1994, says advertisers can now accurately measure how much attention something receives, whether on a plasma panel, a billboard, or as the result of its placement on a supermarket shelf. Whether a viewer actually makes a purchase is another matter. Vertegaal said the eyebox2 is being used by advertisers in Britain, but not in the United States yet. He recently spoke at Google Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google said in a statement that it often invites interesting people, but such talks shouldn’t infer any specific product direction Google is taking. Pawnshop game TORONTO – A Canadian professor has developed technology that allows advertisers to count the number of people who look at their billboards and screens. Roel Vertegaal’s Xuuk eyebox2 is a $999 portable device with a camera that monitors eye movements and automatically detects when you are looking at it from up to about 35 feet away. Until now, Vertegaal says, such eye-trackers have been ineffective beyond 2 feet, required people to remain stationary and cost more than $25,000. “It can track interest for your advertisers so you can actually have a business model where you sell the ad by the eyeball,” said Vertegaal, a professor at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. The eyebox2 comes as ads increasingly appear on plasma display panels in shopping malls, restaurants and other public places. Although Internet ads can be measured by the number of hits on a Web site, it is much harder to assess the ads on plasma screens. NEW YORK – Online games give players roles like warriors, space explorers and wizards. Now, there’s an exciting new profession: pawnbroker. “Entropia Universe,” a science-fiction game whose currency is convertible to real-world U.S. dollars at a fixed 10-1 ratio, said this past week that five pawnshops will make real loans to people who turn in virtual items like laser rifles and bionic implant chips. The pawnshop licenses sold for a total of $404,000, according to the Swedish company behind the game, MindArk PE AB, and the holders may be able to extend their services to function like banks. “It’s just like the construction business in the real world – none of that would happen without banks,” said Jon “Neverdie” Jacobs, who with a business partner paid $90,000 for a license to create a “Gamer’s Bank.” Jacobs, who already runs a hunting and entertainment resort that pulls in as much as $20,000 a month in revenue, said players have a lot of money tied up in hunting and mining equipment, and the pawnshops will free up that capital. Another license winner was Anshe Chung, the online persona of Ailin Graef, a Chinese-born woman who created a minor fortune trading real estate in “Second Life,” another virtual world. The other winners were a German Internet bank, a Russian payment processor and an unnamed private investor. Last year, a player set up a bank in another science fiction game, EVE Online, but that one was unsupported and unregulated by the game’s operator, CCP hf of Iceland. The player tried to abscond with the deposits, but CCP froze his account before he could sell them for “real” money, CCP spokesman Magnus Bergsson said. Unlike Entropia, EVE does not allow conversion of the in-game currency to cash. The deposits would have been worth between $140,000 and $170,000 on the black market, Bergsson said. Downloadable poetry PHILADELPHIA – When you’re done loading your iPod with Better than Ezra and Carlos Santana, why not try a little Ezra Pound or William Carlos Williams? Recordings of the poets’ works are available for free through PennSound, an online audio archive developed by professors at the University of Pennsylvania. PennSound features about 200 writers and more than 10,000 recordings contributed by poets, fans and scholars worldwide. The 2-year-old site recently acquired rare readings by Pound, some previously unknown. Hearing any poet “makes the poems easier to move into, in some cases,” said Tree Swenson, director of the Academy of American Poets in New York. “Our ears are less logical than our eyes, somehow.” Pound in particular, she said, “is a perfect example of a poet whose tone and phrasing is so distinctive.” Many Web sites, including that of the academy, stream poetry readings, meaning an active Internet connection is required. With PennSound, files are downloadable in MP3 format and can be played offline and on portable devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPods, said Charles Bernstein, an English professor and the site’s co-director. Gregory Djanikian, who has five collections of published poetry, said PennSound allows people to “put the voice to the poem” and lets him reach a broader audience. “It’s really quite global,” said Djanikian, who directs the creative writing program at Penn but is not affiliated with PennSound. Emily Warn, editor of Chicago-based poetryfoundation.org, called PennSound a “fabulous resource” that can help expand the audience for poetry. “People are afraid of poetry. They don’t know where to begin,” Warn said. “They value it in general, they think it sharpens the intellect … but they know very little about it.” On the Net: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The City Council tonight will consider setting aside more than $775,000 to build a lot in the parking-starved Magnolia Park area. Officials are talking with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power about leasing some of its property for more parking on the south side of Magnolia Boulevard at Kenwood Street. It’s part of the city’s plan to improve parking in the Magnolia Park area, which is undergoing a revitalization. “Parking has been cited as the No. 1 concern of property owners,” wrote Jack Lynch, the city’s senior project manager, in his staff report to the council. “It has also been an impediment to attracting restaurants to the area.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant As part of the proposal, officials are also considering an agreement with Burbank Community Church for 40 more spaces that would be available to residents Monday through Saturday. In return, the city would reconstruct the church’s parking lot. “There’s not enough parking in Magnolia Park,” said Sam Asheghian, president of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association. “Anything will help. We need it and they will approve it.” In September 2004, the City Council approved a plan for the Magnolia Park area that calls for parking improvements, marketing and promotions, events and street maintenance around Magnolia Boulevard, Hollywood Way, Chandler Boulevard, Clark Avenue and Buena Vista Street. Officials hope the project will generate nearly $1.3 million over five years. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] IF YOU GO: The Burbank City Council meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 275 E. Olive Ave. last_img read more