Launchfest brings new music to ’SC

first_imgThree different bands performed at noon at Tommy Trojan from Tuesday through Thursday as part of a concert series dubbed Launchfest. The event culminates in a larger mystery concert  Friday.All artists performed Christian music, as the shows were put together by the United House of Prayer, an underground Christian student organization on campus known for its worship gatherings.Dignit · The F M L Y B N D performed their version of worship music in front of Tommy Trojan on Thursday as part of the Launchfest concert series, which aims to bring Christian music to colleges. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanOrganizers said the purpose of Launchfest is to bring Christianity — and more generally, a love of God — to others through music.Jackie Son, a junior majoring in communication and a member of UHOP, led the event. She explained that several different student organizations came together to launch the event.“We just had the idea that music brings people together because music is such a huge part of everybody’s life,” Son said. “We just want to impact the USC community in a good, powerful way with music.”The team of six young adults, who are unaffiliated with USC, aims to bring different Christian artists to various campuses, with UCLA next on the list.Nick Brennt, a member of the Launchfest team, explained the religious background of the event is a crucial facet.“The biggest thing we’re trying to communicate with the music festival … is that when kids would think of God, whether they believe in God or not, is that ‘God loves me, He’s not angry … He’s actually full of love and enjoys having fun and wants everyone to be happy,” Brennt said.The bands who played at Launchfest were mostly found through friends of friends, according to organizers. The bands’ names were not released until the time of the performance in order to build anticipation.Though the featured bands had similar missions, they all had different sounds: Tuesday’s Charles Jones showed off his soulful, gospel voice, Wednesday’s J. Thoven provided a more laid back, indie-folk vibe and Thursday’s The F M L Y B N D introduced a newer, more electronic sound.“We’re all Christian dudes playing to non-Christian people, and trying to win them to Christ just through being human … and I think [college students] are the market that we have to be reaching out to,” said Jake Pappas, a band member of J. Thoven.Though the Christian mission behind the event was not heavily publicized, the shows garnered wide support on campus. The feedback was mostly positive. More than 1,000 people RSVPed on the Facebook event and the crowd size at Tommy Trojan reached 400 people in midday heat for the individual artists.“This definitely breaks down the barrier of what people think of when they think about Christian music; you [usually] think of something kind of cheesy, but this is very relevant,” said Megan Mullis, a senior majoring in business administration. Launchfest’s last and largest concert will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. on McCarthy Quad and will feature a performance from a mystery guest. Short clips of previous performances can be found on YouTube.UHOP intends to set more frequent, smaller showcases similar to Launchfest to continue spreading its message.last_img read more


Trojans return to limited contact as Lee practices

first_imgThe injury-riddled USC football team took to the field for a limited-contact spring practice on Tuesday. The decision to practice without kneepads felt like a precautionary measure after last week, when the Trojans lost freshman safety Su’a Cravens for the summer and junior wide receiver George Farmer for the season.In the swing of things · In a return to the practice field, junior wide receiver Marqise Lee (above) played well against a banged-up secondary, which is missing freshman Su’a Cravens and senior cornerback Torin Harris. — Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanStill, head coach Lane Kiffin insisted that despite limited contact, the emphasis of Tuesday’s practice remained on maintaining physicality.“We really wanted to just stay up, and a lot of times when you [practice without kneepads] everyone has to stay up, but still, it was a physical practice,” Kiffin said.Tuesday also marked the first time since the beginning of spring practices that junior wide receiver Marqise Lee participated in full. After being sidelined and limited for almost four weeks with a knee injury, Lee virtually had his way with the depleted Trojan secondary. Lee routinely got open and made difficult catches, including a beautiful leaping grab down the right sideline during coverage drills.And Tuesday was also a strong outing for the offensive line, despite some early struggles.The first two snaps of a goal-line stand resulted in losses in the backfield for freshman running back Justin Davis; in the latter of the two, a breakdown on the left side forced Davis to stretch his run toward the sideline, where junior defensive tackle George Uko and sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams were lying in wait for a tackle-for-loss.The offensive line recovered from the missteps from the goal-line drill, however. After the shaky start, the offensive line parted the seas for two Davis touchdowns, both of which were vertical runs between the tackles.With the loss of last season’s leader and center Khaled Holmes, the offensive line was a question mark going into spring practice. However, Kiffin is pleased with the offensive line’s progress thus far.“I think they’re starting to mesh and do some good things,” Kiffin said. “Obviously, we have a long ways to go, but it’s good to see.”The line also held the trenches for three more passing scores, including a connection between sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler and sophomore wide receiver Victor Blackwell on an in route. Kessler also tossed a perfectly placed lob into the arms of sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who had made his way to the left corner of the end zone.Agholor built on his strong efforts in last Thursday’s practice and brought a high level of intensity to Tuesday’s practice as well. Agholor has been ushered into the No. 2 spot following the departure of former Trojan wideout Robert Woods to the NFL draft. Agholor wasn’t as highly touted a recruit as fellow wide receiver Farmer, but he has settled in as one of the team’s top wide receivers this spring by virtue of his tenacity and tendency to lead by example.“Effort is something I can control,” Agholor said. “Sometimes you can’t catch every ball, but running hard and finishing after the catch or running to the play, that’s something you can control. I try to do that to show everyone else that they can do the same.”Following Agholor’s example will be important if the Trojans wish to finish spring on a high note. The Trojans have their final official spring practice on Thursday and wrap up spring with an exhibition at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Coliseum.last_img read more


Ronaldo, Griezman Shortlisted for UEFA Award

first_imgRiyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante – who all played key roles in Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League title win – missed the final 10 but made the top 20, while Wigan Athletic and Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg was a shock inclusion in the top 25.Grigg secured the same amount of votes as Juventus and France star Paul Pogba and more than Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne and Kevin Gameiro – who fired Sevilla to a third straight Europa League triumph.Europe’s golden shoe winner Luis Suarez, Gianluigi Buffon, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Pepe complete the 10-man shortlist.The accolade – voted for by journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member association – will be cut to a final three on August 5 with the winner announced on August 25, the day of the draw for the Champions’ League group stage.THE 10-MAN SHORTLISTGareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich & Germany)Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany)Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)Luis Suarez (Barcelona & Uruguay)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann have both been named in a 10-man shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award.European football’s governing body released the list on Monday, with Ronaldo the early favourite to scoop the gong after playing a key role in both Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph and Real Madrid winning the Champions League.Griezmann, who finished as the top goalscorer at the Euros after scoring six times to help France reach the final, is also in the running alongside Wales’ talisman Gareth Bale and last year’s winner Lionel Messi.last_img read more


Shooting Stars Technical Adviser Explains Why 3SC Was Relegated From The NPFL

first_imgRelatedFallen Nigerian League Giants Pick Edith Agoye As New CoachOctober 26, 2017In “Nigeria”Okunowo Drums Up Government Support For 3SCMarch 14, 2018In “Nigeria”3SC Handed Tough NNL Abridged League DrawJanuary 9, 2018In “Nigeria” The Technical Adviser of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Fatai Amoo has explained that “the so called big players” were responsible for 3SC’s relegation from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).Shooting Stars finished 17th on the NPFL table to claim the last relegation spot with 50 points as they lost away at Niger Tornadoes in the last game of the season.Speaking to reporters, Amoo said: “It was a very poor season for us but we have to take the positives and think of the future,”“They can’t fight because they’ve already fought themselves by embarking on a stupid strike. And when you don’t train, what you have is what you can give.”“And now they have seen the result of what they have caused. The so-called old players in the team have decided to take the team to relegation,”The Oluyole Warriors have won the Nigerian Premier League five times but have failed to work their way back among Nigeria’s football elites in recent years.Amoo continued: “I don’t think maladministration was responsible for Shooting Stars’ relegation, but the management should look into the area of players playing in the last three to four seasons,”“And I think the so called big players have decided to take the team to relegation.”last_img read more


Novak Djokovic beats Federer in gruelling marathon Wimbledon final

first_imgRoger Federer’s dream of winning his ninth Wimbledon singles was cut short by Serbian tennis star, Novak Djokovic.In an enthralling final on Centre Court, with an atmosphere that was buzzing with cheers, Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3).It took ATP number one, a grueling four and 57 minutes to deny the Swiss another major grand slam on the grass.The final matchup was the longest ever Wimbledon final game as both athletes showed class and finesse to give fans a very interesting contest in London.After facing two match points at 8-7 in the last set, Novak Djokovic wrapped up the game claiming his fifth Wimbledon title and second in a row.This triumph also earned the Serb his 16th Grand Slam trophy moving him closer to the only men ahead of him in tennis history namely: Federer who had won the trophy 20 times and Rafael Nadal winning 18 times.It was indeed an emotion-filled final as Roger Federer was looking for another victory on the grass and especially the Wimbledon title.The marathon finals in London will go down as one of the best final contests in tennis history and maybe, just maybe, the best finals in the history of Wimbledon.last_img read more


Watch Angels’ Luis Valbuena hit a home run against Dodgers and what happens with the ball

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Luis valbuena is so extra— chris (@chrispineda98) March 23, 2018 Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone And he’s now hit a home run every time he’s ever played 2b.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 23, 2018You can keep track of the Dodgers’ home runs hereRelated Articles And Luis Valbuena hit one to dead center off Hyun-Jin Ryu that cleared five rows. Well struck.— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) March 23, 2018 Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Luis Valbuena spoils Hyun-Jin Ryu’s thus-far scoreless night with a solo homer to right-center. All runs so far have come on solo shots. #Dodgers 2, #Angels 1, Mid-4. #springtraining— Mark Carlisle (@mwcarlisle) March 23, 2018What happened to the ball after the home run?And here it is!! pic.twitter.com/JtIvAFKWxr— BOOG (@boog_77) March 23, 2018Another homer for the Angels:Another HR swing! #Dodgers 3, @Angels 2 | https://t.co/BeitOjAltJ | #PrimeTicket pic.twitter.com/cniRP0Fo2p— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 23, 2018center_img Angels’ Luis Valbuena hit a home run against pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu of the Dodgers in the Spring Training Game. The run by Valbuena brought the Angels within one run of the Dodgers’ 2-1 lead in the Top of the 4th.From ONE knee! Luis Valbuena (@adan_jome) blasts one for @Angels | #LAASpring pic.twitter.com/xdukvImEli— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 23, 2018 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Now that’s more like it! @adan_jome cuts the Dodgers’ lead in half with a solo shot in the 4th.2-1 Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/0ha8JE3FgY— Angels (@Angels) March 23, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Fury-Wilder rematch postponed by virus pandemic

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | The third fight in Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight rivalry has been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic grips the United States and Britain, ESPN reported on Tuesday.Britain’s Fury, who dethroned unbeaten WBC champion Wilder with a dominant victory in seven rounds last month, had been due to defend his crown in Las Vegas on July 18.But promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday the rematch had now been rescheduled until October at the earliest because of the COVID-19 outbreak which has brought the sporting world to a standstill.With travel restrictions affecting both the US and Britain, and Las Vegas’ casinos shuttered, Arum said a postponement was the only sensible option.“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum said.“Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets? “It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission has also banned all combat sports in the state, adding another complication.“Everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated,” Arum said. “It’s part of what’s happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October.”Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in their first fight in Los Angeles in December 2018.Fury then shocked the boxing world by overwhelming Wilder with a dominant performance in last month’s rematch, battering an out-of-sorts Wilder in a one-sided victory. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Martin County officials confirm first case of coronavirus in the Treasure Coast

first_imgOn Thursday, Martin County officials announced the first confirmed case of the coronavirus on the Treasure Coast.Officials with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County say the case was confirmed through a drive-through Cleveland Clinic testing site, and it is a travel-related case.The patient is currently in good condition and in self-quarantine.A local epidemiology team has been in contact with the patient.last_img