15 Killed in Tribal Clashes in Southern Libya

first_imgAt least 15 people were killed on Thursday in tribal clashes in the southern Libyan city Sebha, Libyan official news agency LANA reported on Friday.The deadly clashes occurred between members of Tabu and Tuareg tribes, two large rival tribes in southern Libya.The report said that three others were killed on Wednesday. And tribal clashes have claimed the lives of over 60 people in the city in a month, according to the city statistics.Sebha, Libya’s largest southern city, has been witnessing escalating violence and similar clashes between the two rival tribe members despite government and elders reconciliation efforts. Enditemlast_img

In my world, I would have been a recruit

first_imgIn middle school, I came home one evening in the midst of a chronic shoe phase, when, for strange, stupid reasons, most adolescent boys become enamored with $150 Nike sneakers.It was wintertime, and an EastBay catalogue had been delivered in that day’s mail, packaged between utility bills and awkward postcards from relatives whose names still escape me.I flashed the catalogue in my mom’s direction, but almost immediately, she continued with her normal routine after casting me a quick glance at me that couldn’t have amounted to more than a spare second.I never got those hightops.You see, the shoes were supposed to make me fast. They were supposed to give me the speed needed to become a coveted three-sport letterman in high school, who all college programs would subsequently drool over.It didn’t work out that way. I’m still scouring for the right pair.National Signing Day proved to be a sobering reminder as to what I missed out on.While I was dozing off in lecture, 17-and 18-year-old high school football players were faxing letters of intent to college programs nationwide; some even making highly publicized and, in some cases, televised announcements of what school they would attend.Again, if I had the shoes, I would have been one of Rivals.com’s prized five-star recruits. Still, everybody else seems to be getting the attention these days.Offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo from Hyattsville, Maryland, received hundreds of Facebook notifications from Alabama and Auburn fans attempting to sway him to sign with their schools of choice. One day, the girl from my English class posted on my wall, wishing me a happy birthday.Last week, Kouandijo also received 2,500 text message in a span of 24 hours — likely from Alabama and Auburn fans, as well. Usually, my mom sends me texts; they often read: “how r u?”Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall recruit according to Rivals, is predicted to be “all-conference multiple times.” I’m still trying to think of anyone who has ever predicted me to be “all-anything.”When once-USC-commit De’Anthony Thomas visited Oregon on a recruiting trip, he spoke with multiple University of Oregon and Nike officials. When I shop at a Foot Locker, I’m lucky if I can find a guy in a referee t-shirt.Georgia running back prospect Isaiah Crowell announced his decision to sign with Georgia live on ESPNU, while holding a bulldog puppy. Of course, I’ve always longed to commit to a college football team (say USC), with the school’s mascot (say Traveler) by my side.And remember, no matter what school any of these players commits to, he’ll be greeted by hundreds of fans and passersby, who say either “Roll Tide,” “Hook ‘em” or “Fight on.” Sometimes, I get a head nod from a freckle-faced engineering kid outside the library.But you know, maybe all the attention isn’t a good thing. Just maybe, the bright lights, constant praise and total disregard for privacy are the culmination of a process that has not only become an over the top, self-promotional celebration for high school players but also, potentially even more damaging, has become an event that brings out the worst in fans.When Thomas spurned USC for Oregon after eight months of being committed to the Trojans, he quickly became the subject of multiple message boards posts suggesting the Los Angeles native was lured north because of Nike’s sphere of influence.  In other words, fans speculated that the Ducks had bought the Crenshaw tailback, and in turn, he had turned his back upon his friends, family, and of course, USC.Thomas offered a simpler explanation at a press conference announcing his signing:“I felt comfortable in Eugene,” he said.For better or for worse, Thomas, much like Kouandijo and others, has become so highly sought-after these days that he has become a mini-celebrity, driving fans to the point of madness.For perspective, Kouandijo is a 17-year-old high school senior, and in the days centering around his decision to pick a university to attend, thousands of people living thousands of miles away sent him messages in an attempt to sway him to a certain school. He’s never met any of them.It’s only fair to wonder whether such attention is particularly healthy to begin with. A majority of the messages received weren’t exactly welcoming either.In the moments after faxing his letter of intent to Alabama on Saturday, hundreds of fans took to Kouandijo’s Facebook wall, to vent their frustration over the offensive lineman’s decision to turn down a scholarship offer from reigning BCS national champion Auburn. One post read “Boys need people to make decisions for them. Men know how to make their own decisions. You, my friend are a boy.” Another put it more plainly: “Go Die.”Maybe it was best that I never got those shoes.“The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article e-mail Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right time

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie of the Week honors after her three-point performance in the weekend sweep of Bemidji State University.This is Roque’s third Rookie of the Week award this season and second multigoal game with her first also coming against BSU in early November.The freshman’s outstanding play comes at the most opportune time for the No. 1 Badgers as they host the No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in their home season finale this weekend and look to go into the WCHA playoffs as the top seed. Head coach Mark Johnson spoke in a press conference Monday on how highly he looks at this freshman class and their poise going into their potential first WCHA and NCAA tournament.Women’s hockey: Top two matchup awaits Badgers at homeAfter two solid wins against Bemidji State University (9-16-3) last weekend, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team extended their Read…Even with a dominant underclassman unit, the Badgers have an absolute wealth of talent as Roque is tied for fifth on the team in total points (22) and is one of 12 players with double-digit assists. The Michigan native’s third weekly award, however, simply speaks to how deep this Wisconsin team is and how much potential they have in the postseason to snag the program’s first-ever national championship.Roque’s leadership on Friday helped the Badgers to something even better than a weekly honor as they earned the program’s 500th win, a mark that even more impressive considering the program has only been around since 1999. After it was revealed early last spring Johnson would remain as the UW women’s head coach and pass up the UW men’s coaching job, it became clear to most of the country Wisconsin hockey was here to stay.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hits the road for Bemidji State seriesWith a 10-game winning streak behind them, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads out to face the Bemidji Read…Now, with one of the biggest match ups of the year only a few days away and the allure of holding onto the number one ranking from the duration of the season, the intensity is beginning to build and those around women’s hockey are starting to take notice. Johnson and the Badgers will need underground players like Roque to step up and send their seven seniors off the right way in what should be another rowdy crowd in Labahn Arena.The matchups are set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.last_img read more

Revisit 5 memorable matchups between Syracuse and Duke

first_imgWith Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) set to face Duke (28-7, 13-5 Atlantic Coast) in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, revisit five of the most memorable games between the two schools.March 12, 1966: Jim Boeheim’s last game as a playerThe inaugural meeting between Syracuse and Duke came in the Elite Eight of the 1966 NCAA Tournament, which featured 22 teams and six play-in games. It was fourth-year SU head coach Fred Lewis’s first NCAA Tournament appearance, and seventh-year Duke head coach Vic Bubas’s fourth appearance.The Blue Devils, who ended the regular season ranked second in the country, ended SU’s season, 91-81, as well as now-Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim’s playing career. Boeheim, a guard, scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the loss. In his playing career, the Hall of Fame coach averaged 9.8 points per game and shot a shade less than 52 percent from the field.Four Duke players scored more than 15 points in the winning effort, including a game-high 22 points from Jack Marin. Bob Verga, Steve Vacendak and Marin each played 40 minutes for the Blue Devils. In its Final Four game six days later, Duke fell to Kentucky, 83-79. The Wildcats then lost to Texas El Paso (then-Texas Western) in the National Championship.Dec. 6, 1989: Boeheim and Krzyzewski’s first meetingMore than two decades before Syracuse joined the ACC, No. 1 Syracuse beat No. 6 Duke, 78-76, in the 1989 ACC-Big East Challenge at Madison Square Garden.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith three seconds remaining and the score knotted at 76, sophomore guard and 50 percent free-throw shooter David Johnson hit two free throws to put the Orange ahead. Duke’s Bill McCaffrey had his last-second shot attempt blocked by SU’s Billy Owens.Stephen Thompson led Syracuse’s offense with 21 points, while Derrick Coleman tallied 19 rebounds. The Blue Devils’ Robert Brickey dropped 21 points and Christian Laettner added 19 points. With the win, Boeheim secured his 292nd victory as a head coach, while Krzyzewski was stuck at 278 career wins.Feb. 1, 2014: Syracuse’s first ACC game against DukeIn front of 35,446 spectators — an NCAA men’s basketball on-campus record — a packed and noisy Carrier Dome watched No. 2 Syracuse outlast No. 17 Duke, 91-89, in overtime. The game marked the first meeting between the teams with Syracuse as a member of the ACC, which it joined the previous summer. With the win, SU improved to 21-0 on the season.With 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation, the Orange held a 78-75 advantage before Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon caught the inbound pass on the left side of the court near half court, evaded C.J. Fair and Trevor Cooney, and sunk a game-tying 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.With less than 15 seconds left in overtime and Syracuse possessing an 88-87 lead, Duke’s Rodney Hood drove to the hoop and nearly posterized Rakeem Christmas. Rather than flying through the net, the ball ricocheted off the back iron and backboard and catapulted into the arms of Cooney. The Orange drained three free throws in the final seconds and prevailed with a two-point victory.Feb. 22, 2014: Fair’s foul and Boeheim’s meltdownThree weeks after the overtime thriller, No. 1 Syracuse and No. 5 Duke met again, this time at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils triumphed, defeating the Orange, 66-60.After an even first half when both teams scored 26 points, Duke used free throws to pull away after Jim Boeheim was ejected due to his vigorous protest of an offensive foul call on C.J. Fair.Duke possessed a 60-58 lead with less than 15 seconds left in regulation when Fair received a pass from Tyler Ennis, drove baseline, collided with Rodney Hood, and finished the basket. Rather than rewarding Fair with an and-1, a charge was called, and the basket would not count.In response to the call, Boeheim dashed onto the court with his left jacket lapel standing up, yelled “That’s bullsh*t!” and pointed at the referee’s face, and was ejected.The Blue Devils nailed six of eight free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure a victory. The loss marked Syracuse’s second-straight defeat after starting the season 25-0.Feb. 22, 2017: Gillon at the buzzerExactly three years after Fair’s charge, Syracuse shocked No. 10 Duke, 78-75, in the Carrier Dome when John Gillon pulled up from 25 feet and banked in a game-winning 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The win marked SU’s third upset of a top-10 team that year, with victories coming against then-No. 6 Florida State and then-No. 9 Virginia earlier in the season.With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Duke’s Luke Kennard clanked a shot off the back of the rim. The ball was rebounded by Tyler Lydon, who fed it to Tyus Battle who quickly found John Gillon.Gillon meandered up the court as time ticked down and finally launched a shot. The ball pounded into the glass and into the hoop, and a swarm of students and fans flooded the court in celebration. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more