No. 1 USC volleyball set to clash with No. 2 BYU

first_imgThe foundation for USC’s men’s volleyball program was built long before Missouri native and senior outside hitter Murphy Troy began pelting the Galen Center hardwood court with explosive kills, and long before a prolific Hawaiian recruiting pipeline produced the McKibbin brothers, Tri Bourne and Henry Cassiday.Pedigree · While past players will be honored prior to tonight’s game, senior outside hitter Murphy Troy has an impressive résumé of his own. – Daily Trojan file photo Two Trojan legends, Dusty Dvorak and Celso Wallace, who played on the 1977 national championship team, will see their jerseys raised to the rafters after tonight’s match against No. 2 BYU, in the presence of Ernie Hix, who coached the team from 1974 to 1981 and is regarded as the godfather of USC’s men’s volleyball program.At risk of exaggerating comparisons, it is not unimaginable to think that some players on this year’s roster might one day join these icons. An opportunity to improve their résumés presents itself tonight, as the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (10-1, 10-1) puts its ranking on the line against No. 2 BYU (13-4, 9-3) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.“[BYU is] a physical team that runs a strong offense, with great attacking in the middle,” said  Murphy Troy, who has accrued eye-popping statistics in his four years at USC. “It’s going to be a great weekend, and we’re really looking forward to the challenge of playing these guys.”The Trojans’ two most recent road wins were noteworthy for different reasons, as the games posed unique tests of mental fortitude. A game at unranked Cal State Northridge team drew few fans, and questions abounded regarding whether the Trojans would take their lowly opponent too lightly; they won in straight sets.Against No. 6 Long Beach State, the Trojans had to grind out a grueling five-set win — a stage of the match they have successfully avoided for much of the season. Undoubtedly, tonight’s game might require a fifth set, and the importance of the Trojans’ experience against Long Beach State cannot be discounted.To defeat BYU, the formula to success has not changed, as the team sees no need to adjust its game plan.“It sounds cliché, and I’ve said this most weeks, but we must pass the ball well,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “We must do a good job blocking when the team is out of its system in order to win the points we should.”Although opposite Robb Stowell paces the BYU offense with 226 kills at an efficient .345 clip, Ferguson identified the team’s middle blocker Futi Tavana, who has supplemented his 121 kills with an impressive 107 blocks this season, as a player of particular focus for the Trojans.“Tavana is leading the nation in blocking,” Ferguson said. “He is a big, athletic and skilled player who plays a really physical net game. He really sets the tone up front.”Senior middle blocker Austin Zahn, however, refused to mask the importance of tonight’s match to his team.“For us, this is like a mini national championship game right now,” Zahn said. “We’ve beaten [several top-ranked teams], but haven’t gotten a shot at BYU yet.”last_img read more

Phony lottery e-mails don’t fool transplanted Scot

first_imgThe Internet is now being called a “mature media.” Mature and rife with offers for erectile dysfunction cures, magical weight loss pills and clots of spam written in Mandarin, Cyrillic and Hebrew. These and a forest of marvelously entertaining lottery-winner announcements from abroad. Again and again, I am a winner in many lands, in many national lotteries, with every announcement seemingly written by the same moron who hasn’t figured out that an offer – especially those from British lotteries – should sound like it was written by someone who speaks English. Improper capitalization and misspellings are only part of the fun that included these incomprehensible words from J.D. Integrations Ltd. of Somerset, England: “We making an offer for 1 million British pownds ? but in view of our not having an office presently in that Continent ? .” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Who knows. Anyway, I tried e-mailing these would-be scammers to collect my winnings but my e-mails kept bouncing back. Still, I wasn’t worried because I also won the Dutch Lottery! They’re talking 1 million Euros, as certified – so you know it’s on the level – by “Mrs. Eava Van Boer,” who needs me to send along bank account and Social Security numbers, home address, phone number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name. I also took the Spanish Lottery, good for 2 million Euros! That and the Staatsloteri of Holland for yet another cool mil. Even more insidious than these moron attempts to shuck me silly is an actual lottery-winning paper letter sent recently to George Garven of Manhattan Beach. The Australian Lottery (mysteriously headquartered in London) somehow had his name and address. On top of that, it didn’t sound like the usual garbage that originates, U.S. postal authorities claim, in Nigeria. Garven, who is nearly 80 and a native of Glasgow, Scotland, is what might be called a canny Scot. Which is to say that the fit, bespectacled widower with a still righteous accent isn’t someone who might get the wool easily pulled over his eyes. When he received the letter telling him that he won $3,700,000, all the warning bells exploded. “I knew something was wrong,” he said with a smile, “because I never bought a ticket.” But what came immediately to the mind of this man raised near Glasgow’s closed shipyards during the Great Depression were his fellow seniors. “When people get older they can become awfully gullible,” said Garven, father of twin daughters, grandfather to five and great-grandfather to one. He is correct. Or correct from the point of view of someone (me) who gets a stream of e-mails from older readers wanting to know if the lottery winnings announced to them online or in the mail are real. They aren’t, of course. That’s because there aren’t any free lotteries, just like there aren’t any free lunches. That goes for generous offers from foreign corporations that want you to deposit checks for them, English artists who want you to cash their U.S. mail orders for a 15percent cut, people offering you a fortune to help them get a dead dictator’s money out of West Africa and anyone else hitting you up for cash because they are hoping you are gullible. Garven actually called the (since disconnected) number in London and spoke to someone claiming to be Kelly Royce. “I was just having a bit of fun,” said the retired aircraft machinist and former club soccer coach who started working at age 14. “The Englishman (Royce) on the other end congratulated me and even asked what I was going to do with all the money. Then he told me that they were going to send a woman from London who was going to take me to a bank to cash the check.” But there was a small catch. “They wanted me to cover this woman’s airfare by placing $1,200 in a special bank account. I said, `I live month to month, but I tell you what, once we deposit the check, I’ll give this woman $100,000 for her trouble.’ He left the line then came back and said that they’d do it for $300.” Actually, I bet they would have done nothing at all for much less. But that’s not the point, Garven said. “Some people, when you mention money to them, their minds go blank. But I figure if we save one person from falling for this, then we’ve done a good job.” Here’s a quote for you from Scottish writer John Galt’s The Provost, “In deed and truth, it’s ill (difficult) getting the breeks (trousers) off a highlandman.” Garven isn’t a highlander exactly, but you won’t fool the trousers off him. Nor should anyone fool you. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com/.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

DANIEL HELPING TO BOOST DONEGAL TOURISM

first_imgIRISH tourist chiefs have recruited singer Daniel O’Donnell in a bid to bring tourists from Britain to Donegal this summer.The online campaign is aimed at re-branding the county as ‘Daniel O’Donnell Country’.The move is being pioneered by DiscoverIreland which promotes the country as a tourist destination to the British. The advertising blitz has Daneil at the centre of it.One advert reads: “Daniel O’Donnell is one of Donegal’s most famous natives. An Irish singer and television presenter, Daniel has become a household name in Ireland and across the world.“With over 10 million records sold, Daniel’s charismatic and engaging stage presence has made him a huge success and a beloved favourite of his native County Donegal.Daniel considers the North West of Ireland and in particular, Co. Donegal a must-visit for any tourist. The county’s exceptional landscape includes Europe’s highest sea-cliffs, mesmerising scenery and dozens of deserted white sandy beaches. “County Donegal prides itself with a strong sense of traditional culture and heritage that has influenced Daniel O’Donnell and his music.”Daniel is currently touring England to rave reviews.DANIEL HELPING TO BOOST DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegaltourismlast_img read more