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Tigers ready to ravage Lahanis

first_imgLae Snax Tigers are geared up to ravage the Goroka Bintangor Lahanis in Lae this Sunday in round 6 of the Digicel Cup competition.In their first encounter, Snax Tigers were too strong for the Lahanis beating them 16-4 up at Goroka. The Tigers who are leading the Pool 2 Ladder have a clean record at home and have seen a huge turn around  in their performances from previous seasons under the coaching of former Kumul Stanley TependOn the other hand, beating the Lahanis is no easy task. The men from Goroka have several premiership titles under their belts and know how to play pressure football. With veteran Nicko Ubile leading the pack, the game should be action packed.In the other matches, the Isapeas face a tough task going up against the Gurias at the notorious Kalabond oval.In the pool 1 matches which will both be played in Mendi, the city boys in the Vipers will lock horns with the Wigmen. The other game will see the Mendi Muruks up against the Hagen Eagles. Both the Lions and the Mioks are on bye this weekend.last_img read more

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‘Rude Boy’ Brown ready for UFC clash

first_img“… I want to basically decapitate him!”Well then.Jamaican Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Randy ‘Rude Boy’ Brown hardly sounds like a man who will be featuring in only his second UFC bout tonight.Brown summed up his intentions when he steps into the cage against Michael Graves – eerie name – in a UFC on Fox 19 fight at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.The welterweight clash, which starts at 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. Jamaica time), falls on the under card for the main event fight between light heavyweight stars Glover Teixeira and Rashad Evans.Brown (7-0-0), who impressed in his UFC debut earlier this year after a unanimous decision win over Matt Dwyer, says he can hardly wait to face the undefeated Graves (5-0-0).”I’m super anxious right now, man. I’m ready. I’ve been feeling it in my workouts. Every system in my body is on, and I’m just looking forward to going out there to perform,” he told The Gleaner from Florida on Thursday. “I just can’t wait!”It’s a fight that will pit two warriors with conflicting styles against each other, with Brown’s stand-and-deliver, kick-and-punch arsenal going up against Graves’ canvas-loving, grappling preference.”He (Graves) is a tough guy, very durable,” Brown assessed. “He’s always looking to get you to the ground in a lock or a submission hold.”I am more of a fighter – I want to kick and punch. He wants to get me on the ground, hold me there, let time run out and win a decision, but I’m looking to decapitate him and take his head off, so it should be a good fight,” Brown added – not one to mince his words.And why should he?Finally on the UFC big stage, life was always a fight for the 25 year-old.Brown, who now lives in Jamaica, Queens, New York, grew up with his mother in Old Harbour, St Catherine. Things were hardly stable and he would soon move to live with his brothers in the gritty March Pen Road community in Spanish Town.He would eventually move to the United States at age 16, where he got involved with boxing.No turning back from MMABut that was just a fling. His real love was combat sports, and when he was introduced to MMA, he knew right away that there would be no turning back.Still, if anyone is expecting this UFC newbie, who – by the way, has only seven professional MMA fights in his legs – all without defeat – to feel any nerves in the cage, Brown says he is more than ready for the extra pressure and attention.”This has always been a goal for me ever since being back home in Jamaica. It’s been on my mind – combat sports and getting a chance to fight in the biggest organisation on offer, UFC. That is just huge for me,” Brown said.”Everyone expects me to perform and all the eyes are on me for Saturday (tonight), but there is no pressure, and I am looking forward to it,” he said.Brown is planning to travel to Jamaica spend a few days with his family in the coming days.But for now, the Rude Boy’s focus is clearly set on putting a foot – or fist – to Graves’ dome.last_img read more

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Jordan Rules

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA—Both the NBA and national coach Yeng Guiao have but one rule when it comes to Jordan Clarkson.Clarkson will get to play only in one tournament for Gilas Pilipinas this year and Guiao hopes to make it count with plans to unleash the Cleveland Cavaliers standout “like an import” in the Asian Games men’s basketball competitions here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins And it looks like the country will get a lot of looks at Clarkson in a Philippines kit.“I will play him like an import,” Guiao told the Inquirer after practice Wednesday as the Filipinos prepare for their all-important clash with rugged Kazakhstan in Group D play that will more or less determine whether or not Gilas advances to the KO stages.“We won’t ask him to score 50 points and get 20 rebounds, but his intelligence would make me want to have him on the floor for the most part,” Guiao said.“Basically, he will be resting just a couple of minutes a quarter,” he said. “We will be a better team with him around and at the same time, with Jordan coming over, we can now hold our own in the guard positions against any country in this tournament.”The NLEX coach in the PBA, though, was quick to temper fan expectations.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Jordan coming in is not an instant solution to our deficiencies,” he said. “But he is certainly going to be a big help.”Clarkson, according to Guiao, also upgraded the Philippines’ status against powerhouse China.“From total underdogs in the China game, we are now just the slight underdogs,” Guiao said. “What we know is that they (Chinese) have three 7-footers, but with Clarkson around, who knows, we might get lucky.”China also got the same deal as the Philippines in getting clearance for two of its players signed to NBA contracts.Zhou Qi of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yanyuhang of the Dallas Mavericks will also not be able to suit up for the qualifying windows as a result of the clearance they got to suit up for the Asiad, which is one of the tournaments that the NBA releases players to.But the rule hit the Philippines harder than China, which really doesn’t need to win games in the Fiba windows since the Chinese are already seeded to the 2019 World Cup being the hosts.Tatum’s helpPanlilio also bared that the NBA’s Mark Tatum played a key role in Clarkson and the two Chinese, getting the green light from the league to play in the Asiad. The SBP got the written consent at 9 Wednesday morning.“Basically, the NBA doesn’t want to gamble on the health of their players by having them play in the Asian Games and then in the (Fiba) windows,” Panlilio told the Inquirer. “The NBA feels that having them play both events, and with training camp to follow the week after, would be too much for their bodies to take.”The affected games that Clarkson will miss are the away game against Iran and the home match against Qatar, which will be played behind closed doors as a result of the July 2 brawl between the Philippines and Australia in their World Cup qualifying showdown. Also as a result of that brawl, 10 Gilas standouts were suspended in varying number of games, thoroughly depleting the country’s national pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Move to make Brownlee Filipino gains momentum with bill DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The Inquirer learned Wednesday night that the NBA made the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas choose between the Asiad and the Fiba World Cup Qualifying windows, saying it won’t allow Clarkson to suit up for both because of health concerns.“It was a no-brainer that we chose the Asian Games, because this is the Olympics of the region and we want to go there with the best chance that we have (at winning),” said Al Panlilio, the SBP president who, together with chair and basketball backer Manny V. Pangilinan, lobbied long and hard to get the clearance from the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Long wait“The Filipino people have waited so long to see Jordan play for the country,” Panlilio said. “And we are also excited.” View commentslast_img read more

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Suspect released on bail

first_imgPomeroon boat ‘accident’As Police probe the circumstances surrounding the death of Abdool Shameer, 58, a labourer who went missing on Monday evening in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the two suspects in the alleged murder have been released on ‘substantial bail’.This is according to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum who revealed that the men’s 72 hours holding period was up, and as such Police were mandated to release them on bail.Shameer’s body was recovered in Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) on Thursday. Initial reports had stated that about 02:00h onDead: Abdool ShameerMonday, Shameer also called Mohamed Shameer, of Jacklow, Upper Pomeroon, was crossing the Pomeroon River in his boat when another boat, which was powered by an outboard engine, collided with him. After the collision Police said, Shameer could not be located; however, the 33-year-old captain of the other boat, who hails from Siriki, Pomeroon River, was unharmed.Suspicions were raised after it was revealed that the dead man and the surviving captain had “old grievances”.Meanwhile, a passenger of the suspect’s boat confessed that after the collision the captain allegedly disposed of the man’s body. When questioned by Police, the eyewitness alleged that the captain took the body to Moruca, where he disposed of it. The eyewitness later took Police to the scene where the body was buried and family members positively identified the remains.The body was retrieved and taken to a Charity funeral home. An autopsy will be performed shortly. According to the dead man’s brother Fizal, he last saw Shameer on Monday morning about 10:30h in the Jacklow area. He said he left to visit a friend at Jacklow and upon returning, the accident occurred. Family members are contending that the act was revengeful as the two men had old grievances.last_img read more

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Convict in wedding house killing appeals conviction, sentence

first_imgAfter being convicted and sentenced for the lesser count of manslaughter late last month, 38-year-old Rajen Dindial formerly of Lot 653 Section C Block Y, Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) has moved to the Appeal Court, challenging his recent conviction and sentence.Manslaughter convict: Rajen DindialDindial was found guilty of manslaughter whilst on trial at the High Court for the September 3, 2017, Sarron Street Grove, EBD, murder of 25-year-old Alston Henry. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.However, in his appeal application, the convict, through his attorney, Nigel Hughes, argued that the presided Judge erred in some areas during the summing up aspects of his trial.Court documents revealed that the appeal was filed on the grounds that the trial Judge erred in law when she failed to direct the jury to completely disregard the contents of the confession statement after it had been read to the jury and subsequently withdrawn from the jury.This is in addition to Dindial arguing that the Judge erred when she failed to withdraw the case from the jury after reversing her decision to permit the caution statement into the evidence and the only implicating evidence was manifestly unreliable and the sentence being too excessive.These are the grounds among others. Previous reports have revealed that Henry was at a wedding house with Dindial’s relatives when an argument ensued between the duo.The now-dead man started to act in a disorderly manner and threw down a portable toilet that was on the property where the wedding was being kept.As such, the convict picked up a dabla (large wooden spoon) and dealt Henry several blows about his body.The man fell unconscious but was however picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.As such, the Dindial was later taken into Police custody where he was later charged with the offence.last_img read more

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prisoners waltzed through front gate as police watched walls

first_img– Top Cop on prison breakDuring the disastrous sequence of events that led to prisoners escaping and the wooden Camp Street prison being razed to the ground on Sunday, it was the armed forces’ focused attention on the walls of the prison that allowed the escapees to walk right out the front door.This is according to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, who was asked during a press conference on Thursday at the Public Security Ministry about the whereabouts of his ranks when the prisoners escaped the inferno and proceeded to hijack a vehicle.“The security on the perimeter of the Georgetown prisons was directed at prisoners escaping through the walls of the prison and not on the front gate, which the prison controls,” he explained. “What happened on the day in question is (the) fires in the buildings of the Georgetown prisons.”“So there were several places that were burning,” Persaud explained. The prison officers at the front gate were overpowered and five men came out of that gate, headed down Camp Street, and hijacked a car in which four of them escaped. “The other one went back into the prison.”Detailing the difficulties Police ranks faced while trying to control the situation, Persaud admitted that the Police on the streets guarding the perimeter of the prison were so focused on the walls they “didn’t even notice persons passing them on Camp Street”.“That wasn’t their focus and it happened very quickly,” the Top Cop said. “So in the circumstances, it is understandable that they could have eluded the attention of those ranks,” he contended.A group of prisoners on Sunday afternoon staged an attack on the prison officials and set the Camp Street Prison alight. Reports are that the prison escapees exited the front gate armed with guns and other weapons.The fire began in the south-eastern side of the Prison, and as the smoke spread throughout the building, prisoners were heard shouting for help from Durban Street, as the building was placed on lockdown to prevent more criminals from escaping.Shortly after, the angry prisoners were heard rattling the grilles and hitting the zinc fence that surrounds the prison.However, pandemonium broke out when the prisoners in the smoke-consumed buildings began hurling large stones in their numbers through the vents in the upper floor, at the hundreds of civilians and Police Officers who had surrounded the location.As Police sought to set up barricades around the apparent “war zone” to protect civilians, a few disobedient spectators received minor injuries from the stones thrown in their direction.Moreover, spectators were seen running as gunshots were being fired at them randomly, during an apparent shootout with prisoners in one of the buildings and the Police outside.Officials from the Army were seen crouching behind objects with large rifles as they avoided and retaliated towards the shots fired at them from the criminals, who were attacking while being in the almost completely burnt building.In the aftermath of the disaster, which has attracted international attention, a number of prison officers were injured; one, Odinga Wickham, fatally. Police have issued wanted bulletins for Mark Royden Durant, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, Cobena Stephens, Cornelius Thomas and Desmond James.Durant, also known as Royden Williams and “Smallie”, was charged along with several others for the 2008 mass killing at Bartica. The other escapees were also imprisoned for murder.A manhunt is currently underway for these fugitives.last_img read more

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Private security association chides Crime Chief, wants explanation

first_imgParking lot controversy– Top Cop distances self, says Crime Chief must be held accountableThe Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams, has come under fire from the Guyana Association of Private Security Organisations (GAPSO) over comments he made on the parking lot row between Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes and two security guards.Broomes claimed that she and her driver were the victims of verbal assaults and threats by the security guards, who were attempting to bar her from parking in a specific section of the East Bank Demerara establishment on Sunday evening.She even alleged that one of the guards had pointed and “crocked” a firearm at her and the driver of her SUV vehicle at some point during the incident.The guards were arrested and detained by the Police for close to 16 hours, beforeJunior National Resources Minister Simona Broomesbeing released on their own recognisance.However, subsequent release of CCTV footage from the business place contradicted the minister’s version of what had transpired. Speaking on the matter, Crime Chief Williams had told sections of the media on Wednesday that he would recommend private security guards working in public places, like the supermarket, be properly trained, especially those carrying firearms.“It is within your own judgement and sense, if you see a vehicle of a certain standard or class right there, and then it speaks out to somebody. Even if you want to rate the person for whatever it is — whether the person is a drug lord, Minister or businessman — as soon as you see a vehicle of a certain standard, it supposed to arouse your attention and alertness,” he explained.However, GAPSO on Thursday slammed Williams for his remarks, saying it is “unfortunate” that the security personnel are expected to apologise when the minister’s driver had attempted to breach a secure area without seeking permission, and the minister herself had thrown several ‘No Parking’ signs on the ground, an action which constitutes damage to property.Noting that while the incident is beyond comprehension, the Association went onTop Cop David Ramnarineto ask whether the security guards’ conduct was consistent with their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and whether the Ministerial Code of Conduct was breached by the Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry.“The Guyana Association of Private Security Organizations (GAPSO) is calling on Minister of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, an elected official who has a responsibility to act appropriately, to explain to the public her actions on the CCTV video that is in the public domain. Failure to do such, Ms. Simona Broomes must be held accountable for her actions.The Guyana Association of Private Security Organizations is urging all security officers to not allow agitators to seize this moment to advance their often self-serving beliefs of what is erroneous. Do not allow them to bemoan the lack of trust in the private security industry. Do not allow them to beat down the hard working men and women who are security officers,” the statement on Thursday further outlined.Meanwhile, as GAPSO urged the Guyana Police Force to thoroughly investigate this incident, it is also calling on the Commissioner of Police (ag), David Ramnarine, to explain if the reckless comments made by Williams represent the position of the Guyana Police Force.Contacted on Thursday, however, Ramnarine opted not to comment specifically onCrime Chief Paul Williamsthe statements made by Williams. He would only say the Crime Chief is authorised to speak on criminal matters.“The Crime Chief is authorised to speak on matters of crime to the press, and any statements purportedly made by the Crime Chief, [or] which are attributed to the Crime Chief, he must be held responsible for them… I cannot and will not venture to respond to statements made by the Crime Chief,” the acting Top Cop told this newspaper.Contact was made with ACP Williams on Thursday, who told Guyana Times at the time that he had not read the statement, and as such, cannot respond to same.“I don’t have any response at this time; when I’m ready, I’ll notify the media,” the Crime Chief said.Further commenting on the issue, Ramnarine noted that the matter is still under active investigation, and upon the completion of same, it would be sent for legal advice on the way forward.“The CCTV footage that I saw — which is clearly the same CCTV footage that is available all over the place — suggests very clearly that there was an interaction between the minister’s driver and the security, and subsequently the minister and the security. It very clearly also indicates a sudden type of behaviour, where items such as parking signs were flung down by a person purported to be the minister… And my understanding is: for all intents and purposes, two wrongs do not make a right,” the Top Cop further asserted.last_img read more

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City may raise speed limits

first_imgStreets which will get higher speed limits include portions of Bogardus, California, Calmada, Laurel, Michigan, Mills and Pickering avenues; and La Cuarta, Mar Vista and Santa Fe streets. The biggest increase will be on Mar Vista from Colima Road to Cerquita Drive where the limit will go from 30 to 40 mph. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You either have to do it or they can’t enforce it,” Yearian said. “It’s kind of a Catch-22 situation.” If the speed limits aren’t raised, any tickets can be challenged and overturned in court, police say. The 85th percentile was set because studies have shown that those numbers of people drive at a safe speed, according to police. The city’s study called for raising 11 of the 20 streets surveyed. “This really reflects the practice of the drivers,” said Public Works Director David Pelser. WHITTIER – Seven months after raising speed limits on 17 stretches of streets, the City Council is poised to do the same thing for 11 other streets in the city at its meeting today. City officials said in order to use radar, a study of speeds must be performed. “It’s helping the community,” said Chris Magdosku, senior civil engineer for the Whittier Public Works Department. “We’re getting the law violators.” Under state law, a city must conduct a speed survey every five years and use the information to set speed limits. The survey measures how fast 85 percent of the drivers are going. The figures are then used to set a speed limit. John Yearian, a commissioner on the Parking and Transportation Commission, which recommended the changes at its Sept. 6 meeting, said the city’s hands are tied. last_img read more

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War deaths drop for Iraqis, U.S. troops in September

first_imgOf particular note, the message referred to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr by his honorific, Sayyid Muqtada. Sayyid is a title designating a religious figure as a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. “We also sincerely hope that the cease-fire declared by the Sayyid Muqtada will continue to be observed and be further extended to all members of Jaysh al-Mahdi (Arabic for Mahdi Army),” Crocker and Petraeus wrote. After a violent confrontation between the Mahdi Army and guards at a religious shrine in the holy city of Karbala in August, al-Sadr said he was standing down his fighters for six months to reorganize.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The actual number of Iraqi deaths is likely higher, as many killings go unreported. Nevertheless, the heartening numbers emerged just three weeks after U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus argued before a divided Congress that more time was needed for Iraq to begin seeing results from President George W. Bush’s dispatch of an additional 30,000 forces to pacify Baghdad and surrounding regions. Crocker and Petraeus issued an unusual joint statement Monday to the Iraqi people that credited them for the decline in violence: “We must maintain the momentum that together we have achieved. We are confident that you and your fellow citizens will continue to display determination, that Iraqi security forces will remain vigilant and that additional Iraqis will join our combined effort.” The message opened with greetings to the Iraqi people during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims focus on their spiritual lives and fast from dawn to dusk. “Please know that we remain absolutely committed to this effort. … Much work lies ahead of us. Despite the challenges, we can, together, achieve success,” the two men wrote in the statement signed and dated by each. BAGHDAD – The number of American troops and Iraqis killed in the war fell in September to levels not seen in more than a year. The U.S. military said the lower count was at least partly a result of new strategies and 30,000 additional U.S. forces deployed this year. Although it is difficult to draw conclusions from a single month’s tally, the figures could suggest U.S.-led forces are making headway against extremist factions and disrupting their ability to strike back. The U.S. military toll for September was 64, the lowest since July 2006, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press from death announcements by the American command and Pentagon. More dramatic, however, was the decline in Iraqi civilian, police and military deaths. The figure was 988 in September – 50 percent lower than in the previous month and the lowest tally since June 2006, when 847 Iraqis died. The Iraqi death count is considered a minimum, based on AP reporting. last_img read more

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Coaches need lesson in history

first_imgMaybe it’s just one of those competitive things. That’s all. Just two circling cats, sizing each other up. Two spirited, proud, veteran coaches not about to give an inch, or perhaps a word. UCLA’s Ben Howland and USC’s Tim Floyd will coach against each other for the first time tonight. They are very !ital!respectful!off!. Very careful, too, particularly Floyd. They give each other credit, but it feels almost cautious praise. Feels very proper, almost calculated. Through coaching circles they’ve known each other for more than 20 years, but have no apparent history or particular relationship. Floyd takes almost great pains not to be effusive in his observations of UCLA. This began the day he was hired last year and was asked about competing in the same city as UCLA, and he immediately started going on about Arizona and how it was the conference standard-bearer. Which, even though he has repeated those observations since, apparently has completely escaped his memory. “I wasn’t asked about the rivalry,” Floyd said Tuesday. Ah, yes, actually you were asked about UCLA. “I wasn’t asked about UCLA.” No, really, you were. “No, I wasn’t.” You were asked about elevating your program to a true national level in the same city as the Bruins and immediately bypassed UCLA to go on about Arizona. “That’s not what happened.” You called Arizona the standard-bearer. “I didn’t say that. What I said was, there’s room for two high, national-level programs in this city.” OK, so you know where this is headed. Columnists always getting the last word and all. At his introductory news conference Jan. 14 last year, Floyd was indeed asked about competing against UCLA and said: “I’m not going to use UCLA as the barometer. I’m using the University of Arizona as a barometer because they are the team, in my opinion, that is at the level we are trying to reach. “I’m looking forward to recruiting the same players these people are recruiting and will try to our best in these head-to-head matchups.” Now you could look at this as being dismissive of the Bruins, but it’s actually the smart approach. Floyd has aims on making USC a true national power. The Galen Center is scheduled to be completed next season, giving the Trojans one of few new college arenas in the country. He understandably believes he’s onto something. So how wise would it be to sing the praises of UCLA? To put the Bruins and Howland’s program on some kind of pedestal in the same city where he will battle over top recruits? Sounds like wise strategy. “There hasn’t been any strategy anywhere,” Floyd said. Maybe, but Floyd can’t praise UCLA without adding a qualifier, usually in the form of another Pac-10 school. So, sure, tonight is a big game, but then … “They’re all important,” Floyd said. “Every one of them is important. Don’t try to get us to say it’s not important. I just don’t know how you can put any more importance on it than Washington State or Washington.” See, this UCLA rivalry thing is conveniently lost on Floyd. “I have great respect for what they’re doing,” he said. “I have great respect for Washington, I have great respect for Cal, for Arizona. I have great respect for everybody.” Howland also is careful, but he has a two-year head start at UCLA, his No. 18-ranked Bruins are currently in first in the conference and he speaks from higher ground. “I think their program is definitely on the rise, is going to improve and keep getting better and better,” Howland said. “That’s what we expect our program to do as well. “We want them to be good. It’s good for both ‘SC and UCLA to be good. When we go on the road (in conference), I want them to have to deal with both of us.” Yet when asked Tuesday how well he knew Floyd, Howland said: “I’ve known Tim since I was an assistant at UC Santa Barbara and he was an assistant at the University of Texas-El Paso. “Actually Jerry Pimm, my old boss (at Santa Barbara) used to be the coach at Utah and compete against (UTEP’s) Don Haskins. I’ve known him a lot of years.” Nice history lesson, but no insight to any relationship. Maybe they once fought over the same cheerleader, and maybe they really only know each other professionally. Both took other schools to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 – Floyd at Iowa State and Howland at Pittsburgh – and are trying to duplicate that success here. They are similar in age; Floyd is 51, Howland 48. Both are trying to start something special, and both partially in the other’s way. “We’re friendly from the standpoint from being in this business all these years,” Howland said. “I have respect for him and think he’s a very fine coach.” “I give them great respect,” Floyd said, “just like everybody else.” With all due respect, tonight they start some actual history. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 160Want 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

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