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COVID-19: WHO urges everyone to stay home and play games

first_imgWHO general director Tedros Adhanom said it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed, confused, and scared right now.He advised that we talk to people we trust, and even help others in our community. Supporting those in need can help you as much it would them, he reasoned.So definitely be sure to check in with neighbours, family, and friends. While observing lockdown rules, of course. It’s a weird time, and I imagine a lot of you are stressed or nervous or upset. For whatever it’s worth, it will all be alright in the end. We just have to ride this out together and focus on the positives of staying at home – because there are positives.One such positive is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has actually advised us all to stay in and play games. Adhanom added that we should also “listen to music, read a book, or play a game,” which is the bit I can really get on board with. In fact, I’d imagine most of us are more than happy to accept these particular doctor’s orders.Read Also:Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirusIf you’re not sure what games to stuck into over the next few weeks, we’ve got you covered. We’re more than happy to recommend relaxing games that’ll chill you out, open world games to lose yourself in, all the free and cheap games you can get your hands on right now, and the games you can play with your kids to keep them entertained.Just don’t forget to spend some time outside every day though – exercise is still important, eh?You can read Adhanom’s full statement on the WHO’s official site – and remember: This will pass, so try not to worry and just take this as an opportunity to get stuck into some games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Okay, so there was a little more to the advice than that, but I take my wins where I can get them. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?center_img Take that, mum and dad. I’m gonna hide in my room and play FIFA or Football Manager for ten hours. Not for me. For the world That’s right – the one thing our parents hated us doing when we were growing up is now a doctor-approved way to save thousands of lives. If ever there was a time to catch up on that shameful backlog of video games that you’ve been building up since forever, it’s now.It can’t have escaped your attention that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, with the overwhelming advice from experts around the world being to remain indoors and slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) so we can fight it. Loading… WHO recently held a media briefing on the best way to handle coronavirus, with a number of recommended actions individuals can take to get through this trying time.One of the crucial things to remember is that we have to look after out mental health over the coming weeks.last_img read more

Vilela: Only 8 cops gave satisfactory explanation for Sept. 30 absences

first_img“They need to submit more pieces ofevidence in the formal investigation,” he stressed. ILOILO – Eight policemen who failed toreport to work on Sept. 30 during the nationwide transport strike gavesatisfactory explanations, according to Police Colonel Roland Vilela, directorof the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO). For those who claimed they were sick,they needed to submit medical certificates, said Vilela. One of the 40 policemen is the policechief of Pavia, Police Captain Niño Leonard Amar who was in Tapaz, Capiz onSept. 30 inspecting the police tactical operation center there for possiblereplication in Pavia. Some were already on sick leave evenbefore Sept. 30, he said. The eight policemen who won’t beundergoing summary hearing had valid reasons, said Vilela. This is a “disciplinary action”, saidVilela. The other 40 policemen will facesummary hearing, Vilela said yesterday. The summary hearing will be conductedby the Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Division of the IPPO. If that were so, said Vilela, why washe as police provincial director not informed about it, he asked. The 40 policemen facing a fullinvestigation, said Vilela, were from the police stations of Pavia, Oton, San Miguel,Maasin, and Cabatuan which he visited during the transport strike. Colonel Roland Vilela, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN As to the Cabatuan municipal policestation chief who was also not in his post during the transport strike, Vilelasaid Police Lieutenant Joebert Amado remains on leave and is yet to submit hisformal explanation./PNlast_img read more

Morris fire under investigation

first_imgMorris, In. — Firefighters from Morris and Batesville extinguished a fire on State Road 46 near County Road 600 E in Morris. No injuries were reported. No damage estimate is available and the cause is under investigation.last_img

Mackay points finger at Fer

first_img Initially Mackay thought Fer’s actions were not intentional, but heard afterwards that the Holland forward had meant to score. The Cardiff boss praised the official for the decision which ensured his side claimed a fifth point away from home this term. Mackay said: “Common sense prevailed and sometimes common sense has to take over from rules when you’re talking about sportsmanship and the reputation of our league, which is top class. “Mick (Jones) certainly did that today. Whether that was the exact ruling or whether he should have given the goal and let us walk up and put the ball in the net, which would’ve been a complete mockery. “I don’t think that’s something that anybody in the stadium would’ve wanted, maybe with the exception of Leroy Fer.” Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood told Mackay they would have allowed Cardiff to score had the goal stood. “Immediately Colin and Chris came up and said, ‘If Mick Jones gives it, we’ll let you walk it into our net’,” Mackay added. “There was complete calmness from both benches. The boys were a little bit heated, but I think common sense prevailed. Goalkeeper David Marshall was at the centre of the key incident for the second successive Saturday as Fer found the Cardiff net in stoppage time, only for referee Mike Jones to chalk the goal off. Marshall had thrown the ball out due to an injury to Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey and Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s throw in went to Fer, who tucked a shot into the bottom corner as Marshall awaited a return pass, sparking a fracas. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay criticised Norwich’s Leroy Fer for poor sportsmanship following a controversial goalless draw at Carrow Road. “Everyone in the stadium, bar the boy (Fer) himself, sees that would’ve been an awful end to a football game and would’ve been poor for our league which is held in high regard throughout the world.” Hughton, who declined to say what his side would have done had the goal been allowed to stand, believes Fer’s intentions were not to score. “I would think he’s playing the ball back to the goalkeeper,” Hughton said. “It happened very quickly and I didn’t see all of it. What I did see was a throw-in for us, the ball going to Leroy and Leroy giving the ball back to them. “I don’t know if the pace of the ball took it in the net or if the goalkeeper left it.” Hughton believes, by the letter of the law, the goal should have stood. “My initial thinking is that it should’ve been (allowed),” Hughton said. “But I don’t know the reasons why. I’ve only just heard that the referee said that he didn’t whistle for play to commence. “I wouldn’t think that you have to (for a throw in), but I haven’t seen him. “It’s not a way that you want to win a game. You want to win a game in the way that we should’ve won it today and that’s by taking some of the chances that we had.” Norwich were dominant throughout but found Marshall in supreme form a week after he was dispossessed by Samuel Eto’o while bouncing a ball at Chelsea on an occasion when the goal incorrectly stood. “He’s an excellent goalkeeper,” Mackay said. “He was disappointed last week, even though he was certainly not at fault. He was disappointed because of the way we were playing at Chelsea in the first half. “Today he showed what he’s been showing me for two and a half years. He’s a top, top goalkeeper. “He was the best goalkeeper in the Championship last year and he’s absolutely a Premier League goalkeeper.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Ferdinand ready to sign with Rs

first_imgRio Ferdinand is set to complete a move to QPR after the former Manchester United and England defender announced he had passed his medical. The 35-year-old has been a free agent since his 12-year stay at Old Trafford came to an end when his contract expired last month and he is now set to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, the man who handed him his professional debut when the pair worked together at West Ham. Ferdinand’s future was up in the air as he travelled to Brazil to work as a World Cup pundit with BBC Sport but now he is back he appears to be closing in on a move to Loftus Road. “Thumbs up re medical now on to the the exciting part #Signature EnRoute to Loftus Road…. #QPR,” he tweeted. If the contract is signed without a hitch, Ferdinand will become Redknapp’s first summer signing after guiding the R’s back into the Barclays Premier League through the play-offs. Until now the 67-year-old has focused more on handing new contracts to those players who helped steer the club back to the top flight but, in Ferdinand, he will be adding a man with plenty of experience and six Premier League winners’ medals. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho stands by campaign claim

first_img “I never regret when I speak from my feelings,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to spend my energy thinking about the negative decisions and the points it cost us. I don’t speak about it. I can’t. I’m punished. “I just want to focus all my energy. Two months to go and in two months we can be champions.” Chelsea on Sunday play Hull, whose manager Steve Bruce criticised the Blues players following December’s meeting at Stamford Bridge, accusing Gary Cahill of a dive which was like “something out of Swan Lake”, while Willian and Costa were booked for diving. Mourinho refused to respond on Friday, but was asked about an article published on the club’s official website, headlined ‘Penalty puzzle’, which analysed the fact Chelsea have received two Premier League spot-kicks all season. The Blues boss does not believe it was a provocative piece and merely stated facts. He said: “Not for me. I don’t think the writer is going to win the Pulitzer with that article. It’s just the numbers. “It’s such a simple thing and for me there is no story. How many penalties has this team had? Five. How many penalties has that team have? Eight. How many penalties has this team had? One.” The Blues boss was fined £25,000 for the comment, which came after the December draw at Southampton when he felt his side were denied a clear penalty, with Cesc Fabregas instead booked for diving. Since weight has been added to Mourinho’s claim, with Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic handed disputed suspensions, while marginal decisions have gone against the Blues, including in last week’s draw with Southampton, when Costa was denied a penalty. Jose Mourinho has no regrets over denouncing the “clear campaign” against Chelsea and now wishes to focus only on wrapping up the Premier League title. Press Association Mourinho said Chelsea missed “confrontational leadership” last season in finishing third in the Premier League behind Manchester City. The Blues boss, six points clear of City with a game in hand, says it is a motivational technique that has not been required this term. Asked for an example, Mourinho said: “Criticise a player in the media. Try to provoke a reaction from him, of anger, of not being happy with his manager, of trying to show that I’m not right.” He did that with Eden Hazard last term, criticising the often mercurial playmaker for not tracking back in the Champions League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid. Mourinho does not take full credit for Hazard’s consistently strong performances this term, though. Mourinho added: “I don’t think it was me with that particular episode. “I just think that was a natural evolution for him. He wants to win titles, he wants to be the best, to improve his game, to score more goals. “It was an accumulation of experience, an accumulation of feelings that made him go in a certain direction. “For example, when he was Young Player of the Year it was not a big thing for him. “He doesn’t want to be the best Young Player of the Year, he wants to be the best Player of the Year.” last_img read more

Cricket News Shai Hope century propels West Indies to series-levelling win vs Bangladesh in Mirpur ODI

first_imgDhaka: Shai Hope smashed a brilliant century as West Indies edged Bangladesh by four wickets in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1 in Dhaka. Opener Hope hit an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls, guiding West Indies to 256-6 in 49.4 overs after the visitors relied on three wickets from paceman Oshane Thomas to restrict Bangladesh to 255-7 in 50 overs. Hope shared 71-run in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Keemo Paul to help West Indies get their first victory on the tour and stay alive in the series after they suffered a five-wicket loss in the opening match on Sunday. Paul, who remained unbeaten on 18, pushed spinner Mahmudullah towards midwicket to complete the victory. The fate of the game was hanging in the balance until Hope struck three fours off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the penultimate over.Hope, who has now three centuries in ODIs, hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common glory”I just kept backing myself and knew that as long as I bat till the end, we will win. I asked Keemo to bat deep. It wasn’t an easy wicket in the beginning,” man of the match Hope said.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India cricket team break records in Adelaide victoryRubel Hossain and Mustafizur claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh giving away 57 and 63 runs respectively. Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal earlier each scored a half-century to steer Bangladesh to a decent total at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Shakib top-scored with 65 off 62 deliveries while Mushfiqur and Tamim made 62 and 50 respectively after West Indies invited the hosts to bat first. Mushfiqur and Tamim laid the foundation of the innings with a 111-run second wicket stand after Oshane Thomas worked up lively pace early in the innings. Thomas, who returned with bowling figures of 3-54, forced opener Liton Das to leave the field with a toe injury before handing Imrul Kayes a duck for West Indies’ first breakthrough. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Tamim, who faced 63 balls, to break his partnership with Mushfiqur, who soon became the second victim of Thomas.Shakib, who smashed six fours and a six, then guided the lower-order to give Bangladesh a competitive score. “It was a 50-50 match in the end, but we couldn’t hold onto the pressure. It was a good match. Hopefully we’ll come back strong in the next game,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. The third and final match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

first_imgThe Horizon League’s board of directors and council will decide later whether fall sports competition can take place in the spring instead. Individual league members will make decisions on training, practice and recruiting in accordance with NCAA regulations, as well as state and local guidelines.___The Southern Conference has canceled its fall conference seasons, shifting competition to the spring because of the pandemic. The NCAA Division I league’s Council of Presidents voted on the move Thursday. The decision affects football, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s soccer. The panel said any nonconference competition would be up to the individual school. The conference is made up of 10 schools spread across Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. August 13, 2020 French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement.The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___More AP sports: and The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don’t know each other from sitting together. The club says fans will only be able to transfer tickets between family and close friends. The Cowboys aren’t saying how big the groups can be.Jones wouldn’t say how many tickets the team will try to sell. AT&T Stadium’s listed capacity is 80,000, and Texas coronavirus guidelines currently allow for 50% capacity. The Cowboys have already said they won’t sell season tickets in 2020.The club is planning to allow tailgating while saying groups will be separated by at least one parking space. All ticketing will be on mobile apps, and all concession sales will be cashless.All fans at least 10 years old will be required to wear masks “except when they are actively eating or drinking.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus said the move was supported by the conference’s medical advisory committee. “Ultimately, we felt it necessary to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Schaus said. ___Tulane University officials say they’re “actively pursuing” a new opponent for the school’s Sept. 3 home opener after the Southland Conference announced on Thursday it was postponing football and all other fall sports.Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend. The LPGA Tour says the Taiwan Swinging Skirts tournament scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 has been canceled due to advice from the Taiwanese government over coronavirus travel concerns.The tournament was scheduled to be played at Miramar Golf Country Club in Taipei. The LPGA said it hopes to return in 2021. Earlier this week, the LPGA Tour also canceled the Buick LPGA Shanghai, scheduled for two weeks earlier, due to similar coronavirus concerns by the Chinese government.___The Horizon League has joined the list of conferences postponing all fall sports competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.The decision impacts men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. It also impacts women’s golf, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, spring sports that also have preseason competitions in the fall. The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.”The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter.The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall.___Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are still planning to play non-conference football games after the FCS-level Southland Conference decided Thursday to postpone league games this fall with the intent to explore playing those in the spring.center_img Associated Press Southland Conference presidents also authorized planning for spring semester championship events for volleyball, soccer and cross country, while allowing schools to participate in limited fall competition if they choose to do so.Houston Baptist plans to honor its existing contracts to play non-conference football games against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Central Arkansas intends to play its scheduled opener Aug. 29 against Austin Peay, and a game at Arkansas State.“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”UCA athletic director Brad Teague said his school was “moving forward with its fall campaign in all sports, playing a reduced schedule.”Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said the board determined that an entire fall sports season wasn’t likely. The Southland’s decision to postpone fall sports while investigating the possibility of playing in the spring has put the Green Wave’s first game in doubt.Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule.Tulane was scheduled to play 12 games before the Southland’s decision, which for now has at least temporarily reduced the Green Wave’s 2020 slate to 11 contests.___The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions.The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state.New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring. “Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month.The region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds. ___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas.The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped. There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria.___last_img read more

Students gather for RNC speech

first_imgA presentation and panel sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics followed the speech. Thursday was the finale of a three-day convention featuring various party leaders and prominent party members, including Clint Eastwood.Typically, the Republican National Convention is a four-day event, but organizers chose to postpone the convention one day because of Hurricane Issac threatening coastal cities in Florida and Louisiana.In his acceptance speech, Romney emphasized the importance of staying optimistic when facing a tough economy and threats overseas.“We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life — the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better,” Romney said.Though Romney claims President Barack Obama’s policies and actions have not made America a better place, he admits he wanted the president to succeed for the sake of the country.“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed,” Romney said. “But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.”Jerry Ting, a junior majoring in public relations, political science and philosophy, politics and law, said he supported Obama in 2008 but is disappointed by the president’s performance.“It’s important to note that Bush did leave a big footprint and didn’t make things easy for Obama, but in hindsight Obama’s campaign was overhyped and his promise to bring about inspiring change was not kept,” Ting said.According to Romney, Obama’s promises of hope and change made for powerful rhetoric rather than realistic solutions. Romney then explained his plan to create 12 million new jobs and the five steps he would take to make it happen.Aaron Taxy, the president of the USC College Democrats, said he believes Obama should be elected for another term.“Romney plans to slash and burn Medicare and has run a negative campaign with no substance,” he said. “Obama has lowered unemployment and is steering the country in the right direction.”According to Romney, however, Democrats are not acting with as great a sense of urgency now as they did in 2008 because the President has not fulfilled the expectations of voters.“You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him,” Romney said.Some students like Amy Gebert, a junior majoring in art history and political science, said though she is excited to vote in her first presidential election, she is more interested in voting for local initiatives than for presidential candidates.“Local politics can impact your life and it’s important not just to vote in the presidential election but also in the smaller ones as well,” Gebert said.The viewing at Annenberg was followed by a panel comprising Margita Thompson, former Bush for President Campaign 2000 press secretary in Calif.; Alex Yebri, President of USC Trojans for Mitt Romney; and Gabriel Kahn, an Annenberg professor. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, moderated the panel. Nearly 100 students filled the Annenberg  School for Communication and Journalism’s lobby Thursday night to watch former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.Discussion · Margita Thompson, Alex Yebri, professor Gabriel Kahn and Dan Schnur participated in a panel following Romney’s convention speech. – Joanne Lin | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Trojans take to the road to face the Ducks

first_imgThe green and yellow-clad fans of Eugene, Ore. are still down in the dumps just days after watching their hometown Ducks lose the BCS National Championship game in heartbreaking fashion to the Auburn Tigers on Monday night .First to arrive · Junior forward Nikola Vucevic and USC are on the road this week to play conference opponent Oregon in their new arena. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan But just when it looked like Duck fans would have to trudge through another bleak winter in the blistering cold of the Northwest, the university’s proudest alum, Nike founder Phil Knight, once again has come to the rescue with the gift of a new home.Tonight, when coach Kevin O’Neill and the USC men’s basketball team (10-6, 2-1) make its longest road trip during conference play, they will be greeted to the newest collegiate basketball cathedral money can buy, as Dana Altman’s underwhelming Oregon squad (7-9, 0-4) unveils the 12,000 seat Matthew Knight Arena.“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” junior forward Nikola Vucevic said. “I mean they have been talking about this for a while. I’m glad we will be the first ones to play in it, but I just hope we get the win.”Outside of the frenzied atmosphere that will likely come with the opening of the best gymnasium Nike could buy, the already road-tested Trojans will face a Pac-10 foe that employs more than just a high-definition scoreboard and NBA-like amenities.Altman and Co. are avid proponents of the 1-1-3 and 2-3 zone — a strategy that worked favorably for Rider and Washington this season as they looked to stop USC’s low-post duo of senior forward Alex Stepheson (10.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game) and Vucevic (16.1 and 9.6).O’Neill has remained an ardent supporter of his own team’s recent ability to make stops at the defense end, however, since the Trojans have held teams to under 34 percent shooting in their last eight games — a pattern he hopes will continue Thursday night regardless of the boisterous crowd expected to fill the Knight Arena.“The bottom line is we aren’t playing the crowd, we are playing the team out there,” O’Neill said. “We know it’s going to be a tough game and a great crowd, but we just have to go out there and play as best we can and try to get a win.”In the Trojans’ 63-52 win against their crosstown rival, UCLA, at the Galen Center on Sunday, it was Stepheson’s effort on the offensive and defensive glass that proved to be the difference, personally recording a career-high 16 rebounds and playing without a cast on his right hand for the first time all season.The Trojans’ senior forward will have little time to be starstruck by the grand opening of the Ducks’ new home, as he will be tasked with the challenge of stopping Oregon’s undersized senior power forward Joevan Catron.The fifth-year senior leads the Ducks in points (15.9 per game) and rebounds (6.4 per game), while also providing the type of leadership and experience Altman and his staff have struggled to find during his first season at the helm in Eugene.While not showing his entire hand heading into their Pac-10 road opener, O’Neill suggested that to counter Catron’s craftiness and strength around the basket, he might even utilize the Trojans’ most prized weapon and defensive stopper, senior guard Marcus Simmons.“I am not against putting [him] on their best inside guy and then just going from there,” O’Neill said.Thursday night’s 8 p.m. tilt also marks the beginning of a stretch in which USC will play the role of the unwanted visitor in five of their next seven games.last_img read more