C.L. Max Nikias will officially be installed as the president of USC on Friday in an inauguration ceremony open to students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and the community.The ceremony will start with a reception at 8:30 a.m. Students, staff, parents and community members will meet in Argue Plaza. Faculty will meet at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, and alumni will gather in Founder’s Park.All attendees can witness the installation ceremony in Alumni Memorial Park at 10:00 a.m., when Nikias will be officially sworn in as president.Following the ceremony, the university will host a picnic in McCarthy Quad at noon. No reservations are required to attend the picnic.Later that evening, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and the Hellenic Film center will host a screening of Brides at 7 p.m. in the Norris Cinema Theatre. The film tells a love story that takes place during a 1922 Atlantic crossing of 700 brides.Students are encouraged to attend the ceremony; classes will not be canceled but professors have been encouraged to bring their students to the inauguration. Students should confirm their attendance to the 8:30 a.m. reception at www.usc.edu/esvp (code: Student).Faculty have the opportunity to march in the inauguration procession, but they must register at www.usc.edu/esvp (code: Faculty).Parking is free for all inaugural events, but attendees must arrive early to secure a space. The University Parking Center on Grand Avenue will also be available, and will provide a tram every 5-10 minutes to campus.Nikias is the 11th president in the university’s 130-year history to be inaugurated. The last inauguration took place in 1991, when former President Steven B. Sample was sworn in.
Serie A club, AS Roma finished the 2016/17 season as runners-up behind eventual champions Juventus, who claimed a sixth successive Scudetto title.The season was notable for been club legend Francesco Totti’s last, as he confirmed his retirement from football after spending his entire career at his boyhood club, ensuring one of football’s last ‘One club’ men had hung his boots.It was expected that following Edin Dzeko’s feat last season, where he won the Capocannoniere award finishing as the league’s top scorer with 29 goals, the club would improve the playing squad to push for a title challenge this coming campaign.Alas, that entire dream seems to have been blown up in the air even before the commencement of the season. The departure of erstwhile manager Luciano Spalletti to Inter Milan, paved way for the arrival of Eusebio Di Francesco, who must now be overwhelmed at the amount of work that has to be done in the board room, to prevent his team from further being depleted.Roma faithful’s were still yet to fully understand and forgive the club for selling prized jewel, Miralem Pjanic, to rivals Juventus at the start of last season. Bizarrely, following the retirement of Totti, AS Roma have failed to fill the legend’s void but have rather embarked on a selling spree to deplete a lightweight squad.Mohamed Salah, the clubs best player over the last two seasons was sold to Liverpool for £34.3million. Defensive stalwart, Antonio Rudiger also followed suit, putting pen-to-paper for Chelsea on Sunday. Added to that, the transfer rumour mill is intense with speculations that Radja Nainggolan is the subject of a transfer bid from Chelsea, and the club might appear helpless in preventing the hard-working Belgian midfielder from swapping Rome for London.Wojciech Szczensy, on-loan from Arsenal for the past two seasons, has returned to his parent club following the expiration of the temporary deal, and as expected Roma failed to exercise their option on making it a permanent transfer, despite the cash flow from player’s sale.Di Francesco recently stated his desire to strengthen the squad with five additional signings comprising, one left back, one central defender, one centre forward and two wingers.Maxime Gonalons has arrived from Olympique Lyon, joining a fairly decent midfield that already parades Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, and Nainggolan. In attack, young Nigerian Umar Sadiq might be given an opportunity to back-up Dzeko, after auditioning at last year’s summer Olympics football event.Roma must ensure they replace Salah in the wide area, considering the duo of Alessandro Florenzi and Stephan El Shaarawy both lacks the consistence, and abilities to replace the highly rated Pharaoh. Failure to strengthen the squad and further sanctioning sale of players, will ultimately lead to a rather frustrating season for the Giallorossi. RelatedRanieri On Mission To Save Sampdoria From RelegationOctober 15, 2019In “Italy”Roma Legend Totti Confirms Retirement From Football; Set For Director RoleJuly 18, 2017In “Europe”AS Roma Bid Farewell To One Of Its GreatsMay 14, 2019In “Europe”
Forward Miya brought down by a Togo player. PHOTOS FUFA MEDIAJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda suffered friendly defeats on Tuesday as they warmed up for 2018 World Cup qualifiers this weekend.The Congolese lost 1-0 to Kenya at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa and the Ugandans fell 1-0 against Togo at the Stade de Kegue in Lome.Uganda, who qualified earlier for their first Nations Cup finals since 1978, are away to Ghana on Friday in the opening World Cup group-phase fixture in Africa and DR Congo host Libya in another of the five sections the following day.Kenya continued their recent improvement with a surprise win in the Congolese capital thanks to a 62nd-minute goal from Michael Olunga.The Sweden-based striker pushed a rebound into the net from close range after Paul Were struck a post from a tight angle.Harambee Stars succeeded despite lacking star midfielder Victor Wanyama, who could not reach Kinshasa in time after helping Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 2-0 in the English Premier League at the weekend.Another Sweden-based striker, Atakora Lalawele, was the 30th-minute match-winner for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Togo.Uganda beat Togo 3-0 at home and 1-0 away last November in a qualifying tie for the World Cup group stage. Togo host Mozambique on Saturday in another friendly.Cranes line up, captains Massa and AdebayorUganda starting XI :Salim Jamal, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murshid Juuko, Isaac Isinde, Denis Iguma, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Kizito Luwagga, Faruku Miya, Geoffrey Massa (Captain).Subs: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Kizito Geoffrey, Kiiza Hamis, Santamun Yunus, Joseph Ochaya, Mawejje Tony, Oloya Moses. Share on: WhatsApp
In this July 27, 2013, photo, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer speaks to reporters following practice at NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings.In a scathing article posted Thursday on the website Deadspin, Kluwe wrote that coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.Kluwe also says former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his rhetoric in an effort to reduce distractions to the team. At the same time, Kluwe said, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf expressed support for Kluwe’s championing of gay rights.The Vikings said in a statement that they take the allegations “very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.”“As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel,” the team said. “We do not tolerate discrimination at any level.“The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.”Kluwe called Priefer “a bigot” and Spielman and Frazier “two cowards” for releasing him in May after eight seasons with the Vikings.He was due to make $1.45 million, which was more than the cap-strapped Vikings wanted to spend on a punter. So they drafted Jeff Locke in the fifth round and parted ways with Kluwe, bringing to an end his colorful and outspoken stay in Minnesota.“Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy,” the Vikings said Thursday. “Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.”In his article, Kluwe alleged that Priefer grew more and more impatient with the various causes Kluwe supported and several times made anti-gay remarks during team meetings.Kluwe said wanted to post his article now in hopes of discouraging the Vikings, or any other team, from employing Priefer, who is widely respected at Vikings headquarters and is viewed by some as a potential head coach one day. Priefer was hired by the Vikings in 2011. He served previously as the special teams coach in Denver and Kansas City.“If there’s one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story,” Kluwe wrote, “it’s to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level.”The Vikings did not respond directly to allegations against Priefer in their statement, but did say they “will have further comment at the appropriate time.”Kluwe averaged 44.4 yards per punt over his career in Minnesota, including a career-high 39.7 yard net average in 2012. But he ranked just 17th in the NFL in punting that season before he was cut and he lost a competition for the punting job with the Oakland Raiders in the preseason in 2013. He had several tryouts during the season, but was never signed.Kluwe said he wanted to wait to air his grievances until after the season so as not to provide a distraction to his friends on the team during the season.The Vikings finished this year 5-10-1 and Frazier was fired on Monday.