“For the Love of the Game” runs Wednesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, email Dave at [email protected] or comment below. Death tends to put things in perspective, even when we don’t ask for it.It teaches us that the big things aren’t so big and in times of need, it’s important to appreciate the small things that typically get overlooked.Our campus community was dealt a cruel and unfair blow last Wednesday morning, when two of our own, Ying Wu and Ming Qu, were tragically murdered outside a home in the West Adams area.Distraction · In a time of turmoil and despair around the USC campus, the spring game provided a brief getaway for all the fans in attendance. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanNow, I didn’t know my two fallen peers. We never shared a class, a smile or even a parting glance. But what we did share was something far greater.It was the bond of being a Trojan.And as Trojans, we usually turn to football to find some much-needed soup for the soul.After almost a week of collective mourning, the USC community did what it does best in the face of unwarranted circumstances: It began to pick up the pieces.Though the annual scrimmage typically serves as an open exhibition for one and all to get a taste of what next year’s squad will look like, this year the stakes were much higher.This year the game was worth much more. It was a rallying point for all who passed through the turnstiles.Sure, Lane Kiffin’s coaching staff used the time wisely to evaluate what certainly looks like a top-five-caliber program entering next fall’s season, but to be perfectly honest, this inter-squad contest wasn’t about X’s and O’s, starters and backups, and winners or losers.The scoreboard may have read as if the white team was victorious, but every member in attendance, from the players to the coaching staff to the stadium attendants, felt a sigh of relief at the game’s conclusion. For a few hours, football provided members of this community a chance to let go, a chance to get lost in something other than a DPS report or newspaper headline.It was a candlelight vigil, a therapy session and a memorial service all in one, played out on a 100-yard field among the people who needed it most.On this campus, the wounds of this latest tragedy are still fresh. Whether you knew the victims on a personal level or whether you read about them for the first time last week, they are and will continue to be a part of you, because they were Trojans.Sports — in good times and in bad — reveal character. And Saturday was no exception.It didn’t really matter if senior quarterback Matt Barkley connected with sophomore receiver Marqise Lee in the end zone, or whether sophomore runningback D.J. Morgan or senior runningback Curtis McNeal rushed for more than 100 yards. For one day, sport was not intended to delight but rather to alleviate.The 2012 spring game should be remembered not for the stingy effort put out by the defensive unit, but by the strength in numbers put out by the Trojan community.It was a celebration, for past and present, of what it means to belong to this close-knit university family. It was a celebration of life’s unyielding potential and even in the face of harrowing events, a celebration of slowly moving on.No one can predict how long the grieving process will take, but if we learned anything from one another this weekend, it’s that as fans, as friends and as members of the Trojan Family, the process is not endured by one but by many.Losing someone, whether it’s a classmate, a colleague or a loved one, teaches us that there is more to life than the outcome of a game of football, whether it’s played on a brisk Saturday in April or a warm Monday night in January.But to all of us who have been touched by the power of sports, be it after Sept. 11, after a personal hardship or the hardship we all had to come to terms with this past week, death teaches us that the little things in life, like a spring football scrimmage, have a magical way of letting us know that it’s OK to continue fighting on.
NBA Summer: Recent transactions | 2019 NBA Draft resultsFollow the stream below for the latest updates on the Lakers, Clippers and the rest of the NBA throughout the free agency period.Viewing on a mobile device? Click here.[scribble src=”/event/2882102″ /] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMeanwhile, social media sleuths reported Leonard was at an AM/PM in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego.Just spotted Kawhi Leanord at an AM/PM in Carmel Valley. (San Diego) 💜💛 #Lakeshow #Lakers #KawhiLeonard #criscarter #LeBron #AnthonyDavis pic.twitter.com/yqlZqudZCo— LaDarius Grant (@grant_ladarius) July 5, 2019As the clock ticks toward the end of the moratorium on free agent signings (pen can officially be put to paper beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday), the wait for Leonard has had a trickle-down effect on business throughout the league, including the complex multi-team trade that will officially send Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Lakers. Thursday’s (non-)rumblings:Many people in California felt a 6.4 earthquake this morning. Some hoping it was a sign that Kawhi Leonard finally made a decision in favor of the Lakers or the Clippers.Still silent.As family and friends gather to celebrate the Fourth of July, one eye was dedicated to the grill while the other watched assorted screens and social media feeds waiting to see if the big decision would happen.Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg posted a video on Twitter singing a familiar melody of Michael Jackson’s Human Nature.Snoop Dogg made a song to convince Kawhi to come to the Lakers 😂(via @SnoopDogg) pic.twitter.com/FwYfNVJwcW— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2019Singer and producer Bazzi posted a video on Instagram this week playing the piano while singing a similar song:Wednesday’s rumblings:Yes. The NBA world continues to wait on Kawhi Leonard.In fact, there were people out on the streets of Toronto literally waiting to see Kawhi, who was reportedly in the area.Leonard reportedly asked teams for ‘total silence’ during free agency, but Toronto fans and media might have missed the memo. Kawhi Leonard has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.Friday’s rumblings:Kawhi Watch entered Day Six on Friday, and sure looked headed for Day 7 with few reports about if/when the star free agent might announce a decision regarding his future.There were plenty of NBA stars gathered at the first day of the Las Vegas Summer Pro League, including new teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who sat courtside together. Some of Kawhi’s most memorable social media memes from the past season took place with Ibaka at his side: Please scroll down for the latest updates on Twitter.Sign up for Purple and Gold newsletter and get exclusive stories that every Los Angeles Lakers fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Free-agent players to watch:Kawhi Leonard (unrestricted) – Expected to meet with the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors.D’Angelo Russell (restricted) – Traded to Golden State Warriors.Kemba Walker (unrestricted) – Agrees to deal with the Boston Celtics.Kyrie Irving (unrestricted) – Agrees to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.Kevin Durant (unrestricted) – Agrees to deal with Brooklyn Nets.Klay Thompson (unrestricted) – Warriors offer five-year, $190M max deal.Jimmy Butler (unrestricted) – Expected to be traded to the Miami Heat. Evaluating the NBA: Raptors’ teammate Serge Ibaka is keeping his fingers crossed that Kawhi’s Toronto trip is followed by good news. Southern California News Group columnist Jim Alexander wrote about Leonard is approaching free agency the old fashioned way.Alexander: Kawhi Leonard earned the right to take his timeMonday’s Rumblings:The puzzle known as NBA free agency is coming together but one piece remains missing.The Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers continue to wait for Kawhi Leonard to make his free agency decision.Leonard is expected to meet with all three teams this week but the latest Twitter chatter and trending topics, such as “Kawhi to Lakers” and “#KawhiToLA” has led some NBA fans to believe an announcement could come as soon as Monday night.The Lakers agreed to a one-year deal with Troy Daniels worth $2.1 million, the team’s first move since the free agency period started.Patrick Beverley will re-sign with the Clippers and will join Scott Van Pelt for an interview on SportsCenter tonight. Alexander: Kawhi Leonard earned the right to take his timeWhicker: Free agency proves the NBA is a league for all seasons.NBA players, executives share thoughts on a ‘wide-open’ Western Conference next season.The Summer of the Free Agent: Four big NBA storylines to follow.Reaction: Kevin Durant confirms he will join Brooklyn Nets on Instagram.Whicker: NBA buyers beware – Faster game means more, and more severe, injuries. Tuesday’s Rumblings:Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement with a SoCal native Tuesday.No, not Kawhi.The Lakers reached an agreement on a 1-year minimum deal with Jared Dudley.The veteran forward played basketball at Horizon High School in San Diego before starting his college career at Boston College, where he was voted the 2007 ACC Player of the Year as a season.Dudley will call the Staples Center his home arena for the second time in his NBA career, having played with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2013-14 season.After reaching an 3-year agreement with Patrick Beverley on Sunday, the Clippers went ahead and took care of the three-time Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams, agreeing to completely guarantee his $8 million salary for 2020-21, according the Athletic’s Shams Charania.Despite the moves made by the Lakers and Clippers, the teams continue to wait for Leonard’s decision. Report: Clippers guarantee Lou Williams’ 2020-21 deal in a show of appreciationClippers re-sign Patrick Beverley, wait on top free agent target Kawhi Leonard.Kevin Durant reportedly will join Nets, not Clippers, who will wait to hear from Kawhi Leonard.The Clippers’ sights remain set on Kawhi Leonard, but they’ll keep their options open otherwise.Kawhi Leonard has Clippers and Raptors waiting and wishingHow the Clippers built a culture, roster and narrative that matches with Leonard’s work ethicClippers make a qualifying offers to center Ivica Zubac, Rodney McGruder. The latest on the Clippers: Lakers, veteran forward Jared Dudley agree to 1-year minimum deal.As NBA shakes and stirs with free agency, Lakers wait on Kawhi Leonard.D’Angelo Russell traded to the Warriors, Lakers miss out.Magic can’t be part of Lakers’ official pitches to free agentsLakers create max cap space, trade Wagner, Bonga, Jones to WizardsFree agency guide – Part 1: What the Lakers will look for at the wing positionFree agency guide – Part 2: What the Lakers will look for in guardsFree agency guide – Part 3: What the Lakers will look for in big menHeisler: The bumbling, stumbling Lakers are on the cusp of potentially signing a top-flight free agent thanks to LeBron JamesWhicker: Will Lakers swing for solo homers or play for the big inning?Could D’Angelo Russell make a Lakers comeback? Local standouts have also made free agency agreements.Santa Margarita High alumnus Klay Thompson agreed to a five-year, $190 million extension with the Golden State Warriors.Thompson is celebrating his extension with a pair of newspaper themed shoes. Long Beach Poly alumnus Jordan Bell agreed to deal with Minnesota Timberwolves.Sunday’s rumblings:Kevin Durant will team up with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn.The Warriors acquire D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, according to multiple reports.Golden State also traded Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to terms on a four-year deal with five-time All-Star Al Horford and retain Tobias Harris with a five-year deal. The Sixers are also finalizing a deal to send Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat, where he is expected to sign a four-year contract worth $142 million, according to reports.Former Lakers forward Julius Randle and former USC basketball player Taj Gibson agreed to join the New York Knicks.The Clippers re-sign Patrick Beverley to a 3-year deal worth $40 million.He averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 78 games for the Clippers last season and has career averages of 9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals over seven seasons with the Rockets and Clippers.REMEMBER: Free agents were able to start negotiations with teams Sunday, but cannot sign contracts with teams until July 6 at 9 a.m. PT.The latest on the Lakers: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Oceanco has confirmed its presence at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, from October 29 to November 2. The shipyard will present four scale models of recently designed superyachts. They all display the characteristics that have established Oceanco’s solid reputation over the past decades.Innovative design, smart engineering and advanced technology have become trusted features. But above all, each yacht by Oceanco has a unique, highly distinct personality, carefully tuned to the lifestyle of her owner.The most recent example of Oceanco’s tireless quest for technical accomplishment combined with stylish innovation is the Y708, measuring 85.6 meters and scheduled to be launched in 2012. This yacht is destined to set new standards for all aspects of yachtbuilding. Craftsmanship and engineering to the highest specifications, most sophisticated equipment, compliance with the latest environmental regulations, together with provisions for extreme comfort and luxury aim to offer to the true yachtsman the ultimate yacht. Her many assets include a spacious swimming pool convertible into a helicopter landing area and a completely private owner’s deck.New concept Oceanco introduces the 110m PA107 design, a new styling concept based on a newly developed platform, in accordance with SOLAS rules for 36 passengers. Powered by a hybrid propulsion system, ensuring minimum fuel use and maximum power, the yacht can easily reach a speed of 21 knots. One of the most remarkable architectural features is an exterior glass elevator, rising from the boat deck to the helicopter platform. Glass is prominently present in the design of the PA107, where it is not only applied in a functional manner, but also serves as an important aesthetic element.At the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oceanco can be found in booth 629 of the Yacht Builders and Designers Tent in Bahia Mar Center.www.oceancoyacht.com