The No. 14 USC men’s volleyball team lost a close contest in four sets to No. 7 BYU Saturday.Senior outside hitter Ryan Moss has recorded 247 kills in his time at USC. He ranks second in that statistic for the Trojans. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanAfter a strong win over Stanford last Thursday for their fourth win of the season, USC looked to continue their momentum against the visiting Cougars. However, the task would prove to be difficult against a resilient and well-balanced BYU squad. The Cougars boast an impressive resume this year with an 8-4 record, including wins over No. 8 Lewis, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara. The dynamic opposite-outside hitting duo of freshman Gabi Garcia Fernandez and senior Brenden Sander led the Cougars in a game with very little room for error, as USC managed to stay within two points in every lost set. Sander recorded career-highs of 23 kills and five service aces while hitting .372. Fernandez clipped .441 with 18 kills, while senior setter Leo Durkin had a season-high 54 assists along with eight digs. Senior libero Erik Sikes contributed nine digs and two assists, and senior middle blocker Price Jarman had four blocks.For USC, the game simply slipped out of their hands. The Trojans had multiple opportunities to seal the deal and win a set, but a few service errors and clutch kills from Sander proved to be the difference. USC posted scorelines of 21-19, 17-12, 23-23 and 25-25 before falling in all but the second set. USC’s trio of junior outside hitters Jack Wyett, Ryan Moss and Gianluca Grasso once again led the team in the narrow defeat. Wyett had a balanced game with 12 kills, one ace and six digs. Moss had a team-high with 16 kills, along with one ace and one assist. Grasso contributed nine kills, three aces and five digs. USC was badly out-hit by BYU, which as a team clipped .372 compared to USC’s .321. USC’s season continues to look murkier by the day, with no apparent end to the constant losing cycles that have defined their season. With their brutal schedule, the Trojans will likely drop out of the AVCA top 15, with all eight of their losses being to ranked schools. Four of their next five games are opposing ranked teams — No. 2 UCLA, No. 11 Pepperdine, No. 10 Grand Canyon and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara. It isn’t a stretch to say that these next few games could make or break the Trojans’ year, and perhaps even head coach Jeff Nygaard’s job. Needless to say, it is imperative that Nygaard keeps morale up and lights a fire under his unit in whatever way possible before it is too late. The team will now travel to Westwood to take on the No. 2 UCLA Bruins in an MPSF match scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate arrangements regarding security on Independence Day. To prevent any untoward incident, Howrah and Bidhnannagar Police have also joined in the efforts.Kolkata Police informed that during Independence Day celebrations, several measures will be taken up to secure the city. Senior police officials have been instructed to supervise security across the city, throughout the day. According to senior police officials, during the Independence Day parade at Red Road, special security layers will be set up. There will be six watchtowers from where police personnel with advanced sniper rifles will be keeping watch on the whole area. 10 bunkers have been set up in and around Red Road and other adjacent roads. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be there at strategic points to act quickly in case of urgency. There will be 10 police assistance booths for the spectators who would come to enjoy the parade. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from security in Red Road and its adjacent areas, there will be 10,000 police personnel deployed across the city. Red Road along with seven other adjacent roads will be made ‘No Entry’ zones from 10 pm on Wednesday, until the parade gets over. Some other roads will also be made ‘No Entry’ zones from 5:30 am on Thursday. Security has also been intensified in South Dinajpur. BSF jawans were seen patrolling the areas close to the India-Bangladesh border including Hili International checkpost. According to a BSF source, the BSF jawans and police are jointly conducting search operations. A high alert has been sounded to all the sensitive areas covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Passengers traveling in long distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly, while vigil is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places.
OTTAWA – Maxime Bernier’s scathing attack Thursday on the Conservative party and leader Andrew Scheer has elicited a range of pointed reactions, including on social media and elsewhere. A selection of what was said Thursday:———“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.” — Bernier himself in a statement in which he declared he was quitting the party.___“It is clear that Max never accepted the result of the leadership vote and seeks only to divide Conservatives. His decision today allows the Conservative Party of Canada to move forward united behind our Leader @AndrewScheer.” — Former prime minister Stephen Harper.___“I hope Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues are breaking out the champagne in Nanaimo this morning. Congratulations to @gmbutts & co. who have secured an easy win in 2019 despite a mostly terrible summer.” — Rachel Curran, Harper’s former director of policy, on Twitter___“He has decided that he is more important than his Conservative colleagues and indeed the Conservative party. He has traded an opportunity to influence policy in government for his own personal ambition.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in Halifax___“He made a choice a long time ago to put himself first…. If I had someone who made this decision today who was fighting beside me in committee every day, who was helping me out and phoning me like so many of my colleagues do … I didn’t get calls like that from him so, whatever.” — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel___“A debate on ideas?? Laughable. You had every opportunity to help provide policy ideas as a respected caucus member. You’ve chosen to put the future of @MaximeBernier before the future of (Canada). #loser” — Conservative MP Todd Doherty on Twitter___“I think he will not be successful. He has disregarded the caucus and disregarded what Canadian conservatives want, which is a very positive vision for the future of the country. I think it’s actually liberating for us, because we have rid ourselves of a giant distraction who was saying things that are not mainstream, so I think this actually rebounds in our favour.” — Conservative MP Tony Clement___“Canada succeeds when Conservatives are united together. A strong, focused and determined Conservative party led by @AndrewScheer can and will defeat the Liberals in 2019 #cdnpoli #cpc2018” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Twitter___“CPC members set our policy and principles just has they have since 2003. And today we’re kicking off the largest convention in our Party’s history. This stunt isn’t about policy or principles, if it were Max would be here … debating. This is about one man’s ego.” — Steven Dollansky, national councillor for the Conservative Party of Canada.___“This Conservative caucus is bigger than one. It’s many of us and we are united, we are ready.” — Conservative MP Lisa Raitt___“This was a terrible error in judgment. You never win when you desert (and) trash talk. @AndrewScheer has the floor now (and) expecting the next 24 hrs will be positive for Scheer.” — Alise Mills, Conservative strategist, on Twitter___“Proud to stand with leader Andrew Scheer for lower taxes, balanced budgets and free enterprise. Justin Trudeau is the most socialist Prime Minister in a generation. We can’t afford another four years.” — Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre on Twitter___“When the centre-right, free-enterprise movement is united, we win. When it is divided, we lose. Look no further than what happened in Saskatchewan before the @SaskParty was formed, or what happened in Alberta in their last election.” — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe on Twitter___“Hey #TeamTrudeau, greetings from BC, where the government you helped elect is working hard. Tune out all this Bernier noise. Let the CPC focus on itself. Stay focused on Canadians.” — Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Justin Trudeau, on Twitter___“I have sympathy for Maxime Bernier’s frustrations on supply management. A better politician would have (won) that argument during the leadership, or found a way to turn his colleagues around in caucus. That he wasn’t able to do either says something.” — Andrew MacDougall, Harper’s former director of communications, on Twitter___“@stephenharper worked hard to create and maintain unity on the right. That is a huge piece of his legacy. Maxime’s decision will not serve the movement well. We all know it: Liberals win when Conservatives are divided.” — Carl Vallee, Harper’s former press secretary, on Twitter___“I have known @AndrewScheer for nearly two decades. He is one of the most principled, decent people I know. Today’s Conservative Party is a mainstream, democratic coalition that is ready to govern. One man’s ego must not risk the imperative of defeating the Trudeau government.” — Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party