Associated Press February 27, 2020 BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Toledo’s Marreon Jackson has averaged 19.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists while Luke Knapke has put up 15.7 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. For the Cardinals, Tahjai Teague has averaged 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while Ishmael El-Amin has put up 14.1 points.CREATING OFFENSE: M. Jackson has been directly responsible for 44 percent of all Toledo field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 35 field goals and 19 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Rockets are 0-5 when they score 62 points or fewer and 14-9 when they exceed 62 points. The Cardinals are 0-8 when allowing 70 or more points and 16-4 on the season, otherwise.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Cardinals have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Rockets. Toledo has an assist on 38 of 76 field goals (50 percent) over its past three outings while Ball State has assists on 43 of 64 field goals (67.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Ball State as a collective unit has made 9.1 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among MAC teams. Ball State looks for road win vs Toledo Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBall State (16-12, 9-6) vs. Toledo (14-14, 6-9)Savage Arena, Toledo, Ohio; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Ball State looks for its third straight win over Toledo at Savage Arena. Toledo’s last win at home against the Cardinals came on Feb. 23, 2016. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
When photos of the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square hit the media, America was introduced to a muddled collection of images — an endless sea of people, spurts of fire and the foreign scribble of Arabic writing. Initially, it wasn’t clear what was going on, especially as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime tried to tighten its grip on what the rest of the world saw, temporarily shutting down the Internet and discouraging journalists from doing their jobs.Reflection · Hassan Ghozlan, a graduate student studying engineering, looks through photos and news clips from his war-torn country, Egypt. – Stephanie Guo | Daily Trojan But to engineering Ph.D. student Hassan Ghozlan, an Egyptian citizen who came to the United States for the first time in Fall 2009 to attend the Viterbi School of Engineering, the pictures were personal. They showed the square just across the Nile from his home, the place where a month ago he bought novels from a bookstore in the square.And for freshman Richard Sidhom, whose family left Egypt and came to the United States when he was nine years old, the protesters in the streets of Alexandria, Sidhom’s birthplace, were cousins, distant relatives and friends that he had left behind.The protests, which have been going on since Jan. 25, represent to Ghozlan and Sidhom a power struggle between Mubarak’s regime and the masses of average Egyptians who have been suffering for too long under Mubarak’s rule.“It was not religious, it was not an Islamic uprising,” Ghozlan said. “It’s just people: engineers, university professors, doctors, average people. It was the youth, and that’s why it has hope to be successful.”Both Ghozlan and Sidhom were raised under Mubarak’s rule and taught from a young age to refrain from speaking out in order to protect themselves — never to get into a fight or walk into a protest or hold a sign. Ghozlan compares Mubarak’s 30-year rule to that of Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984.It was always never do this, never do that, especially for Sidhom, who is a Coptic Catholic, a minority in Egypt.But according to Ghozlan, the current protests transcend religious differences. To him they represent good, middle-class Egyptians standing up against a certain evil that has overstayed his welcome as their ruler.“[Religion] is the card the [Mubarak] regime plays to the West — it’s either me, or the Muslim Brotherhood and the extremists,” Ghozlan said. “And people buy that.”This isn’t the only issue Ghozlan feels Mubarak has swept under the rug. He believes that, over the last 10 or 15 years in particular, the regime has been a sham, featuring acts of deceit, corruption and oppression.Videos have been leaked of Egyptian Parliament members being told how to vote and not being able to do otherwise. A Mubarak opponent trying to run for the presidency was sentenced to prison on counts of forgery. A ferry boat unfit for use sank in the waters of the Red Sea, drowning more than 1,300 Egyptians. These and thousands of other acts have seemed to go unpunished — until now.“You don’t see what’s going under the carpet,” Ghozlan said. “People are boiling, people are mistreated, the regime is oppressive.”This dynamic can be seen in the photos recently released. In one, an anti-Mubarak protester sits in the square holding a sign written in Arabic that translates to “Come on Hosni! I need to go home to grade the exams,” while in another, members of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party barge through the crowds on horse and camelback, a sight Ghozlan hadn’t seen in the square in the 25 years he lived in Cairo.It is acts like these that lead Ghozlan to believe Mubarak cannot be trusted. Whether right now or in eight months, when the national elections are planned to take place. Ghozlan supports an immediate transfer of power, though he doesn’t think Mubarak needs to be exiled from Egypt for this to be successful.Sidhom, on the other hand, is not quite as convinced. As a Coptic, he is somewhat wary of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over, and believes that if this occurs, it could cause problems for Egyptian Coptics. The worst-case scenario would be a Coptic diaspora from Egypt, according to Sidhom. But above all, he wants what is best for Egypt as a whole.“What I’ve been noticing is on one hand, you have some people who are taking advantage of the chaos to act out these anti-Coptic feelings,” Sidhom said. “But on the other hand you have a lot of people who right now are saying, ‘We’re not Coptics and Muslims; we’re all Egyptians.’”This nationalistic mentality can be seen both in the heart of Tahrir Square and thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, where Ghozlan and Sidhom can openly voice their opinions about Mubarak and what they see fit for the future of Egypt.“It’s when one looks at the world and sees democracy and sees how things are run in democratic countries that he realizes how cruel it is to live in such a society,” Ghozlan said.For more stories on the crisis in Egypt, click here.
We’ve trawled through all of Saturday’s newspapers and the internet to save you the time (you’re welcome).As usual, there is plenty of top transfer news and gossip. 3 Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder heading off LIVING THE DREAM Germany international Jerome Boateng could be set for a return to Manchester City this summer. three-way race ‘perfect fit” Manchester City are preparing to open talks over a new contract with Germany’s 27-year-old midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who has also been linked with Barcelona.(Sun)Liverpool have been tipped to sign Stoke City and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 26. The Swiss star grabbed a brilliant winner for his nation against Serbia at World Cup 2018 and could be a cheap back-up to Mohamed Salah. (Express) 3 WHITE KNIGHT 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Lozano celebrates his opening goal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade GOSSIP Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND RANKED Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Bayern Munich’s 29-year-old Germany defender Jerome Boateng. The German has already spent a season with City but could return under former boss Pep Guardiola. (Sport Bild via Manchester Evening News)Manchester City are closing in on their first signing of the summer after a breakthrough in talks over Napoli and Italy midfielder Jorginho, 26. The playmaker is high on Guardiola’s wishlist at the Etihad with Fernandinho needing a capable foil. (Manchester Evening News) take zlat Here’s the best we have come across…Real Madrid are interested in Lyon and France midfielder Nabil Fekir, as Liverpool risk missing out on the 24-year-old France international. (RT France via Mirror)Arsenal have held talks with Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, 29, over a move to the Emirates. (Star)And if the move does go ahead then the Spanish side will move for Newcastle United’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino. Who, despite some good displays at St James’ Park, couldn’t hold down a starting spot. (Northern Echo) Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Latest Transfer News REAL DEAL PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano’s future will be decided after the World Cup, amid interest from Barcelona in the 22-year-old Mexico international. The livewire thrilled with a stunning performances against Germany and isn’t short of admirers. (ESPN)Fulham have bid £10m for Southampton’s 22-year-old English left-back Matt Targett. The move is unlikely to change the future of Ryan Sessegnon though, who now plays further forward than his previous full-back role. (Sky Sports)talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.