FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon has revealed plans for the next phase of its headquarters redevelopment in Virginia. featuring a signature 350-foot helix-shaped office tower that can be climbed from the outside like a mountain hike. The head-turning helix building is the centerpiece of the proposal that also features three 22-story office buildings. The Seattle-based company is looking to accommodate 25,000 new workers over the coming years in the Arlington County neighborhoods across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. The company said in a blog post that the building is designed to help people connect to nature. Sketches show trees spiraling along the building’s exterior. Amazon said the exterior climb will be open to public tours on weekends.
After another dominant victory over a nonconference foe, the USC Trojan football team has wrapped up the easy part of its schedule. After two games — both blowout wins — it’s hard to really tell how USC will fare against quality Pac-12 opponents.So far, there are very few complaints about the team. Against Idaho, the offensive line and special teams performed better than they did in the season opener when they faced Arkansas State. The offensive line opened up gaping holes for all five of USC’s stellar running backs, and the Trojans also blocked an extra point.At 2-0, the 2015 Trojans have done everything they are supposed to, which is a positive sign. There were no close calls against inferior opponents like Auburn and Notre Dame this past Saturday. Additionally, the team has yet to suffer any major injuries that would negatively affect the Trojans’ potential for the rest of the season. The most noteworthy aspect of the season thus far is that it has been entirely predictable, which is a breath of fresh air when it comes to USC football.The highlight so far this season has been the tremendous play of the Trojans’ skill position players. Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree’ Jackson picked up right where they left off a season ago, with the dynamic duo leading the charge for the Trojans.Smith-Schuster has further refined his route-running abilities, improving his dependability and admirably filling the shoes of departed first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor. Smith-Schuster brings a level of smash mouth physicality to the wideout position that makes him an even more formidable threat than former standouts Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Agholor. Additionally, his speed and catch radius are already at an elite level and will give opposing Pac-12 defensive backs nightmares for the rest of the season.If contending with Smith-Schuster and the rest of USC’s talented wide receivers wasn’t enough, now defenses have to worry about Jackson making a big play whenever he touches the ball, which so far has been much more frequent than last season. Jackson, who is also one of the surest tacklers on defense, had a catch-and-run that was about as close to Reggie Bush’s famous run against Fresno State as anything the Coliseum has seen in the last 10 years.Both Smith-Schuster and Jackson have lived up to their billing as ballyhooed recruits, and USC’s potent and explosive offense is reaping the rewards. The talent extends beyond the receiving corps to the backfield where USC is absolutely loaded at tailback.Junior Justin Davis made his 2015 debut in electrifying style, bouncing his first run outside and taking it to the goal line. After scoring on the subsequent play, Davis’s uncanny vision and cutback ability was on display on the next drive with impressive runs. Though frequently injured, Davis has natural instincts that just can’t be taught, and if he can somehow stay healthy all season, the Trojans will have the perfect complement to Tre Madden’s running style.Madden had another impressive game, displaying his versatility as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker. Though he has missed a lot of the last two seasons, Madden hasn’t really skipped a beat from his elite performances in the early 2013 season.The real revelations, though, have been the freshmen trio of running backs. Ronald Jones II followed up his terrific debut with another stellar performance against the Vandals. In what was one of the most impressive runs of the game, Jones exploded through the middle for a dynamic 40-plus yard touchdown run. Though it was called back because of holding, this run, in conjunction with his long scamper against Arkansas State, is indicative of Jones’ tremendous big play ability.While Jones has dominated the headlines so far, both Dominic Davis and Aca’Cedric Ware have also made quality impressions. Davis, who is too light to be an every-down back, makes explosive plays every time he touches the ball. With his ability to split out wide, Davis could be a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers who can’t match his quickness. Ware has only flashed glimpses of his potential, but the brief introduction has exhibited a physical downhill runner who complements the quartet of USC’s other running backs.It’s certainly too early to get overly excited about the Trojans’ postseason potential after only two wins against substandard opponents, but the team definitely has to feel good about their first two victories.Both Stanford and Arizona State have looked suspect so far this season, and if the Trojans can somehow beat both the Cardinal and Sun Devils, then they will enter their early season bye in the best position they have been in since the end of the Pete Carroll era. The team has a long way to go to match the performance of those teams, but so far it is trending in the right direction.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.
Fox Sports West reportedly declined to renew the contract of Clippers television analyst Bruce Bowen after he made comments critical of Kawhi Leonard in June, ESPN first reported Monday.Bowen was under contract with Fox Sports West, but the Clippers – like every major pro sports team – have significant input into the hiring of television broadcast talents and withheld approval on extending his contract, the report said.Bowen, a Cal State Fullerton product, served as a color commentator for Clippers broadcasts alongside play-by-play man Ralph Lawler during the 2017-18 season, replacing longtime analyst Michael Smith.On June 21, Bowen made an appearance on Sirius XM Radio and was critical of how Leonard handled his departure from San Antonio: Assuming Leonard, who was limited to nine games in 2017-18, plays a full season for the Raptors and re-establishes himself as one of the game’s best all-around players, he’ll be arguably the most sought-after player in a loaded free-agent class that is expected to include Klay Thompson (unrestricted), Kevin Durant (player option), Kyrie Irving (player option) and Jimmy Butler (player option) next summer. It is widely expected Leonard will decline his $21.3 million player option for 2019-20, and the Southern California native apparently prefers to play for one of the L.A. teams.The Clippers are projected to have nearly $40 million in salary cap space next summer and could clear enough additional space to offer a max-level contract to both Leonard and another elite free agent. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bowen’s comments might have drawn additional attention, too, since he was a former Spurs player who won three titles under longtime coach Gregg Popovich. Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan in July after a falling out in which the Spurs and Leonard disagreed on how to handle his quadriceps issues.Leonard sought outside medical advice during the season and spent significant time away from the Spurs while training at the National Basketball Players Association facilities in New York. He was not with the Spurs during their first-round playoff loss to Golden State. “I think there’s nothing but excuses going on. First, it was, ‘Well I was misdiagnosed.’ Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year. And you’re the go-to guy, you’re the franchise, and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I think he’s getting bad advice. I think what you’re starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it’s not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim (Duncan), Tony (Parker) and Manu (Ginobili).”The Clippers – along with the Lakers – are believed to be one of the front-runners to land Leonard during free agency next summer and the Bowen decision is perceived as one that sends a clear message about how the organization plans to protect star players.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s not a moment to lose for the Philippines in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after it suffered a gut-wrenching 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan in the second round.Gilas Pilipinas dropped to a 5-4 record and tied Japan at the third spot of Group F and is now in a virtual must-win situation in order for them to secure a slot in the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENT Its next hurdle is to stop Iran on Monday.The only thing Gilas can do right now, though, is to learn how not to repeat its crucial mistakes from its loss to Kazakhstan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“You have to play under pressure, the only thing you can do now is to focus on the next game,” said Guiao Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I don’t think you can think about anything else than that.”The top three teams and the better of the fourth placers in Groups E and F will advance to the World Cup and the Philippines is technically within that region. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gilas Pilipinas, however, has to secure at least the third spot in Group F in order for them to avoid any complications moving forward.“We talked about the lessons we learned today but we cannot carry that baggage until Monday because it’ll just make life harder for us,” said Guiao. “My advice to the team was just to talk about the things that we need to make adjustments on, the lessons that we learned, and absorb it.”A change in Guiao’s lineup for the game against Iran is the switch of naturalized players from point guard Stanley Pringle to versatile center Christian Standhardinger.Guiao said he’ll miss Pringle’s mastery of the point guard position but he will have the athleticism and energy of Standhardinger in both the center and power forward positions.Jayson Castro, who was once dubbed as the best point guard in Asia, will make his return after serving his suspension for getting involved in the melee between the Philippines and Australia in the previous window.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lesson learned but June Mar Fajardo not dwelling on error in painful Gilas loss Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Even though we’ll lose Stanley’s aggressiveness, we will gain Christian’s quickness and active play which we lacked with our bigs today,” said Guiao. “We’re hoping Christian can remedy the defensive lapses that occurred.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks to Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour about the evening’s League Cup action, including the north London derby at White Hart Lane.Arsenal are favourites 7/5 favourites to claim victory over their rivals, while Tottenham are 19/10, but Gunners hero Parlour believes,with both managers likely to name strong sides, it could go all the way to a penalty shootout to decide the victor.It’s a big game for Spurs’ out-of-form striker Harry Kane – could he net his first Tottenham goal of the season against the Gunners? He’s 11/2 to score first at the Lane…Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
A man who has admitted killing another man in a bar on Arranmore Island tried to commit suicide shortly before the attack.Stephen Boyle, 41, crashed his car into a wall to try and do away with himself a month before the incident, a court was told.Boyle has admitted killing but denies murdering Paul Boyle at Early’s Bar on Arranmore in October, 2009. Mr Boyle of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park, London has pleaded not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court.John Boyle, a brother of the accused, revealed that a month before there was an incident where the accused crashed his BMW into a wall to ‘try and do away with himself’.The witness told the court his brother was crying after the incident and he was concerned he was suicidal.He told Mr Vincent Heneghan BL prosecuting that after the incident he got a call and he went to collect his brother who was in bad shape and was crying.“I was concerned the way he was talking. I thought he might take his life or something”, he told the court.Witness Brendan Gillespie said that Paul Boyle was stuck twice by the accused with a glass, which he said broke after the second blow.Under cross-examination, he revealed that when Paul Boyle was struck first, his head went forward but said: “I’m sure he didn’t mean to cut him in the neck.”He said he didn’t remember hearing any shouting or seeing Paul Boyle engaging in a blocking exercise.The owner of the bar, Gerry Early, told Mr Micheal O Higgins that Paul Boyle, 19, had to put out of the bar over an incident earlier that evening.The trial continues today before a jury of six men and six women and Justice Patrick McCarthy.ARRANMORE KILLING – ACCUSED TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE MONTH BEFORE ATTACK was last modified: February 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arranmore IslandCENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTPaul BoyleStephen Boyle