Defeats for United and Hampton

first_imgHayes & Yeading were thrashed 4-0 at Newport on a miserable night for Nas Bashir’s men.Scott Rogers’ early opener put the home side ahead, and three goals in 13 second-half minutes left United shell-shocked.Elliott Buchanan latched onto Felino Jardim’s through-ball to double Newport’s lead before two goals from Danny Rose completed the rout.AdChoices广告United gave a debut to new signing Harrison Bayley, who came on as a 70th-minute substitute.There was also a defeat for Hampton & Richmond, who went down 2-1 at Woking.It means the Beavers, beaten at home by Bromley on Saturday, have lost both their opening matches under new boss Mark Harper.last_img read more

Egyptian students talk about protests

first_imgWhen 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.last_img read more

MLB 2019 preview: 5 prospect storylines to watch in spring training

first_imgTaking that into account, here are five prospect storylines to watch during spring training.The Super 2 CrewIf you don’t know what Super 2 status is it’s pretty simple: if a player accumulates 172 days on an MLB roster during a season he has one year of service time. If a player serves 171 days, he does not accumulate a year. The importance of this is when a young player comes up to MLB, if he serves 171 days during his rookie year a team has seven years until the player becomes a free agent. If he serves 172 days, the franchise has six years.Teams will use this to control players longer and that is likely what is going to happen to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays, Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres and Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox — the three best prospects in the game.While all three of these players could be the best or second-best players on their respective MLB rosters, they will likely be held down for two weeks so a team can control them for one year longer, unless a player absolutely forces their hand. Will Guerrero, Tatis or Jimenez force their respective teams’ hands? It’s unlikely, but something to watch.✔️ First Hit✔️ First Run✔️ First RBIVlad Jr. brought the hustle and flow in his #SpringTraining debut! pic.twitter.com/lhi1clqr5m— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 25, 2019Pitchers coming back from injuryThere are multiple talented pitchers who could potentially debut in MLB this season but should have hit the ground running in 2018. Brent Honeywell of the Rays lost a year to Tommy John surgery, as did A.J. Puk of the Athletics. Anthony Reyes of the Cardinals missed most of last year with an arm injury as well.All of these pitchers will likely have a chance to make a big impact in MLB this season, but how they pitch in spring training — if they pitch — could be an indicator of if they are 100 percent back from injury or not.Atlanta’s young studsThere’s a reason the Braves haven’t signed Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez in free agency. They have as much or more pitching talent than anyone in MLB. With Kyle Wright, Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint and Luiz Gohara, Atlanta has an assortment of talented pitchers with different skillsets who could all earn time in the rotation this season.So who will earn a spot out of spring training? The good money is on Wright and Soroka, who have the frames and track record to justify the spots. We’ll see if Gohara and Toussaint force their ways into the conversation, though, as they may have better pure stuff.🔥 Touki Time 🔥#BravesST | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/uBPgHVIdHH— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 23, 2019The Blocked BunchSometimes it doesn’t matter how good a young player is or how productive he has been at the minor league level. Often there simply isn’t room on a team for a player.Houston’s Kyle Tucker is good enough to earn a starting job but Michael Brantley is manning left field, Pete Alonso is more than accomplished enough to be the Mets’ first baseman but New York acquired Robinson Cano to take that position, and Brendan Rodgers could develop a bit more but he is more than good enough to play for the Rockies right now.Will these players play well enough to earn a starting spot this spring training or will they have to go down to Triple-A again and wait for someone to get hurt?Houston’s next rotation staples?The Astros are one of the few teams to have pitching prospect depth that can compete with the Braves or the Padres. They are highlighted by Forrest Whitley, who is the No. 1 pitching prospect in MLB, J.B. Bukauskas, who the team took two years ago in the first round and pitched very well in the Arizona Fall League, and Corbin Martin who emerged as a top-100 prospect after an up-and-down pitching career at Texas A&M. One of the best parts of spring training is getting a chance to see the one player you haven’t seen before: that top prospect you’ve heard so much about but have never witnessed or even the less-heralded guy down the list whose name you’ve only heard in passing.Spring training is about the unknown and the excitement coming with it. End your Monday by enjoying nearly four minutes of dominance from @ForrestWhitley. 😎 #AstrosST pic.twitter.com/3NxBgdcAl4— Houston Astros (@astros) February 25, 2019All of those right-handers are solid prospects, but guys like Josh James, Framber Valdez and Cionel Perez are all good enough to be in MLB rotations, and the Astros’ 2017 draft class produced six picks in the first 11 rounds (Bukauskas, Martin, Tyler Ivey, Peter Solomon, Parker Mushinski, Brandon Bielak) who posted K/9 rates better than 9.0 and combined to throw 598 2/3 innings with a 2.63 ERA last season.Houston’s minor-league pitching is absolutely loaded and almost all of them have seen time over the first few games of spring training. Just to get a look at them could give not only a glimpse into the Astros’ future, but maybe another team’s as well as they could be trade bait come July 31 which could land a big fish.last_img read more