Olympic spirit should exist for all

first_imgThe Olympic spirit is a phrase liberally tossed around to describe the athletes at the world’s greatest athletic stage every four summers. As defined by the Olympic Creed, the Olympic spirit is:“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”Should this be true? Sure. Is it? Probably not.Athletes are inherently competitive, especially the best athletes from around the world, and it seems silly to be able to tell someone who wins for a living to be alright with not living just because it is a special occasion.However, the Olympics are about more than sports. The stories are less frequently broadcast in NBC’s primetime coverage, but there are still heartwarming stories to be found throughout the Games. For example, the story of 41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who once competed for the Soviet Union and in Rio became the world’s oldest Olympic female gymnast, or weightlifter David Katoatau of Kiribati, who danced during the competition to raise awareness for climate change.These are the stories that give the Olympic spirit meaning. Neither athlete medaled and yet their stories are ones that have the opportunity to be told.For athletes in less glamorous sports from less glamorous lands with less chance of a glamorous endorsement, the Olympic spirit rings true. For the majority of athletes, the chance to compete in the Olympics comes with the knowledge that the experience is the most valuable asset. For the likes of superstars such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps or Simone Biles, the Olympics are more valuable as a launching point into the next wave of a career.It is smart for these athletes to take advantage of the monetary and career opportunities that are tied to the Olympics for some of the more popular sports, but for the hundreds of other athletes who do not receive the same attention from the mainstream media, the best they can hope for is to embrace and honor the Olympic spirit.The Olympic spirit is applicable in everyday life, and there are endless inspirational quotes conveying the same message. We see them everyday on friends’ Instagram bios and classmates’ notebooks, but most ordinary lives are so far removed from the Olympics it would be seemingly difficult to find inspiration in a creed meant for the world’s most impressive athletes.And yet, here we all are, at the University of Southern California. No, it isn’t Oxford or Harvard, but without a doubt it is an extremely prestigious university who has graduated people who have changed the way the world operates and thinks.All the students at USC were once the Olympians of their high school and now that they’ve won a medal, moved on to the next part of their education.As a competitive student at USC, it is easy to get caught up in the “winners are the only ones who succeed” mentality, but upon closer inspection, the time spent at USC is more similar to a three-week stay at the Olympics than one might think.As the Olympic creed says, the most important thing is to take part, so do not be afraid to experience USC in every avenue. Do not worry solely about winning, but also learn from the battle that college is every day in a variety of ways. As the creed finishes by saying that to fight well is the most essential aspect, it’s hard not to appreciate that as a Trojan, where we live by the motto, “Fight On!”Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

Phillies fans react to ‘MLB: The Show’s’ apparent trolling attempt

first_img“MLB: The Show” knows how to market, if nothing else.The baseball video game’s Twitter account teased a big announcement on its page Tuesday, piquing the interest of baseball fans. Phillies fans took it to mean that cover athlete Bryce Harper would be signing with their favorite team. One whiff and you’ll be hooked…Small dab, #BigSexy : https://t.co/hHvG5r9UKF pic.twitter.com/V3tW4fGP0z— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 29, 2019Unsurprisingly, the presence of Bartolo Colon rather than Harper on the video game’s timeline prompted some less-than-happy Phillies fans who had hoped their dreams of Harper patrolling right field in Citizens Bank Park would become a reality.MORE: Harper headlines top 79 free agentsMany used Jim Carrey GIFs or voiced their displeasure about turning “MLB: The Show” tweet notifications on to show their unhappiness about the lack of news.This isn’t Harper news. Why did I turn on tweet notifications for this— Jack G (@jguugs) January 29, 2019Me if @Bharper3407 doesn’t sign with the @Phillies today. And @MLBTheShow just schooled everyone #impatientlywaiting pic.twitter.com/951ieZy00b— Kelly Beyer (@kbeyer607) January 29, 2019You just lost a customer— Aunt Tim (@JWat23) January 29, 2019Never thought I’d be getting trolled by a damn videogame— Mike Hurley (@MikeJHurley) January 29, 2019pic.twitter.com/gFcCZO7KaR— Sam Kulp (@kulp_sam) January 29, 2019If Bryce Harper doesn’t actually sign with the Phillies today…. pic.twitter.com/5TertFWo0W— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) January 29, 2019It would not be wise of @MLBTheShow to mislead the Philadelphia fanbase on something as big as a Bryce Harper signing…which is probably exactly what they’re doing and I’m just setting myself up for disappointment again ok great thanks #Phillies— Paul Caracciolo (@windowtothepaul) January 29, 2019Wow just got an email from Billy McFarland offering me tickets to a meet and greet with Bryce Harper in Philly tonight it’s really happening you guys— tyler donchez (@tylerdonchez) January 29, 2019Me trying to enjoy these Bryce Harper rumors while still expecting to be disappointed: pic.twitter.com/0q9263tONc— Jordan Lawson (@darealjlaw) January 29, 2019 You’ll want to keep an eye on this account tomorrow… just saying.Get hyped: https://t.co/MeSPqa1pm2 pic.twitter.com/TIBlOBgif0— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 28, 2019Just don’t say that in front of the @Phillies fans… https://t.co/3vzIm8MvPj— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 28, 2019Needless to say, the announcement was far from anything involving Harper or the Phillies. last_img read more

NFL picks, predictions against spread for Week 16: Cowboys clip Eagles; Packers upset Vikings

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/43/russell-wilson-101319-getty-ftrjpg_jaqpmk9d9aq41mlkgm820v9ti.jpg?t=-977497499&w=500&quality=80 Baltimore Ravens (-10) at Cleveland BrownsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Ravens are well aware their worst loss of the season came to the Browns at home. At that time in late September, it looked like the teams might be headed in different directions in the AFC North. Now the Ravens are more about domination, and the Browns are all about dysfunction. Lamar Jackson is set to wrap up his MVP case, because once Baltimore wins to take the No. 1 seed, you can bet they will rest their indispensable leader for Week 17. He wants to make amends for his worst game, and he will need to, as the Browns will try to win again with plenty of Nick Chubb, their one reliable offensive force. Jackson can pick apart a reeling defense that couldn’t stop a versatile running game and mobile QB in Arizona.Pick: Ravens win 31-24 but fail to cover the spread.Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at New York JetsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Steelers have another quarterback quandary as their offense continues to be capped, with the running game not taking enough pressure off or facilitating the downfield passing. Either Duck Hodges or Mason Rudolph isn’t in a great spot on the road against a team that can stop the run and blitzes to get after young passers. With that said, the Steelers can squash the Le’Veon Bell revenge game narrative in a hurry and get in the face of Sam Darnold just as often. It won’t be easy, but the Steelers will make a few key pass plays that the Jets won’t make against the better, deeper secondary.Pick: Steelers win 20-10 and cover the spread.New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxDwayne Haskins is showing he has the goods late in his rookie season, and the Giants’ defense doesn’t have answers for his best skill support, rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin and venerable running back Adrian Peterson. The Redskins got blasted in the first matchup on the road, 24-3, when Haskins was getting his feet wet and a healthy Daniel Jones was more polished on the other side. Washington’s defense isn’t good on the back end, but it will hang tough up front while the Giants wilt a little more.Pick: Redskins win 20-17 and cover the spread.Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts (-6 1/2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Panthers’ run defense is atrocious. The Colts have a terrific offensive line and will be relentless with Marlon Mack and their ball-control approach to set up favorable play-action for Jacoby Brissett. The Panthers also are set to turn to rookie Will Grier for his first career start. He will keep getting the ball in the hands of Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore on a fast track indoors while he works to avoid the turnovers that cost Kyle Allen. Indianapolis will grind away to a lead and hold it late by forcing a big mistake from Grier.Pick: Colts win 27-17 and cover the spread. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/35/f6/tom-brady-091719-getty-ftrjpg_tl2mn14xzzej1q4lnc7k8qtjk.jpg?t=1092722813&w=500&quality=80 Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-9 1/2)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThe Seahawks are trying to establish themselves as the best team in a loaded NFC playoff field. To do that, they can make a statement at home against an inferior team. The Cardinals had a day against the Browns to get a much-needed win, but Kyler Murray, even with some playmaking pop against an injury-riddle Seattle defense, is stepping into a hostile environment. The Seahawks won’t look ahead to the 49ers game by remaining steady with Chris Carson and Russell Wilson.Pick: Seahawks win 31-24 but fail to cover the spread.Kansas City Chiefs (-5) at Chicago BearsSunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Last week came right before and after Friday the 13th, so we knew the NFL results might be scary and brutal. And they were. A ton of stunning upsets peppered the scoreboard, which means we just need to try again to navigate through our NFL picks and predictions against the spread for Week 16.There are only two weeks left in the regular season, or 32 more matchups to prognosticate. With coaches and players fighting to keep jobs for 2020, and with plenty of playoff implications left for 2019, projecting the remaining games is a welcome-but-difficult challenge. Lock of the Week: New England Patriots (-6) over Buffalo BillsSaturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkThe Patriots wouldn’t lose to the Bills at home and drop three out of four games, would they? (Of course they wouldn’t.) New England survived the first matchup in Buffalo 16-10 and got well in Cincinnati last week — especially with the running game, defense and special teams — just in time for the rematch. Look for the Pats to stay grounded, as the backs have become the new focal points of the offense. The Bills have a tough pass defense, but the Patriots will get James White and Julian Edelman into the right matchups. Josh Allen’s passing also hasn’t been as strong against good defenses. Buffalo has won some big road games to get into the playoffs, but this won’t be another one. New England will clinch another AFC East title.Pick: Patriots win 23-13 and cover the spread.Houston Texans (-2 1/2) at Tampa Bay BuccaneersSaturday, 1 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkThe Texans have Deshaun Watson with his main receiving weapons healthy. The Buccaneers have a red-hot Jameis Winston despite being down Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Neither pass defense is good, so Watson and Winston will turn this into a matinee shootout. Houston has a lot more at stake with the AFC South title on the line, while Tampa is playing for a playoff-less second place finish in the NFC South. The Bucs are bound to cool off a little, and Watson is overdue for a monster game. He will pull of one of his dazzling comebacks to save the Texans (again).Pick: Texans win 34-31 and cover the spread.Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-6)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkThe Rams’ offense has found some answers with Todd Gurley and Tyler Higbee, which has opened up both their running and passing games. But it’s still Jared Goff in a tough road environment for a second straight game. The 49ers’ defense is depleted for the moment, and there are many places where it can be attacked through the air. The 49ers won the first meeting in Los Angeles 20-7; this one will be a little closer and higher scoring, but on a short week, Jimmy Garoppolo will allow the hosts to survive with a stellar second half.Pick: 49ers win 31-27 but fail to cover the spread.New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans (Pick ’em) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Saints usually don’t fare as well outdoors, but some of their best wins this season have come away from the Superdome. Their run defense strength has been weakened, which isn’t good against Derrick Henry. But their downfield passing and power running games can do more damage than expected. In a way, this version of Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s team is better suited to perform in the elements, and this will be a good pre-playoff road test. Ryan Tannehill has played well to get the Titans to this point, but the other side of the ball will cost them.Pick: Saints win 24-21. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/db/be/lamar-jackson-102019-getty-ftrjpg_11e9yupqse03l1s3cp7jvt5ylo.jpg?t=-328499691&w=500&quality=80 Without further ado, here’s our latest fearless forecast for upcoming NFL results. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderNFL Week 16 picks, predictions against the spreadGame of the Week: Dallas Cowboys (-2 1/2) at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThe Cowboys’ and Eagles’ offenses are operating at two different speeds. Dallas is loaded with skill players around Dak Prescott, and Philadelphia will have trouble containing them. The Eagles are operating with a compressed attack around Carson Wentz, which plays into the Cowboys’ bend-but-don’t-break mentality. Dallas won the first matchup 37-10 and is the better, healthier team. The Cowboys can carry their momentum from the Rams win while the Eagles run out of luck after escapes against the Giants and Redskins.Pick: Cowboys win 27-20 and cover the spread.Upset of the Week: Green Bay Packers (+4 1/2) over Minnesota VikingsMonday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Packers are being dismissed as overrated because Aaron Rodgers hasn’t put up gaudy numbers. But their defense and running game have consistently delivered as they’ve embraced a more hard-nosed, physical attitude. The Vikings have been up-and-down defensively but have been clean and efficient offensively, led by Kirk Cousins’ finest season. A healthy Dalvin Cook would help, but this season, the Packers are more of the grinding team, which is why they have emerged as NFC North favorites. Rodgers won’t miss his chance to wrap up the division against his rivals on the road, while Cousins’ big-game woes will cost his team.Pick: Packers win 23-20. Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons (-7)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxDan Quinn’s defense has found a new gear in the second half of the season despite more injury issues, as the Falcons are playing hard and flying around to the ball. The Jaguars showed some fight in Oakland last week but still not a lot of offense. Atlanta will be looking to run heavily with Devonta Freeman and will have success doing so. There will be some defensive surprises waiting for Gardner Minshew as he tries to match Matt Ryan.Pick: Falcons win 24-14 and cover the spread.Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Bengals don’t have much working offensively beyond running back Joe Mixon. The Dolphins have been lighting things up with DeVante Parker as the go-to for former Bengal Ryan Fitzpatrick. Brian Flores’ defense is weak, but he is doing his best to put his strongest players in position to make timely plays off mistakes, which Andy Dalton is making at a rapid rate. The grittiness of Fitzpatirck and Parker getting downfield is a boon for the home team. This game is no longer for the No. 1 draft pick, so the Dolphins might as well deliver with some pride in their home finale.Pick: Dolphins win 23-20 and cover the spread.Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos (-6 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSDrew Lock and David Blough, the rookie quarterbacks in this game, tangled in a high-scoring thriller in college last September. That won’t be the case in their rematch as pros. Lock will have success working off the running game and throwing downfield to Courtland Sutton. Blough will be under heavy pressure on the road and forced into more mistakes with no running game and a limited receiving corps. Expect former Bronco Matt Prater to do most of the scoring for the Lions back at a Mile High.Pick: Broncos win 20-6 and cover the spread.Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (-5 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSThe Raiders have hit a wall. Derek Carr and the offense continue to leave points on the table, and their defense takes turns struggling against the pass and the run. Philip Rivers is coming off another turnover meltdown, which is what happened to him in the first Raiders game this season. Rivers needs to save some face should this be the end of his run in LA, and Gordon needs to audition for his next team. The stars that will get it done, however, are Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams.Pick: Chargers win 24-17 and cover the spread. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/29/bf/dan-quinn-070718-ftrjpg_1lvulhfl688ir1e1hghen15q6w.jpg?t=79157276&w=500&quality=80 The Chiefs have their division wrapped up, and now they have a chance to remind everyone they are a serious threat to win the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes looks fully healthy, and even though the big points aren’t there, they don’t need them with the defense and special teams playing so well. Style points aren’t needed against former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and the Bears, who again will be cruelly reminded that Mahomes was drafted after Mitchell Trubisky.Pick: Chiefs win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.Stats of the Week:Week 15 record straight up: 9-6Week 15 record against the spread: 5-9Season record straight up: 147-75Season record against the spread: 117-97Upsets of the Week: 8-7Locks of the Week: 8-7last_img read more

Three northern B.C. LNG projects granted environmental assessment approval

first_imgThe Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, an estimated $.75 billion in capital cost, requires the construction and operation of up to two 860-kilometre natural gas pipelines from approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John to a new LNG terminal being proposed at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert.“Construction would generate 13,400 person-years of direct employment in B.C. During the 50 years of operations, 120 full-time jobs would be created,” the ministry says of this project.The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility, an estimated $11.4 billion in capital cost, entails an LNG export facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert.This project is said to generate 8,000 person-years of direct employment, and during the 30 years of operation, create 650 full-time jobs.Advertisement The certificates were issued by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman.The province says these certificates are subject different conditions and restrictions, all of which are legally bindingThey’re also subject to “various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed.”- Advertisement -“The Environmental Assessment Office will co-ordinate compliance management efforts with other government agencies to ensure that the office is satisfied that certificate conditions are met,” the Ministry of Environment said in a written statement.The majority of provincial permits are said to be provided through the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission – the primary operational regulator of oil and gas activities in B.C.“To prevent or minimize adverse effects from the projects, each company proposed a number of significant route or design changes during the environmental assessment, based on feedback received during the process,” the ministry goes on to write.Advertisement The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, a $5 billion capital cost project, involves a 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility.The ministry says this will generate 8,250 person-years of direct employment in B.C. an 23 full-time jobs during its 40 years of operation.“British Columbia’s environmental assessment process involves a rigorous, thorough review that provides for significant opportunities for Aboriginal groups, government agencies and the public to provide input on the potential for environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects from a proposed project,” the ministry concludes.last_img read more