Police arrested a Boynton Beach man after finding more than two dozen pipe bombs, including some that contained nails, screws and metal pellets.34-year-old Gregory Haasze is facing 26 felony counts of making, possessing and placing a destructive device after his arrest Wednesday night in Palm Beach County.Officers had been called to a dead-end street after reports of an explosion, Boynton Beach police said in court records. Investigators found remnants of an exploded pipe bomb and several undetonated bombs along the roadway.They sealed off the area and the Palm Beach County sheriff’s bomb squad disabled the devices. A neighbor told them a man named Greg who lived nearby makes bombs and sometimes detonates them in vacant lots. Officers also found a box in a trash bin with Haasze’s name on it and found several bombs and gunpowder.They say Haasze soon approached officers and told them he was why they were there. Investigators say he told them he had been making bombs for years and had made some of the found devices for this past Fourth of July. He said he never meant to hurt anyone, saying he put the screws, nails and pellets in the bombs to remove tree stumps.He was being held Thursday at the Palm Beach County jail on $26,000 bond. The Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office had no immediate comment.
Senators Michaela Murphy and Meagan Lane speak at Tuesday’s senate meeting. USG unanimously approved a special committee to amend the diversity fund after student groups felt that the fund lacked accessibility. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The Undergraduate Student Government met Tuesday to move forward on one of this semester’s pressing issues: amending the student government diversity fund. In 2015, the different cultural organizations at USC, including the Black Student Assembly, Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment and several others, pressured USC to endow the fund, which promised $50,000 a year to address issues regarding diversity and inclusion on campus.Last month, the Daily Trojan reported on a USG Senate meeting, during which the amendment was first proposed. Many senators — along with various groups including the SAGE, BSA and the Environmental Student Assembly — felt that the fund lacked accessibility in its current state and required an amendment in order to address their concerns.The first meeting resulted in a long, combative debate, so the senate tabled the issue for a later date. The senate had proposed a special committee that would that would help craft the new bylaw amendment. During Tuesday’s meeting, in a sharp contrast from the debate two weeks ago, the senate unanimously approved a committee, though in a slightly different form.A few changes to the structure of the committee played into its smooth approval. The authors of the bylaw amendment, Sen. Michaela Murphy and former USG leader Mai Mizuno, will now preside as committee’s co-chairs. It will also have seats for members of the USG advocacy branch. But the composition of the committee’s mandated members, USG Senator Michaela Murphy said, is the most important change in sealing its approval.In the original committee proposal, “there were people who had explicit seats at the table who might not necessarily have as nuanced an idea of the different needs of different marginalized groups on this campus,” Murphy said. “The people who are mandated to be there are the key stakeholders in these conversations.”USG Vice President Blake Ackerman said that aside from the committee’s structural changes, a major roadblock to approving the committee was transparency about the committee’s purpose. This time around, “there was a lot more communication between everyone that needed to be involved in the conversation,” Ackerman said. “A lot of the hurdles were just conflict resolution,” Murphy said. “People on all sides after that senate meeting [two weeks ago] … felt like they weren’t being listened to. The biggest thing was making sure people felt healed.”The committee will hold its first meeting sometime before Sept. 21 and it will be open to the public. “If issues get to a point where no one else is supporting these [diversity] initiatives, [USG] will take on that responsibility,” Murphy said. read more
The six-foot-four Kansas product led his high school, Blue Valley North, to a state title in his first varsity season. In the championship game, Mertz proved his ability to perform under pressure with a 24-30 completion-attempt ratio, punctuated by a final-minute title-winning touchdown drive to secure the first ‘ship in the program’s history. Mertz is currently the fourth ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, according to 247 Sports. This is up from their February ranking, in which he placed ninth.Graham Mertz: The answer at quarterback?Playing quarterback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is a good gig. Fans will treat any completed pass like they Read…Badger fans that followed the high school junior on Twitter were subjected to many fraught moments. For the past few months, Mertz has kept the college football world on its toes with his seemingly endless updates of new, elite universities offering him a spot in their programs.Received an offer from the University of Alabama! pic.twitter.com/cd9FjsYP3I— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) February 20, 2018 Received an offer from The Ohio State University! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/0BUXwCoixm— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) January 17, 2018 In a Tweet Thursday, four star quarterback recruit Graham Mertz confirmed his commitment to Wisconsin. Recieved an offer from the University of Michigan! pic.twitter.com/O418lXU8CA— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) December 16, 2017Mertz, however, never wavered from his commitment to the Cardinal and White, and now Badger fans everywhere are looking forward to the day when he will surely take the keys of the offense. read more
Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipp take on Wexford on Saturday afternoon in Innovate Wexford Park, in the third game of their All Ireland Senior Championship group.The sides met in a thrilling All Ireland Quarter final last year, and were edged out by a point, but Tipp got their own back, beating the yellowbellies in the league this year.Tipp have lost their first two group games this year against Cork and Limerick, making this a must-win game to progress from their group. Tipp dual star Roisin Howard says a win on Saturday would put the team right back in contention…Throw in is at 3:45 on Saturday, and Tipp FM will have updates across the afternoon.
The five-runner Horse And Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle is the feature of a seven-race all-jumps card at Thurles this afternoon.Champion trainer Willie Mullins, who won the 2017 renewal with Livelovelaugh, has entered Hey Little Boy and Didero Vallis for the race.The going this morning is soft on the chase course and soft to heavy on the hurdles course. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay Racing gets underway at twenty-to-two.
Algeria national team head coach, Georges Leekens has insisted that the race to nick the solitary qualifying ticket from Group B for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals is still far from decided.Nigeria is the only side with victories in Group B with Cameroun, Zambia and Algeria failing to amass maximum points after their opening two games in the section.The combination of results after the first two match days in the group means that the Super Eagles currently have a four point cushion over their nearest challengers, Cameroun but Leekens insists the Super Eagles must not be lulled into a false sense of security. “As long as it remains mathematically possible (for Algeria to qualify) we will continue to fight.“I also don’t think Nigeria can start celebrating yet because there are still four more games to play.“The manner of our defeat against Nigeria fills me with confidence because we created many chances against them.“Giving up is not in my nature so there is no way we will give up with so many matches to play,” Leekens said.Algeria currently props up the rear in Group B with a single point from two matches and Nigeria are top of the standings with six points from two matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
The experienced Kano Pillars midfielder drilled home a through pass from Anthony Okpotu to put Nigeria ahead in the match the Beninois had looked forward to avenging the 2-0 defeat they suffered in Kano during the CHAN qualifier. Ali had similarly scored one of the goals against the Squirrels in the Sai Masu Gida home ground.Deep into the first half, the ambitious Squirrels who enjoyed the advantage of having the Ghanaian fans behind them, were reduced to 10 men as defender Koukpo Marcellin was sent off in the 33rd minutes for a second booking.Attempts by Benin to level scores failed to materialise as Eagles dominated the second half with Okpotu, Afeez Aremu and Samuel Matthias all coming close to increasing the tally for Nigeria.Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has kept clean sheets in all four games he’s been in between the post in this competition. Peter Eneji is the joint top-scorer in this competition with two goals.The final match is slated for Sunday, and the CHAN Eagles are heading into the game as firm favourite to lift the trophy as they are yet to concede a goal in the four games they have played in the run up to the final.Super Eagles vs Benin (4-4-2): Ikechukwu Ezenwa â€“ Osas Okoro, Chima Akas, Olamilekan Adeleye, Emmanuel Ariwachuwu â€“ Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Afeez Aremu, Rabiu Ali (Gabriel Okechukwu 85), Peter Eneji â€“ Friday Ubong (Samuel Matthias 68), Anthony OkpotuShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram To play hosts Ghana in final on SundayDuro IkhazuagbeKano Pillars forward, Rabiu Ali, scored the lone goal yesterday as the home-based Super Eagles defeated Benin Republic 1-0 to qualify for the final of the ongoing WAFU Cup of Nations in Cape Coast, Ghana. Eagles are to play Ghana that defeated Niger Republic 2-0 in Sundayâ€™s final.It was the second time in barely one month that the home-based Eagles sent the Squirrels of Benin away from a major tournament. The first was the aggregate 2-1 defeat they suffered from the Nigerians to fail to qualify for the next edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).It took the Salisu Yusuf tutored Eagles just 11 minutes to register the lone goal. read more
Lagardère Sports has announced that a deal has been struck with another esports organisation, this time in the form of H2K. Following the sports marketing agency’s market entry it has signed a number of high profile deals and this follows similar partnerships with the likes of SK Gaming, Splyce, Team ROCCATT and Unicorns of Love. The agency has been behind sponsorships such as Gerolsteiner and Trust Gaming for Unicorns. Lagardère Sports’ role in the partnership will again be to help H2K acquire new sponsors and expand and optimise the team’s marketing opportunities. The agency will also be responsible for ‘creative activation promotions and secure thematic partnerships for the organisation’.H2K is one of the leading League of Legends teams, making it to the playoffs of the final four splits two years in a row. “We are delighted to team up with Lagardère Sports, one of the leading international sports marketing agencies,” stated Richard Lippe, Co-Chairman of H2K. “Both companies share the same core values with a focus on the emotional well-being and growth of the players. H2K management believes that Lagardère Sports will be instrumental in helping H2K achieve its objective of becoming one of the leading esports franchises with the ability to influence important decisions both inside and outside the esports world. H2K is confident that, working together, Lagardère Sports will also help assure that H2K will provide quality services that exceed the needs and expectations of our sponsors and other partners”, concluded Lippe.Moritz Altmann, Senior Director of eSports at Lagardère Sports Germany commented: “We are pleased to gain a strong partner like H2K, who is known to stand up for its conviction. We are convinced that we can bring the team to a new level with our years of expertise in ‘traditional’ sports marketing and the experience we have gained so far in the field of esports. We will certainly be able to point out new marketing potential for H2K.”Esports Insider says: Since its entry into the world of esports the global sports marketing agency Lagardère Sports has flexed its muscles and this is yet another partnership with a big organisation. H2K are sure to benefit from Lagardère Sports’ connections and we’ll doubtless have news of sponsorships in the near future. read more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA allows this to happen. It opens the bazaar on July 1 and closes it on the 9th and, in between, calculates all the factors that go into the salary cap. This leads to a week of massive publicity in the midst of baseball season, which the league likes, but then comes this potential episode of DeAndre Disses Dallas, which the league can’t like very much.The Clippers’ desperation to reel in Jordan was quite appropriate. Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin all descended upon Jordan’s house Wednesday night and didn’t leave until the deadline.Jordan, who had reportedly told the Clippers he was having max-contract remorse, agreed to stay put.Which gives new meaning to Mark Jackson’s call: “Momma, there goes that man!”On Tuesday, J.J. Redick went on the radio and gave the Clippers an “F-minus” for their offseason. “They had one job,” he pointed out. He wasn’t referring to Lance Stephenson.Redick, Jamal Crawford and the departed Matt Barnes also deserved Fs for their shooting during playoff losses. And if CP3 was a little testy with Jordan, well, nobody can think of any superstar who cajoled his teammates toward championships except for Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson ….The real truth might be that Jordan re-thought his new role as Mr. Go-To center when he took a look at the Dallas roster. Who would duplicate Paul’s knack for teeing up those lob dunks? Who would shoot well enough to space the floor for him? And wouldn’t Nowitzki deserve the ball, too?Jordan isn’t Marc Gasol or Demarcus Cousins. If anything, he’ might become Dwight Howard. Nothing wrong with that, but in Dallas he’d be confronted with double teams and would have to learn passing angles and post moves. And, yes, free throws, for a coach (Rick Carlisle) who might not be so tolerant of his misses.Meanwhile, Mark Cuban becomes a sympathetic figure. He let Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler go because he thought he had Jordan. He got fined $25K for mentioning Jordan’s name.But the Mavericks’ owner could have played the “trust but verify” game. He could have camped out with Jordan. He could have held a “signing party,” with fans in the streets, at the deadline. Could Jordan have turned that down?The underlying problem is the complexity of salary-cap rules, which would baffle Alan Turing.On Wednesday the teams learned their salary cap is $70 million. But by 2017-18, it is projected to swell to $108 million, thanks to the TV deal that brings $2.67 billion per year to the league. The players are licking their chops over that windfall, and next summer they or the league can opt out of the collective bargaining agreement, due to expire in 2021.So the salary cap, invented to keep poor franchises afloat, should go. The NBA should use the baseball model and grant flat unrestricted agency after a certain number of years. The smartest and best-organized franchises, the Golden States and San Antonios, would still win. They would still put together functional teams while others would overdose on clashing superstars.And free agents like DeAndre Jordan could sign whenever they wanted, instead of going through a glorified fraternity rush.But he’s back and the Clippers are players again, at least until Jordan finds out that the persuasive little Clipper in the room was actually Cliff Paul. DeAndre Jordan is boomeranging back to L.A., like one of his foul shots.Except that DeAndre Jordan never technically left at all.The NBA did not allow free agents to sign until 9 p.m. Wednesday. There were no announcements, until then, by the Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks, or Jordan himself.The world speculated that Jordan was leaving because he wasn’t getting enough touches, wasn’t a featured player on a team that had Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, wasn’t happy about being reprimanded by Paul, and had been waiting all his life to play with J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. The Dallas Morning News said DJ’s mom Kimberly reached up and tugged her son’s ear back to Texas.But nobody had any clue what Jordan thought.All we knew was that Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki had busily recruited him, to the point where Jordan nodded his head in Dallas last Friday. The fact that he didn’t sign anything made that head-nod as meaningless as an oral commitment from a high school sophomore quarterback.• See the emoji battle as it unfolded WednesdayIs this ethical? By NBA rules, yes. Is it the right thing to do? The crowds at American Airlines Center will share their opinion when the Clippers visit next season. read more
EL SEGUNDO >> For more than two weeks, D’Angelo Russell’s days consisted of light workouts and periodic tests. He attended some Development League games, and sat on the bench when the Lakers played at home. Mostly, though, he waited.Playing in the NBA is glamorous and offers daily excitement. Being injured, however, does not.“I feel like it’s very boring,” he said Wednesday.So he sat at home, playing with his dogs, waiting for a day like Thursday, when he finally returned to practice with the Lakers after not appearing in a game since Nov. 20. Russell has missed 11 of the Lakers’ last 12 games because of discomfort in his left knee. That was treated with a non-invasive procedure on Nov. 23. Russell, 20, was averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 assists per game before tweaking his knee in a game at San Antonio last month. The Lakers are desperate for his return.They are 3-8 in games without him. Injuries to Young, Jose Calderon, Larry Nance and Tarik Black have severely limited the Lakers options, creating lineup headaches for Walton. And Wednesday’s starting backcourt of Marcelo Huertas and Jordan Clarkson was ineffective, with Huertas committing six of the Lakers’ 27 turnovers.The lineup confusion disrupted the very thing that brought them such offensive harmony in November – their floor spacing.“Guys are playing with new guys,” Jordan Clarkson said. “A lot of times guys are getting right next to each other and we’re not able to make the pass to the person because they’re standing right next to each other.“That’s probably one of the biggest problems is the spacing right now.”Ingram’s progressThe Lakers didn’t bring many fond memories home as souvenirs from their game in Houston. But one play by rookie Brandon Ingram was cause for celebration.In the fourth quarter, with the Lakers trailing by nearly 40 points, Ingram received the ball in the corner and drove past Rockets forward Sam Dekker and dunked, despite a challenge at the rim from guard Corey Brewer.“In a game that I was struggling to find any positives in,” Walton said, “when I saw him do that, I leaned over to (assistant coach) Brian (Shaw) and said that’s nice to see, because that does show growth.”Ingram read the brief double-team from Brewer and attacked, gliding easily for a two-handed finish.“It shows him getting a better feel for the speed of the NBA game and how quickly defenders rotate over and stuff like that,” Walton said. “To go up and finish that play was a positive for us.”Ingram played 33 minutes off the bench and scored 12 points on 13 shots. Russell and Nick Young, the Lakers starting backcourt before both went down with injuries, were on the court Thursday, one day after the Lakers lost by 39 points in Houston. Young has missed five games with a strained right calf.Russell and Young both participated in non-contact portions of practice Thursday.“I waited so long to get back on the court until I felt 100 percent,” Russell said. “I feel great. It’s just about knocking the dust off before I get on the court, before I get in the game.”The waiting will continue for Russell. Progress aside, he still won’t be back in time to play against Phoenix on Friday #tonight for print# at Staples Center. Coach Luke Walton is waiting for Russell to go through a full practice and at least play in a competitive 3-on-3 game.The next opportunity for Russell to practice is Saturday. After that, he might not have an opportunity until late next week, when the Lakers will be in the midst of a seven-games-in-11-days trip. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more