USC draws Colorado to open Pac-12 tournament

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team will try to channel some magic from the Pac-12 Champion Women of Troy as they head into their own conference tournament. USC (11-20, 2-16 Pac-12), by virtue of being the last place team in the conference, will square off against the 5th-seeded Colorado Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8). Colorado finished in a five-way tie for third place in the conference, but was bumped down to the seventh spot due to a series of tiebreakers. The top four teams (Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State and Cal) received a first round bye.Colorado was led in scoring by guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who injured his ACL in a game against Washington earlier this year and has missed most of the season’s second half. Guard Askia Booker has picked up the slack for the Buffaloes, averaging 13.7 points per game in Dinwiddie’s absence. The L.A. native has been helped by frontcourt duo Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson, who are averaging 14.5 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Scott also leads the team in rebounds with an average of 8.8 boards per game.The Trojans and Buffaloes squared off twice this season, with USC coming up short in both contests. The most recent time the two teams matched up, played while the Trojans were in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, the Trojans came up just short at the end, falling 83-74.In that game, like so many others this season, junior guard Byron Wesley was one of the sole bright spots for Andy Enfield’s squad, scoring 21 points to go along with his eight rebounds.On Monday, the Pac-12 first, second and honorable mention teams were announced and Wesley was not among those who were honored.This is an unfortunate trend in Wesley’s career, partly from playing on underachieving teams at USC. As a freshman in 2012, Wesley was left off the all-freshman team despite averaging more points than four of the seven freshman honored and more rebounds than all but one.Still, Wesley and his squad will have a chance at revenge if they are able to shock the world and make a run at the conference tournament. A win over Colorado, no easy task, would pit them against a Cal team that the Trojans defeated at the Galen Center in their most impressive performance of the season. USC also played the Bears tough on the road, falling 77-64 only after Cal went on a 11-0 run in the second half.The Trojans are coming off the momentum of a rare weekend split, as they beat the Washington State Cougars last Thursday in Pullman. Wesley tied his career high with 31 points in that contest.USC followed that with a loss to the Washington Huskies on Saturday, to finally end what was a disappointing regular season in Troy.Though the Trojans might be able to compete on Wednesday, a victory over a 21-win Colorado team seems unlikely. If USC loses, it would be the end of one of the worst campaigns in recent memory.The teams play at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in Las Vegas’ MGM Garden Arena.last_img read more

Ireland introduces uniformed 18-year age limit on all forms of gambling

first_img Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Updating industry stakeholders, The Irish Cabinet has approved new age limit regulations for gambling services set under the new ‘Courts and Civil Liabilities Bill’ (Miscellaneous Provisions).The new mandate will set a uniformed age limit of 18-year across all forms of licensed gambling across Ireland. The introduced Bill has set out to modernize the provisions of the 1956 ‘Gaming & Lotteries Act’.The Gaming & Lotteries Act was deemed inefficient for Irish betting consumers, as regulations only covered gambling activities at circuses, carnivals, funfairs and amusement halls.Under the provisions of the current piece of legislation, users are not allowed to purchase a lottery ticket or place a bet in case they are not 18 years old. In addition, under-aged individuals are not allowed to be in a bookmaker’s outlet. Up to date, the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 allows persons who are over 16 years old to enter arcades or amusement halls in which there may be slot machines.The Cabinet and supporting MPs believe that the new legislation will bring clarity to Irish gambling provisions for both consumers and commercial stakeholders. Members of the Dáil Éireann have raised concerns that a number of local lotteries and charity raffles have acted without any proper authorization, breaking rules on prize limits being over €30,000.To date, legislation has been delayed  due to ‘complexities’ surrounding effective implementation, Nevertheless Irish MPs stated to the media the first legislation areas will be  introduced in the next parliamentary session. Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020last_img read more