The Leinster back-row, who is 24 on Thursday, learned he would be starting at openside flanker at breakfast last Saturday morning after Chris Henry suffered a severe migraine. Ruddock seized his opportunity, scoring his first Ireland try on his fourth appearance, and now is looking ahead to taking on a pedigree Georgia pack with most experienced in France’s Top 14. “It was a good win, but there’s a lot more left in the tank. The focus now is on getting all of that out this weekend. We’re hoping to improve our performance on last weekend.” Ruddock was thrust into the starting line-up after some time on the periphery with Ireland and Leinster. “It was a little bit of a shock getting the start (but) I was more than ready,” added Ruddock, who is more often a blindside flanker. “Around breakfast time I found out and I was happy to be starting, playing seven. “I got my head round playing seven nice and early. I knew I was covering it anyway from the bench. I was able to narrow my focus and concentrate on that role.” Ruddock is the son of former Wales head coach Mike Ruddock but was born in Dublin and pledged his allegiance to Ireland. He made his Test debut in Australia in 2010 and had to wait nearly four years for his next opportunity, coming off the bench against Italy in the 2014 Six Nations, before a first start in Argentina in June. With the benefit of hindsight, he is glad to have been patient. “I had to take a good hard look and work out what was best for me, in terms of my career, and whether or not staying at Leinster would allow me to develop,” Ruddock added. “After weighing up all the options I decided what I could learn at the club and within the Irish system was more beneficial than me going elsewhere and maybe getting a bit more game time. “Possibly in other teams maybe I would’ve been getting a bit more game-time, but I had to bide my time and learn from the expertise that was around me. “I’m glad I made the decisions I made and I’m enjoying getting a bit more game-time now these days.” Among the experiences was captaining Emerging Ireland in the 2013 Tbilisi Cup, including against Georgia. Ruddock added: “That was a great experience. The Georgia one was a great win for us. We managed to perform well. “It was a real physical encounter and probably our toughest game of the tournament, against a Georgian team who have a lot of pride in playing for their country and a lot of pride in being a physical outfit who can take anyone on, especially up front.” “They want to get up, meet you head on and win the physical battle,” Ruddock said. “They’ve got some real threats on the ball who can punish you if you don’t get your roles right. “You have to meet it head on in the early stages of the game, don’t let them build confidence in their perceived strength and after that hopefully have some ways to work outside of those lines and try to create a bit of space elsewhere. “Hopefully we’ll have some ways to break them down. If you’re just going to run straight and hard at them all day, they’ll be well able to defend. “We need to come up with some ways to create some space.” Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt found plenty to improve on after the Springboks display to ensure there will be no complacency on Sunday. “Everyone’s got a lot of respect for them,” Ruddock added. “Everyone’s got a bit more confidence after a good win, but Joe’s brought us back down to earth and the reality is we didn’t perform to the best of our ability. Rhys Ruddock is relishing another physical battle with Georgia after his starring role as a late-comer to Ireland’s victory over South Africa. Press Association
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Psychologists from USC, the University of Texas at Austin and Beijing Normal University recently have found that some of our understanding of memory retention is incorrect.In a study published online on Sept. 9 in Science, researchers at these schools discovered that memory increases when similar patterns are repeated for strength rather than when multiple varying patterns are made.The long-standing belief held by psychologists maintains that information is best remembered when attained or learned in varying contexts, which creates multiple patterns to remember the information.Gui Xue, a research assistant and professor of psychology at USC who worked on the project, said that while someone is studying an item, he or she has to process or re-activate the same pattern repeatedly in order to be able to better remember the information.“If you create one pattern during the first learning and a different pattern during the second learning, you are going to remember worse,” Xue said.Experiments were conducted using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which allowed the researchers to monitor the memory patterns used for recollection.Subjects were given materials such as words, faces and novel texts and were asked to recall material at a later time.“When the activation pattern is more consistent across repetitions, you are going to remember better,” Xue said.The research is aimed at developing additional understanding of the “forgetting curve.”This concept, developed by Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885, holds that memory decreases exponentially with time. The strength of one’s memory is determined by how long memory traces sustain.Although this type of research does occur often, the researchers “developed new ideas — pattern similarity — and analysis techniques,” says study co-author Zhong-Lin Lu of USC, who holds the William M. Keck chair in cognitive neuroscience and is a professor of psychology and biomedical engineering.As the research continues, Lu said the group is working toward a larger objective.“One aim of our research is to find neural signatures that would allow us to predict whether and when people will forget learnt materials and refresh their memory before they forget,” Lu said.This information could then be used to determine when review is necessary in order to sustain knowledge. Having the ability to measure retention would greatly improve disciplines that rely heavily on memorization, such as language study.Xue, who received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Beijing Normal University, said the group’s main objective is to identify more beneficial methods of learning.“Our goal is to try to find a scientific basis for effective learning,” he said.
Original Date of Publication: Nov. 20, 1987Some Trojans will do anything to get the USC name around before the big game against UCLA. Ken Domer and 13 of his friends did — or at least they tried early Thursday morning when they attempted to change the landmark HOLLYWOOD sign to read “USC! WOOD.”Unfortunately for the 14 freshmen, their Trojan message was never seen because police spotted them just as they had finished transforming the sign and made them change it back to its original condition.Domer said he thought of changing the sign for Troy Week several weeks ago and then told his buddies, who live with him on the sixth floor of Birnkrant Residence Hall, about it. They began plotting three weeks ago. They climbed up to the HOLLYWOOD sign and took its measurements.Joel Zink | Daily TrojanThey purchased more than $200 worth of black and white fabric in the garment district. They spent several nights sewing pieces together until 3 or 4 a.m. to create their message, Domer said.The group left campus at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, excited and ready for its caper.Two students stayed at the bottom of the hill to take pictures of their accomplishment; the other 12 climbed up to the sign and busily draped the fabric over the 55-foot high letters. At 4:10, after spending an hour and a half perfecting their message, the conspirators were spotted by police helicopters circling overhead.The helicopter hovered over the sign for about 15 minutes. Officers inside threatened the students, Domer said. The students then saw two police cars coming and knew it was all over.Ten police officers made the students “line up with our hands behind our back” and took their names and drivers license numbers, Domer said.The officers also made them remove the fabric.One of the officers had attended UCLA, so the officers made a “hell of a lot” of jokes about USC, Domer said.The students tried to respond with as many jokes about UCLA as possible — without getting themselves in any more trouble, Domer said. Although the police lectured the freshmen about their prank, “they were having a good time busting us,” he said.The officers said that the students could either walk the two to three miles down the hill or run. But they added that “if you walk, we’ll book you,” Domer said.The students ran shouting SoCal spell-outs and singing a parody version of the UCLA fight song.Police turned the students’ names over to a city attorney and said charges would be pressed only if there was damage to the sign.“One of our goals was not to damage the sign,” said Mike McManus, one of the pranksters.Even though their message did not stay in place very long, Domer said they made their point, took their pictures and had a lot of fun. Changing the sign was something “I’ve always wanted to do,” Domer said.“My mom called me saying she had heard that some USC students changed the sign and just asked me, ‘Why did you do it?’ She then said, ‘We’ll talk over Thanksgiving.’”Domer, undaunted, said he has “got another plan for next year.” He wouldn’t elaborate.The other students involved were: Rick Johnson, Greg Lucas, Jim Spizzeri, Steve Semon, Greg Jackson, Jim Lindley, Pat Conway, Chip Daniels, Tim Rosenfield, Ting Sing, Brian Daniel, Eddie Lee and Mike Marko.
Published on January 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ After breaking serve late in the second set of her singles victory against Cornell, freshman Maria Tritou started toward the net with an outstretched hand. Upon arrival, Tritou was met not with handshakes, but measured confusion from the linesman and her opponent.Winning the break had only put her up 6-5; Tritou had one more game to go.“When you’re in the motion of the match you get a little bit unfocused,” the freshman said.Tritou returned to the baseline and served the match out comfortably, running her opponent all over the court before Tritou’s opponent’s last shot fell into the net. The Orange’s No. 4 singles player continued her stride to the front of the court and received her handshake from an opponent three years older.Syracuse (3-0) coasted to a 6-1 victory over a Cornell (2-1) team that didn’t play any freshmen. The Orange played five freshmen between the singles and doubles roster and they contributed three points on singles and a key win on doubles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAn underclassman tandem of Tritou and sophomore Nicole Mitchell rolled to an easy 6-3 win over a team consisting of a junior and a senior. Their win left the door open for Syracuse to score on doubles after freshmen Dina Hegab and Gabriela Knutson dropped a 6-4 decision in the No. 2 match.Upperclassmen Anna Shkudun and Valeria Salazar won their doubles match, when the latter slammed home an overhead on match point, giving SU an early edge in the meet.Knutson and Hegab both responded to their slip-up in doubles with straight-set victories in singles. The former’s 6-2, 6-3 drubbing against a junior in the No. 3 match.“I was really on top of my game,” Knutson said. “I was hitting everything I wanted to.”She comfortably played the power game she’s accustomed to. Knutson sent her opponent running from alley to alley with groundstrokes until she charged the service line. From there, Knutson staked herself to a 6-3, 3-0 advantage by ripping forehand winner.Hegab contrasted her doubles counterpart with a precise, spin-driven game in the No. 6 match. Tied 4-4 in the second set, Hegab went out to midcourt for a return and unleashed a slice backhand that died out at the other service line.Her opponent didn’t even try to return it.“We’re young but the girls on this team have a lot of experience,” said head coach Younes Limam. “They might be freshmen, but they know what they’re doing out there.” Comments Related Stories Valeria Salazar guides Syracuse to 6-1 win against Cornell in return from respite
The Trojans head up north to take on the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday in their first conference game of the season. To preview the matchup, the Daily Trojan asked a few questions to Vihan Lakshman, a football beat writer at the Stanford Daily. Daily Trojan: USC had no answer for Christian McCaffrey in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season. What are you predicting for McCaffrey on Saturday and how does USC slow him down?Vihan Lakshman: Christian McCaffrey’s 461 all-purpose yard yards in the Pac-12 Championship Game was a performance for the ages, and I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect anyone to replicate that kind of performance, including Stanford’s version of Reggie Bush. Nevertheless, McCaffrey never runs out of gas and can do damage in so many different ways on the field that I expect him to put up great numbers. At this point in his career, I think it’s safe to pencil McCaffrey in for 200 all-purpose yards in any given matchup because of the sheer number of times he will have the ball in his hands. The return of dynamic running back Bryce Love and the attention he demands will also help McCaffrey.For slowing down No. 5, I look at the blueprint laid out by three teams that had some degree of success against him last season: Northwestern, Washington State and Notre Dame. Each of those teams had defensive fronts that consistently broke into the backfield and swallowed McCaffrey before he ever got going. For all of his highlight-worthy plays, McCaffrey makes his money by patiently waiting for his blockers to open up holes before bursting for six or seven yards a carry. Defensive pressure up front neutralizes this ability. Moreover, pressure in the backfield can also rattle a quarterback, which can help slow McCaffrey down in the receiving game. Kevin Hogan was stellar in both of last year’s matchups with USC, contributing heavily to McCaffrey’s success, and the Trojans will have to bank on new quarterback Ryan Burns not quite maintaining Hogan’s same level of play in his second start. Slowing down McCaffrey is not an easy task, but if any team has the talent to make it happen, it’s USC.DT: Do you see parallels between Stanford and USC’s quarterback situations? Ryan Burns and Max Browne are the respective starters, but their backups — Keller Chryst and Sam Darnold — are more mobile and have received playing time. How do you think Stanford will use its quarterbacks on Saturday?V.L.: I think the parallels are there, but rather limited. Darnold, from what we have seen so far, looks much more mobile than Chryst, and the USC coaching staff seems to have several well-defined packages for their athletic redshirt freshman, particularly in the red zone. Darnold’s speed and ability to throw on the run allow him to complement Max Browne’s strengths and provide a change of pace for the Trojan offense. Burns and Chryst are very, very similar in skillset with just hairs of difference between them. David Shaw has said that Chryst will play against USC, and I expect that his role will be similar to the one he played against Kansas State where he came in on Stanford’s third offensive drive and led the Cardinal to a touchdown. Unlike Darnold, who’s more likely to take snaps in spot situations, Chryst will probably take over for an entire drive and run the offense as if no change had been made. Chryst’s role will largely depend on the flow of the game, but I see him as a lock to take over for one series, possibly two.DT: What have you credited Stanford’s rise to national prominence over the past few years to?V.L: The pillars of Stanford’s success in the past few years are the same as the ones at every elite program: talent and great coaching. What is remarkable is how the Cardinal built that platform in the first place. Stanford has mastered the art of selling the program to recruits, touting the school’s academics and rigorous admissions process as assets instead of hurdles. Shaw and company have also established a national recruiting presence with 29 states represented on the current roster (plus Canada and Austria), managing to find the driven, highly-talented players they covet who, most importantly, fit the program’s business-like culture.Regarding coaching, Stanford has benefited tremendously from the presence of brilliant football minds and unprecedented stability. Without a leader as adept and, quite frankly, crazy as Jim Harbaugh, the Cardinal would have never gotten off the ground. Now, for all the criticism he’s received for his in-game coaching decisions over the years, David Shaw is an elite CEO managing the program with NFL coaching experience to draw on as well. Crucially, Shaw has also stayed on The Farm despite numerous opportunities to leave, bucking the trend of Stanford serving as a springboard for supposedly more prestigious coaching jobs. The stability at the top has trickled down. In the past three seasons, Stanford has lost just one assistant coach, Randy Hart, who retired after the 2015 Rose Bowl. That kind of continuity has been a major asset for the program, and it all starts at the top with Shaw and top-notch coordinators in Mike Bloomgren and Lance Anderson.DT: How would you describe the relationship and perception of USC and the football team from the Stanford student body perspective?V.L: People despise USC. The Trojans have a reputation on campus for braggadocious behavior and an obsession with Hollywood glitz that, whether rightly or wrongly, rub Stanford fans the wrong way. However, underneath the surface-level dislike, there’s a high level of respect for USC as a program that’s historically served as the standard-bearer for college football, especially on the West Coast. This combination of disdain and underlying respect, along with the riveting games between the two teams this decade, has stoked the flames of this rivalry to new heights. If you asked a Stanford student today whether a win against the Trojans would feel more satisfying than a victory over Cal, I have no doubt the answer would be “yes.”DT: Do you see this game as a preview of a Pac-12 Championship re-match?V.L.With so much football left to be played, it’s too hard to tell how the conference standings will ultimately shake out. I’m certainly not going into this game with the expectation that we’ll see Stanford and USC play again this season. There are just way too many other threats in the North and South that both teams will have to overcome. With that being said, both teams are extremely talented and could very well meet for another duel in Levi’s Stadium. As a fan of college football and rivalry games, I would very much enjoy such a rematch, but it’s way too early to tell if that’s in the cards.
Falcao arrived on loan from Monaco in the summer, and earns 265,000 euro a week, but has so far gotten limited playing time, and scored only once.Van Gaal says he isn’t bothered if the Colombian striker is frustrated by his lack of opportunities on the pitch.United will go third in the Premier League with a win away to fourth placed Southampton this evening at Saint Marys, and fit again Wayne Rooney has been confirmed to start
Connacht haven’t specified a return date for the 21-year old casting a cloud over his Six Nations hopes. Iain Henderson is finally set to make his return from a hip injury.The Ulster forward is set to play some part in this weekend’s Champions Cup pool game with Leicester at Kingspan Stadium.However, Robbie Henshaw has suffered a low-grade ankle sprain and will miss Connacht’s crucial Challenge Cup trip to La Rochelle this weekend.
Tipperary have named their team and it has one change from the team that beat Sligo with Martin Dunne of Moyle Rovers starting in midfield in place of Steven O Brien The Tyrone team has two changes from the team which beat Meath. Tiernan McCann and Darren McCurry return to the attack. Sean Cavanagh will set a record for Tyrone championship appearances with 76 appearances.Mark Bradley and Rory Brennan played in this years All Irleand under 21 final. Tipperary will look to a strong home attendence in Semple Stadium to bolster their chances.Upperchurch Drombane native and former Tipp footballer Conor O Dwyer says Tyrone at home is the draw all concerned with Tipp football wanted to getTomorrows game throws-in at 3 o’clock in Semple Stadium and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with John Corbett Motor Village, Thurles.
Plans to make captains the only players allowed to talk to officials about big decisions in matches are being discussed by football’s rule makers today.Infantino says he’s also looking forward to hearing what the International Football Association Board thinks of video technology.