Long-detained immigrant families could soon face deportation

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers working with immigrant families detained by the U.S. government for more than a year say they’re worried the families could be deported as soon as this week. Six parents and six children could be placed on deportation flights as early as Wednesday, even though they continue to fight to win asylum, the lawyers said. The families say they were unfairly denied protections under several policies enacted by former President Donald Trump’s administration that courts later prohibited.last_img

USC bounces back with win over Arizona

first_imgThis season, the USC women’s basketball team has shown an ability to defend its home court by any means necessary.The Women of Troy (13-6, 5-3) have won high-scoring shootouts and defensive battles.The USC Women’s Basketball Team are defending their court by any means necessary. | Daily TrojanOn Thursday, they overcame a slow start to beat Arizona 81-72.The win, coupled with a loss by Arizona State, moved USC back into sole possession of third place in the conference.Arizona (13-6, 4-4) dropped one game back in the conference race with the loss.“After a tough weekend up north, I thought we rebounded and responded extremely well,” said USC coach Michael Cooper.  “I thought we did a good job of playing hard for 40 minutes.”Early on, it looked like the Women of Troy might be suffering a hangover from their blowout loss last weekend to Stanford.USC failed to generate much offense for most of the first half, although the team closed the half strong on a 16-7 run.That spurt helped the Women of Troy take a 31-23 lead into the break, despite Wildcats guard Brooke Jackson banking in a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer.“As long as we keep playing hard and hitting our shots those kind of [runs] happen,” said sophomore forward Christina Marinacci.At halftime, junior guard Briana Gilbreath led the Women of Troy with 10 points and five rebounds.As a team, USC shot just 40 percent from the floor, but held Arizona to 25 percent shooting in a half where the Wildcats had more turnovers (13) than field goals (7).In the second half, both sides rebounded from their early offensive struggles.USC went to freshman forward Cassie Harberts early and often to start the second half.Harberts shot the ball on the Women of Troy’s first four possessions, converting three of those opportunities.“Cassie makes herself very available down there,” Cooper said.  “She moves well and she knows where to be at.”The outburst helped the Women of Troy stake a quick double-digit lead in the half, which they maintained for most of the second half.Arizona did close the gap to 69-63 with three minutes remaining on a steal and breakaway layup by forward Ify Ibekwe, but the outcome was never seriously in doubt after the break.“I think we relaxed a little bit more,” Gilbreath said.  “Things started opening up real wide for us.  We got easy layups, we ran the floor well, we had good [spacing] and the shots were there.”Gilbreath continued to give the Women of Troy a little bit of everything, scoring a team-high 20 points and adding nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks.Marinacci chipped in a season-high 17 points and just missed a double-double of her own with nine rebounds.Up next for the Women of Troy is a home date on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Arizona, who played No. 10 UCLA tough on Thursday and sits just one game back in the standings.“Every game from here on out is a big game for us,” Marinacci said.  “Especially playing at home because we want to keep this winning streak going.”last_img read more

Trojans squeak out fourth straight victory

first_imgThis one had all the signs of a crushing Trojan loss.USC blew a six-point lead in the final two minutes, traveled and bricked two free throws in the final 30 seconds. The Trojans gave the Stanford Cardinal the final possession with a chance to win a game they had never trailed in the second half. Except the disappointment never came. Stanford guard Chasson Randle’s corner heave veered too far left, bouncing off the rim and giving the surging Trojans a well-earned 65-64 road upset in Palo Alto.USC (12-13, 7-5 Pac-12) extends its season-best winning streak to four games, rising into a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings, just one game behind UCLA and No. 9 Arizona. Going into Thursday, USC had been 1-9 in its last 10 games at Stanford.After their 5-10 start, the Trojans have won six of their past nine conference games, with a win at Cal on Sunday putting them back at .500 for the first time since being 3-3.“When we have talent and have guys playing, we loosen it up and let guys play to their abilities,” USC coach Bob Cantu said. “Guys are playing hard, playing good offense, and we really look to win.”USC led by 12 points at halftime, but Stanford gradually chopped down the lead until USC found itself up just 65-62 with exactly 30 seconds left. The Trojans inbounded the ball, but junior shooting guard J.T. Terrell traveled while being double-teamed, giving Stanford the ball back with 28.5 ticks to go.After Stanford forward Dwight Powell used just three seconds to dominate senior forward Aaron Fuller and bank a shot in the lane, Stanford fouled and sent senior forward Eric Wise to the line instead of senior point guard Jio Fontan, who made all nine of his free throw attempts down the stretch. Wise clanked both off the rim, giving Stanford 18 seconds to turn their 65-64 deficit into a win. But the Trojans held fast.The Cardinal couldn’t get a shot off in the first 16 seconds, as the swarming Trojan defense cut off passing lanes and prevented any good looks for Stanford. The ball went off a Trojan defender to give Stanford one inbound play with 1.8 seconds left. The red-hot Randle, who scored all of his 16 points in the second half, received the pass for the final shot, but Fontan’s aggressive defense forced Randle into an off-balanced fadeaway that just didn’t have enough accuracy to fall in.Fontan led the Trojans with 15 points to go with five assists, while junior forward Dewayne Dedmon tied a season high with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, as well as eight rebounds and two blocks. Terrell was the third Trojan in double digits with 12 points, while Wise was one point and one rebound shy of a double-double.Forward Josh Huestis had a game to remember for Stanford, shooting 10-of-13 from the field en route to a career-high 22 points. Powell had 17 points and 17 rebounds, but the deciding stat for both teams was in free-throw shooting. USC shot 18-of-23 from the line, good for 78 percent, while Stanford hit just four out of 12 attempts.“I think confidence is a lot of it,” Cantu said about USC’s improved free-throw shooting. “We’ve been shooting a lot in practice, and there’s been a carryover from practice to games as guys are getting more and more confident in games.” The Trojans have shot 81.9 percent from the charity stripe during the winning streak after shooting 66 percent in their first 21 games.The Trojans came out running once again in the first half, with Dedmon matching his scoring average with six points in the game’s first 14 minutes to give USC an 11-10 lead. Stanford responded as Huestis scored seven straight points to put the Cardinal back up 15-11, but USC answered with a run of their own though, going on a 7-0 sprint as part of an extended 24-8 run. The Trojans finished the half in style; Terrell nailed a running 40-footer despite having three seconds left on the clock, giving USC a 35-23 halftime lead off a 12-2 run in the final four minutes.The Cardinal chipped away at the lead in the second half, cutting it to four with 11:55 remaining, as the Trojans’ lead fluctuated between three and seven for the rest of the game until the Cardinal cut it down to one with a basket. But luckily for Cantu and these red-hot Trojans, the Cardinal were unable to muster one final basket.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, October 4

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United are planning on bidding for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, 25, after their prospects of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, became increasingly unlikely. (Daily Star)QPR manager Harry Redknapp has warned forward Adel Taarabt, 25, he won’t be sold in January unless someone meets the club’s asking price. (Daily Mirror)Former Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier says ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino has taken a massive gamble with his reputation by joining Tottenham. (Daily Express)West Ham’s former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing says Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was “the one manager I had problems with”. (Daily Mail)Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has come out in defence of his former manager Alan Pardew, suggesting that Newcastle players should share the blame for the team’s predicament. (Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Jol: Tottenham ‘have all the ingredients’ to finish in the top fourExclusive Interview: Rio Ferdinand on Evra v Suarez, Terry’s racism row and Man United after FergieExclusive – Ex-Man United star backs Van Gaal’s attack, attack, attack approachMan United starlet tempted by permanent Dinamo Zagreb switchLiverpool target fully focused on NapoliManchester United target not for sale, says Roma sporting directorRoma chase Liverpool and Tottenham target Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, October 4 1last_img read more