Spain losing to Russia 4-3 on penalties in the Round of 16 match was the fifth time the European nation lost to a host nation in a World Cup.The 2010 champions have never defeated a host country at the tournament. In 1934, they lost twice to hosts Italy, while they lost to hosts Brazil in 1950 World Cup.Before Sunday’s match, the last time they faced a host nation was South Korea in 2002. They lost that match 5-3 on penalties.Also, Spain have now not won a World Cup knockout game in Europe since 1934.On the other hand, Russia victory was the fifth consecutive time a host nation won the penalty shootout at the World Cup.World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finalsBefore Russia, the other four winners were France in 1998, South Korea in 2002, Germany in 2006 and Brazil in 2014.Spain opened the scoring with an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich. The own goal meant Russia became the first team to score multiple own goals in a World Cup tournament since 1966. Bulgaria were the last team to do so.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia’s Aleksandr Yerokhin made a little piece of World Cup history when he became the first man to appear as a fourth substitute, when he came on in the extra time.FIFA introduced a new regulation for the 2018 World Cup that allowed teams to use a fourth replacement in extra time, and coach Stanislav Cherchesov took advantage of it halfway through the first period, sending on Yerokhin for Daler Kuzyayev.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Russia’s heroic goalkeeper was hoping for penalty shootoutRussia’s victory also means that at least one of this year’s finalists will not have reached the title decider for half a century, if at all.Former finalists England, who played their one final when they won the title in 1966, and Sweden, who lost to Brazil on home soil in the 1958 final, are still in the half of the draw vacated by the 2010 champions after their loss to the hosts.Also still alive in their section of the draw are Croatia and Denmark, who face off in Nizhny Novgorod later on Sunday and have previously done no better than a single semi-final and quarter-final appearance respectively.Lowest ranked team of World Cup 2018 shocks former world championsRussia will face the winners of that match, hoping to continue to benefit from the hosts’ dividend to better the single semi-final appearance that the Soviet Union achieved in 1966.Switzerland, who have never done better than the spot in the last eight they achieved as hosts in 1954, take on the Swedes on Tuesday in St Petersburg with the winners going on to face England or Colombia.Colombia, whose best finish was their run to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago, take on the English in the last round-of-16 match later the same night in Moscow.The last addition to the elite group of 12 nations who have contested World Cup finals was France when they won the title for the first time in Paris in 1998.
In her remarks, the Senior Client Service Manager, Mercy Ukpai Uma, said that the event was also an empowerment programme where ladies receive cash prizes and build their future. “I am excited to be associated with the maiden edition of 4 inch heel race competition. We intend to take this concept to a higher level beyond Nigeria,” she stated.The 19 years old SSCE student, Emmanuel Francisca who emerged as the winner of the maiden edition won a cash prize of N100,000, while Unaigwe Nkiruka Jennifer won the second prize with a cash prize of N50,000 and Azide JudÃa clinched the third prize, and won for herself N30,000. Other participants went home with consolation prizes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The maiden edition of the much anticipated 4-inch high-heel race came to an exciting end last Saturday with Emmanuel Francesca, a 19-year old secondary school student, as the champion.The unique event which was a mixture of entertainment, leisure and sport attracted 50 ladies between the ages of 18-28 years held in Lagos.Speaking during the event, the organiser and the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, DAK Marketing Services Limited, Elder Dede Kalu, expressed enthusiasm and excitement about the event. According to him, “we are concerned about the numerous injuries ladies encounter on a daily basis while walking on heels. We have provided this platform to inculcate smartness and build confidence in them while wearing heels,” he pointed out.
Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments I won’t let Syracuse get away with this one. It wouldn’t be fair. It wouldn’t be right.To sit here and say the Orange deserved that season-opening win Thursday night against Wake Forest simply isn’t true.Would you disagree?Well, consider this: The team that racked up 406 yards of offense (or 107 more than its opponent), ran 26 more offensive plays and forced six three-and-outs in the first half alone left the Carrier Dome 0-1.That team which was forced to finish the game without its starting quarterback looked up at the scoreboard in disbelief as it read Syracuse 36, Wake Forest 29. SU was nothing but lucky to steal that win away from the Demon Deacons on a night when the visitors were far and away the better side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Honestly, I do not know,’ Wake Forest nose guard Nikita Whitlock said of the fourth quarter. ‘All I know is there was a lot of ‘ifs,’ ‘ands,’ and ‘buts,’ and ‘shouldas,’ ‘couldas,’ ‘wouldas’ that were not to our advantage late in the game.’In Whitlock’s list, the ‘ifs’ and the ‘wouldas’ are the most relevant. If starting quarterback Tanner Price hadn’t gotten hurt, Wake Forest woulda won.Plain and simple.Price crumpled to the Carrier Dome turf after Orange defensive end Chandler Jones rolled up onto his knees, forcing redshirt junior Ted Stachitas into duty.The fact that Stachitas is most famous for being the quarterback to succeed Tim Tebow at Nease High School in Florida puts the magnitude of the change into context.When Price left the game on his team’s opening drive of the fourth quarter, everything changed.The previously unstoppable Wake Forest offense sputtered with Stachitas under center. His four possessions at quarterback resulted in a punt, an interception, the end of regulation and a turnover on downs to end the game in overtime. Sixteen total plays with 29 net yards and zero points on the scoreboard.‘I think it was a big momentum shift, it was hard to get the momentum to slow down at all,’ Whitlock said of the injury to Price. ‘I think it was a big part of the game.’Prior to the injury, Price abused the Syracuse defense to the tune of 289 yards and three touchdowns through three quarters and three minutes. He and wide receiver Chris Givens toyed with the Orange secondary, hooking up six times for 162 yards and two scores.The shortest reception was 13 yards, and every single one resulted in a first down or touchdown for the Demon Deacons. Givens finished the game with 170 receiving yards — he later caught an eight-yard pass from Stachitas — good enough for fifth-highest total in the country among wide receivers for Week One.Both of his touchdowns exposed flaws in the Orange defense. The first — a 60-yard bomb in which he beat the double coverage of Phillip Thomas and Keon Lyn. The second — a quick pass out to the left sideline that he took 22 yards to the end zone after running right by SU cornerback Kevyn Scott.‘I think the coaches did a great job preparing me for this game with film study, and I was really comfortable with what we were doing offensively,’ Price said.It showed as he picked apart a defense that ranked No. 7 in the country a season ago.But Stachitas was visibly uncomfortable. As the momentum began to swing in SU’s favor, he looked rushed in the pocket. He forced his second pass to Givens, and it was picked off.On the final play of the game, he flung a desperation heave toward Givens in the back right corner of the end zone, but Scott’s provided good coverage and Givens couldn’t haul it in, giving Syracuse the win.SU head coach Doug Marrone will tell you the team ‘accomplished a lot in this game.’ He said as much in his postgame press conference.It was the first time the Orange won back-to-back season openers since the 1999 and 2000 seasons. And the first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since 2003.Yet Marrone also points out how easily the game could have gone the other way.‘We didn’t make plays early in the game, and we were very fortunate to win that game,’ he said.If Price stays in, the Demon Deacons probably keep rolling, and the SU head coach is suddenly forced to explain why his team can’t win at home for a second consecutive year.But it didn’t happen like that. Somehow, Syracuse won when it shouldn’t have.I’m left wondering just how much a team can accomplish in a game it was lucky to winMichael Cohen is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo courtesy of USC School of Cinematic ArtsRoad to the red carpet · Halima Lucas, a third-year Masters of Fine Arts student in the production program at the School of Cinematic Arts, works with actress Kira Jane Pinkney on the set of Amelia’s Closet.Two graduate students from the School of Cinematic Arts received nominations earlier this month for Student Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Halima Lucas, a student pursuing an MFA within the production department, worked on her film, Amelia’s Closet, for her Thesis 581 class. Lucas did everything herself, from developing ideas to post-production. She credits her success to her team’s cohesiveness. “It has been an amazing collaborative effort from an amazing team,” Lucas said in an interview with the Cinematic Arts department. “We made the film on God’s grace and gaff tape.”Lucas’ story of an 11-year-old girl learning how to face harsh words received recognition under the Narrative category. She is one of seven finalists.“I was stunned and humbled,” Lucas said. “I couldn’t wait to tell the team what we had accomplished. Truly it came together with a team of people who were passionate about the story and deeply committed to the project no matter what we were facing or resources we had.”Lucas worked closely with Helaine Head, an associate professor at SCA. Head mentored Lucas, offering advice and strengthening her direction. According to Head, Lucas’ story captured a perspective not commonly told.“I thought her ideas were great,” Head said. “She had a very personal and unique point of view and experiences not everybody had. She’s a really talented filmmaker who has some interesting ideas and more stories to tell that we would be interested in seeing.”But Head didn’t overwhelm Lucas with guidance. He let her have her own artistic direction to enhance her learning experience.“She can address the problems the way she wants, as opposed to saying, ‘You should put this here,’” Head said, “The object of this exercise was so that people can make a film that reflects their point of view. That will make them stronger when they leave here.”Head felt that Lucas’ production style aligned with the school’s stance on diversity. The school’s admissions team has tried to foster diversity by hiring faculty from different backgrounds and expanding academic opportunities, according to an SCA statement.“This is a place that tries to foster the vision of the students who come here, and we get students that come from a lot of different places and points of view within the United States,” Head said. “Hopefully, they’ll be part of a new wave. Halima will be one of the people who will change the stories that are told and how they will be told.”The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972, and its awardees have included industry giants such as Robert Zemeckis, Spike Lee and Trey Parker, according to the Academy. Student candidates cannot apply individually, but need the endorsement of a faculty adviser in their film school to be considered for an award.Alicja Jasina, a master’s student from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, created the short film Once Upon a Line. Her story features how a man escapes his dull life by falling in love. She was nominated under the Animation category.The awards ceremony will take place Sept. 22. The University has had long-standing success with Student Academy Awards, with their first victory dating back to 1975. Last year, then-graduate student Alexandre Peralta won the gold medal in the Documentary category for his film Looking at the Stars.
Sophomore Katherine Ho had 24 hours to submit a demo after being asked by music producer Ben Bram. She performed Coldplay’s “Yellow” in Mandarin for the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)When audiences rushed into theaters Wednesday for the release of “Crazy Rich Asians” — a comedy that has gained significant attention for its representation of Asian culture — the song they heard accompanying the final scenes was sung by a USC student.The daughter of Chinese immigrants from Thousand Oaks, Calif., Katherine Ho is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences and minoring in songwriting.Her song “Liu Xing” (“Shooting Star”), a Mandarin cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow,” appeared in the final act of the film, marking the end of a dramatic scene between characters Rachel Chu and Eleanor Young. Ho said it was significant to her in the larger context of Asian American representation in Hollywood, particularly in the first major movie with an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” was released 25 years ago.“To me, the Mandarin lyrics tell a story of taking a leap of faith to pursue a dream or person/thing you love,” Ho wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “On a broader level, for me, this song embodies what it means to be Asian American. Getting to put a Mandarin twist on one of my all-time favorite Western songs was a sort of musical marriage between the two cultural worlds that have shaped my identity.”Ho delved into the world of music at a young age. She started playing classical piano at age five and began taking voice lessons at nine. Since then, Ho has been singing and dancing in every annual production of the Chinese New Year show in her hometown.Her first professional singing job was as a children’s choir singer in the film “Valentine’s Day,” before she went on to start a YouTube channel in eighth grade dedicated to covers, live performances and original songs.In high school, Ho performed in choir and music clubs, competed on Season 10 of NBC’s reality television competition, “The Voice,” and attended an a cappella summer camp for three years.In January 2017, Ho received a phone call from Ben Bram, one of the camp’s founders, asking if she could sing in Mandarin and if he could submit her work for a film/TV project. Ho had to submit a partial demo of Coldplay’s “Yellow” in Mandarin within 24 hours. A few days later, after she started losing hope in the opportunity, Ho received a email saying she got the job and immediately called her parents to share the good news. “I couldn’t believe that I would have the honor of being attached, even in a minor way, to the same project as my idol Constance Wu,” Ho wrote. “My mom and dad were super proud and happy — they have always unconditionally supported my singing, and I think the fact that I got to sing in Mandarin made it all the more special.”While lots of practice went into preparing herself for the recording session, it wasn’t until about an hour before that a Warner Brothers executive called Ho and told her the song was for “Crazy Rich Asians.”Ho said that despite the song’s significance in the film, it almost didn’t make it in the final version. After Coldplay initially rejected the proposal to use the track, the film’s director, John Chu, who graduated from USC in 2003, wrote the band a letter on what the song meant to him. “He explained how their song transformed “yellow” from a derogatory, ugly, negative term to a beautiful, magical one that re-defined his self-image,” Ho said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Following the release of the film, many viewers have reached out to Ho to share their emotional experiences when listening to the song. “One of the most memorable messages I have received is from a 26-year-old Chinese American who told me that the song was ‘the first time in my life I thought that this language, the language of my family and my culture, was beautiful.’” Ho wrote. Alongside Ho, several other Trojans were involved in the making of the film. Cheryl Koh, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in business administration, sings the opening and remixed the credit song “Money (That’s What I Want)” with Awkwafina, while Kina Grannis, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in social sciences sings “Can’t Help Falling in Love” during the wedding scene. Ho said she felt grateful to be a part of a “historic” film. “Seeing people that looked like me represented on screen was honestly quite an eye-opening, emotional experience whose value is hard to put into words,” Ho said.