UCLA is second in the Pac 10 in 3-point percentage (38.1), paced by point guard and conference leader Darren Collison’s 49.4 percent. Bruins guard Arron Afflalo is shooting 39.6 percent from three. But the Cougars are allowing a league-low 57.8 points per game, are second in field goal percentage defense (39.4), and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.5). “They’re really athletic,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “They’re second in the league in blocked shots, so they do a lot of things very well, and they’re obviously very well coached.” What’s at stake A UCLA win gives the first-place Bruins (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) the outright conference title. Washington State (23-5, 12-4) can still share the crown with the Bruins, but that would mean the Cougars sweep UCLA and USC this weekend, and UCLA also loses at Washington. “They kind of play off on defense, not really aggressive … it’s kind of weak and they try to play the passing lanes,” Shipp said. “Basically, we just have to knock down shots and force them to get out and run.” In that sense, it is a matchup of contrasting strengths. Doc knows best? Bruins center Lorenzo Mata was poked in the right eye in Saturday’s second half against Stanford, and was bothered enough to have a CAT-scan Monday. Mata said “I’m pretty sure there’s nothing wrong with my eye,” but added doctors recommended he wear goggles for protection. To that, Mata laughed. “I’m not wearing goggles,” Mata said. “I don’t think it’s necessary. My eye is all right.” Culture shock Howland said Cougars forward Ivory Clark “might be the most underrated player in our conference.” Clark also rates high on the conference’s list when it came to the level of culture shock he experienced upon enrolling at Washington State. He is from New Orleans, played for an NAIA school (Dillard University) before transferring to Midland (Tex.) College. He then was recruited by New Mexico, Wichita State, South Florida and Marshall before Wazzu came calling. “It was a very different environment than New Orleans,” Clark said. “It was a tranquil and peaceful place that kind of soothed me, and sat well with me.” Clark is averaging 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Washington State leads the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring defense and second in field goal-percentage defense, and is a headache for opposing teams because of the slower tempo of games. However, when No. 2 UCLA travels to face the 13th-ranked Cougars on Thursday, Bruins wing Josh Shipp said they know what it will take to trump Wazzu’s defense.
I know that there are still voices suggesting that sales has changed, that relationships don’t matter, that you are being measured only by the value you create as measured by economic outcomes. There are some who suggest that you need not be likable to win deals, you need only create greater value.This is largely incorrect, as it leaves out the fact that you are now a very large part of the value proposition, as well as eliminating the high probability that there are others who create equal or greater value without being unlikable. But before you decide whether or not it matters that you are likable, let’s look at what might make you unlikable.You are self-oriented: Here is the biggest thing you might do that makes you unlikable: you are selfish. You project that what is important to you is you, that you are not other-oriented. The more you make people believe that any deal is about you before it is about them, these same people will look elsewhere for a solution. Human beings are not rational; they rationalize.You are not a good listener: The very best way to make sure people know that you don’t care about them is to refuse to listen. It’s tough for people to like people who won’t listen and who have to dominate a conversation. There are people who are exceptionally good at listening, and they generate strong feelings in others because they give them the gift of their attention.You are a challenging personality: There is no value in being a person that is difficult to get along with. A person who chooses conflict over collaboration because they lack skillful abilities to dialog opens the door to a competitor who is easier to get along with. Those who deal with difficult conversations don’t create additional friction unnecessarily.Your values are misaligned: Fit is a big deal. Are you one of us? Do you share our values? Can you operate in line with what we believe to be good and right and true? When you don’t fit, you don’t fit. Who you are matters more than what you know and what you do.You don’t value other people’s opinions: One reason people will have trouble liking you is that your opinions are so strong—and expressed as if they are a final truth—that you leave no room for anyone else’s thoughts, ideas, or opinions. Being arrogant and making other people feel bad about themselves makes one unlikable. If you have to be the smartest person in the room, if you need to be right, then you are not going to be liked, and others who are better at valuing others will easily flank you.You are no fun to be around: To work with you, I have to imagine what that will be like throughout our interactions. Then I have to project myself into the future and determine what that experience is going to be like once I buy from you. If I don’t like working with you now, I am going to have a tough time committing to a long-term relationship where I have to deal with you over a long period of time. Least of all, I will not want to be contractually obligated to do so.No matter how much value you create, if your prospective client is going to have to work with you for a period of time, they are going to make the decision to buy from you in part on how willing they are to work with you.Whenever you read anything that suggests one thing is more important than some other thing, recognize that you are being provided with a false dichotomy, a mutually-exclusive choice. Most decisions are multi-factorial, and that means that a lot of things are important, and many variations may be acceptable or unacceptable. More still, you may create great value and be unlikeable while a competitor creates equal value and is someone that people want to do business with. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
Syracuse basketball has picked up two huge victories over Louisville and Notre Dame in the last week, but they bookended a home loss to Pittsburgh that also featured an embarrassing botched jersey retirement ceremony. The school retired the jerseys of greats Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr, but misspelled Bouie’s name as “Bowie” on the jersey it gave the former Orange center. While Bouie was very understanding about the mishap, Syracuse fans, who are already smarting from the program’s self-imposed post-season ban, were not happy about the oversight, which many deemed disrespectful. Two Orange fans let their opinion be known by taking out an ad in today’s edition of The Daily Orange, Syracuse’s independent student newspaper:The letter is addressed to Syracuse Athletics’ Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chief Communications Officer Joe Giansante, who referred to the gaffe as a “Snickers’ commercial come to life.”“It was not something that — how can I say it — it wasn’t something that you’d think would need to be looked at beforehand,” Giansante said. “There were a lot of people surprised. It was an honest, human mistake. It was a Snickers’ commercial come to life.”Giansante declined to name the athletic department employee who was tasked with the jersey.“Look, it’s an error,” Giansante said. “An honest mistake. We’re a team. An error was made and everyone bears the brunt of that, not a specific individual.”Giansante repeatedly referenced “regret” and “honest mistake.”“It’s not something you want to happen,” Giansante said. “You regret it.”Syracuse plays at Duke on Saturday. A third big win for the Orange late in the season would probably help put smiles back on the faces of Syracuse fans disgruntled by recent events like this.
Bengaluru: Virat Kohli’s familiar exuberance and pep talks drowned the chatter around Rishabh Pant as India prepared to play South Africa in the third T20 International here on Sunday, seeking a 2-0 series verdict. The comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the second game, which was built on the back of a fine comeback by the bowlers and a Kohli masterclass, is history now and the team is looking for another commanding performance before the Test series gets underway. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe opener in Dharamsala was a washout. Against a fairly new-look South African side that seems to lack the resources required to counter the home team’s firepower, India will surely fancy their chances of an encore, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Embattled wicketkeeper-batsman Pant could not deliver in the last match and as he continues to struggle with the bat, he remains under scrutiny. Pant has divided opinions — many questioned his temperament, shot-selection and the resultant slump in form — while others refused to be harsh on him considering the talent that he possesses. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe 21-year-old could be boosted by words of encouragement from legends such as Sunil Gavaskar, who has also stated that the time has come for India to look beyond Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with little more than a year left for the T20 World Cup in Australia. But the Pant sub-plot is unlikely to significantly impact the Indians’ prospects in the final game of what effectively became a two-match affair after the washout in the hill town. The South Africans had no answer to Kohli’s batting at Mohali’s IS Bindra Stadium in the second T20I, and with the next game being hosted at a ground where he is too familiar with, the Indian captain will be eyeing another good outing. But before Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be standing up to the Kagiso Rabada-led pace attack with optimism, the size of the ground only aiding stroke-makers like the two openers. The terrific Indian trio could again be a thorn in the Proteas’ flesh, with Rohit especially looking to make up after failing to translate his start into a big knock in Mohali. While Pant will be hoping for a reversal in his fortunes, India have the likes of the extremely talented Shreyas Iyer in their middle-order, followed by Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. the Indian team management may have taken heart from the fact that pacers such as Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini put their hands up in the absence of regulars Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. They may not have years of international experience behind them but the likes of Washington Sundar, Chahar and Saini showed that they can challenge the South Africans. New captain Quinton de Kock will again have to shoulder the bulk of responsibility with the bat and he will hope for support from the likes of David Miller and Reeza Hindricks. De Kock might have to change the manner in which he handled his bowlers in the second match, introducing his spinners late in the innings despite the Indians easily tackling his fast bowlers. Match starts 7 PM IST.
New Delhi: In a daring attack, a patrolling team of Delhi Police was attacked with a knife when they tried to stop bike-borne criminals in Delhi’s Mandir Marg area. “The incident happened late Tuesday night when the bike-borne men were stopped by the patrolling team as their movements seemed to be suspicious. While trying to stop them, the men attacked the police team with a knife,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Eish Singhal told IANS. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The criminals were soon overpowered and the knife and a pistol recovered from them. The police said the motorbike that they were riding was also a stolen one. The DCP told IANS that the criminals have been identified as Kamil Singh alias Kanna and Jitender Kumar alias Rajesh Kumar. Both are Delhi residents and are said to be wanted criminals. Singhal said: “With the arrest of the two, around 15 cases committed in different places in the city are likely to be solved. These cases include snatching cases also.” Investigations have so far revealed that both the culprits have four attempts to murder cases, 20 snatching, seven loot and 19 cases under Arms Act against them. The police team that arrested the criminals included sub-inspector Surendra, assistant police sub-inspectors Rajesh and Raj Kumar, and havaldars Daljit, Kuldeep, Santosh, Vinod and jawans Manjit, Sanjay and Rajendra.
Tokyo: Novak Djokovic stepped up a gear at the Japan Open Wednesday, fending off a tough challenge from Japanese wild card Go Soeda 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the quarter final. The world number one said he had no problems with the injured shoulder which forced him out of the US Open as he looked to face either French fifth-seed Lucas Pouille or Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka at the Ariake Colosseum, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Djokovic was cruising to a victory until late in the second set when the 35-year-old Japanese player put on a tenacious fight while the Serb began missing many of his first serves, reducing his lead to 5-4 before Soeda made it 5-5. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBut Djokovic snapped back in form and took the final two games without giving a single point to the Japanese, ending the match in just over 90 minutes. “Obviously, I was pleased to get that done in two (sets),” Djokovic said. “We must give credit to Go Soeda, who played a really good match, fought hard, made me work for my win today. “For my side, I am really pleased. Probably I played even on a higher level than the first round. So the game is going to the right direction for sure,” he said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”I played now three days in a row,” he said. “Everything is fine.” Elsewhere in the tournament, third-seed David Goffin of Belgium came from behind in a dramatic first-round victory against Spanish player Pablo Carreno Busta 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-0. Their gruelling battle, the first match of the day, lasted over two hours in blazing heat, as Goffin clung on to the match to take the second set that ended with a dramatic tie-break. After that, Carreno Busta could not find much left in himself and gave up the third set. “It was a great fight. Such a tough opponent,” said Goffin, who will now face Denis Shapovalov of Canada. “In the end, I am happy to go to the second round,” Goffin said. Australian qualifier John Millman defeated Adrian Mannarino of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
BALURGHAT: Amid predictions of sporadic showers by the local meteorological department during four days of Durga Puja to be kicked start on Friday, the organisers are now busy to complete the rest of work for inauguration in Panchami.Almost all the big-budget Puja organisers in Balurghat have forced to prepare makeshift shades for devotees in or outside the pandals for any emergency. “Local Met officials have predicted mild showers during Puja days and that is why we are thinking how to tackle the situation. A temporary shade has been prepared with tarpaulin sheets so that the idols can be saved from rain. The devotees may also take shelter under the temporary roofs,” said Gopal Bhattacharjee, a big-budget puja organiser of Kochikala Academy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPuja organisers are not ready to mar this part of the revelry. “The nagging rain for over a week has hampered our preparations adversely. Since Tuesday afternoon the weather is slightly improved but there is every possibility of rainfall during Puja days and we don’t want to take risk. We have kept adequate space inside the pandal to accommodate devotees. The entry and exit gates are extra wide for air circulations,” said an organiser of Avijatri Club, Sanat Mohanta. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from the Puja organisers, both district administration and police have made elaborate arrangements already for the grand success of the upcoming festive season. It is learnt from a police source that in order to stop the use of high-sound producing music system and fire crackers during the Puja days, the police have decided to take steps if organizers are found violating rules provided by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB). The Puja committees in their agreement part have mentioned that they are ready to abide by general norms strictly for not using powerful sound system and sound producing crackers near their puja pandals. Recently, a meeting conducted among senior administrative officials along with the concerned officials of WBPCB, police, Balurghat municipality and fire services officials in which it was decided that police would conduct a joint inspection to the big Pujas of the town to look into whether the guidelines are followed. “The joint inspection started at least a week before the Puja days while at the same time, the police would not allow to hold the Pujas if we receive any complaint against the puja organisers for forcefully collecting subscriptions. We have also asked them to follow all the guidelines including the decibel of the sound system,” said district police chief Prasun Banerjee adding that the department would also reward the puja organisers if following all the guidelines specifically. The police and local administration have taken unanimous decision that there will be no restriction on four-wheelers and motorbikes during the four days of Durga puja in Balurghat. “We have stressed on best possible security arrangement for the people of Balurghat so that thousands of pandal hoppers do not face any trouble while ushering the festive spirit. Apart from this, we are using drone-camera for the first-time for security reasons. Six such cameras will be installed for keeping close watch and immediate intervention,” said a police officer. According to a police source, adequate number of police pickets has also been put in place near Durga puja pandals across the town besides police assistance booths have been set up in case anyone wants to know the route or seek any other help.
Kolkata: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will present the future roadmap of Indian football along with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on October 14 in Kuala Lumpur. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das has written to ISL and I-League clubs informing them of the same and has asked them to be present on that day at the AFC headquarters. “Dear All, The All India Football Federation along with the Asian Football Confederation will present the future roadmap of Indian Club football on 14th October 2019 at Asian Football Confederation, AFC House, Jalan 1/155B, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 10 am. You are invited to be present. Kindly confirm your presence in the next 5 days,” the letter read. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt is likely that the ISL and I-League will coexist for another three years as stated by AIFF president Praful Patel earlier. The winners of each league are likely to be handed a continental spot with ISL champions getting the AFC Champions League (ACL) qualifying slot and the I-League champions the AFC Cup play-off slot. Some AFC officials including General Secretary Dato Windsor John recently met AIFF president Patel and Das to have a discussion on the same. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn July, the AIFF had recommended AFC to consider that the champions of the ISL be allotted a spot in the qualifiers for the AFC Champions League. The decision was taken in the AIFF’s Executive Committee meeting. The federation said that the recommendation has been made in the light of the Master Rights Agreement signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010 among other factors like more substantial growth in TV viewership and in stadia audience vis a vis the I-League and “the ISL clubs complying with the entire AFC Club licensing criteria, including strong grassroots and Youth Development Programmes which have also been certified by the AFC.” Earlier, Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and that he will approach the Asian Football Confederation to allow the I-League to co-exist with the ISL as India’s top flight league for the next two to three years. The clubs accepted Patel’s proposal while putting forth their own version of a roadmap for Indian football in which a unified league structure consisting of I-League and ISL clubs was proposed with promotion and relegation.
Kolkata: Traffic movement in the city is expected to be smoother with the state government opening up the Eastern Bypass-bound flank of Ultadanga flyover on Thursday night. The flank was closed since July 9 for repairs.”The Bridge Advisory committee has inspected it and has given us the nod to open the flyover for vehicular movement. We are hopeful that traffic movement will be smoother in this part from Friday,” said a senior official of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The Ultadanga flyover was closed after some cracks were spotted on a pier and the retaining wall. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Dum Dum Airport bound flank was opened for traffic three days after the incident, but the Bypass bound flank was closed for repairs. There are several pujas in Dum Dum and Lake Town areas, which draw huge crowd, so opening the Ultandanga flyover will surely ease traffic congestion in the area. The 45-metre Bailey Bridge in Lake Town that caters to only one-way traffic for light vehicles from VIP Road to Salt Lake was also thrown open on September 30 for light vehicles. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTwo new bridges one at Izatullah Lane and another at Karunamoyee canal in the south were also unveiled on September 30. “After a portion of Majerhat bridge caved in on September last year there has been heavy pressure on Durgapur bridge and Tollygunge bridge. The two bridges has been instrumental in helping people from Behala and its adjoining areas to reach faster to Tollygunge metro station and Bangur Hospital,” the KMDA official said.
Lucknow: The Congress on Friday issued a show cause notice to Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh for defying whip and attending the 36-hour special session of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. It has asked her to submit the reply within two days. “The party had decided to boycott the two day session of the house and had also issued a whip to ensure that no MLA attends it. You were also informed about it individually but you defied the party instructions,” Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu said in the notice. “Your defied party whip and took part in the proceedings. This amounts to indiscipline and anti-party activity,” he said, asking her to submit the reply in two days or else action will be taken against her.