Press Association Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of Spain’s upcoming matches against Belarus and Germany with a hamstring injury. However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he had taken a “gamble” with Fabregas’ fitness by playing him, and the tests in Spain have revealed the full extent of the injury. A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out for the games against Belarus and Germany following tests and an evaluation of his condition that was carried out this morning by the medical staff of the Spanish national team. “The MRI done this morning in the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja (Madrid) showed a clear improvement with respect to the one done by his club on Sunday. “Although the MRI discards a hamstring tear, the player continues to have discomfort and the medical team considers that his involvement in the next games would not be advisable for his complete recovery.” The news will no doubt please Mourinho, who had asked for the 27-year-old to remain in London this weekend in order to recover. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano as Fabregas’ replacement. Fabregas has joined Manchester City’s David Silva and Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta on the sidelines. Del Bosque left out Chelsea striker Diego Costa for the upcoming games, with the former Atletico star needing to rest after recent injury troubles of his own. Spain host Belarus on Saturday before facing world champions Germany in Vigo on November 18. The Chelsea midfielder will return to London on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing tests in Madrid. Fabregas played the whole of Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and was included in Spain’s squad for this weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and the friendly against Germany next week.
Bovard Auditorium was packed Wednesday night with students interested in learning how to “make it big.”Actor Rob Lowe and real estate mogul Tom Barrack came to USC to speak to students and faculty about “Making Movies, Making Deals and Making it Big,” hosted by the Marshall School of Business.Words of wisdom · USC alumnus Thomas J. Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital LLC, and actor Rob Lowe discuss personal and professional success in “Making Movies, Making Deals and Making it Big” on Wednesday night in Bovard Auditorium. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanLowe and Barrack, who is the chairman, CEO and founder of Colony Capital, a private equity real estate company in Los Angeles, have recently acquired Miramax Films, along with USC Trustee Ronald Tutor.“I love the business as much today as I ever did,” Lowe said. “One of the things I love about Hollywood is that there is a grand tradition of people using the platform to transfer their focus into other areas.”Lowe said he will not be forgoing his television shows and movies, but Miramax will be able to offer him another opportunity in the movie business.Miramax has a film library of more than 700 movies, including Kill Bill, Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction.“Where you go to bust in this business is thinking that to sweeten that film library you need one more movie,” Barrack said. “After 25 years of investment, the extraordinary returns are always the investments no one else wants to make.”From his own experience, Barrack said he encourages students to leave their comfort zones.“You have to be willing to take a big risk and you have to be willing to fail. I never knew where I was going and I still don’t know where I’m going,” Barrack said.Lowe, on the other hand, said he has known since he was 8 years old that he wanted to be an actor.“I knew what I wanted to do, but I never had a plan,” Lowe said. “There is no plan. All I know is that I said yes whenever anybody asked me to do something.”Barrack, an alumnus of USC’s class of 1969, understands a student’s goal to graduate school and have an established name for themselves.“Students say, ‘I want the best job and I want it to happen tomorrow, but that doesn’t happen,’” Barrack said. “You have to lay the foundation stones and practice the little things like listening and being on time.”Lowe also cautioned students against comparing themselves and their accomplishments with others.“Never compare your insides to someone else’s outsides because you don’t know what that guy has going on in his life,” Lowe said. “I only know what I see on the outside.”Along the same lines, Barrack impressed upon students to think outside the box.“You have the clubs in your bag, all of those left-brain tools … What I’m here to tell you, the world of the next decade is not going to be run on that,” Barrack said. “It’s going to be run from your right brain — imagination, vision.”Lowe said passion is a driving force to love what one does on a day-to-day basis.“Follow your passion. The problem comes if you don’t know what your passion is,” Lowe said. “Find that and you’ll never work a day in your life.”Students asked questions following the discussion, and the evening ended with a singing performance from Orianthi.Ryan Park, a junior majoring in public policy, planning and management, said he thought the event’s message was appropriate for students.“What I enjoyed most about it is that they personify how to be yourself, be nice, be courteous and that whatever good deeds you do will help you in the future,” Park said.
Chief Executive Officer of Aduana Stars Albert Commey is confident his side can still clinch the league title.The Dormaa side have seen a great transformation in fortunes following a disastrous start to the campaign losing their first three games.They changed coaches with Romanian Cioaba Aristica returning to the club and for Commey, Aristica deserves plaudits for the turnaround.“Football is 90 percent scientific and 10 percent luck and with the players we bought, we needed to blend them together with the old ones,” he told Asempa Sports “It wasn’t easy for us because they have different dynamics and with how things were going on within the club, the coach [Nururdeen Ahmed] said he wants to parts ways with the club and we replaced him with Cioaba Aristica and within that time they are really playing very well.” “Cioaba Aristica has been at Aduana Stars before and with the kind of quality and dynamics he has brought into the team is awesome and we thank God the players have responded to it.” “The owner of the team has also paid all the outstanding bonuses in the team so it is very well obvious that the players are very well motivated.”Commey was still optimistic about his side’s chances of winning their second league title. “In every season we play to win the league because our mentality is to participate and win the league and with how the performance of the team has increased we are still favorites to win the league.”“The league is unpredictable because it was a big surprise to everyone when Hearts of Oak lost to Wa All Stars in Accra and with other results that has come up it very difficult to predict it but are still favorites to win the league and we respect all the clubs competing especially Hearts of Oak being on top of the table but we will defeat them when they play us.”Photo credit: Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Honorable Mention: Jordan Capps, Southeastern Louisiana; Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas; Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin. Garth opened the week shooting 9-of-13 from the field against UIW, including a 4-for-5 performance from behind the arc. His 25 points tied a career high that he would surpass just three days later. In Saturday’s come-from-behind victory against Sam Houston State, the Houston native posted 29 points as the Cardinals rallied from down 18 points to defeat the Bearkats in overtime. The junior guard went 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the game while shooting 41 percent from the floor. Garth also passed the 1,000-point career mark during the UIW game. The Cardinals (12-8, 4-3 SLC) picked up a 90-69 road win at UIW (5-12, 0-7 SLC) on Wednesday before defeating Sam Houston State (11-9, 5-2 SLC) 84-77 in overtime at home. LU hosts conference leader Nicholls (12-8, 6-1 SLC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT before welcoming McNeese (7-10, 4-3 SLC) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Nick Garth – Jr. – Guard – Houston, Texas Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. This is Lamar’s second weekly honor this season. Junior center Josh Nzeakor won the award on Jan. 2. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Nick Garth is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.