President Trump says we cannot let those killed in the weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio die in vain. ….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019 Two mass shootings less than 24 hours apart have claimed the lives of 29 people and injured countless more in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.President Trump will speak about the two deadly mass shootings at 10:00 this morning. The President said he spoke at length with Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray and the governors of Texas and Ohio following two mass shootings this weekend.Trump explained this is a mental illness problem and it has to be stopped after going on for years and years.The President offered his condolences to the families impacted in El Paso and Dayton.He also thanked law enforcement for their work, as he said both situations could have been a lot worse.We will carry his remarks live here on 850wftl…After three mass shootings left at least 32 people dead in the span of a week, FBI Director Chris Wray has ordered the agency’s offices across the country to conduct a new threat assessment in effort to thwart mass attacks, law enforcement sources tell CNN https://t.co/7j6t6N5FdR— CNN (@CNN) August 5, 2019 Trump took to Twitter this morning and said bipartisan support is needed for strong background checks when it comes to firearms.He suggested that it could be tied to immigration reform legislation and that something good, if not great, could come out of these tragic events. The FBI has opened a domestic terror investigation into the El Paso shooting.
The Women of Troy’s 12-match winning streak will be put to perhaps its toughest test this weekend, as the No. 4 USC women’s volleyball teams travels to Northern California to play No. 2 California and No. 5 Stanford.Stat stuffer · Sophomore outside hitter Katie Fuller notched a combined 24 kills and 16 digs against Stanford and California last month at home. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThere’s a clutter at the top of both the Pac-12 and the national volleyball rankings, and this weekend’s conference matches could do a lot to create some separation between the teams — or muddle the picture even more.USC (17-3, 12-1) and No. 6 UCLA (18-3, 11-2) are playing California (21-2, 11-2) and Stanford (16-3, 10-3) on the road this weekend in a two-day stretch that will almost certainly have a hand in determining the Pac-12 conference race.“It’s an opportunity for us to separate, and it’s an opportunity for Stanford and Cal to get into the top rung,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It helps us if UCLA plays well up there. But we need to win our games, too.”USC swept both teams in three sets earlier this season at Galen Center, but both squads boast undefeated home records.Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller says the team has to play even better than they have been to get two wins this weekend.“Both teams going into the second round have improved a lot,” Fuller said. “Hopefully we can use what we learned in the first round to beat them again.”The Women of Troy begin the weekend by playing the Cardinal, who have gone on an eight-match winning streak of its own since losing to USC on Sept. 24.Stanford leads the conference in digs (17.33 digs per set) and ranks second with 3.20 blocks per set.“Last time we didn’t play very well against Stanford, and they did a lot of very good things against us and we still won all three games,” Haley said. “We have to play a lot better [this time] if we’re going to be successful.”Sophomore Rachel Williams leads the Cardinal in kills (4.39 kills per set), which ranks fourth in the Pac-12.“I look for this to be a titanic battle,” Haley said. “[With them] being at home, I expect them to dig more balls, and for there to be more rallies [than last time].”On Saturday night, the Women of Troy will play the Golden Bears with each team possibly having a chance to claim the No. 1 spot in the country.Despite being ranked fourth, USC has the second-most No. 1 votes in the country, behind No. 1 Nebraska (17-1), who jumped to the top spot this week from No. 4 after upsetting previously top-ranked Illinois, which is No. 3 in the polls.But before thinking about rankings, the Women of Troy will have to get past Cal’s vaunted defense, which ranks first in the Pac-12 in opponents’ hitting percentage (.121), second in digs (16.93 digs per set) and third in blocks (2.99 blocks per set).USC hasn’t had to face top-notch opponents in a few weeks now, but Haley doesn’t think his squad will be caught off-guard.“I don’t think we’ll have trouble getting focus back,” Haley said. “Nobody wants to go out of there with an L, and we know on the road that we really have to be good.”The players seem to have high expectations for the trip.“Going into their house and beating both of them 3-0, 3-0 would be ideal,” Fuller said. “Obviously that’s a challenge, [but] that would put us ahead of them in the running for the Pac-12 championship.”Haley knows this weekend will have implications on the conference race, but he’s downplaying the importance of any single weekend in the long run.“Every week in the next five weeks is an opportunity,” Haley said. “It’ll be great competition. The more we can take advantage of winning on the road, the better.”USC’s matches against Stanford and California will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Natalie Yee | Daily TrojanMen’s swimming, ranked No. 13 in the nation, will head to the Pac-12 Championships, which will run from Wednesday through Saturday in Federal Way, Wash. The conference championships will offer some of the toughest competition in the country, as USC will have to take down No. 1 Cal and No. 5 Stanford to bring the title back to Los Angeles.The diving team already competed during the men’s diving championships last weekend, which were held alongside the women’s Pac-12 Championships. Junior Dashiell Enos took home the 3-meter springboard title for the second year in a row, with freshman Henry Fusaro finishing close behind in second place. Enos won with a 428.35 score, and Fusaro followed him up with a score of 408.15. Both performances were personal bests, firmly outpacing Arizona State’s Heikki Makikallio, who finished in third with 372.50 points.Enos also reached his first 1-meter final and took fourth on the platform, while freshman Nick Mamola finished eighth in his first conference final competition. Enos took home fourth place with a final score of 335.95, and Mamola finished with 291.20 points.The Trojans finished second in last year’s conference championship after taking home the title in 2015 for the first time since 1979. USC has not had three consecutive top-two finishes in the Pac-12 since the mid-’70s, but it’s an accomplishment the Trojans could achieve with all of their 2016 Pac-12 swim champions still on the squad.Senior co-captain Reed Malone will return in his final Pac-12 championship to defend his conference titles in the 200y and 500y freestyle, and fellow senior co-captain Steven Stumph will look to repeat in the 200y breaststroke and become the first Trojan to win the event three years in a row. Junior Ralf Tribunstov will also look to protect his 100y backstroke title, while sophomore Patrick Mulcare will race again in the 200y backstroke.Sophomores Alex Valente and Carsten Vissering will also return to the pool after finishing second overall in the 100y butterfly and the 100y breaststroke, respectively, at last season’s championships. Vissering will enter this week’s competition as the top seed in the conference in the 100y breaststroke.Redshirt junior Dylan Carter is also the top seed in the 200y freestyle, and the Trojans will enter the pool as top seeds in the 200y freestyle relay. The team will look to continue its dominance in the 100y freestyle event, which it has won three times in the past five years.The Trojans boast a balanced team of seasoned upperclassmen including All-Americans such as Malone, Mulcare and Tribuntsov and 2016 Olympians such as Carter (Trinidad and Tobago) and redshirt juniorSanto Condorelli (Canada).The championships will kick off at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Wednesday with the 200y medley and 800y freestyle relays. Thursday will feature the 500y freestyle, 200y individual medley, 50y freestyle sprint and 200y freestyle relay. Friday will be the longest day for the Trojans, with races in the 400y individual medley, 100y fly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and 400y medley relay.The tournament will conclude on Saturday with the 1650y freestyle, 200y backstroke, 100y freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 200y butterfly and 400y freestyle relay.These four days will be a test to see if the Trojans can compete among the best of the best in both the Pac-12 and the NCAA, setting the stage for the national championships in March.