Riviere off the mark for Magpies

first_img Press Association The Magpies scored three times in the space of 14 first-half minutes as Siem de Jong took full advantage of goalkeeper Ivan Necevski’s 19th-minute error before Riviere and then defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa struck. Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot had only one save to make to deny Corey Gameiro after the break, and substitute Adam Armstrong rounded off the scoring seven minutes from time. The striker, a £5million summer signing from Monaco, needed just 26 minutes to open his account with the Magpies taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Before kick-off, manager Alan Pardew and captain Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on the seats which would have been occupied by fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who died in the Malaysia Airlines crash last week while en route to New Zealand. center_img Emmanuel Riviere marked his debut with a goal as Newcastle cruised to a 4-0 victory over Sydney FC in Dunedin. last_img read more

Chelsea to decide whether to appeal Diego Costa violent conduct charge

first_img Press Association A Chelsea spokesman said it was unfair to take Zouma’s words at face value. “It’s a bit harsh to take literally the words of a young player speaking in his second language immediately after a game,” the Chelsea spokesman said. “Kurt is deeply upset that his words have been used to attack a team-mate and a friend.” Regarding Gabriel, the FA statement continued: “Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Caz orla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending-off. “Both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20.” Arsenal said they would appeal for both wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel and the length of his ban. A statement read: “The club can confirm that it is appealing wrongful dismissal and the three-match ban given to Gabriel.” Chelsea must decide quickly whether to appeal against Diego Costa’s violent conduct charge after the Football Association began disciplinary proceedings following an ill-tempered clash with Arsenal. Costa has been cited for an incident involving Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny in his side’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues given until 6pm on Tuesday to respond. The case for the defence became a little murkier on Monday when Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was forced to explain comments in a television interview that the Spain striker “likes to cheat a lot”. Arsenal have already signalled their intent to appeal against Gabriel’s sending-off in the match, but he has also been handed a separate charge of improper conduct. Both London clubs face charges of failing to control their players, with a reply deadline of 6pm on Thursday. The FA said in a statement: “Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. “The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm (on Tuesday) to reply. “Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.” Costa’s behaviour was the subject of a post-match television interview with Zouma, during which the French defender made potentially inflammatory comments that both he and the club attempted to clarify on Monday. The 20-year-old told beIN Sports: “Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponents out of his game, and that happened in the game. He’s a real nice guy in the life and we are very proud to have him.” Zouma posted an explanation on Twitter saying: “Sorry for any confusion, English is not my first language & I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating. Simply to say Diego is a player who puts pressure on his opponents & who I have huge respect for.” last_img read more

DeSantis: Downtrend in Cases Could Lead to Phase 2 Reopening in Region

first_imgSince the governor ordered bars statewide to close again when a spike in cases occurred in July, it is still unknown when those businesses may reopen.Phase 2 also permits museums and libraries to operate normally, with the permission of their local government officials.Sports facilities would also allowed to reopen, and retail stores could go to 100 percent capacity, as long as they maintain social distancing measures.Gov. DeSantis did not elaborate any further on the region’s potentially imminent move to Phase 2. With the number of positive COVID-19 cases in South Florida on the decline, the region could start moving to phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan within a short time.That’s the word from the governor, who dropped the hints during a roundtable discussion on Wednesday.He is speaking with officials from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties about removing some of the restrictions that have remained in place here since the other 64 counties in the state moved to phase 2 earlier in the summer.However, DeSantis also cautioned, “I’m not saying I’m going to do it today or we’re gonna do it tomorrow. … [But] these are sustained trends at this point and I think that that’s a good thing.”Phase 2 allows restaurants to continue opening with 50 percent of their indoor capacity, while allowing for full seating outdoors, with social distancing in place. At that point, restaurants would also be able to use their bar-top seating.WATCH LIVE: #COVID19 mental health roundtable at @AdventHealth. https://t.co/vKjGMqs6Rs— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 19, 2020last_img read more

Suriname, Guyana commit to the longevity of IGG

first_imgBy Rawle Toney in Suriname (compliments of Department of Public Information, National Sports Commission)THE 2017 Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) opened yesterday with Suriname and Guyana both committing to the continuity of the event which is celebrating its ‘Golden Jubilee’.Team SurinameGuyana and Suriname will compete in the disciplines of basketball, football, swimming, volleyball, track and field and cycling from August 25 to 27 and according to Suriname’s Minister of Sports, Joan Dogojo, her government stands willing and ready to invest in making the games one of the biggest of the ‘Guianas’ (Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana).Christopher Jones – Director of Sport (Guyana) (Photos: Delano Williams)In 1967, former President Forbes Burnham brainstormed the Inter-Guiana Games with the hopes of fostering a close relationship between Guyana and Suriname using Sports.Derrick Whitehead, O.T McDonald and Eddie Van Genderen are listed as some of the founding principals of the games that expanded to include French Guiana.Athletics, basketball and football are the games that were contested when the IGG started, but, 50 years later, the table tennis, cycling, chess, badminton and swimming are some of the disciplines included in the expansion.“As Minister of Sports of Suriname, I would like to express our feelings of satisfaction, appreciation and joy to host the IGG 2017 in Paramaribo, Suriname,” stated Dogojo in her charge to athletes and other officials who gathered at Ismay Welgin Sports Hall.She added, “By organising these games, we are giving the school youths under the age of 18 years the opportunity to interact through sports and culture and they really deserve it. We must assure the continuation of these games in the upcoming years and the participation of French Guiana is important to complete the initial idea of this event.”The Surinamese Sports Minister noted, “We not only want sports to develop holistically but also give school youth the opportunity to be aware of the benefits of sport and physical activities in order to have a healthy and productive community.”Luciano Mentowikromo – Suriname’s Director of SportsMeanwhile, Christopher Jones, Guyana’s Director of Sport, explained that despite the games’ predecessors’ economic and political challenges over the past years, they were still able to manage and rise above those challenges and keep the games going.Calling on Suriname’s Director of Sports Luciano Mentowikromo, Jones said “Director, ours is the task, now that the Baton has been passed, that we ensure we do everything necessary for future games so that the youths of Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana can foster that closer relationship through sports for the next 50 years and beyond.”Joan Dogojo“It would be remiss of me not to thank His Excellency President Desiree Bouterse and his Government through the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and of course you, Director, and your support staff for their hard work and dedication for organising these games,” said Jones.Mentowikromo, echoed similar sentiments as Jones, and also said that his Government stands ready and willing to invest in the games.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Update on the latest sports — Boxing promoter Bob Arum says he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July. No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus.— Horse racing’s National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has canceled its induction ceremony in August because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7. This year’s class will be inducted with next year’s group.— The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is eliminating 51 positions and furloughing 33 more as part of a dramatic cut in staffing. The move is designed to trim up to 20% of its budget to respond to shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter sent to Olympic stakeholders that 32 employees had been offered different roles in the organization, setting up the possibility that not all the eliminated or furloughed positions will result in a temporary or permanently lost jobs.— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto spoke Thursday about the need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an online news conference that “there are some in Japan” talking about holding the games without fans. Muto did not say this was going to happen.— German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. Dresden says on its website that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19. Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive. The union says it addressed protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures.Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft submitted last week as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.Players also objected to a ban on the use of showers and hydrotherapy.The union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed “multiple times per week.”MLB is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days. — Indiana University hopes to have some student-athletes back by mid-June. President Michael McRobbie posted a 22-page plan on his web site to reopen the university in stages, which includes the return of at least a percentage of all students this fall. The release comes one day after the NCAA approved a measure to lift the moratorium on voluntary workouts for football and men’s and women’s basketball players.— East Carolina University is eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis and swimming and diving programs to help reduce a $4.9 million budget deficit created by the pandemic. The move affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches and reduces ECU’s sponsored sports from 20 to 16, including nine for women. The NCAA requires Division I FBS schools to carry minimums of 16 sports, eight for women.— IndyCar has altered its schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling the June 27 race at Richmond and the July 12 street course event in Toronto. The open-wheel series is slated to finally begin June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, but its next event won’t be held until July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12.— Golf Digest is reporting the European Tour hopes to resume its season in England the first weekend in August as part of a four-tournament “bubble” in the UK. The magazine cited sources as saying the British Masters would be followed by two tournaments in England and one in Wales at Celtic Manor for 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in prize money. The European Tour has postponed nine tournaments and canceled eight others on its schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a memo, the European Tour says priority rankings will stay the same for 2021 and there will not be Q-school.— Little League has released a set of “best practice” guidelines it believes would allow baseball and softball to be played safely after local authorities give the groups the all-clear to return to play. The recommendations include eliminating all non-essential contact and banning the postgame handshake line in favor of lining up along the respective baselines and tipping your cap to the opponent. All players should wear masks while in the dugout and coaches and volunteers should wear masks and protective medical gloves at all times. Also around the majors:— The Cubs and Pirates are making tough financial decisions concerning their front office staff with the major league season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs are instituting pay cuts based on compensation, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced today that they are instituting furloughs for several employees in business operations beginning on June 1. The Cardinals and Twins have informed their employees there won’t be any pays cuts or furloughs through the end of JuneNFL-NEWSNFL looks at adding “booth umpire” and tech adviser for refsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew. Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHLPA voting on 24-team playoffUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is taking a major step toward formulating the remainder of their season. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as they return to play format. Results of the vote could be in as soon as Friday night.Under the proposal plan, the top four teams in each of the Eastern and Western Conferences would play each other for seeding while the remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16. That would mean byes for Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia in the East and defending champion St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas in West.Even if the executive board votes to approve the format, the league and players union still need to negotiate other details, including health and safety protocols. But the format is a substantial piece of the return to play puzzle to award the Stanley Cup this season.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Some Louisville football and basketball players will return to campus Wednesday in a phased approach and begin voluntary workouts in early June. The first phase of 30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players will arrive next week after being instructed on safety protocols. Testing and physicals will begin June 3, with voluntary training not directed by coaching staffs to begin five days later. — English soccer club Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the season is completed. The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. Empty stadiums will also change the TV product. The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live.— Swimming’s governing body has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA (FEE’-nuh) says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.”MLB-NEWSUnion makes counterproposal to ownersUNDATED (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has given management a wide-ranging response to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama native is considered a first-round NFL draft pick in 2021 should he choose to forego his final year in college.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORVanderbilt’s Lee becomes 1st black woman AD in SECNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title and made Candice Storey Lee the first woman to run a Southeastern Conference athletics program.Lee is one of only five women and the second black woman in charge of a Power Five program. Incoming chancellor Daniel Diermeier said Lee is the “living embodiment” of the university’s values and aspirations. — Tom Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Titled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at his six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON-ROSSSurgery for Clemson WR RossCLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to alleviate an issue that cropped up during the team’s spring workouts in March.Ross led the Tigers with 66 catches last season that went for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman, highlighting his season with a 74-yard TD in the national championship win over Alabama. The league also is looking at other rule changes, including an alternative to the onside kick.NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday. Owners will vote on the proposals at the upcoming league meeting to be held by video conference on May 28. If owners don’t approve adding a booth umpire and/or a senior technology adviser, the league could test a version of both rules in the preseason for possible future implementation.The proposal that would give teams another option instead of an onside kick permits a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play. The kicking team would attempt a fourth-and-15 from its 25-yard line. This could be done a maximum of two times per game. Onside kicks have become infrequent and rarely successful since the NFL changed rules on alignments for kickoffs.In other NFL news:— An NFL player is suing United Airlines, saying he was harassed and sexually assaulted by an intoxicated female passenger on a red-eye flight in February. The player said in a lawsuit that soon after boarding the cross-country flight, a woman sitting in the same row confronted him over his face mask, ripped it off the and groped him. The NFL player and a companion who joined the lawsuit were not named. United confirms there was some sort of incident and a passenger was moved to a different seat but says it won’t comment further. May 22, 2020 The 41-year-old Lee is a former Commodores basketball captain. She took over as interim athletic director on Feb. 4 when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year on the job.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scamBOSTON (AP) — Court papers show actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges that will include prison time in the college admissions bribery case.Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and Giannulli has accepted a five-month sentence under the deal, which must be approved by the judge. They will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed. An attorney for the couple declined to comment.last_img read more

The Latest: New Barcelona signing Pjanic tests positive

first_img August 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Barcelona’s newly signed midfielder Miralem Pjanic has tested positive for the coronavirus. Associated Press Barcelona says the player is feeling well and is self-isolating at home. The Spanish club says Pjanic will not travel to Barcelona to join the rest of the squad for at least two weeks.Barcelona signed Pjanic from Italian club Juventus. He was tested for COVID-19 on Saturday. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: New Barcelona signing Pjanic tests positivelast_img

Barbados complete double with eight-wicket win over Guyana

first_imgBARBADOS Senior Women’s cricket team put an end to their regional tournaments with all the verve that was expected of them at the start, brushing Guyana aside by eight wickets and more than three overs to spare in the final match of the Cricket West Indies Women’s T20 Blaze tournament last evening at the National Stadium, Providence.Winning the T20 tournament also meant Barbados finished the season undefeated and had made a clean sweep of regional women’s cricket titles this year after capturing the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup earlier.The Barbadians were clinical with the ball right from the word go, as they kept pegging the home team back with wickets at regular intervals. The Guyanese could only muster up 85-7 in their allotted overs.Star all-round Deandra Dottin and Kycia Knight then made their presence felt, stroking unbeaten knocks of 43 and 24 respectively which led the visitors to 86-2 in 16.1 overs.Dottin, the West Indies all-rounder clobbered six fours and two maximums while Knight faced 27 balls in her knock with two boundaries.Off-spinner Hayley Matthews (not in picture), bowled Akaze Thomspon. (Adrian Narine photos)At the start of the game the Guyanese run rate was heavily restricted after they won the toss and decided to take first knock.Captain Shemaine Campbelle spearheaded the fight to restore credibility to their innings with a top score of 18 off 28 balls, with two boundaries and receiving some support from Cherry Ann Fraser (15), Shabika Gajnabi (12), and Melanie Henry (10).The home team was quickly in trouble when they lost Tremayne Smartt, run out for two and Sheneta Grimmond was bowled by medium pacer Shanika Bruce (1-18), without scoring, at 6-2 after the first two overs.Campbelle and Henry then added 36 runs for the third wicket but the hosts were once again found wanting with the bat, losing wickets in a flurry.They stuttered to 48-5 with Shakera Selman (2-16), claiming the wicket of Henry while the off-spinner Hayley Matthews (2-13), removed the in-form Campbelle and Akaze Thomspon (0), off consecutive deliveries in her third over.The Guyanese other substantial partnership was between Gajnabi and Fraser as they put together 23 for the sixth wicket before both were dismissed to Selman and Shanika Connell (1-16) respectively.Barbados’ innings was somewhat sluggish up front, resulting in their Powerplay overs yielding just 22 runs for the loss of opener Danielle Small, who was trapped leg before wicket to Erva Giddings for one.Matthews made a 30-ball 15 before she departed off spinner Grimmond. However, Knight and Dottin then joined forces to seal the win.Meanwhile, Windward Islands beat the Leeward Islands by a margin of 11 runs to earn a consolation victory in game two of the final round.Scores: Windward Islands 115-8 – Afy Fletcher and Swayline Williams made 24 runs apiece; Malisa Howard and Amanda Edwards claimed two wickets apiece. In reply the Leeward Islands were restricted to 104-9.Saneldo Willett top-scored with 25. Pearl Etienne took 3-14.After the final game, Captain Matthews praised her team for the commitment, hard work and discipline throughout the tournament.last_img read more

High Stakes as Man City Welcome Chelsea to Etihad

first_imgKante (in dark blue) scored the opening goal for Chelsea in a 2-0 victory over City in December Chelsea beat City 2-0 earlier this season at Stamford Bridge so Man City manager Pep Guardiola knows his side is in for a tough game.“You see the midfield players, the strikers, the best strikers in the world are there.“The midfield players are the best in the world. A good keeper. Experienced defenders. Good organisation defensive, offensive. They know exactly what they want to do.“I have a lot of respect. The game on Sunday (today) is a final for us. I want to feel that it’s an absolute final for us and we need to play in that way.”Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea were the first team to beat Manchester City domestically this season with that win in December.Sarri says Chelsea cannot win the Premier League but are aiming for a top-four finish, before suggesting Manchester City are the best team in Europe.“At the moment Manchester City are the best team in Europe. I think we were lucky (in December), because we scored in a very difficult moment of the match. In that match we defended really very well because they had only three goal opportunities, no more.“It’s not easy against Man City to give them only three, four opportunities. At home, I think they’ve scored 43 goals in 13 matches. More than three on average. We need to defend really very well.”Manchester City are still without defenders Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany. Left-back Mendy, who has missed the last four games, is being managed carefully as he returns from knee surgery and captain Kompany is still troubled by a muscular problem.Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) is still out long term but City have no fresh injury concerns.Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger could return to Chelsea’s starting line-up at Manchester City. Defender Rudiger was not risked in last week’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield due to a knock, so Andreas Christensen deputised. The Denmark defender is likely to make way.Callum Hudson-Odoi has been ill, so may not even be among the substitutes.Man City have lost three of their last five Premier League matches against Chelsea (W2), scoring just four goals and never more than once in this run.Chelsea have won on just two of their last nine visits to the Etihad in the Premier League (D1 L6), winning 1-0 in February 2014 and 3-1 in December 2016.City boss Pep Guardiola has lost more league games against Chelsea than he has versus any other team in his managerial career (3).City striker Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances versus Chelsea, including netting a hat-trick in April 2016.Aguero has scored 11 goals in 11 home Premier League games for Manchester City this season, including two hat-tricks. He’s the highest scoring home player in the competition so far this season.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has had a hand in five goals in his last five games against Man City in the Premier League (3 goals, 2 assists), with the Belgian assisting both of the Blues’ goals in the reverse fixture this term.50% of N’Golo Kante’s Premier League assists for Chelsea this season have been for Gonzalo Higuain (2/4), despite the pair playing just 148 minutes together.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Demola OjoManchester City face a tough test in the title race as Chelsea visit the Etihad Sunday. The champions are three points behind league leaders Liverpool but will return to the summit with victory Sunday.On the other hand, Chelsea need to avoid defeat to return to fourth place after being supplanted by Manchester United Saturday.last_img read more

Audio: Moving America Forward rally

first_imgExcerpts from the Moving America Forward rally, held on the campus of the University of Southern California on Friday, October 22nd, 2010.Audio courtesy of KXSC student radio AM 1560.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown:Democratic senatorial candidate Barbara Boxer:President Barack Obama (part 1):President Barack Obama (part 2):last_img

Chief of Staff Dennis Cornell serves with a special kind of energy

first_imgThis energy has been with Cornell from the start. Cornell came to USC after a career in Hollywood, serving as vice president of casting and talent development for Columbia Pictures Television and Sony Pictures Television and working on shows such as “Cheers” and “Who’s the Boss.” He said he just meant to take off one year and teach, but that was in 1991.“I thought I’ll sort of clear my head, take a break and go back into the television industry,” Cornell said with a chuckle. “And I never went back.”After serving as the managing director of the School of Dramatic Arts his second through fourth year at USC, he was appointed executive director of University Events. He got to know Nikias when the Viterbi School of Engineering received its naming donation and Cornell planned events for it. A few years later, when Nikias became provost, Cornell helped set up Visions and Voices. And the day he was named president, Nikias called Cornell to ask if he wanted to be chief of staff.“I’m a believer in my own life about saying ‘yes’ to things,” Cornell said. “If a door opens, you walk through it.”And now that he’s walked through that door, Cornell doesn’t do much but work, and enthusiastically. He often starts answering emails at 5 a.m. and usually is at his office in Bovard by 8 a.m. If he goes home in the early evening, he said he’ll usually answer emails until 11 p.m., but he’s often working until 9 or 10 at night after events, when he staffs the president.“The good news is I do get some time on the weekend,” he said, “but it’s not every weekend.”His week starts on Monday, where he goes over everything Nikias is doing twice: Once with the staff in the president’s office and once with media relations, to go over what will happen at the university for the next few weeks, covering everything from the schedule to speech writing.“We run a huge organization, a $3.4 billion-a-year operation, which is larger than most cities and some states probably,” Cornell said. “It’s a big place, and a lot can happen here.”Part of Cornell’s job (and why he spends so much time answering emails) is that chiefs of staff serve as gatekeepers to the president.“But gatekeeper has a negative connotation, because the point is to keep people out,” Cornell said. “I look at it in a very positive way, which is to let people come to your door, see if you can find a way to solve that problem before it ever has to elevate to a presidential level.”He said he ensures everyone gets a response, even if the response is just that the letter has been received. Additionally, all correspondence to the president’s office is electronically catalogued, so that a letter sent three years ago could be pulled up with a search for the sender’s name or the subject of the letter. At the same time, USC does have a hierarchy that goes up to the top.“What’s amazed me about this job, which I didn’t realize when I came on board here before we actually started, is how everything flows right up to the president,” Cornell said. “The buck stops there with him.”Cornell is also the university’s director of protocol, which means he ensures visitors and guests of the university are treated well and with respect.“We have a lot of visiting dignitaries,” Cornell said. “Every one of them walks in here and brings a gift — a book or a token from their country — and we reciprocate, and that’s just one part of it.”Cornell stressed that protocol is especially important when representing USC in foreign nations. His knowledge of this and of Nikias’ vision for the university allows him to occasionally serve as an emissary of the president, most recently to South Korea. And Cornell said the travel, which is usually with Nikias, is one of the best parts of his job.“I’ve always been someone who’s loved getting on a plane anyway,” Cornell said. “But I really love getting to travel with people and meet people. We really meet the most fascinating people. … The average Joe on the street doesn’t get to do this.”And the bottomless well of energy from which Cornell draws upon to work has been directed at a variety of causes. Before serving as chief of staff, Cornell also produced seven benefit dinners for the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy and lobbying group that promotes the social welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.“I’m a gay person. And I feel that it’s really important now to make sure that people understand that and know that and know who you are, to take away any fear about being gay,” Cornell said. “Not so much in California or L.A., and certainly not at USC, but there is a world of people out there who are afraid.”Cornell said he doesn’t have time to organize events for HRC anymore but still supports its mission. And he’s given up other things, such as bowling on Monday nights. He does have a French bulldog (“Napoleon, and he is!”), but the focus of his life is his job.“I have no time to date really or anything, but I have a beautiful life,” Cornell said. “USC, like every organization, has its quirks and its problems. But when you get down to it, the opportunity here and the people here are incredible.”And being chief of staff is more than just a job. Cornell said Nikias and his wife, First Lady Niki Nikias, have made him a part of their family.“Niki calls me her brother because we needle each other like a brother and sister would,” Cornell said. “We’re all around the same age, and we have a simpatico.”At the end of the day, Cornell said he’s proud to contribute his energy to the university.“I love USC and it’s taken care of me,” Cornell said, “and I work really hard for it.” He’s got a firm handshake, a quick answer to every question and an impressive memory. But the most noticeable thing about Dennis Cornell, chief of staff to President C. L. Max Nikias, is his energy.Quick chat · Dennis Cornell, chief of staff to President C. L. Max Nikias, answers a phone call in his office in Bovard Auditorium. – Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojanlast_img read more