Senior breaks USC record in discus for second time

first_imgSenior discus thrower Tera Novy was announced as the Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after she broke the USC school record in the discus over the weekend. The honor is for the week of March 28-April 3 and was announced by the conference on Tuesday.Novy broke the school record for the first time last season, when she threw 193-11, breaking Kate Hutchinson’s record from 2006 of 189-5. Novy’s new personal best is the new school record of 196-6 or 59.9 meters. She bested herself by two feet and seven inches.Novy’s record-breaking throw came on April 2 at the California Collegiate in La Jolla, Calif.With the performance, Novy has thrown 189-10 in all three meets this season. Only three women in USC’s history have ever thrown 180 feet — two of them being Novy and the previous record-holder Hutchinson.Novy’s record-breaking throw from the meet is also the top throw by a collegian this year.Novy is the fourth Trojan to earn Pac-12 Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors. For the week of March 21, three Trojans earned the honor. The recipients were sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr. who runs the 400m, sophomore jumper Adoree’ Jackson and, on the women’s side, senior Jaide Stepter who competes in the hurdles.last_img read more

Attorneys for Bryan Stow, Frank McCourt seek favorable jury in Dodger Stadium beating case

first_imgOne of Stow’s assailants, Louie Sanchez, was confrontational with fans while inside the stadium during the game and should have been thrown out by the second inning, Girardi said, but there was no security in the section in which Sanchez and his friend Marvin Norwood were seated.“I mean, it’s crazy, and nobody does anything about it,” Girardi said.When Stow was attacked in the parking lot, security was also absent, even though two guards were supposed to be present, he noted. “Somehow they didn’t make it,” Girardi said.The attorney insisted that Stow did not attack Sanchez or Norwood, both of whom have pleaded guilty to attacking the father of two. “He never touched anybody.” Stow’s medical care has thus far reached into the millions of dollars. “You’re not supposed to end up this way going to the game,” Girardi said, adding that no person or entity in the current ownership of the Dodgers faces any potential liability. Fox countered that Stow had a blood-alcohol level well above what is considered the legal limit to drive both at the time of the attack and earlier in the stadium. He said security at Dodger Stadium that day was the highest in the stadium’s history for an opening-day game.A Major League Baseball representative who was present at the game said he had never seen such a large security force at any game, Fox said, adding that security included nearly 200 Los Angeles Police Department officers in the parking lot in addition to a mix of LAPD officers, off-duty lawmen and private security guards in the stadium.Judge Victor Chavez ordered the prospective jurors to fill out a questionnaire meant to gauge their ability to be fair to both sides.“What is your opinion, if any, of Frank McCourt?” is question No. 34 of the proposed 45-question survey filed by his lawyers in Los Angeles Superior Court.Jurors are also being asked their opinions of the Dodger organization and Dodger Stadium and whether they have ever had a negative experience at the facility.Both attorneys will be probing to see if jurors have come to any opinion as to whether Stow should be compensated by McCourt or the Dodgers. About 100 prospective jurors in the trial of a San Francisco Giants fan’s negligence suit against ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt heard widely different accounts from attorneys Tuesday about who was responsible for the severe brain injury suffered by the former paramedic in a beating outside Dodger Stadium.Bryan Stow of Santa Cruz was attacked by two Dodger fans in a stadium parking lot after the opening-day game on March 31, 2011. A lawsuit was filed on Stow’s behalf two months later.Thomas Girardi, representing Stow, blamed the attack on a lack of security. But Dana Fox, on behalf of McCourt and three Dodger entities he created, said Stow and the two men who attacked him share responsibility for the “tragic, terrible injuries” he suffered.The lawyers gave prospective jurors a brief summation of the case shortly after they were brought into the Los Angeles Superior Court courtroom where the trial will take place. Stow, in a wheelchair, was in the front row of the courtroom, along with his parents and relatives.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more