Bustin’ rhymes

first_imgActor Danny Pudi performs a rap from his show Community with Ruthvik Peddawandla, a freshman majoring in engineering, during “Mixed & APA in the Media,” which focused on mixed and Asian Pacific Americans in the entertainment industry. YouTube stars Ktown Cowboys and director Christine Yoo also spoke.  The Asian Pacific American Student Assembly and HapaSC co-hosted the event.Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img

UCL Preview: Manchester United face tricky test, City and Real to cruise on last matchday

first_imgOnly victory will guarantee Manchester United’s passage to the last 16 of the Champions League, but they have major injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s trip to wounded Wolfsburg.United dropped to fourth in the Premier League on Saturday after recording their sixth stalemate of the season at home to West Ham.And boss Louis van Gaal is all too aware that their killer instinct must return by the time they take to the field in Germany, otherwise they are likely to exit Europe’s elite competition at the group stage for only the fourth time in their history.The Dutchman was expected to lead his team through their group untroubled but after drawing 0-0 at home to PSV Eindhoven last month, there is a real danger they could drop into the Europa League.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking will be out to repair damaged pride against United after their 29-game unbeaten home run came to an end against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.A draw against Van Gaal’s side will be enough for Wolfsburg to progress beyond the group stage for the first time, and a win would secure first place in Group B.  Rafa Benitez will rest Gareth Bale and Luka Modric when Malmo visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening with Real Madrid’s Champions League progress already assured.Third in La Liga, Benitez’s side will be seeking a convincing performance to appease fans left disgruntled by the recent 4-0 mauling at the hands of Barcelona and the club’s disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.However, they have at least strung together four consecutive victories since their humiliation against Barca and Saturday’s 4-1 win over Getafe saw Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo all score in the same game for the first time this season.Real face a tough visit to Villarreal on Sunday, and having sealed their place in the last 16 as Group A winners ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Benitez will rest a number of his star names.Malmo, meanwhile, need to better Shakhtar Donetsk’s result in the other game if they are to snatch third spot and a Europa League berth. With the Swedish domestic season now finished, Age Hareide’s side have only played once in the last month, when they went down 5-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.Hareide will be taking charge of the club for the last time in the Champions League after announcing his decision to step down at the end of the year.Manchester City host a revitalised Borussia Monchengladbach needing a win and a favour from Sevilla to top their Champions League group – from which they have already qualified – to give them a much-needed easier last-16 draw.Manuel Pellegrini’s surrendered top spot in the Premier League to Leicester after they were out-played in every department in a 2-0 defeat at a windswept Britannia Stadium against Stoke on Saturday. And Gladbach arrive in buoyant mood having brought an end to Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record this season thanks to an emphatic 3-1 win.City’s defence have recorded just two clean sheets in the last 18 matches, after not conceding a goal in their opening five games of the season, and it is no coincidence the absence of captain Vincent Kompany to injury has affected their stability at the back.However, in Europe, they have already booked their spot in the knockout stages, although their hopes of topping Group D rest on Sevilla needing to beat Juventus at home as well as a win of their own at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.Gladbach can go into the Europa League if they match or better Sevilla’s result against Juventus and have risen from bottom of the table to third under new coach Andre Schubert, with his only defeat coming against City in the reverse fixture in late September. –This game will be  live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

Ranking Cowboys’ Hall of Fame candidates on current roster

first_imgMORE: NFL Uniform Rankings1. Jason Witten, tight end (100 percent)His un-retirement just delays the inevitable, as he is an icon of the modern position. Witten is fourth all-time in receptions, regardless of position, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald. Among tight ends, he’s second only to Gonzalez in receiving yards with 12,448. Witten has been named to 12 Pro Bowls, made first-team All-Pro twice and just as important to cement his status, was the 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Mike Ditka finally will get company from another Cowboys tight end.2. Tyron Smith, left tackle (80 percent)Smith is somehow only 28 after eight seasons in the league. He is riding a streak of six consecutive Pro Bowls. A couple more seasons as a rock and he’s a lock.3. Zack Martin, right guard (80 percent)What Smith does on the edge, Martin does on the inside. He has dominated by making six straight Pro Bowls to begin his career. Hall of Famer Jerry Jones did amazing by using first-round picks on both Martin, Smith and the next guy.4. Travis Frederick, center (79 percent)Frederick is only a notch below the other two because of the health concern, missing the entire ’18 season with Gullain-Barre Syndrome. There’s great optimism he will be back on the field to resume his first-round pedigreed career next to Martin. Should Frederick go back to starting come Week 1, expect him to earn his fifth Pro Bowl trip in seven years.5. Ezekiel Elliott, running back (50 percent)Save for his suspension, he’s been consistently and highly productive over three seasons, and should that continue, he’s in line to join Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett. He’s that good of a runner in line with the greats. If he can stay in line off the field, there’s no question his on-field trajectory is Canton high, especially given the boost from three elite all-time blockers up front.6. DeMarcus Lawrence, defensive end (20 percent)The ceiling certainly is there but the production has to be, too, now that he’s getting paid like a top edge pass rusher. The first step is getting back out there fullly healthy for Week 1 after offseason shoulder surgery. The No. 34 overall pick from ’14 needs a lot more than 34 career sacks at age 27, but he has the talent to explode for big totals over the next five-to-six seasons that a potential Hall call would require. The Dallas Cowboys are one of the NFL’s most well-represented teams in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When Gil Brandt, their former vice president of player personnel, is officially inducted as part of the Class of 2019 in August, he will be the franchise’s 25th representative to be immortalized in Canton over the league’s first 100 seasons.The Cowboys won’t need to wait too long to claim another member. Looking at the active players on their current roster, there are several strong candidates, including one shoo-in and four near locks. Here is a ranking of everyone who has a hint of a chance of getting in, going into 2019: 7. Leighton Vander Esch, outside linebacker (15 percent)Vander Esch gets on the board fresh off a stellar rookie season. The first-round pick immediately was Pro Bowl worthy with 140 tackles (two for loss), seven passes defended and a pair of interceptions. Vander Esch is built to be a modern superstar at the posiiton with his equal exceptional work in coverage  and run stopping. He also has time, youth and health on his side than Sean Lee doesn’t. Vander Esch is the defense’s best young candidate ahead of Byron Jones, a semi-late blooming defensive back.8. Dak Prescott, quarterback (10 percent)He has got to show more of his Offensive Rookie of the Year and late ’18 form over several more seasons, but he deserves to be on the radar with two playoff seasons under his belt in his three-year career. The addition of go-to wide receiver Amari Cooper and the change to a more QB-friendly offense with new coordinator Kellen Moore should keep Prescott pushing his play higher to match the mega contract he’s about to get. His continued durability and development plus leading the Cowboys to that elusive next ring soon would give him a expedited Russell Wilson-like candidacy.last_img read more