More Cool Stuff Gatherings Young & Healthy Supporters Prowled the Serengeti at the Natural History Museum Honoring Dr. Allen Mathies and Chris and John Bicos for their dedication to Young & Healthy STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, January 26, 2015 | 7:12 pm Young and Healthy celebrated 25 years of serving children in the Pasadena area with a Safari-themed bash that saw hundreds of couples in pith helmets and animal prints prowlÂ theÂ African Mammal Hall at the Natural History Museum in search of great auction items to support a cause they love.Honored were Dr. Allen W. Mathies, Jr., MD with the J. Donald Thomas Award and Chris and John Bicos with the inaugural Alliance Award.For more about Young & Healthy, seeÂ http://www.youngandhealthy-pas.org/ Make a comment Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.
Press Association Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has found himself at the centre of speculation over his future in recent weeks despite the north London club sitting in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table and just three points adrift of the top four following their midweek victory at struggling Fulham. Bale’s £85.3milllion switch to Real Madrid during the summer left Villas-Boas with a huge gap to plug and the club has invested the proceeds in an attempt to do that and more. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has dismissed claims that former club Tottenham’s difficulties are all down to the loss of Gareth Bale. However, former Spurs midfielder Poyet has urged the manager’s critics to give him time as he attempts to mould a new team. Asked if Bale’s departure had made all the difference, the 46-year-old Black Cats boss, who will welcome his old club to the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening, said: “In one game or two, yes, it can make a difference. In 38, no, I don’t think it’s possible to say that. “In the last year and a half, Tottenham in some games did not play very well and they won because Gareth came up with something unique. “Now it’s a totally different situation. Spurs have got plenty of options, plenty of new players who need to adapt to football here and to the way they play. “Trying to keep everybody happy and playing too many games and a few injuries, it’s not easy. It looks easy from outside, but it’s very difficult. “It’s really strange that you change so many players and the players gel together very quickly. Most of the time, you need six or eight months to make it work.” Such was the pressure under which Villa-Boas found himself that reports last weekend suggested a list of potential successors had been drawn up. One claimed Poyet, who made 98 appearances and scored 23 goals for the club before returning as a coach, was among the prospective candidates, although that is something he took with a pinch of salt. He said: “I am not surprised by anything. Every day, there is going to be something in the Press about someone, especially when you have played there. “But I am not bothered, I am just concentrating on Sunderland.”
By the end of last season, the USC men’s basketball team had been so ravaged by injuries that it barely resembled the team that had taken the court just months earlier.All systems go · After an injury-ravaged 2011-12 season, USC men’s basketball will benefit from senior forward Aaron Fuller’s return from last year’s season-ending shoulder injury. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanWith four of their five starters suffering season-ending injuries by the end of January, the Trojans posted the worst record (6-26, 1-17) in the program’s history, sending the team to last place in the Pac-12.“It was a catastrophe,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “It was kind of like going to a knife fight with a spoon.”The Trojan freefall began when senior point guard Jio Fontan tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a summer exhibition game in Brazil, causing him to take a medical redshirt year.Over the next six months, forwards Aaron Fuller and Evan Smith and center Dewayne Dedmon suffered season-ending injuries as well, leaving sophomore guard Maurice Jones as the leader of a squad that featured two walk-ons in a seven-man rotation.“One by one, we just started falling,” Dedmon said. “It definitely took a toll on the team, as you could see with our record at the end of the year.”Jones has since transferred to Iowa State after being declared academically ineligible, but Fontan, Fuller and Dedmon are all back this season and are expected to form the backbone of a squad that features five transfers.“Those guys returning that were hurt are going to have to be a big part of the team,” O’Neill said. “They all feel like they got something to prove now.”Dedmon, a 7-foot junior who averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds last year, is a rising NBA prospect that’s expected to carry the team down low.“He’s a potential pro, so we’re just going to go through him, feed him the ball inside,” Fontan said. “He’s starting to get more of a comfort zone on the offensive end.”Last January, Dedmon tore his medial collateral ligament after a Colorado player fell onto his knee, leaving the Trojans with only one player taller than 6-foot-6 on the active roster.“It was [the] nail in the coffin,” O’Neill said. “We knew we couldn’t compete without him.”After rehabbing for several months, Dedmon was cleared for all basketball activities over the summer.“I didn’t have to have surgery, so that was a blessing,” Dedmon said. “I just had to wait until the swelling went down so I could start working on my flexibility.”Fuller, a redshirt senior who averaged 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds last year, wasn’t as fortunate.After injuring both of his shoulders last summer, Fuller played through the pain for a few months before aggravating his left shoulder against UCLA on Jan. 15. Surgery and six months of daily physical therapy followed.“I was working out a bunch of small muscles that I didn’t even really know I had,” Fuller said. “I just really wanted to get it healed and get ready for this year.”According to Fontan, Fuller is back in full force.“He’s still banging and aggressive as usual,” Fontan said. “His aggressive nature helps us out, kind of lifts the intensity up of the whole team.”Fontan himself, however, has taken a bit longer to fully recover from his torn ACL — he’s still held out of a few drills for precautionary reasons, but isn’t anticipated to be limited in the season opener on Friday against Coppin State.O’Neill still expects Fontan to lead the Trojans’ resurgence after the team crumbled without him last year.“Last year in Brazil when he got hurt, we knew our season was doomed,” O’Neill said. “I’m just really looking forward to him having a big year. I think it’s going to be one of those years where he just breaks out and has a great go of it.”O’Neill hasn’t finalized USC’s starting lineup outside of Fontan and Dedmon. But he’s confident that if the injury bug bites again this year, the Trojans are better equipped to swat it away.“We might have the best depth in the country,” O’Neill said. “We have more size, more veterans… It’s a completely different team. We have a lot of work to do and we got a long way to go, but we have a good starting point.”And there’s at least one Trojan who’s motivated by the memories of the worst year in program history.“The season we had last year, you don’t want to go back and have a season like that again,” Dedmon said. “We got to come out and show everybody that it’s a different USC team out here.”