… Indoor Kings’ Sparta Boss in tonight’s first quarter-finalDUBBED ‘Kings’ of the indoor format, Sparta Boss will oppose Future Stars, while Leopold Street battle Gold is Money, Rio All-Stars tackle Avocado Ballers and Bent Street engage Festival City tonight in the quarter-final section of the inaugural Dragon Stout Street-ball ‘Community Cup’ at the National Gymnasium.The respective teams advanced to the fina-eight section, following opening-night victories on Tuesday at the same venue in front of a sizeable crowd.According to a brief comment from the Dragon Stout Brand Manager Jamal Baird, “Despite the intermittent showers, an exciting and incident-free night of action occurred which boasted several upsets – a sign of the competitive nature of the event.“I want to thank all the fans and players who were present and I am expecting a scintillating quarter-final section, which will precede the-always captivating final night of play. This is the start of a wonderful project and I am very excited about the future.”Bent Street overcame Broad Street 3-2. William Europe bagged a double in the fourth and ninth minutes while Daniel Wilson netted in the 16th minute.On target for losers were Ryan Dowding and Akeem Sam in the seventh and 18th minute respectively.Similarly Leopold Street edged Ansa McAl 2-1. Darren Benjamin and Omallo Williams scored in the 15th and 17th minute respectively.For Ansa McAl, Mavlvis Alcala netted in the 14th minute.Likewise Future Stars squeaked past Albouystown 3-2. Jamal Cozier, Selwyn Williams and Dellon Kelly scored in the eighth, 13th and 16th minutes.For Albouystown, Moses Grittens and Andre Webber netted in the 14th and 18th respectively.Meanwhile, Gold is Money defeated Mocha 3-1. Jamal Pedro, Michael Pedro and Stephon McLean scored in the seventh, ninth and 15th minutes. For the losers, Amos Ramsay found the back of the net in the 18th minute.Rio All-Stars battled past Alexander Village 2-0. New recruit Trayon Bobb recorded a double in the eighth and 18th minutes.In other results, Avocado Ballers dismantled Sophia 5-1, while Festival City crushed North East La Penitence 4-1. Meanwhile Sparta Boss received a bye to the quarterfinal section.Winners of the tournament will pocket $300 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runners-up will collect $150 000.Meanwhile, the third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $75 000 and $50 000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. Below list the complete fixtures and results for the previous match day.Quarterfinal FixturesFestival City vs Bent St – 20:00hrsRio All-Stars vs Avocado Ballers – 20:30hrsLeopold Street vs Gold is Money – 21:00hrsSparta Boss vs Future Stars – 21:30hrs
Growing up in Southern California, Amy Ross was anything but typical. As a nine-year-old, she turned her playhouse into a laboratory where she worked on science experiments. She spent her days dissecting rattlesnakes and gophers and found herself somewhat of an outcast among the typical preteen crowd.Thirty years later, Ross, a cancer researcher, co-founded the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association, served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and, most recently, was named a trustee.The La Crescenta, California, native grew up with her mother, father and two younger sisters.“It was the ideal southern California suburban lifestyle,” Ross said.Ross said her family was an athletic one.“We rode horses and my dad was an avid golfer,” Ross said. “We were the only house with three girls living in it that had a basketball hoop over the garage.”Ross graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1970 before heading to University of California, Irvine as the first college student in her family. As she started her collegiate career, budget cuts and slashes to school funding had spread across the country. Many professors chose not to show up to class at all.“I was really disheartened,” Ross said. “You get into college and the professors are saying because of the budget cuts they can’t teach their class.”She worked at a laundromat for a few years, but soon decided that she had a craving for learning and research. Ross said quitting school after her freshman year was one of the worst things she could have done. Ready to hit the books, Ross returned to school and attended California State University at Northridge, which she chose because of the heavily research-oriented labs. Ross said she was able to gain hands-on experience at Northridge — her first since her days as a little girl playing in her childhood lab.“In those days, to do a lot of hands-on undergraduate research was not the norm,” Ross said.After graduating from CSUN, Ross earned her Ph.D. from the Keck School of Medicine at USC in experimental pathology in 1986. Academic research brought Ross to USC just as it had led her to Cal State Northridge.Shortly after graduating from Keck, Ross received postdoctoral training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the cancer and blood institute. Afterward, she began a cancer diagnostics lab in conjunction with a transplant surgeon from Cedars. After years of working in the lab, she transitioned into retirement while serving as an associate biologist at the California Institute of Technology.After years of dedicating herself to cancer research, Ross hung up her lab coat in 1992 and became one of the founders of USC’s first alumni group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Trojans. Showing her dedication toward the school, she helped set up the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association to help connect LGBT students and alumni. In 2000, Ross began funding a scholarship called the Amy Ross Scholarship in LGBT Health Studies.After serving as president of the USCAA Board of Governors for years, Ross was elected to serve in an even larger role — USC trustee. She hopes to bring her broad experience in the community and with the school alumni association to her new position.“I think I have a slightly different background in terms of some diversity issues,” Ross said. “It will be an honor to continue to serve USC.”Because of her background, she hopes to advance the university’s excellence in terms of improving academics and research. She also brings wisdom from the things she herself has learned in life.“Try. There is no shame in failure,” Ross said. “Explore your world. Expand your boundaries. It’s the best time of your life to explore. Take advantage of the university and all it has to offer.”Ross said she can’t wait for the semester to start so she can begin improving the school’s academics and research labs.