Students might have the world’s best fitness goals in mind, but plans can go south when confronted by the logistical nightmare that is an overcrowded gym. For many, this inconvenience is a determining factor in deciding whether or not to hop off the couch and work out.Now, two USC students are launching a new mobile application called GymFlow, which provides users of the Lyon Recreation Center with real-time, up-to-the-minute gym traffic information. In addition, the application uses historical data to predict the future gym traffic and also provides a schedule of classes offered at the Lyon Center.The free iPhone app has been in the Apple App Store since early January, but the two creators, Jiangyang Zhang, a student in the electrical engineering doctorate program, and Jimmy Liu, a senior majoring in business administration, are officially launching the app at the Lyon Center today.This app was created for a final project for the students’ class. Zhang and Liu believed in the practicality of the product, since there has not been any app similar to GymFlow on the market before, and thought it would be useful to see how packed the gym is at a specific given time.Zhang developed the app using Objective-C, the main programming language for the Apple OS X and iOS operating systems. In order to get accurate data, he incorporated an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze the data obtained from the card swiping system at the Lyon Center, which was made available to Zhang and Liu by the USC Recreational Sport Center and USCard Services. In addition to the base features, Zhang is currently working on social features for the app to help students connect.Meanwhile, Zhang and Liu have been marketing the app in the Lyon Center with flyers and advocating the app on their main website, social media and through specified outreach: the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has already been promoting this app to its members.Justine Gilman, senior director of Recreational Sports, said many students have requested an app similar to this in past years.“Many students have requested an app similar to GymFlow over the years,” Gilman said. “This is the perfect response to that. This is indeed an innovative, creative and a valuable tool to the USC community.”Liu said the app will encourage people to come to the Lyon Center and further promote health fitness.“One of the main reasons people don’t go to the gym is not because they’re lazy,” Liu said. “A lot of people don’t like working out because it’s an intimidating environment when the gym is crowded.”Some students believe the app will better facilitate the traffic flow at the Lyon Center.“I actually really like [GymFlow]. I was really surprised [it works well] because it goes off of our swipe card system and they assume everybody is here for an hour, but it’s still pretty accurate,” said Michael Campana, a senior majoring in business administration.As of noon on Sunday there have been 321 downloads and the user retention rate is much higher than the two creators expected.“The Lyon Center is sort of our test bucket; eventually we want to launch the app for gyms in the L.A. region,” Zhang said.Zhang and Liu are working on launching it on the Android market later this semester.
One of the main talking points from Episode 7 of ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” was Michael Jordan’s time playing baseball.A real “wow” moment came when a Sports Illustrated cover was featured in the documentary. The cover read “Bag It, Michael! Jordan and the White Sox are embarrassing baseball.” The headline was extremely harsh, and upset Jordan to the point that he never talked to Sports Illustrated again. pic.twitter.com/ov17qGzDqr— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) May 11, 2020MORE: Michael Jordan’s best and worst baseball momentsThe article was written by author Steve Wulf with the editorial headline being “Err Jordan.” You can read the full 1994 column via the SI archives. Throughout, Wulf calls Jordan’s dream of playing baseball a “delusion” and blames the White Sox for their “exploitation of his quest” to play the sport.Jordan was clearly frustrated by Wulf’s words. He was asked by “The Last Dance” producers, “Did you feel betrayed by that SI cover?” Jordan replied, “Definitely.””I never was interviewed for that,” Jordan says in the documentary. “They came out to critique me. Without understanding what my passion was at the time. If you had a question, ask. And then if you want to write it, then you write it. That’s fine, no problem, that’s your opinion. But I can care less what people do. This is what I want to do. I’m not doing what they think I should be doing. My father already told me I was doing the right thing, and I did it.”Wulf was eventually hired by ESPN, and he’s since talked about that cover and his column on Jordan. In 2001, Wulf wrote a column for ESPN titled, “Bag it, skeptics” (a play on the SI cover). In there, he said he wrote an apology for Jordan in Sports Illustrated, but they didn’t publish it.From Wulf:I was working for Sports Illustrated back in ’94, and that spring I was asked to do a quickie story on Michael’s attempt to become a baseball player. I fell in step with all the skeptics in Florida, baseball people who thought it was a folly that was depriving some legitimate prospect of a chance to show what he could do.I had nothing to do with the incendiary Bag It, Michael cover billing, but my name was on the story, and I became persona non grata in Chicago, in the Bulls and White Sox camps, in MJ’s circle.When I went down to Orlando later that summer, I knew he wasn’t going to talk to me, but I had to see for myself. And I was at once mortified and exhilarated. He was a ballplayer. His manager, Terry Francona, thought so, and he wasn’t blowing smoke. I actually wrote a piece apologizing for my premature judgment, but SI chose not to run it.Wulf even added, “I’m convinced that with just a little more time, he could’ve made the majors on merit.”The author discussed the article in more detail in the ESPN Daily podcast with Mina Kimes. He again took issue with the headline created by editors. “The minute I saw that headline, I realized I’d probably be doing a podcast about it 21 years later,” Wulf joked. “I still cringe every time I see it, and I see it often. I wish they had run the headline by me.”Wulf also understands why Jordan was so frustrated.”I think he was rightly insulted,” Wulf told Kimes. “He wasn’t out to embarass baseball. He was out to pursue a dream that we thought at the time was delusional, but we should not have come down on him that hard.”
Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay At her next at-bat in the fourth inning, Frederick blast a no-doubter to right-centerfield to double the Colonels lead. The Cowgirls tied it up in the fifth inning as first baseman Morgan Catron hit her third homer of the tournament in as many games, lifting one to left-field to score her and right fielder Justyce McClain.SB: Where’s Gwen Stefani for this “No Doubt” blast to right center? @Nicholls_SB up 2-0 thanks to this one from the bat of Kasey Frederick. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #GeauxPokes #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/NptFpG8Cdr— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. – A walk-off single to right-field from McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli sends the Cowgirls to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. Piancastelli could not have picked a better time to tally her first hit of the contest than in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs. The four-time Southland Player of the Year drove pinch hitter Taylor Edwards home to give McNeese a chance to clinch a berth in its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament.SB: @McNeeseSoftball is headed to the Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship! The Cowgirls’ Erika Piancastelli delivers the walk-off single to end this one in eight innings. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qN3VAQQPb0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 The back-to-back Southland tournament champion defeated No. 1 Nicholls 3-2 in eight innings Thursday to claim a spot in tomorrow’s championship, a 12 p.m. first pitch on ESPNU. The Colonels play the winner of No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8 Sam Houston State at approximately 4 p.m. CT today for a spot in the title game. Nicholls’ leftfielder Kasey Frederick singled past the shortstop to gain the 1-0 lead in the opening frame of the game. The hit scored third baseman Jewel Lara who had doubled to left field on a 0-2 count. The Cowgirls came close to tying it in the bottom of the first when Piancastelli stole second and third after picking up the four-pitch walk. With runners on the corners, Piancastelli attempted to take home on a delayed steal but was caught. The game started off in favor of the top-seeded squad. McNeese had an opportunity to take the lead late in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, one out and returning to the top of the order. The Colonels’ Alexis LaBure, who had entered in for relief after starting pitcher Megan Landry went five innings, recorded the second out at home to get pinch runner Toni Perrin before striking out Piancastelli looking to get out of the jam. Nicholls put the pressure on in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs, but McNeese’s Alexandria Flores forced Lara to groundout to the shortstop for the third out to keep the score at two apiece. Flores tossed 107 pitches for the eight innings, registering six strikeouts and giving up six hits in the process. The win is her 18th of the year.