Former London Mayor Boris Johnson will be the new prime minister of the United Kingdom after being elected leader of the Conservative Party today.Polls ahead of voting that ended Monday showed Johnson with support as high as 70% in his party contest with foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt. Johnson will now formally take over as prime minister Wednesday afternoon. He’ll face the same challenges outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May failed to resolve in managing Britain’s exit from the European Union.He thanked May for her efforts and said it was a privilege to work in her cabinet. Johnson says he will now tackle Brexit.President Trump is congratulating former London Mayor Boris Johnson on becoming the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. Trump took to Twitter shortly after Johnson’s election as leader of the Conservative Party, predicting, “He will be great!” Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019 The two men have at least one thing in common: they were both born in New York City.And just like Trump, Johnson has been married multiple times and now has a 30-year-old girlfriend.Here’s everything you need to know about Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, who is set to become the only ‘first girlfriend’ in British history.Symonds is the former Conservative Party PR-guru and is the daughter of Matthew Symonds, founder of The Independent newspaper, and Josephine McAffee, one of the paper’s lawyers. Johnson has had two wives and countless mistresses.
After a remarkable first season at the helm of the program, USC women’s basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has continued her run of success with the hiring of two impressive new assistant coaches. Cooper-Dyke’s staff now includes longtime San Diego State head coach Beth Burns and former Fresno State standout Taja Edwards.Helping hands · Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who led the Women of Troy to their first postseason appearance since 2006, will welcome new associate head coach Beth Burns and assistant coach Taja Edwards. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanBurns, who played college ball at Ohio Wesleyan, was named associate head coach under Cooper-Dyke. Burns began her head-coaching career with the Aztecs in 1989. She would stay there for eight seasons before moving on to Ohio State, where she coached from 1997 to 2002. In 2000, she guided the Buckeyes to a WNIT championship. Burns returned to San Diego State in 2005, leading the team to an unprecedented eight-year run of success. In 2010, the Aztecs advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, where they upset 6th-seeded Texas and 3rd-seeded West Virginia. In 2013, Burns led San Diego State to a program-best 27 wins and its second straight Mountain West Conference championship. She was also named conference coach of the year in 2012 and 2013. In all, Burns has made eight NCAA tournament appearances in 21 years of head coaching, along with six conference coach of the year awards.Burns’ tenure at San Diego State, however, was not without controversy. In April 2013, she unexpectedly quit after perhaps her most successful season with the program. Many claimed that she was forced to retire after a video surfaced that depicted her striking an assistant coach with a clipboard. Burns, however, maintains that she was forced out for comments she made regarding the university’s poor treatment of women’s athletics programs. Burns recently filed a wrongful termination suit against the school.Cooper-Dyke is supportive and appreciative of Burns.“Beth is a legend,” Cooper-Dyke told USC Trojans. “She established a winning culture at San Diego State that is in line with what we are working to do here at USC. She [is] a defensive-minded coach who has such wisdom when it comes to college basketball. Her passion and energy also make her a great fit for us here at USC, and I’m very eager to have her on staff.”New assistant coach Taja Edwards, a highly successful former college basketball player who appeared in the NCAA tournament four times with Fresno State, will bring youth the USC’s coaching staff. Edwards was a McDonald’s All-American at Long Beach Poly High School, where she also won two state championships. She began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Ole Miss, where she spent the 2012-2013 season. The Carson, Calif. native spent last season as an assistant at Cal State Fullerton. Cooper-Dyke is impressed by Edwards’ combination of youth and experience.“Taja is a bright, young coach who I really believe has a great future,” Cooper-Dyke told USC Trojans. “She has NCAA Tournament experience as a player, so she knows what it takes to succeed as a student-athlete on the court and in the classroom.”Burns and Edwards will replace former assistants Brandy Manning and Evan Unrau, who helped lead the Women of Troy to a dramatic but successful 2013-2014 season. The team got off to a hot start, but struggled down the stretch of the Pac-12 schedule. With its NCAA tournament chances in serious jeopardy, USC won four straight games to capture the Pac-12 conference tournament title. That run included a monumental upset over No. 6 Stanford in the semifinals.Though the team lost in heartbreaking fashion to St. John’s in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the season still marked the team’s first postseason appearance since 2006. Cooper-Dyke is convinced that her recent hires can take the Women of Troy to the next level.“I’m so excited to have Beth and Taja on board,” Cooper-Dyke told USC Trojans. “I think this staff is a strong group, and I know the team looks forward to learning and working with them, too. We got a taste of victory this past season, and I believe this staff can carry this program even further.”
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 135-115 as they honoured the memory of former great Kobe Bryant in Orlando on Monday.LeBron James scored 30 points for the Lakers who lead 3-1 in the first round of the Western Conference play-offs.Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January.Monday was designated as ‘Mamba Day’ by the NBA because 24 and eight were Bryant’s two playing numbers. “When I looked and saw (the score was) 24-8, I was like OK, he’s here in the building,” said James.“I am proud of my team, the way we played. I am extremely blessed and honoured to continue to remember Kobe Bryant and Gigi Bryant and all the fallen people who were part of that tragic incident.”The Lakers wore special black and yellow-trimmed ‘Black Mamba’ jerseys as they remembered Bryant who would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday. The five-time NBA champion spent his entire career with the Lakers and is the only player in league history to have two jersey numbers retired with the same team after wearing both for a decade.There were a number of visual displays around the arena paying tribute to Kobe BryantThe Lakers can clinch the best-of-seven series with a win in game five on Wednesday.In the Eastern Conference the Milwaukee Bucks beat Orlando Magic 121-106 to take a 3-1 series lead.