Five USC students plan to launch the bike-share program, Ryde, on campus this upcoming fall semester.Ryde allows students to use bikes located all over campus. Ryde is controlled by an app where users can pay by use or through subscription. The app allows users to locate bikes near them and also reserve a bike when they are on the way to receive it. The team is also developing a feature that allows the bike to lock itself after use or when left idle.The Ryde team includes Pranav Sudesh, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; Ashan Marla, a freshman majoring in computer science; Caroline Zhong, a senior majoring in international relations (global business); Jon Koehmstedt, a junior majoring in computer science; and Spencer Pearlman, a freshman majoring in business cinematic arts.The team has received help from Paul Orlando, an adjunct professor who runs the USC Incubator, during their program’s development.According to Sudesh, Ryde will improve student transportation on campus.“You don’t have to worry about owning a bike [or] maintaining it, but it’s always there when you need it,” Sudesh said.Sudesh said bike sharing can help free up space on campus.“Administration is not so pleased with the number of bikes on campus,” Sudesh said. “Bike sharing has a lot more potential than just giving out free bikes, because … it’s pretty easy for people to share 100 bikes. On the other side, you’re removing 200 bikes from campus, because all of those people, instead of owning their own bike[s] … are sharing a system that declutters the area.”Ryde was a finalist in the USC New Venture Seed Competition and is still waiting to hear back on who won. Ryde also participated in Startup Equinox and and a SparkSC event: Arts, Grooves and Food.Marla said Ryde will begin in fall 2015.“We’re aiming to roll out a soft launch in this coming fall,” Marla said. “We will be somewhere supplying somewhere between 10 to 20 bikes and just seeing whether USC is ready for bike sharing and whether this bike-sharing system that we’ve developed [can] work on campus. We also want to see how students react to it, because at the end of the day, this is for the students.”The bike share program also worked with USG to create a plan to implement the sharing system that targets future freshmen.Marla said USG’s help has been important for program development.“USG has been the leading advocacy for Ryde up until now and we’re here and we’re going to be launching as a result of them supporting us so much,” Marla saidMarla said Ryde could possibly branch to other campuses if the USC system is successful“We’re first trying to see ‘does USC respond well to it’,” Marla said. “We’re trying to really tailor … [this] service to the Trojans [but] later on if it works, awesome, that’s something we can share with a lot more people, but right now our focus is just enhancing and making it optional for a USC student just to hop on a bike.”
The Ghana Football Association and Cheki Ghana Limited has signed a two-year agreement to sponsor the Black Stars ahead of the 2014 World Cup.The online car selling and buying firm signed the agreement worth $100,000 at a ceremony held at the Ghana FA headquarters in Accra on Thursday.Country Director of Cheki Eric Amoako Twum says the opportunity to associate with a powerful brand like the Black Stars was too much of an attraction to ignore.“The Black Stars is the passion of the nation and we wanted to be part of something that truly binds the nation like the Black Stars,” he said at the event“We are looking to grow our brand and for us, the Black Stars provides us with the most powerful support needed to do this.”Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who signed the agreement on behalf of the Ghana FA says the new sponsorship deal will help further enhance the finances needed to guarantee the continued success of the Black Stars. “What this sponsorship does is that it makes the kitty for the Black Stars bigger so that we are able to offer better bonuses to the players and also employ competent staff,” he said.“Money plays a very key role in the success of any organisation especially football and we are happy with this new sponsorship agreement.”Ghana will be making a third successive appearance at the World Cup this June in Brazil.The Black Stars look to go at least one better than their quarter final feat achieved in the last finals four years ago in South Africa.
National: NBCSeattle: KINGPhiladelphia: WCAUStream: NBC Live (cable subscription)Seattle (11-5) couldn’t quite catch the 49ers for the NFC West crown, but still nabbed a wild-card spot. Philadelphia (9-7) held off the Cowboys to win the weak NFC East.The broadcast will sound like an NBC Sunday night game. Al Michaels has the play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth is the color commentator, with Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox bringing sideline insights.NFL scores for wild-card gamesYou can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Jan. 4GameTexans 22, Bills 19Titans 20, Patriots 13Sunday, Jan. 5GameVikings 26, Saints 20Seahawks 17, Eagles 9 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS: Full TV schedule | AFC & NFC bracket | SN’s picksNFL playoff schedule: What games are on today?Here’s the full wild-card round schedule for the NFL playoffs, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Sunday, Jan. 5GameTimeChannelSaints vs. Vikings1:05 p.m.FoxEagles vs. Seahawks4:40 p.m.NBCNFL playoff game TV channels, live streamHere’s how to watch every wild-card game during the NFL playoffs.Bills vs. Texans(4:35 p.m. ET kickoff)National: ESPN/ABCBuffalo: WKBWHouston: KTRKStream: WatchESPN (cable subscription)Each of Houston’s six postseason appearances since 2011 has begun with the Saturday afternoon game, a testament to the Texans (10-6) rarely being a favorite to advance and having a relatively small national following. Buffalo (10-6) made the playoffs for just the second time since 2000.As this is ESPN’s only broadcast of the wild-card round, it will be called by the regular Monday Night Football crew: Joe Tessitore on play-by-play, Booger McFarland in the booth as an analyst and Lisa Salters reporting from the sideline.Patriots vs. Titans(8:15 p.m. ET kickoff)National: CBSBoston: WBZNashville: WTVFStream: CBS (cable subscription)New England would be resting this weekend if not for a 27-24 loss to 5-11 Miami in Week 17. The Patriots still won the AFC East but fell short of the first-round bye. Tennessee took its Week 17 chance, clinching a wild card spot by beating the Texans 35-14.CBS is sending its top broadcast team to Foxborough. Jim Nantz will handle the play-by-play, Tony Romo offers analysis and Tracy Wolfson is down on the sideline.Saints vs. Vikings(1:05 p.m. ET kickoff)National: FoxNew Orleans: WVUEMinnesota: KMSPStream: Fox Sports Go (cable subscription)New Orleans (13-3) is tied for the best record in the NFC, but lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers and is playing in the first round. It’s the first time a team with a record of 13-3 or better has played in the first round since the Saints in the 2011-12 season. The strength of the conference meant Minnesota’s 10-6 record is the worst of the NFC playoff teams.The No. 1 Fox crew is covering this game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are in the booth, while Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will offer reports from the sideline.Seahawks vs. Eagles(4:40 p.m. ET kickoff) The 2020 NFL playoffs have arrived, and the schedule begins with four games during wild-card weekend.Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL wild-card round games, including a full schedule with TV channels, start times and scores.