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USC preps for Syracuse at home

first_imgAfter two straight weeks of nail-biting finishes, USC remains hopeful it can cure some of its early season offensive woes.Tough task · USC sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey (pictured center), along with the rest of the USC secondary, will be challenged Saturday against Syracuse’s quarterback Ryan Nassib, who has thrown for 496 yards and six touchdowns through two games this season. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan“A lot of drives have come down to freshmen mistakes,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said of an offense that ranks 91st nationally in points per game. “Hopefully we are getting more experience and we won’t make those mistakes down the road.”Scoring just 19 and 23 points against Minnesota and Utah respectively, the Trojans (2-0) host Syracuse on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 1990 — marking their second nonconference game of the season.Similarly, the Orange is off to a 2-0 start following wins over Wake Forest and Football Championship Subdivision foe Rhode Island. As with USC, it has needed plays in the final moments to avoid defeat, winning by just a touchdown in both contests.Last season the Syracuse defense ranked 17th nationally, and with experience at quarterback in senior Ryan Nassib, Saturday could in fact be another nail-biter.“On offense, they have a really good passing quarterback,” Kiffin said. “He’s [completing] over 80 percent in the second half of games. Anytime you have a quarterback that is playing extremely well that is experienced as your opponent, you better be ready to go.”Nassib, who currently ranks within Syracuse’s top-10 in passing yards, touchdown passes and  completions, has put his skill set on display thus far this season.Through two games, Nassib has completed 49-of-65 passes for 496 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. The fourth-year signal caller, though, has had plenty of help, as senior wide receiver Van Chew has already hauled in 12 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow receiver junior Alec Lemon has added 17 receptions of his own for 146 yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Antwon Bailey has also stabilized the Orange ground game with 38 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns.Facing an experienced offensive attack, USC’s defense, will feature several new faces this week in as it was announced redshirt freshman cornerback Anthony Brown and junior safety Drew McAllister will receive playing time Saturday.“It has been the same the past two weeks, Brown said. “This week I’m really excited because I get a chance to play. I’m really fired up.”McAllister will play in the third or fourth series against Syracuse, Kiffin said.After two close games at home, the Trojans are looking to finish games strong and maintain the energy from the first half.“We need to be ready for whatever they throw at us,” sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods said. “They play a lot of press. We just got to be ready for quick releases and explosive plays.”In addition, USC is committed to ball control, especially in the fourth quarter.“We have gotten conservative in the fourth quarter. Conservative doesn’t mean we can’t make first downs,” Kiffin said. “Conservative means that you’re trying not to turn the ball over and not give the game away.”Following standout performances recently by junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil, USC has a powerful weapon on offense. Kalil, who is a 6-foot-7, blocked a field goal last week against Utah in the conference opener. Kiffin credits Kalil’s success to his dedication to the game.“Once in a while you’ll have tall guys but it still takes great effort and what he‘s put into it,” Kiffin said. “He was putting the same effort into practice as he was in the game. That’s why he is doing so well at it.”The Trojans will strive to utilize both their running and passing game. With an arsenal of talent at running back including senior tailback Marc Tyler and strong wide receivers like Robert Woods, the Trojan offense is primed to take on a more balanced offensive game.“As an offense, you got to get that steady run pass rhythm. Turnovers have killed it,” Kalil said. “As an offense, once you get that rhythm going with the run, pass, play action and all that; it’s a lot easier to score and close out games.”USC hopes to capitalize on improvements made in practice and earn their third consecutive win.Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and will be televised on FX.last_img read more

USC men’s basketball: In surprise move, Shaqquan Aaron declares for NBA Draft

first_imgMarch could not end without one more splash of madness for USC men’s basketball, as redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron declared for the NBA Draft on Friday.The 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.8 minutes per game this season. Aaron has not signed an agent, leaving him eligible to revoke his draft status up to 10 days after the NBA Combine in May.For weeks, USC fans have dreaded head coach Andy Enfield’s talented young roster disintegrating one-by-one as players declare for the draft, but no one expected Aaron to make the first move.His decision to declare for the draft might come as a surprise given the arc of his season, and, more broadly, his career at-large. He began the year in USC’s starting rotation but failed to win back his role despite sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright’s injury. In late January, Aaron exploded off the bench for 23 points versus UCLA at the Galen Center to lead the Trojans’ to their regular season marquee victory. He earned Pac-12 Player of the Week for his performance. However, he couldn’t replicate that performance down the stretch. In three NCAA Tournament games, Aaron averaged 7.7 minutes a game, but he failed to score.Aaron sat out the 2015-16 season after transferring from Louisville. In March of 2016, he had surgery to repair an old pinky fracture suffered at Louisville. While with Rick Pitino’s Cardinals, Aaron appeared in 23 games and made two starts. He averaged 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.At Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washington, Aaron led his squad to consecutive Class 3A titles. In 2013-14, he won Washington Player of the Year Honors and was ranked No. 26 nationally by and No. 33 in the ESPN 100.last_img read more

Eric Dungey becomes SU’s all-time passing leader in the third quarter against West Virginia

first_imgORLANDO, Fla.— Senior quarterback Eric Dungey is now Syracuse’s all-time leading passer. A third-quarter shovel pass to Chris Elmore of Friday evening’s Camping World Bowl pushed Dungey to 9,194 passing yards, passing Ryan Nassib (9,190 yards) atop the all-time list.Dungey entered his final game with SU on Friday holding 18 program records including passing yards per game (237.8), total offense (11,008) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (35). In 2018, he’s thrown for 2565 yards and 17 touchdowns while also rushing for 732 yards and 15 touchdowns.Dungey amassed this feat without playing a full season until this year. Missing four games his freshman season and three in his sophomore and junior years, Dungey’s passing touchdowns and yards are the most he’s had in a single season with the Orange. Comments Published on December 28, 2018 at 7:52 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Oboh Makes Ladies European Tour History

first_imgThe LET invitation is a reward for Oboh, who impressed the organisers at the last All Africa Junior Challenge in Morocco, where she captained the Nigerian girls’ team.The ‘A’ list tournament, billed for the prestigious Dar es Salaam Blue Course in Rabat, will develop and prepare the 17-year -old for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) as the first Nigerian golfer, male or female to feature in any Olympics.However, as an amateur, she will not be eligible for a share of the 450,000 Euros prize purse at the LET event that holds from April 19 to 22.The Lalla Meryem Cup is a women’s professional golf tournament in Morocco under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI.The tournament alternated between Rabat and Agadir until it was moved back to Rabat in 2016.It has been played annually since 1993 and is held alongside the Hassan II Golf Trophy. In 2010, it was added to the LET schedule and upgraded to a full field tournament having previously been limited to around 12 players.Oboh, who also attended the 3 e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open in Mongomo last year, said her primary goal is to learn a thing or two from the lady professionals whilst honing her own skills.But she is not certain how the trip will be funded, as she is banking on sponsors to rally in her support.“It will be a shame to miss out on my biggest invite as funding is an issue. I am appealing for support from corporate Nigerians to support my quest for honour at the LET tournament. I hope I can get the support that I need and put Nigeria once again on the golfing map,” Oboh said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaTeenage golfer, Georgia Oboh is set to shatter the glass ceiling as the first Nigerian female professional golfer to play in the Ladies European Tour (LET).The feat followed her invitation to the Lalla Meryem Cup in Rabat, Morocco, to join a field of notable lady professionals, which includes Trish Johnson and Lydia Hall of the UK and the American rookie, Casie Danielson, who recently won the Lalla Meryem 2018 Qualifying School.last_img read more

Prodigal Son Is Back! Auba Returns To UCL Squad

first_imgRelatedBundesliga Watch: Dortmund Capitulate In Ruhr Derby As Bayern Suffer First Defeat Under Heynckes At GladbachNovember 26, 2017In “Europe”Premier League Review: Tottenham Edge Chelsea In Capital Clash To Boost UCL HopesApril 2, 2018In “England”Luke Shaw Makes England Squad For September GamesAugust 30, 2018In “England” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to the Borussia Dortmund squad ahead of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) game with Tottenham Hotspur at the Signa Iduna Park on Tuesday night.The Gabonese international missed Friday’s 2-1 defeat to VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga as punishment for being late for training and also shooting an unauthorised video at the club’s training ground.Borussia Dortmund face elimination to the second tier, UEFA Europa League (UEL), and will need APOEL Nicosia to avoid defeat against champions Real Madrid while they beat Tottenham to keep their last 16 qualification hopes alive.In the same vein, Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is in contention to start against Dortmund after missing the weekend’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the North London Derby.Rose was left out of the squad for the Arsenal game however Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is adamant that there are no problems with the England international amidst transfer links to Manchester United.He has started two games for his team this season since he recovered from a long-term knee injury.Speaking ahead of the Dortmund game, Pochettino told reporters to stop making assumptions about the situation. In his words, he said: “I think you are trying to find some issue that is not an issue.”“We analysed the player and we said to the player that we believed it was better to play another player, and [Rose] needed to wait [against Arsenal].“But he’s doing well. He’s going to train with the group and on Tuesday we will decide if he will play.” he concluded.last_img read more

Purple & Bold: Welcome back, Brandon Ingram

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error was the best young Laker during the painful rebuild.. so happy for BI#LakeShow but it netted us Davis..— chucky is back (@raider_chucky) January 3, 2020 Editor’s note: This is the Jan. 3 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Lakers Nation is happy for you, Brandon Ingram.Fans are happy for themselves, too, of course: Anthony Davis’ 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds have helped lift the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 27-7 record.But folks in L.A. also are plenty glad to see B.I. – whose Lakers’ tenure ended with him dangling as trade bait and beset by a stunning diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis in his shoulder – becoming a leader in New Orleans. When the Pelicans faced the Suns earlier this month, Ingram broke into a dead sprint to try to affect what looked like a no-doubt-about-it Kelly Oubre Jr. dunk. Ingram was unsuccessful. He crashed to the floor in a heap.“He was in foul trouble that game,” Josh Hart said. “I was like, ‘Big fella, might wanna let that one go next time. We’d rather have you in there.’ He was like, ‘No. I’ve got to set the tone.’ That’s the kind of leader he is.”Ah, yes.Josh Hart will be back too, as will Lonzo Ball (who produced a 27-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double last time out in a victory over Houston). Hart is averaging career-highs in points (10.9), rebounds (5.9) and assists (1.5).Maybe that all sits well with you, too, Lakers fans? After tonight, perhaps?— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingHey, now! – They’re the leading All-Star vote-getters.Hold on tight – The Lakers had a rocky landing in a New Year’s Day win over Phoenix.L.A. remembers David Stern – “My father, Dr. Buss, told me if I ever needed guidance or advice or counsel to call David, that I could trust him and rely on him.”Party time – The Lakers were having fun entering 2020.LeBron vs. Father Time – Who ya got?Who’s booing now? – KCP has turned things around with gusto.Honest Ingram – “When I look at other guys, I’m like, ‘This (guy) got an extension?’”Pushing the pace – Nola is learning Lonzo is at his best when he’s going 200 beats per minute. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn Friday night, Ingram will lead the Pelicans – don’t look now, but they’ve won five of six games – for a rematch with his original team at Staples Center for the first time.He returns as the ninth-leading All-Star vote-getter among Western Conference frontcourt players (with 118,188 votes).He was just named Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time following a four-game stretch in which he averaged 25.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists and the Pelicans went undefeated, beating Portland, Denver, Indiana and Houston.For the season – the final one on a rookie contract before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer – Ingram is averaging 25.3 points (12th-most in the NBA), 7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. What’s more is what the soft-spoken, slender 22-year-old is contributing in terms of tone-setting.A recent, telling anecdote out of the Crescent City, via the New Orleans Advocate’s Christian Clark:last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds serve as Justin Rose sits one shot back

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par U.S. Open 2019: Runaway golf cart injures spectators in freak accident He leads world No. 4 Justin Rose by one stroke after three rounds.While the course was gettable on Saturday, there weren’t a lot of big numbers out there and Woodland did enough to maintain his lead, making three birdies to go with just one bogey to finish out a steady round. Related News GARY WOODLAND, THERE ARE NO WORDS! #USOpen— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2019Rose wasn’t at his best Saturday either as he traded birdies for bogeys on several occasions, but he did enough to keep pace with Woodland who he trailed by two shots after 36 holes.His birdie at 14 was a nice bounceback from a bogey as he nailed a putt to get back to 9 under.JUSTIN ROSE, UNPHASED! #USOpen— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2019He finished the day by making birdie at 18 to shoot a 3-under 68 and move to 10 under for the tournament.center_img Gary Woodland wasn’t fantastic Saturday, but he did enough to maintain the lead going into the final round Sunday.The Kansas native shot 2-under 69 to move to 11 under for the tournament. Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka posted his third straight day in red numbers with a 3-under 68 to move to 7 under for the tournament. Chez Reavie is tied with Koepka as is Louis Oosthuizen.Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 70 to move to 6 under. He is one shot ahead of Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar.Tiger Woods birdied his final hole of the day to finish even par after 54 holes.last_img read more

Šetkić in the 2. Round of The ATP Challenger in Cortina

first_imgAldin Šetkić, the Bosnian tennis player, qualified in the second round of ATP Challenger tournament in Cortina (Italy).In the 1st round worth of 42 000 Dollars, Šetkić won the Brazilian Rogerij Dutra Silva, who is 166th on the ATP list with 7:5, 7:6 (5).In the match for the qualification in quarter finals Šetkić will play against the local Federiaca Gaia (ATP 368). (Source: Fena)last_img

The night Real Madrid and European football struck gold

first_imgDi Stefano also struck the woodwork twice.Stein ended the scoring two minutes later.“We couldn’t hear the whistle at the end for the ‘Hampden Roar’,” said Puskas.“The whole team seemed to strike gold at the same time. It was a privilege to be there.”“We couldn’t get away from Glasgow. It took a day to leave. We were paraded through the centre of town,” he said. “Everywhere, cheering crowds greeted us. You’d have thought their team had won.”“For a few days at least, life was perfect. It was a wonderful match.”– ‘Gobsmacked’ –In Budapest, the England team preparing to face Hungary, without the exiled Puskas, watched on television.“It was football on a different level than I’d been taught,” recalled Bobby Charlton. “My first thought had been, ‘this match is a phoney, edited, film, because these players are doing things that aren’t possible, aren’t real, aren’t human.’”England striker Jimmy Greaves said he watched “gobsmacked”.One of the youngsters in the crowd was 15-year-old Jimmy Johnstone, later one of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ in 1967 but at the time a junior at Celtic.“The match remained the biggest single influence on my career. It was like a fantasy staged in heaven,” Johnstone said later.Di Stefano stayed at Real until 1964, Puskas until 1966 when he collected a third European Cup although, as in 1959, he again did not appear in the final.For both, the game represented a late peak.Before a large live audience at last, Di Stefano, who never played in a World Cup, and Puskas, who had limped through the 1954 final as Hungary let slip a two-goal lead against West Germany, showed what football could be.Share on: WhatsApp Alfredo Di Stefano remains a legend at Real Madrid (AFP Photo/JAVIER SORIANO)Paris, France | AFP | Exactly 60 years ago, in an era when going to a big football match meant cramming together with no thought to social distancing, 127,000 people crowded into Hampden Park in Glasgow to see the European Cup final and were rewarded with “a fantasy staged in heaven”.Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 to win a fifth straight European Cup in a game that marked both a start and an ending.It was just the fifth year of the European Cup’s existence, but the brilliance of the football and an international television audience of 70 million, a record for a live broadcast by the BBC, created an unprecedented buzz.The match also marked the end of Real’s first period of European domination and a final international peak for a pair of 33-year-olds: Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano.Real had other stars including winger Francisco Gento, defender Jose Santamaria and captain Jose Maria Zarraga, but Di Stefano and Puskas were the first ‘Galacticos’.For Di Stefano this was a fifth straight final but for Puskas, who had joined Real in 1958 and missed the previous year’s final against Reims through injury, it was a first.The Hungarian great was nervous, he recalled in an interview reproduced in the book ‘Puskas on Puskas’.He said: “I was 33 years old. I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach in the dressing room beforehand. I was thinking ‘you’re not 20 any more, are you up for this?’”– ‘Greatest club side’ –Burly forward Richard Kress gave the West Germans the lead after 18 minutes. But Di Stefano and Puskas scored the next six goals.“I reach the pitch and I feel: ‘I can do this. I know how to do this and I want to do it’. That’s how I was able to play in a footballer’s old age,” said Puskas.Intricate passing and relentless movement set up Di Stefano for close-range goals in the 27th and 30th minutes.“The sort of football that has made them the greatest club side the world has ever known,” said BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme.Puskas scored the next four in the space of 26 minutes, starting with a left-foot drive from a narrow angle in first-half injury time and ending with a spin and shot into the top corner in the 71st.“It was one of those blissful times when the whole team seemed to play brilliantly and we achieved some kind of footballing perfection,” said Puskas.Eintracht hit back two minutes later with a goal by Erwin Stein, but Madrid replied from the kick-off as Di Stefano hit the only goal of the game scored from outside the box with a low left-foot drive.last_img read more

RVP chooses between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry

first_imgAdvertisement 96lgusNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsuy1uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebck9v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wk872Would you ever consider trying this?😱185Can your students do this? 🌚k20Roller skating! Powered by Firework Robin Van Persie was asked to choose one option between two in the Champions League studio of BT Sport. The choices Robin Van Persie made, was not very obvious ones and some would certainly hit you hard at the back. He was told to choose between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson; Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry.Advertisement Robin Van Persie was asked that who was the biggest influencer of his life as a manager. The star Dutch centre forward chose Arsene Wenger over Sir Alex Ferguson. According to Robin Van Persie, Arsene Wenger was the first manager who saw something in him. Arsene Wenger gave him the confidence that he needed in the initial part of his career. Wenger gave him back to back chances after failures.Advertisement Between Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney in terms of skills, Van Persie chose Thierry Henry. When he asked to choose between the intensity of North London Derby and Manchester Derby, Van Persie said that the intensity of Ajax vs Feyenoord can not match any Derby at all. According to Van Persie, the goal against Aston Villa was more special than the flying header for Netherlands.He also told that the defeat against Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup Final hurted him more than the defeat in the Champions League final.Advertisement Wilfried Zaha openly calls out media houses on Twitter for twisting his words from an interview  Advertisementlast_img read more