Cahill keen to strike a balance

first_img Furthermore, Dyke hopes to persuade the Premier League to reduce the number of non-home grown players from 17 to 13 within a 25-man squad, as well as adjust the definition of ‘home grown’. The proposals were a hot topic at St George’s Park as England met ahead of Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania, with Chelsea defender Cahill keen these plans do not go too far. “I agree in some aspects,” the Three Lions centre-back said. “I think it’s getting that balance, isn’t it? “For me as an English player, you’d love to see English players in the Premier League, of course. “English players getting chances at clubs is always nice, (but then there is) respecting the fact the Premier League is one of the top leagues – everyone wants to play in there and the fans want to see top players. Sometimes these top players are foreigners. “It’s about getting the mixture. I like to see English players playing in the Premier League but also there are some top quality foreign guys who come over here and perform well and fans want to see them play. I think it’s the balance.” The plan to help the national team could hinder some clubs, though, with Chelsea looking like one such example given the amount of foreign talent in their ranks. Cahill is their only player in the senior England squad right now, although he pointed to the likes of Dominic Solanke, who trained with Roy Hodgson’s men, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as potential stars. Press Association Gary Cahill wants more English players in the Premier League but underlined the importance of striking the right balance after plans were announced to make it harder for foreign players to secure work permits. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke warned on Monday that the top-flight is in danger of “having nothing to do with English people” and outlined plans to help alter that. Stricter rules, approved by the Home Office on Friday, will come into force from May 1 and intend to reduce the number of non-EU players in the Barclays Premier League, who are seen as blocking English talent. “We’ve got Solanke, a young English boy at our club training with us today,” he said. “We’ve got Loftus-Cheek, a couple of guys in our squad. I think they’ll be okay. “It’s a mixture of getting English players in the Premier League getting chances, and obviously the talent that comes from overseas which is top draw. It makes the league exciting, having a blend.” last_img read more

Palm Beach County commissioners mandate face masks in public buildings

first_imgAs the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise at a high rate, Palm Beach County commissioners have voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of requiring face masks to be worn inside public buildings to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.The vote was 7-0 in favor of mandating that masks be worn in public places.“The order is going to mandate that masks be worn inside businesses or any building where the public has a right to access,” said Mayor Dave Kerner. “There will be some exemptions.”County officials said you likely won’t have to wear a mask on the beach or inside a gym where social distancing is an option.last_img

Russell to quit Tallawahs at the end of CPL season

first_imgON the eve of his 32nd birthday, Russell, perhaps the most dangerous player in T20 cricket globally, in a rambling speech on Instagram Live on Tuesday night, accused the team’s ownership of poor communication and continued disrespect that helped create the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Chris Gayle.“I have another year’s contract with the Tallawahs and I am going to play and try and win because that is all I play for, but this will be my last because I have been getting mixed up with all these (expletive) that is happening,” he said, “and I can’t be playing cricket and I am not comfortable.“And I think another franchise that has been coming last and fifth and fourth in CPL will appreciate me more. I am not getting it here.”Russell revealed that he only heard about Chris Gayle’s departure from the team when the Universe Boss sent him a copy of a report in the Jamaica Gleaner that suggested that Gayle was not going to be retained by the two-time CPL champions and that there were going to changes to the coaching staff.Rovman Powell was to be made captain.That information, when combined with recent statements from Marlon Samuels suggesting that Russell must have known about Gayle’s departure and Chris Gayle’s subsequent comments, gives the impression that he knew what was going on behind the scenes at the Tallawahs when nothing could be further from the truth.He said in 2019, he was not involved in anything with regards to the Tallawahs whom he said treated him like a player who was making his debut and whose opinion is not valued.This is despite his decision to play for much less money because he wanted to play before his home fans. “I have accepted a pay cut just to play in front of my home crowd, my family and my friends,” he said.This year, nothing has changed, Russell said.“They communicated with my agent. My agent agreed. I agreed with my agent, ‘okay, let we sign’. The only time the CEO (Jeff Miller) or the only time the Jamaica Tallawahs contacted me was to ask me how soon will I sign,” he revealed. “The deadline is that time and can you sign please.”Russell said when he asked who the team planned on retaining he did not get answers. “Who you guys planning on buying, I don’t get no answers on that. So I just leave it,” he said.He said he read the newspaper report before he called Gayle and it made him nervous when it said that Floyd Reifer was going to be the head coach.Reifer had messaged him, he said, indicating that he might be the head coach for the Tallawahs and mentioned plans they have for the upcoming season. However, Reifer suddenly ceased all communication and Miller still was not communicating with him.During that time, Russell said, rumours began to circulate that Gayle was leaving for the Zouks.He said his respect for Gayle made him fearful to even approach the ‘Universe Boss’ about whether the rumours were true. So when Gayle messaged him with the newspaper article asking if he knew anything about it, he was stunned.“I called Chris instantly and I addressed the situation. I said to Chris that the only thing I heard was that Floyd Reifer was potentially going to be the coach.”However, Russell believes that the fact that Rovman Powell and Reifer are friends and the perception that he knew what was going on behind the scenes, it creates the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gayle.“Up till now I know nothing that was going on but now it looks like me, Rovman and Floyd Reifer plan up and a get of Chris. Why would I get rid of Chris? Chris has a three-year contract, you’re not supposed to breach your contract,” he said. “I had to address the situation because things don’t look good right now.”However, this was something Russell said that was a feature of the ownership from the start.He said when he signed to the Tallawahs in 2018, he had just returned from a one-year ban. The ban was for whereabouts violations after he had missed three doping tests within a calendar year, which under the WADA Code is equal to a doping violation.He was made captain but, according to Russell, “the way they go about things kinda allowed me to dress back a bit”.He said when he was made captain he gave the owners a list of the players that he wanted them to sign for the team. “Overseas players, local players, players from inside the Caribbean. It wasn’t about friends. It wasn’t about Jamaicans,” he said. “I am a guy that plays to win and I have won 13 championships, maybe the only player that has done that, so I don’t play to lose.”He said he tried to reach out to the owners on the day of the draft and got no reply. However, when the draft was completed they reached out and asked him if he was happy with the team they selected.He said it took him a while to reply because he was disappointed that they did not communicate with him when he reached out to them. However, his agent urged him to reach out to them and indicate that he still wanted to be captain and that he was happy with the draft.He concedes that they did pick a good team but it lost in the playoffs to St Kitts and Nevis.However, Russell believes the owners of the Tallawahs need to change if they are to remain viable.“We have to do things better for the future,” Russell said, who seemed genuinely disappointed and upset about what transpired between Gayle and Jamaica Tallawahs.“To deal with Chris Gayle the way that they have dealt with the situation is nothing to do with cricket. It’s more personal.“This is going to be an awkward dressing room. It’s going to be an awkward CPL but no one will actually see that when I step out to bat or to bowl while I am on the field because I play to win.”last_img read more

Enefiok Udo-Obong Writes for THISDAY Sports

first_imgThe only Nigerian athlete to win two medals at the Olympic Games, Enefiok Udo-Obong is the latest addition to the THISDAY Sports. Enee as the celebrated Sydney Olympic Games 4x400m relay Gold Medalist is fondly called, will be doing a weekly column starting next Monday on contemporary sports issues. A graduate of Human Anatomy from the University of Calabar and a holder of an Advanced Masters in Sports Administration and Technology from The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL), in Switzerland, added a bronze medal to his Sydney gold in the same event at Athens 2004.He is a U.S and U.K trained certified personal fitness trainer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Enefiok Udo-Obonglast_img

MBB : A CUT ABOVE: Veterans Joseph, Jardine lead Syracuse in win over Bucknell

first_img Comments With 7:53 remaining, Dion Waiters sat on the bench and peeled the tape off his left thumb in acknowledgment that his night was over. Brandon Triche, already on the bench for nearly seven minutes at that point, wouldn’t return to the floor either.The two Syracuse guards, thought by many to be the best backcourt tandem for the Orange, were quiet against Bucknell on Tuesday. They combined for 10 points in 25 total minutes.But put simply, Syracuse had what it needed to knock off the Bison.‘Everybody is not going to play good every night,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I think the one guy we need to have out there every night is Kris (Joseph), and I think Scoop (Jardine) is another guy we need to have there.’Joseph and Jardine scored 17 points and 14 points, respectively, on Tuesday to lead the No. 1 Orange to an 80-61 win over Bucknell and keep the perfect record intact. On a night where Waiters and Triche struggled, Syracuse’s (12-0) two senior leaders provided the perfect amount of offense to keep the Bison (7-5) at bay in front of 17,302 in the Carrier Dome. Twenty of their 31 combined points came in the second half to offset the off nights from SU’s other guards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPatience was the word used by both Joseph and Jardine to describe their offensive play on Tuesday. And as Bucknell limited the transition opportunities for the Orange, which finished with a lowly nine fast-break points, SU’s seniors ran the half-court offense to perfection.Bucknell’s Bryan Cohen, who at 6 feet, 6 inches is just one inch shorter than Joseph, had a considerably shorter wingspan, meaning the SU forward could shoot over the top.So in a halfcourt set late in the first half, Joseph had the ball at the left elbow. He paused for a brief moment, allowing the rest of the play to develop. And instead of forcing a drive to the rim, he surveyed his options the best of which was to bury a fadeaway jumper right over top of Cohen to give SU a 32-17 lead.Joseph opened the second half with a 3 from the left corner over the diminutive reach of a Bucknell defender.‘Sometimes I feel like I would get the ball and rush,’ Joseph said. ‘I just let the plays develop, let guys clear out, and I saw lanes and I took them. I felt like I had a little height advantage against my defender, and a little size advantage, so I was just using it to the best of my capabilities.’But as Joseph said, the lanes were there as well. With 13:23 remaining, Joseph curled tightly off a screen by Rakeem Christmas to receive a pass and lay the ball in. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw as well.He shot an efficient 5-of-10 from the field and converted all five of his free throws.‘I think that we were more patient and our guards did a great job of getting us into our sets,’ Joseph said.’In the second half, Jardine took on more of the offensive onus himself. The Bison closed to within 13 at 62-49 with 7:03 remaining, but SU’s floor leader ended the momentum.After a missed 3-pointer by Bucknell’s Bryson Johnson, Jardine lobbed a perfect pass to C.J. Fair for an alley-oop that reenergized the crowd. He took the ball all the way to the rim for a layup on the Orange’s next possession.‘I’m just taking what the defense gives me, seeing how they play me in the first half and coming down and making my shots,’ Jardine said.And after a steal with 4:18 remaining, Jardine organized the offense for his biggest shot of the game. Standing out top with the ball, Jardine barked at center Fab Melo to move to the other block. Only then would Jardine initiate the offense.Several passes later, he buried a 3 from in front of the SU bench to extend the lead back to 16 with 3:55 remaining.‘It’s what we have to do,’ Joseph said. ‘We’re at a time in our career where we’ve been here a long time, we’re like grandparents to this team.‘That’s what we need to do, we need to perform well for our team. Not necessarily points per game, but just being there offensively to make plays for our team. And I think that if Scoop and I are doing that every night, we’re going to be successful.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Published on December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Geragos, Prasad aim to make student life easier

first_imgVideo edited by: Alexis Driggs | Daily TrojanFor more coverage on the 2012 USG elections, click here. Mikey Geragos and Vinnie Prasad are running to be the Undergraduate Student Government’s president and vice president, respectively, on a platform of “making students’ lives easier.”Election 2012 · Vinnie Prasad and Mikey Geragos have both served as senator pro tempore. Geragos currently serves as USG’s director for university affairs. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanGeragos, a junior majoring in public policy, management and planning, currently serves as USG’s director for University Affairs. Prasad, a junior majoring in psychology and economics, serves as a residential senator and is speaker pro tempore for the Senate.“Vinnie and I have the same reason for running,” Geragos said. “We both love this university so much, and we wanted to give back during our time here. Both of us saw USG as being that way to give back.”Geragos and Prasad said the primary platform points they want to push are ensuring adequate funding for philanthropy, sustainability and service organizations; increasing the availability and publicity for free LAX shuttles; combining USG and Campus Affairs calendars into a mobile application; and increasing outreach from USG to other organizations.“We’ve heard people say USC is very compartmentalized socially,” Geragos said. “We’ve been to dozens of organizations already to learn about what they need and care about. Ultimately, we’re here to support them, not just do the things we think are best.”Geragos and Prasad said they plan to stay connected to the student body by increasing senator outreach to clubs and organizations and by making a few Senate meetings each year more interactive and more like the forums USG has co-hosted with various departments.“Technically the Senate meetings are open to the entire student body, but obviously most people don’t have the time to attend all those meetings,” Prasad said. “We’d like to have big meetings more frequently, maybe monthly, that allow for students to voice their opinion and learn more about what USG is doing for issues they care about.”Looking ahead, Geragos said his administration would respond to the increasingly residential campus by adding to the number of events on campus, partially through Program Board, which gets its funding from USG.“The more programming you have on campus, the more it feels like a residential community,” Geragos said. “We want to make sure that they’re not ignoring the fact that students have social lives and the interactions between students to student.”Prasad said students have input in the Specific Plan, USC’s guidelines for changing or interacting with the area around the University Park Campus, because of the increase in residential housing.“That should be something students regularly have a voice in. It’s something constantly in fluctuation,” Prasad said. “We’re just as motivated as administrators are on this issue because we want the school to be better 10 years from now.“Prasad also said USG and USC must stay on top of technological trends to communicate with students.Geragos was speaker pro tempore as a Greek senator last year, for which he won USG’s Senator of the Year award. He has been on the Society 53 board for two years and has served on Sigma Chi’s executive board. He currently is on the General Education review board and the Sustainability Board. Last year, he won the Tommy’s Student Governance Award for leadership in multiple organizations.Prasad was assistant director of community affairs and a building government chair for University Residential Student Community. He has been a residential adviser for two years and is treasurer for the Trojan Knights. Last year, he won USG’s Emerging Leader Award.“We have the passion and drive to take this position on full force,” Geragos said. “I’ve known I wanted to be president since I stepped on this campus. If that dream gets realized, I won’t take it for granted.”last_img read more

Students react to new loan legislation

first_imgFor a student that graduated from USC in 1987, the year a gallon of gas cost 89 cents, monthly rent cost $395, and the cost of tuition and fees at USC was $10,564 for an entire year. A student attending USC in 2013 paid a price almost four times higher: $43,722Even though Congress passed a rate reduction for unsubsidized Stafford loans last year, this year’s legislation reduces rates for all federal student loans. Eighty percent of students who are on subsidized loans are also being loaned unsubsidized funds.The legislation, signed into law on Aug. 9, will save students an estimated $1,500 per year. It also ties the interest rate on all federal loans to the interest rate on the 10 year Treasury Note, the same interest rate the government pays to borrow funds from the public. In addition, the law will postpone an upcoming 3 percent hike in interest rates, which was seen as potentially devastating for incoming students.The law will also put an end to yearly uncertainty about the change in the interest rate on loans: According to a press release from Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, “interest rates on subsidized federal loans for college won’t double from last year, and a long-term fix will be in place to avoid these annual political chess matches over the loan program.”Besides deterring potential students from attending certain colleges, the rising expense of tuition has forced many to take out massive loans for colleges’ tuition, causing a crisis of credit in the student-age demographic.The average college graduate in 2008 walked off the graduation stage with a diploma and twice the debt as a graduate in 1996. A new report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the status of direct federal student loans reveals that 18 percent of debt-laden students are in “distressed borrower” programs or have gone back to school, and 8 percent are in default, which means they haven’t submitted a payment for a year or more.“I think that it is a shame that in the world’s richest country, students have to go into debt in order to obtain a decent education,” said Chris Patterson, a junior majoring in political science.Though interest rates will undoubtedly rise at some point in the future, students are safe for now. Many USC students say the impact of student loans on their lifestyle is enormous.“Some of my closest friends on loans have to make changes in daily spending by avoiding excess unnecessary goods,” said Ideen Saiedian, a sophomore majoring in business. “Although it creates a better sense of judgment with regards to spending and saving, I think that effect is minimal. The greater effect is probably that it influences decisions to get a job during otherwise free time like the summer.”The new student loan law could be especially important for students at private universities like USC, where tuition rates tend to be much higher than those at public universities.For Michael Yoshimura, a senior majoring in political science and business, the interest rate reform is a step in the right direction.“I would prefer it if all federal student loans had 100 percent deferred interest until after graduation, because it would help out a lot of people with paying off that initial interest that keeps on compounding over the life of the loan,” he said. “But any bit off my final bill helps out a lot.”In a statement prior to signing the legislation, President Barack Obama said, “our job is not done, because the cost of college remains extraordinarily high.”Obama pledged to continue discussing the possibility for reform in the coming weeks.USC’s tuition, not including room and board, is well above the average for a private university. According to USC’s online schedule of classes, the current per semester rate is $21,861, or $43,722 for the year. Between 2000-2001 and 2010-2011, prices for undergraduate tuition, room and board at public institutions rose 42 percent.These statistics lead some students to conclude that the average of $1,500 in savings each year is not enough.“[It’s] not at all enough to cover how expensive tuition has gotten, especially at private schools like USC,” said Dan Graham, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “With such a minimal change, I think that it’s actually more harmful in the long run because students who aren’t very informed will probably take out more loans than they would have before after hearing about the policy change.”The USC Financial Aid Office has made a clear effort to combat both the rising cost of tuition and the economic downturn. This is reflected in the office’s mission statement.“In recognition of the effects of the global recession on families, the total of university-funded financial aid has consistently increased over the last few years,” the statement reads.Dean of Financial Aid Thomas McWhorter said the university has remained unwavering in its commitment to help students afford tuition.“Even while the cost of tuition is rising, the university’s commitment to financial aid is pretty impressive,” McWhorter said. “We are continuing to do everything we can to make sure we continue to have need-blind admission and meet the full need of our undergraduate students.”According to the office’s website, the university awarded over $429 million dollars in financial aid last year, including loans. USC ranks well below the national average in both the cohort default rate and the average debt per graduating student. Forty-five percent of USC students borrow federal loans.McWhorter said this is due in part to USC’s money-savvy student body.“We have a very high-quality student body, so our students are successful: They are graduating, making money and paying back their loans,” he said. “We find that students are being pretty judicious about which loans that they take and are making good choices about how they spend money.”Follow Nathaniel Haas on Twitter @haas4prez2036last_img read more

2013 serves as a litmus test on conference hierarchy

first_imgAs the first decade of the 21st century came to a close in 2009, things were looking positively rosy for USC’s football program.The Trojans had just finished one of the most dominating runs in college football history under coach Pete Carroll, who compiled a 97-19 record (83.6 winning percentage) at USC that featured two national championships and three Heisman winners.Excluding 2009, the last seven years of his reign were especially impressive — seven consecutive conference titles, 11-win seasons, top-4 finishes in the AP Poll and BCS bowl appearances.As a result, USC was named college football’s “Team of the Decade” by CBS Sports and “Program of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated.The team had gone just 8-4 in the 2009 regular season, but freshman phenom quarterback Matt Barkley closed out the year by leading the Trojans to a 24-13 victory over Boston College in the Emerald Bowl.Even though Oregon and Stanford defeated USC by a total of 61 points while beginning their ascension as mainstays atop the Pac-12, the future looked bright. Barkley looked poised to be the next great USC quarterback to lead the team to a BCS bowl alongside Carroll.But a new decade brought new problems that tarnished both the future and the past.On Jan. 12, 2010, news broke that Carroll had accepted a job with the Seattle Seahawks. Just two days later, Lane Kiffin was announced as his replacement, leading to concerns that the search committee rushed its decision.That summer, the real bombshell dropped — two years without postseason play, four years of probation, the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, and 14 victories from USC’s glory days with Reggie Bush wiped from the record books.In the three seasons that followed, the Trojans won 25 of 38 games for a .658 winning percentage; far worse than Oregon (.900) and Stanford (.875) and closer to the likes of Washington (.538) and Arizona State (.526).And last year, UCLA stated its case to take over the title of best team in Los Angeles both in results on the field — a 38-28 victory at the Rose Bowl — and in recruiting — UCLA’s 2013 class was ranked No. 3 by Scout.com while USC lingered below at No. 18.“Being able to get that win against [USC] last year was great, and it was huge for our program,” said UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo. “I think USC is a good team every year. But I’ve noticed a difference in my own team. We’re able to compete with [USC].”Part of that gap in the recruiting ranks stems from the limitations caused by USC’s scholarship reductions, as the Trojans only signed 12 players compared to the Bruins’ 28. But that doesn’t explain the bevy of last-minute decommitments that downgraded USC’s class from spectacular to something a few notches below.The Trojans were still able to ink eight recruits ranked in the top-100, but if USC puts up another disappointing season this year, one can expect that figure to decrease next year.“I’m sure that where our program was viewed 12 months ago and where it is right now has an impact,” Kiffin said. “I do think that last year’s season impacted the end of last year’s class. Not playing well, job security questions … No matter how well your staff does, there’s going to be some impact when that happens.”USC’s late-season slump undoubtedly affected the perception of the program; in the Pac-12 preseason poll, the Trojans were picked to finish third in the South Division behind UCLA and Arizona State.But USC players said they aren’t letting what others think affect them, and they point out that the media hasn’t been able to predict how the Trojans will perform for a couple of years now.“We’re underdogs, a little more under the radar this year,” said redshirt senior tackle Kevin Graf. “But that’s how we were two years ago when we went 10-2. People weren’t expecting much of us; they thought the sanctions would really tear us apart. But it made us grow a lot more together, and I think we’re gonna do the same this year.”They’re also ready to dispel the notion that the program is on the downswing.“USC is USC, and it’s gonna be that way for a long time,” said redshirt senior defensive end Devon Kennard. “But we have competition now. We just have to get back to the way we play football.”Perhaps the 2010 and 2012 seasons were just bumps in the road; after all, the first two years of the 2000s yielded just 11 wins and 13 losses before Carson Palmer broke out and led the Trojans to a 11-2 campaign in Carroll’s second year on the job.Maybe we’re about to witness a similar jump by a new USC quarterback and the reconstructed defense.But with Kiffin seemingly one bump away from being moved from the program’s driver’s seat to the hot seat, USC fans might want to buckle up. The Bruins, Ducks and Cardinal are coming up fast in the rearview mirror. Follow Will Laws on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

Football bears down on UCLA rivalry game

first_imgRedshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell, Jr. fends off a defender in a game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanOn Saturday, USC and UCLA face off for the 84th time in a rivalry that includes bragging rights, history and lots of familiarity. The Bruins enter the game with a 5-5 record, but plenty to play for in what should be an emotional contest. “It is a rivalry game,” head coach Clay Helton said. “There’s a lot of pride with both teams. I think [special teams coordinator John Baxter] told me today, there’s like 57 kids on each team right here from Southern California. We all know each other and that pride of being able to be the city champ for 365 days, I think is important to everybody.” The Trojans have already punched their ticket to Levi’s Stadium for the Pac-12 Championship in two weeks, but a win over the Bruins is vital for other reasons. When the College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled on Tuesday, USC polled as the highest ranked Pac-12 team for the first time since Week 8. Currently, FiveThirtyEight is giving the Trojans an 8 percent chance of making the playoffs. To accomplish that goal against all odds, the team must take care of business against UCLA on Saturday. “I think our chances of making the playoff, they’re slim,” sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold said on Tuesday. “But they’re still there. I think that obviously to do that, we got to win out. But right now we’re just focused on UCLA and winning this game.” UCLA will be relying on an explosive passing offense in their effort to put the Trojans on upset alert. Much has been said about UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen over the past three years — some claim he’s the second coming, others predict he’ll be a bigger bust than JaMarcus Russell. In reality, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle; he’s having a solid bounce-back campaign after an injury-riddled 2016, throwing for 3,094 yards and 21 touchdowns on a 62.2 percent completion percentage.“[Rosen] is so confident in releasing the football and finding open windows,” Helton said. “There’s no hesitation in his game, [he has] great anticipatory skills. He’s got extreme arm talent, can make every throw on the field. And probably the thing I’ve been most impressed with is his accuracy, especially deep ball accuracy.” Rosen may captain one of the most prolific offenses in the Pac-12 (the unit is averaging a third-best 462.5 yards per game), but he’s hardly the only Bruin playmaker. Running backs Bolu Olorunfunmi and Solo Jamabo make up a formidable tandem both on the field and in pronunciation guides (846 combined rushing yards, 12 combined syllables). Meanwhile, wide receiver Jordan Lasley has become one of Rosen’s favorite targets for the quarterback’s signature long bombs this season, especially with fellow star wideout Darren Andrews going down with an injury. Lasley has hauled in 705 yards in just six games played.USC’s offense is also elite (it’s second in the conference in total yards per game), and it’s been especially explosive over the past three weeks, averaging 45 points since the Notre Dame loss. With playmakers like junior tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. and sophomore wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. all healthy after dealing with injuries for much of the year, the offense’s ascension has coincided with good fortune on the injury front. Over the first half of the season, the receiving corps remained a big question mark, but now Darnold seems to have an arsenal of weapons at his disposal (including junior running back Ronald Jones II who’s run wild for 552 in the past three wins).“We’re starting to get healthy and I think our play has improved, especially offensively with the health that’s coming back,” Helton said. “Guys on the offensive line playing together, getting Daniel Imatorbhebhe back, I think has been a real help for us. And any time that you can keep guys in that lineup and build that chemistry with the quarterback, I believe it helps.’This weekend’s game against UCLA is not just important within the College Football Playoff and Pac-12 landscapes; it doubles as the last home game for a group of seniors that dealt with plenty of adversity over the course of their careers (fifth-year seniors such as redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins and Mitchell Jr. played for three different head coaches). For the likes of Hawkins, Mitchell Jr. and senior outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (16.5 career tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks), Saturday will be a particularly emotional game.“I told them today what a special group they are,” Helton said. “Really, the word I used is legacy, that they’re going to have the opportunity to leave a legacy here with what they accomplished, with hopefully what they do on Saturday.”last_img read more

Syracuse offense limited by stranding multiple baserunners in 4-3 win over Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2018 at 9:47 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Two straight walks had SU threatening. But the next play, Rachel Burkhardt grounded out to shortstop for the final out. It left the two runners left stranded, a sign of what was to come in the next few innings.Syracuse (21-18, 5-11 Atlantic Coast) left 10 runners on base over the course of the first four innings in its 4-3 win over Louisville (24-17, 7-7). When SU got on base, it struggled to capitalize.“Sometimes it’s tough, it’s not an easy situation to be in,” junior Alicia Hansen said. “…we have to get mentally past ‘don’t leave them on.’”While SU struggled to bring players home, those chances hardly came. A 1-2-3 inning in the fifth furthered the Orange’s offensive struggles.The sixth inning went similarly. Hansen doubled at the start of the inning, giving SU its first baserunner since the bottom of the fourth. Then senior Sammy Fernandez singled and Hansen started to run home. Louisville worked the ball in to catcher Jenna Jordan, who met Hansen at the plate, tagging her out. The closest SU had gotten to a run in a few innings stretch remained just that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt didn’t end there though. After the play at home, Fernandez continued running to second. Jordan threw the ball to teammate Maddy Newman, who successfully performed the double play. The next batter, Bryce Holmgren, flew out to right field to end the inning. Albeit different, it was once again a 1-2-3 inning. SU’s bats finally started to work, but no runners remained on the basepaths.“It’s just us being aggressive and aggressive base running,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “… Unfortunately, things didn’t go our way in those situations.”SU’s offensive futility was apparent when players got on. In the second inning, Sammy Fernandez popped a ball up along the first base side. A Louisville player got under the ball and caught it to retire the inning with bases loaded. The third inning ended in similar fashion when Lailoni Mayfield flew out to center field.“We definitely noticed as a whole that we were leaving runners on,” Hansen said. “… Sammy was on with bases loaded, there were a lot of people that were up with runners on base.”In the bottom of the fourth, Fernandez was on third base when Holmgren was up to bat. The outfielder was hit by a pitch and jogged to first. Holmgren watched the pitcher, waiting for her opportunity to steal. While Gabby Teran was watching the pitch come toward her, Holmgren stole second. The catcher threw to the same base in an attempt to get an out but Holmgren beat the ball. Fernandez turned the steal into a double steal as she ran home to get the second run of the game.Teran’s ensuing single put runners on first and second with one out. But, following suit, the next two players struck out to end the inning. Once again, with runners on.“Don’t go down looking, go down swinging, at least put up a fight if you’re going to do it,” Hansen said. “In that case, we came together and were able to push hits through with people on base.” Commentslast_img read more