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Trojans practice in rain at frenetic pace

first_imgUSC continued its breakneck pace at practice Tuesday as it prepares to face top-ranked Oregon on Oct. 30.Unstoppable · Senior wide receiver David Ausberry said that even though USC, which averages almost 38 points per game, has upped the pace at practice this week, the team should play that way every week. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The Ducks score more points faster than anyone in the nation, meaning the Trojan offense must continue its stellar play if USC is to keep up.USC averages almost 38 points per game, not as eye-popping as Oregon’s 54.3 but still impressive.If USC can hold Oregon to around 35 points, it could be good enough to give the Trojans a shot. But senior wide receiver David Ausberry said he’s not approaching the game that way.“It’s important every week to play like that,” Ausberry said. “We’ve got playmakers and we got great coaches so they’ll put the ball in the guys’ hands that need to make plays.”Only against Virginia, when the Trojans put up just 17 points in an ugly win, has the USC offense looked out of sync. That is a major contrast to last year when the unit was often inconsistent, especially against Arizona State and Arizona.The key, according to Ausberry, has been staying away from injuries, or at least recovering from them faster.“Guys are a lot healthier this year,” he said. “We still have certain injuries, but I feel like guys are coming off injuries a lot quicker.”uFreshman tailback Dillon Baxter is one of those players that has been sidelined. Baxter sprained toes on his left foot against Stanford and did not play against Cal.Baxter missed practice again Wednesday, but he said his condition is improving. It is only the big toe that is hindering him now.“I’m going to try to practice [Thursday],” Baxter said, adding that he would definitely practice next week and is on pace to play against the Ducks.Cal was the first game the tailback has missed and his first real injury of any sort, he said.“It sucks. No one wants to be hurt but you can’t do anything but rehab,” Baxter said.—The Trojans will likely enter next Saturday’s game unranked, while the Ducks, if they take care of business against UCLA Thursday night, will probably remain the No. 1 team in the AP poll.That is unfamiliar ground for a USC team accustomed to being top dog and fending off attacks from other teams trying to knock them off.But Ausberry, who was part of  top-ranked Trojan teams earlier in his career, said none of that matters.“We know to play ball regardless,” Ausberry said. “Things I learned from those older guys, being a freshman, [is] you gotta play regardless. Doesn’t matter if it’s No. 1 or No. 100.”last_img read more

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Trezeguet hands Egypt AFCON winning start

first_imgIn a fully packed stadium where the decibels hit deafening crescendos, Egypt were more than motivated to have their best start to the tournament and clinch the trophy just like they had done in three of the last four times they played at home.For most of the first half, it turned out to be a contest between the Egyptians and Zimbabwe shot stopper Edmore Sibanda with Liverpool winger Mo Salah being the chief architect in opening up the Warriors’ backline.Inside the first minute, Sibanda had already made two saves. First, he stepped a yard off his line to tip over a teasing cross from Salah and from the resultant corner made another brilliant finger tip save to turn behind Marwan Mohsen’s header off Salah’s cross.Salah was in the mood to get things going and created most of the chances. After nine minutes, a qick interchange of passes saw Salah break into the box to set up Mahmoud Said, but the latter’s shot was well saved by Sibanda.Egyptian forward Mo Salah drives the ball forward during their 2019 African Cup of Nations opening match against Zimbabwe on June 22, 2019. PHOTO/CAFSaid had another chance few minutes later, this time when Salah’s cross was punched his way by Sibanda, but he couldn’t keep his shot low with the goalmouth at his mercy from 10 yards out.All through, it was Egypt all the way with the more than 60,000 fans in the stadium cheering their every move. Zimbabwe had been forced to play on the back foot and were limited in their chances. Knowledge Musona tried an effort from range but it was blocked even before it could get to the target.Nine minutes to the break, they almost caught Egypt flat out when a freekick was quickly played to Khama Billiat, but the Kaizer Chiefs forward was denied by a good save from Mohammed El Shanawy.Zimbabwe and Sibanda finally cracked four minutes to half time and it was much thanks to some uncommitted defensive mistakes. Trezeguet was left to play all the way from the left before exchanging passes with Ayman Ashraf.Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal of the Africa Cup of Nations in EgyptHe took one touch to set himself up before curling a beauty beyond the keeper and sent the whole stadium to pandemonium.The home side stuck to their offensive plan in the second half and Trezeguet nearly scripted the same copy four minutes after the restart but this time Sibanda read his curler well stretching to his left to parry the ball behind for a corner.Sibanda came to Zimbabwe’s rescue again in the 66th minute, doing his best to keep out a low shot from Mo Salah on his weaker right foot after a brilliant Trezeguet pass sent him through.Sibanda however had to come off in the 77th minute after failing to sustain the pain from a heavy knock he received in the first half. In his place came Elvis Chipezeze. The sub did his bit as well and he made a great save in the 86th minute to keep off a Mo Salah effort from inside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mahmoud Trezeguet is joined by his teammates in celebrating his goal against Zimbabwe in their Africa Cup of Nations opening game at the Cairo International Stadium on June 22, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 22 – Hosts Egypt kicked off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign on a high, beating Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening game played at a fully packed Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.Mahmoud Trezeguet slammed home the all-important goal as the Pharaohs chalked in their first three points to roll off their mission for a record-stretching eighth African title well on course.last_img read more

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