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Writing was on the wall for upset

first_imgAll signs pointed to it.A week after a huge emotional win, a week of practice swirling with uncertainty, all leading up to a road game against a team nobody thinks has a shot.Pressure cooker · Washington’s defense kept the heat on USC quarterback Aaron Corp, limiting him to 110 yards and one interception. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanSmelled like trouble.Looked like trouble.Man, was it ever trouble.In what has become a yearly occurrence for USC, the Trojans’ undefeated record was blemished and their national championship hopes put into serious jeopardy at the hands of an unranked Pac-10 opponent, this year courtesy of Washington, 16-13 in Seattle.Were you shocked? Were you tearing your hair out? Really, we should have sensed this one coming.To start, the Trojans were coming off the program’s most intense victory in four years after beating Ohio State 18-15 last week in Columbus. The emotional letdown following that game was inevitable, no matter how much USC coach Pete Carroll tried to force his team to get past it.But other than the emotional aspect, this game was not like the Oregon State debacle of a year ago.In fact, the Trojans came out and started fast, with their offensive line blowing the Huskies off the ball as if they were tackling dummies. In the first quarter, junior running back Joe McKnight and senior tailback Stafon Johnson ran through holes wider than Lake Washington. The Trojans marched down the field in seven quick plays on their first drive and McKnight sped into the end zone with ease.Against the Beavers last year, the Trojans were as flat as an old 2-liter bottle of Coke to start the game. Saturday, they came to play.But so did the Huskies. Behind the heroics of quarterback Jake Locker, the Huskies took the Trojans opening punch and punched back — harder. Suddenly, those holes McKnight was waltzing through on the first drive were sealed by an invigorated Washington defense.“They just outplayed us,” McKnight said, adding, “Hard work beats athleticism any day and that’s what they did.”Yes, hard work, even from a football team that was winless last year. Forget the fact that the Huskies lost 15 straight games before beating Idaho last week. Forget that they were 19-point underdogs against the Trojans.Remember that they are coached by two guys who know every inch of USC’s offensive and defensive playbook.Washington coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt, less than a year removed from coaching alongside Carroll at USC, know the Trojans’ schemes on both sides of the ball better than any coaches outside of Heritage Hall. Very rarely in the game — and especially after the first quarter — did a Washington player look out of position.Carroll gave Sarkisian and Holt their due credit.“When you really like people, you want good things to happen to them, so I’m happy for them in that regard,” Carroll said of his former fellow coaches.Now to the elephant in the room — Aaron Corp. Putting the loss entirely on the redshirt sophomore’s shoulders is neither fair nor valid. But he certainly did not help the Trojans’ cause.He never got into a rhythm throwing the football. He consistently threw into traffic and finally paid for it with his red zone interception in the third quarter.Corp was undoubtedly disappointed after losing his long-awaited first start.“I wish I had some stuff back I didn’t play well to my standards,” Corp said.Remember, however, that the two other costly turnovers USC committed inside Washington’s 35-yard line came on fumbles by Johnson and redshirt junior fullback Stanley Havili — two plays completely out of Corp’s hands.“When you play football like this, your chances of winning are so difficult,” Carroll said. “For us to go out there and turn the ball over like that, we fumbled the ball more times than we lost it.”But that won’t stop people from pondering if Barkley would have done a better a job.The answer, though, is that he wouldn’t have. Despite Barkley’s heroics a week ago, his statistics were nothing special. He deserved credit for his poise more than his completion percentage against the Buckeyes, so there’s no way of knowing if he wouldn’t have made the same mistakes Corp made on Saturday.What really hurt the Trojans, however, was the uncertainty throughout the week leading up to the game. Barkley wasn’t practicing, yet Carroll wouldn’t rule him out. Corp said he approached every practice last week as if he was the starter, but that’s just not the same as definitively knowing that you’re going to be the guy.Carroll, of course, did not say Corp was any less prepared because of it. But he couldn’t deny that his performance was subpar.“We didn’t throw the ball well today.” Carroll said. “It was obvious. We threw the ball for 110 yards and couldn’t get the ball down the field. We rarely get in that situation.”So while it’s pointless to argue about how things might have changed had Barkley played, the uncertainty brought about by the true freshman’s injury resulted in Corp not being fully ready to play and the offense being severely out of sync.The mixture of all these things — an unavoidable emotional letdown after the Ohio State win, a coaching staff that knew all the Trojans’ plays and doubt all week over who would start at quarterback — made for one volatile combination that shouldn’t have blindsided anyone.Just another shocking USC upset that really was no shock at all.“Middle Ground” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Josh at [email protected]last_img read more

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Aguero inches Man City closer to title

first_img0Shares0000Narrow lead: Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (right) celebrates his winner at Burnley © AFP / Oli SCARFFBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Sergio Aguero’s 20th Premier League goal of the season left Manchester City just two wins from the title after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.Aguero, who has now scored nine times in his past eight appearances against Burnley, struck in the 63rd minute, with a shot that only just crossed the line despite the best efforts of defender Matt Lowton to keep it out, although goal-line technology was needed to award the goal. The win takes City on to 92 points, one ahead of Liverpool, with two games to play.Victories at home to Leicester a week on Monday, and away at Brighton the following Sunday will see Pep Guardiola’s side retain their English title.For the first time in months, City’s elimination from the Champions League means they will crucially have a free midweek to prepare for those key matches.By contrast, Liverpool must travel to Newcastle next weekend, either side of the two legs of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, before hosting Wolves on May 12.City have now won 12 consecutive Premier League games but they had to work to maintain their composure against the Clarets.– Heaton frustrates City –Guardiola’s side enjoyed the bulk of possession, but found creating clear chances difficult. When they did, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was in excellent form.Heaton, a former Manchester United reserve, made two excellent saves in the opening minutes of the second half. He was alert at his near post to beat away Aguero’s shot, after Raheem Sterling’s neat flick had created the opening, before beating out Bernardo Silva’s snap shot at the end of a goalmouth scramble.Sean Dyche’s side knew before kick-off they were mathematically certain of Premier League survival, yet played as if they too were fighting for the title.Burnley even caused City the occasional first-half problem.Jack Cork chested down a ball on the edge of the penalty area and then hit a shot that struck visiting captain Vincent Kompany full in the face.As the home fans appealed for handball and screamed for a penalty, referee Paul Tierney put his whistle to his lips as if considering awarding one. Television replays, though, showed he was right not to.The Clarets’ best opening fell to Chris Wood, who was left to rue a poor first touch that denied him his big moment.Played through by Jeff Hendrick, the New Zealand forward allowed the ball to squirt away, and Ederson was bravely out at his feet to smother.At times, City’s frustration threatened to boil over.In the closing moments of the first half, Aguero over-hit a pass down the left for Leroy Sane, resulting in the ball rolling out of play, and the German responded by turning to his team-mate and flinging his arms out in despair.Eventually, though, City’s patience was rewarded. Bernardo Silva’s low ball into the middle found Aguero, who, with his back to goal and minimal space to work with, managed to fashion a shot that beat Heaton.Lowton, on the line, looked to have blocked the shot with his chest, but the ball looped up and just crossed the line before he could recover to clear it.If City were hoping that goal would provide the platform for a comfortable final half-hour, though, they were to be disappointed as Burnley continued to give everything.Few players were more committed than Burnley’s Ben Mee, the boyhood City fan who used to captain their youth team.He produced an extraordinary goal-line clearance to deny the visitors a second goal, stretching to hook the ball clear after substitute Gabriel Jesus collected Kyle Walker’s crossfield pass, and had gone round Heaton to shoot towards what he thought was an empty net.After that, City were content to run down the clock as they kept their cool to leave their northwest rivals with all three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Gin Kings turn back Elite

first_img“It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Bayron overtakes Lascuña Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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2010 NYC Dates

first_imgGames will be from Wednesday, 15 until Saturday, 18 September 2010 inclusive. The NYC will be held in Caloundra. Further details are available in the attachment.Related Filesmemo_-_nyc__20-11-2009_-pdflast_img

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a month agoSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfie

first_imgSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfieby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola upset fans with his actions after defeat at PSG.Real’s players are under huge pressure after this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.On-loan from the Parisiens, Areola took snaps with some PSG players after the final whistle – actions which have upset some fans.Indeed, some members of Real management were also left unimpressed by the goalkeeper’s behaviour.Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid C.F. on loan from PSG earlier this month.He looked a bit confused after last night’s result#PSGRMApic.twitter.com/ae0uomNQXC— TREQUARTISTA (@TheSporTalk) September 19, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Marshall Football Is Fired Up After Its Win Over Purdue

first_imgMarshall players fired up in the locker room after win over Purdue.Instagram/@fleebandzMarshall is coming off of a fantastic 13-1 2014 season, while Purdue struggled to a 3-9 record. Today’s game at Marshall was not expected to be a highlight of the opening weekend of college football, but it was the only Sunday game, and fans were treated to a pretty exciting affair. In the end, the game was bookended by two pick-sixes for Marshall’s Tiquan Lang on the first play from scrimmage and with 1:20 remaining in the fourth, and the Thundering Herd won the game 41-31. Purdue isn’t the sexiest Big Ten win a team can get, but Marshall is going to celebrate anyway, and rightfully so. The team was pretty pumped in the locker room after the game, based on this video posted by wide receiver Deon-Tay McManus. Big 10 what ain’t no pressure with them herd boyz A video posted by Blessed (@fleebandz) on Sep 6, 2015 at 4:05pm PDT Purdue was the only power conference game on the schedule for Marshall, which travels to Ohio next weekend.last_img read more

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Gabi hopes final will not be Griezmanns last game for Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid captain Gabi is hoping that tonight’s Europa League final against Marseille will not be Antoine Griezmann’s last game for the clubThe French forward has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer and is looking increasingly likely to end his four-year association with Atletico.Since arriving from Real Sociedad in 2014 for the then-Champions League finalists, Griezmann has yet to win any silverware at the club.Tonight’s final in Lyon will be his first chance at finally ending that drought with Atletico aiming to win a record-equalling third Europa League crown.While acknowledging that a player of Griezmann’s calibre will always want to win, Gabi remains hopeful that he will remain at the Spanish capital.“We’ve been talking on Antoine [Griezmann] the whole year,” said the Spaniard, according to SportsKeeda.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“He is fine.“I see him very good, physically very good, focused in this game because it is very important for him to win a title.“With his level, he just wants to win titles. I wish it won’t be his last final with Atletico. Because we need him, and he knows that we all want him to stay.”After turning down a move to Manchester United last summer, Griezmann initially struggled to hit top form this season.But since January, he has put doubts over his uncertain future to one side and has now netted an impressive 27 goals in 47 appearances for Atletico this term.last_img read more

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