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Mourhino raises alarm over Kane’s return date

first_img Mourinho has been asked repeatedly when exactly the England captain might return, but has not been able to be more specific.Advertisement Jose Mourinho has raised the alarming possibility that Harry Kane could miss Euro 2020 and not return to action until next season. Kane had surgery on a hamstring injury on Saturday (pictured) after suffering a ruptured tendon at Southampton on New Year’s Day and Tottenham previously said they expect him to return to training in April. Read Also: Abraham can fill Kane’s boots for Three Lions-LampardBut Mourinho’s comments will concern England boss Gareth Southgate and fans ahead of the summer tournament and losing the man who was the leading scorer in qualifying with 12 goals would be a huge blow ahead of his side’s three group games at Wembley.The Three Lions play their first game of the tournament against Croatia on June 14.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img But the Spurs manager’s throwaway answer ahead of tonight’s FA Cup replay with Middlesbrough implied some doubt over Kane’s participation at the European Championship this summer. ‘News on Harry we don’t have and if you ask me every time we come here the answer will be the same,’ Mourinho said. ‘We expect him to be out until, I don’t know, mid-April, end of April, May, next season I don’t know. I have no updates to give on Harry.’ On Saturday Kane, who has a history of recovering quickly from injuries, tweeted from his hospital bed the operation had been a success. Promoted ContentThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up TodayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayMesmerizing Wedding Looks From Different Countries9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

December 23, 2018 Police Blotter

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Nigeria places second in Africa Deaf Athletics Championships in Kenya

first_imgRelatedPosts Access Bank Plc acquires Kenyan bank 172 Nigerians evacuated from Uganda, Kenya arrive in Abuja Kenyan runner hit by motorcycle, suffers fractured leg The Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation took second after winning eight medals for the country in the maiden Africa Deaf Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.The federation’s Secretary, Lukman Agbabiaka, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja that Nigeria came second out of 12 countries that participated in the seven days event.Agbabiaka said Nigeria won a total of eight medals comprising two gold, five silver and one bronze at the championships that started on September 16 and ended on September 22 at Moi International Stadium, Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya.He said: “We commend our athletes for making us proud in the championships.“We are happy that Nigeria placed second with each athlete winning medals which was a good performance.“The host country took first position by winning a total of 54 medals comprising 20 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze.“We all know that Kenya is always number one whenever they participate in any athletics championships in the continent.“We will work harder to maintain our position in the next edition. We congratulate our athletes for the work well done.”The secretary disclosed that the federation got a loan to be able to send its athletes to participate in the maiden championships.Agbabiaka said: “We were able to send five athletes and a coach to participate in the championships.“We did not want to disappoint these athletes who have been training for long.“We had to go on borrowing pending when we get approval from the government.“Fortunately, one of the former athletes from Lagos, who is now based in the US, was able to assist with flight tickets for two of the athletes.“He also bailed us out on full board hotel accommodation for the whole five athletes and official.“This is to show the level of commitment and determination they have for the development of: ‘Deaf sports.’”The secretary said five athletes comprising of four males and one female participated in the competition.He gave their names as: Nurudeen Badmus, Uche Nwabenu, Temitope Olaniyan, Obinna Egbo and the female athlete, Assurance Omoria.Agbabiaka listed the countries as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Algeria, Uganda, Libya, Cameroon, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique, Ghana and the host country Kenya.NAN. Tags: Africa Deaf Athletics ChampionshipsKenyalast_img read more

Trojans edged in homecoming stand

first_img MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Bio Latest Posts BAR HARBOR — It was anything but a joyful homecoming as the Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team lost to the Nokomis Warriors by less than a touchdown Friday.The final score was 40-35, bringing the Trojans to 3-2 for the season.Nokomis began with possession and pulled ahead from there. Their first two touchdowns came early, lifting the score to 12-0 with nine minutes left in the first quarter.Nokomis made their last touchdown for a 40-28 lead. Taner Bickford took the kickoff return out to the 42-yard line. A big scramble by Phelps on the next play had him run a sweep around the backfield for a five-yard gain. The Trojans failed to quit, and rallied to a final short touchdown carry by Sandy Henggeler with two minutes to go.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Trojans travel to Foxcroft on Oct. 11. The last home game of the regular season is set for the following Friday, Oct. 18 vs. Waterville.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print.center_img Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

No Lionel Messi as Barcelona return to training

first_imgMADRID: FC Barcelona have begun their training under new coach Ronald Koeman but as expected, star striker Lionel Messi was missing.The Argentinian did not return along with the rest of his teammates for the start of pre-season training on Monday, after he refused to take a PCR test for COVID-19 on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. Messi’s decision is another step in his plan to leave the club where he has spent the last 20 years, with the striker and his advisors taking the stance that his contract with Barcelona allows him to leave the Camp Nou on a free transfer this summer. This opinion is not shared by Barcelona or the Spanish Football League (LaLiga). In a statement on Sunday, LaLiga supported Barcelona, saying that anyone who wants to buy Messi will have to pay his 700-million-euro release clause. LaLiga is not a disinterested party in this affair, given that the Argentinian is its biggest star and the league has already lost Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years. The possible departure of the biggest name will see LaLiga lose ground to the Premier League (especially if Messi moves to Manchester City) and make it harder to demand high fees for TV rights. Koeman held his first training session with just 13 first-team professionals and six players from the Barcelona B-team, with others such as Sergio Busquets and Ansu Fati reporting for international duty in Madrid. Ivan Rakitic was another absentee as the 32-year-old Croatian is in Sevilla for a medical ahead of a return to the club that he left to join Barca in 2014. Rakitic, who was recently told by Koeman that he was not part of his plans for the coming season, is expected to sign a three-year contract with the newly-crowned Europa League champions. IANS Also Watch: Caught on Camera: Concrete Bridge Gets Washed Awaylast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— President Donald Trump says he has spoken with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron about moving forward with the football season. Lawrence has helped spearhead the #WeWantToPlay movement. That’s a coalition of players calling on colleges not to cancel the upcoming season because of coronavirus concerns and give student-athletes greater say on safety issues. Trump says he’s hopeful that both college and high school football will be played in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have postponed their football seasons. NBA-NEWSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubbleLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest arrivals to teams on Wednesday in a memo. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press. Washington to start the season without fans presentUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team formerly known as the Redskins says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Owner Dan Snyder said the decision followed discussions with federal, state and local officials. The decision can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-SCHEDULEBergeron scores in 2nd OT, Bruins beat Hurricanes in Game 1UNDATED (AP) — Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) scored the winner early in double overtime as the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 1 of their first-round series. — Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. The 52-year-old Pederson enters his fifth season as Philadelphia’s head coach. He has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.— The Buffalo Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is fifth on the Bills’ all-time coaching wins list with 25. He is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. Prior to McDermott’s arrival, the Bills had the longest playoff drought in the NFL and just two winning seasons since 1999.— A report by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news reports that U.S. ambassador and Jets owner Woody Johnson has been accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to embassy staff. The State Department Office of the Inspector General in a report Wednesday called for further internal investigation of the allegations. Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, has called the allegations false. The report says State Department officials contend that no further investigation is necessary because Johnson understands the responsibilities of his diplomatic job. Johnson is a friend and campaign contributor to President Donald Trump. He has served as ambassador since 2017.— President Donald Trump says he thinks New England coach Bill Belichick would make a solid military leader. In a call with radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Trump said if he ever were at war, he’d call Belichick to ask for his thoughts and ideas. The president said Belichick would “be as good as any general out there.” Belichick won two Super Bowls with the Giants and six more with the Patriots. NHL-NEWS August 12, 2020 The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and the earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. In other NBA news:— The NBA still hasn’t had a confirmed coronavirus case among players inside the season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. The league released updated numbers showing that none of the 342 players who were tested daily since the league last released results on Aug. 5 has had a confirmed positive. There has not been a player positive yet since teams began entering the bubble more than a month ago. The league’s play-in series for the last Western Conference playoff spot starts Saturday.— Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed to a one-year contract extension. McMillan says the deal would add one year to his current agreement, which was set to expire after next season. McMillan has led the Pacers to the playoffs in all four of his seasons since taking the job in 2016. He went into Wednesday’s game with a record of 181-136. He needs one more win to break a tie with Rick Carlisle for third in career victories with Indiana.MASTERS-NO FANS Update on the latest sports Anderson and Eloy Jimenez led off the game with consecutive home runs, and Anderson had a triple, too, by the end of the third inning. He added two singles before striking out on three pitches in his final plate appearance in the eighth. Jonathan Schoop and Willi Castro homered for the Tigers, who scored four unearned runs in the fourth before Matthew Boyd gave the lead right back.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig 12 moves ahead with fall sports UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. The Big 12 football schedule allows each team to play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. The schools will all play each other to give them 10 total games, with the Big 12 title game scheduled for Dec. 12.In other college sports news:— The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four nonconference games in the fall at their own discretion. Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. He says the league hopes to play conference football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in conjunction with its spring sports and still crown champions in all 19 of its sports.— The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1. The league noted that the NCAA has identified those as high-risk contact sports that are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and personnel. The Birmingham, Alabama-based conference’s Board of Directors cited health and safety of athletes and others on campus, mandatory participation protocols from the NCAA Board of Governors and the cancellation of Division II fall championships. The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball.— The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference’s Board of Athletic Administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women. The conference members are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson. Associated Press KENTUCKY DERBY-COVID PLANSPlan for Kentucky Derby eliminates general admission ticketsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs officials expect fewer than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan.The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14% of the 2015 attendance record of 170,513. The 146th runnings of the Derby and Oaks for fillies were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of coronavirus concerns.NFL-NEWS Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 36 of the 40 shots he faced. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for Boston. The game was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start after Tuesday night’s Blue Jackets-Lightning series opener in the same Toronto arena went to five overtimes.MLB-SCHEDULEAnderson, Robert lead White Sox past Tigers 7-5UNDATED (AP) — Tim Anderson had four hits and finished a double shy of the cycle, and Luis Robert hit a bases-clearing double to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers. No roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot.The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year. Penguins fire 3 assistants following quick playoff exitPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ qualifying round loss to the Montreal Canadiens has cost assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi their jobs. The club opted not to renew the contracts for all three coaches after the fifth-seeded Penguins fell to the 12th-seeded Canadiens in four games. Head coach Mike Sullivan’s job is safe, but he will have to move forward with a new coaching staff after Pittsburgh lost in its opening-round postseason series for the second year.last_img read more

Mickelson Wins 50-and-over PGA Champions Tour Debut

first_imgThe US left-hander wanted some extra competitive rounds ahead of next month’s US Open at Winged Foot, where Mickelson will again try to complete a career Grand Slam at an event where he has finished second a record six times.“There was a lot of good,” Mickelson said. “I identified some things I’ve got to work on. There were some holes I was able to use my holes to reach. It was a good course for me.”In becoming the 20th player in tour history to win his debut, and second of the year after Jim Furyk, Mickelson was triumphant in wire-to-wire fashion to claim a $450 000 top prize by four strokes over fellow American Tim Petrovic.Mickelson fired a five-under par 66 in the final round to finish 54 holes on 22-under 191 — equal to the lowest three-round total in tour history after an opening 61 and a 64 on Tuesday.Mickelson opened with a birdie, made another at four and eagled the par-4 fifth before a bogey at the par-3 six. He ran off three birdies in a row starting at the par-3 eighth but a bogey at 14 and four closing pars left him on level for the all-time best Champions circuit showing.“I got off to a good start. I wasn’t as sharp on the back nine,” said Mickelson. “Fortunately, I made some good lag putts. I made enough to have a 3-shot lead on 17 and 18.”Mickelson, who turned 50 in June, was runner-up at the WGC St Jude Invitational earlier this month and third in February at the PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where his most recent of 44 PGA victories came last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson won his PGA Tour Champions debut yesterday, matching the 50-and-over tour’s record low 54-hole total in capturing the Charles Schwab Series title.Mickelson missed the cut in last week’s Northern Trust at TPC Boston, the US PGA Tour’s playoff opener, ending his PGA season but inspiring him to make his seniors debut at Ozarks National in Ridgedale, Missouri.“I really enjoyed the week,” Mickelson said. “I enjoyed seeing the guys. I had a great time. I was happy I was able to compete.” Phil Mickelson…wins 50 and over tour on debut yesterday last_img read more

REVIEW: ‘Mrs. America’ unapologetically captures the political landscape of the ’70s fight for women’s equality

first_imgFor everyone else, urban hippie looks abound. Specifically, the feminists introduced at the end of the first episode, namely Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan —  who Schlafly rallies against — were dressed in more free-spirited looks, alluding to their more liberal political beliefs and values. Episode two mostly revolves around Steinem, the ’70s glamorous, career woman who gets pressured into becoming the face of the women’s liberation movement by Rep. Bella Abzug. Aviators, T-shirts, embroidered prints, polka dots, beaded jewelry and anything that the antifeminists would never dare to wear define the style and characters of Steinem and Friedan.   The thing about Schlafly is that she defies what you’d think every woman during the women’s liberation movement of the ’70s would embody. She strongly believes in a woman’s duty to the household, her children and her husband. Set on her conservative beliefs, Schlafly doesn’t believe in women’s abortion rights (a hot topic in the second episode) and wants the Equal Rights Amendment of 1972 abolished. Her radical thinking and opinions lead to tension and debate in the political landscape.  The remaining six episodes will be airing every Wednesday following this week on the FX channel on Hulu. FX’s much awaited “Mrs. America,” an American drama television series based on actual events, premiered Wednesday on Hulu with the first three episodes of the nine-part series. The show captures the political landscape of the ’70s, when the struggle and debate over the equal rights amendment was on the uproar. Told through the eyes of the women from the era, the show chronicles the fight between supporters of the women’s liberation movement and antifeminists. A stellar cast of actors, magnificent cinematography, a fantastic concept, setting and dialogue make this an exceptional watch. Several aspects of the show, including the aesthetics, make it so both sides of the political fence are distinguishable. Groovy tunes, typewriters, rotary phones and vintage color palettes of deep blues, oranges and yellows bring us directly into the style of the ’70s. “Mrs. America” presents a remarkable cinematic experience through its effective writing, production design, costume design and cinematography. Leather and suede textures, platform wedges and funky patterns characterize the fashion of the ’70s. When it comes to producing a period piece like this, costume design can make or break the show.  The concept for “Mrs. America” was developed by Emmy award-winning writer Dahvi Waller, who also wrote “Mad Men.” In the first episode, which takes place in 1971, we are introduced to the antifeminist and central conservative figure of the show, Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). An Illinois housewife and mother of six, our first introduction of Schlafly comes as she’s modeling an American flag bikini in a political fundraiser for Rep. Phil Crane.  Soft colors and grainy, faded hues of green and blue fill the screen. Episode three, “Shirley,” is written to put you through an emotional rollercoaster. Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba) gives an incredible performance that effectively delivers the frustrating and fierce emotions of a Black woman not only running for president but fighting against discrimination as a matter of survival. Facing opposition from all angles, she is compelled to make a change. Working tirelessly, viewers can feel Shirley’s emotions straight through the screen. Episode three is a politically complex episode. center_img The first episode takes us through various settings, landscapes and character dimensions of Schlafly. Inspired by one of the most divisive woman figures in American history, Blanchett brilliantly emanates Schlafly’s canny, willful personality from the get-go. Scene three showcases Blanchett’s incredible ability to achieve the tone of this character. The scene takes place in a dressing room when the handsy Illinois congressman Crane enters and invites her to come to Washington D.C. to meet with Sen. Barry Goldwater. Schlafly is excited about the invite, as it could potentially be an opportunity to gain support for her congressional run, but when she gets to D.C., Goldwater unexpectedly inquires about her perspective on the Equal Rights Amendment and whether or not she supports it. Her response is telling of her ideals and personal morals that will be present throughout the series. She says to Goldwater, “I think some women like to blame sexism for their failures instead of admitting they didn’t try hard enough, so good for you for opposing it.”  Rose Byrne stars in ‘Mrs. America’ as Gloria Steinem, a prominent figure in America’s second-wave feminist movement. (Photo courtesy of IMDb) Cast-wise, “Mrs. America” delivers. The list of powerhouse performers is refreshing and ingenious: Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, Niecy Nash, Sarah Paulson, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tracey Ullman. An all-star team in front of and behind the lens, “Mrs. America” is a tribute to the past and can teach a new generation of women how to do the right thing and get others to do the same.  For the antifeminists, costume designer Bina Daigeler deliberately chose a soft style, dressing them in pastels, knit sweaters, aprons and A-line skirts. Their costumes accurately present the traditional American housewife look of the ‘70s. You never see them dressed in pants or the bohemian looks iconic to the ’70s. Schafly’s character was meant to look put together and in control at all times.  Each episode’s title is named after a central character highlighted as the key figure in the episode. Writing polarizing characters into a script that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats is challenging, but this series achieves it splendidly. last_img read more

Kiffin needs to take chances downfield

first_imgThe 2000s were an exciting time for USC football.An unsuspecting fan wandering into the Coliseum on any given Saturday could be blindsided by the electrifying offensive play of the Trojans. Points came a dime-a-dozen, yardage climbed to astronomical heights and sensational plays unfolded from the most basic formations.Learning the ropes · Freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee, who has reeled in seven receptions for 66 yards in his first two games, is a young talent who can help junior quarterback Matt Barkley stretch the field vertically. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanUSC seemed to be able to score touchdowns in a matter of minutes, stretching the field until the defense was rendered useless. It was not rare to see receiver Damian Williams running a 40-yard post route every third series, or Dwayne Jarrett using his speed to outpace single-coverage straight down the field. USC had offensive talent, and it wasn’t afraid to push its limits.If that fan were to walk into the Coliseum today, chances are he or she would be significantly less impressed.Sure, some extremely talented players have come and gone, many of whom are now enshrined in Heritage Hall (and don’t forget Reggie Bush, either). But their departure is not the reason today’s Trojans lack that same offensive explosion — USC has all but exchanged those pieces with adequate replacements.Junior quarterback Matt Barkley was the highest ranked quarterback coming out of high school, and has been surrounded by blue-chip wide receivers and running backs since he first stepped onto the field. Almost every offensive starter has shown shades of brilliance at one point or another, testaments to their unparalleled abilities.So what are the current Trojans missing?A simple backing of confidence from their head coach.After two consecutive second-half flops in which the offense traded the deep pass for a bubble screen, it has become glaringly obvious that USC coach Lane Kiffin doesn’t fully trust his players — or himself — to stretch out the field as the game drags on.Just one look at the Trojans’ second-half drives this season and the issue presents itself: four consecutive drives of four plays or less, amounting to 31 total yards, against Utah to end the game. Against Minnesota, USC still had to punt three consecutive times to end the game while only running 20 cumulative plays in the second half.Meanwhile, during both of these situations, the Trojans’ opponent scored to bring the game within a field goal.That hardly seems like a good way to seal a victory late.If this were last season, with Kiffin at the helm of USC for the first time and a 15-33 career record in college and the pros to show for his few years of experience, it would make sense to be conservative. And he certainly was last year, in his play calling and in his handling of the sanctions to the media and to fans. He didn’t want to stick out, but rather, he wanted to go about business as usual at a time when it was anything but.But it is no longer that time. One glance at USC’s offense and it is easy to see talent all over the field.The Trojans have a Heisman-caliber quarterback throwing to one of the best receiving corps in the nation, and have backed their talents with significant growth in maturity, focus and preparation.So what is the holdup? With advantages this apparent, USC needs to once again start doing what brought it so much success in the recent past — airing it out.That might be dumbing it down, but the situation really is a simple one. Exploiting the Trojans’ size, speed and physical advantage downfield will pay dividends over the course of the game.And if Kiffin wants to continue to steadily work USC’s backfield in the mix, spreading the opponent’s secondary will only help USC’s running game by unclogging the box.The Trojans are executing their game plan better than expected for the start of their season. The only problem is the game plan itself hasn’t held up for all four quarters.Kiffin has put together a team that has the potential to get the program back to where it was last decade.But in order to take the next step toward success, he will first have to shed the uncertainty preventing the Trojans from continuing to light up the scoreboard. “One-Two Punch” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email James at jbianchi@usc.edu.last_img read more

Milla predicts tough test for Ghana and Africa

first_imgThe African footballing legend has rated African teams ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Cameroon football legend Roger Milla has predicted tough test for Ghana and the other four African countries – Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire – at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Milla was part of the Indomitable Lions’ team that ensured an African team reached the last eight for the first time in the World Cup 24 years ago in Italy.But the retired striker was diplomatic with the chances of the African representatives set for this year’s prestigious showpiece which kicks off a fortnight’s time.”I must say Africans are in the toughest groups in this World Cup,” Milla told Supersports.”The five representatives will have to work harder to get our of their groups. This is different from the previous one, it a tough path to take for all teams and all we can hope if they go the extra mile to overcome their challenges.” “Once we get out of the groups to the next round then maybe we can determine our potential to go all the way. It is impossible for me to pick the best performer of the five at this point. You cannot really tell because all teams have equal opposition if not even opportunities.”Milla is the oldest player to feature and score in the tournament, at the age of 42 and is famously remembered for his trademark goal celebration in the 1990 World when they eliminated Colombia 2-1in the round of 16 courtesy of Milla’s brace.last_img read more