Trojans deserve national attention

first_imgSaturday was a day of firsts all across the college football landscape. The first time redshirt freshman wide receiver Steven Mitchell caught a touchdown pass. The first time a USC quarterback threw seven touchdown passes in a game. The first time Alabama fans complimented the play-calling of Lane Kiffin. Most surprising of all, though: Saturday evening was the first time I found myself rooting for Notre Dame.Sark it to me · First-year head coach Steve Sarkisian has led the Trojans to a 5-2 record this season. This mark includes two wins over Top 25 teams, in then-No. 13 Stanford and then-No. 10 Arizona. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanI never thought there would come a time where I could actively root for the Fighting Irish. Yet, compared to the unbridled arrogance of Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is practically a saint, and that’s really saying something. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson’s fourth-and-18 prayer and subsequent (almost) touchdown to Corey Robinson actually had me out of my chair, cheering for the luck of the Irish to prevail yet again.While 6-1 Notre Dame is certainly for real this year, what I was really rooting for was the demise of Jimbo, Jameis Winston and Co. Fisher’s time at LSU must have convinced him that they don’t play football west of the Mississippi. That is the only possible reason I can think of for his comments to the media earlier this week. According to ESPN, he was quoted as saying  Florida State and Mississippi State are the only two teams with victories over two opponents currently ranked in the Top 25.I guess Jimbo in his infinite wisdom forgot about the University of Southern California. At the time of his comments, both Stanford and Arizona were ranked in the Top 25. It was probably just a careless mistake, but Fisher’s attitude is reflective of a seemingly national fetish for the SEC.Florida State is in a different conference, yet its coach succumbs to the allure of the vaunted SEC, with their hard-nosed, swarming defenses that “play football the way it should be played.” Fisher must be listening to the plethora of pundits out there who stand firm in their belief that football begins and ends in the Southeastern Conference.Though that may have been true in 2009, it certainly isn’t today. The only reason the SEC has so many ranked teams currently, is because of the conference’s hype in the preseason. Now that the dust has settled, Mississippi State’s wins against LSU and Texas A&M aren’t that impressive. The list could go on and on.All the while, the Pac-12 is practically ignored because the teams “don’t play defense out west.” Well, I would love to see how Ole Miss and Alabama’s defensive efficiency ratings would fare if you swapped the plodding schemes of Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas with Washington State, California and Oregon State.You have to look no further than Oregon and Alabama to see selective perception at work. Both teams were upset by ranked opponents, with Ole Miss admittedly being more formidable than Arizona. The Crimson Tide’s sole impressive victory is over a vastly overrated Texas A&M team, while Oregon ran roughshod over an elite Michigan State defense, thoroughly dismantling them in the fourth quarter. Yet, Alabama is two spots ahead of the Ducks.The problem with the bias is it just isn’t warranted anymore. The Pac-12 isn’t just USC and the nine dwarfs, nor is the Big 12 Oklahoma, Texas and the rest. College football has shifted, few dominating defenses remain and the team that can score at will is generally the victor.With an array of talented gunslingers and the brightest offensive minds in football running the show, it’s time the Pac-12 and, to a lesser extent, the Big 12, got their due. In any other industry, innovators who are ahead of the trends get praised. In college football, they get mocked.It may seem trivial to lament the biases in an attempt to change the narrative about the SEC and Pac-12, but doing so can have long-term repercussions. USC is probably not a playoff contender this year, but the Trojans certainly have the resources and talent to be a fixture in the conversation moving forward.If the committee were choosing between a one-loss USC team and a one-loss SEC team, it would stink if USC was passed over for competing in what is perceived to be a weaker conference. That is certainly a conceivable possibility as it stands now, which is the crux of my issue with the unjustified love affair the media and some coaches have with the SEC.Speaking of USC, the Trojans had a vintage blowout on Saturday. Though it is hard to put stock in their performance against that Colorado team, the victory showcased some maturity for the Trojans. Last time USC was coming off a road victory over a Top 25 opponent, they were upset by Boston College. To remain focused on the task at hand, and beat up on the Buffaloes was definitely a step in the right direction for this USC team.It was great to finally see the team open it up a bit. Most of the focus will be on the deep balls, but I was happy the Trojans finally started to utilize the middle of the field, throwing 15- to 20-yard passes between the hashes. Next week will be a better indication of the Trojan’s true offensive prowess, and hopefully it will power them to a victory at Rice-Eccles stadium. A third road win over a top-20 opponent would be very impressive. Even Jimbo might take notice. Jake Davidson is a sophomore majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jake at [email protected]last_img read more

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NBA Finals 2019: Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains decision to start DeMarcus Cousins

first_img Klay Thompson injury update: Warriors star (hamstring) ‘questionable’ for Game 3 “He was special,” Curry told reporters. “Obviously you get more comfortable, more minutes and playing aggressive when he’s out there, puts a lot of pressure on their defense. And even on our defensive end, making his presence felt blocking shots, being in the right place at the right time. It’s a big lift for us. I know he’s been waiting a long time to be on this stage.””It’s a big lift for us.”Steph Curry is glad to have DeMarcus Cousins back.#GameTime | #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/jsQrDWVJ3i— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 3, 2019The Warriors will host Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which will tipoff Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Warriors’ Game 2 win over Raptors The Warriors made a change to their lineup Sunday.DeMarcus Cousins returned to the court in the opener of the NBA Finals against the Raptors after missing most of the postseason with a torn quad and surprisingly started Game 2. Golden State coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic after the game he made the adjustment in part to offset the loss of Kevin Durant, who has been out since straining his calf in the team’s second-round series. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors were ‘disrespectful’ to Andre Iguodala, says Stephen Curry “We talked about it as a staff two days ago,” Kerr said. “It was pretty much unanimous that we should start (Cousins). He’s starting to feel healthier. I thought he gave us some good minutes the other night.“And let’s face it, with the injury to Kevin (Durant), we need some scoring punch from another position besides the backcourt.” Related News Cousins finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes of action in Golden State’s 109-104 win, which evened the series at 1-1.Warriors center Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson both left the game with injuries.”What an avalanche here from Golden State!”Relive the @warriors big 2nd half as they win Game 2 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV on the road! #StrengthInNumbers🚨: TOR 1-1 GSW, Game 3⏰: 9:00pm/et – Wednesday, 6/5🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/ebRwghf6B2— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2019“(Cousins) was great,” Kerr said during his postgame press conference. “We came in thinking, all right, he can maybe play 20 minutes and he gave us almost 28. … He was fantastic and we needed everything he gave out there, his rebounding, his toughness, his physical presence, getting the ball in the paint, and just playing big, like he does. We needed all of that.”Warriors star Stephen Curry also praised Cousins after the victory.last_img read more

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Dzumhur in the Second Round of the ATP Challenger in Moscow

first_imgThe best BH tennis player, Damir Dzumhur, qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger tournament in Moscow, after he yesterday won against the host player Philipp Davydenko with 3:6, 6:2 and 6:2.Although he lost the first set, Dzmhur outclassed the opponent in the next two sets and qualified to the second round of $ 50 000 worth tournament in the capital of Russia.It is interesting that Dzumhur and Davydenko already had an opportunity to play together at the tournament in Moscow. Namely, Dzumhur in the pair with Tomislav Brkic in the first round of qualification of doubles, was better than the Russian pair Philipp Davydenko/Alexey Vatitin with the result of 6:1 and 6:2.Two day ago, Brkic played the match of the first round of singles in which he won the Russian representative Ivan Gakhov with 6:2 and 6:4.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

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Carlos’ absence a challenge for Lady Maroons

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names As expected, Isa Molde spearheaded the Lady Maroons but she also got enough support from her teammates with the likes of Marian Buitre, Aiesha Gannaban, Roselyn Rosier and Genn Layug giving the squad a lift.Carlos won’t be playing in the Collegiate Conference due to a shin splint that, according to Okumu, has bothered the star spiker since the previous UAAP season.“She experienced the pains when we were actually playing in the UAAP and we just took it for granted like you’ll recover, you’re a tough person so after that, then, there was the PSL where she played for Foton,” he said.“She did not take a break and after that that’s when we took her to the doctor to be checked and the doctor said she needs rest.”Okumu said Carlos won’t be cleared for training until the next couple of weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe absence of the injured Tots Carlos is a major blow to University of the Philippines’ offseason preparation and campaign in the Premier Volleyball League.It could also be a blessing in disguise.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “When she’s ready to play that would be a bonus for us and that’s what we’re waiting for,” he said.“We decided not to line her up. I wish I would’ve but we have to respect the doctor’s opinion and advise and we have to think about her future as a player.”The present, even with Carlos still recuperating, looks promising for UP.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PVL: Molde powers UP past Perpetual Help MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? UP coach Godfrey Okumu thinks Carlos’ loss will also serve as a big test to the Lady Maroons.READ: PVL: Molde powers UP past Perpetual HelpFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We miss her services a lot, but it’s also a challenge for our team how can we hold ourselves without the team captain and so far so good,” said the Kenyan mentor.UP hardly needed Carlos in its debut in the PVL Collegiate Conference after ripping University of Perpetual Help in straight sets, 25-10, 25-12, 25-23. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

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