West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald has turned down the chance to become Carlisle manager. “Obviously there has been a lot of speculation in the local press about Neil McDonald, and I think it’s only fair to say that he has formally withdrawn his name from the process and we respect that decision totally,” Carlisle managing director John Nixon told the club website. “That has made a difference to the shortlist because he was a strong candidate, as far as we were concerned. “He’s given it a great deal of thought over the last five to 10 days and he has spoken to us about the situation today. “He has told us that he has discussed it with his family, having thought about it long and hard, and he has decided that it isn’t the right career move for him to make at this point in time.” Former Millwall boss Steve Lomas has also been linked with the role at Brunton Park. Sam Allardyce’s number two was in the frame to replace the sacked Graham Kavanagh at the club where he previously had a spell in charge eight years ago. But McDonald has decided to stay at Upton Park leaving the Cumbrians, currently bottom of League Two, looking elsewhere for a new boss. Press Association
Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Bio Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — The James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA was able to expand its fall youth soccer program this season thanks to the sponsorship by Coastal Eye Care.“The Coastal Eye Care sponsorship helped us do a variety of things that we would be unable to do with the cost of registration,” said YMCA Youth Sports Director Shane Lowell.Lowell said these funds helped support the purchase of equipment as well as field and uniform upgrades. They also helped offset the cost so the program could remain affordable to almost anyone.Sponsorships also allowed the YMCA to provide scholarships to those families that cannot afford the program.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“These sponsorships help us to provide a high quality program at an affordable rate to all children in Downeast Maine,” Lowell said.In 2013, the YMCA recreational program combined with the Ellsworth Travel Soccer Club to offer a comprehensive soccer program that meets the needs of all children in Downeast Maine. The program selected a board to oversee the two divisions of soccer, travel and recreational. More than 450 youngsters are involved in the two programs.Lowell said sponsorships have enabled the program to grow significantly in its second year from its first.In 2013, the program had 28 recreational teams and three travel teams. Now, the program has 40 recreational teams and four travel teams from 10 different communities.This fall, the Ellsworth recreational program had 12 Hancock County teams and a total of 130 kids ages 3-10. Since Sept. 6, the teams have been practicing once a week and playing games every Saturday. The season will end Oct. 25.Lowell said the plan for 2015 is to expand further. The goal is to have 46 recreational teams and six travel teams next fall.“Without gracious businesses like Coastal Eye Care, this would not be possible,” Lowell said. “Once again, thank you on behalf of all the children playing soccer in Downeast Maine.”
Prague (Czech Republic): World champion sprinter Hima Das has inked a multi-crore two-year deal with sports management firm Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS), the company said on Thursday.Hima, who scripted history by winning a gold medal in the women’s 400-metre event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships recently, joins the likes of boxing stars MC Mary Kom and Vijender Singh, rising paddler Manika Batra and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu in signing up with IOS.The company did not specify the exact monetary details of the deal.Hima had clocked 51.46 seconds in the finals to become the first Indian athlete to win a world championship gold across all age groups.Hima, daughter of a rice-farmer, started her career in 2012 and performed well at district level competitions. In early 2016, she won the 100m race at the state championship and later made the finals of Junior Athletics Championship in Coimbatore without any training.Also Read | Biopic on Hima Das? Akshay Kumar is interested! After some time, she shifted to the sports academy in Guwahati to train under coach Nipon Das.“I am fortunate to be on board with one of India’s top sports management group. I was looking for a professional sports management group to manage my commercial interests, as I only want to focus on my training and championships,” Hima said in a release.Welcoming Hima to IOS, the company’s MD and CEO Neerav Tomar said, I am delighted about our latest signing. Hima has tremendous potential and we, as her team behind her, would work towards building her image and looking after her commercial interests.”Read More | Assam erupts in joy over Hima Das’ win in Finland For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.In other coronavirus-related sports news:— California Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the go ahead for professional sports teams in the state to play without spectators soon. The Democratic governor said Monday that sports could return in the “first week or so of June without spectators and modifications and very prescriptive conditions.” That is extremely welcome news for teams, who were wondering if they would have to make contingency plans to play elsewhere. Los Angeles County officials said last week there was the possibility that their stay-at-home order could be extended through the summer.—LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play. The Los Angeles Lakers star said it remains his wish that the season comes back “sooner than later.” The NBA suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and two unidentified members of the Lakers were among the league’s players who subsequently tested positive for the virus.— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says pro sports leagues and entities in baseball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing can apply to the state to hold events without spectators starting May 31. Abbott also says Little League baseball can resume play with parents watching under social distancing guidelines. Youth sports camps may also open in June. May 19, 2020 The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ESPN to show film about Game 6 of 1998 NBA FinalsUNDATED (AP) — The final episodes of “The Last Dance” have aired, yet ESPN has one more program to show about the Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship. ESPN will show “Game 6: The Movie” on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, following a rebroadcast of episodes nine and 10 of “The Last Dance.” The game will feature game footage captured by five NBA Entertainment cameras. It marks the first time that the game has been available to watch in high definition. The Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 87–86 as Michael Jordan hit the game-winning basket with 5.2 seconds remaining to cap their sixth championship in eight seasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUITHoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2, point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning today. —USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August.— The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening. But the stock car series successfully got back on track Sunday at Darlington Raceway without a slip. Participants all passed a health screening to enter the facility, no one was scolded for not socially distancing and everyone wore a mask. It was all NASCAR could hope for as it desperately tries to recover from a 10-week shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which currently is under Wolf’s strictest pandemic orders, or a red designation. But Wolf said Monday that if the county moves to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races as long as there are no spectators present and guidelines are followed to keep competitors safe.— Notre Dame is planning to allow students back on campus for the fall semester beginning in early August. University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins made the announcement in letters to the campus community. There was no mention of sports. The school’s reopening plan includes comprehensive testing for COVID-19, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces. The Irish are scheduled to open the football season against Navy in Ireland on Aug. 29. Students were sent home in mid-March to complete the spring semester remotely because of the new coronavirus pandemic.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday. Qualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year.Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.In other golfing news:—The return of live golf to television had a total audience delivery of 2.35 million viewers. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson defeated Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the TaylorMade Driving Relief. The exhibition has raised at least $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. NBC Sports says the total audience delivery was 16% higher than the final of the Dell Match Play last year in Texas. It used that as a comparison because only four players were on the course. It was roughly the same as network coverage of PGA Tour events from the second quarter of 2019.ESPN-LAST DANCE The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. DIAMONDBACKS-MARTED-backs OF Starling Marte says wife dies of heart attack NFL-ROONEY RULEAP Sources: Rooney Rule to require for more interviewsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions. That’s what two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hiring for those jobs, the league will require teams to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach openings.The two people say that at least one minority candidate must be interviewed for a coordinator’s spot. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the additions.The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, who owned the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was adopted in 2003. It has had some impact, but in the recent spate of coach hiring, few have gone to minority candidates. VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNISWorld Team Tennis plans three-week seasonUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with The AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-lawNEW YORK (AP) — Former umpire Richie Garcia ended a decade of silence over his firing as a Major League Baseball supervisor, telling The Associated Press he kept quiet to protect his son-in-law and daughter.Garcia says he feels impugned by former colleague Randy Marsh, who testified in a deposition that Garcia was let go because he attended minor league games umped by son-in-law Vic Carapazza.Marsh retracted that comment in an interview with the AP, saying he doesn’t know why Garcia was dismissed. Jimmie Lee Solomon, then in charge of umpires, says MLB wanted new supervisors with new ideas.Carapazza is a top umpire now, just like Garcia was. OBIT-BILLS-BEN WILLIAMSBills, Ole Miss lineman “Gentle Ben” Williams, 65, diesOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital. Affectionately known as “Gentle Ben,” he was the Rebels’ first black player to earn All-America honors as a first-team selection in 1975 and was a three-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.Williams was drafted by Buffalo in the third round in 1976 and spent his entire 10-year career with the Bills during which he had 140 starts in 147 games.Listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Williams earned his nickname because of his friendly off-field personality. — Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings.—The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.GOLF-US OPENNo qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York. Update on the latest in sports: PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte has announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack.Marte wrote on Instagram Monday, “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack.” He said, “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.”The 31-year-old Marte has played his entire eight-year big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason.The Pirates also responded on social media, saying “the entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.”MLB UMPIRES-GARCIA Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team.Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.Elsewhere in college hoops news:— San Diego State has signed forward Joshua Tomaić as a grad transfer from Maryland and will be eligible to play next season. Coach Brian Dutcher said 6-foot-10, 235-pound Tomaić can play multiple positions but is most comfortable at the stretch four, preferring to play facing the basket.— The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling prohibiting the NCAA from limiting compensation for education-related expenses for student-athletes. The decision upholds an injunction approved by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on behalf of a nationwide class of student-athletes. The appeals court ruling clears the way for Division I conferences to independently set rules for education-related compensation provided to student-athletes. WEBBY AWARDSLebron James, Spotify, HBO among 2020 Webby Award winnersLOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon, Spotify and HBO are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence.The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners today.Fallon’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” won a Webby for best website promoting a celebrity, while James was honored for his ESPN’s “Welcome to Bron Bron Land,” which took home the best user interface award. This year’s Webby Home Internet Celebration is dedicated to honoring individuals and organizations who are using the internet in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Patton Oswalt will host the 24th annual Webby Awards’ beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTIONJordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned. Associated Press
The Latest: Murphy approves activities for pro teams in NJ The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.McLaren executive chairman Paul Walsh says “we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth.”___World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. Associated Press The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.” May 26, 2020 ___Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak.It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic.The McLaren Group says “the cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have all led to a sudden impact” on its revenue-generating activities.McLaren says the reduced budget-cap level for F1 teams also led to the job losses. But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season.The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
LUBERFINER, a special brand of oil filters designed for racing will be handed out to all podium finishers at the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s National Race of Champions.This was confirmed yesterday by Vice President, Hansraj Singh, who indicated that the brand’s local distributor, Special Auto, is on board with the event.“We of course want to thank Special Auto for joining us in this championship. They have been a sterling sponsor of motorsport locally,” he added.Meanwhile, the company’s proprietor, Shan Seejattan, in an invited comment stated, “These brand of filters are what the professionals use. I use it in my Group Two race car as well as my endurance cars and even my drag racing cars.”“So they are high performance filters built to undergo great amounts of racing. The reason we are giving them to the podium finishers is that we want them to see this about the brand.” The second national race of Champions is billed for July 21st at the South Dakota Circuit.The sponsors are E-Networks, Tropical shipping, BM Soat Auto Sales, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Miracle Optical, Choke Gas Station, Special Auto, Prem’s Electrical, Nexus Machine Shop, Blue Spring Water, Motor Trend, Ramchand Auto Spares, Power Line Automotive and KGM security.The club is planning a 21-race programme which is expected to feature both bikes and cars in addition to its newly-installed time attack feature.
Samuel Levine, a 22-year-old junior majoring in psychology and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, died Tuesday while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas during spring break.Levine’s death was caused by an accident, according to the statement released by Steve Kay, dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.“Our deepest sympathies are with Sam’s parents and family members, with his close friends in the Sigma Chi fraternity and around campus, and with each of you in the psychology department,” Kay said in the statement.News of Levine’s death sparked an outpour of sympathy from students over social media.“Sam touched so many of us here at USC with his talents and ambition,” Kay said. “We all grieve for his incredibly promising life that was tragically cut short.”Kay’s statement urged students, staff and faculty seeking support to contact Student Counseling Services or the Center for Work and Family Life.“We are working closely with the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Religious Life to reach all those affected,” Kay said.
When USC and Oregon meet on the football field Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., there will be more on the line than the Ducks’ recently reinvigorated BCS title hopes.The future of the Pac-12 conference is at stake.The Trojans and Ducks have combined to win the last nine conference titles and Oregon is in prime position to extend that run this year. The Ducks have lost only one Pac-12 game under offensive mastermind coach Chip Kelly. The Trojans have looked as good in their last five games as they had in 2008 and seem ready to reemerge on the national stage.Saturday’s game affords USC the opportunity to prove that while it can’t compete in the 2011 conference championship game as part of a postseason ban, the Trojans are prepared to challenge Oregon’s hegemony at the top of the Pac-12. If there’s a team that can do it, it’s USC.As well as Stanford has played the last two seasons, the departure of previous coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL last season was a crushing blow to the program.Harbaugh has shown he can flat out coach with the San Francisco 49ers and it was his recruiting more than quarterback Andrew Luck’s passing that turned the Cardinal around from a perennial bottom feeder into a top-10 team.The Trojans used to rule West Coast football under then-coach Pete Carroll, so much so that the old Pac-10 was often referred to as “USC and the nine dwarves.”A few down seasons, a coaching change and NCAA sanctions later for USC, it’s now Oregon that is the preeminent football program in the Pacific Time Zone.For all their recent shared success, the programs couldn’t be more dissimilar.It’s one of college football’s most tradition-steeped programs against new Nike money. It’s the pro-style, made for the NFL offense against the innovative, flavor-of-the-month spread attack. It’s classic cardinal and gold against an ever-changing, neon array of green and yellow.In their most recent two meetings, the Trojans — like all of the Ducks’ non-SEC opponents over the last two years — have struggled to keep up with Oregon’s speed and trickery on offense. The Ducks have piled up a combined 1,212 yards of total offense — including 702 yards rushing — in the teams’ last two contests.This season, USC’s defense is much improved. The Trojans have given up 17 points or less in four of their last five games and are ranked eighth in the nation in rushing defense.The battle for Pac-12 supremacy has picked up off the field too, as the Ducks have used their recent success to recruit some of California’s most talented high school players. Oregon’s biggest recruiting coup came early last February, when Los Angeles native De’Anthony Thomas — the No. 5 recruit in the class of 2011 according to Rivals.com — chose to play for the Ducks, reversing an earlier commitment to USC.The fact that Thomas played prep ball at Crenshaw High School — less than 10 minutes from USC’s campus — and that he received his “Black Mamba” nickname from family friend and ardent USC supporter Snoop Dogg made the spurning even more difficult for Trojan fans.Thomas has flourished as freshman tailback in Kelly’s spread offense, leading the Ducks in receiving and kick returns while piling up 13 total touchdowns and averaging eight yards per carry.The fact that Thomas’ decision came down to USC or Oregon is a testament to how bright the future looks for both teams.Oregon’s ability to plug in players at quarterback (freshman Bryan Bennett has filled in admirably for starter Darron Thomas at times this season) and running back (De’Anthony Thomas splits time with Heisman Trophy hopeful LaMichael James and speedy Kenjon Barner) without missing a beat makes the Ducks less reliant on winning every recruiting battle.In recent weeks, it’s become clear that USC’s biggest asset is its youth.In the Trojans’ 40-17 win over Washington, only two of USC’s 22 starters (fullback Rhett Ellison and defensive tackle Christian Tupou) are redshirt seniors. Some of its biggest stars — leading receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, top tacklers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard and shut-down cornerback Nickell Robey — are freshmen and sophomores.If the Trojans’ junior signal caller Matt Barkley does in fact decide to return for his senior season next year, the Trojans and Ducks will likely both start 2012 ranked in the nation’s top 10. Next year’s game in Los Angeles could potentially mean a lot more for both teams, especially for the Trojans.Consider this Saturday’s game, then, a national platform for USC and Oregon to stake their claim as kings of the Pac-12 going forward.With another blowout victory, Oregon would remove any doubt regarding their title of best in the west.If USC can pull of what would be a shocking upset, they will serve the whole country a notice: Trojan football has returned.As far as statement games go, they don’t get much bigger than this. “Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jonathan at email@example.com.
During the third quarter of Monday night’s NFL matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, running backs James Starks and Eddie Lacy impersonated the Wisconsin running backs’ touchdown dance. The dance took place after Lacy finished off a drive with a 1-yard touchdown to tie the score at 17-17.
The Women of Troy suffered a sweep in Oregon over the weekend, falling to Oregon State Friday and Oregon Sunday.On Sunday, the Trojans (18-10, 6-10) threatened with a run in the fourth quarter, but the Ducks survived in the end for a 69-60 win. USC cut a 15-point deficit down to just two with under two minutes to play, but Oregon (20-7, 9-7) finished the game on a 9-2 run as the Trojans ran out of gas.Sophomore forward Kirsten Simon led the way for USC with 19 points, while junior guard Courtney Jaco chipped in 11.Up by six at halftime, Oregon pulled away in the third quarter, opening up a double-digit advantage as USC was held in check on offense, being outscored by the Ducks 43-21 over the second and third frames. The Trojans trailed 52-37 heading into the fourth.The Trojans opened the game strong, leading 16-9 after the first quarter, going on a 7-2 run that was capped off by a bank shot from senior forward Fagenble off a pass by freshman guard Khaedin Taito.But USC was outscored 23-10 in the second quarter, with a 9-2 run quickly evening the score at 18-18 after a 3-pointer by senior guard Lexi Peterson. The Ducks took the lead shortly thereafter. Freshman Maite Cazorla, who led all scorers at halftime with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, put Oregon ahead 32-26 at halftime after making a layup with just over a minute left in the half.The Women of Troy entered the game having lost three of their last four games, including a 76-52 defeat at Oregon State Friday night.In a fourth quarter that was not competitive, the Women of Troy were unable to cut into the lead with the Beavers continuing their hot shooting into the fourth quarter. The Beavers extended the lead to a game-high 27 on a 3-pointer by Taylor Kalmer with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.The Trojans struggled offensively to start the game but they were able to keep things close with their aggressive defense and relentless hustle. After trailing throughout the first quarter, the Women of Troy were able to tie the game with two minutes remaining in the quarter on a tough layup by sophomore guard Sadie Edwards. It was an ugly first quarter with both teams shooting below 30 percent and finishing with a meager nine points.The action picked up in the second quarter with both teams shooting the ball much better. USC took its first and only lead of the game on its first possession of the second quarter on a put-back by Fagbenle. But the Beavers quickly responded with an 8-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Deven Hunger and freshman Taylor Kalmer to take a 17-13 lead. The Women of Troy were unable to muster up a run of their own and finished the half trailing 29-23.It was a tough game for the Women of Troy as they suffered their largest loss of the season. The team not only had trouble on offense but they also struggled on the defensive end as Oregon State’s ball movement left USC scrambling.“We’ve got to get back to our basics of playing defense and running,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “We’ve got to be able to execute our game-plan for 40 minutes.”The Trojans return home to take on Arizona State on Friday at the Galen Center.