Lee sits out as USC gears up for fast-paced Wildcats

first_imgFollow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragen It’s been an eventful two weeks for USC football, but the Trojans are now putting their 62-41 loss to Arizona State and the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin behind them to focus on their upcoming opponent — the Arizona Wildcats.Welcome back · USC senior tailback Silas Redd is expected to make his long-awaited season debut on Thursday against Arizona. – Daily Trojan file photoInterim head coach Ed Orgeron will lead the team against Arizona in his first game as a head coach since 2007.On the mendMany a USC fan’s heart stopped last Saturday when junior wide receiver Marqise Lee was injured in the fourth quarter at Arizona State.Since being diagnosed with a knee sprain, Lee has been spotted on crutches and has not practiced.Orgeron is doubtful that Lee will return to practice this week, but didn’t rule him out completely for Thursday’s game, allowing a shred of hope for the Trojan faithful.“Thursday night’s a long time from now, and guys seem to make miraculous recoveries, so we’ll keep on working,” Orgeron said.If Lee sits out of Thursday’s game, the Trojans will be left with only two healthy wide receivers on scholarship — sophomore Nelson Agholor and redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell.Perhaps the absence of Lee won’t doom the Trojans this Thursday, though. Agholor has proven capable of making big catches, and when redshirt junior tight ends Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer have been targeted, they’ve been successful.The lack of depth at the receiver position might prompt more emphasis on the running game than usual, so senior tailback Silas Redd’s return couldn’t come at a better time.Redd’s knee surgery last spring has kept him out of the first five games of the season, but he wore full pads on Monday and looked explosive as he blew past defenders despite wearing a brace on his left knee.With Kiffin’s departure, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will serve as the playcaller, and time will tell whether he will utilize Redd as a boost to the already-impressive running game headlined by redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden and freshman tailback Justin Davis.Polar oppositesRedd’s energy in practice exemplified the atmosphere of the  newly installed Orgeron era.Though Kiffin usually remained stoic on the sidelines, there was never a dull moment at practice on Monday, as Orgeron barked out orders, and the players raved about the newfound intensity of the team.“Oh, we love it,” redshirt junior cornerback Josh Shaw said. “He brings a lot of energy in here and we feed off him … Energy is up about 10 times, you could say.”The team will need to maintain this energy in Thursday night’s game, as they face a formidable opponent in Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, who is ranked fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game.As a sophomore last year, Carey led the nation in rushing yards, earning him a spot on multiple preseason awards watchlists for 2013, such the Walter Camp Award, given to the best college player of the year.USC’s No. 14th-ranked defense will do its best to slow down Carey and quarterback B.J. Denker, who has been a running threat this season, totaling 280 rushing yards and a team-high six touchdowns.MilestonesThe game against the Wildcats will represent a number of firsts for USC.It marks the first regular season, non-Thanksgiving Thursday night game ever hosted by the Trojans.But that note has been eclipsed by the fact that it will be the first time Orgeron will run out of the tunnel as USC’s head coach.Orgeron, who served as the head coach of Mississippi from 2005-2007 and has worked as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at USC since 2010, has no reservations heading into his first game calling the shots.“[There’s] a little pep in my step — I’m ready to go,” Orgeron said. “I’ve seen the guys … they fire me up. I mean, the eyes and the way they’re reacting, they’re smiling and walking around here enjoying practice.”The players explained their motivation to help Orgeron record his first win as USC’s interim head coach.“Everyone wants to come out here and play as hard as they can because everyone likes Coach O and they want to make sure we do good for him,” sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams said. “We just want to play up to his expectations and just have fun.”last_img read more

Whicker: Dodgers extend themselves to extend it to Game 7

first_img Mosquitoes found carrying West Nile With four days’ rest Verlander came out smoking. He threw first-pitch strikes to the first 10 Dodgers he faced. He retired the first four, gave up a base hit to center by Yasiel Puig, and then retired the next 11 through the fifth inning. He ended three consecutive innings with strikeouts.Typical was a confrontation with Cody Bellinger in the second inning. The Dodgers slugger fell behind 0-and-2 but then took two balls. Verlander responded by blowing him away at 98 mph.Joc Pederson got the same treatment later in the inning. At 2-and-2 Pederson spoiled a couple of pitches with foul balls. His reward was strike three on a nosediving curveball.It again was Rich Hill’s misfortune to pitch against a strong Hall of Fame candidate, as it was in Game 2. And, again, Hll performed quite well.He got through baseball’s most productive lineup with only one single, by Alex Bregman. Then George Springer, the leadoff man, strengthened his case for World Series MVP by lofting a home run barely over the right-center wall.Hill settled down and got to the fifth inning, when Brian McCann led off with a single. That was followed by a down-the-line double from Marwin Gonzalez.With none out, Hill fell behind Josh Reddick 3-and-0. But Hill bore down and struck out the ex-Dodger, then struck out Verlander. With first base open, the Dodgers intentionally walked Springer to set up a force play at all bases. Roberts came out to remove Hill, who blasted away a row of water cups in the dugout as he normally does. The crowd, weary of bullpen pyrotechnics in the last few games, booed Roberts significantly.But Brandon Morrow came in and got Bregman on a grounder to shortstop.The Dodgers rewarded him in the bottom of the sixth. Barnes singled on an 0-and-2 pitch and Verlander plunked Chase Utley in the foot.Taylor, devourer of fastballs, came up and carved a 97 mph pitch down the right-field line for a double that tied it. Then Corey Seager skied one that got to the track and brought home Utley for the 2-1 lead.“I looked at that pitch on video and I put it where I wanted,” Verlander said of Taylor’s base hit. “He hit off the label. It found a hole down the line.”The Dodgers were stressed in the seventh when Tony Watson walked Reddick. After Evan Gattis’ force play off Kenta Maeda, George Springer singled to shortstop.But Maeda bit down hard and got Bregman on a fly ball. Jose Altuve was next, and only a talented scoop by first baseman Bellinger got him by a inch and saved the tie.Now Verlander was out, and Pederson took Joe Musgrove over the left-field wall, his third home run of the Series, for a 3-1 lead in the seventh.Here came Kenley Jansen, to push his Series pitch count past 100. All hands, including his, will be on the Game 7 deck. County supervisors approve spay and neutering ordinance That didn’t matter to Houston, which came to town with a .353 batting average with men in scoring position in the Series, and their good vibes abounded. Manager A.J. Hinch said his kids were in town and have been to school only six days this month. “As a Stanford graduate I don’t know what to think about that,” Hinch said.He didn’t have to be a graduate of any school to think he had an edge in Game 6 with Justin Verlander performing.Verlander’s teams had won the past five playoff games he has pitched. He had not lost a postseason game since Game 2 of the Division Series against Baltimore, when the Orioles won 7-6 while Verlander was working for Detroit. “I just tried to stay short in that at-bat and make contact. I can’t put all this into words right now but after tomorrow it might sink in.”Game time temperature Tuesday was 67 degrees, or 36 degrees cooler than the same figure for Game 1 a week earlier.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — There hasn’t been a Game 7 in this baseball oasis since 1988, when Orel Hershiser pitched the Dodgers into a World Series.This Game 7 will end it one way or another, will come down to tired arms and steel will. The Dodgers had plenty of both Tuesday.Down 1-0 to Justin Verlander, they shook loose two runs in the sixth inning and again called on their fife-and-drum relief corps to get them home. This time it did, for a 3-1 win that sets up L.A.’s most compelling sporting event since Game 7 of Celtics-Lakers seven years ago.“We just have a way of putting the past behind,” said Chris Taylor, always in the middle of everything, this time gouging out an RBI single to tie it 1-1 in the sixth before Corey Seager‘s sacrifice fly. L.A. Zoo elephant dies South Bay retrospective Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Trouble on and off the field for Chelsea after 1-1 draw with Leicester

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/REXAdvertisement 3214cgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1w3z3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ep( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 51wWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚iusRoller skating! Powered by Firework Frank Lampard’s first home game in this Premier League season turned out unpleasant, as the team only managed a lackluster draw against Leicester, and stands were under chaos after a clash broke out during the match between several Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/REXThe former Blues legend’s start of this season had been unpleasant, following a 4-0 thrash against Manchester United last Sunday. In addition to that, the defeat to Klopp’s Liverpool at the UEFA Super Cup final also had the Blues fans fuming.Yesterday’s face off against Leicester City evolved into an ugly atmosphere as security personnel had to rush to the stands, after some male supporters were seen throwing punches at each other, to others’ annoyance. The reason behind the unexpected fight is still unknown.Advertisement The match ended 1-1, as Chelsea youngster Mason Mount’s early goal was equalized by  the Foxes’ midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in the second half.In the post match interview, Lampard expressed he wasn’t very happy with the team’s overall performance.Advertisement “Really good start, fantastic start. We could have been two or three up, quick and bright energy in the team. But after that we allowed Leicester back into the game, and then second half I wasn’t very happy.” the 41 year old spoke to Sky Sports.We offered them too many chances to counter attack, we didn’t have enough calmness on the ball, and that allowed them right back into the game.” he added.The Blues have gone down to 15th place in the table, as they still haven’t secured a win yet. They will travel to Carrow Road on Saturday to face Norwich City. Advertisementlast_img read more

Watson powers Bombers past Hawks in high school hoop action

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers won for the second time in as many games on the West Kootenay High School Basketball League circuit Thursday, stopping the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 71-53 in Trail.Missing some key players off the roster due to injury — including Josh Matosevic to a concussion and Kai Shave — the Bombers hopped on the back of Grade 10 forward Vinnie Watson.The power forward led all scorers with 36 points while pulling down 17 rebounds to led the LVR offence. The game was close for 20 minutes as LVR held period leads of 13-6 and 25-22 at the half.But LVR broke open the close game with a 22-point third period to lead 47-35.Darian Johnson had 10 points for LVR while point guard Robby Dixon added eight.Other scorers included Eamon Studer with seven points, Stryder Scott and Brock Dixon each with four points and Jake Anderson had a bucket.Next up for the Bombers is the annual Blair D’Andrea Boxing Day tournament at the LVR Hangar.Bomber grads from past years form teams to play in the annual one-day affair.last_img read more

Hire car driver fined for being untidy

first_imgA hire car driver of Christianburg, Wismar, Linden, was on Monday fined $7500 by Magistrate Wanda Fortune for the offence of being untidy when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The defendant, Peter Matthews of Lot 6 Section C, Christianburg, was also charged for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), but that charge was dismissed owing to insufficient evidence from the prosecution.The court heard that on Friday, October 26, 2018, Matthews drove motor car HC 5594 along Burnham Drive, Wismar and failed to be clean and properly dressed.The defendant told the court that he was off duty on the day in question when he received a call from a relative asking to be picked up. He said he decided to do so while clad in a pair of three-quarter pants.The facts of the case indicated that the defendant was stopped by Police who observed his car had a single headlight.last_img read more

Benji heads to Rockhamption

first_imgFOR all the touch footy fanatics out there, brace yourselves.NRL star Benji Marshall will be crashing the grounds of the Cyril Connell Fields this weekend to play his first love in sport, touch football.The Tigers halfback will join the open Australian Men’s and Women’s touch football teams for a two-day event that will see a junior coaching clinic and a few games with Rockhampton’s best players.From 2.30pm on Saturday Benji Marshal will join forces with the Rockhampton Men’s Invitational side when they play against the fury of the Australian men’s side.“Benji originally played touch and it was his first sport, he still plays it at high levels and loves it,” organiser Gavin Shuker said.But Marshall isn’t the only player who will get the locals pumped.Rockhampton’s Daniel Withers, who also plays for the Australia Men’s team, will be caught in the middle of the battle when he plays games for both his hometown team, Rockhampton, and the Australian side.“It is going to be different (playing against Rockhampton) as a lot of the players are my good mates,” Withers said.But the Australian Men’s team will also have a strong force to reckon with when they face CQ Indigenous All Stars Touch Team.“The indigenous side has a lot of skill and a lot of speed. They definitely will be playing with an attack and flamboyant style,” Withers said.“They will chuck the ball around and are not scared to have a crack, which should make it a good game when they roll in.”The Rockhampton Women’s Invitational team also will step up and give the Australian Women’s side a good run after the Australian teams have their training camp tomorrow.Rockhampton Touch Football administrator Denise Edwards said local touch football youngsters were also able to get among the action with the junior coaching clinic on Saturday morning.All Australian representitives and Benji Marshall will be at the coaching clinic to teach the young players the tricks of the trade.“In the junior clinic we will teach them skills and coach them, they are the future of the sport,” Withers said.For more information on the coaching clinic call Denise Edwards on 0409631633.Thankyou to The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) for the story.last_img read more

Jimbelungare Culture Clash

first_imgOn Saturday, 11 October, the South Queensland Sharks hosted the Jimbelungare Culture Clash. This event featured a combined team from the three First Generation Tribes from South Queensland as well as teams from New Zealand. In what was a celebration of culture, the day started with a traditional welcome and smoke ceremony before the games got underway. Participants varied in age and backgrounds, but this didn’t stop anyone from having a great time and enjoying the chance to play against and learn from one another.A great turnout ensured an ideal platform to showcase the culture of the differing groups in attendance, including the New Zealand under 15’s and 17’s Mixed sides. One of the event organisers, Craig Williams commented on how ‘events like this create opportunities for further growth and understanding’.“Sport is the perfect vehicle developing leadership skills and healthy lifestyle choices in young indigenous people,” Williams said. TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, spoke on the importance of events such as these, and their ability to bring people together through the sport of Touch Football. “Jimbelungare is a fantastic event for our sport and the indigenous community; it provides opportunities for neighbouring communities to engage with each other, it provides both a participation and pathway opportunity in the sport, and it has allowed educational opportunities through the referee and coach courses that have been delivered.”The next round of the Jimbelungare Touch Tournament will be held this weekend, with the third and final round to be held later in November.Related LinksCulture Clashlast_img read more

Create an Online Fundraising Plan: Know Your Numbers

first_imgEmpathetic. Donor-centric. Sympathetic. Your marketing communications are “ticking” along as they should be. But, as we’re all painfully aware, the right-side of the  brain just loves piping in to talk about numbers, figures, trends and goals.Instead of telling that portion of the brain to buzz off (as I often do), use it to create the fourth and final piece of your online fundraising plan: The Numbers. Below, check out our tips for getting a jump on mapping what your numbers look like now and what you hope they look like later:Budget Tips:Planning to raise money online? Of course you are! Why else would you be developing an online fundraising plan? Be sure to build into your budget what you plan to spend for donation processing. For instance, you can check out our own DonateNow service–great value for a price that won’t eat up your budget.Fixing up your website? Be realistic about the features you need versus the features you want. Set up your budget ahead of time, and don’t be distracted by shiny objects: your website is a tool and a resource, not a fireworks show.Thinking about advertising? If you’re considering developing banner ads or other paid online outreach, remember to keep in mind the various items you’re paying for: design, development and placement costs.Hiring extra help? You may be planning to use the talents of a copywriter for your website or consultant to help you out. Those folks often like to get paid–go figure. And in planning this line item, do some brainstorming about how you might cut costs: Maybe a graphic designer (could be a student) will donate time or a communications intern can develop testimonials for your website.Tracking, Benchmarking, Reporting Tips:DonateNow. Are you a DonateNow customer? If so, don’t forget to log into your account to check out your donor reports. You can even track your campaigns by evaluating the tracking codes for different DonateNow buttons on your site and in your emails. Email messaging. Determine an evaluation schedule for monitoring your e-communications. Will you track the number of donors (past and new) directly tied to your email communications? Monitor giving levels of donors receiving your emails versus those who are not.Website traffic. Sign up for Google Analytics to evaluate site traffic. Work language into your online fundraising plan about how you will determine which content is most appealing and how you will increase visibility of that content while simultaneously finding a way to tie in giving opportunities.Testing. Not happy with your fundraising results? Test out new ideas! Vary your email messaging and mix around your website a bit. Testing is a vital piece of the puzzle when working to improve your numbers!last_img read more

10 Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond

first_imgIt can be hard to convince leadership that working with social media doesn’t mean they’ve been paying you to catch up with friends on Facebook. You’ve probably heard some of the objections. But there are ways you can respond. Here’s a list of common objections, along with suggestions for countering them:1. I suffer from information overload already.Possible replies:Try just skimming messages in some fora. You may need to look closely at every email you get but you don’t have to look at every Facebook friend’s update.The right tools for you will feel helpful in time. Experiment for awhile with new tools and stick with the ones that deliver you the most high-quality information, whether those tools are high-quantity or not. (Thanks to Aaron Hockley and Ruby Sinreich for these thoughts.)Check out tools like AideRSS and FeedHub — just two examples of services aiming to improve the signal-to-noise ratio.Times change and so do information paradigms. Get used to it. The amount of information you had access to 3 years ago was infinitely more than people at any other point in history and we’re in the middle of another huge leap right now.2. So much of what’s discussed online is meaningless. These forms of communication are shallow and make us dumber. We have real work to do!Possible replies:Much of it is not meaningless, but if you feel overwhelmed with meaninglessness, try subscribing to a search for keywords in a particular service and using that as your starting point for engagement.Having a presence and starting a conversation is rarely a bad thing. Bring quality conversation to a space and you’ll find others ready to engage. (Thanks to Banana Lee Fishbones, obviously a fan of open, non-anonymous public communication for this articulation.)Personal information can be very useful in understanding the context of more explicitly useful information.If learning how the market feels about your organization, engaging with your customers and driving traffic to your web work — all very realistic goals for social media engagement — aren’t work, then I don’t know what is. Even in the short term, strategic engagement with online social media will have a clear work pay-off.3. I don’t have the time to contribute and moderate. It looks like it takes a lot of time and energy.Possible replies:If you aren’t going to eat that lunch of yours, I’d be happy to, thanks.With practice, familiarity, and technology fine-tuned with a little experience, you’ll find the time required will decrease.You might consider this time spent on marketing or communication with your existing customer base. Perhaps there’s something else in that department that isn’t working well and could be replaced with online work.4. Our customers don’t use this stuff. The learning curve limits its usefulness to geeks.Possible replies:You might be surprised to learn how many of your customers do use these new tools already. Even more will do so in the future.The best designed tools are designed like good games: you can get small rewards right away and then learn more advanced skills to win bigger rewards. Among online services that are intended for general audiences, only poorly designed ones are too geeky.Many of these tools provide value vastly disproportionate to the literal number of people they reach. These are like high-value focus groups where you’ll gather information and preparation to engage with the rest of the world.Try asking someone near you to give you an in-person demonstration of one of these tools. You’ll find it much easier to learn once you’ve seen the right paths taken to show what it can do.5. Communicators [bloggers, tweeters] are so fickle, it’s better to stay unengaged than risk random brand damage. We don’t want hostile comments left about us on any forum we’ve legitimized.Possible replies:If you need to, you can require that any comments left on your own site be approved before they appear. This slows down the conversation but if it makes conversation possible for you, then do it.There are far fewer people who will take the time to say hostile things, even on the internet, than you might imagine.Engage. You’ll be appreciated more for it. People are going to say what they are going to say. You can either let any criticism go unanswered or you can be the bigger person/brand for responding well.Conversations are going to happen online. It’s better to be engaged than to have it happening behind your back. (As articulated by Rick Turoczy.)It’s OK, no one believes that anyone is perfect anymore. Swing for the fences sometimes. You might strike out, but sometimes you’ll hit a home run.Even if you’re not responding publicly, you should watch closely so you know what people are saying. Maybe you don’t have a blog, but subscribe to a blogsearch feed or alert for your company’s name. Maybe none of your people are on Twitter, but you can subscribe to a feed for a search via Terraminds.6. Traditional media and audiences are still bigger. We’ll do new stuff when they do.Possible replies:They already are, from blogging to online video to social networks to mobile to microblogging. Big, established brands are already doing all of it. They may be experimenting, but they will bring all their market dominance into the most useful social media sectors as soon as it suits them. Will that be too late for you? It might be.Traditional media audiences are also more passive. Online audiences can engage with, rebroadcast, and otherwise amplify your communication efforts.7. Upper management won’t support it/dedicate resources for it.Possible replies:A lot of technology adoption has for some time had to happen despite this reality. People adopt new tools on their own at work, without permission. They discover powerful ways to solve their problems and then they share them horizontally.Compared to other expenses, meaningful engagement with new online technology does not have huge costs.8. These startups can’t offer meaningful security. They may not even be around in a year. I’ll wait until Google or our enterprise software vendor starts offering this kind of functionality.Possible replies:The skills you build and the connections you make will remain with you, though. This is a paradigm shift underway more than it is about any particular tool.Chose your tools carefully. Expect data export as an option so you can back up or switch services whenever you need to. This isn’t widespread yet but the best tools allow it.9. There are so many tools that are similar. I can’t tell where to invest my time so I don’t use any of it at all.Possible replies:A little experimentation goes a long way.Try asking people in your field who have some experience what tools they are using.Try searching for keywords related to your work in various sites. You’ll find out that way which sites are best suited for you.10. That stuff’s fine for sexy brands, but we sell [insert boring B2B brand] and are known for stability more than chasing the flavor-of-the-month. We’re doing just fine with the tools we’ve got, thanks.Possible replies:Some of these things — RSS and wikis, for example — aren’t passing social fads: they are emerging best practices and the state-of-the-art.ROI is very hard to measure, but try allocating a little energy over time to experiment and see what kind of results you get. From connections between people and projects, to search-friendly inbound links, to early access to important information, the benefits of engaging in new social media go on and on.ConclusionsThere are no conclusions. This is just a conversation. Please feel free to add your thoughts in comments and check out the comments to read what others suggest as talking points when faced with these objections.Source: ReadWriteWeb @ https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG13684.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more