USC men’s basketball rebounds with dominant win over Washington State

first_imgUSC played some of its finest basketball on both ends of the floor as it came away with a blowout 87-64 victory over Washington State Wednesday night at the Galen Center in a bounceback game for the Trojans after a devastating loss to Arizona State on Sunday.After opening the game on a 22-7 run that was capped with a 3-point field goal from freshman guard Jonah Mathews, USC did not take its foot off the gas pedal offensively for the remainder of the contest.With its 25-point rout of the Cougars, the Trojans were able to put an end to a brutal four-game losing streak that had spanned the past two weeks. Wednesday night’s victory over Washington State was also USC’s 22nd win of the regular season. It’s the first 22-win season since 2009.“We played really well on both ends of the ball. We were able to get deflections and that led to buckets and good passing in transition,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It’s been nice to see our team begin to shoot the ball better over the past couple of games now.”Battling to the top · Junior guard Elijah Stewart powers through two defenders to take a shot in the paint against Washington State in the Galen Center. Stewart and the Trojans overwhelmed the Cougars to win 87-64 – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanUSC opened the game by hitting five of its first eight shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Overall, the Trojans finished Wednesday night shooting 35-for-66 from the floor (53 percent).Junior guard Jordan McLaughlin brought arguably his finest performance of the regular season thus far, finishing the game with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, a rebound shy of his first career triple-double.“We tried to focus all week on playing good defense, and we were able to lock down tonight,” McLaughlin said. “We did a good job of sticking to the game plan.”The Trojans were able to find favorable shot selection all night due to their ability to make the extra pass for the easy bucket. USC finished the game with 25 assists.McLaughlin contributed to the Trojans’ fast start offensively, as he hit his first three 3-point shot attempts of the game.The Trojans’ largest lead of the game came after a jumper from junior guard Elijah Stewart put the Trojans ahead 70-42 with 12:29 remaining in the game.Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu put pressure down low for the Trojans, finishing the game with 15 points (6-of-12 shooting), nine rebounds and three blocks defensively.As a unit, the Trojans were able to put on a strong defensive effort as they finished the game with nine steals and seven blocks.“It was definitely one of our top [performances in] games played this season,” McLaughlin said. “As far as our team having a sense of urgency, we knew that we really needed to focus for tonight’s game.”USC’s ability to capitalize upon Washington State’s offensive miscues in the first half helped the Trojans develop their large halftime lead. USC scored 17 points off of the Cougars 11 first-half turnovers.The Trojans committed only two turnovers offensively in the entire first half.USC’s combination of scrappy defense, efficient offense and solid transitional play helped them develop a comfortable 48-28 lead at the half.The Trojans kept the pressure on Washington State offensively to finish the game, as they shot 17-for-30 (56.7 percent) from the floor in the second half.USC will look to keep its hot shooting going as it concludes its regular season at home this Saturday with a contest against visiting Washington. With Pac-12 Tournament play and NCAA Selection Sunday all transpiring within the next two weeks, USC will attempt to use Saturday’s contest against the Huskies as a springboard into postseason play.“I told the guys that we are playing a two-game season right now,” Enfield said. “We won the first game and now we have a one-game season to be played Saturday. We’ve had by far the toughest schedule in the Pac-12. We’ve played the top-three teams twice, so it’s definitely nice to have our last two games being played at home.”last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is involved in another consortium seeking to buyout Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.The Mirror says Cook is now fronting a bid to buy the Tyneside giants, with Ashley looking to bank £300million from the sale.Cook was the Manchester City chief executive who sold Sheikh Mansour a Premier League back in the summer of 2009.Mansour had also registered an interest in buying Newcastle from Ashley.But the Arab prince was sold on the idea presented to him in a Power Point presentation made by Cook. last_img

10 months ago​Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimism

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United attacker Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for all he did at the club.With the Portuguese boss now gone and replaced by club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a few United players have been saying their piece on Mourinho’s departure.The Spaniard remained his classy self in his comments about his former boss.He wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.”It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.”It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” last_img read more

Quebec maple syrup producers tapping into strategic reserves after cold spring

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. – The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers says it plans to tap into its strategic reserves after a cold spring led to a drop in production.The federation of 13,700 producers says it harvested 53.5 million kilograms of maple syrup in the last season, down from the 69 million kilograms harvested in a record haul in 2017.It says the drop in production, which averaged out to what’s considered a low output of 1.14 kilograms per tap, came as a result of a late spring, very cold weather, and abundant snow.The federation says it will use its strategic maple syrup reserve to avoid wild price swings or supply shortages, but did not specify how much extra syrup it plans to release.Between 2003 and 2007 the federation fully depleted reserves of about 27.2 million kilograms after a series of relatively poor harvests.Quebec produces about 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, with the rest of Canada producing eight per cent and the United States producing 20 per cent.last_img read more

Many solutions possible to close growing oil price gap

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — With a price differential harming the resource market in Alberta and across Canada, there have been some different ideas proposed on how to tackle it.Most recently, the CEO of Cenovus Energy, Alex Pourbaix, suggested we should slow oil production in order to limit supply and raise prices.But the company’s competitors were quick to reject the plan. Suncor Energy said they have no exposure to the differential between Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate, while Husky Energy said they believe in a “market-based solution.”As it stands now, WCS is trading at less than $15 a barrel, while WTI is at close to $57.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley agrees with the stance the differential is a significant barrier, but there’s a lack of consensus among the industry.“Meanwhile, we have a suite of options at our disposal that we are currently working with to help chip away at that differential, and so we’re going to continue to do that, and we’re going to have conversations and discussions with the players about the best way to move forward,” she said Thursday during a media conference at the University of Calgary.Notley said they are working “furiously” on the issue, but also the government is stuck between a rock and a hard place with many possibilities in front of them.Over the last few weeks, Notley has suggested increasing rail transport to boost market access while pipeline projects are held up.She said that remains one of the options, but no matter what, one thing is abundantly clear.“We can’t have it racing out of the ground at ten dollars a barrel for a really long period of time, because it’s Albertans’ resources and we know we need to do better.”last_img read more

Peace Region continues to experience mild weather patterns

first_imgRousseau goes on to share that the current pattern shows that the upper atmosphere is helping dictate a general trend that has been alternating between mild and seasonal temperatures. Currently, there is a ridge which allows milder air to funnel in.The pattern shows a lot of back and forth in temperatures going from a warm spell to then a period of typical seasonal; cold weather and then repeats itself. After this week the temperatures will trend back to the seasonal norm yet in February we will see the warmer temperatures return says, Rousseau. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Region was forecasted to experience milder than normal weather temperatures for this winter and this has been proven with the current trending weather pattern.With the southwest wind off of the mountains, we are currently experiencing a Chinook, shared Meteorologist Brad Rousseau for the Weather Network. “down sloping winds are keeping your temps mild.”It will continue to be mild through this weekend with Sundays temps trending to be a bit cooler Rousseau says at 0 to minus two.last_img read more

India face tricky Nepal in Olympic Qualifiers Round II

first_imgMandalay (Myanmar): The Indian women’s football team faces a stern test against a tricky Nepal in their Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Saturday. The two teams will be up against each other for the third time since February. In the Hero Gold Cup, Nepal had triumphed 2-1 in Bhubaneswar, while the Indians had a revenge of sorts in their 3-1 win in the SAFF Championship final. India head coach Maymol Rocky said her side would look to score first and put the opposition under pressure. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We need to take our chances. Nepal possess the ability to hurt us. That was on display in Bhubaneswar. We will try to score first,” Maymol said. “Sabitra Bhandari is one of their (Nepal’s) key players in attack, and we will try to neutralize her,” she added. Maymol spoke about her players having a good relationship with the Nepalese but said on the field there will be no concessions. With only one team qualifying, and both India and Myanmar level on points, a win for Maymol-coached side will further boost their chances for a qualification from the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2. Dalima Chhibber, who scored off a majestic free-kick in the SAFF final against Nepal, said the two teams are “aware of the strengths of each other”.last_img read more

France not favourites for World Cup

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper and France captain Hugo Lloris believes his side are not the favourites to lift the trophy next Sunday.France beat Uruguay 2-0 on Friday after goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann to secure their place in the semi-finals against Belgium.Lloris added that his team must perform better if they are to defeat the Red Devil according to Daily Mail via Sportsmole.“I don’t think so,” the stopper said when asked if his side are favourites.“A nation like Brazil with all its talent and history has to be the favourites and if Belgium beat them then that fact will make them favourites.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“To win the semi-final we need to play at a better level than we did against Uruguay. We will be up against a great Belgium team with fantastic players.“It will be a big, big fight and I hope we are ready for it.”France looks to grab a spot in the final of a second successive major tournament following their appearance against Portugal in the final of Euro 2016.last_img read more