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By the numbers: Football is off to rough start

first_imgUSC has opened the season by going 1-3, its worst start in 15 years, since 2001, ironically the same year that a relatively unknown and unproven Pete Carroll got his shot as a Trojan. Flash forward several years, and USC is in a place it hasn’t been for some time, and not in a good way.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanGetting JuJu involved · Junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s turns upfield after a reception against Utah State. He had just four combined catches against Alabama and Stanford, but caught eight passes last Friday.Just four games into the season, the season is already filled with an air of desperation and hopelessness in which the team must win five of their remaining eight games in order to be comfortably in bowl eligibility.USC is 1-6 in its last seven games against Power-5 opponents, the losses from this season being Friday’s 31-27 meltdown against Utah, the previous week’s 27-10 loss at Stanford and the season opening 52-6 blowout at the hands of Alabama. Additionally, the Trojans lost in the Holiday Bowl last December to Wisconsin, 23-21; lost to Stanford again in the Pac-12 Championship game, 41-22 and lost at Oregon in November, 48-28. The lone victory in the last seven games against Power-5 opponents was a 40-21 victory over UCLA in the Coliseum last November.Since November 14, the Trojans have only won two games: The win over UCLA last season and the single victory this year being a 45-7 trouncing of an inferior Utah State team.Head coach Clay Helton is 1-5 as a full time head coach, and with USC’s recent penchant for short leashes with football coaches, media members and fans alike are beginning to speculate how long USC will ride the Helton wave.The Trojans are currently last in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, averaging just 22.0 points per game. The leader, Arizona State, which USC will face next week, is averaging 48.8 points per game. USC is ninth in both rushing offense and passing offense.USC has not scored a touchdown against a ranked opponent on a pass. The Trojans have only scored four touchdowns against ranked opponents, and all have been on the ground. On the season, USC has 10 total touchdowns, tied for second to last with Oregon State and ahead of only Stanford.Through the offensive struggles, the Trojans have used two different quarterbacks. Redshirt junior Max Browne was named the starter to begin the season and after the offense sputtered through three games, Helton switched over to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold.In his first start (Friday’s game against Utah), Darnold went 18-26 for 253 yards, running for 41 yards and one touchdown. Darnold targeted top wide receiver junior JuJu Smith-Schuster and connected for eight catches totaling 98 yards. Darnold was the spark the offense was looking for, but only to a certain extent.The offense fumbled the ball three times — Darnold fumbled once — which was a contributing factor in time of possession. Utah had possession of the football for 15 more minutes than the Trojans. This directly influenced the ability of the defense to perform because they were constantly on the field.After the loss to Stanford, graduate transfer defensive end Stevie Tu’ikolovatu spoke about the defensive unit’s frustration.“It’s frustrating staying on the field when we know we should be off,” Tu’ikolovatu said.Defensively, USC is still in the lower half with its defense ranking seventh overall. For rush and pass defense, the Trojans are 10th and sixth, respectively. The team is also tied for fewest interceptions this season, with only three.In fact, of all the offensive and defensive team statistics, USC is only in the top half of the conference in pass defense, kickoff returns (3) and punt returns (1). Junior cornerback and return specialist Adoree’ Jackson is directly involved in all three.last_img read more

FIFA Women’s Ranking: Super Falcons Ranked 38th in the World, Remain Africa’s…

first_imgNigeria’s women national football team, Super Falcons, remained Africa’s women top side and the 38th in the world following Friday’s release of the latest rankings.The African champions have remained largely inactive in the year 2018 but will seek to defend the Africa Women Nations Cup title they won in Cameroon in 2016 when Ghana hosts the tournament 17 November – 1 December 2018. Falcons Ghana are Africa’s number two best side and 47th in the world moving down by one place on the ranking table, while Cameroon are third on the table in Africa with one place down and 49th in the world.Making the rest of the top ten ranked sides in Africa are: South Africa (4th in Africa, 50th in the world), Equatorial Guinea (5th in Africa, 54th in the world), Cote d’ Ivoire (6th in Africa, 69th in the world), Morocco (7th in Africa, 78th in the world), Algeria (8th in Africa, 80th in the world), Senegal (9th in Africa, 85th in the world) and Mali (10th in Africa, 89th in the world).USA, who are also unchanged, are still the world’s best ranked women’s football national side.Germany, England, France, Canada, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Sweden andNetherlands make up the top ten ranked sides in the world.A total of 161 matches were played in the period under review.  FIFA’s next world ranking in the women’s category will be released on December 7, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith

first_img Anthony Davis and LeBron James’ input ‘incredibly valuable’ in building Lakers roster, GM says Smith was reportedly released by the Cavaliers on Monday.Once guard JR Smith clears waivers, the Los Angeles Lakers are an unlikely destination, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2019Cleveland had been looking to move Smith, along with his partially guaranteed $15.6 million contract for 2019-20, and it was “surprised” it didn’t find a taker for him, according to an earlier report from Cleveland.com. Related News Smith played in just 11 games in 2018-19 before he agreed to part ways with the Cavaliers and sat out the rest of the season. Cleveland had a chance to move Smith before the deadline but decided to hold on to him with the hopes of dealing him this summer, according to Cleveland.com.Smith was traded from the Knicks to Cleveland in January 2015. He was a valuable contributor during the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2015-16 but he has declined since then.Smith averaged 8.3 points in 2017-18 and just 6.7 during his 11 appearances last season. The veteran has also played for New Orleans and Denver over his 15-year NBA career. JR Smith doesn’t appear like he’ll be heading to the Lakers.Los Angeles is “an unlikely destination” for the 33-year-old guard after he clears waivers, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers would want combination of young players, picks for Kevin Love The Lakers, meanwhile, revamped their roster this summer as they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans to pair with LeBron James. Smith was teammates with James during his time in Cleveland.Los Angeles had cap space to add a third star but missed out on Kawhi Leonard, who signed with the Clippers. L.A. then inked Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso to deals. Lonzo Ball on being traded from Lakers to Pelicans: ‘I was excited’last_img read more

Friday Fortnite bracket: Live results as Ninja headlines Week 8

first_imgUMG and Keemstar are continuing Friday Fortnite on August 9th, which makes it the eighth week this year featuring the $20,000 tournament.As always, $10,000 will go to the winner with $10,000 going to a random viewer. Week 8 of Friday Fortnite features plenty of big names including Ninja and his Duos partner Reverse2K, who qualified for the Solos portion of the Fortnite World Cup. Nate Hill and Funkbomb are back after winning two of the last three events. Other big duos include Benjyfishy & MrSavage, Ewok & CourageJD, Nickmercs & SypherPK, Aydan & Sway and many others.Looking back over the rest of the year, MrSavage and benjyfishy won Week 1, FaZe Tilt & FaZe Jarvis won Week 2, Mongraal and Mitr0 won Week 3, Aydan and innocents won Week 4, Nate Hill and Funkbomb won Week 5, Clix and Bugha won Week 6 and Nate Hill & Funkbomb won Week 7.What time does Friday Fortnite start?Date:  Friday, August 9Time:  4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PTFriday Fortnite Bracket: August 9th live resultsHere’s how the above bracket works.Pairs of competitors will join a squad match, but will not be playing as a true squad. The two pairs of teams will instead be battling for a higher amount of eliminations. The duo with the higher amount of elims after two matches advances. The higher seeded team hosts the first match, and then the lower-seeded team hosts the second match on their server. Duos are not allowed to sabotage the other Duos. Examples of sabotage:Breaking or weakening opponent’s built or non built structures or cover by any means.Causing opponents to miss shots or miss opportunities for advancing their scores in any way shape or form.Building in front of your opponent.Boogie Bombing your opponent.The use of a boogie bomb on your opponent at any point in the game are subject to disqualificationWatch the Friday Fortnite Week 8 live streamUMG is hosting the tournament above, but if you want to watch individual streamers they are allowed to stream on their respective channels.last_img read more

Adrian Peterson thinks he’ll play again for the Minnesota Vikings

first_img*Sources revealed Adrian Peterson is struggling to realize the extreme seriousness of his situation. He thinks he has a chance at playing in the NFL this year.But with two reports of child-abuse, he was cut from the Minnesota Vikings. He was accused of beating his four-year-old with switch.Peterson did not deny his involvement with the case, but he said he’s a firm believer in stern punishment. Nevertheless, he’s not a child abuser.NFL sources confirmed Peterson’s chances at playing in the NFL this year is dismal and his future with the sport is uncertain at best.ESPN reported Peterson tweeted Friday he passed a lie detector test —which, according to multiple sources, proves that he really doesn’t get the trouble he’s in.The team has no plans of activating Peterson for the year  and are not involving him in any future plans. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said child abuse was a violation in which the the league would severely punish.Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/09/adrian-peterson-thinks-hell-play-again-for-the-minnesota-vikings/#VRILaBFTOcrMBz3I.99last_img read more