Position battles headline first USC spring football practice

first_imgThe Trojans commenced preparation for the 2017 football season Tuesday with their first spring practice of the offseason at Howard Jones Field. USC is coming off of a 52-49 victory over Penn State on Jan. 2, which clinched the school’s record 25th Rose Bowl Trophy. Head coach Clay Helton and his team are now preparing for the new season, which kicks off at home against Western Michigan on Sept. 2.Competition out wideWith the departure of receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (declared for NFL Draft) and Darreus Rogers (graduation), USC enters 2017 without its top-two pass catchers from the previous season. Smith-Schuster and Rogers combined for 126 receptions and 1,610 receiving yards as a tandem last season. There is now fresh competition for playing time with their vacated positions. The Trojans have a total of 10 scholarship wide receivers; eight will still have underclassman standing in the fall. Two leading candidates to take up receiving duties for the Trojans are junior Deontay Burnett and sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. Burnett was a standout in USC’s Rose Bowl victory this January, as he reeled in 13 receptions for 164 yards and three scores against Penn State. “The receiving corps is very competitive,” Burnett said. “[It’s competitive] in the weight room and in the film room, and that’s what I like to see. We’re going to need our young guys.”Redshirt freshman receivers Josh Imatorbhebhe, Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Vaughns all made appearances at Tuesday’s spring practice. However, Trevon Sidney, another redshirt freshman receiver, was held out from practice as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Sidney is scheduled to miss all spring workouts this offseason according to Helton. Offensive line shake-upThe offensive line unit was another position group that endured significant offseason losses. All-American and All-Pac-12 tackles Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler both graduated, and left guard Damien Mama is also no longer on the team after declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft following his junior season. While there have been plenty of changes up front, USC has several viable and experienced options to take the three crucial slots on its offensive front. Senior Viane Talamaivao is slated to be the opening-day right guard for the Trojans; he has started at guard for USC over the past three seasons. Following Tuesday’s practice, Helton announced that the team would tentatively be going with junior Chuma Edoga at left tackle and redshirt sophomore Roy Hemsley at right tackle. Redshirt junior Chris Brown received practice reps with the first team at left guard. Helton made sure to note that these slots were still open throughout the remainder of the spring and into the fall. Redshirt senior center Nico Falah sat out Tuesday’s practice with what Helton described as a “bit of a bad back,” but Helton said Falah should be back to practice in the coming weeks. Falah took over as USC’s starting center last season after Toa Lobendahn suffered a season-ending knee injury. Lobendahn, a redshirt junior, was limited at practice, still recovering from ACL surgery. Special Teams ShuffleThe Trojans opened practice without redshirt senior kicker Matt Boermeester Tuesday. USC announced on Feb. 7 that Boermeester was indefinitely suspended from the team due to a violation of “code of conduct” policy.Boermeester, who knocked through a 46-yard field goal to win the Rose Bowl in January, has been left off of the Trojans’ 2017 roster. “There’s been no change of his status,” Helton said. “If there is, I’ll be the first to let you know.” Filling in for Boermeester will be redshirt freshman kicker Michael Brown. Brown, who suffered a quadriceps injury last fall, will be slotted to take on all placekicking duties for the Trojans in the fall.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Pittsburgh in ACC Tournament

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Syracuse (19-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) rested on Tuesday while Pittsburgh (14-18, 3-15) defeated Boston College, 80-70. The Panthers’ win set up their meeting with the Orange on Wednesday night in the ACC Tournament. SU won both regular season meetings, 74-63 and 65-56.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Wednesday.Billy Heyen (23-8)“New season”Syracuse 72, Pittsburgh 63After two-straight losses, Syracuse’s players are looking forward to the “new season.” Pittsburgh will have a possible advantage after a big midgame surge on Tuesday night, but SU will be more rested. The Orange beat Pitt twice in the regular season, and some people say the third time’s the charm. But I expect the Syracuse new season to get off on the right foot as the Panthers struggle to make enough perimeter shots to hang. Comments Published on March 12, 2019 at 11:08 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Charlie DiSturco (22-9)Third time is not the charmSyracuse 70, Pittsburgh 64AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the third time this season, Pittsburgh will look to down the Orange. And for the third time, Syracuse will come out on top. While SU has struggled mightily in second halves, they have been great against ACC bottom feeders. Expect Tyus Battle to have a dominant performance en route to another bout with Duke. Matthew Gutierrez (18-13)Third time is almost the charmSyracuse 61, Pittsburgh 60On the schedule: Close win in Charlotte late Wednesday night. Pitt looked good against SU in the team’s last meeting, and the Panthers plan to attack the 2-3 the same way Virginia Tech and Duke have: getting the ball to the middle. Whether it’ll work remains to be seen, but I take Syracuse in a back-and-forth battle. last_img read more

DONEGAL BROTHERS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

first_imgPresidential favourite Sean Gallagher has given two young Donegal brothers a commitment that he will use their pen to sign into the Aras – if her gets elected. Brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey are the well-known as the owners of Donegal Pens.The Loughanure brothers met up with entrepreneur Gallagher at the Helix in Dublin yesterday at the RTE Radio presidential debate. Gallagher has been supportive of the Loughanure boys since they set up their enterprise over two years ago and has been in contact with them on several occasions.The boys were invited to meet the ‘Dragon’ and his wife Trish at the gig in Dublin on Saturday morning where the presidential hopeful gave them a commitment that he’d sign into Aras an Uachtarán using a Donegal pen if elected next Thursday.The brothers presented him with a bog oak pen made from wood from bog land at Inver, South Donegal.Mr Gallagher told the boys that he will pay a visit to their shed in the back garden at the earliest convenience, indicating that a presidential visit could be on the cards for the Gaeltacht village! Conor Mc Garvey, the youngest of the brothers, said the were delighted with Mr Gallagher’s recaction.“We have our pens all over the world. They are in the Dáil and now there’s one on its way to Aras an Uachtarán – we hope. Sean was very nice and delighted that the pens are doing so well for us.”The boys range of pen can be seen at www.donegalpens.comDONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH REAL-LIFE STORIES ACROSS DONEGAL!Ends DONEGAL BROTHERS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL PENSPRESIDENTsean gallagherlast_img read more

Kibuli back in Coca Cola schools soccer show down as Mbarara High, St. Joseph’s represent hosts

first_imgLast year’s winners Jinja SS celerating after winning the tournamentThe National Organising Committe for the Copa Coca-Coal Schools tournament has confirmed the list of 60 school that will take part in this year’s edition in Mbarara.The surprise inclusion has been Kibuli SS who where initially eliminated in the group stages of the Kampala region qualifiers.Kibuli tried as much as possible to qualify, reaching an extent of going to court but all in vain.After several consultations, the record champions have been allowed to take part in circumstances that leave a lot of stones unturned.They join four other schools that qualified through the Kampala region including Old Kampala, Lubiri SS, Kawempe Moslem and Kakungulu Memorial.Last year’s winners Jinja SS also qualified through the Busoga region along with Agape, Iganga View and Jinja Progressive.Jinja SS (in yellow) defeated St. Mary’s Kitende (in green) on penalties to win it last year.For the losing finalist St. Mary’s Kitende, they used the Wakiso route to get to the final tournament.They will be joined by Buddo, Standard High Zzana, St. Juliana and London College as the representatives from Wakiso.The tournament starts this month in Mbarara City, which will be represented by the hosts Mbarara High School and St. Joseph’s Vocational School who are making their maiden appearance at the games.St. Joseph’s Vocational School has been previously known as a power house in both Volleyball and Basket Ball but their success in the football arena has left observers puzzled and OBs celebrating.St. Joseph’s Vocational School (sky blue) playing against Walden High School (red) in the Mbarara regional finals last weekThe full list of participating schools at this year’s Copa Coca-Cola in Mbarara as per region:–Kamapal Region. Kibuli SS, Old Kampala SS, Lubiri SS, Kakungulu Memorial SS, Kawempe Moslem SSS.–Wakiso Region. St. Mary’s Kitende SS, Buddo SS, St. Julian High School, Standard High Zzana SS, London College Nansana.–West Nile. Panyango SS, Paidah SS, Biyaya SS.–Acholi. St. Jospehs College-Layibi, Bishop Angelo Negri College, Rev Jebuloni Issoke Memorial Collage.–Lango. Lira Town College, Mentor High School, Adwari SS.–Teso. Light SS, Serere SS, Amuria High School.–Bukedi. Hill View College Bulangira, Rock High School, Kamuge High School.–Busoga. Jinja SS, Agape SS, Iganga Town View SS, Jinja Progressive SS.–Bunyoro. St. Edwards Bukumi, St. Peters High School-Hoima, Kitala Modal SS.–Rwenzori. St. Paul SS, St. Mary’s SS Simbya, Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational.–Mbarara. Mbarara High School, St. Joseph’s Vocational-Mbarara, Walden High School.–Bushenyi. Ryakasinga Che, Ijuumo Progressive SS.–Kigezi. Kishenyi SS, Kigezi High School, St. Gerrard Nyakibare.–Masaka. Blessed Sacrament SS Kimanya, Masaka SS, St. Josephine Bakhita.–Mpigi. Royal Giant High School, Kisozi Seed SS, Hope SSS.–Luwero. Nakaseke International College, High Starndard SS Katera, Savior High School.–Mukono. Green Valley High School, , Namagabi SS, Hands of Grace SS.–Mbale. Maluku SS, St. Joseph Buyaga, Sironko Preogressive.–Sebei. Sebei College School.Comments Tags: copa coca-colaKibuli sslast_img read more

The Best (and Worst) Startup Logos of 2010

first_imgaudrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img The graphic design marketplace DesignCrowd has just published a list of its take on the best and worst startup logos from 2010. As logo design is one of the creative services most likely to be outsourced, it’s interesting to see DesignCrowd’s assessment of what design trends and styles were innovative and successful. The list breaks it down into the good, the average, and the ugly. On the list of good logos are many of this year’s most successful companies (Groupon, for example). But some of this year’s popular startups made it on the ugly logo list as well (such as Foursquare, not surprisingly). Here are a few of DesignLogo’s choices:The GoodRockmeltPlancastThe AverageCinchGraphic.lyThe UglyFoursquareGitHubYou can view the complete list of 50 logos here. I’m not sure I agree with all these assessments. I mean, hello, GitHub’s logo is awesome, and Hipmunk’s logo (my favorite, I think) is missing. What do you think of the list? What design successes – and failures – make your 2010 list? Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IT Poll: Which Mobile OS Will Be Most Popular in the Enterprise Five Years from Now?

first_imgThe days of enterprises choosing one smartphone vendor appear to be ending. Forrester reported last year that 60% of enterprises support employee-owned smartphones, and mixed environments are becoming the norm.BlackBerry was still the most popular enterprise smartphone operating system as of Forrester’s Q1 2010 survey. According to Good Technology’s numbers, iOS is growing the fastest by far. But with more enterprise tools for Android on the market – including new tools recently released by Zenprise and the forthcoming offerings from Motorola and SAP – Android is poised for strong growth.In the dark horse category are Windows Phone 7 and WebOS. But both got boosts last week, with the Nokia/Microsoft partnership and the new WebOS-based TouchPad tablet.Which OS do you think will be most popular five years down the road? Photo by Shereen M Tags:#enterprise#mobile Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

10 months agoWillian urging Chelsea to deal in David Luiz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian urging Chelsea to deal in David Luizby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian is urging Chelsea to offer his fellow Brazilian David Luiz a new deal. Luiz is in a stand-off with the club as they refuse to offer contracts longer than 12 months to players over 30 years of age.Willian said: “David has a lot of quality to do these kind of passes. Of course. I want him to stay. We have to see if the club will want him. I think they want him. For me, I want him to stay.”The Brazil forward also has 18 months left on his Stamford but he said: “I’m fine, I’m fine. No rush about that.“We can talk about that in the future, no problem.” last_img

9 months ago​Kane issues Tottenham rallying cry: Enough’s enough

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Kane issues Tottenham rallying cry: Enough’s enoughby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane has issued a rallying cry to his teammates about the need to win a trophy.Spurs have been impressive in recent seasons, finishing in the top four and challenging the top teams in the league.But they have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 2008 under Juande Ramos.And Kane wants to change that. Spurs are in the Carabao Cup semi finals, with a 1-0 lead over Chelsea after the first leg.”I’ve said all along that the aim of a professional footballer is to win team trophies,” the striker told Sky Sports.”There will be no better feeling than to win something with these guys, we’ve all worked so hard over the last three or four years to turn Spurs into a team that contends each and every year.”We’re in a good stage, we’re in a semi-final [Carabao Cup] with a 1-0 lead, we’re in the FA Cup and Champions League and we’re not too far off in the Premier League, although there is a long way to go.”So far, so good, but it’s this stage of the season that we have just fallen behind in the past so it is important this year that we step it up, work even harder and go into these games and try and bring it home.” last_img read more