USC steamrolls Cal

first_imgFreshman quarterback Kedon Slovis attempts a pass against Cal Saturday night during USC’s 24-point victory. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “Drake’s a special guy. And to come in and not even go through spring ball and be able to do the things that he’s doing right now is really, really impressive,” offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said. “He’s just that talented of a guy, and he has a skill set that I’ve never seen before.” In a game where redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns was limited after sustaining an injury against Arizona State, USC proved yet again that its receiving unit is one of the deepest in the nation. Pittman led the charge with 180 yards, freshman Drake London finished with 111 and St. Brown added 85 of his own.  The Trojans entered halftime ahead by just 7 points, but dominated the second half. Cal struggled to get any offense going, punting three times and throwing two interceptions.  Slovis was the highlight of the Trojans’ 24-point victory, completing 29 of 35 passes for 406 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the third time in the last four weeks that Slovis has thrown for at least 400 yards.  The Trojans’ first touchdown came when Slovis was forced to roll out of the pocket before finding a wide open Amon-Ra St. Brown for an 18-yard score after the sophomore receiver’s route dropped junior cornerback Elijah Hicks. Just before halftime, Slovis threw a deep ball to Pittman in one-on-one coverage with Hicks in the end zone. While the ball was in midair, Hicks lost his footing, and Pittman just had to reel it in for an easy 33-yard score.  London made it three straight games with a touchdown catch after going the first eight contests without finding the end zone. “As a defense, nothing really changes for us,” redshirt sophomore safety Isaiah Pola-Mao said of adjusting to the different quarterbacks. “We still have the same mentality: get after the quarterback and get after their offense. When they changed quarterbacks, we knew we were just going to get after them.” “I think it just shows what our offense is capable of,” Slovis said. “Obviously, I think I can play better, even after a game like this … I think it’s just a testament to what this offense can be in the future.” Slovis came out of the gate on fire, completing 17 of 21 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but USC’s biggest plays came when Slovis caught a couple breaks. center_img USC’s worst losses this season — and even a few of its closer wins — have featured essentially the same problem: things get bad, USC has trouble adjusting, things get worse and USC either leaves with a disheartening loss or an unconvincing win.  The Bears’ two quarterbacks combined for 15-of-32 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions on the night. “Just doing our part really, winning every game that we can,” junior offensive tackle Austin Jackson said. “We’ve got UCLA coming up, it’s a rivalry and Pac-12 South matchup, so it should be fun, and we’ve got a lot of work to get to.” The Trojans’ win improves their record to 7-4, and though its chance at a Pac-12 South title remains slim, the team has now won four of its last five games and carries plenty of momentum into next week’s regular season finale against UCLA. In the Trojans’ 41-17 win over California Saturday in Berkeley, however, the Trojans looked like an entirely different team. USC had trouble at first and was tied at 10 at one point in the second quarter, but the Trojans eventually pulled away with a 17-0 third quarter to put the Bears away.  Redshirt junior quarterback Devon Modster entered the game for Cal after redshirt sophomore Chase Garbers left with a left shoulder injury early in the second quarter. Garbers was playing in his first game since suffering a right arm injury against Arizona State Sept. 27.  Both times Slovis was fortunate that his receivers came wide open, allowing for easy completions. “I think the biggest thing coming away from last week was, yeah we won, that’s great, but we scored 28 points in the first [quarter] and we scored 3 the rest of the game,” freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis said after the game. “That’s not to our standards. So I think this week, scoring continually throughout the game, really probably more so in the second half, that was more exciting for us.”last_img read more

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Rugby: Hanrahan linked to French move

first_imgThe reports come as Hanrahan moves into the final six months of his current two-year contract with Munster. There’s speculation that French Club Stade Francais are interested in signing Munster’s JJ Hanrahan.There were suggestions earlier this month that the Kerry native was close to signing for English Premiership side Northampton…And today it is being reported that Stade Francis have also shown an interest in the 22-year old.last_img

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Teacher Tom gives the boys a lesson

first_img2nd Sonny 40pts3rd Brian Wilkinson (15) 38ptsThe day was fresh and cool (by Pattaya standards anyway) and we set off with 2 van loads of golfers to our regular Monday venue of Green Valley.  The course was in great condition save for 2 temporary tee boxes, so there were no excuses allowed for not shooting your handicap, but not many did.  The wind played havoc with many of the players.  Tommy Balch was in fine form by any standards and turning the big 70 a couple of weeks ago may have given him the incentive needed to grab the top spot this week.  The great thing about this game is that we are all able to compete on a level playing field and with all ages, and only the game of golf allows this.Marlene Prudden and Kevin Moraghan – winners on the Kabinburi road trip.The story of the day was the driving of Mark Reid.  Not on the course, but behind the wheel!  This being the first time in 30 years Mark has driven a “stick shift” as the Colonials put it, or a “manual” transmission, there was a trace of apprehension in the air as we drove off from the club.  We were all prepared to bellow out “grind it til ya find it” but there was no need for our standard lines of abuse as Mark, or “Robbie” as he is know on the Soi Dao Karaoke circuit, did a perfect job of guiding our pristine new Toyota Commuter through Pattaya’s worst lanes and down the old 36 to the course.  Fine job mate and thanks again.Wednesday, Dec. 21, Treasure Hill (yellow tees) – Stableford1st Chris Parr (18) 38pts2nd Warren Holland (25) 32ptsIt was par for the course for Chris today as he bettered the field by 6 strokes.  The affable Englishman kept it in the fairway all day and avoided the trouble that Treasure Hill is famous for.Nat, Koi, Raju and Ying wish you all a Happy New Year!The crocodile course is a favourite of The Golf Club these days as the grounds crew have really gotten their act together and have the course in lovely condition.  It has always been a difficult layout but it is also one of the most interesting in the Pattaya area.Friday, Dec. 23, Century Chonburi (white tees) – Stableford1st Steve Ellison (17) 37pts2nd Dave Shelton 35pts3rd Marlene Prudden 33ptsYes, you read it right, Century Chonburi.  Now I know that many avid readers probably have not played here in ages or not even been out here at all.  Just finding the place takes some doing and the roads in are bumpy and winding.  That said, one must remember the high season green fees here are a jaw dropping 200 baht. Two Hundred Baht, let’s see…that translates to 6 bucks and sixty cents US or 4 quid Sterling.  That is amazing for a Sir Nick Faldo designed course.Century Chonburi – a bargain!We had a great day out and part of it was the expectation that it would be a fun day of golf with a ‘lift, clean and place’ proviso which was the correct policy on this course.  Don’t expect too much of this track as the maintenance crew is doing all they can with the budget they have.  They are doing a great job under difficult conditions.  In fact, the back nine was really good, an extremely enjoyable layout in decent shape that proved a good finish.   All the bunkers were groomed properly and played fair.  The greens were also in very good nick but the saucering made them a tough read for putts from the outside.Steve Ellison finally had a good day off the tee and the driver took him to the top of the podium with 37 points on a course never played before.  Likewise for Dave Shelton who was just off the pace with 35 and a gaggle of golfers on 33 with the count back won by the ageless Marlene Prudden with 21 points on the back.  She beat Vancouverite Courtney Bailey and hubby Brian Prudden for 3rd place.Facilities here are very basic with 5 showers (20 baht for towel & soap) tiny lockers (bring your own lock) no food on the course etc. but it sure would be interesting to see Century Chonburi with 30 million baht pumped into her!  18 out of 20 of our golfers had a great day out and would come back, so get out there and see for yourself before you make any decisions.Thanks for a great 2011!The staff and partners of The Golf club would like to thank you all for your support over the past 12 months and wish you and your family a happy and healthy year ahead of us in 2012.  Happy New Year!With Bob, Jez, Lee and Lou up at Mt. Everest, we forgot to get our write-up in on time but would now like to report that our Kabinburi road trip the previous week was won by Brian & Marlene Prudden on the first day and Kevin Moraghan & Marlene Prudden on the second day.  Marlene is getting more press time than Paris Hilton these days.  Well played girl!  A full report on the Everest expedition will be coming soon so watch this space!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro and we play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a fun day out.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see website www.golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail: pattaya4golf@gmail.com. PSC golf from The Golf ClubMonday, Dec. 19, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Tom Balch (27) 41ptslast_img read more

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PM Trudeau to hold formal bilateral meeting with US VP Mike Pence

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence later this week while they’re both visiting a conference of U.S. state governors.The event will be a formal sit-down.The men will be in Rhode Island for a gathering of more than three dozen governors, and there had been whispers that the Canadian delegation might spend time with a high-profile U.S. federal official.That official is Pence, a Canadian official has confirmed.Lest anyone read any political intrigue into the meeting with the man who is second in line to the U.S. presidency, the official stressed this event was arranged before the latest headlines involving President Donald Trump’s family contacts with Russians.“It was confirmed before this week’s revelations,” the official said.The special counsel investing Russian election meddling is now examining an exchange involving Donald Trump Jr. in a probe that has now expanded to touch Trump’s immediate family.The release of emails this week has shown that Trump’s son went into a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year hoping for dirt collected on Hillary Clinton, and being told it was gathered by the Russian government to help Trump.The outreach to a vice-president is not uncommon: former U.S. president Barack Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden, was hosted at an official dinner in Ottawa late last year.With NAFTA negotiations approaching, Canada also has a strategy of reaching out to 11 politically important states — in the hope that, if trade talks hit a rough patch, their governors will advocate for continued open borders.Some of those governors will be in Rhode Island.Trudeau will deliver a speech and hold a more informal public exchange with the governors Friday.last_img read more

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Committee chair says probe of WilsonRaybould affair a possibility

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal chair of the House of Commons justice committee is open to probing whether the Prime Minister’s Office improperly tried to influence the justice minister not to prosecute Quebec corporate giant SNC-Lavalin.Anthony Housefather says the partisan nature of House committees make them imperfect for such investigations but he says if the committee members can come together in a non-partisan way, the committee might be able to do some good.The justice committee meets Wednesday at the request of opposition MPs to decide whether to launch a study and Housefather says as chair he will see that the meeting is public.Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet this morning, a month after she was moved from Justice to Veterans Affairs, and less than a week after allegations surfaced that she was pressured to drop a criminal prosecution against SNC-Lavalin for fraud and corruption related to its business dealings in Libya.Housefather says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he says nobody from his office pressured Wilson-Raybould but he also believes more clarity is needed to explain exactly what went on.The ethics commissioner is also investigating the matter to see if any part of the Conflict of Interest Act was violated.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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