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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Alomo Bitters strikes EPL deal

first_imgAfrica’s authentic bitters Alomo Bitters, a product of Ghana’s Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL), has struck a deal with the English Premier League to feature during matches beginning this December, according to officials of the company.Alomo Bitters and KCL’s energy drink – Storm Energy Drink  – will be displayed on the stadium pitch-side panels during four EPL matches involving some of the big teams like league leaders Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City.On why Kasapreko chose to partner with the EPL, Mr Gerald Bonsu, Deputy Commercial Director of the company, said “we believe the EPL is a world-class brand that we want to associate ourselves with. The platform gives us an opportunity to showcase our flagship products such as Alomo Bitters and Storm Energy Drink to the global world.”The Premier League is the most exciting and competitive league in the world which is beamed to over 700 million homes in more than 200 countries.According to Mr Bonsu, Kasapreko will be running some promotion activations on social media and on-grounds to engage its consumers who will win amazing prizes during the matches at selected bars and pubs. The first match is between Manchester United and West Bromwhich takes place on Saturday December 17, 2016 at 5.30pm.He encouraged consumers to engage in the conversation on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) with the hashtag #AlomoBittersOnEPLlast_img read more

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Wednesday March 6th Local Sports

first_img== other Region XI quarterfinal games tonight (number by seed)#5 Iowa Central at #4 Iowa Lakes#6 Southeastern at #3 DMACC#7 Southwestern at #2 Kirkwood == 2A semifinals tonight6:30 — South Hamilton (22-1) vs. Boyden-Hull (23-2)8:15 — North Linn (24-0) vs. Van Meter (22-2) TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Region XI women’s quarterfinals — NIACC vs. Little Priest Tribal College — 5:15 pre-game, 5:30 tipoff NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and the Nashville Predators beat Minnesota 5-4 for their second win against the Wild in three nights. Johansen also got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout Sunday at Minnesota. This time, he scored after Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg all were stopped. Ryan Donato had one last chance, only to see Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stop his shot. == 4A quarterfinals last night and todayCedar Falls 63, Sioux City East 41North Scott 56, Ames 3810:30 — Waukee (20-2) vs. Dowling (13-10)12:15 — Iowa City West (17-4) vs. Dubuque Senior (17-3) MASON CITY — The NIACC women open Region XI play tonight hosting Little Priest Tribal College. NIACC won both games between the two schools in the regular season, winning 116-69 back on January 23rd and 101-66 on February 13th. You can hear the NIACC-Little Priest game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com tonight starting at 5:30. If NIACC wins tonight’s games, they’ll host the Region XI Final Four on Saturday and Sunday IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery will travel to Madison with his team but won’t coach the Hawkeyes on Thursday night against Wisconsin. It is the second of a two game suspension for McCaffery who will be involved in the pre-game prep but won’t go to the Kohl Center.McCaffery will work with his team until they leave for the Kohl Center.McCaffery watched Saturday’s loss to Rutgers from his office. == 1A semifinals this afternoon2:00 — Grand View Christian (24-1) vs. Montezuma (22-1)3:45 — Alburnett (19-5) vs. Remsen St. Mary’s (20-6) MASON CITY – The No. 7 NIACC men’s basketball team rolled to a 114-88 victory over Little Priest Tribal College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament on Tuesday in the NIACC gym, as you heard on KGLO.Freshman Deundra Roberson led six NIACC players in double figures with 24 points, including six three-point goals. Also in double figures for the Trojans were Trey Sampson (19), Wendell Matthews (18), Chandler Dean (15), Kyle Lang (13) and Quentin Hardrict (10).Hardrict recorded a double/double with his 10 points and 10 assists.NIACC (24-4 overall) faces Iowa Lakes at 7 p.m. Thursday in the regional semifinals. Second-seed NIACC topped the Lakers 119-110 at home and 107-94 at Estherville in the two regular season contests.Iowa Lakes, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, advanced to the regional final four with a 76-64 win over Iowa Central.The 24 wins by the Trojans matches the 1995 national title team that was 24-12 for the most wins in school history.The 114 points in Tuesday’s regional tournament win was the most by a Trojan team in the post-season since the Trojans stopped Iowa Lakes 128-89 in the second round of the 1978 regional tournament. The 114 points is the third most in school history in the post-season.In the other side of the bracket, top-seed Kirkwood beat Southwestern 106-52, while fourth-seed DMACC beat Ellsworth 62-55. Kirkwood hosts DMACC tomorrow night. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 41 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled Paul George’s return to the Oklahoma City lineup with a 131-120 win over the Thunder. Towns has scored 182 points over his last five games, the best five-game stretch in team history. == Tuesday’s other Class 3A quarterfinalsWinterset 59, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54Oskaloosa 51, Marion 49 AMES — Iowa State looks to get things turned around as the Cyclones open the final week of the regular season tonight at West Virginia. ISU has dropped three of their last four games.That’s sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton who says the Cyclones would like to build momentum.Senior guard Marial Shayok says with the post season ahead there is a sense of urgency.Tipoff tonight in Morgantown is scheduled for 6 o’clock. ST. LOUIS — Northern Iowa’s A.J. Green has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. The Cedar Falls native averaged more than 15 points for the Panthers as they finished conference play with a 9-9 record.Green says he learned a lot during his freshman season.Drake’s Nick McGlynn has been named the Defensive Player of the Year. The senior helped lead the Bulldogs to a share of the Valley regular season title.McGlynn was one of only two returning players from last year and saw a team of mostly new faces mold into a contender.The awards were announced ahead of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament which opens on Thursday. Drake is the second seed and on Friday will face the winner of Thursday’s Illinois State-Evansville game. Northern Iowa is the sixth seed and will face third seed Southern Illinois on Friday. DES MOINES — For the first time in school history, Clear Lake won a state tournament basketball game as the Lions beat West Delaware 61-46 in the Class 3A quarterfinals, as you heard yesterday afternoon on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Clear Lake had an 11-point lead cut to four early in the second half, but the Lions cruised after that, leading 35-24 at the half and never looking back. Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley says it was one of his team’s best efforts all season.The Lions scored 22 points off of turnovers.Drew Enke led Clear Lake with 22 points. Ainley says Enke’s defense was also a key.Freshman Carson Toebe added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists for Clear Lake. The Lions improve to 24-0 and will face top-seed Norwalk in tomorrow afternoon’s semifinals. Norwalk overwhelmed Ballard 81-39 on Tuesday afternoon. You can hear live and local coverage of Clear Lake and Norwalk on KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, with the tipoff scheduled for 2 o’clock. FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will likely miss the first month of the season, following another procedure to repair a severe cut above the heel on his right foot. Sano saw a plastic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he underwent an operation called a debridement that removes damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound. Sano suffered the gash in late January during the celebration of his team’s winter league championship in the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

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