USC football enters preparations for the Oregon game on a positive note: The Trojans are on a four-game winning streak, are tied for second in the Pac-12 and are heavily favored against the Ducks on Saturday.Furthermore, the Trojans climbed up in the AP poll to their best position since falling out of the Top 25 after losing to Alabama to open the season. USC received 40 votes in this week’s rankings, placing them behind only Houston (65 votes) as the team receiving the most votes outside the Top 25.Four teams from the Pac-12 are ranked in the Top 25 — Washington, which beat Utah on Saturday, remains at No. 4, while the Utes are now 16th. Colorado comes in at No. 21 after a bye week, and Washington State made its first appearance in rankings, climbing to No. 25. With Utah losing to Washington, the Trojans are now tied with the Utes for second in the Pac-12 South, as both teams hold 4-2 records. Colorado is alone in first with a record of 4-1.After beginning the season 1-3, USC has beaten Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona and Cal to bring its record to a respectable 5-3. But the Trojans do not control their own fate. To clinch the Pac-12 South, they have to win the remainder of their games and have both Utah and Colorado lose at least once.The Trojans are favored by two touchdowns against Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks have struggled this season with a 3-5 record, and this marks the first time USC has faced an Oregon team with a losing record since 1982. A win would likely boost the Trojans back into the AP Top 25 before they take on Washington on the road. USC hasn’t beaten Oregon at the Coliseum since 2008, though the Trojans have won seven straight games at home. The game will kickoff at 4 p.m. on Saturday and air on ESPN.
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Submit Share Publishing its private accounts, Spanish gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has detailed solid corporate progress and growth, completing its first year under the ownership of US multi-national private equity firm Blackstone.The Spanish legacy gambling group records 2018 group revenues of €1.4 billion, combined with operating profits of €368 million, up 5% on its 2017 performance.Issuing a corporate statement, Joaquim Agut President of Chief Executive of CIRSA, details that the firm is delivering on its long-term growth strategy of becoming the ‘most complete Spanish markets gambling outfit – a comprehensive directive backed by new owners Blackstone’.“I want to highlight the confidence shown by the new owner Blackstone” Agut stated “both in our Strategic Plan and in the team that is part of the organization. Personally, I would like to thank all the people who work at CIRSA for their total commitment and dedication, making possible both the transaction and the continued growth of the group. ”In its update, CIRSA outlines that its revenue performance was impacted by a number of LATAM currency declines against the Euro.Nevertheless, the gambling group continues to expand its Latin American profile completing the acquisitions of Casino Jaragua in the Dominican Republic and Casino Winland in Guadalajara Mexico, with both establishments set to be fully revamped with CIRSA gaming and management provisions.Despite its LATAM obstacles, CIRSA governance marks 2018 as a year of home improvements, with the company delivering solid growth across its bingo and arcade network, which expanded its footprint in Andalucía.Meanwhile, CIRSA B2B gaming machines division UNIDESA, won a number of Spanish arcade and leisure contracts, whilst delivering new machine product ranges to its Spanish and LATAM market clients.CIRSA closed 2018, declaring that its Sportium joint-venture with Ladbrokes had established itself as the outright Spanish market betting leader, servicing 3,000 betting points across Spain.Furthermore, Sportium has been successful in delivering new concepts to the Spanish sports betting market, introducing the nation’s first omni-channel player rewards system ‘Sportium Uno’ and full upgrading its ‘auto-service terminals’ Share Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential June 2, 2020 CIRSA confirms Antonio Grau as inbound CFO July 17, 2020 Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles