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Second half of season looms large for Trojans

first_img“One-Two Punch” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email James at [email protected] It’s amazing what having something to play for can do to a team.In any sport, having the stakes raised can awaken a fire inside even the biggest underdogs, occasionally producing magical — and often unbelievable — results.Take the 2011 Virginia Commonwealth Rams, who, as No. 11 seed, stormed their way to the men’s basketball NCAA Final Four.Or the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, who entered the playoffs with the worst record in NFL history but overwhelmed the then-reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints to advance to the NFC Championship game (producing a seismic event underneath their stadium in the process).Linchpin · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley will lead USC through a tough set of games, including top teams from the Pac-12 North. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanIt’s even happened right here at USC, when the 2008-2009 Trojans ran the table to win their first-ever men’s basketball Pac-10 title and secure a trip to the NCAA tournament, despite being heavy underdogs with little hopes of playing in the postseason.But this motivation — in terms of a tangible, immediate payoff — is something the current USC football team has been devoid of in the last two seasons. For as much as having something to play for can help, the absence of such a stimulus can hurt a team immensely.Whether or not anyone on the current team will admit it, playing without the chance to make a bowl game is extremely disheartening.But fortunately for the Trojans, the environment they play in has given them an alternative reason for hope.Built into the make-up of college football is the separate goal of long-term progression, which isn’t found in professional sports today. Because they cannot trade for players to make an immediate impact, colleges rely on the recruitment and development of their athletes — a process that often takes two to three years.It’s because of this that college coaches and fans alike have an added patience for development.A top-10 recruiting class for the next season holds almost enough promise to assuage the disappointment of the current season’s failures, as those rooting for the team know it is only a matter of time before new acquisitions produce results for a number of seasons.USC’s situation really isn’t that dire.In fact, at 4-1 and 2-1 in the Pac-12, the team is currently about as good as it could be given its sanctions.The Trojans don’t need to label this as a rebuilding year, but rather as one that reaffirms the program’s membership in the upper echelon of college football.To add to it, USC has one of the youngest teams in the country, with the number of underclassmen starters hovering in the double-digits during any given week.Having a younger team makes it much easier to keep an eye on the future, as new recruits will end up alongside many current Trojans.The need for success down the stretch is as high as ever for USC.But there shouldn’t be much motivation lost either, as the potential future gains haven’t changed one bit.Finishing first in the Pac-12 South, despite a 3-0 conference record from Arizona State — which holds the tiebreaker over USC — will help silence the myriad critics that continue to write off USC since the NCAA brought down the hammer last summer.It will prevent allowing yet another team from knocking the Trojans down a peg in the same way Stanford and Oregon were able to do during the past two years.But most importantly, it will prove to recruits across the country that their futures are by no means going to be jeopardized by committing to USC.Calling each of USC’s tough matchups its “bowl game” has been one of the most grossly overused and irrelevant statements to come out since the sanctions.But at least finishing strong down the stretch will give the Trojans something to brag about and will serve the same purpose as a “bowl-game win” in terms of some much-needed national credibility.There isn’t a great way to digest not being able to even try for a national championship or Rose Bowl appearance on New Year’s Day.Understanding the remaining implications of this season — ones that are arguably more important than a bowl game appearance anyway — should be enough to rekindle a fire under the Trojans as the season rolls on.last_img read more

When does the Premier League return? Date, TV schedule & more to know about EPL’s restart

first_imgThe league will return, albeit with empty stadiums and players and staff regularly tested to assure the return to competitive soccer does not promote spread of the virus. The games are expected to be played mostly at home venues, a condition teams involved in the fight to avoid relegation had agitated to ensure. They expressed that sacrificing home-field advantage was too extreme given the stakes involved, even if there would be no audience to aid the cause. But league officials still allow that some games could be played at neutral sites because of concern about fans congregating outside stadiums in gatherings that would violate the notion of quarantining (and possibly government regulations) relative to the coronavirus crisis.The announcement that EPL action would resume with two games June 17 — Arsenal at Manchester City and Sheffield United at Aston Villa — and then a full slate of games the weekend of June 19-21 means Liverpool almost certainly will win its first Premier League championship since the founding of the league in 1992-93. Despite the lack of suspense about which team will become champion, there are plenty of compelling competitions within the league to capture our attention. Here’s everything soccer fans need to know about the return of the Premier League, including the restart date and a full TV schedule to watch matches in the United States.When does the Premier League return?Date: Wednesday, June 17The Premier League is scheduled to return on June 17 with a special Wednesday doubleheader, ending the league’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic after 100 days.When the shutdown took effect March 13, four days after Leicester City had slapped Aston Villa with a 4-0 defeat, every team but four had completed 29 games of the 38-game season. To allow the remainder of the season to progress symmetrically, the league will have Arsenal visit Man City and Sheffield United travel to Aston Villa for the reopeners.The league generally has scheduled the majority of its games in a single window (10 a.m. ET, which is 3 p.m. in England) to help protect the gate at the various stadiums. With fans unable to enter, the league will contest games one at a time so fans, if they wish, can watch every one on television.The schedule of game windows will be: Fridays, 3 p.m. ET; Saturdays: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. ET; Sundays 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. ET and Mondays, 3 p.m. ET.Premier League schedule 2020The complete schedule for the return of the Premier League has not yet been announced. Kickoff times and TV information will be added when they are available.Wednesday, June 17MatchTimeTV channelArsenal at Manchester CityTBDTBDSheffield United at Aston VillaTBDTBDHow to watch EPL games in the USANBC Sports has rights to Premier League broadcasts in the United States. It typically broadcasts three select games on Saturdays and two on Sundays on the NBC Sports Network, better known as NBCSN. Some prime early afternoon games are broadcast on NBC’s main network. When there are multiple games in a single window and some are not chosen for television, there is a pay-service package called NBC Sports Gold that accommodates the rest.NBC made NBC Sports Gold free during COVID-19 quarantine, but that offer is scheduled to expire at the end of May. You can also stream EPL games with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.NBC has not yet announced whether it can or will place the entire EPL schedule on television when the league returns.Soccer fans in Canada will be able to stream Premier League games live with a subscription to DAZN.When can soccer fans return to EPL stadiums?As the Premier League discussed “Project Restart” to complete the 2019-20 season, it was a given the games would be played with no spectators allowed, as has been the case in the successful return of Germany’s Bundesliga, which resumed play May 16.In an interview with Sky Sports, however, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters expressed “optimism” fans would be permitted to return during the 2020-21 season but that their return will be in phases”Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards,” Masters told Sky. “We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”Premier League standingsBelow are the Premier League standings as of March 13, the date of the last EPL game played before the coronavirus shutdown:ClubWDLPTS1. Liverpool2711822. Manchester City1837573. Leicester City1658534. Chelsea1469485. Manchester United1298456. Wolverhampton10136437. Sheffield United11107438. Tottenham11810419. Arsenal91364010. Burnley116123911. Crystal Palace109103912. Everton107123713. Newcastle United98123514. Southampton104153415. Brighton611122916. West Ham United76162717. Watford69142718. AFC Bournemouth76162719. Aston Villa74172520. Norwich City561821Liverpool has lost exactly two games in the past two seasons, compiling a record of 57 victories, two defeats and eight draws in that period. To lose the Premier League now, LFC likely would have to go 0-9 while Man City would have to be nearly perfect, no worse than 8-0-1.That possibility is pretty much null and void.But there are plenty of other tight races to follow: Champions League positions: With second-place Manchester City currently banned from European competition, Leicester City (53 points), Chelsea (48) and Manchester Uniteed currently occupy the automatic qualifying positions, but Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United (43 each) are close behind and Tottenham Hotspur (41)  and Arsenal (40) are in the chase. Man City are appealing the ban, however, and have a June date to be heard in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Europa League positions: Those two spots currently belong to Wolves and Sheffield United, with Spurs and Arsenal in pursuit, but they’re certainly also in reach for Burnley and Crystal Palace (39 points each).Relegation: A fierce battle that was a large part of “boardroom” discussions regarding the restart now will return to the field, with Bournemouth AFC (27 points), Aston Villa (25) and Norwich CIty (21) in the drop zone but Watford and West Ham United (27 each) plus Brighton and Hove Albion (29) trying to remain safe. “Null and void” is null and void. The Premier League is coming back.During the months to date of the COVID-19 quarantine shutdown, there had been an online campaign among rivals of Liverpool FC to have the 2019-20 season canceled permanently and the accumulated results discarded because they relished the idea of LFC, two wins from a title, being denied. They came to be known, informally, as the “null and void brigade.”last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Rory

first_imgFacebook370Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Rory! He is lovely, 17-pound, 7 year-old Dachshund in search of a loving forever home where he can be part of the action! Rory simply adores humans, and is a sweet mature gentleman! He does well on a leash and knows his commands for “sit” and “wait.” When you visit Rory he will give you adoring glances and bring you a toy! Rory absolutely loves to play with toys! He will need a grain-free diet to keep him healthy and monthly flea treatments for an allergic reaction to fleas. He has a sincere desire to find his people, and does well with other dogs and children. Rory is a terrific companion and family dog!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Rory in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

2009 North Peace Fall Fair Underway

first_imgThe North Peace Fall Fair gets underway today at the Fall Fair Grounds. This is the 62nd time this event has been held.The fair started in 1929 where Robert Ogilvie now stands and over the years grew to it’s current location about 21km North of town on the Rose Prairie Road. The Fair features all kinds of exhibits, plus enetertainment, a tractor pull and more.Below is a map to the grounds- Advertisement -View North Peace Fall Fair Location in a larger mapPlus you can start your day with the annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the City of Fort St. John and the Sunrise Rotary Club…that starts each day at 7am.The cost for a family of four is $25, Single adult $10, students 6-13 $5 Seniors & under 6 free. This entitles you to enter the gate draw and gives you access to all the events.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lady Spartans clinch league tennis championship

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans beat the Chico Panthers 5-2 at home Thursday in their final home match of the season and the win leaves them one shy of a perfect year.The Spartans play Tuesday in Palo Cedro at the Foothill Cougars for a 10-0 record on the season, but Thursday’s win over Chico made the Spartans back to back league champions.With Thursday’s win, the Spartans are assured of at least a tie for the league championship, said coach Dennis Poulton.Thursday was Senior Day …last_img

2015 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day #2 Video Recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we expected, yields improved dramatically as we headed into southern Ohio. The consistency of the crops and the yields showed the difference in the weather. The Day 2 average for the I-75 leg of the tour 192.8 bushels.last_img

Government and Private Projects Tackle Smart-Grid and Deep-Retrofit Concepts

first_imgLittle distance separates the ultimate goals of smart-grid applications, building-retrofit studies, and renewable-energy development, even though the three areas often harness and refine disparate technologies. Their principal aims, after all, are to boost energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint.That point was affirmed in recent days in separate announcements by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and in a campus news feature about an energy-storage project headed by a professor of materials chemistry at MIT.The DOE’s chief, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, last week announced that $620 million in stimulus funding, plus another $1 billion in private-sector funding, will be used to develop 32 smart-grid demonstration projects, including those utilizing large-scale energy storage, smart meters, advanced monitoring systems for the distribution and transmission of electricity, and other grid technologies.Half the projects – receiving $435 million of the federal allotment – will showcase communications technologies that allow grid components to “talk” to each other in real time and help operators optimize electrical flow to avoid outages. These projects also will include home-based systems that allow customers to economically monitor and store electricity.The remaining 16 projects – funded with $185 million – will focus on electricity storage projects.“This funding will be used to show how smart-grid technologies can be applied to whole systems to promote energy savings for consumers, increase energy efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power,” Chu said in a press release, which cited potential savings of $20.4 billion on a 4% reduction in energy use by 2030 in the 21 states where the projects will be developed.Professor Sadoway’s liquid batterySpeaking of energy storage technology (and its critical role in advancing the use of renewable energy), one solution attracting DOE investment and private equity is the storage-battery system being developed by MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, who has veered away from portable-battery technology to focus on a large-scale stationary battery system that uses two liquid-metal alloys separated by a liquid salt. The different densities of the three components, which Sadoway’s research team says are low-cost and abundant, keep them separated in the battery housing, which is maintained at a high temperature (700 degrees Celsius) to keep the components in liquid form and allow the battery to operate efficiently.Because a patent is being sought for the system, which is developed for utility-size applications, details about materials and design haven’t been released. But an MIT News story on the Sadoway team’s work notes that this month, when the DOE’s newly developed Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy announced its first 37 energy-research grants out of a pool of 3,600 applications, the project received one of the largest sums — almost $7 million over five years – and was the first project cited on the ARPA-E press release about the funding.In addition, the MIT News story points out, French oil company Total announced a $4 million, five-year joint venture with MIT to develop a smaller-scale version of the same technology that would be suitable for use in homes or other buildings.Going deep on retrofitsORNL’s research project, announced last week, will apply newly developed retrofit techniques and materials to 10 soon-to-be-selected homes in the Tennessee Valley region, using $1.4 million from the DOE’s Building America program.The lab is targeting homes anywhere from 15 to 35 years old, “homes that are ready for new windows, heating and cooling units, appliances and maybe even solar panels to push their homes closer to near-zero energy consumption. Then we want to monitor these homes, analyze their energy consumption and celebrate the progressive vision of this region,” ORNL’s head researcher on the project, Jeff Christian, said in a press release about the program. The retrofits are expected to boost the energy efficiency of each home by 30% to 50%.Although ORNL is paying for the program development and follow-up audits of each participating household, the homeowners will pay most of the labor and materials costs, which are expected to run about $10 per square foot of interior space. If the retrofits deliver as planned, Christian says, participating homeowners should recover their costs in as little as 10 years.“This project connects our research to the surrounding community,” Christian said. “We’re hoping that this demonstration stimulates enough interest among members of the public that it will become self-sustaining—growing the number of houses with deep retrofits.”last_img read more