USC keys in on balanced Huskies offensive game

first_imgUSC football continued preparations at Howard Jones Field on Wednesday, as the Trojans travel to Seattle to face the undefeated Huskies on Saturday, still with an outside chance at topping the Pac-12 South if they manage to pull off the upset.And the Trojans’ determination to do so was evident throughout practice this week. Recordings of barking dogs, screaming crowds and the Washington marching band provided the best imitation of Husky Stadium. USC has pulled out all the stops in an effort to gain an edge against Washington, but players credited a daily routine as the one that has helped the team progress throughout the season.“Iron Sharpens Iron”Every practice, the first-team offense and defense go head-to-head, and those in attendance get a chance to see matchups such as junior wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster taking on junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. The team calls it “iron sharpens iron.”“You get a real look at real starters in the Pac-12 — nothing can substitute for that,” junior safety Chris Hawkins said. “Going against [redshirt freshman quarterback] Sam [Darnold] and JuJu really helps us.”As a team that believes in its own talent, the Trojans think no one will push them harder than their teammates.“We’re always challenging each other in practice,” senior linebacker Michael Hutchings said. “And it’s paying off.”Housebreaking the HuskiesWednesday’s practice also focused on an efficient, pro-style Washington offense that has averaged 48.3 points per game: second best in the FBS. Head coach Clay Helton called the Huskies “the most balanced team we’ve played.”“They just line up and play good, sound football,” he said. “That’s the mark of a Chris Petersen team.”Indeed, Washington has threats scattered all over the field, from running back Myles Gaskin to the big-play receiving threats of John Ross and Dante Pettis. But most eyes will likely be focused on the Huskies’ quarterback: Heisman candidate John Browning.“He’s really a general for their offense. He gets everybody going,” Hawkins said. “He doesn’t really make mistakes … and he gets the ball to his receivers.”Facing a tough task this weekend, Hawkins called for the squad to rally around Helton.“I will say this. This is his biggest game,” Hawkins said of his coach. “We’ve got to go play for him and for ourselves. We want to bring USC back to where it used to be, and this is a big step in that way.”“We can’t worry about anyone else,” Hawkins summed up. “The season is on the line every week.”Injury UpdateHelton also provided updates on injured Trojans. Defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu made progress coming off a platelet rich plasma injection in his knee, and Helton said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the redshirt senior played on Saturday.last_img read more

MTN FA Cup:Kotoko eye prize but aware of threat posed by Weavers

first_imgAsante Kotoko have endured a tough title defence in the premiership but they have another domestic Cup to go for, the MTN FA Cup.The Porcupine Warriors, losers in the final of the Cup competition two season’s ago are in the running again as they attempt to reach the last 16.On Wednesday, Kotoko will make a rare visit to Ho to meet Agbozome Weavers in the outstanding third-round qualifier. And it will mark the Kumasi sides first return to the grounds since their engagements with the defunct Voradep in the then Division One League [now Premier League].The FA Cup represents another opportunity for Mas-Ud Didi Dramani’s side to end the season with a trophy but Weavers remain a threat to Kotoko’s ambitions with a fourth round tie against Rainbow FC in their sights.last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Mets exploring 3-team deal sending Noah Syndergaard to Padres, netting Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman

first_imgSuch a trade would land players from the Padres which would then be sent to Toronto in the deal for Stroman.The Athletic suggests Cal Quantrill, who is a native of Canada, may be a logical target for the Blue Jays. Related News MLB trade rumors: One player either being targeted or sold for all 30 teams The Mets are trying to get creative with a Noah Syndergaard trade.New York is exploring a three-team trade which would send Syndergaard to the Padres and help get Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays, according to The Athletic. MLB trade rumors: One player Dodgers, Astros, Yankees would give up top prospect to get MLB trade rumors: What are the second moves Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees could make before deadline? It was also reported earlier in the day that there has been a lot of focus among teams on Padres infield prospect Luis Urias. He could be included in a deal as well especially considering Ian Kinsler has one more year left on his deal after this one.The Astros and Yankees also have interest in acquiring Syndergaard, but Houston may be setting its sights on other players of late. One of many scenarios #Mets are exploring, per sources: Syndergaard to #Padres, then using some of return to land Stroman from #BlueJays. Not known which players would go from SD to NYM if deal occurred. RHP Cal Quantrill, a Canadian native, would be logical target for TOR.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2019In this scenario, #Mets would not simply add Stroman from #BlueJays. They would acquire pieces from #Padres as well. #Astros also mounting push for Stroman due to their reluctance to meet NYM’s price for Syndergaard. Other teams also in mix for Jays’ ace.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2019Several reports have indicated in recent days the Mets are determined to trade Syndergaard, who has two years left on his deal after this season is done.This would be a pretty good indicator New York is trying to get a deal done because this is about as creative as a move as the team has made so far.It’s so creative there’s almost no way to make something like that up.last_img read more