Rungame success is good sign for Trojans

first_imgCollege football is subject to sudden shifts and changes by nature. In 2010, Auburn stormed its way to an undefeated national championship season on the shoulders of a junior college transfer named Cam Newton. Two years later, the Tigers finished 3-9 and the school fired Gene Chizik, the same head coach who led them to a title just 24 months prior. While not necessarily as extreme as what happened to Auburn, each team looks different from year to year as players leave for the NFL and others fill their roles. For the Trojans, this season’s biggest change is that sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold no longer has to be the focal point of the offense. That distinction belongs to running backs, junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Stephen Carr.  When Carr entered campus as a five-star recruit in August, he started making waves in fall camp almost immediately. Coaches and teammates alike praised his vision and elusiveness as he continuously broke off long touchdown runs in live scrimmages, sometimes flipping the field if his original hole was clogged. Very quickly it became clear: An already solid backfield featuring Jones, junior Aca’Cedric Ware and redshirt freshman Vavae Malepeai was about to get even more crowded. In the first game of the season, Carr needed just seven carries to show the USC faithful what all the hype was about. He raced for 69 yards, including one dazzling 52-yard scamper where he sidestepped a Western Michigan defender straight into their Week 2 matchup with Stanford. Accompanying the star-making performance for Carr, was a bigger and stronger Jones who trucked his way toward 159 yards and three touchdowns, opening the game with a Marshawn Lynch-esque 29-yard rampage where he broke tackle after tackle. Whereas Darnold often struggled to find open receivers against the Broncos, the Trojan running backs seemed to find nothing but open space. Entering Week 2 against No. 14 Stanford, many were worried about how the Trojans would fare given their struggle to put Western Michigan away. The team came out with a clear game plan from the very first drive: Run the ball, and then run it some more. Offensive coordinator Tee Martin fed Jones the ball four times in a row on the Trojans’ first possession, and his ground-pound strategy never relented from that point. Collectively, the running back group rushed 45 times for 300 yards with both Jones and Carr topping over 100 yards. Jones did most of the dirty work, grinding in between holes for 3- to 4-yard gains, while Carr once again was the sparkplug. He ripped off another impressive 52-yard run.USC has featured many talented running backs over the past decade, but this year’s two-headed monster has a chance to be the program’s best tandem since the “thunder and lightning” days of LenDale White and Reggie Bush. If the Trojans continue their string of dominance, it will not be long before they have their own collective nickname. The most important development from Jones and Carr’s success, however, is that Darnold no longer carries all of the weight of the offense on his shoulders.Last year USC’s rushing attack was solid but inconsistent. The team finished fifth in the Pac-12 for rushing yards with 200.7 per game. However, the running game often faded away in big game situations. Against ranked opponents, the Trojans’ rushing yards per game dipped to 150, which meant that the offense tended to rely solely on Darnold’s arm in key situations (such as the Rose Bowl, when he had a season-high 53 pass attempts). While watching Darnold sling around the ball against marquee opponents will never get old, the Trojans need a more balanced attack in order to run the table this year. Jones and Carr’s success does not just alleviate some of the offensive pressure on Darnold; they can also help open up the passing game. With Stanford’s defense keyed in on the run, two of his four passing touchdowns came off the play action. When the running game was established early in the game, Darnold looked more settled than he did in his shaky start against Western Michigan, rattling off his first 10 throws for completions. The emergence of USC’s explosive running game does not necessarily mean that Darnold has to take a back seat in terms of the spotlight — after all, his 316-yard, four-touchdown performance against Stanford earned him Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. It does, however, mean Darnold has a larger margin for error as he develops chemistry with a burgeoning receiving corps and the pressure to win games no longer lies squarely on his shoulder. “I think we realized that in practice [what kind of player Stephen Carr is],” Darnold said after the Stanford game. “When you watch him run, he just has it,whatever it is. RoJo has it too.”Trevor Denton is a sophomore studying journalism. He is also the deputy sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, T-Time, runs on Wednesdays.last_img read more

FansUnite accelerates wagering ambitions by acquiring McBookie for $2m

first_img England’s casinos to reopen on 1 August July 17, 2020 BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Scottish bookmaker McBookie (McBookie.com) has confirmed the sale of its business to Canadian sports-tech group, FansUnite Entertainment Inc.McBookie Managing Director Paul Petrie confirmed that a $2.2 million agreement had been reached with Vancouver-based FansUnite, which listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange earlier this month in a bid to expand its sports wagering capacity.Launched in 2009 by former Tote executives Damian Walker and Petrie, McBookie currently trades as a specialist bookmaker pricing Scottish marketplaces.Confirming the deal, Petrie stated: “McBookie has a very strong brand and with the added marketing resources behind us we see lots of great opportunities ahead. The Scottish sports betting market is still largely undervalued by the big operators, who at best treat Scottish customers as an afterthought, whereas we will continue to put them at the front and centre of our offering.”Since 2012, FansUnite has served as a sports analytics platform, supplying diverse clients crowdsourced insights and predictive modules for multiple sports disciplines.By listing on the CSE exchange, the Vancouver technology outfit seeks to rapidly amplify its sports betting capabilities for a changing global sports scene.Commenting on the investment, FansUnite CEO Darius Eghdami said: “McBookie is our first major acquisition and we are really excited about the massive potential for growth for the brand. The Scottish betting market is a significant one and we aim to greatly increase McBookie’s market share.” Submit StumbleUpon Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020last_img read more

Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers final score: Kawhi Leonard leads LA to 98-88 win

first_imgAnunoby has left the court for now, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has entered the game in his place.Here’s the inadvertent eye poke by Leonard on Anunoby. pic.twitter.com/STRUNHZVJ6— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 12, 201910:41 p.m. ET — The Raptors win the opening tip, but Patrick Beverley earns the first points of Monday’s contest with a layup.Pregame10:38 p.m. ET — Here is the Raptors’ starting five against the Clippers: VanVleet, Powell, Anunoby, Siakam, and Gasol. The Clippers’ starters? Beverley, Shamet, Leonard, Patterson, Zubac. Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s defensive gameplan was effective in limiting Leonard but wasn’t enough to earn a second win in as many nights in LA.Four different Raptors scored double-digit points on Tuesday: Pascal Siakam (16), Norman Powell (15), Fred VanVleet (14) and Chris Boucher (13). But an inability to finish down the stretch — they were outscored 25-10 in the fourth quarter — and only 15 trips to the free-throw line compared to LA’s 30 ultimately left the Raptors down by 10 at the final buzzer.MORE: Kawhi Leonard on facing Raptors: ‘They’re taking up where they left off’The Raptors lost starting forward OG Anunoby to injury early in the game when Leonard inadvertently poked him in the eye while Anunoby grabbed a rebound. The team confirmed early on that Anunoby would not return Monday, but the third-year player’s status moving forward is still unknown.Sporting News tracked live scores, updates and highlights from Raptors vs. Clippers on Monday.Raptors vs. Clippers scoreQuarterQ1Q2Q3Q4FinalRaptors2323321088Clippers1536222598Raptors vs. Clippers live score, updates and highlightsQuarter 41 a.m. ET  — The Raptors, on the second night of a back-to-back, appear gassed at the end of this one. Leonard and the Clippers take a win, 98-88, after a hard-fought game.12:56 a.m. ET  — Harrell makes up for the block on him a minute earlier and slams a dunk home off Leonard’s feed. Leonard knocks down two free throws to bring the lead to eight points.12:55 a.m. ET  — Chris Boucher completely stuffs Harrell at the rim, sending the Raptors’ bench — and the Toronto contingent at Staples Center — to their feet. He puts a layup in a few moments later to help the Raptors crawl to a four-point deficit. The Clippers lead 92-88 with 1:21 to play.Norman Powell slipped on a wet spot and came away limping, but he remains in the game.WHAT A BLOCK BY BOUCHER! pic.twitter.com/KsumwJoDZ6— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 201912:49 a.m. ET  — The Raptors have only scored eight points through the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and miss several shots, even after stripping the ball from Leonard yet again. Kawhi ties his career-high for turnovers in one game (eight). Nick Nurse takes a timeout with a little more than three minutes left to play. Clippers hold a six-point lead (92-86). 12:40 a.m. ET  — After Siakam misses two free throws, both teams miss shots back and forth until Harrell slams home a dunk for the Clippers. Hollis-Jefferson’s foul sends Harkless to the line — he knocks done one of two free throws, bringing the game to 87-82 Clippers.12:32 a.m. ET  — The Raptors call a timeout with 9:11 remaining. They trail Los Angeles 82-79.12:30 a.m.  ET  — The Clippers take a one-point lead with a three-point shot. 10 minutes remain in the game.End of Quarter 3 — Raptors 77, Clippers 7312:25 a.m.  — Raptors rookie Matt Thomas knocks down a three to take a 75-72 lead. He has six points so far on Monday. VanVleet is able to extend Toronto’s lead to three points after being fouled, and Thomas knocks down a bank shot to end the third quarter. 12:20 a.m. ET  — Clippers guard Landry Shamet is helped off the court after falling while on defense.Here’s the Landry Shamet injury. It’s hard to see exactly what caused it. pic.twitter.com/GApUPOywIR— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 12, 201912:13 a.m. ET — The Raptors continue their fantastic defense on Leonard (seven turnovers), but VanVleet misses a clear layup. The Raptors remain down by two (67-65) with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.12:09 a.m. ET  — Toronto’s Powell drives to the net and slams a dunk for his 15th points of the game, a Raptors team-high.Yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh @npowell2404 pic.twitter.com/5FzhJMy5sR— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201912:05 a.m. ET  — Five consecutive missed shots by the Clippers result in a breakaway for Toronto’s Powell, but he is fouled. The Clippers take a timeout with a three-point lead, 58-55.Clippers just had eight offensive rebounds inn a single possession, and failed to score a single point. Ivica Zubac’s face says it all. pic.twitter.com/nvJlvUbiZK— Clipper Insider (@clipperinsider) November 12, 201912:03 a.m.  ET  — Fred VanVleet is given a technical foul for arguing with the referees during a Clippers possession.11:57 p.m. ET —   It takes a full 90 seconds for either team to score to start the second half, but Los Angeles’ Landy Shamet puts up a three to open the scoring once more.End of Quarter 2 — Raptors 46, Clippers 5111:36 p.m. ET  — A flurry of missed shots and wild turnovers in the last few minutes of the half. Patrick Beverley’s layup takes a 49-36 lead for the Clippers just before the half ends, and Toronto’s Powell takes an offensive foul with 0.5 seconds left. Patrick Beverley takes two free throws and sinks both to end the quarter. The Clippers lead 51-46.11:27 p.m. ET  — Leonard’s fourth turnover of the night causes analysts to note how well Nick Nurse and the Raptors have planned to defend their former teammate.Kawhi just committed his 4th turnover. He’s played 16 minutes without a FG (0-for-5). Credit to Nurse and his sleepless night of game prep, Hollis-Jefferson, who has been excellent, and several others that have done a great job trapping him.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 12, 201911:25 p.m. ET  — Siakam slams a dunk home after a pretty feed from Gasol.This right here is what you call a DIME pic.twitter.com/EQVmsVd5qd— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201911:20 p.m. ET  — Clippers center Montrezl Harrell draws a foul for a potential three-point play. Raptors remain ahead, 35-33, during a timeout.11:14 p.m. ET  — The Clippers go on a 10-1 run and briefly take back the lead, but Toronto quickly regains the lead.End of Quarter 1 — Raptors 23, Clippers 15Freddy pullin’ up from ANYWHERE pic.twitter.com/0RCtZQ6pCu— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201911:04 p.m.  ET  — Toronto’s Marc Gasol draws a charging foul. The teams trade missed shots until Raptors’ Chris Boucher hits a three-point shot to extend Toronto’s lead to seven points.10:58 p.m. ET  — Norman Powell hits one of two foul shots and the Raptors take a 10-9 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter.10:55 p.m. ET  — Sportsnet reports that OG Anunoby has a poked right eye and will not return to Monday’s game. The Raptors confirmed this report minutes later.10:52 p.m. ET  —   Siakam sinks a floater to cut Toronto’s deficit to three points. The Clippers take a timeout.10:43 p.m. ET  — Play is stopped less than two minutes into the game after Raptors forward OG Anunoby goes down with an injury. Kawhi Leonard hit  22-year-old Anunoby  in the eye as he collected a rebound. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was given a technical foul for protesting after play continued while Anunoby laid on the ground. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Toronto Raptors 98-88 in Los Angeles on Monday in Kawhi Leonard’s first game against his old team since he helped bring Toronto its first NBA Finals title in June.Leonard nearly earned a triple-double on the night (12 points, nine assists, 11 rebounds) but often found himself double-teamed by his old teammates, limiting his scoring ability. Clippers guard Lou Williams led all scorers with 21 points in a fairly low-scoring, sometimes sloppy night for both the defending NBA champions and this year’s Finals favorite, the Clippers.last_img read more

Harassment charge against Mason City man dropped

first_imgMASON CITY — Charges have been dropped against a Mason City man accused of harassing a woman in the parking lot at MercyOne-North Iowa Medical Center earlier this summer. 29-year-old King James was accused of following a woman into the parking lot of the hospital on June 30th, telling the woman that he was going to shoot and kill her. James claimed after being arrested that he had an alibi, saying he had witnesses that would testify he was asleep in his home when the incident allegedly took place. Law enforcement countered that they had witnesses and security video as evidence of James committing the crime. James trial was scheduled to start on September 10th, but the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office on Monday filed a motion to drop a first-degree harassment charge, stating that it was appropriate after speaking with the parties involved, including law enforcement. Online court records show Judge Adam Sauer approved the motion to dismiss on Tuesday.last_img read more