The Trojans’ recent success has been supported by an even balance of offensive production — at least five players have dropped double-digits in the last three games. On any given night, forwards junior Nick Rakocevic and senior Bennie Boatwright can drop over 20 points. But the team has struggled on the road, going 0-4 outside of Galen Center so far this season. Notching two wins on the road would give the team a shot at the top of the conference and the confidence to continue to travel as the Trojans enter the heart of the season. The Huskies have already notched five double-digit wins in conference play, led by freshman guard Jaylen Nowell, who averages 17 points per game. The teams face off on Wednesday night, offering the Trojans an opportunity to mar the Huskies’ perfect conference record and take the top conference spot. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic hangs onto the rim after dunking in the game against Arizona at the Galen Center last Thursday. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Hot off a trio of dominant conference victories, the USC men’s basketball team hits the road this week to take on Washington and Washington State. The team vaulted the conference rankings over the weekend, moving quickly to the No. 2 slot early in a season of well-balanced Pac-12 play. In a conference without a single Top 25-ranked team, parity comes to the Trojans’ advantage when vying for an NCAA championship bid. Franks is the team leader in points, averaging 21.2 per game this season, while freshman forward CJ Elleby also adds 16.1 points per game. The rest of the roster averages under double-digits apiece, hefting most of the offensive burdens on the pair of forwards. For the Trojans, the game is a must-win, both to continue the team’s momentum and to separate itself from the bottom tier of the conference. The team will then head to Pullman to face Washington State on Saturday. While their in-state rivals have dominated the Pac-12, the Cougars have had far less luck, notching only one win in conference play and going 8-12 overall so far this season. The team’s lone win came in an 82-59 victory over Cal, the winless bottom team in the league, with junior forward Robert Franks ripping off 24 points to lead the win. This weekend, the Trojans have a chance to secure their first road win of the season and knock off the top-ranked team in the conference — the Huskies are undefeated in Pac-12 play and 16-4 overall. Washington has been decisive in their victories, most recently stomping Oregon State 79-69 and Oregon 61-56, and they have yet to drop a loss at home. Washington will host USC on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Dede Ayew put in a tireless performance at Anfield but it was not enough to see his Swansea side go down to in-form Liverpool 1-0.Ayew started on the left flank and provided the much needed cover for left back Neil Taylor as they held their own against the rampaging duo of Nathaniel Clyne and Jordan Ibe.The Black Stars vice-captain was caught up on defensive duties for majority of the game as his side were pinned back in their own half due to Liverpool’s now famous gegenpressing game.Garry Monk’s side failed to create any clear cut chance on the day as Swansea’s 12 games winless streak continued.It was all joy for Jurgen Klopp who claimed a first Premier League win at to climb to sixth.Liverpool took the lead on 62 minutes when James Milner scored from the penalty spot after Neil Taylor was adjudged to have handballed in the box after attempting to defend a Jordan Ibe cross. Ayew will be hoping for better luck when the winner of BBC player of the year is named.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “I’ve just been doing what I’ve been doing throughout the last couple years: working on my body, working on my craft, working on my mind, trying to make myself the best weapon possible.”But in Florida, he’s the go-to guy for more than defensive stops, having brought a tall stack of white T-shirts with him into the Bubble: “I like to wear a lot of T-shirts,” Beverley explained. “I tried to put one and two together. I’m pretty sure NBA guys like to wear T-shirts also. I just wanted to make everything available to everyone.”Beverley said he’s not lacking for anything at Disney World Resort, saying that he’s enjoying the removed experience of life on the NBA’s closed campus.“Very smooth, very professional,” Beverley said. “The whole setup here is top-notch. You just get to home in and focus on basketball. Kind of gets you some quality time to yourself, away from friends and family.“For some people, it’s a good thing. For some people, it’s a bad thing. For me, I’m going to take advantage of this idle time and use it to my advantage.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he’s encouraging his players to enjoy the unusual experience they’re all having together – including all of its included amenities.“It’s not normal life,” said Rivers, ticking off a few of the on-site options in the bubble, including restaurants, bowling, fishing, movies, biking. “There’s just so much talk bout it. Like our guys, honestly, we talk about it – let’s just do our jobs. After we’re done practicing, live your life to the best that you can live it here. That’s what we’re trying to do; we’re trying to just live our life, have the best Disney life.“We got a lot to do. It’s still not normal, but that’s fine with us. We’re going to live the best Disney life that we can.”But they’re also going to prepare for high-stakes competition and what they hope will be the Clippers’ organization’s first championship run.The Fun Guy’s arrival to practice Monday reinforced that, rookie guard Terance Mann said.“Kawhi (Leonard) is just about business,” he said. “So when he’s around, everybody knows it’s business time, get focused and get locked in.”But not too fast, Rivers said, noting the Clippers will work their way into game readiness, including with scrimmages, because that’s the only way to adequately prepare for the real thing – even if those potentially present opportunities for injuries to arise.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Hell, I could step on someone’s ankle getting on the bus,” Rivers said. “The reason teams are slowly ramping up is because we have more days than usual … we have two-plus weeks this time. It allows us to kind of take our time.”And so far? So good, Rivers said.“Are we sharp? No, of course not,” he said. “But we’re good, we’re picking up stuff. We don’t need to install things; we need to review things. We’re going to add a couple new wrinkles to some of the things we do (but) overall, the retention has been amazing.”Beverley might say that’s because he never really took a break. Patrick Beverley’s locked in and loaded, with T-shirts for everyone.The veteran guard told reporters Tuesday that he treated the four-month hiatus as he would any other offseason.That’s to say: He didn’t take the time off.“For me, basketball is a year-round sport,” the just-turned-32-year-old guard said via Zoom from Orlando, Florida, where the Clippers are ramping up – methodically and intentionally, as they’ve been describing it – for the start of the eight-game seeding season with another showdown against the Lakers on July 25. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Nuevo Arenal recently was graced with a visit from English royalty. Expat David Fountaine and his wife, Ruth, hosted his Excellency, the Earl of Eastbourne (NVQ), and Lady Vivian of Lewes, Duchess of Eastbourne. Celebrating their first visit to Costa Rica, the royal couple expressed their amazement at the environmental diversity and natural beauty of the country.Lady Vivian observed, “Those cheeky monkeys that start woofing to each other at half-four in the morning alter one’s sleeping schedule a bit. We did miss our Devonshire cream, however we found the spotted rooster dish interesting. We were advised of another local favorite oddly called chicken of the tree, but had to demur. Our Costa Rican adventure provided us with many experiences never to be found in our home country, and we anticipate with enthusiasm a return go.”To say that the grand opening of Toad Hall was an event to remember would be a large understatement. People came from miles around, some on horseback, to attend the celebration, which also marked owner Jeff Van Mills’ 50th birthday. The free, open-to-all fiesta, which included strolling mariachis, great food, unlimited sangrias and potent mojitos, attested to the profound generosity of Jeff and his wife, Lydia. They even provided bus service for revelers to ensure a safe trip home. One challenge they faced was slicing the cake for nearly 200 guests to enjoy a piece. A huge thanks to the Van Mills for a truly remarkable evening at Toad Hall.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Comments No related posts.