Core strength in mid-market home values

first_imgCoreLogic says the trend was for the most expensive suburbs to slow first.HOME values in the middle market — which makes up half Brisbane’s housing — were rising faster than both the city’s most expensive and its cheapest properties, latest figures show.It also found that the most expensive end of town was seeing growth slow the fastest.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said the slowdown in growth at the top end of town was also the case in other recent housing market slowdowns.“Annual growth has been quite moderate however, the middle valued suburbs recorded the strongest growth (1.1 per cent) followed by fairly similar growth rates across the most affordable suburbs (0.9 per cent) and the most expensive suburbs (0.8 per cent)”.The situation was reversed in regional Queensland though where “the most expensive suburbs were the only ones in which values increased over the past year (2.4 per cent), with values lower over the middle (-0.8 per cent) and affordable (-3.5 per cent) market segments.”The figures come off the stratified hedonic home value index which looks at changes across three broad value-based segments of the housing market — the most affordable 25 per cent of properties, the middle 50 per cent and the most expensive 25 per cent.It said housing markets that saw the strongest value growth in recent years (Sydney and Melbourne) were seeing their premium housing sector slow more rapidly than the other sectors.“This mirrors the experience in other recent housing market slowdowns/downturns whereby it is the most expensive suburbs which slow first and have experienced the larger downturns.”last_img read more

Two Torino players positive for COVID-19

first_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMesmerizing Pictures Of World’s Most Beautiful Staircases8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Torino have officially announced that two players have tested positive for coronavirus. The Granata players were subjected to tests before returning to training ahead of the upcoming season and the club discovered two cases of COVID-19 in their squad. “Torino Football Club announced that two players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the tests carried out before the resumption of the preparation,” the club wrote in a statement. “The club immediately informed the competent authorities and the two players, currently asymptomatic, are in isolation as per the protocol. read also:Super Eagles defender describes Torino’s Serie A season ‘rough’ “As a precaution, further investigations are underway for three other players of the first team who in recent days had been in close contact with the positives and who at the moment have not been part of the group.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Advertisementlast_img read more

Green buoyed by QPR win

first_img The result may hold more importance for the R’s, who face local rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday before welcoming reigning champions Manchester City to Loftus Road. And Green – who recovered from an illness to take his place in goal for QPR in time to replace Alex McCarthy (thigh strain) – feels he and his team-mates are now ready for the challenges ahead. “It is pleasing to get the win, I’m delighted for everyone,” he said. “It gives you that little bit of a lift going into two tough games. If we hadn’t won you’d be looking at the next two games with a bit more concern. “I think games at home in this respect are key so it is that bit more pleasing. It reinstalls the belief you’ve got. “Particularly at home, you play against teams and if you really give it a go and put it to teams then sometimes they can’t come up with answers. “We asked questions of Villa going forward quickly, hitting Bobby (Zamora) and stuff like that and it proved fruitful. “In that respect it is finding a way to win games, finding a way to cause problems and believing in our own ability as much as anything. A brace from Charlie Austin saw Rangers pick up their second win of the season and move off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League – moving to within three points of Villa in the process. In a game of little quality, it was former Burnley forward Austin who settled the game, but Green also played his part as QPR boss Harry Redknapp saw his side pick up just their second clean sheet of the campaign. Press Association “If it means killing games off after an hour then so be it that is the sort of thing you have to do.” High-profile summer signing Rio Ferdinand was again left on the bench as QPR kept Villa, the league’s lowest scorers with just four goals, at bay with Steven Caulker and ex-Villa defender Richard Dunne developing an understanding. Both scored unfortunate own goals in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool but were kept at the heart of Redknapp’s defence on Monday night, with Green impressed by Dunne’s display. “Dunney is Dunney – he gives his all,” he added. “He’s great at what he’s great at and he’s a great player to play behind because you know what you’re going to get. “He is consistent in that respect. You look at something like the play-off final. He came off man of the match and proved his worth. “You could have signed him on a 10-year contract off the back of that game. I think Dunney was in fantastic form against his old club.” Despite Villa going for almost nine hours without a goal, it was at the back where manager Paul Lambert was critical. Skipper Ron Vlaar was partnered in defence with Ciaran Clark and the Holland international knows the Villains need to turn around their run of five straight defeats to start breeding more faith among the players. “It is frustrating to lose again,” he told AVTV. “We started quite well and conceded a goal – we have to do better that is for sure. “We have to start picking up points again, results give confidence and that is what we have to do. It is easier said than done but we have to work hard to achieve something and then build on that. “It is always easy to talk afterwards about what went wrong and what the problems are but there is only one thing we have to do and that is step up.” Goalkeeper Rob Green believes Monday night’s victory over Aston Villa will see the QPR squad regain their confidence ahead of the west London derby with Chelsea.last_img read more

Football: Trojans, Eagles suffer tough losses; Golden Bucks crush WA 60-0

first_img Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at OLD TOWN — With fall officially here, the 2019 high school football season is nearing the halfway mark. The standings are taking shape, and every yard, every point and every game means a little bit more.Week 3 of high school football took Hancock County teams all over the state, and the three matchups produced a variety of different results. As Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth/Sumner fell to tough road defeats, Bucksport wowed its home crowd with a performance that was the epitome of dominance.MDI hit the road Friday night for a Big 11 Conference clash with Old Town, and the Trojans experienced a swing of emotions early as a would-be touchdown run by Sam Mitchell was nullified due to a holding penalty. Yet on the very next play, Mitchell ran 64 yards to the 1-yard line to set up a touchdown plunge from Baylor Landsman and a successful 2-point conversion to put the Trojans ahead 8-0.MDI’s Sam Mitchell stiff-arms an Old Town defender during the second half of a high school football game Sept. 20 at Old Town High School. Mitchell led the Trojans in rushing yards with 79. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“[Sam] is our primary running back, and we knew coming into the season that he had the most backfield experience all out of the guys we had coming back from last year,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “He’s really stepped up and matured even more this year.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the second quarter, Old Town (1-2) kept a drive in MDI territory going with an unlikely conversion on fourth-and-12. The Coyotes then scored on a 4-yard screen pass from Sam Magoon to Tre Dorr to cut the lead to 8-6, and the hometown team would capitalize on the momentum with an interception and another touchdown drive to take a 12-8 lead into halftime.“We had [the quarterback] wrapped up in the backfield, and he slipped out and threw the ball down the field,” Arnold said of Old Town’s fourth-and-long conversion. “I think our guys hung their heads a little bit after that, and it cost us there later in the first half.”MDI started the second half on a high note as Porter Isaacs leaped into the air to intercept Dorr and give the Trojans the ball in the red zone. William Hodgdon came in to replace Landsman, who left the game after suffering an injury, and the senior backup proved his worth by capping off a short touchdown drive with a 4-yard run to put the Trojans up 14-12.Yet that would be the last touchdown MDI would score against an Old Town team that controlled the rest of the game on offense and defense. The Coyotes took the lead for good on a touchdown with 3 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter and added one more with 5:05 left in the fourth for the game’s final score.MDI had 121 yards on the ground with Mitchell rushing for 79 yards, Hodgdon and Landsman each rushing for 15 yards, Gray rushing for 10 yards and Maddox Laurendeau rushing for 2. Mitchell, Hodgdon and Landsman combined for 54 passing yards on five completions.The Bucksport defense records a sack during a high school football game against Washington Academy on Sept. 20 at Bucksport High School. The Golden Bucks scored on each of their first five offensive plays in a 60-0 win. RICK MCHALE PHOTOBack in Hancock County, Bucksport (3-0) rolled to a 60-0 win over visiting Washington Academy (0-3). The win moved the Golden Bucks into first place in Class D North as Foxcroft fell to 42-19 defeat against Leavitt.Bucksport turned the game into a blowout from the beginning, scoring touchdowns on each of its first five offensive plays. Even as the junior varsity players entered, the Golden Bucks, who led 41-0 at the end of the first quarter, stayed in control.“I’ve never played in a game where we scored the first time the ball was in our hands five times in a row,” Bucksport senior David Gross said. “The JVs came in at the end and still held WA’s varsity scoreless for the last three quarters, which shows the work they put in and the talent they have.”Ellsworth/Sumner found itself on the wrong side of a lopsided affair Saturday afternoon as it fell to a 62-22 road loss against Mount Ararat (2-1). The 85-degree weather in Topsham took a toll on the Eagles (0-3), who were able to make a few big plays on offense but could not keep pace with one of the state’s top eight-man teams.“The heat was just horrid, and we had a revolving door of guys because we only had 10 kids available for practice during the week,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “Our kids played hard, but it was a difficult spot for us to be in.”The Eagles will look to pick up their first win when they host Sacopee Valley (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Bucksport and MDI will also play 7 p.m. home games tomorrow with the Golden Bucks hosting Mount View (0-3) and the Trojans hosting Dexter (2-1). Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Thunderbirds help distribute PPE in Phoenix

first_imgThe Whitecaps made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the club has made Major League Soccer aware of the incident and will remain in contact with the league office.Vancouver says Reyna’s quarantine was “ordered by club officials, in consultation with the team’s medical staff, after contravening club and league orders to abide by provincial physical distancing guidelines.”The 26-year-old from Peru, who joined the Whitecaps in January 2017, has apologized to his teammates, coaches and community for his actions.MLS suspended the season on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. A league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15 and it’s unclear when the season might resume.Four American-based MLS teams took the first small step toward returning to play Wednesday by allowing players to use team training fields for individual workouts. ___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted. Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___ The CFL’s proposal to the federal government involves $30 million now to manage the current impact the novel coronavirus outbreak has had on league business, and up to another $120 million if the 2020 season is canceled.___The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the resumption of prep sports around the state can tentatively begin July 1.All school-sponsored athletic activities were put on hold in March and later canceled because of school closures due to the new coronavirus. Those policies will remain in place through June.The resumption of prep sports remains contingent on the state’s ability to gradually reopen for business under the plan outlined last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Thunderbirds help distribute PPE in Phoenix Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Phoenix Open, have partnered with NextMed to purchase and distribute 100,000 PPE masks to the Phoenix community to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The online media days will likely be held those same dates, though that was tentative.___Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will testify at a House of Commons standing committee on finance Thursday.The appearance on a videoconference will come nine days after news broke that the CFL asked the Canadian government for up to $150 million Canadian in financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie is part of a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations. There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.” Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager.— Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning. ___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.___center_img Members of the public will compete along with rowers from each nation’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for individual awards in various age, weight and adaptive rowing categories, with international bragging rights also at stake for the country that records the furthest combined distance.Participants will be asked to log their scores on a live, real-time web platform, then share their results and nominate friends on social media using (hashtag) minutechallenge.British Rowing chief executive Andy Parkinson says: “In these uncertain times, we’re delighted to be able to join together in friendly competition and motivate indoor rowers across our four nations. This couldn’t have happened without fantastic collaboration between each of our governing bodies.”___Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna has started a 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distancing protocols. ___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together.He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.” The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils. ___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff. If the the guidelines are met, athletes would be able to work out with teammates and coaches through at least Aug. 1.The decision comes after Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, clarified that June 30 will be the end of the traditionally defined school year. ___Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke and the school’s five highest-paid coaches will take voluntary 20% pay cuts as the athletic department deals with a projected $7.5 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.Football coach Kevin Sumlin, men’s basketball coach Sean Miller, and baseball coach Jay Johnson will all take cuts for the 2020-21 school year. Women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes and softball coach Mike Candrea also agreed to salary reductions. ___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021. The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment. Other Arizona coaches will take smaller salary cuts as part of a university plan to reduce projected losses of $250 million through the 2020-21 fiscal year.Heeke last month said the athletic department faces a roughly $7.5 million revenue shortfall in 2019-20 after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and all spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.___The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17.The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The Whitecaps said they are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts and hope to confirm “plans for individual player workouts in the coming days.”___The Big 12 has become the first Power Five conference to say it will hold its football media days virtually.Big 12 coaches and athletic directors made the decision Wednesday during a virtual spring meeting that replaced their annual gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona.About 500 media members are usually credentialed to attend Big 12 media days, which were scheduled to be held July 21-22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the site of the league’s championship game. Part of the NextMed Cares “Million Mask Project,” the masks will be distributed to Phoenix-area first responders, health care workers and charities with help from Innovation Care Partners.More than 17,000 masks have already been distributed, including to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix on Wednesday. The remaining masks will be delivered this week to other health care workers and charities across the Valley of the Sun.___Virtual racing — at least the timed variety — is coming to international rowing.Rowing Australia says some of its coronavirus-idled athletes will take on those from Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the One Minute Challenge. It will start Friday and end next Tuesday and include anyone with a rowing machine at home to see how far they can row in one minute. May 6, 2020 Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Basketball team entering new era under Enfield

first_imgWelcome to Year One. Not the cheesy 2009 Jack Black caveman flick, but the first season of USC basketball with new head coach Andy Enfield at the helm.Moving forward · After starting in the backcourt for two years, junior Byron Wesley will be relied upon as a leader this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanEight players do return from last season’s 14-18 squad, as well as a couple transfers, but gone are the squad’s senior point guard, most reliable scorer and best post defender. Jio Fontan and Eric Wise graduated, while Dewayne Dedmon declared for the NBA draft and went unselected before signing with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.Senior forwards Aaron Fuller, Renaldo Woolridge and 7-foot-1 center James Blasczyk are also gone, their eligibility used up.This year, a new set of leaders has to step up for the program. The obvious choice would seem to be junior guard Byron Wesley, who has started all of his 64 games in two seasons at USC. Wesley has been consistent throughout two tumultuous years, and being the only scholarship player on the roster with two years of experience at USC, he’ll be relied upon to lead whether he likes it or not.“I hope so,” Enfield said concerning Wesley becoming a leader. “When you’re a junior or senior, you need to step up and realize that your college career is going to end pretty soon, so what are you going to do about it?”A duo of seniors in center Omar Oraby and guard J.T. Terrell also return after both transfers from former head coach Kevin O’Neill’s tenure had up-and-down seasons in their first year at Troy.Enfield has recruited two transfers himself this offseason in junior guard Pe’Shon Howard (University of Maryland) and senior 7-foot center D.J. Haley (Virginia Commonwealth), who will be eligible to play immediately and are in contention to start. Even though both recorded underwhelming scoring numbers last year at their previous schools — Howard averaged 3.3 points in 22.8 minutes per game while Haley averaged 1.9 points in 8.0 minutes per game — both are athletic for their position and seem like good fits for Enfield’s fast-paced system.Sophomore point guard Chass Bryan, a walk-on who played significant minutes last season, is also in the running to start.Sophomore guard Brendyn Taylor and forward Strahinja Gavrilovic also return, but what they can do on the court in a true game situation is still up in the air. The same goes for the four incoming freshmen, guards Julian Jacobs and Kahlil Dukes and forwards Roschon Prince and Nikola Jovanovic.“They need a lot of development, but they’re talented enough to help us and we expect them to be contributors,” Enfield said.As last year’s campaign showed, change can be a good thing. After going a program-worst 6-26 in a 2011-12 campaign littered with devastating injuries and an overall dearth of talent, O’Neill was on thin ice heading into last season. That ice cracked after the Trojans started 7-10, and in came longtime assistant Bob Cantu as the interim head coach.The move was largely successful. After averaging 63.7 points per game in the 17 games of O’Neill, the squad averaged near 80 in Cantu’s first three games.Even though the team fizzled out down the stretch, losing its last three games to finish 14-18 overall and out of the postseason again, the change was palpable. Players seemed more emotionally invested on the court, big wins over UCLA and Arizona resulted in a small upswing of excitement at the Galen Center and memories of the 2006-07 squad that ran to the Sweet 16 were fleeting, if not actualized.O’Neill’s defense-based system never seemed to be fully embraced by his players or the fan base, but with Enfield, the book on change is still valid.“We want to average in mid-70s,” Enfield said.Cantu’s run-and-gun system was popular during his 7-8 run at the helm to close last year, but besides increased scoring, don’t expect Enfield to keep around much furniture from the previous regime.“No,” Special Assistant to the Head Coach Dieter Horton simply said when asked if Enfield’s new system is at all similar to Cantu’s. “Other than giving players some freedom with responsibility.”The mantra of change is also applicable to the coaching staff. Outside of Horton, who was an assistant coach on O’Neill’s staff, Enfield brought a slew of new assistants with him to USC.Hired from San Diego State, Tony Bland is the new head recruiter and noted for his prowess on the recruiting trail.“I’ve been in college basketball for over 20 years, and Tony has a real knack for his ability to relate to kids and sift through the process to find out who’s the decision-maker and who’s important in the recruiting process,” Horton said.Local legend Jason Hart played 10 years in the NBA before being hired from Pepperdine, while Kevin Norris was an assistant under Enfield at Florida Gulf Coast University last year.On the court, Enfield wants listeners to know that while dunking and “Lob City” are certainly part of his game plan, they’re a by-product rather than a strategy.“The misconception is that we don’t just roll the balls out and start running,” he said. “We have a very structured system. We have a lot of screening action, and our defense caused a lot of our offense.”Horton estimates that 95 percent of Enfield’s first four months at USC were focused on recruiting, and after spending 15 of 19 straight days on the road in July, Enfield didn’t disagree.There’s already been a fair amount of roster fluctuation in the last month with the additions of Haley and Howard and the loss of senior forward Ari Stewart due to academic ineligibility, so a lot could change between now and the start of practice on Sept. 27.The expectations during this transition year shouldn’t be sky-high, but for now, the optimism is.Follow Jacob on Twitter @Jacob_Freedmanlast_img read more

Grinding Gears: Coaches must give offense a fair chance

first_imgIn a waiting area outside the weight room adjacent to where USC’s team buses were parked following its upset loss to Washington State on Friday in Pullman, Wash., offensive coordinator Tee Martin faced the media and delivered a series of terse, one- to two-word answers.Did he feel like receivers were getting open consistently? “No.” Why was it hard for USC to get a rhythm on offense? “They’re good,” he responded, referring to the Cougars’ defense. How did he think the blown offensive pass interference call on redshirt freshman wide receiver Tyler Vaughns affected the outcome? “No excuses.” Or the numerous injuries to the offensive line? “No excuses.” And how would he assess his own performance? “We didn’t win a game,” he said.It was that kind of night, for Martin and for the rest of the team. But it wasn’t like we couldn’t have seen this coming. In a season that thus far has been underwhelming for USC despite entering Friday’s contest with a 4-0 record, a loss like this was bound to happen. The Trojans did just enough to win those four contests, but within each game still had issues to fix — specifically on offense — and concerns piling up for a team expected to compete for a national championship. It seemed, to an extent, USC’s offense had been “bailed out” in those wins – by electric running backs in junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Stephen Carr, by the defense, and by some lucky breaks.But on Friday, playing a road game on short rest in front of a packed house at Martin Stadium, no one bailed out the Trojans — not even Super Sam.Friday night brought about a much-needed dose of reality for this team and drove home the cold, hard truth: USC isn’t what we thought it would be. Good team? Sure. Talented? Absolutely. Top-10 program? Probably.But to be a national championship contender, it has a lot of work ahead, and it starts with Martin’s offense.Up until Friday, USC had been able to ride redshirt sophomore Sam Darnold’s coattails because he was just that good. His athleticism and creativity masked many of the problems the Trojans may have had offensively, whether it be a shaky offensive line or the wide receivers having an off-night. But Darnold cannot do it all. He cannot block and pass at the same time, nor can he throw and catch the ball by himself.Against Washington State, with a makeshift offensive line and two of his top three wide receivers injured, it was clear that the task was too Herculean, even for Darnold.Instead of the veteran blockers he was accustomed to, he watched as junior right tackle Chuma Edoga turned his ankle and senior right guard Viane Talamaivao hurt his left shoulder. With redshirt junior left tackle Toa Lobendahn already out with a staph infection, plugging in two freshmen — Austin Jackson and Andrew Vorhees — along with redshirt sophomore Clayton Johnston had to fill in the other spots.On the receiving corps, Darnold did not have the services of redshirt senior Steven Mitchell Jr., who had a groin injury, and redshirt junior Jalen Greene left the game at halftime. And redshirt sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe remains out with a hip flexor.Even with all those players healthy earlier this season, USC’s offense struggled at times, though Darnold still managed to put up decent numbers. But against Washington State, the preseason Heisman favorite was downright pedestrian. His 52 percent completion rate (15-of-29) was the lowest of his USC career, as were the 164 yards he threw for. He misfired on several passes, either overthrowing or miscommunicating with the receiver. On Darnold’s lone interception, he badly underthrew redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, with the defender able to read his eyes.Some of that is Darnold’s own fault. But it’s also the larger offensive scheme as a whole. The offense overall was anemic in Pullman. There was no flow, no rhythm whatsoever, and questionable play-calling to boot for a team that is supposedly “run first” and has two premier running backs. USC had as many run plays as throws — 29 each — which is nonsensical considering the pass game was getting nowhere. Redshirt freshman Tyler Vaughns was the only receiver who had any kind of night catching the ball — and perhaps the lone bright spot for the Trojans on Friday. But for Carr to only have five carries for 11 yards and for Jones to only have one memorable run — the 86-yard touchdown gallop in the first half — is to play right into the defense’s hands.Instead of trying to be cute, such as attempt a flea-flicker in the second quarter that led to an intentional grounding penalty and a momentum shift, Martin needs to stick to plain and simple. It’s tempting to try and be elaborate, especially given the talent he has on the offense from the quarterback to the young receivers to the running backs. But sometimes, less is more, and calling basic run plays or screen passes or simpler routes can be more effective than trick plays — and if something breaks down, Darnold is still that wild card who can improvise.Out of all the dumb clichés in sports, the worst is “defense wins championships” because a good defense with a bad offense won’t even make the playoffs. Right now, USC’s offense is — for lack of a better term — bad. The only thing saving it is Darnold’s talent, and as we saw against Washington State, even that is not good enough when the injury bug hits. So, it’s up to Martin to make the adjustments, to call the right plays and build an offense that doesn’t revolve around Darnold having to save the day in every fourth quarter.“He did a really good job,” Martin said when asked about Darnold’s play on Friday. “Made some good reads. He put us in position to win the game, just fell short.”Sam Darnold is doing his job. It’s time for Tee Martin to do his.Eric He is a junior studying journalism. He is also the associate managing editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, Grinding Gears, runs Mondays.last_img read more

Athletics could be better off without Bolt says Carl Lewis Former…

first_imgFormer American athletics star, Carl Lewis, says the sports of athletics may well be better off with the departure of triple world record holder Usain Bolt.Bolt retired after the recently concluded London World Championships where he only managed to earn a bronze medal in the 100 meters.But Lewis is adamant that participants of the sport must hurry and put the recent departure of Bolt, claiming there is a unique opportunity for things to be even better off.Track and field pundits have argued that will Bolt’ throwing in his spikes he will never be replaced he can never be replaced.  Over his ten-year professional career Bolt was the darling of the sport where he entertained and thrilled with scintillating runs and his inimitable antics.“The sport is not just about one person. Nobody is irreplaceable. Track and field survived many civilizations. Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and now Usain Bolt. Men will all come and go but the sport will always remain,” Lewis told PTI.“We need to do more to build on the sport. We don’t need to follow that trend that we have been in the last eight years, which was just about following one person,” he added.“Our job is to fill the void. In the last 10 years, the sport has not grown as the focus was just on one man. The point is we need to build competition. We now have a unique chance to rebuild and grow our sport. Now we have a chance to make a difference, grow our sport and not just grow yourself.”last_img read more

Florida Running Out of ICU Beds Due to COVID-19 Spike

first_imgThe Sun-Sentinel reported that of the 23 hospitals reporting in Broward County, seven reported ICUs at 90% capacity or more. Of the 17 reporting in Palm Beach County, there were two. Of the 34 reporting in Miami-Dade County, there were 10. As of Wednesday morning, only 921 of Florida’s 5,315 ICU beds were still available. While statewide, the percentage of ICUs available is dwindling, South Florida has been relatively steady. DeSantis announced the decision as the state reported another 7,347 cases and the highest positivity rate — 20.8% — since the beginning of the epidemic. As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida, the state is facing a shortage of available ICU beds. According to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) on Tuesday, at least 43 intensive care units across 21 counties in Florida hospitals have reached capacity. Another 32 hospitals across ten counties show ICU bed availability of 10% or less. On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 100 nurses and other medical personnel will be sent by the state to Jackson Memorial Hospital, the largest hospital in Florida, which currently has an ICU bed availability of 9%.last_img read more

Clippers secure No. 2 seed with victory over Denver Nuggets

first_imgThere was something to play for Wednesday, all right — certainty, certainly. And history too.The Clippers’ 124-111 victory over Denver gave them definitive possession of the Western Conference’s second seed, the best regular-season finish in franchise history.It also solidified a first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks next week and made real the possibility that they could meet the Lakers in the conference finals.That all counts for something, but not as much those outside the team might expect. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “We still in the journey. We just got to keep enjoying each day and the process.”Neither the Clippers (48-23) nor the Nuggets (46-26) were in a rush early in Wednesday’s possible second-round Western Conference playoff preview.But with Patrick Beverley (sidelined with a left calf strain that could keep him out into the playoffs) providing commentary from the Clippers’ bench, L.A. revved up after halftime, quickly erasing an eight-point deficit to tie it at 63 and pouring in 40 third-quarter points.Denver responded with its own run to close the third quarter, pulling back in front 92-90. But by the time there was just more than 3 minutes left, the Clippers’ lead was 115-103 and they’d just about parked themselves in spot No. 2.George led the Clippers with 27 points in his sixth consecutive 20-plus point game. In the process, the Palmdale native eclipsed 13,000 regular-season points for his career. In so doing, he became one of 22 active NBA players to accomplish the milestone and one of four active players with at least 13,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,500 3-pointers.Leonard was also among the five Clippers in double figures with 26 points, his 11th consecutive game with at least 20 points, equaling the third longest such streak of his career.And Lou Williams’ acclimation to bubble play continued: He finished with 23 points and 7 assists — marking his 18th game this season with at least 20 points and 5 assists off the bench, best in the NBA.Rivers said this week that if Harrell is available Friday, he’ll most certainly participate in the final seeding game before the playoffs. But on Wednesday, without the Sixth Man of the Year finalist once again, starting center Ivica Zubac continued to shine. In 21 minutes, Zubac had 15 points and 12 rebounds.The Clippers’ victory Wednesday without Beverley, Landry Shamet (left foot sprain) and Harrell — who is self-isolating following his return to the bubble late Sunday — was a characteristic outcome for a team that’s played with a full lineup only 11 times this season, and gone 10-1 in those contests.But Rivers said his squad wasn’t of the mind to dwell on the regular season that was, because they’re thinking ahead.“It’s funny,” Rivers said. “I didn’t mention that we secured the 2 seed. I don’t think anybody in the locker room talked about it. We really don’t care.“Like, we want to win it all. We got to improve as a team. We know that. We have work to do. But we’re going to the playoffs with that mindset. That’s the only thing that matters right now for us.”Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George (13) controls the ball while defended by Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George, right. bumps fists with head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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(Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George (13) controls the ball while defended by Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George, right. bumps fists with head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George, right. bumps fists with head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Expand“It doesn’t mean a lot,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, via Zoom. “Listen, with the injuries that we’ve had this year and all the other stuff, for us to be a 2 seed says that we’re pretty good, right? Everyone has done a hell of a job to keep this thing going.“Now let’s hope we can get healthy, get Trezz (Montrezl Harrell) back hopefully the next couple of days, and go from there.”The Clippers locked their gaze on the grand prize on July 5, 2019, at the moment Kawhi Leonard agreed to sign with the team knowing that Paul George would be arriving with him, via trade.Wednesday’s result more than a year later, as the a long, strange NBA season moves toward its finale in a closed campus at Walt Disney World Resort, it’s a significant step toward the real purpose, Leonard said.“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Leonard, who earned his second NBA Finals MVP award last season, when he led the Toronto Raptors to the title. “For me and Paul and the rest of the guys that was here, them being the eighth seed last year, us coming into a new system, able to play that well together our first year under all these circumstances. 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