Chastadie Barrs Claims Fifth Weekly Honor of the Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, the league announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Barrs helped the Cardinals to a 2-0 record on the week with a 94-70 win over Northwestern State Wednesday and an 81-76 victory at home over Sam Houston State Saturday. The DeSoto, Texas native recorded her 600th steal on Saturday to become only the second player in NCAA Division I history to record 600 or more steals in a career.Basketball Player of the Week – Chastadie Barrs, Lamar – Sr. – Guard – DeSoto, TexasThe senior guard averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 steals, 7.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds throughout the week. At Northwestern State, Barrs tabbed her fifth double-digit steals performance (10) moving her into second-place on the NCAA all-time career steals list with 600. In Lamar’s win over Sam Houston State, Barrs also recorded her 647th career assist, breaking a 26-year old program record set by Ramona Jones. The senior has racked up nine double-double performances this season and leads the nation with 6.04 steals per game.Honorable Mention: Stephanie Visscher, Stephen F. Austin; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls; Sara Williamson, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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LeBron loses ‘best teammate’ Jones to Suns

first_imgStephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against James Jones #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter during Game Five of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 14, 2015 in Oakland, California. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States — Former Cleveland Cavaliers reserve James Jones, who alongside LeBron James has reached the past seven NBA Finals, was named vice president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.The move was announced by Suns owner Robert Sarver, who also revealed a contract extension, reportedly through the 2019-20 season, for 36-year-old general manager Ryan McDonough.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Suns went 24-58 last season, the NBA’s second-worst record and worst in the Western Conference. Phoenix has not been to the NBA Playoffs since reaching the Western Conference finals in 2010. They haven’t reached the NBA Finals since 1993.“We have laid the foundation for what we hope will become the next championship caliber Suns team,” McDonough said. “There is still a lot of work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Phoenix.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline coolly smashes foe sans star Valdez End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Jones, also 36, was a forward for the Suns from 2005-2007, helping the team to the 2006 Western Conference finals. He will report to McDonough and with him oversee all basketball-related matters, including trades, free agent deals and the NBA Draft.His departure removes another familiar face around James on the Cavaliers roster as James ponders the coming season and what his team can do to overcome the Golden State Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the second time in three consecutive meetings for the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’James, who has called Jones “the best teammate I’ve ever had,” led the Cavaliers in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history from 3-1 down to win the best-of-seven series in 2016.The Warriors won a rematch in five games last month. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets James has reportedly been unsatisfied with the moves made by Cleveland to obtain off-season talent to better compete with the Kevin Durant-powered Warriors, notably missing out on deals for Jimmy Butler and Chris Paul after general manager David Griffin parted ways with the Cavs.Jones, a former secretary-treasurer for the NBA players union, played alongside James for four seasons in Miami, resulting in two titles and four finals appearances, and the past three seasons in Cleveland. He also played as a backup forward for Indiana, Portland and Phoenix in his 14 NBA campaigns.“We are thrilled to add James Jones to our staff,” said McDonough. “James has a wealth of experiences that will greatly benefit our organization. He is a three-time NBA champion and has been one of the top executives with the National Basketball Players Association over the past few years.”Jones averaged 7.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 151 games with the Suns. He played in 48 regular-season games and eight playoff contests for the Cavaliers last season and has career averages of 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds.McDonough came to Phoenix after 10 seasons in basketball operations with the Boston Celtics, serving as assistant general manager for the final three and helping the team take the 2008 NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

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UAAP: UST sends UP crashing for second straight win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Everybody came to play today, they played well, they executed the game plan and they were more relaxed,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo. “They were just playing basketball, having fun and they were playing as a team.”UP was down 76-46 headed into the fourth quarter but managed to trim the deficit to 14, 83-69, with 1:59 left after Will Gozum’s basket but time was on the Growling Tigers’ side.Cansino filled the stat sheets for UST with 16 points, on 5-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while Renzo Subido finished with 13 points and six assists.Kenneth Zamora and Marvin Lee added 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Zach Huang missed out on a double-double with nine points and 13 boards.Bright Akhuetie had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Rockets’ Zhou Qi hurts knee in exhibition game vs. Shanghai MOST READ It is the Growling Tigers’ first string of consecutive victories, ending their first round campaign with a 3-4 record for a tie with the Fighting Maroons, who are coming off a close 89-88 win over National U last Sunday.UST, playing without the medically sidelined Steve Akomo, was off to a blistering start building a 12-2 lead off of CJ Cansino’s layup with less than four minutes into the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Growling Tigers continued to throw the haymakers, eventually taking a 52-27 lead late in the second quarter after Cansino’s trip to the foul line.The Maroons put up a semblance of a fight late in the game, but UST’s lead proved too big to overcome. University of Santo Tomas sent University of the Philippines crashing with a methodical 86-72 beating in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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President Sirleaf Discloses Increase in Incidences of Rape

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has frowned upon the increase in the incidences of rape in Liberia in recent times.Highlighting a recent incident in which a 13-year old girl was raped and her future sacrificed by her grandmother when the offender was released from prison after being arrested, the Liberian leader disclosed that the offender has been rearrested and the grandmother, working in government, has been dismissed.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking during the official program marking the observance of International Women’s Day at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Saturday, March 8. This year is being celebrated under the global theme: “Equality for Women is Progress for All”; while in Liberia, the Day is being celebrated under the theme: “Mentoring for Transformation.”Dressed in gray and black suit, President Sirleaf mournfully said, “I wear black today to the memory of all the young women whose lives have been taken from them by vicious and violent men. I wear black for the 13-year old girl whose future was sacrificed by her grandmother who compromised rape with an offender by having him taken out of prison when he had been arrested for this vicious act,” stressing, “I assure you he has been rearrested and she has been fired.”Recent data reveal disturbingly high cases of rape especially rape of children. 1n the last two years, the Ministry of Gender and Development reported a total of 2493 sexual and gender-based violence crimes across Liberia, up from 2029 cases in 2010. A majority of these (58 percent) were rape cases, of which 92 percent or 1,348 involved rapes of children between the ages of three months to 17 years.In the first six months of 2013, four referral hospitals in Monrovia alone treated 814 rape cases, 95 percent of which were children. In 2012, a total of five child deaths were recorded as a result of rape. In 2013, ten children died as a direct result of being raped. The incidents are rising and becoming more brutal.In the Keynote Address, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Her Honor Jamesetta Wolokollie, argued that Liberian women must see that the call for equality must be a personal fight since it involves their wellbeing and that of their children.“They must not just sit there passing the buck on to males to pull them up,” she said, adding that the idea of their wellbeing and that of their children being linked to men and the success of these men must be disabused.She said only if our women who spent all the time in church, praying to God to send them a husband to improve their lives could spend half of this time going to school, fighting to achieve higher education or getting involved in some meaningful training that would better their lives, great transformation would come to Liberia.Associate Justice Wolokollie stressed that women’s strive for equality and advancement must begin with their will and desire to first pull themselves up.“Look women, as long as we remain sitting, doubting our ability to work alongside our male counterparts, and relying on men to provide the impetus for our full participation, our progress and the future of our nation shall remain dim, and we shall go every year to the UN making some glossy report on women’s development which is not seen or translated to our society,” she predicted.Making remarks earlier, the Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator Gbehzongar Findley, promised to work with the women to transform the Liberian society. “We will work along with the women, we will walk along with the women to ensure that the necessary development that we need in Liberia is achieved.” He urged the women to continue to be critical of the men so as to keep them on their toes to ensure that the necessary transformation is achieved.In brief remarks, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said as the country is expected to go to a Constitutional referendum next year, there is a need to make some commitments to women’s empowerment and not just to celebrate the Day.“For us in Liberia, we should be ashamed that we have 15 counties but if we check in our Legislature, we have less than 15 women represented,” he said.Minister Ngafuan then proposed that like Rwanda and Uganda, each county should have a seat to be competed for by women.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Liberia, Madam Karin Landgren read the UN Secretary General’s International Women’s Day Message. In his message, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls is not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.This year’s celebration was held in memory of UN Women’s Representative in Liberia, Ms. Sheelagh Kathy Mangones (1954-2014), who passed away on February 4, in Nairobi, Kenya following a brief illness.Before the official program, women from all sectors of society converged at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion and marched through the principal streets of Monrovia to the ATS exhibiting banners with this year’s theme other anti-sexual- and gender-based violence slogans.International Women’s Day is usually a time women reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries.In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Black Sox unable to capitalize on strong performance by Brett Loney

first_imgByron Grady filled in last night as coach for the Black Sox while Ryan Stickel was away. Grady says that Loney gave the team a chance to win.“Brett threw some good, solid innings. We were keeping it close there right until the end of the game. We had a big home run from Large [Kalen] put us ahead by one,” he says. “They battled back the next inning and then a few bad plays at the end brought us too far behind.”The team potentially had a couple runs slip away as a result of pick offs to first base. The team was hoping for balks to be called in both instances, however the call was not made.- Advertisement -“We’re watching [the pitcher’s] front foot when were on the base, and if you see his front foot twitch or anything at all, we’re not expecting him to come to the base, it’s called a balk,” Grady explains. “The umps weren’t picking it up but [the pitcher] was making a quick move; it’s hard to pick up.”The team has two games on the road against Peace River on Saturday afternoon. Grady adds that the time off from weather delays has hurt the team up to this point.“We need to get bodies out and have practices more and get more work,” he says. “We had a lot of rain delays for our games so not playing a lot of games is kind of hurting us right now.”Advertisement The games that were rained out are still in the process of being rescheduled. The Black Sox currently do not have any more home games scheduled, but that will change as the make up dates are announced.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Don’t replace Lambert with Sherwood, says ex-Aston Villa star

first_imgStan Collymore has warned Aston Villa against appointing Tim Sherwood as their new manager and insisted Paul Lambert’s replacement must have plenty of experience.The Villans sacked Scottish boss Lambert on Wednesday evening after a dismal run of form was compounded by a 2-0 defeat to fellow basement battlers Hull City.Former Tottenham head coach Sherwood was immediately linked with the role, but Collymore told talkSPORT he’s not the right man for the job.The ex-Claret and Blue striker said: “I just want to see someone really experienced that can make good signings in the summer time, that can work on a strict budget which Aston Villa have got and be able to do the basics like motivate players and organise a team, which Paul Lambert just didn’t do.“I’m not convinced by Tim Sherwood, it’s a huge job [at Aston Villa]. I’ve got a sneaking feeling it might be Tim Sherwood but I don’t think it should be. It should be a very experienced manager but the question is how many are out there at the moment?”last_img read more

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Former Derby County boss Paul Clement appointed Bayern Munich assistant

first_imgPaul Clement has joined up with Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.The English coach worked alongside Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and, most recently, Real Madrid.He left Real following the Italian’s sacking last summer, and took on his first managerial role with Derby County.But Clement was axed by the Championship club in February, just eight months into his reign, despite the Rams sitting in the play-offs at the time.The 45-year-old has since been working with Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21s.However, he is now Germany-bound having agreed to become Ancelotti’s assistant at German giants Bayern.Ancelotti will officially start work as manager of the Bundesliga champions on July 1, having agreed to succeed Pep Guardiola in December. Carlo Ancelotti and Paul Clement 1last_img read more

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Highland goes back-to-back

first_imgHighland High might have been the first girls’ soccer team from the Antelope Valley to clinch a league title this season, but the Bulldogs might not be the only champions by the time the week is over. Paraclete and Desert Christian also are in contention for league titles heading into Thursday’s regular-season finales. Highland (19-2-3 overall, 10-0-1 Golden League) for the first time captured back-to-back Golden crowns, securing its second with Tuesday’s 7-0 romp over Palmdale. The Bulldogs, who finished 11-1-0 in league last season, increased their Golden League unbeaten streak to 21 games. They play today at Lancaster (17-1-4, 8-1-2). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I’m so happy for the girls, because everybody was coming after them the entire year, but they stepped up to the challenge and accomplished what they set out to do,” said Highland coach Juan Paolo, who improved to 41-5-4 overall, 21-1-1 in league games, in his first two seasons. “We wanted to wrap it up before we went to Lancaster. Now we want to try to finish without a (league) loss.” Highland defeated Lancaster 4-0 on Jan. 19, atoning for a 2-0 setback to the Eagles in the Dec. 29 championship game of the Lancaster tournament. Lancaster needs at least a draw against the Bulldogs to secure at least a share for second place in league with Quartz Hill (11-5-4, 7-1-3), which plays host to Antelope Valley (7-15-2, 2-7-2). Lancaster and Quartz Hill tied both meetings, with a scoreless draw Friday. Still work to do: Desert Christian coach Deann Lewis will become a big Mammoth of Mammoth Lakes fan today when the Huskies take on Bishop in a High Desert League finale. Bishop (15-2-2, 12-0-1) can clinch the league title with a tie or a victory, leaving Desert Christian (15-1-1, 11-1-1) in second. “If (Mammoth) can pull it through, I’d be really happy,” said Lewis, whose team plays host to Frazier Mountain of Lebec at the Lancaster National Soccer Center. Regardless of their finish in league, the Knights are focusing on a deep run in the Southern Section Div. VI playoffs, and they could have sophomore forward Robyn Estrada back for postseason. Estrada was sidelined more than three weeks with a fractured bone in her left foot, but the cast was removed Monday, and she could be ready for Desert Christian’s postseason opener Feb. 18. “Her foot’s feeling fine, it’s just a matter of getting some of that calf strength back,” Lewis said. She was out there (Tuesday) kicking the ball around, and I’m hoping her enthusiasm will help pick up our intensity as we head into the playoffs. “We’re playing pretty well right now, but we’re not always playing to our potential. I’m trying to (create a playoff atmosphere) every game, but in our league, it’s easy to become lethargic.” Estrada had 15 goals and 16 assists in the Knights’ first 10 games. Desert Christian has outscored opponents 129-3, and it posted its 14th shutout in a 6-0 victory Tuesday over Rosamond. Haylie Oakleaf leads the Knights with 30 goals, and Megan Couch has 21 goals and 23 assists. Spirits soaring: Paraclete (16-6-3, 8-0-1) clinched at least a share of the Alpha League title with Tuesday’s 2-2 tie at Whittier Christian of La Habra. A victory today over Archer School of Los Angeles – the Spirits won 9-5 in the first meeting – would secure the championship outright. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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BAR OWNER’S FURY AFTER ANOTHER CRASH OUTSIDE HIS PREMISES

first_imgA Letterkenny bar owner has said it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt after yet ANOTHER car crash outside his premises.Harry McCafferty, who owns the popular Harry’s Bar at Mountain Top, has been calling for traffic-calming measures outside his premises for over a year.In the latest smash a car and a jeep collided but thankfully nobody was seriously hurt despite obvious damage to both vehicles. One of the vehicles was turning into Mr McCafferty’s premises when it was “t-boned’ by another car which was in the overtaking lane coming from Letterkenny.The Gardai were called and carried out a full investigation of the crash.There were three children in the back of the jeep but thankfully none of them were hurt.The latest crash comes a year after another similar crash outside of Mr McCafferty’s bar. The N56 road, which was only upgraded and open two years ago, is one of the busiest into and out of Letterkenny.He said he feels it is only a matter of time before an even more serious accident.“The frequency of this type of accident is increasing and I’m quite sure it is literally only a matter of time before there is someone seriously hurt – or worse.“Anyway, the NRA are not interested in doing anything about it,” he said.Ends BAR OWNER’S FURY AFTER ANOTHER CRASH OUTSIDE HIS PREMISES was last modified: August 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:car crashMcCafferty’s BarN56NRAlast_img read more

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USC’s luck could run out vs. Irish

first_imgCHICAGO – Look at them. All decked out in their cardinal and gold. All confident, impervious to the concept of failure. Like they don’t comprehend USC could lose today? Dare we whisper, will lose today? New Irish coach Charlie Weis – who according to one report said in his NFL days he “owned Pete Carroll” – has had two weeks to prepare his master offensive plan for the Trojans. “This two-week opportunity for them really makes them dangerous,” Carroll said. It is Notre Dame, the same school that snapped UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak in basketball, just lying in wait. Notre Dame, again on the rise, feeling all good about itself, pumped up over the country’s greatest intersectional rivalry. The Irish might come out today in green jerseys, leprechauns painted on their helmets, shillelaghs on the bench. It just reeks of trouble, of very real danger. USC has struggled to win for three weeks now. Really, it’s winning streak has to end sometime. “I can’t believe what this place is going to be like when we win,” said Irish tight end Anthony Fasano. Get that, when – not if. Weis has the Irish believing again. Has connected with the grand tradition of Notre Dame. Has the country revved up over the biggest game thus far in the season. “Coming in with swagger and confidence is the biggest thing we’ve got now,” Fasano said. And nobody seems overly concerned at USC that the heavens and the schedule and the USC cornerbacks all seem to be conspiring against them? They’re just so giddy with success right now, anything else seems too foreign to truly grasp. Even the marching band is treated like celebrities. As it marched by Friday you could hear a fan scream at a trombone player, “Ross! Ross! That’s my neighbor.” As the band played, fans actually yelled out requests like at a rock concert. Since the band was playing its greatest hits, you knew the rally would last nearly an hour. (Note to self: If you ever attend a pep rally again, do not stand in front of the trumpet section.) There were no players or coaches there; they were all over in South Bend. No one spoke, although there were moments the band yelled, “Beat the Irish,” or “Rose Bowl.” Robinson stood there like any other fan, looking all happy and confident that USC was headed for another memorable victory. “I like ‘SC because it’s best in the biggest games,” Robinson said. “Notre Dame is good; they might win. “But I think ‘SC is going to rise to the challenge. Pete Carroll’s teams play the best in the biggest games. The bigger it is, the better they play. And this is a big game.” That’s true, of course. Every time an Oklahoma or a Michigan or somebody was supposed to finally bring USC down to Earth, they were left humbled. The Trojans have had difficulty taking command early in games the past few weeks, and that’s a recipe they won’t want to follow in front of 80,000 jacked-up fans at Notre Dame. If the Trojans believe for even a moment that they’re going to simply waltz past Notre Dame by another 31 points, it’s big trouble. “This is not the same football team, this is not the same offense,” Carroll warned. “The players are the same, but they are performing at a higher level because of the guy who is running the thing. “It makes for a great matchup. It makes for a very fun challenge, hopefully for both of us.” It makes for trouble. Should it prove too much trouble, the shock may be too much for the spoiled faithful, though Ross will still be playing a mean trombone. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I would ask one of them, but doubt that I could be heard over the blare of the USC marching band. It’s a USC pep rally right in Chicago, at the Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. A gorgeous, warm Friday afternoon and over 2,000 of the faithful, all wearing the school colors and – after 27 consecutive victories – all oblivious to anything but success. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week There’s the band, the sweater girls, the flag girls. The old and the young. Standing among them, flashing the “victory” sign, is former USC coach John Robinson. There is an elderly woman wearing a T-shirt that reads, “Sometimes Roses Aren’t Enough,” and a co-ed with another that reads, “Irish I Was Born a Trojan.” Another coed has written with a Sharpie across the breast area of her white tank top: “I Need Two Tickets.” A couple of hours up the Interstate, ninth-ranked Notre Dame is preparing for the upset of the season. Just salivating over the prospect of knocking off No.1 USC and snapping its winning streak. It all smells suspiciously like a setup. USC, used to wiping Notre Dame up by 31 points, is fighting overconfidence. The Fighting Irish are at home, in the shadow of the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus and Rudy. last_img read more

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