Viewer’s guide: No Trojans? No problem

first_imgWith USC football resting, the team will likely spend some of Saturday watching the important games of the weekend. Here’s a list of a few games that could hold special interest for the Trojans, not to mention the country.Wisconsin at No. 9 Ohio State, 12:30 p.m., ABC.Ohio State rebounded well following its loss to the Trojans in early September, and have crept closer to returning to the No. 8 ranking that it held just before USC handed the Buckeyes their first loss.The Buckeyes hope to avoid suffering the same fate twice as they welcome Wisconsin to the Horseshoe for an important Big Ten matchup.The Badgers are hovering around the top-25 rankings, and a win in Columbus on Saturday would definitely turn the attention of the voters towards an unbeaten Wisconsin team.No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Mississippi, 12:30 p.m. CBS.Before the season started, this looked like a potential matchup of two unbeaten, top-five SEC teams going at it to make a statement in a tight SEC race. Instead, that game will be in the state to the southwest of Mississippi, but the game is still important in the national college football picture.Alabama, talented on both sides of the ball and undefeated, picked up right where it left off last SEC regular season, just before two losses to Florida and Utah sent the Crimson Tide sliding down the rankings.Mississippi, which rose to No. 4 in the country until a loss to South Carolina last week derailed the team, is still dangerous while led by quarterback Jevan Snead. Ole Miss will have to defeat the Tide if it hopes to re-enter the national title picture with one loss, something the Trojans can relate to.No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU, 5 p.m., CBS.Quick. If the BCS rankings were released today, what team would the rest of the country be chasing at No. 1?If you said the Florida Gators, you would be surprisingly wrong. In fact, a quick Google search of “projected BCS” reveals that not only do the Gators sit behind one team, but behind two — Alabama and then LSU.But this Saturday, two teams, who both would sit above the Trojans (projected No. 7) if the rankings were released, face off in Baton Rouge in the biggest game of the week.The questions leading up to the SEC battle in Louisiana will be about quarterback Tim Tebow. After suffering a severe concussion two weeks ago against Kentucky, Tebow remains a game-time decision. If Tebow is unable to play, the Gators must turn to unproven redshirt sophomore John Brantley.LSU is coming off a strong victory over Georgia last weekend, in which its anemic-for-an-SEC team average of 321.6 yards per game was increased by a 368-yard game — including 156 rushing — in the win.last_img read more

Gareth Bale not for sale at any price – Florentino Perez

first_imgReal Madrid have made it clear to Manchester United and other possible suitors for his signature that Gareth Bale is not for sale at any price.Real president Florentino Perez told Spanish newspaper Marca that Welshman Bale, who signed for the European champions for a world record 100 million euros (NZ$162m) last year, was key to the club’s present and future.”Just as I can’t imagine Real Madrid without Cristiano [Ronaldo], I can’t imagine Real Madrid without Bale either,” Perez said.Bale has been linked with a move to English Premier League giants United, who have been undertaking very expensive rebuilding under manager Louis van Gaal.”We have not received an offer from Manchester or any other club for Gareth Bale,” Perez said.”We haven’t received any offers for one simple reason: every club knows that Gareth Bale will never leave Real Madrid and that the club will not discuss their star, no matter how much is offered.” It has not taken Bale long to woo the Bernabeu fans, with his goals in the King’s Cup and Champions League finals establishing his credentials as a world-class performer on the big occasion. At 25, he is growing into his Galactico boots.”Bale is a key player,” Perez said.”He has already done so much for the team and is a key part of our club’s future.”last_img read more

Nzeakor Lifts No. 5 Lamar Over No. 8 Houston Baptist With Late And-One

first_imgWith Garth on the bench with foul trouble for much of the first half, Nzeakor picked up the slack, scoring 11 points to go along with eight boards to pace the Cardinals’ offense. Jackson Stent hit two free throws to push the Huskies (12-18) within 80-79 but Garth hit a free throw with a second left to secure the win. The loss proved tough for HBU, which trailed by 13 with 7:24 remaining before making a spirited run that saw them take a 77-76 lead on Jalon Gates’ free throw with 1:01 left. The Cardinals also struggled from beyond the arc, missing all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first half. Lamar hit just four of their 15 long range shots, a far cry from the 17 they hit against the Huskies in their 110-75 victory on February 27. With the victory, the Cardinals, who have now won nine-straight games, recorded their first 20-win season since 2011-12, also extending a stretch that has seen them score at least 75 points in 11 of their last 12. Nzeakor did the rest, hitting a short jumper and the ensuing free throw to give the Cardinals an 80-77 lead. The Second-Team All-Southland Conference post finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds as he helped pick up the slack on an off night from first-team all-conference guard Nick Garth. Statistically, Lamar held a decisive edge for most of the first half, especially on the glass. The Cardinals outrebounded the Huskies by a 27-13 margin, including a 7-1 margin on the offensive end, but the Cards’ error-prone ways — combined with the quick hands of Bonds — resulted in Lamar committing eight turnovers that turned into 10 points for HBU.MBB: “Run to the board!”@Lamarmbb places its name in the 2nd round, advancing to play UNO Thursday. #WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong @LamarUniversity @LamarAthletics— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 “Coach (Tic Price) trusted me with the ball,” said Hunter, who finished with 18 points and four assists. “He told me to make the play to go win us the game. When I came off the screen, I saw Josh’s man come up, so I redirected the screen. When I drove, his man came up, so I dished it to him.” Added Cottrell, “I think Lamar may be our most balanced team in our league.” Neither team held more than a five-point lead in a first half that saw the Cardinals cling to a 33-32 lead at intermission. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, TX – With overtime looming, Lamar guard Jordan Hunter delivered perhaps his most important pass of the season, giving the Cardinals at least one more night at Merrell Center. Hunter found a wide-open Josh Nzeakor for the go-ahead basket with 3.3 seconds left that pushed No. 5 Lamar past No. 8 Houston Baptist 81-79 in the opening game of the Southland Conference’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday evening. The victory earned the Cardinals (20-12) a Thursday afternoon date against No. 4 New Orleans at 5 p.m. CT.MBB: Here’s the game-winner for @LamarMBB. Nzeakor with the hoop and the harm.Cardinals advance to play @PrivateersMBB Thursday. 5 pm start inside @MerrellCenter.#WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 “We picked up on our scouting that he liked to go right, so we started playing his right hand and tried to force him to go to his left,” said Price of DuBose, who had just 13 points in his last two meetings against Lamar after scoring 33 in an 88-82 overtime win over the Cardinals on January 2. “Our guys really fought hard,” said HBU coach Ron Cottrell. “The other side of the coin was that we weren’t able to create tempo, and that’s a credit to them.” Like Lamar, HBU had its leading scorer on the bench for much of the opening 20 minutes as Ian DuBose picked up two quick fouls and was scoreless in the eight minutes he was on the court. The sophomore guard was held without a field goal and had just five points on the evening.last_img read more