Podcast: Can the Trojans break their cold-streak in the State of Oregon?In 2005, the Trojans left Eugene, Ore., satisfied after delivering a hearty 45-13 thumping to the Ducks.Forging ahead · Redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler had 31 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown against Arizona last Saturday. The Trojans enter their game against Oregon State with a 7-3 record and a No. 20 ranking. – TIm Tran | Daily Trojan Since then, USC has found no joy playing in the state of Oregon, losing alternatively to Oregon State and the Ducks for four consecutive years.The No. 20 Trojans look to finally snap that mysterious streak Saturday when they travel to Corvallis to face the Beavers. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.The Beavers, who were ranked No. 24 in the AP at a few different points this season, suffered their fifth loss this season in embarrassing fashion last week at home against Washington State, which had not won a Pac-10 contest in 16 tries.But the Beavers still have elusive running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who infamously ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the 2008 upset of the No. 1 Trojans. That game, of course, was played at Reser Stadium.The 5-foot-7, 191-pound Rodgers is third in the Pac-10 with 99.2 yards per game behind Oregon’s LaMichael James and Cal’s Shane Vereen.“He’s a lot like LaMichael James,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo said.The Trojans have been tackling at practice during the last three weeks, something USC coach Lane Kiffin was reluctant to do early in the season because of the risk of injury. Galippo said there has been a measurable improvement as a result of the change.“Absolutely, especially in the games,” Galippo said. “It’s been incredible how low that missed tackle ratio has gotten in games ever since we started doing those drills.”Improved defense and the continued stellar play of the offense have put the Trojans on an upward swing. They have won back-to-back games for the first time since opening the season 4-0.But Kiffin said the Trojans must be wary of overconfidence, which seems to have seeped into the team’s practice mentality this week.Kiffin said there was a “disappointing” lack of intensity in practice at the beginning of the week, something the Trojans could not afford heading into their final true road trip of the year.“This is the time of year that this happens to some teams as you get close to finals and everything, and you’ve been going for a long time,” Kiffin said. “These guys have been out here for a lot of weeks in a row. It’s a challenge and one that we’re going to have to figure out before Saturday.”To add injury to insult, freshman tailback Dillon Baxter was hospitalized Thursday for unspecified reasons.Another thing the Trojans might have going against them is the weather. The forecast for Saturday calls for temperatures in the 30s and a 60 percent chance of rain in Corvallis. USC practiced with a wet ball this week to prepare for the potential inclement weather.The Trojans should have the advantage up front, however, especially when the Beavers have the ball. The Oregon State offensive line gives up almost three sacks a game and starts mostly walk-ons or former walk-ons.USC is seventh in the conference in sacks, but the defensive line has been hampered by injuries. Redshirt sophomore defensive ends Nick Perry (ankle) and Wes Horton (back) haven’t been at full strength all season.Still, Saturday could present the right matchups for a breakout performance.“I think the big issues for us are handling their defensive line,” said Oregon State coach Mike Riley. “Whatever we’re going to try to do, it’s going to be very important that we can block.”The USC offensive line has hit its stride the last few games, opening up holes for redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler. Though Tyler complained of soreness earlier in the week, he is on track to start against the Beavers. Tyler has rushed for 279 yards on 43 carries in his last two games.
If ever the Trojans needed home-field advantage, now is the time.USC baseball has dropped six of its last seven games (with its most recent against Pepperdine Tuesday) and has dipped to two games below .500 at 7-9.Tuesday’s game against the Waves was supposed to offer a battle-worn Trojan team a brief respite from a tough schedule that pitted them against four ranked teams in their last five games.While the Trojans fared well in a 2-1 win over the then-ranked No.10 Oklahoma Sooners and their top pitching prospect, ultimately this last stretch has been a woeful tale of bullpen inconsistencies and hitters being too tense in the batter’s box with runners on base.And the team is not about to catch any breaks in the near future. This weekend, they play at home against No. 12 Oregon to kick off conference play.USC head coach Dan Hubbs said the problem is all in his players’ heads.“It’s about where they are mentally, more than physically,” he said. “When you start to see them doubt themselves and struggle with that, it makes it more difficult.”As of late, it’s the pitching staff that has taken a shock to its confidence. In the team’s last six losses, the Trojans’ bullpen has surrendered 27 runs, putting even more pressure on a lineup that’s pressing at the plate and struggling to score.But junior starting pitcher Bobby Wheatley said that despite their recent slump, he’ll never lose faith in his teammates and that he understands the difficulties that this bullpen, comprised primarily of freshmen, is going through.“This could be the first time that they’ve ever really failed,” Wheatley said. “Coming from high school, they’re used to being successful. I’ve been there before, getting your first taste of failure.”Hubbs acknowledges that his young players are still acclimating to a cruel learning curve, but said that players need to remember that not everybody takes collegiate baseball by storm as a freshman. He insisted that this is an opportunity for them to mature as players and learn from losing.“That’s part of growing up as a baseball player,” Hubbs said. “You have to have this attitude where you forget your failures and just remember your successes.”Even if the root of the problem is internal, the result manifests itself in pitchers losing their command of the ball, missing the zone and giving up free bases.“It’s all about strike one,” sophomore catcher Garrett Stubbs said. “If they get ahead in the count then they have control of the batter. Right now, we’re getting behind in the count.”Giving up walks has been the pitchers’ pitfall, but being unable to take them is an equally important problem for hitters. Hubbs said that at a time when the team is trying to do too much with a bat to compensate for missed opportunities, getting bases on balls can help players turn their slump around.“They look at a walk sometimes as a weakness instead of a free base but it doesn’t go against your average,” Hubbs said. “Instead, they force their swing and they get themselves out.”The Trojans need to worry less about the long ball and focus more on small ball and scrappy play: being patient at the plate, fouling off pitches and not caving in to balls they can’t hit. Aside from being a blow to a box score, Hubbs worries that the “go big or go home” mentality might affect the way his players approach the game.“Sometimes I worry they take it too seriously,” Hubbs said. “I want them to be passionate about winning but at the end of the day, they have to understand it’s a game and be able to play with relaxed freedom, the way they’ve been doing it since they were five.”Wheatley takes the mound for the Trojans on Friday, and he said that he is looking forward to using conference play as a way of helping the team reshape its focus and live up to its potential.“We can play with any team if we show up,” Wheatley said. “The next step for us is showing up every day and having our play on the field be consistent.”This next stretch will test whether the freshmen can pick themselves up and dust themselves off or if the growing pains are going to hurt a little bit longer.
Floyd Mayweather says Andre Berto will be “no pushover” and has defended his decision not to face British welterweight Amir Khan.Mayweather (48-0-KO26) faces his fellow American at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday and has vowed to call time on his outstanding 19-year professional career following their bout in Las Vegas.The unbeaten 38-year-old, who has held world titles in five separate weight divisions, has faced criticism for choosing to face Berto (30-3-KO23) in his final fight.IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook accused Mayweather of “playing it safe”, while Khan has continually spoken of his frustration at being overlooked for a clash with the American. Brook and his fellow Brit Khan were among the candidates touted as potential opponents for Mayweather following his unanimous points decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in May.Mayweather, however, has defended his choice of opponent and even claimed there is no difference between the credentials of Berto and Khan. “Berto is not a pushover, but no matter who I chose, the media was going to have something to say. The critics were going to have something to say. He’s no different from Amir Khan,” he said. “Amir Khan has three losses and Berto has three losses. He’s a two-time world champion just like Amir Khan. Virgil Hunter (Berto’s trainer) is a remarkable trainer and he’s done remarkable things with Andre Ward’s career. “I know what it takes to win a fight of this magnitude. So no matter what anyone says, it comes down to the two competitors and I know what I can do. One thing I can do is fight.”If Mayweather overcomes Berto (right, pictured), he will equal former heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0. But Mayweather insists there is no chance of complacency creeping into his psyche as he prepares for his boxing curtain call. “19 years, and I reflect back on my career. I can’t just say I’m going out 49-0, as you can never overlook anyone,” he added. “Did I push myself in this camp? Absolutely. All 48 fights played a major key. It’s not just the intelligence, it’s the sharp mind, it’s the good chin and it’s the tremendous heart. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
In celebration of Juneteenth, the Pan African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John will be holding a free jazz concert.The Canadian Juneteenth Jazz and Heritage Concert will be in honour of the late Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson. Captain Ron Myers, an American army officer, will playing at the North Peace Cultural Centre, starting at 2 p.m Saturday. Ahead of the concert, there will also be an art exhibit of Alcan Highway army engineers, beginning at 1 p.m.- Advertisement -Juneteenth commemorates African American freedoms and heritage. Although traditionally an American observance, in the Peace, a memorial is being held to remember the African American army engineers who helped build the Alaska Highway during the Second World War, as well as the Sikanni Chief River Bridge.On Monday, Capt. Myers will hold a memorial at the bridge.
FIRST it was frozen beef burgers to be hit by the horsemeant scandal.And then last week it was revealed that 100 per cent horsemeat was found in Findus lasagne products.Now Tesco Letterkenny’s Frozen spaghetti bolognese products have been found to contain up to 60 per cent horse meat. The company said today that a week ago it withdrew a frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese product from sale.“We did this as a precaution because Findus products from the same factory were reportedly at risk of containing horsemeat,” said Tesco.“Since then, we have carried out a number of tests on the product and those tests identified the presence of horse DNA.“Of the positive results, most are at a trace level of less than 1 per cent but three showed significant levels of horse DNA, exceeding 60 per cent.” The supermarket retailer has also carried out further tests to ensure that there is no danger to customers’ health through the presence of potentially harmful bute in the meat. The test for bute was clear.Tesco commented: “The frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese should contain only Irish beef from our approved suppliers.“The source of the horsemeat is still under investigation by the relevant authorities.“The level of contamination suggests that Comigel was not following the appropriate production process for our Tesco product and we will not take food from their facility again.Last week it was discovered that Findus frozen lasagne was taken from Tesco shelves due to the recent horsemeat scares. Testing in the UK showed that the lasagnes contained up to 100 per cent horsemeat in some instances.This evening Tesco apologised for what had occurred, saying: “We are very sorry that we have let customers down.“We set ourselves high standards for the food we sell and we have had two cases in recent weeks where we have not met those standards.“Our DNA testing programme is underway and will give us and our customers assurance that the product they buy is what it should be. This evening it emerged that as many as 16 countries could be affected by the horse meat scandal, with French ministers holding emergency talks today.Seven French supermarket chains have withdrawn frozen beef meals made by Findus and Comigel – a French company – following the discovery of horsemeat in the food products.The controversy initially began when it emerged that the Food Safety Authority had found as much as 30 per cent horse DNA in frozen beef burgers sold in supermarkets.An investigation is underway with the FSAI, the gardaí and the Department of Agriculture all involved in trying to uncover how horsemeat ended up in products labelled as beef.YUCK! TESCO LETTERKENNY WITHDRAWS SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE AS 60% HORSE MEAT FOUND was last modified: February 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:YUCK! TESCO LETTERKENNY WITHDRAWS SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE AS 60% HORSE MEAT FOUND