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USC attempts to maintain its focus against Colorado

first_imgAs the Trojans continue their preparation for Saturday’s Pac-12 matchup against Colorado, interim head coach Ed Orgeron has emphasized the importance of focusing on the Buffaloes, and not looking further ahead to UCLA.Hot hand · In his last three games, Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler has completed 74.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanNow that the team’s 24-hour rule to celebrate the Stanford win has expired, the Trojans are back to work and moving on to the next opponent.“It’s a challenge, but we are going to stay focused on beating Colorado, and trusting our process,” Orgeron said.The team is looking to extend its current four-game winning streak in the upcoming matchup with the Buffaloes. During that time, Orgeron says that his players have grown closer as a team.“They know they’ve built something special, and they want to protect it,” Orgeron said.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler asserted that players have really locked in to Orgeron’s ‘One team, one heartbeat’ mentality.“We are playing more for each other,” Kessler said. “We’re all buying into Coach O’s methods.”With player support for the interim head coach pouring in following the team’s recent success, Orgeron expressed his gratitude and appreciation for his team.“I’d run through a wall for them,” Orgeron said. “That is part of being a family.”Locked InAfter leading a game-winning drive and throwing for 288 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinal, Kessler received several congratulatory texts, including ones  from former USC quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez.Kessler, who was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance, also had the opportunity to talk with former USC Hesiman trophy winner Matt Leinart before the game as he led the team out of the tunnel.“[Leinart] told me that this is where you show them what you can do and this is where legends are born,” Kessler said.As former Trojans continue to show support for the storied program they were once a part of, Orgeron continues to encourage outside support for his team, a tactic often used by former head coach Pete Carroll.“Coach O was here when USC was on top, and he brings in guest speakers like Ronnie Lott and Ray Lewis, who are talking directly to me,” Kessler said. “He allows us to play loose and have fun, but we are still focused.”Kessler credited the fan presence and electricity in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night as a crucial factor in the Trojans’ ability to pull off the upset against Stanford, particularly in making it difficult for the Cardinal on offense.“The energy helped a lot and made an impact right away, especially with the two timeouts they were forced to call,” Kessler said.Moving on to Colorado, Kessler reinforced that the team was not going to overlook the 4-6 Buffaloes, who are fresh off a 41-24 win over Cal, their first Pac-12 victory of the season.“We are going to treat it just like any other game,” Kessler said. “They are just another obstacle, it doesn’t matter who it is.”Injury ReportOrgeron announced that senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin underwent surgery for a sports hernia on Tuesday.Senior running back Silas Redd is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game, while junior wide receiver Marqise Lee and sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams are listed as probable.Lee hobbled off the field after catching Kessler’s crucial pass on fourth down late in the fourth quarter against Stanford. The catch allowed the Trojans to extend their drive and set up junior kicker Andre Heidari’s game-winning field goal.Redd has not played since the first half of the Cal game and was missed against Stanford. The Trojans only amassed 23 yards rushing against a stout Cardinal front seven.Williams has garnered a lot of praise lately, most notably when Athletic Director Pat Haden tweeted that Williams is one of the top five players he’s watched in his time at USC.Orgeron credited assistant defensive line coach Pete Jenkins for Williams’ season, in which he has recorded five sacks and 62 total tackles. He had seven total tackles against Stanford.“Williams is a special player,” Orgeron said. “He’s fast, he’s big and he’s very coachable.”An aggressive pass rush will greatly help the USC defense in slowing down Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, who threw for a career-high 364 yards last week against Cal. Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24last_img read more

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Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: Kickers

first_imgThe good news: Bye weeks are now over, so for the most part, you can stick with one kicker barring injuries or major weather concerns. The bad news? It’s still the kicker position. Kickers are the most inconsistent players in fantasy football, and it’s impossible to know what you’ll get from your starter in any given week. Regardless, our Week 13 fantasy kickers rankings will try to sort through the muck and rank all 32 kickers across the league.As always, it’s best to stick with a kicker from a good offense that will move the ball. It also helps if the kicker has a big leg. This week, Mason Crosby is one of the top potential streamers at kicker. He gets to take on the Cardinals at Lambeau Field. The Packers should move the ball easily and provided that weather doesn’t become a factor, Crosby should have a chance at a few field goals. Elsewhere, Ka’imi Fairnbairn (vs. Browns) and Graham Gano (@ Buccaneers) have good matchups and could produce in the opportunity for a high-scoring game. Note: We’ll update our rankings throughout the week if weather or injuries figure to be major factors.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 13 Fantasy Kicker Rankings1Justin Tucker, Ravens @ Falcons2Harrison Butker, Chiefs @ Raiders3Wil Lutz, Saints @ Cowboys4Greg Zuerlein, Rams @ Lions5Mason Crosby, Packers vs. Cardinals6Matt Bryant, Falcons vs. Ravens7Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans vs. Browns8Graham Gano, Panthers @ Buccaneers9Ryan Succop, Titans vs. Jets10Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots vs. Vikings11Jake Elliott, Eagles vs. Redskins12Dan Bailey, Vikings @ Patriots13Matt Prater, Lions vs. Rams14Brett Maher, Cowboys vs. Saints15Brandon McManus, Broncos @ Bengals16Josh Lambo, Jaguars vs. Colts17Randy Bullock, Bengals vs. Broncos18Adam Vinatieri, Colts @ Jaguars19Robbie Gould, 49ers @ Seahawks20Chris Boswell, Steelers vs. Chargers21Cairo Santos, Buccaneers vs. Panthers22Michael Badgley, Chargers @ Steelers23Sebastian Janikowski, Seahawks vs. 49ers24Daniel Carlson, Raiders vs. Chiefs25Dustin Hopkins, Redskins @ Eagles26Cody Parkey, Bears @ Giants27Aldrick Rosas, Giants vs. Bears28Greg Joseph, Browns @ Texans29Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals @ Packers30Steven Hauschka, Bills @ Dolphins31Jason Myers, Jets @ Titans32Jason Sanders, Dolphins vs. Bills Week 13 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/STAs it gets later into the season, it is important to note that weather will play a major role in some kicker decisions. At this point in the year, it’s best to own kickers in warmer climates (like Greg Zuerlein) or kickers that have their home games in a dome (Wil Lutz, Matt Bryant, and Matt Prater, to name a few). That won’t guarantee that you’ll dodge any ptoential duds, but it gives you a better chance of not having to worry about the kicker position.last_img read more

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Lomus choose France, not NZ

first_imgPhoto by: PAUL CHILDS/REUTERS (Caption: Sebastien Chabal appears with Brayley and Dhyreille Lomu, the sons of late All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu) The late Jonah Lomu’s young sons Dhyreille and Brayley are in Europe supporting France in their bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. And the pair made a startling admission to French Newspaper Le Parisien. They’d choose to play for France over the All Blacks.Asked by Le Parisien if they were ready to become All Blacks in future, they replied in unison: “No, we want to play for France.” Not what you want to hear from the young sons of one of our greatest All Black wingers, is it?Dhyreille Lomu was born in France during his father’s brief stint playing for Marseille, hence any eligibility discussions wouldn’t be an issue.Dhyreille and brother Brayley Lomu made the journey to London as the French union presented its bid to host the 2023 World Cup, along with rival bidders South Africa and Ireland.According to legendary French flanker Sebastien Chabal, the pair were on hand to back the bid because they’d love to head to their second home for a World Cup experience in six years’ time.Chabal explained that Dhyreille Lomu was born in France, “And as he told us earlier, quite simply, he’s known as the Frenchie at home,” Chabal told the Mirror.”And Jonah Lomu loves France, that’s where they saw their daddy playing rugby. Today I speak in their name.”They said they would love to come back in 2023 to experience the World Cup in the country where their father was so happy.”I’ll leave it up to them to decide which jersey they will wear, blue or black, but they are very proud of this dual nationality, this dual identity and that’s why they’re with us today.”Lomu’s stint in France came towards the end of his career, which also included a stint with the Cardiff Blues in Europe.Lomu died in November 2015.Nadene Lomu, who travelled with her boys to France and London, told Le Parisien the idea for their appearance came from Claude Atcher, the director of the French bid and a man well known to Lomu during his time in Marseille.”They were very excited,” Nadene Lomu said of the boys when the idea of the trip came about.”For us, France is our second home. Dhyreille was born in Marseille. He tells everyone that he is French. Jonah loved this country very much and we feel good about it.”The Mirror reported that French rugby federation president Bernard Laporte hailed the appearance, saying it was “very good of them” to travel from New Zealand.While the Lomu boys are backing the French bid, president Emmanuel Macron has apparently distanced himself from any World Cup bid and declined to provide video support for their presentation to World Rugby.last_img read more

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Things to Do Today

first_imgHere is a list of community events happening today in and around FSJ. For more events and to submit your own, visit the Events Calendar at energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events08:00 AM-05:00 PM 3rd Annual Tournament of Hope09:00 AM-03:00 PM 2008 Bantam Boys Fast-Pitch Provincial Championships10:00 AM Fountain Tire Bracket Nationals- Advertisement –last_img

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