Men’s basketball to open promising season

first_imgThe roster looks dramatically different from last year’s after securing the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation, highlighted by five-star freshman forwards Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu. Mobley was named to the watch list for the Malone Award, given to the top power forward in the nation. Those two are the fifth- and seventh-highest rated recruits, respectively, in USC’s history (not including 2020 center Evan Mobley, who is ranked No. 1 in his class).  The Pac-12 preseason media poll had the Trojans finishing fifth in the conference behind Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Arizona. Washington brought in two stud freshmen forwards in the front court — Jaden McDaniels, who has drawn comparisons to a young Kevin Durant, and Isaiah Stewart. Sophomore transfer forward and former Trojan J’Raan Brooks will sit this season due to NCAA eligibility rules, but sophomore transfer guard Quade Green was ruled eligible over the weekend. The Huskies lost their top player from last year, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Matisse Thybulle, to the first round of the NBA Draft. The Trojans will take on Florida A&M Tuesday at 8 p.m. to begin the regular season.  Editor’s note: A previous version of this article included inaccurate statistics from USC’s preseason game against Santa Clara. The article has been updated online with the correct information. Rakocevic was second in last year’s team in scoring with 14.7 points per game to go along with 9.3 rebounds. He is the sixth-leading returning scorer and second-leading rebounder in the Pac-12, and was named to the watch list for the Abdul-Jabbar award, given to the nation’s top centers. The Buffaloes return their two top players in juniors guard McKinley Wright IV and guard/forward Tyler Bey, who was the winner of the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award and named All-Pac-12 Conference First Team last season. Although this year’s recruiting class ranked last in the Pac-12, the Buffaloes have plenty of experience and depth, and the team’s core is entering its third season together.  Returning for this season are seniors guard Jonah Mathews and forward Nick Rakocevic, redshirt sophomore guard Charles O’Bannon Jr. and sophomore guard Elijah Weaver.  Head coach Andy Enfield added graduate transfer guard Daniel Utomi and redshirt senior guard Quinton Adlesh. Both will bring veteran leadership, physicality and shooting to the Trojans.  Adding physicality, athleticism, versatile defenders and even more shooting is a great start, and if the team can gel and play unselfish basketball in order to reach its potential, the Trojans will have a chance in a crowded Pac-12.  O’Bannon is ready to make an impact after a broken left pinky finger limited him to just one game last season. Weaver, who started five games as a freshman and averaged 5.1 points per game, will provide shooting and ball handling. He scored 11 points in the exhibition against Villanova. “The two of them are really fun to watch,” Enfield said of Utomi and Adlesh in an interview with the Orange County Register. “We hope that they can grow quickly because we need both of them to contribute.” Despite having two players last season now in the NBA — first-round pick guard Kevin Porter Jr. and undrafted free agent forward Bennie Boatwright — the squad could only muster a disappointing 16-17 record overall and 8-10 in conference, leading to an eventual Pac-12 quarterfinal defeat at the hands of regular season champion Washington. This lack of translation from talent to on-court success has been a recent trend. center_img Last season, the Trojans had the Pac-12’s highest team three-point percentage, the most assists per game and scored the third-most points per game. However, between a 2-8 record on the road and allowing the seventh-most points per game in the Pac-12, it will take much more consistency to contend this year. The Trojans have six freshmen that should make an impact from the get-go, including four-star small forward Max Agbonkpolo, three-star guards Kyle Sturdivant and Ethan Anderson and three star shooting guard and two-sport athlete Drake London once he finishes the football season. The freshmen scored 56 points in USC’s 72-68 preseason victory over Santa Clara, led by Okongwu’s 17.  Mathews, who was one of two players to start every game for the Trojans last season, was third in the team in scoring, putting up 12.6 points per game.  The success of this year’s squad will likely be predicated on the performance of its freshman.  Amid FBI investigations and allegations against head coach Sean Miller, the Arizona Wildcats were able to bring in yet another uber-talented class, with two of ESPN’s top 10 players in the country in freshmen guards Nico Mannion and Josh Green. After a couple of inconsistent and underwhelming seasons, the Wildcats need to get back on track or else more people will call for Miller’s firing.  The Trojans are coming off their winningest four-year span in program history with 87 total victories. That said, a loss in the Round of 32 like 2017 isn’t exactly the golden standard for a team that has consistently been in the top 35 in recruiting — and has improved its incoming classes every year.  Freshman forward Isaiah Mobley and the young Trojan team are looking to compete for a conference championship this season. (Sarah Ko | Daily Trojan) Oregon will be led by last year’s conference tournament MVP, senior guard Payton Pritchard, who has hit countless clutch shots over conference opponents throughout his career. He’ll be aided by the Ducks’ No. 4-ranked recruiting class.  The USC men’s basketball team opens its regular season Tuesday night as it begins the hunt for its first March Madness appearance since 2017.  Although they’ll be without their top recruit, freshman center N’Faly Dante, for the first nine games of the season due to the NCAA missing his clearance date, five-star forward CJ Walker and four-star point guard Addison Patterson and forward Chandler Lawson will contribute early for the Ducks.  “Gritty and tough, that’s what we want to be labeled as. A team you don’t want to play against,” Mathews said in an interview with the Orange County Register. “There’s some teams that you don’t want to meet up with in the tournament or whatever, and we want that to be us.”last_img read more


Luckia points to a ‘cautious approach’ for Portuguese market entry

first_img StumbleUpon Spanish gambling group Luckia (Grupo Egasa) has confirmed that it will expand its commercial operations within Portugal, having been granted a license to operate sports betting and gambling provisions by Portuguese authorities.Closing its 2017 accounts, in which the Galician operator recorded group revenues €500 million, Luckia governance states that ‘Portugal will be the firm’s next new market destination’.However, updating investors Luckia President José González Fuentes details that Portuguese expectations should be limited, as the market offers many challenges to its incumbents (high tax rate, licensing costs and product restrictions).“Portugal has an old and limited framework for modern betting services. The gambling landscape is dominated by legacy operators who remain powerful. This is no easy market to operate in ” González Fuentes details to investors.In its update, Luckia governance details that it will initially launch an online gambling property for Portugal.Considered Spain’s third largest retail betting operator, Luckia has stated that it will review Portuguese market conditions and potential regulatory changes, assessing whether it will launch any land-based gambling properties.Though Luckia is committed, to launching in Portugal, González Fuentes has stated that governance will prioritise its existing new market opportunities in LATAM, Africa and Italy. EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more


Trevor Lawrence meets the most important standard for Clemson vs. UNC: Get the win

first_imgHe led the go-ahead drive with his arms — and legs — to keep the Tigers’ unbeaten streak alive at 20 games and improve his record as a starter to 16-0. He finished 18 of 30 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown, adding 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t Heisman-caliber statistics, but the sophomore quarterback turned it up when it mattered most. He made the plays when they were needed.SN’s TOP 40 PLAYERS: Lawrence at top of loaded classThis was Clemson’s closest call since Lawrence’s first start, against Syracuse last season. The Tigers and Heels were tied 14-14 after a fourth-and-1 stop by Clemson’s defense with 12:34 remaining in regulation. That’s when Lawrence — who was 6 of 14 for 36 yards in the third quarter — turned back the Tar Heels’ upset bid.His three carries for 16 yards on the drive helped set up a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins on third-and-6 that put Clemson up 21-14 with 9:54 remaining. The throw, however, forced Higgins to turn around.That has been the story with Lawrence this season. Ever since his 347-yard, three-touchdown performance in last January’s 44-16 victory over Alabama for the national championship, he has been held to an impossible standard: Heisman favorite, future No. 1 draft pick, future Super Bowl MVP.He is expected to be that quarterback on every throw, so the early-season interception bug and ho-hum statistical lines have been picked through as a result. Lawrence hasn’t produced to the level of Heisman favorites Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields or Joe Burrow. He is supposed to be dominating the ACC.MORE: Hurts opens Heisman lead with huge Big 12 debutClemson didn’t dominate North Carolina, but that’s not all on Lawrence. The Tar Heels drove for a potential game-tying touchdown after Clemson had pulled ahead, only to come up short as it went for the big upset. Clemson survived the onside kick and the game, both of which were closer than they needed to be.That’s going to be the rub for Clemson the rest of the way. The Tigers were a 2-point conversion away from being on the outside of a Playoff race that’s complicated by the Tigers’ low strength of schedule. Wake Forest is likely the only team remaining on Clemson’s regular-season schedule that will be ranked.There is good news, though: Clemson has time to reach that untouchable level, and its bye week comes at the right time. The Tigers should be more focused when they return against Florida State on Oct. 12.Here’s the bad news: This performance will leave Clemson with a perception problem. Alabama could be No. 1 on Sunday. The two-SEC-team argument is strengthening, and Ohio State still looks like it can play with Clemson. The Tigers might not get the championship benefit of the doubt if they lose a game in what’s considered a weak ACC. That is, unless Lawrence starts playing at that otherworldly level again. He doesn’t have to be the Heisman winner, No. 1 pick or future Super Bowl MVP. He just needs to be the quarterback who puts Clemson in position to win games and earn another shot at the Playoff.Also don’t lose sight of the fact Lawrence would still have had 1:17 on the clock had UNC converted the 2-point try and taken the lead. He probably would have put Clemson in position to win the game.Why would you expect anything less? Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance for Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game created unfair expectations for him and the defending national champions heading into 2019.Lawrence might still be fighting through those otherworldly expectations, but he proved his value once more in No. 1 Clemson’s 21-20 victory at North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels missed a 2-point conversion try and an onside kick in the final minute, but Lawrence had put the Tigers in position to win.last_img read more


DDTV – MOYA BRENNAN SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE GATHERING

first_imgCLICK TO PLAYMoya Brennan is the latest edition to the growing list of ambassadors for the Donegal Gathering. “I am really pleased to be part of the Gathering; I am not shy when talking about Donegal when I am on stage. The sound that Clannad has created has come from the mountains and the valleys and the Glens in Donegal.”Moya performed at the launch of Donegal Gathering which was streamed live across the globe and directly connected our Diaspora with their friends and family at home.That seminal moment was a classic example of contemporary modernity and traditional culture reaching out, hand in glove, to our people across the world. Moya has always been an exemplary ambassador for Donegal and has never forgotten her roots regardless of where her fame has taken her on tour. Indeed, we say on tour because her home has always remained in Donegal.On that memorable night, Moya stressed how we must all be ambassadors when abroad. And now, we are proud to announce Moya as our newest ambassador.Why not click on to www.donegalgathering.com to watch her speak of her pride in Donegal and how her music has always been inspired by her native county, as she joins our continuing list of renowned Donegal ambassadors.So, like Moya, let’s all play our part in making 2013 a record year for visitor numbers to Donegal by letting friends and family know about the exciting times ahead. DDTV – MOYA BRENNAN SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE GATHERING was last modified: October 15th, 2012 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:Moya BrennanThe Gatheringlast_img read more