first_imgToday’s game kicks off at 5 p.m. on the West Coast.  All updates will be timestamped with game time. Be sure to check out our Twitter feed for instant info at 4th Quarter – USC 7, OSU 30 – Touchdown OSU. The Beavers exploit holes in the USC defense yet again, driving 62 yards in seven plays for the score. Katz finished the drive by connecting with Jordan Bishop on a 5-yard strike.With 5:50 left in the game, this seems to be the nail in the coffin for the Trojans. Undoubtedly extremely disappointing for a team that had a legitimate chance to break their four-year losing streak in the state of Oregon.9:48 4th Quarter – USC 7, OSU 23 – The Trojans have gotten a couple shots at scoring, but continue to flatline on 3rd down. Penalties have driven USC back deep into their own territory, and they are forced to punt yet again. Unless the Trojan defense can make a big play, there seems little USC can do to pull back into contention.End of 3rd Quarter – USC 7, OSU 23 – The Trojans stop the Beavers on third down from their own 21 to force a field goal, but a late unsportsmanlike penalty on OSU pushes them back out of field goal range. USC takes over on their own 7 after a punt, but can only find one first down before being forced into a fourth down & short situation. A fake punt gives the Trojans the first down at their own 41. It remains to be seen if there is any rally left in the Trojans.3:21 3rd Quarter – USC 7, OSU 23 – TOUCHDOWN USC! The Trojans finally get on the board with a 7-play scoring drive finished by a 13-yard rush by Gable, who nicked the pylon as he dove for the endzone. The scoring drive was not pretty and aided by a crucial OSU defensive holding on 3rd and 9, but USC will take it nonetheless. The Trojans are only two possessions away from tying the ballgame, but they would need to convert on two 2-point conversions to do so.6:31 3rd Quarter – USC 0, OSU 23 – Field goal OSU. The Beavers continue to put up points after long drives, capping this latest one with a 34-yard field goal by Kahut. Rodgers is controlling the offense and running all over USC, who cannot seem to get anything going on either side of the ball.The one thing USC has done well this game? Kickoff returns. C.J. Gable just returned one for 56 yards.13:25 3rd Quarter – USC 0, OSU 20 – The Trojans start with the ball at the beginning of the second half, but cannot gain any ground with senior backup quarterback Mitch Mustain in the game. Barkley was sacked on the second-to-last play of the half and was carted off the field, leaving Mustain to take the reigns of the offense. Luckily, the USC defense has risen to the challenge, stopping OSU on three straight plays — and forcing a fumble, recovered by the Beavers for a 20-yard loss on third down —to force the punt. The Trojans take over at their own 20.UPDATE: Barkley is rumored to have a sprained ankle. More will come when news is announced.0:41 2nd Quarter – USC 0, OSU 20 – Field goal OSU. The Beavers once again put up a solid offensive drive, setting up a 38-yard field goal that Kahut knocks through the uprights. The Trojans are getting dangerously close to being out of this game, and have :34 seconds to make something of this half.2:35 2nd Quarter – USC 0, OSU 17 – USC once again stalls on offense, driving down to OSU’s 36 before turning the ball over on downs. The Trojans’ play calling is not helping their cause — a slow-developing run play on 3rd & 2 goes nowhere, and an ill-advised deep pass on 4th down is swatted down to give the Beavers the ball. There are very few positives to come out of this half of play for USC.7:48 2nd Quarter – USC 0, OSU 17 – Touchdown OSU. The Beavers force two more USC punts, and on their second possession since the pick 6 they punch it in for a 2-yard TD after a 53-yard drive. The Trojans look bad on defense — they stopped OSU on a 3rd & very long, but committed Pass Interference on a 4th down fake punt attempt to keep the drive alive — but look much worse on offense, where they have done little to challenge the Beavers. With 7 minutes left in the first half, USC could be sealing their fate early if they continue to be lethargic and flat.13:31 2nd Quarter – USC 0, OSU 10 – Touchdown OSU. Barkley throws an interception on the first play of the second quarter that is returned by Jordan Poyer for 65 yards and a Beaver touchdown. USC seems out of sync, and the Beavers have done everything they can to capitalize on it. The crowd of 44,969 hasn’t filled out Reser Stadium, but they sure are making it sound like a packed house. If the Trojans don’t do something with this next possession, they may be facing a sizable disadvantage going into the half.End of 1st Quarter – USC 0, OSU 3 – The first quarter ends on a slight high note for USC — Freshman wide receiver Robert Woods returned the ensuing kickoff to USC’s 47 yard line, then senior tailback Allen Bradford picked up a nice gain for the first down on the next play. USC currently faces a 2nd & 10 from OSU’s 42.3:30 1st Quarter – USC 0, OSU 3 – This game has been a battle of the defenses (or ineffective offenses?) so far, with both teams punting on their last possessions. The Trojans were just held to a three-and-out immediately after the Beavers did the same, but OSU’s latest possession looks promising, with the Beavers and tailback Jaquizz Rodgers finding tons of running room.UPDATE: The Beavers cap their drive with a 34-yard field goal by Taylor Kahut. OSU leads 3-0 with :30 seconds left to play in the first quarter.6:30 1st Quarter – USC 0, OSU 0 – The Trojans kicked off the start the game, and, after allowing a couple first downs to the Beavers, finally stood tough and forced an Oregon State punt. The Beavers were able to down the ball at the Trojans’ 3 yard line, but USC has been methodical in it’s drive so far, bringing the ball all the way to the OSU 24. The Trojans just converted a 4th and 2, and it seems as if junior tailback Marc Tyler has more than enough room to run. USC has him running both from a traditional set and out of the Wildcat, presumably to exploit Oregon State’s weakness in the defensive line.UPDATE: Upon further review from the officials, Tyler’s progress was stopped just short of the first down, giving the Beavers the ball back. So much for all that running room.Pregame – Hey guys, it’s James Bianchi here, ready to bring you some live blogging from Corvallis, Oregon! Stay tuned.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After No. 27 Syracuse’s final home match this season, Sofya Golubovskaya walked off the court with tears in her eyes. She cried neither because it was Senior Day for her doubles partner nor because her first collegiate season was almost over.She cried because she had a bad match.In a day filled with emotions, SU’s only freshman was frustrated with herself after her match went unfinished at 4-6, 6-2, 1-4. She walked off the courts at Drumlins Country Club and declined to talk to the media.But almost instantly, her teammates were there to comfort her.“I’ve had a lot of struggles this year,” Golubovskaya said, “but now I have a team to help me, and I love it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGolubovskaya, a native of Moscow, came to Syracuse for the first time on Jan. 10. In more than three months, she has dealt with a multitude of adjustments. One of her biggest culture shocks was being a part of a team rather than playing as an individual, Golubovskaya said. It was new to her. A team, an aspect of tennis she once questioned, has driven her to improve her game as a regular at third singles for the Orange.For all of her life before arriving at SU, Golubovskaya competed alone in tournaments in Russia and Europe. Playing on a team was a concept she didn’t understand.“Tennis (is) not a team sport,” Golubovskaya said. “It was really new for me. I wasn’t ready at first.”A couple of weeks into Golubovskaya’s transition, junior Gabriela Knutson said the freshman was hesitant to bond with her new team. During team practices, SU works on cheering for teammates at matches, mostly during changeovers and in between points. That was something Golubovskaya had to get used to.“The first day here she didn’t cheer (with us) at all,” Knutson said. “It was like she didn’t understand what was going on.”One thing that helped her was that three of her seven teammates speak Russian. Anna Shkudun, Golubovskaya’s doubles partner, and Libi Mesh speak Russian, and Maria Tritou can hold a conversation in Russian from time to time, Golubovskaya said. Interactions with them helped Golubovskaya forget about the language barriers in her new life.To ease Golubovskaya’s adjustment, SU head coach Younes Limam wanted to mimic some of the tactics he used with then-freshman Miranda Ramirez last season. Limam set up biweekly meetings with Golubovskaya and associate head coach Shelley George.The meetings focused on her biggest challenges. Of the wide range of acclimations, Limam pointed toward understanding her coaches, teammates and professors as some of the toughest. At times, Golubovskaya sought advice during those encounters, while other times she asked for favors such as getting a ride to the mall, she said.Most of the season, Golubovskaya played third singles behind Knutson and Ramirez. During a pivotal three-match stretch against ranked teams, Golubovskaya won three-straight matches against then-No. 44 Clemson, then-No. 16 Wake Forest and then-No. 48 Louisville.This is the first season Golubovskaya has worried about playing teams and not just individuals. She used to only rely on herself to reach her goals. Now, Golubovskaya has seven other players on her side.“All my life I was just taking care of myself and nobody else,” Golubovskaya said, “Now that I’m here, I see that my teammates can help me in life.” Comments Published on April 30, 2018 at 10:58 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

first_imgThe Office of National Security will now take charge of the case involving the over 50 Ghanaians who have either been, or are facing, deportation by the Australian government.This is according to a statement from the Sports Ministry.In a story that has slighted Ghana since it broke a week ago, persons said to be posing as Ghanaian journalists were identified by officials at Australia’s airports and processed for deportation. The Australian government says all the people had the right accreditation, but investigations hinted that impersonation could be at play.“The Ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by underserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia,” a statement from the Ministry said.In a related development, two officials on the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) have been suspended, although they remain with the national contingent in Australia. Hussein Addy and Christine Ashley are said to have had a certain level of involvement in the acquisition of visas by persons who have, in recent days, admitted that they were not journalists as their accreditations suggested.The first batch of deportees arrived in Ghana on April 3. Some of the deported persons have actually told the media that they paid cash amounting to several thousands of dollars to get the paperwork facilitated by officials of the GOC.Meanwhile, the Ghana Journalists Association also issued a statement earlier in the week distancing its membership from this sordid story, emphasing that authorities needed to get to the bottom of the matter to salvage the profession’s reputation. Joy News understands two Kumasi-based journalists were also affected by the deportation simply because they were on the same flight as the rest of the ‘fake journalists’.On Thursday, a statement from the Australian High Commission in Ghana shed more light on the matter: “The Australian Border Force (ABF) has cancelled the visas of several dozen travellers from a variety of countries, including Ghana, who attempted to travel to Australia posing illegitimately as journalists, athletes or officials.”The statement from the Sports Ministry reads: MALPRACTICES IN CONNECTION WITH GHANA’S PREPARATION IN THE 21ST COMMONWEALTH GAMESMINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS REFERS MATTER TO NATIONAL SECURITYThe Ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by underserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia.This follows some inappropriate actions by some individuals which have led to some Ghanaians being denied the necessary courtesies when travelling to Australia in connection with the Commonwealth Games.The Ministry believes the National Security has the capacity to unravel the truth surrounding the unpleasant situation Ghana finds herself among the comity of sporting nations. —Signed—HON. ISAAC KWAME ASIAMAHMINISTER**last_img read more