Stephen Carr | Daily TrojanStanding at 6 feet and weighing 210 pounds, running back Stephen Carr sure doesn’t look like a freshman. As we’ve learned the past two weeks, he doesn’t play like one either. A four-star recruit from Summit High School in Fontana, Calif., Carr turned heads in his first two games in a USC uniform. Carr ran for 188 yards on 18 carries while also picking up 41 yards in the receiving game. “Explosiveness”: That’s the word that comes to head coach Clay Helton’s mind when talking about the freshman running back. When the Trojans held a narrow 35-31 lead over Western Michigan with three minutes to go in the game, USC was looking to move the chains and eat up some time. Carr had other plans, breaking off a 52-yard run that all but ended the game. Carr’s big play ability has been evident, with a 52-yard run in each of the first two games. “Every time he touches the ball, you kind of hold your breath,” Helton said.The transition from high school football to the college game is substantial. Many recruits get lost once they’re forced to learn more concepts and fundamentals. To Carr, the biggest change has been in the speed of the game and the Xs and Os. “It’s much faster up here and you have to make sure you’re on your stuff every play,” Carr said. “It’s not like high school where, because you’re an elite athlete, you get that little room to relax a little bit. Up here, you have to be on every snap.”After arriving on campus, Carr has put in the work, and offensive coordinator Tee Martin believes it’s paying off. Helped by teammates such as junior running back Ronald Jones II, Carr has quickly caught up to the NCAA level of competitive edge. It was a surprise to Martin and the other coaches to see a young player adapt so quickly, but once Carr showed his promise in practice, the coaching staff felt comfortable trusting him in game situations.“He’s doing a real good job as a true freshman to understand our protections, run schemes, footwork and eyes,” Martin said. “It wasn’t a surprise with how he’s playing in games because he’s been doing it consistently in practice.”Carr has made the most of the reps he’s gotten in practice. He bought into the program’s intensity immediately, a mentality that Carr believes is part of the reason he’s been able to contribute so early. The Trojans emphasize attacking at full speed on every play, and that pressure to finish plays and push at a high pace prepared Carr in the offseason to perform at his current level.As other highly touted recruits around the country are working hard to see the field, Carr is already looking like an integral part of USC’s offense. His ability to push through tackles — a theme for this year’s backfield — has paid off as well.“I think some people think of him as kind of a scat back, but when they get up on him and try to hit him they’re bouncing off him,” Martin said. “When you look at his yards after contact, they’re right up there with the best. He’s a complete back.”As far as what Carr’s ceiling is, it’s too early to say. But despite his talent, running backs coach Deland McCullough thinks it is important to keep young athletes levelheaded as their star begins to rise. “He’s pretty doggone good,” McCullough said. “But again, I continue to keep them grounded. I’ve told them ‘I’ve coached guys who have sat in your same seat, I sat in your seat, and we’ve had some success playing the game.’ But as soon as you start hearing how good you are and all these different things like that, you could be setting yourself up for failure.”Carr has had a best-case-scenario start to the 2017 season, but the Trojans have only played two games, and there’s much more work to do. Helton hopes to see him grow in his ability to protect the pass. McCullough wants to build both his confidence and his calmness in big-game situations. But both coaches have one way to describe Carr’s talent: special. For the rest of the season, Carr’s goals are simple: to make the most of every opportunity. He’s made a splash in his first two weeks, but the work is only getting started for No. 7.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2020 at 11:24 pm Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DannyEmerman Former Illinois guard Alan Griffin is transferring to Syracuse, Mike Waters of Syracuse.com confirmed on Saturday night. Griffin played two seasons for the Fighting Illini, averaging 8.9 points in 18.1 minutes per game last year. He scored efficiently, sinking 41.6% of his 3-pointers and 86.1% of his free throws. Griffin was expected to be one of Illinois’ best players next year as a junior, but he chose to transfer, picking Syracuse over Arizona, Dayton, Iowa State, Miami and Texas. Griffin’s younger brother, Adrian Griffin Jr., is the No. 6 recruit in the Class of 2021 and committed to Duke.Along with Patrick Tape — who had Syracuse in his final four before decommitting from Duke — Griffin was one of the top transfers available on the market. Originally from White Plains, New York, Griffin played his high school ball at Archbishop Stepinac. There, he became a three-star recruit and the fourth best talent in the state in the class of 2018, per 247 Sports. According to Syracuse.com, Griffin won’t be immediately eligible unless he’s granted a waiver or the NCAA changes its transfer rules. If he can play in 2020, he’d join a Syracuse team in need of a scoring punch without Elijah Hughes, as well as a backcourt with Buddy Boeheim, Joe Girard III and incoming freshman Kadary Richmond. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
Unikrn, the dedicated esports bookmaker and creators of UnikoinGold (“UKG”) the crypto token has partnered with Dash Radio to launch Unikrn Radio. The channel, Unikrn Radio, will focus on cryptocurrency and esports content that comes from Unikrn. The show will go out weekly with 60-minute segments and will get underway on January 29th, at 2pm PT. The series will be hosted by Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood and Kingsley Edwards, the VP of Business Development at Unikrn and a long-time Bitcoin advocate and user. Each week the two will be joined by special guests and experts and will ask members of the Discord community to contribute questions when and where required. The Dash Radio listeners will also become eligible for UKG giveaways, as well as exclusive first-access to “news and a cornucopia of content” for crypto and esports enthusiasts. Rahul Sood, Unikrn’s CEO and the first show’s co-host, said, “Whether it’s letting gamers earn UnikoinGold by playing the world’s best competitive video games or creating the world’s greatest esports brand, we are obsessed with exceptionalism. We dive deep into everything we do, which is why we are amplifying our reach through Dash Radio’s considerable listenership. We want everyone to know what’s happening in crypto and esports. What excites me most is knowing that nobody else could do it like Unikrn can, and it’s pretty damn awesome to be working with Dash to blow it up.”DJ Skee (Scott Keeney), Dash Radio founder, said, “Dash radio was created with the vision to bring the best curated listening and discovery experiences to fans without radio towers or subscription fees. These aren’t soulless computer playlists, it’s the content you need, brought to you by the selectors you love. We’re excited for Unikrn to extend this offering to their audience of esports fans and UnikoinGold users, and we’re proud to bring their expertise to our millions of listeners — many of whom have requested a show just like this!”The list of eligible devices for Dash Radio includes: Amazon Alexa, iOS, Android and Amazon Fire mobile devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Pluto TV, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, AT&T Drive, MirrorLink, aftermarket products from Pioneer, Bosch, Clarion, Harman and cars from most of the world’s major manufacturers such as GM, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Acura, Chrysler, Honda, Maserati, Mazda, Porsche, Scion, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia, Buick, Jaguar, Land Rover and more.Esports Insider says: Interesting move from Unikrn as they move onto radio. IT’s clear that the team are busy adding a lot to their content and other elements of the portfolio. Congratulations to both parties – we’ll make sure to have a listen.
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Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The NBA is not happy that tensions between teams and referees seem to be rising. Then again, ’tis the season.Playoff-race pressure is real, and the NBA thinks — or hopes — that some tantrums in recent weeks can be attributed to that and not an eroding of the always-tenuous relationship between those who commit infractions and those who call them. Golden State coach Steve Kerr smashing clipboards and Houston star James Harden calling out longtime official Scott Foster are sights and sounds that the league doesn’t want, so the NBA is once again reaching out to teams to offer reminders about not going too far when ripping the refs.“This is the dark ages of the season,” said Michelle Johnson, the NBA’s senior vice president and head of referee operations. “Teams are shaping up where they stand and it matters more to some teams than others, and some coaches do tactical outbursts for the good of their teams. So even if we go to teams and they don’t have a lot of issues … we want to keep the dialogue open.”Kerr got fined $25,000 earlier this month for verbally abusing referee Ken Mauer, and the tirade was at the level where the Warriors’ coach obviously knew it would be costing him cash so he decided to get his money’s worth. He got ejected, the Warriors lost that night in Portland, but writing that check probably earned him some more points with players who always need to know that their coach has their back.Kerr actually likes Mauer, and believes he’s one of the best refs in the league.That being said, Kerr also said the coach-ref dynamic is almost always weird.“I don’t know why anybody would want to be a ref,” Kerr said. “What a brutal job.”Harden also got fined $25,000 for saying that Foster should no longer work Houston’s games, after the Rockets were upset with a number of calls in their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Foster is traditionally one of the league’s highest-rated refs, and it’s a really good bet that at some point in this postseason the Rockets will be playing a big game and Foster will be out there.Johnson and referee-turned-league-executive Monty McCutchen have made improving relations a top priority. They’re talking to every team again about finding common ground — just as they did around this time last year.“I think there’s progress,” Johnson said. “It’s still the same passionate game, a tough game and the stakes are up now.”Players and coaches have been fined more than $2.2 million already this season for technicals, ejections and other reasons for sanctioning by the league office — not counting salaries lost to suspensions.And if there’s any good to be derived from behaving badly, it’s this: That $2.2 million (and more to come) goes to charities chosen by the NBA and the players’ union.CRUNCH TIMEForget his streak of eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals. LeBron James’ streak of 13 straight trips to the playoffs is in major peril.James and the Los Angeles Lakers (29-30) are currently 10th in the Western Conference. And the Lakers do not have the easiest stretch run in the NBA, either.When he signed with L.A., James knew getting the Lakers to the playoffs in Year 1 would be a test. But it’s proving to be a bigger mountain to climb than he imagined, partly because of injuries that the Lakers have been dealing with and partly because not all of his teammates have a real understanding yet of what it takes to get into the postseason.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience that the roster had at that point in time,” James said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball.”They still have to face Milwaukee and Utah twice, plus have a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in mid-March and four back-to-backs left to navigate. Among the other top teams left on the Lakers’ schedule: Boston, Denver, Golden State, Oklahoma City, Portland and Toronto.Assuming it’ll take 44 wins — basically the average needed over the last five years — to secure the No. 8 seed in the West, that means the Lakers would have to finish 15-8 to get into the playoffs.MAGIC HAPPENINGThe Orlando Magic are on their hottest run in more than seven years.Orlando’s win in Toronto on Sunday was the eighth for Steve Clifford’s club in its last 10 games. That’s the first 8-2 stretch for the Magic since going 8-2 from Feb. 1-17, 2012.The coach of that Orlando team? Stan Van Gundy, who just happened to be assisted by … Steve Clifford.THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day this week:— Monday, Golden State at Charlotte: Stephen Curry goes back to his hometown, after All-Star weekend there was a Curry family celebration.— Tuesday, Oklahoma City at Denver: Paul George has played himself into the MVP race, and the Nuggets’ late-season schedule is brutally hard.— Wednesday, Milwaukee at Sacramento: A win over the team with the NBA’s best record would be a big help to the Kings’ postseason hopes.— Thursday, Miami at Houston: A brutal back-to-back for the Heat, who have Golden State at home on Wednesday and then go to the Rockets.— Friday, Charlotte at Brooklyn: Few might have guessed last summer that these clubs meeting on March 1 would have postseason implications.— Saturday, Orlando at Indiana: The Pacers, even without Victor Oladipo, keep plugging along, while the Magic have a real shot at a playoff spot.— Sunday, Toronto at Detroit: Dwane Casey’s new team plays host to Dwane Casey’s old team, and right now every result matters to both clubs.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports