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.
On September 23 1984, Zamalek legend Emmanuel Quarshie scored what was one of the best goals in the Cairo giants’ history in Africa.It was a Champions League quarter-final second leg against Zambia’s Nkana Red Devils in Cairo and eventual champions Zamalek only needed a goalless draw to qualify.However, a vintage display by Ghana midfielder Quarshie, who scored a couple of goals including one stunning pile-driver from some 35 yards out, inspired a 5-1 win for the Whites.Match commentator Ahmed Effat said: “GOAAAL! A bomb from Quasrhie, a bomb from Quarshie…a rocket!”Quarshie, who was a former Ghana captain, passed away only five days ago at the age of 59 because of cancer.Watch Emmanuel Quarshie’s thunderous strike for Zamalek 29 years ago in the highlight. His goal starts after 4 minutes:
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 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.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, serves to Danielle Collins at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Collins struggled with her serve throughout the match, committing seven double faults and connecting on just 47 percent of her first serves.Osaka’s first-serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points.“In the first set I was just really flat-footed. I didn’t feel like I was moving well at all,” Osaka said. “Then I just tried to really hype myself up. My mindset was just to keep trying to get my feet moving and stay pumped up and positive.”Jermaine Jenkins, coach of Naomi Osaka, of Japan, applauds during her match against Danielle Collins at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Osaka won her first career title at Indian Wells a year ago, propelling her to a career-best year in which she defeated Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title. She began this year winning the Australian Open and moving to the top of the rankings. After that triumph, she fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins.“It is different from last year, but I think I am getting used to it,” Osaka said. “I have been practicing on Court 3 for the past few days, and I’m really grateful there is a lot of people that come out and watch. I try to sign all of the signatures.”Venus Williams returns a shot to Christina McHale at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Venus Williams is turning back her own clock, moving into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale.Williams is seeking her 50th career WTA Tour title in the desert, where she has never won the event. And at 38, she’s showing vintage form.“I don’t really play that often, so when I do, I need to play well,” she said. “It’s extra motivation for me to play just a little bit better out there.”Serena Williams, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, retired from her match on Sunday because of a viral illness.Ranked 36th in the world, Venus Williams endured three sets in her first two matches. She rallied past Andrea Petkovic in the opening round and followed up by outlasting No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova in a third-set tiebreaker.Kvitova had made the finals in two of her first three tournaments this year.Williams, who made the semifinals in the desert last year, was playing McHale for the first time. Williams rallied from early breaks down in both sets to win.“I never played her, so it’s also you’re out there learning,” Williams said.Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova eased past qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-2. No. 8 Angelique Kerber outlasted qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka defeated 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.Two seeded women lost: No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova, who retired trailing 5-0 in the first set against No. 21 Anett Kontaveit, and No. 15 Julia Goerges, who lost to Mona Barthel 7-5, 1-6, 6-4. INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world’s No. 1 player on track to defend her title.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS QUARTERBACK JOSHUA DOBBS checked out the game between Westinghouse and Linsly, W.Va., at Cupples Stadium, Aug. 30. He’s pictured with Westinghouse principal Dr. Bernard Taylor Jr. THE WESTINGHOUSE CHEERLEADERS Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier MALIK HARRIS, No. 7 in blue, is a key component of the run game for Westinghouse. A week prior, Aug. 24, the Bulldogs had an astonishing 30-13 lead after three quarters over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, at a game played at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek. But Our Lady of the Sacred Heart scored 20 fourth quarter points to stun Westinghouse, 33-30.That’s right, Westinghouse has not scored a single point in the fourth quarter of their first two games of the season—the reason for their 0-2 record heading into their Sept. 5 matchup against City League foe University Prep, their first City League conference game of the season.“It takes maturity to finish games and we haven’t been able to do that,” Green told the New Pittsburgh Courier after his team’s loss to Linsly, Aug. 30. “It’s just finishing those games and really driving that point home that we have to finish.”Green said his team has a good amount of seniors, but “a lot of them are first-year players or second-year players, so we appear to be older than we really are. So it’s just trying to find our identity, trying to find that will from inside to finish these games, that’s the biggest thing…at some point it has to become embedded in their hearts to want to finish these games and want to get better and want to make tackles. We (as coaches) can’t want it more than they do.”Though Westinghouse has gotten off to a rocky start, this year’s squad still has a good chance to return to the City League championship game for a second straight year. They lost to Allderdice, 18-8, on Oct. 30, 2018.Green said his Bulldogs are “enjoying football, they’re enjoying coming to practice, they’re enjoying the preparation,” all the little things needed to master to hopefully, for the ‘House, have its first City League championship since 1996.Westinghouse is also enjoying having one of the top players in the state of Pennsylvania on their team—Dayon Hayes, a senior defensive end who’s ranked as the No. 3 recruit in 2020 on Rivals.com. He’s already committed to play football at Pitt.“From Day 1, in school he’s a huge leader, making sure all the young guys, even the older guys, are where they’re supposed to be, in class,” Green said of Hayes. “Then of course on the field, it’s just his natural ability to take over games and to basically take one side of the football field away is big for us from him.”Hayes lets his play do the talking. “He’s not a rah-rah guy, you probably won’t hear him say one word in the game,” Green said, “but he’s going to give 100 percent effort every single play.”Hayes, at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, anchors a Westinghouse defense that returns eight starters, including senior free safety Khalil Jeter. The Bulldogs also return eight starters on offense, and will call upon Lanier (a senior), running backs Mike Massey (senior) and Malik Harris (sophomore), and senior receiver Cameron Jones to carry the load.While the Bulldogs relied much more on the run game last year, Green told the Courier he’s not going to worry about which attack (run or pass) will be relied on more. He just wants “hard-nosed football…I just want a team that’s going to come out and that’s going to smash into some people,” he said. “It’s going to be hard-nosed football that’s going to finish plays, finish drives and finish games.”Following Westinghouse’s game against University Prep at Cupples Stadium, Sept. 5, they’ll face Allderdice at Cupples, Sept. 12. They’ll also play Carrick (Sept. 19), Brashear (Sept. 26), Hickory (Hermitage, Pa., Oct. 4) and Perry (Oct. 11), all at Cupples.Can the Bulldogs turn things around, and get back in the fast lane to the City League championship game once again? Green believes so.“I think we’re just inexperienced, and it’s going to take some time,” he told the Courier. “Once we find ourselves, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.” “From Day 1, in school he’s a huge leader, making sure all the young guys, even the older guys, are where they’re supposed to be, in class. Then of course on the field, it’s just his natural ability to take over games and to basically take one side of the football field away is big for us from him.”Westinghouse football coach Donta Green, on senior defensive end Dayon Hayes,pictured above, a Pitt recruit and the No. 3 rated recruit in Pennsylvania for 2020. (Photos by Courier PhotographerAndre Swinton Jr.) TROY LANIER will be called upon to “quarterback” the Westinghouse offense to points and victories. DONTA GREEN is in his first year as head coach of the Westinghouse Bulldogs. (Photo by Andre Swinton Jr.)by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff WriterWhat exactly is maturity?How do you become more mature?When do you know you’ve matured?Trying to lock down a definition of maturity could take all day, though Wikipedia defines maturity as “the emergence of individual and behavioral characteristics through growth processes over time.”Moments after Westinghouse High School’s football team let their second straight game slip away after having a third quarter lead, head coach Donta Green said it all boiled down to one word concerning his players: maturity.The Bulldogs, who most high school football experts believe have a good shot of returning to the Pittsburgh City League championship game, had an 18-6 lead midway through the third quarter of their matchup against Linsly School (W.Va.) at Cupples Stadium on the South Side, Aug. 30. But Linsly fought back by scoring three unanswered touchdowns and a game-sealing interception of Westinghouse quarterback Troy Lanier to take a 26-18 win back to the Mountaineer State.
“He is the kind of player I like to work with and mold . . . can’t teach a kid the will to compete and toughness.”The 19-year-old Dawson, who played all his minor hockey in Nelson, got his start playing three games as an affiliate with Leafs.The next season started with Beaver Valley Nitehawks before finishing the season in Grand Forks.Last season with Grand Forks and Revelstoke Grizzlies Dawson played in 48 games, finishing with seven goals and 13 assists.Ontario currently sits fifth in the Western Division of the WSHL, 20 points behind division leading Fresno Monsters.Shaw said the Western States Hockey League is similar to the KIJHL as a young, developmental league.“Our goal is the same, having moved over 15 players to the USHL, NAHL and NCAA Div. 3 programs, as well as Tier 2 programs up North in the last three years,” he said.Shaw said the biggest difference between the WSHL and the KIJHL is the import rule, allowing up to 12 players from outside the USA.“A lot of European players that give the games and each team a diverse look,” he said. After spending three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, mostly with the Grand Forks Border Bruins, Nelson product Coleton Dawson has given up the cold winters of BC for warmer Californian climate after signing with the Ontario Avalanche of the Western States Hockey League. “I acquired Coleton about three weeks ago,” said Avs head coach Chris Shaw, who also held a similar position with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.“He was a player that I really like when he was 15 years old when he played for us in Nelson as an affiliate player.”The 6’2”, 200-pound Dawson has two assists in nine games for the fifth-place Ontario Avalanche Junior A hockey team.“Coleton has a very solid skill set which I feel gets over looked (as) everyone seems to look at his penalty minutes,” Shaw explained.
“I was extremely proud of the boys this weekend,” said coach Kerry Dyck, “They played with a ton of heart, grit and determination. “But even more pleasing, they played soccer the right way, playing a possession style of game, building from the back, and controlling the ball, rather than relying on kick and run, which many of our opponents do.”The Selects finished with a 2-0-1 record — tying the opener 2-2 before posting 3-2 and 3-0 wins. Milo-Baranyai-Sheppard scored three times while Thomas Baxter and Blake Markin-Hellekson notched markers in the other round robin games.In the final against Calgary, Jesse Thurston converted a penalty kick after Jaden Dyck was fouled in the penalty area.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the strong performance this past weekend by naming the U15 Selects Team of the Week.The team includes, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Josh Yasek, Grayson Hill, Aidan Mushumanski, Keanu Tromans, Milo Baranyai-Sheppard, coach Kerry Dyck, Thomas Baxter, Ernesto Archambault, Blake Markin-Hellekson, Keeper Bradey Sookero, Ezra Foy, Jaden Dyck, Jesse Thurston, Josh Schacher, Jacob Erickson and assistant coach Daryl Verville. Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U15 Boy’s Soccer team.The club returned from a successful weekend at the Columbia Valley Clash of the Titans Soccer Tournament in Invermere this past weekend, finishing second overall in the U16 Division.The Select lost in shootout in the final to the Calgary U16 team.