The Point After: JT Daniels is the right risk to take week one

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first_imgWhen head coach Clay Helton announced Sunday that true freshman JT Daniels would be taking over the helm as the Trojans’ starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against UNLV, he was taking a risk — albeit a calculated one. With a total of three collegiate games played — not started, but played — among the three rostered quarterbacks, the competition for the starting job among redshirt sophomore Matt Fink, redshirt freshman Jack Sears and Daniels started on a rather even playing field. The one wrinkle thrown into that situation was the fact that only a year ago, Daniels was supposed to be entering his senior year of high school while Fink and Sears began fall camp.For Daniels, just about all the tangibles and intangibles of a Power Five starting quarterback are there. Throwing for over 4,100 yards with 52 touchdowns in his final season at Mater Dei? Check. Collecting the best possible personal and team accolades possible in winning a state and national championship while being honored as the 2017-18 Gatorade High School Male Athlete of the Year? Check. Showing, by all accounts, wisdom well beyond his years and a capacity for the limelight that has become a necessity as the USC signal caller? Check.Yet, the inherent risk lies in a player who has only formally practiced with the team for a few months. Learning the playbook, creating chemistry with upperclassmen wideouts such as redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns and junior Michael Pittman: These are skills that can only come with time. In his eyes, however, Helton feels that Daniels’ time has come. His maturity is the quality that shines through more than any other.“As you can imagine JT was excited when we let him know,” Helton said. “But his uncanny maturity kept him focused on what is next.”As is with the theme of Daniels’ college career so far, the quarterback enters rarified territory becoming just the second true freshman to start a USC season opener since Matt Barkley in 2009. In fact, Daniels is just one of four to ever do so at USC, joining Barkley, Heisman trophy winner Carson Palmer and Cotton Bowl champion Rob Johnson.The biggest lingering question about Daniels is his ability to come in and ease the pain of transitioning from an all-time USC great in Sam Darnold to, well, anyone else. If anything, Daniels is a barometer of what kind of program the Trojans are at the moment. In the early 2000s, USC was able to replace Palmer with Matt Leinart, a Heisman trophy winner and two-time national champion. John David Booty, who won two Rose Bowls, would follow Leinart. Compare this to the years that would follow in which many talented, highly touted quarterbacks would fail to maintain the same level of excellence, and it leaves the Trojans in a state of flux.As much as Daniels will be interesting to watch for his own growth as a player, it will be even more appealing to watch what he does to continue Darnold’s legacy of success. Who knows? Maybe after all the fire Helton has come under since being hired two years ago, it turns out he’s just as great a quarterback whisperer as Pete Carroll. Certainly, it will take a few national championships with some Heisman trophies sprinkled in before we can properly compare the two, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.In terms of what will be seen from Daniels now, it is unreasonable to have the same expectations for him that fans and media alike had of Darnold a year ago. Daniels, as good as he may be, is unlikely to be playing for a national championship this year. He may not even play for a Rose Bowl; currently the sights are set on taking the season one week at a time. Unlike Darnold, Daniels is in a situation where he can truly grow. First, while he has just come out of a quarterback competition in camp, he doesn’t have a five-star junior like Max Browne breathing down his neck. Second, Daniels gets real game action and plenty of practice reps to work with the first team offense, luxuries not truly afforded to Darnold until Week 4 of his magical 2016 campaign. Lastly, Daniels is a true freshman. At the very least, he will have a full three years to work in the USC system, establish his play style, and, even, bring USC back to the level it was at heading into 2017.For now, Daniels and Helton are just worried about UNLV, and they’ll let the rest of their bright future together fall into place.Jimmy Goodman is a junior majoring in communication. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill not ready to give up on season despite knee injury

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first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Hill said his throwing session “felt like a typical second day after you pitched in a game.” His start in Baltimore on Thursday was his first since June 19 when he suffered a strained flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He didn’t make it out of the first inning against the Orioles due to the injury to the same knee ligament he injured in spring training, forcing him to miss the first four weeks of this season.“I’ll probably do that again tomorrow — play some catch and long toss and hopefully continue to get the symptoms down and feel good about getting off a mound,” he said.Hill acknowledged that one possibility is finding a way to manage the knee issue long enough for him to be effective in a relief role if not as a starter.“Possibly. We haven’t really discussed that,” Hill said. “But I think that’s something we can talk about as we try to figure out bypassing this mechanically, try to figure out a way to get around that symptom mechanically.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he had not spoken with Hill about any of his mechanical schemes to get around the knee injury. While calling Hill “determined,” Roberts sounded skeptical about the possibility. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I would never underestimate Rich and I haven’t talked to him about his delivery adjustment,” Roberts said. “But where you’re at right now and you’re already compensating something to change your delivery to mask or appease another part of your body — I haven’t wrapped my head around that concept. So like I said, Rich, you can never underestimate. But I’ll adhere to the MRI once we get it.“I think he’s going to do what he’s going to do. But right now it’s in the training staff’s court, medical and training staff. Once they come to me and tell me he’s ready to pitch then there will be a conversation.”PreviousNew York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) forces Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty out during the first inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo scores on a three-run double pinch hit by Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, chases the ball as New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom runs to first after bunting during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches the ball after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)ExpandBELLINGER BATTLEOn May 21, Cody Bellinger was batting .404 with a 1.271 OPS 49 games into the Dodgers’ schedule. But his average and OPS dipped in each of the next three months and he entered Saturday’s game batting .306.The idea that he would maintain those early numbers for a full season was unrealistic, Bellinger said.“I mean, I think people that expected me to maintain that all year aren’t real baseball fans and don’t understand how hard this game is and how long the season is,” Bellinger said earlier this week. “For some people that don’t know the game and how hard it is, yeah, maybe (that was unrealistic).”Bellinger hit .256 though with a robust .945 OPS through June, July and August His numbers have rebounded recently. In 14 games before Saturday, he was 14 for 48 (.292) with 10 walks.“There’s been an adjustment this last month where I think teams are crowding him more,” Roberts said of opposing pitchers. “He’s just got to continue to stay in the strike zone, because as you get to playing playoff teams and in the postseason, they’re going to pitch around him. You have to really be stubborn in the strike zone, and it’s going to challenge Cody from here on out.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler 13-3, 3.14 ERA) at Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler 11-7, 4.21 ERA), 4:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 570Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start NEW YORK — The way Rich Hill sees it — his season isn’t over until he says it’s over.The knee brace Hill wore for his first three starts this season was shipped to New York, and he wore it Saturday afternoon while throwing on flat ground at Citi Field.The extent of the injury to Hill’s medial collateral ligament won’t be fully known until an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday. But Hill has an idea — that the combination of that brace and an adjustment in his delivery (primarily related to his foot placement) that puts less stress on his left knee when pushing off the rubber might allow him to pitch again before the end of the regular season despite the injury.“If this is something that works, then I want to see it, and then I’ll believe it,” Hill said. “But for right now, I think it’s a good step in the right direction as far as trying to come up with some kind of answer and move forward.”last_img read more

Lindeners benefit from oil and gas sector training

Posted on January 12, 2020Categories cohtoypcTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Lindeners benefit from oil and gas sector training

first_imgAs Guyana advances towards becoming an oil-producing nation, lecturers and instructors from the Linden community in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were beneficiaries of a two- day oil and gas sector training, conducted by the Centre for Local Business Development and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.The interactive training sessions, which were hosted at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) on Thursday and Friday last, targeted mainly lecturers of the institution, with the aim of promoting an understanding of the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production.Participants received an introduction to offshore oil and gas, health, safety and environmental-related topics under the three courses which were launched.Speaking at one of the sessions, Senior Business Specialist attached to the Centre for Local Business Development, Dr Natasha Gaskin-Peters noted that the Centre aimed to build local companies through funding by ExxonMobil.She said the Centre would have met with the Institution last year, and the technical and vocational schools were assessed to ascertain what was available here in Guyana.“Linden was one of the schools that we have met with and we will continue to work with the technical and vocational schools, as we move along because we know that you guys want to be engaged and want to ensure that your students have the requisite skills for the industry and so this is just the starting process,” Gaskin-Peters said.Additionally, she pointed out that while the workshop was being piloted in Linden, other communities will soon benefit from the initiative.Apart from raising awareness on the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production in Guyana, the workshop also sought to enable participants to understand the implementation of strategies to upgrade health and safety.Participants were engaged by Health and Safety Specialist attached to the Centre for Local Business Development, Allan Lambert. Other topics discussed included value chains, technologies, local content and opportunities in the new oil and gas industry in Guyana.last_img read more

Workers in Qatar W Cup final city unpaid for months: Amnesty

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first_imgFIFA on Wednesday accused Amnesty of being “misleading” and said the non-payments were not connected to the 2022 tournament.“We have no reason to believe the reported violations of workers’ rights are in fact linked to FIFA and the 2022 World Cup,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP.“We regret Amnesty chose to frame its statement in such a misleading manner.”– ‘Not tolerated’ –Amnesty said at least 78 employees from Nepal, India and the Philippines had not been paid since February 2016 and were owed an average of $2,000 (1,700 euros) — for some the equivalent of several months’ wages.In some cases this had “ruined lives”, said Amnesty, which urged the Doha government to pay the workers, some of whom took out huge loans to secure a job in the super-wealthy Gulf state.One worker, Ernesto, a piping foreman from the Philippines, told Amnesty he was in greater debt after working in Qatar for two years than before he arrived in the country.Other labourers from Nepal said they had to take their children out of school or sell land to cover debts incurred by working in Qatar.Amnesty claimed Mercury MENA “took advantage” of Qatar’s “kafala” system, which prevents workers from changing jobs or leaving the country without the permission of bosses.Unpaid workers eventually allowed to leave Qatar only did so at their own cost, said Amnesty.As well as helping build Lusail city, which is also the venue for the 2022 football tournament’s opening match, Mercury MENA helped build a showcase stadium that was an integral part of Qatar’s winning presentation to FIFA in December 2010.In November, Amnesty said the company’s chief executive had acknowledged “cashflow problems”.MENA Mercury has not commented on the latest report.Qatar’s labour ministry on Wednesday said Mercury MENA no longer operated in the country and legal action and an investigation were under way.“The concerns highlighted by Amnesty International are not tolerated by the state of Qatar,” the ministry said in a statement.The findings come at a time when the World Cup host is under intense scrutiny over labour rights.Earlier this month, Doha said it would abolish exit permits — a cornerstone of the kafala system likened to modern-day slavery — but has not given a date for when this will come into force.In April, the International Labour Organization opened an office in Doha, part of an agreement under which the United Nations agency will oversee wholesale labour reform in the emirate.There are around two million foreign workers in Qatar, many employed directly or indirectly on vast World Cup infrastructure projects.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Qatar is spending almost $500 million a week on World Cup infrastructure projectsLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – Dozens of migrants working on Qatar’s 45 billion-dollar World Cup final city of Lusail have gone unpaid for months, Amnesty International said Wednesday, the latest rights accusation against the 2022 tournament host.Mercury MENA, a contractor, “failed to pay its workers thousands of dollars in wages and work benefits, leaving them stranded and penniless” in the country, according to the London-based rights group.last_img read more

Victorious March triumphs

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first_imgChennai, Feb 25 (PTI) Victorious March, ridden by Zulquar Nain, won the C.S. Loganathan cup, the prime event of the races held here today.The winner, trained by Saddam Iqbal, is a property of Dr Saddam Iqbal, V. Sathish Kumar and Jopseph Prabhakaran.Six favourites obliged in a card of eight events. PTI ROH MAV CMlast_img