2014 Sochi Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey: A Quick Peek At Each Team
The 2014 Sochi Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament should be quite a spectacle. With Canada beating out Team USA in a nail-biting overtime period four years ago, the Americans will be out for revenge.
Here is what we think:
The bitter taste from four years ago remains in the 12 returning silver medalists’ mouths. It will be quite a spectacle to watch how Team USA responds to their disappointing overtime loss in 2010. Zach Parise will lead the Americans as team captain, having just returned… (read more)
How could a season of so much promise and hype turn into the the most disappointing season in USC history? Read one writer’s reasons why Lane Kiffin should be fired.
Quarterback Matt Barkley will not play in USC’s regular season finale against No. 1 Notre Dame, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed on a conference call Sunday.
Barkley suffered a shoulder sprain in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to UCLA. He exited the game and did not return. The last game Barkley missed due to injury was also a home matchup against Notre Dame in 2010.
Freshman Max Wittek will start Saturday’s game against the Irish, Kiffin said. Wittek completed all three of his passes to finish the UCLA game, and also saw action in blowouts of Hawaii and Colorado this season. Though he has completed eight of nine passes this season, Wittek faces a difficult task against Notre Dame, the best defense in the country at 10.1 points allowed per game.
"I thought he did a great job and we have a lot of confidence in him," Lane Kiffin told reporters on the conference call about Wittek’s performance against UCLA (quote via ESPNLA’s Pedro Moura).
UCLA week is in full swing over in Southland, and the Trojans are ready. Well, maybe not for the actual playing of game. But certainly the head-to-head matchup’s significance. The No. 18 Bruins are ranked higher than No. 19 USC for the first time in a decade with a one-game lead in the Pac-12 South. Plus, the Bruins haven’t defeated the Trojans since 2006, when the former derailed the latter’s chance to play for the BCS National Title.
Last year, in case memory fails you, USC drubbed UCLA to the tune of 50-0, wrapping up a storybook season for the Trojans and nearly wrapping up a nightmare for the blue-and-gold.
Pac-12 Roundup: The stage is set for a winner-take-all weekend. Click through to find out what shook out from an intriguing Saturday for the Pac-12.
The Los Angeles Lakers (1-3) take on the Utah Jazz (1-2) tonight in Utah at 6:00PM PST on Time Warner Sports Cable!
After a second-straight poor performance by the defense against a spread team, the Trojans aim to rebound against a third spread squad – Todd Graham’s Arizona State Sun Devils. Though most of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s were about the porous D, wideout Marqise Lee’s Heisman candidacy video debuted today (which you should watch here). Nonetheless, as the cliché goes, defense wins championships… and Wednesday practice’s attention.
5 Quick Observations From Friday’s Clippers vs. Lakers Game
The Los Angeles Clippers moved to 2-0 in the young NBA season after a 105-95 over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. The Lakers are now 0-3 for the first time since 1978. Here are some quick observations on both sides from the game.
1. Chris Paul is a conductor. He controls the ball and knows when to shot and when to pass at the right rhythm. His control of the game was the key to the Clippers’ victory yesterday.
2. If the soul of the Clippers is Chris Paul, then the muscle of the team is the bench. Eric Bledsoe controlled the tempo when Paul was on the bench, Jamal Crawford was aggressive in scoring, and they still have Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill waiting to return from injuries.
3. Kobe Bryant can not stand losing anymore. Yesterday he played like when he was 18 years old, especially in the fourth quarter. He seemed to be the only one who wanted to win so badly.
4. Although the Lakers are said to have a roster of All-Stars, it’s still Kobe’s team. Sometimes it looks like Kobe is going all-out to win while his four teammates on the court stand around and watch. For example, Pau Gasol played all of the third quarter yet did not record any points or assists.
5. The bench of the Lakers is their weakest point (excluding Mike Brown). That’s a big reason why Lakers lost yesterday, and stands in the way of them making a playoff run (if they can make it to the playoffs).