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Olson is still finding his way

first_imgGood, but not a top-20 team. “I was really impressed with how our team responded late in the game when we needed to kind of buckle in,” Dorrell said. “That’s a great, great sign of a team that’s learning how to finish.” UCLA does deserve credit for not folding, which is what Bruin teams of recent vintage may have done. “Offensively, we struggled,” Dorrell said. No argument here. None whatsoever. UCLA has a very, very good defense. It might even be very, very, very good. The offense is very, very average. It must get better for the Bruins to become major players on the college football scene. The offensive line is underwhelming. It is not loaded with can’t-miss NFL prospects. BYU’s defense made that clear. The play at quarterback was uninspiring, to say the least. Because everything on offense starts with the quarterback, because that’s where the focus is, Ben Olson will be the recipient of the most heat. Jay Norvell, the new offensive coordinator, will be second in line. Olson’s reaction to knocks on Norvell? “He called a good game,” he said. Olson’s reaction to knocks on himself? “I’m learning,” he said. “We needed to pull it out.” And they did. “We had a hard time,” he said. “We had fun.” That’s what counts right now. That and the fact that UCLA is 2-0. What also counts is the manner in which Dorrell and Norvell are patiently bringing Olson along. He’s a 24-year-old man who is close to gaining tenure at UCLA. He played his last high school season in 2002. But he’s pretty raw for a college quarterback. He’s only a junior. His five starts last year before getting knocked out with a knee injury were his only five college starts before this season. So expecting him to be a polished product is expecting far too much. Olson needs some work on his passing mechanics. His arm motion is long and slow. This gives defensive backs a step or two when they break on the ball as he throws. It also prompts him to rush his delivery, which causes some passes to go every which way except to the intended receivers. Think Jim Everett, the quarterback for the Rams back when they played in Anaheim. Everett was 6-foot-5. Olson is 6-4. Everett had similar problems with his mechanics. The harder he tried to deliver the ball quicker, the more his accuracy suffered. Olson needs to shorten his delivery and at the same time keep his feet in synch with his arm, something Everett never learned. The key is working on that without making him a basket case, as happened to Everett. Dorrell understands. That’s why he is so positive when he talks about Olson. That’s why he talks about how his team responded with a fourth-quarter touchdown to hold off BYU. That’s why he points to Olson’s leadership. That’s why he says the play calling could have been better. He wants to take the heat off his quarterback. Norvell is proving to be a savvy play caller. He had Olson throw short, safe passes early on to get a feel for the game. He then had Olson throw down the field. The Bruins aired the ball out more times in one quarter than USC did in its opening game against Idaho. Norvell also expanded the UCLA attack to five receivers at times. He did play it safe and sane in the fourth quarter, when the Bruins were sealing the win. With support like this, Olson has a better than average chance. You can appreciate his view of the game. “It’s not like we beat a double-A team,” he said. Better yet, it’s not like UCLA lost to a I-AA team. mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dorrell could have been talking to his players. They got lost Saturday against BYU before finding their way in time to pull out a 27-17 victory that was much closer than the score seems to indicate. That’s “lost” as in going from comfortably ahead at 20-0 to squirming at 20-17. “It was a hard-fought win,” Dorrell said. Harder than it should have been if UCLA is a top-10 team. “I knew this team (BYU) was a good team,” he said. Sometimes you need a map. Just ask Karl Dorrell, UCLA’s football coach. “Try not to get lost,” he said. He was talking to reporters who had to find their way from the interview room to the lockers in new tunnels in facilities below the Rose Bowl that have been torn down and rebuilt since the end of last season. last_img read more

Moore Roaming Time

first_imgAfter all, it’s not often you see a 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman hovering where a linebacker should be. For sure, when USC coach Pete Carroll searched for a guy who knows how to get around, he found the right guy. Born in Germany to a military family, Moore spent his earliest years traipsing through Europe. The family moved on to Texas, and when Army 1st Sgt. Joseph Moore retired, the clan moved to Georgia. And after being named that state’s 5A Defensive Player of the Year, Kyle Moore wanted to broaden his horizons even further. “I came down on my official visit to see some players,” Moore said. “I wanted to come here to see what L.A. was talking about.” A lot of the town now is talking about the easygoing junior who has had a hand in several big plays during No. 1 USC’s 3-0 run to open the season. In his first start at defensive end, he had a triple-crown effort on one play by sacking a quarterback, forcing a fumble and recovering it. In Game 2 against Nebraska, he dropped into coverage and deflected a pass that was intercepted by Terrell Thomas. On the next series, he intercepted a pass and returned it to the 1-yard line. Last week against Washington State, he picked off another pass to take the team lead. At the rate USC’s cornerbacks are picking up injuries, maybe we’ll see Moore at corner. “Nah, I’m just dropping into the coverage I’m supposed to be in,” he said with a smile. “It’s basically the defensive schemes we’re running. “I just have to make plays. They’re putting me in the right places at the right time and all I’m doing is executing. “I feel like I’m improving, making plays, like I’m contributing to the team. Turnovers are a big thing to our defense, so I’m going to try and get as many as I can. Or cause as many as I can.” In Carroll’s complex schemes that he devises with defensive coordinator Nick Holt, Moore has become a zone blitz specialist. He’ll drop into coverage while a linebacker or defensive back blitzes from a certain spot on the field. So it seems as if Moore is roaming more than Carroll’s cell phone on a recruiting trip. “We work on it a lot,” Moore said. “Coach Holt has us working on our drops every day. We’ve got to help our corners out on some of those short passes and quick passes.” It’s just the way the Trojans envisioned Moore developing when they yanked him out of the Deep South. During his senior year at Houston County High in Warner Robins, Ga., Moore had 93 tackles, 22 sacks, 18 deflections and he forced eight fumbles. “He’s really comfortable with what we’re doing,” Carroll said. “He’s had a lot of work with it and he’s such a big target out there, just being in the way. The ball he knocked down in the Nebraska game, he was well under the receiver and they couldn’t get the ball over the top of him. The height and the arm length he has make him a really difficult target out there.” Or, to be more precise, a real easy target. But he had to battle for two years just to find playing time. He was on track to be the starter last season before Carroll decided to convert linebacker Brian Cushing to an end position, meaning Moore would rotate from a reserve role. This season, again the heir apparent with Cushing back at linebacker, he had to fend off a heated challenge from incoming freshman Everson Griffen. So heated, the two almost came to blows early in preseason camp. “It’s competition,” Moore said. “Practice is everything, so you can’t come out to practice lollygagging. You’ve got to come out here and play like you’re playing in the game. That’s why practices are so hard and games come easier. “You’ve got to show the coaches that you want to be in that starting position.” Oh, and show the youngsters a thing or two, also. So how did that confrontation turn out? With a sly smile and then a hearty laugh, Moore said: “How did we resolve what? You know, it was just a moment that we had. We’re cool now. I take him with me everywhere I go. That’s my homeboy.” Moore’s decision to turn down Georgia, which wanted him as a defensive tackle, and turn away from Miami’s stable of defensive ends, sent him west, which keeps the family tradition of travel intact. In fact, several members are making the trip to Seattle this weekend to see USC face Washington. “I did a lot of moving,” Moore said, recalling his childhood. Not much has changed. phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Trojans lineman’s travels take him into the fertile ground of the secondary. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER Kyle Moore certainly looks right at home, even when it appears he’s out of place. last_img read more


first_imgThe following are the arrangements for the big play-off game between Finn Harps and Limerick on Friday night at Finn Park.Finn HarpsMatch tickets will be on sale from the following outlets:Michael Murphy Sports Letterkenny Thursday 10AM to 6 PM and Friday 10am to 5PM Finn Harps Clubhouse Thursday 11AM to 9PM & Friday 9am to 3PMKernan’s Newtowncunningham Thursday 10am to 6pm & Friday 9am to 5pmSupervalu Buncrana Thursday 5pm to 9pm.Further to consultation with Gardai and FAI, match tickets are colour coded so please enter ground according to following BLUE – TV Gantry/Aldi side of ground –Entry at Chestnut RoadGREEN – Main Stand – Entry at Navenney StreetYELLOW- Town End Terrace – Entry at Navenney Street and Chestnut RoadSeated Tickets available from Finn Harps clubhouse onlyPrices: Kids (primary school children) €3Secondary School Students €5- Tickets will be available to buy on match-nightConcession (OAPs, 3rd Level Students) €8Adult Terrace €10 Seated Tickets €12 for all seats.Tickets will be available to purchase on match-night from outlets in the vicinity of Finn Park.Please be aware that sections of the ground may be sold out before match-night.Traffic Arrangements Around Finn Park on FridayNo parking in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.Chestnut Road will be closed to all traffic from Mc Elhinney’s car-park to the junction with Navenney Street.There will be no parking permitted along the Trusk Road.No Traffic will be able to access Navenney via Navenney Street and Trusk Road. Barriers will be in place at Barca Bar and junction opposite the igloo on the Trusk Road (only local business staff and homeowners will be allowed access).A barrier will be in place at the junction between Navenney and Lawnsdale. Only Limerick supporters, club officials, FAI officials are permitted access. Any vehicles entering through this barrier must park in Quinn’s Yard. All other traffic will be diverted around by Dreenan and Sessiagh O’Neill.Vehicles must adhere to Garda parking directions. Any vehicle found parked on a footpath, on double yellow lines, parked in a manner that is obstructing other vehicles and houses or in between Garda No Parking cones will be towed away and a fee imposed.Those attending the game are asked to use car-parks situated close to the ground;Both car parks at McElhinney’sCar park behind Heaney’s PubNavenney car parkSupervalu car parkRoad Closures will come into effect at 18:00pm and will remain until 20.30pm. They will be closed again at 21.30pm until 22.30pm.Friday traffic in Ballybofey is extremely heavy so it is recommended supporters arrive early to avoid congestion.Vehicle seizuresAny vehicle found to be violating the traffic management operation shall be seized and towed to Harrold’s Yard. Contact number 0868255000.Limerick SupportersLimerick supporters can access Quinn’s Car Park using the following directionsProceed through town and cross the bridge into Stranorlar.Turn right onto the Mart Road.Proceed to end of road and turn right.Proceed along road, cross the bridge and turn right at the T-Junction.Proceed along this road until you come to a Road Closure Barrier.Quinn’s Car-Park will close at 22.30pm so ALL vehicles should be removed from the car park prior to this.Following the game Limerick supporters will be held for approximately 15 minutes (depending on the result). When exiting the car-park they must turn right.Buses should follow the route that they took when arriving.Cars can turn right at Lawnsdale junction (1st right turn), proceed to end of the road and turn right. Proceed on road and turn left after Supervalu. Proceed on road and turn left at end of the road. This will bring vehicles back onto the main Ballybofey to Sligo Road.After the game Gardai will be in position to help with the flow of traffic. Roads may stay closed for a longer period depending on extra time and result.ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE BIG FINN HARPS GAME THIS FRIDAY was last modified: November 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arrangementsBallybofeydonegalfinn harpslast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: First there was ‘Donegal Is Happy’ on Oprah – now Hollywood Actor Paul Rudd has spoken of his stag trip to the county.In another astonishing boost for tourism Rudd spoke of the bachelor party in Donegal.“We had a week in Donegal,” says the Anchorman actor. Letterman asked why they hadn’t gone to Las Vegas for a party for two friends who were getting married.“First of all Ireland is the best place on earth,” says Rudd.He said he wore his Ireland jersey on for the trip with his name on the back and he took it with him on his Donegal trip.He said that after five pints in a pub in Killybegs he went and got the jersey (with a number 2 on the back) and went back to the pub. “But everyone there still started teasing me,” he laughed.And that included Seamus Coleman’s dad who told him: “There’s only one man in this town who wears No2.”Click play to watch what happened next……Wow!     DDTV: TOURISM BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS HOLLYWOOD ACTOR RUDD BOASTS OF TRIP ON DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW was last modified: June 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalinterviewKillybegsPaul RUddlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Friday, December 1. Michael DUNLEAVYThe death has occurred of Michael Dunleavy, Selacis, Letterbarrow, Donegal PO, Donegal Town, peacefully at his home. Predeceased by his darling wife, Winnie. Will be sadly missed by his loving family, sons and daughters, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a large circle of family and friends. Resposing at his home, removal today, Friday afternoon, for 1pm Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Drimarone with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Alzheimers Society care of any family member or John McGowan Funeral Director. House private on Friday please. Teresa DEVINEThe death has occurred of Teresa Devine, 6 Cúlglas, Kilmacrennan Road, Milford, Donegal.Reposing at her home since yesterday evening. Requiem Mass on Saturday, 2nd December, at 11am in St. Peter’s Church, Milford followed by burial in Milford Cemetery.  Maude ROBINSONThe death has taken place at St Eunan’s Nursing Home, Woodlands, of Mrs Maude Robinson, formerly of Tourlette, Burt.Reposing at her son, Percy Robinson’s residence, Swilly Park, Ramelton from 10am to 11pm today, Friday 1st December. Funeral from there tomorrow, Saturday 2nd December, at 10am for service in Burt Presbyterian Church at 11am and burial afterwards in the family plot. James (Seamie) GALLAGHERThe death has occurred of James (Seamie) Gallagher, Lowtown Manor, Robertstown, Kildare / Donegal, peacefully at Naas Hospital, deeply regretted by his loving sister Breda, nieces, nephew, cousins, relatives & friends.Funeral arrangements to be announced later.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: December 1st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituarieslast_img read more

After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 2: Pre-Comps, Parenting & Expressions

first_imgTake your After Effects knowledge one step further in part 2 of our 10 part After Effects Fundamentals video tutorial series. In this video tutorial we cover pre-comps, parenting and expressions.Welcome the second installment of our 10 part Adobe After Effects Fundamentals series. In Lesson 1 we learned all about the After Effects interface, shapes, effects and rendering. In this AE tutorial we will cover a few more essential concepts:Pre-compositionsParentingPick whippingBasic expressionsExpressions can be one of the most scary concepts to learn in After Effects, but worthwhile if you’re serious about motion design. If you are still confused after this tutorial check out our article on how to use expressions in After Effects. And of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 10 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks.What did you think of this lesson? Have any questions? Ask in the comments below.last_img read more

Whistleblower warns WADA of ‘catastrophe’ if Russia ban eased

first_imgLos Angeles, Sept 19 (AFP) Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) risked a “catastrophe for clean sport” if it lifts a suspension against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency later this week. Former Moscow laboratory chief Rodchenkov, who lifted the lid on Russia’s doping scandal in 2015, said Russia could only be readmitted if it acknowledged the government role in the scandal and provided full access to past test results. “WADA must not fall prey to manipulation and false assertions from the Ministry (of Sport), the same arm of the Kremlin that facilitated the doping program and asserted false compliance,” Rodchenkov wrote in a USA Today editorial. “To do so, would be nothing short of a catastrophe for clean sport.” Rodchenkov’s comments come two days before WADA meets in the Seychelles to discuss Russia’s status. The global drug-testing watchdog revealed last week that its compliance committee had recommended lifting its three-year suspension after receiving assurances from Russia’s Ministry of Sport. The apparent softening of WADA’s stance triggered an outcry from athletes and national anti-doping agencies around the world, who accused WADA of caving in to pressure from the International Olympic Committee. Rodchenkov, one of the architects of the doping program exposed by WADA’s investigations branch under lawyer Richard McLaren, urged the agency to hold firm in its demands. “I feel it’s important to clarify what is a clear and firm demand from WADA, that there must be a full recognition of the McLaren Report by Russian sports authorities and that they must hand over all evidence, including the database and all physical samples, in the Moscow laboratory,” said Rodchenkov, who now lives in hiding in the United States.advertisement “It is clear that given the circumstances we face in the standoff between WADA and Russia, and any decision by WADA to reinstate RUSADA — which would then be followed by the reinstatement of the Moscow laboratory — would be a catastrophe for Olympic sport ideals, the fight against doping and the protection of clean athletes.” The United States Anti-Doping Agency has been scathing of the prospect of Russia being readmitted this week. On Tuesday, the United States Olympic Committee also urged caution, stating that WADA must make a decision that leaves athletes feeling they are competing on a “level playing field, without any doubts.” “Anything that stops short of satisfying that will not only be a huge disappointment to the USOC and American athletes, but to the entire Olympic and Paralympic movements,” USOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland said in a statement. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Everton striker Tosun shrugs off Allardyce snub

first_imgPremier League ‘It does not bother me’ – Benched Everton striker Tosun shrugs off Allardyce snub Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:27 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) tosun-cropped Getty Images Premier League Everton Crystal Palace Everton v Crystal Palace The forward’s adaptation to life at Goodison Park has been slow so far, but he is unconcerned, adamant that he will be sharper in the coming weeks Missing out on Everton’s 3-1 defeat of Crystal Palace did “not bother” £27 million signing Cenk Tosun because he is focusing on getting fitter.Tosun joined Everton in January after impressing over the previous year-and-a-half with Besiktas in Turkey.Scoring goals had been identified as Everton’s biggest problem in the first half of the season following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, with the club then shelling out for Turkey international Tosun, who netted eight in 12 league starts for Besiktas before leaving. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But by no means has he swiftly established himself in the starting XI at Goodison Park, starting just two Premier League games and failing to score.Sam Allardyce kept Tosun on the bench for the entirety of Everton’s 3-1 win against Palace, with Oumar Niasse starting – and scoring – in his absence, but Tosun is looking at the bigger picture and working hard.”I am in a completely different league,” Tosun is quoted as saying by”I’m doing everything to settle in and bond with my new team-mates.  I did not play in the last game, but it does not bother me. “I am just focused on my game and training hard. I am going to be a lot fitter in a fortnight’s time and then return to the starting XI.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Puts 2 Major College Football Coaches On The “Hot Seat”

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)We’ve had a couple of major college football coaches fired so far this season, with Maryland firing D.J. Durkin and Kansas firing David Beaty. More coaching changes are coming, though.ESPN has updated its “hot seat” rankings today, putting a couple of major head coaches at the top of the list.Those two coaches: Louisville’s Bobby Petrino and USC’s Clay Helton.Both Petrino and Helton could be fired at the end of the regular season (or maybe before it ends) and it’ll be really interesting to what those potential coaching searches look like.It’s November and the coaching carousel is starting, even in what projects to be a light winter of changes. What are the hot spots and potential hot spots around CFB? I take a look here.(E+):— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 5, 2018Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm is probably the favorite to land the Louisville job if it opens up (it’s his alma mater), but at this point, would he take it? A year or two ago, the answer would’ve likely been a definite “yes.” Now, though, it might make more sense to stay at Purdue for another season or two and wait for a better job.Louisville is his alma mater, however, and has the donors to really open up the checkbook if it chooses to.USC, meanwhile, is one of the top jobs in the country, but the Trojans haven’t landed a truly elite head coach in quite a while.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Deron Williams To Host Celebrity Dodge Barrage

first_imgDeron Williams will host his 5th Annual Celebrity Dodge Barrage charity event on Monday, September 15, 2014, at Basketball City located at 299 South Street – Pier 36 in NYC.Deron Williams Dodge BarrageRegistration will begin at 4:00pm and Red Carpet from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Games will begin at 6:00pm.The Nets All-Star point guard’s signature fundraising event will feature a round-robin style dodgeball tournament, a VIP meet & greet lounge, a live and silent auction, great music by DJ Mode, top shelf open bar, a delicious array of food presented by Master Purveyors, Inc. and sweet treats by Konfections By Karrah and Jala.Confirmed attendees include NBA Stars Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks, Wes Matthews of the Portland Trailblazers, NY Giants Super Bowl Champions Steve Weatherford and Howard Cross and Miss Universe 2012 Nana Meriwether, to name a few.Internationally Acclaimed Opera Sensation James Valenti will sing the National Anthem and CBS Anchor Chris Wragge will be the emcee.All proceeds from this highly anticipated event will benefit the Point of Hope Foundation and Brooklyn’s League Education and Treatment Center.“This is my favorite event and I think it’s a great event. It’s pretty affordable for everybody and it’s a great way to raise money. There are so many different causes and diseases and people who have problems that the Point of Hope is just about helping people, and kids, especially. I’m blessed to be able to give back,” said Deron Williams.last_img read more