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first_imgFollow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe Following USC’s 14-10 loss to Notre Dame, interim head coach Ed Orgeron focused on the positives from the game, most notably his players’ effort, rather than the negatives. Orgeron has his team’s sights set on shoring up its self-inflicted mistakes as it prepares to play Utah on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Injury woes · Redshirt junior tight ends Randall Telfer (above) and Xavier Grimble were both ruled out for Saturday’s game against Utah. Their absence leaves USC with only one healthy scholarship tight end available. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“There were a lot of positives to come out of the game,” Orgeron said. “Guys fought really hard to give us a chance to win. Obviously, we have to eliminate the penalties that really put us back in some bad situations, especially towards the end of the game.”Open AuditionsJunior kicker Andre Heidari continued to struggle against Notre Dame, missing twice in three attempts. For the season, Heidari is 6-for-11 in field goal attempts and just 2-for-7 in kicks 30 yards or longer. Because of his ineffectiveness, Orgeron has decided to open the kicking competition this week in practice.“We need to make field goals,” Orgeron said. “We’re gonna open up the field goal kicking competition this week to see who’s the best one out there. Andre has done a lot of good things for us, but we’ll give somebody else a shot this week in practice.”In 2011, Heidari was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the nation’s best kicker and was named first-team All-Pac-12 after making 15-of-17 field goal attempts. Last season, he dealt with injuries and made just 10-of-16 field goal attempts, but still made the 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention list.Tough Up FrontThe Trojans’ much-maligned offensive line played well at the onset of Saturday’s game, but wilted in the second half. Notre Dame’s top two defensive tackles, Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt, eventually wore down USC’s offensive line and made it difficult to open up running lanes.“We struggled a little bit in the second half, especially in some crucial situations,” Orgeron said. “Tuitt is a really good player and he gave us some fits. We thought that we played pretty good against Nix inside, but in some crucial times, their defensive lines made some plays.”USC finished the game with 129 rushing yards on 31 carries, good for 4.2 yards per carry. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler was sacked twice, and Notre Dame finished with seven tackles for loss.Injuries MountingAs if USC’s injury woes couldn’t get any worse, Orgeron had more bad news about his team’s health. Redshirt junior tight ends Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble were ruled out for Saturday’s game, as well as freshman tailback Justin Davis.“Randall and Xavier are gonna be out, I don’t know how long, but they’re not gonna be playing this week,” Orgeron said. “Davis will be out, and Marqise is questionable again. We have a lot of guys questionable.”Gaining ConfidenceLost in the team’s overall poor play has been Kessler’s steady improvement throughout the season. Since taking over as the team’s full-time starter, Kessler has completed 61 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. This has led to a renewed sense of confidence in the Trojans’ signal caller.“I really like the way Cody’s playing,” Orgeron said. “He’s making plays, running the ball, making good decisions. He had that one interception [against Notre Dame], he’s had one turnover in two games. He’s really becoming a leader and has a lot of gumption. He has a lot of guys believing in him.”Tough ChallengeLooking ahead to Utah, Orgeron noted the team’s strong performance in big games. The Utes notched their biggest win since joining the Pac-12 two weeks ago when they defeated Stanford 27-21. Utah has given USC fits each of the last two seasons, with the Trojans’ two wins coming by an average of just 9.5 points.USC’s offensive line will likely be tested yet again against a very stout Utah front seven.“[Utah is] a powerful team,” Orgeron said. “Good on the lines, very big offensive line, great running game. They gave Stanford problems, obviously. Their defense leads the Pac-12 in sacks. They get up for big games, and we know they’ll get up for us.”For the Trojans, the focus is on regrouping after a tough loss and getting a much-needed conference victory to jump back into the race for the Pac-12 South crown.“Here’s the deal: We told our guys this is game three of our new season. Utah is ahead, now we’re just gonna take it one game at a time. Be positive. Bounce back. Rely on the team — one heartbeat. Continue to move forward and fix the things that we did wrong.”last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse tight end Trey Dunkelberger will transfer from the Orange, per multiple reports. JUCO Frenzy first reported the news on Twitter. Syracuse.com reported Dunkelberger will transfer after graduating in the winter.He hasn’t appeared in a game this year.Dunkelberger transferred to Syracuse after playing his 2014 freshman season at Pierce College. He played in one game under Scott Shafer’s staff in 2015. Then when Dino Babers arrived, Dunkelberger switched over to defensive end for spring practice. He moved back to tight end during training camp and is currently listed as a tight end.With Dunkelberger’s departure, the Orange is currently thin at tight end looking ahead to next year. Kyle Kleinberg, a sophomore, is the only one in the position group who is set to return. Kendall Moore, Josh Parris and Cameron MacPherson are all on their final seasons of eligibility. Kleinberg came to Syracuse as a preferred walk-on linebacker. He made the switch to tight end this summer.Tyler Provo exited last spring’s practices as the fourth-string tight end but was medically disqualified. Former five-star tight end Chris Clark was going to transfer from UCLA to Syracuse, he said in October 2015, but Scott Shafer pulled his scholarship offer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

first_imgThe battle for dominance between Nike and adidas is once again reshaping the commercial landscape of European football according to research released today.With the release of Repucomand PR Marketing’s latest Kit Supplier Report, figures show shirt sales in Europe continue to be big business for kit suppliers.Approximately 13 million shirts were sold by the 98 clubs of the top five European football leagues last season (2013/14), up over 14% on the 2011/12 season two years prior.English Premier League (EPL) clubs sold the majority of this figure, selling over five million shirts in total. This compares with clubs of Spain’s Primera División (3.10m), the German Bundesliga (2.32m), France’s Ligue 1 (1.22m) and Italy’s Serie A (1.18m).In the coming season however, of these top European leagues, it is only the EPL where Nike is not the most dominant kit supplier.Of the 25 brands supplying kits to teams of Europe’s top five leagues ahead of the 2014/15 season, Nike has outpaced its German rival adidas for the first time since the 2009/10 season. The US sports giant will kit out 26 clubs, an increase of five on last year’s total, whilst adidas will supply 18, a figure which has dropped by four. Nike now supply the kits to just over a quarter (26.5%) of all clubs in Europe’s top five leagues. In comparison, adidas’ kits represent an 18.4% share of the market.Andrew Walsh, football expert at Repucom, said: “In terms of revenue it is the top ten European teams which dominate, delivering 65% of total shirt sales in the five key football leagues, most of which coming from clubs in the English Premier League, adidas’ strongest market.“Whilst Nike may be winning in the quantity stakes, Adidas is certainly not bowing out in the running for market superiority, far from it in fact. The brand is now starting to flex its muscles by supplying Europe’s biggest clubs.”Currently, Nike’s top five deals which combined are worth approximately €125m per year include FC Barcelona, Manchester United FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, Juventus FC and FC Internazionale.adidas’s top five deals include Real Madrid FC, Chelsea FC, FC Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Olympique de Marseille and total approximately €135m per year, €10m more than Nike. However, ahead of the 2015/16 season, adidas will be taking two of Nike’s biggest club deals; EPL giants, Manchester United and Italian Champions, Juventus FC.Andrew Walsh continued: “Manchester United’s Nike deal is currently worth an estimated €31.5m per year, a figure dwarfed by adidas’ new €94m deal, a difference of over €62m. The deal with Juventus will also increase, from €19m to approximately €23.25m per year.“adidas’s position in the market is certainly one of ‘quality’, already official partner of World Football’s biggest tournament, the FIFA World Cup, as well as World Champions, Germany and the UEFA Champions League, now they are moving to kit out the world’s biggest clubs underlining their position as football’s leading sports brand in terms of sponsorship. A title that Nike will of course continue to rival.“How the strategies of these big brands develop will ultimately play a defining role in shaping the commerciality of the industry itself and it is key for clubs to see how these two giants are carving up the European football apparel market. Whilst Nike looks to maximise the number of teams it supplies, Adidas is going for the most popular, most followed and ultimately biggest selling clubs in the world.”Dr. Rohlmann of PR Marketing said: “Kit deals in football are increasingly becoming more important in achieving a stronger market share for sports brands. “These companies significantly benefit from supplying top clubs through both jersey sales and a rise to their reputation internationally.”In addition, Puma has been able to strengthen its market position as the third major power in European football apparel with its new deal with Arsenal FC, formerly supplied, again, by Nike.Including its deal with German side, Borussia Dortmund, Puma now kit out nine clubs in Europe’s top five leagues. Italian brand Kappa’s eight deals means it is the only other company to supply more than four clubs ahead of the 2014/15 season.last_img read more

first_imgWith the local aviation sector poised to undergo expansive development in the coming years, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is preparing for that ‘tsunami’ with the construction of a state-of-the-art head office at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Director General Egbert Field (centre) with Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Jaipaul Sharma turning the sod for the new GCAA headquarters at ProvidenceThe new GCAA complex will be constructed behind the Guyana National Stadium to the tune of some $1.2 billion.At the sod-turning ceremony on Friday, GCAA Director General Retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field explained that this new building will be constructed to cater for what’s to come in Guyana. He noted that the complex will feature a gymnasium, nursery, and cafeteria, better offices for all departments, a conference room, and possibly a training centre.“Guyana is moving swiftly ahead. The waves of the tsunami are now lapping on the shores and if we are not ready, we will definitely be swamped,” GCAA Head stated.Field went on to highlight the many achievements in the aviation sector, but recognised that much more needs to be done.“The work must continue and this new headquarters that we are about to embark on, in terms of its building and construction, is a very important item which will see Guyana move into future as we continue our progress,” he posited.Currently, GCAA is renting two buildings at High Street, Kingston, Georgetown for $42 million annually.“It’s not a sustainable model for an institution such as GCAA or any Government institution renting. There is no permanency in it and you can’t plan and develop as you like,” Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said.Junior Infrastructure Minister Jaipaul Sharma disclosed that with the GCAA always having to move around to various rentals, huge sums of monies were expended— including $25 million to maintain Colgrain House which it used to occupy. He added that apart from the high rental rate for the current property the Authority is occupying, a three-year caveat was imposed on the GCAA and this is the reason behind the Authority “aggressively” pursuing its own space.His senior, Minister Patterson, acknowledged that the new GCAA headquarters is being established at a time when there is a “vast shift” in the aviation sector with its responsibilities expanding into dimensions never seen before here. To this end, he urged the GCAA to gear up for what’s to come.Friday’s sod-turning was done on the 10 acres plot of land, which was procured at the cost of $25 million, and was witnessed by GCAA Chairman Larry London and other Board members as well as former Junior Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, among other officials.Construction for the $1.2 billion complex is expected to last for 18 months; however, the GCAA Head told reporters that they are yet to secure funding for the project. Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun, who was also at the event, informally indicated that his country can put up some of the funding.Nevertheless, the project is currently in the tendering process before the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). According to Field, he is hoping that construction starts later this year since the rental contract for the building which the GCAA occupies will expire in 2021.last_img read more

first_img1 Petr Cech is second-choice at Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur may be growing wary of the interest surrounding Hugo Lloris, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly keen, but could they find a replacement even better than the Frenchman?In recent weeks, Spurs have been loosely linked with a move for out-of-favour Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech, available for nothing at the end of the season and someone who, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), is better than the north Londoners’ current shot stopper.In their annual ranking of the world’s best goalkeepers – compiled by editorial staff and experts from 60 countries – the organisation rank Chelsea’s back-up higher than Lloris, a conclusion that certainly raises a few eyebrows.Even at 32 years old, Cech still remains one of the finest ‘keepers around and should Lloris finally call it at day at White Hart Lane, he would represent an excellent signing for any Premier League side with Champions League aspirations.Below is the IFFHS list of the ten best goalkeepers in the world currently:=9. Hugo Lloris and Vincent Enyeama8. Petr Cech7. Guillermo Ochoa6. Sergio Romero5. Claudio Bravo4. Gianluigi Buffon3. Keylor Navas2. Thibaut Courtois1. Manuel NeuerSpurs fans, do you think Petr Cech would be a good replacement for Hugo Lloris? Comment below…last_img read more

first_imgJob Vacancy: Management at Ballybofey Autofactors currently have a position for an E-Commerce Administrator to join their team.The successful candidate will maintain the online catalogue of products and offers on the e-shop and company website and social media channels.The website is built on word press and an expert knowledge of this platform will be essential. Key Responsibilities:Manage the Product Catalogue on the company website Work closely with E-Commerce management team to launch new products and ranges to the website Manage any issues arising with the website and liaise with design team to resolve these Set up and Manage online marketing campaigns Qualities:Organised and able to work to deadlines and under pressure Adaptable and committed to maximise online sales and website growth Forward thinking and problem solving Strong interpersonal skills Excellent attention to detail Experience:A comprehensive knowledge of online selling A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with word press platform Experience working with photoshop and in-design Knowledge of the automotive spare parts industry will be helpful but not essential as full training will be givenTo apply: Please forward your CV along with cover letter to hr@autofactors.ie Job Vacancy: E-Commerce administrator sought by leading retailer was last modified: January 22nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AdminBallybofey AutofactorsE-CommerceEmploymentjobVacancylast_img read more