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USC ends difficult season in positive way

first_imgDec 27, 2014; Shreveport, LA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2014 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. South Carolina defeated Miami 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsSHREVEPORT, La. – South Carolina did something that has been difficult for it throughout the 2014 football season.It won a football game in which it had to fight to maintain a second-half lead.Quarterback Dylan Thompson, scored on a two-yard run to allow the Gamecocks to claim a 24-21 victory over Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.The win allowed the team to end the season with a 7-6 record. USC coach Steve Spurrier has never had a losing season since taking over the Gamecocks’ program 10 years ago and only one his college coaching career.His demeanor following the contest suggested this victory was as important as any he has had as South Carolina’s coach.“This one felt as good as the last three bowl games,” said an elated Spurrier. “It has sort of been amazing. We have been the home team in all of them. We got to wear our garnet on garnet and something good keeps happening for us it seems like late in the games there.”The game was big for both Spurrier and his program as there has been a lot of negativity floating around in recent weeks.Following a Spurrier announcement that he planned to only coach the team for two to three years, six recruits decommitted with at least one admitting the fact that The Head Ball Coach might not be around for his entire stint at the school as a reason.Spurrier has since amended that statement to say he plans to remain in charge for four to five years.The has also been a groundswell of support among fans for the removal of several assistant coaches in an attempt to get the program back to the level of the three previous seasons when it posted a 33-6 mark with consecutive 11-2 records that landed the squad in the nation’s top 10 at the end of each.There was some thought Spurrier would make a play for former Florida coach Will Muschamp, considered one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators prior to taking over the Gators program.Spurrier opted to stand pat with his staff, and, while there could be changes coming in the future, he doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to do so.Right before the team traveled to Shreveport on Dec. 23 to prepare for the game it learned that former South Carolina Mr. Football Shaq Roland had quit the team.While statistically the defense did not have a great day against the Hurricanes, it managed to play well enough to make up for an up and down offense that played winning football for just a little more than a quarter.The Gamecocks forced two Miami turnovers with the second, a Gerald Dixon recovery of a Duke Johnson fumble, leading to the game-winning touchdown.Spurrier in no hurry to make coaching changesThe Gamecocks picked up two sacks, which doesn’t seem like a great number. But for one of the worst teams nationally in that department, it was a step forward as it managed only 12 during the regular season.The team managed that despite not having the services of senior defensive tackle J. T. Surratt, who was hospitalized Thursday with stomach problems, and end David Johnson who missed the game with an injury.“If felt great,” said USC linebacker Skai Moore, who was named defensive player of the game after leading the team in tackles with 11 and being credited with a half of a tackle for loss. “We won the game and showed the country that we are a good defense.”The Gamecocks allowed 422 yards of total offense, including 132 yards rushing by junior tailback Johnson.It held the explosive Hurricanes’ offense to two touchdowns, however, which allowed the USC offense to do just enough to win the game.“I think we showed we could stop them,” said embattled USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “When we played assignment football we were pretty good.”Despite an up-and-down game, Boiling Springs native Dylan Thompson went out with a solid performance at quarterback.He not only completed 22 of 34 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, but scored the winning touchdown from two yards out with his feet.His biggest target through the air was wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. The sophomore caught nine passes for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown reception.That was good enough to earn Cooper offensive most valuable player honors.Thompson leaves USC with the most single season passing yards and is second in touchdown passes in a season with 26.“We really wanted to go out with a big win against an elite program,” said Thompson. “Miami gets a lot of recognition. They are a good team. For our guys to play together and get this win was pretty special.”The victory was USC’s fourth straight in bowl games. Spurrier pointed out that each came against programs that have rich histories – Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Miami.The 69-year old coach still hopes to accomplish things in Columbia that will lead to the Gamecocks becoming a program that sustains year-in and year-out.There will probably be more twists and turns for the program in the coming weeks. But for at least one night Spurrier will sleep well as a difficult season ended on a positive note.USC’s Pharoh Cooper caps impressive season with MVP performancelast_img read more

Dallas, Islanders and Vegas can go to the blockbuster

first_imgThe night from Sunday to Monday will offer another three matches in the continuing series of the semifinals of both conferences. Dallas, Islanders and Vegas will try to fight for third points and move on. Can their opponents mobilize and equalize their series in key matches? 00:00 Dallas Stars – Colorado AvalancheSeries status: 2-1Dallas and Colorado enjoyed a relatively long holiday. The last time the two teams met on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the Avalanche managed to stop the socks that had won the first two matches of the series. In the latter, however, in a fierce shootout, Colorado managed to win 6: 4 and reduce to 1: 2.After a long holiday, he tries to follow up on this performance and not let Dallas go to imaginary gossip. “We know how important the start of the match will be. It is definitely good that we have reduced. I hope that we will keep the form and we will be able to continue to win, “said Pavel Francouz, on whose shoulders, when Grubauer was injured, lies the fate of the team. Even for a Czech goalkeeper, it would be more pleasant if his teammates were able to shoot Dallas again and help him a little in defense.It’s Colorado’s defense in this series. Dallas, although not one of the most productive teams in the league, scored 14 goals in three matches and this is not a flattering balance for Lavina at all.Stars will continue to miss the number one goalkeeper Ben Bishop, on the other side next to Grubauer are the figures of Matt Calvert, Erik Johnson and Joonas Donskoi, who are believed to be ready for Sunday’s force measurement.02:00 New York Islanders – Philadelphia FlyersSeries status: 2-1The Islanders, who lack the experienced quarterback Johnny Boychuk, showed precise work in defense on Saturday and managed to play Philadelphia 3: 1. The opponents returned an unpleasant defeat from the second match, in which they managed to equalize from 0: 3 to 3: 3, but then collected shortly after the start of overtime.The Islanders will enter the fourth race in greater mental and game well-being. The flyers are facing annoying pressure, because they know that if they lost at night, they would have to spin the series from 1: 3, and this is not something that would happen every day. At the same time, it cannot be said that they played badly in the last match, they even managed to eliminate unnecessary exclusions and the opponents offered only two power-ups (they collected once). But the Islanders headed for the penalty bench only once and did their best in defense.Flyers will go to the match in full fire, not counting the long-term injured.04:30 Vancouver Canucks – Vegas Golden KnightsSeries status: 1-2The program closes the duel between Vancouver and Vegas. The Golden Knights managed to knock out defeat in the second game, as did goalkeeper Robin Lehner, who, after scoring four goals, managed to cover all 31 shots on Sunday night and catch his second zero in this year’s playoffs.Both teams were quite eliminated in Saturday’s race. Vancouver had three power-ups in the first 11 minutes of the game, and played against just three Vegas players for more than a minute. But he didn’t get anything out of it and on the contrary, in the fifth and sixth minute (when it was played in full), he collected twice. It was the first half of the opening third that broke the Canucks’ psyche in a way, from which they could no longer escape.But it must necessarily mobilize. In the fourth match, they need to succeed, because losing 1: 3 to a team like Vegas means an extreme problem, from which there is almost no way, or equal to a miracle. On the other hand, it was Vancouver who managed to deal with Stanley Cup advocates in the previous round and underestimating their qualities does not pay off.There should be no change in the marauders of both teams before Sunday’s match. Vegas is still missing Tomáš Nosek, Vancouver then Micheal Ferland and Tyler Myers. Get an entry bonus of CZK 5,500 on Sazkabet and get into the game! Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Greek Cup final postponed at request of police

first_imgSaturday’s Greek Cup final between league champions Olympiakos Piraeus and AEK Athens has been postponed at the request of the police.The match was due to be held behind closed doors due to crowd violence that has blighted this season’s competition.However, a nationwide 48-hour strike by various trade unions that began on Friday meant the police did not have the resources to oversee the game.“By a decision from the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Mr Stavros Kontonis, the Greek Cup final has been postponed following a request from the police and the recommendation of the anti-violence committee,” said a government statement.No new date for the match has been announced.The postponement is the latest twist in what has become a farcical Greek Cup saga.Kontonis cancelled the competition after the first leg of the semi-final between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos on March 2 was abandoned due to a pitch invasion.Fans also hurled flares and missiles before being dispersed by riot police.Kontonis reversed his decision last month after world governing body FIFA and European counterpart UEFA warned the country would be suspended from international football if the Greek Cup did not resume.The competition restarted with the remaining games played behind closed doors for security reasons.PAOK then failed to show up for the second leg of their semi-final and were punished with a heavy fine and a three-point points deduction that will take effect from the start of the 2016-17 league season.last_img read more

Truckers shape up, quit unhealthy ways

first_imgDrivers are tested every two years to maintain their licenses, which are issued by states. Waivers can be granted, but generally commercial drivers can’t be licensed if they have severe high blood pressure or severe heart conditions. Other aspects of drivers’ health, such as weight and smoking, aren’t regulated. “They can’t say, `You can’t be obese,’ and they can’t force you to stop smoking,”‘ said Gerald P. Krueger, a psychologist who compiled the latest research by the Transportation Research Board. “The government shouldn’t regulate that. But we’ve been trying to educate people to the linkage between being a healthy person and a safe driver.” Krueger said trucking companies need to do more to foster better health among their employees, whether it’s to reduce health care costs or hang on to employees in an industry where turnover is high and shortages growing. It’s not clear how many companies are making efforts. The trucking associations group says it is planning a survey. The group estimates there are 1.3million long-haul drivers nationwide. An Associated Press spot check of companies revealed these initiatives: GREEN BAY, Wis. – Truck drivers – the people who deliver our food, cars and clothing – have one of the most dangerous jobs in America, accounting for nearly 15 percent of U.S. work-related deaths. And that’s only counting the crashes. They are also more at risk than average Americans for a number of health problems. Obesity is rampant. Many don’t bother to wear seat belts because their stomachs get in the way. About one in four have sleep apnea. Half of them smoke. The latest research in an upcoming report drives home those points and may help influence government regulations for truck drivers’ health, which are under review. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering tightening its rules for conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. And many companies are stepping up their own efforts at improving health. “It takes a while to undo years and years and years of unhealthy behavior,” said Christie Cullinan of the American Trucking Associations, which represents about 2,000 companies and suppliers. “But I think companies are having to look at this because of the skyrocketing health care costs and related workers’ compensation costs.” Celadon Group Inc. has stationed nurses at its main facility in Indianapolis and encourages its 3,200 drivers in the U.S. and Canada to get blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Doctors are on call if needed, and Celadon pays all expenses. The company says it’s helped trim its $10million annual health care bill. Melton Truck Lines Inc. replaced sodas in the Tulsa, Okla., headquarters vending machines with green tea, water and diet drinks. The company also offered a 12-week weight-loss series. Con-way Freight of Ann Arbor, Mich., saw annual workers’ compensation claims plunge 80percent and lost work days drop 75percent in Los Angeles after its trial of a wellness program two years ago. Now, leaders of such programs are being hired at other hub offices. Schneider National Inc. of Green Bay, Wis., screened 10,000 of its 15,000 drivers for apnea, a disorder that interferes with breathing during sleep and can leave the sufferer groggy and exhausted. The company provided the 10percent who had the disorder with special air masks to help them sleep. Some drivers are responding to all the health campaigns, working out at loading stations, cooking for themselves and even walking laps around their rigs. (Thirty-two times around an 18-wheeler is a mile.) Sammy Belvin, a driver for Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines, has been getting advice from a wellness coordinator with the company. He carries weights in his truck, and for meals, he eats cereal and cooks chicken breasts on an electric grill in his cab. A driver for 23 years, Belvin says these days he’s not the only one jogging around in the mornings before he drives off for the day. Lisa Miles, an independent driver based in Fort Wayne, Ind., lifts weights in the cabin of her semi, too, while her partner driver takes the wheel. She gave up smoking three years ago and now is trying to lose 30 pounds. “It’s real easy to let your personal health be the last of your priorities,” she said. As many as half of drivers are regular smokers, compared with about one-fifth of all Americans. Many truckers are obese, and only about one in 10 get regular aerobic exercise. More details will be available in a soon-to-be-published study for the Transportation Research Board, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. All those bad habits can fuel high blood pressure and chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Sleep apnea, which is linked to obesity, is rampant, too. An industry study a few years ago found 28percent of drivers had it; that compares with about 4percent in the general population who have the disorder. Government numbers say the trucking industry has the most fatalities of all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says truck drivers account for nearly 15percent of all worker deaths in the most recent data available, from 2005. (The death rate per 100,000 is higher for other occupations.) Of those trucker deaths, 80percent involved traffic crashes, the bureau said. Truck drivers also report more injuries, such as sprains, than workers in any other category, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many of them unload the goods they carry, risking back injuries. The medical review board of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will discuss updating medical guidelines at a meeting this month, but any changes are at least a year off, officials said. Meanwhile, the Teamsters union wants to ensure that truckers don’t lose their jobs if health rules are tightened, said Lamont Byrd, director of safety and health for the union. Truckers pose unique challenges when it comes to improving health, said Ilene Masser, director of such a program for faculty and staffers at New York University Medical Center. They sit for long periods, are out on their own, eat a lot of fast food and most of them are men, who often need more prodding than women to make changes, she said. Changes are worth it. About three-quarters of employers with at least 1,000 workers have a wellness program, she said. And for every dollar invested, they get about $3.14 back, including savings on health care costs and added productivity. William Rundle is one of the drivers for Schneider National who benefited from his company’s aggressive effort to treat sleep apnea. “It’s wonderful to be able to function during the day now,” he said, adding that he has more energy and makes his deliveries on time. He said his company has also persuaded him to quit smoking and eat better. In the past year, he’s trimmed 15pounds from his formerly 300-pound, 5-foot-7 frame. It’s difficult, he said. He wants to eat salads, but they often come with hard-to-resist cheese and bacon. He wants to exercise but counts few safe places to walk close to the highway. “You don’t see very many truck drivers that look like they’re in good shape. We’re just like anybody else,” said Rundle, 43, who lives in Woodbourne, N.Y.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img