The Trojans men’s basketball team (9-10, 1-6 Pac-12) lost its fourth straight game with a 59-55 loss to the Oregon State Beavers (14-5, 5-2), who won their third game in a row.USC was led by redshirt sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt with 17 points, including 4-7 from three, while sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic added 13 points and 6 boards. Freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin had a game-high seven assists but only shot 2-11 from the field for 9 points. McLaughlin has lost his stroke as of late, as he only shot 4-15 in the Trojans’ loss to Oregon.With his Hall of Fame dad in attendance, OSU guard Gary Payton II had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. Forward Jarmal Reid added 14 points off the bench, the same amount scored by the entire bench of the Trojans. The surprising Beavers are now 12-0 at home.“If you ask me what the difference in the game was, our guards have got to step up and make some shots,” said USC head coach Andy EnfieldThe Beavers pulled away in the first half with an 11-2 run led by Reid. It looked as if the Beavers were going to roll to a comfortable win, but the Trojans fought back with a 9-0 run of their own to cut the first half deficit to two. The first half was a back-and-forth affair that included seven lead changes and one tie in the first eight minutes of the game.Oregon State then went on to take an early 8-point lead in the second half, thanks to three consecutive shots from distance from forward Olaf Schaftenaar, but the Trojans stormed back with an 11-0 run, capped by a three from Reinhardt, to take a 3-point lead before Oregon State came charging back and took the lead for good after a layup by Reid with 10:02 remaining.USC had a chance to tie the game with a three late in the game, but sophomore guard Julian Jacobs turned the ball over with nine seconds left and Payton clinched the game with a free throw that sent USC home having lost both games in Oregon.USC was not dominated in any aspect of the game but Oregon State did just enough to hold off the Trojans.The Trojans continued to shoot poorly from the field, only making 34 percent of their baskets. They are currently tied for last in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, averaging 41.9 percent from the field. And while not the sole reason for the defeat, the Trojans did commit 10 turnovers, something that plagued this young team early in the season.Despite the poor performance by the Trojan bench, redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark continued to be productive with 8 points and 8 rebounds to lead the second unit.The freshmen for USC struggled again against the Beavers. Guard Elijah Stewart only scored 2 points, that came on a breakaway dunk and forward Malik Martin was held scoreless in his limited playing time.Martin only played three minutes and was replaced in the starting lineup by guard Malik Marquetti, who was also held without a point in the contest.“They played really hard, they played excellent defense,” Enfield told the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, we came out on the short end of the stick.”The Trojans return home on Thursday to face the Colorado Buffaloes (10-9, 3-4) as they look to improve their conference record to close out the month. Colorado is led by guard Askia Booker, as they are dealing with injuries to their two big-time scorers, forwards Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson.The Buffaloes are coming off a win over Washington State as they head to Los Angeles to play USC and UCLA. Colorado is winless on the road thus far this season and USC is 6-4 at home.
MORE: 10 key revelations from Brady’s interview with Stern”I have tremendous affection for Trump. We used to do radio shows together, have fun, he came to my wedding and all this kind of thing,” Stern said. “I don’t know where you’re at politically, but it was weird because there was a time when Donald called me up and said, ‘Hey, I want you to speak at the Republican convention.’ And Donald can be very forceful. It was weird.”I was actually a Hillary Clinton supporter. I was really into her,” Stern continued. “It was awkward for me because he was asking me to do that, and I had to say no to him, and it’s not an easy thing to do to somebody who has been kind to you.”Trump also reached out to Brady, who declined to speak at the convention because he wasn’t going to do “anything political.” He explained that Trump’s presidential campaign changed everything and made him “uncomfortable.””He would call me after games, ‘I watched your game Tom, let’s play golf together.’ So 2003, 2004, that’s kind of the way it was,” Brady said of his friendship with Trump. “He would golf, and then he became someone that — he would come up to our games and stand on the sideline. He would cheer for the Patriots. He always had a way of connecting with people, and still does.”But the whole political aspect came, and I think I got brought into a lot of those things because it was so polarizing around the election time. It was uncomfortable for me. You can’t undo things — not that I would undo a friendship — but the political support is totally different than the support of a friend.”Brady believes modern politics is too divisive, so he chooses to focus on embracing leadership and bringing people together. He told Stern his connection to Trump never created problems within the locker room.”No, no, never,” Brady said. “(My teammates) know me. They know who I am. I was with them every day.”MORE: Brady reveals why he left Pats for BucsThen Stern stunned the Bucs quarterback with a question about Trump wanting Brady to date Ivanka, his daughter and senior presidential advisor. Brady couldn’t help but laugh and said Trump never directly suggested he should form a power couple with Ivanka. Tom Brady has been friends with President Donald Trump for many years, but the future Hall of Famer’s personal support doesn’t necessarily extend into politics.In a lengthy interview on Wednesday’s edition of “The Howard Stern Show,” the Buccaneers quarterback tackled a number of topics, including his relationship with Trump and where he stands politically. Stern was curious how Brady interacted with Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 election; Stern had formed his own bond with Trump, but didn’t want to endorse him. “Did I consider dating her? No, there was never that where we ever dated or anything like that,” Brady said.You can hear Tom Brady squirm when Howard Stern asks him about Donald Trump wanting to hook him up with Ivanka pic.twitter.com/0WurJBEV5j— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 8, 2020Brady wisely maneuvered his way out of Stern’s blitz and scrambled away by pointing to Gisele, his wife since 2009.”It all worked out for me anyway,” Brady said. “I married the woman of my dreams. … I think I married the most amazing woman. So I have no regrets.”
0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi is confident of finishing third in the 2017 KPL season. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – A head of the 2017 Kenyan Premier League season Finale, Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi is determined to lead the club to their best ever performance by finishing third.Kakamega Homeboyz, who were promoted back to the Kenyan Premier League last season, have had a commendable 2017 season and in the month of September they finished second in the standings behind champions Gor Mahia. However, they slipped to be dislodged in the second position by Sofapaka to currently sit sixth with 49 points but Mururi, the 2014 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Coach of the Year confidently told Capital Sport they will finish with a bang.“We started with a punch this season but we slipped a bit because of the injuries that we got. It slowed our momentum. We cannot finish second because Sofapaka are unreachable but I am sure of a third place finish,” Mururi said.Kakamega Homeboyz Hedmond Mauda leads goal celebrations after scoring the second goal.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaA third place finish for Homeboyz will be made possible if they win away to Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium on Saturday and hope Posta Rangers, Tusker FC and Kariobangi Sharks lose their season end matches.“I am going to Nzoia to collect maximum points. My players have morale and I know they will score goals for me in Nzoia. I am going for nothing less than finishing third in the league this season,” the coach affirmed.Mururi, who joined Homeboyz in 2016 from Chemelil Sugar, said after the season, he will immediately embark on building a solid team that will challenge for the KPL title in 2018.“I will reinforce my team in pre-season since I want to go for a kill and win the league next season because it is very possible. This season has been our best. As it’s expected during the pre-season, some of the players will leave the club and that means we have to replace them.”Mike Mururi joined Kakamega Homeboyz in 2016 from Chemelil Sugar. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHomeboyz have been described as a team of meanest defence this season, with statistics showing they are the third team to concede less goals (22goals) with Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers conceding 20 goals each.Forward Jeremiah Wanjala has been outstanding for them this season, having netted seven goals. He was recognised by being named the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Month for September.Homeboyz were first promoted to the top flight league in 2015 after topping the then Football Kenya Federation Division One League with 75 points, one point above second placed Posta Rangers who were also elevated to KPL.However, Homeboyz were relegated the same season, but they bounced back immediately in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)