Second string getting chance to shine

first_imgDay two of the Lane Kiffin era was nearly identical to day one — lots of second teamers, lots of intensity and a heavy emphasis on discipline.The Trojans still have more than a dozen players out of action, giving many of the second teamers an opportunity to get their reps in.“It was a really good opportunity for those guys that need double reps to get better,” said coach Lane Kiffin.Those second teamers filled in at a variety of positions, including center when junior Kris O’ Dowd went down with a knee injury. Details on the injury were sparse, but O’Dowd was held out of practice the rest of the day.  He was expected to see a doctor soon after practice.“We obviously don’t want to push him through, it being spring practice,” Kiffin said.That same sentiment was extended to junior tight end Blake Ayles, who was held out of Tuesday’s practice.Ayles participated in limited drills, but most of the tight end reps went to senior David Ausberry and fourth-year junior Jordan Cameron.  Kiffin described the two as “the number one and two tight ends right now.”Ausberry, a wide receiver for the last three seasons, was moved to tight end because the injury to Ayles and redshirt junior Rhett Ellison catching mononucleosis.  The move is permanent for now, according to Kiffin, because “we just don’t have the numbers.”Besides moving players to new positions, the team added 14 new walk-ons yesterday, and may be hosting an additional tryout in the future.—The intensity present on day one remained, in part thanks to a new special teams drill.“It’s a kickoff-kickoff coverage drill,” special teams coach John Baxter said.The first-year coach is looking to inject some intensity into special teams drills that usually lack it.  The team was divided into four tribes, like in the TV show Survivor. The teams compete against each other and against themselves for points.“The person with the least amount of points, the team as a whole has to vote them off,” said senior running back Allen Bradford, the captain of team Atlas.As the captain, Bradford is responsible for maintaining the team flag, an elaborate drawing of Atlas holding up a football-shaped Earth.  The competition encouraged by the game is designed to bring the team and the staff together, said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.“Once we get to the fall, there’s only one flag that matters, and that’s the one with the ’SC on it,” Baxter said.  The intensity built in the special teams drill was present throughout the defensively dominated practice.—Practice ended with the traditional 11 on 11 scrimmage, highlighted by redshirt junior defensive tackle Da’John Harris tipping a Matt Barkley pass and subsequently intercepting it.“I’ve been dreaming about that play since I got here,” Harris said.  “It was too perfect.”last_img read more

Cerro Gordo supervisors to consider FY 2020 budget

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to approve the county’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.The proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget would spend $36.1 million, $1.3 million more than what was budgeted for the current Fiscal Year 2019 budget.Under the proposed budget compared to this year, $582,000 more would be budgeted for secondary roads as well as $282,000 more for the Sheriff’s Department operations.A full presentation about the budget will be followed by a public hearing and the supervisors considering adoption of the budget.The supervisors meet tomorrow at 10 o’clock in the boardroom on the first floor of the courthouse.last_img read more

Cyclist struck down by speeding Fire Service Officer

first_imgA Bagotville, West Bank Demerara, man is now dead after he was struck down by an officer of the Guyana Fire Service, who was reportedly speeding on the roadway.Dead: Clement SkeeteDead is Clement Skeete, 60, called ‘Rasta Man’ of Lot 111 Bagotville Public Road, WBD. The accident occurred sometime around 19:30h on the Bagotville Public Road on Friday.According to reports, Skeete was crossing the road on his bicycle in front of his house, while the speeding car was approaching at a fast rate and struck the elderly man down.Guyana Times was told that upon impact, the cyclist was flung from the bike and landed some distance away.Speaking with this newspaper, the dead man’s grieving wife, Shellon Cameron recalled that she was at work when she received the call about the accident and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.“When I go to the hospital, I go in and see he lie down with tubes hook up to his body. Then they tell me they gone send him to Georgetown Hospital,” she related.However, the woman explained that there was no doctor to go along with her husband to GPHC and so he was held up at the West Demerara Hospital for some three hours before he was finally transferred—too late.“The decision was to take him to GPHC but no doctor was there to transport him so I start to behave real bad and by the time we go to Georgetown Hospital, they take him in the Accident and Emergency Ward and a couple minutes after, his brother say he pass away,” the distraught woman recounted.According to Cameron, when she returned home she was told by relatives how the accident occurred:“They say he was over the road crossing, and this car come with a speed. He was coming off the bicycle when the car hook the bike wheel and drag him some distance away.”Meanwhile, one relative who witnessed the accident – a young man – recalled to this publication: “I was standing on the road when I saw ‘Rasta Man’ riding coming over the road and the car was coming speed, and till when he reach close, then he start mash brakes. ‘Rasta Man’ try to come off the bike to come in the corner because there was (another) car parked in front the yard so he couldn’t ride straight over but the car come and knock he and fling he in the air. He land on the windscreen and the car drop he down (two houses away).”The Police said that a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver but no trace of blood alcohol was found. Nevertheless, he was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Changed Tactics Suggested by Coaches During Olympic Qualifier Bout: Vinesh Phogat

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsbronze medalIndiaIndian Wrestling First Published: September 19, 2019, 12:33 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nur-Sultan: That Vinesh Phogat is her own person was proved yet again when she altered the strategy devised by the coaches for the key Olympic qualification match and came out trumps.Ahead of her world championships’ Olympic qualifying bout, the precise tactics suggested by coach Woller Akos were to “stay away from Sarah Ann Hildebrandt, block her right arm and protect the legs”. Vinesh said she did exactly the opposite.”Coaches were suggesting something else but I felt something different on the mat and changed tactics accordingly. I felt she was getting in, but because I was not conceding point, it was exhausting her,” Vinesh told PTI in an interview after claiming the 53kg category bronze and the Tokyo Olympics berth here.”So, I thought let’s lure her into leg attacks more and stay solid in defense to completely wear her out. I let her come in but held her off. It worked for me. I knew how much strength she had compared to mine,” she said.The American number one got hold off of Vinesh’s right leg in the second repechage bout five times but could not convert those moves into points.”Even if she had scored a few points, she would have got tired because she would have used all her power,” Vinesh added.The 25-year-old claims to be a person prone to mood swings even when it comes to smallest of matters like eating, sleeping, reading, and talking to people.Some advised her that she should not get married because she might lose spark but she proved them wrong.She knows what it means to win a big medal. She has not yet forgotton how the Rio Olympics injury confined her to a wheelchair for some weeks.”My mother has almost stopped watching my bouts. She fears I may return with a broken leg again. Even if she watches, she will make it tough for others by shouting like A rrey tang chhod de meri beti ki, tod na diyo (Leave the leg of my daughter, don’t break it).”While her mother keeps praying when her bout is on, her husband Sombir Rathee chips in with his inputs.”He may not have won medals but has a sharp wrestling mind. He would come up saying the same things what my foreign coach would suggest.”The world championship medal was missing from her CV for long and now that she has ticked the box, Vinesh said it gives her the cushion of a few months to plan better for ‘Mission Tokyo’.”It’s the first Olympic qualification tournament and a world championship too, so every athlete came here well-prepared and with a different mind set. Taking a medal from this group is definitely big for me.”It’s a relief because now I have a lot of time to prepare for the Olympics. And it’s a bronze only. I want to convert it to a gold and also win the Olympic medal.”Vinesh is pleased with the way she trained her mind to overcome a few negative thoughts that plagued her mind when it came to switching her weight category.”I used to think how will I beat a 53kg wrestler like Sofia Mattsson, who is so strong. But I changed the mind-set and beat her. So I am moving in the right direction.”My better version is yet to come. I think you will see my best in Olympics, that’s the pinnacle,” she said.After losing to Mayu Mukaida from Japan, Vinesh conceded just three points in next four bouts.So, does she feel that it was Mukaida, who pushed her away from the top place on the podium?”Anything can happen on the mat. You have seen the Korean girl (Yong Mi Pak) beat Mukaida 11-0 in the final and I have beaten that Korean girl twice.”But yes, If I had won against the Japanese, the results would have been different. My category is such that five-six wrestlers can beat each other on any given day. Depends on the day and the body language,” she explained.Vinesh is someone who commands respect from her opponents and the best in business. Does she get nervous?”I was not nervous because I had to wrestle strong opponents. It is a World Championship and qualifying for the Olympics was very important for me, so that nervousness was there,” she said.”If I lose to a strong opponent, I don’t mind that. Like I lost to Mukaida, she is good and I tried. Nervousness is good sometimes,” she added.Vinesh said though she has started to do well in the 53kg category, it still is new category her and figuring out stronger wretslers like Mukaida will take some time.Vinesh had lost to her at the Asian Championship also.”To beat Japan, you have to have a strong strategy. During the Asian Championship, I tried different things and at the Worlds, something else but I have not been successful on both counts. We have to find out the way to break down Japan mentally,” she said.last_img read more