Pigskin: Young guns steal the spotlight during Wednesday’s practice

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanThe USC football team returned to Howard Jones Field on Wednesday for their second practice since the start of the school year. Team roles began to become more defined as the team approaches its opening matchup against Western Michigan next Saturday — and the practice also featured a special guest.Freshmen Take the StageThe Trojan freshmen have been at the height of media interest this week, not only for their contributions to practice, but also because this is the first week they’ve been available for interviews.Freshman defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu thanked the upperclassmen for helping ease his transition to college ball.“They’re all helping out the young guys,” he said, naming in particular redshirt senior Kenny Bigelow Jr. and senior Josh Fatu. Along with his work as a mentor, Fatu is also standing out on the practice field as well, taking most of the first-team reps at nose tackle.Freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele praised Talamaivao, redshirt junior Toa Lobendahn and redshirt junior Chris Brown. “They’re amazing athletes, and going against them is like going against the best in the world,” Tufele said.Though not technically a first-year player, redshirt freshman Tyler Vaughns was raring to finally make his Trojan debut after spending 2016 confined to the practice field.“I have a fire in me,” Vaughns said, before adding that he would “hopefully be starting” against Western Michigan.Making Dreams Come TrueTaylor Hammond, a 10-year-old who has been battling leukemia for four years, made an appearance at Wednesday’s practice as one of the wishes on his “life list.”Taylor got to take part in a drill with the Trojans: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold threw him a pass, which Taylor ran to the end zone with defenders chasing after him, falling to the ground one by one in his wake.Taylor’s father, Brian Hammond, was also in attendance and was passing out bracelets to players, fans and reporters, encouraging everyone to keep children like Taylor in their thoughts when they wear the bracelets. Taylor, his father and his brother were able to pose for the media to complete his true celebrity experience.“[Taylor] is the definition of ‘Fight On,’” head coach Clay Helton said.Injury UpdateThis week USC football continues its rigorous practice schedule leading up to their home opener against Western Michigan next Saturday. Notable absences included freshman offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker and senior guard Viane Talamaivao, as they remained sidelined with hamstring and foot injuries, respectively.Redshirt sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe remained limited in his involvement with a hip flexor injury that has had him playing tentatively for a couple of weeks. Helton has admitted he wants to proceed with caution to prevent the injury from getting any worse.last_img read more

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Completes Phase One of On-Water Research

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLive in the studio today, Stephanie Gandulla talked about this season’s on-water research in the sanctuary. Gandulla revealed the technologies used to survey sanctuary waters, and data.Check it out!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: NOAA, On-Water Research, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Chamber of Commerce Sell Fireworks Bracelets to Raise Funds for 4th of July EventNext Alpena Senior Citizens Center & ACES Partner Together After Receiving $200,000 Grant from Michigan Health Endowment Fundlast_img

Forest City man charged with threatening people with a rifle

first_imgFOREST CITY — The preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a Forest City man accused of threatening people with a rifle last week. Court documents say three men from Fertile went to the home of 41-year-old Joshua Winders late Thursday afternoon, with two of the men being allowed inside the home with the third waiting in a vehicle. Winders allegedly grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and pointed it at the men inside his home, then followed them outside and fired multiple shots into the ground while yelling at the men to get off of his property, located in the 2000 block of River Road. Winders allegedly threatened to “spray” their vehicle if they did not leave. The men drove away from Winders’ residence, calling 9-1-1, saying they feared for their safety. Winders was later arrested and charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure or provoke fear, possession of a firearm by a felon, and three counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. Winders is due in court for his preliminary hearing this Thursday. If convicted of all the charges, Winders could face up to 21 years in prison.last_img read more

Conte concedes ‘unstoppable’ City too good for Chelsea

first_img“When you match quality with mentality, you become unstoppable.”City now need a maximum of four wins from their last nine league games to seal the title and even manager Pep Guardiola admitted he is surprised by the extent of City’s dominance. And the Italian’s negative approach came under scrutiny after the visitors failed to register a shot on target after he again opted to start without a recognised centre-forward by leaving Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench.“Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment,” said Conte.“Twenty-five points is a big gap and I think that we can have a regret for the other games but not for this one.“The effort of the players was an important effort. When you play against Manchester City, this type of team, they are showing fantastic quality but also fantastic mentality. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte conceded his side were powerless against an “unstoppable” Manchester City who opened up an 18-point Premier League lead with a 1-0 home win on Sunday.Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva’s low cross.Chelsea’s fourth defeat in five league games left Antonio Conte’s reigning English title-holders five points adrift of the top four.center_img “No way. Who could believe it?” Guardiola said of his side amassing 78 points from 29 games. “I think if you ask the players, the players neither.”Guardiola celebrated wildly at the full-time whistle as he senses his first Premier League title is now a matter of weeks away.And he hailed his players’ relentlessness not to let up despite their mammoth lead.“I think we made an amazing performance because (it) is against Chelsea, the last champion.“We were aggressive, we had desire, we had commitment to show we want to do it again and again, and that’s why we won.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more