first_imgEarly in the season, it seemed as if senior tailback Allen Bradford was going to be the one to break out of the stable and establish himself as the every-down back in USC’s talent-loaded backfield.It hasn’t worked out quite like that.After Bradford had a big game against Minnesota, rushing 12 times for 131 yards and one touchdown, and an even bigger game two weeks later against Washington, rushing 21 times for 223 yards and two touchdowns, Bradford has almost been invisible recently.In the five games since the personal demolition derby he exhibited against the Huskies, Bradford has totaled 26 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown. That includes the zero carries he got last week at Arizona.Bradford mentioned earlier in the year that he was nagged by a toe injury that hindered his running ability. On Tuesday, he said he was feeling healthy, yet he still didn’t get any carries just a few days before in Tucson, Ariz.The running back went into coach Lane Kiffin’s office to figure out the problem.“Me being a fifth-year senior, I wanted to know the truth,” Bradford said. “Lane Kiffin always keeps it honest. Basically I’ve got to keep the ball high and tight. It’s ball security. I sat down with [running backs coach Kennedy Pola] and he showed me my last 20 carries.”What Bradford saw in those carries was a lot of fumbles. In his last nine touches dating back to the California game, Bradford has fumbled the ball four times.“We went back and watched [his last several carries] and he put the ball on the ground a couple times,” Kiffin said. “We went to him [in the] Arizona State game and first time we went to him he put the ball on the ground. He knows and he’s reminded that that’s more important than anything else, taking care of the ball.”Kiffin said he and Bradford had a similar conversation earlier in the year, in the week leading up to the Minnesota game. Bradford responded with a solid performance, and now that he’s healthy, Bradford said he hopes to run more. But he knows that his fumbles were not caused by his toe injury.“I wasn’t running like myself,” Bradford said. “I was injured but it still was no excuse for me letting the ball on the ground.”—With temperatures expected to be in the low 40s or high 30s and rainy in Corvaillis, Ore., this weekend, the Trojans are preparing to play in the cold and wet conditions they are not used to.Several times, USC practiced with a wet ball on Tuesday simulating the conditions expected for Saturday.“We were throwing water on the balls, you might have seen some of the ugly [throws] at first,” sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley said. “You can’t really simulate coldness. But it won’t be a problem. I think it’s a lot harder to put water on a dry ball out here because when you know it’s rainy and know it’s wet, you can adapt.”last_img read more

first_imgLouisiana Tech is reeling after a tornado hit Ruston, Louisiana, and destroyed parts of campus, including the school’s baseball, softball and soccer fields, along with it’s tennis courts and track.The twister, which swept through the town late Wednesday night, destroyed fences, scoreboards and spectator stands. No students were killed by the storm, but authorities said two in the area were confirmed dead. Here’s what used to be #LATech’s tennis courts.— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019Whew man… Damage to #LATech softball and soccer field is worse than I imagined… This is rough, guys.— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019#LATech’s softball stadium got hit hard. Awful stuff… @LATechSB @LATechSports— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019#LATech’s track facilities. @latechsports— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019Scene here at the Love Shack. Tough to see. @LATechBSB @LATechSports #LATech— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019The school canceled classes Thursday and campus will be closed Friday. Shockingly, the Bulldogs’ football facilities, including Joe Aillet Stadium, which are across the street from the soccer complex, didn’t sustain any damage.It’s estimated that the damage to the facilities is in the millions of dollars. LaTech football coach Skip Holtz and women’s basketball coach Brook Stoehr called the situation “devastating,” but said they were proud of their athletes coming out to help clean up [email protected] WR Praise Okorie helping clean up debris at the #LATech soccer stadium. @latech @LATechSports @CoachSHoltz @tmcclelland— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, [email protected] Redshirt freshman running back @KinggDee_34 helping clean up the debris at the soccer stadium. @LATechSports @latech @tmcclelland @CoachSHoltz @LaTechReport #LATech— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019It’s unclear where the teams will practice and play games, with some speculating that softball, soccer and baseball will be play elsewhere in 2019 and perhaps even 2020 as the teams’ respective facilities are rebuilt.Our student-athletes and student body are safe, which is our main concern.We are still in shock over the devastation to our city and our campus.Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers. We are still assessing the damage our facilities, but we CAN and WILL rebuild.— LA Tech Sports (@LATechSports) April 25, 2019last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Texas is a well-known recruiting hotspot for many programs across the country, including OSU. The Cowboys signed 15of 26 recruits from Texas in the 2014 class and 10 of 21 in the 2015 class.With so much attention paid to Texas, it is easy to wonder if local talent is being overlooked. Of the eight commitments in the 2016 class, only 3 are from Texas. Some of the attention has been turned to in-state talent, and the Cowboys have received commitments from Booker T. Washington running back Justice Hill and wide receiver Dillon Stoner in this cycle.What is even more unique is the recruiting success Mike Gundy has enjoyed in the Sunflower state.The Cowboys have had recent success recruiting Kansas under Mike Gundy. Trace Clark, Jerel Morrow, Chris Carson, and Joseph Randle are all prospects who played in Kansas before inking to play in Stillwater.The 2016 class currently consists of two commitments from prospects playing in the state of Kansas – Junior college cornerback Malik Kearse and recent offensive lineman commit Teven Jenkins.There may be more coming soon.Olathe, Kansas safety Isaiah Simmons visited Stillwater this weekend to check out the facilities and, of course, try on some gear.With offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville and several name brand programs, don’t be surprised if an offer from OSU comes soon for Simmons.Checked out OSU today #CowboyUp— Isaiah Simmons (@isaiahsimmons25) June 19, 2015last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: OOCL UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease saw its net income for the quarter drop to USD 4.2 million from USD 6.8 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s operating revenues were at USD 36.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, down from USD 39.6 million seen in the same period a year earlier.“In the first quarter, we continued to maximize the value of our contract coverage with top-tier counterparties by maintaining full employment across our fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.During the quarter, GSL reached an agreement for the extension of its charter for the 8,063 TEU containership OOCL Qingdao with Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).The extension commenced with effect from March 11, 2018, at a fixed rate of USD 14,000 per day.Additionally, on March 1, the company agreed to acquire a 2005-built, 2,800 TEU containership for USD 11.3 million. Following delivery, which is expected to be during the second quarter of 2018, once the existing charter terminates, the vessel will commence charter employment with CMA CGM for a period of 12 months at a fixed rate of USD 9,000 per day.“As we have successfully extended charters that support our strong cashflows, we are beginning to capture the benefits of a marked strengthening that is underway in the market for mid-sized and smaller vessels,” Webber said.GSL informed that the long-term market trends driving the appreciation in mid-sized and smaller containerships “continue to be robust, with limited vessel ordering, a strong global economy, and idle capacity of the global fleet at a very low level of less than 1.5%.”last_img read more