Basketball facing unforseen challenges

first_imgComing off its best season and first NCAA tournament appearance in five years, things should have been looking up for the men’s basketball program.Instead, as the calendar flips to June, there appears to be more questions than answers, with two starters — forward Nikola Jovanovic and guard Julian Jacobs — declaring for the NBA draft. Additionally, three more players — guard Katin Reinhardt, forward Malik Marquetti and guard Malik Martin — are transferring and forward Darion Clark graduated a year early.It didn’t have to be this way. Jovanovic, Jacobs, Reinhardt and Clark were all juniors. Marquetti and Martin were sophomores. Following the Trojans’ devastating loss to Providence in the first round of the tournament, there was a strong sense that this was just the tip of the iceberg, that this team would return all of its players — minus senior forward Strahinja Gavrilovic — and come back with more experience to make a deeper run next season.But for one reason or another, they all departed one by one, widening the holes that head coach Andy Enfield will have to fill. Jovanovic was the last to go, announcing on Instagram last week that he would keep his name in the draft.Enfield, who just signed a contract extension through the 2020-2021 season, will scramble to replace three experienced players and three key bench players. Granted, USC has a strong incoming freshman class along with Louisville transfer guard Shaqquan Aaron, but losing both Jovanovic and Jacobs will sting, regardless of their replacements.The juniors were holdovers from the previous coaching regime, brought on as freshman recruits before Enfield was hired prior to the 2013-2014 season. Yet they chose to stick with USC through the difficult rebuild that Enfield engineered.“Players like Julian and Nikola that were here as freshmen made a commitment to try to be the reason why USC basketball competes on a national level,” Enfield said in an interview in January. “They’ve done an amazing job of that so far.”In a season that saw the Trojans jump into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2008, Jovanovic and Jacobs emerged as leaders, due to both their experience and play on the court. Jovanovic stretched the floor as a 6’11” big man who can not only score inside and grab rebounds but also make jumpers. Jacobs was one of the team’s best defenders, and used his athleticism on offense to create plays and was also good for at least one spectacular dunk a game.On a roster where half the team consisted of underclassmen, Jovanovic and Jacobs served as calming presences and go-to players. Reinhardt, who was a starter early in the season but came off the bench towards the latter part of the year, also provided this leadership. The redshirt junior, who transferred to Marquette, was also a solid 3-point shooter and a capable defender.The losses of Clark, Martin and Marquetti, while replaceable, will hit USC’s depth hard. Their reasoning to leave may have been due to the lack of playing time for bench players next season with all five starters presumed to return — the irony being those three would have been leaned on heavily to fill the playing time voided by the various departures.Instead, Enfield will have to rely on fresh blood much earlier than he would have liked. Aaron, a redshirt sophomore who couldn’t crack Rick Pitino’s rotation with the Cardinals, will probably take Jacobs’ spot in the starting five. Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu, a raw but promising freshman last season, should slide into Jovanovic’s role.Metu will work in the frontcourt with fellow sophomore Bennie Boatwright, who will see his role increase on the offensive end as a stretch-four. Junior guard Jordan McLaughlin will take on more of a leadership role as their point guard and best playmaker. Athletic junior guard Elijah Stewart, who showed flashes of what he can be last season as both a shooter and an aggressive rim-attacker, will need to be more consistent.USC’s recruiting class is encouraging, with freshmen De’Anthony Melton, Jonah Mathews, Harrison Henderson and Nick Rakocevic all highly-touted and bound to leave their mark, but Enfield has been here before in terms of having high-potential but young and inexperienced players, and he would prefer to not undergo another rebuild.Such is college athletics, when the window of success opens and closes depending on how many players unexpectedly declare for the draft, graduate or transfer. The Trojans still have talent and enough returners to remain a legitimate threat in the Pac-12, but losing so many key players after their most encouraging season in years is a big blow nonetheless. For a program trying to find consistent success, the task just got a bit harder.Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column,  “Grinding Gears,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

Gervinho hands Elephants crucial win over Togo

first_imgTournament favourite Ivory Coast scrapped through with 2-1 win over Togo in a gritty West African Group D derby.Yayha Toure put the Elephants ahead in a first half but the Hawks drew level on the stroke of half time.Gervinho scored late on in the second half but it was Barry’s superb last gasp save that ensured that Ivory Coast went home with maximum points.The match was expected to be competitive and it did live up to its billing.Just two minutes into the game, captain Adebayor was presented with a glorious opportunity after a horrendous blunder by Kolo Toure but the Tottenham striker, with just Barry to beat, over-elaborated and wasted the opportunity.He was dearly punished four minutes later as Yahya Toure opened the Ivorian account with a decent strike which eased through a forest of legs and beating the Hawks goal keeper. Toure was unlucky when his well taken shot hit the wood work and Gervinho blasting wide the rebound.The Hawks lifted up their game with striker Adebayor making some rampaging runs on the left but his final delivery could be connected.Just when the game was cruising to recess, Jonathan Ayite stepped up with a half volley from a corner to put the Hawks back on level.Togo returned from the recess looking more and more adventurous in front of goal and had a seemingly legitimate goal ruled out.Nibombe soared above his markers to head home a corner but just when he jetted off in jubilation he was told the goal had been disallowed. The Ivorians stepped up their game with Gervinho getting the second goal and possibly the game winner but not yet.Barry will be their saviour as he palmed out a goal bound flick on the stroke of full time to keep alive the Ivorian dream for gold after 21 years.last_img read more

Champions League live stream: How to watch 2020 UEFA soccer games online in USA

first_imgMORE: Watch select Champions League games on fuboTVCBS All Access is not the only live streaming service that will show Champions League games as the 2019-20 season reboots, but it’s the only one that will carry all 11 matches from the Round of 16 second leg through the Final on Aug. 23.Along with the new TV/live stream options for Champions League games in the U.S. is a condensed schedule of competition, as the quarterfinals and semifinals will now play out as single-leg fixtures at a neutral site rather than the typical home-and-home aggregate format for those rounds.Below are all of the details.Champions League live stream: How to watch games in the USAThere are four good (and by good we mean legal) ways to live stream Champions League games in the U.S., though only one option includes all 11 matches set to be played from the Round of 16 second leg through the Champions League Final in Lisbon.Streaming serviceChampions League accessCostFree trial?CBS All AccessAll games$5.99 per monthYesfuboTVSelect games$59.99 per monthYesYouTubeTVSelect games$64.99 per monthYesHuluSelect games$59.99 per monthYesCBS was supposed to take over the exclusive English language rights for Champions League matches starting in 2021, but it did so ahead of schedule after Turner Sports prematurely ended its deal in June. So CBS is now the home for Champions League action in the United States, but it will not show any of the 11 remaining matches this season on its over-air cable network.All Champions League matches are available live on CBS All Access, which is the network’s online streaming service. A select few, including the Champions League Final, will be shown on TV via CBS Sports Network, which is available on live TV streaming services fuboTV, YouTubeTV and Hulu.That select few, though, only includes a pair of Round of 16 second leg matches (Manchester City vs. Real Madrid and Barcelona vs. Napoli) and the Champions League Final. So those are the only three Champions League matches scheduled to be shown on fuboTV, YouTube TV and Hulu.All 11 matches, however, will be shown on CBS All Access, which makes it the easy choice for a live streamer who is signing up only to watch Champions League games.CBS All Access starts at $5.99 a month, but it is offering a one-month free trial promotion for new subscribers through mid-August. Users can cancel subscriptions at any time.Below are the devices on which CBS All Access can be streamed:AndroidiPhoneiPadApple TVGoogle ChromecastAmazon FireTVLGPlayStation 4Xbox OneRokuSamsungVisioXfinityWhat is CBS All Access?CBS All Access is so much cheaper than the other live TV streaming options listed above because it includes only programming from CBS and its affiliates rather than a wide range of TV channels. It is basically the network’s hub for all-things CBS.The majority of CBS All Access content is on-demand programming. The library includes all of CBS’ original TV series, as well as those from BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and the Smithsonian channel, all CBS properties.The Champions League games will fall under CBS All Access’ live programming, which includes your local CBS cable station, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live.Champions League schedule 2020The coronavirus shut down live sports on the same day (March 11) that Paris Saint-Germain beat Dortmund and Atlético Madrid topped Liverpool to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. That left four Round of 16 games left on the schedule. The Champions League recently determined all four remaining Round of 16 matches could play out at their originally scheduled locations before the tournament heads to Lisbon, Portugal, the neutral site for all semifinal and quarterfinal matches as well as the Final.”It’s a phenomenal format for us in the U.S. to do it this way,” ViacomCBS chief digital officer Marc DeBevoise told The Associated Press. “A single elimination tournament is something these audiences fully understand. Obviously, there are big soccer fans but March Madness having been effectively canceled, I think people are hungry for things like this.”All Champions League matches are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET. Below is the complete Champions League schedule from what’s left of the Round of 16 through the Final at the end of the month.Friday, Aug. 7Round of 16 second legMatchTimeTV channelLive streamJuventus vs. Lyon (1st leg: 0-1)3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessManchester City vs. Real Madrid (1st leg: 2-1)3 p.m. ETCBS Sports NetworkCBS All Access/fuboTVSaturday, Aug. 8Round of 16 second legMatchTimeTV channelLive streamBayern vs. Chelsea (1st leg: 3-0)3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessBarcelona vs. Napoli (1st leg: 1-1)3 p.m. ETCBS Sports NetworkCBS All Access/fuboTVWednesday, Aug. 12Quarterfinals (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamAtalanta vs. Paris3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessThursday., Aug. 13Quarterfinals (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamLeipzig vs. Atlético3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessFriday, Aug. 14Quarterfinals (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamBarcelona vs. Bayern3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessSaturday, Aug. 15Quarterfinals (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamMan. City vs. Lyon3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessTuesday, Aug. 18Semifinals (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamAtalanta/Paris vs. Leipzig/Atlético3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessWednesday, Aug. 19Semifinals (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamBarcelona/Bayern vs. Man. City/Lyon3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessSunday, Aug. 23Champions League Final (Lisbon, Portugal)MatchTimeTV channelLive streamTBD vs. TBD3 p.m. ETCBS Sports NetworkCBS All Access/fuboTV Those who wish to live stream UEFA Champions League games in the United States this month as the tournament restarts are in business if they already subscribe to CBS All Access.While Champions League competition was on a five month-plus hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CBS took over as the English language UEFA rights holder in the U.S. after Turner Sports backed out of its deal. So now the live stream options for Champions League games in the U.S. are completely different than they were before the tournament was suspended in March.last_img read more