PSU Blue-White Game excites Nittany Nation

Penn State Nittany Lions Blue-White Spring Football Game on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. (Photo by Austin Sullivan / fi360 news).

State College, PA – Back at one of the best atmosphere in college football at Beaver Stadium that was covered with Navy and White. The Blue team defeated the White team 21-10 behind returning starting quarterback Trace McSorley.

The fans and players got a some comedy relief in the second half. The teams were led out the tunnel for the second half by head coach James Franklin but wait that comedian  Keegan-Michael Key dressed up like coach. His on field interview with the keys for the second half were spot on.

“Most importantly we were able to get some great work in, in the stadium, in front of the crowd,” said Franklin, “We had a great environment and I can’t reinforce that enough how appreciative we are of the fans.”

McSorley in typical fashion led quarterback throwing for 107 yards on 10/14 passes with a touchdown in first quarter.

The more surprising stat is McSorley took over for soon to be Top 5 NFL pick Saquon Barkley being the leading rusher in the game with 41 yards on 6 carries.

Wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer surprised most coming over from the baseball team being that two sport athlete for the game. He led the team with 2 touchdowns with 4 catches for 41 yards.

“Yeah, that was part of the recruiting process for him(Mac),” said Franklin, “now once spring ball ends he will go back to doing baseball as well as his academic responsibilities.”

Inside linebacker Jason Vranic and true freshman outside linebacker Micah Parsons led their defensive teams with the most tackles in the Blue-White game.

“At Penn State we want to do everything the right way and we want to treat people in a first-class manor; our fans, our recruits, our current players, they are all of it,” said Franklin.

Next up Penn State will host  Appalachian State Mountaineers for their season opener on September 1, 2018.

 

 

Cristobal has Oregon fans Entertained in Spring game

Oregon Duck Spring Football Game on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR. Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 news).

Eugene, Ore – Over the years the Oregon Ducks always have a one two punch to keep teams on their toes.

First year head coach Mario Cristobal had this Spring game full of fireworks from Team Thunder (Green Uniforms) who defeated Team Lightning (Yellow Uniforms) 41-7.

Normally in spring the defense has the advantage while the offensive works through the playbook.

PAC-12 teams better get ready because the Pistol will be armed and coming right at you all game.

Last year starting quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 126 yards completing 12/21 pass with a touchdown in the second quarter.

Running back C.J. Verdell lead all running backs with 44 yards, 2 touchdowns and long of 20 yards. Not the starter but with his power it will be hard to keep him off the field.

A few former Ducks Marcus Mariota, and Super Bowl Champion Legarrette Blunt  came back to watch what this new team has instore for upcoming season.

The Oregon Ducks will open this 2018 season with Bowling Green at home on September 1, 2018.

 

 

Galaxy are unable to come out victorious

Los Angeles, CA – The StubHub Center was packed and rocking Saturday night, but the fans energy showed little effect on the LA Galaxy, as they were unable to break through the net and fell to Atlanta United FC 2-0.

The Galaxy have only netted 1 goal in its last 3 games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his first home start after making his first start with the club last week against the Chicago Fire.

Galaxy failed to establish much of a rhythm offensively and spent majority of the match defending.  Ibrahimovic was a non-factor

LA had the first opportunity of the game to take the lead but didn’t create many more dangerous attacks after. Midfielder Sebastian Lietget’s volley from a cross went just wide left at the 11 minute mark.

8 minutes later, Atlanta United earned a penalty kick when a Daniel Steres slide tackle in the box brought down an Atlanta United player. Atlanta was unable to capitalize at that moment; Josef Martinez’s shot hit the left post and squirted out.

Martinez would make up for his error in the 22 minute of the match. Martinez was in the right place at the right time and tapped in the ball after a shot by Julian Gressel hit of the top right post.

Atlanta led 1-0 at halftime and LA didn’t do much to change its performance in the second half.

The Galaxy had 7 shots with only 1 on goal. Atlanta had 19 shots with 7 on goal.

Jonathan Dos Santos was a late scratch from the game. Galaxy Head coach Sigi Schmid said Dos Santos consulted with his people, including his brother and decided he wasn’t good enough to go.

Giovani Dos Santos made his return tonight from injury entering the match in the 66th minute.

“His first game back, it was tough for him to find a rhythm and coordination with the rest of the guys,” said Schmid.

Galaxy’s next chance to get back in the winning column will be next Saturday when they welcome the New York Red Bulls.

UCLA baseball team jumped all over USC

NCAA Baseball 2018: USC vs UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)

Los Angeles, CA – The No. 14 UCLA baseball team jumped all over USC’s starting pitcher Kyle Hurt in the first inning, scoring five runs.

UCLA went on to batter USC, 16-1, in the series opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium Friday night.

With a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning, UCLA’s freshman infielder Kevin Kendall hit a three-run home run just over the left field fence to give the Bruins a commanding 11-1 lead.

The Bruins starting pitcher Jake Byrd had a strong outing, throwing seven innings and only allowing one run on seven hits.

After back-to-back singles by Jeremy Ydens and Kendall, sophomore Chase Strumpf continued his hot hitting with an RBI double in the first inning.

Jack Stronach hit a line drive off the first baseman’s glove, scoring Strumpf and Daniel Amaral laced a double to score Stronach. A sacrifice fly by Ryan Kreidler gave UCLA a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

Hurt allowed two more runs in the second inning before settling down and throwing a scoreless third and fourth inning. The freshman allowed 7 runs on eight hits before being pulled in the fifth inning.

The series continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. as the crosstown rivals will meet in game No. 2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA freshman pitcher Zach Pettway will take the mound on Saturday.

 

LAFC Opening of BANC of CALIFORNIA Stadium

April 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA. BANC of CALIFORNIA Stadium ribbon ceremony the new home of the LA Football Club in Expo Park in Los Angeles, Ca on April 4, 2018. Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, CA – The MLS now has the newest stadium in Southern California with the BANC of CALIFORNIA Stadium at Expo Park in Los Angeles on April 18, 2018.

The LA Football Club which is the newest MLS expansion team now has a permanent home, that was ceremonialist open with a ribbon cutting event.

On hand was the Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles city council member for District 9 Cureen Price, and other elected officials.

The ownership group that comprise of Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm, Nomar Garciaparra spoke at the ribbon cutting along with MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

“We are standing here today because everybody got a chance to participate in building this beautiful stadium,” said Johnson, “It might be the only stadium in America that is right across the street from affordable housing.”

This new $350-million stadium that  seats 22,000 seats, 33 suites, and high end field clubs.

“This is like a huge birthday party,” said Peter Guber, the executive chairman of LAFC’s ownership group.

Next up will be the home opener next Sunday April 29 at 6pm verse Seattle.

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Hot

44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winner circle with winner Alexander Rossi and Fire Hawk. (All Photos by William Jaye Johnson / fi360 News)

Long Beach, Ca – Sunday main event was hotter than the tires sticking to the streets of Long Beach Grand Prix as the cars came out of the hairpins turns. This weekend was one of the largest crowds in years over the three days.

Taking the IndyCar flag was Alexander Rossi for his third career win on this fast track. His Honda car was able to stand out among the rest allowing for champagne celebration.

Rossi led 71 of 85 laps on this Grand Prix street course for his first victory of the year.

“The crowds here, and just the whole atmosphere is so welcoming,” said Rossi “This is one I’ll definitely remember for a long time for a lot of different reasons.”

James Hinchcliffe the defending champion finished in ninth.

The city of Long Beach is still smiling after this three day event estimated that guest spent more the $16 million around Long Beach and at the race it self.

Next week the tour will travel to Alabama on April 22.

 

 

USC drops it in the seventh

NCAA Baseball 2018: Washington vs USC at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)
NCAA Baseball 2018: Stephen Dubb hits base hit during the Washington vs USC at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, CA.    (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)

Los Angeles, CA – USC trailed 3-2 in the seventh with bases loaded when University of Washington designated hitter Joe Wainhouse drilled a double to center field.

The RBI-double by Wainhouse scored two runs to extend the Huskies lead and ultimately give Washington a 5-2 victory over the USC baseball team at Dedeaux field on Friday.

Washington’s starting pitcher Joe Demars held the Trojans to two runs on six hits while striking out six in seven innings of work. The Huskies even the series with the Trojans.

NCAA Baseball 2018: Washington vs USC at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)

The Trojans’ offense got off to an early start, scoring two runs on Dillion Paulson’s RBI-double in the first inning. Washington responded in the second inning.

Joe Wainhouse hit a line drive over the third baseman’s head for a single. Nick Khale singled to left field and Cristian Jones walked to load the bases for the Huskies. USC starting pitcher Soloman Bates struck out Ben Baird but Braiden Ward’s single knocked in Wainhouse.

Noah Hsue dropped a sacrifice bunt to score Kahle. Bates struck out Mason Cerrillo to get out of the inning after the Huskies evened the score, 2-2.

NCAA Baseball 2018: Chase Bushor avoiding contact at second base during the Washington vs USC at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)

Stephen Dubb laced a line drive single to left field and Blake Sabol singled to right field but Angelo Armenta struck out to end the scoring threat for USC in the sixth inning.

USC falls to 13-10 overall and 3-5 in Pac-12 play with game No. 3 of the series slated for Saturday at 2 p.m.

NCAA Baseball 2018: Washington vs USC at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)

Crossroads Roadrunners win Div II State crown

Crossroads’ Shareef O’Neal (11) playing tight defense against against Alameda in the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Kelly / fi360 News)
Crossroads’ Shareef O’Neal (11) and teammates celebrate victory against against Alameda in the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Kelly / fi360 News)

Sacramento, Ca – When the lights are bright prime time players know how to find the spot light. The California State Boys Basketball Championships was the stage this weekend at the Golden 1 Center.

Crossroads’ Shareef O’Neal had a monster game with 29 points, pulling down 17 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in 59-53 victory over Alameda on Friday March 23, 2018.

It took a team effort and some missed free throws by Alameda to give Crossroads their first state title since 1997.

Alameda Sam Wettergren (23) going up for layup against Crossroads in the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Kelly / fi360 News)

Alameda started out the game fast and took the earlier lead in the first quarter, but once Crossroads settled down the game was full of excitement.

“These guys found a rhythm,” said Crossroads coach Anthony Davis, “We knew our defense would lead us.”

Once the fourth and final quarter began Crossroads held 44-40 lead over Alameda.

Crossroads’ Miles Ceballos (4) playing defense against Alameda in the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Kelly / fi360 News)

What could have been will forever be on Alameda’s players and coaches minds after only shooting  48% from the free throw line.

“The difference in these close games, is who makes free throws and who doesn’t,” said Alameda coach Cameron Quick.

They really had no answer for O’Neal who dominated with his height in tight match up. They fans saw countless dunks and blocks for a highlight reel.

“A good thing about us is we always get calm when the game gets close,” said O’Neal, “Sometimes it’s not like how we planned it. But winning this is all that matters.”

Final Records: Crossroads (25-9) / Alameda (28-6)

Josef Martinez voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week

ATLANTA (March 20, 2018) – Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 3 following his three-goal performance in Atlanta’s 4-1 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Mercedes Benz-Stadium on March 17.

 

The 24-year-old Venezuelan forward now has 23 goals in 23 MLS regular season games played and has scored four hat tricks, one away from the current all-time MLS record of five. Atlanta sits third in the Eastern Conference standings with six points (2-1-0 record), while Martinez leads the league with four goals scored this season.

 

Martinez scored the game’s opening goal with a penalty kick to the right corner in the 15th minute for an early 1-0 Atlanta advantage (Watch Goal). After a Vancouver own goal, Martinez extended the lead to 3-0 in the 60th minute, running onto a ball from Miguel Almirón and past Vancouver defenders before firing a right-footed shot into the net (Watch Goal). Martinez then completed his hat trick in the 88th minute when 17-year-old Homegrown midfielder Andrew Carleton sent a beautiful cross into the box and Martinez elevated to finish with a powerful header past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic (Watch Goal).

 

Martinez won Player of the Week twice in 2017 and was also the only player to win MLS Player of the Month two times. He scored 19 goals in just 20 appearances in his debut season and was a finalist for MLS Newcomer of the Year.

 

Atlanta United returns to action Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. EST at Minnesota United. The match will be televised on FOX Sports South.

 

 

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USC exits the NIT in the second round after loss to Western Kentucky

March 19, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Darius Thompson (15) being guarded by USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Western Kentucky vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on March 19, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
March 19, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) playing strong defense on USC Trojans forward Victor Uyaelunmo (34) during the Western Kentucky vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on March 19, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Los Angeles, Ca – With a two-point deficit in the fourth quarter, USC freshman Jordan Usher missed a three-pointer with 24 seconds left and the Trojans failed to give a foul as timed ticked off the clock.

 

Western Kentucky forward Dwight Coleby’s dunk with 11 seconds remaining sealed the 79-75 win over USC in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Monday night at the Galen Center.

 

“When you’re down two with 20 seconds left, we should have fouled,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “That was a mistake on our part.”

 

March 19, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Marek Nelson (14) dunking during the Western Kentucky vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on March 19, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Western Kentucky made its first 15 free throws and finished making 16 of 17 from the charity stripe while USC only made 8 of 19 from the free throw line. Enfield said that was a big difference in the game.

 

“We were terrible (shooting free throws),” Enfield said. “If you don’t make free throws, that’s not good enough for anybody.”

 

USC led 28-13 after the first quarter with Elijah Stewart scoring 10 points. Jordan McLaughlin’s three-pointer tied it at 38 with just under two minutes left in the second quarter.

 

March 19, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
USC Trojans great Robert Woods and AD Lynn Swann during the Western Kentucky vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on March 19, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Western Kentucky took a 40-39 halftime lead while shooting 60 percent in the first half. WKU coach Rick Stansbury said they never let USC separate too much from them.

 

“We just kind of hung around enough to keep it close,” Stansbury said. “They did a really good job keeping the ball out of the paint for us.”

 

USC forward Chimezie Metu cheered from the sidelines. Enfield said Metu was not allowed to sit on the bench per USC rules.

 

“The decision was made by the administration,” Enfield said. “The policy is that if you’re not playing, to not sit on the bench because he was eligible and he wasn’t injured.

 

USC reached 24 wins for the seventh time in school history. The Trojans will be without seniors McLaughlin and Stewart, who left their final game with their heads held high.

 

“It’s tough, it hasn’t hit me yet,” McLaughlin said. “We had a good run. The last four years have been amazing. I’m glad I chose this program and I wish them the best of luck in the future.”

March 19, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Lamonte Bearden (1)during the Western Kentucky vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on March 19, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

 

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