USC survives a home scare from Utah

Utah Utes vs USC Trojans PAC-12 football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday October 14, 2017 (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)
Ronald Jones II going up and over during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans PAC-12 football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday October 14, 2017 (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)

Los Angeles, CA – With 42 seconds left on the clock Utah Utes lines up to go for a two point conversion being down by one 28-27. The home town hero quarterback Troy Williams had ball in his hands rolling to his right dodging defends looking for a open man, but sacked from behind.

The USC  Trojans who stormed back in second half scoring 21 unanswered points to get the victory at home over Utah 28-27.

“Great Job by our team,” said USC coach Clay Helton,  “Players win games.”

Sam Darnold throwing a pass during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans PAC-12 football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday October 14, 2017 (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)

USC started to mount it’s comeback at start of the 4th quarter when Sam Darnold’s athleticism allowed him to boot and make the defender leave tight end Josh Falo catch the tying touchdown 21-21.

Darnold is starting to trust his tight end Tyler Petite who he threw into double coverage almost a jump ball for score to close gap 21-14 with 5:56 in 3rd quarter. He connected with Petite in first half on a 52 yard touchdown.

Troy Williams in the pocket for the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans PAC-12 football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday October 14, 2017 (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)

The Coliseum has not been a good place for the Utes to play dropping seven of last eight meetings in Los Angeles.

Utah hometown hero from Los Angeles Troy Williams back behind center threw for 262 yards, with two touchdowns but was sacked 4 times too many. The last sack or tackle was the last draw.

“I feel like I had a good game. Not good enough,” said Williams, “Hopefully we just keep grinding.”

Utah Utes vs USC Trojans PAC-12 football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday October 14, 2017 (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)

A nice compliment to Williams arm is running back Zack Moss who gained 141 on 20 carries to average 7.1 yards a carry.

Darnold second fumble of the game cost his team a touchdown for the  first score of the game, 7 – 0 Utah 6:08 on the clock. But he stayed focused while Ronald Jones II and running game got started.

Jones rushed for 113 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown for 6.5 average.

Deontay Burnett holding on to catch after big hit during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans PAC-12 football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday October 14, 2017 (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)

This PAC-12 South showdown in primetime under the lights for east and west coast to see these teams square off didn’t disappoint.

Now after tonight victory the Trojans have a leg up in the division race for PAC-12 game. Next Trojans will travel to South Bend to face Norte Dame.

Crenshaw gets redemption with a win over rival Dorsey

High School Football Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars on Friday October 13, 2017 at Crenshaw High School. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Solomon Hassen celebrating on one of three touchdowns at the Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars on Friday October 13, 2017 at Crenshaw High School. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, CA – Crenshaw running back Solomon Hassen took the handoff, broke a tackle near the sideline and raced 73 yards for a touchdown. The L.A. High transfer rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns as Crenshaw beat rival Dorsey, 33-14, on Friday night.

The Cougars looked primed for a run at the Coliseum League title and maybe a deep run in the new Open Division playoffs.

“That was a statement to me,” Hassen said. “Nobody in the city can handle us, I’m talking to Narbonne right there.”

Crenshaw Cougar Solomon Hassen look for more yards on Friday October 13, 2017 at Crenshaw High School. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Crenshaw took a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard run by Hassen on the opening drive. After a Dorsey punt, quarterback Isaiah Johnson hit Dennis Patrick for a 47-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

“The game plan was to play fast,” Hassen said. “We wanted to get on top of them in the first quarter and we did that. They couldn’t hang with us from there.”

Dorsey Dons running back Charles Mincy Jr. on the edge at Crenshaw High School. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Dorsey looked for a spark and got it on a partially blocked punt, giving them good position at Crenshaw’s 28-yard line. Dons’ running back JoJuan Collins raced to the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown to cut Crenshaw’s lead, 14-7, in the second quarter.

“They beat us last year so I wanted to come out with the fire I had from the loss,” Johnson said. “We wanted to pound the rock inside. We have faster backs then their linebackers and it showed on the field.”

Crenshaw Cougars quarterback Isaiah Johnson breaking through the line. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Johnson scored on a 13-yard run to extend the Cougars lead, 27-7, going into halftime. After a Crenshaw fumble, junior running back Charles Mincy Jr. scored from three yards out. Dorsey trailed Crenshaw, 27-14 in the third quarter.

Hassen scored his third touchdown of the game on a 35-yard run up the middle, putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. Hassen finished with 172 yards.

Dorsey Dons Isaiah Smalls delivering a pass from the pocket during the Crenshaw game. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

El Camino Homecoming was a hit

JUCO Football 2017: LA Harbor College vs El Camino College at Murdock Stadium on October 12 for Homecoming in Torrance, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
James Randolph with an interception in the LA Harbor College vs El Camino College at Murdock Stadium on October 12 for Homecoming in Torrance, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Torrance, CA – After back-to-back losses and a bye week, the El Camino College football team returned to the field in dramatic fashion, scoring early and often against rival L.A. Harbor College.

Freshman running back Jacobi Hardy scored three first half touchdowns to help El Camino beat the Seahawks, 48-20, on Thursday night at Murdock Stadium.

“We took care of business tonight,” said El Camino coach Gifford Lindheim. “It was a good win on homecoming. We have to get ready for a tough conference schedule, with Mt. SAC next week.”

Jacobi Hardy looking for the edge during the LA Harbor College vs El Camino College at Murdock Stadium on October 12 for Homecoming in Torrance, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

El Camino has a number of running backs who can make things happen on offense. Hardy made the best of his opportunities against the Seahawks, scoring from three yards out on the Warriors opening drive.

On the ensuing drive, El Camino defensive lineman Shawn Richard stripped Seahawks’ quarterback Jalin Scott. The Warriors capitalized on the first play with Hardy’s 9-yard touchdown run.

Shawn Richard sacking quarterback for a loss during the LA Harbor College vs El Camino College at Murdock Stadium on October 12 for Homecoming in Torrance, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

“The O-line was making holes and creating space for me,” Hardy, who finished with 56 yards on 11 carries, said. “When it wasn’t there, I knew their defense could not do a lot against the speed so I just did what I could to get up field.”

Quarterback Cole Klayman extended the lead when he found wide receiver Trevon Clark in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Quarterback Cole Klayman hands off to Jacobi Hardy during the LA Harbor College vs El Camino College at Murdock Stadium on October 12 for Homecoming in Torrance, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Hardy scored his third touchdown of the first half on a 15-yard run and the rout was on. El Camino led at halftime, 35-0.

On defense, the Warriors forced six turnovers, including five interceptions from five different players.

“We think we have a pretty good football team,” Lindheim said. “We have showed that we can play with anybody.”

El Camino will travel to Covina District Field on Oct. 21 to take on Mt. SAC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. L.A. Harbor will host Riverside City College.

Jarrell Mickens gliding in end zone for his second touchdown catch.
Khalil Carter dropping Harbor quarterback Jalin Scott.

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 6

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 6

OFFENSIVE: Khalil Tate, So., QB, Arizona (Inglewood, Calif.)
• Came off the bench to set the FBS single-game rushing record for a quarterback with 327 yards, which is second-highest for all players in UA school history and fifth-most in conference history.
• Totaled 208 yards on four touchdown runs (58, 28, 47 and 75 yards) for an average of 52.0 yards per score.
• Completed 12 of 13 pass attempts for 154 yards and one touchdown.
• Totaled 481 yards of offense, the fifth-highest tally in school history.
• Became second FBS quarterback ever (Jordan Lynch, NIU, 2013) to rush for 300 yards and pass for 150 in a game.

Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on October 1, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

DEFENSIVE: Justin Reid, Jr., DB, Stanford (Prairieville, La.)
• Reid had a team-high seven tackles, added a game-changing tackle for loss and the game-clinching interception to lead Stanford to a 23-20 conference win over previously unbeaten Utah.
• Late in the third quarter, Stanford was clinging to a six-point lead on the road, and Utah had first-and-goal at the Stanford two-yard line. On first down, Reid assisted on a tackle to stuff the Utes at the one-yard line, and on the next play, Reid came up to pin the Utes for a one-yard loss. The Utes settled for a field goal, and Stanford never surrendered the lead.
• Reid had an interception for the third straight game as his late fourth quarter pick all but clinched Stanford’s first Top 25 road win in more than two years.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Erik Powell, RSr., K, Washington State (Vancouver, Wash.)
• Powell, the second-straight Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honoree, connected on all four field goal attempts and all three extra points for a 15-point night in WSU’s 33-10 win at Oregon.
• Powell hit from 25, a career-best 52, 47 and 29 yards. His 52-yard field goal was the longest by a WSU kicker since 2013.
• Powell is second in the conference with 12 FGM, tied for the lead in total points (64) and second in field goal percentage (92.3).
• He also had four punts for 136 yards (34.0 avg.), none of which were returned, and had eight kickoffs that averaged 56.1 yards with one touchback.

EUGENE, OR – October 7: #46 Washington State Erik Powell kicking field goal during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News).

Washington State remains undefeated

EUGENE, OR - October 7: Washington State mascot AKA Butch during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman).
EUGENE, OR – October 7: #20 Oregon RB Tony Brooks-James changes direction to avoid #37 Washington State LB Justus Rogers during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman).

Eugene, OR – Washington State Cougars remains undefeated and rewrites history with 33-10 victory over the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium.

Washington State in their first game on the road to defend their perfect record of 5-0 tonight. The Ducks with a 4-1 record and ridden with injuries, set out to prove to the PAC-12 that they were not to be underestimated.

Two penalties on the first two plays of the game for Oregon, as they look to pick up the tempo early.

After an Oregon fumble Cougars’ running back Jamal Murrow takes it to the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game.

EUGENE, OR – October 7: #45 Washington State LB Logan Tago tries to get to #11 Oregon QB Braxton Burmeister during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman).

In the fourth quarter Braxton Burmeister throws an interception to Marcus Strong to put Cougars on Oregon 25-yard line. Falk then completes a pass to Isaiah Johnson-Mack in the end zone and Cougars are up, 30-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Despite proactive measures taken by the Oregon defense, Washington State remained in control on offense and defense.

According to Dye, “If you give up 33 points, you can’t expect to win a game. We just need to go back to the drawing board…”

Numerous penalties hurt Oregon’s defensive efforts as they could only score in the first quarter.

EUGENE, OR – October 7: #32 Washington State RB James Williams breaks a tackle during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman).

“I thought our defense played well”, explains Oregon head coach Willie Taggart, “I didn’t think we did enough offensively to show how well they played”.

Oregon Burmeister connects with tight end Jacob Breeland for his first collegiate touchdown and Ducks are up, 10-7.

Oregon’s defense dominates late in the first and Falk is unable to connect with his receivers.

EUGENE, OR – October 7: #4 Washington State QB Luke Falk evades #35 Oregon ILB Troy Dye during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman).

Cougars waste no time increasing their lead early in the second half. Falk connects with Sweet for a 38-yard gain down to Oregon’s 10-yard line. Next play Bell catches a touchdown and Cougars are up now 20-10.

With eight minutes left in the third, defensive back Robert Taylor recovers a forced fumble by Burmeister. The turnover led to Powell adding three more points on the board for a 23-10 game.

Late in the fourth, Oregon’s defense holds the Cougar offense as Powell puts three points on the board to make it 33-10.

Falk completed more than 280 passing yards, 3 touchdowns beating out Duck’s former quarterback Marcus Mariota for 2nd-most in PAC-12 history.

EUGENE, OR – October 7: #11 Oregon QB Braxton Burmeister during a game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars in Eugene, OR. Washington State defeated Oregon 33-10 (Photo by Ben Ludeman).

Burmeister, in his first career start, left the field with 145 passing yards, 2 interceptions, and a touchdown.

Washington State remains undefeated at 6-0 and reigns victorious as No. 1 in the PAC-12 North.

Next up for the Ducks is Stanford on October 14th at Stanford Stadium, 8 p.m. PT.

USC coast to 38-10 win over Oregon State

Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on October 7, 2017. (Photographer Credit: Otis Hollins Jr.)
Ronald Jones III breaking free from Beaver defender during the Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on October 7, 2017. (Photographer Credit: Otis Hollins Jr.)

Los Angeles, CA – The USC Trojans didn’t look much better Saturday after suffering their first loss of the season last weekend, but it was more than for a 38-10 victory over Oregon State at the Memorial Coliseum.

“Good win for our football team, any Pac-12 win is,” said USC head coach Clay Helton.

USC scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game but fell out of sync the remainder of the half.  USC QB Sam Darnold continued his turnover woes with 2 more against the Beavers.

Vavae Malepeai rushing during the Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on October 7, 2017. (Photographer Credit: Otis Hollins Jr.)

On The Trojans first possession, Darnold and USC came out hot picking up quick yards. The drive ultimately ended with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Darnold to WR Tyler Vaughns. The Trojan defense would make its first big pay of the day when DB Jack Jones came up with the first turnover of the day with an interception. USC cashed in on the giveaway and extended its lead 14-0 on a 4-yard scamper by Ronald Jones II.

“I really wanted to get out of the gate fast on the opening drive, as well as the next drive and after the turnover, which I had hoped happened,” said Helton.

That’s where it would turn south for the Trojans in the first half. USC had its first of 3 turnovers on the day in the first quarter after Ajene Harris was unable to haul in an Oregon State punt. On USC’s next possession Darnold would have his first giveaway. On the first play of the drive, Darnold had the ball slip out of his hand as he was winding up to throw, Oregon State recovered but were held to a field goal.

Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on October 7, 2017. (Photographer Credit: Otis Hollins Jr.)

Darnold would sneak in one more turnover for his team before the end of the first half. Oregon State’s Manase Hanagulu intercepted a pass thrown by Darnold that had no USC player around.

“We’ll see what happened on the sack fumble, what a happened on the pass,” said Helton. “Those are things that you look up and you have 38 points, you took a knee, you have over 500 yards again and inside you know there is still more out there. That is a good thing.”

USC was able to the Beavers to just 3 points, blocking 1 of 3 attempts.

Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on October 7, 2017. (Photographer Credit: Otis Hollins Jr.)

“Without looking at the game film, I felt our defense did an amazing job after being put in some situations and some field position with a muffed punt and a turnover offensively. To be able to hold that team to 3 points in the first half coming in I thought it was an amazing job,” added Helton.

The script wasn’t much different in the second half. USC added another score in its first possession of the half with Darnold’s third TD pass of the day.

Oregon State was finally able to break through the end zone to start the fourth quarter on a 6-yard run by Atravius Pierce.

Darnold finished the day 23 of 35 for 316 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Darnold has thrown an interception in all of USC’s games this season. Jones was the leading rusher for the Trojans with 79 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 carries.

RAMS SUPPORT “CRUCIAL CATCH” CAMPAIGN

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Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on August 13 , 2016. (Photographer Jevone Moore)

RAMS SUPPORT “CRUCIAL CATCH” CAMPAIGN

As part of this weekend’s kickoff to the 2017 Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer campaign, the Rams are dedicating Sunday’s contest against the Seahawks as their “Crucial Catch” game. This year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are expanding their efforts to support the fight against cancer through the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. After nearly a decade of supporting breast cancer, the NFL and ACS have evolved the campaign to address early detection and risk reduction efforts for all cancers to increase their impact.

Players may wear cleats and wristbands in any color representing their cancer of choice during their team’s Crucial Catch game. Twelve Rams players who have a personal connection to cancer will wear colored cleats recognizing the cancers listed below:

Player Cancer Color
DB – Blake Countess Breast Cancer Pink
S – Cody Davis Kidney Cancer & Leukemia Orange
WR – Cooper Kupp Brain Cancer Grey
T – Cornelius Lucas Leukemia Orange
G – Jamon Brown Breast Cancer Pink
P – Johnny Hekker Lymphoma Lime Green
WR – Josh Reynolds Multiple Myeloma Maroon
S – Marqui Christain Lung Cancer Pearl
DE – Morgan Fox Skin Cancer Black
WR – Robert Woods Sarcoma Yellow
WR – Tavon Austin Breast Cancer Pink
TE – Tyler Higbee Prostate Cancer Light Blue

 

NFL-issued Crucial Catch branding and gameday apparel will feature a new multi-colored logo representing all cancers. Beginning on Sunday and continuing through Week 7, NFL Crucial Catch games will feature:

  • Game balls with the Crucial Catch logo used for every down
  • Multi-colored equipment for players including: helmet decals, captains’ patches, and quarterback towels
  • Multi-colored ribbon pins for coaches and teams
  • Caps and pins for game officials
  • On-field multi-colored ribbon stencils and Crucial Catch wall banners
  • Multi-colored goal post padding in end zones

Game-worn Crucial Catch merchandise and footballs will be autographed and auctioned at NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction). The NFL does not profit from the sale of Crucial Catch products on NFL Auction. Charitable contributions are donated to the American Cancer Society to support its CHANGE grant program.

Additional details about the ways the Rams are integrating “Crucial Catch” at Sunday’s game include:

  • 100 fans who have fought or are currently battling cancer will be recognized in the end zone as the players take the field.
  • The Rams will host a variety of non-profits and the cancer patients and families they serve including American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Skin Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Padres Contra El Cancer.
  • Volunteers from Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) will be positioned outside the Coliseum passing out pink breast cancer awareness ribbons to fans as they enter the stadium. ZTA is encouraging fans to use the hashtag #ZTAThinkPink to show their support while wearing their pink ribbons.
  • Former linebacker CHRIS DRAFT and two Team Draft Survivor Series representatives will light the Coliseum torch prior to kickoff. In 2006, Draft met his wife, Keasha Rutledge, who helped him establish TEAM DRAFT, an initiative of the Chris Draft Family Foundation before passing away from lung cancer in 2011. More information is included below.

Since 2009, more than $18 million has been raised for ACS through the partnership. Money raised through Crucial Catch this season will support three screenable cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and cancer screenings to individuals in underserved communities. Since 2012, grant recipients have contributed to more than 152,000 screenings and more than 344,000 education and outreach interventions.

For the third consecutive year, healthcare centers in all 32 NFL team markets will receive a $50,000 CHANGE grant to increase access to screenings and additional cancer prevention and early detection programs. In addition, the NFL will again work with ACS and CHANGE grant recipients to host education sessions and/or screenings in their communities, and many NFL teams will participate in these educational activities, bringing these potentially life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most.

Moore jumper seals Minnesota Lynx’s fourth WNBA title

WNBA 2017 championship coach Reeve celebrates with the Trophy. (Photo by Brian Few Jr.)
The 2017 WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx with Sylvia Fowles hosting her MVP trophy. (Photo by Brian Few Jr.)

Minneapolis, MN – The 2017 WNBA Finals. The Los Angeles Sparks versus the Minnesota Lynx.

A repeat of the 2016 finals, and, as it was in last year’s championship bout, it came down to the wire. Each and every game.

Game 5 was no different.

“I know LA wanted to win.” said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, “They hung in there.”

Sparks guard Odyssey Sims led a rally with less than a minute to play to cut the L.A. deficit to three.

Lynx point guard driving to the basket in do or die game 5 between Sparks vs Lynx on October 4, 2017. (Photo by Brian Few Jr.)

Trailing all game, the Sparks had all the momentum in the world one their side.

Then, Lynx guard Maya Moore drained a jumper from the free-throw line with 26 seconds left, all but sealing an 85-76 win over the Sparks to seal their fourth championship in seven season.

Moore led the Lynx with 18 points and posted 10 rebounds, while regular season and WNBA finals MVP Sylvia Fowles broke her own record of 17 rebounds with 20 in game 5.

“I think it’ll be hard to find another group that’s, as talented, as deep, but as selfless as this group.” said Moore

Fowles added another 17 points as all five Lynx starters tallied up double-digit scoring, as opposed to the Sparks’ three.

Candace Parker would play part of LA’s first 10 points, and eventually scored or assisted 20 of the Sparks 35, first-half points. She finished with a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double.

Minnesota dug a deep 7-0 hole for Los Angeles in the opening minutes of the game, before Parker’s layup put the Sparks on the board.

The 3-point woes continued for the Sparks as well, and went 0-and-8 in the first half. In total, the Sparks nailed seven from downtown in the last two games.

Los Angeles kept it close in the second frame, cutting the tie to three before the Lynx stretched its lead to 10. The Sparks fought back to make it a single-digit deficit at halftime.

The Sparks cut it to a six-point deficit in the third quarter, but the Lynx would pull away and make it a double-digit lead midway into the final quarter of the season.

Ogwumike fouled out with a healthy 5:30 left in the final frame, before Los Angeles went on a two-minute scoring drought.

“We’re not going to give up.” said Parker

Sims stole possession for Whalen for the 46.5 second layup to cut the deficit six.

The Sparks guard, who put eight on the board in the final minutes of game 4, continued to lead the rally and picked off Gray’s steal effort to make an and-1 play to cut it to a 79-76 Lynx lead with 34.9 left in the game.

Moore sunk a jumper at the free-throw line in the ensuing Lynx possession to push the lead to five.

Poor distance shots in the final moments doomed the Sparks. Whalen sank two free-throws with 8.3 left in the game to seal the franchise’s fourth championship.

The 2017 WNBA Champions – Minnesota Lynx (Photo by Brian Few Jr.)

 

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 5

Nov 14, 2015 Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) after his game winning touchdown catch during second half of Washington State vs UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca(Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 5

OFFENSIVE: Bryce Love, Jr., RB, Stanford
• Set Stanford’s single-game rushing record with 301 yards, tied for eighth-most in Pac-12 history.
• Averaged 12.0 yards on his 25 carries and had a career-high three touchdown runs which went for 61, 43 and 59 yards.
• In the last 20 years, Love and USC’s Reggie Bush are the only players with back-to-back 250-yard rushing games. Stanford had just one game with a 250-yard rusher in the program’s first 1,254 contests — Love has now reached that mark in back-to-back games.
• Has also rushed for 100 yards in seven consecutive games (second-longest streak in school history), and is the only player in the last 20 years with a rush of 50 or more yards in seven straight games.

Los Angeles, CA September 9, 2017: vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360 News)

DEFENSIVE: Jahad Woods, RFr., LB, Washington State
• In just his second career start, led WSU defensively as the Cougar defense held the Trojans to 10 points below their season average in a 30-27 Cougar victory.
• Posted a game-high nine tackles, including a sack, tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble.
• Woods preserved the Cougar victory by sacking Sam Darnold on the Trojans’ final possession, forcing the fumble that the Cougars recovered.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Erik Powell, RSr., K, Washington State

• Accounted for 12 points with three field goals and three extra points, in WSU’s 30-27 upset of No. 5 USC.
• Connected on all three field goal attempts from 44, 33 and 32 yards.
• His 32-yards FG with 1:40 proved to be the game-winner. It marked the 39th of his career, 5th in WSU history.
• Powell added three punts for 111 yards, a 37.0 average with a long of 53.

ALSO NOMINATED:
OFFENSIVE: Kani Benoit, ORE; Jordan Lasley, UCLA; Dante Pettis, WASH; Luke Falk, WSU.
DEFENSIVE: Henry Mondeaux, ORE; Justin Reid, STAN; Kenny Young, UCLA.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Brady Breeze, ORE; Jake Bailey, STAN.

– www.pac-12.com –

 

Minnesota Lynx Even Finals Series With 80-69 Win Over Los Angeles Sparks

WNBA Finals 2017: Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
WNBA Finals 2017: Opening tip for game 4 of the Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, CA – It started with missing 3 pointers.

Then, the struggle to sink mid-range jumpers crept in.

Finally, the lay ups would just bounce off one part of the rim and out the other.

And the one-point lead turned to 16. Then 17. Then 19.

WNBA Finals 2017: Candace Parker tying up Sylvia Fowles to get a jump ball in the Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The deficit was too much for the Los Angeles Sparks as the Minnesota Lynx evened out the WNBA Finals 2-2 with a 80-69 win in Los Angeles.

“I thought they played extremely well, played to their strengths, played determined.” said coach Brian Agler, “We’ll have to regroup and get ready for Game 5.”

Sylvia Fowles continued her double-double of points and rebounds average, posting up 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Rebekkah Brunson added 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Maya Moore scored 15.

Odyssey Sims turned it up in the final quarter with a pair of 3s and 10 points to finish with 18. Nneka Ogwumike added 17 points and eight rebounds.

No one on Los Angeles had double-digit rebounds, and to make matters worse, the Lynx out-rebounded the Sparks 48-27.

“To compete with Minnesota you have to stay in the game with them with the
rebounding,” said Agler, “obviously that was a wide margin
tonight.”

The Sparks weren’t driving to the rim as they normally did in previous games and looked to have burned out midway into the first quarter.

Los Angeles hit shots from distance only for them to come up short.

WNBA Finals 2017: Nneka Ogwumike going in for a layup in the Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The Sparks were 1-for-10 from downtown in the first half, sinking their first 3-ball with 3:24 left in the half courtesy of Odyssey Sims. She’d have four of the Sparks’ five three-pointers.

Los Angeles started aggressive and once they diverted their game to the perimeter, the Lynx started to gain composure and momentum, eventually taking the lead and extending it to as much as a 15-point advantage.

The Lynx dominated on offense and on rebounds for the most part, going on a 9-0 run with minutes left in the first quarter to make it a double-digit lead.

The inconsistent shooting continued in the second quarter, but this time, the Sparks started missing lay ups as well. Then they started missing their mid-range jumpers.

Though the Sparks took less attempted threes in the third quarter, the Lynx were still bossing them around on the court, notably Fowles’ block on defense transitioning to her assist on the other end.

By the final 10 minutes, only Ogwumike was in double-digit scoring with 12 points for the Sparks. The Lynx had three players, two knocking on 20.

WNBA Finals 2017: Odyssey Sims elevates for a shot in the Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Sims started getting in the groove in the fourth quarter and drained five points in the opening 90 seconds of the final frame.

She later hit one from downtown on the right flank to make it a 10-2 Sparks run at the start of the quarter and cut the double-digit lead to a 9-point, 63-54, Lynx advantage.

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