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Pac-12 Post Season Update Week 12/14

Stanford Christian MaCaffrey finding little day light. Photo by Jordon Kelly
Stanford Christian MaCaffrey finding little day light during Stanford vs USC game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday September 19th, 2015. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 News)

NATIONAL HONORS: STANFORD’s Christian McCaffrey earned the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, while teammate Joshua Garnett won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman. UCLA’s Ka’imi Fairbairn was tabbed the Groza Award winner as the nation’s top kicker and UTAH’s Tom Hackett defended his status as the nation’s top punter by earning his second straight Ray Guy Award.

PAC-12 FCG: The STANFORD Cardinal kept the Pac-12 North Division perfect at 5-0 in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game with its 41-22 victory over USC. While the Trojans were the fourth different Pac-12 South Division champion to appear in the Conference’s fifth championship game, they could not overcome Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. The sophomore running back earned MVP honors after he posted 461 all-purpose yards – 207 rushing, 144 receiving, 149 return yards – and scored two touchdowns. For good measure, he connected with QB Kevin Hogan with an 11-yard TD pass. McCaffrey and Hogan each rushed for a touchdown, threw for a touchdown and caught a touchdown.

BOWL ELIGIBLE: The Pac-12 has a record 10 bowl eligible teams. In terms of percentage of membership achieving bowl eligibility, the Pac-12 leads all other conferences:

Pac-12 (10 of 12) 83.30%
SEC (10 of 14) 71.40%
Big 12 (7 of 10) 70.00%
American (8 of 12) 66.70%
ACC (9 of 14) 64.30%
Mountain West (7 of 12) 58.30%
Big Ten (8 of 14) 57.10%
MAC (7 of 13) 53.80%
CUSA (5 of 13) 38.50%
Sunbelt (4 of 11) 36.40%

FBS ALL-PURPOSE YARDAGE MARK FALLS: STANFORD sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, leads the FBS with 268.92 all-purpose yards per game, nearly 70 yards over the next player (Tyler Ervin, San Jose State, 200.83 ypg). He set the FBS record with 3,496 all-purpose yards, bettering the previous record held by Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders (3,250 yards in 1988) … His school-record 461 all-purpose yards posted against USC in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game is the top mark in the FBS this season … McCaffrey has rushed for 100 or more yards in 10 games. His 3,461 all-purpose yardage breakdown is as follows: 1,847 rushing, 540 receiving, 1,042 kick return, 67 punt return … Since 1978, only four other Conference players have averaged 200 or more all-purpose yards per game for an entire season – USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 (232.6 avg), Stanford’s Glyn Milburn in 1990 (202.0 avg), USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 (222.3 avg) and USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012 (206.4 avg). Coincidentally, Milburn’s teammate in 1990 was Ed McCaffrey (father of Christian), who had 61 receptions for 917 yards and a Conference-leading 91.7 receiving yards per game that season … In addition to McCaffrey, the Pac-12 boasts OREGON’s Royce Freeman (6th, 169.25 ypg) and UTAH’s Devontae Booker (9th, 157.90 ypg) among the FBS all-purpose leaders.

POLL WATCHING: The polls have been a revolving door for Pac-12 teams this season as nine different Pac-12 teams have appeared in the polls this season, with five different Pac-12 teams this season have been ranked in the AP Top 10 … Over the last two seasons, 10 different Pac-12 teams have been ranked among the AP Top 25, while six different Conference teams have been ranked among the Top 10.

YOUTH WILL BE SERVED: Underclassmen were making their mark in the Pac-12 this season. Take a look at the league statistics and you’ll see sophomores leading in several categories:

Rushing: 1. Royce Freeman, ORE, 142.2 avg; 2. Christian McCaffrey, STAN 136.7 avg
Passing: 1. Luke Falk, WSU, 387.8 ypg
Receiving YPG: 1. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC, 108.5 avg
Total Offense: 1. Luke Falk, WSU, 377.5 avg
Scoring: 1. Aidan Schneider, ORE, 10.2 ppg
Scoring TDs: 1. Royce Freeman, ORE, 16 TDs
Punt Return Avg: 1. Dante Pettis, WASH, 16.9 avg
Kick Return Avg: 1. Christian McCaffrey, STAN, 29.7 avg
All-Purpose: 1. Christian McCaffrey, STAN, 252.9 avg; 2. Royce Freeman, ORE, 169.2 avg
Nov 14, 2015  UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3)scrambling for a late 4th quarter touchdown during second half of Washington State vs UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca(Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 14, 2015 UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) scrambling for a late 4th quarter touchdown during second half of Washington State vs UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca(Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

While they might not be leading any statistical category, several freshmen had standout seasons this year. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen threw for a UCLA freshmen record 3,350 yards and 20 TDs, WASHINGTON trotted out a freshman QB in Jake Browning and a freshman RB in Myles Gaskin. Browning threw for a Washington freshman record 2,671 yards and 16 TDs, while Gaskin rolled up a Husky freshman record 1,121 rushing yards and 10 TDs … Defensively, USC freshman LB Cameron Smith led the Trojans with 78 tackles (7.8 avg) before a season-ending injury. ARIZONA STATE freshman DB Kareem Orr recorded a league-best five interceptions.

AIR PAC-12: WASHINGTON STATE’s Luke Falk and CALIFORNIA’s Jared Goff become the eighth and ninth players in Pac-12 history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. For the third time in the last five seasons, two quarterbacks have thrown for more than 4,000 yards in the same season.

2011    Nick Foles, Arizona (4,329) and Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (4,036)

2013    Sean Mannion, Oregon State (4,662) and Connor Halliday, Washington State (4,597)

2015    Luke Falk, Washington State (4,266) and Jared Goff, California (4,252)

2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team

DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team was announced on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America. The 26-man first team is led by the Southeastern Conference with seven selections. Alabama running back Derrick Henry, the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and Doak Walker Award winner, is one of four players from the second-ranked Crimson Tide on the first team and leads a parade of 24 players from the Power Five conferences.

This season, AutoNation is the title sponsor of the FWAA team, in conjunction with its season-long presentation of weekly FWAA national players and teams of the week, for which it made donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in each recipient’s name. For the fourth straight season, the announcement of the team, the second-longest continuously-published team in major college football, will be featured on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Football Nation.” A two-hour special hosted by Mark Packer and Matt Leinart airs today at 5 p.m. ET.

Since 1945, the FWAA All-America Team has been among the five teams used to formulate the NCAA’s annual consensus All-America team, which will be announced Thursday. Since the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.

Also representing the 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team from Alabama, which is in the College Football Playoff at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, are defensive lineman and Outland Trophy finalist A’Shawn Robinson, linebacker Reggie Ragland and center Ryan Kelly, the Rimington Trophy winner. Tide defensive back Eddie Jackson was selected to the second team.

There are two repeat first-team selections from the 2014 FWAA team: Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, an Outland Trophy finalist, and Utah punter Tom Hackett, the Ray Guy Award winner for a second straight season. Three other teams – top-ranked Clemson, Baylor and Rose Bowl-bound Stanford – had two players each on the first team.

Stanford’s twosome on the first team are Outland-winning guard Joshua Garnett and sophomore kick returner Christian McCaffrey, a Heisman finalist. Baylor’s other first-team pick was wide receiver Corey Coleman, the Biletnikoff Award winner. Clemson’s teammates include defensive end Shaq Lawson and quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Davey O’Brien Award winner and a Heisman finalist who will lead the No. 1 Tigers against No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner as the FWAA’s national defensive player of the year, is the Owls’ first, first-team defensive All-American and was one of two players on the first team from a Group of Five league, the American Athletic Conference. The other selection is from the Mid-American Conference, Northern Illinois defensive back Shawun Lurry.

The FWAA’s All-America Committee selected this 72nd annual team based on nominations from the entire membership. “In our 75th year as an organization, the task of picking an All-America team remains among the most pleasant we tackle,” said Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald, the 2015 FWAA President. “Honoring the best of the best in football and the best of the best among young people is worth celebrating. Our All-America Committee worked hard and prepared well to come up with a team well worth the attention it will receive.”

This is just the third season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team. Notre Dame had four players on the two teams (three on the second team). Michigan State and Oregon also each had three second-team selections. Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey were selected to the second team for a second straight season. Duke defensive back Jeremy Cash, who was a second-team selection in 2014, made the first team this season.

There were 13 seniors, seven juniors and six sophomores selected to the first team. The conference breakdown for those players is as follows: SEC (7), Big Ten (5), ACC (4), Pac-12 (4), Big 12 (3), American Athletic (1), Mid-American (1) and Independents (1).

2015 AUTONATION FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson (6-2, 207, So., Gainesville, Ga.)
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State (5-11, 202, So. , Miami, Fla.)
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU (6-1, 230, So., New Orleans, La.)
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama (6-3, 242, Jr., Yulee, Fla.)
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor (5-11 , 190, Jr., Richardson, Texas)
WR Josh Doctson, TCU (6-4, 195, Sr., Mansfield, Texas)
OL Spencer Drango, Baylor (6-6, 320, Sr., Cedar Park, Texas)
OL Joshua Garnett, Stanford (6-5, 321, Sr., Puyallup, Wash.)
OL Jason Spriggs, Indiana (6-7, 305, Sr., Elkhart, Ind.)
OL Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (6-6, 315, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.)
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama (6-5, 297, Sr., West Chester, Ohio)

DEFENSE
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (6-5, 262, So., Arlington, Texas)
DL Shaq Lawson, Clemson (6-3, 270, Jr., Central, S.C.)
DL Carl Nassib, Penn State (6-7, 272, Sr. , West Chester, Pa.)
DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (6-4, 312, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas)
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple (6-1, 232, Sr., Stratford, Conn.)
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama (6-2, 252, Sr., Madison, Ala.)
LB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin (6-2, 236, Sr., Waukesha, Wis.)
DB Jeremy Cash, Duke (6-2, 210, Sr., Miami, Fla.)
DB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (5-11, 199, Jr., Tampa, Fla.)
DB Desmond King, Iowa (5-11, 200, Jr., Detroit, Mich.)
DB Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois (5-8, 178, So., West Palm Beach, Fla.)

SPECIALISTS
K Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA (6-0, 190, Sr., Kailua, Hawaii)
P Tom Hackett, Utah (5-11, 195, Sr., Melbourne, Australia)
KR Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (6-0, 201, So., Castle Rock, Colo.)
PR William Likely, Maryland (5-7, 175, Jr., Belle Glade, Fla.)

Dec 5: Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5)  2015 Football Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Dec 5: Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) 2015 Football Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

2015 AUTONATION FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Offense: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State; RB Royce Freeman, Oregon; WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame; WR Roger Lewis, Bowling Green; WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC; OL Jack Conklin, Michigan State; OL Taylor Decker, Ohio State; OL Tyler Johnstone, Oregon; OL Landon Turner, North Carolina; C Jack Allen, Michigan State. Defense: DL Andrew Billings, Baylor; DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon; DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; DL; Sheldon Day, Notre Dame; LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri; LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma; DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama; DB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State; DB Darian Thompson, Boise State. Specialists: K Jaden Oberkrom, TCU; P Michael Carrizosa, San José State; KR Evan Berry, Tennessee; PR Cameron Sutton, Tennessee.

The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed. The FWAA’s inaugural team included Army’s Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech’s Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas’ head football coach and athletic director.

Over the years, the FWAA team has highlighted all the game’s great players in several media forums. From 1946-70, LOOK magazine published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by such noted hosts as Bob Hope, Steve Allen and Perry Como.

After LOOK folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA Films (later known as NCAA Productions), which produced a 30-minute television program. The team was part of ABC-TV’s 1981 College Football Series. From 1983-90, the team was introduced on either ABC or ESPN. In 2002 and ‘03, the All-America team was honored with a banquet at the Citrus Bowl.

The same bowl, now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, also was a sponsor when the team was featured on ABC and ESPN from different locations on Disney properties from 2004-07. From 2008-10, the team had been the subject of a one-hour ESPN special.

For seven decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and also the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).

Some of the true greats of the writing profession have helped to select this team over the years: Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane, Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman – and the list goes on and on. The FWAA All-America team is steeped in tradition and history and is selected by a writers’ group with those same attributes.

Celebrating its 75th season, the Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or 214-870-6516.

Steelers make NFL history with today’s win

Nov 29: NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger calling our signals during Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 29: NFL first half action Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 29: Head Coach Mike Tomlin during the first half action Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Steelers coaches Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin have combined to make NFL history.

Since 1969 the Steelers have had only three head coaches, and thanks to the incredible coaching of those men the Steelers made history today.

With the victory over the Bengals, Coach Mike Tomlin now has 90 career wins. He joins Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher as the third coach in Steelers history to reach 90 regular season wins, and the Steelers are the first franchise in NFL history to have three different head coaches reach that 90 win milestone.

“We certainly have been fortunate to have three men like Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “The fact that each of them had that kind of success is great to see, it’s something we strive for. Stability is something that provides a foundation for everything you do.

“I think our whole organization is geared to support the coach, support the football operation in a way that allows it to be successful.”

Noll, who coached from 1969-1991, tallied 193 career regular season wins, while Cowher had 149 wins, coaching from 1992-2006. Tomlin, who took over in 2007, has kept the winning tradition alive.

All three coaches also led their teams to Super Bowl victories – Noll (Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV), Cowher (Super Bowl XL), and Tomlin (Super Bowl XLIII).

“We have been fortunate to have three great men like that leading the team,” said Rooney. “That is where it starts. It’s a tribute not just to them, but I am sure they would also point to the fact that they had a lot of great people around them to help achieve that success.”

Additional Note: Mike Tomlin became the first head coach in Steelers history to win 90 games in his first nine years. Tomlin also is the ninth head coach in NFL history to win 90 games in his first nine years as head coach, joining Mike Ditka, Joe Gibbs, Dennis Green, Mike Holmgren, John Madden, Mike McCarthy, George Seifert and Don Shula. Tomlin is also the third head coach in NFL history to win eight games in each of his first nine years with the same team (Green with Minnesota and Madden with Oakland).

Press Release by Teresa VarleySteelers.com

USC Football Team Awards Announced 2015

Adoree' Jackson showing his back. Photo by Jordon Kelly
Adoree' Jackson showing his back. Photo by Jordon Kelly
Adoree Jackson flying high on punt return. Photo by Jordon Kelly
USC Trojans Adoree Jackson flying high on punt return during Arkansas State vs USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sept 5th, 2015.( Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360News)

 

–ADOREE’ JACKSON NAMED USC’S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

 

LOS ANGELES–USC sophomore cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Pac-12 South Division champion and Holiday Bowl-bound Trojan football team at the annual awards banquet Sunday (Dec. 13) at USC’s Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.

 

Jackson, an All-Pac-12 first teamer in 2015 and a finalist for the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, had 31 tackles and an interception for a TD on defense, 24 receptions with 2 touchdowns on offense and 23 punt returns for a 10.9 average with 2 TDs and 29 kickoff returns for a 22.9 average on special teams.

USC Linebacker Su'a Cravens on interceptions. Photo by Jordon Kelly
USC Linebacker Su’a Cravens on interceptions during Arkansas State vs USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sept 5th, 2015. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360News)

Senior center Max Tuerk, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the middle of the 2015 season, was named USC’s Most Inspirational Player.  Junior offensive tackle Zach Banner was USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, senior defensive tackles Antwaun Woods and Delvon Simmons were the Defensive Linemen of the Year, sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was the Offensive Perimeter Player of the Year, junior outside linebacker Su’a Cravens repeated as the Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year and senior fullback Soma Vainuku was the Special Teams Player of the Year.  Senior quarterback Cody Kessler won the Trojan Way Leadership Award for the second consecutive year.

Nov 5: Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) 2015 Football Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
USC quarterback Kody Kessler (6) finding the end zone with his legs during 2015 Football Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. on Dec 5th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

A complete list of the 2015 awards:

Most Valuable Player:  cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson

Most Inspirational Player:  center Max Tuerk

Trojan Way Leadership Award:  quarterback Cody Kessler

Trojan Commitment Award:  tailback Tre Madden, fullback Jahleel Pinner

Linemen of the Year: offensive tackle Zach Banner (offense), defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, defensive tackle Delvon Simmons (defense)

Perimeter Players of the Year:  wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (offense), outside linebacker Su’a Cravens (defense)

Special Teams Player of the Year: fullback Soma Vainuku

Service Team Players of the Year:  quarterback Sam Darnold (offense), outside linebacker Don Hill, inside linebacker Joel Foy (defense)

Jack Oakie “Rise and Shine” Award (year’s longest run):  tailback Ronald Jones II (74 yards vs. Arizona)

Player of the Game Vs. UCLA:  tailback Justin Davis

Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement):  wide receiver Robby Kolanz

Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character):  quarterback Max Browne

John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit):  inside linebacker Cameron Smith

Joe Collins Walk-on Award:  inside linebacker Reuben Peters

Chris Carlisle Courage Award:  inside linebacker Lamar Dawson

Community Service Award:  safety John Plattenburg

Lifters Award:  fullback Soma Vainuku, tailback Tre Madden (offense), defensive tackle Cody Temple, outside linebacker Don Hill, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (defense)

Captains:  quarterback Cody Kessler, center Max Tuerk, outside linebacker Su’a Cravens, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, inside linebacker Anthony Sarao

USC Defeats Yale On The Court

Yale Bulldogs guard Makai Mason (11) getting a fast start on USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during Pac-12 Men's Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs in the second half of game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Pac-12 Men's Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs Freshman USC Trojans forward Chimezie Metu (4) on spin move in the first half game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Pac-12 Men’s Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs Freshman USC Trojans forward Chimezie Metu (4) on spin move in the first half game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, Ca – The Trojans made sure the Bulldogs felt the USC rain by raining on their hopes of leaving Los Angeles with a win. The Trojan made it perfectly clear that there was to be a change in the forecast by beating Yale … final score USC 68 Yale 56.

From the initial start of the game it looked like it was going to anyone’s game. The pace was real up tempo from both teams. There was intense ball movement, with a lot of team communication going on. Unfortunately for Yale they didn’t see the gray clouds looming in their future. USC went into their trusty war chest of secret weapons and came out with their height hefty line up. Scoring most of their points in the paint because Yale had no answer for the supersized line up. The Bulldogs literally had no blocks for the entire game.

USC Trojans forward Darion Clark (0) showing off his hand time over Yale Bulldogs forward Justin Sears (22) in the first half of the Pac-12 Men's Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
USC Trojans forward Darion Clark (0) showing off his hand time over Yale Bulldogs forward Justin Sears (22) in the first half of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Now by no means did Yale lay down and take this beating they managed to have 3 players in double digits, the always energetic Justin Sears with 14 point, their everywhere man Makai Mason with 18 point and Jack Montague with 10 points.

The additional issue for Yale was that Jordan McLaughlin and he and his latest face mask had finally become BFFs. Looking at almost in pre broken nose form. Jordan had 14 points, 2 steals, 4 assist and at the line he hit 3 out of 5. With improvement like that Cal Poly should be highly concerned about their match up with the Trojans on the 17th.

USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) looking for space in the lane during second half in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) looking for space in the lane during second half in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Naturally this win for the Trojans was a team effort and nothing brought that to light more then see Darion Clark out there demanding the Bulldogs respect his hustle, height and physical presence, with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. Clark was a starter last year but when Head Coach Andy Enfield decided to make some tweaks to the team’s recipe that left Clark as a bench player. But to Coach Enfield’s credit Darion Clark’s shot percentage is up over last years to prove there is method to the madness. Clark credits this change for making him a better team player.

So if McLaughlin was the grey cloud and Clark the thunder then Bennie Boatwright (with 17 points) and Katin Reinhardt (with 14 points) must have been the rain. We mustn’t forget the lightning that was Malik Marquetti with 4 steals.

USC Trojans forward Chimezie Metu (4) shooting over Yale Bulldogs forward Brandon Sherrod (35) during the Pac-12 Men's Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs in the second half game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
USC Trojans forward Chimezie Metu (4) shooting over Yale Bulldogs forward Brandon Sherrod (35) during the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball USC Trojans vs Yale Bulldogs in the second half game action at the Galen Center on Dec. 13th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The Trojans and the Bulldogs last and only meet up was in 1988 where the Trojans issued them a merciless lost. Needless to say I think Yale will be more happy not to see USC for another 17 years after this loss.

2016 ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Los Angeles, CA (December 10TH, 2015) – The Arena Football League (AFL) announced today their 2016 league schedule, which features the LA KISS playing each team twice throughout the season. The LA KISS will kick off the regular season, on Saturday, April 2nd against the Jacksonville Sharks at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“I am very excited about how the team is shaping up this year, and we plan to compete for a championship this year” said Joe Windham, CEO of LA KISS. “The fans have been great and showing a lot of support. We can’t wait to show them how great LA KISS Football can be.”

The new version of the AFL schedule consists of eight teams playing each other at least twice. The AFL American Conference will consist of the Jacksonville Sharks, Orlando Predators, Philadelphia Soul and Tampa Bay Storm. While the AFL National Conference, will feature the Arizona Rattlers, Portland Thunder, Cleveland Gladiators and LA KISS.

The AFL postseason, will feature three rounds of play, concluding with ArenaBowl XXIX the weekend of August 26th.  The champions of the American and National Conference will be seeded 1 and 2, followed by the teams with the highest to lowest record, being seeded 3-8. The top four seeds will host first round postseason games, and then the two highest remaining seeds will host the semi-final rounds, the following weekend. The top remaining seed from the semi-final round will then host ArenaBowl XXIX.

Maintaining the momentum from the second half of last season, LA KISS have made several acquisitions on both sides of the ball to bolster the roster, in addition to hiring a new Head Coach for the 2016 season.
Kiss 2016“This is going to be a GAME CHANGING year for the LA KISS” said Omarr Smith, Head Coach of LA KISS. “The 2016 schedule provides us with many challenges but we embrace each and every one of them.  Each team in the league has an abundance of talented players which will in turn provide a great product and competitive football week in and week out.  We look forward to a great 2016 campaign and showcasing a NEW and EXCITING brand of football to the LA KISS fans.”

 

The LA KISS still have limited number of Family4Packs available! This exclusive package offers LA KISS fans, 4 season tickets for $270* ($67.50 per seat*), along with all of the season ticket holder amenities:

  • Paul Stanley custom designed draw string bag
  • Commemorative pin
  • LA KISS branded lanyard and ticket sleeve
  • Custom designed STH book of tickets
  • 50 will be autographed by Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley
  • 10% Off LA KISS merchandise in the team store
  • Mini LA KISS football
  • Discount at participating partners
  • STH Bring A Friend Nights
  • Early entry at all home games
  • First right of refusal for your playoff seats
  • No ticket goes unused program
  • Access to account manager

For more information about the LA KISS Family4Pack or single game tickets, please visit LAKISSFootball.com  or call 714-462-KISS (5477).

 

ABOUT LA KISS FOOTBALL:

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two of the greatest showmen of all time, brought pro football to Los Angeles with the formation of LA KISS Football. In just one year, LA KISS has become a phenomenon by taking the KISS mentality and applying it to a sports team. LA KISS represents the fusion of entertainment and sports like no other brand and delivers an all-encompassing in-game experience that is second to none. LA KISS ownership combines over 40 years of success in both entertainment, sports and business. The leadership team looks to challenge and redefine the term “sports entertainment” by applying the KISS mindset to everything they do. For more information, visit lakissfootball.com or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

THE 47TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference Red Carpet on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Marsai Martain & Miles Brown at the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Marsai Martain & Miles Brown at the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (December 8, 2015) – The nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards were announced today during a press conference from The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. The categories and nominees were announced by Guillermo Díaz (Scandal), Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots), Danielle Nicolet (Born Again Virgin), Marsai Martin (Black-ish), and Miles Brown (Black-ish). In addition, the event was live streamed and special commentary was provided by Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight).

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.

Tika Sumpter (L), Danielle Nicolet (C), Nischelle Turner (R) at the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference Red Carpet on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Tika Sumpter (L), Danielle Nicolet (C), Nischelle Turner (R) at the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference Red Carpet on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

“The Image Awards celebrates individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance, and community empowerment and with the announcement of this year’s nominees the NAACP continues to spotlight the achievements of those in our community,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “We have enjoyed a great collaboration with TV One and look forward to working with them again this year to create a memorable evening of entertainment.”

“The NAACP Image Awards has become more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice warriors of color to be recognized and celebrated,” stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. “As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice will remain at its core.”

Cornell William Brooks President and CEO, NAACP speaking at the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Cornell William Brooks President and CEO, NAACP speaking at the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Press Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

ABC and BET lead the nominees in the TV categories with 28 and 13 nominations respectively, followed by FOX with 12. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with 10 nominations, followed by RCA with 9 nominations and BMG with 6 nominations. Warner Brothers leads with 6 nominations, while Universal Pictures and Netflix both received 5 nominations in the motion picture categories.

The 47th NAACP Image Awards is sponsored by AT&T, Bank of America, Chrysler-UAW, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hyundai Motors of America, Southwest Airlines and Wells Fargo.

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Following is the complete list of categories and nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Michael B. Jordan

Misty Copeland

Pharrell Williams

Shonda Rhimes

Viola Davis

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

• “black-ish” (ABC)

• “House of Lies” (Showtime)

• “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

• “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

• Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)

• Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO)

• RonReaco Lee – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

• Gina Rodriguez – “Jane The Virgin” (The CW)

• Loretta Devine – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

• Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

• David Alan Grier – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

• Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Mike Epps – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

• Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

• Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

• Danielle Brooks – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Tichina Arnold – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Drama Series

• “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

• “Empire” (FOX)

• “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• “Power” (Starz)

• “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

• LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

• Morris Chestnut – “Rosewood” (FOX)

• Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)

• Terrence Howard – “Empire” (FOX)

• Wesley Snipes – “The Player” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

• Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

• Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)

• Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)

• Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

• Alfred Enoch – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• Bryshere Y. Gray – “Empire” (FOX)

• Guillermo Diaz – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Jussie Smollett – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

• Cicely Tyson – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• Danai Gurira – “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

• Grace Gealey – “Empire” (FOX)

• Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

• Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• “American Crime” (ABC)

• “Bessie” (HBO)

• “Luther” (BBC America)

• “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• David Alan Grier – “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

• David Oyelowo – “Nightingale” (HBO)

• Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)

• Michael Kenneth Williams – “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX Networks)

• Aunjanue Ellis – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• Jill Scott – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

• LaTonya Richardson Jackson – “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)

• Queen Latifah – “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

• “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm” (ABC)

• “News One Now” (TV One)

“Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and the Selma Marches 50 Years Later” (OWN)

• “Oprah: Where Are They Now?- Civil Rights Special” (OWN)

• “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

• “Melissa Harris-Perry” (MSNBC)

• “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

• “The Talk” (CBS)

• “The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

• “Shark Tank” (ABC)

• “The Voice” (NBC)

• “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

• “Black Girls Rock!” (BET)

• “Family Feud” (Syndicated)

• “Oprahs Master Class” (OWN)

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

• “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Children’s Program

• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

• “Dora and Friends” (Nickelodeon)

• “K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel)

• “Little Ballers” (Nickelodeon)

• “Project MC2” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series)

• Hudson Yang – “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)

• Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Skai Jackson – “Jessie” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or

• “Family Feud” – Steve Harvey (Syndicated)

• “Melissa Harris-Perry” – Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

• “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel ” – Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

• “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” – Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist

• Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)

• Judith Hill (NPG Records)

• Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

• The Weeknd (Republic Records)

• Yazz (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

• Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

• Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)

• Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

• The Weeknd (Republic Records)

• Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Female Artist

• Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

• Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

• Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

• Lalah Hathaway (Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One)

• Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

“Hamilton: An American Musical” – Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic Records)

“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“One Man Can Change The World” – Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings)

“Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album

“BrotherLEE Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan” – Terell Stafford Quintet (Capri Records)

“Dee Dee’s Feathers” – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Okeh)

“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4” – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings)

“The Complete Concert By The Sea” – Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings/Octave Music Publishing Corporation)

The Epic” – Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

• “A Different Place” – Kim Burrell (Shanachie Entertainment)

• “It’s Personal” – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)

• “Losing My Religion” – Kirk Franklin (RCA Inspiration)

• “The Gospel According To Jazz – Chapter IV” – Kirk Whalum (Mack Avenue Records, Rendezvous, Top Drawer Records)

• “You Shall Live” – Marvin Sapp (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video

• “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd (Republic Records)

• “Freedom” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

• “No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

• “Shame” – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

• “Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

• “Back Together” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

• “Everytime I’m With You” – Seal (Reprise Records)

• “Feeling Good” – Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

• “Goodnight Kisses” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

• “Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

“Beauty Behind the Madness” – The Weeknd (Republic Records)

“Empire (Original Soundtrack from Season One)” – Empire Cast (Columbia Records)

“Forever Charlie” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

“Unbreakable” – Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“Woman” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia)

“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“Unbreakable” – Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

• “Driving the King” – Ravi Howard (HarperCollins/Harper)

• “Ghost Summer: Stories” – Tananarive Due (Prime Books)

• “Mama’s Boy” – ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

• “Stand Your Ground” – Victoria Christopher Murrary (Touchstone)

• “Under the Udala Trees” – Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

• “50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership” – Kathey Porter (Author), Andrea Hoffman (Author), (Palgrave Macmillan)

• “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” – Jill Leovy (Spiegel & Grau)

“SHOWDOWN: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” – Wil Haygood (Alfred A. Knopf)

• “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” – Pamela Newkirk

(HarperCollins/Amistad)

• “The Light of the World” – Elizabeth Alexander (Grand Central Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

• “Between The World and Me” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

• “The Fishermen” – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company)

• “The Star Side of Bird Hill” – Naomi Jackson (Penguin Press)

• “The Turner House” – Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• “The Wind In The Reeds: A Storm, A Play And The City That Could Not Be Broken” – Wendell Pierce (Author), Rod Dreher (Author), (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

• “After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye” – Jan Gaye (Author), David Ritz (With), (HarperCollins/Amistad)

• “Between The World and Me” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

• “One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York” – Arthur Browne (Beacon Press)

• “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” – Reggie Love (Simon & Schuster)

• “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person” – Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

• “Big Words to Little Me: Tips and Advice for the Younger Self” – Sakina Ibrahim

(Author), Jessie Lee (With), (Createspace (Self published))

“Free Your Mind: An African American Guide to Meditation and Freedom” – Cortez R. Rainey (CreateSpace)

“Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories” – Jocelyn Delk Adams (Agate Surrey)

“Keep Calm… It’s Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide To Buying A Home” – Egypt Sherrod (Perseus/Running Press)

• “Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family” – Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Randall Williams (Author), (Clarkson Potter)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” – Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press)

“How to Be Drawn” – Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)

“Reconnaissance” – Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

“Redbone” – Mahogany L. Browne (Willow Books)

“Wild Hundreds” – Nate Marshall (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

• “Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts” – Nikki Grimes (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator), (Orchard Books / Scholastic)

• “Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America” – Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator), (Albert Whitman & Company)

“Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box” – Michael S. Bandy (Author), Eric Stein (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator), (Candlewick Press)

• “If You Plant a Seed” – Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins

Publishers)

“New Shoes” – Susan Lynn Meyer (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator), (Holiday House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Roaring Brook Press)

“Stella By Starlight” – Sharon Draper (Simon & Schuster)

“Untwine” – Edwidge Danticat (Scholastic Press)

“X: A Novel” – Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), Kekla Magoon (With), (Candlewick Press)

“You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace” – Gwen Richardson (Author), Sylvia Daye Richardson (Author), (Cushcity Communications)

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture

• “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

• “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

• “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

• “Dope” (Open Road Films)

• “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Abraham Attah – “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)

Michael B. Jordan – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Michael Ealy – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

Will Smith – “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

• Lauren ‘Keke’ Palmer – “Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)

• Sanaa Lathan – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

• Teyonah Parris – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

• Viola Davis – “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

• Zoe Saldana – “Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

• Chiwetel Ejiofor – “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)

• Corey Hawkins – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

• Forest Whitaker – “Southpaw” (The Weinstein Company)

• Idris Elba – “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

• O’Shea Jackson, Jr. – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Jennifer Hudson – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Phylicia Rashad – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Tessa Thompson – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

• “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

• “Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)

• “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

• “Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

• “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

“Amy” (A24)

“Dreamcatcher” (Rise Films, Green Acres Films & Vixen Films in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation)

“In My Fathers House” (Break Thru Films)

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films)

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (A Radical Media Production in Association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

• “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” (PBS)

• “Belief” (OWN)

• “Kareem: Minority of One” (HBO)

• “Light Girls” (OWN)

• “Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ” (BET)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

• Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Parents (Netflix)

• Jennie Snyder Urman – “Jane The Virgin” – Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)

• Jill Soloway – “Transparent” – Kina Hora (Amazon Video)

• Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico – “Key & Peele” – Y’all Ready For This? (Comedy Central)

• Kenya M. Barris – “black-ish” – The Word (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Erika Green Swafford, Doug Stockstill – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Mama’s Here Now (ABC)

John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)

LaToya Morgan – “TURN: Washingtons Spies” – False Flag (AMC)

Lee Daniels, Danny Strong – “Empire” – Pilot (FOX)

Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)

• Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)

• Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein – “White Water” (TV One)

• Nzingha Stewart – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

• Shem Bitterman – “Whitney” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson – “McFarland USA” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – “Inside Out” (Disney/Pixar)

Rick Famuyiwa – “Dope” (Open Road Films)

Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Pictures)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Parents (Netflix)

Brad Silberling – “Jane The Virgin” – Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)

Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” – The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule (Showtime)

Peter Atencio – “Key & Peele” – The End (Comedy Central)

Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – Cabin Pressure (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

• Ernest Dickerson – “Hand of God” – Welcome the Stranger (Amazon Video)

• John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)

• Lee Daniels – “Empire” – Pilot (FOX)

• Millicent Shelton – “American Crime” – Episode Ten (ABC)

• Salim Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

• Christine Swanson – “For the Love of Ruth” (TV One)

• Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)

• Nzingha Stewart – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

• Rusty Cundieff – “White Water” (TV One)

• Salim Akil – “The Start Up” (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)

• Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Fox Searchlight Pictures / Rhode Island Ave)

• Charles Stone, III – “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

• F. Gary Gray – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

• Rick Famuyiwa – “Dope” (Open Road Films)

• Ryan Coogler – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)

• Aisha Tyler – “Archer” (FX Networks)

• Audra McDonald – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

• Jeffrey Wright – “The Good Dinosaur” (Disney/Pixar)

• Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)

• Wanda Sykes – “Penn Zero” (Disney XD)

USC Basketball Defeats Idaho

Nov 16, 2015 USC forward Nikola Javanovic getting into the paint during the Monmouth Hawks vs USC Tojans Men's basketball game at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, CA – USC Trojans men’s basketball team hosted the Idaho Vandals at the Galen Center. The Trojans  managed to pull off a win over the Idaho Vandals 74 – 55, sending Idaho back to their bone chilling cold with nothing more then a hot potato souvenirs that read “The Trojans came, they saw and they smashed us.”

In spite of the Trojans sluggish start, they were able to put up some solid numbers. There were four players in double digits (Bennie Boatwright at 17, Nikola Jovanovic at 11 points, Julian Jacobs at 11 points and Katin Reinhart at 17 points). They were also shooting three point shots at a rate of 42.9%. In addition to that about 60% of their scored points were made in the 2nd half of the game.  This speaks volumes about the conversation Head Coach Andy Enfield had with them at the half.

Idaho had good intentions. They set the tempo of the game in the 1st half. They had 21 rebounds. At one point they had an 8 point lead over USC. The reason the Vandals went home with a loss was purely do to them being a young team, errors like…several shot clock violations, traveling calls and bad passes. They really had no answer for the Trojan gear change that they made coming out of the half time.

Now we were all surprise to see USC’s Jordan McLaughlin throwing caution to the wind giving it his all out on the court after breaking  his nose in the game against Xavier on November 27th.  He is on his second face mask in his quest to find one that won’t distort his depth perception and peripheral vision.

The Trojans will have the next 6 days off the hit books for finals, make face mask tweaks, rest and reflect on how their efforts have them having one of the best season starts since 2006-07 seasons.

Raiders Let The Chiefs Win

Dec 6: NFL Second half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Dec 6: NFL Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Josh Mauga (90) & defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) smashing wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) in the First half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Dec 6: NFL Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Josh Mauga (90) & defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) smashing wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) in the First half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Oakland, Ca – The tight battle of AFC West foes for second place behind Denver now has the Kansas City with a two game lead. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-20 in Oakland. The Raiders defense kept them in game even with the fans disapproval in offensive play calling.

It was anybody’s game until midway through the fourth quarter when Chiefs Alex Smith found Jeremy Maclin on receiver screen for a touchdown. Maclin had just scored on this identical play four minutes before untouched both times. Head Coach Andy Reid and play caller saw a gap in Raiders scheme and exploited it at the right time. These were quarterback Alex Smith only throwing touchdowns of the game for 162 yards. Smith did find a whole and walked in for a rushing touchdown when Raiders were in man coverage with no spy .

Dec 6: NFLKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) back to pass in the Second half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Dec 6: NFLKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) back to pass in the Second half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The Raiders on paper looked like they should have one this game by racking up more yards but even with the yards to much inconsistent offense. The Raiders never attacked down the field, their longest reception of the game was a Michael Crabtree 25 yard catch. The most costly plays of the game were by Oakland Derek Carr’s three interceptions that lead to 14 points. You can only put one on Carr which came when Crabtree slipped out his break and feel down while the pass came through with no look pass that was intercepted rookie Marcus Peters.

Neither team seemed to want to seize the game by having special teams woes. Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski had a field goal and an extra point hit upright and failed right along with the momentum. It must have been something in the air due to heavy air that gave some rain during the game, Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos even missed one at 26-20 with 7:57 left fourth quarter.

Dec 6: NFL First half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Dec 6: NFL First half game action Kansas City Cheifs vs Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

We all know defense wins championships but  even a great defense can’t continue to shine and hold a team back when they have to get on field deep in their own territory like it was in today contest for the Raiders. Today’s win allows Kansas City to keep close in the race for a wild card spot for the playoffs and the road to Super Bowl 50. The Raiders now are almost mathematical out the running but they have four games left in the regular season.

PAC-12 SENDS RECORD 10 TEAMS TO BOWL GAMES

Dec 5: Post game action in Pac-12 2015 Football Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

 PAC-12 SENDS RECORD 10 TEAMS TO BOWL GAMES

CONFERENCE CHAMPION STANFORD HEADS TO ROSE BOWL

SAN FRANCISCO — Pac-12 Champion STANFORD (11-2) earned its third Rose Bowl Game appearance in four years after a 41-22 victory over USC in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. The No. 6 Cardinal will face No. 5 Iowa (12-1) in the College Football Playoff’s New Year’s Six Bowl on Fri, Jan. 1, 2016.

Stanford will be making its 15th Rose Bowl Game appearance, second most among all Pac-12 teams, and is one of a Pac-12 record 10 teams to participate in college football’s postseason.

No. 15 OREGON (9-3), which finished second to Stanford in the Pac-12 North Division, was selected to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl where it will meet No. 11 TCU (10-2) from the Big 12 Conference on Sat., Jan. 2, 2016. The Ducks will be making their second trip to the Alamo Bowl and 11th consecutive bowl appearance.

The Holiday Bowl will pit No. 25 USC (8-5) vs. Wisconsin (9-3) on Wed., Dec. 30. It’s a repeat trip for USC as the Trojans defeated Nebraska, 45-42 in last year’s Holiday Bowl game. USC is second among all FBS teams with 33 bowl victories.

UCLA (8-4) has been selected to play in the Foster Farms Bowl opposite the Big Ten’s Nebraska (5-7) on Sat., Dec. 26. It’s the second appearance for the Bruins in the San Francisco Bay Area bowl game, having appeared in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

The three remaining Pac-12 contracted bowls chose their Pac-12 participant based on order of final Conference standings. The Hyundai Sun Bowl selected WASHINGTON STATE (8-4) to face Miami (8-4) of the ACC on Sat., Dec. 26. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will match UTAH (9-3) with independent BYU (9-3) on Sat., Dec. 19. The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl slots ARIZONA STATE (6-6) opposite the Big 12 Conference’s West Virginia (7-5) on Sat., Jan. 2.

The Pac-12 had three additional bowl eligible teams and agreements were made with the following bowls – The Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, and the Lockhead Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

The New Mexico Bowl picked ARIZONA (6-6) to oppose New Mexico (7-5) on Sat., Dec. 19; The Heart of Dallas Bowl matched WASHINGTON (6-6) against Southern Miss (9-4) on Tues., Dec. 26; The Armed Forces Bowl selected California (7-5) to play Air Force (9-3) on Tues., Dec. 29.

The Pac-12 places eight or more teams into bowl games for the fourth consecutive season.

The 2015-16 Pac-12 Bowl Schedule:

Date Bowl Game Local/Pacific Time TV
Sat., Dec. 19 Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Albuquerque, N.M. (University Stadium)
New Mexico (7-5) vs. ARIZONA (6-6) 12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Dec. 19 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl – Las Vegas, Nev. (Sam Boyd Stadium)
BYU (9-3) vs. No. 22 UTAH (8-4) 12:30 p.m. PT ABC
Sat., Dec. 26 Hyundai Sun Bowl – El Paso, Texas (Sun Bowl)
Miami (8-4) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (8-4) 12 noon MT/11 a.m. PT CBS
Sat., Dec. 26 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl – Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
Southern Miss (9-4) vs. WASHINGTON (6-6) 1:20 p.m. CT/11:20 a.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Dec. 26 Foster Farms Bowl – Santa Clara, Calif. (Levi’s Stadium)
Nebraska (5-7) vs. UCLA (8-4) 6:15 p.m. PT ESPN
Tues., Dec. 29 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Ft. Worth, Texas (Amon G. Carter Stadium)
Air Force (9-3) vs. CALIFORNIA (7-5) 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT ESPN
Wed., Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl – San Diego, Calif. (Qualcomm Stadium)
Wisconsin (9-3) vs. No. 25 USC (8-5) 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN
Fri., Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual – Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl)
No. 5 Iowa (12-1) vs. No. 6 STANFORD (11-2) 2 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Jan. 2 Valero Alamo Bowl – San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)
No. 11 TCU (10-2) vs. No. 15 OREGON (9-3) 5:45 p.m. CT/3:45 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Jan. 2 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl – Phoenix, Ariz. (Chase Field)
West Virgina (7-5) vs. ARIZONA STATE (6-6) 8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT ESPN

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