USC qualifies for championship with late-round push

first_imgThe No. 3 USC men’s golf team, playing without the injured Jamie Lovemark and on the brink of having a promising season end prematurely, shot a final round four-under par 284 to grab the last NCAA national championship qualification spot by one shot over New Mexico. The Trojans were led by freshman Steve Lim, whose last day 66 was deemed “hands down, the best round of the year” by coach Chris Zambri.  Lovemark, a two-time All-American, sustained a muscle tear in his rib section two weeks ago during practice and was clearly not his usual self in the first two rounds of the NCAA West Regional at Lake Merced Golf Course, shooting 76 and 83. He withdrew from the tournament before Saturday’s final round, meaning that all four of USC’s other golfers would have their scores count, severely limiting the Trojans’ room for error. “The safety net [of the fifth player] makes it a lot easier,” sophomore Matt Giles said. “It’s difficult playing with only four guys.”The Trojans got off to a rough start, with senior Tom Glissmeyer six-over par after his first five holes and no other player under par at the time. “Even though I was struggling early on, I knew that I needed to grind it out,” Glissmeyer said. “Every stroke could be the difference and it turned out it was, one stroke.”Glissmeyer settled down and was one-under par on his remaining 12 holes, finishing with a 77. Giles had two birdies in his last five holes to shoot 72, while sophomore Tim Sluiter birdied four of his last seven holes to shoot 69. Lim, the only non All-American regular starter for USC, was the unexpected source of the low round on Saturday, making six birdies and an eagle over his last 13 holes.  “He’s been a great addition to our team all year,” Zambri said. “The only thing he hadn’t been doing was finishing off good rounds that he had started. On Saturday, our assistant coach [Josh] Brewer walked the course with him the whole time and just kind of talked him through every shot because the decision making can be tough when [you’re under pressure].” The decision to have Brewer basically caddy for the freshman proved huge down the stretch when Lim shook off a bogey on an easy 16th hole to finish birdie-birdie and help USC qualify for the NCAA finals to be held at Inverness Country Club in Toledo, Ohio. The focus for the Trojans now turns to fine tuning their games and waiting to see if Lovemark will be healthy enough to play in less than two weeks. Even without Lovemark, the Trojans believe they have as good of a chance as anyone at taking home the national title. “Every guy on our team, of the four that are going for sure, has proven that they can play big time golf on a big stage,” Zambri said.  “Everything else was just preparation,” Glissmeyer added. “I don’t really care if we went the whole season without winning if we get this next one. That’s all that matters.”last_img read more

WR Stefon Diggs embracing fresh start with Buffalo

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 6th August, 2020 06:31 ISTcenter_img Stefon Diggs has a new beginning with the Buffalo Bills. And he isn’t dwelling on his departure from the Minnesota Vikings.Speaking with Buffalo reporters for the first time since his blockbuster trade in March, Diggs repeatedly expressed excitement over his new surroundings while also downplaying his role in leaving Minnesota.“As far as my past with Minnesota, I never actually said anything,” Diggs said. “But, granted, this new situation, I can say I’m excited. There’s no right or wrong or problems to be fixed or something to replace with my old situation. I have a lot of respect for the Minnesota Vikings.”Last season with the Vikings, Diggs was fined more than $200,000 for unexcused absences from practices in October. He was also known for cryptic tweets that may or may not have offered insight into his situation with the team. Prior to being traded to Buffalo, Diggs tweeted “it’s time for a new beginning” — and hours later he was a member of the Bills for four draft picks.In Buffalo, he’s expected to be the unquestioned No. 1 receiver on a team hoping to win the AFC East following Tom Brady’s exit from the division.“I never really was too vocal about it. ‘It’s time for a new beginning’ was enough said,” Diggs said. “I’m super excited with my new situation. I feel like this is also a great organization built on a lot of hard-working guys, a lot of guys that really grind to get to where they’re at.”I trust the people that are in place. I’m just happy to be a part of it at this point. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything like that, I’m just trying to be as helpful as I can, be a puzzle piece, try to mesh as well as I can to help this team win.”Diggs has been a game-breaker throughout his career and the Bills are hoping he’s the finishing piece who can put them over the top. Diggs finished last season with a career-high 1,130 yards receiving and he was fourth in the league with an average of 17.9 yards per reception. He’s considered one of the best route runners in the NFL and is set to form a solid receiving trio alongside John Brown and Cole Beasley.Priority No. 1 for Diggs with his new team is to work on establishing chemistry with quarterback Josh Allen. The two met up for unofficial workouts in Florida earlier this summer, but have plenty of work to make up with the lack of a traditional offseason.“I’m super excited,” Diggs said. “He’s going into Year 3. As a quarterback, as a guy, big arm, big quarterback, a lot of heart, he runs around, he’s mobile, can extend the play. He does a lot of things extremely well. More so focused on how I can help him, anything I can do to help him. Always be in his ear, having communication with him, if he needs something from me … I’m just there to be his supporting cast on whatever he needs and play receiver.”So far, so good according to teammate and standout cornerback Tre’Davious White.“Obviously he’s a Grade A talent,” White said. “To have a transcendent talent like that to add with the other guys that we have … on paper, it looks great. Those guys are going to have to continue to work each and every day. Just on paper, we look sexy (on offense), we look good.”After expressing some concerns one month ago about playing football this year — and hours after White said that he was unsure about his own plans for this season — Diggs said that he will be playing amid coronavirus concerns.“Seeing that the deadline is tomorrow, I’m pretty much bought in on playing football,” Diggs said. “I’ve been here buying into the process as far as getting to know my teammates, getting to know my coaches, kind of starting to get the ball rolling. I put in a lot of time in the offseason training and (working on) my craft … I made some arrangements where I’m going to be playing football this year.”NOTES: The Bills activated CB Ike Brown and S Siran Neal off the reserve/COVID-19 list. To make room on the roster, Buffalo released RB Antonio Williams and DE Jonathan Woodard.Image credits: AP Written By Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 06:31 IST WR Stefon Diggs Embracing Fresh Start With Buffalo Stefon Diggs has a new beginning with the Buffalo Bills. And he isn’t dwelling on his departure from the Minnesota Vikings FOLLOW USlast_img read more

THREE SIOUX CITY TEENS CHARGED IN STRING OF BURGLARIES (UPDATE)

first_imgUpdated 5:27pm 8/4/17THREE SIOUX CITY TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR RECENT BURGLARIES ON THE NORTHSIDE.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY, 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA AND 16 YEAR OLD HENRY DE LEON ARE EACH CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.POLICE ALLEGE THAT MAHANEY AND A SECOND SUSPECT WERE CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF BURGLARIZING 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING BY THE RESIDENT.POLICE SAY THE TWO ASSAULTED THE RESIDENT, LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY TWO BROKEN BONES.INVESTIGATORS LOCATED THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.POLICE SAY THEY HAVE LINKED THE SUSPECTS TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN LEEDS.TAPIA AND MAHANEY ARE BEING HELD ON $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.DELEON WAS BOOKED ON $22-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.——————————————————————THREE TEENS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR RECENT NORTHSIDE BURGLARIES.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY (PICTURED) AND 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA, BOTH OF SIOUX CITY WERE ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY, TAPIA AND A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WERE ALL ARRESTED FOR 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24-THOUSAND BOND. TAPIA’S BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $22-THOUSAND.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.Joseph Tapia mug shot________________________________________________ PREVIOUS STORYONE SIOUX CITY TEEN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR BURGLARY AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED ON 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE THEFT AMD OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.THE SECOND SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT NOT LOCATED.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24,000 BOND.last_img read more