Spence paves way for Excelsior win

first_img Greater Portmore 0 Tivoli 0 Excelsior 4 Tarrant 0 Waterford 1 Holy Trinity 0 Mona 1 Charlie Smith 2 Excelsior High, led by a brace from Ryan Spence, scored an easy 4-0 win against a young Tarrant High in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Group B at Excelsior yesterday. Spence scored in the 19th and 34th minutes, while second-half substitute Voshaw Williams (73rd) and Malik Mills (74th) converted the other goals. Spence, who played in an attacking midfield role, was naturally elated to put his team in a good position on the way to victory in their first game of the season. “I feel very happy about the goals, and to help my team start with a win,” the 17-year-old told The Gleaner. “We are happy, but playing a better team, we won’t have enough time on the ball and space,” he reasoned. He is looking forward to scoring many goals and guiding Excelsior to the Manning Cup title for the eighth time in the school’s history. “My goal is to win the Manning Cup and gaining a national call, so I want to continue scoring goals,” the fifth-form student shared. Excelsior dominated the game and could have won by a wider margin. Head coach Shavar Thomas said it was always good to get three points in the first game. “The most important thing is to start winning. The games will get tough during the season. However, we have to focus on ourselves,” Thomas pointed out. Although outplayed, Tarrant tried hard with players such as goalkeeper Damario Riley, Kevar Martin and Jahiem Hall. Tarrant’s coach Lamar Morgan praised his team of several Under-15 players, for their effort. “We have a pretty young squad, so it’s all about developing the players for the future. The performance was not good, but the boys fought hard,” Morgan shared. Kingston College vs Denham Town Norman Manley vs Ascot Papine vs St Mary’s College Meadowbrook vs Jonathan Grant Ardenne vs Haile Selassie Pembroke Hall vs St Catherine Wolmer’s Boys vs Dunoon Kingston Technical vs Jose Marti Camperdown vs Edith Dalton James Cumberland vs Campion College St Jago vs Calabar Bridgeport vs Hydel (Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.) Today’s games Yesterday’s Manning Cup resultslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal in middle of football controversy in Madrid

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadal couldn’t avoid the issue when he arrived in the Spanish capital for this week’s Madrid Open.“Well, there is a problem with today’s society, that to be a true supporter of one team, it seems that you have to be anti another team,” Nadal said Monday. “I just support Real Madrid. I have a lot of friends that are from Atletico. They are playing in a competition in Europe against an English team. I just went there to support Atletico Madrid. They invited me. I just wanted to enjoy the day, to see a great football match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNadal was captured on camera with the jersey around his neck during the team’s 1-0 win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Thursday, a result that allowed Atletico to reach the final of Europe’s second-tiered club competition.“The (club’s) president gave me a T-shirt as a gift,” Nadal said. “At night it was a little bit chilly, a little bit cold, and I just used it as a scarf. That’s all. But it’s always the same stuff. Maybe there’s too much hypocrisy, or I would say you people in the media have to write too many things, so you have to explore some stupid things.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Pelicans’ preferred pace presents dilemma vs. Warriors FILE – In this April 29, 2018 file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts to falling confetti after winning the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament final in Barcelona, Spain. As a longtime Real Madrid supporter, Nadal appeared with a Atletico Madrid jersey in Atletico’s Europa League match against Arsenal on Thursday May 3, 2018, making headlines and attracting a wave of social media reactions by fans from both clubs. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)MADRID  — Rafael Nadal has put himself in the middle of a football controversy in Madrid.A longtime Real Madrid supporter, Nadal appeared with a Atletico Madrid jersey during the club’s Europa League match against Arsenal last week, making headlines across Spain and attracting a wave of social media reactions from fans from both teams.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadal also discussed Sunday’s “clasico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which ended in a 2-2 draw after several questionable calls made by the officiating crew at Camp Nou Stadium.“I don’t have to talk about football referees,” Nadal said. “The poor referee will have a lot on his back because you have been speaking about them for hours and hours. I’m not going to contribute to that show. I think it was a great football match, nice to see. I really enjoyed the football.”Nadal said he favors after-game sanctions to try to make the referees’ life easier.“Maybe I am very passionate about football, and I’m not criticizing football,” he said. “But at the end of the day, the referees have a very hard job. It’s very difficult to make decisions when you are under pressure. There are sometimes many players that try to trick other players … It’s just a show.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Boakai Challenges Team Bility to Restore Liberia’s Football Pride

first_imgThe continuous poor ranking of Liberia in FIFA and CAF’s rankings might have compelled Vice President Joseph Boakai to challenge ‘Team Bility” to build a strong, proud and disciplined football team.For a little over a decade, Liberians have been embarrassed to call the national team of the country-the Lone Star, the Nation’s Pride and Joy, due to the team’s appalling performances.Last Thursday, Liberia miserably dropped 22 places in the FIFA Coca Cola ranking for the month of April -2014 which is one of the worst movers as the country is 119 in the World and 34 in Africa.Speaking during the induction ceremony of re-elected Executive Committee members of the Liberia Football Association, including its president and vice president for administration, over the weekend, Vice President Joseph Boakai urged ‘Team Bility’ to remain focused, filled with love for country and humanity and transform this great challenge into one big achievement.“Do you realize how many people go to bed pleased because of a single goal? Let me challenge this corps of officers to help re-vitalize football in our country, Liberia,” he said.He added: “I want to challenge you to leave a legacy of a strong, proud and disciplined football team that can represent Liberia worldwide,” Ambassador Boakai said, “The also goes to our division teams and the need to proudly raise our colors in their league and tournament matches.”Delving on inarguably the most important part of the game, the youthful players, Vice President Boakai said that the country owes the young people much more than just an interesting and fascinating game of football on television.“The country owes them an opportunity to take their game from the ‘Freetown-ball pitch’ behind their houses, to an environment of systematic tutelage under experienced minds,” he said.“The dribbling wizardry of Ronaldihno, Christiano Ronaldo and the breath-taking foot-work of Messi should not be a perpetual dream of our footballers. These things can be taught and Liberian youths are capable,” Amb. Boakai noted.He said, “We need to redirect the attention of young people to home grown talents. So you have the challenge. You did successfully take the elections and run with it. You now have to grab the challenge and bolt away with it.”“Liberia as a country, emerging from civil conflict needs football to reconcile and foster peace-building initiatives,” he said.Vice President Boakai meanwhile extolled the LFA ad the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the 5-year-multi-million dollars National Football Development Plan which offers a somber appraisal of the current state of affairs of football in the country and assured ‘Team Bility” of government’s support.“For us in government, we are in this boat together with you. The role of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in your activities should serve as testimony to that reality,” he said, “We stand firmly with you in the task of designing those innovative ways by which the required funding can be sourced for the Plan’s implementation.”Speaking on behalf of the 53rd National Legislature, the Chairman on House’s Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe assured the LFA of a huge budgetary allotment in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget, but said they would try in the 2014/2015 budget.Commercial Court Judge Eva Mappy Morgan installed Presidental Musa Bility with a Holy Qu’ran and the rest of the Executive members were installed with a Holy Bible for a four-year term.Those inducted included Musa Shannon, 1st vice president; Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr., 2nd vice president and Madam Ciata Bishop, female football representative, D. Sheba Brown, Rochell Woodson, Wallace Weiah,  Ansu Dulleh, Samuel Karn, John Allan Klayee, Matthew Smith and Uriah Glaybo.Unfortunately, Dee-Maxwell Kemayan, Sr and Cllr. T. C Gould were not in attendance. Also, outgoing 2nd Vice President Adolph Lawrence, Mustapha Raji, Sekou Konneh, Beatrice Mamie Kpoto, Cyrus Wright were not at the ceremony.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies’ staff says season was a big positive ahead of hosting Junior ‘B’ Provincials in 2018

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies won’t likely be making too many changes to the lineup over the summer, ahead of what will be a big 2017/2018 season for the club.The Huskies will be the hosts of the 2018 Alberta Junior B Provincial Championships next season, and will be focusing on the event that takes place in just over a year’s time.Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander says that though it was disappointing to have their season ended with a Game 7 loss to the North Peace Navigators in the NWJHL semi-finals, it was overall a very positive season. “I just think of how young the hockey club was this year and how responsive they were to certain situation that we put them in,” said Alexander. “The growth of the team with the skill level was fantastic. We worked really hard at making sure we were arming our guys with certain tools, and at the start of the year it definitely paid off. We have a lot more attention to skill development and developing the player than just running hardcore systems.” General Manager Jeremy Clothier agreed with Alexander, “Overall the season was fantastic. We had a few lapses with just being such a young team, but they learn quick. It’s one of the better teams that we’ve been involved with in the past six, seven years.”- Advertisement -This Spring, Clothier says that several of the team’s players will be heading to training camps put on by a number of Junior A teams after getting invitations, which is a huge positive.Clothier he added that the team will be looking at different strategies to be able to handle an extra month of hockey compared to this season, when they host provincials at the end of next March. “You’re looking at another month of hockey on the end, so just [looking at] some more, some better ways that we can keep our kids trained and healthy and in shape going forward throughout the summer and into the fall.”last_img read more

City holds first 2009 Budget Meeting

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John began discussions on the 2009 Budget Monday. The discussions began with a presentation from City Manager Diane Hunter which focused on the revenue side of the upcoming budget. One of the first announcements she made came from BC Assessments. For the 2009 tax year, everyone in the Province will see there taxes based on either the July 1st 2007 or July 1st 2008 assessment. The assessment that is used will be which ever one is lower. Council and the City Manager than began discussing some of the concerns raised near the end of the 2008 budget process. Diane Hunter says one of the main concerns was the tax ratio between business and residential property. [asset|aid=642|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5d41234104c35109f85969a19bacfd9f-Diane – Tax Ratios_1_Pub.mp3] City Council decided to vote at the next council meeting whether or not to hire a Commissioner. Diane recommended a Commissioner look into the cities current tax ratios. [asset|aid=643|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a85c557b8c4f9c36f491e2c713eff70a-Diane – Commissioner_1_Pub.mp3] A Commissioner will most likely cost the city anywhere between $50,000 and $60,000. The city will access grants from the Northern Development Initiative to pay for the Commissioner. If council approves the staff recommendation on Monday, they hope to have a full report from the Commissioner by March 1, 2009.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Germany ‘played very badly’ in Mexico loss – Loew

first_img“In the first half we played very badly,” Loew said. “We weren’t able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective.”“In the second half we pressed more but Mexico dropped back,” he added.“We had a couple of shots on goal but somehow it seemed jinxed, the ball wouldn’t go in and sometimes we didn’t keep our cool with our finishing.“Tomorrow we have to look forward and put this behind us.”Germany have never failed to advance beyond the group stage at a World Cup, but Loew’s side must regroup quickly ahead of their next game against Sweden on June 23 in Sochi.“It’s disappointing to have lost the first match. It’s a situation we’re not used to at all. In many previous tournaments we’ve always won the first match but we have to accept it,” Loew said.“There can always be obstacles to overcome and we need to draw conclusions and be much better in the next match.”Germany had won their opening World Cup game at each of the previous seven editions, with their only prior loss in 18 appearances a 2-1 reverse against Algeria at the 1982 finals.“The team has experience dealing with losses. It goes without saying that the next match will be decisive for us, we have to win it.”“We will not change our gameplan. If we play out our ideas then we have players who are able to deliver,” Loew added.“We need to focus on our strong points, which we haven’t been able to do in our last couple of games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany coach Joachim Loew admits his World Cup holders ‘played badly’ © AFP / Yuri CORTEZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted the reigning World Cup champions were made to pay for a poor first half as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Mexico on Sunday.Hirving Lozano scored the only goal after 35 minutes in Moscow as Germany lost their opening game at a World Cup for the first time in 36 years.last_img read more

RI officials regret teen prison law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGeorge said he was strip-searched and spent the night in a cell with another teen. Though he didn’t have contact with older inmates, he wouldn’t shower because he was afraid of being near them. “They told me, `You’re going to spend some time with the big boys,”‘ George said, recounting a talk with police. “I was so stressed, I didn’t even know what was going to happen to me.” George is one of about 40 teenagers who have been jailed in the state prison under a new law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the court system. Billed as a way to save money, youth advocates, judges and the attorney general sounded the alarm early that the proposal might actually be more expensive, and could hurt children. Now, four months after the measure passed the Legislature, state officials admit their mistake: It’s unlikely to cut costs, it has created confusion in the court system and it is imprisoning teenage offenders who might have been sent home with their parents instead. State officials say it happened because the chain of people responsible for the proposal – who drew it up, signed off on it, forwarded it to lawmakers and voted it into law – never thoroughly researched it and ignored warnings. Now, they’re pointing fingers, and grappling with how to fix it. “Never underestimate the incompetence of government,” said Steven Brown, executive director of the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, who wants 17-year-old offenders back in juvenile courts. “I think there’s a lot of blame to go around.” Rhode Island is one of 14 states that try people under 18 in adult courts. Several of those are considering moving the age up. Besides Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin try 17-year-olds as adults, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina try 16-year-olds in adult courts, although Connecticut has raised the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for most offenses starting in 2010. Rhode Island’s problems began last fall when Republican Gov. Don Carcieri’s administration realized the state faced what became a $450 million deficit. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was asked to cut 11 percent from its budget, or $20 million. DCYF Director Patricia Martinez suggested in a memo to Carcieri that the state could save $4million by sending 17-year-olds to prison instead of the State Training School, where DCYF oversees young offenders. The average annual cost of keeping someone at the Training School is $98,000, compared with $40,000 in the state prison. But DCYF Deputy Director Jorge Garcia said in an interview that his staff thought the proposal wouldn’t pass so never consulted with prison officials. If they had, they would have learned 17-year-olds are put in protective custody, away from older, hardened inmates. That costs about $104,000 per year – a lot more than $40,000. At best, Garcia said he had a quick conversation with Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall. Wall cannot remember that talk, his spokeswoman said. Carcieri’s office never consulted prison officials about the change, either, assuming DCYF had already checked, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said. Lawmakers on the powerful House Finance Committee are responsible for reviewing Carcieri’s budget. Rep. Carol Mumford, a Republican, said reviewing a $7 billion budget is an enormous undertaking. “Picture five telephone books, that’s how high it is,” Mumford said, referring to the budget documents. “We frankly do read the budget, but there are idiosyncrasies in there that we do miss.” Her committee received repeated warnings from child advocates and prosecutors who argued that teenagers are better served by rehabilitation than incarceration. A Family Court judge testified that Carcieri’s staff had not consulted with the judiciary. Attorney General Patrick Lynch said he doubted the governor had even spoken with prison officials. Wall, the corrections director, never testified about the DCYF proposal. He later said the governor had not consulted him and he didn’t realize the proposal might pass. It did. College-bound teenagers arrested under the new law risk losing federal financial aid if convicted of a drug crime. Those looking for work will have to disclose a criminal record. If the 17-year-olds had been in Family Court, their records would be hidden from public view. Carcieri’s staff admits the original proposal was flawed, but the governor wants to see how much the policy costs before tinkering further, Neal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MISTAKE: Treating juveniles as adults in the system didn’t save money or rehabilitate. By Ray Henry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When 17-year-old Dennys George was arrested this summer, allegedly for carrying 10 grams of crack cocaine, he was taken handcuffed and shackled to the state prison’s high-security wing – not a juvenile facility. last_img

IS ALCOHOLISM TURNING INTO AN EPIDEMIC HERE IN IRELAND?

first_imgOn average, 1000 Irish people die every year as a result of alcohol consumption based on a new study done by the Health Research Board.The new study also showed that in 2014, Irish people consumed 11 litres of pure alcohol. As stated by the Irish Times this is equivalent to 116 bottles of wine, 445 pints of beer or 29 litres of vodka.The report by the Health Research Board expressed that Ireland’s alcohol abuse dilemma is responsible for nearly 10% of the health budget every year.Ireland are fourth in the OECD for the heaviest drinkers, the alcohol consumption is also responsible for three deaths a day here in Ireland and also was related to 17,000 hospital discharges in 2013. The most shocking statistic taken from the report is that 1 in 3 cases of self-harm in 2014 was related back to alcohol, also alcohol is to blame for over 160,000 assaults every year on this island.IS ALCOHOLISM TURNING INTO AN EPIDEMIC HERE IN IRELAND? was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alcohol consumptionhealth research boardIrish Timeslast_img read more

TD McGINLEY WELCOMES GRANT SCHEME FOR SEPTIC TANK UPGRADES

first_imgDONEGAL TD Dinny McGinley has today welcomed the announcement by Minister Phil Hogan that a grant scheme is being established to provide financial assistance to householders who need to upgrade their septic tanks or waste water treatment systems.“Septic tank inspections are due to get underway in the New Year, and this announcement that grants are to be made available for remedial works will provide extra reassurance to householders,” said Junior Minister McGinley.“Despite consistent scaremongering from Opposition and others about the cost of repairs, the reality is that the vast majority of septic tanks will pass inspections. But for the minority of those that do require remedial works, this grant will be of great assistance. “Grants of up to €4,000 will be made available to householders who need to upgrade their treatment systems.“This will go a considerable way to ensuring that the remedial works will not place undue financial pressure on the householders involved. Domestic tanks and other waste water systems should be registered by February 1st next; and it is important to add that only householders who register their systems will be eligible for a grant.“The majority of septic tanks are working well, but those that aren’t pose a threat to our drinking water supplies. Ensuring we have effective waste water treatment systems is essential for the environment and for our economy. Protecting groundwater is not only important for local communities; having a reliable water supply is crucial when trying to attract high value industries such as pharmaceuticals and ICT.“Minister Hogan gave a commitment last year to introduce a grant scheme for septic tank owners. Today’s announcement will be of particular benefit to lower income families. Households with an income of less than €50,000 will be able to apply for up to 80% of the cost of remedial works. “People living in rural areas fully understand the importance of protecting our water supplies. This new inspection regime will not only enhance our water supplies, it will have a positive effect on the tourism, recreation, agricultural and food-producing sectors, all of which rely on clean water.“If you have not yet registered your septic tank, you can go to www.ProtectOurWater.ie. More than 290,000 have already registered their systems, and I would encourage any householders in Donegal who have not done so, to register their tank without delay.”Inspections will be based on a national inspection plan currently being finalised by the Environmental Protection Agency.Owners of domestic waste-water treatments systems need to:· Know where their septic tank is located · Operate and maintain the system so it is fit for purpose and fully operational· Ensure the system does not pollute the environment by discharging/leaking waste anywhere it is not suppose to ie. Into the ground or any water source ;· Ensure that roof water or surface water run-off cannot enter a domestic waste water treatment system;· De-sludge the system at intervals appropriate to the tank capacity and the number of persons resident in the premises connected to it or as recommended by the system’s manufacturer. TD McGINLEY WELCOMES GRANT SCHEME FOR SEPTIC TANK UPGRADES was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dinny McGinleyPhil HoganTD McGINLEY WELCOMES GRANT SCHEME FOR SEPTIC TANK UPGRADESlast_img read more

Trojans pose constant threat

first_img USC overcame its second straight slow start with a 35-point second half to get by the Sun Devils in its second consecutive road game against a ranked opponent. “We were never nervous,” USC quarterback Matt Leinart told reporters after the game. “I guess when it gets 21-3 you start thinking you should put some points on the board.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In terms of margin of victory, this easily was the Trojans’ worst game. But in terms of perception, it might have been their most impressive. If USC’s offense showed how prolific it could be against Hawaii and Arkansas, it has shown how demoralizing it can be to solid opponents the past two weeks. Against Oregon, the Trojans were dominated for more than 20 minutes but wiped out a 13-point deficit with three quick drives and scored on seven possessions in a row to record a 45-13 victory. Against Arizona State, the Trojans overcame an entire half of Sun Devils dominance and an 18-point deficit with an offense that gained momentum throughout the second half and was stopped only by the clock in the fourth quarter. “You could feel it,” Carroll said. “Once the tide turned, the productivity, urgency and energy was even greater.” More impressively, the Trojans bucked convention and rallied from the large deficit with their running game instead of relying on the pass. LenDale White and Reggie Bush combined for 355 rushing yards and four touchdowns and showed that USC’s greatest offensive asset might be its ability to strike quickly from any facet of its repertoire. Washington State coach Bill Doba noted at the Pacific-10 Conference’s preseason media day that being an opposing coach with a lead over USC always has made him nervous because he spends that time waiting for the other shoe to drop. Arizona State can commiserate with Doba after its 38-28 loss to the two-time defending champions on Saturday. center_img “They didn’t try anything fancy in the second half,” Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said. “They just ran two tailbacks at us.” Matt Leinart failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second game in his career as a starter. USC punted four times in the first quarter and doubled its punt total through its first three games. But the Trojans still managed to score 38 points and record the win. “These are games you like being in,” White said, “because it defines character and defines a champion.” After defeating Florida 31-3, Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle calmly stated, “This is exactly where we thought we’d be.” Few others could say they thought the same. In one afternoon, Alabama vaulted itself from nationally unnoticed to national-title contender with a smothering performance that rocked conventional notions of the SEC. Florida had positioned itself as an SEC front-runner with two dominant nonconference victories and an impressive conference win over preseason favorite Tennessee. But the Gators were swept under by the first wave of the Crimson Tide and never resurfaced. Alabama scored on its opening play from scrimmage and four of its first five possessions to take a 24-3 halftime lead. Alabama needed only four plays on offense to score its first 14 points. “There is a big difference between being ready and being prepared,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “And we got beat by a team that was better prepared.” Alabama is one of two unbeaten teams in the SEC. It would only face the other, Georgia, if both teams reached the SEC title game in December. College football’s major conferences won’t have to worry about a non-BCS school crashing their postseason. The last unbeaten “mid-major,” UTEP, lost 27-20 to Memphis when Tigers back DeAngelo Williams ran 3 yards to break a 20-20 tie with 51 seconds left. Walter Hammerwold can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at walter.hammerwold@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more