Cooper Cronk-Luke Keary combination fires to help Roosters to victory over Sharks

first_imgIt has always had the characteristics of a match made in heaven and the combination clicked into gear perfectly on Friday night to ruthlessly put Cronulla to the sword 28-10.With an aerial target like Blake Ferguson and a lethal sweep runner like James Tedesco to throw into the mix, the blueprint for a premiership contender was finally rolled out by Trent Robinson’s men.MATCH CENTRE: Sharks v RoostersThat’s not to say they’re the finished article, far from it. But the ease with which they were able to pull apart a tough defensive side like the Sharks out of shape with Cronk’s kicks and Keary’s ability to get outside his man two passes wide of the ruck showed they’ll be a handful for anyone when they’re on.Perhaps the best example of the Roosters’ threat with ball in hand was a try to Tedesco oin the 51st minute.With the Sharks’ defensive line back oin its heels, the ball was spread quickly wide to the right, with long passes from Jake Friend and then Cronk arriving with a charging Keary, who straightened as Cronulla’s left edge slid sideways, before shifting it on to his fullback.Poor old Trent Hodkinson didn’t have a chance as Tedesco stepped off his right foot and straightened into a big hole.The Latrell Mitchell conversion gave the Roosters an 18-point lead with less than half an hour ago and from that point on they were in cruise control.While Keary was the creative dynamo on the edges, Cronk was the architect of the earlier onslaught with the two-time Dally M Medal winner finishing sets with inch perfect kicks to put the Sharks on the back foot.Then, when the time was right to put the squeeze on, Ferguson put his hand up on the right wing and Cronk’s kicks on top of Sharks winger Sosaia Feki’s head gave the towering Origin rep a better than even money chance.Twice in the first half Ferguson’s aerial work ended in tries to his inside man Ryan Matterson, first in the 21st minute when the kick went to ground and the ball landed in his path, and second on the stroke of half-time when Ferguson rose above Feki to catch the ball before lobbing a beautiful pass back to his centre who went over untouched.While Cronulla had their moments and twice threatened to mount comebacks when Valentine Holmes scored in the corner, the Roosters halves always gave off a sense of control and ultimately they had too much class.THE REPORTSydney Roosters’ forwards have dominated Cronulla’s representative pack to lay the platform for a 28-10 NRL victory on Friday night.Comprehensively beaten by the Warriors big men last week, the Tri-colours bounced back to nullify the impact of the Sharks’ forwards at Southern Cross Group Stadium.Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary kicked twice for tries, leaving a James Tedesco show-and-go in the second-half as the only try that didn’t come off the boot.But the stars of the night were the Roosters’ pack, who gave Cronk and halves partner Keary the field position to be at their clinical best.Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Boyd Cordner both topped 145m, nullifying the output of Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita who rallied late.After Cronk got the Roosters moving with a kick for Ryan Matterson in the 20th minute to score, he landed the knockout blow before the break when he again booted the ball across field for the second-rower.Keary also contributed with a grubber for Joesph Manu midway through the opening half, setting up the 18-6 half-time lead before Tedesco crossed after the break.The five-eighth then finished the job with another perfectly placed for winger Reece Robinson on full-time.Cronulla’s loss was soured by a serious head knock to bench hooker James Segeyaro after he collided with Cronk’s knee while trying to charge down a kick.Matt Moylan was easily the Sharks’ best in the first half after he was shifted to fullback for the injured Josh Dugan, while Valentine Holmes crossed twice on the right wing.Moylan is the third fullback the Sharks have used in five matches. He set up three line breaks and had one of his own before the break, and also threw a cut-out ball for Holmes’ first try.- with AAPlast_img read more

Two clubs of Valencia leave the Agrupació by “servilismo” to Anil

first_img“I will recommend good investments for the owner, not because today is Friday and I want to earn on Monday, but because I want the owner to have a sustainable investment and sales model for the next two or three years” (The Athletic Magazine 27-1 -2020).These words are in the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us, those who made this club we love respected. If in the APV they feel comfortable with a management model that has made the VCF a means and not an end, that they know, although surely they would already imagine it, that they will not count on us. We believe that they are contributing to whiten those who have come to the club to serve and not to serve.Therefore, we prefer to put land in between and separate our path from the APV. It is a painful decision, but we believe that acts like the aforementioned besamanos do not help, precisely, to defend the Valencian fan. They do not represent us and shame us deeply.We will not participate in this legitimization and we encourage those who are unhappy with this way of proceeding to act in conscience. The VCF deserves an APV that does not act as a transmission belt, as if it were the vertical union, of those who humiliate us continuously with their contempt. When this subservience disappears, we hope to re-integrate into it.Any small action to manifest discontent counts. The machinery to generate Meriton disaffection feeds on the resignation of the fan to face him (In life, not everything is money). We will always try to be, to the extent of our modest weight in the social mass of the club, in the solution that will one day allow our team to stop being a mere branch of an international soccer transactions agency.In the meantime, we will try to do the opposite of what Murthy wants, which is that we stop before the damage inflicted on the VCF. Amunt! The directives of both clubs have made their decision following the Visit of President Anil Murthy on February 13 to the Agrupació de Penyes del Valencia (APV), a meeting that they describe as “besamanos organized by the APV”. “We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of those who, among other excesses and disrespect, make claims that they are at the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us.”Statement from the VCF Sud and Puçol ClubsThis is a statement that we would never have wanted to write, but the kisser organized by the APV to the most infamous president that our club has had in its history has made us decide to take the step of leaving this coordinator of fans.If we have previously shown our disagreement with the follow-up that, by action or omission, made the APV of Meriton’s decisions, the colonial scenography to which they lent themselves at the meeting on Thursday, February 13 with Murthy now produces a huge rejection. We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of whom, among other excesses and disrespect, affirms the following: The sports crisis in which Valencia de Celades is immersed in recent weeks and the social crisis in which the club lives since summer has also reached the heart of the Agrupació de Penyes. Two Valencian clubs, specifically VCF Sud and Puçol, hometown of the Pep Claramunt myth, have issued a statement announcing their departure from the Agrupació de Penyes for their “servility” to the management of Peter Lim and specifically to that of Anil Murthy, which they qualify as the “most infamous president” of the centennial black and white history.last_img read more

The reasons that bring Mbappé closer to and away from Madrid

first_imgMbappé remains the proper name in the short term in Madrid’s strategy. Contract ends in 2022 with PSG and is the footballer around whom Florentino Pérez wants to build a new project after the current generation has conquered four Champions in five seasons, three in a row with Zidane. The events derived from the coronavirus crisis are conditioning this Real Madrid strategy. The following are the reasons for and against Madrid in its purpose given the situation. -The PSG project loses muscle.The economic crisis is going to affect a lot of clubs built on the basis of a checkbook that do not have much base as a youth team or as a club. PSG is a tower of babel, a team made with a checkbook, and this crisis may affect it more with the flight of some players. This will affect your goal of finally winning the Champions League. Let us not forget that the purpose of Mbappé is to be seen in the maximum competition in order to win the Ballon d’Or one day. Madrid does provide that visibility. … AND WHICH REMOVES YOU– Madrid is due to its accounts.It is evident that the coronavirus crisis will not only affect PSG in this matter. It will also affect Madrid, which will also walk with lead feet on this issue. You wouldn’t get into doing any operation without perfectly clear numbers for one main reason. In Madrid (as in the other sports clubs, Barça, Athletic and Osasuna) it is the Board of Directors that is responsible for possible losses in the income statement. Madrid is not a bottomless pit and revenues are going to fall, it is not yet known how much.-The salary will be more adjusted.Madrid let Mbappé escape in the summer of 2017, when he already had him tied up (as revealed by the papers leaked by Football Leakes, as he slipped from Real Madrid himself, because he was asking, at 19 years old, a salary of 12 million net that broke Madrid’s salary scale. Currently Bale and Ramos are the ones that charge the most, 14.5 net. The French star now charges at PSG around 10 net … Madrid will not be able to give much more than that to a newcomer.-More money in advertising.-It may be that raising his salary is difficult for Madrid, But what it will give you is much more cache for advertising brands. Madrid is a reef, the best-known club on the planet, and all footballers take advantage of it. You will get more money in sponsors.center_img REASONS THAT BRING YOU CLOSER-PSG has stopped its renewal.Up to twice Mbappe has already rejected the PSG renewal proposals that have come to her father in the last two months. Now, curious, in the face of the first wave of the coronavirus tsunami and as reported by the French media, It is PSG itself who has stopped this proposal until the picture is clarified. Very positive for Madrid. Its main purpose is precisely that Mbappé does not renew to undertake his signing at the right time, when PSG is forced to sell it or let him go the following summer.-Al Khelaifi wants to cut wages.It is inevitable in all European football. The clubs have stopped making a lot of money, especially for television rights, and a drop in wages will be inevitable. Al Khelaifi has already slipped it. It is useless for PSG to have a state behind, Qatar, because the UIEFA and FIFA are very aware of the Financial Fair Play. The problem, moreover, is that Mbappé’s salary at PSG is not high, 20.8 million euros gross, since he signed when he was only 19 years old.last_img read more

Weir can pull off another surprise

first_imgWarren Weir is no stranger to pulling a surprise.In 2012, not many persons expected him to make Jamaica’s team to the Olympic Games in London much less win a bronze medal in the 200m there. He would later show it was no fluke with a silver medal upgrade at the World Championships in Moscow a year later.Two years later, Weir again finds himself in a position where not much is really expected of him, but, according to the 25-year-old sprinter, that’s just the way he likes it.To be fair, Weir has not had the best of seasons so far and, in fact, last year wasn’t exactly anything to shout about either. In fact, the sprinter has only posted one sub-20 seconds time in the 200m since the start of last season and has not looked anything close to his 19.79 seconds calibre.Nonetheless, Weir says he is not too bothered with his form coming into these championships and revels in the opportunity to again prove his doubters wrong, as he gears up to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.”Whenever there is doubt towards me, it gives a platform to prove them wrong, and that gives you a boost and an energy to strive towards that, and I have definitely been proving people wrong since day one,” said Weir yesterday. “I’m just looking forward to the competition and to putting together a good performance for myself and my country.TOUGH INDIVIDUAL”I am a tough individual. I am very focused and it doesn’t matter what’s happening around me, I will definitely go for what is out there and I wont let any other person’s times get me scared. I always do my best and try to get on the podium,” added a defiant Weir.The sprinter pointed to a knee issue after the Commonwealth Games last year and another setback ahead of this year’s New York Diamond League as reasons for his flat months but believes he has enough in him to make an impression inside the Bird’s Nest.”It’s not so much of a concern because it’s not like I had only one sub-20 time while being injury free. I have had a lot of injuries so I’m not worried about it. I know when everything is fixed we will see a lot more sub-20s,” Weir said. “I’d like to think that I am at a good enough place where I can go out there and put on a wonderful performance after a long season … . It has been a bittersweet season, but I’m sticking there.”Weir may not always get the respect he deserves, but in times of trouble he almost always seem to answer all the questions around him.”Respect is earned, but sometimes even when you deserve it a lot of people don’t show you that respect. I know that I am respected in some areas of the sport so I’m good with that. Respect is being shown from the people who need to show it,” said Weir.Another medal at a major championships will not only again defy the odds, but may also take his respect to greater heights.andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

AG chambers admit Deputy Solicitor was targeted

first_imgThe Legal Affairs Ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers has defended its decision to fire the Deputy Solicitor, Prithima Kissoon, and claims she mishandled a number of key Government cases, including a case related to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Former Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima KissoonShe was the subject of a 15-month long investigation by the Legal Affairs Ministry. Kissoon broke her silence and accused Attorney General Basil Williams of a whole host of workplace atrocities, causing her to lodge a formal complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) in January of this year.She was handed a termination letter six hours before the life of the Commission came to an end on August 31, without that constitutional body looking into the complaint.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, in his defence of the firing of Kissoon in a public missive, has since accused her of bungling numerous high profile cases, in addition to other acts of dereliction of duty and insubordination.Attorney General, Basil WilliamsThe Ministry confirmed that the Deputy Solicitor was targeted in an investigation from November 2015 to January 2017, “after it was discovered that Ms Kissoon, who was tasked with the responsibility of conducting cases of grave importance to the State’s interest, had committed several breaches and violations under the rules and regulations of the Public Service Commission.”The Ministry contends the breaches include improper preparation and drafting of legal documents, disobeying instructions, failing to attend court in several critical matters, gross dishonesty in official dealings, improper conduct and dereliction of duties.The Attorney General’s Chambers in the statement on Friday said that Minister Williams blames Kissoon for not being present in court for key cases as well as misleading himself and others over the matter.Kissoon broke her silence this week, as the very public spat between the Attorney General and her came to a crossroads on the August 31, 2017.Lamenting the situation, the now former Deputy Solicitor General in her now public statement said, “A new PSC will convene and the complaint against the Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, SC will never have been addressed.”According to Kissoon, “my good name has been filched, my character assassinated, my career that I worked so hard to build in the public service for the past 10 years lays shattered at my feet but my integrity and ethics are rock solid.last_img read more

Is troubled housing getting even worse?

first_imgBUILDING: Drop in number of new homes may signal wider problems for the economy, analysts say. By Martin Crutsinger THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Construction of new homes plunged to the lowest level in 14 years in September as turmoil in credit markets intensified the problems in the housing industry. Consumer prices, meanwhile, rose at the fastest pace in four months, reflecting higher energy and food costs. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that construction of new homes fell 10.2 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.191 million units. The decline was more than double the 4.2 percent drop that analysts had been expecting, and it pushed activity down to the lowest level since March 1993. Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that consumer prices rose by 0.3 percent in September, slightly more than the 0.2 percent that analysts expected as energy prices rose after three straight declines and food costs shot up at the fastest pace since June. Core inflation, excluding energy and food, remained tame, though, rising by 0.2 percent, in line with expectations. Analysts said the bigger-than- expected drop in housing construction could be signaling that the housing downturn, already the worst in 16 years, may be headed for bigger troubles. Housing activity is 30.8 percent below the level of a year ago. Asked whether the housing slump could push the country into a recession, President Bush told a news conference that “I feel good about many of the economic indicators” and said his administration was working to help homeowners deal with rising mortgage delinquencies. “When you got more houses than you got buyers, the price tends to go down. And we’re going to have to work through the issue,” Bush said. But private economists were not as certain that the steep housing slump will not cause a recession. “The contraction in housing is transitioning from an average downturn to among the worst in the post-World War II history,” said Michael Gregory, an economist with BMO Capital Markets. Many economists expect housing will trim growth by more than a full percentage point in the current quarter, but they believe the country will avoid an outright downturn because the Fed, which cut rates for the first time in four years in September, will cut rates again should further weakness develop. 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

Wendy’s without burgers?

first_img Wendy’s revenue for 2005 rose 4 percent to $3.78 billion in 2004. But sales at Wendy’s locations open at least one year, a key measure of retail performance, fell 3.7 percent last year. It was the first such decline in 18 years. Analysts at Prudential Equity Group, which increased its price target on Wendy’s stock to $65, said the addition of the three new directors “could ultimately result in deeper, and quicker cost cuts at the core-Wendy’s brand. It also may increase the likelihood that Triarc eventually buys Wendy’s.” Peltz is chairman and chief executive of Triarc Cos., which franchises Arby’s fast-food restaurants. In a filing Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Trian and Sandell agreed to limits on the number of additional shares they can buy before June 30, 2007, and said they have no intention of controlling the company. Trian Fund Management holds 6.3 million shares of Wendy’s, or about 5.5 percent. Trian Partners, managed by Trian Fund, owns 2 million shares, or 1.8 percent, of Wendy’s stock. Sandell Asset Management, led by Swedish businessman Thomas Sandell, holds 3.9 million shares, about 3.4 percent of the company. As part of the agreement, Wendy’s agreed to spin off all of Tim Hortons by year’s end. Wendy’s previously had said it was not feasible to spin off the entire operation that fast. Wendy’s, which operates about 9,900 stores, first announced plans to sell a portion of Tim Hortons after urgings from another big shareholder, Pershing Square Capital Management LLC. As of Dec. 31, Pershing held about 1.3 million shares of Wendy’s, or 1 percent of the company. Tim Hortons Inc. estimates it will offer 29 million shares at $18 to $20 per share in the IPO, expected later this month. Wendy’s will own about 85 percent of Tim Hortons after the IPO. Peter Oakes, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, said the company likely will have to finish that spinoff before anyone buys the hamburger chain. “In my judgment, no one’s really going to be in a position to do that until Tim Hortons is sold off,” Oakes said. “At that juncture, it might be another discussion.” Separately, a group led by Peltz also plans to nominate five candidates to H.J. Heinz Co.’s 12-member board. The food company said Friday that Trian Partners wants to restrict the Heinz board from making any amendments to its bylaws that would prevent Trian from electing its nominees, but has not given the company further information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBUS, Ohio – Major shareholders are more likely to push Wendy’s to sell the third-largest hamburger chain now that they have succeeded in their demands to shake up the company, analysts say. At the least, analysts say, investors will demand improvements from a chain that has had lackluster sales in the past year. Wendy’s International Inc., based in suburban Dublin, said on Thursday it will speed up the spinoff of its Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughtnut chain, explore a sale or other alternatives for its underperforming Baja Fresh Mexican Grill unit and boost its board ranks with three new directors endorsed by a shareholder group. The decision amounted to a capitulation to pressure for better returns from billionaire investor Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management, which holds more than 7 percent of the restaurant chain’s stock, and Sandell Asset Management Corp., which owns more than 3 percent. The move sent Wendy’s shares to a record high. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm based in New York, said he believes investors will be aggressive about cutting costs, closing stores with weak sales and managing capital investments closely. They also could push for changes in management or the eventual sale of the hamburger chain, he said. “I know what Nelson Peltz is interested in is making money,” Davidowitz said. “Whatever way makes money for him and the shareholders, that’s what he’s going to do.” Wendy’s shares rose $2.10, or 3.6 percent, to close at $60.54 in trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch said the company could not speculate about what moves investors might propose in the future. “We trust our board of directors will make decisions in the best interest of our shareholders,” he said. last_img read more

INITIAL TESTS SUGGEST THERE REALLY COULD BE GOLD IN DONEGAL HILLS

first_imgThere really could be gold in the hills of Donegal after all!There could be plenty of gold in the hills of Inishowen.Irish exploration company Connemara Mining has identified a target area for more detailed investigations after finding material with gold values in Inishowen.The firm said that it has finished the first phase of prospecting on its newly acquired Inishowen block. The company said that quartz vein material with gold values in excess of 15 grams per tonne have been traced to a possible nearby source area.Follow up work will now include a soil sampling programme to further refine the target and will be followed by an initial trenching programme and a later drilling programme, if justified.Chairman John Teeling said: “This is an exciting time for Connemara, and Irish minerals exploration. The Ulster gold play was unlocked with previous discoveries in Tyrone and Monaghan.“We believe that this geology extends from Donegal into central Scotland. It is early days but initial results seem to confirm our working model.” INITIAL TESTS SUGGEST THERE REALLY COULD BE GOLD IN DONEGAL HILLS was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Coneemara MiningdonegalGoldInishowenlast_img read more

DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTS

first_imgSOME Co Donegal GAA referees may go on strike over ‘crazy’ payments for officiating at games.The Revenue Commissioners are insisting that new rules are implemented on payments – and Croke Park has agreed.Referees in several other counties including Longford and Wexford have threatened strike action and one in this county told donegaldaily.com: “That might just happen here too. The new system is a disaster. The reimbursement proposals are paltry.” In a document shown to donegaldaily.com on how the new Croke Park system, approved by the Revenue, will work says referees can claim 50 cent per mile plus a subsistence allowance of €13.71, up to a maximum of €40 (including mileage and subsistence).It followed meetings between the GAA and the Revenue as a result of which referees expenses were subject to reductions throughout the country.Meanwhile the Revenue has launched several investigations into payments going back several years. However Co Donegal does not feature in those.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily  DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTS was last modified: March 1st, 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:DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTSlast_img read more

Leinart is good at right time

first_img “I was off tonight,” Leinart said. “I have no excuses. I couldn’t get into a rhythm. I made some really dumb throws.” Leinart threw two interceptions for the first time since throwing two against Oregon State in 2003. SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A USC student rode across campus this week sporting a “Bring on Booty” T-shirt, referring to backup quarterback John David Booty. USC fans are not quite ready to replace Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart yet, but the senior played his worst game of the season Saturday against Notre Dame before scoring the winning touchdown with three seconds left. “Matt was just off,” offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. Leinart probably damaged his Heisman Trophy repeat aspirations, although even he acknowledged the dramatic victory overcame his poor game. “Everyone will forget that and remember those last two drives,” he said. Leinart completed three of five passes on USC’s next-to-last drive that saw the Trojans take a 24-21 lead on Reggie Bush’s 9-yard touchdown run. He was 2 for 4 on the final drive, but scored the winning touchdown on his quarterback sneak. “When you’re on the 1-yard line, it’s man on man,” Leinart said. “It’s get in the end zone or go home.” center_img Leinart appeared overcome with emotion as the game ended. “I was in shock,” he said. “I didn’t want to celebrate ’til the clock hit zero because who knows what can happen in three seconds. It was just a great game and I am still really speechless.” His teammates expressed support even though they couldn’t believe the close outcome. “I love Matt, he made a great play,” tailback LenDale White said. “But that game was beyond nervous. This was the tightest game ever.” There was speculation on NBC that Leinart would come out of the game after tailback LenDale White fell on Leinart’s helmet and he sought medical attention. Booty even started warming up. But USC doctors never considered taking him out of the game. “I got a knee in the back of helmet and cut my lip open but I wasn’t coming out,” Leinart said. Unlike in Oregon three weeks ago, when Leinart complained about a dry ball, or his concussion two weeks ago against Arizona State, he didn’t have excuses for a subpar effort against Notre Dame. “They played exactly like we thought they would,” Leinart said. “They did pressure us a little more than we thought and put pressure on me and that can get you off rhythm a little bit. I missed some easy throws that could have been big plays.” Something’s clearly amiss because Leinart spent Monday working with his personal coach, Steve Clarkson, during a private workout before USC’s practice. Clarkson urged Leinart to throw tighter passes and quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian said Leinart worried that deep balls were getting away from him. It will no doubt be a question again this week when the Trojans play Washington, although the Huskies are not expected to challenge USC like Notre Dame did. That won’t matter today, however, because Leinart savored the victory even if he wasn’t pleased with his performance. “I would imagine this will go down as one of the best games,” Leinart said. Added Bush: “Big-time players make big-time plays. I knew he could do it. These are the plays that are remembered forever. He’s our leader. He’s not going to give up.” 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