‘Old-school’ Wenger IS responsible for Arsenal’s injury problems and here’s why….

first_imgWorld-renowned fitness coach Raymond Verheijen says Arsene Wenger must be held responsible for Arsenal’s poor injury record.The Gunners have been blighted by injuries in recent seasons and are currently without EIGHT senior stars after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott joined the ever-growing casualty list at the north London club.Verheijen, who has worked with a host of leading clubs across Europe on the conditioning of players, has criticised Wenger’s training methods in the past – and he told talkSPORT on Thursday that the Frenchman’s ‘outdated’ approach is costing the club dear.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, the outspoken Dutchman said:  “If you look at the facts, what you see is that Arsenal are the number one by far in terms of injuries in the last decade in the Premier League.“In particular, you have this group of young players who are consistently injured for months, season after season. We are talking about Ramsey, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and also in the past Sagna, Van Persie and Fabregas.“Young players are getting injured every season for weeks or months and that is a very worrying pattern.“In the ’90s, Arsene Wenger came from France to England and he introduced revolutionary methods – methods that people were not familiar with yet in the UK. At that stage he was a revolutionary coach.“He has been applying those methods for ten, twenty years and when you apply the same methods for twenty years, at some stage people will catch you up and they will develop further and then they will be ahead of you. From a revolutionary coach, you have all of a sudden become an old-school coach because you stuck to methods from twenty years ago.“The main reason for injures in football is accumulation of fatigue because when you accumulate fatigue over time your brain has less control over your body and your coordination goes down and then you are vulnerable to injuries.“The question is: who is the main reason for fatigue? The main reason for the fatigue is the fitness football coach because he is responsible for the planning of training. Arsene Wenger is responsible for fatigue and injuries and the medical staff can only cure the problem.”last_img read more

‘Unprofessional’ Jack Grealish AXED from Aston Villa squad for Watford clash, confirms boss

first_img Jack Grealish Jack Grealish has been axed from Aston Villa’s squad for Saturday’s match against Watford as punishment for his off-field behaviour.The 20-year-old was pictured partying with friends last weekend following Villa’s 4-0 Premier League defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.Grealish, who has breached club discipline before, was ordered to train with the Under-21s by boss Remi Garde earlier this week.Now Garde has revealed that he will not consider the midfielder, who started against Everton, for selection this weekend.“He won’t be included in the squad for Watford,” said Garde.“(His actions) are not of the professional standard that I expect from my players. That is why Jack is training in the under-21 team.”Sometimes, players in every country ask to stay in the city where we are playing. It is not a problem for me, it can happen once or twice during a season.”The problem for me was not him not being on the bus.”He is not playing at the weekend and at this stage, I think that is enough.“Jack has got a lot of ability but he needs to improve his game and work at it.”Grealish was pictured earlier this year laid on his back in the street during a holiday in Tenerife, for which he was reprimanded by Villa.He has also been pictured partying in Marbella and seen inhaling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’, from a balloon in a photograph taken last year. 1last_img read more

‘Why not?’ Watford boss targeting FA Cup glory this season

first_img Quique Sanchez Flores Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s no reason why Watford can’t win the FA Cup this season.The Hornets have enjoyed an impressive return to the Premier League and, with confidence high, their manager is convinced they can enjoy a memorable year in the cup.Victory over Leeds at Vicarage Road on Saturday would book Watford a place in the quarter-finals and, when asked if his side could go all the way, Flores responded: “Why not? We have the feeling that we can do something interesting in this competition.“We pick good players, we play well, we haven’t been conceding goals which shows we are taking it seriously. “You need to focus just on the next game, we are now focused on Leeds.“We chose the right players, we respect the competition, we respect the fans and the history of the club so we will try and put our best team out. The fans want to go through to the next round.“We have a good opportunity, we are playing at home, we have the opportunity to play with our fans, we try to accept this challenge.”Watford are on 36 points in the league and all but certain to stay up, but, if Flores rings the changes for the Leeds clash, he says it will not be because he is taking the cup lightly.He said: “We are mixing well in both competitions, the league is our priority of course, but now we are able to play in the FA Cup and the focus is for that.“We have a squad of 25 players, they train very well and they all deserve to play. We have the confidence in these players.”Watford have never won the FA Cup, reaching the final in 1984 under Graham Taylor when they lost 2-0 to Everton.Flores added: “I can feel that the fans love this competition because everyone around football can feel how important this cup is in English football.“It is an amazing experience, so it is important to respect the competition and I would like to equal the experiences of the club in 1984 when they played in the final against Everton.“When I was living in Spain and other countries, always when I had the (FA Cup) final on you could feel the history. Even when I was younger, this unique match we could watch and it was amazing.” 1last_img read more

Celebrating Day of the Dead

first_imgFor example, in Yucatan it is known as Hanal Pixan, or the path of the soul through the essence of food. In the highlands of Michoacan, it is known as Jimbanqua, or the party honoring the people who died that year. In San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo and in the southern part of Oaxaca it is known as Xantolo. Whatever name is given, this is an ancestral tradition that blended with Catholicism to create a special time and space to honor loved ones by providing them an ofrenda, the fragrance of the flowers, the light of the candles, the aroma of special foods and the solemnity of prayers. It is also a time to make fun of death through calaveras, poetry allusive to a particular person, generally politicians; sugar, chocolate and amaranth skulls that are given to one another with their friends’ name so they can eat their own death; and special crafts allusive to different aspects of the living, with skeletons representing daily activities. Preparations start on the third week of October with the harvesting of the cempasuchitl flower, also known as the flower of the 20 petals or the flower of the dead. It is sold in the marketplace, or tianguis, where the family buys everything for the altar. They will place fruits, vegetables and special dishes prepared for the soul to enjoy the essence of the aroma of the food. On Nov. 1 in many towns, the ritual of the Vigil of the Little Angels takes place in the cemeteries, particularly in the islands of Janitzio and La Pacanda in Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Little girls dressed in satin blouses and colored skirts, white stockings and shiny shoes are the center of this ceremony. This is the way the tradition is passed down from generation to generation. On Nov. 2, the souls of the adults are honored in their homes with decorated altars. Each state has different styles, but all represent a place of spiritual communion. In many towns, the cemetery vigil lasts the whole night of Nov. 1. In others it is done during the day. Many combine prayers with the sounds of the trumpet playing a tune with a mariachi band. Ritualistic dances are also included in some celebrations. Day of the Dead is a time of reflection about the meaning of life and the mission one needs to fulfill. Death in many situations imparts a feeling of pain, particularly for those who do not know the purpose of their path on earth. For others, death is transcendence, transformation and resurrection. During the celebration of Day of the Dead all those feelings and beliefs come together in a season that brings to life the memory of the loved ones. Mary J. Andrade, author of Day of the Dead: A Passion for Life, wrote this column for Scripps Howard News Service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Mary J. Andrade In Mexico once a year, the living and the dead get to converse. Inspired by the belief that death is a transition from one life to another, during the last days of October and the first days of November, they chat. The occasion: the country’s Day of the Dead celebration. Differing from the Roman Catholic-imposed ritual to commemorate the widely celebrated All Souls’ Day, the custom established by pre-colonial Mexican civilizations blends indigenous and Catholic beliefs. It’s a happy and colorful celebration where death takes a lively, friendly expression. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Indigenous people believed that souls did not die. They continued living in a special place called Mictlan. There the spirits rested until the day they could return to their homes to visit their relatives. Before the Spaniards arrived, the natives celebrated the return of the souls between the months of July and August. The Spaniards changed the festivities to Nov. 2 to coincide with All Souls’ Day of the Catholic Church. Now two celebrations honoring the memory of deceased loved ones take place: On Nov. 1, the souls of the children are honored with special designs in the altars, using the color white on flowers and candles. On Nov. 2, the souls of the adults are remembered with a variety of rituals. The Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day, is referred to differently in some of the states. last_img read more

Comcast admits delaying, but not blocking, traffic

first_imgNEW YORK – Comcast Corp. on Tuesday acknowledged “delaying” some subscriber Internet traffic but said any roadblocks it puts up are temporary and intended to improve surfing for other users. The statement was a response to an Associated Press report last week that detailed how the nation’s largest cable company was interfering with file sharing by some of its Internet subscribers. The AP also found that Comcast’s computers masqueraded as those of its users to interrupt file-sharing connections. Internet watchdog groups denounced Comcast’s actions, calling it an example of the kind of abuse that could be curbed with “Net Neutrality” legislation. It would require Internet providers to treat all traffic equally – as has largely been the case historically. Comcast has repeatedly denied blocking any Internet application, including “peer-to-peer” file-sharing programs such as BitTorrent, which the AP used in its nationwide tests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Tuesday, Mitch Bowling, senior vice president of Comcast Online Services, added a nuance to that statement, saying that while Comcast might block initial connection attempts between two computers, it eventually lets the traffic through if the computers keep trying. “During periods of heavy peer-to-peer congestion, which can degrade the experience for all customers, we use several network-management technologies that, when necessary, enable us to delay – not block – some peer-to-peer traffic. However, the peer-to-peer transaction will eventually be completed as requested,” Bowling said. The explanation is not inconsistent with the AP’s tests. In one case, a BitTorrent file transfer was squelched, apparently by messages generated by Comcast, only to start 10 minutes later. Other tests were called off after about five minutes, while the transfers were still stifled. Comcast’s statement did not mollify Markham Erickson, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Open Internet Coalition, a group that counts Google Inc. and eBay Inc. among its supporters. “What applications work, what don’t, and at what speeds? Only Comcast really knows,” he said. “Comcast is making arbitrary bandwidth allocation decisions slowing use of basic (programs) without being clear to consumers what they really get when they buy a broadband connection.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation confirmed the AP’s findings with its own tests – including spotting forged messages sent by Comcast’s computers to shut down connections. While BitTorrent connections might eventually resume after being shut down by Comcast, other file-sharing programs such as Gnutella could be more severely affected by the interference, preventing any kind of upload, said Peter Eckersley, staff technologist at the online civil-liberties group. “Characterizing that as delaying traffic I think is … a stretch. What they are doing is spoofing traffic or jamming traffic,” Eckersley said. “I think they are trying to create as much confusion about this story as they can because they’ve done something really scurrilous and out of line for an ISP.” Applications such as BitTorrent and Gnutella are often used to illegally share copyrighted files. Recently, however, several companies have started using BitTorrent to distribute legal files. However, users also reported Comcast blocking some transfers of e-mails with large attachments through an application that is fully in the legal sphere: Lotus Notes, an IBM Corp. program used in corporate settings. Kevin Kanarski, a network engineer for a major law firm, noticed the disruption in August and eventually traced the problem to Comcast. But he got the cold shoulder from the company’s customer support department. On Tuesday, Bowling acknowledged the problem, saying it was unintentional and because of a software bug that has been fixed. Kanarski said transfers started working again last week. “These are the kinds of software bugs you get when you have ISPs messing around with hacking techniques to get some applications running on their networks and not others,” said EFF’s Eckersley, who is himself a Comcast subscriber. “The bottom line is that if ISPs start regularly engaging in conduct like this, then kids in their dorm rooms or small startup companies that are trying to develop innovative new uses of the Internet are going to have to come and get permission from players like Comcast to get their protocols working properly,” Eckersley said. “That kind of veto over innovation would be very bad news.”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

L.A. Auto Show will have something for everyone

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Such as the fascination with vehicles powered by electricity rather than gasoline or diesel fuel. The first show featured two electric models, and an ad for the 1909 show proclaimed, “The sensation of the show is the Detroit Electric Runabout.” This year, one of the first orders of business will be announcing the 2008 Green Car of the Year. For years, the show was held in early January, and it suffered a bit prestige-wise because several other big shows preceded it. Last year, organizers got to double dip. There were shows here at the beginning and end of 2006, the last being touted as the 100th anniversary show. This year, the show was pushed forward two weeks, with the meat of the schedule set for Thanksgiving week. “The new show dates provide a great new activity for families to enjoy over the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend,” said Andy Fuzesi, the show’s general manager. He’s been involved with the show for four decades, starting as a teenager selling programs on the weekend. Hard to believe, but Los Angeles’ love affair with automobiles turned 101 this year. The celebration starts Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center and runs for 10 days. A lot has changed since that Monday night in January 1907 when then-Mayor Arthur C. Harper flipped a switch to illuminate 10,000 bulbs hanging at Morley’s Grand Avenue Rink downtown and start the first Los Angeles Auto Show. And some things never change. “That’s what we wanted,” he said of the holiday date. “With other auto shows, it’s been a boom in attendance because people are out doing stuff.” But competition abounds, too, since the week is prime vacation time for many, professional and college sports schedules are packed and it’s the start of the Christmas shopping season. “The earlier date might be a little bit difficult, but then again it might work,” said Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Folks who come here from out of town to visit family might find the show a good option. And on Black Friday, which kicks off the holiday shopping season, the eager shoppers can hit the stores and the car lovers can hit the show. The earlier date also offers more cachet by making Los Angeles the first stop of auto shows. One thing is a given, though. It will be a 10-day ogle fest for car lovers because there will be plenty to look at, from the mild to the wild. And there will be a record number of vehicles making either their North American or world debuts. On the mild side, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 five-door hatchback makes its debut. The company boasts of “excellent fuel economy and bold new looks.” And it says the Aveo5 will be the most affordable car in the United States with standard features that include OnStar and a higher-output 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine. Italian manufacturer Lamborghini has the wild side covered. It’s bringing over the Reventon with a $1.4million sticker price. Not surprisingly, the Reventon is the most extreme Lamborghini ever built. The faceted design seems inspired by the Lockheed F-117 stealth fighter. It’s built largely of carbon fiber with a V-12 engine that kicks out 650horsepower. The four-wheel-drive system will accelerate from zero to 60mph in 3seconds with a top speed in excess of 210mph. Here are some highlights. There will be world premieres from Audi, Dodge, Chrysler, Lincoln, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. The North American debuts will come from Audi, Bentley, Chevrolet, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Jaguar, Kia, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Spyker, Volkswagen and Volvo. Audi, Buick, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Suzuki, Volvo and Volkswagen are rolling out concept vehicles. There will be an expanded selection of hybrids from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Saturn and Toyota. Show organizers said this year’s version is the most diverse ever, from the most fuel-efficient and smallest to the most expensive and powerful vehicles ever built. Most world debuts are kept under wraps until the splashy unveiling. But Hyundai already announced that it’s bringing a sports car concept vehicle to town. Ferrari is also going to debut the lightweight 430 Scuderia. And while there is no overall theme this year, the show will definitely have a green tint to it despite all the exotics. “Clearly, what has become important in the last year and will be ever more so is the rise of alternative-fuel vehicles and a lot more hybrids. That’s what you will see in the industry,” Fuzesi said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want 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

VW NAME DONEGAL GARAGE ‘DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR’

first_imgPictured at the Volkswagen Awards event in Druids Glen are Kerrill ODonnell, S&R Motors; Simon Elliot, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Ireland and John Donegan, Head of Sales & Marketing, VolkswagenA CO Donegal garage is celebrating after being named ‘Dealership of the Year’.S&R Motors in Donegal won the gong for outstanding contribution to Volkswagen in 2012.Securing the number one spot for the first time in the history of the Volkswagen brand in Ireland demanded a considerable team effort and a collective raising of the bar throughout the Volkswagen network. This collective excellence was evident in the standard of Diamond & Gold Pin winners with Kevin Connolly of Connolly Motor Group in Sligo and Ballina securing Diamond with Gerard Sheehy of Sheehy Motors in Naas & Carlow, John Beecher of Blackwater Motors in Cork and Paul Burke the newly appointed Operations Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars all recognised for their individual contribution to the success of the Volkswagen brand in Ireland with the Gold Pin Award.Other Dealerships recognised on the night included; Tom Harvey (After Sales Dealer of the Year), Brady’s Arva (Commercial Vehicle Retailer of the Year) and Connolly’s Ballina (Volkswagen Bank Retailer of the Year).Commenting on the individuals and dealerships recognised, Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Ireland said: “Recognising individual and collective achievement is such a positive and worthwhile endeavor, and the standard set by our 2012 winners demonstrates perfectly Volkswagens commitment to excellence and the need to continually benchmark ourselves against our peers both in Ireland and in Europe. 2013 looks like it will be a challenging year for the motor industry but we at Volkswagen Ireland can look forward with confidence thanks to the excellent people that make up our dealership network and Group headquarters.  VW NAME DONEGAL GARAGE ‘DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR’ was last modified: February 19th, 2013 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:VW NAME DONEGAL GARAGE ‘DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR’last_img read more

Liverpool’s fixtures revealed for the 2016-17 Premier League season

first_img Scroll down to see all of Liverpool’s 2016-17 Premier League matches 1 13/08/2016    15:00    Arsenal (a)20/08/2016    15:00    Burnley (h)27/08/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (a)10/09/2016    15:00    Leicester City (h)17/09/2016    15:00    Chelsea (a)24/09/2016    15:00    Hull City (h)01/10/2016    15:00    Swansea City (a)15/10/2016    15:00    Manchester United (h)22/10/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (h)29/10/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace (a)05/11/2016    15:00    Watford (h)19/11/2016    15:00    Southampton (a)26/11/2016    15:00    Sunderland (h)03/12/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (a)10/12/2016    15:00    West Ham United (h)13/12/2016    19:45    Middlesbrough (a)17/12/2016    15:00    Everton (a)26/12/2016    15:00    Stoke City (h)31/12/2016    15:00    Manchester City (h)02/01/2017    15:00    Sunderland (a)14/01/2017    15:00    Manchester United (a)21/01/2017    15:00    Swansea City (h)01/02/2017    20:00    Chelsea (h)04/02/2017    15:00    Hull City (a)11/02/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (h)25/02/2017    15:00    Leicester City (a)04/03/2017    15:00    Arsenal (h)11/03/2017    15:00    Burnley (a)18/03/2017    15:00    Manchester City (a)01/04/2017    15:00    Everton (h)05/04/2017    20:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (h)08/04/2017    15:00    Stoke City (a)15/04/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (a)22/04/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace (h)29/04/2017    15:00    Watford (a)06/05/2017    15:00    Southampton (h)13/05/2017    15:00    West Ham United (a)21/05/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough (h)last_img read more

Football is back! 12 great pictures from pre-season friendlies

first_img 5. But Mourinho didn’t like everything he saw… – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 7. Arjen Robben scored a goal against Lippstadt as Bayern won 4-3 – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 12 12 12 12 3. Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his debut and looked in good form – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 12 11. Joelinton rounds Asmir Begovic to finish off a lovely team move which handed Rapid Vienna a 1-0 lead over Chelsea – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 4. Andreas Pereira seemed delighted with his goal, while Will Keane opened the scoring – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 10. Levent Aycicek celebrates scoring the only goal as 1860 Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at the Stadion an der Gruenwalder Strasse – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 12 12 1. Jose Mourinho took charge of his first match as Manchester United manager against Wigan – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 12 12 12 2. He sat down with his new backroom staff as the Red Devils won 2-0 – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 9. Franck Ribery was also in action – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… Euro 2016 may have ended just six days ago but some of Europe’s top clubs are already in action as they prepare for the new campaign.We’re not going to lie, it’s been a long week and while Celtic’s defeat to Lincoln Red Imps whetted our whistle, it’s been good to guzzle on some more action this Saturday.Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were just some of the sides on show with debutants and academy stars looking to show fans and managers what they’re made of.And they provided a glimpse of what the 2016/17 season could look like. So to see the best of the picture from the day, click the right arrow above… 12 8. But the Dutchman also went off injured – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 6. Carlo Ancelotti is in charge at Bayern Munich – and his eyebrow game is still on point! – Click the right arrow above for more pictures… 12 12. The Blues conceded a second eight minutes from time, as Antonio Conte lost his first game as manager of the West London clublast_img read more

USC coach already thinking about next season

first_img He acknowledged there wasn’t much information needed regarding Bush, who figures as one of the top selections in next April’s draft, if not No. 1, if he goes in that direction. “I have to talk to him, make sure he’s right for that,” Carroll said. The performance of Vince Young in the Rose Bowl could alter previous drafting plans should the Texas quarterback decide to pass up his final year of eligibility and go pro. “Vince Young’s stock couldn’t go higher,” Carroll said. “He has to rethink his decision.” Young passed for 267 yards and rushed for another 200 against USC. He capped his night by scoring the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run with 19 seconds remaining and then running for a two-point conversion. “I was worried about this the whole time, I really was,” Carroll said. “He’s so much faster than anybody who plays his position. He’s a much better passer than he was a year ago. I didn’t know if we’d be able to tackle him. He doesn’t go down. “There’s never been a quarterback like that. Nobody’s ever been that big, that fast, that strong. And he’s got a great arm, too. He’s an extraordinary prospect.” USC went 48-4 under Carroll the past four seasons one of the most impressive runs in college football history. The Trojans’ run of 34 straight victories also ranks near the top. Oklahoma’s 47-game winning streak from 1953-57 is the longest among Division I-A programs in the modern era. Toledo, a midlevel school, won 35 straight from 1969-71 but wasn’t in the national championship mix. Miami also won 34 in a row, from 2000-03. USC entered the Rose Bowl with only 10 seniors listed on its two-deep depth chart. So, even with the likely early departures, the Trojans will have plenty of talent and experience returning next season. Third-year sophomore John David Booty and freshman Mark Sanchez will compete for the starting quarterback job. Booty was considered one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country in 2002, and Sanchez was in the same boat two years later. Among the possibilities at tailback, should Bush and White leave, are Hershel Dennis, Michael Coleman, Desmond Reed and Chauncey Washington. And that doesn’t include any incoming freshmen. Dennis started in 2003 ahead of then-freshmen Bush and White. The returning wide receiver corps, led by first-team All-American Dwayne Jarrett, is outstanding, as is the offensive line, including tight end. The defense, young and often hurt this season, should be significantly better if for no other reason than experience. The linebackers, for example, were mostly freshmen and sophomores, and Lawrence Jackson and Sedrick Ellis, two members of the starting front four, were sophomores. “It’s been wonderful doing what we’ve been doing,” Carroll said following the Rose Bowl. “It’s too bad it had to end.” At least until next season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re going to try and go right back in the mode of it,” he said Thursday a day after the Trojans lost to Texas 41-38 in the Rose Bowl. “Now, it’s getting there (again). We’ve done this before. I ain’t worried about it we know what it’s going to be like. “Staying there was not that hard for us. Once in that situation, we got very familiar and very comfortable with handling it. I like the burden. I haven’t had any problem with the burden.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Carroll knows he’ll enter the 2006 season having lost a lot of talent. He’ll know exactly how much by Jan. 15 the deadline for eligible underclassmen to apply for the NFL draft. Among those who definitely won’t be back are eight senior starters 2004 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart, offensive guard Taitusi Lutui, tight end Dominique Byrd, fullback David Kirtman, defensive linemen LaJuan Ramsey and Frostee Rucker, and defensive backs Justin Wyatt and Matt Ware. There’s a good possibility 2005 Heisman Trophy-winner Reggie Bush, fellow tailback LenDale White and offensive tackle Winston Justice will also leave, passing up their final year of eligibility to turn pro. Wide receiver Steve Smith and safety Darnell Bing could join them. Carroll said he is already talking with the players in question. “We’re working on it around the clock,” he said. “It’s really information-gathering time for their benefit.” center_img LOS ANGELES — With USC’s 34-game winning streak snapped and the chance for an unprecedented third straight national title denied, coach Pete Carroll is already looking to the future. Carroll is excited about trying to reach the top of the college football world again, saying he enjoys the kind of challenge it presents. last_img read more