EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Severe weather at MetLife Stadium on Saturday suspended the start of the second half between No. 2 USC and Syracuse by 69 minutes.No sunshine · USC’s game against Syracuse on Saturday was stopped for nearly 70 minutes because of rain, wind and lightning. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThe Trojans, leading 14-3 at halftime, came out of the locker room to warm up for the third quarter but were quickly ushered back as thunderstorms rumbled throughout the vicinity. A tornado warning had been in effect for the Tri-State area for most of the afternoon.During the delay, stadium officials also forced spectators sitting in exposed seating areas to evacuate and find cover on the concourses as lightning hit the area.The weather contributed to the strangeness of a game in which MetLife Stadium was filled to less than half-capacity and senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw for six touchdowns, but just 187 yards.“It wasn’t an easy situation to come play in,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “That’s why, when NFL teams look at their schedule at the beginning of the year, they count their East Coast trips. Credit our players. They did a good job in a game that’s not really easy to play.”Though he didn’t want to distract his team, Kiffin was informed of the likelihood of a delay before the game started. Barkley was the only player aware of the possibility after asking the officiating crew about the weather beforehand.“The stadium [officials] did a great job,” Kiffin said. “They informed me — we didn’t tell our players — [the delay] was probably going to happen at some point during the game. ”USC’s 35-26 victory against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in 1990 was the last time before Saturday that the Trojans experienced a game delayed by thunderstorms.Given the information in advance, Kiffin and his staff put a contingency plan in place.“We knew what we were going to do,” Kiffin said. “We were going to take the pads off. We were going to go to dry shirts. We were really going to let our guys sit around and really coach our guys schematically and not waste a lot of energy.”Barkley indicated that his team responded as well as could be expected.“We don’t typically get delays from thunderstorms in Southern California,” Barkley said. “Our guys responded well, though. We came out in the second half and made some adjustments on offense and defense and made it right.”Sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey, who snared two interceptions in the game, described the locker room atmosphere as calm but focused.“It’s something we are not used to, but we handled it well,” Bailey said. “We came out hot in the second half.”In retrospect, Kiffin said he was proud of his players for overcoming a set of circumstances that could have led to a lackadaisical, sloppy second half.“They did a good job coming out with energy in the third quarter,” Kiffin said.
WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago The Rock, President Trump watch Masvidal win big at UFC 244 First Published: 4th November, 2019 10:44 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US It’s over. Doctor calls a stop to this one due to a cut on Diaz’s eye. #UFC244 pic.twitter.com/F66UjSBsSo— UFC (@ufc) November 3, 2019 Whatcha know bout them Miami boys? 🌴 #UFC244 pic.twitter.com/JwwIScQcdz— UFC (@ufc) November 3, 2019 After becoming the ‘Baddest MF in the game’, Jorge Masvidal’s Press Conference was something to witness. Munching on Pizza, drinking Liquor, a relaxed Masvidal talked about the bout. He also proceeded to talk about facing Conor McGregor, claiming that he would dominate the Irish fighter. He proceeded to refer to McGregor as ‘a f****ng midget’. McGregor had earlier mentioned his desire to face the winner of the Diaz vs Masvidal bout.ALSO READ | Conor McGregor announces UFC comeback, talks about Khabib rematch 10 months ago UFC 244: Darren Till faces visa issues; Gastelum refuses backup Written By ALSO READ | The Rock, President Trump watch Masvidal win big at UFC 244Diaz unhappy with the doctorIn the post-match press conference, Diaz spoke about how he felt ‘played’ by the doctor. Diaz referenced to the incident when the doctor asked him if his eye was okay to which Diaz replied in an affirmative. The Doctor went on to immediately call off the fight to Diaz’s surprise. Diaz also expressed his unhappiness with the UFC over being booked too quickly. Diaz had fought against Anthony Pettis in August and felt like a time of six months would have given him a better chance in the match against Masvidal. Talking about a rematch, Diaz said that the chances laid with the decision Dana White and Masvidal took.ALSO READ | US President Donald Trump received ‘boos and cheers’ at UFC, New YorkMasvidal munches on Pizza, thrash talks McGregor Last Updated: 4th November, 2019 10:44 IST UFC 244: Nate Diaz Left Bloodied, Bruised As Masvidal Wins BMF Belt On November 3, Jorge Masvidal beat Nate Diaz via TKO to win the Baddest MF title. Read more about the match’s controversial finish and what happened next. LIVE TV COMMENT 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz reportedly tested positive for a drug test by USADA Mrigank Pandey The highly-anticipated main-card event of UFC 244 for the BMF title took place on November 3. Jorge Masvidal ended up beating Nate Diaz to become the ‘Baddest MF’ in the game. The crowd at the Madison Square Garden were treated to a controversial ending as Masvidal won after the third round due to doctor stoppage. ALSO READ | UFC: The Rock joins Jorge Masvidal-Nate Diaz on stageMasvidal, the clear dominatorAlthough fans were divided over the fight’s premature end, Masvidal’s victory was evident as he had dominated Nate Diaz in all the rounds which were contested. Masvidal got two knockdowns on Diaz and landed 62% of the 184 strikes he took. Diaz could not successfully perform a takedown on Masvidal even after two attempts. Masvidal won the fight by TKO after the third round after the doctor stopped the bout because of a severe cut above Diaz’s eye. 10 months ago UFC: The Rock joins Jorge Masvidal-Nate Diaz on stage FOLLOW US 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz feels he is the king of 155 lbs category, eyes progress
CHARLOTTE — In the hours before tip-off against the Hornets, JaVale McGee spent much of his prep in a private area of the locker room, taking an IV drip as he hoped to feel better.The veteran center had skipped shootaround, feeling drained by flu-like symptoms. Luke Walton called him a game-time decision to play and was preparing to start Tyson Chandler.But not minutes after Walton offered that assessment, McGee was headed to the court for his warm-up shots.“You can’t let little things like the flu keep you from doing your job,” he said. “So I just wanted to make sure I gave them my all.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “ It’s getting easier and easier the more we play together,” McGee said. “Lonzo’s always looking for that pass so you just have to try to find the open space and he’ll find you most of the time.”LANCE CRIES FOUL OVER TECHNICALLakers fans have largely come to know Lance Stephenson’s calling card celebration: the air guitar. Referees apparently don’t feel as warmly about it.Stephenson got a technical foul in the game after playing a solo in the face of Miles Bridges, who was guarding him when he fired a 3-pointer in the third quarter. It was a bit of an incredulous moment for the Lakers who have gotten used to Stephenson’s air artistry.Stephenson said his back-and-forth with Bridges, a rookie, was all in good fun.“Miles challenged me, so I just showed him, like man, I’m confident,” he said. “Just a little fun. I worked with him during the summer, we worked out at the same place. So we know each other a little bit.”Stephenson vowed to keep up his air guitar playing whenever the mood strikes. Walton said while he’s tried to change Stephenson, he has a mind of his own. And now he’s gotten to be OK with it.“You can’t take that away from Lance, it’s part of who he is,” Walton said. “I tried once earlier this season and he just keeps doing it. … That’s what makes him really good is his competitive greatness and that’s part of who he is.”RONDO, INGRAM WON’T JOIN TRIPBoth Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram received medical evaluations on Saturday, and though both are improving, neither will join the Lakers for the current road trip.Rondo was checked out again two days after seeing a hand specialist Thursday, and the Lakers said he was cleared for basketball activity for the first time since he fractured his right hand on Nov. 14 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Ingram was checked out for the first time since his MRI last week on his left sprained ankle. He’s considered day-to-day.The earliest either could play again is on Friday in a home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMcGee’s all under the circumstances was more than anyone expected: He started in the 128-100 victory, and was 9 for 10 from the field with 19 points. Anyone watching the first dunk he made of the game would’ve been hard-pressed to guess McGee had slept 18 of the last 24 hours trying to beat a bug.With Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram and Michael Beasley all out of action again on Saturday night, the Lakers would’ve been ready for his absence — but all hands on deck are appreciated.“He had 101 [degree] fever and wasn’t around at all today,” Luke Walton said. “I think as a team when you see someone fighting through that and still coming out and playing as hard as he played, guys respect it.”McGee anticipated being able to play the second-game of a back-to-back in Washington, up against the Wizards who drafted him in 2008.Walton said he’s thought McGee and Lonzo Ball are developing a stronger chemistry: Ball assisted on three of McGee’s first four baskets.