Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.
The New England Patriots captured their sixth championship in franchise history, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII 13-3.,You know it was an unbelievable year.,Its unbelievable to win this game.,The defense played their best game of the year.,The final score was the lowest in Super Bowl history.
On court two, Camila Romero and Martina Capurro got the Sooners off to a hot start when they shut out Winthrop’s Alisa Soloveva and Rafaela Santos 6-0 in just 25 minutes.,The point came down to court three, where Kianah Motosono and Oleksandra Korashvili downed Tayla Van Eck and Ellie Burns.,Freshman Motosono clinched the match for OU with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ellie Burns at the No. 6 line.,Capurro trailed 6-4 in the breaker, but staved off match points to take the lead and win the frame to send her court to a deciding set.,Jasmine Asghar (OU) vs. Rafaela Santos (Winthrop), 6-4, 4-6, 6-6, unfinished
The Los Angeles Rams’ overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in the National Football Conference championship on Jan. 20 was arguably the franchise’s biggest moment in nearly two decades.,But it wasn’t even the most-viewed football game in Los Angeles that day.,More Angelinos watched the New England Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
NORMAN— The No. 1 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team hosts the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes inside McCasland Field House Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT as the Sooners chase their 105th straight victory.,Oklahoma continues its chase for its fifth straight national title on Saturday as the No. 1 Sooners (7-0) welcome No. 8 Ohio State (2-3) to McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. CT.,Entering his 20th season at the helm of OU men’s gymnastics, head coach Mark Williams and his team are aiming at an NCAA men's gym record 12th national championship in 2019.,In the Road to Nationals rankings, OU holds the top team average (414.500) along with the top spot on floor exercise (70.325), still rings (70.025), vault (72.450) and high bar (67.250).,Individually, senior co-captain Genki Suzuki recorded the top all-around score of the season (83.600) in last weekend's home opener, putting him at No. 1 in the all-around ranks.
In singles action, OU got wins on courts four, five and six to capture the match.,On court five, Izquierdo gave up just two games in his first singles match for OU, defeating Mease 6-2, 6-0.,Also in his OU debut, freshman Matt Rodriguez clinched the match for the Sooners at the No. 6 line, 6-1, 6-4.,When the match was abandoned, Van Emburgh led Campbell 2-0 in the second set on court one.,Izquierdo completed the sweep for OU when he held on to defeat Omaha’s Nathan Reekie on court four, 7-6 (4), 7-5, good for his second win of the day.
Leave it to Aqib Talib, their voluble veteran cornerback, to remind his teammates about the upside of the New Orleans fans' famed investment in the game.,They'll need every bit of Talib's expertise and skill when they attempt to slow Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and a New Orleans (14-3) offense that already carved up the Rams (14-3) once this season.,"Everybody is preparing for this game different," Talib said.,While many of his teammates got their first career playoff victory last week against Dallas, Talib has seen it all before — from big playoff games in New England to a Super Bowl championship run with Denver.,Talib understandably wouldn't give away the Rams' potential strategy for the NFC title game, and neither would Phillips.
IF THE NFL IS DOING its sly diligence -- as its officiating crew yellow-flagged so magnificently in holding the audience deep into New Orleans's 20-14 NFC semi over Philadelphia last Sunday -- there is simply no way young magic man Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (-3) don't bounce New England in the AFC Championship game Sunday (CBS, 5:40 p.m.).,As for the Saints (-3, tiny push to 3½) and the visiting L.A. Rams (Fox, 2:05 p.m.), if the NFL allows the game to be played organically the whole way through -- extremely unlikely -- New Orleans can name the final.,THE LATE RED RUSH -- without question, one of the two or three most colorful play-by-play men in the history of Chicago sportscasting and the best pitchman that Gonnella Bread ever had -- will finally be appropriately honored by Loyola University.,… Broadcast hop-in of the week was Snoop Dogg, who assisted in the call of the L.A. Kings win over Pittsburgh last Saturday.,… CBS's meteoric Tony Romo, asked by one national reporter to break down the top young QBs in the NFL, had Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.
NEW ORLEANS — The Los Angeles Rams are coming back to New Orleans for a rematch in the NFC Championship game.,The Saints won a 14-20 nail-biter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and are just one game away from the Super Bowl.,RELATED: On to the NFC Championship!,What: New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams When: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:05 p.m. CST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome Television: Fox Radio: WWL 870 and local affiliates