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USC welcomes Villanova for preseason basketball test

USC welcomes Villanova for preseason basketball test

Andy Enfield and the USC basketball team welcome Villanova for a 40-minute exhibition Friday night, with the proceeds going to the California Fire Foundation. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — With less than three weeks until the season opener, the USC men’s basketball team is getting a preseason test, one that might end up being more challenging than any of its non-conference games this winter.

The Trojans will host Villanova on Friday in a full, 40-minute exhibition that will raise money for the California Fire Foundation.

With a likely top-10 team coming to town, and one that’s won two of the past four national titles, a USC team looking to bounce back from a losing season is going to learn a lot about itself quickly.

“I think this will be an advantageous preseason game because we’ll get a feel for where we are now,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said, “and what we have to work on before the start of the season.”

Both athletic departments worked together to set up the exhibition. Villanova was looking for the chance for a West Coast trip and contacted USC. The NCAA rule for public exhibitions is the proceeds must go to charity, and the teams agreed to the cause that supports firefighters and their families.

USC isn’t spending much time preparing for the Wildcats themselves. The Trojans have a basic understanding of what to expect from the visitors, but mostly are focusing on implementing their own offensive and defensive schemes.

It’ll prove to be an important experience for USC’s six freshmen, who will be getting their first taste of a collegiate opponent.

“We know they’ll probably do a lot of nice things on the court, and make some mistakes,” Enfield said. “We just want them to go compete and learn.”

The game will feature four true freshmen who were five-star recruits: USC’s Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu, and Villanova’s Bryan Antoine and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

Mobley was named to the Karl Malone Award watchlist on Thursday.

“He does a lot of little things with his rebounding, his shot blocking, his passing,” Enfield said. “We just expect him to go play and be himself.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Galen Center Watch/listen: Pac-12 Network/AM 790

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Top 10 plays from Oregon’s win over Colorado

Top 10 plays from Oregon’s win over Colorado

On a chilly Friday night in Eugene, Oregon, the Colorado Buffaloes looked to upset the current leader in the PAC-12 in Oregon, but they weren’t even close. The Ducks were a 21 point favorite in this game, and my prediction had the Ducks winning by only two touchdowns, and oh was I wrong.

Oregon demolished Colorado 45-3 in what was a complete and utter domination on both sides of the ball for Oregon. I think the entire nation knows: this Oregon defense is for real. After giving up 27 points to Auburn in the week one loss, Oregon has only given up a total of 25 points in five games! In four of those games, their opponent didn’t even get into the end-zone, this Colorado game included. The Oregon defense doesn’t just do it in quick three and outs, keeping the opposing offense off the field, but they do it in causing turnovers. Oregon forced four interceptions in this matchup, two from Verone McKinley III (his first two career interceptions), one from Bryson Young, and another from Nick Pickett. The defense was stout all game long and it came from keep position group. Sampson Niu led the team with nine total tackles, following him was Haki Woods Jr. and Brady Breeze with six tackles apiece. Woods also locked down receivers, knocking two passes into the hands of his teammates for interceptions. On the other side of the ball, Justin Herbert continued his passing touchdown streak with two bullets to Jacob Breeland and Jaylon Redd. Along with those two touchdowns he threw for 261 yards on 18 of 32 throwing. CJ Verdell had his best performance of the season, running for 171 yards on only 14 carries. Verdell wasn’t able to find the end-zone, but that didn’t matter because Cyrus Habibi-Likio did three times. I was on the field and caught the entire game on camera, here are Oregon’s top ten plays from the Colorado stomping. Before going down later in the game, @JakeBreeland10 was able to find the end-zone yet again. This is what you get for leaving him that open. — Ethan Wyss (@WyssEthan22) October 12, 2019 Jacob Breeland currently leads the Ducks in each statistical category as a receiver. 405 yards receiving, 26 catches (tied first), and now six touchdowns after this play. Herbert scanned the field and was unable to find an open target until he flipped his vision to the opposite hash and found a wide-open Breeland. I don’t know how a defender can know the scouting report on the senior tight end and leave him that open. Breeland’s day ran short unfortunately as he went down with which looked like a knee/leg injury. The tight end is on pace for a career-best season, the Ducks would love to have him come back as soon as possible. Breeland was seen wearing a brace and was walking on crutches after the game, coach Cristobal stated that they would further evaluate the injury this weekend. Now that’s […]

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WWE Lists Top Ten Pyro Entrances In History, Special Rey Mysterio Art, Best WWE Instagram Photos

WWE Lists Top Ten Pyro Entrances In History, Special Rey Mysterio Art, Best WWE Instagram Photos

– The latest edition of the weekly WWE feature, “The 25 Best Instagram Photos of the Week” dropped on Sunday afternoon. The new installment of the regular feature includes interesting pictures posted this week by such WWE Superstars and legends as Edge, Randy Orton, Beth Phoenix and Asuka. Check out the complete photo gallery on WWE’s official website by following the link in the tweet embedded below from WWE’s official Twitter feed. Who had the BEST Instagram photo of the week? @EdgeRatedR & @TheBethPhoenix ? @RandyOrton ? @WWEAsuka ? @itsLioRush ? — WWE (@WWE) October 13, 2019 – Rob Schamberger returned with his latest “Canvas 2 Canvas” digital short on WWE’s official YouTube channel and other social media outlets on Sunday. The latest episode of the WWE digital series features a special Rey Mysterio painting by the WWE artist. Check out the complete video below. – Finally, a new edition of “WWE Top 10,” presented by Tapout — the official training partner of World Wrestling Entertainment — looks at the top ten greatest entrance pyro in WWE history. Check out the video below. WWE & AEW NEWS UPDATES (10/12)

* WWE Contacting Several Venues About Being NEW Weekly Home For NXT On USA TV Shoots
* PHOTOS: Bayley Shows Off NEW LOOK At WWE SmackDown On FOX
* Vince McMahon Gets Good Laugh Out Of Negative Reaction To WWE HIAC PPV Conclusion
* Sasha Banks Injury From Hell In A Cell Worse Than WWE Originally Thought
* Post-WWE Draft Plans: WWE & FOX’s Ideas To Keep Superstars Separated
* Report: Cain Velasquez, Tyson Fury Sign VERY Different Contracts With WWE
* Details On Cain Velasquez Quitting MMA Drug Testing, Retiring From UFC
* Update On WWE Failing To Deliver Several Legends At SD! On FOX Premiere
* Report: Paul Heyman Pushing For 2 Specific Stars In WWE Draft
* Wednesday Night Wars (Week 2): AEW Down, But Once Again Beats WWE NXT
* Update On WWE Cancelling Celebrities Appearing On SD! On FOX Due To Ties With AEW
* The Inner Circle’s First AEW Photo Shoot, AEW Segment Crashes Internet?
* The Rock Issues Full Statement On NWA Powerrr Debut Show (Updated)
* WWE Signs ‘Good Day NY’ Anchor To Host Revamped WWE Series (Photos)
* Chris Jericho Reveals Insight Into His Unique Use Of Social Media (Video)
* Roman Reigns Goes Undercover For GQ & Vanity Fair (Funny Video)
* Hulk Hogan Having Back Surgery For WWE Return, Has Specific Opponent In Mind
* William Regal Blasts Paige & Her Family, Paige & Family Members Fire Back (Whoa ..)
* EXCLUSIVE: Edge Meets With WWE Doctor For In-Ring Return In Pittsburgh (Updated)
* Jeff Hardy/DWI Arrest Update: Fight With Wife?, Mug Shot Photo
* Interesting Google News Comparing WWE, AEW & UFC Searches For TV & PPVs
* UFC Star Does Triple H’s Entrance For Fight, HHH Responds (Updated)
* WWE Starting To Get Serious About Launching NXT Japan Brand * Chris Jericho On AEW Chants On […]

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Interscope’s Dermot Kennedy Conquers U.K. Album Chart ‘Without Fear’

Interscope’s Dermot Kennedy Conquers U.K. Album Chart ‘Without Fear’

CHART BEAT Irish singer Dermot Kennedy performs live on stage during a concert at the Astra on September 27, 2018 in Berlin. Interscope/Universal singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy follows his “Outnumbered” hit with a No. 1 debut on the Official Charts Company’s U.K. album chart for Without Fear. Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) starts a second week atop the singles countdown.

Kennedy becomes the first Irish solo artist to top the U.K. album listings with a debut album since Ronan Keating did so with Ronan in July 2000. “Outnumbered” itself makes its first top ten singles appearance with a 14-8 climb. The album knocks The Beatles’ 50th anniversary Abbey Road reissue (Apple Corps/Universal) down to No. 2.

Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner Music) rebounds 6-3 as its latest hit “South of The Border,” featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, climbs 40-24. Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding album (Republic/Universal) is up 5-4 and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) down 3-5.

U.S. singer-songwriter Summer Walker debuts at No. 7 in the U.K. with Over It (Interscope/Universal), as modern rock veterans Simple Minds start at No. 9 with Live In The City Of Angels (BMG). Recorded on their most recent tour, it extends the band’s U.K. album chart span to 40 years and five months, since Life In A Day arrived in May 1979.

British rockers The Darkness are new at No. 10 for their fourth top ten album with Easter Is Cancelled (Cooking Vinyl). On the compilation chart, it’s now 12 straight weeks at No. 1 for Now That’s What I Call Music 103 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal).

“Dance Monkey” has weekly combined units of 71,000, including 7.34 million streams, to stay at the top ahead of Travis Scott’s “Highest In The Room” (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic/Sony). That debuts at his best U.K. ranking of No. 2, as Regard’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) dips 2-3 and AJ Tracey’s “Ladbroke Grove” (AJ Tracey) 3-4. Post Malone’s “Circles” (Republic/Universal) climbs back another place to No. 5, where it previously peaked four weeks ago.

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6 Low-Carb Pasta Alternatives That Fit Into Any Diet Plan

6 Low-Carb Pasta Alternatives That Fit Into Any Diet Plan

If you’re living a low-carb lifestyle, cravings are a fact of life. For many, pasta is at the top of the wish list. But you don’t have to give up one of your favorite foods altogether: There are plenty of low-carb noodles out there to satisfy your hankerings. (Image: OlgaMiltsova/iStock/GettyImages) Video of the Day

A 2-ounce serving of your traditional white pasta contains more than 210 calories and 42 grams of carbs. Made with refined flours, traditional pasta is low in fiber, high in calories and quickly breaks down to sugar in your blood stream, Vandana Sheth, RDN , a Los Angeles-based dietitian and author of My Indian Table: Quick & Tasty Vegetarian Recipes , tells

That means, pasta can throw your blood sugar and insulin levels into a roller coaster of ups and downs, adds Kristin Kirkpatrick, RDN and author of Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic-Fatty Liver Disease . Over time, this yo-yo pattern may cause you to gain weight.

While noodles are a big no-no for low-carb diets and plans that eliminate grains, including paleo and Whole30, eating pasta can also be tricky if you’re gluten-free or have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

The good news for pasta lovers? You don’t need to give up spaghetti and meatballs altogether. Moderation is one solution. “You can always make pasta more low-carb-friendly by monitoring portions,” says Sheth. And now, with our favorite pasta alternatives, you can still stick to your low-carb lifestyle and eat your faux farfalle, too.

Rather than completely avoiding carb-rich foods — which provide essential energy — choose smarter options that have fewer net carbs and pack in nutrients including fiber and protein. For example, nutrient-dense pasta replacements with fewer net carbs like legume-based pasta are a great alternative to your traditional white noodles, says Kirkpatrick.

Just be sure to read the nutritional info on the back of the package. Often, “imitation foods” can be less healthy if they’re chock-full of processed ingredients or loaded with excess sodium and sugar, warns Isabel Smith, RD . Your best bet is to choose pastas containing only one or two ingredients.

Whether you’re longing for linguine or pining for pappardelle, simply swap one of these scrumptious substitutes in your go-to pasta recipe. Buon appetito!

Zoodles, or spiralized zucchini noodles , are the perfect pasta alternative. Packed with vitamins A and C, this healthy summer squash will soak up all the flavor of your favorite pasta sauce. Best part? It’s got just 15 calories and 3 grams of carbs per serving.

For a super-simple weekday meal, buy your zoodles pre-cut and ready to cook. Try sautéing them in olive oil with garlic and herbs or some pesto. You can even throw some regular pasta into the mix, using a one-to-one pasta-to-zoodle mix, suggests Sheth. To get some protein in your meal , add grilled chicken, grass-fed beef, shrimps or even a fried egg on top.

ICYMI, shirataki is the guilt-free, gluten-free spaghetti substitute of your dreams. Made from the konjac yam […]

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Best of the Decade: What Books Will We Still Be Reading in 10 Years?

Best of the Decade: What Books Will We Still Be Reading in 10 Years?

It’s mid-September, 2019, and we’re beginning to see the light (or to be slightly more accurate, the infinite pulsing darkness) at the end of the decade. In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking back at the ten years that were, as well as forward to the ones to come . To begin our descent, I proposed a staff poll, of sorts: I asked each of my colleagues in the Literary Hub office to make a list of the ten books from the last ten years that they thought we’d still be reading—for good or ill—ten years from now, circa 2030.

The below results collate the responses of 14 people, who range in age and interest as much as possible for a group that works for a literary website. I was not surprised to see Claudia Rankine’s Citizen top the list by a wide margin—that’s a book that keeps on getting more relevant; one hopes that in ten years we’ll be reading it as an artifact, but one also doubts it. Same goes for some of the others on here, though some of course are just very good novels that people will continue to enjoy.

Take a look, and if you’re so moved, tell us which books you think we’ll all still be reading, talking about, and studying in ten years time in the comments. 9 votes:

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)

* 6 votes:

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)

* 5 votes:

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (2016)

Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Good Squad (2010)

* 4 votes:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (2013)

Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (et al) (2012)

George Saunders, Tenth of December (2013) Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (2015) * 3 votes: Anne Carson, Nox (2010) Clarice Lispector, tr. Katrina Dodson, The Complete Stories (2015) Denis Johnson, Train Dreams (2011) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015) * 2 votes: Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties (2017)Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (2013)Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012) Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation (2014) Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (2011)Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (2015)Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)N. K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season (2015) Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me (2014) Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (2011)Tommy Orange, There There (2018)* Also listed by at least one person: Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives Andy Weir, The Martian Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See Attica Locke, Black Water Rising Cheryl Strayed, Wild Daniel Woodrell, The Maid’s Version David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon Edwidge […]

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