first_imgThe road has not been friendly for the Trojans this season, as they dropped their sixth consecutive away game Sunday night in an 87-65 loss to Cal at Haas Pavilion.USC (19-10, 8-8) wraps up its road conference schedule with a 2-7 record and has dropped five of its last six games. Meanwhile, the Bears (21-9, 11-5) finish the season a perfect 18-0 at home.“We can’t afford to play like that anymore,” junior guard Julian Jacobs said of the road struggles. “It’s ridiculous. It’s the same thing every single time. It’s very frustrating. It’s the same game. It’s basketball – same hoop, same ball. Whatever it is, we’re mental midgets on the road.”Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic was the lone bright spot for the Trojans. Jovanovic had 21 points and nine rebounds, but only he and Jacobs – who finished with 11 points – scored in double figures.The Trojans started off with great energy on defense and on the boards as Jovanovic was highly efficient inside, going 7-of-8 from the field in the first half for 14 points. With USC down four, freshman center Chimezie Metu recorded two blocks that each led to layups on the other end. A putback by Jovanovic followed to give the Trojans a 14-11 lead at the 13:52 mark of the first half and the game was tied at 26-26 midway through the first half.“We played hard in the beginning of the game,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It was 26-all. We were defending, rebounding, pushing the ball. We got good looks at the basket.”But the Trojans went cold the remainder of the half, going on a scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes as the Bears went on a 14-0 run to take a 40-26 lead. To wrap up the half, Cal freshman forward Jaylen Brown went coast-to-coast in 3.8 seconds and finished at the rim, a fitting end to a frustrating first 20 minutes of play.“All of a sudden, they kept making shots and we stopped,” Enfield said. “That was the difference in the game. You can’t get down double-digits at Cal and expect to win.”USC trailed 44-30 at halftime and like the loss against Stanford on Thursday night, never threatened in the second half as the Bears built a 20-plus point advantage. Cal wound up shooting 48 percent as Brown and fellow freshman Ivan Rabb led the way with 18 points each.The Bears made 10 3-pointers while the Trojans struggled despite getting quality shots, which, for whatever reason, led to issues on the defensive end of the floor.“We pretty much got whatever we wanted,” Jacobs said. “We just didn’t finish. A lot of shots went in and out. Whenever we don’t make shots, it translates to poor defense. That was the name of the game. We just couldn’t guard.”Coming into the night, USC had allowed its past four opponents to shoot at a combined 49.3 percent clip.The Trojans drop to .500 in conference play and are tied with Oregon State and Stanford for sixth in the Pac-12 conference. They wrap up their season with a pair of home games this week against Oregon State and Oregon.“It’s not looking too good for us,” Jacobs said. “We definitely need to regroup, and we really need these two games at home.”last_img read more

first_imgTue 30 Oct 2018 14.09 EDT Donald Trump Republicans Share via Email US immigration US constitution and civil liberties Last modified on Tue 27 Nov 2018 09.33 EST Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Editorial Share on Twitter Donald Trump is still sometimes depicted as impulsive and unpredictable. But this view is mistaken. There is method – albeit an evil method – in his madness. His behaviour in the build-up to next week’s US midterm elections highlights this side of the president. He has been consistent and unscrupulous in pursuing it. Fearing that voters will elect an anti-Trump Congress on 6 November, he has made a clear choice to use hate and division to bait and provoke his opponents into a backlash which, he hopes, will energise white voters to support Republican candidates at the polls.At least three of Mr Trump’s actions this week can only be adequately explained by this strategy. In the first, he has ordered 5,200 active duty American troops to the US-Mexico border. The objective here is not to respond to a crisis – several thousand National Guard are already there, as well as border police – but to create one. Mr Trump wants to make a show of force against a caravan of migrants from Central America, which he has mischievously described as an invasion and which he has falsely said contains “unknown Middle Easterners”. Not only is this claim untrue, but the caravan itself is daily shrinking in size and it is still in southern Mexico, weeks away from reaching the US border. Mr Trump is using his nation’s troops as partisan political props.The second example of Mr Trump’s cynicism is his response to the slaughter of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. On Tuesday, as the first dead from the synagogue gun massacre were being buried, Mr Trump was preparing to visit Pittsburgh in the teeth of widespread opposition. Many families of the victims, along with Pittsburgh’s mayor, asked the president to stay away. Pennsylvania’s two US senators, and congressional leaders of both parties, chose not to accompany Mr Trump. But he was undeterred. He preferred to barge in and grandstand on a day of private grief. Why behave this way? Not because he is a national uniter, as other presidents have tried to be at such moments, but because he is a divider and a provoker.This week’s third determination to create a crisis and to use it to frighten white voters to the polls came in an interview released on Monday. Mr Trump has chosen this moment to try to end the right to American citizenship of babies born in the United States to non-citizens. Mr Trump is himself the son of an immigrant mother, the US constitution has recognised this birthright for over 150 years, and it is doubtful he could simply order the change as he pretends. But the president could not be clearer about his darker intentions. He is determined to do everything to make immigration – and that means race – the explicit centrepiece of these elections.Everything Mr Trump will say over the next seven days will be dedicated to this hate-filled strategy. Even the exceptions prove the rule. After Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her, Mr Trump called her a credible witness. Days later, he mercilessly mocked her at a political rally. Now the same pattern has been repeated after pipe bombs were sent to Democratic politicians. Mr Trump initially condemned the attacks as despicable. A day later he complained that “this ‘bomb’ stuff” had got in the way of Republican mobilisation. The true Trump does not hide for long.Mr Trump is consistent, not inconsistent. He seeks to be the president of some of the people, not all of them. A man who hates half of his country has no right to call for a unity that he does not believe in and which, in a heartbeat, he is ready to trash and mock. 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