From the dressing room you want to keep calm and all the messages, despite the bad streak, are optimistic because “this is very long and if we win two or three games we will be back up ”, explained Asier Riesgo. Ignasi Miquel also has confidence in the group and urges “to keep fighting. League remains and has to react. ”Past. The nine defeats are a good warning to try to redirect the situation as soon as possible, but neither should they sink Girona. Moreover, the 2016-17 season, that of the promotion to Primera, ended 12 lost games. And Osasuna, a previous course, also managed to play the playoff having fallen in 12 duels. Of course, the margin of error is getting smaller.Three defeats in a row, the worst run of the courseThe arrival of Pep Lluís Martí was a blow of optimism for Girona because with him he found the regularity he missed with Juan Carlos Unzué and they spent six days without losing (four wins and two draws). But in the last meetings the sensations have taken a 180 degree turn and the ghosts of the past and the doubts return to settle in Montilivi. Currently, the rojiblanco set chains three defeats and the block finds no explanation for the lack of competitiveness at certain times. The problem is that they are immersed in the worst moment of the course because not even with Unzué they had lost three duels in a row. So far, the top was in two losses and a draw, as happened between the 11th and 13th, with Unzué and the interim Juan Carlos Moreno. Girona has started 2020 as it ended 2019: in free fall. He did not appear in the match of last day against Rayo until the 40th minute of the first half and showed that he continues to fail in both areas. Despite having more possession than the Lightning, the Madrid team created many problems and forced Asier Riesgo to make interventions of great merit. And things did not come out in attack. Pep Lluís Martí finished off five times in goal, some very clear, and in no they were able to overcome Dimitrievski. Touch to reset a Girona that seems to have collapsed.The beginning of the year was full of good wishes, but Lightning showed them the seams. The defeat (1-0) does not prevent the ghosts from disappearing from Montilivi and the truth is that ascending directly to First begins to be considered an impossible mission. With the current numbers it is because Almeria, second classified, leads them in eight points. The three consecutive defeats that accumulate the Girona is an excessively heavy slab and, after 22 League matches played, Girona has nine wins, four draws and nine losses. The nine meetings in which he has been unable to score at least one point is something that cannot be allowed by a team that tries to ascend to First. It’s more, even the playoff has moved away after last day, they currently have it two points away, and a reaction is urgent. Nine defeats are excessive and that is only four sets of Second have lost more games than the rojiblancos: Albacete, Tenerife, Extremadura and Deportivo, which total ten.
THREE-WEEK CAMP The auction pot was also sweetened with the opportunity to participate in a three-week Racers Summer camp slated for July 4-22 for athletes aged seven to 19 for $111,000. The camp package also includes accommodation and meals. Other items auctioned included a three-night stay at the Half Moon hotel for a minimum $75,000 bid, while vacationing at Secrets Resort and Spa went for the same price. Racers received a financial boost from Sunday’s auction to the tune of over $800,000, funds raised after admitting their club failed to acquire funds from the Government-run Sports Development Foundation (SDF). That, however, led them to try raising funds from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Meanwhile, Racers boss Glen Mills lauded a JN video presentation dubbed Racers Track Club: The Vision, aired at Sunday’s reception. “This video highlights the aims and direction of our organisation, and we want our benefactors to appreciate how we see ourselves and the future of track and field in Jamaica,” Mills underlined. Racers Track Club showcased their universal sprinting excellence via an innovative and first-of-its-kind Mini-Museum and Silent Auction of running spikes, Puma T-shirts and track suits autographed by their leading stars during the colourful Jamaica National-organised event on Sunday night. Over 25 Olympic and World Championship medals were displayed. University of the West Indies-based Racers Track Club displayed authentic athletic memorabilia and autographed apparel and batons from the club’s local, regional and international track and field exploits at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Jamaica National’s general manager, Earl Jarrett, lauded Glen Mills’ Racers camp for contributing to Jamaica’s image as the ‘sprint capital of the world’. “Our sponsorship of the Grand Prix and hosting of the reception on May 1 is part of our continuing focus to support young athletes and to honour their achievements as we anticipate that they will be among future Jamaican athletes who will maintain the trailblazing standard set by others, some of whom will retire after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil,” Jarrett outlined. Sunday’s reception helped to raise funds and to promote the Racers Grand Prix, which is expected to host around 100 top athletes from some 10 countries, inside the National Stadium on June 11. Mega sprint star, Usain Bolt, who holds the double sprint world records and a total of six Olympic gold medals, saw two pairs of his illustrious Puma spikes fetch a whopping $130,000 and $150,000, respectively. The baton he and his Jamaica team carried while reigning supreme at last year’s IAAF World Championships went for $95,000. Warren Weir, a World and Olympic 200-metre medallist and an adidas-sponsored athlete, saw his spikes and body suit fetch minimum $60,000 and $50,000 each, while the second-fastest man of all time, Yohan Blake, also an adidas-sponsored athlete, had his spikes priced at a minimum of $50,000. Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist, Kemar Bailey-Cole, saw his framed photograph priced at $50,000 and his spikes for $55,000, alongside Olympian Michael Frater.
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAntonio Campbell had a rousing debut anyone could hope for, tallying 40 points and 20 rebounds for Alaska in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.However, that stellar statline was for naught as the Aces suffered a heartbreaking 103-109 overtime defeat to Rain or Shine on Friday, prompting the 23-year-old to blame himself for the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Drawing with the short end of the stick, Campbell remains positive especially with how hard Alaska fought in the game.“The team battled hard and we fought. We missed a couple of easy bunnies that could have sealed the deal, but we’ll be back and we’ll get the thing done,” he said.Alaska faces Blackwater next Wednesday and Campbell couldn’t be more excited to return to the court and feed off the energy of the enthusiastic Filipino crowd.“It’s a lot different,” said Campbell, who is on his first international tour of duty. “The atmosphere, the fans are insane, the energy in the building is high. When the energy is high from the fans and from the stands, that makes the players’ energy become even higher.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Johnson looking forward to playing vs PBA’s ‘Lakers’ in Ginebra MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I could have done more later on down the stretch,” he lamented. “I caught a few cramps that slowed me down a little bit.”Campbell showed no quit in the game even after the Elasto Painters held a 105-103 lead in the last 24.3 seconds, draining a big three with 20.6 ticks on the clock to keep the Aces in the game, 105-103.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHowever, it was also on Campbell’s hands that Alaska suffered its demise.Gabe Norwood secured a steal against him that led to Maverick Ahanmisi’s game-sealing layup with 2.9 seconds left in overtime. Campbell then threw the ball away on the inbounds in the ensuing possession that ended the Aces’ rally. View comments
Liberia is a coastal country with more than 350 miles of shoreline, dozens of rivers and thousands of streams and lagoons. Monrovia, its capital city, is one of the wettest cities in the world. The country has one of the largest maritime flag registries in the world. Yet, few Liberians know how to swim. As the dry season gets into high gear, more and more people will be heading to various beaches and waterways to spend some downtime. The chances of someone drowning are great, but this can be prevented with the right policies. Matter of fact, which agency of government regulates beaches, lagoons, and swimming pools in the Republic? Of course, a sound system will be a great first step, but the biggest problem is cultural, or is it racial?Many black people seem to fear water, even in the Caribbean that is surrounded by large bodies of water – which lie to the east and northeast. There are a lot of mythologies (i.e. mamie wata) in most ‘African’ cultures that contribute to the high rate of drowning among blacks; however, Liberia is not alone. This aqua-phobia can also be seen here in Nigeria, another coastal country with rich natural water systems, where I now live.Researchers in Canada recently found that “black immigrants are four times more likely not to know how to swim than native-born Canadians.” Moreover, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says drowning rates among blacks aged 5–19 years are 5.5 times higher than those among whites in the same age range. In the state of Connecticut, two students from Ghana drowned in their high school pool last year, prompting a new state law. It requires all schools to have a trained, dedicated person — either a lifeguard or swim instructor — “to monitor the pool for students who may be struggling in the water.”An earlier study by the CDC showed that nearly 60 percent of black children surveyed were unable to swim or felt uncomfortable in the deep end of a pool, compared to 31 percent of white children.This attitude stems from cultural differences, experts believe. More white families spend recreation time at pools or beaches, and white parents make sure their children learn how to swim than black parents do.Despite ingrained negative cultural beliefs about water, the Liberian government should come up with sound policies to protect people going to rivers and streams this season, like: All public beaches and pools should have trained lifeguards. Encourage people to swim with a companion. Never leave a child near water unattended. Do not trust a child’s life to another child. Make sure everyone learns to swim well. Work with the YMCA/YWCA and Red Cross to develop and offer swimming lessons. Teach children always to ask permission before going near water. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets.But lifeguards are no guarantee of safety, what is needed is a comprehensive cultural shift and education about the health and recreational benefits of swimming. Only this, I am afraid, will reduce the elevated rate of unintentional drowning in Liberia.Wynfred Russell lives in Kano, Nigeria. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says additional spending to cover new ‘legal fees’ By Samuel SukhnandanOne month after Government formally filed legal proceedings against neighbouring Venezuela at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to finally confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award, the coalition has moved to Parliament, seeking millions to pay legal fees.This request comes at a time when Government is yet to state how much of the US$18 million it received from ExxonMobil in the form of a signing bonus has been expended for this same case. That money is said to be sitting somewhere in the Central Bank in a private account.According to Financial Paper Number Two of 2018, the Government is requesting $488,000,000 to meet the estimated cost in 2018 of representing Guyana at the ICJ, including payment of legal fees. While $300 million was listed as voted provision, $788,049,000 in supplementary provision is now being sought.Asked to provide an explanation as to why this amount is being sought, Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge disclosed that that sum will cover the cost for retaining lawyers to do whatever it is that is needed to be done during the course of 2018 in terms of this border case.“We don’t know exactly how much it would cost, because we don’t know how the court process will unfold. It depends in part on what the court requires. They may look at it and decide to ask us to do this or that…and we might have to go and get somebody else to supplement the information,” he explained.Greenidge said Venezuela may also choose to appear or not appear, and that too could affect the budget. “So it’s a little difficult to say exactly what will be required; that is why it is an estimate. So we may find at the end of the year that it is less or more. You pay lawyers by time, so it’s very much dependent on them.”The Minister had said US$15 million of the entire bonus had been set aside for legal fees, but Government might need to find more money as the case progresses. Greenidge said Cabinet has decided that, as the need arises each year, the money would be transferred from the special account at the Bank of Guyana to the Consolidated Fund to “meet the estimated expenditure” for the lawyers.Meanwhile, the Government has disclosed that the team which represented Guyana in the matter against Suriname in 2007 has been retained. That team is headed by Paul Reichler, a partner in the Washington office of law firm Foley Hoag LLP. There is still no word on which other firm has been hired.Minister Greenidge has, however, said Government may disclose their entire legal team in eight weeks’ time, depending on how soon the entire arrangement is finalised. The Minister is also not too keen on divulging that information yet, especially since Venezuela is still to decide whether they will challenge the matter.“When the entire arrangement is tied up, we will let you know…You got firms, and the individuals may not all be free all the time. At the moment, we have recruited three firms, and may likely recruit more, based on the need to do so. Some may be hired part time, as well to do research and so on,” he added.Guyana’s application to the ICJ follows a decision by UN Secretary General António Guterres to choose the ICJ as the next means of resolving the controversy that arose as a result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award in regard to the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was null and void.According to Guyana’s application to the World Court, for more than 60 years, Venezuela had consistently recognised and respected the validity of the binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 Map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the Award. Venezuela changed its position formally in 1962, as the United Kingdom was making final preparation for the independence of British Guiana.The court document further noted that while Venezuela has never produced any evidence to justify its belated repudiation of the 1899 Award, the neighbouring country has used it as an excuse to occupy territory awarded to Guyana in 1899, to inhibit Guyana’s economic development.The UN Secretary General’s authority to choose the ICJ as the means for resolving the controversy is rooted in the Geneva Agreement of 1966, negotiated just before Guyana attained independence.
“This was one of my goals at the beginning of the season,” Carlin said. “I am glad I made it this far. Now I have to do my best and whatever happens, happens.” Carlin, who will represent the Golden League, qualified to the state championships by placing fourth at last week’s Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto. Nineteen area wrestlers will compete in the state championships today and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Quartz Hill’s Russell Carlin hasn’t forgotten falling short of qualifying for the state meet last season. The Rebels’ 171-pound standout had a solid outing despite nursing an injured knee throughout the entire season. Carlin rehabbed from surgery in March of last year before returning to the football field and wrestling mat his senior season. “I’m going to go into state and win some matches,” the younger Reynolds said. “We need to show that we’re not always satisfied in getting to state and losing.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The top eight wrestlers in each weight division from the Southern Section qualify for the state meet. City Section champions in each of the 14 weight categories also qualify. Wrestlers coming through the Southern Section Masters Meet are considered to have an advantage over those from the City. That’s because City wrestlers sometimes don’t get a chance to face opponents from the better Southern Section teams during the regular season. “The City Section doesn’t get as much respect as the Southern Section because it’s a smaller section,” San Fernando coach Fernando Gonzalez said. “I understand it’s tough to go through the Masters, but just because we don’t doesn’t make us any less. We’re still a section like any other.” Raphael Reynolds, a four-time City champion, is the last City wrestler to place at state. The San Fernando standout took fourth in the 160-pound division in 2005. The Tigers’ Will German also placed in 2001. Reynolds’ younger brother Rashaad is hoping to help change the perception that City wrestlers can’t keep up with the rest in a state tournament.
BURBANK — Funeral Masses will be celebrated Wednesday and Thursday for the Rev. Lawrence Signey, who served at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church. Signey, 45, died Saturday after a short illness. “He was very much a ‘people’ priest,” parishioner Bob Wyar said. “He had a great sense of humor and made you feel at ease. “His mission, when he became our parish priest, was that all are welcome. He was a breath of fresh air and he ignited a fire in this community.” Wyar said Signey, who had been assigned to the church nearly five years, preached to the congregation as if he were talking to each parishioner individually. He was also known for his eclectic musical tastes and enthusiasm for the latest technological gadget. “He was extremely an extrovert, a very dynamic and good man,” said Carol Gallagher, the church’s director of religious education. “He gave great homilies. You never left church without a smile on your face when he was preaching. There is no one like him.” Lawrence Signey was born April 4, 1961, in Durham, England, and was raised in Long Beach. He developed an interest in a religious vocation when he was in first grade. He later attended Queen of Angels High School Seminary in Mission Hills and graduated from St. John Theologate in Camarillo. He also earned a degree in counseling psychology in 1993 from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Signey was ordained in June 1987. Previously, he served at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, as dean of students at Queen of Angels High School and at St. Bede the Venerable in La Ca ada Flintridge. Signey is survived by two brothers, Phillip and Andrew; a sister, Elizabeth King; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church, 133 N. Fifth St., Burbank. A second Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Signey will be buried at All Souls Cemetery, 400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3708
TAYLOR, B.C. – The Worlds Invitational Gold Panning Championships are coming to Taylor this weekend from July 29th to July 31st.Mayor Rob Fraser says there will be a parade at 6:30 on Friday July 29th to kick off the festivities. There will then be the actual events on Saturday and Sunday.Things kick off with registration at 11:00 a.m. followed my Media, Sponsor, and Celebrity panning at noon.- Advertisement -The panning for real gold happens from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The juvenile competition then starts at 1:00 p.m.There are different classes that will be participating in the championships. There is “Class A” which are certified professionals. “Class B” are non-professional. “Class C” are Adult/Juvenile.“Class B” will start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. “Class C” will then follow at 4:30 p.m.Advertisement Sunday is when the big finale goes down. The professional “Class A” will begin at 12:00 p.m.To view a full listing of events, click here.
Coming up against a team they failed to beat last season, Mathare will have their fair share of work cut out, but they will fancy their chances against a side that has struggled to string results, bombarded on the side by immense financial trouble.Nakumatt have lost thrice on the trot and the last time they celebrated victory was February 17 when they won 1-0 away to Nzoia Sugar.But despite their troubles and non-performance, Mathare United skipper George Owino will be expecting an uphill task. The match lands on a special occasion for the defender who will be celebrating his 37th birthday and just like fine wine, has been getting better with age.“It’s difficult to play when you have no money in your pockets and it’s unfortunate that Nakumatt players have been going through that for a long time now. However that does not mean that they are an easy side to beat,” Owino told the club’s official website.Mathare United skipper George Owino celebrates a goal in a past match with teammate Lennox Ogutu. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe adds; “They are an experienced team and we have to approach them cautiously. We have to convert our chances and defend as a team.”Since suffering a 4-3 defeat to AFC Leopards in a match they twice led, Mathare have bounced back to win away to Sony Sugar and at home to Chemelil. It is the same form that the side will be angling to replicate on Wednesday.Nakumatt who are two points off the drop zone will be gunning for maximum points to ease off their chop fears and despite the lack of financial motivation, head coach Anthony Mwangi hopes that the motivation of remaining in the league will be enough to spur them.-Sofapaka take on Nzoia-Meanwhile, Batoto ba Mungu who erstwhile said they were not up to vying for the league crown after a slow start to the season will be facing a tricky Nzoia Sugar side which seems to have found its feet after a stuttering start to the season.Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa reacts during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANzoia have won back to back against Sony and Zoo Kericho and head coach Bernard Mwalala will be eying a third consecutive win, though their form on the road has been a distance from convincing.The Bungoma based side has lost all its three away matches this season (Mathare United, Tusker and Gor Mahia) while their last victory on the travel was in August last year when they beat Nakumatt 2-1 at Ruaraka.Playing on the same pitch, they will be hoping for the same drop of luck.Sofapaka have meanwhile slowly crawled back to the top and sit fourth, three points shy of leaders Gor Mahia. They have not lost in five matches picking 13 points off a possible 15, placing them joint top with Gor on the form table over the last five fixtures.They have won their last three home matches, beating AFC Leopards, Posta Rangers and Tusker FC, results that have left them walking shoulder high in confidence.Last season, they picked four out of six points off Nzoia, winning the second leg 3-1 at home after picking a point in the first leg in Sudi off a 1-1 draw.A win for Sam Ssimbwa’s charges might raise them all the way to second, depending on the result Mathare posts against Nakumatt in the early kick off.-Other fixtures-Posta Rangers coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn other fixtures, a resurgent Posta Rangers will be hosting the star studded Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Artificial Turf in Nairobi’s Jericho estate, Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo looking to lift the side on the standings.The mailmen haven’t been convincing enough this season and have enjoyed victory only twice in eight matches, drawing five and losing one.Finishing has been Omollo’s biggest concern for his side especially having scored a paltry eight goals this season, an average of one per game but having put three past Thika United over the weekend, they might be finally firing from all cylinders.Homeboyz, a side bloated with experience has found it tough to post consistent results and their 1-0 win over Bandari over the weekend put behind their backs a poor run of three consecutive losses.Mike Mururi and his men will be eying consistency and a fourth victory of the season that will possibly hoist them to seventh place from 11th.In other ties, Ulinzi Stars will host Vihiga United at the Afraha Stadium while Chemelil will host struggling Thika United at the Chemelil Complex.KPL Midweek fixtures:Nakumatt FC vs Mathare United live on KTN Home from 2PMSofapaka vs Nzoia Sugar FC live on ViuSasa from 4:15PMChemelil Sugar FC vs Thika United – Chemelil Complex – 1PMPosta Rangers vs Kakamega Homeboyz – Camp Toyoyo – 3PMUlinzi Stars vs Vihiga United – Afraha Stadium – 3PM0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United players celebrate their late winner against Nzoia Sugar during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 11, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4- With a win over Nakumatt FC on Wednesday afternoon, Mathare United will move back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings albeit having played two matches more than prior leaders Gor Mahia.Francis Kimanzi’s charges have had a blistering start to the season and have lost only once in eight matches, amassing 17 out of a possible 24 points. This is huge contrast to their performance last season when at the same stage, they had won only two games.
“We probably came out too relaxed,” freshman wide receiver Ronald Johnson said. “We were really confident.” USC figures to correct that mistake in its remaining road games, and no one seems too worried about this week’s home game with lowly Stanford. But Carroll said he is worried about the Trojans’ decision-making after USC committed 16 penalties against Washington. “We’re playing so aggressive it gets us in trouble,” he said. But he also wants the Pacific-10 Conference to explain some penalties, notably a pass interference penalty on Mays where the ball appeared to be overthrown and a late hit by Shareece Wright on Huskies quarterback Jake Locker. “We’re going to turn them in. The ones on the sideline are really difficult to make,” Carroll said. “The quarterback wasn’t out of bounds. I want to hear an explanation on a number of things. But I’m not bellyaching at all about officials.” A new concern emerged Sunday when tailback Stafon Johnson’s foot was placed in a protective boot after he got stepped on at the end of the Washington game. Carroll said Johnson underwent an MRI but results were not known and Johnson appeared to have a bruise or sprain. If Johnson is unable to play, Allen Bradford and Hershel Dennis might be placed in the tailback rotation, unless C.J. Gable overcomes his chronic groin injury that caused him to miss the Washington game. Johnson outgained senior Chauncey Washington by 16 yards despite getting seven less carries, but Carroll said he did not regret the distribution of carries. “I don’t think (it’s a problem), no,” Carroll said. And what happened to highly regarded freshman tailback Joe McKnight, who barely played after supposedly working his way into the offense last week? McKnight had no carries and had one incomplete pass thrown to him. “We just didn’t get into a rhythm of playing with him,” Carroll said. Carroll also wasn’t sure how long USC’s injured offensive linemen would be out. An MRI revealed starting guard Chilo Rachal sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee. Carroll said starting center Kris O’Dowd would be probably be out at least two to three weeks, but Carroll was still waiting to hear from team doctors. Carroll said Wright is also expected to be out two weeks with a strained hamstring. USC will not move any players to the offensive line or to cornerback, Carroll said. Note: Besides dropping in The Associated Press poll, USC dropped from first to fifth in the Sagarin ratings, which are used to help determine the Bowl Championship Series rankings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We know now we can be beaten,” safety Taylor Mays said. “These are the games where top teams slip up and it turns out to be their loss of the season.” The Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) also lost something else: A portion of their No. 1 ranking, as LSU leapfrogged USC in The Associated Press poll. USC remains No. 1 in the coaches’ poll. USC coach Pete Carroll’s policy is to ignore all polls, but even he conceded it was understandable if the Trojans slipped in the voters’ eyes. “It has no bearing on anything,” Carroll said. “It didn’t before or now. But the reason it would happen is because of the way we played.” When the season started, USC’s road trip to Washington looked like one of its easier games, especially with trips to No. 3 California, No. 14 Oregon and No.18 Arizona State looming ahead. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USC has Johnson’s injury, penalties to worry about. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC’s standards plunged Saturday, when the best rationalization the Trojans could muster after barely beating Washington was that at least they didn’t repeat last year’s loss to Oregon State.