Brooks, No. 21 Houston rally for 60-50 win over Utah State

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) — Armoni Brooks scored all of his 15 points in the second half and No. 21 Houston overcame a sluggish first half to rally past Utah State 60-50 on Thursday night.Brooks shot 5 for 10 in the second half and led the way as the Cougars (11-0) came back from a 10-point halftime deficit for their 24th consecutive home win. DeJon Jarreau had 10 points off the bench for Houston, which shot 32 percent from the field, including 39 percent in the second half.Dwayne Brown Jr. had 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and Quinn Taylor added 14 points and nine rebounds for Utah State (9-3), which shot 37 percent from the field but was 5 for 19 in the second half. Utah State lost its 15th straight against an AP Top 25 opponent.Houston opened the second half by outscoring the Aggies 29-10 over the first 12 ½ minutes to open up a 50-41 lead on Brooks’ 3-pointer. Brooks had all of his points in the run.The Aggies cut it to 52-47 on a free throw by John Knight III with 4:49 remaining, but got no closer as Houston finished the game with an 8-3 spurt.Utah State used an 11-0 run in the first half to take a 29-16 on Taylor’s dunk with 4 minutes remaining. Utah State led 31-21 at the half as the Cougars shot a dismal 7 of 30 from the field.BIG PICTUREUtah State: The Aggies missed an opportunity for a nice resume-building win, and fell to 16-100 all-time against AP Top 25 opponents. Utah State finished with 17 turnovers, which Houston turned into 17 points. The Aggies shot 10 of 14 from the free throw line but 4 of 20 from the 3-point line, including 1 of 10 in the second half.Houston: The Cougars used a strong defensive effort in the second half to mount the comeback, holding the Aggies to 3-for-14 shooting during their large run and forcing six turnovers over that span. Houston shot 13 of 15 from the free throw line to help overcome sluggish shooting from the field.UP NEXTUtah State: Hosts Eastern Oregon on Dec. 28.Houston: Hosts Coppin State on Sunday. Written by Tags: Utah State Aggies Basketball December 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Brooks, No. 21 Houston rally for 60-50 win over Utah State Associated Presslast_img read more

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10 Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Dad

first_imgIn case you somehow missed it, Father’s Day is Sunday. If you’re like me, and you haven’t made plans or arrangements for that outdoorsy dad on your list, don’t freak out just yet. There’s still time. And with this top 10 list of top-notch gifts for the outdoor-loving Dad in your life, the task just got a little simpler.1. Costa Polarized SunglassesNew in 2016, the Rafael frames offer optimum comfort, style, and durability while the copper shaded 580 p glass lenses are perfectly calibrated to the mountain trout streams of the Blue Ridge.costa2_FIX2. Ice Mule CoolerThis is a serious cooler designed for extreme adventure. It’s perfect for the dad on the go because it allows him to keep things cold without having to lug a heavy, bulky cooler around!Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.07.18 PMScreen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.07.24 PM 6. Deuter Kid Comfort 2“Designed for that feeling of boundless freedom on longer hikes, Kid Comfort has taken thousands of kids and parents on great excursions outdoors.” Related Content: 3. Altec Lansing Sport EarBudsThese waterproof buds stay securely in your ear even when you’re dripping with sweat or covered in mud. They can even go under water for lake swims or laps in the pool. With 20 hours of battery life, these Bluetooth buds are comfy and snug, and they deliver top-notch sound to power you through your next workout.Sport Headphones Redcenter_img Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 1.53.20 PM7. Oboz SundogLet Dad  leave winter’s weight behind with the versatility of the Sundog – traction, breathability, comfort, and only-what-you-need protection.Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 1.57.41 PM8. Leki Instructor Lite Hiking PolesLeki is the industry standard for hiking poles, and the Instructor Lites don’t disappoint. With rubber fitness tips, adjustable trigger straps, an innovative patented Shark Grip releasable strap system, and 100% carbon shafts, the poles are lightweight yet durable.  The poles are easily adjustable, too, allowing multiple users to size the poles to their needs.unnamed9. Chaco Updraft EcotreadThese are our approach shoes. In the fall and winter, we convert them into “Sacos” for bouldering. You don’t have to tie your shoes from boulder to boulder. It’s a pain in the ass to tie your shoes. $95chaco updraft_FIX10.  Columbia OutDry Extreme Rain JacketColumbia is positioning their new OutDry Extreme tech as a paradigm shift in the world of raingear, which has been dominated by Gore-Tex for the last 30 years or so. It’s the first two-layer system, employing a wicking fabric on the inside and a super-durable waterproof membrane on the outside.Men's OutDry EX Diamond Shell 4. myCharge All-TerrainIt’s the first waterproof, temperature proof, drop proof and dust proof portable battery pack. Charge your phone or devices on big backcountry adventures without worrying about the elements.The All-Terrain is waterproof up to two meters for one hour and can withstand extreme heat and cold without losing charging capabilities.AllTerrain open5. Howler Brothers, Matagorda Tech ShirtTechnical shirts are a dime a dozen these days, but Howler Brothers has outdone themselves with the Matagorda Tech Shirt, the newest in an apparel lineup that is being heralded by industry pros and weekend warriors alike. The key to the Matagorda’s functionality is its streamlined simplicity. The design is clean and focused and the breathable nylon fabric is engineered for extreme flexibility.LS Shirt_Matagorda_Crustaceanlast_img read more

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FAMILY BUSINESS

first_imgOn the top floor of USC’s newly constructed John McKay Center, the coach reclines behind his office desk and sips coffee while waiting for his next staff meeting.It’s the second week of fall camp for the Trojans, and Monte Kiffin has just settled into his new digs, conveniently situated across the street from the practice field.There’s a whiteboard with a handful of indistinguishable scribbles and formations, a video screen and a coffee pot, but that’s mostly it.Though the office is sparsely decorated, a wooden 4” x 6” photo frame at least provides a fitting centerpiece. It’s a gift he received a couple years ago from his wife, Robin — although he can’t exactly recall when.Encasing a photo of his son, Lane, on his wedding day 12 years ago, the frame is engraved with the words: “Families are the rich soil from which we grow.”It’s the type of family snapshot that would likely be found in a number of coaches’ offices.In this case, though, the photo is also of Monte’s boss — or as he prefers to call him these days, the “head coach.”Monte Kiffin, USC’s renowned defensive guru and assistant head coach, has been coaching football since the mid-1960s, when he was a graduate assistant at Nebraska. He served as a head coach in college — Arkansas in the early 1980s — and as an NFL assistant. Yet now, in the latter stages of an illustrious career that’s spanned nearly five decades, he still hasn’t left the sidelines.Instead, he has joined his son, USC’s young but polished 37-year-old head coach.As is evident, coaching football remains Monte’s obsession. It consumes him. Even at 72, as he begins his 47th season and fourth alongside Lane on Saturday against Hawai’i, he’s as motivated as ever. It’s what he knows.“If you ever watch The Shawshank Redemption, and Brooks Hatlen is in the jail and they let him out, he doesn’t really know what to do because he’s so used to it,” Lane says of his father. “That’s how I always describe him. He’s so used to the inner office of football and how it operates that he wouldn’t want to be outside that.”If Monte, who works roughly 12 hours each day and spends many nights during the season at the Radisson Hotel on Figueroa Street, is in fact stuck coaching, he doesn’t appear to be bothered by it in the slightest. In a peppy voice and with a revealing grin, he still talks about the camaraderie of a football team, and about watching players grow and develop from wide-eyed freshman to seasoned All-Americans. He longs for this. It’s as simple as that.“Coaching is when you take pride in coaching and see a player get better from his rookie year to his second or third year,” Monte explains. “It’s exciting. That’s where it’s a lot of fun. As a coach, your job is to get them better.” The father and son duo reunited three years ago. Fired by the Oakland Raiders after just 20 games, Lane quickly landed another gig, this one at the University of Tennessee. Looking to fill out his staff, he reached out to his father, who had just finished his 13th season as the Bucs’ defensive coordinator.“It was a good situation [in Tampa],” Monte says. “So I had to think about it for a while.”Lane, already carrying the reputation as a tireless recruiter, convinced his dad to move to Knoxville, Tenn. and to take on the same position with the Volunteers. Monte was sold on returning to a big-time college program. For as long as he’s coached, he has loved that environment: the sold-out stadiums filled with 100,000 fans, the tailgaters who wake up at the crack of dawn each Saturday, the close-knit family-type atmosphere, the pageantry of it all. He saw that in Tennessee, so he accepted the offer. Then, in no time at all, he found himself on a flight to Los Angeles after just 15 months with Lane on Rocky Top.“We got there, I bought a home and then it’s one and done,” he recalls. “What am I doing here? I would’ve rented.”So he turned in orange for cardinal and gold and followed his son, who had accepted the head coaching position at USC and replaced Pete Carroll.“I didn’t really have a choice,” Monte laughs. υ υ υ Making his young defense better, though, has been a prolonged process, even for Monte. In 2010, his first year in Los Angeles, the unit posted the worst statistical season in USC history, allowing 400 yards per contest. A year later, progress — if it could be called that — was slow. In late September, the Trojans gave up 43 points in a loss at Arizona State and then 41 points to Arizona, setting another school first — 40 or more points surrendered in consecutive weeks.That prompted skepticism from the stands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to various online message boards — all in spite of his pedigree.“Monte Kiffin’s freaking old and needs to retire,” commented one fan on the Daily Trojan’s website. “His defense is outdated, and it doesn’t work against the spread … What we need is a young defensive coordinator from the college ranks.”With USC firmly entrenched in the second season of a two-year postseason ban, frustrations grew, and the mounting consensus among a sizable portion of the fan base became this: The son had to fire the father — a hypothetical each Kiffin insists was never discussed.“We never really talked about it,” Monte recalls. “You have to keep concentrating, or you’ll be screwed up. You can’t coach. Oh, I’m scared to call this [play].”Naturally, Monte toes the line between being stubborn and being confident. The architect of the famed Tampa 2 defense, he helped guide the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXXVII championship while serving as their defensive coordinator.“I’ve been doing this a long time,” he says. “I knew what we were doing. We were just very young. These guys wanted to do well; they just didn’t, and I take some of that responsibility. But I never really thought we weren’t going to do it. We were going to get better.”There was little doubt, at least in his mind, that his previous success could translate to USC, which ended up winning six of its final seven games in 2011.“I felt bad, at that time, for the kids and the head coach,” Monte recalls. “But I don’t feel bad for myself.” No USC player’s relationship with Monte predates that of junior cornerback Nickell Robey.During the summer of 2009, before Robey’s senior season of high school, he met Monte Kiffin at a camp at Tennessee, and received a scholarship offer on the spot.Previously committed to Georgia, Robey hails from Frostproof, Fla. — about an hour and a half east of Tampa Bay — where Monte had made his name as a defensive innovator. So he knew full well about the coach’s pedigree. His late mother, Maxine, had been a Bucs fan. Robey’s cousin even played for Tampa Bay.That is to say: A scholarship offer from Monte Kiffin carried a fair amount of significance in the Robey family.“He was extremely well-known in Florida,” says Robey, who would eventually follow Monte to USC. “When he came to my school, people were like ’Oh that’s Monte Kiffin,’ taking pictures, things like that. I just realized how important he is.”But no matter how important Monte becomes, his routine hardly changes. He wakes up early, drinks coffee, goes to staff meetings, talks to his fellows coaches, talks to his players, downs more coffee, goes to practice, watches film, goes to sleep, repeats the process. He’s always coaching.“In most jobs, people work to get to retirement,” says Lane. “He wouldn’t enjoy that at all. This is what he enjoys.”In Monte’s mind, he still has plenty of work left, too. Progress needs to be made. Though USC boasts eight returning starters on its defense and sits atop the Associated Press Top 25 poll, he insists more time is needed in order for the Trojans to build a national championship defense. So he tinkers with schemes and packages and talks to his players — he’s still concerned about their development.“Whenever we do talk, I really can’t explain it,” Robey says. “It’s like we just know each other. Like I’ve known him all my life, and he’s known me all his.”That is why Monte still coaches: for his players, his defensive family.“You want to win for these guys,” Monte roars. “I’ve got two national championship rings, a Super Bowl ring, all that stuff. You know what, I want one for these guys.”All of a sudden, he finishes his coffee, disposes his cup and then, almost immediately, pops up out of the chair behind his desk and bursts out the door to coach.Nothing else matters.last_img read more

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