Chinese buyers spend more than $10 million on three Gold Coast properties this week

first_img25 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise sold for $6 million.THE Chinese have splashed out on Gold Coast property with $10 million in three sales this week.In Surfers Paradise, a giant riverfront Cronin Island mansion was snapped up for $6 million, while properties in Clear Island Waters and Bundall sold for $2.45 million and $2.38 million respectively.Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo negotiated the sales and said they get a lot of inquiry from Chinese buyers looking for prestige homes on the Coast.“It’s about the position, the view and the quality of the house,” Mr Guo said.“The market is steadily strong and buyers are very savvy — they’re all looking for quality homes.”25 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.While he would not disclose the buyer details, Mr Guo said the new owners of 25 Southern Cross Drive were sold on the property’s position.“Southern Cross Drive is a very unique street,” Mr Guo said.“The buyers loved the views out to Surfers (Paradise) and of course the position.”25 Southern, Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe five-bedroom Cronin Island mansion is among 39 prestige properties on the exclusive island.It features chandeliers, timber shutters, parquetry flooring and a wet bar while out the back there is a pontoon and boat shed.Property records show the vendor, Concetto Zappala, paid $1.425 million for the property in 2001.12 Clear Water Bay Ave, Clear Island Waters sold for $2.45 million.The two other properties at Clear Island Waters and Bundall were snapped up before their scheduled auctions this month.Mr Guo said there was a shortage of prestige properties on the market with a surge of cashed-up buyers looking for new listings.“It’s especially true for the high-end properties,” Mr Guo said.“People who spend that type of money want the amazing views, the top finishes and the quality builds.”6 Platypus Ave, Bundall sold for $2.38 million.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said Chinese buyers were driven to the Coast for its relaxed lifestyle and lavish homes.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSummer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid Beach“There’s nice fresh air, the ocean, there’s plenty of golf courses, great hotels, shopping and the casino is here,” Mr Newlands said.“They like the safety of the place and from a value for money point of view they’re getting a lot of house compared to what they get overseas.”6 Platypus Ave, Bundall.last_img read more

Old hospital provides medical grade luxury to apartment living

first_img503/53 Gregory St, Townsville.The apartment has sweeping views over The Strand and Cleveland Bay. The complex includes numerous facilities, including a manned reception, gym, pool complete with swim jets while there are also plans for various gazebos and BBQ areas in the front garden once water restrictions are lifted.Developer Robert Zammit said allowing each unit owner to build the interior of their apartment offered something different in the Townsville market. 503/53 Gregory St, Townsville.“It’s extremely unique and it tends to lend itself more to refurbishment in historical buildings but it’s a common practice in parts of Europe,” he said.“Twelve have been finished and we’ve had five different builders on site so every unit is unique and has its own character. There isn’t two that are even close (to being similar).” 503/53 Gregory St, Townsville.The apartment will be the first to be onsold in the complex.After being on the market for just over a week, it has already attracted plenty of interest. Apartments in Fulton Gardens are initially sold as a shell, meaning owners are free to design their own individual and custom fitout.This is obvious in apartment 503 from the vertical living herb garden in the kitchen complete with irrigation and lit with UV and infra-red, to the master suite which could also be used as guest quarters and has its own private entry. 503/53 Gregory St, Townsville.RE/MAX Excellence Townsville sales agent Michele Hyde said the apartment, which is listed for $1.785 million, would be perfect for someone wanting to move from a large house to an apartment or an interstate buyer in search of value for money.“I think it will attract a more mature buyer because of the price point and people who have lived in a big, comfortable family home who don’t want to downsize but need the convenience of apartment living so they can lock it and leave it to travel,” she said.“I think that will most likely be our target market but then you can always get a surprise. For interstate buyers, the value for money is just ridiculous.“The other thing about the lifestyle (this apartment offers) is when you put your car into the garage, there is no need to get it out again because you can just walk to the grocery store, the hairdresser, any number of cuisine restaurants and good coffee shops.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 503/53 Gregory St, Townsville.WALKING through the doors of apartment 503 at Fulton Gardens, it’s hard to believe the expansive and luxurious home was once part of a hospital ward.This is apartment living at its finest. There is no compromise on space with 250sq m of indoor living matched by a massive 62sq m balcony that runs nearly the entire breadth of the apartment.Despite being housed in the old Townsville Hospital building on Gregory Street in North Ward, there is nothing clinical about this apartment. The building’s rich history and 1940s modern architecture combined with a luxurious fitout make for a highly unique offering in the Townsville unit market.last_img read more

​One third of European insurers expect to cut number of external asset managers

first_img“Driven by a need to streamline oversight and find new ways of generating yield, insurers in Europe are consolidating their outsourced investment assets and leveraging the expertise of asset managers to a greater extent than ever before,” Cerulli Associates said.While 29.1% of European insurers in the study said they expected to cut their external asset manager counts, 16.4% expected no change and 49.1% were unsure.Cerulli said that larger insurers were better able to cope with the complex oversight associated with outsourcing to a larger number of asset managers.Justina Deveikyte, associate director of European institutional research at Cerulli, said: “Although partnership-type engagement has been triggered by regulatory and economic pressures, the approach is most likely here to stay.”
Partnerships differed from traditional mandates in that insurers demanded a range of services, from governance and risk management to operations and bespoke product research, she said.
“Simpler oversight and greater investment returns are the two key goals of strategic partnerships,” she added. “We expect to see continued demand for riskier fixed-income and illiquid assets.” Almost a third of European insurance companies expect to reduce the number of third-party asset managers they work with over the next 12 to 24 months, according to new research.This was more than five times the 5.5% of respondents anticipating an increase, as insurers preferred “strategic partnerships” instead, data analysis firm Cerulli Associates reported.Only large insurers – those with more than €100bn in assets – foresaw a rise in their external asset manager tallies, the US-based company found.The firm said its 2019 insurance research found that European insurance companies were seeking strategic partnerships with asset managers, with expertise being sought in particular to address increased oversight related to Solvency II and poor returns linked to low-yield assets in Europe, especially government bonds.last_img read more

EPL: Newcastle dare Red Devils

first_imgRelatedPosts Man U complete £40m Van de Beek deal PSG ponder Ighalo move Ndidi linked with Man U move Newcastle vs. Man U Venue:St. James’ Park Kick off: 4:30PMNewcastle United and Manchester United meet in the Premier League this afternoon with both teams in serious need of a confidence boost. Steve Bruce’s side are without a win since August and were thrashed 5-0 by Leicester City last time out, while United have only managed two wins from their last 12 league games. In a way, the contemporary tales of Newcastle and United mirror each other quite nicely: a maligned owner, a failing transfer policy, an inept squad, no clear style of play, and no prospect of the club reaching a solution to these problems any time soon. While Ashley has often been accused of trying to play too much of a shaping role at Newcastle, the owning Glazer family at Old Trafford can be seen as doing the opposite – taking an interest in share prices whilst leaving the actual management of the club to a directorship spearheaded by Ed Woodward, whose success in the marketing side of affairs has been overshadowed by a total failure in planning a coherent footballing strategy. As United head to St James’ Park, there is a growing consensus among its supporters that the side’s toothless, idle performances this season are a consequence of not just tactics but indeed emblematic of a wider rotten culture at the Theatre of Dreams which feels technocratic, faceless, concerned only with short-term results as opposed to long-term potential. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, appointed back in March amid a wave of optimism, therefore has the seemingly impossible task of building a team for the future at a club whose management structure does not appear to look further than the next annual investors conference, but the 46-year-old is nonetheless doing what he can. The arrivals of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, combined with the Norwegian’s championing of academy products such as Axel Tuanzebe, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Brandon Williams, demonstrates that Solskjaer does at least want to build a squad which can grow as a collective over several years. However, Solskjaer’s current reliance on a mixture of youngsters and expensive signings who are past their best has culminated in an almost total ossification going forward, with United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea serving as the only time in 13 outings that they scored more than one goal in a game, casting serious questions over the club’s decision to dispense with and fail to replace attacking duo Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez over the summer. Perhaps more concerning for United is that, having won all of Solskjaer’s first nine away outings after Jose Mourinho was removed, the Red Devils are without a victory on the road in 10 games across all competitions, with that 3-1 win in Paris serving as the club’s last success away from home, underscoring the notion that these players are suffering on both a technical and mental level. While United’s tactical problems – not to mention the supervenient structural malaise infecting the club’s very identity – are not likely to be solved any time soon, a victory at St James’ Park would at least restore some psychological belief ahead of a testing series of fixtures following the international break. Newcastle United possible XI: Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Yedlin, Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron, Atsu, Muto, Joelinton. Manchester United possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pereira, Mata, James, Rashford.Tags: Ed WoodwardManchester United FCNewscastle UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Southampton seal Walker-Peters loan deal

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Southampton have confirmed their loan capture of Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham Hotspur. Crystal Palace and West Ham were also in the race for his signature, but Southampton have beaten off the competition. The loan deal will last until the end of the season, and does not include an option or obligation to buy. Originally Spurs wanted Southampton to sign the 22-year-old on a permanent deal for £12 million, and then loan talks included an option to buy for that price. Now it has turned into a simple loan deal. Walker-Peters has made 24 appearances for the Tottenham first team, scoring one goal and providing five assists. He is a more regular fixture in the Under-23 squad, and has made a number of appearances for England at youth level. On the club website, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I am very pleased to have Kyle with us for the rest of the season. He is a talented young player, with good defensive and attacking qualities. “It was clear this month that we could use additional support in the full-back positions, and Kyle was exactly the profile of player I was hoping we could bring in. “He will be a good addition to our squad, and we are pleased that he has chosen to join us ahead of a number of other clubs who were interested in signing him.” Walker-Peters said: “On a personal note I’m just grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given by the manager and the club. “I come here looking to help the club improve and improve myself. I just want to win as many games as possible and enjoy playing football. “I had a chat with the manager and he assured me I was the type of player he liked and I got that feeling from watching Southampton that I could fit in well.”Tags: Crystal PalaceKyle Walkers-PetersSouthamptonTottemhan Hotspurlast_img read more

Red Force crush West Indies Under-19s

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago crushed an out-of-sorts West Indies Under-19s by eight wickets in quick time here yesterday, to win their second game and move into second spot in Group A of the Regional Super50.Wounded by a defeat to Kent Spitfires last Sunday, Red Force routed the Under-19s for a meagre 58 off 31 overs and then galloped to their target off 10.2 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.They lie second on nine points, three behind leaders Leeward Islands Hurricanes whom they meet in their next game at Coolidge Cricket Ground tomorrow.Opting to bowl first, Red Force’s attack was spearheaded by Jamaican left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell who claimed three for six from seven overs while left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (2-16) and fast bowler Roshon Primus (2-20) picked up two wickets apiece.Emmanuel Stewart, batting at number four, top-scored with 30 from 66 deliveries with four fours but failed to get support as no other Under-19s batsman reached double figures.In reply, T&T lost openers Kyle Hope (8) and Evin Lewis (19) but Nicholas Alexis struck four boundaries in 19 not out off 20 balls to see his side home without further hiccups.West Indies Under-19s are bottom of the standings without a win in three outings.UNDER-19s inningsS. Brathwaite lbw b Rampaul 0M. Patrick c wkp. Ramdin b Cottrell 0B. Yadram c Primus b Cottrell 6E. Stewart b Pierre 30K. Kallicharan lbw b Cottrell 0K. Paul c Pierre b Primus 5A. Athanaze c Pierre b Primus 0J. Bishop lbw b Khan 3M. Louis not out 1J. Spencer lbw b Pierre 0O. McCoy run-out 0Extras: (lb4, w7, nb2) 13Total: (all out, 31 overs) 58Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-6, 3-14, 4-14, 5-27, 6-34, 7-57, 8-57, 9-57.Bowling: Cottrell 7-4-6-3 (w-1), Rampaul 6-1-9-1 (w-2), Primus 7-0-20-2 (w-3, nb-2), Emrit 4-1-3-0 (w-1), Pierre 5-2-16-2, Imran Khan 2-2-0-1.RED FORCE inningsK. Hope c & b Spencer 8E. Lewis c wkp. Stewart b McCoy 19N. Alexis not out 19J. Mohammed not out 4Extras: (b-4, w-5) 9Total: (2 wkts, 10.2 overs) 59Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-46.Bowling: McCoy 5-0-26-1 (w-3), Spencer 4-0-22-1 (w-2), Bishop 1-0-5-0, Paul 0.2-0-2-0.Points: Red Force 5, Under-19s 0.last_img read more

Cricket News Pakistan suffer heavy ‘penalty’ in thumping loss to India in Women’s World T20

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan registered their highest-ever Twenty20 International total during the match against arch-rivals India in the Women’s World T20 encounter in Providence, Guyana. However, that was not enough to give them victory as Mithali Raj’s aggressive 16th fifty helped India register their second straight win of the tournament.However, the match was tinged with controversy in the Pakistan innings and it all started in the 18th over bowled by offspinner Deepti Sharma. On the first ball, Bismah Maroof cut a short ball to point and set off for a quick single. However, the umpires came together and after conferring, they penalised Pakistan five runs for running onto the danger area of the wicket. Umpire Sue Redfern had apparently warned the batters twice before signaling the penalty.Read More | Mithali Raj fifty helps India crush Pakistan in Women’s World T20In addition, the run was disallowed but the umpires made a mistake of not getting Maroof back on strike, with Nida Dar taking a single off the next ball.Read More | Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj guides India to 7-wicket win over PakThe incident was repeated again in the final ball of the innings. Poonam Yadav was the bowler and Sidra Nawaz got a leading edge that rolled to point and Pakistan pinched a single. However, Nawaz had once again trod on the danger area of the pitch and umpire Redfern penalised Pakistan five runs yet again. This meant that before India started the chase, they had already accumulated 10 runs on the board.What does the law say?The 10 penalty runs was a big talking point in the match. However, the umpires knew the rules and enforced it. Under the ICC playing conditions, rule 41.14.3 states that if there is any further instance of avoidable damage to the pitch by any batsman in that innings, the umpire seeing the contravention shall, when the ball is dead, inform the other umpire of the occurrence.The bowler’s end umpire shall award five Penalty runs to the fielding side and also award any other 5-run Penalty that is applicable. The umpires will inform the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of the reason for this action. The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending side and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.Pakistan’s faultSpeaking after the loss, Pakistan skipper Javeria Khan admitted that it was the team’s fault for the penalties. “I had a chat. They told me that after warning the players three times, they gave the penalties. It’s unprofessionalism on our part because we were warned. It’s not happened the first time. It’s happened in the Sri Lanka series as well,” Javeria said.This was not the first instance that a team was penalised five runs in the World T20. In the second match of the day between Ireland and Australia, another incident took place during Ireland’s innings. In the 13th over bowled by Australia’s Delissa Kimmince, Laura Delany set off for a quick single but was disallowed and five penalty runs were awarded to Australia after the batter had run on to the danger area. Earlier, in the over, Gaby Lewis was officially warned for the offence. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Same script, different cast!

first_imgON Tuesday, April 11, FIFA president Gianni Infantino arrived in Guyana and while the primary reason for his five-hour visit was not specified, the leader of the world’s mostChristopher Matthiaspopular sport ceremoniously turned the sod for what will be the country’s first football stadium.Infantino, who considers himself both Italian and Swiss, was the third FIFA boss to visit, dating back to João Havelange in 1976 and Sepp Blatter in 2001. However, unlike Havelange’s visit when the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) was then known as the Guyana Football Association, Blatter also turned the sod for football’s first home at the University of Guyana.In 1999, Guyana, Belize, Bahamas, Nicaragua and St Lucia were listed as countries to benefit from FIFA’s new initiative, the ‘Goal Project’ (now known as the FIFA Forward Programme). However, in 2001, Blatter had stated that the building of stadiums was the responsibility of governments and subsequently revealed that FIFA would contribute some US$400 000.Wayne FordeThe Government of Guyana, through then Minister of Sport Gail Teixeira, bluntly refused, leaving the ‘beautiful game’ with nowhere to call its own.Back then, everything about football was shady; the GFF was under the dictatorship of Colin Klass, who had close ties to FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF head Jack Warner, but it was clear that Guyana was one of the few regional territories where football development was stagnant.In fact, while Guyana was struggling to even find a space for FIFA Goal Project in 2001, Warner was able to successfully build at least four new stadiums in Trinidad and Tobago for the hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.In essence, it was embarrassing that a country of 1981 square miles in size was able to enjoy seeing the likes of Argentina’s Carlos Teviz and other young budding would-be stars compete for a World Cup, while the GFF could not have found a space in all of Guyana’s 83 000 square milesThe local football federation struggled for years to acquire land from the Government of Guyana until Moroccan Alami Binani made available to them a piece of land at Orangestein, East Bank Essequibo.Colin KlassIn 2011, Klass was suspended for his involvement in the famous ‘Cash for Votes’ scandal and the project was shelved with only a land-clearing exercise ever conducted.Under Klass’ successor, Franklin Wilson, the GFF acquired US$500 000 funding for the resuscitation of the project after initially being allocated US$400 000. For the first time since Klass’ ascension to the helm of the game, Guyana saw a democratic change in power in 2013 with the election of Christopher Matthias.During his (Matthias) tenure, most of which was embroiled in turmoil, the GFF discarded the Orangestein land due to the uncertainty surrounding its ownership and the distance from the capital city.The GFF had engaged the government in an attempt to acquire land behind the Leonora Track and Field Facility, but nothing came to fruition as the PPP-government allegedly offered less than four acres which was not approved by the world governing body.Matthias then became the first GFF president to be removed by FIFA and was replaced by a Clinton Urling-led Normalisation Committee. Football seemed stable and it was somewhat of a ‘litmus test’ given by FIFA.Under Urling, GFF and the Eccles/Ramsburg Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) signed an agreement that would see the local governing body for the sport of football get a 30-year lease for the Providence Community Centre ground.The ground, 8.5 acres in size, sits opposite the Guyana National Stadium and Urling had said that acquisition of the land “will change the face of football in Guyana forever”; an echoed sentiment by FIFA’s president Infantino.On November 14, 2015, Wayne Forde was elected president and the GFF boss believes that it wouldn’t be the same as it was before with regard to the Goal Project; same script, different cast but he (Forde) is optimistic of a different climax.Dwayne Ferdinand and Home Designs and Engineering Associates won the bid ($128,982,471) for the elementary work and Green Fields was named by FIFA to execute the laying of the Astro Turf.Marcel Gaskin and Associates will supervise the works at the facility, and while no time-line of completion was given, FIFA has indicated that the funding for the project has been approved.Under president Infantino, FIFA member associations now have access to at least US$1.25 million per year to support running costs, training, infrastructure and facilities projects, and for development programmes and competitions such as youth leagues and women’s football.last_img read more

Showcase features American and Israeli start-ups

first_imgStudents, faculty and investors gathered in the Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom on Sunday to network with start-ups from the United States and Israel as well as to learn more about the startup ecosystem in the world at large.Emily Smith | Daily TrojanRoot of innovation · (From left to right) James Bottom, Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, Guy Katsovich, Howard Singer and Arik Benzino participated in a panel held during the Cal-Israel Innovation Expo on Sunday morning.The Cal-Israel Innovation Expo was hosted by the TAMID Group in partnership with Blackstone Launchpad USC. Thirty-four startups were present at the expo, with some looking for employees and interns, and others looking for funding to take their ideas to the next level. These budding companies showcased innovations in areas such as medical, energy and water conservation, mobile and cyber technology and agribusiness.USC TAMID is a nationwide student organization that connects business-focused American students with Israeli companies in a wide variety of educational and professional opportunities. The organization provides free consulting services to small businesses in Israel and organizes a fund to invest in businesses in the area. The ultimate goal of these programs is to orient members in the economic landscape of Israel and, by extension, the world at large.According to Noa Braun, the president of USC TAMID, the event sought to have representation from as many industries as possible.“We look for a breadth of companies,” Braun said. “That’s really important to us. We don’t want to have everybody concentrated in just biotech, or just security, so you’ll see if you walk around the expo everybody is scattered across all industries.”According to Wharton Magazine, Tel Aviv is the number five startup ecosystem in the world behind Boston, Los Angeles, New York City and Silicon Valley. Yoram Dahan, volunteer CEO of the Cal-Israeli Innovation Expo, said that this atmosphere of innovation could come from Israel’s military, which is building strong young leaders with ideas to solve real world problems.“Israel has a unique opportunity to bring a lot of innovations, mostly because the young students and audience providing these kinds of startups and thinking usually go into military service and gain a lot of confident knowledge leadership and come out with some amazing innovations,” Dahan said.According to James Bottom, director of Blackstone Launchpad USC, the atmosphere of innovation could also come from the country’s global circumstances surrounded by enemies and with few natural resources.“They have had to be really innovative with how they have been able to create partnerships and trade deals to be able to bring resources into their country, which has allowed them to prosper,” Bottom said. “And I think because of that they have built up really good relationships.”Bottom was an honorary speaker on Sunday’s panel. On Monday, guests will hear from Yannis Yortsos, the Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering. The event is open to all USC students interested in learning about new innovations and the startup ecosystem of Israel.last_img read more

USC eyes redemption against Stanford for Pac-12 title game

first_imgClay Helton had his interim tag removed earlier this week, and in his first game as the team’s permanent head coach, he and the Trojans are faced with the task of stopping No. 7-ranked Stanford in Saturday’s Pac-12 title showdown at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. If they’re  able to do so, they have the chance to come away with the program’s first conference crown since the 2008-2009 season, which would earn them a trip to the Rose Bowl.USC (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) is hoping to avenge its loss earlier this season to the Cardinal (10-2, 8-1), who marched into the Coliseum and handed USC its first loss of the season. In that game, fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Hogan powered the Stanford offense to 474 yards and bullied their way to a 41-31 upset of the then-No. 6 ranked Trojans.“It’s the most physical game I’ve ever played in,” redshirt sophomore safety Chris Hawkins said.Two different roads Since that game, though, both teams have gone in two different directions.Despite losing its first game of the season to Northwestern, Stanford won eight of its last nine games en route to running away with the North title — its third in four years — despite a late push by Oregon. Last week, it not only derailed then-No. 6-ranked Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff hopes after knocking off the Irish on a go-ahead field goal as time expired, but also continued to build its case for playoff consideration.The No. 24-ranked Men of Troy, on the other hand,  experienced a tough stretch, losing to Washington at home on a Thursday night, which led to the firing of Steve Sarkisian only a few days later. That’s before before Helton stepped in and turned the Trojans’ entire season around, leading the team to wins in five of its last seven games on its way to winning the Pac-12 South title after defeating crosstown rival UCLA last Saturday for the first time in four seasons.Though each team’s journey to the conference championship has been drastically different, both teams will be riding into the game with momentum, coming off wins against perennial rivals.“This was the plan to be here from Week One and I don’t like the way that we got here, but I mean I’ll take it,” junior linebacker Su’a Cravens said.The Trojans, however, might have gotten a little extra motivation to win Saturday’s game with Helton in the position to notch his first win as the official leader of the program.Formula for Success Ever since taking over for Sarkisian, Helton has strived to instill a formula of “running the ball, stopping the run and not turning it over,” which has contributed to much of the Trojans’ success.In the seven games for which Helton has been at the helm, USC has out rushed its opponents in every game by an average of just under 140 yards, in addition to holding a plus-nine turnover margin.The Men of Troy have also taken a page out of Stanford head coach David Shaw and the Cardinal’s book by slowing down the tempo of the game via the ground the game, which has allowed them to control the ball for the most part. The Trojans have won the time-of-possession battle in each one of its last seven games, except at Colorado. Last week against UCLA, they ran the ball 59 times on their way to out possessing by a third of the game.The USC ground game has featured a committee of running backs over the course of the season and has been anchored by leading rushers Ronald Jones II, who surpassed Charles White to become the leading freshman rusher in USC history, along with and junior Justin Davis.Nonetheless,Saturday’s matchup will feature a display of two ground-and-pound teams with similar playing styles. USC will have to try and put the brakes on one of the hottest running backs in the country, in sophomore running back Heisman Trophy contender Christian McCaffrey.Stopping McCaffrey Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year McCaffrey, who is also a semifinalist and finalist for a number of other postseason awards of the, broke a conference single-season record by totaling 3,035 all-purpose yards during the regular season.In addition to setting a few other school records, the Colorado native posted nine-consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He finished second in the Pac-12 in rushing this season with an average of 136.7 yards per game, only behind Oregon’s Royce Freeman.There’s no doubt that he will be a focal point in the defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and the USC defense’s game plan to stopping the Stanford offense.“He’s a great player, very versatile and that’s pretty much what you get when you going against a good guy like that,” sophomore cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said.Last time USC played the Cardinal, McCaffrey put up 249 all-purpose yards, including 115 yards on the ground.What we need to focus on is the execution during the game and the results … you know those things come with that,” Wilcox said.Hogan, who completed nearly 80 percent of his passes and threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns against USC earlier this season, will also serve as a threat both with his arms and his legs.“We’ve got to be able to mix up defensive calls to throw them off-base too,’’ Helton said. “I know Justin has a great plan, and I like where these kids are at, especially with the confidence they gained last week.’’Saturday’s game will kick off at 4:45 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.last_img read more