Mesut Ozil’s two closest allies in the Arsenal team revealed

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 1:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Mesut Ozil is said to be close to fellow German Shkodran Mustafi (Picture: Getty) Unai Emery previews Arsenal’s Europa League match vs RennesTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:13FullscreenUnai Emery previews Arsenal’s Europa League match vs Rennes 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.Despite his recent improvement, Emery is reportedly unsure Ozil warrants a starting spot against Manchester United on Sunday, having failed to make a telling impact during Thursday’s dismal Europa League defeat at Rennes.ADVERTISEMENTWhile his relationship remains strained with his manager, he retains the faith of the majority of his teammates, particularly compatriot Shkodran Mustafi and Switzerland international midfielder Granit Xhaka.The Times reports that although he can often cut a distant figure in training, he is generally well liked by the group and considered a consummate professional.Indeed, Ozil’s conduct is said to represent a stark contrast to that of Alexis Sanchez, whose histrionics and desire to force a move to Manchester United drew resentment from the squad managed by Arsene Wenger.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Mesut Ozil has struggled to win the full trust of Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil remains a popular member of the Arsenal dressing room, despite his continuing struggle to win the full confidence of Unai Emery.The former Real Madrid playmaker has been welcomed back into the first team fold in recent weeks following a lengthy period of inactivity around the turn of the year which saw him miss matches due to injury, sickness and tactical reasons.Ozil has featured in five consecutive matches for the first time since September and produced a stunning individual display in the recent 5-1 win over Bournemouth, Arsenal’s biggest home Premier League win of the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Mesut Ozil’s two closest allies in the Arsenal team revealed Commentlast_img read more

Brighton home just a walk across from the beach hits the market

first_imgThe home at 596 Flinders Parade, Brighton, is up for sale.JUST by crossing the road from this Brighton property you can feel sand squishing between your toes.The beach is directly across the road from this home.Glenn and Angela Hayward are selling their much-loved home at 596 Flinders Parade after buying acreage and a business in Maleny.“It’s one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” Mr Hayward said.“We just can’t live at both.”The kitchen has granite benchtops.The two-level home has polished timber floors throughout, granite benchtops in the kitchen and waterfront views.The master suite is upstairs, with the bedroom spanning the width of the house at the front, which leaves space in the bedroom for a parents’ lounge.The ensuite, which has a double vanity, opens into the walk-in wardrobe and there is also a balcony off the bedroom, overlooking the water.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019You can hear the ocean from the bedroom.This adults’ area is Mr Hayward’s favourite in the home.“The master bedroom is pretty magnificent and has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean,” Mr Hayward said. “My fondest memory is laying there and listening to the waves crash on the beach.”On the second floor there are also two more bedrooms, another bathroom and a living area.Downstairs is a fourth bedroom, third bathroom, laundry, and open-plan kitchen, living and dining area.The home has feature pendant lighting.Mr Hayward he would miss the friendliness of the neighbours.“There wouldn’t be a weekend where you weren’t invited to a barbecue or over for a swim or a party by someone,” he said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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 Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17The home is walking distance from an array of shops and restaurants along Beaconsfield Terrace and Mr Hayward said the location was unlike anything else.“It’s in such a unique, small pocket on the foreshore,” he said.“It’s not until you’re a local that you realise how valuable it is.”The floorplan of 596 Flinders Pde, Brighton.last_img read more

IPE Conference: The areas under scrutiny by EC’s pensions expert group

first_imgThe European Commission’s new high-level expert group (HLEG) on pensions is to focus in particular on issues such as coverage, contribution levels, and gender inequality matters, according to PensionsEurope’s Matti Leppälä.Speaking at IPE’s conference in Dublin yesterday, the secretary general and CEO of PensionsEurope said that the expert group would also would assess what Europe could do for new forms of work not yet covered by traditional pension funds, as well as the issue of cross-border pensions.Leppälä was appointed in July as the member of the advisory body representing pension funds.The HLEG started operating in September, and its membership includes representatives of insurers and academics. It has been tasked with producing policy recommendations for occupational pensions and third pillar systems, and will advise the Commission after next year’s elections. The expert group – established in the wake of the introduction of the European pensions directive IORP II – replaced the much bigger Pensions Forum, representing EU member states and stakeholders.Leppälä said that the expert group was to produce an interim report in April and a final version at the end of 2019, but added that it was too early to say anything about its content.Delegated acts Credit: Patrick FrostL-R: Liam Kennedy, IPE; Jerry Moriarty, Irish Association of Pension Funds; Matti Leppälä of PensionsEuropeWhen asked by Liam Kennedy, IPE’s editorial director, about PensionEurope’s resistance against the Commission’s proposal to introduce delegated acts for its sustainable finance plan, he argued that it would be much better to leave powers to individual member states.“We haven’t adopted delegated acts in IORP II either and we don’t need to harmonise,” he said.He argued that the proposals put forward by the Commission could enable the introduction of requirements similar to solvency rules for insurers.“Some of our members saw this as a potential for harmonising through the back door, through management requirements that would have the same effect,” Leppälä said.PensionEurope’s CEO also said his organisation would further develop cashflow analyses for next year’s stress testing by European supervisor EIOPA.He underlined that EIOPA’s plan – to also include a qualitative and a quantitative assessment for ESG – still had to be agreed on.Also during the interview, Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, said Ireland should not be complacent on pensions reform despite having one of the youngest populations in Europe on average.He said that the Irish government had issued a comprehensive “roadmap” for reform, addressing the state pension and gender issues as well as the introduction of master trusts aimed at consolidation and auto-enrolment for increased coverage.The Irish government’s plan has targeted a 14% pension contribution introduced in stages, shared between government (2%), employers (6%) and workers (6%).According to Moriarty, less than half of the Irish population had pension provisions at the moment.last_img read more

Aker Solutions Eyes More Efficient Projects and Ops with ix3

first_imgAker Solutions has launched ix3 – a software and digital services company that enables operators to accelerate field development projects and optimize asset performance.ix3 has created a digital twin platform called Integral that brings together engineering, manufacturing and test data with live-streamed operational data.Integral monitors, assesses, maintains and optimizes energy assets from concept to decommissioning. It can improve the design and operating efficiency of energy assets by enabling teams to make better decisions, Aker Solutions explains.“Our software solutions have contributed to improved quality and performance on 140 projects in the last 15 years, with benchmarked results. We have combined our cutting-edge software with deep domain knowledge in ix3 to help our customers deliver more efficient projects and operations. Our digital offerings are a key differentiator and contributor to Aker Solutions growth and profitability,” said Dean Watson, chief operating officer of Aker Solutions.According to Aker Solutions, one of the main barriers to digitalization in the sector to date has been data quality. Integral, reportedly,  addresses this by bringing together structured and easily searchable information via applications. All information about a field or facility is maintained in an up-to-date, centralized place and connects the operator with contractors and other service suppliers. It brings together cloud computing, Industrial Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence.“The ix3 suite of apps is radically transforming how we work. They accelerate time to first oil and increase safety and performance throughout the full life of an energy asset. ix3 is named after its core offering: integrated, innovative insight,” said Are Føllesdal Tjønn, head of ix3. “We can reduce months of design and engineering work to weeks. Administration and coordination costs can be significantly reduced during the construction phase while also increasing quality during fabrication.”ix3 has four software portfolios addressing the full life of field of an energy asset:Concept Insight enables customers to fully test and trial multiple field development scenarios at a fraction of the time and cost previously possible;Engineering Insight portfolio automates engineering, design and modeling processes in the FEED or detailed design stages, reducing engineering hours and allowing more time to be spent on creative innovation and value-added activities;Construction Insight supports continuous improvement and operational efficiency through real-time insight and by supporting a connected workforce working from centralized data;Operational Insight provides access to real-time condition, risk and performance data from a facility or field enabling quick, confident and targeted decision making.last_img read more


first_img* Treasurer – Roland Uy ILOILO City –“We will bring the festival to its next level.” With this declaration, MayorJerry Treñas launched yesterday Dinagyang Festival 2020 with the theme “PerfectVision: Celebrating the Ilonggo Spirit in Honor of Senior Sto. Niño.” As of this writing, eight contingents have confirmed theirparticipation in the Dinagyang 360°, said IFFI president Atty. JobertPeñaflorida. He also bared the 11 IFFI Dinagyang 2020 activities: Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking. Thefestival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-atihan celebrations widelyobserved not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. Itmay not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo, Aklan but it is known more for itsparticipants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes that reflect theingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos. Treñas also announced that President Rodrigo Duterte’s partnerHoneylet Avanceña will be the guest of honor during the Dinagyang highlight(tribes competition) Jan. 26, 2020. * Board of Directors – Philipp Chua, Honorato Espinosa, RogelioFlorete Sr., Molly Grande, Jose Marie Layson, John Alexander Que, Allan RyanTan, Luis Tinsay For the first time, contingents in the tribes competition – whichwill now be called “Dinagyang 360°” – will have a guaranteed schoolparticipation prize of P1 million worth of projects to be sourced from theSpecial Education Fund of the Local School Board. In line with the city government’s vision to take the Dinagyang tothe “next level”, Peñaflorida said contesting tribes would be required tochoreograph their presentations in such a way that the dancers face thespectators from all angles during their performances. “Dinagyang will now be moreexperiential, (there will be) more people involvement. Indi pareho sa una nga gabantay ka lang. I-push ta gid nga experiential Dinagyang,” saidformer Tourism undersecretary Salvador Sarabia Jr./PN * Chairman – Rito Carlos Peña Why Dinagyang 360°? * Miss Iloilo 2020 – Jan. 24 Peñaflorida said the tribes’ choreography mush be such that theirperformances should face not only the grandstand but also the river. “We have talked to all the school principals already and they haveaccepted this challenge. Kaya nila i-choreographang performances 360 degrees,” saidPeñaflorida. * Vice President – Dr. Ronald Raymond Sebastian The P10 million will be released in January 2020. * President – Atty. Jobert Peñaflorida Also yesterday, Treñas inducted the IFFI officers. They were: * Assistant Treasurer – Ivy Gurrea “Let us help to make sure Dinagyang will be far better, hopefullywith unity and cooperation,” Treñas stressed. * Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika – Jan. 24 “We will take advantage of the river, a potential area foradditional seats from where more spectators could watch the presentations. Thejudges will be posted in all angles,” said Peñaflorida. “Dinagyang 2020 will be far better than the previous celebrations.With the IFFI, we will bring the festival to its next level. Let us not worryabout anything. Iloilo is Dinagyang, and who is Iloilo? Kita,” said Treñas. The main performance area is the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand onMuelle Loney Street facing the Iloilo River. * Ilonggo Food Festival – Jan. 23 to 26 The city government has allotted P25-million assistance to theIFFI, said Treñas. * religious sadsad –Jan. 25 * Dinagyang 360° – Jan. 26 * fireworks display – Jan. 24 ‘NEXT LEVEL’ PERFORMANCE. Dinagyang Festival is known for its participants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes that reflect the ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos. Next year’s edition of the festival promises to be more experiential and engaging. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN He said P15 million will be released to the IFFI between Octoberto December this year. * fluvial and solemn foot procession – Jan. 24 * Corporate Secretary – Angel de Leon Jr. This is early, he added, some 30 congressmen already expressedinterest to attend the festival. The prize forthe first placer or grand champion will reach a total of P5 million – P1million for the contingent, P3 million worth of projects for the school, plusthe guaranteed P1 million school project participation prize. * Iloilo Dinagyang Art Festival – Jan. 18 to 25 * Vice Chairman – Dr. Felipe Uygongco The secondplacer in the tribes competition will get atotal prize of P3.5 million – P500,000 for thecontingent,P2 million worth of projects for the school, plus theguaranteed P1 million school project participation prize. Dinagyang will be handled by the newly-organized Iloilo FestivalsFoundation, Inc. (IFFI). Treñas assured Ilonggos it could do the job. * Festive Parade Sponsors Mardi Gras – Jan. 25 * Dinagyang sa Calle Real – Jan. 25 Thethird 3rd place will have a total prize of P2.25 million – P250,000 for thecontingent, P1 million worth of projects for the school, plus the guaranteed P1million school project participation prize. * Floats Parade of Lights – Jan. 24 The Dinagyang Festival started in 1967. A replica of the SantoNiño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Jose de Placer Church. The imagewas enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos who danced on the streets ofIloilo City. For next year’s Dinagyang Festival,the city government wants people to be more involved. “With theschools, with everyone working together, we will make it happen. I have nodoubt at all,” said Treñas.last_img read more

Leising recognized for service on Corn Marketing Council

first_imgOldenburg, IN— Indiana Corn Marketing Council CEO Courtney B. Kingery and board member Josh Miller recently recognized State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) at their December meeting in Indianapolis. Leising was recognized for her nine years of service on the council, where she has served as an appointee from the Indiana General Assembly.last_img

Mancini phlegmatic amid Pellegrini talk

first_imgRoberto Mancini leads Manchester City into another FA Cup final today with speculation once again surrounding his future. Press Association Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is again being linked with Mancini’s position even though the Italian could win a third major trophy in three seasons with victory over Wigan at Wembley. Mancini has been the subject of scrutiny throughout a generally disappointing campaign in which City have failed to defend their Barclays Premier League title. Pellegrini has been mentioned a number of times as a potential successor in recent months and reports that director of football Txiki Begiristain dined with the Chilean’s agent last month fuelled the rumours. center_img Several other names have also been mentioned as possible City managers this season but Mancini, to his credit, has brushed off all the conjecture and regularly voiced his confidence about the project ahead. Yet even he accepted, on the eve of the cup final, that his profession can be a precarious one. “I won seven trophies at Inter in four years and they sacked me after four years,” said the 48-year-old, at his pre-match press conference. “This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation.” Mancini has previously said winning the cup and finishing second in the table, although not the prime objectives at the start of the season, would still represent a respectable campaign. After all, the club had not won a trophy in 35 years prior to the 2011 FA Cup victory and last season’s title triumph was a first in 44 years. Mancini, who signed a five-year contract last summer, said: “I only want to do my job well, if it is possible, and continue to win every year. This is my target. I think it is important for every club to have a manager who can take a lot of decisions about the team, but now it is important we win this trophy.” City are odds-on favourites against Wigan, whose progress to the final has been overshadowed by their battle against relegation. But despite their struggles, Roberto Martinez’s men have a reputation for playing good football and even outplayed City for large spells of their meeting at Eastlands last month only to lose to a late goal. Mancini said: “Every game we play against Wigan we have had a problem. We never win easy. First of all, they try to play football, always. Also, when they are losing a game, they continue to play football because they want to attack with a lot of players, and when they attack they are very dangerous. “Never do they stay back too deep to defend the result. They don’t play only counter-attack, they play football, they play to win.” last_img read more

AIBA’s annual congress postponed

first_imgBudapest: The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced on Wednesday that its annual congress in Budapest, Hungary, that was scheduled to be held in March, has been postponed in light of the outbreak of the fast-spreading coronavirus.“Extraordinary AIBA Congress, scheduled in Budapest in March, is postponed for a 3-month period because of Coronavirus outbreak. AIBA Executive Committee took this decision by e-mail vote due to the force majeure. AIBA National Federations are invited to attend an Extraordinary AIBA Congress on June 20th, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary,” the AIBA said in a statement.The postponement prompts an extension of Mohamed Moustahsane as AIBA Interim President until the Extraordinary AIBA Congress to be held on June 20. “With the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, many Governments are considering restrictive measures including cancellation of events in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, bearing in mind that such measures and recommendations are in constant evolution”, said Moustahsane in the AIBA statement.The move is prompted by a letter from the Hungarian Boxing Federation which asked AIBA to postpone the Congress due to concerns raised by Hungarian Health Authorities. (IANS)Also Read: Russia to host new format of AIBA World Cup 2020Also Watch: Coal laden truck overturns at Tinsukia-Makum bypass road, Driver injuredlast_img read more

Barkley and McDonald return for 2012

first_imgServing the second year of a two-year postseason ban, No. 5 USC did not participate in a bowl game last month but notched a big victory nonetheless.Lucky number seven · Juniors TJ McDonald and Matt Barkley exiting the tunnel at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Both Barkley and McDonald have decided to forgo the 2012 NFL draft held in April. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanIn front of a modest crowd of reporters and fans at Heritage Hall on Dec. 22, junior quarterback and Newport Beach, Calif. native Matt Barkley announced he would return to school for his senior season, bypassing the chance to participate in  the 2012 NFL draft.“It is my dream to play [as a] quarterback in the NFL and I intend to make that dream a reality,” Barkley said at the press conference. “But I also know in my heart I have not yet finished my journey as a Trojan football player.”Throwing for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdown passes in his third season as the Trojans’ starter under center, Barkley was projected to be selected in the first round, possibly even in the top 10. But the chance to potentially earn a BCS National Championship or play in a bowl game for the first time since his freshman season appeared to be too much for Barkley to pass up.“Our football team has been through some tough times and we have persevered,” Barkley said. “I am not postponing my dream and objective of playing in the NFL so I can just have one more year of college life. I am staying because I want to finish what I started.”Because of NCAA sanctions levied against the program in June 2010, stemming from the ineligibility of former tailback Reggie Bush during the 2004 and 2005 season, Barkley and his teammates have been unable to participate in postseason play despite compiling 18 wins over the course of the last two seasons. In 2012, however, the Trojans will be able to compete in the Pac-12 championship game and a bowl game.Also in attendance at the December press conference were USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, USC football coach Lane Kiffin and Barkley’s family, who helped counsel the signal caller throughout his decision-making process.“This is a special, special college student-athlete story,” Kiffin said. “Matt Barkley decided to come back and get his degree. He decided to come back to start on his master’s program.”Barkley’s decision came just one day after junior safety T.J. McDonald announced he would also return to school for his season.McDonald was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2011 and had been projected as a possible second round pick had he decided to declare for the NFL draft.“We have an opportunity to do something great,” McDonald said in a video released by the school. “That opportunity doesn’t come around very often. I want to finish things out and be a part of something great.”A second-year starter for the Trojans last season, McDonald finished with 67 tackles and three interceptions, making the Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly All-American first teams. McDonald and his father, Tim, became the first father-son tandem in school history to be named All-Americans. Tim McDonald was an All-American for USC in 1985 and 1986 before a 13-year NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.In 2010, T.J. McDonald also led the team in tackles with 89.“We’re obviously very excited about T.J.’s decision to return next year,” Kiffin said in a statement. “He’ll be a leading candidate for the Thorpe Award in 2012 and he has a chance to be a two-time All-American.”Not every draft-eligible junior  however, will return to USC.Fellow juniors offensive tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry announced their intentions to declare for the NFL draft instead, but the Trojans are still expected to return 17 of 22 starters, including Barkley, who finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy last season.Many analysts have suggested that the Trojans will be ranked in the preseason top five when the rankings are released this summer.last_img read more

Darnold must keep dazzling

first_imgWant to know one play that epitomizes USC’s season thus far? Wind back the tape to about 40 seconds left in the first quarter of last week’s game against Arizona State and watch a trick play almost turn into a catastrophe, yet somehow work out.Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold handed the ball off to senior running back Justin Davis, whose return flip to Darnold landed on the ground. But Darnold picked it up and, while running and escaping pressure, heaved a deep ball downfield for sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett for a big gain.It was an incredible play, done by a quarterback who has shown a knack for making something out of nothing. “From disaster to dazzling!” yelled play-by-play man Joe Davis on the FOX broadcast. At the risk of extending a metaphor far too deep, that essentially has been the Trojans’ season in a play: one long, broken-up flea-flicker — except the ball is still in the air.If the hype surrounding Darnold now is “dazzling,” then the way USC approached the first part of its daunting schedule was the disaster — or the errant Davis flip. From making (what we now know) was the wrong choice at starting quarterback to the beatdowns the Trojans received at the hands of Alabama and Stanford, few saw the pre-season ranked No. 20 team in the nation dropping that low, that fast.Likewise, few can see a flea-flicker coming. It starts off like any other regular play: A straight handoff from quarterback to running back, who will try to plow his way upfield — pretty standard stuff. But then the running back tosses it back to the quarterback, and everyone is caught off guard. The defense panics: “It’s going to be a pass? Who’s open downfield? What are they doing?”This was head coach Clay Helton replacing redshirt junior Max Browne at quarterback with Darnold, a decision that had supporters and critics alike wondering what was happening. This was the gamble, the risk of throwing a redshirt freshman into the teeth of the tough Pac-12 conference and watching him crumble, but the potential for an astronomical reward — like a flea-flicker resulting in either a huge loss of yardage or a big play downfield.Unlike his punting decisions, Helton stood firm and rolled the dice — and in came the “dazzling.” There is no metaphor here because this is literally Darnold. This is Darnold having the sense of awareness to save a turnover, and — instead of throwing it away — buy enough time to uncork a perfect throw on the run 40 yards downfield. For the purpose of this hypothetical universe, though, the ball is still in the air, and Burnett has not yet caught it. This is where Darnold’s career track sits at the moment, with his potential and intangibles clear as day but his sample size still small.Against Arizona State, Darnold showed just how high his ceiling is. He moved and threw left, right and center. He slipped away from seemingly inevitable sacks like his uniform was covered in grease. He made throws in scramble mode with so much zip and accuracy that he could have been throwing from the pocket with plenty of time. He made Helton look like a genius, which is not a very easy task these days.Besides the Utah State win, the shellacking of Arizona State was the first time USC fans walked away from a game this season feeling confident and with nothing negative to gripe about. To me, it almost felt strange, serving as a wake-up call that yes, this is the USC team we all expected to see this season — only nobody thought we’d have to wait until the fifth week and endure a 1-3 start and a quarterback change to witness it.We are indeed in the middle of a theoretical flea-flicker, and the difficult parts — the handoff, the pass back, the potential for a turnover — appear to be over. It took a while, but the Trojans finally have the team they want out there. They have found the right quarterback, the right balance between the run and pass game, the defense that can stop a formidable offense such as ASU and — like it or not — the head coach their players generally want to play and win for.But in sports, success can be fleeting and the good feelings will only last until the next loss. In order for this flea-flicker to be complete — for Burnett to make that diving catch — USC has to repeat last Saturday’s performance against Colorado and get back to .500. Darnold has to pick up right where he left off and continue to be the mobile, accurate, flashy quarterback that has fans salivating, and the rest of the team has to follow suit. Never mind that the Buffaloes are the ranked team and USC is not. No one has to remind this team that — by USC standards — a .500 record this late into the season is a cause for concern, much less a 2-4 record.A loss to Colorado means the flea-flicker is looking more and more like the wrong play call; a win extends the arc on the ball making its way downfield. It’s now up to Darnold to erase the “disaster” and complete its transformation into a word that describes both the San Clemente product and a word that USC hopes will come to define this season: dazzling. Eric He is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more