Redshirt sophomore receiver Tyler Vaughns scored two touchdowns against ASU last year on Oct. 28. (Daily Trojan file photo)With Saturday’s face-off quickly approaching, the Daily Trojan got an inside look at ASU’s tactics through a conversation with State Press football beat writer Jacob Rosenfarb.Daily Trojan: Do you think that Arizona State’s 4-3 record is an accurate reflection of their performance thus far?Jacob Rosenfarb: While a 3-4 record isn’t ideal after seven games, it’s relatively indicative of the Sun Devils’ performance. If a few plays go different in each of Arizona State’s four one-score losses, they are looking at a very different season, but overall this is a pretty average football team. DT: Who are the players on each side of the ball for the Sun Devils that USC fans should look out for?JR: On the offensive side, Arizona State possesses a high-caliber group of wide receivers highlighted by junior N’Keal Harry. Standing at 6-foot-4 with breakaway speed, Harry is one of the more electric players in the conference and will likely see his name called in the first round of this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. Defensively, the Sun Devils feature a number of intriguing starters, one of whom is true freshman linebacker Merlin Robertson. Thrown in the fire since week one, Robertson has played with a poise typically reserved for players three years his senior. Look for him to make an impact up the middle in the run game, then shift to the edge come third down to rush the passer. DT: The Sun Devils are winless on the road. What makes road games such a struggle for them, and do you expect this loss streak to continue against the Trojans?JR: Arizona State’s 0-3 record on the road is disappointing, but much of that has to do with the opponent rather than the Sun Devils’ performance. Washington, Colorado and San Diego State are all at worst equal in talent level to Arizona State, and in the Huskies’ and Buffs’ cases, significantly more talented.While crucial mistakes cost the Sun Devils chances in each of their road losses this season, it’s still a stretch to imagine they pull all three out. DT: All of ASU’s losses have come by 7 points, and they are 1-4 in one-possession games. Why do the Sun Devils have issues in close contests?JR: I don’t believe Arizona State has problems in close games per say, they are just the type of team to play in a lot of them. Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins is one of the least turnover-prone quarterbacks in the country, only throwing two interceptions to his 11 touchdowns. But, the defense has struggled at taking away the ball, only registering seven turnovers all season. Almost every game the Sun Devils have played this season have come down to ball control and time of possession, and that’s how they find themselves at 3-4. DT: Which team will walk away with the win?JR: As concerning as the Trojans’ quarterback situation currently looks, I don’t believe the Sun Devils have the ability to capitalize, so I’m picking a USC victory. Like all of Arizona State’s games this season, I anticipate another close matchup but ultimately I believe the Trojans will come away with the victory, 28-21.
The maiden Football Business Expo has been launched in Houston, United States of America. The event was launched on Monday as part of the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual OTC Dinner Reception.In attendance was the Minister for Business Development, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal who duly launched the Expo which is slated to take place on June 28 and 29.”Our objective is to make an impact with the expo and reach the rest of the world through the United States,” said Mr Mohammed Awal”The Expo is a one stop shop where the Government of Ghana will be duly represented,the Ministry of Business Development has the lead role in that regard. He added that “the private sector will be well represented to show case nothing but the best from Ghana, invest and establish international presence here in the United States.”Our approach seeks improve the lives of our people by creating a platform and a conducive environment where the private sector will be engine of growth of our economy.Also present at the Dinner was the Minister of Energy, Mr. Boakye Agyarko.Mr Ebo Appiah who represented the Ghana Football Association noted the importance of the expo. “What is the Ghana Football Business Exposition? WHY did we come here, we are certainly not here just to do an exhibition and a trade fair about Ghana”, he quizzed”We are here to connect, life is about people, the gfbe seeks to illuminate all about the people of Ghana.He added that “We want the world to know that Ghana is more than a football nation, our nations doors are opened for business.”Our enviable political stability is a wonderful feet choked by us. For 25 continuous years we have thrived politically changing Governments through the ballot.”We at that Ghana Football Association believe is time to use the attention we attract during our international engagements and help contribute our quota in developing our dear nation hence the Ghana Football Business Expo.” The Ghana Football Association, in partnership with RGG Sports, LLC and its local partners, the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce in Houston, TX and the Ghanaian American Journal in Hartford, CT is organizing the Expo to attract investment to Ghana during the two international soccer engagements. The GFA believes it is time to harness the cordial relationship that has existed over the years between Ghana and the USA.The expo which kicks off 1-2 days before the International friendlies in Houston and Hartford seeks to introduce businesses in America to the tremendous opportunities in Ghana.The GFA aims to use this unique opportunity as a vehicle to empower the African girl child through education to take advantage of the opportunities available to build the continent. It would also facilitate the GFA’s goal of building a sports academy in Ghana for girls and distribute 100,000 match specific jerseys to all girls’ schools and orphanages in Ghana.
Like St. Louis Blues fans everywhere, Jayson Tatum rejoiced in the team’s first Stanley Cup Wednesday night.But that led to an awkward situation for the Boston Celtics star, given the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Cup. Tatum, a St. Louis native, retweeted a tweet by fellow Blues fan and NBA star Bradley Beal, noting ST LOUIS FOREVER!!!ST LOUIS FOREVER!!! https://t.co/nS5512bGkm— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) June 13, 2019The tweet, sent out immediately after the game, obviously did not sit well with many Boston sports fans on Twitter.Hope you’re in New Orleans next year— Mike (@elliopizza) June 13, 2019pic.twitter.com/woIyprR9NZ— karson kuhlman stan club (@dylanmchale_4) June 13, 2019We traded down for this bum? Should’ve taken Markell Fultz. Can’t wait to see you in New Orleans— 🅱️ig 🅱️enny 🅱️oomstick #WeWantTimThomas (@DingDongsAllDay) June 13, 2019Trade him to New Orleans now— David (@david34ortiz98) June 13, 2019But Tatum had his share of supporters.”Ignore these salty bums, you’re the future of the Celtics. Go celebrate the win!,” wrote one Celtics fan.”Please don’t listen to the haters JT, we love you here in Boston,” wrote another. Tatum later tried to defuse the situation with a post on his Instagram account.“Listen I got nothing but love for the city of Boston and the bruins!” Tatum wrote (via Boston.com). “But St. Louis will always be home I can never go against the grain! Where I’m from there isn’t much to celebrate or be happy about! This brings the city joy and brings positive attention that we rarely ever get! With so much negative attention for many different reasons it’s rare we get this opportunity.“With that being said CONGRATS to @stlouisblues ST LOUIS WE LIT!!!!!!!!”