Barkley, No. 11 USC visit Washington

Barkley, No. 11 USC visit Washington

SEATTLE (AP) Matt Barkley was just a freshman and knew there would be other chances later in his career to get even with Washington.

It didn't make watching Huskies fans pour onto the field following Washington's upset of the then-No. 3 Trojans three seasons ago any easier for Barkley to accept after sitting on the sidelines the entire game with a sore shoulder.

Barkley and his No. 11 Trojans make their first visit to Seattle since that 2009 upset when they face the Huskies on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Even though he didn't play the last time USC (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) ventured north, Barkley doesn't view this matchup with any more importance with the Trojans trying to rebuild a resume that took a hit less than a month ago with their upset loss at Stanford.

``It's just another game on the schedule,'' Barkley said. ``It's exciting, and they're a great opponent, but I don't look at it any other way.''

Barkley at least has an idea about the venue he'll be playing in, the home of the Seattle Seahawks that is serving as Washington's home for the 2012 season while Husky Stadium is being renovated. He's attended Seahawks and Seattle Sounders games in the past and Saturday is a precursor for a pro career that will likely see Barkley play in Seattle at some point.

He's well aware of how loud the stadium can get - but only if the Trojans let Washington hang around.

``You've got to be more disciplined in an atmosphere like that, and it starts from the little things,'' Barkley said. ``I've been there before. It gets loud, but we've played in loud environments before. I've been to that stadium before. It's a great atmosphere, and they've got great fans.''

Washington (3-2, 1-1) is at the tail end of a brutal six-game stretch that included road games at then-No. 3 LSU, No. 2 Oregon and home games against Stanford and now USC. But a win Saturday and a third upset of the Trojans in the past four meetings would be a major coup for the Huskies considering how daunting the schedule looked before the season began.

``I don't know if I'm looking forward for it to be over. I think there is something to be made about the psyche of a team and the mental makeup of a team and the mental toughness of a team to embrace these opportunities and I think we do. I think we go in with our fists up and our sleeves rolled up and ready to go to battle and compete,'' Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. ``And the next six are not going to be a whole lot easier. We've got some other guys down the pipe that are pretty good teams, too, so you can't worry about who you just played, you can't worry about who is coming, you just focus on the task at hand and we have USC this week.''

The tasks facing Washington's defense the past few weeks have been diverse. On Sept. 27 against then-No. 8 Stanford, the goal was shutting down the Cardinal run game and trying to make young QB Josh Nunes beat them. Washington was successful, holding Stanford to 65 net yards rushing in the 17-13 upset.

Last weekend, it was trying to slow down Oregon's spread offense, although Washington's defense got no help from its offense with five turnovers in the Ducks' 52-21 victory.

Now comes USC's offense. Since losing at Stanford, the Trojans have gone back to focusing on the run with the improvement of Silas Redd and return of Curtis McNeal, but they also have Barkley and two of the most talented receivers in the country in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, who have combined for 83 receptions already.

Washington is likely to put cornerback Desmond Trufant on one of the Trojans' top receiving threats, but the other could have a big day with the Huskies mostly unproven at the other cornerback spot.

``I still think we need to attack the ball downfield,'' Barkley said. ``Robert knows that, Marqise knows that, and (coach Lane) Kiffin knows that. We're trying to do it.''

Washington would like to see its offense finally show life. The Huskies have yet to score more than 21 points against an FBS opponent and quarterback Keith Price has not approached the dynamic numbers he posted a year ago. Price was candid this week, saying the loss of playmakers from a year ago and injuries to the offensive line have kept him in the mindset of trying to do everything.

Price has not thrown for more than 200 yards since the season opener against San Diego State and his completion percentage is more than seven points lower than a year ago, when he completed more than 66 percent of his throws.

``I think I am at my best when I am relaxed and not worried about everybody else around me, that's when I'm at my best,'' Price said. ``When I am worried about `hey, is he going to do the right thing?' and worried about my protection and then trying to worry about what the defense is doing to me, I just need to cancel out all of those components and just stick to what I see and stick to my preparations and just make those plays when I need to make those plays.''


AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Who ya got? Trotz faces tough choice in net after Holtby's strong return

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Who ya got? Trotz faces tough choice in net after Holtby's strong return

Braden Holtby has made Barry Trotz’s weekend very difficult, but in a good way.

Back-to-back games against the New York Islanders offered the Capitals an opportunity to play both Philipp Grubauer and Holtby. Grubauer stayed hot earning another win for Washington. On Friday, Holtby got his first start since March 6 and played very well.

“A win is good,” Holtby said after the game. “I felt pretty comfortable. Some things to build off of and things that I want to get better at. It was a step in the right direction.”


A 22 save effort on Friday was bookended by two big saves. The first shot Holtby faced was a turnover on the power play that led to a dangerous shorthanded scoring opportunity for John Tavares early in the first period. Then in the third, with the Capitals leading 5-3 and the Islanders trying to mount a comeback, Holtby turned aside a breakaway opportunity for star rookie Mathew Barzal.

“I thought he was pretty solid,” Trotz said. “He looked really confident.”

“I felt a lot better,” Holtby said. “Not that I was feeling horrible before, it's just you get refreshed. It's like anything, you have a week off work, a holiday or something, you come back a little refreshed.”

And that brings us to Sunday.

On Sunday, the Capitals play the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are a team in playoff position in desperate need of points after seven of their last eight games.

When asked on Wednesday who he thought would start Sunday’s game, Trotz said, “We're in a result business and we need some results so we'll see who is looking the sharpest and gives us the best chance to win.”

Both Grubauer and Holtby were impressive in their starts over the Islanders. You can’t argue Holtby is suddenly the hotter hand after one win considering how well Grubauer has played of late, but if Holtby remaisn the team’s No. 1, shouldn’t he get the next start after a strong winning performance?


Trotz was asked after the game who would start on Sunday after Holtby’s win.

“They're both playing well so I can't even answer that right now to be honest with you,” he said. “I do know that we have a number of games this week and whatever way go, obviously I'm going to sit down with the coaches and whatever way we go, I think they're both going to get some time this week.”

“I think you have to take it game-by-game,” Trotz added. “Bottom line is that you've got to make a decision and go with it and if your decision is that goalie A is a little hotter or you've just got a gut feel then you go with it and you have to live with it good or bad.”

So for now, it sounds as if we will see a rotation in net as Trotz continues evaluating which netminder gives the team the best chance to win in the playoffs. It is a tough position for the Caps’ bench boss, but, if both goalies continue to perform, having to choose between a hot Grubauer and a resurgent Holtby is a good problem to have and much preferable to having to choose between backup Grubauer and slumping Holtby.

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone the graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.