Watch incredible video of 11-year-old doing kick-ups while finishing a rubies’ cube

first_imgWho says males can’t do two things at once? Watch this incredible video of an 11-year-old boy juggling a football while completing a rubix’s cube.last_img

Exclusive – Former Manchester City defender hails ‘complete player’ Kevin De Bruyne

first_imgFormer Manchester City defender Danny Mills has hailed summer signing Kevin De Bruyne as ‘a complete player’, as the Belgian star prepares to fill the shoes of injured Blues favourite David Silva.Spanish midfield maestro Silva missed the weekend’s Premier League victory over Bournemouth and will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Sevilla after picking up an ankle injury during the international break.It’s not the only injury concern for City, with star striker Sergio Aguero suffering a hamstring problem on duty for Argentina, while there are also question marks over the fitness of club captain Vincent Kompany.But ex-England international Mills believes manager Manuel Pellegrini needn’t worry.Raheem Sterling impressed with a fine hat-trick against the Cherries, with stand-in striker Wilfried Bony netting the other two in a 5-1 win.But it is 24-year-old playmaker De Bruyne, who has four goals and four assists in six City games since his big-money summer move from Wolfsburg, who has impressed Mills most.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The big worry for City is that David Silva is out and Sergio Aguero is out“But Raheem Sterling has finally stepped up to the plate this season and Wilfried Bony has hit a bit of form at the right time, so City have to take great heart from that.“But one player I think has done exceptionally well is Kevin de Bruyne.“He’s come in and looks the complete player. £50million, or whatever City payed for him, while I won’t say he’s a bargain, it does look decent value for money.“He’s a great replacement for Silva, too, he’s got everything.”City take on Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night in the first of a double header against last season’s Europa League champions.And, with the two clubs currently tied at second place in Group D with three points apiece, six points would surely see City on their way to the knock-out stages.Mills added: “After the form they showed at the weekend [a 5-1 victory over Bournemouth], we know they can attack. Ok, it was against Bournemouth, but it should give them great confidence.“They can score goals and if City win this first game against Sevilla, it should give them confidence to win the next one and should go through in second place in their group.”last_img read more

Everton 3-0 Newcastle: Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley help Toffees to first Premier League win since December

first_imgEverton’s first home league win since November eased some of the scrutiny on manager Roberto Martinez in his 100th Premier League game in charge but only increased the pressure on Newcastle counterpart Steve McClaren.A first-half goal from Aaron Lennon, the first time since August 2009 he has scored in back-to-back games, and two late Ross Barkley penalties secured a 3-0 victory against a disparate visiting side who lacked cohesion or any semblance of a game plan and who defended haphazardly at best.Martinez has now won 40 times and drawn 31 in his opening century of games at Everton but after a Capital One Cup semi-final exit last week some fans were calling for his head.A victory – their first in the league since Boxing Day – and a much-needed home clean sheet, only the second of the season, will have eased that clamour.McClaren’s record is even worse, having taken just five points from eight matches since their last victory on the road at Tottenham in mid-December, and after spending £24million on Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in the January window he needs to see a return on his investment pretty quickly with his side two points from safety.The match followed a familiar pattern for Everton – who were without the injured defender John Stones – at Goodison Park this season with the scoreline not really reflecting their domination of possession.Lennon took his goal well but could easily have had another two either side of the break.Tom Cleverley forced Rob Elliot into one early low save, Romelu Lukaku flicked a free-kick just past the post and Barkley, on his 100th Premier League appearance, lobbed wide of an open goal after Elliot had rushed out to head clear under pressure from Lukaku.The breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Lennon was picked out by Cleverley and the winger’s shot on the turn beat Elliot.It looked like being the only thing which would do so all night as the Magpies goalkeeper produced a string of saves in the second half, which Everton played without leading goalscorer Lukaku who he was replaced by Arouna Kone after struggling with a back injury sustained in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini.Barkley had two shots, one a free-kick deflected by Shelvey, tipped onto the crossbar by Elliot, who also saved from Lennon from which Kone fired the rebound wide.The post denied Cleverley from a set-piece as Everton continued to create but not take chances.It is one of the reasons Everton made a deadline-day move for Oumar Niasse, restricted to a watching brief in the stand still wearing the club shirt in which he was presented to the crowd in pre-match, who scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Lokomotiv Moscow.Unfortunately for Newcastle Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, who received his visa earlier in the day after his loan move from Roma, was forced to do the same from the bench as bad luck with injuries saw the visitors make all three substitutions with just 55 minutes gone.Newcastle did give a debut to Townsend, named in the starting line-up, but after so long in the wilderness at Tottenham he was an anonymous figure.Moussa Sissoko finally forced Joel Robles, making his first league start for a year after injury to Tim Howard, into a save in the last 15 minutes but just seven goals in their last 18 league matches away from provides some explanation why they remain rooted in the bottom three.Barkley made the result safe with an 88th-minute penalty after substitute Rolando Aarons brought down Lennon, before a cheeky chip from the spot capped an impressive performance after Newcastle substitute Jamaal Lascelles was sent off for bringing him down. 1last_img read more

Region on alert for Santa Ana winds

first_imgSanta Anas are expected to rip through Southern California beginning today, with hurricane-force winds and near-record temperatures putting firefighters on high alert. The National Weather Service has issued high-wind and red-flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties from 3 a.m. today through 4 p.m. Tuesday. The hot dry northeast winds are expected to blow at up to 80 mph through mountain passes, with gusts up to 65 mph on the flats, diminishing in the afternoons. Temperatures are expected to soar from 10 and 20 degrees above normal, with the mercury Tuesday pushing 100. “Let ‘er blow,” said Bill Hoffer, a weather service specialist based in Oxnard. “It’s only Mother Nature combing her hair.” On Saturday, blowing sand and dust forced the California Highway Patrol to close two freeways in the Antelope Valley, where drivers had zero visibility. Fierce west winds forced officers to close the Antelope Valley Freeway near Lancaster at 3:15 p.m., leaving four miles of asphalt closed. To the north, Route 58 was closed to all traffic between Mojave and Tehachapi Pass because of more blowing dust. About 30 miles to the west, winds of 55 mph were blamed for a four-car crash that blocked the southbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway south of the Grapevine. No serious injuries were reported. Surf up to 15 feet was expected to pummel beaches in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The approaching Santa Ana winds concerned firefighters, who worried about an explosive mix of high winds, hot temperatures, low humidity and dry brush. The Los Angeles County Fire Department on Saturday added firefighters, dispatched strike teams and put its dozen helicopters on high alert. Two Erikson Aircrane helicopters, two fixed-wing Super Scoopers and a firefighting DC-10 were also at the ready. “We are hoping with our augmented staff and strike teams in place, if a fire occurs, we can get a quick knock down,” fire Inspector Frank Garrido said. Residents in brush areas were warned to report any sign of smoke, use caution with equipment in grassy areas and have an evacuation plan – with at least two exit routes – in place. At 8 a.m. today, parking restrictions will go into effect in fire-prone areas of Los Angeles because of the conditions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Centennial adds to South’s slide

first_imgTrailing, 35-14, Centennial scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to pull off the upset. Centennial amassed 374 rushing yards and 518 total yards of offense. “That was a great comeback by Centennial,” South coach Josh Waybright said. “My hat’s off to them.” White had 174 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns for South, but he had three costly fumbles, each of which resulted in scores for Centennial. Smith rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. South led, 28-14, at halftime and seemed to take control of the game early in the third quarter. Brett Campbell picked off Theron West to give South the ball deep in Centennial territory, and Will Brown threw a short touchdown pass to White to give the Spartans a commanding 35-14 lead. (4-4, 2-1) After Centennial cut South’s lead to 35-27 late in the fourth quarter, John White fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Centennial recovered and cut the lead to 35-33 on Dayvonte Smith’s 3-yard touchdown run. Centennial missed the two-point conversion. South (4-4, 1-2), which has lost four of five since a 3-0 start, was forced to punt on its next possession, and Smith returned it 82 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:12 remaining. “This was the biggest win in the history of Centennial,” Coach Aaron Craver said. Centennial switched gears, inserting Chris Smith at quarterback. Smith rushed the ball 13 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and also threw for 80 yards on 6-for-8 passing and another touchdown. Centennial quickly cut the score to 35-21 on a 46-yard run by Smith. White then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Centennial. Centennial then scored on a 13-yard run by Smith to make the score 35-27 as the extra point was missed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PIONEER LEAGUE: Apaches rally for landmark victory against Spartans. By Geoffrey Nielsen CORRESPONDENT South Torrance had never lost to Centennial in the 50 years the school has been in existence. That all changed on Friday night as Centennial defeated host South, 40-35. last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL based crook exposed by as a fraudster, cheat, liar and a thief will see his scam wound up in courts north and south of the Border in the next few days, we can reveal.The High Court in Dublin has already ordered the compulsory winding up of Francois de Dietrich’s ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) and appointed joint liquidators.ETIC has been ordered to wind up in the Republic of Ireland, with Paul Rooney and Declan McDonald, both of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), appointed as joint liquidators. The High Court in Dublin made the order on 4 July. We understand the matter is listed for hearing in the Examiner’s Court in Dublin tomorrow.A petition in the High Court in the North to wind up ETIC and appoint PwC as liquidators there will be heard next Wednesday in Belfast.The northern High Court of Justice has already appointed Paul Rooney and Dan Schwarzmann, both of PwC, as joint provisional liquidators in Northern Ireland.We have now learned that once next week’s case is heard, the liquidators will start the process of paying out any monies owed to creditors equally on both sides of the Border. Crook Francois is on the run in France. He is wanted by police here and faces 18 months behind bars once he is caught. He already has extensive convictions in his native France for fraud – even ripping off his own brother.The Ballybofey-based businessman, who ran offices in the town and a restaurant in Letterkenny, persuaded more than 200 people here in Donegal to ‘invest’  in his scams – then made off with €20M and used some of it to launder cash for criminals.Anyone who does want their money back are in the last chance saloon. They must make a claim in the next few days.If you had dealings with ETIC or the director, Francois de Dietrich, you should contact PwC to provide details of the transactions and complete a related questionnaire. You can call PwC on +44 (0) 28 9041 5471 or email FSA spokesman said: “PwC will continue to work to identify and secure assets for the benefit of creditors. It will also be responsible for distributing the funds to ETIC’s creditors in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a just and equitable basis. “At this stage we do not know when funds will be distributed but we can confirm that PwC and the FSA are working to ensure this takes place as soon as possible.”CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT DATES FOR FRENCH THIEF, INVESTORS COULD GET CASH BACK was last modified: September 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crook thief liardonegaldaily.comFrancois de Dietrichlast_img read more

Forget about ‘mercenaries’ like Zlatan and put faith in youth, Man United urged

first_imgDavid Ginola has urged Manchester United to forget about signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and invest in their academy instead.Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain contract expires in the summer and United are reportedly keen on bringing the talismanic forward to England.But Ginola believes splashing out huge wages on the 34-year-old would be a backward step for the Premier League club.Louis van Gaal has blooded numerous academy graduates since taking the helm at Old Trafford.And, despite the lack of success under the Dutchman, Ginola says the club should continue with their policy of giving youngsters a chance rather than signing experienced ‘mercenary’ players like Ibrahmovic – as he believes it will benefit them in the long run.The former France international, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, said: “He is reaching 35 and is probably at the end of his career. I don’t think it should be an option for Louis van Gaal or whoever is in charge next season.“It is better to build a team around the youth and what they are doing at Man United right now with Rashford, Lingard and Martial, I would rather see that.“Louis van Gaal has spent £200million on players and at the moment he is relying on 18-year-old kids. What is the point [of spending that money]?“We are looking for teams and massive clubs like Man United to invest very significant amounts of money on the youth and the academy. Barcelona for ten years worked really hard to bring talent from the academy right up to the first team and that is exactly what they have done. I see the future going that way rather than spending hundreds of millions on players.“I don’t want to see mercenaries in football. I want to see people who know inside out what the history of the club is all about and when you wear the shirt, you really play for them.”last_img read more

These nine top players need a club and are available for nothing this summer

first_img 9 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (released by Reading) – click the arrow above, right, to see the full list of 10 top players available on a free transfer this summer – Robson-Kanu was barely receiving any coverage at the end of the season, but after Wales’ superb Euro 2016 campaign – in which the striker scored two – plenty of clubs are chasing his signature. 9 9 3. Tomas Rosicky (released by Arsenal) – Injury sadly stopped Rosicky from really living up to his potential at the Emirates, but he left the club this summer firmly as a fan-favourite. He briefly showed his class at the Euro 2016 finals and looks as though he could still do a job in midfield. The problem is keeping him fit. 9 9 9. Martin Demichelis (released by Manchester City) – Demichelis struggled to adapt to the Premier League and was never going to feature in Pep Guardiola’s future plans. It’s unlikely another English club will be interested, but he could do a job elsewhere in Europe. 9 6. Miguel Veloso (released by Dynamo Kiev) – Veloso missed out on a spot in Portugal’s Euro 2016 squad, and is hoping to seal a deal at a new club. Monaco suggested he was close to signing, but no agreement has been reached. 9 5. Mathieu Flamini (released by Arsenal) – Arsene Wenger, predictably, opted to release Flamini and the Frenchman is searching for a new club. Not much has been reported on his future, so it remains to be seen if anyone snaps him up. 9 7. Emmanuel Adebayor (released by Crystal Palace) – After a disappointing six-month spell at Selhurst Park, Alan Pardew’s decision not to extend the centre forward’s contract was predicted. He could, nonetheless, still be a quality short-term option. 2. Kolo Toure (released by Liverpool) – With Jurgen Klopp agreeing a deal for Joel Matip, it was unsurprising to see Toure released. The Ivorian may be reaching the latter stages of his career, but his experience could come in handy. 8. Nick Powell (released by Manchester United) – Despite earning the praise of Sir Alex Ferguson, Powell has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, spending the past three seasons on loan. The midfielder’s time at the club has come to an end and he could be an excellent addition elsewhere. 9 4. Martin Caceres (released by Juventus) – Caceres has never completed a full season in Turin, having struggled with injuries since his arrival in 2011. Given his fitness concerns, he would be a gamble but could be worth the risk. The next two months will be a nervous period for some players.While the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Victor Valdes have been snapped up on a free transfer, the futures of others isn’t so certain.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at the best players currently looking for a new club ahead of the new season.Check out nine class players available on a free transfer this summer by viewing the slideshow above.last_img read more

Man City told £17m will get defender, plus club activate £20m release clause

first_img 6 6 6 Lucas Hernandez: Club to activate Atletico defender’s release clause? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Man City transfer rumours – According to the Sun, Guardiola is ready to activate the Frenchman’s release clause, believed to be in the region of £20million. The 20-year-old made 16 appearances in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side last term. Leroy Sane: Schalke winger to decide on future – Guardiola and City are big fans of the 20-year-old winger and hope to progress with a deal later this week, report the Telegraph. After the conclusion of Euro 2016, Sane can make a decision on his future and he could be added to the existing competition of attacking players at the Etihad, along with Nolito who arrived from Celta Vigo. Leonardo Bonucci: City to seek alternatives to Juventus defender? – According to ESPN earlier this week, Serie A giants Juventus are asking for too much money to prise Bonucci away from Turin. The Citizens are wary about paying over the odds for a 29-year-old, despite Guardiola being a big admirer. Bonucci impressed for Italy at Euro 2016 but City may be forced to look elsewhere for their investment, such as John Stones or Lucas Hernandez. Bruno Peres: City told to pay up for the Torino defender – The full-back is attracting interest from City but the Serie A club have reportedly told Etihad chiefs to stump up at least £17million for the 26-year-old Brazilian. He impressed in Italy last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions, even chipping in with three goals. He would add competition to the ranks at City, with Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy current first choices, with Pablo Zabaleta set to leave. 6 6 Man City fans face an exciting summer judging by these transfer rumours.Now Pep Guardiola is at the helm, the club are being linked with the game’s very best players and have already snapped up two quality players in Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.BEST DONE DEALS SO FAR IN 2016It appears the club are far from done, however, and here, talkSPORT has more rumours for supporters to digest.Remain up to date with the latest transfer rumours here or listen to the Transfer Centre on talkSPORT 2 every weekday from 1pm here. Marlos Moreno: Atletico Nacional forward to join then be sent on loan – City are set to sign the Colombian for just over £8million and loan him to Deportivo La Coruna, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 19-year-old has been attracting interest from across Europe and it appears City are going to win the race for his signature. 6 Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Guardiola to raid Barcelona for a new goalkeeper? – The Mail Online reports Guardiola is weighing up a move for either of Barcelona’s goalkeepers. His doubts over current first choice Joe Hart has been widely reported and the 45-year-old is set to raid his former club for Ter Stegen or Claudio Bravo. The duo have shared the main role at the Camp Nou over the last two seasons and are reportedly unhappy about the current situation. Bravo is 33, while German shot-stopper Ter Stegen is 24 years old. last_img read more

Lion heart

first_imgTwisting and turning, it was as if Matt Leinart was carrying the football under one arm and the Heisman Trophy in the other. Slung over his back were the expectations of winning a third consecutive national championship, something nobody else has done, and the demands of his growing celebrity, which he was learning are inseparable from the perks that come with jumping to the other side of the velvet rope. It’s one thing to bear that burden when you’ve spent your whole life preparing for it, but who could have seen this coming? If Leinart can lead No. 1-ranked USC past No. 2-ranked Texas on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl, he’ll have concluded each of his three years with at least a share of a national championship, and he’ll leave school with just as many Heisman Trophies as losses. Even if he can’t, some will still make the argument that he’s the best quarterback in college football history. As the accolades and attention have been laid at Leinart’s feet, it’s something he’s still coming to terms with. If he’s grown to be tall, handsome, athletic and immensely popular, he can’t help but wonder why? This is because Leinart never has forgotten who he used to be. “The fat, cross-eyed kid with glasses,” he said. Leinart was born with his left eye out of alignment with his right, something he underwent surgery for when he was 3 years old. But he wore glasses growing up and that, with his chubby build, made him an easy target on the playground. “I know what it’s like to be on both sides,” Leinart said. “There’s all the glory, all the attention, living on top of the world. Growing up – it’s not a super sob story – but it was tough. “When you’re a kid and you have the problems I had, it’s one of those things where I never thought this would happen. My life has completely changed. How people treat me has completely changed. The attention is fun, it’s a great opportunity, but sometimes I look at it like that’s not who I am.” Leinart given ‘nothing’ When Hue Jackson, the offensive coordinator under Paul Hackett, recruited Carson Palmer, he put together a glossy brochure that listed his future accomplishments should he become a Trojan: Heisman Trophy winner, national championship, No. 1 pick in the draft. Asked what Jackson gave him, Leinart said: “Nothing.” Leinart was a Parade All-American at Mater Dei High in Orange County, but he wasn’t the type of prospect they actually threw a parade for, like Palmer before him or John David Booty and Mark Sanchez after him. Leinart came to USC mainly because the Trojans would have him, something UCLA, the school he grew up rooting for, wouldn’t. When Hackett was fired and Carroll hired, Leinart signed a letter of intent, even if he wasn’t sure what he was signing on for. “I just wanted to play,” Leinart said of his expectations. “I don’t think any of us imagined what was going to happen. Coach Carroll was preaching when he came in, but we didn’t know if he was going to follow up or really change the program.” Leinart redshirted his first year, hoping to back up Palmer the next season. Instead, he was stuck behind sophomore Matt Cassel. His father asked for a conference with offensive coordinator Norm Chow, concerned that his son wasn’t getting enough work in practice to improve. When Leinart returned to Mater Dei to work out and visit with friends and coaches, it wasn’t hard to tell he was down. “Matt thrives on confidence,” said Bruce Rollinson, his coach at Mater Dei. “By no means did we coddle him when he was here, but we kept it light and airy, which is difficult for me to do. If he came off after throwing a bad pass, I’d say, `That was a real beauty.’ ” USC was headed in the right direction after a 10-2 season, but with Palmer departing the big question facing the team was who would be his replacement? Just before the start of spring practice, Carroll told Leinart the job was his to lose. Suddenly, everything started to click. “He looked like a different guy,” offensive tackle Winston Justice said. “He was confident. It was like it was his team.” Still, Leinart had yet to throw a pass in a game, and if the demanding Chow wasn’t enamored of Cassel, Brandon Hance or Billy Hart, there was the possibility he could turn to Booty, who had enrolled after graduating high school a year early. In his first start, a 23-0 win at Auburn, which was ranked third and had been picked by Sports Illustrated to win the national championship, Leinart was flawless. But late in September, he threw three interceptions in an overtime loss at Cal and suffered a knee injury the next week at Arizona State that sent him to the sidelines for much of the second quarter. With the score tied at 10-10, Cassel ineffective and Hance warming up to start the second half, Leinart asked back in the game. He passed for two touchdowns in the second half and earned the name “Lion Heart” from his teammates. USC hasn’t lost since. “When you’re named the starter and you grow and get experience, that builds your confidence game-by-game,” Leinart said. “That first year, about halfway through is when I really started gaining the confidence I needed to start playing and it’s just grown from there.” Indeed, in the ensuing 34-game winning streak, the Trojans have failed to score at least 37 points just eight times. As it turns out, winning isn’t Leinart’s only habit. Each Wednesday he must have lunch with his dad and each Friday he must have lunch with his brother, though that has called for some recalibration of the calendar this week since game day is Wednesday. Then there are the boxers. He has worn the same pair for each start of his career, except one: the loss to Cal. “They’re my lucky boxers,” he said. “They’ve got holes in them. I clean them every week, but they’re gross.” Too much information, you say? Perhaps, but Leinart’s profile in Hollywood has been raised enough that inquiring minds want to know. When Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were splitting up, tabloids offered USC beat reporters $400 if they could get a comment from Leinart, who is a friend of Lachey. Since last season, USC has limited Leinart’s availability to the media to once a week, not that it has kept his appearances at Hollywood parties out of the papers or prevented news that his only class this semester was ballroom dancing from becoming a national story. To ensure he isn’t bothered by autograph seekers, Leinart is whisked from practice to the locker room in a motorized cart. When he isn’t in uniform, Leinart usually wears a baseball cap pulled down tight or a hooded sweatshirt over his head. Leinart joked after the NCAA banned him from speaking to the media for one week after he improperly filmed a promotional spot for ESPN that he was disappointed it wasn’t longer. If it’s distasteful, all the attention might be good medicine. “It’s helped him understand the amount of scrutiny you’re under to be an NFL quarterback,” said Sarkisian, who spent last year as an assistant with the Oakland Raiders between stints at USC. “That’s what he was playing for us this year. The media, the questions, the time management, the notoriety, girls trying to throw themselves at him – they’re all different issues to deal with.” Leinart also has made other good uses of his decision to return, which was influenced by his need for elbow surgery after last season. He has improved his mobility and his arm strength, Sarkisian said. Leinart is so proud of his work ethic and aptitude that he fights the perception that, with his class schedule and club-hopping, he has a case of senioritis. “Matt knows how hard he worked to get to this point and he never takes it for granted,” said his roommate, receiver Dwayne Jarrett. In fact, Sarkisian calls Leinart his toughest critic, saying he’ll dwell on his mistakes and have to be built up the rest of the week. After USC fell behind by 13 points at Oregon and 18 points at Arizona State before kicking it into gear and winning, and didn’t put away woeful Arizona until the fourth quarter, Leinart went into a funk. Then came Notre Dame. “We kind of faced the monster a little bit and he has not been the same since,” Carroll said. “He stopped projecting about what should happen and what he should be and just got back to being a kid playing football and having fun with it.” Sometimes it’s that simple. The difference between carrying the world on your back – or holding it in your hands. Billy Witz, (818) 713-3621 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yet instead of exhilaration, Leinart felt exhaustion. Lying in the turf, he began to cry. When his teammates mobbed him as he staggered to the sidelines, he looked stunned, his eyes glazed over. The emptiness didn’t stop then. The next day he met with quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian. Leinart vented. Then he listened. “I took a deep breath and said, ‘You know, this is what I came back to do, to have fun and be a part of this,’ ” Leinart said. “I’m not a guy that gets tense or nervous or anything like that. I think everything was kind of building up. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of kind of handling everything the past couple of years. (It) was just like, oh, man, I felt like there was so much weight on my shoulders.” center_img No wonder he needed a push. When Leinart, with his all-or-nothing lunge, crossed the goal line at Notre Dame, it was the signature moment of his career. last_img