Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden notched up startling early wins over leftist rival Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday. AFP The two Democrats, lifelong politicianswith starkly different visions for America’s future, were battling fordelegates as 14 states and one U.S. territory held a series of high-stakes electionsthat marked the most significant day of voting in the party’s 2020 presidentialnomination fight. The winner will take on President Donald Trump in theNovember general election. (AP) And suddenly, the Democratic Party’s presidential field, which featured more than a half dozen candidates a week ago, transformed into a two-man contest. WASHINGTON – A resurgent Joe Bidenscored sweeping victories across the country on Super Tuesday, backed by adiverse coalition that helped revitalize a moderate presidential bid teeteringon the edge of disaster just days earlier. But progressive rival Bernie Sandersseized the day’s biggest prize with a win in California that ensured he woulddrive the Democrats’ nomination fight for the foreseeable future.
On a blustery Tuesday in Los Angeles, a pair of long fly balls caught the wind and carried the Trojans to a 5-2 victory.In their first road win during the week, the Trojans seemed to right a lot of wrongs that have, for most of the season, been weighing them down.Going, going, gone · Junior catcher Jake Hernandez (above) blasted one of two home runs for the Trojans against LMU during Tuesday’s win. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“I thought this was a great job of coming back after a real tough loss on Sunday, a game we felt like we could’ve and should’ve won,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said. “To come back and get this win was huge.”USC (14-22) traveled across town to face Loyola Marymount (18-18) for a midweek, 3 p.m. matchup in its first of eight consecutive road games. The Trojans aimed to rebound from twin losses against No. 15 Arizona State despite USC’s late scramble to slate a starter.In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Trojans battled their way through a pitcher’s duel, ultimately beating the Lions by a slim 2-1 margin. This time, USC headed into the bottom of the ninth with an uncharacteristically comfortable buffer and completed a two-game season sweep.Hubbs, who said Monday that he didn’t know who would start the game, settled on sending freshman Brent Wheatley to the mound. Wheatley started against the Lions in the team’s February matchup and tossed five scoreless innings.On Friday, when he was pressed with finding starters to replace injured junior Bob Wheatley, Hubbs prepared to send out a tag team of relievers to carry the team. Instead, junior Sean Silva (who was recently named Pac-12 pitcher of the week) and Brent Wheatley pitched a combined one-hitter against Arizona State.But on Tuesday, five pitchers contributed to the USC victory. Four of those five were freshmen, apparently ready to shed their rookie statuses and help improve the team’s last-place ERA in the Pac-12 conference.Brent Wheatley was on a shorter leash and allowed only one earned run in two innings of work before passing the ball to a couple of pitchers who have been struggling to find their commands.Freshman Marc Huberman entered the game with a 9.53 ERA, having given up 12 runs in only 11.1 innings. Similarly, senior Matt Munson was posting a 10.34 ERA, with 18 earned runs in his 15.2 innings of work.The two pitchers found their grooves, though, combining for four scoreless innings of relief.“Huberman’s been scuffling a little bit so it was nice to see him have a good, clean inning,” Hubbs said. “And then Mudson threw three really good innings that we needed desperately.”Freshman Brooks Kriske put up a pair of scoreless frames and freshman Kyle Twomey allowed a last-chance run before shutting down the Lions for good.On offense, the Trojans initially showed signs of repeating their worn-out habit of threatening to score but being unable to execute. Two early singles from hot-hitting freshman shortstop Blake Lacey and senior left-fielder Greg Zebrack were immediately matched with a pair of strikeouts. Even a walk to load the bases was all for naught.But a slow start at the plate was short-lived, and the Trojans were able to remedy their two pitfalls: failing to respond after giving up runs and hitting with runners in scoring position.Immediately after Wheatley allowed a run on a groundball RBI, USC answered with a couple of hits off the bats of seasoned junior hitters James Roberts and Kevin Swick. The pressure was on Zebrack, who defied the implausible with a two-strike, two-out RBI single to tie the game at one.And the offensive feats didn’t stop there. The big swings of the bat that would end up dictating the outcome of the game were delivered in the top of the sixth inning by Jake Hernandez and freshman right-fielder Vahn Bozoian. The two scorched twin home runs that seemed to follow similar trajectories and set off a domino effect that enabled USC to flex offensive muscles it didn’t know it had.Also worth noting: standout freshmen Lacey and Timmy Robinson kept their hitting streaks alive. Hopefully, a couple more Trojans can contribute streaks of their own in the upcoming long road stretch.“I’m expecting Utah to be tough. They’re similar to us,” Hubbs said. “They’re in every game and they’ve found ways to not win some of them, but they’ve been close games.”The team will head first to Utah on Friday before facing Oregon State and Pepperdine next week.
The Wisconsin football quarterback situation took another confusing turn Monday afternoon following practice, with Joel Stave remaining out indefinitely, but not because of an injury as head coach Gary Andersen had said earlier in the day. Monday morning, Andersen said Stave would miss an undisclosed amount of time with a throwing shoulder injury.Stave shut down indefinitely Update: Badgers head coach Gary Andersen told reporters after this story was published that Stave is still out indefinitely, but Read…But Andersen met with reporters in the afternoon to clear up his earlier comments. Andersen, for example, said the word “injury” was not the proper word in the statement earlier that day.“Joel is at practice. He’s at meetings. He’s in all the scenarios, as far as that stuff goes. But as far as game-prepping at this point, that’s where Joel is not with us completely 100 percent, all the time,” Andersen told reporters. “He’s at practice all the time. I don’t want to say he’s not practicing, he’s not with us because that’s not the case. When Joel feels that he can do that, he’ll be right back in that process.”The second-year head coach also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with the throwing shoulder that Stave injured in the Capital One Bowl in January.“There’s been no re-injury for Joel whatsoever,” Andersen said. “Is he injured? No. Is he ready to play right now? No.“It’s not an injury as far as him feeling like he re-hurt it, or he’s struggling or it’s a shoulder scenario. It’s him just working through getting in a position to be able to get into the game and play in a game for us.”After Andersen spoke to the media, Stave also did his best to clear up the confusion about the situation.“Physically, nothing is wrong,” Stave said. “I just haven’t thrown the ball the way I’d like to.”Despite nothing being physically wrong, Andersen said in his teleconference this morning that Stave hasn’t looked his usual self since the middle part of August. It’s hard to tell what the case might be with Stave, but tonight’s updates probably won’t be the last of it. However, Stave said the development has been more recent than that.“I’ve noticed in this past week I haven’t really thrown it the way that I’m used to or the way that’d I’d like to,” Stave said. “That’s when you start to think a little bit. You just got to get back to relax and play the game like you know you can.A report earlier in the afternoon by ESPN claimed that Stave could potentially miss the rest of the season. But when he met with the media this afternoon, Stave said he could play this weekend against Western Illinois if he had to.