For Stewart, everything is about family

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Lodrick Stewart’s trip home to Mississippi for his great grandfather’s funeral last weekend made the senior guard more determined than ever to have a future in basketball. Tonight: at Arizona, 7:30 p.m., KLAC/570 Stewart’s family lives on a 10-mile plantation. He said his ancestors were brought from Nigeria as slaves, and that the slave owner left the plantation to the Stewarts when he died. Most of his family have lived there ever since. “I just play better when he’s out there,” Stewart said. “I look up in the stands and see him and know it’s time to pick it up.” Been a long time USC’s last victory at Arizona’s McKale Center came Jan. 17, 1985, by a score of 64-63. The Trojans’ 21 consecutive losses at Arizona are their most against any Pacific 10 Conference opponent. “We weren’t part of those,” said coach Tim Floyd, who was an assistant at Texas El-Paso when the streak started. “We’ve lost one to them.” Most players had no idea it’s been that long since USC was victorious in Tucson. This team has won its past two over the Wildcats, though both of those games were in Los Angeles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lodrick and his twin brother Rodrick moved to Seattle for high school with their father Andrew “Bull” Stewart. Lodrick hadn’t been back to Mississippi in six years. “It’s not like here where blacks and whites live next to each other and are friends,” Lodrick Stewart said. “It’s different in the south. There’s still slave houses out there.” Stewart said he sometimes feels lonely out in Los Angeles on his own. He came to USC with Rodrick, but his twin brother transferred to Kansas after his freshman season. “I have nobody to turn to here, no family,” Stewart said. “I hang out with teammates, and they’re like my family. But it’s still hard because it’s not like blood family.” Stewart did get some good news on the trip. His father, who runs a gym in Seattle and has been out to a handful of games this season, plans to attend every USC game the rest of the season starting tonight at Arizona. center_img “I don’t care about driving big cars or none of that,” Stewart said. “All my money is going to help them get out of there. It’s about family first, that’s how I was brought up. I just want to make it, it don’t matter if it’s the NBA or overseas, so that I can help them.” He hopes to move his whole family out to the West Coast some day. last_img read more

Klopp ‘under pressure’ to end Liverpool’s six-year trophy drought

first_img Klopp has yet to win a trophy at Liverpool despite spending £415m in under three years gameday How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev was Klopp’s third defeat from three in cup finals with the Reds 6 The £67m signing of Alisson from Roma brought Klopp’s total spend at the club to £415m in almost three years since replacing Brendan Rodgers, who was himself sacked after three trophyless seasons.Klopp, 51, has also added Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, and with many of the team’s biggest needs addressed by the arrivals, he is aware of rising expectations.He said: “People will say that it is the next step (to win trophies). We need to be ready for that.“I know about the expectations and that is completely normal. “First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something.“We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season.”Klopp has lost all three finals he has reached as Liverpool boss, including May’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.In the Premier League, the club have recorded finishes of eighth, fourth and fourth under Klopp, and the German conceded that ending a 29-year wait for a league championship will be his toughest task due to the strength of rival teams. Jurgen Klopp admits he is under pressure to win trophies at Liverpool as he enters his third full season at the club.Reds fans have not seen silverware at the club since the 2012 League Cup triumph, and with £175million spent on new signings already this summer, the German boss is aware he must claim his first scalp as soon as possible. ALTERED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack who plays? 6 predicted Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 6 6 “(Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester) City brought in (Riyad) Mahrez and I did not hear that they lost one player so far.“So it means the quality of last year plus Mahrez. That’s a nice plan as well.“(Manchester) United will go for it too, and that’s completely normal. We expect more from ourselves.“We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 per cent.” The 2012 League Cup win under then-boss Kenny Dalglish remains Liverpool’s last taste of silverware Signing Brazil No1 Alisson from Roma covered one of the club’s biggest areas of weakness How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights possible standings Klopp told reporters: “It is of course consistency. It is not just that but we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent.“Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.“Other teams of course will do transfer business as well.“They will not be weaker than last year. smart causal Klopp won five trophies with former club Borussia Dortmund, including two Bundesliga titles NEW ERA 6 6 The likes of Mo Salah will be key to any Liverpool title challenge in 2018/19 Despite Klopp’s claims of the need for depth, it is reported the club will conduct a mass clearout over the coming weeks, with as many as eight players set to depart.Recouping as much as £100m to ease the financial burden of the summer’s incomings, under-fire keeper Loris Karius and out-of-favour strikers Divock Origi and Danny Ings are believed to be among those shown the door.Lazar Markovic could also be jettisoned, with youngsters Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Marko Grujic likely to leave on loan.Pedro Chirivella is set to complete a £5m move to the Championship with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City in for the Spanish midfielder.last_img read more