BERLIN: German champions Bayern Munich extended their domestic domination by winning their 20th German Cup title with a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the final. Robert Lewandowski scored twice while Serge Gnabry and David Alaba were both on the scoresheet.Leverkusen were given some hope when Sven Bender scored in the 63rd minute to make the score 3-1. However Leverkusen could not make any significant inroads post that and Lewandowski scored his second in the 89th minute to put the result beyond doubt. Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz then converted a 95th minute penalty to take his team’s tally for the night to two goals.Alaba gave Bayern the lead with a freekick in the 16th minute after Lewandowski was fouled at the edge of the box. The Bavarians then doubled their lead when Joshua Kimmich released Serge Gnabry down the right channel and the winger’s uncontested shot nestled into the bottom corner for the 24-year-old’s 20th goal of the season in all competitions.Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was more to blame for the third when he fumbled a thunderous shot from Lewandowski from range that was straight at him. The ball bounced off his hand and crept over the line and Lewandowski celebrated his 50th goal of the season. Lewandowski then chipped the ball over Hradecky in the 89th to score his second.Havertz’s penalty came after late drama involving VAR which spotted a handball inside the box. This is Bayern’s second consecutive German Cup title, having beaten Leipzig in the final last season. IANSAlso Watch: Get Set Global: Deep Dive With The UK Frontliners
Freshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has collected 396 yards this season and averages 15.8 yards per reception. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The 3-2 Trojans set their sights on extending their win streak after coming off their bye week as they square off with an undefeated Colorado team in the Coliseum on Saturday. USC barely made it out of Tucson with a win in their last game, after nearly surrendering a large second-half lead to the Wildcats as it racked up 18 penalties on the night. The Buffaloes, ranked No. 19 in the nation at 5-0, hold the top spot in the Pac-12 South — just one place above the Trojans. This game carries implications, as it’s likely that the winner finds themselves playing at Levi’s Stadium for a Pac-12 Championship come December. “It’s a talented team that has a lot of confidence, and every little thing we can get ahead on [will help],” head coach Clay Helton said. “Every little tool we can put in our toolbox is going to be crucial. And they walked out there and they were very business-like. [There was] very much a sense of urgency, and I was proud of them.” USC Offense vs. Colorado DefenseThe Trojan offense has looked markedly better over the course of the last two weeks, largely thanks to the improved play of the offensive line. While it struggled against both Stanford and Texas, the line turned in steady performances over the last two games in both the run game (366 rush yards) and pass protection (three sacks allowed). Freshman quarterback JT Daniels and the passing game looks to be clicking now after a rough start to the season. He threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes against Washington State and completing 65 percent against Arizona. The receiving corps appears to have come to life after also having a rather sluggish start to the year, with wide outs redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns and junior Michael Pittman Jr. posting impressive performances against Washington State with 64 and 72 yards, respectively, and one touchdown each. Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has continued to play at the high level he started the year with, leading the team with 25 receptions, 396 yards and two touchdowns, despite his relatively limited snaps. Sophomore tight end Josh Falo showed an impact for the Trojans for the first time this season, tying with St. Brown for the highest yardage against Arizona with 54 yards.The running game appears to have found its stride as well, as the trio of senior Aca’Cedric Ware, sophomore Stephen Carr and redshirt sophomore Vavae Malepeai have dominated on the ground over the past two weeks, scoring five touchdowns on nine yards per carry.The quality of the defenses that the Trojan offense has faced recently has helped with their offensive production, but against a Colorado defense giving up an average of 18.4 points per game, things won’t be as easy for USC. The Buffaloes have only given up more than 21 points once on the year (28 by Nebraska), and have their fair share of playmakers on that side of the ball. Sophomore linebacker Nate Landman has racked up 45 tackles and two interceptions on the year, while sophomore defensive end Mustafa Johnson leads the team in sacks with 4.5. Colorado Offense vs. USC DefenseThe Colorado offense comes into this week ranked No. 18 in total offense. Junior quarterback Steven Montez is an NFL caliber prospect who is tied with Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama for the highest completion percentage in FBS at 75.2 percent, to go with 1,420 passing yards and 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions. “[You can] just see [Montez’s] comfortability now and his poise in the pocket,” Helton said. “He’s not throwing a lot of interceptions. He’s 11-2 right now, 75 percent completion. He looks like he’s got three years of experience under his belt. He’s guiding the football team, not making any mistakes. He’s one of the reasons they’re 5-0.”The Buffaloes have firepower on the ground as well, with senior running back Travon McMillan gaining 528 yards and four touchdowns. Montez himself has added 125 yards and three scores. “[Colorado’s] effectiveness in their run game is underrated, which is making them stay extremely balanced,” Helton said. “You look at their percentages on first and second down, it’s heavy run. They want to be a run team first, they take their shot and then get the ball out on the perimeter.”However, it’s sophomore receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. who will demand the bulk of the USC defense’s attention on Saturday. Shenault leads the country in receiving yards and receptions per game, with a stat line of 51 catches for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage in only five games. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Shenault has been unstoppable, whether he’s carrying the ball out of the backfield, making tacklers miss in the open field or burning entire secondaries down the sideline. Washington State’s potent passing offense was a challenge for the Trojans, and the duo of Montez and Shenault will threaten to be even more dangerous. The Trojan defense has struggled to generate much pass rush, with four sacks in the previous four contests. Senior outside linebacker Porter Gustin has been the only player able to reach the quarterback, recording two-thirds of the team’s sacks. A big game from him and improved play from teammates like redshirt junior defensive lineman Christian Rector seem essential if the Trojans want to slow down Colorado’s passing game. Although the veteran duo of seniors cornerback Iman “Biggie” Marshall and safety Marvell Tell III have performed steadily for the secondary, it’ll be up to players like senior cornerback Isaiah Langley, freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin and freshman safety Talanoa Hufanga to step up in order to keep Montez in check. Expect the Trojans to fare better in defending the run, where they’ve been good for most of the year, led by senior linebacker Cameron Smith and his 47 tackles.“One of the beauties of having our schedule is you always have to be in playoff championship mentality,” Helton said. “It makes you ready for these games. It doesn’t matter if it’s Stanford, Texas [or] Washington State on the road. It’s always like it’s the Super Bowl. Our kids are used to that now. Now we’re coming in playing for first place.”Prediction: Colorado 35, USC 28The Trojans and Buffaloes match up well, and the game could realistically go either way. After all, it is a home game for the Trojans, who haven’t lost at the Coliseum in 18 games. The game hinges on USC’s defense; if they’re able to contain Montez and Shenault, the Trojans could very well add another game to their home win streak. However, the Colorado offense is incredibly potent. It seems like a lot to ask of the Trojan offense to expect them to keep up. Expect a high scoring game, but for Colorado to potentially pull away late.Delanie Pence contributed to this report.
THE DONEGAL potato crop is ruined, farmers warned today.More than 80% of spuds are still in the fields because of the dreadful rainfall of the last few weeks.And that could hit next year’s crops – because so much of the seed potato for 2012 hasn’t been harvested. Today the Irish Farmers Association has called on the Government to carry out an audit of the disaster.“The October rainfall here was 204mm compared to 62mm last year and 90mm the year before. Many farms are flooded and we need at least four clear days to be able to get at the crop,” said Bridgend farmer Charlie Doherty.“There is also another problem for growers. Potatoes have been growing near the surface of the drills this year because they did not have to go down low to find moisture.“This will mean if there is any frost at all, there will be total devastation of the crop and we will not be able to salvage any.” Mr Doherty said he stood to lose at least €250,000 if he could not get his crop because it cost €2,500 an acre to plough, plant and tend to a crop to the stage where it was being harvested.“A lot of the growers will go to the wall if there is no take-up in the weather and already I think about 30 per cent of the Donegal crop is lost and will not be recoverable,” he tells today’s Irish Times.SPUD CROP ‘RUINED’ SAY FARMERS was last modified: November 3rd, 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:donegalpotato crop ruined