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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California defensive lineman Leonard Williams announced Monday he will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Clyde Drexler Jersey . Williams has long been expected to forego his senior season for the draft, where he is likely to be a high first-round pick. Although Williams felt some reluctance about leaving USC after his first year under coach Steve Sarkisian, he announced his decision two days after the Trojans (9-4) ended their season with a win in the Holiday Bowl. This was a very hard decision for me, Williams said in a statement issued by the school. I love USC, Coach Sark and the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans, and I love the game of college football. Its hard to leave all of that. I know life is never the same once you leave college. But I feel like its the right time for me to go. I feel like Im ready. Im looking forward to the new challenge that the NFL presents. Nicknamed Big Cat, Williams has been a dominant defensive lineman for three seasons with the Trojans, racking up 21 sacks and 36 1/2 tackles for losses. Despite attracting constant double-teams from offensive lines in the pass-happy Pac-12, he was second on the USC roster this season with 80 tackles and a team-leading seven sacks, earning second-team All-American honours. The imposing 6-foot-5 end from Daytona Beach, Florida, was lured to the opposite coast by Ed Orgeron, the defensive line coach and interim head coach who left USC last year after getting passed over for the full-time job. Sarkisian was grateful Williams remained committed this season to the Trojans, who beat Nebraska 45-42 in the Holiday Bowl on Saturday. Williams was named the bowls top defensive player with nine tackles and a sack. We wish Leonard the best of luck, Sarkisian said. We know he will represent USC well in his professional career. He was a great player here for all three of his years. Just like all of our players, Leonard is a Trojan for life and we will always support him. Williams has drawn comparisons to NFL lineman Richard Seymour, and he figures to be a valuable commodity in the upcoming draft for his gap-clogging and pass-rushing versatility. Although he expressed conflicting feelings about leaving USC last month, noting he had never managed to beat archrival UCLA during his time with the Trojans, Williams realized he couldnt realistically wait for a fourth shot. Ill always be a Trojan, Williams said. Now, I get to be part of the great tradition of USC alums in the NFL. Im excited to see whats coming next for me. Shabazz Napier Jersey . Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks were proof of that on Wednesday night. Ed Davis Jersey .Y. -- It was as if Matt Moulson never left the New York Islanders.SPIELBERG, Austria -- Red Bulls hopes for a triumph on its home circuit were dampened Friday as Mercedes regained its dominance in Formula One, clearly setting the pace on the opening day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. With Daniel Ricciardos maiden victory in Canada two weeks ago, Red Bull ended a six-race winning streak by Mercedes but the Australian driver and his teammate Sebastian Vettel did not come close to matching their rivals speed on the Red Bull Ring. Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in the second practice. Hamilton completed his best lap on the 4.3-kilometre (2.7-mile) track in 1 minute, 9.542 seconds, topping Rosberg by 0.377. Ferraris Fernando Alonso was almost a second off the lead in third. Vettel came sixth, more than 1.4 seconds behind Hamilton, while Ricciardo posted the eighth fastest time. Mercedes also came 1-2 in the opening practice, with Rosberg beating Hamilton by 0.140. "Its so close between the two of us," Rosberg said about the fight with Hamilton for pole position. "Im hoping we will still have the edge on everybody else. That seems to be the case today." However, Hamilton said he wouldnt mind if Rosberg started in front of him on Sunday. "Hunting definitely brings out the better side," the 2008 F1 champion said. "When you are in front, you feel vulnerable and any mistake you make you are going to be caught." In the morning session, Ricciardo and Vettel came only 13th and 15th respectively. "We clearly did better in the afternoon," Vettel said. "We are not there where we want to be when it comes to speed ... but it will be warmer on Saturday and Sunday and I think that will bring us closer." In the first session, Vettel brought his car back to the garage undamaged following a spectacular incident in the final turn. He came off the track and spun twice on the grass before the car came to a standstill on the track again. "t;That wasnt planned of course," the four-time champion said. Custom Portland Trail Blazers Jerseys. "I went too wide and the wet grass was slippery." Ricciardo also spun on the same spot shortly afterward, prompting team boss Christian Horner to joke "they were just warming up the crowd." "We are trying to find out the limit, and both just came on the grass," said Horner, adding the track was still lacking grip during the first session. "There was also a little bit of rain in the air. Thankfully everything is fine." Rosberg quit his first practice after 19 laps with a minor problem to his hybrid engine, enabling his technicians to fix the problem in time for the afternoons session. The German, however, couldnt keep up with Hamilton this time and didnt hide his anger as he was unaware over engine tests his team was applying on his car toward the end of the second session. "I was suddenly losing power and asked over the radio what was happening," Rosberg said. "Only then they told me they had changed my engine settings." Rosberg leads Hamilton in the drivers standings by 140-118 points going into Sundays race, the first GP in Austria since 2003. Most of the 22 drivers knew the track only from computer simulation. Alonso is one of just four drivers who raced on the track before, alongside McLarens Jenson Button, Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen and Williams Felipe Massa. The track is one of the shortest on the F1 calendar and features fast straights and only nine turns. Weather conditions could become an issue in the race as strong winds in the second practice Friday caused several drivers problems, especially on the third and eighth turns. The second session was considerably faster than the first as temperatures went up and teams were able to test their so-called supersoft tires, which helped cut lap times by approximately 0.6 seconds. The third practice is scheduled for Saturday, followed by the qualifying. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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