The insurance industry in particular had tried to get the paragraph on the explicit ban of any form of guarantees in the new vehicles deleted from the final draft.But the government stuck to its initial proposal.Stefan Oecking, pension expert at Mercer Germany commented on this decision: “Although guarantees would have probably increased the acceptance of a pure defined contribution model it is understandable in the current market environment not to allow them in the new model.”He confirmed the government had “mostly not considered any of the proposals made by the industry and the social partners during the consultation phase”.Similarly, Michael Karst, head of legal in Willis Towers Watson’s German pensions department, criticised the final draft: “Especially regarding known weaknesses of the existing occupational pension system, which were mentioned in several comments, there was practically no movement by the government.”He added: “Therefore this is actually not a strengthening of occupational pensions.”The name of the law literally translates as “occupational pensions strengthening law”.The final draft has five more pages than the one presented for consultation on 4 November, which can mostly be attributed to small technical changes.The only one of these changes that both consultancies welcomed in their statements is an increase in the tax-free threshold for employer contributions to second pillar plans.In the initial draft the current limit of 4% of the salary base that counts towards social security contributions (“Beitragsbemessungsgrenze”) was to be increased to 7%. In the final draft it is now 8%.Some left-wing parties have already announced that they plan to start a debate in parliament about how companies that are not part of a collective bargaining agreement (“Tarifvertrag”) can participate in the new pension vehicles.At the moment these are only open to companies that are party to a collective bargaining agreement. These agreements exist for different industries. The German government has decided against most of the amendments that were proposed for the new second pillar reform law during an extensive consultation phase with considerable input from the German pension industry and other stakeholders. The new “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz” (final draft in German), which now has an unofficial abbreviation “BRSG”, was presented to parliament on Wednesday.Industry representatives are still hoping for amendments in this phase of the legislative process given that the government decided to ignore most of their requests for changes to the bill.The law provides for a new form of pension fund, and with it a pure defined contribution system without any guarantees.
Arsenal Academy graduate Alex Iwobi swapped the Emirates for Goodison Park in a €30 million deal, and he has revealed how the move has been of immense benefit for his person and his career. Read Also:Ancelotti: Iwobi is available for Everton’s trip to Watford The 23-year-old missed most of January due to injury but returned to full fitness recently. Over the weekend, he powered Carlo Ancelotti’s men to a 3-2 come-back victory over Watford after Everton trailed 2-0 at some point in the tie. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria international, Alex Iwobi, has said that his transfer from Arsenal to Everton has made him a better player. Iwobi said he made the right decision to join the Toffees last summer as he is already reaping huge rewards for being an Evertonian.Advertisement Loading…
The Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team defeated Greenfield-Central 5-0 on Tuesday.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Zak Lawhorn 6-1, 6-1#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Thomas Spears 6-2, 6-4#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeatedTommy Graham 7-5, 6-3#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Brady Wright and Nate Real 6-1, 6-3#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn 6-3, 7-6(1)In JV action, Batesville won 6-0.Jonathan Kunkel, Brandon Laker and Will Harmeyer were all winners in singles. The doubles teams of Jonathan Kunkel/Lane Westerfeld and Mitchell Esser/Sam Esser (2 matches) were also winners.The Varsity is now 13-4 on the season (7-0 in the EIAC) while the JV is 8-3. The Varsity will compete in the EIAC Individal Tournament on Thursday and Saturday at Greensburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
VINTON, Iowa (May 19) – Rain in North Dakota was bad news for drivers in Iowa Tuesday night at Benton County Speedway.Jason Wolla made a last-minute decision to travel 14-plus hours from his hometown of Ray, in western North Dakota, for the opening event in IMCA’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour.He started 11th, took the lead from Mark Elliott following a 13th circuit restart and outran defending champion Mike Van Genderen in traffic late in the 40-lapper.The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified win paid $1,000.“We made a last-second decision to come here and it paid off,” said Wolla, who’d finished fourth at Vinton en route to the Frostbuster Series crown in early April. “We rained out last week everywhere in North Dakota and had the trailer loaded up and ready to go. We had another car to pick up from Justin O’Brien (at Rage Chassis) in West Union and here we are.”Van Genderen started ninth and made up ground on Wolla before running out of laps. J.D. Auringer raced from 12th starting to third, Hunter Marriott was fourth and Joe Docekal made his way from 17th to fifth.Elliott led the first 12 laps and ran ahead of David Brown and Brian Irvine, who fell out of contention after getting together in the first set of turns.Wolla was in second and Docekal was already up to fifth when the caution came out. Wolla drove around Elliott, with Van Genderen taking over second following the third and final restart, on lap 22.Auringer moved into third on lap 28 but couldn’t muster a challenge to Van Genderen or Wolla.“To come here with the dogs and run with them, man, that was fun,” Wolla said before heading north on Highway 150 to West Union. “We knew we were good on the bottom and that we’d be tough to pass. This car is like putting a glove on.”Wolla was already on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Round two of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at I-35 Speedway. That main event also pays $1,000 to win.Other winners Tuesday at Vinton included Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Colby Heishman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Benji Irvine in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Murty made his successful charge back to the front after getting sideways and restarting at the rear. Heishman’s victory was his career first.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 2. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 3. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 9. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 10. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 11. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 12. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 13. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 14. Ryan Maitland, Denver; 15. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 16. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 17. Cole Ferguson, Dexter; 18. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 19. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 20. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 21. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 23. Zach Less, Manchester; 24. David Brown, Kellogg.1st heat – 1. Waterman; 2. Van Genderen; 3. Rust; 4. Flannagan; 5. Betzer; 6. Less; 7. Hogan; 8. Roberts; 9. Adam Johnson, Independence.2nd heat – 1. Cordes; 2. Auringer; 3. Maitland; 4. Lauritzen; 5. Docekal; 6. Billy Vogel, Fargo, N.D.; 7. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 8. Brennen Chipp, Waterloo.3rd heat – 1. Shute; 2. Elliott; 3. David Brown; 4. Ferguson; 5. Droste; 6. Derek Reimer, St. Anthony; 7. Jerry Dedrick, Vinton; 8. Kyle Montgomery, Tipton.4th heat – 1. Irvine; 2. Marriott; 3. Wolla; 4. Morris; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Carter; 7. Josh Barta, Cedar Falls; 8. Austin Bishop, Manchester.1st “B” feature – 1. Lauritzen; 2. Flannagan; 3. Docekal; 4. Betzer; 5. Less; 6. Schroeder; 7. Chipp; 8. Hogan; 9. Roberts; 10. Vogel; 11. Johnson.2nd “B” feature – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Carter; 3. Droste; 4. Morris; 5. Ferguson; 6. Barta; 7. Montgomery; 8. Reimer; 9. Bishop; 10. Dedrick.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 2. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 3. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 4. Nathan Wood, Sigourney; 5. Roger Ciesielski, Waterloo; 6. Cole Mather, Fairbank; 7. Justin Stander, Shellsburg; 8. Austin Evens, Independence; 9. Lon Mercer, Urbana; 10. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 11. Mike Galli, Urbana; 12. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo.Hobby Stocks – 1. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 2. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 3. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 4. Jeremiah Wilson, Waterloo; 5. Justin Lichty, Waterloo; 6. Billy Rhoades, Maynard; 7. Matt Brown, Dysart; 8. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 9. C.J. Dall, Marshalltown; 10. Adam Petrzelka, Norway; 11. Andrew Torkelson, Lisbon; 12. Neal Miller, Waterloo; 13. Zach Swanson, Waterloo; 14. Matt Pohlman, Keystone; 15. Cody Swanson, Waterloo.Northern SportMods – 1. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; 2. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 4. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 5. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 6. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 7. Matt Petrzelka, Norway; 8. Joey Schaefer, Waterloo; 9. Ryan King, Montour; 10. Curt Hilmer, Dysart; 11. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 12. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 13. Dan Drury, Eldora; 14. Dave Schulze, Keystone; 15. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids; 16. Troy Burkhart, Urbana; 17. Lucas Lundry, Maynard; 18. Dawn Krall, Evansdale; 19. Nate Smith, Cedar Falls; 20. Kyle Bentley, Independence; 21. Lee Rouse, Atkins; 22. Mike McNeal, Vinton; 23. Kurt Hogan, Vinton; 24. Matt McCahen, Waterloo.
RelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Bruno Fernandes spared David de Gea’s blushes as he rescued a point for Manchester United after the goalkeeper’s howler gifted Everton the lead in an incident-packed 1-1 draw, with VAR also ruling out a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin winner. Calvert-Lewin charged down a hesitant De Gea clearance to hand Everton the lead with just three minutes on the clock at Goodison Park, but Fernandes equalised with his third goal in three games on the half hour, equalising with a near-post drive that Jordan Pickford will be disappointed not to have saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson crashed a free-kick against the post in the second half before a stunning double save from Pickford denied substitute Odion Ighalo the winning goal in stoppage time. But there was still time for VAR to have the final word as Calvert-Lewin’s deflected shot, deep into time added on, was ruled out by the technology after it ruled Sigurdsson, who was laying prone in an offside position, interfered with play. The decision prompted boos from the Goodison Park faithful, while manager Carlo Ancelotti was issued a straight red card for his remonstrations with the match officials after Everton were denied the chance to close the gap on fifth-placed United to two points.Tags: Bruno FernandesDavid De GeaEvertonManchester UnitedOdion Ighalo
Slain University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) student and ROTC Cadet Riley Howell will be buried with full military honors, according to officials of Wells Funeral Homes.The 21-year-old died after tackling the suspected gunman who opened fire at the school, late Tuesday.Police say Howell disarmed accused shooter 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell and by doing so saved lives.According to funeral home officials, the memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.Howell’s family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in the Wells Events & Reception Center, WFH officials said.A petition asking the White House to give Howell a military funeral was filed Wednesday, a day after the shooting.As of Saturday afternoon, the petition reportedly has over 69,000 signatures, with a goal of 100,000.“Riley was an ROTC cadet and would have served his country. Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates,” the petition reads. “For his heroism, we ask the Riley be given a burial with full military honors.”19-year-old Ellis Parlier was also killed in the attack and four others identified as Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean Dehart, 20; Rami Alramadhan, 20; and Emily Houpt, 23, were injured.Related content:Police: UNCC shooting victim tackled gunman, saved lives
For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Football legend Pele told Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday that he believes the French World Cup winner can emulate his own achievement of scoring 1,000 career goals. The 78-year-old Brazilian claims to have netted over 1,000 goals in his career, while Mbappe has so far managed 103 in total, with 92 of those coming at the top level.”It’s possible, I scored exactly 1,025, so 1,000 goals is possible for him,” Pele told AFP in Paris, where he met Mbappe at a sponsor event for Hublot watches.Mbappe, who last year became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia, played down Pele’s comments.”I think that even if we count the goals on inter-city pitches and goals on the PlayStation, I won’t be able to reach the 1,000-goal mark,” said the 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward.”We will try to get as close as we can, but I think I’ll be a long way off it at the end of my career.”Mbappe has scored 32 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, including 27 from only 24 Ligue 1 appearances. Pele was only 21 when he won his second World Cup in 1962, adding a third eight years later.”There’s only one ‘King’ and he’s there,” said Mbappe. “I’m just Kylian, I’m trying to do my best to help my team and my national side. The comparisons are flattering but I know very well that I will never do what he did.” -I just want to help PSG and FranceIt was not the first time that Mbappe has had to temper comparisons with Pele, after a rush to crown him a future footballing great during the World Cup in Russia, where he scored four goals in total. But the former Monaco striker insists that he is not focused on becoming the best player of modern times.”When Pele was playing, he didn’t think he wanted to be the best player in history, he wanted to have fun, help his country and his club, which he did,” he said.”What I want is to help PSG, the France team and afterwards it will be other people who tell you that you are the best.”Everyone says that he is the best, but if you are (the best), there’s no need to say it. It’s not a goal for me.” Pele spent the majority of his career at Santos in his home country, bar a spell in the United States with the New York Cosmos shortly before his retirement.He told Mbappe, who has been repeatedly linked with a move away from PSG, that the key to smashing goalscoring records is playing in the very best teams.”People tend to say that goals are the most important thing — I thank God for having scored so many in my career — but we must know that we need to be well-supported, you can’t score on your own, you need good teammates, that’s very important.”Mbappe and his Paris teammates have only the French Cup left to fight for this season, with the Ligue 1 title all but secured and their Champions League campaign over after a humiliating defeat by Manchester United.
– ‘Hooper’ sisters, Winston George also winnersTHERE were no surprises or feelings of disappointment on Saturday evening when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) hosted its annual awards ceremony at the Umana Yana to honour the country’s top youth, junior and senior male and female athletes and coaches.Winston George, the country’s 400M record holder and 2017 South American Games gold medallist, was named the Senior Male Athlete-of-the-Year. Troy Doris, the US-based triple jumper picked up the runner-up accolade.University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) student, Natrena Hooper was named the senior Female Athlete-of-the-Year for her several good showing competing in the High Jump, while Tenesha Cort, the national Javelin record holder, finished second.Meanwhile, it came as no surprise that Linden would dominate the youth and junior categories, taking into consideration that the fastest athletes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres, as well as in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, all came from Linden.long-standing athletics coach, Leslie Blacks handing over the Coach-of-the-Year award to Linden’s Johnny Greavesande.Compton Caesar, who won Guyana’s first ever 100M Gold at CARIFTA Games, won the Junior Male Athlete-of-the-Year award. Anfernee Headecker, Silver Medallist in the 1500M at last year’s CARIFTA Games, finished behind Caesar.CARIFTA Games Triple-Jump Gold Medallist Natricia Hooper (Natrena’s younger sister), edged Linden’s Onassha Roger for the Junior Female Athlete-of-the-Year title.Daniel Williams, the IAAF World U-18 400M silver medallist and South American Youth record holder (400M: 46.72 seconds) was a no-brainer for the Male Youth Athlete-of-the-Year award, while emerging sprinter Jermaine King (South American Youth Games silver medallist) was runner-up.Chantoba Bright who had a sensational year in the pits, competing in the long and triple jumps, won the Female Athlete-of-the-Year award, while Monroe College’s middle-distance athlete, Claudrice McKoy tied with Kenisha Phillips for second place, behind the Lindener.Linden’s Johnny Greavesande, the coach of Bright and Williams, maintained his Coach-of-the-Year title, while the President’s Award went to another Lindener, Moses Pantlitz, coach of Rogers, Caesar and Deshanna Skeete.
UNITED world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he will only feel he has “made it” in boxing if he captures Deontay Wilder’s WBC title.The 29-year-old faces Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday and told BBC Sport he does not feel “burnt out” as a fight week begins for the first time in a decade.“I’ve never been in a fight week where I have felt so energised,” he said.Meanwhile Ruiz has revealed he got the New York fight by “bugging” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn on Instagram.Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, cut a relaxed figure as he spoke on a New York rooftop, his hands sporting plasters and his cheeks showing small blemishes likely picked up in sparring at the Miami training base he has used to prepare for his U.S. debut.Saturday’s fight at Madison Square Garden will see him end nine months of inactivity, during which talks with Wilder have yielded nothing in the shape of a historic contest where one man could win all four heavyweight world titles for the first time.Asked if the glamour of New York and billboards sporting his name mean he has made it, Joshua replied: “Yeah, it looks like I’ve made it but it’s only when I put my hand on the last title – and win on Saturday – then I can say I’ve made it.“It’s been down to calculated steps. It’s been a good journey, a tough journey. On the sides of the journey there are billboards then with time, two billboards but it’s all about winning in this sport.“I haven’t put a foot wrong yet and I am not looking to put a foot wrong on Saturday either.”AJ’S BREAKTHROUGH AND POINT TO PROVEWilder – who is expected to face Luis Ortiz in his next bout – will not be at ‘The Garden’ on Saturday but his manager Shelly Finkel will be.There appears little chance of a contest with Joshua in the coming 12 months, meaning both men risk losing their huge payday and unification bout with a defeat before then.But Joshua, who stopped the respected Alexander Povetkin last time out, has previously warned delays will only make him better and feels the preparations for this fight are his best ever, having refined methods after almost 11 years in the sport.“I’ve had 10 years of that feeling of being burnt out by the time I get to the ring,” the 2012 Olympic champion said.“Even in the Povetkin fight I was so ill and tired. This camp, I knew I couldn’t afford that again and again as it shortens the career. So it’s learning but it’s taking time. We are finally pulling it together.“It’s time to rebuild that name again. I feel like an underdog and like I want to prove myself.”Ruiz, born in California of Mexican heritage, will give away around four inches in height and substantial reach to Joshua.But the 29-year-old, who lost a world-title shot against Joseph Parker in 2016, appeared entirely at ease before countless media in New York and said he pounced on the chance to face Joshua when American Jarrell Miller failed drugs tests to lose his chance at the titles.“I was bugging Eddie Hearn on Instagram, saying ‘give me the chance, I can do better than the other guys lined up’,” said Ruiz, who has one defeat in 33 fights.“He messaged me back and I was telling my partner ‘hey babe he messaged back’. And what do you know, we got the fight on.”Part of the fight week narrative is expected to focus on the physique of Ruiz, who weighed 262lb in his last contest, meaning he will likely be the heaviest opponent Joshua has faced.The pair both worked out before the public in Manhattan yesterday, offering media a glimpse of Ruiz’s condition.“I feel amazing, my conditioning is good,” he added. “Miller gave me the opportunity but I’m here now to make history.“This is for my Mexican people and kids. I wake up, run, train, all the sweat is for my kids’ future and it’s for Mexico, to be the country’s first heavyweight champion of the world.”
The Trojans lost a nail-biter under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium 14-10 on Saturday night, as a USC team decimated by injuries at just about every offensive skill position failed to score in the second half.The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Trojans in South Bend, where they hadn’t lost since 2001. USC hadn’t lost any nonconference road game since 2002, and hadn’t lost twice in a row to Notre Dame since 2000-2001.Handing away the game · Senior running back Silas Redd (right) had 112 yards and a touchdown, but the Trojans fell to the Fighting Irish. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC had ample opportunities to overcome the deficit in the final period as the defense also held Notre Dame scoreless in the second half, but a litany of injuries, self-destructive play from the offensive line and a couple missed field goals doomed the Trojans.“Well, we have a hurt team in there,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but I really liked the way our guys played and competed to the end.”Freshman safety Su’a Cravens gave USC the ball at the Irish 34-yard line by recovering a fumble –— Notre Dame’s only turnover of the night — with 6:27 left. A perfectly targeted 16-yard pass to freshman wideout Darreus Rogers from redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler picked up a first down at the Irish 21-yard line, and the Trojans looked primed to come away with at least a field goal.But on a play where Kessler scrambled to inside the 5-yard line, a holding penalty on junior right guard Aundrey Walker brought the ball back to the 33-yard line.“It wasn’t a hold,” Walker said. “But the ref called it and we gotta live with it and move on … It happened so fast, I was holding my hands up because I thought it was gonna be a touchdown. And I turned around and there was a flag on the field.”A false start by redshirt freshman left tackle Chad Wheeler dug the Trojans into a 4th and 20 situation on Notre Dame’s 26-yard line, meaning a field goal attempt would have been 43 yards long. With time running down and junior kicker Andre Heidari already having missed two field goals from 40 and 46 yards out, the Trojans tried to go for the touchdown and the win. But Kessler was sacked to turn the ball over on downs.“Going into the end, we just felt that we weren’t kicking field goals very well so [we thought], ‘Let’s go and win the game,’” Orgeron said.USC had another chance to score after a defensive stop, but injuries to Rogers, junior wideout Marqise Lee, freshman tailback Justin Davis and redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer forced the Trojans to stretch deep into their depth chart on the final drive — and the backups’ inexperience showed. Sophomore tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and walk-on redshirt freshman wide receiver Robby Kolanz lined up for USC, and a false start by Cope-Fitzpatrick and two incompletions thrown to the third-string tight end killed the Trojans’ last-gasp attempt to score.“Obviously the penalties hurt us tonight in crucial situations, and we didn’t punch it in in the red zone when we need to,” Orgeron said. “It seemed that every time we had a first down or something like that, we had a holding call or jumped offsides, shot ourselves in the foot, and then it was 2nd and 20.”Overall, the Trojans’ offensive stats looked passable; Kessler completed 20 of 34 passes for 201 yards and senior running back Silas Redd rushed 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.But after USC’s first drive of the game resulted in a touchdown, the Trojans never found the end zone again, and ended the game with a streak of 11 consecutive failed third-down attempts.“We felt like we had that game won until there were four zeros on the clock, ‘til it was completely over,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “[Notre Dame] just made a couple more plays at the end that affected the outcome.”The Trojans had been expected to mostly split carries between the healthy quartet of backs who had registered carries against Arizona last week after redshirt sophomore Tre Madden suffered a hamstring injury. Madden wasn’t active for USC on Saturday, but Redd was slated for his first start of the season and seemed determined to assert himself as the starter.The senior carried six times for 40 yards on USC’s opening drive and punched the ball in for a one-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.The Irish attacked through the air on the next drive, as quarterback Tommy Rees completed six of seven attempts for 49 yards to lead Notre Dame to pay dirt. The drive concluded with a seven-yard pass to tight end Troy Niklas that tied up the game and put Rees over the 6,000 passing yard mark for his career, becoming only the fifth Notre Dame quarterback to surpass that mark. Rees finished 14 of 21 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.Notre Dame’s offense took a huge hit — literally and figuratively — when junior linebacker Lamar Dawson burst untouched on a blitz early in the third quarter and unloaded on Rees, knocking him out of the game with a neck strain.The Irish’s offense was noticeably more conservative from that point onward, as backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix short-armed several throws while failing to complete any of his four attempts. In fact, the Irish didn’t complete any passes in the fourth quarter, a stunning feat for a team to pull off while also claiming victory.“I wasn’t willing to throw the football, and when we did, I didn’t like the way it looked,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Obviously we missed [Rees] in the second half … We tried to have [Hendrix] pull [the ball] and get to the sidelines, but it was tough sledding out there.”A 48-yard punt return from sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor, the longest by a Trojan since 2010, gave USC the ball at the Notre Dame 20-yard line with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter. The Trojans failed to reach the end zone, but Heidari was true on his second field-goal attempt from 22 yards out to give the Trojans a 10-7 lead.After the teams traded scoreless possessions, the Irish finally gained some traction in the run game on their last drive of the half, and it resulted in their first halftime lead in the rivalry at their home field since 2005.Notre Dame tailback Cam McDaniel broke off a 24-yard run to the Irish 41-yard line before a blatant pass interference penalty by redshirt junior cornerback Anthony Brown moved the ball past midfield to the USC 47.McDaniel followed with the longest rush of his career, a 36-yard scamper down to the USC 11-yard line, and receiver TJ Jones hauled in an impressive touchdown catch over sophomore cornerback Kevon Seymour to give the Irish a 14-10 lead that held until the final whistle. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws