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Europa League: Five ties to watch

first_img Loading… The rising panic over coronavirus is overshadowing Inter’s simple looking second-leg clash with Ludogorets, who have little chance at the San Siro following their 2-0 defeat in Razgrad, as Italy grapples with an outbreak that has left 10 dead and over 300 people infected. The chaos caused to the country’s sporting calendar has hit Inter hard, with the weekend’s postponed Serie A match against Sampdoria set to be played at the end of the season and Thursday’s meeting to be played in front of empty stands. The lack of home support is another problem for Antonio Conte’s side as they try to bounce back from a defeat at Lazio 10 days ago that has left them six points off the pace at home. Conte still has to deal with the absence of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, out since the start of the month with a little finger fracture. – Arsenal v Olympiakos – Kenedy’s late goal gave Getafe a two-goal cushion ahead of their return leg against AjaxOnly five members of the team that started last season’s second-leg loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League were in the team for the defeat in the Madrid suburbs last week. One of those, midfielder Hakim Ziyech, has already agreed a transfer to Chelsea. Also beaten in the Dutch league by Heracles at the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s team are in the process of being broken up and overturning such a deficit against a Getafe side currently sitting fifth in La Liga is a big ask. In any case, the match may not even be the priority this week for Ajax, as they face AZ Alkmaar in a top-of-the-table clash in the Eredivisie on Sunday. – Porto v Bayer Leverkusen – A precious away goal by the Colombian Luis Diaz kept alive Porto’s hopes of progressing to the last 16 as they lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the first leg last week. Bayer Leverkusen will be without leading scorer Kevin Volland due to injuryThe Portuguese side have otherwise been in good form recently and will be hopeful of turning the tie around back at the Estadio do Dragao, especially as the Bundesliga outfit have lost top scorer Kevin Volland to an ankle injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.The tie is a meeting of two former winners of the competition or its forerunner, the UEFA Cup – Leverkusen won it in 1988, while Porto lifted the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2003 and again under Andre Villas-Boas in 2011. Both sides started the season in the Champions League, but Porto went out to Krasnodar in the third qualifying round and Leverkusen finished behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid in a difficult group. – Inter Milan v Ludogorets – Christian Eriksen struck his first Inter goal in the opening leg in Bulgaria Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal in the first leg in GreeceRead Also: Europa League: Big blow for Club Brugge as injury rules out Dennis against Man United Three English clubs and both Celtic and Rangers are hoping to secure places in the last 16 of the Europa League this week, while former European Cup winners Ajax and Inter Milan are bidding to qualify in adversity, for different reasons. Bruno Fernandes has looked assured in a Manchester United shirt since signing for the club in January AFP Sport picks five last-32, second-leg games to watch: – Manchester United v Club Brugge – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hold the upper hand following last week’s 1-1 draw in Belgium, but all is not lost for the visitors given the problems goalscorer Emmanuel Dennis repeatedly caused the United defence. United’s latest financial results revealed revenues fell by almost 12 percent in the six months to December, underlining the club’s need for a return to Champions League football next season. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes could provide just the spark required. The Portugal international scored his first United goal in a 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend. He also impressed in a brief cameo in the first leg. – Ajax v Getafe – After their memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals last year, Ajax are in serious danger of making a limp exit from Europe this season as they welcome Getafe to Amsterdam trailing 2-0 from the first leg. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal host Olympiakos looking to extend a 10-match unbeaten run which has seen them unexpectedly launch bids to reach next season’s Champions League on two fronts. The Gunners started the year languishing 12th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four. But they now sit just four points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United, with a top-five finish potentially enough to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester City were handed a two-year ban by UEFA for financial fair-play breaches. 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WV COVID-19 alert: 1 person remains under investigation

first_imgBut despite the drop in PUIs, WesternVisayans should continue observing precautionary measures against respiratoryinfections, said Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH-6 director. *Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth – if the hands touch a surfacecontaminated by the virus, this could transfer it into the body TheCOVID-2019 infection seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough andthen, after a week, leads to shortness of breath. ILOILO City – Seven more persons underinvestigation (PUI) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayastested negative, bringing to 36 the total number of cleared PUIs in the region. But some researchers say it may be aslong as 24 days. As of Feb. 18, the region had one PUIleft, according to Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico, head of the Department ofHealth (DOH) Region 6’s Infectious Disease Section. However, the work to develop a vaccineis under way and it is hoped there will be human trials before the end of theyear./PN Butin more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratorysyndrome, kidney failure and even death. This person from Capiz province isconfined in a hospital, Juanico added. *Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – ideally with a tissue –and wash the hands afterwards, to prevent the virus spreading The COVID-19 virus incubation period –between infection and showing any symptoms – lasts up to 14 days, according toWHO. Right now, treatment relies on thebasics – keeping the patient’s body going, including breathing support, untiltheir immune system can fight off the virus. For its part, the World HealthOrganization (WHO) further suggested the following: On Monday, Feb. 17, Mayor Jerry Treñasof Iloilo City announced that no big crowd-drawing events will be held in thiscity this month and in March as a precautionary measure against the possiblespread of COVID-19. “I hope the people wouldunderstand,” said Treñas. DOH-6 stressed the importance offrequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol. Cleanliness and personal hygiene arevital to containing the spread of diseases and protecting the whole community,she stressed. Chinese scientists say some people maybe infectious even before their symptoms appear. *Don’t get too close to people coughing, sneezing or with a fever – they canpropel small droplets containing the virus into the air – ideally, keep onemeter (three feet) away “Dapatvigilant mangihapon kita, especially those that naghalalinsa iban nga countries. Kinahanglanmagkadto gid sa health centers parama-evaluate,” said Convocar. DOH-6 advised the public to avoidattending, participating in and organizing events that draw a huge number ofattendees. It also recommends the cancellation of such planned big events ormass gatherings until further advice.last_img read more

Laudrup delays De Guzman talks

first_img Press Association Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has had to put off talks over a permanent deal for Jonathan de Guzman until the summer. The Holland international has enjoyed an excellent season on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Villarreal, and grabbed a double in the Capital One Cup final. De Guzman is keen to remain in south Wales, and Laudrup had hoped to begin talks with the player’s agent and his parent club in order to sort out a full-time move. But with Villarreal still in with a chance of securing promotion back to the Primera Division, Laudrup expects to have to wait for the season to conclude before the Spanish outfit make a decision over the 25-year-old’s future. He said: “I think generally from now it is very difficult to do anything before the end of the season, not just with Jonathan but for all clubs.” center_img The Dane added: “We are in the last third of the season and not everyone is like Swansea with a trophy and 40 points. A lot of players are playing to not be relegated, to go into Europe, into the Champions League. “A lot of clubs don’t know what next season holds for them, the last eight or nine games are so important. Everybody will have to wait until the end of the season for that reason. If a club do not know if they will be relegated or stay up, play Europa League or Champions League, their project or the coming season is not decided. “Villarreal are fifth in the second division so they don’t know what league they will be in and they don’t know what they will do with Jonathan. I know what he wants but it is Villarreal who decides what will happen. If they want him back we can’t do anything.” Laudrup also played down reports of a move for Sevilla defender Alberto Botias. The centre-back has been quoted in the Spanish media claiming Swansea had made an offer for him in January, and could try again this summer. But Laudrup has a number of potential targets to evaluate before beginning his transfer business. He said: “This is only the beginning, there will be a lot of rumours especially with players from Spanish league. I don’t recall us making a bid for him, maybe he received an offer from someone else, it was not my money. “I am aware of him as a player but I can tell you 35 players I am aware of in the Spanish leagues. He is a good player but there are a lot of good players in that position, he may be on a list but it is a long list.” last_img read more

Football News Real Madrid’s poor start continues, held to 1-1 draw by Real Valladolid in La Liga

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Madrid: Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez started together for the first time in over two years on Saturday but Real Madrid were denied victory after a late equaliser by Real Valladolid.  Bale and James both looked certain to leave Madrid this summer but each were included by Zinedine Zidane in a line-up that was without a single new signing for the second game in a row. Instead, Karim Benzema looked to have won it when he found the corner in the 82nd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu but Sergi Guardiola levelled in the 88th and Valladolid snatched a 1-1 draw. “It leaves a bad taste in the mouth because we scored, we did the hardest part,” said Zidane. “After going ahead, we should have been more pragmatic and had more conviction to do what was required.” With Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy both injured, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao on the bench and Rodrygo gaining experience in the B team, there was little to show for Madrid’s 300 million euros spent. Jovic came on, and hit the crossbar, yet this was a side looking back not forwards, James starting his first Madrid match since April 2017, alongside Bale, whose reintegration continues after his impressive display last weekend against Celta Vigo. Both were dynamic, the team’s chief creators, and Zidane said afterwards he only took James off in the second half because he was feeling some discomfort. “James played well, he came off as he had a little issue and we didn’t want to take any risks,” said Zidane. “He played well, especially in the first half, just lacking a goal when he had the chance.” It is a familiar problem because while Madrid scored three in Vigo, they were toothless here, their lack of cutting edge in the final third, so often their undoing last season, painfully evident again. They had 22 shots, but only four on target and even fewer could be classed as clear opportunities.If club president Florentino Perez was watching, he may have concluded the club’s pursuit of Neymar is worth accelerating. Valladolid, who won away at Real Betis on the opening weekend, rode their luck too but defended with determination and Guardiola’s finish was certainly not their only chance. Madrid had 14 attempts at goal in the first half alone and while none of them could go down as glaring misses, Valladolid were breathing heavily by the break. Applause for Bale Bale and James were at the heart of things, their energy and enthusiasm appreciated by the crowd, who were in a far more sympathetic mood than during the miserable final weeks of last season.A fresh start meant a clean slate perhaps, for Bale too, as he sent the kind of shot over the bar that would have brought whistles from the fans in May but instead now drew applause. Bale looked more likely to score than anyone else, falling just short of Isco’s cross and then stabbing James’ cutback wide. James and Benzema both saw a handful of half-chances go begging. Valladolid broke through once before half-time after Casemiro’s mistake allowed Enes Unal to storm the Madrid penalty area but Sergio Ramos intervened.They might have had an even better chance early in the second period but Guardiola’s ball was blocked when Unal looked set to go through one-on-one. James departed just before the hour for Vinicius Junior and soon after, Isco was replaced by Jovic, whose first touch was a flicked header that grazed the top of the crossbar. Bale’s run and cross had created it. Valladolid had survived and sensed the tension growing.They might have nicked it when Waldo Rubio’s cross evaded everyone, including Guardiola who was free at the back post. Instead, Benzema scored with a brilliant strike on the turn that found its way into the corner and seemed certain to win it for Madrid. But Valladolid had another trick up their sleeve as Guardiola ran free of Raphael Varane at the back post. He poked the ball through the legs of Thibaut Courtois.  highlightscenter_img Real Madrid were held to 1-1 draw.Karim Benzema scored for Real Madrid in the 82nd minute.Sergio Guardiola scored for Real Valladolid.last_img read more

Howard looks to end streak vs BCU

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: Howard has relied on senior leadership this year while Bethune-Cookman has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Bison, seniors Charles Williams, Wayne Bristol Jr. and Nate Garvey have combined to account for 55 percent of the team’s total scoring, including 66 percent of all Bison points over their last five. On the other hand, freshmen .MEAC IMPROVEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 80.1 points per game across nine conference games, an improvement from the 66.5 per game they managed in non-conference play.CLUTCH CHARLES: Williams has connected on 27.7 percent of the 119 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 28 over the last five games. He’s also converted 67.8 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Wildcats are 0-6 when they score 65 points or fewer and 11-6 when they exceed 65 points. The Bison are 0-22 when they fail to score more than 83 points and 2-1 on the season, otherwise.UNBEATEN WHEN: Bethune-Cookman is a perfect 6-0 when the team records nine or more steals. The Wildcats are 5-12 when they steal the ball fewer than nine times.DID YOU KNOW: Bethune-Cookman is rated first among MEAC teams with an average of 75.5 points per game. The Wildcats have averaged 80.1 points per game against conference opponents. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHoward (2-23, 0-10) vs. Bethune-Cookman (11-12, 5-4)Moore Gym, Daytona Beach, Florida; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bethune-Cookman looks to extend Howard’s conference losing streak to 12 games. Howard’s last MEAC win came against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 80-71 on March 14, 2019. Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 78-73 win at home over NC A&T in its most recent game. Associated Press center_img Howard looks to end streak vs BCU February 9, 2020last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgToy Cannon diesUNDATED (AP) — Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and ’70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon,” has died at 78.The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but the team did not provide further details.The 5-foot-9 Wynn hit more than 30 homers twice with Houston, including a career-high 37 in 1967 at the pitcher-friendly Astrodome. Wynn left the team as the franchise leader in hits, home runs, RBIs and walks. Overall, he finished with 291 homers with 964 RBIs and 225 stolen bases in his career.MLB-OBIT-BARTHOLOMAY The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic.It will be the first time since 1946 that the race won’t be run on Memorial Day weekend.IndyCar initially said it would resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard. The Indy 500 will be moved to Aug. 23.In other outbreak-related developments:— The company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Fanatics founder and executive chairman was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to turn the 360,000-square foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight. St. Luke’s Hospital in nearby Bethlehem reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. March 26, 2020 Bill Bartholomay, who moved Braves to Atlanta, dies at 91ATLANTA (AP) — Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay has died at 91.Bartholomay moved the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, making it the first Major League Baseball team in the South. He headed the group that sold the Braves to Ted Turner in 1976 but retained a partial interest and remained as the team’s chairman until November 2003, when he assumed an emeritus role.Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said on his Twitter account that Bartholomay “was the greatest owner I ever had the pleasure to play for.”Bartholomay died Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-VANDERBILLT-NESMITHNesmith leaving CommodoresNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith is forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.Nesmith was one of the nation’s most prolific scorers and 3-point shooters before a right foot injury caused him to miss more than half the season. He averaged 23 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the Commodores this past season.MLB-OBIT-WYNN — Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, when hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic. But engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.— A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus. The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices.— Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks. Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.” Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream.— New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, are donating $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Brees posted his pledge on a social media account and says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities that deliver meals to people in need.— The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date. Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued. Packers officials say Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIndy 500 moved to AugustUNDATED (AP) — The Brickyard will be silent Memorial Day weekend.center_img Update on the latest sports — Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.— The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared. The team says anyone who was known to have had close contact with the player has been notified. The Avs issued a statement saying they continue to work in conjunction with their medical staff and public health officials to do everything they can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.— NHL stars Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) and Sidney Crosby think the league should go directly to the playoffs once it resumes play. The two rival Metropolitan Division captains shared their views Thursday. Crosby says he understands the need to try to play as many games as possible. But he says he wouldn’t mind beginning with the playoffs. Ovechkin had the same idea. There is no timetable for when play will resume. It has not been determined whether the league will complete the regular season.— The WNBA has announced its draft will be a virtual event this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draft will be held on April 17 as originally scheduled but will be broadcast without players, fans or media in attendance. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert says the league is still looking at different scenarios for the start of the regular season but notes it could begin before the NBA resumes play.— Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. Arteta told the Arsenal website that he is “completely fine” and that he only felt ill for a few days. He said he had three or four days that were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.” Arteta became the first Premier League figure to test positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The league was then suspended the next day. UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June. That is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament.The NCAA says $50 million will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will help pay the rest.March Madness is among the biggest revenue producers for the NCAA and its schools. It was canceled March 19, a week before the first round was scheduled to begin.The NCAA pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue last year, including $867.5 million from the television and marketing rights for the Division I men’s basketball tournament.The NCAA had been scheduled to distribute $600 million to more than 300 Division I schools from April to June. — The International Olympic Committee says it is “not aware of any link” between an Olympic boxing tournament it oversaw in London this month and positive coronavirus tests for people who were there. The Turkish boxing federation says a boxer and a trainer now have the virus after attending the Olympic qualifying tournament, which was stopped on March 16 after three of the scheduled 11 days. The Turkish team says the two men are being treated in a hospital and two others with symptoms are awaiting test results.MLB-SERVICE TIMEPlayers, management agree to preserve service timeUNDATED (AP) — Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like.As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million payment management will advance in two stages. Player salary this year is expected to be in the $4 billion range. Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021, and to freeze the values of signing bonus money at 2019 levels.Details were divulged to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.Teams are set to approve the roughly 17-page agreement Friday, the person said.NCAA-REVENUE DISTRIBUTIONPandemic fallout: NCAA slashes distribution by $375 million OBIT-GLOBETROTTERS-NEALHarlem Globetrotters great Curly Neal dies at 77UNDATED (AP) — Iconic Harlem Globetrotters player Fred “Curly” Neal has died at 77, according to the team.The dribbling wizard played for the Globetrotters from 1963-85, appearing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries for the exhibition team known for its combination of comedy and athleticism. He became one of five Globetrotters to have his jersey retired when his No. 22 was lifted to the rafters during a special ceremony at Madison Square Garden in 2008.Neal was a crowd favorite with his trademark shaved head, infectious smile and ability to dribble circles around would-be defenders.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Questions aplenty in defeat

first_imgDOUG ZACKER/Herald photoSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Demoralized, humiliated and thoroughly beaten — those were the words to describe the way Saturday’s game turned out for Wisconsin. “They just dominated us the whole night,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. With many questions surrounding how the Badgers would respond following its first loss in more than a year, answers were found out the hard way in the form of a 38-7 loss.From the outset PSU outplayed UW, forcing a P.J. Hill fumble on the game’s first play. “It was a big turnover and was telling of how the game was going to go,” right tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel said. “We tried to create a spark but we just never could.”For a defense that has failed to find consistency, whether it be tackling, reading plays and making plays, or closing running lanes, being forced to make a stop with a short field on its first series of the game was a tall order — one that the defense couldn’t fulfill. Despite the unforgiving circumstance, linebacker DeAndre Levy didn’t make any excuses for Penn State’s opening touchdown.”We have to do our job regardless,” he said. “We can’t always depend on the offense to win the game.”The offense didn’t do its part either. By comparison Wisconsin finished with 17 first downs while Penn State had 27. And the Badgers accumulated 331 yards of total offense to the Nittany Lions’ 437. When the offense wasn’t turning the ball over — quarterback Tyler Donovan threw two interceptions for the third time in four games, in addition to Hill’s fumble — it was being overwhelmed by the Penn State defensive front that put significant amounts of pressure on both Donovan and the running game. Donovan was sacked five times and the ground attack never found room to navigate. All of these mishaps culminated with a 24-7 halftime deficit and a sense of loss — one which ultimately led them to all but give up after the break. “They had a good defense,” freshman wide receiver Kyle Jefferson said. “They were very disciplined; they swarm to the ball — it was never just one person coming to get you — so their defense was on.”Couple that with the UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s lack of play-calling creativity — the PSU linebackers knew exactly what to expect on several plays — and the Badgers were in for a long night. “Their linebackers were all over the run plays,” Vanden Heuvel said. “I know there was a couple times when they would read plays before they’d even happen. Kraig (Urbik) and I would be communicating the next play and the linebacker would come over and set up right where we didn’t want them. “We just tried the best we could, but they just seemed to have a jump on us.”Wisconsin finished with a barely edible 87 yards on 34 attempts (2.6 yards per carry). On the flipside, Penn State feasted, much in the same manner that Illinois did, on the Badger defense. It averaged nearly five yards per carry en route to a 221-yard day. Although the Badgers significantly improved their tackling, managing to put some big hits on Nittany Lion ball carriers, gaping holes and well-designed plays shredded the defense.”I think we tackled pretty well, but it was just misreading and misalignments, and they split us,” Levy said. “The big thing for us defensively is that we’ve lost the edge of our defense too much,” Bielema added. “We had a few mental busts early on with our man coverage where our guys got their eyes off of their man and allowed him to run free.” After Saturday the quest to find answers to season-long problems continues for the Wisconsin defense. Only now the offense is there with them.last_img read more

WhoScored: Pjanić the 29th best Player in the World in 2016

first_imgAccording to the ranking of the website WhoScored.com, which deals with statistical data and whose list of 100 best players in the world in 2016 was published by Sky Sports, Miralem Pjanić is the 29th on the list, while Edin Džeko is 56th.Players from five best leagues in Europe (Premiership, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) with at least 20 performances in the league this year were considered.On the first place is Leo Messi, just like last year, and this year he has 8.3205 of possible 10 points. The second is his teammate from Barcelona Neymar (8.19), third is the player of Real Madrid Gareth Bale (8.0922), while Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is fourth with 8.0523 points. On the fifth place is the midfielder of Manchester United Paul Pogba (7.9994).The BiH national team player and midfielder of Juventus Miralem Pjanić (7.5303 points) is 70th according to The Guardian, but WhoScored placed him on the high 29th place, before players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Luka Modrić…Striker of Roma Edin Džeko (7.3766 points) is 56th according to WhoScored, while The Guardian did not even include him on the list of 100 best players in the world. Behind Džeko is Antoine Griezman, who is 58th.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly reflects on team’s roller-coaster season

first_imgMORE: City of Toronto bans all public events through June 30Unfortunately, nobody knows when — or if — the 2019-20 season will resume. Rielly is no different but, like all players, he’s itching to get back on the ice.  “I think that’s what we’re all kind of wondering right now,” he said. “I can tell you that we do have calls as a team and as players around the league, and we talk about those sorts of things. A point comes where it’s not really in our control, but I guess the question is, ‘How late is too late?’ I don’t know. I know as players, we all want to play and have a chance to play in playoffs, but health comes first. There’s no question about that.” “I’m happy I played one, because I think I’d be going crazy if I hadn’t played since early January,” Rielly said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. “That was truly a long process of trying to heal and trying to keep yourself in shape. Eight weeks go by and you’re really working hard to get back and then to play one game, it’s certainly not ideal.”MORE: How NHL players are spending their time without hockeyRielly has been social distancing at his home in Vancouver ever since the coronavirus pandemic made the sporting world grind to a halt. He has been using the unexpected free time to reflect on the Leafs’ roller-coaster season. “During a pause like this, you have lots of time to process what happened over the course of the year so far,” he said. “You look back and you reflect and you picture things going differently, what you liked, what you didn’t like, and this is a really good opportunity for players to do some thinking about that kind of stuff . . . but you’re also focused on trying to keep yourself in shape in the event the year resumes. So I think it’s a mix of trying to keep yourself focused and also do some reflecting.”There have been plenty of ups and downs for Toronto, which came into the season as a Stanley Cup favorite. Despite a roster loaded with offensive firepower, including Auston Matthews, William Nylander and John Tavares, the Leafs were still fighting for their playoff lives when the season was put on hold a few weeks ago. Rielly is well aware of the team’s inconsistency, and it’s something that he says needs to improve.”With the bad is always good,” he said. “I thought that we answered the bell at times when we had to against some pretty good teams, and then the downs were the games where you’re supposed to win or you really expect a good team to be able to win and we weren’t able to execute that, but I can’t really put my finger on it. I think you have to keep in mind that there were positives over the course of the season, and when hockey does resume I think we know that we have to be better and we have to be more consistent.”  Battling back from an injury is one of the toughest things an athlete can face, both physically and mentally. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly endured that process this season after suffering a fractured foot on a blocked shot in January. Eight weeks of rehab and physical therapy later, he made his return to the lineup on March 10 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.Two days later, the NHL season was paused indefinitely. last_img read more