Wisconsin struggles on 3rd down defense

first_imgOn paper, it would appear that the Badger defense had itself a great day against Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon.The Leatherneck offense accounted for exactly three points and three interceptions, put up 246 total yards of offense to the Badgers’ 336, and was generally unable to conjure up any sort of rhythm in moving the football down the field at Camp Randall Stadium.But the consensus among Wisconsin personnel was that the defense could have performed much, much better.”I don’t think we tackled well,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “I counted on four occasions — two in the first half and two right away in the second half — where we should have been off the field on third down if we just make the tackles. That concerns me because that is a basic element of football that we’ve got to have instilled in their minds.”Western Illinois’ success on third downs told the story of Bielema’s frustration. UW allowed their Division I-AA opponent to move the chains on eight out of 16 third-down opportunities — a disappointing 50 percent rate.”We want to stop those drives and we want to get the defense off the field, because if we’re off the field, they don’t score points,” senior safety Roderick Rogers said. “We want to keep those drives short and we want to go three-and-out.”On the flip side: While the UW defense allowed Western Illinois to convert on eight of 16 third-down plays, Wisconsin’s offense did one better with a 9-for-16 conversion rate.Badger quarterback John Stocco completed four passes on third downs to move the chains and also scampered for six yards on another conversion.”I think we were pretty good on third downs,” Stocco said. “That’s something that we want to be good at as an offense.”Picks a’plenty: Linebacker Mark Zalewski, safety Joe Stellmacher and cornerback Allen Langford all pulled down interceptions at the expense of Leathernecks quarterback Steve LaFalce.In addition, Stellmacher would have picked off a second pass had UW linebacker Mike Newkirk not inadvertently tipped the ball out of harm’s way, and cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu nearly got into the act late in the game, letting a potential INT slip through his hands.”I had the running back man-to-man, I see the quarterback threw it, it was coming right towards me, and Newkirk just kind of threw his body in there and knocked it down, so it’s kind of disappointing,” Stellmacher said of his chance at a second pick. “But [we] made the play anyways, [and] got off the field.”Stellmacher joked that Newkirk, a second-string defensive tackle, can at least bask in the glory of making his mark on the stat sheet, as he was credited with a defended pass.”He took one away from me, [I’ll] let him treasure that one.”Goal-line stand: The Badgers also held the Leathernecks in check with a stop late in the third quarter, when Western Illinois had a third-and-one situation at the Wisconsin 3-yard line. Defensive tackle Nick Hayden brought down WIU running back Herb Donaldson for a one-yard loss, bringing up fourth-and-two.Then, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy snuffed out a Leathernecks trick play with LaFalce catching a pass from WIU’s Alex Douglas on the left side. Shaughnessy brought down LaFalce for a two-yard-loss, turning the ball back over to the UW offense.”It was just an incredible heads-up play by Matt Shaughnessy, and it’s an example of why we think he can be an exceptional player here,” Bielema said.Quick hits: Isaac Anderson recorded his first career reception. The true freshman out of Minneapolis, Minn., hauled in a 20-yard pass from Stocco on a third-and-six play in the second quarter, good for Wisconsin’s third-longest play from scrimmage in the game … Western Illinois did not produce any passing plays amassing 20 yards or more, and did not run for 10 or more yards on any carry … Stocco’s last completion of the afternoon, a 24-yard touchdown catch by Andy Crooks, was the 400th of his career. Stocco is now third on Wisconsin’s all-time completions list, and stands just 15 catches away from the second-place signal caller Brooks Bollinger … Taylor Mehlhaff, who did not have any field goal attempts in UW’s first win over Bowling Green, connected on both his attempts Saturday, including a 46-yarder at the end of the first half, tying his career best … the attendance at Camp Randall Stadium was announced as 80,845. It was the 19th consecutive sellout for Wisconsin at home.last_img read more

PHOTOS: New Cape Coast stadium set for official opening

first_imgThe new  Cape Coast stadium will officially be opened on Tuesday evening by the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama after over two years of construction and fixes.The 15,000 capacity edifice is a $35 million project wholly financed as a grant by the People’s Republic of China.However before the official opening, students from second cycle institutions in the Central Region have engaged in inter schools games’ –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers rally to beat Mets on Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single in the 9th

first_imgNEW YORK — Sitting in the dugout at Citi Field before Friday’s game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about the starting pitchers his team would face in the weekend series.“I always say every day is a test. But this is a good test for us,” he said, calling the New York Mets’ trio of starters (Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler) the Dodgers would face the type of quality starters “that you’re going to run into in the postseason.”The Dodgers got to Syndergaard that night and won. But they were shut out by deGrom and a pair of relievers Saturday and were held to one run in seven innings by Wheeler Sunday night.But they rallied against the Mets bullpen, scoring once in the eighth and again in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Jedd Gyroko, giving them a 3-2 win. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img “I don’t think so,” Roberts said. “Obviously he’s had some outings where he’s throw up zeroes. But the way the ball was coming out these last two — like he’s said, he’s figured some things out. He and Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) have worked through some things. He’s peaking I think at the right time.”Jansen said things “clicked” during a throwing session in the outfield before Wednesday’s game.“I’ve been searching the whole year,” he said. “This year was pretty tough for me, searching for something all the time. Now that it has clicked, you start to see the life (on his fastball) again. … It took a little time this year.”It took a little time for the Dodgers’ offense to strike Sunday.The Dodgers had six hits in seven innings off Wheeler. Four of them came from the first batter in an inning. But the Dodgers went 2 for 14 with seven strikeouts with a runner on base, 1 for 10 (with six of those strikeouts) with a runner in scoring position.“Wheeler looked like he had really good stuff,” said Gyorko who entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, drew a walk and scored the tying run on Taylor’s hit. “Good teams just keep grinding out at-bats right until the end and make something happen to get a win and that’s what we did tonight.”In the ninth, Kike’ Hernandez doubled with one out and scored the winning run on Gyorko’s single through the middle off reliever Seth Lugo.“I had faced him a few times,” said Gyorko who was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Lugo before Sunday. “He got ahead early. I wasn’t looking for fastballs early and he made a couple good pitches. But I was able to get something out over the plate on that last pitch and put a good swing on it.”Related Articles “The takeaway is our starting pitching did really well and matched their pitching — or they matched our pitching,” Roberts said after Sunday’s win. “It’s tough to put hits together against those arms. Even Wheeler tonight came out and threw the ball really well. I thought we did a good job. But I think our pitching kept us in ballgames.”Sure. But Roberts would have plenty of time on the cross-country flight home to think about the real important takeaways from the weekend in New York. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenley Jansen — two pitchers who could prove crucial to the Dodgers’ October fortunes — both looked like the pitchers the Dodgers will need them to be.Ryu’s seven scoreless innings Saturday night put to rest concerns raised during his four-start slump. Jansen, meanwhile, has had a more fraught summer, struggling to find consistent reliability.Roberts told him before Sunday’s game he would pitch the eighth and Jansen came in even thought the Dodgers had tied the game 2-2 on Chris Taylor’s RBI double in the top of the inning.Following up on a scoreless inning Thursday in Baltimore, Jansen retired the Mets in order in the eighth. Opposing batters are now 2 for 17 against Jansen this month and the Dodgers might not have seen two more dominant outings back to back from Jansen all season. Pedro Baez having pitched earlier in the game and Jansen having pitched the eighth as pre-planned, Roberts turned to Adam Kolarek to get left-handed Michael Conforto leading off the ninth and then handed the ball to Kenta Maeda. The last of five relievers who would allow just one hit over four innings, Maeda got the final two outs for the save. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL suspends Kareem Hunt 8 games

first_imgAnother day, another Browns headline.The NFL has suspended Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt eight games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday. Hunt, 23, was released Nov. 30 by the Chiefs after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel last February. The league launched an investigation into the incident as well as his involvement in a violent nightclub incident in January and an altercation at a restaurant in June.Following the acquisition of Hunt in February, Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement : “We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions. … We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL.”Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 yards rushing as a rookie in 2017 with Kansas City and was named to the Pro Bowl. He was enjoying a similarly successful season in 2018 before his release with 824 yards rushing, 378 yards receiving and 14 total touchdowns. Kareem Hunt reportedly enters counseling for alcohol, anger management Former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt speaks for first time since releasecenter_img Hunt released the following statement in a release by the Browns:“I want to again apologize for my actions last year. I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love.” Hunt’s agent released a statement saying he would not appeal the suspension.Statement from Kareem Hunt’s agent Dan Saffron, who is not appealing the eight-game suspension for his client: pic.twitter.com/lJ1s1Ivaek— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2019″Hunt has advised the league office that he accepts responsibility for his conduct and the discipline that has been imposed,” the NFL said in a release. “He has committed to take advantage of available resources to help him grow personally and as a member of the Cleveland community, and to live up to his obligations as an NFL player.” Related Newslast_img read more

Who is Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher? The Irish wonderkid eager to make waves at Anfield

first_imgHe excelled as a goalkeeper and soon earned national recognition, representing the Cork Youth League in nationwide tournaments before going on to play for Ireland at youth level.Liverpool signed Kelleher from Ringmahon in the summer of 2015 and he has ascended from the Under-18 team into the Under-23 side, as well as becoming a member of the first-team squad.The summer of 2018 saw the Cork native take a massive stride into the mind of Klopp, who brought the teenager along with the first team to compete in the International Champions Cup.He replaced Loris Karius at half-time in a 2-1 win over Manchester City before keeping a clean sheet after coming off the bench in the 4-1 win against Manchester United. He also featured in a friendly victory over Blackburn Rovers.Kelleher’s progress was duly rewarded in August that year, when he put pen to paper on a long-term deal.“I’ve been doing the same things but getting better every day,” he told the club’s official website. “Training at Melwood, you improve much more. Alisson and Simon and Kamil are here and we train to the highest level every day.”In: Michael Obafemi, Caoimhin KelleherOut: Shane Long, Derrick WilliamsNew call up for training: #IRLU19 captain & @ManUtd defender Lee O’Connor.Full squad update: https://t.co/2vdDwP6AN1 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/fORxdnSi0g— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 12, 2018At international level, he has represented the Boys in Green Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 teams.Having been included in the senior panel on a number of occasions, he will be aiming to put pressure on Darren Randolph in the coming years.Kelleher hails from a football-loving family and his brother Fiacre is a former Ireland youth international who currently plays for Macclesfield Town, having previously played for Celtic and Oxford United.What does Jurgen Klopp think of him?While Klopp has a strong array of goalkeeper options at Anfield, it is clear that he rates Kelleher very highly.”He is an outstanding talent. Outstanding,” the German coach said shortly after Kelleher signed a new deal in 2018. “[He is] very cool with the ball, you saw that in pre-season when he played in front of 100,000 people, that he wasn’t bothered about that which is a very important skill to have.”For most of his youth he was an outfield player, he has fantastic reactions. If nothing serious happens, he will have a really fantastic future.”I don’t know how many really good goalkeepers that Ireland have but one more is never a big problem. I like him a lot and he will be in our squad.”How do you pronounce Caoimhin Kelleher’s name?Caoimhin is the Irish equivalent to the English name Kevin and it is pronounced ‘ Kwee-Veen’.In some parts of Ireland the pronunciation of Caoimhin is slightly different, with ‘ Kee-Vin ‘ sometimes heard. Should Kelleher continue his ascent and carve out a career for himself in senior football, commentators are sure to have difficulties pronouncing his name.Those unfamiliar with Irish names (which can be famously baffling to those outside of Ireland) may recoil aghast when confronted with the collection of letters forming the Liverpool starlet’s first name.You can hear Kelleher’s pronunciation in the video above. However, the Reds are also priming themselves for the future and featured in the ranks of the senior team this season is 20-year-old shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher, just a few years after his arrival on Merseyside.Indeed, the youngster could well be called into action sooner rather than later, with injuries affecting Reds goalkeepers Alisson and Adrian.For those unfamiliar with Kelleher, Goal brings you everything you need to know about him, including his previous clubs, experience and, crucially, how to pronounce his name!Who is Caoimhin Kelleher?Caoimhin Kelleher is a goalkeeper who plays for Premier League side Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland at international level.He was born on November 23, 1998 in Cork, a city in the south of Ireland and came through the ranks of his local team Ringmahon Rangers.Interestingly, he began his playing days for Ringmahon as a striker before making the transition to goalkeeper at the age of 14 after the team’s original net-minder quit.A former coach remarked in an interview with the Cork Evening Echo that Kelleher regularly scored 20 and 30 goals a season before donning the gloves permanently. The arrival of Alisson from Roma in a record £65m ($84m) transfer in 2018-19 means that Liverpool’s chronic goalkeeper woes have finally been dealt with.Jurgen Klopp has found a solution to a long-running problem in the form of the Brazil number one, whose prowess between the posts means he should make the position his own at Anfield in the coming years. Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a1/d0/caoimhin-kelleher-liverpool-2018-19_vucjhe9w4g01kpwq8rt1mpq3.jpg?t=305472903&w=500&quality=80 Caoimhin Kelleher’s FIFA statsGiven his age and relative inexperience, Kelleher’s FIFA 19 stats are not particularly eye-catching, but his potential ability suggests that he has what it takes to be a decent Premier League or Championship goalkeeper.Caoimhin Kelleher’s detailed FIFA 19 statsOverall RatingDIVHANKICREFSPEPOS58585452603755In FIFA 19, his overall rating is 58, with his reflexes deemed to be his strongest attribute at 60. Kelleher’s diving is rated 58 and his positioning is slightly lower at 55, while his speed is clearly his weakest skill.With a price tag of roughly £200k in the EA Sports game, he might well be considered a bargain buy, particularly if he manages to live up to expectations.last_img read more