Football: Defense aware of last season’s second half against Iowa

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team nearly squandered a 16-point lead on the road in Iowa City last season.But the Badgers held on, despite then-Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock scorching the Badgers defense in the second half.Rudock and the Hawkeye offense had the UW defense on its heels for nearly the entire final 30 minutes of the Nov. 22, 2014, matchup.Other than punting on their first offensive drive of the half, the Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on their final three drives of the game.Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said the Badgers will have to take that experience and positively translate it on the field this Saturday.“It’s a reference point if anything … we’re seeing what we did good [and] we’re seeing what we didn’t do good,” Aranda said.Rudock finished 20-for-30 with 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air, with both touchdowns and 212 yards coming in the second half.Outside linebacker Joe Schobert, who is currently tied for the nation’s lead this season in tackles for loss (9.5) said UW will have to perform better in the pass game this time around.“Last year, they obviously took advantage of the pass game, one-on-one matchups,” Schobert said. “Definitely now in preparation for this week we got to improve on what we did last year in different aspects whether it’s pass rush or coverage.”Darius Hillary was the victim of a pass interference call early in the fourth quarter that set the Hawkeyes up at the two-yard line, and they scored the next play to make it 19-17.This time around, Hillary said the Badgers have to hold the same intensity for the entirety of the game, and expects Saturday’s matchup to come down to the final quarter once again.“We got a little laxadasical, myself included,” Hillary said. “I think we just have to come out and be able to finish a game.”last_img read more

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“Do your part in the Coronavirus fight”- Nadia Eke pleads with Ghanaians

first_imgGhanaian triple jumper, Nadia Eke, has urged Ghanaians to fully respect health guidelines and directives concerning Coronavirus in order to stop the spread of the disease.The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the globe and several major sporting activities have been postponed and put away due to concerns.The European Championships and Olympic Games slated for this year will be held in 2021 due to the disease.Eke, who will represent Ghana in the Olympics Games, spoke to Citi Sports via a  video on Tuesday and asked Ghanaians to do all they could to fight the pandemic.“My team mates and I, who were looking forward to going to Japan this year for the Olympic Games are disappointed that the Games have been postponed. That being said, I think that, as a community, we need to stand by each other and take care of each other and ourselves.What this means is that you have to do your part and follow the precautions to make sure that you are a being a team player in the fight against this virus. The virus will not fight itself and we have to do our part and stand by each other.As people can see (from the video), I am staying home and hopefully, we can all get back to our lives as we envisioned very soon.”Eke and Joseph Paul Amoah had booked places in the Games and they were set to represent Ghana in the triple jump and 100m and 200m events respectively.last_img read more

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England benches Rooney majority of starters for farewell match against Costa Rica

first_imgBELO HORIZONTE — England manager Roy Hodgson will field an experimental sideas his team’s miserable World Cup draws to a close against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday at 10 a.m.Center-back Gary Cahill and striker Daniel Sturridge will be the only survivors from Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo, which sealed England’s elimination in the group phase.But Hodgson insisted that despite the absence of star striker Wayne Rooney and captain Steven Gerrard, it would be “out of the question” to aim for anything except a win.Ben Foster will play in goal, Phil Jones at right-back, Cahill will play center-back alongside Chris Smalling, and teenager Luke Shaw will play left-back, Hodgson said at a press conference at the Estadio Mineirao.The midfield will be made up of James Milner, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana, with Sturridge up front, he added.Southampton left-back Shaw, 18, and 20-year-old Everton midfielder Barkley will be making their first competitive starts for England.While Hodgson is eager to give as many members of his squad a taste of World Cup football as possible, he also wants to see his side sign off with a victory.“With a very different team and a lot of players who haven’t played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament — or at least as many as possible — having taken part and played in a game, not just training,” he said.“We’re very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us.“We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them, and we really want to make certain tomorrow (Tuesday) night that they see something that they can take some encouragement from.“And most importantly of all, it’s a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question.”Hodgson had already announced that 36-year-old Lampard would captain the side, on what could be his final England appearance, with regular skipper Steven Gerrard starting on the bench.Lampard is expected to announce his international retirement after the tournament, but Hodgson still hopes to be able to call upon the former Chelsea midfielder in future.While Costa Rica require a point from the game to secure top spot in Group D, there is nothing riding on the match for England. But Lampard has urged his teammates to stand up and be counted.“Now we are in a situation where we have to show we’re men,” he said.Costa Rica also plans to test out some reserves against the English. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said defender Roy Miller and forward Randall Brenes will start for La Sele. Pinto, however, did not reveal his full line-up or who Miller and Brenes would replace.England team:Ben Foster; Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw; Frank Lampard (capt), Jack Wilshere; James Milner, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana; Daniel Sturridge Facebook Comments Related posts:Do or die for England, Uruguay on Thursday Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run Costa Rica can go far, says coach Pinto President Solís says Sele’s victories portend good things for Costa Ricalast_img read more

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