Waving the White flag: Cardinal rules

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoIt was all but over after the first play. In the annual Cardinal versus White game that concludes the spring portion of the season, it’s normally the defense that reigns supreme. While it was the case for the Cardinal unit — most of which comprised Wisconsin’s top four nationally ranked defense from last season and the first-team offense — the White unit came out of the gates as spectators to the prolific Cardinal attack, which took home the 35-6 win. Behind offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s attack-first mentality and quarterback Tyler Donovan’s execution, the Cardinal moved the ball from its 30-yard line to the White’s 30-yard line on the first play from scrimmage courtesy of a Paul Hubbard reception. “We really wanted to start the game fast,” Hubbard said. “The defense has always had the jump on us; they’ve always beaten us down in the spring game, and we wanted to go out there and set the tone. And I think we did that pretty much the whole game and on that first play.” Five plays and two completions later, the Cardinal team was up 7-0 after Donovan connected with senior wide receiver Luke Swan for a 17-yard strike. “It was just an opportunity to make a throw. Swan ran a good route, and we were able to capitalize on that,” said Donovan of his touchdown pass.On the drive, the offense showed glimpses of what it has been searching for all spring: consistency. “As an offense, we need that consistency; and if we keep getting better as an offense and clicking, the sky’s the limit for this offense,” Donovan added. Making a statement of his own in the race to become Wisconsin’s starting quarterback, transfer Allan Evridge launched a deep ball to Luke Swan down the right sideline on his first play from scrimmage. Although Swan had to wait for it, there was still plenty of cushion between him and the defensive back Prince Moody for Swan to come down with the 45-yard reception. “That was the play coach Chryst called — that was the read and that was the guy that was open, so I tried to throw it down there to him, and it worked out great,” Evridge said. “I would have liked to go a little shorter on the first play, but it was fun kind of just winging it.”On the very next play, the Cardinal was off and running, up 14-0 after running back Lance Smith scampered into the end zone from 25 yards out on a play originally designed to sweep to the outside. “I didn’t plan on doing it like that, but it just worked out perfectly,” Smith said.Although the sophomore back was successful on that run and his stats were solid — two touchdowns and 77 yards on 16 carries — he’s missing running lanes and sometimes isn’t following the design of the play.”At times, Lance has done some great things for us, but he still doesn’t have a general understanding of what we want,” Bielema said. “For you to be a guy to be counted on every day, … you need to do everything possible that you’re capable of doing on every play, and I don’t see that in him. … When it’s not supposed to be an outside bounce play — it’s supposed to hit inside — that’s where it needs to go.” Dustin Sherer, the third quarterback vying for the starting job, had all sorts of difficulties finding time to pass or do anything with the football. It didn’t help that Tyler Holland couldn’t establish a ground attack, either. The Cardinal defense was part of the problem. Matt Shaughnessy recorded two sacks, and as a whole, the first team recorded six for the game to go with three interceptions. “I thought our defense could run and did a lot of good things out there, creating some turnovers for our one and twos,” Bielema said.By halftime, the Cardinal held a 28-0 advantage. From there, the defenses and offenses began interchanging, diluting the first team with second teamers as the third stringers moved in to play. The White’s lone score came after Sherer was able to move the ball down field for the first time all day, connecting with T.J. Theus twice and tight end Sean Lewis. After a penalty and a tipped ball that fell incomplete, backup kicker Matt Fisher came in to attempt the 42-yard field goal. In the sophomore’s first career game situation kick, he split the uprights. “For him to go out and nail a 42-yarder today, I think that speaks volumes for him,” Bielema said.The lone score for the Cardinal in the second half came on a dump out into the flat thrown by Evridge to fullback Chris Pressley. In the battle of the quarterbacks, Donovan finished the game 7-of-11 for 95 yards a touchdown and late interception, while Evridge was 8-of-14 for 120 yards to go with his two touchdowns. Swan and Hubbard led the way receiving with 79 yards and 66 yards respectively. Both also found paydirt. The attendance was 18,020; not the 50,000 Bielema wants to see one day, but a step in the right direction after drawing just over 10,000 a year ago.last_img read more

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Southport defender suffers ‘catastrophic injury’ against Stones

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesA former Celtic and Portsmouth defender faces a battle to play again after he suffered a serious knee injury against Wealdstone on Saturday.Josh Thompson (pictured above, in yellow), who played 18 times in the Scottish Premier League, was stretchered off midway through the second half of Southport’s FA Trophy game with the Stones.The 25-year-old will need major reconstructive surgery, expected to take place on Monday.A Southport statement said Thompson had “suffered a catastrophic injury to his patella”.It added: “Sadly, Josh faces a considerable battle to be able to play football again.”An ambulance had taken him from Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium to hospital, where he was accompanied by his parents and club physio Luke McCall, before being discharged once his pain levels had subsided.The former England Under-19 international saw a specialist for the injury on Sunday.Thompson began his career at Stockport before a 2009 move to Celtic, where he played under Tony Mowbray.He had loan spells at Rochdale, Peterborough and Chesterfield before joining Portsmouth in 2012 – however he only featured twice in League One and went on to play for Colchester and Tranmere, prior to signing for Southport.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tanner Roark nestles into crucial role in Athletics’ rotation

first_imgKANSAS CITY — Tanner Roark makes his fifth start as an Oakland Athletic on Wednesday. The right-hander has expressed that he feels at ease in Oakland, invigorated by the light-heartedness this clubhouse brings on a day-to-day basis. He’s nestled into his rotational role seamlessly, trimming down that 4.24 ERA with the Cincinnati Reds to a more sightly 3.95.“He’s been around for a while, so we kind of knew what to expect when he got here, and he’s been that if not better,” Melvin said. “He …last_img

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Rodriguez key at both ends as Switzerland reaches World Cup

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Switzerland needed only a draw Sunday to advance to Russia, and a tense 0-0 result in rain-soaked Basel was preserved by Rodriguez’s goal-line clearance in stoppage time from Jonny Evans’ header.“In the right moment he was in the right place,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said of the AC Milan defender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt meant Switzerland’s disputed penalty for handball in the first-leg victory in Belfast made all the difference.Rodriguez scored that spot kick on Thursday, when Corey Evans was whistled harshly for an incident that few agreed with. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games All three now have at least 50 international appearances. None had been born the last time Northern Ireland played at a World Cup, in 1986. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Center forward Haris Seferovic was most at fault, failing to hit the target with two first-half headed chances and a late shot lofted high over the goal.Though Petkovic declined to criticize the Benfica forward, who was booed by some fans when substituted, the coach acknowledged a regular weakness of his 11th-ranked team.“We have to be more clinical in front of goal,” Petkovic said through a translator. “We had to suffer to the end, especially with this chance Northern Ireland had.”In the first of four stoppage-time minutes, Evans rose at the far post to meet a cross that goalkeeper Yann Sommer misjudged to leave himself stranded.Rodriguez moved across the goalmouth toward the post and hooked the ball clear as he fell backward into the goal.With their spot in Russia secured, the Swiss enter the pot of second-seeded teams for the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 in Moscow.Now the challenge for arguably its most talented team in decades is to go beyond the last 16 at a major tournament.In the past five years, the Swiss impressed in qualifying but failed to beat the best teams they faced — France twice, Argentina and Poland — at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.“We don’t really set limits for us. It could be even to the final,” said Petkovic, who should have his best players at their peak in Russia.At 26, Xherdan Shaqiri is heading to his third World Cup, while Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Rodriguez are both 25 and have matured as standouts from the 2009 Under-17 World Cup-winning team.center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill said his team’s exit after a spirited second-half Sunday was “a devastating moment.”“It was decided by a really poor decision and a penalty that should never have been,” O’Neill said, 25 minutes after the final whistle. “We should still be playing extra time now.”“It was a privilege to be their coach and manager tonight,” said O’Neill, who shared tearful embraces with players at the final whistle.Northern Ireland came to Basel with aggression in its play that had been strangely lacking in the home leg.Still, Switzerland dominated much of the first half and should have sealed its place at a fourth straight World Cup much earlier.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jimmie Johnson’s title reign ends with wreck in Phoenix Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Switzerland’s players Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez, from right, celebrate winning the World Cup play-offs second leg soccer match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Switzerland is going to the World Cup after left-back Ricardo Rodriguez denied Northern Ireland hope in both games of their playoff at either end of the field.In each leg of Switzerland’s 1-0 aggregate win, the key incident involved one of Northern Ireland’s Evans brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Long scores quickest Premier League goal at 7.69 seconds

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Long intercepted Craig Cathcart’s clearance and ran onto the loose ball before dinking a shot over goalkeeper Ben Foster.Based on the Premier League’s timing, the goal was quicker than the 9.9 seconds it took Tottenham’s Ledley King to score against Bradford in 2000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsImmediately after the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Long said he didn’t realize he had put himself in the record books.“It’s a record, is it?” Long said to broadcaster Sky Sports. “Straight from the kickoff we wanted to put them under pressure. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred you block it and it doesn’t work but this time it did. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dame time: Lillard’s 3 at buzzer ousts Thunder, sends Blazers to 2nd round Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s nice to have a record like that, but it would have been nicer if it was the winning goal.”Andre Gray scored in the 90th minute to grab a point for Watford.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Watford, during their English Premier League soccer match at Vicarage Road in Watford, London, England, Tuesday April 23, 2019. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)WATFORD, England — It was the Long and short of the Premier League.Shane Long scored the fastest-ever goal in the competition Tuesday, netting after 7.69 seconds for Southampton against Watford.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Vine: Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs Got Ejected For Punching A ‘Nova Player In The Face

first_imgSterling Gibbs punched Villanova player in the face.Update: Gibbs was contrite after the game and posted an apology on his Twitter:Man that’s not who I am. I’m sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015My emotions get the best of me and that wasn’t acceptable at all. I hope you’re alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Arcidiancono accepted his apology as well.Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We’re all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015Earlier: Seton Hall got off to a 12-2 start this year but the season has spiraled into a major mess. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 and are about to make it nine of 12 as they’re getting blown out tonight on the road at Villanova.Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was so frustrated, he decided he wasn’t going to stick around for the entire game. Instead, Gibbs got himself ejected for punching Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face. Ouch. That’s blatantly flagrant and sort of surprising considering Gibbs’ reputation as a solid citizen. All in all, not a good day for the Pirates.last_img read more

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