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Hull complete McGregor deal

first_img McGregor, who spent 14 years with Rangers before his move to Turkey last summer, has won 29 caps for his country. He returned in August 2010 from over a year in international exile after he was dropped over a late-night drinking session with team-mate Barry Ferguson. The pair were then caught making v-signs to photographers while on the substitutes’ bench during a game against Iceland. His move to the KC Stadium, which is subject to international clearance, represents the latest step in City boss Steve Bruce’s efforts to strengthen his defence ahead of the top-flight campaign. Bruce has already signed defender Curtis Davies from Birmingham and given new contracts to centre-back James Chester and full-back Liam Rosenior. McGregor fills one of the club’s primary needs for the new season, with the erratic Eldin Jakupovic and the untried Mark Oxley the only senior keepers previously on their books. Hull took Fulham’s David Stockdale on loan for the latter part of last season. Forward Sone Aluko was quick to welcome his former Gers team-mate to East Yorkshire, writing on Twitter: “Buzzing McGregor has signed for us! Top class keeper and what a guy! Welcome to Hull Greegsy!!” The 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the KC Stadium as the Tigers continue to prepare for their return to the Barclays Premier League. McGregor told “I’m really excited to be here and I’m happy that everything is done now. I can’t wait to get started here. This is a great chance for me to play in the Premier League and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.” Hull have completed the signing of Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas for an undisclosed fee.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho eager to focus on league

first_img Mourinho attended a personal hearing on Wednesday following an improper conduct charge after he was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy towards the end of a 1-0 loss at Villa Park. But the Portuguese was on Thursday fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the Football Association. It is understood Mourinho is unhappy with the verdict and is waiting for the independent regulatory commission’s written reasons before deciding how to respond and whether to appeal against the ruling. It was the second time Mourinho had been sent to the stands this season. Following his sending off against Cardiff in October, Mourinho accepted the charge and was fined £8,000, but he was not prepared to leave the latest charge unchallenged. He said: “It can be £1. It’s the principle.” Mourinho was dismissed after Ramires had been shown a red card for an over-the-top tackle on Karim El Ahmadi. As well as Ramires, Willian was sent off during the contest. The Chelsea manager came on to the pitch as a melee ensued involving players from both teams, with the substituted Gabriel Agbonlahor and Villa manager Paul Lambert also on the pitch. Chelsea will learn their Champions League semi-final opponents on Friday with manager Jose Mourinho preferring to focus on the Premier League. Mourinho has cancelled his weekly media briefing ahead of Sunday’s match at Swansea, preferring to turn his players’ attention to ending Chelsea’s three-match losing streak away from home at the Liberty Stadium. Prior to the 3-1 loss at Paris St Germain – a result Chelsea overturned on Tuesday to reach the last four of the Champions League – the Blues were beaten at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. The Portuguese claimed he was only attempting to cool tempers, and to ask Foy why he had not sent off Agbonlahor for accosting Ramires, but the referee was not interested and he dismissed the Chelsea manager. Mourinho then asked to speak to Foy in the referee’s room, but he did not want to speak to the Chelsea boss. The Blues boss then called on the Premier League not to appoint Foy for Chelsea matches. Mourinho has been seething since the loss at Villa, the first of two away defeats in succession in the Premier League. After the defeat at Crystal Palace, Mourinho conceded Chelsea’s title chances were over, although they are two points behind leaders Liverpool entering this weekend’s fixtures. Mourinho said recently: “Can we play against Aston Villa again? No. “The momentum was broken. Somebody broke the momentum.” Mourinho also believes Foy’s performance could prove costly for Chelsea. He said: “The other matches we lost because we didn’t play well. You find the natural reasons for losing a match. “If you go to the Villa match it’s difficult. What happened in the defeat against Villa I never learn, I never accept. “Somebody was very successful in putting a hurdle in front of us. And we crashed the hurdle against Aston Villa and we lost. “Villa was not a normal football match and we always hope that football matches are normal.” Mourinho also left his technical area after Demba Ba’s decisive strike against PSG in Tuesday’s 2-0 win, racing down the touchline in celebration and to provide tactical instructions. The Portuguese has avoided punishment from UEFA, though. UEFA told Press Association Sport: “No disciplinary proceedings have been opened in this regard.” Press Associationlast_img read more

International Cricket Council welcomes USA Cricket as its latest member

first_imgDubai: Following the expulsion of USACA a couple of years ago, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday welcomed USA Cricket as its newest member.According to an ICC statement, USA Cricket’s application to become the 93rd Associate Member in accordance with the ICC Constitution was approved by ICC Members following the Membership Committee’s recommendation to the ICC Board late last year and is implemented with immediate effect.As a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.Welcoming the new body, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and I would like to congratulate the Chair of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe, and the Board, on this important milestone and wish them all the very best for the future.”USA Cricket Board Chair Paraag Marathe said: “USA Cricket was established to bring together the cricket community in the United States, develop the game and unlock the sport’s undoubted potential for growth. Today’s confirmation that it is the ICC’s newest member is a significant staging post on that journey.” IANSAlso Read: World T20 rechristened as International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cuplast_img read more

Cricket News South stand in Jharkhand Stadium to be named after MS Dhoni

first_imgDhoni, who made his International debut in 2004 against Bangla Tigers, has made big steps in the International circuit. Battling a number of obstacles on the way, he fought his way to the top and created his legacy in Indian colours. Ranchi lad is one of the most successful cricketers in the world today. Today, even after achieving all three ICC tournaments, the hunger is still there, which speaks volumes of his character.Dhoni has already been honoured by the State’s highest civilian order – Jharkhand Ratna and has also been conferred with the Padma Bhushan – India’s third-highest civilian award. He played 90 Test matches for India before retiring from the longest format of the game in 2014 against Australia.He has 4876 runs, 10415 runs, and 1548 runs in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively. Dhoni also just three games shy of becoming the wicket-keeper to have featured in the most number of International games. As of now, Mark Boucher occupies the first spot.Going ahead, MS Dhoni will look to continue his dream run against Australia.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. JSCA renamed south stand after MS Dhoni. Dhoni had already been honoured State civilian award. Dhoni is just three games short of becoming the wicket-keeper to have played most International games. New Delhi: Over the years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a true icon for the Indian team. He has been one of the most successful skippers to have played this beautiful game, Dhoni has done more than just enough to let in the state; Jharkhand is recognized at the world stage. Now, after almost 15 years of International cricket, the tourist from all around the globe come to India to see Jharkhand, more to see State’s baby than anything else.With this, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) officials have finally repaid the former skipper by naming the south stand after him. The south stand at the JSCA stadium will now be known as ‘MS Dhoni Pavilion’ and a placard has already been installed in the stadium. It’s so beautifully written, that as a spectator it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in North, East, or West stand, the sight from every angle will be a pure delight to watch.last_img read more

The Latest: Chili Davis unsure if he’ll rejoin the Mets

first_imgBaynes is still in Phoenix and said in a video interview with Stadium that he’s “trying to pass some steps to get re-united with the team out there in Orlando.” He said he hasn’t tested “passable” in about 30 days.Baynes said he the coronavirus hit him pretty hard and he “slept for four days straight” but he’s starting to feel better now. He said his wife and two kids also tested positive but had “very minimal” symptoms.___Toledo says football coach Jason Candle has tested positive for the coronavirus. The school says Candle will spend next 10 days self-isolating at home.A statement released Wednesday by the university says Candle isn’t showing any symptoms, and that he contracted the virus from someone outside the athletic department. The 60-year-old Davis has been working remotely from his Arizona home during the pandemic, doing his best to help Mets hitters throughout their summer training camp in New York this month. On a video conference call with reporters, he said he’s at risk due to underlying health conditions that he preferred to keep private.“It’s a tough decision,” Davis said. “It’s not easy. It’s kind of boring sitting here not doing what I signed up to do.” New York opens the 60-game regular season Friday at home against Atlanta.Davis said he’s “very much in contact” with all the players and especially manager Luis Rojas and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater, who is subbing on site at Citi Field.Mets staffers send videos to Davis of batting practice and simulated games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis hasn’t decided if he will rejoin the team at any point this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice on Wednesday.He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose and that he’s feeling great now and ready to get to work with the Rockets, who open the season July 31 against Dallas.Westbrook, who wore a mask as he spoke to the media despite being inside the NBA bubble, urged people not take the coronavirus lightly and to wear a mask.“I’m not a doctor nor a specialist, but I do know that it’s definitely something to take very seriously,” he said. “To understand that wearing a mask can be between life or death honestly … there are people dying from this virus each and every day and it’s something that we all need to take very, very seriously.”___ China has condemned the order to close its Houston consulate and warned of a firm response.___The Atlanta Falcons have told season ticket holders that the team plans to have as many as 10,000 to 20,000 fans at home games this season.The Falcons said in Wednesday’s email that the reduced capacity meets local requirements as well as the social distancing guidelines set by the NFL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Season ticket holders who are current on their payments will be asked to rank the first four home games they’d like to attend, if any. The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin.All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31.The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.That includes telling participants they shouldn’t travel to tournaments if they tested positive for the virus within seven days or were exposed to anyone with the virus or its symptoms within 14 days. The Latest: Chili Davis unsure if he’ll rejoin the Mets Dozier said in a statement that he had been feeling “a couple of symptoms that go with the virus” and is now following the medical team’s direction by quarantining. He will need to test negative twice before returning to the club.The Royals still have catcher Cam Gallagher, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, catching prospect Nick Dini and relief pitcher Daniel Tillo on the injured list with COVID-19. All-Star catcher Salvador Pérez, starters Brad Keller and Jakob Junis, and third baseman Matt Reynolds tested positive but have been cleared to return.___Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus.Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday. The team says plans could be affected by changes in the coronavirus pandemic. Barring changes, the team plans to send a second survey in October for the final four home games.All fans must wear face masks.___Boxing and mixed martial arts competition may resume in California after the state athletic commission approved new safety regulations for the coronavirus pandemic.The commission will require a “quarantine bubble” around participants in every event, including referees and judges. The events also must be held without fans. ___Tulane says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of college basketball game scheduled in China this November.Tulane was slated to play against Washington in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai.A Tulane spokesman says the decision to cancel the event was made in coordination with Washington as well as Chinese-based partners in the event, Alibaba and the Federation of University Sport of China.The decision to call off the game also comes amid rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries. The US State Department this week ordered China to close its consulate in Houston after the indictments of Chinese hackers who’ve allegedly sought to steal coronavirus vaccine research being done by institutions in Texas.center_img Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will maintain their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021.___More AP sports: and Clubs are considering suspending the Romanian league as the country registers a growing number of virus infections. There were 1,030 new cases in the last 24 hours. That is the highest amount since the pandemic reached Romania in February.Petrescu played at Chelsea for five years from 1995-2000.___Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers with 84 RBIs and tying for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland. Associated Press Golden Boy plans to stage a boxing show Friday night in Indio as the first event since the end of the combat sports suspension. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) will defend his minor welterweight title against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) in the main event.___Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been taken to the hospital.He will remain hospitalized for at least 48 hours.Petrescu currently coaches Romanian club CFR Cluj. Fourteen staff members and players at the club have tested positive in recent days. Three of those have since tested negative but will remain under observation. Swiss soccer club Basel says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus but its league game against St. Gallen will go ahead.Basel says the unidentified player has been in isolation on the advice of public health officials. The rest of the squad tested negative and will not go into quarantine.Basel is the third of the 10 Swiss clubs to have at least one player test positive since the league restarted last month.Basel will finish its season and then resume in the Europa League on Aug. 6. The club will then play in the Swiss Cup semifinals.___ ___The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020.Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.”The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim. “I do have a chance to watch what they’re doing on the field while I’m not there, and if there’s something that I see that I need to talk to someone about, then I will text them first and then call them and we’ll have conversations,” Davis said. “It’s not smooth, believe me,” he added. “I’m hoping that it’ll get easier — I don’t think it will.”___Two Phoenix Suns players — guard Ricky Rubio and forward Aron Baynes — revealed on Wednesday that they have tested positive for COVID-19.Rubio has been cleared and joined the team in Florida following a positive result in Phoenix. The team’s starting point guard was able to practice beginning Tuesday but wasn’t sure how much he would play in the team’s upcoming scrimmages. July 22, 2020last_img read more

Billingy wins the double at Mini Cadet and Pre Cadet TT Championships

first_img-Moore, Narine and Van Lange also secure titlesJASMINE Billingy won her second title when the curtain came down on two-day of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) National Mini and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The nine-year-old, who won the Mini-Cadet (11-and-under) title on Saturday, added the Pre-Cadet (13-and-under) title on Sunday. Malachi Moore, Gavin Narine and Jonathan Van Lange also registered wins.Moore won the Mini-Cadet title; Narine won the Novice Division, while Van Lange emerged as the male Pre-Cadet champion.Billingy registered a 3-0 victory (11-3, 11-3 and 11-9) over her Titans clubmate, Samara Sukhai, in the final of the Pre-Cadet girls’ competition. In the semi-finals, Billingy had gotten past Tatyana Mohamed 3-0 (11-9, 11-5 and 11-9), while Sukhai had defeated Akira Watson 3-0 (11-7, 11-5 and 11-7).Watson (the second place finisher in Saturday’s Mini-Cadet competition) and Mohamed finished joint third.MALE DIVISIONSMoore continued his dominance in the Mini-Cadet division with a 3-0 win against Ebo M’Neil in a tense battle. Moore triumphed 11-9, 13-11 and 11-8 in the closest final of the competition.Moore had defeated Christopher Chung 3-0 (11-5, 11-6 and 11-8) and M’Neil had surged ahead of Aaron Fraser 3-0 (11-5, 11-2 and 11-5) in the semi-finals. The losing male semi-finalists were also awarded joint third place.Like Moore, Van Lange also continued his reign when he played in the 13-and-under division. The dominant 12-year-old player claimed a 3-0 win in the final against Krystain Sahadeo. Van Lange won 11-1, 11-6 and 13-11.In the semi-finals, both players surged to comprehensive wins. Van Lange defeated Dhanesh Persaud 11-4, 11-9 and 11-8, while Sahadeo defeated Colin Wong 11-9, 11-6 and 11-9). Wong and Persaud finished joint third.In the Novice division, the round robin battle ended with Anna Regina Multilateral schoolmates, Narine and Jarett Goddette, battling in the finals. Thirteen-year-old Narine won 11-2, 12-10 and 11-8.Meanwhile, the GTTA 15-and-under and 18-and-under Open Junior Challenge will serve off from 10:00hrs this morning at the same venue.last_img read more

Bernat Sings War Tune against Host, Benfica

first_imgJuan Bernat is preparing for a feisty Champions League encounter when Bayern Munich travels to Benfica this evening.Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat is eagerly anticipating the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Benfica, but expects a tough test in Lisbon.The Bundesliga-leading side recorded a 1-0 win in the first game courtesy of an early Arturo Vidal strike and will be looking to book its ticket for the final four tonight. Bernat is well aware that it will not be straightforward for Bayern, though, and hopes the team can get an early goal at the Estadio da Luz to make things easier.“The game against Benfica will be like a war,” Bernat told TZ. “Benfica will be hugely motivated and try to take advantage of the home advantage. It will be a great game, I have no doubt about that. I hope that we can score an important away goal. That would make things very difficult for them.“We cannot always expect our attackers to score three or four goals.”Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will still be without the likes of Jerome Boateng (groin), Holger Badstuber (ankle) and Arjen Robben (groin) due to injury, while Kingsley Coman (thigh) and Medhi Benatia (groin) are both doubtful.Benfica saw off Zenit in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals and has now set its sights on its first semifinal appearance since 1989-90.Midfielder Pizzi knows overturning a one-goal deficit against one of Europe’s top clubs will not be easy, but the Portugal international is nonetheless hopeful Benfica can pull off a surprise.“We’ve been showing our quality in the Champions League. It’s not just my dream but the dream of all my teammates to be in a Champions League semifinal,” Pizzi told the official UEFA website. “We’re close, we know it will be difficult but we will give everything. We will fight from the first minute to the last to achieve our goal.“There is a fantastic atmosphere at the Estadio da Luz. Our fans show all their passion, and obviously everyone at Benfica expects another great European night.”Benfica will have to make do without suspended star striker Jonas following his booking at the Allianz Arena, while Julio Cesar (thigh) and Nuno Santos (knee) will also be missing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin doesn’t lose game en route to 2005 InnTowner title

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoAt this weekend’s InnTower Invitational, the No. 13 University of Wisconsin volleyball team tipped off its home season in fine fashion in the last bit of nonconference action before the Big Ten season begins next weekend.The Badgers opened the tournament somewhat out of form on Friday, struggling to gain a sizeable lead on the Wildcats of Villanova early on, but head coach Pete Waite attributed the rusty play to his team’s excitement to open up its home schedule in front of the crowd of 3,194 on UW Student Night.”I think our team was a little too pumped up to start,” Waite said. “We were banging balls out of bounds and a little out of our zone, but once they settled into place, they played some nice ball.”Wisconsin soon went on a 5-0 run and never looked back, easily defeating Villanova in three matches (30-21, 30-10, 30-18). The Badgers also swept Valparaiso (30-21, 30-21, 30-22) Saturday night.The main event of the weekend, however, was undoubtedly Sunday’s match that pitted UW against the No. 11 UCLA Bruins.Led by tournament MVP Sheila Shaw and all-tournament team members Jocelyn Wack and Jackie Simpson, Wisconsin edged out the Bruins in game one with a 30-26 win.Wisconsin was able to capitalize on a number of 4-0 runs in the first victory, but the key was the team’s defensive play on the net, with Simpson and sophomore Taylor Reineke teaming up for five blocks.”[Blocking] depends who you’re matched up with, what kind of shots they have,” Waite said. “I think our kids were really disciplined with what they were doing and that can really make a team struggle, it’ll make them try some different shots they’re not used to.”The Badgers’ intensity almost ran dry in game two as they found themselves down 16-22, but after a time-out and with Jackie Simpson up to serve, Wisconsin went on a 8-0 run en route to a thrilling 30-28 win.”Mainly passing and defense [was they key in that run],” co-captain Aubrey Meierotto said. “We knew that if we dug some balls, we could definitely take care of things offensively and that’s what we started to do towards the end of that game.””I think we were definitely going out aggressive,” she added. “Everything was just big swings, big plays up at the net.”UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski, on the other hand, accredited the Badgers’ run to his team’s weak rotation and passing game.”We had a good run where we got them in trouble and were able to keep picking up points and then we just got stuck in our rotation and we’ve had problems like that,” Banachowski said. “We don’t pass well enough to really make our offense a threat. We become very predictable and against a good blocking team like this, they can really shut you down and score points in a hurry.”The Bruins, much like Wisconsin, boast a very young team and are trying to replace two All-Americans in setter Krystal McFarland and libero Chrissie Zartman. They were also playing their match against UW without key middle blocker Meghan Schoen, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament Saturday and will probably be out for the rest of the season.Riding high off the emotions of their game two run, the Badgers sealed the deal with a 30-23 win in the third and final game.A key for the Badgers’ three-game sweep of the Bruins was keeping 6-foot-1 junior middle blocker Nana Meriwether off her scoring game. Meriwether came into the weekend averaging 3.57 kills per game, but Wisconsin limited her to only four total kills in the match.”With our scouting report, the blockers knew that she was a big threat and they needed to stay on the setter and Meriweather at the same time,” Waite said. “So our goal was just touch balls because she’s such a big jumper, she just went over us sometimes, but it comes down to serving and also our attacking. If we’re attacking strong, it keeps the setter off the net. If they can’t dig it near the net again then she can’t find the middle so it’s just a combination of things.”With the weekend sweep, Wisconsin improves to 8-1 on the season heading into its Big Ten opener, a home date with a talented Minnesota currently ranked No. 5 in the nation.”We’re going for Minnesota now to start off [the Big Ten season] with a bang,” Waite said. “We’ll need to take a day off and then get ready for Minnesota.”last_img read more

Football: Takeaways from narrow escape in Iowa City

first_imgSaturday night, the University of Wisconsin Football Team, seeking redemption from last week’s loss, went to work at Kinnick Stadium against the Iowa Hawkeyes.Whether or not their narrow victory qualifies as redemption is up for debate, but I think the pendulum has swung too far in favor of the ‘overrated’ narrative — a night win at Iowa is nothing to scoff at.Credit is due where credit is dueSo Alex Hornibrook really went 17-22 for 205 yards and three touchdowns? And no interceptions?We haven’t been kind in our analysis of Hornibrook, that’s for sure. But the numbers don’t lie, even if they came out of nowhere. This was a methodical performance. It seemed the whole game Hornibrook couldn’t make anything happen, yet when the clock ran out, it was the junior quarterback that owned a season-high mark in touchdown passes, a quarterback rating of 200.5 and his 23rd career win.Men’s soccer: The miracle in MarylandAn overtime thriller saw Wisconsin men’s soccer (3–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) beat the University of Maryland (2–3–2, 1–1 Big Ten) Read…One reason responsible for Hornibrook’s strong night could be his decision to spread the wealth. He hit seven different receivers Saturday, four of them for more than thirty yards. He’s found a connection with tight end Jake Ferguson as a go-to option on third down and continued his campaign to share the brilliance of running back Garret Groshek with the world.A confident road outing from Hornibrook and a clutch winning drive is a welcome sight as the Badgers look to get back on track and power through this season.Taylor slowed down a bitRunning back Jonathan Taylor has been slowed down quite a bit from his normal output these last couple weeks, as he only ran for 113 yards this week in Iowa.First of all, I’m stressing he’s being held to Heisman/All-time great standards, which is why simply eclipsing the century mark for the 14th time in his 18-game career is no longer cause for jubilation.Football: Saturday’s win at Iowa a glimmer of hope (Let me convince you)Sometimes you gotta know when to cut your losses, give up and temper your expectations. Sometimes you gotta hold fast Read…Do we expect him to continue rushing for 200 yards every game?No — but his 4.5 yards per carry average is lower than his average, and keeping it above five or six is a nice benchmark to know the machine is still humming along.Taylor’s Heisman hopes are certainly in jeopardy if he doesn’t return to his early-season heroics.The secondary just isn’t… that good?The Badgers need to find an answer in their secondary, and they need to do so quickly. They have been prone to get burned long down the field, and simply blowing coverages routinely throughout the last few weeks.This is mostly due to the young guard taking over for departing stalwarts Nick Nelson and Natrell Jamerson, leaving senior safety D’Cota Dixon the sole veteran manning the ship amongst his youthful cohorts.Football: Wisconsin survives Iowa 28-17, salvages hope for Playoff seasonMost games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s Read…There were still high hopes after a tight cornerback competition in camp yielded Faion Hicks and Cesar Williams as the cream of the crop, though so far both have been unimpressive — Hicks has notably blown a few obvious tackles and been confused in coverage.The entirety of the Badger secondary looked completely incompetent against Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, who only caught three balls but went for 125 yards as he absolutely bulldozed through the Badger secondary.This game will truly best be analyzed in a few weeks, as the narrow wing can better be assessed as either the turning point in a resurgent second-half-season run or a sign of weakness as Wisconsin fades down the stretch.Much like a talking clock, “only time will tell.”last_img read more

AP WAS THERE: 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 11:57 IST AP WAS THERE: 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Retton, who Friday night became the first American woman to win the all-around gymnastics title in the Olympics, capped her comeback from knee surgery six weeks ago with a storybook finish at Pauley Pavilion LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 11th August, 2020 11:57 IST Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News Mary Lou Retton would not be denied — not by a surgeon’s knife and not by the pressure of Olympic gold.Retton, who Friday night became the first American woman to win the all-around gymnastics title in the Olympics, capped her comeback from knee surgery six weeks ago with a storybook finish at Pauley Pavilion.The country’s newest sports princess showed that she may also be its toughest.Trailing Romanian star Ecaterina Szabo by .150 points going into the final two events, Retton nailed a pair of perfect 10.00 scores in the floor exercises and vault to win the gold.“I’m glad I ended on vault,” Retton said of her strongest event. “I did have that added pressure on me, but I work better under pressure.”Bela Karolyi, Retton’s personal coach who defected from Romania after tutoring Nadia Comaneci to the pinnacle of gymnastics at the 1976 Olympics, called it “the most dramatic Olympic all-around ever.“Two great kids — shoulder by shoulder, neck by neck, no one making a mistake,” he said. “I guarantee you, no gymnast in the world could do what Mary Lou did tonight — make up that difference and come back.”It was an ending worthy of a Hollywood scriptwriter — and Retton relished every minute.Going for broke on the floor exercise, the 16-year-old from Fairmont, W.Va., put on a dazzling display of somersaults and backward flips, just barely keeping her size-three feet inbounds on her second set of somersaults.She got the 10.00 she needed and, with Szabo coming up just short with a 9.90 in the vault, Retton clearly had the Romanian in her sights.As the capacity crowd urged her on, Retton moved to the vault, concentrated, then pounded down the runway — and saw gold.“I knew I had it,” Retton said of the flawless vault. “I could tell on my run …”Retton’s score of 79.175 edged out Szabo, who had set the standard for the night when she started the all-around finals with a perfect score on the balance beam. Romania also won the bronze as 15-year-old Simona Pauca finished with 78.675 points.Just six weeks ago, Retton’s dream of Olympic gold was wrapped in a knee brace after she had surgery to repair cartilage that had torn loose in her right knee.With the Olympic medal resting on her chest, Retton reflected back to that day. “That was the worst feeling in all my life,” she said. “I couldn’t move it (knee) and I thought at was over.”Within days, however, she was back on a bicycling machine, and within a week was doing tumbling routines. Her doctor, said Karolyi, “decided it was a medical miracle.”Retton’s clutch performances for her victory Friday night were more tangible.She left nothing out of her difficult floor exercise routine, then needed only her first vault to win the gold medal. For good measure, Retton duplicated her perfect vault with a second 10.00.Szabo conceded Retton had “performed very well” on the vault. But Romanian Coach Adrian Goreac said Retton would not have won outside of America.“She would not have won anywhere else,” said Goreac. “She would not have won even in Los Angeles if Ecaterina had not missed her dismount a little on the uneven bars.”But the colorful Karolyi had the last word.“Nadia was a great champion but Mary Lou is the best,” he said, crediting Retton with having the “psychological strength and perfection” to finish with two 10s.The victory by the 4-foot-9 American guaranteed her world stardom a la Comaneci and Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union — the pair who revolutionized the sport in the 1970s.Asked what it was like to be at the top of the gymnastics world, Retton sighed and said, “I can’t describe it. All those years of work finally paid off. It’s great to stand up there and hear the national anthem.”Karolyi predicted that Retton’s highly athletic routines requiring great physical strength will set a new trend in world gymnastics, a sport that has long been dominated by fragile-looking girls. Despite her small size, Retton has a compact figure of astonishing power.Perfect scores were also recorded Friday night by American Julianne McNamara and China’s Ma Yanhong, both in the uneven bars.Gymnastics competition moves into the final two nights with the men’s apparatus finals tonight and women’s Sunday.Among the favorites to win individual medals in the men’s competition are all-around gold medalist Koji Gushiken of Japan, Chinese stars Li King and Americans Peter Vidmar, Mitch Gaylord and Bart Conner.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more