Football: Wisconsin survives Iowa 28-17, salvages hope for Playoff season

first_imgMost games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s winning identity. Saturday night in Iowa City was that chance for Wisconsin football. Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule had faced scrutiny considering the established high caliber the Badgers had proven in recent years, but suddenly they had to re-earn the nation’s respect.I’m not sure they succeeded.Before the season began, Hornibrook’s ability to carry the offense and an unproven secondary were the preconceived sore spots for the top five ranked Badgers. A lackluster pass rush and flimsy offensive line were supposed to be the reliable portions of Wisconsin’s identity.Yet Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had a surplus of time in the pocket — Hornibrook was attacked from all angles.Yet a Wisconsin defense heralded as elite across the FBS were consistently embarrassed by simple misdirections.Yet Wisconsin defenders proven as gifted tacklers let Iowa slip through their fingers at every turn.Football: Meet Wisconsin’s newest defensive star, Scott NelsonAfter a demoralizing loss to the BYU Cougars, it’s easy to forget the University of Wisconsin football team still has Read…Wisconsin punted their first drive, Iowa’s first drive ended deep in Wisconsin territory only to be stifled on a gutsy but blown fourth down conversion attempt. Iowa surrendered five yards to penalty in the first half, Wisconsin coughed up 28. Passes downfield for Iowa seemed to always find the open receiver, rare Wisconsin heaves were broken up almost easily.By all accounts, unranked Iowa looked the better team at the half, yet the score was tied 7-7. But the once clear shot at redemption had begun to fade. A close victory would prove nothing — if anything it would show Wisconsin didn’t deserve their preseason ranking.Out-gaining Wisconsin was a figment of many opponent’s imagination historically, but midway through the third quarter, Iowa had a 64-yard advantage.But the universe was bent on giving Wisconsin a chance to save face. An unassuming Wisconsin punt somehow resulted in a red zone opportunity after an Iowa defensemen unknowingly kicked the ball. The eventual Danny Davis touchdown was undeserved, but Wisconsin lead 14-10.The lead felt hollow, like it was inevitable Iowa would counter, like the second touchdown should’ve never happened. A few short minutes later, Iowa had comfortably worked their way into the red zone, almost automatically. On queue, it was 17-14 Iowa.AP Poll, you haunting oracle of truthLast week was a very different era. We have all changed so much during this time. I myself was foolish, Read…Wisconsin’s defense no longer felt like an advantage, they felt like a liability. Jonathan Taylor feels out of the Heisman conversation, not the 150+ yard per game workhorse he’d become.The script was there, the chances were frequent, and Wisconsin waited until the last possible moment to take it. A final Wisconsin drive, one we’d been waiting on for more than four quarters, ended in an AJ Taylor touchdown that gave Wisconsin the late lead that took too long to attain.Maybe the preseason critics we called too eager to pass judgement were right — Saturday night proved Wisconsin was still far from earning national respect.A win is a win, but Wisconsin’s late surge cannot be remembered fondly for the team to improve. This was a sloppy game, and one Wisconsin should have handled with more composure than they exhibited.28-17 is your final in Iowa City. Wisconsin heads into a bye week with plenty to mull over.last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham favoured ahead of Man United for Europa League glory

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham moved into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night.Liverpool and Spurs are 15/2 to win the competition, while United are priced at 9/1, with Borussia Dortmund currently heading the betting.Meanwhile, Chelsea are continuing their search for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho and betting has been suspended on Antonio Conte getting the job amid fevered speculation he is Stamford Bridge-bound.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_imgGoals from Michael Moreton and Matthew McColgan were the key scores at MacCumhaill Park as St. Eunan’s defeated MacCumhaill’s 2-08 to 1-07 to qualify for the Junior B Championship Final.Eunan’s led by 1-02 to no score on 9 minutes following points from a McColgan free and Paul Crossan from play either side of a well taken goal from Moreton who finished emphatically following great work by Anthony Walsh in the Eunan’s forward line.  MacCumhaill’s got off the mark on 10 minutes, with a goal from Niall McCloskey with a driving shot that gave Eunan’s ‘keeper Emmet Lynch no chance.Full forwards Moreton and Paddy Kelly traded the next six scores in a nip and tuck first half followed by a point from MacCumhaill’s midfielder Packie Gallen on 27 minutes which sent the teams in level at 1-05 apiece at half time. Points from substitute John Russell and Moreton in the opening stages of the second half gave Eunan’s a two point cushion.  Paddy Clohessy added two points for MacCumhaill’s, sandwiched by Crossan’s second point for John Coleman’s Eunan’s side.  Scores were at a premium in the latter stages and there was only one point between the teams with two minutes remaining, Eunan’s leading 1-08 to 1-07.With the game in the balance Mark Forde gained vital possession for Eunan’s in the middle third and drove through the Ballybofey defence before laying off for McColgan who finished neatly to the MacCumhaill’s net under pressure to secure a 2-08 to 1-07 win for the Letterkenny side who will now face Downings in the county final.St. Eunan’s:  E.Lynch, C.McIntyre, G.Maguire, M.Forde, B.Thornton, S.Nairn, J.Cavanagh, N.Kennedy, P.Crossan (0-02), M.McColgan (1-02), D.Rafferty, S.Crossan, M.Coleman, M.Moreton (1-03), A.Walsh.  subs; J.Russell (0-01) , K.Meehan, P.McAleer, O.O’Boyle, A.O’Connell.MacCumhaill’s: M.Cannon, A.Dullaghan, G.Doherty, E.Burke, P.Patton, C.Gallagher, A.Doherty, G.O’Donnell, P.Gallen (0-01), N.McCloskey (1-00), K.Hughes, P. Clohessy (0-02), G.Reilly, P.Kelly (0-04), M. Patton  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S OVERCOME MAC CUMHAILLS TO REACH JUNIOR B FINAL was last modified: September 20th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Junior B Championshiplast_img read more

Informants, complaints knotty LAPD problems

first_img In the area of handling confidential informants, one of the main aspects of the Rampart scandal, the report says the LAPD “continues to struggle” with supervising payments and contacts with such sources. The commission voted in August to relax certain decree restrictions on confidential informants to give the department more leeway in fighting gang crime. Chaleff noted that LAPD’s own Audit Division and the Inspector General of the Police Commission brought the issues about confidential informants to the monitor’s attention. The department is committed to implementing the decree, Chaleff said, and Chief William Bratton has asked heads of departments that are out of compliance to explain each problem to him. Kroll representatives will attend a joint meeting of the Police Commission and the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Dec. 8, the first opportunity for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new police commissioners to engage the federal monitor. A federal judge will decide next summer whether part or all of the decree can be lifted. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “While the areas of concern the monitor identifies are significant, we started with everything being a problem,” he said. Kroll Inc., which monitors the decree on behalf of the Department of Justice, suggests in the latest report that the LAPD has been improperly classifying some personnel complaints, “which in some instances serve to insulate complaints from appropriate scrutiny.” Ricardo Garcia, criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the monitor’s report raises fears that officers could be lying on the witness stand without appropriate discipline. Chaleff discounted such suggestions, saying the problem appears to be bureaucratic. “The punishment relates to the action, not to what it’s called,” he said. The handling of confidential informants and personnel complaints are trouble spots for the Los Angeles Police Department as its deadline for renewal of a federal consent decree draws near, the Police Commission was told Tuesday. The two sensitive topics were added to ongoing sources of frustration, including the implementation of a misconduct tracking system, in the most recent report from the federal monitor overseeing the decree. The quarterly report for the period that ended Sept. 30 looked at 50 sections of the decree, a product of the Rampart scandal, which governs a wide array of police practices. The LAPD was found to comply with 37 and to be out of compliance with 10, while the monitor withheld a determination on the others. The LAPD is working to address the concerns, said Gerald Chaleff, head of the Consent Decree Bureau, but they should not obscure the progress that has been made. last_img read more