Football: Burrell set to replace injured Nelson

first_imgFollowing a significant leg injury sustained against the University of South Florida, Scott Nelson will be out for the remainder of the 2019 football season.It is not yet clear the exact injury suffered by Nelson, but he did confirm his absence for the rest of the season on Twitter following the Central Michigan game.Prior to this season-ender, Nelson looked to be a developing talent for a secondary who desperately needed to build experience coming into this season.Football: To fuel 2019 season, Badger secondary looking for consistencyAfter last week’s dive into the units of defensive backs and linebackers, this week the focus is on Coach Paul Read…Nelson served as one of the few consistent faces for the Badger secondary last season as he started eight total games and played as a non-starter in one other.Even as Nelson went on to have a great season in 2018 with 41 total tackles recorded, he struggled to stay healthy throughout the year. Nelson failed to play in games against Illinois, Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue due to injury.Every Badger fan hopes this is not history repeating itself with the loss of Nelson early in the season. In 2018, injuries were anything but few and far between for defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard’s last line of defense.Football: For Wisconsin secondary, motto has been “next man up”The Wisconsin defensive backfield has been decimated by injuries so far this season, but that has not been a concern Read…Nelson got off to a quick start in the season even as he suffered an injury in their opening game. Even during the limited time that he played against USF, Nelson managed to acquire four solo tackles as well as a pass break-up.Prior to the release of the tweet stating Nelson would not be returning for the rest of the season, Eric Burrell went to work as his replacement against Central Michigan.Burrell certainly has large shoes to fill following the season-long departure of Nelson. But in early games this season he has begun to prove his mettle as much as possible given his allotted playing time up to this point.In the short amount of time Burrell played against USF and Central Michigan, he already managed to record three solo tackles as well as an interception against USF.Football: Five takeaways from week one of Badger FootballThe Wisconsin Badgers started their season Friday night with a statement 49–0 victory against South Florida. In peak Floridian conditions, Read…Nelson will certainly be missed throughout the season as the Badgers are set to face off against higher powered offenses in the near future.Despite this, as long as there is no repeat of last season in which multiple injuries are suffered in succession, Burrell could serve as a fine replacement for Nelson.last_img read more

Commissioner Diaz urges help for federal employees affected by government shutdown

first_imgUrge Congress to support the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act to would provide assistance to members and affiliates of the United States Coast Guard, the only members of the U.S. military who are not being paid during the shutdown. Urge the Florida Legislature to extend the property tax deadline for federal employees furloughed or not receiving pay as a result of the ongoing shutdown. MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is sponsoring three resolutions to help federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown. They are scheduled for a vote at the Wednesday, Jan. 23 County Commission meeting. The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 – the longest shutdown in history – due to Congress’ refusal to provide $5.6 billion in funding demanded by President Trump for border security and a border wall. The shutdown is affecting approximately 800,000 employees, who have either been furloughed or are working without pay, causing some of them to drain their savings to pay rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, credit card balances, health insurance premiums and other expenses. Commissioner Diaz’s three proposed resolutions would: Urge banks and other financial institutions in Miami-Dade to offer no- or low-interest loans, loan deferments, penalty and late fee waivers, customizable financial plans and other temporary relief measures to federal employees affected by the shutdown until they receive their expected back-pay once the government reopens.last_img read more

Big Match Preview: Gyan doubtful as Stars look to avenge 2003 Rwanda defeat

first_imgMatch: Rwanda v GhanaVenue: Amahoro Stadium, KigaliDate: Saturday, September 5, 2015–In 2003, a Jimmy Gatete strike at the Amahoro Stadium against Ghana dented the Black Stars’ chances of making it to the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.Rwanda qualified at the expense of Ghana, making it their first and only AFCON appearance up to date.The defeat against the minnows still remains a scar for Ghanaians. They know the Stars’ absence from the 2004 Afcon still remains the only AFCON Ghana has missed in the 21st century.Rwanda v Ghana 2003 was the game which saw the end of Germany’s Bukhard Ziese’s reign as head coach for the Black Stars. Twelve years on, the two teams are set to lock horns once again for another AFCON slot. A lot has happened since the two teams met with Ghana on the rise and Rwanda arguably on the same level as all those years ago.Ghana has made three World Cup appearances and made it to the grand finale of two AFCONs while Rwanda are still struggling to make an impact on the continent.The Amavubi’ have chopped and changed coaches, including acquiring the services of Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh at a point, to improve their fortunes all to no avail.On Saturday, Ghana start as favourites coming on the back of a 7-1 thumping of Mauritius in Accra. The Rwandans, however, will not go down easy as they also come into this game buoyed by their 1-0 win over Mozambique in Maputo courtesy Ernest Sugira’s strike. Both Rwanda and Ghana fine-tuned their preparations for this game with wins over Ethiopia and Congo Brazzaville respectivelyJohn McKinstry’s side have been in camp for about a fortnight as they plot Ghana’s downfall whereas Ghana have had barely five days to train for this tie.The 30-year old trainer is however skeptical about the state of the pitch in Kigali when the two teams lock horns. “The pitch is in a bad state. It is the worst state since I came here” When I first came to Kigali, more than five months ago, the pitch was really good. It was in a very good condition when I first came.” He further believed his side can be punished against a Ghana side who have bags of experience heading into this game“Will Ghana be as forgiving? If we concede possession to Ghana 50 times in the game because controlling the ball is a little bit more difficult on a hard and bumpy surface, Ghana can punish us.” Stars coach Avram Grant is preaching caution ahead of this game as he looks desperate to avoid the happenings of twelve years ago. “Rwanda is a very good side and very tricky. They have very good players so we have to be careful. They went and got three points in Mozambique so we have to give our best on Saturday,” Grant said. “I think it will be a tough match but we have to play good football so that we get a good result. What we have to do is to stay focused and concentrate on Saturday’s match.” TEAM NEWS GHANA: Asamoah Gyan remains a major doubt after  missing training with an injury. Swansea forward Dede Ayew is expected to play his first competitive game for the Black Stars since their AFCON loss in February after missing the Mauritius game through injury.He and Bournemouth based Christian Atsu are expected to provide width in the midfield which will also comprise of Afriyie Acquah and new Las Palmas signing Mubarak Wakaso.The back four and keeper are likely to remain unchanged with Afful, Rahman, Jonathan Mensah and John Boye all expected in.The major change may be upfront depending on Grant’s tactics and Gyan’s availability.Should Gyan be absent, Bernard Mensah or Richard Boakye Yiadom will be expected to partner Jordan Ayew up top. Mensah’s inclusion will mean a lone striking role for Jordan with Mensah dropping behind or Boakye Yiadom’s inclusion will mean a two-pronged attack. TEAM NEWS RWANDA:John McKinstry’s side is largely dominated by home-based players.Skipper Haruna Niyonzima is expected to pull the strings from midfield while AS Kigali striker Ernest Saguire leads the line up top.Rayon Sports’ keeper Eric Ndayishimiye who got substituted in the game in Maputo is likely to start in goal while  foreign based central defenders Salomon Nirisarike and  Emery Bayisenge will form the pair at the heart of the Rwandan defence.      `    `–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Hazard wants to become Real Madrid ‘Galactico’

first_img“It is a different level. I had a lot of success with Chelsea and I want to win a lot with Madrid as well. Just to be here is a new challenge.”Hazard admitted Zidane was also a key factor in his decision.“Everyone knows Zidane was my idol growing up,” he said. “That he is the coach has been an important factor but not the only one. I already wanted to play here.“I was a kid playing football in the garden with my brothers when I began to be a Real Madrid fan.“Then I went to France, then to England, but being a Real Madrid player, wearing this shirt, it is an honour. I can’t wait for the season to start.”The shirt Hazard wore in front of the fans came without a number and he admitted he had told Mateo Kovacic at Chelsea to ask his fellow Croatian, Luka Modric, about the number 10.“I have been able to talk to Modric through Kovacic and I was joking when I asked him to lend me the number 10,” Hazard said. “He said no, so I’ll have to find another number.”Hazard scored 110 goals in seven seasons at Chelsea and was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year four times.At the end of the 2014-15 season, he was awarded both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.“In football you can always improve, you never reach your limit,” Hazard said.“There is always room to do better, both individually and collectively. I am in a good moment of my career, but this team can allow me to raise the bar even further.”Share on: WhatsApp Eden Hazard unveiled at Santiago Bernabeu. PHOTO via @realmadridarabMadrid, Spain | AFP | Eden Hazard said on Thursday he wants to become a ‘Galactico’ at Real Madrid and believes he is joining the club at the perfect moment in his career.Hazard was unveiled in front of around 50,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu after the Belgian’s long-awaited move from Chelsea was confirmed last week.“I’m not a galactico, not yet, but I hope I will be one day,” Hazard said in a press conference afterwards.“Despite everything I’ve done in the past, it will be like starting again from zero. I’m not a galactico, I’m Eden Hazard, just a very good player.”Madrid will pay Chelsea an initial 100 million euros for Hazard, with another 45 million due in potential add-ons for the 28-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract with his new club.Hazard admitted Madrid made a move for him after the World Cup last year but insisted this was the right time to leave Chelsea.“I don’t think it is too late, I am 28 years old, the best moment for a player,” Hazard said.“I have had various phases of my career, at Lille and Chelsea, and now I felt the time was right to join the best club in the world.”Madrid struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo last season and Hazard will be tasked with helping to fill the void.Despite the arrivals of Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy this summer, he is the first statement signing since Zinedine Zidane was reappointed in March.“When you play for a team like Real Madrid there is not one single star, the team is the star,” Hazard said.“I have been at Chelsea for seven years, but now I am the new guy in the team and I will try to contribute as much as possible.”Asked if he wanted to become the best player in the world at Real Madrid, Hazard said: “I will try but first I will try to be in the best team in the world.last_img read more

Riverhounds extend unbeaten streak to eight, draw 1-1 with defending USL PRO Champs

first_imgPittsburgh – On a gorgeous night in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Charleston Battery end in a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,464 at Highmark Stadium. Jose Angulo’s second-half goal leveled the score against the defending USL PRO Champions, extending the Riverhounds unbeaten streak to eight games.From the opening whistle, the game was filled with excitement as both sides received multiple scoring opportunities throughout. The Riverhounds and Battery exchanged quality chances in the first five minutes, but neither side was able to find the back of the net.The Riverhounds Seth C’deBaca rattled the crossbar when he struck a bouncing ball inside the Battery’s penalty area in the 17th minute. A combination between five Riverhounds players down the right flank found Kevin Kerr overlapping Matt Dallman. Kerr delivered a cross for a slashing Angulo at the near post, but his service deflected off of Angulo’s heel. Following the play at the near post, C’deBaca cleanly shot a right-footed half volley the whistled past Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper, but his attempt was denied by the woodwork.Twenty minutes later, a wonder-strike by Jose Cuevas would provide the visitors with the lead. Battery Captain Colin Falvey played a long-diagonal ball for Cuevas on the left flank. Taking a first touch inside past his closing marker, Cuevas provided himself with enough space to penetrate Riverhounds defensive third with speed. Picking his head up to gage his range, Cuevas bent his shot perfectly around Riverhounds goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap and into the top right corner of the goal.Following the break, the Riverhounds elevated the pressure on the Battery, resulting in a flurry of chances. The pressure finally paid off in the 72nd minute off of back-to-back set pieces. Taking a corner from left-to-right, Matt Dallman picked out a streaking Angulo at the near post. Beating Cooper to the ball, Angulo flicked the ball past the keeper into the back of the empty net. With the goal, Angulo raised his team-leading tallies to seven and Dallman raised his league-leading assists to eight.Both sides pushed forward to find the game winner, but neither side could find the back of the net in the final eighteen minutes. The Riverhounds travel to Harrisburg next Friday night for the second-leg of the Keystone Derby. The game against the Harrisburg City Islanders is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kick off at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island. The Battery travel overnight to meet the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Their game is slated for a 4:05 p.m. start.The Riverhounds return to Highmark Stadium next Sunday, June 23, when they host the Antigua Barracuda FC for the second leg of the 2013 regular season. During the game, the Riverhounds are hosting the ‘Hounds Beach Bash’ to celebrate the start of summer. A variety of fun free activities will be available for kids in attendance. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Highmark Stadium Box Office at (412) 224-4900.last_img read more