Vikings perform during the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival on Jan. 18. The group has bested six other local tribes in this year’s street dancing competition known as “sadsad” in the tribal big category. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The Vikings, which won its firstKalibo Ati-Atihan grand title in 2018, also copped two minor awards – best incostume and street dancing. Tribu Libtong Boys of BarangayEstancia, Kalibo ended up in third place, securing a P132,000 cash prize. Tribe leader Hark Tesorerom steeredthe Vikings to three straight championships during the Sto. Niño Ati-AtihanFestival in Makato town in 2020, 2019 and 2018. “Taong 1967 nagsimulang sumali saSto. Niño Ati-Atihan ang BarangayDumga sa pamumuno ni barangay captainManuel Tamayo at ang aming tatay na siMasinito Tesorero Sr. na designer niya sa paggawa ng Ati-Atihan costume. Nag-solicit, nangaroling at nagpa-bayle sila upang makasali sa contest atmakalikom ng pondo para sa Ati-Atihan costume at pambili ng mga drums,” Tesorero said. The Black Beauty Boys, from thevillage of Linabuan Norte, Kalibo, also won best beats and sounds award. BORACAY – A group known as Vikings hasbested six other local tribes in this year’s street dancing competition knownas “sadsad” in the tribal big category during the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival. The winners, including those in othercategories, were announced on Jan. 19 at the culmination of the festival. “Noong 2014, nagsimula kaming sumalisa Kalibo Ati-Atihan. At sa hanggangngayon ay nagsusumikap pa rin na mapaganda ang samahan ng aming grupo na maydisiplina at may panata sa Señor Sto. Niño at sa bayan,” he added. Consolation prizes were given toPangawasan Tribe of Barangay Cayangwan, Makato and Maharlika Tribe of Dumga,Makato. They each received P49,500 cash. The Ati-Atihan is held every thirdweek of January. It is among the most sought-after festivals not only inWestern Visayas but in the entire country, the annual celebration gathersthousands of merrymakers in Aklan’s capital town of Kalibo.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) The Vikings, from Barangay Dumga,Makato, Aklan, won a cash prize worth P275,000 after competing with other localtribes in Kalibo, Aklan on Jan. 18. Meanwhile, the Black Beauty Boys – aperennial champion that had won eight of the last nine titles and a formerdefending champion – landed in second place, bringing home a P165,000 cashprize. A total of 32 groups took part in thestreet dancing contests which started on Jan. 18. The D’Kamanggahan of BarangayPoblacion, Makato and Makulay of Barangay Estancia, Kalibo took home P33,000cash each.
Walters took the top spot and Ty Williams was next to challenge Sundquist for second place. A rim-riding Williams and Walters battled for the lead until lap 15 when Williams claimed the top spot. Shane Sundquist and J.D. Johnson lined up on the front row of the 25-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature. Shane Sundquist took off with the early lead, but not without Koby Walters eager to grab the top position. Walters hung on to the second position until the last lap when hard-charger Jason Martin nipped him at the line to take the runner-up position with Walters settling for third. Ty Williams was the night one Wheatshocker Nationals IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner at RPM Speedway. (Photo by Carl Larson) HAYS, Kan. (July 11) – The United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing took on night one of the Wheatshocker Nationals at RPM Speedway Saturday night. A stacked 20-car field was in attendance and Ty Williams was the front-runner. Feature results – 1. Ty Williams; 2. Jason Martin; 3. Koby Walters; 4. Shane Sundquist; 5. Jeremy Huish; 6. Taylor Velasquez; 7. Todd Plemons; 8. Nate Berry; 9. Zach Blurton; 10. Kyler Johnson; 11. J.D. Johnson; 12. Darren Berry; 13. Brian Herbert; 14. Willie Wynn; 15. Jed Werner; 16. Chad Salem; 17. Jody Reeves; 18. Cale Cozad; 19. Howard Van Dyke; 20. Steven Richardson.
BRITT, Iowa (April 3) – The caution flag that waved late in Sunday’s Frost Buster for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds feature at Hancock County Speedway actually came out at the right time for leader Kyle Brown.Brown had pretty much checked out and was catching up with traffic running the same line before the yellow appeared with five circuits left in the 20-lapper.He stayed in front following the ensuing restart to take the $1,000 win a couple car lengths ahead of Kelly Shryock. Completing the top five were Jay Noteboom, Adam Larson and Tim Ward. Early leader Trent Loverude was sixth.“I was kind of glad we had that yellow. We were coming up on a group of cars in my line and I was trying to figure out how to get by them,” Brown said. “It can be easier for the second place car to pass you when you’re trying to get past lapped traffic.”Brown had started third and passed Loverude for the lead by the sixth lap. Following an early caution, the race stayed green and Brown sped away on a track that stayed slick around the bottom.The $1,000 checkers were the second for Brown, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, in five days.“We’ve had a pretty good start. We ran second at Donnellson (on March 26) and won at Oskaloosa (on March 30),” he said. “We started the season at Beatrice Spring Nationals and ran fifth the second night, which was just as good as a win in my book with 100-some Modifieds there.”Dan Mackenthun was the $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Five hundred dollar feature winners were Cody Nielsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and George Nordman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, respectively, while Cody Thompson took home $250 along with the Mach-1 Sport Compact trophy.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 4. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 6. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 7. Aaron Benson, Clear Lake; 8. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 9. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 10. David Brown, Kellogg; 11. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, Minn.; 12. J.J. Wise, Klemme; 13. Chase Ellingson, Iowa Falls; 14. Logan Brown, Clear Lake; 15. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 16. Austin Wolf, Algona; 17. Gatlin Leytham, Ames; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 20. Shawn Ritter, Keystone; 21. Colt Mather, Keswick; 22. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 23. Jeff James, Stanton; 24. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 25. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 26. Troy Swearingen, Forest City; 27. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.Stock Cars – 1. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 2. David Smith, Lake City; 3. Devin Smith, Lake City; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 5. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 6. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 7. Matt Shauer, Arlington, Minn.; 8. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; 9. Jesse Olson, Mayer, Minn.; 10. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 11. Blake Cole, Nashua; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 13. Chris Loewenhagen, Menasha, Wis.; 14. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 15. Bryce Carey, Nashua; 16. Joey Penning, Algona; 17. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 18. Heath Tulp, Britt; 19. Dan Hanselman, Algona; 20. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 21. Calvin Lange, Humboldt; 22. Cody Frerichs, Bristow; 23. Nick Johansen, Tyler, Minn.; 24. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.; 25. Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia; 26. Curt Balmer, Baxter; 27. Craig Carlson, Madrid.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer; 2. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 3. Weston Koop, Rockwell; 4. Austin Hauswirth, Laurens; 5. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 6. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge; 7. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn.; 8. Chris Hovden, Cresco; 9. Zac Smith, Mason City; 10. Neil Franzen, Sumner; 11. Blaine Hanson, Klemme; 12. Keith Burg, Adel; 13. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger; 14. Adam Laubenthal, Spencer; 15. Jacob Kofoot, Bode; 16. Cody Hubbell, Rolfe; 17. Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; 18. Tony Smidt, Britt; 19. Matt Olson, Morton, Minn.; 20. Scott Dobel, Manly; 21. Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg; 22. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 23. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 24. Daniel Smith, Lake City; 25. Raymond Fees, Des Moines.Northern SportMods – 1. George Nordman, Mason City; 2. Joey Schaefer, Waterloo; 3. Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn.; 4. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 5. Josh Appel, Mason City; 6. Randy Roberts, Boone; 7. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 8. Jeremy Grantham, Allison; 9. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 10. Jerid Ratzke, Williams; 11. Kyle Germundson, Mason City; 12. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills; 13. Colby Fett, Algona; 14. Mathew Hanson, Klemme; 15. Autum Anderson, Mason City; 16. Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; 17. Kris Zuhlsdorf, Danube, Minn.; 18. Alec Fett, Thompson; 19. George Gilliland, Lehigh; 20. Dan Melton, Rhinelander, Wis.; 21. Andrew Inman, Mason City; 22. Matt Looft, Swea City; 23. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 24. Dan Drury, EldoraSport Compacts – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 3. Andrew Harris, Dakota City, Neb.; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City; 5. Ryan Bryant, Mason City; 6. Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.; 7. Jack Burns, Algona; 8. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong; 9. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake.
Indianapolis, In. — Republican state senator Jean Leising from Oldenburg recently met with Dr. David Welsh to talk about medical issues facing the state of Indiana.
Cardiff: The tag of world’s premier all-rounder rightfully belongs to Shakib Al Hasan, who is all set to prove a point to his critics, feels Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes. Shakib has recently regained his top ODI all-rounder’s position in ICC rankings and Bangladesh’s greatest ever cricketer with more than 5000 runs and 250 wickets in the 50-over format will play a key role for the ‘Tigers’. There were some doubts surrounding Shakib’s fitness but the coach insisted that he is fine.”Shakib is fine. He is in a great position physically. He had a little problem in Ireland but he’s got over that and is raring to go. He is looking forward to a wonderful tournament. I think he’s got a bit of a point to prove and he probably thinks that as well,” Rhodes was quoted as saying in the ICC website. The talented all-rounder, according to Bangladesh coach was falling off the radar a bit but is now slowly getting back to his best.”He (Shakib) seems to have been a little bit forgotten but now he’s back as the world’s No.1 all-rounder in ODI cricket – and that’s where we think he belongs. But he’s got a point to prove to make sure everybody else believes that.”One area of concern has been the injury to another key all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, who is currently nursing a shoulder niggle. Rhodes said: “Mahmudullah’s shoulder is coming along a little slowly. I don’t think it would have been possible for him to bowl against Pakistan in the warm-up game. We are very optimistic that we can get him up and running for the early stages of the World Cup.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bangladesh will be up against India for their second Warm-up game. Bangladesh team will be led by Mashrafe Mortaza in World Cup. The World Cup is set to begin on May 30 as England play South Africa.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mithali Raj is without a doubt one of the greatest women cricketers in the world. Her list of achievements is staggering. She is the leading run-getter in women’s cricket when it comes to ODIs and she is in a prestigious list when it comes to the number of centuries being hit in limited overs. Due to the exploits of Mithali, India women’s cricket is on the world map. During the first ODI between India and South Africa at the Reliance stadium in Vadodara, Mithali achieved a special milestone in her career. Mithali’s match against South Africa was played in her 20th year of ODI cricket. At 20 years and 105 days, Mithali Raj now has the longest career by a women cricketer in history. She is the only player in history to have played more than 200 ODIs, with Charlotte Edwards of England a distant second with 191 matches. Mithali had made her debut in June 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes.When one talks about Mithali’s longetivity in the ODI format, she is fourth in the all-time lost when it comes to both men’s and women’s cricket. Sachin Tendulkar of India holds the record for the longest span in ODIs with 22 years and 91 days, having made his debut in December 1989 to March 2012. Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka is second with 21 years and 184 days, having made his debut in December 1989 and he played till June 2011. Before Jayasuriya and Tendulkar, Pakistan’s Javed Miandad had the longest span with 20 years and 272 days, having played from June 1975 to March 1996.Also Read | Mithali Raj hits out at critics, says many players have worse strike-rate than herWhen one talks about Test matches, Wilfred Rhodes of England had the longest career with 30 years. Rhodes’ career spanned both millenniums, having made his debut in 1899 and playing till 1930, with a span of 30 years and 315 days. Also Read | International Women’s Day: ‘In Indian cricket, son is treated differently from daughter’Mithali retired from Twenty20 Internationals last month but she is still playing Tests and ODIs. The right-hander has been part of two World Cup finals in 2005 and 2017 but India lost both games in South Africa and England to Australia and the hosts. During the 2018 World T20, Mithali was involved in an ugly spat with the-then coach Ramesh Powar and Harmanpreet Kaur after she was left out of the semi-final between India and England in the World T20 held in West Indies.
Update on the latest in sports: OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLERFormer WWE pro Shad Gaspard missing in ocean off CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was still missing Tuesday after he was swept out to sea in Southern California last weekend while swimming with his young son.Gaspard’s 10-year-old son, Aryeh, was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely after they were caught in a rip current Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. A police statement says a lifeguard saw a wave crash over Gaspard and he was swept out to sea.Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams.Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days. Associated Press After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited re-openings on Tuesday, as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players, except those undergoing injury rehab, are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:—Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn’t willing to guess what the NFL might look like when its back on the field. The new NFL Players Association president said he’s focused on player safety as the league cautiously heads toward normalcy in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tretter doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to training facilities that began opening around the league. Players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits starting May 1. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season. —The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has also delayed the start of the regular season. NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he’ll begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Burmeister took over at Loyola in 1994 after working as an assistant at nearby DePaul and went 40-71 over four seasons. Following his time at Loyola, he went on to coach for a season at Trinity University in San Antonio and at Incarnate Word for 12 years.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game. The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.WNBA-ROSTER SIZEAP source: WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 by May 26NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1.The league and the players’ union are still working out many details of how often players will get paid and how much. Those negotiations largely depend on the length and start date of the season. — The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress.—Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies.NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. May 20, 2020 Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIONALS RINGSAn unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony OBIT-BURMEISTERBurmeister, who coached UTSA to NCAA tourney, dies at 72CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday. He was 72.Loyola said Burmeister died following a bout with cancer.Burmeister posted 72 wins at Texas-San Antonio from 1986-90. He led the Roadrunners to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Illinois in 1988. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a “virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday — an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he hopes the plan to show off the team’s hardware would provide “a moment of joy in these uncertain times.”Teams typically unveil their title rings at a home stadium packed with fans.In other MLB developments:—The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. Furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. The Angels had already pledged to pay their employees through May. Furloughed employees will keep their medical benefits for the rest of the year or until Oct. 31, depending on their contracts. The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:—Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.”— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe Wisconsin defense statistically played its worst game of the year Saturday. Luckily for the defensive unit, the UW offense was firing on all cylinders, led again by its highly touted tailback.Running back P.J. Hill was rewarded for another outstanding performance by being named the Big Ten co-offensive player of the week. Hill tallied an impressive 155 yards on 34 carries, a 4.5 yard-per-carry average, along with two touchdowns.Despite the defensive difficulties, outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas was one player who earned some recognition.”Defensively, giving his best performance of the year, Jonathan Casillas did a great job,” head coach Bret Bielema said, “including the one play where he ran down a potential game-breaking touchdown.”Casillas’ performance was one of the lone bright spots for the Wisconsin defense as it gave up more than 500 yards to Michigan State. While that number draws attention for negative reasons, the UW defense was decent, on the whole. Outside a handful of plays that gained a lot of yards, UW held MSU to 324 yards.”For 70 plays, we played good defense, but the five plays that we didn’t, it’s easy to see how quickly a game can change,” Bielema said. “You get your guys to believe and understand that if you can do it for 70 plays, if you do it for five more, you could have yourself a positive situation.”Missed tackles left gaping holes in the Wisconsin defense, often resulting in big gains. “There aren’t many balls going over our head. ‘That’s not the issue,” Bielema said. “It’s the perimeter and tackling. [Tackling is about] understanding where your help is, whether your help is the sideline or your help is another player.”Despite the defense’s struggles early this season, Bielema said he was more displeased with that unit’s play than frustrated by it, saying defenders need to build on their success from previous games — developing a more consistent style of play that the defensive unit can count on.”The guys that played well, we need to keep them on that progression,” Bielema said. “Guys that didn’t play well, we need to get ’em’ moving … as long as we keep moving forward.”Preparing for ChampaignUW should face another stern test this upcoming weekend when Wisconsin travels south to take on a fellow undefeated team in Illinois.Wisconsin enters the week as an underdog for the first time all season, with UI going off as two-and-a-half point favorites.Despite that, Bielema said his team disregards this fact and is able to focus on the 1-0 mentality Badger football is known for.”[Outsider opinion] doesn’t change what we do,” Bielema said. “We really, in this program, have tried to focus on the people that control the destiny of a game — [and that] is [us].”Everything — the way we prepare, the way we approach games, the way that we handle a game — it all gets back to us.”One of the big focuses this week will be for the Badgers to find a way to stop the Fighting Illini’s rushing attack.”They’re the No.1 team in the conference in rushing,” Bielema said. “Their quarterback knows how to run it as well as their running backs.”Illinois used two quarterbacks successfully — sophomore Juice Williams and redshirt freshman Eddie McGee. Combined this season, the two quarterbacks have rushed for 287 yards and three touchdowns.Leading the way for Illinois on the ground, running back Rashard Mendenhall averages 6.2 yards per carry and 122.4 yards per game.Bielema respects Mendenhall’s improvements as a player, noting the Fighting Illini’s star running back as the biggest threat to his defense.”I really like the way that Mendenhall has developed as a football player,” Bielema said. “You can see he’s gotten better … [but] I don’t like it because I have to defend upon it.”Running back depthFor the second time this season the Badgers take to the road, and for the second time the offense will be without backup running back Lance Smith.Smith was suspended in late August for all road games following a legal run-in this summer. That leaves a hole behind Hill, which will likely be filled by a true freshman.”Because we are playing on the road, and Lance isn’t allowed to come … it could be Zach Brown or it could be Quincy Landingham,” Bielema said.Landingham is an intriguing possibility. He got a head start on the rest of the recruiting class by entering school a semester early and practicing during spring — as a defensive back. He switched to running back during fall camp and has yet to see any game action there because of a knee injury.”Quincy Landingham was probably recruited just as much as a running back as a [defensive back], but because of our immediate need for a safety, we brought him in and repped him at safety, which he was doing fine at,” Bielema said.”Unfortunately he had the knee injury, which sidelined him for about three to four weeks, but (he) has been very, very good.”
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter finishing third in nation for scoring defense in 2006, giving up only 11.9 points per game on its way to a 12-1 record, the Wisconsin defense was expected to be a force to be reckoned with in 2007.However, the defense slipped back to 35th in the nation (and sixth in the Big Ten), giving up an average of 23.3 points per game and letting its opponents top 30 points six times on the way to a fourth place finish in the conference.The linebacking corps of Jonathan Casillas, DeAndre Levy and Elijah Hodge combined to lead the team with 233 tackles. Despite leading the team, the linebackers realize they still haven’t played to their full potential.“There were times that we showed glimpses of what we can do, but consistently we didn’t,” Hodge said.“We’re nowhere near it,” Levy added. “I don’t want to make any excuses or anything. I think, as a unit defensively, we didn’t play to our potential. I think that’s a big reflection of the linebackers. We’re the core of the defense. We got to be the heart and soul of the defense, and nobody really stood out.”After a disappointing season, the linebackers are using last year as motivation to come out in 2008 and show everyone what they are capable of. “It was kind of a disappointment on an individual level and a collective level, for the team and for a lot of people individually,” Levy said. “There were a couple of high points and a lot a low points. Those low points get you beat. They get you beat four times and a couple of near losses early in the season. We just want to improve.”Casillas and Levy, who will be seniors in the fall, have the added motivation of having only one more year left to win the Big Ten.“A lot of the seniors are a little more urgent this year,” Levy said. “Last year was kind of a disappointment. It ended in a disappointment. We try to instill in some of the younger guys that you have to be hungry all the way through because nothing is guaranteed. I’m sure everybody coming here thought we would have a Big Ten Championship. But it’s our last year and last shot at it, so we want to give it our all.”Although they classify last season as a disappointment, one of the bright spots in 2007 was that the corps of Casillas, Levy and Hodge were able to build chemistry.“We got a year under our belt, and we saw things we were good at and saw things we weren’t good at,” Levy said. “We get a chance to look back and critique ourselves and improve on what we weren’t satisfied with.”“The chemistry is there, so now it’s just putting it on the field, going out and showing everybody what we can do,” Hodge said.As spring practice progresses, the linebackers are taking it one day at a time with the goal of improving a little bit every day.Hodge said his goal in spring practice is to “just to get better as a linebacker; get better as a football player and get my techniques better.”“I just want to improve and take the next step,” Levy said. “Everyday I want to focus on something, whether its footwork or hard placement, tackling and coming to balance. Just the little things, the little fundamentals.”Besides getting better every day, all three players have been dealing with injuries this spring, with Casillas the latest to be limited when he hurt his ankle during a drill at Thursday’s practice. And while they are all dealing with injuries, they realize it is important for them to get healthy now so they can be effective in the fall.“I think one of the big things is to get healthy first,” Levy said. “First and foremost everybody has to be healthy. Hodge is still kind of recovering from his offseason surgery. [Casillas] is still kind of dealing with his ankles a little bit. I’m dealing with my back a little bit. Springtime is a good time to take care of all the things you don’t have time to during the season because you have to prepare so fast.”It will be important for Casillas, Levy and Hodge to get healthy by fall, as the linebackers will once again be the core of the defense. But they have taken it upon themselves to bring Wisconsin’s defense back to 2006 form.“You have a unique situation because you are very much in the run game and the pass game,” Hodge said. “Everything forms around the linebackers, so I’m anxious to see how we do this year.”“It’s going to be just as big as it is every year,” Levy added. “If we play well, the defense usually plays well. If we play bad, the defense usually plays bad. We’re kind of that middle ground of pass coverage and run stopping. It’s a lot on us, but I think we will be ready for it.”
Cristiano Ronaldo talks about missing Real Madrid after receiving MARCA Legend awardJuventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Marca Lee for his illustrious football career and sporting excellence on Monday, July 29, 2019.The Portuguese joined the likes of Lionel Messi, Michael Jordan, Pele, Roger Federer, and Usain Bolt among others.The 34-year-old is one of football’s most elite goal scorers as he is the UEFA Champions League top scorer with 127 goals and is Real Madrid’s all-time leading goal machine with 451 goals as well as Portugal’s greatest goal king with 88 goals.Ronaldo has won an array of trophies ranging from Manchester United to Real Madrid, Juventus, and Portugal.Ronaldo has won five Champions League, four FIFA Club World Cup, three European Super Cups, three Premier League, two La Liga titles, one Serie A title and with Portugal, he won the 2016 Euro and Nations League as well as the maiden UEFA Nations League where they beat the Netherlands.The award was created in 1997 and now has been honoured by MARCA for his exploits in the football fraternity.Upon receiving the award, Ronaldo said: “This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world“I travel a lot, but I haven’t seen many cities like Madrid. I hope to return to Madrid as soon as possible because this is a city I love.”Ronaldo, who was congratulated by Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez, was interviewed by some young children at the event and was asked if he misses Real or Manchester United more.“I miss both of them, but I spent more time at Real Madrid and my family grew up here so I miss Real Madrid more,” he added.“It wasn’t easy to leave Real Madrid after nine years.”