Minnesota travels to Illinois with old trips still in mindThe Gophers were upset in Champaign in 2014.Carter Jones, Daily File PhotoGophers quarterback Mitch Leidner winds up a throw on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 during a game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mike HendricksonOctober 26, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s been two years, but Minnesota’s loss at Illinois still stings.The Gophers were on a four-game winning streak, but lost a 10-point, second-half lead to give the Fighting Illini their first conference win of the season.Quarterback Mitch Leidner said that game was brought up in their team meeting on Sunday — six days ahead of their first visit to Champaign since the 2014 matchup.“[Head coach Tracy Claeys] reminded us … of the performance we had there a couple years ago,” said Leidner, the starting quarterback for the 2014 game. “Guys are hungry and excited to go down there and redeem ourselves.” Leidner pointed to the bye week following the matchup and said players were looking forward to that and not focusing on the game itself.Defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel said it could be attributed to another reason: overconfidence.“There’s not a team out there that’s so appreciably better then somebody else that you just say, ‘Oh yeah, we’re better then them,’” Sawvel said. “That’s what happened in . We went down there and thought we were better then we were and we got beat.”All these reasons are being used as motivation to not repeat the past, Claeys said. There are many similarities between where the Gophers were in 2014 when they faced Illinois in Champaign, and where they are now.Minnesota was 6-1, compared to 5-2 now, and was coming off a close home win against an inferior opponent.On Saturday, the Gophers defeated Rutgers — a team that had been outscored 174-14 in the Big Ten this season — 34-32 on a last second, game-winning kick.The close game with Rutgers emphasized same lessons learned in the 2014 game against Illinois.“There wasn’t anybody happy. There’s nobody happy with the way we played, so we know that,” Sawvel said. “We got to play better overall than what we’ve played. We got to cut out a couple mistakes that we weren’t making the previous couple games.” Sawvel said some players will be moved down the depth chart because of poor performances against Rutgers.But just as Minnesota will look at the game against Rutgers and the 2014 game in Champaign, the group also looks back at their 2012 game at Illinois.The Gophers defeated Illinois 17-3 to make themselves bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons.Sawvel said because the Gophers were fighting for bowl elgibility, the urgency to get a win was greater than it was in 2014. Defensive lineman Hank Ekpe said the coaches this week — Claeys, Sawvel and defensive line coach Jeff Phelps — have harped on being prepared for your opponent, no matter the skill level.After a close call with Rutgers, and an upset loss at Illinois in 2014, it’s easy to imagine why that would be one of the main messages.“You can’t always go in with the mindset thinking that an opponent is just going to roll over because you are doing well and your opponent is going to do this or that,” Ekpe said. “You always have to get the preparation throughout the week because if you don’t, you will see all around college football about how that can turn out.”Notebook:–The restraining orders on the five Gophers football players were not removed Tuesday. This doesn’t affect the players’ status for Saturday’s game as it is in Illinois and not at TCF Bank Stadium. KiAnte Hardin, one of the five players with a restraining order, is listed as a starter for the Illinois game.-Defensive tackle Steven Richardson is going through concussion protocol, Claeys said. It is not known how long he may be out but he is listed as out for the game against Illinois.-Tight end Brandon Lingen is listed as out for the Illinois game. The junior captain was a force on offense last year, but has only seen limited time in three games this season due to injury. Claeys would not rule him out for the year.-Running back Rodney Smith won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after he had 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers, including one return touchdown and one rushing touchdown. He was the first Minnesota player to win the award since David Cobb in 2014.
Ready>>To>>Race: Jazeman also took the chance to size-up the bike we are testing, the KTM RC250. Malaysian race car driver Jazeman Jaafar announces entry into competitive Blancpain Sprint and Endurance series for 2016.While we at BikesRepublic.com don’t normally dabble in the world of cars just yet, we felt compelled to support our friend and national race car driver Jazeman Jaafar.Earlier today, the 23-year-old Malaysian racer, accompanied by his dad Datuk Jaafar Abdul Hamid, held a special press conference in the hip Thursdvys TTDI coffee joint to announce the youngster’s plans for 2016. There, Jazeman officially announced his entry into both the Blancpain Sprint Series and Blancpain Endurance Series for 2016 with a German racing team called HTP Motorsport.Although known as a single-seater pilot, Jazeman Jaafar has dabbled into production-based racing before, having raced with the HTP Motorsport team back in 2014 at the 24 Hours of Spa where he finished in a respectable fifth place. The team has strong links with Mercedes-AMG, which benefits Jazeman’s position as a former Petronas Mercedes-AMG F1 test driver.“The winter break was a really tough one for me as my racing future looked uncertain. Nevertheless, I am happy when the offer from HTP Motorsport came in, allowing me to continue my racing efforts this year,” said the Jazeman when we spoke to him briefly during the press conference.He further added, “Due to the tough economic situation, it has made it very difficult for me to move up into Formula 1, but my dream of doing so remains as strong as ever.” Jazeman is still hopeful of receiving the chance to drive in the premier class of Formula 1 and even shared that some of the sport’s teams have made enquiries into his 2016 plans, suggesting that there are still interests for him there.Ready>>To>>Race: Jazeman also took the chance to size-up the bike we are currently testing, the KTM RC250.We also asked Jazeman on where he stood should any offer from single-seater racing comes knocking, his reply was, “Preferably, I want a race seat in Formula 1.” Jazeman has already proven himself by winning the Formula BMW Asia title in 2007 before moving up into British and international Formula 3, as well as the World Series by Renault – the final step before reaching Formula 1.Whilst an entry to race in Formula 1 still eludes him, Jazeman’s new endeavour into Europe’s leading GT sprint and endurance series means that he won’t be taking a break any time soon. Jazeman also revealed that he has secured sponsorship deals with several foreign firms for this new endeavour, but he has highlighted the need for more support from local entities, be it private or government-linked.2015 Mercedes-AMG GT3Jazeman will compete in both the Blancpain Sprint and Endurance series piloting HTP Motorsport’s new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car, and it appears the series’ roadmap includes the possibility of him entering in this year’s edition of the acclaimed Le Mans 24 Hours endurance as well. Jazeman is also working towards getting the team to participate in this year edition of the KL City GP and the Sepang 12 Hours enduro as well.You can keep up with Jazeman Jaafar’s efforts via his official site, www.Jazeman.com, or by following his Instagram and Twitter social media pages.Jazeman Jaafar 2016 Press Conference –Ads–
CLEVELAND – The Browns and Falcons were on very different trajectories heading into their Week 10 showdown. Since starting the season a promising 2-2-1, Cleveland had dropped four straight and the season quickly went form postseason dreams to progressing for the future. Atlanta on the other hand, got off to an uncharacteristic 1-3, slow start to the season before rattling off three straight wins. So just as everyone expected, the Browns pulled off a massive upset to snap both streaks with a 28-16 win on Sunday.It took former head coach Hue Jackson 15 tries to win his first game as the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2016. After taking over for the now fired Jackson two weeks ago, interim head coach Greg Williams needed just two games to accomplish the same feat.Williams has rookies Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb to thank for his first win as Browns head coach. That duo had a hand in all four of Cleveland’s touchdowns on the day in what was arguably the biggest Browns win since a 31-10 win over Pittsburgh in 2014.Here are five takeaways from the Browns third win of the season:1) A First Quarter TouchdownIt took long enough but the Cleveland Browns finally, 10 weeks into the season have scored a first quarter touchdown. It came on their second possession of the game. It was no gimmie either as the Browns started the series back on their own 12.On the first play of the drive Mayfield hit Breshad Perriman for a 16-yard gain. Two plays later it was Mayfield moving the sticks again with an 18-yard strike to Njoku as they were quickly set up just shy of midfield. On the very next play they’d cross into Falcons territory with a 13-yard pass from Mayfield to Chubb. The either-play, 88-yard drive and the first quarter touchdown drought eventually ended with Mayfield completing with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins.What a relief for this Browns offense. It really shouldn’t have taken this long. Put a feather in new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens’ cap for pulling off something his predecessor Todd Haley couldn’t. In just two weeks the offense under Kitchens looks much more efficient than it ever did under Haley. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Related Topics2018 Cleveland BrownsAtlanta FalconsBaker MayfieldDuke JohnsonGreg WilliamsNick ChubbT.J. Carrie Spencer German
Botev (Vratsa) lost to Tsarsko Selo with 0: 1. The young Toma Ushagelov scored the priceless goal with his first touch of the ball as a professional footballer in the 89th minute. The match was very dynamic, with many uses in front of both gates. In the last minutes Johnny Placid left the “kings” in the match to come the winning goal for the boys of Lubo Penev. Botev (Vratsa) – Tsarsko Selo 0: 1, Toma Ushagelov scalded the hostsWith this match the groups in the second eight will be formed The match started at a very high pace. Both teams were looking for goals and that’s why there were quite a few good situations in the first half. The hosts had a slight advantage, but the “kings” also did not fail to attack. The Sofia team won most of the high balls. The two cleanest situations were for Tsarsko Selo. After a strong long shot by Simeon Mechev, the ball hit the crossbar twice and in the back of goalkeeper Krassimir Kostov. Botev’s guard made a very good save after a shot by Leonardo. <br /> The drama was complete in the second half. Gradually Vratsa pressed their opponent and were very close to scoring. Johnny Placid has shown several times why he is a national of Haiti. He played twice with his head outside the penalty area and once blocked with his foot Daniel Genov, who was left alone against him.In the 89th minute Lubo Penev made a change for a delay and released the debutant Toma Ushagelov. Miroslav Budinov went down to the outline on the left and passed in front of the door. The enthusiastic Ushagelov overtook everyone and with his first touch of the ball in professional football scored the priceless goal. Thus, Tsarsko Selo will finish in 11th place with 25 points. The battle will be with Ether to avoid the playoffs. The “boys” have 2 points more. Black Sea will win group “A”, and Vitosha (Bistritsa) will be eliminated.Botev (Vratsa) with 22 points is an almost certain participant in the playoff group together with Dunav (Ruse).
Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar waged a spirited battle in windy conditions to survive the cut on the line while compatriot Shubhankar Sharma missed out in the Saudi International on Friday. College roommates Victor Perez of France and Malaysia’s Gavin Green occupied the top two spots at the halfway mark. Perez added a second straight 65 to get to double digits at 10-under just as Green had finished three holes. Three hours later, he carded 67 to get to 9-under and now old college friends will play in the last group on Saturday.Bhullar, after 74 on first day, played steady for 3-under 67 to get to one-over and got in at T-65. He had to wait till almost the end, as a birdie on 18th by last week’s runner-up in Dubai, Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa could have knocked out 10 players including him, Ernie Els, Li Haotong and Justin Harding. Bhullar, who clawed his way back to one-over for the tournament, fell to 2-over with a bogey on sixth, his 15th hole. He repaired the damage on seventh with a birdie and it helped him make it. “I need to make good use of this over the weekend,” said Bhullar, who was T-34 last year.However, Shubhankar, 2-under in first round, had a rough day with hardly any putts falling. He ended with 75 for a 3-over total of and missed the cut by two. He had two doubles, four bogeys and just three birdies. “Nothing worked today. Putting let me down,” said Sharma, who had a four-putt besides going into water once. There was drama as third placed Graeme McDowell (64-68), incurred a ‘bad time’ for slow play on fifth soon after being interviewed on the fairway. Earlier he was put on ‘monitoring’ on fourth. He loses a shot if he gets a second bad time. Green and Perez, teammates and roommates at the University of New Mexico for four years, were excited at getting a chance to play together in the lead pairing. Green said, “This really will be fun and we will catch up a lot, too. Maybe I will pick his brains, too, he has been playing so well.” Soon after his round, Perez, who had his breakthrough win at Dunhill Links last year, said it would be fun play with Green in the lead pairing. A little later his wish was granted. WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Press Trust Of India First Published: 1st February, 2020 10:57 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 1st February, 2020 10:57 IST College Roommates Perez And Green Are 1-2; Bhullar Survives Cut, Sharma Misses Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar waged a spirited battle in windy conditions to survive the cut on the line while compatriot Shubhankar Sharma missed out LIVE TV