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Honduras top Panama, qualify for CONCACAF Gold Cup

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first_imgEDDIE Hernandez converted a penalty kick and Honduras (3W-0D-0L, 9 points) clinched a berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over hosts Panama (1-1-1, 4) in a spirited Copa Centroamericana encounter Tuesday night at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Honduras, who won their first three matches in the competition for the fourth time, remain atop the six-team table with nine points.The Panamanians had their tournament-record unbeaten streak snapped at 16 games and sit in fourth place – trailing third-place El Salvador on the most-goals-scored tiebreaker – with four points from three matches.The scoreless stalemate was broken in the 36th minute, when Hernandez rolled a penalty kick into the left side of the net, as Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon dived the other way. Referee Jair Marrufo had pointed to the spot after ruling that defender Luis Ovalle pulled Hernandez down inside the box.Hernandez’s second goal of the tournament came just five minutes after teammate Marcelo Canales put a blistering free kick from 30 yards just over the crossbar.Panama pushed hard for an equaliser, but were unable to break down a Catracho defence that had now conceded one or fewer goals in 21 of their last 22 Copa Centroamericana matches.Tony Taylor had a quality chance to level for the Canaleros in the 54th minute, beating an offside trap and cutting inside the box, before his low shot from 12 yards out was stopped by goalkeeper Donis Escober.Moments later, Panamanian midfielder Armando Cooper sent a dangerous ball across the face of the goal, but Marcelo Pereira slid to clear at the edge of the six-yard box.Panama’s best chance came in the final minute of regulation. Arabe Unido star Edgar Yoel Barcenas chipped an effort that forced Escobar into a leaping save.Honduras are three-time champions of the tournament, last winning in 2011. Panama, who have lifted the trophy once (2009), lost previously against Costa Rica 3-0 on January 23, 2009.Both sides return to action tomorrow as Honduras face Costa Rica.last_img read more

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Football: Despite some new faces, much is the same for Wisconsin’s linebackers

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first_imgKey departures have overshadowed the bright future awaiting University of Wisconsin football next season.These three weeks of work before the annual spring game will be crucial for the Badgers, who look to replace key talent all over its roster. But while the process is seemingly daunting, it actually isn’t.Despite all the big name departures (Defensive coordinatior Dave Aranda, quarterback Joel Stave, linebacker Joe Schobert) this squad has seen this offseason, the Badgers actually return most of their key players on both sides of the ball. In fact, the least turnover of any position for Wisconsin is in the defensive line-backing core.Football: Three former Badgers take part in NFL Combine in IndianapolisWhile there will be plenty of members from the 2015 University of Wisconsin football team’s roster headed for the NFL Read…“One thing that a guy like Schobert always did for the defense was make sure the young guys were in the drills and staying active,” sophomore T.J. Edwards said. “All of us being here for a while now gives us that ability to keep all the new guys in the rotation.”Despite this being Edwards’ first set of spring practices, the sophomore led the team in tackles as a freshman last season (84).Six of the seven starting linebackers from last year’s number one ranked scoring defense are back, including now senior captain Vince Biegel.Biegel had a standout season as a sophomore, but assumed a diminished role last year behind Schobert’s dominant senior campaign. He now looks to return to the top of the draft board and the team as a projected preseason First Team All American while also leading a young, promising line-backing core.Football: “Yin-yang” balance between OLBs Biegel, Schobert spells doom for opposing offensesAfter a series of fist pumps, chest bumps, hoots and hollers from other teammates, Wisconsin football outside linebacker Joe Schobert, Read…“Biegel was such a leader for us last year and I think even more of one now coming back for his senior year,” outside linebacker coach Tim Tibesar said. “He’s stepped up and he wants to be that leader. He doesn’t just want to teach the linebackers or the defense, but the team. I think he’s really embraced that role.”Tibesar is one of the few familiar faces left on a defensive front that enters 2016 without Aranda and their former defensive back coach Daronte Jones. Aranda left to be defensive coordinator for LSU and Jones left to be an assistant defensive back coach with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox takes over Aranda’s duties as head of inside linebackers following a failed one year stint at USC as defensive coordinator. He even coached against the Badgers in the Holiday Bowl last season.Football: Chryst believes Wilcox is ‘great fit’ as new defensive coordinatorWhen asked about his new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a press conference Monday, University of Wisconsin head football coach Read…“We want to be experts at our position and learn the situations of football,” Wilcox said. “Spring ball goes back to fundamentals and learning the verbage of the schemes. Talent is important in football and we have a lot of talent on this team; it just comes down to how you utilize that talent.”Wilcox’s intent on playing intelligent football is reminiscent of how the program has carried itself historically. While never boasting the top recruiting class, Wisconsin has always done more with less.Much of that comes from playing in an informed manner.“Wilcox calls it ‘getting your Ph.D.,’” Edwards said. “Our inside linebackers need to know every little thing so we can make our checks and we’re sure about our decisions. He’s really good with the fundamentals.”After a lot of conversation this offseason, the man who looks to be filling that final, seventh spot on the defensive front is redshirt junior T.J. Watt.Football: T.J. Watt makes impact any way he can for BadgersGlance at the Wisconsin football team’s depth chart, and No. 42’s last name looks familiar. That’s because the number belongs Read…T.J. Watt, the third and final Watt to come through Wisconsin, gained valuable experience subbing in for a tired Biegel whenever he needed rest at the end of last season. His play was indicative of the type of player he can be: one that will fit in nicely with Wisconsin’s current core of linebackers.“As a group, we want to be able to create more takeaways and make it harder on opposing offenses,” Tibesar said. “We just hope we can make more plays as a line-backing core and some of these young guys will help us do that.”With some new faces, there are ever present worries. But coaches and players have faith in one another.The resounding message coming out of spring practice from both the coaches and players was the importance of leadership in the linebackers.“Leadership just kind of comes with knowing the defense,” junior Jack Cichy said. “It allows you to help lead and direct people where to go. It gets to the point where you can do it thoughtlessly and these first few days have been great to get our feet wet with it.”The new but old set of linebackers will debut for the Badgers at the Wisconsin Spring Game, noon on April 23 at Camp Randall.last_img read more

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Notre Dame senior Mikey Wynne leading Notre Dame in final season

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first_imgLeading by one goal against North Carolina on April 22, 2017, then-junior Notre Dame attack Mikey Wynne patiently waited near the net.With a flurry of Tar Heels defenders surrounding him, he watched calmly as his teammate, then senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic, swam move to separate from the Tar Heels defending him. Wynne, noticing the opportunity for a possible attack, moved slightly toward Perkovic. The bait worked; the UNC defender took a step forward, to cover the passing lane while Wynne slid back, faking out the entire Tar Heels defense. Perkovic slung the ball to Wynne, who slotted away his second goal of five on the day.Ever since his freshman season, Notre Dame senior captain Wynne has taken on a large offensive role for the Irish. The Maryland native totaled over 30 points in each of his first three years. Now as a senior, he directs the team on and off the field. In seven games this season Wynne has poured in 13 goals, tying with Syracuse attack Brendan Bomberry. On Saturday, the two will play at opposite ends when No. 7 Notre Dame (5-2, 1-0 ACC) takes on No. 10 Syracuse (4-3, 2-0 ACC) in the Carrier Dome.“I always have looked up to (former Notre Dame seniors) like Jimmy Marlatt, Jack Near, and Conor Doyle for examples to how to lead,” he said. “I just want to be the best example for the guys younger than me.”Entering college in 2013, Wynne was not afraid. He had been prepared for intense competition since a young age.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWynne grew up in a family with three older brothers, all of whom played lacrosse. The Wynne brothers routinely practiced in his backyard. Whether it was two-on-one, horse, or shooting drills, Wynne’s brothers pushed him to get better, he said.As he grew older, his preparation with his family translated into success. In his final two seasons of high school, he totaled 141 goals and 45 assists. He captained St. Paul’s (Maryland) School in his senior season to the championship game of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs.“I learned the game at a quick rate,” he said. “I always have played for coaches who played the game so that helped a lot.”In his first game for ND, Wynne totaled six goals in a 14-12 win over Georgetown. He followed that up with a four-goal performance the next game against Michigan. He ended his first season with 33 goals and four assists.To the other Irish players, his success was a result of his work in the pre-season.“The way he played early on was great to see,” former Notre Dame midfielder Near said, “We had seen him play well all throughout fall so I don’t think it was really that surprising when the season came around.”During his freshman season, it was obvious to most on the team that Wynne had natural leadership qualities, Near said.As he progressed throughout college, he grew more into that commanding role.“He does more things now with distributing the ball and understanding the flow of the offense,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “Now, he’s capable of of doing a lot of other things as well. His game has continued to evolve as he’s matured.”Now, his job is to set the tone for the next generation of Fighting Irish lacrosse players, just like the upperclassmen did for him.“As a captain, I get to represent all the guys before me who were in my position,” Wynne said. Comments Published on March 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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